If you are bothered by your drooping jowls, or the baggy, sagging facial skin, facelift surgery may be the ideal option for you. Technically known as rhytidectomy, this surgical procedure improves visible signs of aging by tightening of the tissues and muscles in the face areas.

Do you wish to revitalize your looks but scare of potential risks involved with invasive facelift surgery, such as scarring? Not anymore. You can now rejuvenate your face without a full facelift surgery. The MACS, or minimal-access cranial suspension, is a very recent short scar facelift technique that improves a sagging mid and lower face through smaller incisions.

What is MACS facelift?
It is a new European facelift technique that is less invasive than traditional facelift procedure and leaves a shorter scar. A MACS lift delivers aesthetic results that are equal to those that can be utilized using more invasive techniques. The surgery involves smaller surgical cuts; because of this you can expect less complications and risks and shorter recovery time.

This mini facelift technique was created by Belgian doctors and is suitable for men and women in their 40s and early 50s.

What is Involves?
In MACS facelift surgery, a plastic surgeon makes smaller incisions along the hairline and in front of the ears, and tightens fibrous tissues under the skin using non-dissolvable stitches. The sagging tissues are lifted and firmly attached to the deep strong structures of the temples. MACS facelift can be done on an outpatient basis while you are under local anesthesia with sedation. The surgery takes about two hours to complete versus the four to five hours required for a standard facelift.

What It Can Do?
The MACS facelift mainly rejuvenates the neck and jawline area. Minor jowling on the bottom part of the face and laxity at the jaw line can be treated successfully with this minimally invasive form of facelift. The folds and fat deposits that appear between your nose and mouth can also be reduced with this facial surgery.

What can Can not Do?
A MACS mini facelift will not remove wrinkles from around the eyes or forehead, or treat sun-damaged skin. It produces a limited improvement to the naso-labial lines (from the nose to corner of the mouth).

Who is a MACS Facelift Candidate?
The MACS facelift is ideal for the people with sagging skin on the cheeks and mid-face. This facial rejuvenation surgery is probably best suited to the patient between the ages of 40 and 60. Other good candidates may be those who have started to notice jowling and sagging skin on the face and neck after drastic weight loss.

What are the advantages?
MACS facelift is not quite as invasive as a traditional facelift technique, resulting in less facial swelling and bruising.
The operation requires short incisions to remove excessive jowling, which minimizes the probability of post-operative bleeding and circulatory disturbances.
The surgery involves relatively little underlining and produces better cosmetic results with minimal scarring when compared with a traditional face lift.
Limited skin underlining (lifting the skin from the muscle), shorter operative time, faster recovery time, and less potential for risks and complications are other advantages of the MACS facelift surgery.
The procedure gives you refreshed and youthful skin.
MACS facelift can be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as rhinoplasty, eyelid reduction, neck lift, and brow lift.

Possible Side Effects
A MACS lift patient may experience some bruising, particularly around the eyes. Swelling may persist for a few months after the operation particularly in patients who are susceptible to fluid retention. Infection, hematoma, skin discoloration and delayed wound healing are other possible complications associated with the MACS facelift surgery.