Can you explain what an SMAS lift is?
The SMAS lift refers to the layer in the face that contains the attachments to all the deeper tissues, specifically the muscles of the lower two-thirds facial region. The SMAS is best identified along the front of the ear with performing a facelift whereby suspending it, it can create a permanent, more youthful appearance. Essentially, the difference between an SMAS lift versus a non-SMAS facelift is that an SMAS lift is a longer lasting lift. With an SMAS lift, you not only get a longer lasting result but also a more natural appearance with a facelift, avoiding any tension on the skin which can result in pulled earlobes and avoidable sequelae of facelift surgery and a pulled skin look. For 20 years now, I have been almost exclusively performing these SMAS lifts and have been very happy with the satisfaction and results it gives my patients.
Posted by Anthony Bared, MD, FACS