SMAS Lifting in Korea - Quick Facts Before Getting SMAS Lifting - ソウルガイドメディカル

SMAS lifting surgeries have become widespread and common in today’s time, especially with celebrities and affluent people in society endorsing them. A lot of people are desperate to have that smooth, youthful appearance of the face that Korean’s embody.

No matter what anti-aging skincare you use, nothing can match the results that facelifts can give. Through innovations in plastic surgery, you can now achieve a more youthful facial skin, not only in the top layers but as deep as the muscles and tissues. If you want to know if a SMAS lift fits you, continue reading below. 

What is SMAS Lifting?

SMAS lifting is an aesthetic procedure, also known as rhytidectomy, or more popularly called as a facelift. This cosmetic surgical procedure is responsible for rejuvenating the face through tightening and maneuvering of the SMAS when age-related problems occur, such as drooping and sagging of the face due to fat, tissue, and muscle.  

SMAS lifting started during the mid-1980s, but before they created this technique, the conventional way of doing a rhytidectomy was pulling and removal of the skin to tighten the face. When they discovered the method of SMAS lifting, they realized that it produced rather long-lasting effects as compared to the traditional technique.

This is because the SMAS (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system) is responsible for the “coordinated muscular contraction of the face and providing a functional role of movement for expression.” Tightening this layer of the facial skin allows complete facial rejuvenation as compared to tightening only the overlying skin, which partially solves any age-related facial issues. 

Benefit/s of SMAS Lifting

Since a SMAS lifting is for those who have evident signs of aging, the main benefit of this procedure is to improve an individual’s appearance aesthetically. Other benefits a SMAS lift can give a person are: 

  • Help in tightening facial muscles
  • Gets rid of loose facial skin 
  • Improves the contours of the face
  • Rejuvenates the skin 
  • Eliminates or reduces facial wrinkles and creases 
  • Makes the person look younger 

How is SMAS Lifting done?

The appearance of the skin is one way to tell how healthy the person is, and through Intracel treatments, the youthful appearance of the skin is improved inside and out. Another reason to undergo an Intracel treatment is because of the benefits it offers, such as:

  • Regeneration of collagen and elastin, which are the building blocks of a healthy skin
  • Reduction of wrinkles and scars 
  • Reduction of pore size 
  • Improves skin’s elasticity and health 
  • No downtime or lengthy recovery required 
  • Comforts of a non-invasive procedure 
  • The fast and comfortable treatment procedure 
  • Long-lasting results 

How is Intracel Treatment Done?

SMAS lifting procedures should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who is well-experienced or specializing in face lifting procedures to avoid complications and disappointing results. The rhytidectomy procedure will last for 2-3 hours. To continue, general anesthesia is administered, although there are instances where local anesthesia with IV is preferred depending on the extent of the patient’s case. After the anesthesia has taken effect, the following steps commence: 

  • Incision

    1. Before making the incision, your surgeon will first draw a line that will become a guide for the placement of the precise incision. 
    2. They then make the incision from the hairline at the side of the temple and will go through the front crease of the ears until it curves, going to the back ending in the lower scalp.
  • Lifting 

    1. The surgeon will then rearrange and lift in a higher position the skin, muscles, and tissue. 
    2. They will then remove the excess skin and re-drape it over the patient’s face. 
  • Suturing of incision 

Once the surgeon finishes lifting the SMAS, skin, and tissue, they will close the incision using sutures that dissolve over time, or potentially sutures that will need to be removed after several days. 

SMAS Lifting recovery time

During the recovery period, it is normal for you to experience bruising and swelling, just like any plastic surgery procedure. The healing time depends from one person to another; however, it usually takes two to three weeks for bruising and swelling to subside and for the results to look normal. In 6-12 months, the result of the procedures would have reached its full setting, and appear the way the patient desires it to be. 

Most patients can go back to work around the two or three-week mark.While your face is still recovering, it is a must that you follow your doctor’s instructions on how to take care of the incisions as well as yourself. You should also make sure to come to the clinic on your scheduled follow up checkups so that your doctor could monitor your recovery.

Proper rest, diet, head elevation, and icing are also crucial during the recovery period since these can speed up the healing process. 

SMAS Lifting before and after

The results of a SMAS lifting will not be visible right away because of swelling and bruising. After several weeks when your face has healed and looks normal again, you will see that your appearance looks more youthful and rejuvenated. Just like the before and after photos of the patients below, you could visibly see that their appearance looks younger than before.

Also, wrinkles and fine lines have either been eliminated or reduced significantly, restoring an almost flawless and smoother complexion. When it comes to scarring due to the procedure, none of those are visible since the hair covers it, or they hid it in the natural creases of the ears and skin. 

SMAS lifting surgery has been one of the most popular surgical procedures that combats the effects of the aging process. As compared to the traditional way of the face lifting, wherein only the skin is pulled and tightened, SMAS lifting produces a more rejuvenated facial skin not only at the top layers but deep in the muscles and tissues. Because of this, complete facial rejuvenation has become possible with long-lasting effects. 

The procedure lasts for two to three hours with the careful leadership of a board-certified surgeon who specializes or is well-experienced in SMAS lifting procedures. After the surgery, the scars are not visible since they should be well hidden by the hairs, as well as the creases of the ears.

When it comes to the recovery, it only takes less than a month for you to get back on your feet and resume with your daily activities, given that you followed your doctor’s strict instructions on how to take care of yourself and your face. 

When anti-aging remedies and skincare cannot do anything to combat aging, there is no other way than to get a SMAS lift, which promises and guarantees beneficial, long-lasting results. So, what are you waiting for? You can now ditch those anti-aging skincare that claims to combat wrinkles and lines, and instead, get a SMAS lift procedure through the help of Seoul Guide Medical. You may book an appointment through our website and let us help you in turning back the clock of time. 


For whom is SMAS Lifting most recommended for?

SMAS lifting is for individuals who inhibit the signs of aging, especially in the middle of the face to the upper portion of the neck. Specifically, this treatment is for the following: Individuals with sagging cheeks, Individuals who have excess skin on the upper neck, Individuals with loose facial skin, Individuals with sagging skin and fat on the face and neck, Individuals with facial wrinkles and creases, Individuals who have lines along the nasolabial folds

Is SMAS Lifting permanent?

The results of a SMAS lifting are not permanent because of the aging process that will continue even after you have had the procedure. However, the effects are long-lasting, and it can take five to 10 years before you are supposed to have a repeat SMAS lifting procedure.

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