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Deep Plane Facelift
What is a deep plane facelift?
A deep plane facelift is an invasive plastic surgery procedure performed by an expert plastic surgeon targeting deep facial structures for alterations and corrections to improve facial aesthetic. When compared to a more traditional facelift, like the SMAS facelift, the deep plane facelift procedure goes further than the SMAS layer for surgical corrections.
Deep plane facelifts are very effective for the midface region, especially the nasolabial folds (although this facelift surgery will also benefit the lower face). The invasiveness of this technique produces dramatic and lasting results, albeit with significant recovery time and higher risk of side effects. A deep plane facelift surgery creates a more youthful appearance and overall facial rejuvenation.
What cosmetic concerns does a deep plane facelift procedure treat?
- Facial Skin Laxity: A deep plane facelift surgery, as the name implies, alters facial structures deep within the tissues, releasing ligaments and repositioning excess skin, excess fat, and underlying muscle.
Who is the ideal candidate for a deep plane facelift procedure?
The ideal candidate for a deep plane facelift is an older man or woman in good health with significant laxity in the jaw and neck. A deep plane facelift is not recommended for those who are undergoing a secondary facelift (unless the original plastic surgery did not involve a sub-SMAS technique), regular tobacco users, those with a history of keloid scarring, bleeding abnormalities, or other medical conditions.
What is the average recovery associated with a deep plane facelift procedure?
The acute recovery time following a deep plane facelift is three weeks of significant bruising, swelling, and discomfort. A compression garment, drain, and neck support must be worn for the first one to two weeks. Facelift patients are advised to refrain from work for two weeks, and strenuous activity for six weeks. Some side effects of this cosmetic surgery, like swelling and, less commonly some bruising, may linger for up to 12 months.
What are the potential side effects of a deep plane facelift procedure?
The potential side effects of a deep plane facelift surgery include numbness, tightness, tingling, bruising, swelling, hair loss, facial nerve injury, necrosis of the skin flap, scarring, facial asymmetry, and prolonged edema.
What can someone expect from the results of a deep plane facelift procedure?
The results of a deep plane facelift are significant enhancements to the face and neck lasting for 10 to 15 years. As with any cosmetic procedure, the facelift results will evolve naturally with aging, use, gravity, and sun exposure.
What is the average cost of a deep plane facelift procedure?
A deep plane facelift procedure can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000. The actual cost of a deep plane facelift is dependent upon location, board certified facial plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery. Learn more in our complete guide to the cost of a facelift.
What to Expect
The deep plane facelift, while the most invasive facelift technique, offers patients the longest lasting results. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a deep plane facelift.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications for 2 weeks
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after surgery
- No alcohol 2 days prior
- Do not eat or drink for at least 6 hours before
- Skin is marked for incision
- Incisions are made
- Various ligaments are cut and released
- Deep manipulation of tissue
- Skin-muscle flap is suspended and sutured to a more youthful position
Immediately After Treatment
- Deep bruising and swelling of the entire face
- Compressive garments and drains worn continuously for 1 week
A deep plane facelift is the most invasive of the plastic surgery techniques with the longest recovery, however, this technique also offers the most significant facial rejuvenation. Deep plane facelifts are especially effective in targeting the nasolabial folds and focus mostly on the midface region.