As our Cincinnati plastic surgeons discussed in Part 1, skin only mini facelifts are lacking in their ability to provide natural results. So why is it not ideal to just pull on the skin? These facelifts are inferior, in our opinion, because they use the skin to pull up the sagging facial fat. First, when you pull on the skin, it tends to flatten facial features and create an unnatural, windswept appearance. This is usually what people want to avoid.
Second, the skin and the fat need to be lifted in different directions for a natural result. The fat needs to be lifted in a more vertical direction and the skin needs to be lifted in a less vertical direction. If you are pulling on the skin to lift everything, you must lift everything in the same direction. Neither the skin nor the fat get lifted in the right direction, rather something in between. In our opinion, these compromises are what make you look unnatural with these techniques. Only lifting the skin is less invasive, but is it worth it?
Although these quickie lifts may be less invasive, you may be compromising your result. The alternative is the SMAS lift. The SMAS facelift lifts the skin and the fat separately. This way, they can both be lifted in the right direction. Also, the most tension is placed on the fat layer—this maximizes the correction of facial shape and maintains it with the strength of this deeper, stronger layer. This prevents excess tightness of the skin, which looks unnatural and has less result longevity.
If you are in the group of people who want to go for the less invasive procedure, because you only want a little lift based on a concern that too much lift will look unnatural, consider this: The SMAS lift is a versatile procedure that can be adjusted to your goals. If you only want a little lift for a few years off instead of maximum improvement, a SMAS lift can be performed with less “lift.” That way you get the skin and fat moved in the right direction. The result is a more refreshed and younger looking version of yourself that lasts longer.
If you want maximum results, the SMAS lift is the best choice by far. We do not think any other technique has as much ability to deliver consistent, natural results that last. Check out these facelift tips for more helpful information.
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