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4 Doctor Answers | Asked by Memphis4597 in Memphis, TN
SMAS is a tissue fascial layer in the face. I doubt this tissue would be able to be removed intact as it has most likely already undergone some absorption and scar formation. I prefer to use Alloderm Lip Implants for a more predictable Lip Augmentation. Ask the Surgeon who placed the SMAS tissue, in your lip, if you can gently massage the lips to make them softer...than I'd have Alloderm placed for a long lasting augmentation that's soft and supple.
SMAS lip augmentation can be removed with difficulty soon after a procedure. Usually the implant softens with time.
I used to use SMAS grafts for lip augmentation. Early on, they can be quite swollen, which may make movement difficult. While it is possible for them to be removed if they haven't yet healed in place, it can be difficult. For now, since it's so early post-op, I'd recommend doing some massaging and stretching exercises of the lip. Hang in there!
While it may be frustrating not to be able to smile, it may be due to swelling or bruised nerves rather than the SMAS. It would be best to see your plastic surgeon to discuss more.