MACS Facelift

MACS is an abbreviation for 'Minimal Access Cranial Suspension-Lift' which means a mini-lift with vertical suspension of the sagging tissue. An incision is made in the crease in front of the ear that follows the natural crease in the skin. Through this incision, the surgeon detaches the skin from the cheeks up to the corner of the jaw near the neck. The underlying muscles are tightened and lifted vertically. Excess fat under the chin can be sucked away via an opening the size of a pinprick. When all the subcutaneous skin structures have been corrected, the skin is tightened so that it looks natural. Excess skin is removed and the small incision is stitched up. 

Ideal candidates for a MACS facelift have mild to moderate loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone in the face and neck. Patients with jowls and deep creases between the base of the nose and corners of the mouth are also good candidates. Ideal candidates for MACS facelift surgery should have skin elasticity, a well-defined underlying strong bone structure, realistic expectations and loose skin on the face or neck.

The typical cost for a MACS facelift surgery ranges from $3000 - $15000. The cost depends on anesthesia fees, prescriptions, preparatory tests, the surgeon’s level of expertise, the geographic location of the procedure and if any other procedures are performed at the same time.

Usually, patients will have bandages on their face and there may be some drainage tubes depending on the extent of the procedure. If patients do have these tubes, they should expect drainage for at least 48 hours. Surgeons will provide instructions about how to clean and care for the tubes. Patients often experience swelling and discomfort for a few days but these symptoms can often be controlled with over-the-counter or prescription pain medication. As recovery progresses and swelling subsides, patients should begin to enjoy a younger, more alert appearance. The results are long-lasting but the natural effects of aging will impact patient results at some point.



submitted on   Thu Jul, 09, 2015 by Alexander Ovchinsky, MD     
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