Facelift / MACS-Lift / Mini-S Lift:
As people age, gravity, sun exposure and
the stresses of daily life can take its toll. Patients commonly
complain about their sagging neck, jowling, facial lines and
skin laxity. Friends and family may ask if you are “tired
or sleep deprived”, which may not be true. Often the
youthful person inside does not correspond with what one sees
in the mirror.
A facelift can't stop this aging process.
What it can do is set back the clock, improving the most visible
signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening the neck
and jaw line. A facelift can be done alone or in conjunction
with other procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery
or nose surgery.
The Best Candidate for a Facelift
The best candidate for a facelift is a
man or woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose
skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is
strong and well-defined. Most patients are in their forties
to sixties, but facelifts can be done successfully on people
in their seventies or eighties as well. Sometimes fat injections
and the use of facial implants can restore facial anatomical
deficiencies. The exact procedure, which is best for you,
will be determined by your aesthetic goals and needs.
Dr. Zahir places incisions hidden in skin
folds or hairlines and on the inside of the ear. He then separates
the skin from its underlying tissues and tightens the superficial
muscular system (SMAS) and neck muscle (platysma). Excess
skin is removed and the area is sutured snugly in place. Bandages
are applied and most patients go home after surgery.
These procedures can be performed in the
office under local anesthesia or in the outpatient facility
under general anesthesia. Surgical selection is based on overall
health. Pain is minimal and relieved with oral pain medications.
Bruising and swelling is minimal with the use of Dr. Zahir’s
technique and treatment protocol, which is started 3 days
prior to surgery. Patients can return to work or social situations
within 7 –10 days. There are no sutures that need to
be removed after surgery. The choices for minimal incision
facial rejuvenation include the MACS-Lift and the Mini-S Lift.
These are both good options for patients who want to look
their best for an event fairly soon and who want to minimize
time away from work.
MACS-Lift (The Minimal
Access Cranial Suspension-Lift)
The advantages of this technique include the incision being
limited to the crease in front of the ear and hairline above
the ear. This technique has long-lasting results because the
soft tissue from the upper neck, jowls, and cheeks is elevated
and firmly anchored to the deep structures of the temple.
In some patients, results of the MACS-Lift can be comparable
to those achieved with more aggressive procedures.
Mini-S Lift (The Mini
Short Scar Facelift)
A ‘Mini-S lift’ can erase years from a person’s
appearance in a relatively short amount of time. It is also
known as: short-scar face lift, S-lift and various other similarly
named procedures. The Short Scar facelift procedure is a minimally
invasive lift with an incision half the length of a traditional
facelift incision. This procedure allows for placement of
incisions in front of the ear and up to half the length of
the posterior ear.
While the Mini-S face lift works well for
people who cannot commit to significant recovery time, a full
facelift still produces the most dramatic results because
it tightens skin in the cheeks, chin, jowls and neck. This
procedure is often performed in conjunction with forehead
and eyelid surgery.
The Mini-S lift belongs to a group of procedures
known as partial facial procedures, which can be undertaken
incrementally or in combination to achieve significant yet
natural-looking results. Some of the more popular partial
facial procedures include: mid face lift (cheek lift), forehead
lift (brow lift), neck lift (cervicoplasty) or eyelid lift
(blepharoplasty). One major advantage of partial facial procedures
is their shorter at-home recovery period. For example, mini
face lift patients can return to work sooner than the one
to two weeks required after a full face lift. However, since
everyone heals differently, we recommend scheduling any
facial procedures at least four to six weeks before a special
Which facelift procedure is best for you?
The outcome of both minimal incision facelift procedures provides
far more than a “minimal” result. The choice of
procedures depends on what your facial assessment requires.
Only an in depth cosmetic consultation with Dr. Zahir can
determine your cosmetic needs. The aging process continues,
but you will always look younger than someone who has not
had a facelift.
For a facelift in Virginia or Bethesda MD contact board certified plastic surgeon Khalique Zahir.
[ POST-OP INFO
] [ PHOTO GALLERY