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Steven M. Hoefflin, M.D., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S. graduated first in his class at UCLA Medical School in 1972. He continued his education in general surgery and completed a full plastic surgical residency training program at the UCLA Medical Center, where he received the Surgical Medal Award. 

Dr. Hoefflin is an international authority in aesthetic surgery.  He is frequently published in books and medical journals.  He is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.). Dr. Hoefflin was Assistant Clinical Professor (1979-1989) and Associate Clinical Professor (1989-2003) in the Division of Plastic Surgery at UCLA Medical Center.  He received the Teacher of the Year Award, (1985-1986), and Best Clinical Faculty Teacher (2002-2003). He was Chief of Plastic Surgery at UCLA-Santa Monica Hospital Medical Center, (1982-1989) and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Brotman Medical Center, (1980-1985). He is a visiting professor for the International School of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 

Dr. Hoefflin is the Immediate Past President of the Los Angeles Plastic Surgery Society. Dr. Hoefflin is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Lipoplasty Society, Bay Surgical Society, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, The Rhinoplasty Society, The Royal Society of Medicine, and is a Fellow of The International College of Surgeons.

Why does a face age?

Before 1990, plastic surgeons believed that the face ages because of sagging loose muscles, ligaments and skin, resulting in the unnatural “pulled” look of early facelift surgery. After countless hours of research, Dr. Hoefflin reassessed the causes of facial aging, arriving at some surprising conclusions. As we age, the ligaments of our neck, spine and joints actually tighten, while there is bone loss and thinning of the facial skin. But the true cause of facial aging is the loss of fatty pads in the upper part of the face and around the mouth, which accumulate and drop to the jowl and neck regions. These fatty pads provide the egg-shaped highlights that enhance facial beauty.

            The Facial Aging Mnemonic, SAG, stands for: 

S = Skin changes caused by exposure to the sun, environmental toxins and heredity, resulting in the loss of its elastic properties.

            A = Avoluptosis, the progressive loss of facial fat, resulting in facial deflation.

            G = Groove formation, caused by loss of facial fat and contracting ligaments.

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