Temple lift to Rejuvenate Sagging Cheeks

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A temple lift, also known as a temporal lift , is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to elevate the cheeks and tighten the skin around the temples where crow’s feet form, enhancing the overall appearance of the face. This procedure can help reduce signs of aging, such as sagging skin and deep wrinkles, giving a more youthful and refreshed look.

Many patients are bothered by ptotic or sagging cheeks that result in a marked nasolabial line and exposes a lower eyelid tear trough or groove. This occurs gradually as we age but can present at quite an early age in some patients, even in their 30s.

Thankfully, the correction is a simple temple lift that can be done in the office under local anesthesia. The procedure uses a small incision inside the hairline to create the lift.

Key Details About Temple Lift

  1. Procedure:
    • Incisions: Small incisions are made inside the hairline for no visible scarring
    • Tissue Adjustment: Underlying tissues are lifted and repositioned to achieve the desired effect.
    • Skin Tightening: Excess skin is trimmed, and the remaining skin is tightened for a smoother look. This can be adjusted to give you a more subtle lift of the cheeks, or one more aggressive to correct deep nasolabial folds. It can also create the fox-eye look if so desired.
  2. Benefits:
    • Enhanced Facial Harmony: Creates a more balanced and youthful facial appearance.
    • No Scarring: Since the incisions are inside the hairline there is no visible scarring
    • Quick Recovery: Return to normal activities inside of 1 week.
  3. Candidates:
    • Individuals experiencing drooping lateral eyebrows, sagging cheeks, deep nasolabial folds, or deepening wrinkles in the temple area or crow’s feet
    • Those seeking a less invasive alternative to a full facelift.
    • People in good overall health with realistic expectations about the outcomes.


A temple lift can effectively lift the cheeks and enhance the upper face, providing a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Visit us at Thomassen Plastic Surgery to see how a temple lift can enhance your appearance.