Alternatives For Facial Rejuvenation
However, a traditional facelift is an invasive procedure which can affect the patient’s facial features leading to major changes in appearance. This can be a discouraging factor for many people particularly younger people; which is where the MACS Facelift comes in.
Invented in Belgium, the Minimal Access Cranial Suspension facelift is a worthy alternative to the traditional facelift since it uses a minimal incision to lift and tighten the underlying facial muscles to rejuvenate the facial structure. Here’s more on the benefits of a MACS facelift:
The advantages of the MACS lift are:
- Short procedure: 1.5 – 2 hours
- The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis
- Local anaesthetic or intravenous sedation
- Corrects muscle and connective tissue using vertical lifting
- Permanent thread for Cranial Suspension
- Natural-looking effect
- Long-lasting results
- Fast recovery: 7 to 14 days
- Small scar: in the fold in front of the ear
- Safe, with very few complications
Due to its less invasive nature, a MACS facelift can be helpful for people in their late 30s onwards who want to renew their facial features and sagging jowls. One downfall of the surgery is that it will not assist in aging with the neck area.
The good news is that the procedure is performed under general anesthesia and can take approximately 3 hours. Tiny incisions are made in front of the patient’s ear then extended along the hairline.
A small area of the skin is lifted and a number of sutures woven into the patient’s muscle to restore its tightness and dictate a more vertical direction. Any excess skin around the hairline and eyelids is removed, then the skin is closed up.
This video describes how the MACS lift works and why it’s a great alternative for facial rejuvenation:
This incision technique is great since the scar blends with the patient’s hairline making it almost unnoticeable. Since the surgery is minimally invasive, the recovery time is a lot shorter compared to the traditional facelift and will take a couple weeks for a full recovery.
The MACS Lift has been around since the early 2000s, so it’s not new technology. It has become a good alternative to a traditional facelift for people that want to avoid that windblown look but still have a noticeable change in their appearance.
How Expensive is a MACS Lift?
The cost of getting a MACS facelift varies depending on location and the surgeon but will be anywhere between $4,000 to $14,000. In Southern California, you will be looking at $6,000 minimum. Here’s more on the cost:
A mini facelift typically costs between $3,500 and $8,000, depending on geographic location and the individual patient. For example, Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Massachusetts charges between$3,500 and $6,500. And Robert Kearney MD in California charges about $7,000. The Cardiff Medical Spa in California charges $7,000, or $8,000 with liposuction included. Surgeons at RealSelf.com say the cost can range from $4,500 to as high as $16,000, which would be unusual.
See more of this information on Cost Helper.com.
You’re always best to go to a reputable surgeon with plenty of experience in the technique but as you can see in the above post, location matters. California plastic surgeons tend to charge a premium price due to the large population, high cost of living, and demand for their services.