MACS stands for “Minimal Access Cranial Suspension.” This type of facelift surgery requires the placement of sutures in strategic places to tighten the SMAS layer with minimal scarring. This technique was developed in the early 2000s and is often a good choice for patients who desire facial rejuvenation in the cheek and jowl region. While most patients who opt for this procedure are typically those in their 40’s and 50’s who are beginning to show the signs of aging and have limited skin laxity, a MACS Lift can also be performed on select older patients.
What Is a MACS Lift?
The MACS Lift is designed for a subtle facial rejuvenation. The procedure focuses on elevating the cheeks, reducing the appearance of jowls, softening out the nasolabial area, and the neck region is addressed in a more limited fashion. The MACS Lift produces very natural-looking results by lifting the skin in a more vertical direction rather than a posterior one, eliminating the “windswept” look.
A MACS Lift typically is performed using a shorter scar, and often times, is called Short Scar Facelift, or S-Lift. Both the MACS Lift and Mini Lift techniques allow for a quick recovery while providing the patient with a long-lasting result. A mild degree of discomfort, bruising, and swelling will likely be present in the first few days after surgery, but most patients are able to resume normal activities at about 7-10 days after the procedure.