About Deep Plane Facelift

The deep plane facelift is an advanced surgical technique used in facial rejuvenation. Unlike traditional facelifts that primarily focus on superficial layers of the skin, the deep plane facelift involves lifting and repositioning the deeper facial tissues and muscles. We proudly offer deep plane facelifts in Nashville at our private practice. 

  • Average Cost: Starting at $19,000 
  • Discomfort Level: Relatively mild
  • Typical Recovery Period: 10 to 14 Days
  • Anesthesia Options: Local, General, IV Sedation

Deep Plane Facelift Surgery at Refine Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics

Facelift Procedure at Refine Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics
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What is a deep plane facelift?

A deep plane facelift is a surgical procedure that defines and lifts the features by uniquely addressing the underlying muscle and connective tissue under the skin, called the SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System). This underlying network of tissues is located under the skin, but over the facial muscles, forming the framework and underlying structure of the face.

The Difference Between a Traditional Facelift and a Deep Plane Facelift 

Facelift procedures have evolved significantly in recent years, offering patients a range of choices for combating facial aging. Two popular options are traditional facelifts and deep plane facelifts, each with unique advantages and considerations.

Traditional facelifts, or SMAS facelifts, target the lower two-thirds of the face. This procedure involves incisions around the ears and hairline to access and lift the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) layer. Repositioning the SMAS tightens loose skin and muscles, reducing wrinkles, jowls, and neck sagging. This versatility makes traditional facelifts ideal for mild to moderate facial aging.

On the other hand, deep plane facelifts go further by addressing not only the SMAS but also deeper facial tissues. This technique lifts and repositions facial muscles and connective tissues typically untouched in traditional facelifts. Deep plane facelifts offer more dramatic and longer-lasting results, particularly in the midface and jowl areas.

A significant distinction lies in the extent of tissue dissection and repositioning. Traditional facelifts focus on superficial layers, while deep plane facelifts address deeper structures, yielding greater improvements in sagging and volume loss. However, deep plane facelifts are more complex, time-consuming, and may entail a slightly longer recovery period with a slightly elevated risk of temporary nerve damage. They are generally recommended for advanced aging or extensive rejuvenation.

Overall, traditional facelifts and deep plane facelifts effectively combat facial aging but vary in tissue involvement and enhancement level. Both options can achieve remarkable results, restoring a youthful appearance.

The deep plane facelift procedure

A deep plane facelift can be performed either under general anesthesia, IV sedation, or local anesthesia. . Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Bryant will carefully make incisions around the ears. Using these incisions, he will tighten and lift the SMAS across a wider range than any other type of facelift to achieve the most significant results.

During the procedure, Dr. Bryant will release the four ligaments that anchor the facial muscles downward and cause a drooping, sagging appearance. The release of the ligaments achieves a beautiful lift that is more effective than a traditional facelift, which only focuses on the surface tissues and skin.

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Before & After Deep Plane Facelift

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Results after a deep plane facelift

A deep plane facelift dramatically lifts, defines, and tightens the facial features to achieve a rejuvenated, not altered, youthful appearance.

This technique does not rely on tight sutures and tension to achieve results. This allows you get a dramatic and natural rejuvenation without look pulled or operated on.

Results from a deep plane facelift last longer than other types of facelifts, lasting for as long as 10-15 years. 

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Deep Plane Facelift Recovery

A deep plane facelift causes less trauma than other significant facelifts. Because of this, there is often a shorter recovery time. Once the procedure is complete and the anesthesia has worn off, patients can return home with a friend or family member to help them. Expect swelling and bruising to build over several days, then begin to subside. Any drains that needed to be placed will be removed within the first week. Rest and let yourself heal during the first couple of weeks.

Most patients can return to sedentary work and light activities after 10 to 14 days. Patients may typically return to exercise and strenuous activity after 2-3 weeks.

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Candidates for a deep plane facelift

Ideal candidates for a deep plane facelift are patients who want a natural, long lasting facial rejuvenation result that treats the root causes of facial aging instead of camouflaging them.

To determine if you’re an ideal candidate, Dr. Bryant will examine your skin and discuss your aesthetic goals and concerns. Candidates for a facelift should meet the following requirements:

  • Are generally healthy
  • Have no serious medical conditions
  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with a deep plane facelift
  • Are not taking blood-thinning medications or can safely stop taking them before the procedure

What concerns can a deep plane facelift address?

A deep plane facelift can address many signs of aging, including the following:

  • Facial sagging (cheeks and jawline) 
  • Sagging skin in the neck
  • A double chin and other fatty deposits under the jawline
  • Significant jowls
  • Sunken cheeks and other facial areas due to a loss of facial volume
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Benefits of a deep plane facelift

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The popular deep plane facelift achieves many benefits for patients who want to rejuvenate their appearance. Benefits include the following:

  • Long-lasting facial rejuvenation
  • Dramatic results
  • Lifted, defined features
  • Tighter skin 
  • Eliminated jowls and/or double chin
  • Turns back the cloak as much as ten years 
  • Smooths and softens creases, lines and wrinkles 
  • Causes less skin trauma and results in a shorter recovery time than other facelift procedures
  • Minimal, less-noticeable scarring
  • Achieves a defined and contoured jawline, neck, and cheekbones 
  • Results appear rejuvenated, not altered
  • Replenishes facial volume 
  • Boosts confidence 

Why choose Refine Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics for a deep plane facelift?

Dr. Lucas Bryant is a double board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon. As a specialist in facial procedures such as the deep plane facelift & traditional facelifts in Nashville, he customizes every procedure to the exact needs of his patients. He uses the most modern, advanced techniques to achieve a rejuvenated, not altered appearance.  

In-Office Use of Local Anesthesia

What makes Refine Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics unique is that many procedures can be done under local anesthesia. Patients do not have to go to a surgery center or hospital and are not intubated.  

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