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Facial procedure lifts layer under the skin for a natural look

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By LIZ BONIS, WKRC

CINCINNATI (CIRCA via WKRC) - A woman says changing her look with a "natural look" facelift has helped change her life.

As we live longer, many of us want to stay well inside and look good outside. Christine Greenwell says after years of working for the airlines, she's now on a journey back in time.

It all started years ago. She was an airline employee and a passenger almost missed his flight. "It ended up being Doctor Mendelsohn and we were able to get him on that plane."

Doctor Jon Mendelsohn is a facial plastic surgeon at the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center. He gave Greenwell his card and she kept it.

Nearly two decades later as a cancer survivor, she decided there were some things she wanted to do. "I always felt like I looked tired."

So she decided to have a procedure referred to as a natural lift.

Doctor Mendelsohn says the secret to the natural look is in a layer just under your skin called the SMAS. "The submusculo aponeurotic system, like a boneless chicken breast that layer of fiber before the meat, the layer has begun to descend."

Dr. Mendelsohn simply makes a tiny incision by her ear and lifts the SMAS. "So, as we are tightening the SMAS, the skin will lift , we get rid of the extra skin and suture it."

What makes people look unnatural he says, is just pulled skin without the SMAS.

In addition he will lift her eyelids, and put a tiny implant in her chin.

Weeks later Greenwell says "I just feel like so fresh and new, and so ready to start this whole new phase of my life."

Her total procedure cost what most facelifts do, about $10,000 to $15,000 thou.

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