The mini facelift has become a powerful technique for facial rejuvenation. The classic facelift typically involves making an incision in front of and behind the ear. This can allow redraping of the skin around the mid and lower face and neck. The classic facelift techniques of the past have evolved now to give very excellent and natural results with shorter recovery, less incision, and potentially few complications (particularly to the facial nerves below). The “mini” or “minimal access” techniques have evolved from European plastic surgeons and is more in line with the demands of the European patient, who desire a more natural lift that is less exaggerated and has fewer telltales signs of surgical manipulation.
Importantly, all facelifts must address the SMAS (superficial musculo aponeurotic system) layer. This is the strong fascia layer underneath the skin, which is important in pulling and holding the tissues of the face in the vertical direction. This lifting technique is the most powerful way to address the effects of gravity and loss of tissue strength over time. Adressing the SMAS in the appropriate way can improve the 3-dimensional volume of the face as well as the longevity and effectiveness of the lift.
The MACS lift, (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension) is a more accurate term for a mini facelift which combines the lift of the skin and also the SMAS. The vertical lift of the SMAS can improve the jowls and lower mid face significantly. The lost volume of tissue is now raised into a more natural and youthful position around the cheek.
The key advantages of a Mini Facelift or MACS Lift is the shorter recovery period, and the possibility to have a facelift under local anesthesia If desired. The word “mini” can be deceptive in terms of its power and effectiveness. It can be combined with upper and lower eyelid procedures to rejunenate all areas of the face.
I would be happy to discuss this technique in more detail and determine if you are the right candidate for this procedure.