Mini-Facelift (MACS-Lift, Limited Incision Facelift) Description

A Facelift technique for surgical rejuvenation of the face that involves a shorter incision to elevate sagging tissues mostly of the lower half of the face. An isolated Necklift (Platysmaplasty) may be performed at the same time to achieve additional rejuvenation of the neck.

Length of Surgery

Two to four hours

In / Outpatient



Local with Conscious IV Sedation or General

Recovery Time from Treatment

Return to work in 5 to 14 days. Swelling, bruising and stiffness may persist for 3 to 4 weeks.

Treatment Frequency

Generally once, but may be repeated with changes due to natural aging.

Risks-Include but not limited to

Infection, bleeding, nerve injury, asymmetry, irregular scar formation, altered hairline, complications related to anesthesia.

Duration of Results

Long-lasting, though continued aging may eventually affect the results.

Essential Questions

  1. What limited technique do you recommend for me?
  2. What is your experience with this technique?
  3. Where will the incisions and resulting scars be located?
  4. Will a limited facelift alone achieve my goals, or are other procedures recommended?
  5. What type of anesthesia do you recommend?

Mini-Facelift Surgery Inside Tip

This facelift goes by many names and incision patterns. The most common names are MACS-Lift, Mini-Facelift, or Limited-Incision Facelift. This technique achieves very satisfying results with minimal recovery or downtime.