Intraorbital Fixation Midface Lift

Aesthet Surg J. 2023 Feb 21;43(3):269-286. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjac289.


Background: Subperiosteal midface lift provides a comprehensive solution to the soft tissue component of midfacial aging. However, midfacial aging also has a skeletal component that is rarely addressed with conventional mid-facelift techniques. Moreover, many of the adverse outcomes after a mid-facelift are closely related to failures and limitations of mid-face fixation. The author's technique was designed to overcome these limitations.

Objectives: The author aimed to describe the rationale, technical details, and outcomes of the author's mid-facelift technique with intraorbital fixation.

Methods: This study was a retrospective review of 82 nonconsecutive cases where the intraorbital fixation mid-facelift was performed by the author between September 2016 and December 2021. Patient data were obtained from patient records and standardized photography. Preoperative differences in mid-face volume were assessed utilizing the Allergan midface volume deficit scale on standardized photography.

Results: The average mid-face volume deficit score significantly improved after surgery. Failure of fixation, flat midface deformity, and relapse of mid-face ptosis were not seen in any of the primary patients. Infraorbital hollow did not recur in any of the patients operated on with this technique. None of the primary patients (0/58) in this series developed ectropion or permanent lower eyelid malposition.

Conclusions: Intraorbital fixation mid-face lift is an effective and durable surgical option for the treatment of midfacial aging. The technique is applicable in problem cases such as negative vector patients, negative canthal tilt patients, male patients with large bags, and secondary lower blepharoplasties where conventional techniques tend to fail.

MeSH terms

  • Aging
  • Blepharoplasty* / methods
  • Ectropion* / etiology
  • Eyelids
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Rhytidoplasty* / methods