Can men have facelifts?

By Dr Pieter Vermeulen on Thursday, August 31, 2017

Why is a MACS lift the best type of facelift for men?

The Minimal Access Cranial Suspension (MACS) lift is the best type of facelift for men for a number of reasons.

These are:

  • We make an incision in a pure vertical line so the scar is a straight line that is easily hidden along the natural edge of your hairline:

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  • The MACS lift only requires a very short incision
  • There is a carefully controlled but very effective adjustment of the underlying structures of the face so recovery time is much faster and the effect is well visible. Its not like adding fillers.
  • There is no risky cutting of the area around the platysma which is where the facial nerve sits. If something happens to the facial nerve during a surgery, which is possible in the older SMAS technique, then your face could become paralysed. This is impossible with a MACS lift.

With a MACS lift, the scar is hidden around the natural folds of the ear using a technique callled a retrotragal incision:

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The only way any part of the scar can be seen after the operation is if you cut your hair very short or shave it completely.

Thats why this is normally an issue for male patients.

So we ask our male patients to grow their hair a little longer after a MACS lift if they want to hide the scar completely

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What sort of men can consider having a MACS facelift?

Men of ages from twenty-five upwards can consider a MACS lift however mostly men with age thirty-five and over make good candidates. There is no upper limit to the age for a MACS lift depending on the patients general state of health.

These a few different possibilities for the MACS lift.

  • A simple MACS lift on its own can treat an isolated neck and jowl problem
  • A full-option MACS lift can treat the structure of the face as well as issues such as drooping eyes (known as ptosis) as well as poor lower eyelid support and deep folds in the skin around the nose (known as nasolabial folds)

Case Study:

Male Patient 61 Years Old