Do you think that facelifts are only for grandmothers?
Well, we will debunk the idea!
Mini facelift (MACS) is a type of a facelift which attracts young women. As they are in their late thirties or forties, they start to experience jowls and excess skin especially in the lower third of the face. These issues may come with age, but can also be the result of a weight loss.
Mini face lifting is an efficient solution for people who are fed up with non-invasive treatments and are interested in low-maintenance solutions. Injectable fillers, Botox, lasers, threads, radio waves – these are great treatments, but they will not give dramatic effects. With time, to restore volume, you need to have more and more fillers injected but the truth is they work as tissue expanders, thus fail to bring good results. As you age, to get a visible rejuvenation effect, you need to tighten the skin and raise the tissues, rather than inject more fillers.
Mini face lifting is a good option for people who want to address:
- Excess skin in the lower third of the face
- Jowls which distort the face oval
- Sagging skin on the cheeks
- Marionette lines
A mini-facelift is a type of a face lifting with minimal incisions and short recovery period. It gives natural results, preserving patient’s natural facial characteristics. With all its benefits, MACS is not suitable for patients who developed excessive skin in the neck area (“turkey neck”). They will benefit more from SMAS or deep plane face lifting.
How it looks like?
It is performed under twilight sedation or general anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision in front of the ear, raises the facial-muscular system and stitches the tissues with maximum three fine sutures. Obviously, the most important goal is that after a mini lifting patient’s face looks natural, without the effect of being artificial or plastic. The skin cannot be pulled too tightly, otherwise you will have a mask instead of your natural face. The procedure ends with putting post-op dressing and elastic mask which should be worn for around 2 weeks.
Mini face lifting is often combined with additional procedures such as fat grafting, eye lifting (blepharoplasty), lip lift or lip augmentation with an implant. To address lost volume in the cheeks area, mini face lifting can be combined with fat grafting.
Before and after mini face lift
This young patient, only in her late twenties, wanted a more defined jawline as well as a slimmer face. Dr. Osuch performed a mini face lift, addressing lower third of her face. To complete her face makeover, she also had Bichat fat pads removed. After mini face lift her midface was lifted and contour became more defined.
This patient in her early fifties was unhappy with her jawline and sagging cheeks. Nasolabial folds were also visible on her face. To restore her youthful appearance a MACS lift performed under general anesthesia. On a second picture taken 2 months post-op, you can see a new line of her jawline. Face is new, but still hers.
Recovery and the scar
Once the procedure is finished, the surgeon places a tightening mask on the face. This is a sort of an elastic dressing supporting the healing process. After a 24-hour stay in the clinic, the patient can come back home. The sutures are removed in two steps: 7- and 14-days post-op. Return to normal professional activity is possible after 2 weeks, to the gym – 2 months post-op.p class="big">The scar is located in front of the ear. Initially, the scar is red and quite visible, but over time it fades and is increasingly difficult to spot. If you want it to be the least visible, pay attention to proper post-op care. Most important: the scar cannot be exposed to the sun during the first year from the surgery. Using creams with high solar filters is essential. After about a month you may start applying silicone gel on the scar.
|Required medical tests||Blood group, morphology (HGB, HCT, RBC, WBC, PLT, coagulation (prothrombin time, APTT, INR), antigens (HBS, HCV, HIV), resting ECG and X-ray with description, nasal swabs tested for bacteria|
|Contraindications||Diabetes, circulatory system diseases, unregulated hypertension, blood coagulation issues, pregnancy|
|Procedure time||3 hours|
|Time spent in the clinic||Up to 24 hours post-op|
|Coming back to gym||2 months post-op|
|Stitches removal||7-14 days post-op|