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The High SMAS Facelift: The New Gold Standard

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The High SMAS Facelift: The New Gold Standard


Looking younger is a given, but of all the results people want from a facelift, it’s ones that are natural. As we age, the skin grows lax and loose. This is a normal part of the aging process, and, of course, part of the problem that can be corrected with a facelift.

But too many facelifts take on a plastic, unnatural look, a look more frozen and stiff, tight and taut—but not in a healthy-looking way. It’s a look we all know well, more pulled back than refreshed.

As far as Dr. Tenley Lawton is concerned, it doesn’t have to be that way.

The SMAS Facelift
The general SMAS facelift, still considered one of the best types of facelifts—the gold standard, if you will—refers to the technique the surgeon uses that addresses the top layers of the skin—three top layers of fatty tissue, to be exact. SMAS, which stands for 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. These fibers, like gossamer, let these triple layers of facial skin move and animate as a whole. Some doctors describe it as “the fatty tissue you can pinch.”

The general SMAS facelift cosmetically corrects the appearance by adding a definition back to the face, thus allowing for a more refreshed appearance.

The High SMAS facelift does even more.

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*Individual Results May Vary

The High SMAS Facelift Goes Above and Beyond the Gold Standard

This enhanced form of the original SMAS facelift, the High SMAS technique allows more than tightening of loose skin. The High SMAS facelift offers elevation of the SMAS tissues at a higher level than before (hence the name of the procedure). It not only includes eliminating lax skin and tightening what remains, but also includes a kind of sculpted lifting and redistribution of the tissue to create a natural height just above the cheekbones. This is what creates a youthful yet very natural portrait. It also avoids a pulled appearance, and the look of over-tight skin, a sure sign that a person has had cosmetic work done. The results are more realistic and, best of all, are tailor-made to fit the shape of a person’s natural bone structure and facial musculature.


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Why the High SMAS Facelift?

Here are a few benefits of the High SMAS Facelift:

  • Unlike earlier facelift techniques, the High SMAS facelift addresses skin above the zygotic arch (cheekbones)
  • The volume of the cheeks can be elevated for a more youthful appearance
  • Jowls are better addressed and eliminated, and nasolabial folds are better diminished while the cheeks are given fullness
  • USIC or LUSIC cheek lifts further enhance the efficacy of the procedure
  • The neck is more effectively tightened
  • The result is a more refined yet natural look because the elevation of the SMAS structure is addressed in a unified fashion

Finding a High SMAS Facelift Surgeon
Very few surgeons are qualified and specialize in the High SMAS Facelift.  And of those very few, Dr. Tenley Lawton is one of them.

Since studying closely under renowned San Francisco surgeon Dr. Timothy Marten, Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton has been utilizing this specialty technique in her practice. It is used by some of the best facelift surgeons in the world, and Dr. Lawton has applied her training, knowledge, and expertise to offer the same benefits to her patients here in Orange County. Dr. Lawton’s High SMAS Facelift, perfected after her time studying under Dr. Marten and with his guidance, uses a meticulous process of detailed closure with uninterrupted sutures for the most natural results.

If you’ve been thinking about having a facelift but have help off hoping for a technique that would give the most natural results, consider the High SMAS Facelift for your procedure.

For more information about High SMAS facelift, contact us today.


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

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