The Mini-Face Lift Modified: The MACS Lift
A number of "infomercials" advertising the "Lifestyle Lift" have been running for a couple of years now. They show women talking about this "one-and-a-half hour" procedure that dramatically changes the way they look. What these and other catchy names (quick-lift, weekend facelift) promote is a type of facelift called a mini-facelift. It has been around for decades, and gets reinvented every few years with fancy advertising, but they all operate from the same premise: short scars, minimal down-time, and dramatic results.
While mini-facelifts procedure can provide excellent improvements in select patients, it is important to understand several important considerations. First, limited surgeries provide limited results. A lot of the patients shown in the advertisements have more than just a mini-facelift. If they look like their neck, eyes and brow area are improved, they got something done to those areas as well. Second, limited surgeries have limited lasting effects: a mini-facelift provides nice short-term results, but they can virtually fade in a year or two. Finally, The scarring from these types of lifts can often be a problem, since much of the lift is done on the skin only, which results in wide scars.
A procedure that combines the advantages of the mini-facelift with a longer lasting result is the MACS lift (minimal access cranial suspension). This operation uses short scars to do a mini-facelift, but also tightens the deeper layer to provide a longer lasting lift. The procedure can be done in the office under local anesthesia with oral sedation, or it can be done under general anesthesia. The costs are lower, and the recovery time is significantly less than a full facelift.