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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 centers 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 one of our clinics in Greenwich Village or the Upper East Side.

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