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What is a Deep Plane Facelift?

A common type of facelift Dr. Sajjadian performs here in the Newport Beach area is the Deep Plane Lift. The deep plane lift is considered the gold standard and is definitely the go-to facelift for people with severe facial sagging and laxity, and those looking for a longer-lasting lift.  It involves lifting, releasing and repositioning the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) which is located underneath the skin. It surrounds the muscles of facial expression and therefore affects the muscles used for smiling, frowning, and other facial expressions. When the tissues and skin around these muscles sag, it can often cause people to look like they are frowning when they are not.

The deep plant facelift is a technical procedure and you want to be sure you are using a plastic surgeon skilled and experienced in this technique. Here in Newport Beach we perform several deep plane facelifts and are well skilled at making the necessary incisions as hidden as possible. This typically involves making incisions along the hairline so that the facial muscles and upper fatty tissue layers can be easily lifted and repositioned. At the temple area more incisions are extended downward along hidden by natural creases, follow a pathway inside the ear, then along the ear lobe, and ending out of sight behind the ears. All skillfully tucked behind hair or natural creases and folds of the skin.

This facelift is called the Deep Plane Lift because during the deep plane lift, we separate the skin from the SMAS layer, and then access the “deep plane” by going underneath the SMAS layer to release attachments. Once the SMAS layer is detached it can be repositioned and excess skin can be trimmed giving a more youthful, natural, and tension-free appearance of the face.

Compared to other facelift types out there, the results of deep plane facelifts are dramatic, especially in the mid-face area (the cheeks, nasolabial folds, jawline and chin).  Most of our Newport Beach facelift clients find that the effects last about 10 to 15 years or much more for most.

If you live in the Newport Beach area and are interested in learning more about facelifts, contact our office today.