A deep plane facelift is a more invasive facelift variety. It goes an extra layer deeper compared to the traditional SMAS facelift. This allows Dr Turner to target and lift the deeper structures of the face, resulting in more significant and more natural lifting.
The oldest facelift techniques used to lift the skin alone. This, however, resulted in an unnaturally tight-looking face with an obvious “done” appearance. The skin was lifted, but all the deep droopy facial structures (muscles and connective tissue) remained lax and stretched.
Then came the SMAS facelift, and it was a revolution. It allowed surgeons to lift both the skin and the lax and droopy SMAS layers of the face. By doing so, surgeons were able to do more dramatic lifting and achieve more natural-looking results. The SMAS allows surgeons to lift several layers together, leading to long-lasting results. It’s now considered the standard facelift technique by most plastic surgeons.
The deep plane facelift technique came next as an option for people who want to get the most out of their facelift. Compared to the SMAS facelift, the deep plane lift goes an extra layer further. It goes below the SMAS layer and gives access to the facial ligaments and muscles of facial expression.
The deep plane facelift allows Dr Turner to release the ligaments and reposition them in a higher location. He can tighten the facial muscles and fix them higher up. Moreover, the deep layer access allows Dr Turner to target any herniated fat pads causing excessive droopy jowls on the sides of the face.
The deep plane facelift is not for everyone. It’s usually recommended for people with more significant signs of facial ageing who would not fully benefit from a traditional facelift alone. As such, you might be a good candidate for a deep plane lift if:
All of these are considered reversible signs of facial ageing. A deep plane facelift can provide more dramatic improvement and take more years off your appearance compared to a traditional SMAS procedure.
If you only have mild signs of facial ageing, then a deep plane facelift may not be not necessary. A traditional SMAS facelift can be a perfect choice.
There are several benefits for a deep plane facelift that give it an advantage over other types of facelift. These include:
Although deep plane facelift is generally more invasive than the SMAS facelift, the recovery is pretty much the same. During your recovery period, you will likely experience symptoms like:
These usually peak during the first week of facelift recovery and then start to gradually decrease. All in all, the full recovery after a deep plane facelift usually takes 3-5 weeks. You can, however, get back to work and most of your daily routines much earlier.
You can usually resume light work 7-10 days after your procedure. Sports & Exercise should be minimal during the recovery period, however, walking is encouraged. You can try to pick up the pace as of the third week of facelift recovery and gradually increase your physical activity over the coming weeks.
The results of the deep plane facelift are immediately apparent once the bandages are taken off. The results will settle in around 6 weeks, and then will improve some more over the months to come as the residual swelling becomes absorbed.
The deep plane facelift is considered to be a safe procedure with minimal risks. Nevertheless, there’s no absolutely risk-free surgery. Some of the complications that rarely occur include:
Although the risks of the deep plane facelift are rare, you can minimise them even more by choosing a certified experienced plastic surgeon. Dr Turner is considered as one of the top facial plastic surgeons in Sydney and Newcastle. His deep plane facelift technique allows him to achieve wonderful results with minimal surgical risks.
During your consultation, Dr Turner will discuss your goals, and provide an in-depth explanation of your desired surgery and what that means for you. He can also discuss different surgical techniques, benefits, and risks of procedures available.
Most importantly, however, this is the time for you to have all of your questions answered and to be completely listened to and understood by your surgeon. We ask that you please come prepared with any questions you may have for Dr Turner, and look forward to discussing your individualised plan.
Ensure you have done your research, both on your desired surgery, as well as your surgeon.
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There’s no minimum or maximum age to get a facelift. In general, however, patients who need a deep plane facelift are aged between 50 and 70. Nevertheless, many patients can come at a younger or older age, and they all equally enjoy the full benefits of the procedure.