What is a MACS lift?
A MACS lift is one type of short-incision facelift that utilizes specialized techniques of suturing the internal structures of the face. This type of facelift has achieved great popularity worldwide. A MACS lift is an acronym for the Minimal Access Cranial Suspension lift pioneered by Drs. Tonnard and Verpaele in Belgium.
What is the facelift recovery time?
In general patients in our practice are able to return to sedentary occupations in about ten days or less.
Is anything removed from the face during a facelift?
Because the natural aging process will result in volume loss over time, Dr. O’Connell believes that nothing should be removed from the face, with the exception of fat in the neck and jowl area. Dr. O’Connell’s facelift techniques are volumizing in that they actually add or simulate the addition of volume to the face.
What type of anesthesia is used for a short incision facelift?
Dr. O’Connell prefers to perform facelift procedures under local anesthesia. Sometimes sedation is administered during the procedure. Many short-incision facelift procedures are performed without need for sedation in our office-based surgical facility.
What are the risks of a short incision facelift?
All surgery carries uncertainty and risk and a discussion of the alternatives and potential complications is an important part of your preoperative consultation(s) with Dr. O’Connell. The more common risks of a minimal incision facelift are bleeding, infection, unsatisfactory scars, hair loss and minor wound healing difficulties.
Can a facelift be done without scars?
Unfortunately no. All surgery leaves scars although facelifts are designed to hide the scars in natural creases or camouflage them with hair.
How long does a facelift last?
Facelifts don’t stop the aging process but merely “turn the clock back.” While a person’s lifestyle can greatly affect the aging process, most patients will look better than nature intended following a facelift for most of their life. Many patients never have a second facelift while others have additional procedures at a later time.
How long is the facelift recovery process?
Most patients are able to return to work in about 10 days. You should allow more time prior to major social engagements. Mini-facelift recovery time is slightly shorter.
Are other facial procedures performed at the same time?
Additional facial procedures such as eyelid surgery, brow lifting, liposuction of the neck, and fat transfers are often performed at the time of a facelift. Dr. O’Connell’s techniques are individualized for each patient, depending upon their aesthetic goals as well as the manifestations of facial aging that are present.
What type of anesthesia is used in facelift surgery?
Dr. O’Connell performs most traditional facelifts under local anesthesia with monitored anesthesia sedation. Many short-scar facelifts, or mini-lifts, are performed solely with local anesthesia.
What should I bring to my consultation with Dr. O'Connell?
Please bring some facial photographs in both profile and frontal view from approximately 10 years ago to your consultation. This helps Dr. O’Connell evaluate the effects of the aging process upon your face.
Are there risks involved with facial rejuvenation surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications. A careful consideration of the risks, alternatives, and potential benefits of any surgical procedure is an important part of the pre-operative consultative process that you will have with Dr. O’Connell.