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Full/SMAS Facelift

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Dr. Karan Mehta, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Manhattan, offers SMAS facelift, a surgical procedure that addresses sagging skin, jowls, and deep facial creases. With the goal of achieving a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance, the SMAS facelift is suitable for individuals seeking long-lasting facial rejuvenation and a firmer, more defined jawline.

The Deepest Facelift Available

The Full/SMAS facelift is a surgical procedure that targets the deeper layers of the face, specifically the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS). This comprehensive facelift technique provides superior results by lifting and repositioning the skin and the underlying muscular and connective tissues. By addressing the SMAS layer, which tends to sag with age, this procedure achieves a more natural and long-lasting rejuvenation. Dr. Mehta specializes in this deep facelift, helping patients appear more youthful.

woman after deep plane facelift in Manhattan

Full/SMAS Facelift Corrects:

  • Sagging skin on the face and neck
  • Deep wrinkles and creases, including nasolabial folds and marionette lines
  • Jowls and loss of definition along the jawline
  • Loose facial muscles and tissues
  • Excess fat deposits in the lower face and neck
  • Hollow or sunken cheeks
  • Uneven or drooping eyebrows
  • Neck bands or “turkey neck” appearance

Full/SMAS Facelift Surgical Details

During your Full/SMAS facelift with Dr. Mehta, which takes place at his surgical facility in Manhattan, you will be placed under general or local anesthesia for your comfort. The surgery lasts three hours, although the duration may vary depending on individual circumstances.

Dr. Mehta will begin by making an incision at the temple, positioned above the hairline, and extending it downward in a curve behind the ears. Once the incision is created, Dr. Mehta will lift the underlying tissue and muscle, known as the SMAS layer, to a higher position.

This repositioning of the deep layers restores facial contours and provides a more youthful appearance. Excess skin will be trimmed, and the remaining skin will be re-draped over your face. To ensure proper healing, the incisions will be closed with sutures, and you will be wrapped in surgical dressings.

Dr. Mehta’s expertise and attention to detail in performing the Full/SMAS facelift ensure that you receive the highest level of care and achieve optimal results from the surgery.

Candidates for Full/SMAS Facelift:

  • Individuals experiencing moderate to severe facial sagging, jowls, and deep wrinkles
  • Those seeking a more long-lasting and comprehensive facial rejuvenation
  • Patients with good overall health and realistic expectations
  • Non-smokers or those willing to quit smoking before the procedure
  • Individuals with sufficient skin elasticity and thickness for optimal results
  • Men and women who desire a firmer, more defined jawline and neck contour
  • Those who understand the risks and recovery process associated with the surgery
  • Patients who have consulted with a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Mehta

The Recovery Process

Immediately following the procedure, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which are normal and temporary. Dr. Mehta will provide specific post-operative instructions to minimize these effects and promote healing. During the initial days after surgery, you must keep your head elevated and avoid strenuous activities or bending over.

Please follow Dr. Mehta’s guidance regarding medication, wound care, and any dietary restrictions. You will have a follow-up appointment to assess your progress and remove any sutures. The majority of swelling and bruising will subside within the first two weeks, although some residual effects may persist for a few weeks more.

Over time, you will gradually notice the transformative effects of the Full/SMAS facelift as your face heals and settles into its rejuvenated appearance. Dr. Mehta and his team will provide ongoing support to ensure you are comfortable during this crucial phase.

Meet Dr. Karan Mehta

Dr. Karan Mehta is a board-certified plastic surgeon who provides personalized care and exceptional results. With a commitment to treating each patient as an individual, he tailors his techniques to address each patient’s specific concerns. Dr. Mehta goes the extra mile by reaching out to patients multiple times, ensuring they are healing appropriately. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mehta to discover the transformative possibilities of the Full/SMAS facelift.


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