Deep Plane Facelift & Neck Lift


Dra Maria Eugenia Ruiz

March 24, 2024

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A deep plane facelift is a surgical procedure aimed at rejuvenating the face by addressing sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and loss of volume. It’s a more advanced technique compared to traditional facelifts, offering more comprehensive results.

Dra Maria Eugenia Ruiz, specialist, board-certified CMP 29662 and RNE (specialist) N° 15710

Here’s an overview of deep plane facelifts, including the differences from regular facelifts, what to expect, how it’s performed, and aftercare indications:

Deep Plane Facelift vs. Regular Facelift:

Depth of Tissue Manipulation: In a regular facelift, the surgeon typically lifts and tightens the skin and underlying superficial muscle layer (SMAS).

However, in a deep plane facelift, the surgeon goes deeper, repositioning deeper facial structures such as the SMAS layer, fat pads, and sometimes even the deeper fascia layer.

  1. Targeted Areas: While both procedures aim to address signs of aging in the face, a deep plane facelift is especially effective for correcting severe sagging in the midface and jowls.
  2. Results: Deep plane facelifts often provide more dramatic and longer-lasting results compared to traditional facelifts.
  3. Anesthesia: The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia.
  4. Incisions: Incisions are made strategically. Often starting in the hairline near the temples, extending around the ear, and sometimes into the lower scalp. Importantly, this allows the surgeon access to the deeper facial structures.
  5. Tissue Repositioning: Once the incisions are made, the surgeon carefully lifts and repositions the deeper facial tissues. This includes the SMAS layer and fat pads, to create a more youthful contour.
  6. Skin Redraping and Closure: After repositioning the deeper tissues, excess skin is redraped, and any excess is trimmed away. The incisions are then closed with sutures or surgical staples.

deep plane facelift before

deep plane facelift after

What to Expect:

Recovery Time: Recovery from a deep plane facelift typically takes several weeks. Patients may experience bruising, swelling, and discomfort during the initial recovery period.

Results: While some results may be visible immediately after surgery, final results will gradually become apparent as swelling subsides over the following weeks and months. The effects of a deep plane facelift are generally long-lasting, with results visible for many years.

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Aftercare Indications for Deep Plane Facelift:

  • Follow the surgeon’s instructions: It’s crucial to follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and optimal results.
  • Avoid Strenuous Activity: Patients are usually advised to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for several weeks following surgery. This helps minimize the risk of complications and promote healing.
  • Keep Incisions Clean: Proper wound care is essential to prevent infection. Patients should keep the incision sites clean and follow any specific wound care instructions provided by their surgeon.
  • Attend Follow-Up Appointments: Follow-up appointments with the surgeon are typically scheduled to monitor healing progress.
  • Patience: It’s important to have realistic expectations and understand that full results may take time to manifest. Wwelling resolves slowly and tissues settle into their new positions as time goes by.

Overall, a deep plane facelift can be an effective way to achieve significant facial rejuvenation. Particularly for individuals with more advanced signs of aging in the face and neck.


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