Dr. Zuckerman's Guide to the MACS Lift (Short Scar Face Lift)

Face lift surgery performed by Dr. Zuckerman before & after outcome left oblique 1yr post-op. For more of Dr. Zuckerman's face lift surgery before & after images, visit the full Before & After Page.

One of the most popular surgical aesthetic enhancement procedures in Dr. Zuckerman's practice is facelift surgery, designed to significantly reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles and other signs of aging in the face. Over the years, techniques for providing patients with face lift surgery have seen remarkable innovations that improve results and quicken the procedure and recovery time. One of these procedures is the MACS Lift, also known as the Short Scar Face Lift. With the MACS Lift, Dr. Zuckerman is able to produce more natural-looking results by lifting the skin vertically instead of horizontally, eliminating the risk of attaining a “windswept” look. Plus, the MACS Lift uses smaller incisions that are hidden within the hairline, and offers a shorter and easier recovery period. Dr. Zuckerman trained with the inventor of this technique is extremely adept and experienced with all manner of facial plastic surgery procedures and can provide you with results that look natural and not “windblown.” His goal is to provide you with safe, effective procedures that do not give you the appearance of someone who has had plastic surgery.

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The Surgery

MACS Facelift

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 ½ hours to complete.

The MACS Lift can be performed at one of Dr. Zuckerman's operating rooms located in midtown Manhattan. Accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF), these state-of-the-art operatories are certified as employing only the most rigorous safety standards and offering the highest level of care.

Recovery

Patients can expect a more rapid recovery period from MACS Lift than from a traditional face lift. A mild degree of pain, discomfort, bruising, and swelling will likely be present in the first few days after surgery; however, this can be controlled with medication and should dissipate fairly quickly. Many patients are able to resume normal daily activities at about 7 days after the procedure.

Risks

Dr. Zuckerman is highly experienced with successful face lift surgery and will take every precaution to minimize risks of complications and see that your procedure is safe and effective from before surgery right through to the recovery process. He can address any questions or concerns you may have during your MACS Lift surgery consultation.

Before & After Results

View more Before & After results for face lift surgery in the Before & After section of Dr. Zuckerman's website.

Ready for your consultation?

Are you ready for your consultation with Dr. Zuckerman? During your consultation, Dr. Zuckerman can address concerns and any questions you may have about the surgery. He will also discuss with you the details of his approach: incision location(s), procedure length and techniques, likely operative outcome, etc. Contact his office via the request form or call any of his four physical office locations. Dr. Zuckerman also offers consultations via Skype and a process for out-of-town patients to visit New York to have surgery.