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MACS Facelift Grand Rapids

Innovative, proven and beautiful. The short incision facelift can restore a younger appearance with shortened recovery time, smaller incisions and all the benefits of a full-incision facelift for the right candidate. The MACS lift, is a highly specialized technique that re-suspends the facial skin, fat and muscles together. The MACS lift is a specialty of Dr. Ringler’s and one that he has perfected and performed for many years. His artistic ability, experience and expertise will ensure that your results are beautiful, natural and result in a younger looking version of you. Dr. Ringler performed the first MACS facelift in Grand Rapids and specializes in this facelift technique.

What is a short incision facelift?

The short incision facelift can restore a younger appearance. The benefits of shorter incisions allow for a shortened recovery time and may carry all the benefits of a full-incision facelift for the right candidate.

The MACS lift, one popular short-scar technique, is a highly specialized technique that re-suspends the facial skin, fat and muscles together. Following a MACS lift, the cheeks and mid-face are naturally elevated, smoothed and restored. This is a different procedure and a more advanced technique than other short scar techniques, with longer lasting results.

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Why might a short incision facelift be recommended for me?

Looking younger and improving facial appearance is important to individual self-confidence, and can be achieved through many different procedures including a short-scar facelift.

Who is a candidate for a short incision facelift?

Age does not define candidates for facial rejuvenation. Women and men of various ages choose facial rejuvenation to delay or improve visible indications of facial aging. These factors generally define good candidates for short incision facelift procedures:

  • Sagging skin in your midface and/or jawline
  • Deep creases extending from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds)
  • Lines extending from each corner of your mouth down your chin (marionette lines)
  • Facial fat (volume) that has fallen or is displaced
  • Sagging and loss of muscle tone in the lower face, resulting in jowls
  • A double chin, resulting from loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw
  • Creased and sagging skin in your neck

If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.

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What should I know about short incision facelifts?

  • Short incision facelift is generally performed on an out-patient basis.
  • The incision pattern for your surgery will be discussed with you during your consultation. Scars are a normal outcome of surgery and will be concealed in the hairline or natural contours of the face.
  • Short incision facelifts are typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation or may be performed under general anesthesia.
  • Recovery varies by individual, but bruising and swelling usually disappear by 1-2 weeks. You will return to light daily activity the day following your procedure.
  • Results are long lasting, but maintaining your youth is a lifestyle choice and proper skincare is essential after surgery. In addition, normal aging and gravity may affect your outcomes.
  • You will need a capable adult with you for 24 hours after your release from the surgery center or recovery center .
  • All surgeries carry the potential for risks which will be fully discussed with you during your consultation .
  • For more information about facelift or MACS lift, please call 616.328.8800 or contact the office of Grand Rapids plastic surgeon Dr. Steven L. Ringler at the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery.
MACS Facelift Grand Rapids

Steven L. Ringler, MD, FACS


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Valued Patients,

We look forward to seeing you and are open as of Friday, May 29th as approved by the governor. There are some temporary changes at the office due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Current requirements for guests for treatment at CAPS include the following:

  • You will be asked some basic screening questions when you make your appointment:
    • Do you have a fever, cough or headache today or within the past two weeks?
    • To the best of your knowledge, have you or anyone in your family been exposed to COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks?
    • Have you traveled outside of the country in the past month?
  • Your temperature (touchless) will be taken upon arrival. A temperature above 100 degrees will necessitate rescheduling your appointment until a later date.
  • All of our guests will be required to wear a mask to enter the office.
  • No children in the reception area.
  • Extra visitors are limited to 1.

What we are doing to keep you and our team safe at CAPS:

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided outside of the main entrance and throughout the office.
  • We will require social distancing in the office and our large reception area will be limited to 2-3 guests at a time.
  • All hard surfaces in the office will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day including: door handles, front desk, tables, desks, equipment and restrooms.
  • All team members will be wearing masks and will be screened every morning before work including temperature.
  • All treatment providers will be wearing masks and gloves.
  • As always, treatment providers will wash hands before and after each patient visit and change gloves between each patient.
  • All equipment in treatment rooms will be thoroughly sanitized between each patient visit.
  • We are installing an I-Wave ionization system to our HVAC system which continuously purifies the air killing bacteria and viruses as it circulates the air throughout the office.
  • Virtual consultations with Dr. Ringler and our treatment providers will remain available as well as in-person consultations.
  • Magazines and brochures will not be available in the office for the time being but are available virtually online.
  • Only bottled water is available for our guests at this time.

Thank you for your understanding. Our patient and team safety and well-being is our top concern.

Dr. Steven Ringler & the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery Team

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