What is a deep plane facelift?

Are you thinking about having a facelift? If you are, you may not realize that there are different types of facelifts beyond the standard facelift that is commonly performed. In particular, there is the deep plane facelift that can provide superior results for some patients, with less chance of scarring and complications. But what is a deep plane facelift.

Facelift
A facelift (or rhytidectomy) is a procedure that is done to rejuvenate the face. The SMAS facelift is the standard facelift these days, and it generally addresses the jowls, jawline, and neck. The SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) is the muscular system of the face, which is normally tightened and suspended during a standard facelift.

What is a deep plane facelift?
When performing a deep plane facelift the surgeon manipulates the deep plane of the face, which is the area below the SMAS.

The deep plane facelift gives the surgeon greater access to the midface, so it does a better job of addressing volume loss and the descent of fat pads in the cheeks, when compared to traditional facelift techniques.

During a deep plane facelift the area below the eyes and around the nose and mouth is worked on. As a result, it does a good job of improving the appearance of the cheeks, and reducing hollowing below the eyes and deep lines and wrinkles such as nasolabial folds. It also refines the jawline and neck.

When performed correctly, deep plane facelifts provide long lasting results.

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