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    SMAS Facelift

    SMAS Facelift

    Surgery Duration 4~5 hours Anesthesia Short-term Sedation or Local Anesthesia
    Hospitalization A day patient Removal of stitches 1~2 Weeks After The Operation
    Number of postoperative visits 2~3 times Recovery Period Return to normal life after removal of stitches

    Wide Nose BridgeWhat is a SMAS Facelift?

    We can treat sagging and wrinkled skin by tightening the muscular layer, the so-called the SMAS layer.

    The SMAS layer, located between the subcutaneous fat layer and the muscular layer, is the outermost layer covering muscles. Unlike traditional facelift methods that simply tighten the skin, a SMAS facelift tightens the SMAS layer to improve skin elasticity from the inside. With this procedure, you can expect to see noticeable and long-lasting effects.

    JW Plastic Surgery provides an advanced SMAS facial-sculpting lift, instead of the traditional SMAS facelift procedure.


    SMAS Facelift

    Wide Nose BridgeThe Features of SMAS Facelift

    01. Preservation of fat pads and deep fascia

    Facial fat and soft tissue are divided into several pads. These fat pads help you to maintain a young appearance.
    Fat pads begin to sag with age. You can maintain a young appearance and reduce wrinkles by preserving and tightening the fat pads. To achieve optimized effects, each fat pad should be tightened in different directions.

    Based on our expertise and skills, JW Plastic Surgery aims to achieve optimized effects by preserving and tightening each fat pad in the right direction.

    SMAS Facelift

    02. Detachment of retaining ligaments

    The face contains retaining ligaments connecting skin, fat, and bones to each other. Retaining ligaments keep each tissue in a proper position. However, they become loose with age and the skin and fat begin to sag as a result.

    The retaining ligaments under the SMAS layer should be cut during a facelift. Otherwise, they pull down the tightened SMAS layer. The retaining ligaments located deep under the skin are difficult to reach due to adjacent nerves. Therefore, this procedure should be performed by medical professionals who have extensive experience. 

    SMAS Facelift



    03. Rolling pexis instead of cutting

    The traditional facelift procedure tightens the loose SMAS layer and then cuts the remainder. JW Plastic Surgery rolls up and fixes them, instead of cutting them. This method maintains the tightened skin for a long time by firmly fixing the SMAS layer. By fixing the remainder under the zygomatic bones, we make your face look much younger.

    Based on a wealth of experience and know-how, JW Plastic Surgery evolved the traditional SMAS facelift to the SMAS facial-sculpting lift. This new procedure that demands a high degree of skill has been regarded as a next-generation facelift procedure.

    SMAS Facelift

    Procedure of SMAS Facelift

    SMAS Facelift
    • STEP 01. 
      Make an incision inside the scalp in order to make the scar become invisible.
    • STEP 02. 
      Remove the loose skin
    • STEP 03. 
      Remove the SMAS layer by cutting retaining ligaments.
    • STEP 04. 
      Pull the SMAS layer upwards while preserving the fat pads. Then, roll and fix it.
    • STEP 05. 
      Cut and stitch the remainder.

    TIP. If sagging and wrinkles are not severe, a minimum-incision partial facelift may be available.

    SMAS Facelift


    The range of incisions may vary depending on wrinkles and aging. Therefore, consultation with JW’s specialists who have extensive experience is strongly recommended before undergoing a procedure.



    Wide Nose BridgeWho needs a SMAS facelift?

    • 01.  Those who want powerful face-lifting effects.
    • 02.  Those who have deep nasolabial folds.
    • 03.  Those whose jawline is loose.
    • 04. Those who have deep wrinkles all over their face.
    • 05.  Those who don’t like the contours of their face.
    • 06.  Those who have neck wrinkles.
    • 07.  Those who want long-lasting facelift effects.





    ※ Please note: In regards to before and after photos on this site, results may vary depending on each patients' individual case