SMAS Lifting And Plastic Surgery: What To Choose?

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Facelift: plastic surgery and SMAS lifting in Kyiv

The dimension of anti-aging therapy is actively developing: new cosmetic techniques, such as SMAS lifting and plastic surgery methods are being accomplished. Today returning back to beauty and youth – is not a dream but a real aim that can be achieved. But now many of the patients are faced with the choice: go to surgery or prefer less invasive procedures.

SMAS Lifting And Plastic Surgery: What To Choose?

Up until recently surgery was the only one viable method with such age changes as crepey skin, jowls, and spread facial contours. Circular face lift allows to achieve good and stable results. However, as any surgery it needs some period of recovery and is not suitable for all patients.

In recent years, alternative techniques have been developed that can improve your appearance without the need for invasive intervention. SMAS lifting is one of the most effective. It helps to make good work with the signs of aging and does not need long-term rehabilitation.

Both plastic facelift and SMAS facelift have their own advantages and disadvantages. That is why it is good to enlarge each of these methods in details.


Circular face lift

A surgical facelifting (rhytidectomy) is an invasive procedure aimed at eliminating age-related changes. During the operation, the doctor makes small incisions on the forehead (above the hairline), behind the ears or under the chin, depending on which area is to be corrected. Then he redistributes fat, tightens muscles and connective tissues, and removes excess skin. At the final stage, the surgeon applies cosmetic sutures.

Total recovery after surgery facelift occurs within 2-4 weeks. Hematomas disappear in about 2 weeks. In the first 2 days after that person will have not to use the shower, next two weeks will have to avoid physical exertion, sauna and massage. It may take up to 6 months to fully appreciate the effect of the operation.

SMAS face lifting

It is a non-surgical method of facelift and skin rejuvenation. Collagen and elastin are the main protein fibers that support the structure of the skin, giving it elasticity and firmness. During the procedure, the doctor applies ultrasound to the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS). These are dense subcutaneous tissues that serve as a scaffold for the outer layers of the face. Ultrasonic radiation purposefully heats tissues, starting the process of active collagen production (neocollagenogenesis). Gradually, the skin is tightened, smoothed, the contours of the face become more clear-cut.

SMAS device: what  options exist?

At the moment, two types of ultrasound equipment are used for non-invasive SMAS facelift.

Device for SMAS Ulthera

Ultherapy technology uses the energy of micro-focused ultrasound (MFU). The FDA (American agency, controls quality of medicines and treatments) approved this method for non-invasive skin tightening in 2004. Since then, Ultherapy has been the gold standard for anti-aging treatments. 

SMAS Lifting And Plastic Surgery: What To Choose?

The main difference of Ultherapy technology is the system of visualization DeepSEE. With its help the doctor can see the inner skin structure, muscles and bones during treatment. It allows:

  • focus on areas with the greatest collagen deficiency;
  • bypass zones of undesirable impact (bone tissue, blood vessels);
  • minimize the loss of adipose tissue.

As for now, SMSA lifting on the Ultherapy apparatus is the only technique that has proven its effectiveness in clinical trials.

Device for СМАС HIFU

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) has been used for facelifts a little later. It was approved by the FDA in 2009. Until that time, doctors used this method to treat tumors. The principle of HIFU work is the same as Altera technology: it is also based on the use of ultrasonic energy. The only difference is that HIFU does not have imaging technology for the treated area. This means that the doctor cannot see the internal structures he is working with. That is why HIFU is called the “blind” facelift method

Facial SMAS and plastic surgery: what happens after the procedure?

As a SMAS lifting is not a surgery treatment, that procedure does not need long-term recovery. The patient can return to work or other daily activities immediately after the therapy session. Besides, you can continue to do sports.

After SMAS lifting procedures patients may have redness, swelling or minor bruising at the treatment area, which usually resolves within a few days. In rare cases, numbness or tingling occurs. But these symptoms gradually disappear by themselves.

Recovery after face-lifting surgery takes much more time. Many of the patients need to take medications to reduce pain and discomfort after the procedure. Side effects of plastic surgery include: infection, slow healing, nerve damage, and visible scarring. However, it is worth mentioning that if the operation is made by an experienced surgeon, the development of all those moments is minimal.

SMAS lift and Surgical tightening: final result

The effectiveness of SMAS lifting depends on the initial condition of the skin. The best results can be achieved in the presence of moderate age-related changes. The rejuvenating effect of SMAS lifting is based on replenishing the deficiency of collagen, which is produced over a certain period of time. That is why the final result of the procedure can be assessed 2-3 months after the procedure. The effect obtained in different patients lasts from 1 to 2 years. After this period, the treatment can be repeated.

Surgery lifting allows immediate results and it will be possible to estimate it as soon as hematomas and edema disappear.

Plastic surgery and SMAS: price as a factor of choice.

The SMAS facelift is an outpatient procedure. The absence of costs for anesthesia and postoperative care makes this method of rejuvenation more economical. The price of a SMAS facelift at the Coolaser clinic is 13,500 UAH.

Surgical lifting is a more complex treatment method. This is a complete surgical operation made with general anesthesia. You can tighten the lower part of the face and neck in the Coolaser for 105,840 UAH

SMAS lifting or surgery: conclusions

A surgical facelift is an invasive procedure in which the doctor mechanically redistributes tissue through small incisions. Candidates are patients with obvious signs of aging. The result is seen immediately and saves for a long time.

SMAS lifting is a minor invasive therapy based on the effects of ultrasound. People in middle age with age-related changes can achieve the most impressive results. The primary result of the procedure is visible immediately, but it can be finally assessed after a few months, when the collagen deficiency is replenished. The positive effect persists for 1-2 years.

Regardless of the choice of technique, the clinic guarantees you a high quality of services. SMAS lifting in the Coolaser Clinic is carried out on the Ultera apparatus. This equipment allows the doctor to visualize the treated tissues and purposefully select the area most in need of correction.

A circular facelift is performed by an experienced surgeon (more than 20 years of clinical practice in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery). The use of modern approaches allows the doctor to obtain the most natural results with minimal risk of side effects. 

You can sign up for a consultation to choose the most effective facelift method by calling: (068) 938 03 03. The Coolaser Clinic is located at: Kyiv, Pechersk, Konovaltsa str., 32B.

TOP-3 beauty and youth procedures

Patients of the Coolaser Clinic prefer the following aesthetic procedures:

  1. Laser face resurfacing to improve skin condition.
  2. Complex rejuvenation by fibroblasts.
  3. Needle RF-lifting of the body to eliminate imperfections on the skin.


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