Subperiosteal Midface Lift with Sub-Superficial Musculoaponeuritic System Rhytidectomy

Facial Plast Surg. 2022 Dec;38(6):613-622. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-1756454. Epub 2022 Dec 23.


The subperiosteal midface lift is a powerful tool that allows the surgeon to reposition the SOOF and malar fat pad in a vertical direction. Additionally, it significantly softens deep nasolabial folds. Its effect, however, is minimal with regards to addressing the jowl, jawline, gonial angle and cervicomental angle. Combining the subperiosteal midface lift with an extended sub-SMAS rhytidectomy addresses the pre-jowl sulcus by releasing the mandibular ligament. The jawline and gonial angle become more defined with the transposition and suspension of the SMAS flap. The SMAS transposition flap along with the suspension of the platysma flap to the mastoid fascia support the submandibular glands and deepen the cervicomental angle. These two approaches are valuable additions to the surgeons armamentarium and can yield excellent results in carefully selected patients.

MeSH terms

  • Cheek
  • Face
  • Fascia
  • Humans
  • Mandible
  • Rhytidoplasty* / methods