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MACS (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension) Lift – The “Short Scar” Facelift

The days where facelifts resulted in a “windblown” appearance or are “pulled too tight” should be long gone. Over the past decade, as we have learned how the face ages, we have changed our perspectives on how to treat facial aging – all while refining our techniques. We have learned how to accomplish the same goals through smaller incisions. We have learned to replace what has been lost through atrophy without overdoing it.

iconHow Our Face Ages

Aging is the natural wear and tear of the body’s component parts. It’s inevitable, and endlessly intriguing. While many age-related changes cannot be prevented, a lifestyle that includes exercise and a well-balanced diet will slow or minimize many problems related to aging.

  • Skin – As we age collagen and elastin degenerate, setting the stage for the appearance of wrinkles, crease, folds, and furrows.
  • Muscle – As muscles age, they begin to shrink and lose mass. The number and size of muscle fibers decrease. This makes muscles less responsive in our 60s than they were in our 20s.
  • Fat – There are 13 different discrete fat pockets in the face that result in a youthful appearance. As we age, these fat pockets atrophy and become smaller, thereby leaving loose skin.
  • Bones – The mineral content of bones decreases over time, and resorption of bone occurs over time. This leads to less prominent areas of the midface.