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DOI: 10.1055/s-2002-37457
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Skin Facelift with Supra-SMAS Plication

Lawrence B. Robbins1,2,3,4 , Adam J. Rubinstein5
  • 1University of Miami School of Medicine Miami, Florida
  • 2Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
  • 3Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Florida
  • 4Miami Heart Institute, Miami, Florida
  • 5Division of Plastic Surgery, CHRISTUS St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, Texas; Dr. Robbins is now retired
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Publication Date:
26 February 2003 (online)


Effects of aging are evidenced in all parts of the human form, but no place more prominently than in the face. Patient selection and appropriate preoperative screening are of critical importance to obtaining a high degree of patient and physician satisfaction. Once an appropriate patient has been identified, one must choose the correct operation. The article reflects on three decades of performing a host of procedures on a variety of patients and problems. It is intended as a guide to modern principles and techniques of facial rejuvenation, specifically the skin facelift with supra-SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) plication.