Anyone considering a facelift knows the surgery includes multiple techniques and procedure options. Different types of facelifts are advertised with catchy names, but I like to stick to only proven techniques for my Honolulu and Maui plastic surgery patients. The method I prefer for facelift surgery produces the most natural-looking results and minimizes scars.
At my Honolulu practice, I use the SMAS facelift because patients emerge looking refreshed but not like they’ve been “worked on.” SMAS stands for superficial muscular aponeurotic system, which is the network of muscles, nerves, and ligaments beneath the skin that provides the underlying structure of the face. In a traditional facelift used more commonly in years past, a surgeon simply pulled the skin tight and trimmed off the excess before reattaching it at the hairline. This led to a stretched, unnatural appearance.
The SMAS lift differs from other approaches because it involves much more than just stretching the skin. It includes elevating and reshaping the underlying muscle and tissue and restoring volume. Incisions are made in the contours of the ear, behind the ear, and along the hairline behind the ear, resulting in well-hidden scars.