Semin Plast Surg 2002; 16(4): 331-346
DOI: 10.1055/s-2002-37452
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The Composite Facelift

Sam T. Hamra1,2 , Ramsey J. Choucair1
  • 1The University of Texas Southwest >Medical School Dallas, Texas
  • 2Division of Plastic Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
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Publication Date:
26 February 2003 (online)


Harmonious long-term facial rejuvenation can be achieved with the technique of composite facelifting. The composite facelift elevates not only the skin but also the platysma, the malar fat, and the orbicularis muscle. The development of a zygorbicular flap, along with an arcus marginalis release, allows for a strong superior medial pull, which results in a more youthful face and eyes.