Does It Work? continued...
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."