What is a MACS Face Lift?
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 the 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 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.
How is the MACS Lift procedure preformed?
The MACS lift involves less undermining of the skin than the traditional face lift and does not require exposing the facial nerves. In fact, the extent of undermining of the skin is around 50% of that of the traditional face lift. The procedure is characterised by short incisions, limited skin undermining and suture suspension of the deep tissues of the face.
The MACS mini face lift procedure is quicker, taking an average of two hours versus the four to five hours required for a traditional face lift, plus the operation can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation and is tolerated quite well by the patient.
What is the recovery from a MACS Lift surgery?
Most people tolerate the MACS lift reasonably well. Strong pain medication is prescribed to alleviate any discomfort you may feel in the days following the surgery. While facial swelling and some bruising is common, the severity and duration is 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.
You may have some numbness after the surgery, which will also disappear with time. The non-absorbent stitches are usually taken out at day 6 or 7, provided the wound has healed reasonably well. Generally, the scars are not noticeable and begin to fade quickly within a few months.
Am I a candidate?
The MACS face lift is probably best suited to the patient who is contemplating a serious facial rejuvenation procedure with visibly significant and longer lasting results.
The procedure is designed for patients who have started to notice jowls and sagging of the face and neck, but want something more than what dermal fillers and thread lift techniques can deliver.
They are not ready for, and do not need, a more extensive full face lift.
Preparation for a mini face lift
Preparation for MACS Lift involves:
Avoiding blood-thinning medication like Nurofen, aspirin (unless for medical reasons), St John’s Wart, fish oil etc. for at least two weeks prior to the surgery. This prevents excess bleeding during the procedure and reduces post-surgical swelling and bruising.
Taking a herbal medication called Arnica for reducing post procedural bruising and recovery time. We recommend that it should be taken daily for at least five days before your treatment day. It is available over the counter through most pharmacies and herbal food stores.
No alcohol being consumed a day before surgery as it increases the risk of procedural bleeding and hence any bruising and swelling. Alcohol and cigarettes also interfere with the normal healing process, increase the risk of potential complications and prolong the recovery time.
How much does it cost?
Most people opting for a MACS lift are also candidates for some other cosmetic procedures like brow lifts, eye lid surgery, neck lifts and skin resurfacing. At Medaesthetics® we offer value make-over packages, with significant discounts for patients opting for more than one procedure. A simple mini face lift costs between $6500 and $8500.
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Why choose Medaesthetics® for your mini face lift in Perth?
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Note: At Medaesthetics Subiaco, all procedures are carried out under Local Anaesthesia only, after careful patient selection. Patient deemed unfit or risky to undergo a surgical procedure under local anaesthesia alone are referred to a relevant plastic surgery clinic.
We require a 2 weeks “cooling off” period after your initial consultation before booking any surgical treatment.