Is A SMAS Plication Lift The Mini-Facelift Solution For Early Signs Of Aging?

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Is A SMAS Plication Lift The Mini-Facelift Solution For Early Signs Of Aging?

Is A Mini-Facelift the Anti-Aging Solution?

The face is one of the first places to show the signs of aging. Wrinkles and sagging skin appear thanks to less collagen, sunlight damage, pollution, and much more. With age also comes fat and bone loss, both critical for a youthful appearance. As a result, anti-aging solutions like facelifts continue to grow in popularity. Some are even turning to mini facelifts to combat early signs of aging. Mini facelifts using a superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) plication approach is a minimally invasive option that may take a patient’s results further.

The benefits of mini facelifts

Mini facelifts target the lower half of the face to address sagging skin, jowls, and nasolabial folds. The procedure focuses on small incisions near the ear to gently lift the skin upward. Excess skin is removed, giving the patient a smoother, more defined appearance. Mini facelifts provide subtle changes and are more convenient at a lower cost. Other benefits include fewer scars and faster recovery times.

The SMAS approach

Over the years, cosmetic surgeons have developed different variations of mini facelifts. SMAS plication has grown as a go-to technique. The face has several layers that determine texture, movement, and volume. Beneath the skin lies a thin, subcutaneous fat layer. Just beneath that layer lies the SMAS, which envelops the entire face. SMAS is a thin sheet of muscle that allows facial expressions, and plication is defined as pulling together and folding. Addressing the SMAS layer adds tension, giving a smooth, youthful look.

What should you expect during the procedure?

SMAS facelifts are often performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will make an incision along the jawline. The skin surrounding the cheek and jawline is lifted. The SMAS layer is then lifted separately and tightened. The surgeon will also address any issues along the jawline. Any excess sagging skin and SMAS tissues are removed. The surgeon will reattach the skin near the hairline to discreetly hide any scarring.

Who is a candidate for a SMAS plication facelift?

SMAS plication is a fantastic technique but is not recommended for everyone. This facelift works best for patients with mild to moderate sagging, jowls, and folds. These patients require gentle but effective changes in the lower face, jawline, and neck. Some of the best candidates are middle-aged and are now presenting signs of aging. SMAS plication is not recommended for patients with thick skin, bleeding disorders, or underlying health conditions.

Are you ready for SMAS?

A mini facelift can increase confidence by turning back the hands of Father Time. SMAS plication targets the layer of muscle that helps with expression and a smooth, youthful appearance. The surgeon will explain recovery, results, and possible complications through individual consultation. On average, mini facelifts have high success and satisfaction rates. This technique is a great option to provide long-term anti-aging benefits.

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