One of the most common worries among patients interested in facelift surgery is looking too “pulled” or overdone. But recently, a technique called a deep-plane, or high-SMAS facelift, has proven to give my Orange County facelift patients and others across the country results that are more natural-looking and long-lasting than traditional methods.
Previously, the standard surgical approach to a facelift was limited to the skin and top layers of underlying tissue. While a skilled surgeon could create a beautiful outcome, the surgery often relied too heavily on simply reducing wrinkles by pulling the skin taut. This approach often resulted in an obviously altered appearance, and the results didn’t last very long.
Today, the deep-plane facelift is my preferred approach to this very popular surgery. As its name implies, a deep-plane facelift repositions and tightens the deeper muscle layers for more comprehensive results that appear much more natural. Instead of relying on tension to improve the look of the skin, the deep-plane facelift actually moves the tissues to higher, more youthful-looking positions.
Perhaps the best part of a deep-plane facelift is its long-lasting outcome. Although no cosmetic surgery procedure will completely halt the aging process, a deep-plane facelift can delay it for many years. If you’ve been considering a facelift but have reservations about your results, consult with an experienced facial plastic surgeon who offers the deep-plane technique.