Just how painful is the recovery after SMAS face and neck lift will depend on a number of factors; the type of surgery performed, whether general or local anesthesia was used, the amount of bruising and bleeding, whether flaps were created, whether deep SMAS lifting was performed or not, whether superficial nerves were cut or not and whether or not they were incorporated in the sutures or not ? In addition, the scars
especially retro-auricular can become keloidal and lead to pain. There is at times pain in the temporal scars
years after a face lift. The experience of the surgeon, the correct technique, use of proper anesthesia, avoiding bruising and bleeding and proper after care of stitches will not lead to any pain especially if you take regular prescribed analgesics in the post-operative period.