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During surgery, I lift up the skin and locate the SMAS. The SMAS is elevated from the deeper layers of the face, lifted up, and pulled back to a more youthful position (the position it was in, in years past!).


Dissolvable stitches are used to suspend the SMAS. Once these stitches have dissolved (usually in a matter of 4-6 months) the tissue will have healed and will take over the responsibility of supporting the face.

Excess skin and fat may also be removed during a facelift to eliminate wrinkles and bulges, but only enough to create normal tension and contour. The last step in a Facelift procedure is to properly align the skin back together and suture the incision. During the healing process, the skin naturally tightens and redistributes itself over the new contours of the face resulting in a soft, rejuvenated appearance.

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Important message to all of our patients

Dr. Leong and his team are happy to announce, we are open and seeing patients for all surgical and non-surgical consults. The summer surgery schedule is rapidly filling up. Please call or contact us today to schedule your consultation.

We are following all state and federal guidelines for your protection and safety, including but not limited to: wearing gloves and masks, providing hand sanitizer, frequent cleaning, wiping down and sanitizing of all contact surfaces. As well as will maintain all standard Social Distancing protocols. Patients should not come in if achy, feverish or coughing or COVID positive test for active infection.

We are still utilizing virtual consultations, including to obtain initial information about treatment plans for new and returning patients. Our goal is to find the best balance between being available to our patients and maximizing their safety.

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