A minimal access cranial suspension (MACS) lift is a variation of the traditional facelift. It may be more appropriate for patients with mild aging changes that want to preserve a youthful appearance without the invasiveness of a traditional facelift. It is similar to a traditional facelift in that it improves sagging facial features and gives a more youthful and alert appearance.
However, a MACS lift is different than a traditional facelift in several ways. Perhaps the most notable difference is that less skin is lifted so there is less risk of bleeding and nerve damage. The incisions made to the face are smaller and more hidden; a traditional facelift makes incisions from the forehead scalp down behind the ear all the way to the base of the hairline, whereas a MACS lift makes a shorter incision that is in front of the ear, hidden amidst natural skin creases and sideburns. The MACS lift operation takes an hour less time, and requires one week shorter of recovery time.
After the initial short incision in front of your ear is made, the skin is lifted and sutures are inserted to obtain suspension to restore tightness of the underlying tissue and muscle in the areas of the neck, jowls, and lower eyelids. Once the skin is smoothed back in place, there may be extra skin where the incision was made. The extra skin is removed and the skin is sealed back together with the use of sutures or adhesive.
On the day of your procedure you will be given anesthesia before your surgery. The entire procedure should take no longer than three hours. Afterward, your face may be sensitive, swollen and bruised, and may be wrapped with a compression bandage. It is essential that you allow yourself a full week to recover before any intense physical activity. You can resume social and public obligations usually between 10 days and three weeks following your surgery. Be sure to be in contact with your surgeon to be sure your healing is progressing normally.
For more information about a MACS lift, call our office at (702) 671-5110 or schedule your appointment online today.