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SMAS Facelift

An SMAS facelift can improve otherwise permanent signs of ageing such as sagging, creases and loose skin.
    •    Sagging jowls around the face

    •    Sagging in the mid facial area (cheeks)

    •    Fat that has fallen lower on the face

    •    Loose skin underneath the chin and neck

    •    Deep creases caused by pulling of excess skin around the mouth

The Procedure
The SMAS, or Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System, is a layer of muscle and fibrous tissue that runs from the neck into the face, and fuses to the cheekbones and the scalp. During a SMAS facelift, the skin is separated from the SMAS layer, which is dissected and tightened so the patient gets a full, lifted result that is long-lasting. Any excess skin is also trimmed and re-draped.

The Risks

Early sequelae of surgery include bleeding, slow healing, bruising and swelling, and numbness around the ear, facial nerve weakness. Later complications include asymmetry of the ear lobe, asymmetry of the face, numbness, and persistent facial nerve weakness.


The Recovery
Recovery will take about 3 weeks.

Image by Masaaki Komori
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