The early signs of aging begin to display themselves in a variety of different ways in different people. Some may start showing visible signs of aging at a much younger age while others retain their youthful look for a much longer period of time. If you fall in the category of losing your youthful looks, even when you feel much younger, then a surgical known as a facelift is the perfect solution for you.
Similarly to how people display different signs of aging, facelift procedures can provide different results depending on your unique situation. A facelift can be precisely designed to suit the individual needs of any patient. The versatility of the treatment is one of the reasons why it is so popular among people who want to improve their look.
One of the most effective facelift techniques is a SMASectomy. This method provides long-lasting results and works wonders for the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines in people with different types of skin.
The SMASectomy Procedure
SMAS stands for the superficial muscular aponeurotic system. This is the facial muscular system that is responsible for the various facial expressions that we make everyday. Manipulating the SMAS layer can help achieve different effects.
Depending on the problem at hand and depending on the correction required, a SMASectomy is chosen because of its ability to deliver outstanding results. The treatment is less invasive than a tradition facelift, safe, and offers a shorter recovery time.
What to Expect During the Procedure
The procedure begins with the administration of general anesthesia. Once you are properly sedated, an incision is made based on the best choice for the individual. It may range from the temple area curving in front of the ear and sometimes just inside the ear, under the earlobe then behind the ear. The flap of skin in the area is then lifted up to allow access to the SMAS layer.
Your doctor will then free up the fatty layer over the muscle as much as necessary and then proceed to trimming away the excess tissue and securing the remaining tissue in more youthful positions with two layers of sutures to ensure it stays in position.
The types of sutures used are decided based on the shape of the patient’s facial structure and their basic anatomy. The next step is redraping the skin. This step is critical and requires the artisitc vision of a skilled plastic surgeon. It could make the different between a natural-looking facelift or one that looks unnatural.
For the neck area and the jowls in particular, a SMASectomy is found to be very effective. The surgery can give one’s face a natural lift that makes it look more chiseled and contoured. When in the care of a skilled surgeon, the surgery does not involve any significant risks. You will also benefit from the shorter recovery times and be able to return to your normal activities at a much faster rate when compared to the downtime associated with a traditional facelift.
With very little complications involved and more pronounced results this method continues to be a favorite among those looking for intense correction of the facial aging signs.
Contact Our Office
If you’re interested in finding out more about a SMASectomy facelift, contact our office. During a consultation with Dr. Gregory Stagnone, a board-certified plastic surgeon, you can learn about what it takes to become a candidate and begin your journey to a more youthful and beautiful look.