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The Clinic

The Team

  • Dr Stefaan Van den Berge and Dr Pieter Vermeulen are facelift specialists.
  • They perform the most modern type of facelift: the MACS (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension).
  • They work in the clinic where the MACS was invented.
  • Their surgical team has the most experience at performing the MACS lift in the world.
  • Both surgeons are fellows of the Royal Belgian Society for Plastic Surgeons.
  • Both surgeons are on the Royal Dutch Medical Association’s RGS register of specialists.
  • Dr Vermeulen is registered with the UK General Medical Council and Dr Van den Berge’s application is pending.
  • Our next monthly London consultation day is the 10th of May 2014.

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The Location

We perform minor surgery in the UK. For our full-option MACS lift, the clinic itself is set in picturesque Belgian countryside, in the town of Ghent. Ghent is forty-five minutes from the capital of Belgium, Brussels. A flight to Brussels from London takes 45 minutes.

How to get there

Please let us know when you’re coming so we can help arrange your travel to and from the airport with one of our hotels.



  • We cover all your accommodation for seven nights.
  • The first night you are with us in the clinic with a 24 hour medical duty on call.
  • For the following six nights we pay for you to stay in one of our specially chosen hotels or guesthouses in the beautiful Ghent region
  • We will bring you to the hotel after the operation.  All our staff and all staff at the hotel speak English, French and German. The doctors speak Dutch and Italian as well.

The MACS Lift

What do you offer in the MACS lift?

  • A MACS lift is one of the most modern types of facelift surgery.
  • Since we work in the clinic where it was invented, we can offer the latest advances in MACS lift surgery – the full-option MACS lift.
  • The full-option MACS lift is designed to address every single part of the face, safely and effectively.

Why is a MACS lift the best type of facelift?

  • It is more effective than a mini-lift which does not change the underlying structure of the face. A mini-lift can lead to a ‘windswept’ look.
  • It lasts much longer than simple fillers, which the body just absorbs after a few months.
  • It is much safer than the more invasive SMAS lift, which goes very deep into the face. A mistake in a SMAS lift can hit the facial nerve which can cause permanent paralysis of the face.
  • The MACS lift is safer, longer-lasting and more effective.

What do I get in a full-option MACS lift?

A full-option MACS lift includes:

  • 1. A MACS lift for the cheek and jaw to move structures under the skin back up to where they used to be
  • 2. A full neck lift using both lipo-sculture and surgical reshaping of the underlying neck where needed to address so-called ‘turkey neck’
  • 3. Full upper and lower eye lift (blepharoplasty) to remove sagging and tighten the eyes
  • 4. Brow lift – to match the blepharoplasty
  • 5. Fillers to add youth through the face -  We use the body’s own tissue and not synthetic fillers to prevent absorption
  • 6. Liposuction where needed



Move the vertical slider to compare images from before and after the operation.



Take a look at the image on the left, taken about 2 months after the operation. As you can see, the MACS Lift technique leaves only a very small scar, which is naturally hidden by your hair.

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How does it work?

  • First, send us some photos. We usually need pictures from the front and from both sides of your face and your neck.
  • Once we have your photos, then we’ll send you a diagnosis from the doctors.
  • The diagnosis may take up to ten days as the doctors have a busy schedule.
  • Although we always ask for photos first, the doctors also consult every month in London.
  • The next London consultation days is the 10th of May 2014.


Are consultations free?

  • Yes, all our consultations, by email and in person, are free of charge.

What are the Doctors looking for?

  • Dr Van den Berge and Dr Vermeulen will evaluate your stage of aging in the face and neck and make a professional assessment of how your expectations can be met.

How much does the procedure cost?

We pay for seven nights accommodation including one night in the clinic, food on operation day, breakfast on every night of your stay and transport to the hotel after the operation.

A full-option MACS lift includes:

  • 1. A MACS lift for the cheek and jaw to move structures under the skin back up to where they used to be.
  • 2. A full neck lift using both lipo-sculture and surgical reshaping of the underlying neck where needed to address so-called ‘turkey neck’.
  • 3. Full upper and lower eye lift (blepharoplasty) to remove sagging and tighten the eyes.
  • 4. Brow lift – to match the blepharoplasty.
  • 5. Fillers to add youth through the face -  We use the body’s own tissue and not synthetic fillers to prevent absorption.
  • 6. Liposuction where needed.

The cost is 9000 euros including your seven nights accommodation.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

  • Yes. We take a deposit of 10 percent (10%)  of the  total cost.   This will be deducted from the final total.
  • We will then send you a date for the operation. We are usually booked out for three months in advance.
  • In the event of a no-show or a late cancellation then we reserve the right to withhold payment.
  • You can let us know one month in advance if you want to change the date of the operation.

When do I pay the rest?

  • We take Paypal although we do not take credit cards.
  • If you want to make a transfer then please make sure that the balance is paid into our account no later than the day of the procedure. Transfers can take up to seven working days.
  • If you have any questions then email us and we will help you manage your booking.

When is the next available date?

  • We are always booked out for months in advance.
  • Please send us an email to get the next available date.
  • Our email address is:


Why choose a facelift?

  • Ageing is a natural process that happens to all of us.
  • Creams, salves and tonics can only help on the surface of the skin.
  • Beneath the skin, the structures of the face naturally start to sag with age.
  • We look after this for you – by surgically moving the structures below the skin.
  • The technique we use is safe and effective. It restores the natural beauty of the face.
  • It’s called the MACS lift and we work in the original clinic where the MACS lift was invented.

Will it look natural?

  • Yes. Take a look at some of the photos of our past patients to see for yourself.

How will I know if I’m a suitable candidate?

  • Send us some photos of your face – from the front and both sides and we will send you our diagnosis.
  • You can also arrange to visit us in Belgium or on one of our monthly consultation days in London.
  • The next London consultation day is the 10th of May 2014.
  • eMail us for more details.

Is there any risk of side effects or complications such as infections?

  • No. All equipment is sterilised according to the highest European medical standards and you will be issued with prescriptions for an antibiotic should there be any infection.

How long does it take?

A full-option MACS lift takes 3 to 4 hours.

Will I feel anything during the operation?

No, our anesthesiologist will give you a general anesthetic. She will make sure you sleep through the whole thing.

What’s it like afterwards?

Your face will be tight after the operation, not painful. There will be swelling and bruising for the first 10-14 days.

When can I get back to my normal activities after the procedure?

  • The first week you will stay with us.
  • Since your face will be bruised, we recommend taking two weeks off.
  • If you work in a public position then you could also consider taking three weeks off.

How long do I stay in Belgium?

  • For the first 24 hours, you stay in the clinic where we have 24 hour care.
  • For the following 6 nights, you stay in one of our approved hotels or guesthouses.
  • Both surgeons live locally and they or a nurse are on hand should you need us to come to you at any point.
  • After six nights, we remove the stitches. After that, you can return home.
  • For patients who wish to return home sooner, your stitches can also be removed by your general practitioner.

How long will the facelift last?

  • The full-option MACS lift that we offer will hold for more than a decade. It won’t be reabsorbed into the body like a filler or give mini-results like a more superficial procedure.
  • The decision to have a facelift depends on a number of factors such as concern about your appearance, affordability, awareness of the new facelift techniques, time constraints etc. It’s a highly personal decision that you should make for yourself.


Send us a message

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We usually need photos of your face from the front, profile shots of both sides as well as of the neck area, again from the front and from both sides as well.

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