A deep plane facelift is a full facelift procedure that lifts below the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) to tighten the skin and muscle tissue of the face at the same time.
By going to the “deep plane” without separating the skin and SMAS, deep plane facelifts can achieve significant reductions in wrinkles, sagging skin, and creases along the cheeks and nose; all while preserving the natural connections between the skin and the SMAS.
While deep plane facelifts are a more invasive surgery than traditional SMAS facelifts, the preservation of the connection between the skin and the SMAS can improve natural-looking outcomes without a significant increase in recovery times (typically less than a week longer). For skilled surgeons like Dr. Ritu Chopra at the Plastic Surgery Institute in Beverly Hills, deep plane facelifts are the preferred facelift method to maximize the impact of the procedure while preserving your natural look and expressions.
The term deep plane facelift tends to be a little… intimidating. A deep plane facelift sounds more severe than, say, a mini-facelift, which is why many patients come to the Plastic Surgery Institute asking for mini-facelifts instead of deep plane facelifts. However, in the hands of a trained expert like Dr. Ritu Chopra, deep plane facelifts can produce natural-looking and dynamic results that far exceed what can be done with a mini-facelift.
The biggest difference between deep plane facelifts and mini-facelifts lies in the extent of Dr. Chopra’s ability to tighten the skin while preserving your natural movement and facial expressions. With a mini-facelift, the incisions are made along the sides of the face, usually by the ears at the hairline. After that, the procedure is just like a traditional facelift. The SMAS and facial tissues are each lifted, stretched, and trimmed to create a more contoured look around the cheeks, neck, and jawline. The only thing “mini” about it is that it only treats the bottom half of the face; it is still an invasive surgical procedure and will require the appropriate recovery time.
In comparison, Dr. Chopra’s deep plane facelift allows him to lift the SMAS and skin of the upper, mid, and lower portions of the face; while preserving the connective tissue between them. This, in turn, preserves your existing facial expressions and ability to emote. It also prevents the “windblown” look of more superficial facelifts that just tighten the skin and not the musculature beneath it. There are, of course, certain situations where a mini-facelift is still preferable to a deep plane facelift. However, Dr. Chopra has found that in most cases, deep plane facelifts offer comparable recovery times to mini-facelifts with vastly superior results.
During your consultation at the Plastic Surgery Institute in Beverly Hills, we will do a thorough evaluation of your face and neck to determine what areas are of greatest concern to you, and where you feel like you want correction. Dr. Chopra is an expert at tailoring his procedures to suit your needs. No two faces are the same, so no two deep plane facelifts are the same. Your procedure will be customized to your face to ensure the best possible outcome.
The results of a deep plane facelift are the most comprehensive of any facelift procedure. With a deep plane facelift you can expect to see:
The Doctors at the Plastic Surgery Institute love what they do. If you want the highest quality of care from industry leaders who are as approachable as they are professional, you will find a perfect partner for your procedure at the Plastic Surgery Institute in Beverly Hills.
Dr. Ritu Chopra M.S, M.D. is a warm and caring surgeon whose skill in the operating room is unsurpassed. Dr. Chopra specializes in highly technical procedures like deep plane facelifts and breast restoration following cancer or trauma.
Dr. Andrew Ordon, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a global leader in plastic surgery and Emmy-nominated co-host of The Doctors. His experience and passion for innovation can be seen in each procedure performed at The Plastic Surgery Institute.
Dr. Nathaniel Villanueva, M.D. takes a holistic approach to plastic surgery. Dr. Villanueva helps find solutions that extend long after the initial procedure thanks to his innovative ability to integrate healing wellness practices into his treatment plans.
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Deep Plane Facelift Results
You will see immediate results as soon as you remove your bandages. However, swelling and bruising will prevent you from seeing your full results for a few weeks. It can take as long as three months for the “final” results of a deep plane facelift to settle.
The results of a deep plane facelift are permanent, but aging still happens. Typically, the skin starts to age about a decade after a deep plane facelift to the point where an additional correction may be needed. Lifestyle choices and a proactive care regimen can increase the longevity of these results.
Following your procedure, your face will be wrapped in a dressing and you will be monitored at our surgical center for a short time. In most cases, you will be discharged the same day. You will need someone to drive you home following the procedure, as you will be unable to focus on driving safely.
Deep plane facelifts will require some recovery time. Most patients take two to three weeks off work so they can focus on recovery. There will be bruising, swelling, and discomfort in the areas where your face has been repositioned. The bruising and discomfort will fade, but there may be some residual swelling for longer than two to three weeks. This is normal. Final recovery from a deep plane facelift usually takes one to three months following the procedure.
At the Plastic Surgery Institute, we are committed to excellence from the moment you walk into our resort-style facility to long after your treatment is completed. Our doctors are world-renowned for their ability to turn back the hands of time while preserving the uniqueness of your natural look. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ritu Chopra to discuss your deep plane facelift in Beverly Hills. He will be happy to answer your questions and prepare a personalized treatment plan to suit your needs.
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