What is Anti-Aging Surgery?

Anti-aging is the process of creating a resilient and beautiful face by taking into account factors like the individual's face shape, skin aging, facial expression, and fat distribution.

Representative anti-aging surgeries include facial contouring, face lift, thread lift, upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, trans conjunctival fat repositioning, endoscopic forehead lift, liposuction and fat transfer.

Braun doctors are a board-certified plastic surgeons in Seoul, South Korea. They are skilled and experienced doctor with good reputation in Korea.

Summary of the Face Lift

  • Operation time

    2~3 hours

  • Admission

    Not admission

  • No. of visits

    3-4 visits

  • Anesthesia

    Intravenous (IV) sedation

  • Suture removal

    10th day

  • Recovery time (period of stay)

    7~10 days

What is a SMAS Lift?

SMAS lift, which stands Superficial Musculo Aponeurotic System (SMAS), is the advanced technique which repositions the superficial musculature and skin.

As we age, the SMAS layer starts to loosen, causing the muscles, fat, and skin to droop together. Therefore, SMAS layer, the fundamental cause of skin sagging, must be pulled together to achieve natural and long-lasting results. Skin-only facelift will provide short-term, minimally satisfying results.

The SMAS layer is the fascia that supports the facial expression muscles and is located about 4.5 mm below the epidermis. It is composed of a thin fibrous membrane that connects the space between skin and muscle like a net, directly affecting skin elasticity and wrinkles.

Braun's SMAS lift is a double dissection facial lift that not only removes the sagging skin but also lifts the SMAS layer after releasing the retaining ligament to move freely enough. The excellent results of this procedure can be sustained for an extended period of time.

It is also effective to prevent and improve not only skin sagging caused by aging, but also skin sagging caused by facial contour surgery or orthognathic surgery.





What is the difference between a mini SMAS lift and a full SMAS lift?

The incisions in the preauricular area are identical, but the retroauricular incisions are only different. Mini SMAS facelift incision ends in the crease behind the earlobe (retroauricular sulcus), while full SMAS facelift incision extends upwards behind the ear and ends in the posterior hairline.

In both surgeries, the preauricular incision is used for SMAS modification and releasing retaining ligaments. The retroauricular incision is used to remove the sagging skin in the neck, so the full SMAS facelift is effective to treat skin laxity in the neck.

However, for the patients with good neck contours, the mini SMAS facelift offers the benefit of full facial rejuvenation without any scarring along the retroauricular hairline.

Surgical Procedure

Incision site

Starts in the sideburn hair, passes immediately in front of the ear, and then curves behind the ear.
(Extends into the posterior hairline of the neck in case of full SMAS facelift)

Surgery method

1. Ineffective conventional surgical method
Skin-only lifting that does not properly dissect the SMAS layer and Lifting without properly cutting the retaining ligament

2. Braun’s SMAS lift surgical method   |   Minimal incision SMAS


Mini SMAS facelift incision is made along the sideburns and ends in the crease behind the earlobe (retroauricular sulcus), Full SMAS facelift incision curves upwards behind the ear and into (or along) the posterior hairline.


The retaining ligaments in concerned area are released


Simultaneously pulled up the SMAS layer with skin.


The sagging skin and SMAS is excised and the procedure is completed with double sutures.

Recovery Process


What Distinguishes Braun's Facelift from Other Facelift Surgeries?

Braun has skilled experience with facelift and facial contouring surgery. The key point is to delicately cut the retaining ligaments without nerve damage and bleeding, followed by precisely dissecting along the SMAS layer, both of which require a high understanding of facial structure and high-level technology.

Not only can you improve and lift deep wrinkles and sagging skin, but you can also achieve more satisfying results with natural youthful lifting effects in your facial expressions, Furthermore, in order to preserve individual characteristics and beauty, the patient's surgery can be performed safely with extensive experience and skilled know-how through a collaborative system of specialists in each field.

Using SMAS for Strong Fixation and Sunken Cheek Correction

By releasing retaining ligaments, SMAS is freely moved and strongly fixed without tension. Therefore, Braun's SMAS lift creates a strong fixation effect that lasts longer. In addition, if the cheek appears hollow, the remaining SMAS is rolled and fixed onto the sunken area to add volume and lift the SMAS at the same time.

A Facelift with Minimal Incision

Facelift surgery improves wrinkles and sagging facial lines throughout the face, and the range of incision is relatively wide. Braun's face lift surgery uses minimally invasive incisions and meticulous suture techniques, where scars are not visible.

Scars after FULL SMAS facelift

7 months scar photo (L)

7 months scar photo (R)

What is Braun’s SMAS Contour Lifting?

A SMAS Contour Lift procedure can improve together the fundamental problem of face shape by performing facial contouring surgery, which was developed and researched for a long time by Braun Plastic Surgery. The SMAS is then pulled to prevent any skin sagging that may occur following facial contouring surgery. Braun's unique technique corrects the sunken cheek with SMAS to create a more perfect and natural face shape. The results are more natural and last longer because it is a surgery that solves the problem after identifying the patient's facial contour and the underlying cause of sagging skin.

Facial contouring+ SMAS Lifting = SMAS Contour lifting

Candidates for Braun’s Facelift Surgery

  • 체크아이콘 If the outcome of procedures such as ‘thread lifting’ is unsatisfactory,
  • 체크아이콘 If you notice skin sagging on the nasolabial folds, cheeks, and chin line as a result of aging
  • 체크아이콘 If you want to improve the skin elasticity and achieve a V-line in your drooping double chin
  • 체크아이콘 If you are concerned about looking old and grumpy due to deep nasolabial folds and jowls
  • 체크아이콘 If you are concerned about sagging skin following facial contouring surgery
  • 체크아이콘 If you want to undergo facial contouring surgery but have poor skin elasticity



- Not all patients undergoing facial contouring surgery require a face lift.Because each patient's condition and circumstances are different, it is best to consult with a specialist before making a final decision. 

- Aging and sagging skin makes the jawline appear dull and angular, resulting in a larger looking face.SMAS face lift not only lifts but also slims the lower face, so you can kill two birds with one stone.Furthermore, SMAS contour lift is recommended for patients who want a more defined and noticeable result.By correcting facial bones and contours simultaneously, SMAS contour lift can produce a more attractive and slimmer face shape. 

 As with any surgery, the scar may vary depending on the patient's skin type. However, in general, the face lift performed at Braun Plastic Surgery, tightens the superficial fascia beneath the skin and then sutures the skin, resulting in scars that are almost invisible with a long lasting effect. 

- Surprisingly, many people believe that because facelift surgery involves deep incisions and correction, severe bleeding, swelling, and bruising will occur and a surgical drain will be required.However, Braun Plastic Surgery Clinic minimizes bleeding compared to other general facial surgery clinics through extensive knowledge of specialists who only focus on correcting the necessary tissues with minimal trauma to the face, so most of them do not use surgical drains and have less swelling and bruises compared to other clinics.Patients can return to their daily routine within a week after surgery. 

- You may return to your daily routine 2~3 days after surgery. 

- It is also possible to remove foreign substances during a face lift procedure.You can remove the thread and proceed with the surgery, but you must inform the specialist during the consultation 


Publication in World-Renowned Plastic Surgery Journal



  • 2019 PRS KOREA - Korean Plastic Surgery International Conference

    Presentation by Chief Dr. Lee Ji-Won on the subject of "The indication of MACS lift after facial bone contouring surgery."

  • 2019 PRS KOREA - Korean Plastic Surgery International Conference

    Presentation by Chief Dr. Ryu Dong-Wan on the subject of "Cheek drooping in the reduction malarplasty."

  • 2018 PRS KOREA - Korean Plastic Surgery International Conference

    Presentation by Chief Dr. Lee Ji-Won on the subject of "Combined MACS lift with facial bone contouring surgery in case of submalar hollow and sagging skin."


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*Complications such as bleeding, infection or inflammation may occur following the surgery, and individual satisfaction may differ: please consult with your surgeon.
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