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  • The MACS facelift (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension) is a surgical procedure to improve a sagging mid and lower face. This mini facelift technique was devised in Belgium and is suitable for people from 40 to 55. It is a short scar technique and does not involve a long scar behind the ear.

    What it does

    It can restore a youthful-looking jaw line, reduce jowls, and bring back the "apple" of the cheek that tends to sag with ageing. It is often used in men to reduce visible scarring. It produces a fresh natural rather, than stretched, appearance.

    A MACS mini facelift will not remove bags or wrinkles from around the eyes or forehead, or correct sun-damaged skin. It produces a limited improvement to the nose to mouth (Naso-labial) lines.

    The whole operation takes about 3 hours to complete and is performed under a general anaesthetic. You will probably stay in hospital for two days afterwards.

    What is involved

    Your surgeon will make incisions in your temples and in the natural crease in front of your ears. The fibrous tissues under the skin are tightened with permanent stitches fixed close to your cheek bones or the connective tissue under the skin. These stitches pass down to your neck, jowls and cheek fat pads. You are likely to have liposuction under your chin at the same time. This removes fatty tissue from your neck and "frees up" more excess skin for re-draping.

    If your neck is particularly saggy, your surgeon may need to make incisions behind your ears as well as to correct this. It is possible for you to have eyelid surgery at the same time.

    Your recovery

    Mini facelift procedures are typically less invasive than a traditional facelift: because of this you can expect a shorter recovery time from your MACS facelift. The MACS mini facelift is a less invasive procedure than a traditional facelift and because of this can have a shorter recovery time.

    Bandages: for the first night after your operation youíll wear a firm bulky bandage. You will have to have small non-suction drainage tubes inserted behind your ears. The bandage will be removed the following day along with the drains. Following this, you will need to wear a light, elasticated "chin-up" bandage for one week. You will also need to wear this bandage for a further five weeks in the evening.

    Source: aurora-clinics.co.uk