The SMAS and the nasolabial fold

F. E. Barton, M. Wassef

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In a series of histologic sections and clinical and cadaver dissections, the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) is seen to become the investing fascia of the zy-gomaticus major and minor muscles in the medial cheek. The pull on the cheek flap during rhytidectomy is diffused by the attachment of the SMAS to these muscles. I believe that this attachment accounts for the minimal change in the nasolabial crease after a Skoog-type sub-SMAS face lift.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1054-1057
Number of pages4
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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