Anticipated pain level Minimal
Anaesthesia Local or sedation
Duration of Surgery 2-3 hour
Scars Virtually invisible, in front of the ear
Final result After 3 months
Social isolation 8-12 days

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Procedure Overview


The MACS (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension) facelift or mini-facelift enables the slackening of the middle and lower part of the face to be corrected in order to redraw the oval of the face.


The Intervention

A MACS facelift takes place under local anaesthesia, usually associated with a light sedative (soothing), and takes about two hours. Through a limited incision in front of the ear, the sagging tissues are repositioned using an internal thread for fixing them at a higher level. The surgeon gets rid of the surplus skin before suturing the wound.

Results and Post-Operative Treatment

The patient can go home on the day of the intervention; the dressing and the drains can be removed the next day.

The face remains swollen for five to seven days and normal activity can be resumed eight to ten days after the intervention.

The final result can be seen after the operation.

The mini-facelift makes it possible to regain a lovely contour of the jaw and a firmer neck, and to lessen the folds by the side of the nose (nasolabial folds) and the bitterness wrinkles.

Know more about it

  • The facelift ends with a cleansing of the face and the application of a dressing that must be kept in place for 24 hours.
  • Two drains will be fitted in order to evacuate the seepage and are usually removed the next day.
  • The stitches will be removed after about 10 to 15 days.
  • After two to three weeks, the result can clearly be seen, but the healing process is only completely finished after two to three months.
  • A facelift involves risks that are inherent to any intervention: there is a possibility of bleeding or infection.
  • A facial nerve can be momentarily insensitive and cause symptoms of temporary paralysis, but these complications are extremely rare.
  • The beneficial effects of a mini-facelift last for approximately fifteen years.
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