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Deep Plane Facelift
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At Dr. Andrew Smith's practice in Irvine, CA, we understand the importance of feeling confident in your appearance. Dr. Smith specializes in various plastic and reconstructive surgeries, including the Deep Plane Facelift. He aims to provide valuable information about this advanced facial rejuvenation technique that delivers exceptionally natural-looking results.

What is a Deep Plane Facelift?

A Deep Plane Facelift is a sophisticated surgical procedure designed to revitalize the midface, lower face, and neck. Unlike traditional facelifts, which focus mainly on tightening the skin, this technique repositions the deeper layers of facial tissue and muscle. By addressing the root causes of facial aging, this approach aims to provide a more natural and long-lasting outcome. Traditional facelifts often result in a "pulled" look because they mainly stretch the skin. In contrast, the Deep Plane Facelift targets the deeper structures of the face, such as the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) layer. By lifting and repositioning these deeper tissues, the Deep Plane Facelift achieves a more organic and youthful appearance that can last significantly longer.

Deep Plane Facelift Benefits

When considering a Deep Plane Facelift Irvine patients who visit us, know this procedure offers numerous benefits, making it a popular choice for comprehensive facial rejuvenation:

  • Natural Appearance: By repositioning deeper facial tissues, the results look more natural and avoid the "pulled" appearance often associated with traditional facelifts.
  • Long-Lasting Results: The effects are long-lasting, typically outlasting those of traditional facelifts.
  • Enhanced Facial Contours: This procedure enhances the midface, jawline, and neck areas, improving overall facial contours.
  • Comprehensive Rejuvenation: Addressing multiple areas in one procedure provides a thorough approach to facial rejuvenation.

Additional Benefits:

  • Improved Self-Confidence: Many patients report a boost in self-confidence and overall satisfaction with their appearance.
  • Reduced Need for Touch-Ups: Due to the longevity of the results, patients often find they require fewer touch-up procedures compared to other facelift techniques.
  • Less Visible Scarring: The incisions are typically well-concealed within the hairline and natural contours of the face, resulting in minimal visible scarring.

Deep Plane Facelift Candidates

At our practice in Irvine Deep Plane Facelift Ideal candidates are individuals with significant skin laxity and sagging in the mid and lower face. Common signs that you might be a good candidate include:

  • Deep Nasolabial Folds: Pronounced lines running from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth.
  • Jowls: Sagging skin along the jawline.
  • Loss of Jawline Definition: A less distinct transition between the face and neck.

Candidates generally desire long-lasting, natural-looking results, though they should have realistic expectations for the Deep Plane Facelift procedure.

Deep Plane Facelift Contraindications:

Certain medical conditions may contraindicate the procedure and should be carefully evaluated:

What to Expect During A Deep Plane Facelift

The Deep Plane Facelift procedure begins with anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. Depending on the surgeon's preference and patient needs, either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia may be used. The surgeon then carefully lifts and repositions the underlying facial muscles and tissues to create a natural and harmonious look. Depending on the complexity, the surgery can take several hours.

Deep Plane Facelift Procedure Steps:

  1. Anesthesia: Anesthesia is administered to ensure patient comfort.
  2. Incisions: Incisions are made strategically around the hairline and ears to minimize visible scarring.
  3. Lifting and Repositioning: The deeper layers of facial tissue and muscle are lifted and repositioned.
  4. Closing Incisions: Incisions are carefully closed with sutures, and dressings are applied.

Results, Recovery, and Aftercare

Post-surgery, patients can expect initial swelling and bruising, which typically subside within a few weeks. Most patients return to normal activities within two to three weeks. To maintain the results after your Deep Plane Facelift, it's important to follow post-operative care instructions, including avoiding strenuous activities and adhering to a recommended skincare routine. Results are generally visible within a few months and can last up to 10 to 15 years.

Recovery Tips:

  • Follow-Up Appointments: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing.
  • Careful Cleaning: Keep the incision sites clean and follow the surgeon's instructions on wound care.
  • Avoiding Strain: Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities for the first few weeks.
  • Healthy Lifestyle: Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including proper skin care and sun protection, to prolong results.

Learn More about a Deep Plane Facelift with Dr. Andrew Smith Today

For more information on facial rejuvenation options or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Andrew Smith's office in Irvine, CA. Our team is here to help you explore the best treatment options for your needs. Even though we don't perform Deep Plane Facelifts, we can provide valuable insights and refer you to reputable surgeons who do.

Deep Plane Facelift FAQs

Deep Plane Facelift patients typically experience minimal discomfort due to the anesthesia used during the procedure. Post-operative pain is usually managed with prescribed medications.

Potential downsides include a longer recovery period and higher costs compared to traditional facelifts. Additionally, as with any surgery, there are risks of complications such as infection, scarring, and anesthesia reactions.

Deep Plane Facelift results can last 10 to 15 years, depending on individual aging processes and lifestyle factors. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a good skincare routine can help prolong the results.

Many patients prefer undergoing the Deep Plane Facelift procedure in the fall or winter to allow for recovery during cooler months. This timing can also make it easier to stay indoors and avoid sun exposure during the healing process.

After ten years, the face will continue to age naturally, but patients often retain a more youthful appearance than before Deep Plane Facelift surgery. Some patients may choose to have minor touch-up procedures to maintain their results.

The costs of a Deep Plane Facelift can vary widely depending on the surgeon's experience, the geographic location, and the extent of the procedure. It's best to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon for a detailed quote.

Yes, a Deep Plane Facelift can often be combined with other facial procedures such as eyelid surgery, brow lifts, or neck lifts for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Combining procedures can address multiple signs of aging in one surgical session.

It's important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in Deep Plane Facelifts. Reviewing before-and-after photos, reading patient reviews, and scheduling a consultation to discuss your goals and expectations are key steps in finding the right surgeon.

Contact Andrew Smith, MD FACS Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Irvine, Orange County to schedule your consultation.

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