Is the face actually lifted during a facelift?
The soft tissue of the face including the droopy fat pads and skin are lifted during a facelift. This is accomplished by raising the skin off of a layer called the submuscular aponeurotic system (SMAS). The SMAS is then elevated and lifted causing the droopy fat pads to be restored to their more youthful position. The skin is then redraped and sutured.
Posted by Dr. Buckingham