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Spacelift and SMAS-lifting: what are these operations and how they work

Date: June 18, 2024 Time: 11:34:53

The spacelifting technique is also based on working with the SMAS layer and is currently the most modern form of facelift. The technology was proposed by Australian plastic surgeon Brian Mendelsohn in the 2000s, when he began to publish papers on the anatomy of the gaps in the face and describe their applied significance in the facelift operation. By the way, Mendelssohn himself does not use the term “spatial lifting”, instead he calls the technique “compound facelift with limited skin detachment”.

A deep analysis of the anatomy of the face revealed the presence of gaps called “gaps” (“gap” in translation from English – “gap”). There are four such spaces on the face: the lower premasseteric (in the projection of the jowls from the cheeks), the middle (the corners of the mouth and the lower third of the nasolabial folds), the upper (the nasolabial folds) and the pre-zygomatic (the area of ​​the paint sacs and the lacrimal groove). Everyone is “responsible” for their own aging zone on the face. At a young age, these spaces are not expressed and are practically absent. But over time, for example, with the appearance of the lower space, there is a deformation of the oval in the form of the so-called “bryl”.

With age, these gaps become larger and consequently affect how facial relief will change further. For each person, it changes in its own way: fleas appear, the corners of the lips droop, the cheek hangs over the nasolabial fold, bags of paint appear, the contour of the face has an uneven relief. The surgeon works within these spaces, restoring the natural lost contours of the face. Access is carried out in those places where it is easier to hide postoperative traces: behind the tragus of the ear, in the fold behind the auricle, and in the hair. A multilayer flap is formed below the SMAS within all of these spaces. The tissues move in a block: skin, subcutaneous tissue and SMAS. Sutures are applied, the tissues are moved up and fixed. While in a standard elevator the sutures go along the edge of the SMAS, in a space elevator they are placed directly in the area of ​​the spaces and thus the fixation is more secure. In the end, the face becomes the same as when it was young: toned and even, without distortion of appearance.

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Hansen Taylor is a full-time editor for ePrimefeed covering sports and movie news.

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