As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, and the stresses of daily life can be seen in their faces. Deep creases form between the nose and mouth; the jaw line grows slack and jowly; folds and fat deposits appear around the neck. A face lift cannot stop this ageing process. What it can do is ‘set back the clock’, improving the most visible signs of ageing by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and re-draping the skin of your face and neck making you look younger and fresher, and it may enhance your self- confidence in the process.
When undergoing facial rejuvenation, the cosmetic units in the face are assessed to see how they contribute to the individuals overall appearance:
– Brows and upper eyelids
– Lower eyelids and cheeks (midface)
– Lower face/chin and neck
These components are then addressed to meet the individual’s particular needs and goals. There has been a paradigm shift in recent years which has seen less use of ‘subtractive techniques’ which give a skeletonised and, hence, an aged or done look. These have been replaced with ‘restorative techniques’ which maximally reposition and recontour the facial cosmetic areas and remove only as much tissue as necessary. The MACS-lift is a relatively new technique that provides an overall face lift to the mid and lower third of your face. Compared to a traditional face lift, it is a quicker operation with a much faster recovery. The MACS-lift is particularly well suited for middle-aged and younger patients and can make a dramatic change in the way you look by tightening sagging muscles and skin of the cheeks and jowls. A MACS-lift may be combined with facial and neck liposuction. Results from your MACS-lift can be further enhanced with subsequent laser skin tightening to smooth wrinkles and provide greater skin contraction.
Length of surgery:
2 to 4 hours. If you are also having brow lift and eyelid surgery, may take 3 to 6 hours
Back to work in 10 to 14 days. More strenuous activity, wait 2 weeks or more. Bruising lasts 2 to 3 weeks. Must limit exposure to sun and wear SPF 30 or higher for 6 months
Duration of results:
7 to 10 years. Final result seen in 4 to 8 weeks