Temporal SMAS Lift Without Scars. Upper Face SMAS Lift.
What is SMAS and why do we use it?
In 1972 it was demonstrated that after classic face lifting the skin is not stable and elongates in minutes. The Superficial Muscle-Aponeurotic System (SMAS) of the face was described by Mitz and Peyronie in 1976. Since then, lifting of SMAS has become the obligatory method for surgical face lift (including temporal lift without scars), in order to maintain a long lasting result. The skin and soft tissue are strongly fixed to it in the temporal area.
Separating the skin from the SMAS leads to elongation of the skin, which has lost its stable support, and should not be performed. Also, in a subsequent SMAS lifting the skin is not affected skin any more, because it is not well attached. The consequences of separating the skin from the SMAS are a mask-like stretched appearance, changed hairline position behind the ears etc.
What is Temporal Lift?
With age, the cranium shrinks and facial fat volume changes (in most cases increases), ptosis occurs (including the SMAS), along with skin laxity and non-elasticity. These factors change the facial expression into a sad and tired looking face. Lifting the SMAS and attaching it at a superior position allows repositioning of the other soft tissue facial structures, which are fixed to the SMAS. We achieve this with a temporal lift without scars.
Aesthetically incorrect face angles make young people look sad. Thus, the objective of the temporal SMAS lift in this young population is simply beautification, based on facial aesthetics. The correct proportions and angles of the eyes, eyebrows and lips are restored.
Procedure and Results
Each case will receive appropriate treatment and surgery, which will be suggested at the consultation.
In our clinic, we use the Serdev Suture® SMAS method for temporal lift without scars. It is a less traumatic experience for the patient, carried out under local anesthetic. There are no incisions or skin excisions, it is perfomed only through skin puncture points (no scars in the hair), which are not visible and disappear within 1-3 days.
Pain is subjective and of variable intensity according to the person concerned. There could be surface pain for which we prescribe analgesics to be taken as necessary. Recovery is rapid, there is less swelling and normal activities can be promptly resumed.
The results are immediate, but covered by mostly unvisible swelling. Main changes are: total face lift, change of angles of the eyes and lips, fresh look, younger and more beautiful appearence, cheekbone recovering, skin texture improvement.
After surgery, medications must be used and taken as directed. Theace must not be exposed to direct sunlight. You can go to the beach, as long as the face is covered by a sun block with total screening.
Supra-Temporal SMAS Lift
After a temporal SMAS lifting here is a further opportunity of lifting the SMAS in the supratemporal area. We recommend the scarless Serdev Suture® Lifting method.