Reversing the aging process has yet to be discovered, but pausing the effects of aging can be contained through cosmetic surgery. A traditional face lift surgery involves pulling up and back the excess sagging and drooping skin, while removing unwanted tissue to provide a smoother, tightened, younger face. With a heavy price tag from $6,000-$15,000, this method takes 3 to 4 hours to complete with results typically lasting 10 years or more. Considered a major surgery, this approach takes on more severe losses of skin elasticity and muscle tone as well as wrinkles. Good candidates range in ages from 40 to 80 years.
A smaller version of the traditional face lift is the mini face lift. This method offers a shorter time needed for recovery often labeling it a “weekend” face lift. Ranging in price from $3,500 to $6,500, this cheaper option delivers less dramatic results with a focus placed on one specific area. The ideal candidate is the one in the early stages of identifying the undesired signs of aging.
Gaining attention is the method referred to as MACS (Minimal Access Cranial Sutures). MACS is a mildly invasive procedure yielding shorter time in surgery and time spent recovering. The final result appears to be comparable to that of a traditional face lift. Deep tissues are lifted with suspension sutures, along with minimal scarring making this a popular choice. The before and after appearances are less intense and dramatic, leaving a fresh face for clients who comment that others can see a difference in them without identifying exactly what it is. Within 4 to 6 weeks the finished result is easy to see with on-going improvements occurring during the coming months.