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As the face ages, the skin, fat and muscles can stretch and sag. Facelift surgery can be used to remove stretched skin and create a firmer, more youthful face. One facelift surgery option is the SMAS facelift, which repositions and elevates the muscles and tissue with the facial skin for lasting, natural face rejuvenation. Dr. Lesley Rabach at LM Medical NYC offers SMAS facelift surgery as one of her facial cosmetic plastic surgery procedures at our medical center in Manhattan.

What Is a SMAS Rhytidectomy?

SMAS stands for superficial (S) musculo (M) aponeurotic (A) system (S), a fibrous layer of tissue that connects the muscles and facial structures under the skin in the lower face and upper neck. This is the exact area that a facelift surgery addresses – the sagging skin above the SMAS is tightened, and the excess skin is removed. With a SMAS rhytidectomy or facelift, this group of tissues is repositioned higher on the face with the skin for a more natural and lasting lift.

Traditional facelifts that only address the skin and not the SMAS and other facial structures tend to look “plastic” or fake. The skin is stretched and tightened, but the muscles and tissue underneath are still drooping. With a SMAS facelift, the skin and muscle tissue are moved together to create a realistic version of a more youthful face. The definition of the jawline is improved, and the more youthful curvatures of the lower face are achieved. Not only does a SMAS facelift look more natural, but the results can also last for many more years than tightening the skin alone.

If you want to achieve a more youthful appearance that looks natural and will last for many years, a SMAS facelift may be the right option for you. To learn more about all the different types of facelift surgeries we offer, contact us at LM Medical NYC. We can schedule a private consultation with Dr. Lesley, one of the best facial plastic surgeons in the country. Call today to book your appointment at our clinic in Greenwich Village.

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Patient Testimonials

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Taylor L.

Dr. Lesley Rabach is incredible at what she does, she recommends small adjustments that look so natural but also give a noticeable result. Beyond that, she's absolutely lovely to be around and the entire energy of her office is so pleasant! I'll be turning to her for her recommendations go forward, it's SO important to find a plastic surgeon you can really trust. She is it! Thank you!

Shane V.

Dr. Lesley Rabach is simply outstanding! She has a wonderfully warm and caring bedside manner and always takes the time to listen. She is highly regarded as an expert in her field and it shows through her superb clinical acumen. Her office staff are kind, professional, and responsive. I highly recommend seeing Dr. Rabach!

Kathleen P.

I’ve been visiting LM medical for 4 years. The staff is always welcoming. The location is beautiful and modern. Dr. Morgan and Dr. Lesley are amazing physicians. They are very personable and genuine. They are open to questions and addressed all of my concerns. I have been more then pleased with my experience with LM Medical and I highly recommend this office.

Chris B.

Dr. Morgan Rabach and her staff provide top tier care and excellent service. Dr. Rabach is well-versed in the latest research. She made lots of time to discuss my dermatological history (what’s worked, what hasn’t worked, what hasn’t been tried) and all the available treatments to find the best path forward. She didn’t settle - pushing to make sure I got the best results possible. Would recommend without any reservations!

Toni D.

I have been seeing both Dr. Lesley & Dr. Morgan now for almost about three years now. Each time is better than the last. I trust them for natural results & they always deliver. What I value most is that they are never pushy! Always open, honest, and they are just overall good people.

Xavier M.

Dr Morgan and her staff are very warm and efficient professionals. She provided me with straightforward answers on three different concerns and more importantly, found the adequate treatment for me right away. A well staffed and organized team! Highly recommended.

Emily B.

The staff are incredibly friendly and so helpful. The wait times are very short, the space is clean and modern, and they're very quick to respond to questions over the phone or email. I needed a detailed receipt for my insurance and they gave me two different versions until my insurance was satisfied. The doctors are friendly, laid back, and really listen which is awesome. Would highly recommend!!

Stacy A.

Fun, safe and the results were perfect. Can’t wait for my next procedure!

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