There’s a reason that the facelift is one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures available. Our faces are the image we present to the world, and in many ways define how we are seen. As we get older, the face inevitably begins to suffer from the ravages of time, as wrinkles develop over once-smooth skin, and skin that used to be tight now hangs and sags. A facelift seeks to counteract these effects, resulting in a younger, brighter appearance for patients of any age.
In addition to a traditional facelift, Dr. Nassif also has the expertise and considerable skill necessary to perform a deep plane lift, which is a variety of facelift that operates on an entirely different level of tissue than the older techniques. Because of the differences in how a deep plane lift is performed, not many doctors are qualified to successfully execute such a procedure. The results can lead to a more natural, vibrant you.
Traditional SMAS Facelifts
The earliest facelifts relied on pulling the skin alone to achieve the desired smoothness – while underlying tissue layers were left untouched, the skin was pulled taut so that it became a smooth, tight surface once more. Unfortunately, this also had the downside of producing a particular look that was quite easy to identify – the surface of the face often appeared overly smooth and plastic, and features were sometimes distorted, resulting in a “done” look that made it readily apparent that the individual had undergone the procedure.
Fortunately, these skin-only facelifts are a thing of the past, and the new normal for a standard facelift is what is known as an SMAS facelift. The SMAS technique is named for the layer of tissue on which it operates: the superficial musculo aponeurotic system, which is a layer of muscle and connective tissue that separates the skin of the face from the underlying nerves and other structures. Some doctors describe this as a “muscle lift,” since it relies largely on tightening the muscular layer of the face, rather than just the skin’s surface. However, there is a still a third, even deeper option.
Recovery Period for a Deep Plane Facelift
The name of this procedure can be misleading – the term “deep plane” leads some patients to mistakenly believe that it is somehow a more invasive, major surgery than a traditional facelift, resulting in greater trauma to the face’s tissues and necessitating a longer recovery time. In reality, a deep plane lift allows the skin and muscle to remain attached to the underlying systems, resulting in less trauma than an SMAS facelift that separates the distinct layers of facial tissue, pulling them out of their original alignment.
The recovery period of a few weeks before resuming normal activities is comparable for both procedures, and we would encourage you to make your decision based on the ultimate results, rather than how long it may take to heal. Months or years from now, you won’t be thinking about exactly how many days it took to recover from your procedure, but you will be living with the aesthetic results of it.
As an internationally recognized plastic surgeon on the cutting edge of cosmetic innovation, Dr. Paul Nassif is uniquely qualified to perform a deep plan facelift that will produce superior, longer lasting, more natural looking results -- while many surgeons don’t offer this option simply because the technique can be more difficult to master. To schedule your initial consultation with Nassif MD Plastic Surgery, contact us today.