A MACS Mini-Facelift is an operation designed to counteract the effects of aging and gravity for the younger patient, or patient with early signs of aging. The skin starts losing its elasticity and begins to sag as early as the mid-thirties in many people, continuing to sag and lose elasticity as the aging process continues. Creases form in the forehead and mid-face region, smile lines deepen and jowls become more prominent. The skin around the neck sags and fat may deposit in the neck and beneath the chin. Fat is lost in the mid-face, deflating the region.
The MACS MINI-Facelift Short Scar Technique is a facelift designed in Europe to achieve maximal results with smaller incisions, creating shorter scars and fewer traumas, permitting a shorter recovery time. This procedure achieves the goals of older, more invasive facelift techniques by tightening the deeper layers of the face and lifting the excess skin in an upward, more natural fashion. The result provides a natural, rejuvenated appearance, without stretching the skin in an unnatural, taught fashion. This technique was built on a solid foundation of technology, theories and techniques that have evolved throughout the 20th century.
I have been performing MACS Mini-Facelift Surgery in NYC for over 20 years and I possess the experience and skill to enable you to look your best, no matter what your age! The consultation process (plan on spending at least one hour), includes an in-depth discussion about your desires with regard to MACS Mini-Facelift Surgery. It is the surgeon’s task to explain all aspects of the operation, the pros and cons, and most importantly, the concept of realistic expectations with regard to your postoperative result. Many people have the incorrect perception that plastic surgery means “no scars.” In reality, any time an incision is made on the skin, a scar is formed by the body’s own healing process. I hide or camouflage the scars in portions of the face that do not reflect light and are not easily seen.
Candidates for MACS Mini-Facelift Surgery
If you have concerns about the aging process, and wish to slow down and even reverse the effects of Father Time, then MACS Mini-Facelift Surgery is an excellent option for you. Stand in front of a mirror and lightly pull your neck and facial skin upwards with both hands, a common maneuver demonstrated by patients to allow their surgeons to understand their desired result.
This maneuver demonstrates the basic principles of the MACS Mini-Facelift technique. This technique is well suited for many patients in all age groups. This type of surgery can enhance and improve the appearance of your face. The best candidates for MACS Mini-Facelift Surgery are healthy individuals and non-smokers who are realistic about what the surgery can afford after a complete consultation. The best results are usually achieved in patients who understand the limitations of the surgery, and prefer their postoperative result to be natural and attractive, and not overdone.
The MACS Mini-Facelift Procedure
MACS Mini-Facelift Surgery is performed in my state of the art, fully certified operative suite in my office located on the Upper East Side in NYC. Depending on the procedure, I utilize either general anesthesia, or local anesthesia with sedation, administered by one of our experienced, board certified anesthesiologists. Recovery after surgery takes 1-2 hours, with my RN at your side at all times. For your safety, I require that a friend, family member or private duty nurse accompany you home and spend at least one night with you. You will be given a follow-up appointment with me in 1-3 days. All stitches are removed within 10-14 days.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
MACS Mini-Facelift Recovery
Most of my patients return to work within 7-14 days postoperatively, and pain after surgery is well controlled with pain medication. My staff and I will counsel you regarding all aspects of scar care to achieve the best possible, least noticeable scars.
I have a great deal of experience with all aspects of MACS Mini-Facelift Surgery, and comfortably possess the required expertise to allow me to achieve the best possible results for you.
A MACS Mini-Facelift can make you look younger and fresher and also enhances your self-confidence. Patients should have reasonable expectations prior to undergoing MACS Mini-
Facelift Surgery and realize that while they will look younger, fresher and more rested, the clock can’t be turned back indefinitely. A Facelift does not stop the aging process, but it does click it backwards!
MACS Mini-Facelift FAQs
I am concerned about the scars on my face after MACS Mini-Facelift Surgery, will they be obvious?
The incisions for all Facelift Surgery are designed to heal well and fall into the topography of the face and scars usually become imperceptible. Scars are shorter with this technique. Smoking greatly affects the healing and scarring process, and for that reason I require patients who smoke stop for at least 2 weeks before and after surgery.
What is the recovery process like after MACS Mini-Facelift Surgery?
The face has a robust blood supply which allows healing and scarring to be optimal. However, because of that great blood supply, swelling immediately after surgery is significant, but normal and resolves over the next several days. Bruising can also be significant, but this too is normal and resolves in about a week, but can readily be covered with makeup. For the above reasons, I counsel my MACS Mini-Facelift patients to plan on 1 week recovery.
How long does MACS Mini-Facelift Surgery take?
MACS Mini-Facelift usually takes approximately 2-3 hours. Often times complimentary surgery like eyelid, nasal or forehead procedures are added. This increases surgical time by 1-3 hours. Our anesthesiologists keep you comfortable and resting, and you will not know the difference.
How long will the benefits achieved from my MACS Mini-Facelift Surgery last?
Each individual ages differently. Also factors like smoking, sun exposure and skin care greatly affects the longevity of your Facelift. Generally, those patients who take care of themselves enjoy the results for some 8-10 years. Remember even though you mow the lawn, the grass keeps growing!
Why should I get an eyelid tuck at the same time as my MACS Mini-Facelift Surgery?
Sometimes I recommend either eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and/or brow lift to be done at the same time as Facelift Surgery. The reason being patients with signs of aging around the eyes or forehead seem more prominent and noticeable after their Facelift. Therefore, it is better to address all aspects of the aging face when having a Facelift.