SMAS is an acronym for Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System. It is the layer of tissue that lies on top of the deeper tissues and structures of the face and neck, including the entire cheek area. It is also attached to the platysma—the superficial muscle covering the lower face and neck.
Recovery & Healing
Immediately following your procedure, your head will be wrapped in bandages. It is important to keep your head elevated for the first 24 hours to help reduce swelling. Most patients return to their normal activities about 2 weeks following surgery. While swelling is greatly reduced within the first couple of weeks, it may take up to 6 months for last vestiges of swelling to disappear and the final results of the SMAS facelift to manifest. Tiny incisions are carefully placed along the hair-line and behind the ear resulting in minimal scarring, often remaining completely undetected. The results look completely natural and last for many, many years.