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The deep plane facelift stands out as the pinnacle among various facelift techniques, delivering remarkable outcomes such as firmer skin, enhanced facial contours, and diminished neck laxity. Among all facelift options, it reigns supreme, offering results that can make patients appear rejuvenated by 12 to 15 years.

In deep plane facelift surgery, the underlying SMAS layer, a fibrous tissue beneath the facial skin, is meticulously elevated to address sagging cheekbones, redefine the jawline, and refine the neck area. Additionally, it reinstates the natural position of the cheek region while addressing hollowing around the lower eyelids.

Performing a genuine deep plane facelift requires exceptional technical prowess, so many surgeons opt out of this procedure. Dr. Williams has pioneered a distinctive approach to the deep plane facelift, honing it over years of practice and sharing his expertise with fellow surgeons nationally and internationally.

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Where Will I See Results of A Deep Plane Facelift? 

The most notable enhancements following a deep plane facelift are observed in the jowls, excessive neck skin, and midface soft tissues. Patients undergoing this procedure also experience significant improvements in their lower eyelids. On average, the transformative results of a deep plane facelift shave off 12 to 15 years from a patient's appearance, leaving them looking remarkably rejuvenated.

How A Deep Plane Facelift Is Performed

Performing the deep plane facelift commonly involves administering general anesthesia and ensuring our experienced anesthesia team comfortably sedates patients. This procedure entails dissecting multiple layers of tissues in both the face and neck.

Initially, a precise incision is made in the face and neck, typically positioned within the hairline and skin crease just in front of the ear, strategically aimed at concealing or minimizing facial scars. Following this, the skin of the face and neck are carefully separated from deeper tissues, allowing the surgeon to visualize the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS).

Composed of elastin, collagen, and fat cells, the SMAS is a tissue layer that naturally drapes over facial muscles and organs, extending from the neck to the forehead. During the deep plane facelift, this structure is targeted for lifting.

Once the SMAS is identified, the surgeon separates it from deeper tissues, revealing the deep plane beneath. The lifted SMAS is then meticulously anchored with multiple stitches in various regions of the face and neck. This strategic suturing of the SMAS enables direct manipulation of common aging concerns, such as cheek sagging, jowls, and neck laxity.

Upon completion of the surgery, the surgeon meticulously sutures to close all incisions, ensuring optimal healing and minimal scarring.

Recovery After Deep Plane Facelift Surgery

The recovery period following a deep plane facelift surgery typically spans seven to 14 days, varying based on the specific procedure.

While most patients do not frequently report discomfort during recovery, many describe soreness or tightness in their face.

It is common for individuals to experience low energy levels following surgery, necessitating the reduction of all activities for several days to minimize swelling, discomfort, and bleeding.

Post-surgery healing requires patience, and adhering to the post-operative instructions is crucial for a smooth recovery process. Witness the day-by-day recovery journey of a patient undergoing deep plane facelift surgery.

Deep Plane Facelift Vs. Facelift Technique

Initially, facelifts involved lifting and tightening the skin, often resulting in an unnatural "windblown" appearance. Subsequently, the technique evolved into what is commonly practiced today: the imbrication technique.

The imbrication technique entails lifting the skin, manipulating the SMAS layer (superficial musculoaponeurotic system), and pulling it taut. However, a drawback of this method is the presence of ligaments or areas of attachment that cannot be adequately smoothed out solely by tightening this tissue.

Taking an actual deep plane facelift one step further involves making an incision in the deeper SMAS layer and dissecting beneath it to release these ligaments. This meticulous dissection enhances the appearance of the neck and yields a defined sharp jawline.

Why Choose A Deep Plane Facelift Over A SMAS Facelift

Patients can expect enhanced definition in their cheekbones, jawline, and neck as deep tissues are elevated during a deep plane facelift.

This procedure yields a more natural appearance than a visibly "pulled" look. The deep plane facelift can also replenish volume in the mid-face and under-eye areas, granting patients fuller cheeks and a rejuvenated appearance.

Moreover, some experts contend that the results of a deep plane facelift may endure longer than many traditional facelift techniques.

Will My Scars Be Visible?

At Luviacure, our skilled plastic surgeons meticulously design the incisions to allow hair growth. This ensures that the scars from the facelift incisions remain inconspicuous months later. Rather than being prominent, the incisions are strategically concealed around the ears and within the natural hairline.

When we assess our patient's one-year post-facelift surgery, the incisions are nearly invisible, seamlessly blending into the surrounding skin.

How Long Do The Results of A Deep Plane Facelift Last?

Many experts suggest that the outcomes of a deep plane facelift are expected to endure for approximately 7 to 12 years. However, various individual factors, including genetics, cumulative sun exposure, and skin quality, influence the aging process and can impact the longevity of the surgical results. To optimize the lasting effects of a facelift, we advise adopting a comprehensive anti-aging skincare routine post-surgery.

Typically, the most prominent areas of enhancement following a deep plane facelift are the cheekbones and jawline. Nonetheless, individuals who have undergone this procedure will inevitably experience further aging. Over time, some may notice the onset of skin sagging in the facial and neck regions.

How To Find An Experienced Deep Plane Facelift Surgeon

Finding a surgeon who possesses extensive experience in the desired procedure, holds relevant certifications, and receives high praise from previous patients is crucial. To ensure you select the right plastic surgeon, consider posing the following inquiries:

  1. Does your surgeon manipulate the platysma muscle beneath the neck or elevate it along the jawline for a more effective release?

  2. Do they release the zygomatic cutaneous ligaments around the cheekbone area and elevate the SMAS or muscle deep within the plane to the smile line and along the jawline?

  3. How many years of experience do they have in performing deep plane facelift surgery?

  4. Do they conduct releases within the deep plane in the central facial region and extend downward into the neck beneath the muscle?

  5. Can the surgeon extract the buccal fat pads through the deep plane approach?

While thoroughly researching a surgeon's qualifications is paramount, trust your instincts as you search for the ideal plastic surgeon.

Schedule A Deep Plane Facelift Consultation.

If you are considering a deep plane facelift procedure, scheduling a consultation with Luviacure is the first step towards achieving your desired results. With years of experience and a commitment to excellence, Luviacure has honed his technique and shared his expertise with surgeons internationally. By booking a consultation, you can discuss your goals, address any concerns, and gain valuable insight into how a deep plane facelift can rejuvenate your appearance. Take the first step towards a more youthful and refreshed look by scheduling your consultation with Luviacure today.


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