There are lots of terminologies thrown around as regards to facelift surgeries—weekend lift, SMAS facelift, deep plane, skin-only lift, just to name a few—which add up to the confusion. For this reason, leading Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smiley says prudent patients should ask their doctors about the specific details of their surgery.
Dr. Smiley says he prefers the SMAS facelift technique due to its long-lasting, natural rejuvenating effects. It involves tightening the layer called superficial muscular aponeurotic system, which extends from the neck to the temple area.
The SMAS layer lies beneath the facial fat and skin and so tightening it means the deeper structure receives most of the tension, which in turn promotes good scarring as the skin receives very little of the “opposing” pull.
Meanwhile, older techniques (skin only lifts) can be problematic in terms of scar appearance and longevity. Because most of the tension is placed onto the skin, scar widening and overly tight appearance (done or fake look) are the usual results.
Furthermore, the skin is susceptible to the effects of gravity and continuous aging; hence, the celebrity plastic surgeon stays away from the procedure due to its unstable, usually short-lived results.
Dr. Smiley regularly posts educational videos on his Snapchat account to demonstrate the impressive results of SMAS facelift.
One patient was particularly impressed with her results that she allowed Dr. Smiley to showcase her outcome on social media.
The 60-year-old female patient had come to Dr. Smiley because of her sagging mid face, sunken lower lid, significant jowling, laugh lines (medically referred to as nasolabial folds), and neck bands. To address these problems, the celebrity surgeon performed SMAS facelift and neck lift.
He placed the incision “inside” the hairline (around the temple area), which extended behind the tragus (small bump in front of the ear) and then curved behind the ear for optimal scar concealment.
With SMAS facelift, Dr. Smiley was able to restore the softness over the cheekbone and reposition the sagging cheek fat pad, which in turn eliminated the laugh lines. Moreover, the technique allowed him to tighten the jawline and thus erase the appearance of jowling, and to improve the neck as well.
The SMAS facelift typically entails 3-3.5 hours of operative time and a social recovery (all the outward signs of surgery are gone) of two weeks. Nonetheless, all is worth it as it can erase up to 20 years off from one face, with the results expected to last 12-15 years.