MACS Facelift

MACS-Facelift (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension) is a procedure that leaves you looking fresher and youthful. People may not notice that you have had surgery, just that you look refreshed. The MACS-Lift helps to remove excessive jowling around the chin, deep creases that appear between your nose and mouth, and restores the outline of the jaw. The MACS-Lift is less invasive than other facelift procedures and leaves a shorter scar. This type of facelift will lift and hold up sagging tissues in the neck, cheeks, chin, or near the nose with suspension sutures in the deeper tissues. This operation is done on an outpatient basis while you are under local anesthesia.

The MACS-lift, or minimal access cranial suspension lift, is a new European facelift that compares very favorably with the traditional facelift. The MACS-lift is not designed to replace the traditional facelift completely but it is an adjunct for men and women in their late 30s, 40s and probably early 50s. It provides natural rejuvenation with shorter operative time, quicker recovery, and less potential for complications compared with traditional face lifts.

Patients want more of a European-type change that is subtle and youthful, rather than the more obvious American-type facelift, which can create a wind-tunnel effect or skin that looks to tight. The MACS-lift involves less undermining of the skin than the traditional facelift and does not require exposing the facial nerves. In fact, the extent of undermining of the skin is probably 50 percent of that of the traditional facelift. The procedure is characterized by short incisions, limited skin undermining and suture suspension of the deep tissues of the face.

The MACS-facelift procedure is quicker, taking an average of two hours versus the four to five hours required for a traditional facelift, plus the operation can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation and is tolerated quite well by the patient.

The MACS-facelift is probably best suited to the patient who is contemplating facial rejuvenation for the first time and require mild to moderate changes in the lower face and neck region. The procedure is designed for patients who have started to notice jowling and sagging of the face and neck, but who are not ready for, and really does not need a traditional full face lift. Rehabilitation is fast- two weeks as opposed to four to six weeks for a traditional facelift. Downtime is a significant factor economically for the age group of patients who choose to have a facelift.

The MACS-lift procedure provides youthful, natural, subtle rejuvenation and is not intended to dramatically alter a patient’s appearance. Its goal includes:
- Tightening the cheek
- Re-suspending the jowl
- Defining the jaw line
- Improving neck contour
- Providing natural, subtle facial rejuvenation

The doctor will make strategically placed incisions along the hairline and in front of the ear. Limited skin undermining is performed. Permanent sutures are used to resuspend the deeper structure of the face, reversing gravitational signs of aging. Excess skin is excised, and the incisions are closed. Patients appreciate the shorter scar and the very natural look. While facial swelling and some bruising are common, the severity and duration and more limited when compared with a traditional face lift. Light activity is permitted within days, and patients can return to work within 7 to 10 days.




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