High SMAS Facelift

An advanced method for facial rejuvenation to show the world your best. Experience one of Dr. Brent’s signature procedures, designed through years of experience from a desire to never settle for anything less than perfection.

What is the High SMAS Facelift?

The High SMAS facelift is an enhanced variation of the general SMAS facelift technique, which is considered to be the “gold standard” facelift method among many professionals in the aesthetic enhancement industry. SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System) refers to the fibrous extensions that attach through the subcutaneous fat layers of the face to the epidermal (outermost) layer of the skin. This structure allows the three layers of the facial skin to move together as a single unit. In other terms, it is the fatty tissue you can grab with your hands.

The SMAS Membrance and Signs of Aging

As a result of the natural aging process, the facial skin loses elasticity in the SMAS membrane layer, and the skin often begins to sag in the cheeks and along the jaw bone. As a result, the face develops a square appearance and loses its youthful oval appearance. This loss of elasticity and increasing skin laxity (looseness and sagging) can result in aesthetically unappealing developments. Specifically, patients note changes that can substantially age one’s facial appearance, such as a double chin, fleshy jowls, or prominent nasolabial folds (creases running from the nose to the angle of the mouth).

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The Solution: the High SMAS Facelift

The High SMAS facelift, now a part of every 360 Facelift®, allows an elevation of the SMAS tissues at a very high level, much higher than the must-stop-at-the-cheekbone approach we were all taught in our residencies. It’s simply not enough to elevate the SMAS just to the cheekbone in the majority of patients.

This allows an elevation of the outer part of the cheek pad. It is complemented nicely by the USIC® (Ultrashort incision cheek lift) in elevating the cheeks.

Believable beauty comes not just from tightening. It comes from redistributing the fatty tissues of the face, especially in the High-SMAS region.

Benefits of High SMAS vs. Traditional Facelift

The traditional or classic technique employed during facelift surgery only addresses the problem of skin laxity in the superficial skin layers and often produces a tight, pinched look. The SMAS facelift lifts the face from the deepest layers and pulls upward rather than back, which provides a more natural-looking result and decreases the potential for an excessively pulled-back appearance.

Before and After

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Key Advantages

The High SMAS facelift is a game-changing technique that is revolutionizing the field of facial plastic surgery by improving upon the SMAS procedure in the following ways:

  • More realistic cheek rejuvenation can be achieved with the High SMAS procedure, especially when combined with the USIC or LUSIC cheeklifts®
  • High SMAS technique allows the outer part of the cheek to be elevated.
  • Older SMAS techniques (i.e., SMAS, Deep SMAS) do not address issues of volume elevation because their elevating functions stop below the zygoma (cheekbone)
  • High SMAS facelift enables the plastic surgeon to achieve enhanced elevation of the SMAS membrane as a whole, including the facial region up to and around the sides of the eyes.
  • Offers more consistent and reliable results than earlier techniques
  • The High SMAS procedure also serves to flatten and eliminate the jowls; diminish the prominence of the nasolabial folds; add fullness to the cheeks, and lift and tighten the neck region.

At Dr. Brent’s Plastic Surgery offices in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, CA, we are very excited to offer this procedure and are pleased to say that it is now generally offered to patients.

High SMAS Facelift Procedural Details

High SMAS facelifts are performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation and may take several hours (depending upon the complexity of your surgery). During the procedure, Dr. Moelleken will utilize incisions made along the lateral hairline to free the SMAS layer from the overlying skin and subcutaneous fat layers, as well as from its underlying attachments.

He will then tighten and lift the 3-layer unit of facial and neck skin together in an upward direction, placing the tension on the underlying SMAS layer. At this point in the surgery, Dr. Brent will excise any surplus fat or loose skin and will use sutures to close the surgical incision.

Recovering from the Surgery

Most patients will have a straightforward process of recovery from their high SMAS facelift. After returning home on the same day as their procedure, patients can begin the healing process. Patients can expect to experience some degree of bruising, swelling, numbness, and discomfort for the first 1-2 weeks after surgery. Additionally, they generally will need to limit physical activities until they are sufficiently healed. Dr. Brent typically will see patients for follow-up visits to track their progress and provide additional instructions as needed.

A Key Difference in Results

Critically important, the skin will not go upward in 1990s fashion. This allows Dr. Brent to avoid one of the many stigmata that produce a ‘windswept’ appearance. Instead, patient results should appear far more natural, reducing signs of aging without compromising their natural features. High SMAS facelift results can last for an exceptionally long time, especially when paired with healthy skin care and lifestyle choices.

Contact Us Today!

At Moelleken Plastic Surgery, our patient-centric philosophy ensures that you will receive the highest quality of care throughout your aesthetic enhancement experience. We take pride in providing our patients with safe and effective cosmetic surgery procedures and beautifully natural-looking results. Our skillful staff understands how precious your time is and will take care to ensure that your surgery fits conveniently into your busy schedule. You will never feel rushed while in our care, as Dr. Brent will take the time to provide a comprehensive overview of your treatment options and procedural details.

If you would like to learn more about the Beverly Hills Facelift procedures, please contact Moelleken Plastic Surgery today. We look forward to speaking with you and scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Moelleken.

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