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Age, Away!

Erase Aging With a 'Mid-Facelift'?

Does It Work? continued...

Once these procedures are complete, Baker adds, the doctor will usually remove any fat bags near the eyes and trim any extra skin to remove lines and wrinkles.

But according to Baker, there's not much evidence that the mid-facelift produces the kinds of improvement that some doctors claim. "The theory is that you're left with a very smooth lower eyelid, which flows right into the cheek, and a softer, more natural-looking nasolabial fold," he says. "But that is a point that is debated; and many doctors feel that the complexity of the procedure is not worth the benefits, which many see as negligible."

Jacob disagrees: "A good way to think about this operation is kind of like an introductory way into plastic surgery to deal with the first signs of aging."

Since it's a cosmetic procedure, the mid-facelift isn't covered by health plans: It costs around $7,500, depending on where you have it done.

The side effects are the same as those of a traditional facelift -- swelling, bruising, inflammation, and pain. In rare cases, there might also be nerve damage, and sometimes a second procedure may be needed to make corrections to treated areas. In general, Jacobs says, "People go back to work within a week."

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