The Endotine Midface solution
The Endotine Midface lift is a new approach that gives surgeons the ability to easily restore sagging cheek volume to its more youthful position by using a temporary bioabsorbable implant, instead of sutures. The Endotine Midface device is smaller than a dime and has five small tissue holders, or tines, to grasp the cheek tissue gently but securely and elevate it (and all overlying cheek tissue layers) to a new position. The Endotine device can reduce the skin irregularities and dimpling that commonly occur when sutures are used to hold tissue in place. The tines also distribute the tension forces evenly, minimizing the chance of surgical failure and possible injury caused by sutures.
Typically it takes 30 to 60 days for the lifted tissue to reattach to the bone. During this time, the Endotine device gradually dissolves until it is completely absorbed by the body. This is an improvement over non-absorbable sutures, which remain implanted long after they are needed for fixation. Endotine implants are made from a substance called polylactic acid, which is produced from plant materials to create a bio-plastic substance that dissolves naturally and is absorbed by the body.
The tips of the tines are rounded to minimize discomfort and to provide a gentle grasping surface for the cheek tissue. While patients may feel the tines prior to dissolving when they push down on their cheek, there is very little tenderness.
How is an Endotine midface lift performed?
During a midface lift, the surgeon makes as few as two tiny incisions in the area above the ear or the lower eyelid, and in some cases, through the underside of the upper lip. A tiny camera called an endoscope is introduced through one of the incisions, and another surgical instrument is introduced through another of the incisions to gently lift the delicate midface tissues off the cheekbones. The Endotine device is then inserted under the soft tissue to grasp and hold the cheek’s soft tissue as it is lifted upward (toward the eye) and to the side (toward the ear), into a more youthful position.
Midface lift surgery is often performed in office-based surgical suites, and can be done with general anesthesia or with local anesthesia and sedation. Patients typically return home on the same day. Surgical dressings, if used, are removed soon after surgery, and any tissue swelling related to the procedure gradually diminishes.
Am I a candidate for an Endotine Midface lift?
If your cheeks are sagging or have flattened over the years, if your lower eyelids are puffy with dark circles or have “hollowed out,” or if your smile lines have deepened, you’re probably a good candidate for a midface lift. Of course the best way to determine if a midface lift is right for you is by thoroughly consulting with your surgeon.
The Endotine Midface offers three different ways to establish a more natural, rejuvenated look. Each approach offers different incision locations (above the ear, above the lower eyelid, or through the underside of the upper lip) so if you’re combining midface rejuvenation with another procedure or just the midface alone, one approach may be better for your particular needs.
No matter which approach is used, Endotine Midface devices have demonstrated unmatched reliability in helping surgeons and patients achieve their aesthetic goals.
These innovative devices replace conventional suture and allow your surgeon to more accurately reposition your cheek while securely holding the soft tissue in position during the critical, early stages of healing.
What can I expect after surgery?
Immediately after surgery, you will experience some temporary swelling and bruising in your midface region, which may take several weeks to completely resolve. A small, limited number of patients have experienced a “slight puffiness” that may last several months and gradually fades over four to six weeks.
Patients typically return home on the same day. Surgical dressings, if used, are removed soon after surgery.
The first few nights it is important to rest with your head elevated to decrease swelling and bruising. You can use a cold compress for comfort and to help control swelling. Additionally, pain medication may be prescribed for post-operative pain. Also, for the first three to four days, you should limit your diet to softer, easier-to-chew foods. This will also help reduce swelling.
You can usually take a shower within a few days and most patients are ready to return to work in about a week to 10 days. It is advisable to limit physical activities such as exercising or bending over for extended periods of time for the first week after surgery.
It typically takes 30 to 60 days for the cheek’s tissue to completely reattach in its new and elevated youthful position. During and after this healing has occurred, you may still feel the “tines” of the Endotine when you push downward on your cheek. There may also be tenderness in the first month or so when you do this but just remember that over time, the Endotine will naturally dissolve and be absorbed by your body. Perhaps most importantly, patients report a very high level of satisfaction with their results.
Possible risks associated with the Endotine Midface lift
Although the Endotine Midface device is designed for cheek-lift surgery, it’s important to understand that there are potential risks inherent in this (and all) midface suspension procedure(s). For example, you may experience some initial discomfort, regardless of the method used, and you may be able to feel the Endotine Midface device under the cheek skin, which may be sensitive to the touch. The Endotine Midface device is designed to minimize the risk of injury to bodily structures in the surgical area, although these structures are at risk with any technique. Should problems occur that are specifically associated with the Endotine Midface device, you and your surgeon may decide to remove the device rather than wait for it to dissolve.