For those who do not like injectables, and those that need a quick lift without less than a week of downtime, look no further than the MACS lift. MACS is an acronym that stands for “Minimal Access Cranial Suspension”, or MACS. In this procedure, a different type of incision is used than a limited incision lift. Here, the incision is carried further into the hairline, as lateral brow elevation is one of the outcomes of this technique.
MACS lifts are strong, durable, and in the right patient, they offer world class results. We believe this specific technique is best utilized in men and women who have minimal neck descent, but lateral and lower face descent. These lifts do involve relocation of the SMAS layer, or deep skin layer. In this procedure, elevation is produced by a plication technique at specific locations in the fixed and mobile SMAS planes. As such, MACS lifts can provide durable rejuvenation for years in patients who are best suited for this approach.
Who is best suited for MACS lifts?
Patients who present with cheek, jowl, or lower face descent are best suited for MACS lifts. However, the bulk of the MACS effect is at the jawline and above. As such, we do not prefer this technique in patients who place a premium on neck rejuvenation. In patients whose neck is a concern, we recommend either a Limited Incision Ocean Drive Facelift®, or full Facelift procedure.