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Cheek Lift in Toronto

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Starts at $16,999
Procedure Time
3 hours
Recovery Time
2 weeks
Thomas Bell, M.D
Physician and internationally recognized cosmetic plastic surgeon and lecturer.
66 Avenue Road, Suite 4 Toronto, Ontario M5R 3N8

How Much Does a Cheek Lift Cost?

The cost of a cheek lift procedure varies according to the selected approach. Typically, pricing for a cheek lift starts at $16,999.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Cheek Lift?

It can take up to two weeks to recover from a cheek lift surgery.

How Long Does a Cheek Lift Surgery Take?

The procedure takes approximately 60 minutes to perform, depending on the needs of the patient.

What Is a Cheek Lift?

A cheek lift is often referred to as a mid-facelift. During the procedure, the surgeon lifts the cheeks to make them look fuller and younger. The procedure fixes problems such as sunken cheeks, loss of mid-face volume, jowls, loose skin, and reduces bags under the eyes.

Who Is a Cheek Lift Candidate?

Candidates for a cheek lift are those in excellent health and exhibit one or more of the following conditions:

  • A noticeable loss of definition or volume in the cheekbones, leading to a less defined facial structure.
  • Displacement of tissue and fat in the mid-face region, affecting the overall facial harmony.
  • Sagging skin that contributes to the formation of creases and wrinkles, aging the face prematurely.
  • The presence of hollowing or bags under the eyes, which can give a tired or aged appearance.
  • Realistic expectations regarding the outcomes of the procedure, understanding both its possibilities and limitations.

For individuals who may not be suitable candidates for a mid-facelift, SpaMedica offers a range of non-surgical solutions tailored to meet various aesthetic goals. We invite you to explore SpaMedica’s non-surgical treatment options and contact our team to find the perfect fit for your needs.

Benefits of a Cheek Lift

More Youthful Cheek Definition

Repositioning the fat and tissue creates defined, youthful-looking cheeks. The results are pretty noticeable and can take years off someone’s face.

Removes Wrinkles

Fine lines, creases, and wrinkles add years to one’s appearance. A cheek lift removes smile lines and wrinkles in the mid-face region. Patients have a refreshed appearance following the procedure.

Refreshes Area Underneath the Eyes

People with bags and hollowed-out areas under their eyes look tired and worn out. A cheek lift refreshes this area, making people look awake and younger.

Long-Lasting Results

Patients can enjoy the results of a mid-facelift for years. Dr. Bell will provide information to help patients maintain their youthful appearances.

Cheek Lift Surgery Risks

Like every procedure, cheek lifts have a small chance of potential complications. Selecting a highly experienced, trusted surgeon is important to minimize the likelihood of complications. The team at SpaMedica has years of experience performing mid-facelifts and has not experienced the risks associated with the procedure:

Temporary Numbness

Some patients experience numbness under the eyes and in the middle of the face following a cheek lift. This complication is temporary.

Hair Loss Along the Incision Line

Hair loss along the incision line is a possible complication. Dr. Bell will discuss this in detail during the consultation.


Infection is possible with any surgical procedure. Dr. Bell takes special precautions to mitigate this risk. Preventative antibiotics are provided.

Hematoma or Seroma

Patients might experience blood under the skin (hematoma) or fluid under the skin (seroma) after the surgery. Patients should contact SpaMedica if they experience this complication.
All complications are managed and corrected as part of your procedure fee.

Why Choose SpaMedica for a Cheek Lift?

Dr. Bell is one of Canada’s leading cosmetic plastic surgeons. He has performed over 5000 facelifts, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty and cosmetic facial procedures. Dr. Bell has spent his 25 years of practice dedicated to cosmetic plastic surgery that preserves and enhances the beauty of a patient’s face and body through harmony in vision with aesthetically pleasing shape. He prides himself on delivering an excellent level of experience for all clients.

Different Types of Cheek Lift

SpaMedica in Toronto offers two specialized cheek lift procedures tailored to meet our patients’ diverse needs and aesthetic goals. The choice between these options is determined based on the individual’s specific concerns and desired enhancement.

Open Cheek Lift

The open cheek lift, a traditional approach to facial rejuvenation, involves incisions discreetly placed above the ear, camouflaged within the hairline. Through these incisions, the surgeon meticulously repositions underlying fat and removes any excess skin to restore a more youthful contour to the cheeks. This method is particularly beneficial for patients exhibiting more pronounced signs of aging, offering substantial improvements in facial structure and skin tautness.

Key Benefits:

  • Significant lifting and redefinition of cheek contours
  • Removal of excess, sagging skin for a smoother appearance
  • Long-lasting results that reverse advanced aging signs

Endoscopic or Minimally Invasive Suture Suspension Cheek Lift

For those seeking a more subtle enhancement, the endoscopic cheek lift offers a minimally invasive alternative. Utilizing small incisions inside the mouth and within the temporal hairline, this technique involves the insertion of a tiny camera and specialized instruments. The surgeon then views the internal structures on a screen, allowing for precise repositioning of cheek tissues without needing skin removal. This method is ideal for patients looking to address early signs of aging or to achieve a modest lift with minimal downtime.

Key Benefits:

  • Minimally invasive with reduced recovery time
  • Subtle yet effective lifting of the midface area
  • No visible scarring due to hidden incision locations

Both procedures are designed to rejuvenate the midface area, enhancing overall facial harmony and restoring a youthful, vibrant appearance. During your consultation at SpaMedica, our experts will assess your unique facial structure and discuss your aesthetic goals to recommend the most suitable cheek lift option.

Non-Surgical Cheek Lift Alternatives

For those seeking to enhance their cheek contours without undergoing surgery, there are effective non-surgical options available that offer significant improvements with minimal downtime. These treatments can be particularly appealing for individuals looking for immediate results, less invasiveness, and a quicker recovery.

Soft Tissue Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are a popular choice for non-surgical cheek augmentation. Made from substances that mimic the body’s natural tissues, such as hyaluronic acid, these fillers are injected into targeted areas of the cheeks to add volume, lift, and define facial contours. The procedure is quick, typically taking less than an hour, and results are immediate. While not permanent, dermal fillers can last from several months to a couple of years, depending on the type of filler used and the individual’s response to the treatment.

Fat Grafting

Fat grafting, also known as autologous fat transfer, involves harvesting fat from one area of the patient’s body, such as the abdomen or thighs, and then injecting it into the cheeks. This not only adds volume to the cheeks but also utilizes the patient’s own tissue, reducing the risk of allergic reactions or rejection. The procedure involves a more involved process than fillers, including the harvesting of fat through liposuction, but the results can be longer-lasting and provide a natural feel and appearance.

How is a Cheek Lift Performed by Dr. Tom Bell?

At SpaMedica in Toronto, Dr. Tom Bell performs or closely supervises every cheek lift procedure, ensuring the highest standards of care. The procedure begins with the administration of local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort throughout the process.

Once the patient is comfortably sedated, Dr. Bell makes precise incisions discreetly located within the hairline of the patient’s temples, minimizing any visible scarring. An additional, small incision is carefully made inside the patient’s mouth to access the cheek fat pad, which is then gently elevated to enhance facial volume.

Dr. Bell repositions the underlying tissues and muscles to create a more youthful and lifted appearance in the cheeks. The incisions are then meticulously closed, with great care taken to conceal any surgical marks.

How to Prepare for a Cheek Lift

Dr. Bell provides patients with instructions to prepare for a cheek lift. Patients also need to:

  • Undergo a medical evaluation.
  • Stop smoking: 3 weeks prior to your procedure and 3 weeks following your procedure
  • Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Get lab testing.

What to Expect After a Cheek Lift

Moderate discomfort is normal following a cheek lift. Patients might not notice initial results for 10 days due to bruising and swelling. However, once the swelling and bruising fade, patients will notice they look years younger.

Cheek Lift Recovery and Timeline

Day 1: Return home. Patients typically experience swelling and bruising. Rest is crucial, but light walking is encouraged to promote circulation.

Days 2-7: With continued rest, you’ll see a gradual reduction of swelling and bruising. Pain and discomfort should be managed with medications prescribed by the surgeon. A follow-up visit on day six will be scheduled to remove stitches and assess healing.

Weeks 1-2: Noticeable improvement in swelling and bruising. Patients may start to resume some non-strenuous daily activities but should avoid any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise. Follow Dr. Bell’s specific advice on when to safely return to work, particularly for jobs that require physical activity.

Weeks 3-4: Continued healing and reduction in residual swelling. Most patients feel comfortable appearing in public and returning to work, though some mild swelling may still be present.

Week 4-6: Most major swelling has subsided, and the initial results of the cheek lift are becoming visible. However, subtle changes and improvements can continue to occur over the next several months.

Months 2-6: Final results become more apparent as tissues settle and fully heal. Any numbness or tightness will gradually diminish.

6 Months and Beyond: Full effects of the cheek lift should be evident, with more refined contours and a rejuvenated appearance. Regular follow-up visits with the surgeon may be recommended to monitor the long-term outcome.

Best Procedures Paired with a Cheek Lift

Blepharoplasty, browlift, jawline and neck lift all pair well with a cheek lift.

Cheek Lift FAQ

How Do I Know If I Need a Cheek Lift or a Facelift?

Typically, a facelift is required when there is a significant amount of loose lower facial and jawline skin, whereas a cheek lift lifts up a fallen cheek fat pad, but there is minimal excess skin. A cheek lift is less invasive and less expensive compared to a traditional facelift. Consequently, it boasts a much quicker recovery time. However, as a result, its effects are less apparent than a traditional facelift. If you are looking for more extensive cosmetic work that affects the entire profile of the face, it might be time to consider a facelift procedure. A cheek lift and jawline lift can be combined if needed.

What Is the Minimum Age for a Cheek Lift?

While people as young as 18 can get a cheek lift, most people are in their 30s, 40s, or 50s.

Can a Cheek Lift Reduce Cheek Fat?

It addresses displaced fat in the cheeks and removes fat pockets under the eyes. Those who need to remove lots of excess cheek fat might need to combine this with another procedure, such as a buccal fat pad reduction, which can be performed at the same time.

Can a Cheek Lift Remove Sagging Cheeks?

Yes, an open cheek lift removes excess skin, which in turn reduces sagging.

How painful is a cheek lift?

Cheek lift pain is generally manageable. Most patients report only mild to moderate discomfort post-surgery, which can be effectively controlled with prescribed pain medications. The level of discomfort varies from person to person but is typically short-lived.

What is the difference between a cheek lift and a facelift?

The main difference lies in the areas of focus and extent of correction. A cheek lift targets the mid-face area, specifically aiming to elevate sagging cheek fat and improve the under-eye region, making it suitable for addressing early signs of aging. A facelift, however, provides a more comprehensive rejuvenation, addressing sagging skin, wrinkles, and volume loss across the entire face, including the lower face, jowls, and neck, making it ideal for more advanced signs of aging.

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