Hollow cheeks and loose sagging skin on your face and neck – these are common signs of aging. They form naturally over the years, making people look much older than they really are. Many people who experience these signs of aging wish to look younger and opt for a surgical solution.
Among the various surgical options available, perhaps the most effective is the SMAS facelift. Read on to find out more about the SMAS facelift, what the procedure is like, what the benefits are, and if it is suitable for you.
What Is the SMAS Facelift?
The SMAS facelift (SMAS stands for Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) is a type of facelift that tightens the SMAS, the fibrous tissue layer that covers the muscles of the face.
The SMAS is a web of strong fibro-muscles that runs from our forehead to our collarbone. It is strongly connected to the skin, muscles, fat, and other tissues found in the face and neck area.
A SMAS facelift reaches deep into the tissues to tighten the SMAS layer. This also automatically repositions your skin, making it look more toned and youthful.
Since the SMAS technique treats the issues on a deep level, the results are much more natural-looking and longer-lasting than those of traditional facelifts, where only the superficial skin is tightened.
What Is the Procedure Like?
The SMAS facelift is a fairly complicated procedure, since there are many nerves in the SMAS area. Therefore, it is critical that only an experienced board-certified surgeon operates on you.
You will be administered general anesthesia, and the entire procedure will take about three to four hours. Your skin will be separated from the SMAS, and your surgeon will elevate the SMAS from the underlying muscles. If you want to enhance the definition of your neck and jawline, the platysma will be elevated.
After this, your muscle tissues are trimmed accordingly and your surgeon repositions the tissues, lifting both your skin and face in the process. This is followed by trimming any excess skin and repositioning the remaining skin for a natural look. If required, fat deposits are also removed from the area.
Am I a Suitable Candidate?
If you are an adult who has loose sagging skin around your neck and face and has lost facial volume over time, you are a suitable candidate for SMAS facelift. It is ideal for patients from ages forty to eighty. It is best for people who want a natural-looking appearance with long-lasting results. Having realistic expectations from the surgery is key.
Want to Find Out More About the SMAS Facelift?
The SMAS facelift offers a youthful look with toned and tightened skin and muscles. Its natural-looking results can last more than ten years. For a consultation regarding the SMAS facelift and its many benefits, contact Marietta Plastic Surgery today and schedule an appointment.
During your consultation, a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon will meet with you and discuss the procedure in greater detail. You will be able to view before-and-after photos, and your surgeon will be able to examine your face and recommend the appropriate course of action.