MACS vs. SMAS Facelift
There are many variances in facelift techniques. Some are similar and less invasive to address minor aging issues, while others delve deeper for more pronounced sagging and changes to the facial appearance. At Los Angeles Plastic Surgery, our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. John Anastasatos, offers various levels of facelifts to create a more youthful appearance. Two of these options are the MACS and SMAS facelifts.
Minimal-Access Cranial Suspension (MACS) Facelift
Dr. Anastasatos is a proponent of starting facelift procedures at a younger age before more pronounced aging occurs. Before the age of fifty, most people have better skin elasticity and can have wonderful facelift results with less invasive procedures. This is where a MACS, or minimal-access cranial suspension, technique can be used. This procedure uses the short scar technique to lift and elevate the midface. It does not address the lower face, jawline or upper neck, so it is not the right fit for those with heaviness in the jowls.
Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS) Facelift
The SMAS facelift is more of a “traditional” facelift, addressing aging of the lower face, jowls and upper neck. The SMAS facelift is more effective than older versions that only lifted the skin, creating an unnatural appearance. With an SMAS facelift, the skin and tissue underneath are repositioned to a more youthful position. This smooths the nasolabial lines (smile lines), reduces heavy jowls and tightens the jawline. SMAS facelifts are often recommended for people over fifty that still have decent elasticity in their skin.
Not sure what type of facelift would give you the results you desire? Come visit us at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery. Contact our office in Beverly Hills to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Anastasatos. During your appointment, Dr. Anastasatos can discuss different options and recommend the best choice for your specific concerns.