Question: Is a SMAS facelift the best type of facelift?
Answer: Most facelift procedures involve manipulation of the SMAS layer to some extent, and the general consensus is that lifting the SMAS is a key component in a facelift that will have noticeable and long-lasting results. When the facelift is “skin-only” (i.e. no SMAS), it relies on the strength of the relatively weak skin, rather than the stronger SMAS layer, to maintain the result. Different surgeons use various techniques to tighten the SMAS layer, depending on their training and experience, but the end result is a more effective facelift.