At my Boston-area cosmetic surgery practice, I specialize in deep-plane, or high-SMAS facelifts. Although this type of facelift is typically more complex than the standard, more superficial facelift, many patients find that the natural-looking, long-lasting results are worth it.
During a deep-plane facelift, the deeper levels of facial tissue are repositioned to more aesthetically pleasing locations, creating a truly comprehensive outcome. Because the procedure relies on deep intervention rather than simple tightening of the skin, there’s a much lower risk of the stretched, “overly done” appearance that many people wish to avoid.
Incisions for a deep-plane facelift are discreet are placed behind and in front of the ears, as well as along the scalp. Unlike with standard facelift surgery, I advise my deep-plane patients to stay overnight in a comfortable, private recovery area. The morning after surgery, dressings are removed and the patient may return home. Recovery time varies, but most patients feel confident enough to leave the house after 2 weeks. Light exercise, such as walking, can also be resumed at this time. At the 6-week mark, most patients are able to completely return to their previous activities, and the surgical results can continue to develop for up to 1 year.
The results of a deep-plane facelift generally last longer than those of a typical facelift, and most patients are delighted with their youthful, natural-looking results. If you’re in search of a surgical option that addresses the deeper causes of facial aging, a deep-plane facelift may be the right choice for you.