SMAS Facelifts Achieve High Satisfaction Rates

SMAS Facelift

Facelifts are still one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, and the techniques used have greatly improved over the past decade. Now, patients have more options than ever before, but one technique that is proving to be very popular is the deep plane facelift – a form of SMAS facelift.

Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) facelifts have been shown to produce high satisfaction rates according to research. Here, we will explore what the recent study found, explain what a SMAS facelift is, and see how it differs from other techniques.

Study reveals 85% of patients are satisfied with SMAS facelifts

A comprehensive review of multiple studies that included over 6,000 patients who received SMAS facelifts, revealed a remarkable satisfaction rate of 85%. This technique focuses on lifting, resuspending and reshaping the underlying layer of tissue beneath the skin of the face and neck, making it highly effective for achieving a natural and rejuvenated look.

Not only did the study reveal the procedure has a high satisfaction rate, but it also benefits from a low risk of complications too. Issues like temporary facial nerve injury and skin necrosis are rare, making it a safe and reliable option for patients.

What are SMAS facelifts?

Unlike previous traditional skin-only lifts, the SMAS facelift involves resuspending and reshaping the underlying muscle and connective tissue layer along with the skin. This comprehensive approach allows for more substantial improvements in facial structure, effectively addressing signs of ageing such as sagging cheeks, jowls, and deep wrinkles.

This technique not only lifts the upper and lower face, but also helps to define the jawline and neck, creating a more youthful and contoured appearance. Because the lift and tension is in the deeper SMAS layer rather than the overlying skin, the results are more longer lasting and natural-looking compared to skin-only lifts, which may appear tighter and less natural. The adjustments made during a SMAS facelift can also influence all portions of the face and neck, providing an overall rejuvenation that improves facial harmony.

What is a deep plane facelift?

A deep plane facelift is a type of SMAS lift with a more extensive dissection and release of the SMAS tissues, which may be more suited to some patients with more significant facial sagging or heavier faces. This approach includes more extensive adjustments and may provide more dramatic improvements in facial contouring, reducing the appearance of deep lines in some cases.

Both SMAS and deep plane facelifts offer distinct advantages that can address different concerns and patient needs. They vary in terms of how invasive they are, recovery times, and outcomes.

If you’re considering a facelift and wondering which technique might suit your needs, best book an appointment with Mr Paul Tulley. After a consultation, he will recommend the best technique to help you achieve the optimal results.