MACS lift

What is a MACS-lift?

The skin of your face can become less elastic due to aging or weight loss, and wrinkles and folds can develop. The skin of your cheeks and neck may begin to sag. MACS stands for Minimal Access Cranial Suspension – a special facelift technique – and ensures smoother skin around your cheeks and a tighter jawline, making you look younger. This facelift is done under local anaesthesia.

Are you interested in a MACS lift? Then make an appointment with Dr Schiettecatte for a no-obligation consultation in Clinic Veldhoven.

The consultation and a quotation

Dr Schiettecatte is your treating plastic surgeon in Clinic Veldhoven. Prior to the facelift, you have a personal intake interview with Dr Schiettecatte to discuss your wishes and the options. You discuss together the desired changes in your face, the way in which the facelift will be performed and the course of the operation. On the day of the consultation, you also bring along photos of what you like. Dr Schiettecatte will gladly discuss the possibilities with you. Contact us to schedule your no-obligation consultation. After the consultation, you will receive a tailor-made quotation.

The MACS facelift operation

Through a small incision, in front of your ear up to your hairline, the underlying tissues are lifted with a suture. Your excess skin is removed, and then your incision is carefully sutured. The MACS lift is popular because of the short treatment time and the fast recovery. Moreover, this treatment leads to fewer scars, and the procedure can be performed under local anaesthesia.

Risks and complications with a MACS facelift

During the first consultation we will discuss the risks that are most relevant for you. The skin can temporarily feel strange and numb. There is also a small chance of bleeding, an infection and impaired wound healing. In rare cases, scar hypertrophy occurs. Very rarely, some facial muscles lose function due to nerve damage, with a gradual recovery in most cases. The risks are significantly lower for people who do not smoke or temporarily stop doing so.

Aftercare with a MACS facelift

After the treatment, your face is ruddy and swollen. To limit the swelling, you will be given a pressure bandage immediately after the treatment. When you come for a check-up, the pressure bandage is removed, your hair washed, and the pressure mask fitted. You wear this pressure mask for one week. Shortly after the procedure, the scars are clearly visible; these gradually fade. After six weeks, your skin is completely recovered, and you can begin to hydrate and massage the scars with a moisturizer.

In short…

Duration of the operation:about one and a half hours.
Anaesthesia:local anaesthesia.
Admission to the clinic:outpatient (no admission required).
Pain relief afterwards:paracetamol, ibuprofen or a similar painkiller.
Sutures:soluble sutures.
Bandage:yes, temporary pressure bandage (for 1 week, day and night).
Practical:good facelift for improvement of jawline, not really for neck improvement (see the pages about the Eric Auclair Facelift and the Neck lift).
Stability:eight years.

Different facelift techniques

What does it cost?


Super happy!

“Years went by before I dared to take this step. I am rather anxious, and thanks to the good care of the assistant and Dr Schiettecatte, I was quickly (for me) at ease. The service before but also afterwards has given me a good feeling. Dr Schiettecatte is a kind and skilled plastic surgeon who was very nice, and my eyes were almost not swollen or blackened…! Super happy! Really recommend him and clinic Veldhoven!”


— Louisa

Super satisfied!

“Super satisfied and very friendly. They work with you, and I felt heard. Result: also satisfied and really beautiful! Would definitely recommend this to others.”


— Daisy

Very good experience!

“Last Tuesday, I had my breast augmentation done by Dr Schiettecatte with Diane Gabriels. I had a B85 cup, and now I have a nice D cup! I am so happy with it. Dr Schiettecatte is a very kind and relaxed man. Instead of drop-shaped implants, he advised me to take 500 MPP. At first, I thought it would be too big for me, but I trusted that he knows what he is doing. I have not regretted it for a moment since the operation was done! Also the co-assistant and anaesthetist (David in particular) are very nice people. In short, had a very good experience with this clinic!”


— Nicole

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