As we age, the facial contour changes as a result of the loss of facial volume and fat, impaired skin elasticity, and gravity. Modern surgery has led to the discovery of numerous techniques to improve facial ageing and one of them is the MACS facelift.
A facelift, medically known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that aims to give a more youthful appearance by reshaping the lower half of the face through the surgical removal of the excess skin. It can tighten loose skin around the jawline and improve the appearance of facial lines around the mouth and nose.
MACS (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension) facelift is a technique which uses a minimal scar to effectively lift the lower third of the face. Unlike the traditional facelift which stretches the skin and leaving a wind-tunnel look, MACS facelift targets tissues at a deeper level and results to a naturally youthful appearance.
Moreover, MACS facelift is ideal for healthy individuals, usually in their 30s to early 50s, who present loose facial skin and with good skin elasticity.
The advantages of a MACS lift procedure compared to traditional facelift are a quick procedure and recovery period, shorter and inconspicuous scars, and the option of doing it as an outpatient surgery under local anaesthesia with mild sedation.
Perhaps, the most important factor that makes MACS lift ideal is that it is considered a relatively safe procedure because complications such as bruises and postoperative numbness are significantly reduced.
A MACS lift procedure is considered as a quick procedure and usually lasts around three to three and a half hours. MACS facelift can, therefore, be combined with other procedures such as blepharoplasty, liposuction, fat injection and even mesotherapy treatments to enhance the forehead, cheeks, and eyelids.
Complications associated with a facelift are infrequent so long as they are done by a certified plastic surgeon. However, any surgeries or treatments come with some risks and complications.
In MACS facelift, the most common include minimal bruises, swelling, numbness and scarring. Some serious but less common are infections, bleeding and facial asymmetry.
Mild discomfort and pain may be experienced the following day and can be managed through over-the-counter pain relievers. Bruises and swelling around the face and neck are most prominent for the first couple of days and may persist for a few more days. Intermittent cold compress application may be applied for the first day as recommended by the surgeon. A compression garment which sits on the chin and around the head is to be worn for a week.
A soft diet is recommended for the first few days to lessen the tension exerted to the surgical areas. Numbness and stiffness for some time are normal. Most patients recover after a week to a couple of weeks following the surgery.
Stitches are typically removed ten days after the surgery and camouflage make-up can be applied once the wounds have fully closed.
At first, the scars will appear reddish and elevated, but after a few months and sometimes nearly a year, it will eventually lighten and become unnoticeable.
Is MACS facelift worth it?
MACS facelift effectively achieves a more youthful facial appearance. It reduces the sagginess around the jawline and improves facial lines around the mouth.
MACS lift, as with most facelift, does not last forever due to increasing age and the possibility of having recurrent loose skin. However, it may take years before this occurs.
Here in Dubai, MACS FACELIFT is available at London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery located in Dubai Healthcare City.
Drs. Maurizio and Roberto Viel have over 25 years of experience in the field of cosmetic surgery industry and are known for their expertise in cosmetic treatments and surgeries.
To book an appointment at our LCAS 15 Harley Street, London practice, please call +44 207 636 4272 or email info@LCAS.com