I had a lower lift done recently. I still have the jowl and a loose neck. Doctor says that is all that can be done. It was a SMAS lift. Does the SMAS lift just need to farther in the face? Can every jowl be lifted?
SMAS Facelift to Improve Jowls?
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Mini SMAS lift?
Since I cannot see your preoperative photographs, it is difficult to make a complete judgment. However, I feel it is safe to say that you had a very "conservative" procedure. In certain circumstances, conservative or mini- is good, in yours it may have been less appropriate.
As others have stated, one surgeon's "SMAS" Facelift may be entirely different and less substantial than that of another surgeon. I would venture to guess that your SMAS procedure probably involved plication of the SMAS, a less effective maneuver than SMAS elevation and imbrication. Likewise, there is persistent jowling present and poor definition of the jawline which could be improved upon by more aggressive liposuction. Lastly the definition in your neck could very likely be improved by liposuction and platysmaplasty.
I would recommend a return visit to your surgeon for starters, and other opinions if you are not satisfied.
Facelift to improve jowling and neck fullness
You do appear to have quite a bit of residual fullness in your jowl area. This could be due to inadequate tightening during the facelift or may be from excess fatty deposits that could be improved with liposuction.
As some of the others have mentioned, you may also have persistent fullness in the neck from your submandibular glands. An examination would help determine if this is contributing to your findings at all.
"Branded" lifts and minilifts
There has been a big move toward 'mini-lifts' and 'lifestyle this or that' and other named lifts. For some, this is the answer. Usually, this works best for someone who does not really need a facelift. However, the result you have is inadequate. Need to go back and get those jowls moving. Or see someone else for a second opinion.
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From the picture you still have major jowls, but an exam is needed to rule out a prominent submaxillary gland. You still have los of neck fat also.
ALL JOWLS CAN BE LIFTED WITH A SMAS face lift, in the habds of an experienced Board Certified PLASTIC SURGEON.
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It is difficult to tell from this picture especially without viewing your preoperative pictures but I will assume you went to a qualified surgeon. There are many other things that could explain your findings and difficulty in obtaining an optimal result. A prominent submandiblular gland could partially be responsible. Sub-platysmal fat is another possible explanation for the poorly defined neck angle. I would consider a chin implant as this can enhance the projection of the jawline.
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