MACS facelift surgery with Dr. Stephanie Teotia

You’re considering facelift surgery; what’s holding you back? For patients with busy lifestyles, a full facelift sometimes doesn’t feel like the right solution. When you’re juggling family, a home, and a full-time job, taking a month off for recovery may not be realistic. 

On the other hand, dermal fillers are quick and do an excellent job of making your face appear fresher and fuller. However, if you’re looking for a longer-term solution to fight the never-ending pull of gravity on your skin, a non-surgical procedure may not be the best option.

Rest assured, there is a solution for you. Dr. Stephanie Teotia offers a specialized treatment, the MACS facelift which provides the staying power of a traditional facelift with less post-operative downtime. Contact her caring, all-female staff at (214) 823-9652 to learn more.

What is a facelift?

Also known as a Rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure that helps with a variety of aging symptoms. As you know, the skin on our face naturally falls over time, which can cause both our jawline to sag and wrinkles to deepen. The term “lift” refers to the surgical moving of your skin up to its previous position.

Dr. Teotia specializes in the MACS (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension) facelift. Sometimes referred to as a mini facelift, it’s a way to achieve an immediate lifting effect without a lengthy recovery period.  If you want to improve your look subtly, on your terms, MACS may be the right option for you.

The benefits of the MACS facelift with Dr. Teotia

Dr. Teotia and the MACS procedure offers patients several advantages:

You have a busy life. Dr. Teotia can relate. As a board-certified plastic surgeon and a mother of three, she knows the value of time – hers AND yours. While other physicians may rush their consultations, she gives each patient a full hour to ask questions and understand the options. And while standard facelift surgeries last four to six hours, her procedure takes only two to three hours.

Dr. Teotia conducts the MACS facelift using ProNox anesthesia, which lowers the overall cost of the operation and reduces the risk of complications. Her patients remain calm, awake, and pain-free throughout the procedure. 

ProNox anesthesia also allows patients to enjoy the more relaxed, home-like setting of Dr. Teotia’s office. General anesthesia must be administered in a hospital or specialized clinic where patients have a higher chance of infection. 

After a MACS facelift, patients can expect to look five to seven years younger.

Because it’s less intensive than a traditional facelift, friends and family will notice you look better without it being obvious that you’ve had a procedure done.  Therefore, their focus will be on you, not your surgery.

Unfortunately, some physicians prey on a patient’s need to feel validated. They’ll evaluate you and convince you to make drastic changes based on someone else’s look. Dr. Teotia believes you deserve better than that.  You need a partner to help you make the changes YOU want to make and define beauty on YOUR terms – not someone else’s.

MACS Facelift Timeline

Since there is no need for anesthesia during a MACS procedure, patients can even take a lunch break in the middle of their treatment! Scroll through one patient’s facelift timeline to see how it’s done: 

When you arrive for surgery, we take your vitals, you get dressed into a gown, robe, and slippers, we take pre-operative pictures, and you take your prescribed pain medication. Once you are ready, we go back to the minor OR where Dr. Teotia will mark you for surgery and numb the surgical area.

During the procedure, you can listen to music of your choice. Pro-nox gas is also offered to relieve anxiety. Halfway through we take a break for lunch. A soup of your choice is provided. You may also take additional pain medication during this time. After surgery, you are closely monitored and staff assists you into a compression garment with ice.

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Your facelift experience

On the morning of surgery, you’re permitted to eat a light breakfast. You’ll need to arrive at Dr. Teotia’s office approximately 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to complete all necessary paperwork. At this point, her experienced nursing staff will answer any last-minute questions and educate you on all post-operative instructions and medicines. 

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Local anesthesia is used to numb the face. You will also receive ProNox (Nitrous Oxide) to prevent any pain. As a result, you’ll remain calm, conscious, and able to control the amount of sedation delivered.

The MACS consists of incisions, much smaller those in a traditional facelift, made starting at the temples extending to just behind the ears. The skin and facial tissue are then carefully pulled upward and reattached with sutures to create a lifting effect that’s noticed mostly at the jawline and lower half of the face. Any remaining excess skin is then trimmed away.

Leaving surgery, you’ll be prescribed medications for pain. You’ll need an adult friend or family member to drive you home (Uber or Lyft rides are not permitted). If you’re from out of town, you’ll need to stop back at Dr. Teotia’s office the next morning for a check-up before leaving to go home.

Let's Start a Partnership!

Dr. Teotia believes during every aspect of your aesthetic journey, trust and communication are essential. When you choose to partner with Dr. Teotia, you can expect a personalized approach from a specialist who genuinely has your best interest in mind. She invites you to meet with her and our friendly, all-female team to learn more about what we can do for you.


MACS facelift recovery

Again, one of the critical benefits of Dr. Teotia’s MACS facelift is less downtime. Although every patient is different, most see any bruising or swelling subside within a week or so. Leaving the office, you can expect to wear bandages around your head for the first few days to aid in the healing process.  

Dr. Teotia will prescribe you medicine to manage any pain. And you’ll need to return to her office within a week to get any non-dissolvable sutures removed.

Good candidates for MACS facelift

The ideal patients for the MACS facelift tend to be people experiencing a mild to moderate level of the following conditions:

  • Jowls or drooping flesh at the bottom either cheek
  • The deepening of diagonal lines running from the nose to either corner of the mouth known as nasolabial folds 
  • Reduced definition of the chin and jawline
  • Reduced elasticity of the facial skin

Patients whose busy lifestyle prohibits a lot of downtime tend to prefer this procedure. They may have full-time jobs or active families that make the four to six-week recovery of traditional facelift impossible. And, as mentioned, the MACS lift is ideal for anyone who doesn’t want to go under general anesthesia or pay the higher cost of a full facelift. 

FAQS: MACS Facelift with Dr. Stephanie Teotia

The full facelift procedure involves longer incisions along either side of the head, starting at the hairline below the ears and moving upward to each temple.  It consists of pulling the face in a more diagonal direction versus upward. Also, it entails the use of general anesthesia and a more extensive, four to six weeks of recovery time.

Dr. Teotia and her staff will be happy to share with you several before and after photos to see the effect of her MACS facelift. Patients need to have realistic expectations and measure their visible improvement in years, not decades. She believes in revealing your face’s natural beauty, not covering it with drastic, unnecessary changes.

General anesthesia is often required and performed safely for many medical procedures. It must be, however, administered at a specialized medical clinic or hospital because of the risk of complications.

No. Your comfort and safety are Dr. Teotia’s highest priority. Thanks to the ProNox (nitrous oxide) sedation used, patients do not report feeling pain or discomfort during the MACS lift.

Your final cost for the procedure is unique to each patient’s specific needs. During your consultation, be sure to ask about the payment options she offers.

While the MACs lift offers some improvement along the neckline, Dr. Teotia offers a separate procedure called a neck lift to alleviate this specific issue. Be sure to ask about it in your consultation if you’d like to learn more.

Your consultation awaits

Throughout the Dallas area, more and more patients are choosing Dr. Teotia and her MACS facelift as their treatment of choice. Contact her caring staff today, at (214) 823-9652, to schedule your consultation!