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Deep plane facelift: What does it address?
The deep plane facelift is an advanced surgical facelift technique that is designed to address the midfacial sagging that often occurs as we age, in addition to the neck. The midface is an area that is often overlooked with other facelift techniques. As we age, we not only lose volume in our face but the tissue supports also relax and descend as well. In some individuals this creates a deep line from the nose to the corner of the mouth referred to as the nasolabial fold. In those individuals with a deep nasolabial fold, tightening the skin alone will not create a more refreshed look. Dr. Hessler’s facelift philosophy centers on the idea of replacing facial structures back to their original positions. The deep plane facelift achieves the following:
- Replaces the midfacial tissues back into the cheek to create a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance
- Creates more volume in the cheek from the surgical elevation
- Natural facelift results because the deep SMAS is used for support to avoid the tension on the skin which can create the windswept look
- Long-lasting support and long-lasting facelift results
- Frequently less bruising and swelling due to the deeper level of dissection
How is deep plane facelift surgery performed?
The deep plane facelift procedure uses incisions that are carefully tapered around the ear to minimize any visibility. Dr. Hessler is known for her attention to detail and the precision with which she creates her plastic surgery incisions. The advantage of the deep plane technique is that it uses the deeper SMAS layer for the strength and support and therefore there is no tension on the skin; this, in turn, leads to more natural facelift results. The deep plane facelift also elevates the midface, an area generally not addressed in traditional facelifts or Quick Lift procedures.
Dr. Hessler performs her cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in a fully accredited surgery center in Palo Alto. The deep plane facelift is performed with patients under intravenous sedation under the monitoring of a board-certified anesthesiologist who is specifically familiar with plastic surgery sedation. The degree of sedation can be tailored depending on your age, health status and desires.
Deep Plane Facelift vs. Mini Lift
The deep plane facelift is an advanced method of plastic surgery that only highly trained plastic surgeons employ. This technique provides a comprehensive rejuvenation of the lower two-thirds of the face.
Is a deep plane facelift best for me?
Deep plane facelift surgery can be performed at any age, but it is most often performed in patients in their 40s and 50s, as this is the time when you see the ptosis or drooping of the midfacial area and creation of lines and nasolabial folds on the face.
How do I decide which facelift technique is best for me?
It is best to have a facelift consultation with Dr. Hessler to determine which surgical approach is best for you. At her Palo Alto plastic surgery office Dr. Hessler will examine your skin type, review any medical concerns and discuss your lifestyle and recovery plans to develop a plan that is tailored to your needs.
Can other procedures be performed with a deep plane facelift?
Northern California patients that come to Dr. Hessler for facelift surgery often have other procedures performed as well. To address the eye and brow area, bay area patients often have a browlift or eyelift to enhance the rejuvenation achieved with a deep plane facelift. Dr. Hessler also often adds a stem cell fat transfer to the facelift surgery to create additional long-lasting volume to thinning areas of the face.
Learn More about the Deep Plane Facelift
For more information about the deep plane facelift, contact San Jose/ Palo Alto plastic surgeon Dr. Jill Hessler. You can reach our office by calling (650) 799-9009.