What Is the Difference Between a Deep Plane and SMAS Facelift?

Your face is the image you present to the world. Over time, the face inevitably begins to succumb to the effects of gravity and aging: Wrinkles develop, skin sags and hangs, and youthful facial beauty is diminished.

Fortunately, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ronald Schuster offers an array of facial plastic surgery options, including facelifts. In addition to possessing special expertise in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Schuster offers technically-demanding facelift options that many plastic surgeons cannot, such as the SMAS facelift and the Deep Plane facelift.

What Is an SMAS Facelift?

The Superficial MusculoAponeurotic System (SMAS) is the dense layer of connective tissue that rests above the muscles that control facial expressions and below the subcutaneous fat that lies just beneath the skin. During a SMAS facelift procedure, the skin and SMAS layers are lifted separately. Modifying the SMAS is pivotal to lifting  the midface and corners of the mouth, softening deep nasolabial creases, and improving neck definition.

What Is a Deep Plane Facelift?

During a Deep Plane face lift, the skin and SMAS are lifted together in a single layer. Dr. Schuster performs a unique type of Deep Plane facelift called a Composite facelift. This advanced technique includes moving lower eyelid structures along with the facial layers. Dr. Schuster is one of the few facial plastic surgeons who performs this comprehensive procedure, which he believes offers superior results compared to other methods.

The Composite facelift provides balanced, natural-looking improvement. It can correct the appearance of sagging cheeks and cheek folds without creating an overpulled or “wind tunnel” appearance. Composite facelift results are long-lasting, allowing you to enjoy your restored youthful beauty for many years.

Which Facelift Option Is Right for Me?

Facelift-before-afterIn addition to the SMAS facelift, Deep Plane facelift, and Composite facelift, there are a number of facelift techniques with which Dr. Schuster is familiar and experienced. The best way to determine which facelift option is most able to achieve your unique goals is to meet personally with Dr. Schuster in a confidential consultation at our office.

Depending on your specific facial anatomy and desired outcome, Dr. Schuster may recommend a particular facelift technique, or a combination of surgical and/or non-surgical procedures to optimize your facial rejuvenation. Together, you will develop a customized treatment plan that is tailored just for you.

We invite you to visit our before and after gallery to see examples of Dr. Schuster’s exceptional results for yourself.

Schedule Your Consultation With Our Baltimore Facelift Surgeon

To learn more about facelifts, and find out which option is best for you, call 410-902-9800 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ronald Schuster. We welcome patients from Baltimore and surrounding areas in Maryland.



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