An illustration of the technique Dr. Zuckerman uses for MACS Face Lift Surgery..
Each of the types of face lift surgery target different types of aging issues in the face. Each has a different incision pattern as well. See below for further details on each of the surgical procedures that Dr. Zuckerman performs. He will be happy to address any and all concerns you may have at your initial consultation.
Full Face Lift Surgery
Traditional face lift surgery typically involves incisions made above the hairline at the temples, extending to the front of the ear or inside the front cartilage and going behind the earlobe. Fat and skin is separated from the muscles, and the muscles are then tightened. Dr. Zuckerman then removes excess skin, and the skin is tightened to smooth out wrinkles and signs of aging. The incisions are then closed. The exact length of the surgery will depend on the extent of the procedure; however, the average operative time for these procedures is two to three hours. Face lift surgery is generally performed under general anesthesia and can be completed on an outpatient basis.
MACS Face Lift (Or Short Scar Face Lift)
Developed in 2002, the MACS Lift stands for Minimal Access Cranial Suspension and is often appropriate for patients who desire mid-facial rejuvenation. While most patients who opt for this procedure are typically those who are under 60, Dr. Zuckerman also performs the MACS Lift on older patients. The MACS Lift is designed for a bit more subtle rejuvenation: focusing on smoothing out the cheeks, reducing the appearance of jowls, and softening out wrinkles and creases in the nasolabial area (the region between the nose and mouth). With the MACS Lift, Dr. Zuckerman addresses the most visible signs of aging in the face. A small incision is made within the hairline and in front of the ear. Skin is separated from the fat and muscle, and the muscles are tightened. Dr. Zuckerman then lifts the skin vertically, not horizontally as in a traditional face lift; and he gently redrapes, but does not pull, the middle layer. The result can be a smoother, less aged appearance to the face that doesn’t give away the fact that you have had plastic surgery. MACS Lift can be performed under general anesthesia or, in some cases, local anesthesia. The procedure typically takes about 2 hours to complete.
Mid Face Lift (Or Mini Face Lift)
Wrinkles, excess skin and fat, undereye bags, and other signs of age that affect the nasolabial area, eyes, cheeks, and corners of the mouth can be addressed with a mid-face lift. Patients who have this procedure with Dr. Zuckerman are often those with relatively good skin elasticity and individuals who are not looking for results that are better attained with a full face lift procedure. A traditional mid-face lift procedure involves small incisions made within the hairline around the temples, and sometimes in the lower eyelid and in the mouth. Fat and muscle tissue are adjusted and the skin of the mid-face is pulled up for a smoother appearance. Mid-face lift surgery typically takes about two hours to complete under general anesthesia. The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis and can involve a variety of techniques, including endoscopic surgery which involves smaller incisions and typically a shorter recovery period. Dr. Zuckerman will discuss techniques that may be used at your initial consultation.
Non-Surgical Facial Treatments
For those with only mild volume loss or ptosis (sag), Dr. Zuckerman may be able to treat you with a variety of non-surgical injecatble treatments including Voluma for cheek enhancement, Botox to treat lines in the forehead and around the eyes, and Juvederm for nasolabial folds (parentheses around the mouth) rejuvenation. Laser Resurfacing may also be able to restore a more lustrous appearance to the skin and ameliorate brown or aging spots.
Face lift surgery can be performed at Dr. Zuckerman’s private, accredited operating room located inside his office in midtown Manhattan. This fully-equipped, state-of-the-art operatory is certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) as a medical environment that adheres only to the highest standard of care. This private facility allows Dr. Zuckerman and his staff to offer patients the utmost in discretion, confidentiality and convenience.
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