The composite face lift is becoming increasingly popular following recent advances in understanding of facial anatomy that enable safe subsuperficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) dissection. This article presents the authors’ technique for composite face lift in Asian patients and reviews their experience and outcome with this procedure.

The authors’ surgical technique and adaptations for the specific requirements of Asian patients are described in detail. Patients were followed up in accordance with a standardized schedule.  The majority of patients reported high satisfaction with the aesthetic outcome of the technique, with natural, long-lasting results. The face lift plane of dissection is through the facial soft-tissue spaces, which provide atraumatic sub-SMAS access with precise release of the intervening retaining ligaments for effective flap mobilization.

By emphasizing tension on the composite flap with no tension on the skin closure, the scars were discrete in the great majority of patients. Complications were few, with no hematomas or skin flap necrosis. The temporary nerve injury rate was 1.5 percent, with no patient having a permanent nerve injury. The composite face lift is an ideal technique for Asian patients, as it delivers natural, long-lasting results; a quick recovery; and high patient satisfaction.