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.
Despite its numerous positive attributes, the SMAS facelift can also rely partially on skin tightening, which can still lead to that plastic appearance if not performed by a highly skilled facelift surgeon. The reality is that some of the effects of aging occur below the SMAS layer. The deep plane lift, on the other hand, maintains the skin and underlying tissues in alignment with each other, by detaching and repositioning the entire system as a single unit.
While the SMAS relies on the tension of the pulled skin and muscle to produce the results, a deep plane procedure puts no such strain on the skin or muscle, instead simply adjusting the positioning of the facial tissue for a more permanent effect. The results of a deep plane lift are subtler and more natural, allowing younger patients to stave off the effects of aging early on, rather than waiting to correct serious flaws after they have occurred.
This facelift can still be performed on an older patient who is seeking more dramatic results that can offer a refreshed and rejuvenated natural appearance, rather than the tight, “pulled” look associated with the SMAS facelift. During your deep plane facelift, you will be either sedated in a “twilight sleep” state or under general anesthesia for your comfort and safety. The incisions made are similar to those of a SMAS facelift, extending along the hairline and around the ears.