McKenzie Westmore’s Transformative Deep Plane Facelift

Actress and beauty entrepreneur McKenzie Westmore recently trusted revered facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Paul Nassif for facial rejuvenation. This transformation was so profound that Westmore and Dr. Nassif spoke of it in an exclusive PEOPLE interview, which you can read here.

Her goal was to correct the results of a painful journey with facial fillers that had migrated under her skin, leaving displaced lumps that destroyed her self-confidence.

As quoted in the article, Dr. Nassif explained that when Westmore's filler initially settled, it gave her a "heavy, even masculine" look. "She had a lot of filler even in her forehead, eyebrows, temples, face.”

McKenzie is successfully restoring that confidence after teaming up with Dr. Nassif. After having the unwanted filler dissolved with hyaluronidase, she underwent a deep plane facelift and endoscopic brow lift, balancing her former facial proportions. Dr. Nassif points out, “Everything was just too heavy … especially her jawline. If you look at her now, she has that beautiful jawline."

Step One: Dissolve Excessive Filler

Before surgery, Dr. Nassif recommended that Westmore have her filler reversed. Her case was incredibly unique to Dr. Nassif because he had never before encountered filler in the facial sites present in McKenzie’s face.

"She had filler in areas I've never seen before — deep in her cheek tissue —and it was exuding," he says. While hyaluronic acid filler usually dissolves after six months to a year, Dr. Nassif said Westmore still had filler in her face.

Dr. Nassif also had Westmore use Hydro-Screen Serum and Age Defying Eye Renewal Serum before surgery to hydrate and moisturize the tissue so the procedure could go smoothly.

Step Two: Deep Plane Facelift

A standard facelift is known as a SMAS facelift, named for the superficial musculoaponeurotic system, a layer of muscle and connective tissue that separates the skin of the face from the underlying nerves and other structures.

However, some of the effects of aging occur below the SMAS layer. The deep plane lift technique maintains the skin and underlying tissues in alignment by detaching and repositioning the entire system as a single unit.

While the SMAS relies on the tension of the pulled skin and muscle for results, a deep plane simply adjusts the positioning of the facial tissue for a more subtle but permanent effect. "She looks very natural," Dr. Nassif says of Westmore's deep plane facelift results.

Step Three: Endoscopic Brow Lift

Dr. Nassif performed an innovative endoscopic brow lift to restore balance and symmetry to McKenzie’s upper face. 

In the classic brow lift method, one long, continuous incision along your hairline goes from the tip of the upper ear to the opposing tip of the ear. Dr. Nassif lifts the existing skin to trim away the excess and the muscle beneath the forehead, producing a more naturally lifted and youthful appearance. 

Advances in technology allow Dr. Nassif to use endoscopy to perform the brow lift, which is considerably less invasive and uses several small incisions. The amount of bruising and swelling is reduced, and this procedure requires less recovery time and avoids the risks of general anesthesia.

McKenzie’s Transformative Recovery

To reduce post-op bruising, Dr. Nassif used Renuvion, a J-Plasma device that uses radiofrequency healing to elevate some of the tissue and cause less bleeding. Westmore takes care of her skin better than ever by wearing sunscreen diligently. She also says the recovery was not difficult despite being a “long, intense surgery.”

McKenzie Westmore’s facelift surgery with Dr. Nassif has her feeling better than ever and more like herself, which is Dr. Nassif’s ultimate goal for every patient.


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