SMAS Facelift Surgery

SMAS Facelift Basics

Obviously, as we age we experience lots of different changes in our bodies. We have more aches, more pains, and we may begin to notice the skin and muscles in our face start to sag. All of these changes are a hard reality to the natural aging process. It’s unfortunate but, the face is one of the first places to show aging. However, medically there are procedures out there to give you back some of your youth and help you look years younger. Talk to a cosmetic surgeon or board-certified plastic surgeon to learn more about the SMAS (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system) facelift and whether or not it's right for you.

A SMAS is composed of multiple fibrous tissue that attaches through fat to the epidermal-dermal layer of skin. In a nutshell it’s the deeper muscle and tissue that’s affected. A SMAS facelift is very effective for the lower part of the face, such as the neck, jowls or saggy cheeks and nasolabial folds. Check out these SMAS facelift before and after photos to get an idea of the kind of results you can expect to achieve.

SMAS Facelift Surgery

SMAS facelift surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure using IV sedation with a local anesthetic. Your surgeon will make small incisions around the hairline usually behind the ears. The incisions are made under the deeper layer of tough tissue (SMAS layer), lifting and tightening it. Your surgeon will then tighten the skin toward your ears and remove any excess fat and tissue.

The surgery takes several hours to complete. Upon completion you'll have two small drains for seepage and bleeding. Most bandages are removed within 24 hours after surgery. Your surgeon will also prescribe medicine for pain. Swelling will be prominent for at least several weeks, and you might also have some tingling and numbness. Recovery is at least 10 to 14 days. After recovery you will see smooth, natural-looking skin again for years to come.

Advantages of SMAS Facelift Surgery

  • Takes many years off your face
  • Allows you to regain your confidence and self-esteem
  • Proven to keep you looking younger for 10 years or more

Disadvantages of SMAS Facelift Surgery

  • Not covered by insurance
  • Bruising and swelling in the face lasting for several weeks

See SMAS Facelift Before and After Photos

Take some time to review these SMAS facelift before and after photos to see results of people who've had this procedure. It will give you an idea of the results you can achieve.

Find a Surgeon in Your Area

Contact a cosmetic surgeon or board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss the options available to help you decide what procedure would work best for you.

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