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March 12, 2018

FAQs about Deep Plane Facelift

Facelift is a facial rejuvenation procedure that is tailored to each patient’s unique needs. There are different techniques that a plastic surgeon can use, including the Deep Plane Facelift. Considered to be the gold standard in facelift techniques, the deep plane facelift offers the most long-lasting and comprehensive results.

The Aesthetic Wellness Center’s Dr. Min S. Ahn answers frequently asked questions about the deep plane facelift technique in this blog post.

How does Deep Plane Facelift differ from traditional facelift?

The Deep Plane Facelift is more effective than a traditional facelift in lifting the jowls, defining the jawline, improving the nasolabial fold (laugh lines) and repositioning the cheek pad to improve the midface. A traditional facelift relies on tightening the skin with limited lifting of the underlying muscle layer (SMAS layer).  The Deep Plane Facelift goes further by releasing 4 small ligaments that are “tethering” the SMAS layer. When the surgeon releases these ligaments, the SMAS/muscle layer, the jowls, and cheek pad move much more freely. Even after the surgeon removes the extra skin, there is NO tension on the skin edges and therefore NO “pulled” look.

Who is a candidate for Deep Plane Facelift?

The best candidates for Deep Plane Facelift are individuals with sagging jowls and midface with loose neck skin who desire longer-lasting results.

How is Deep Plane Facelift performed?

The Deep Plane Facelift is performed as an outpatient procedure. At the Aesthetic Surgery Center, all surgeries are performed under safe, gentle IV sedation (similar to a colonoscopy). During the procedure, the surgeon creates discreet, small, curved incisions starting at the temple hairline, extending inside the ear canal, and ending in the hair behind the ear. The surgeon separates the skin from the SMAS layer and releases the deep layers of muscle and tissue underneath the SMAS. The SMAS, jowls and cheek pad are then lifted and repositioned. The excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is redraped for a youthful and tension-free appearance. The incisions are closed with fine sutures.

What should I expect during recovery?

Recovery from deep plane facelift typically requires 2 weeks of “social” downtime. Swelling and bruising are normal and are largely resolved by 2 weeks. Patients should rest with their head elevated as much as possible.

Ultimately, Dr. Ahn will advise you on when you can return to work and resume normal activities based on your personal healing progress.

How can I learn more about facelift?

Dr. Ahn will gladly meet with you to answer all of your questions about facelift. During your consultation, Dr. Ahn will discuss your aesthetic needs and goals with you to determine whether deep plane facelift is right for you.

To schedule a consultation, please call (508) 876-3146 today.