The MACS-Lift stands for minimal access cranial suspension. This facelift lifts the middle part of the face, giving cheeks more definition and the nose lip fold less visible. The sagging at the jawline and under the chin are not included. It is a suitable treatment for ages 45-50 when the skin begins to lose elasticity and sagging around the cheeks.
A MACS-Lift is a less invasive alternative to a classic facelift. The relatively small incisions start at the temple hairline, run along the crease of the ear and end at the earlobe. Because it is a less extensive procedure, the MACS facelift usually has a faster recovery time than a classic facelift. This also means that the MACS-Lift cannot give the desired results for everyone. Whether this lift is suitable is determined by age, quality of the skin and the volume in the face.
The procedure for a MACS facelift takes place under intoxication and with local anesthetic. This means that you will sleep during the procedure and you will not feel any pain. You are therefore very sleepy and relaxed and will not experience much of the procedure.
The surgeon makes short, L-shaped incisions in the hairline next to the temple, in front of the ear up to the earlobe. This minimizes the risk of visible scars, as they fall into the natural folds of the ear. The subcutaneous tissue is lifted and secured with sutures. These will dissolve on their own while the tissue heals in the new position. The procedure takes an average of two hours.
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A facelift is always preceded by several consultations with our plastic surgeon. During the no-obligation consultation, you have plenty of room to ask your questions in a personal conversation. And to express your wishes and expectations about the treatment. Our surgeon Dr. Thanya Tha-In assesses whether a facelift is a suitable treatment for you and which type of facelift gives the best result. You will receive all the information about the facelift treatment and you will receive an explanation of the entire treatment process, from precaution to aftercare. You will be told what end result you can expect from the treatment. Photos are taken beforehand, which are placed next to the photos after the surgery. You can see the natural result of the facelift beautifully.
To understand where you come from and why you would like a facelift, we would like to take the time to get to know you well. The most important thing about the entire treatment is that we understand what your wishes are. Do you want a natural result that suits your age? What are your main advantages and disadvantages? How is the symmetry of your face? By getting to know you, we understand what you want. Ultimately, it’s about you. You can take the time to make your decision. It’s your face! We bring your inner beauty and your outer beauty back into balance.
A MACS-Lift facelift is an outpatient treatment that does not require hospitalization. You can go home after the procedure and after a short rest. You are just not allowed to drive yourself yet. In that case, take someone with you to our clinic or have someone pick you up by car after the treatment. Various facelift treatments are performed under anesthesia in our clinic. With a MACS lift, not only the skin is lifted, the underlying connective and muscle tissue is also stretched and the prolapsed fat tissue is returned to its original location.
The MACS lift takes approximately 2 hours, during which both the skin of the cheek and the underlying supporting tissue are lifted. Your jawline tightens and your nasal lip fold more prominent. The first result is already visible after 1 to 2 weeks. The definitive, natural result shows itself after a few months to a year. The result lasts a long time. The skin aging will continue. A facelift can be repeated after 10 to 15 years.
We are happy to guide you through the entire treatment and healing process. We work with a specially developed pre and aftercare protocol, so that you are optimally prepared and enjoy your recovery. The few days after the MACS-Lift, your face is somewhat swollen and feels tight. For light after pain, taking a paracetamol is sufficient. The swelling and bruising will go away on its own within a few weeks. Take sufficient rest in the first week and sleep in the supine position on an extra pillow. This helps against swelling, reduces the risk of bleeding afterwards and promotes the healing process. For the first three weeks, avoid pressing, straining, bending, or lifting. Do not engage in vigorous physical activity in the first six weeks.
You achieve the best result and the fastest healing with a healthy lifestyle. In any case, stop smoking until the stitches are out, do not drink hot drinks to prevent facial congestion and do not chew solid food intensively. Otherwise, this will put pressure on the sutures in the face. After the S-Lift, keep moving normally to keep blood circulation going and the wound healing quickly. You will be presentable again after one to two weeks and able to resume your daily social activities. For the first three months, do not expose your facial skin to strong sunlight and do not use the tanning bed or the sauna. We recommend a number of connective tissue massages from 3 months after the treatment. This makes the skin, underlying tissues and scars supple and soft, and promotes recovery.
A MACS-Lift is a common surgical procedure at Skin + Surgery Clinics, with a very low risk of complications. In some cases an allergic reaction, bleeding or infection may occur. However, this is rare, as our highly qualified and experienced specialists work according to the most modern treatment techniques and use the best instruments.
Occasionally, specific complications can arise such as nerve damage, asymmetry, hypertrophic (red, itchy) scars, hair loss, or numbness of part of your face, which is usually not permanent. If in doubt, please immediately contact your treating physician at Skin + Surgery. Our doctors are easily accessible.
Dr. Thanya Tha-In
Surgeon and Certified Cosmetic PhysicianDoctor Thanya Tha-In is a surgeon and certified cosmetic doctor known as one of the best in her field. Thanya looks beyond the area to be treated and is genuinely interested in you as a person. She explains the possibilities with care and attention and is realistic in the expected result. This applies to treatment with injectables, but just as well to a surgical procedure. Read more about our specialists
Please note: Facelifts are now widely offered by clinics and healthcare professionals, often at competitive rates and with high discounts. Unfortunately, this often means that the procedure is not performed by an experienced surgeon. Always be well informed during a personal consultation and remember: if something seems too good to be true, it often is.
Prices and fees
Skin + Surgery Clinics delivers the highest quality at a competitive price. The costs of a MACS-Lift are transparent and clear. A facelift will only be reimbursed for medical reasons.
Facelift S-lift€ 3500,-
Facelift MACS Lift€ 4000,-
Facelift and neck lift€ 9000,-
Dr. Tha-In Signature Lift€ 10.000,-
Neck lift in combination with platysmaplasty€ 5000,-
Liposuction neck€ 1500,-
Face slimming€ 3000,-
General anesthesia (if desired or necessary)€ 950,- per hour
Frequently Asked Questions
A MACS-Lift facelift is by definition a surgical procedure. That means you will be operated on. It is a treatment that is performed when the skin on your face starts to sag with age. During the procedure, the skin is tightened and lifted. This gives your face a youthful contour.
If a MACS-Lift cannot produce the desired result, the surgeon will recommend a different lift. At Skin + Surgery we specialize in different types of lifts and techniques.
The S-Lift </ a> : only the skin of the cheek is lifted, which is why the procedure is also called ‘minilift’ or ‘mini facelift’. This technique is suitable until a certain age and when the sagging has been limited to the top layer of the skin. If there is also slackening of the underlying tissue layers, the MACS-Lift or a facelift will be a better choice.
Face and neck lift </ a> : With a face / neck lift, an extended incision behind the ear not only lifts the skin of the cheek and the underlying supporting tissue, but also lifts the neck.
Necklift with platysmaplasty </ b >: this lift is recommended if especially the neck (and underlying muscles) are relaxed. The skin of the face is not lifted with this treatment.
Face slimming </ b>: this unique treatment tackles chubby hamster cheeks and a stubborn double chin. In this case, there is no question of enormous slackening, but there is unwanted volume, which gives you, for example, a baby face .
Dr. Tha-In Signature Lift : all of Dr. Tha-In together. Combining her many years of experience, this lift allows her to tackle multiple problem areas at once and achieve amazing results.
A MACS lift is suitable for people who want a natural change in their face and want to remedy the sagging that has developed over the years. The degree of sagging of the skin and underlying tissues determine whether a MACS-Lift is necessary. The surgeon will always assess whether this can give you the desired result, or if another lift is a more suitable alternative.
It is a relatively short procedure of approximately 2 hours, which can be performed under local anesthesia. This means there are no additional risks that do apply to general anesthesia.
The incisions, and therefore the scars, are relatively small compared to a classic facelift.
The results of a MACS facelift last significantly longer than those of injectables and fillers or other non-surgical treatments to combat skin aging.
A MACS-Lift does not affect the forehead, eyes, jawline or most of the neck. If you want to address these areas, you will need additional treatments such as an eyelid correction, neck liposuction or a neck lift.
It is not a suitable procedure for someone with severe skin sagging, poor muscle tone or a lot of fat in the neck.
As with all cosmetic procedures, the final results depend much more on the skill of the surgeon than the actual technique used.
You will get small scars, but our surgeon will hide them as best he can.
There is a risk of complication with any surgical treatment. That is why it is important that you are aware of the procedure and the possible complications. There is a risk of an allergic reaction, bleeding, infection or nerve damage. The chance of this is very small. Our instruments are of the best quality. We work with very fine needles and fine diathermy, so as to minimize trauma to the tissue.
Specific complications with a facelift are nerve damage, asymmetry, hair loss, hypertrophic scarring and numbness of part of your face. The complications are not permanent and often recover in the course of 3-4 months after the procedure.
- Take enough rest in the week after your treatment. Make sure someone can help you.
- Sleep in the supine position on 2 pillows. This reduces the risk of bleeding and swelling. It promotes healing.
- Do not push, push, lift or bend over during the first two weeks after treatment.
- We recommend that you do not smoke until the stitches are removed. Smoking increases the risk of complications.
- Avoid intensive chewing of solid foods. This puts pressure on the sutures in the face.
- Do not drink hot drinks, such as tea or coffee, to avoid facial congestion.
- Swelling and bruising get worse for the first three days and then slowly subside.
- It is wise to keep moving normally. This is good for circulation and wound healing.
- Do not engage in heavy and strenuous work or sports activities for the first six weeks.
- Schedule your social contacts. Stay at home for a week. The treated area will look blue, swollen, and bruised for the first week. The scars can also be red and swollen immediately after the treatment. This is sometimes a bit of a shock.
- One to two weeks after a facelift you are usually presentable again and you can resume your social activities.
- We advise you not to expose the scars to UV sunlight and / or the tanning bed for 3 months after surgery.
- After 3 months it is advisable to start with connective tissue massages. This relaxes the skin, underlying tissue and scars. The massages promote recovery and ensure longer retention of the result.
- Avoid emotional arousal. After a few weeks everything will be fine again.
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