Question: What exactly is a MACS facelift? Is it as effective as the traditional facelift?
Answer: MACS facelift stands for Minimal Access Cranial Suspension. This is a type of facelifting procedure which involves short incisions. Also, the vector with the direction of lift tends to be in a more vertical or upward fashion. The people who like this surgery state that it is a quicker surgery so that there’s a shorter operative time with less intraoperative risks and a quicker recovery. Also, the scar is a much shorter scar in front of the ear and heals very well. The technique itself is minimally invasive and has less risk of bleeding or nerve damage. In facelifting, it’s difficult to have scientific evidence as to which is the highest quality as in, for example, a clinical trial for a drug. Which is better really depends on the surgeon. The surgeons who use a traditional facelift will favor this approach, and the surgeons who are doing the new lift or the MACS lift will favor that approach. So it’s very difficult to say which is better. However, surgeons performing the MACS lift are very happy with it and their patients are also very happy. It is best to consult with a surgeon whose experience will give you a full understanding of all the techniques of facelift.