Q: Why do you say the deep plane facelift is more effective than other facelifts?

A: The deep facelift plane allows a surgeon to do a more thorough job dealing with the effects of ageing on the face and neck. It lifts the whole face by repositioning deeper tissue layers. The result accentuates the cheekbones, jawline and neck. It is particularly good at lifting the mid face, an area that does not respond well to other types of facelift. It produces longer lasting results than other facelifts. Because near the skin surface there is little tissue damage, there is less bruising and bleeding in patients with a deep facelift. But the best thing about the facelift of the deep plane is that it leaves little to no evidence of a facelift that has happened. There is no skin pulled, no telltale and the look of plastic just-had a-facelift. People actually look good relaxed, rejuvenated and healthy after a deep plane facelift, not as if they had gone under the surgeon’s knife. They look much healthier, and definitely much younger, but not so glaringly. This is very much appreciated nowadays, as people move away from obvious results toward subtle improvements that stand the test of time.

Q: How can such results be possible with the deep plane facelift?

A: The surgeon will deal with the real problem areas with the deep plane facelift, ‘lift’ the tissue and repair it more permanent than just facelift or normal SMAS facelift is possible with the skin. Facelifts that take skin off give only a surface solution. They are not solving the real issue but providing a band-aid cure to combat aging. The SMAS facelift procedure, also referred to as the ‘facelift muscle pulling,’ goes below the skin to repair the aging face problems. It performs much better than skin-only methods. But the SMAS can only achieve a certain level of success, because some facial ageing problems go deeper than the SMAS layer. And this technique often necessitates some skin pulling for good results. Without resorting to half measures, the deep plane facelift addresses the source of these problems: the face’s deep tissue layers, below the skin and the tissue layer SMAS. The deeper tissues of the face are released from their underlying muscles during a deep plane procedure and reattached at higher anchor points. This is how it lifts the whole face, allowing for superior results.

Q: Is the deep plane facelift a more serious surgery compared to other facelifts?

A: Yes and no.

Yes, because the surgeon needs superior skill and expertise in handling the face’s deeper tissue layers to perform a successful deep facelift on the plane. It’s surgically a more demanding procedure in that context, or ‘more serious surgery’ if you want. It is more challenging surgically than other types of facelifts. This is of course another reason I prefer it to others.

No, because it just should not be considered a ‘more dangerous procedure’ from the point of view of a patient. First of all, recovery times are relatively short after deep plane facelifts, compared to alternatives. This is because most of the surgical work is done on deeper facial tissue layers, rather than close to the surface. The second point is closely related to the first. On the surface, after a deep plane operation, you won’t see any severe signs of surgery, because, unlike conventional facelifts, skin during this operation is little undermined. The skin is not isolated from the underlying lymphatics, a crucial factor that contributes to the often-seen delayed swelling in other facelifts. Of course, that said, they should take all surgery seriously. Irrespective of the skill of a surgeon, there is always the element of risk that cannot be eliminated entirely. None of the deep facelift flights, nor any other facelift techniques are exceptions to this rule. Of course, that said, they should take all surgery seriously. Irrespective of the skill of a surgeon, there is always the element of risk that cannot be eliminated entirely. None of the deep plane facelift, nor any other facelift techniques are exceptions to this rule.

Q: Is it riskier or have more complications?

A: The deep plane procedure is no more risky than other techniques used for facelift. As we have explained above, it actually leads to fewer complications.

Q: Does it hurt more than a regular facelift?

A: No. We can confidently say that it does less harm than most other facelifts. Since the skin with its high concentration of nerves has little damage, people undergoing the deep plane facelift usually recover fairly painlessly.

Q: Does it take longer to recover from a deep plane facelift? How long will I have to take off from work?

A: Given its lack of severe risks, a longer healing period for the deeper tissue layers is involved in the deep-plane procedure. But to a casual observer it won’t be noticeable, as it would be during a skin only healing cycle or SMAS facelift. Usually it demands less downtime than other facelifts. After a relatively short initial recovery period of two weeks most people can get back to work. Other facial lifting techniques typically take longer. In addition to allowing time for facial tissue to heal, most facelifts also delay the return to work because the face is likely to be swollen and unsightly. Less swelling and uncomplicated scars help for quick return to normal activities with the deep plane technique. This is another reason celebrity are fond of this procedure. When you get back to work or social activities, people won’t even notice that you had a facelift. They’ll know you look a lot better, and they’ll compliment you on how well you look rested. And you can continue like nothing happened. People who don’t want to reveal to the world their beauty decisions really enjoy that part of the deep facelift boat.

Q: Who is a good candidate for the deep plane facelift?

A: Practically anyone can have a deep plane facelift. On the other hand, we also see younger applicants with the deep plane facelift than is typical of the age group that you would expect facelifts to be having. For relatively young candidates the nature of the technique makes it a sensible choice. Since the deep plane procedure tackles muscle and tissue laxity at the root of distress, it may be recommended by facial plastic surgeons to comparatively younger people who would like to avoid the signs of ageing first appear. In a clear conscience, we will conduct the treatment, trusting that the results will be successful and that the patient’s goal will finally be achieved. If somebody undergoes a deep plane facelift in their mid-forties, we can expect the results to last ten, or even fifteen, years. For other kinds of facelifts this ‘pre-emptive’ facelift is not recommended. Unless your face shows some level of facial ageing and skin laxity to begin with, you are not a candidate for those techniques. That said, people at any age can benefit from the deep plane facelift. They appreciate deeply the long-lasting results which the deep plane technique can produce.

Q: I need a revision facelift. Will the deep plane facelift work for me?

A: Yes, definitely. The deep plane technique is ideal for revision surgeries, as the previous facelift would most likely have been performed using a different technique. This allows for limited scope for revision operations. Just so much skin and muscle pulling will stand up to your nose. A deep facelift in the plane allows the surgeon to go to the problem source and fix it there. So, a deep facelift plane is generally the ideal method for anyone who requires a second or subsequent facelift to use.

Q: Why does the deep plane facelift cost more than other facelifts?

A: As already mentioned, only a few facial plastic surgeons possess the skill and experience required by the deep plane technique. Of course, this knowledge has a premium price tag, which is the primary reason why a deep facelift cost more than a normal facelift SMAS or skin pulling.