Utilizing the concept of Barton's high superficial musculo-aponeurotic system (SMAS) technique, the authors performed the more extensive skin-attached SMAS/platysma flap elevation and the ‘dual deep tissue support’ technique involving multiple plications of the parotid-masseteric fascia, repositioning of the SMAS, and platysma muscle. Our aim was to demonstrate a specific surgical procedure for face and neck lift and offer its pitfalls and outcomes.
This study included 83 patients aged between 54 and 73 years. The pre- and 10-month postoperative photographs of all patients were used to assess the extent of the nasolabial folds, the labiomental fold, and the cervical band (platysma band). Each patient's subjective aesthetic satisfaction was also evaluated.
At 3 and 6 months postoperatively, 94% (n = 3) of patients achieved “minimal” and “mild” nasolabial folds. Most patients (89.1%, n = 74) were satisfied with their outcomes. Two minor hematomas (2.4%) occurred locally over the temporal or retro-auricular area. No incidence of skin flap necrosis or permanent facial nerve injury was observed.
Our extensive skin-attached SMAS/platysma flap elevation with dual deep tissue support, both by multiple parotic masseteric plication and SMAS/platysma repositioning, provided not only the definite lifting effect in the immediate postoperative period, but also resulted in long-lasting lifting outcomes without remission.
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