MUST lift (Minimal Undermining Suspension Technique): a new approach used for the mid- and lower face lift
A new simplified less invasive surgical soft tissue lift approach designed by the author and used for the middle and lower face thirds and the submental area is presented. This approach implements the main principles of the MACS-lift procedure (skin undermining with access through a relatively small incision and SMAS plication without dissection) and uses in a new way all advantages of a specific brand of surgical elastic non-resorbable “barbed threads” for simple, safe and reliable soft tissue suspension, fixation and support. The procedure is highly reproducible and ensures good long lasting and natural looking results in patients with mild to moderate skin excess in the lower face. This approach with the use of threads is also effective for less invasive surgical forehead/brow and cheek lifts, and a lateral neck lift with platysma plication.