A SMAS facelift, also known as “the two-layer facelift”, is the most extensive technique and provides the best results for patients with extreme skin laxity and soft-tissue descent. Dr. Mentz performed his first SMAS lift 30 years ago, and throughout the years has done thousands. SMAS lifts are his favorite operation, as he feels they offer the most durable and satisfying results for his patients.
Recovery and results
Immediately following your SMAS facelift, a special cooling mask will be placed on your skin to help minimize bruising and swelling. In addition, small tubes may be inserted beneath the skin to prevent fluid accumulation. (The surgical dressing can typically be removed the day following surgery.) Dr. Mentz may recommend an overnight stay at one of his SurgiCentre’s recovery suites, where you will be taken care of by a registered nurse who specializes in plastic surgery recovery. Moreover, if you live within 20 miles of our facility, Dr. Mentz will offer a visit to your home by a nurse who is trained to assist you with post-operative recovery.
The nurse will change any dressings, monitor your recovery, assist you with your medication, and provide Dr. Mentz with an update on your consultation. This is part of Dr. Mentz’s signature concierge surgical and recovery experience. Most sutures are removed 5 to 7 days after surgery. Peak swelling takes place within 24 to 48 hours, with moderate swelling may lasting for weeks. We recommend elevation of the head (even during sleep) to reduce initial swelling. You can expect to have some numbing, swelling, bruising, and discomfort for about two weeks, and around this time you will be able to return to work and continue exercise. Most of the incisions will be well-hidden within the natural creases of the skin and hair.