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SMAS Facelift: Reducing Lines, Wrinkles, and Sagging

By Sheryl Pilcher on October 10, 2014

An older couple together in a white roomThe superficial musculo-aponeurotic system (SMAS) facelift technique is one of the more common techniques used for a facelift. The SMAS facelift aims to reduce the effects of advanced aging by targeting drooping facial features, wrinkles, and even excess fat under the skin.

Numerous patients throughout the San Antonio area have come to Accent Plastic Surgery and have experienced excellent results thanks to SMAS facelift surgery. Let's take a moment right now to go over some of the basics of SMAS facelifts. This will give you a better idea of how it can benefit you.

What kinds of conditions can the SMAS facelift treat?

Some of the issues treated by the SMAS facelift technique are the following:

  • Drooping cheeks
  • Loose skin
  • Sagging skin and excess fat buildup
  • High number of wrinkles and creases on your face
  • Lines along the nasolabial folds of your face
  • Excess skin and/or fat along the upper neck line
  • Jowls on or along your jaw line

Ideal Candidates for SMAS Facelifts

The best candidates for an SMAS facelift are people who suffer from the above issues of facial aging. They should be in good overall health and not have any medical conditions that would make surgery risk or life-threatening. A good overall attitude about the surgery and realistic expectations about the treatment process are crucial as well.

What to Expect During an SMAS Facelift

Typically, the SMAS facelift technique is an outpatient procedure, meaning you will not need to stay overnight in a hospital. Before the procedure begins, you’ll be given either general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation.

Near or along your hairline, your surgeon will make an incision on each side of your face. These incisions typically begin near the ear and curve upward from there. Your surgeon will then lift your skin upward to reveal more facial muscle. Your surgeon will then remove any excess fat or skin where it has accumulated. Using internal sutures, your surgeon may reposition facial muscles and pin them in place to give you a more youthful look.

Once these steps are completed, your surgeon will pull your skin towards your ears as tightly as possible, and finish by closing the original incisions made at the beginning of the procedure.

Recovering from an SMAS Facelift

Even though you will not be required to spend the night in a hospital, this is a fairly invasive procedure. As such, you will probably require at least a week of rest before returning to work and your daily schedule. Although you’ll see some bruising and scarring immediately after your surgery, these will go away after 7-10 days and the results of your facelift will become apparent.

Before Proceeding With Any Facial Plastic Surgery

As with all plastic surgeries, it is best to consult a surgeon who has completed the SMAS facelift technique many times before agreeing to the procedure. He or she may also be able to advise you against proceeding with a facelift if you are not a good candidate for one. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions or express any concerns before proceeding with the SMAS facelift.

Learn More About Facial Plastic Surgery

For more information about facial plastic surgery, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.

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