As we age, the soft tissues of the face and neck begin to sag, the skin loses its elasticity, and areas normally plump with the right amount of fat become hollow. Dr. Hubert addresses all of these factors with his facelift procedure. First, extra skin is removed from around the cheek and upper neck area. However, he takes great care to avoid the “over-pulled” look that you sometimes see in the tabloid photos. The sagging is due to the structural soft tissues beneath the skin, called the SMAS (or superficial musculoaponeurotic system), which are in turn connected to the bony skeleton of the face. This SMAS is resuspended and attached to immovable deeper structures to help prevent sagging in the future. Third, Dr. Hubert will often utilize fat transfer, taking small amounts of your own fat from another part of your body (usually around your hip) and injecting living fat cells into deeper wrinkles and along your cheekbones, wherever it is needed to restore a more youthful appearance.