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Deep Plane Facelift Performed by Dr. Tansavatdi

Experience the difference of a deep plane facelift: a highly effective technique that pulls on the skinless, and instead relies on adjusting the positioning of the facial tissue for a more permanent effect with results that are more subtle and natural. Only a handful of facial plastic surgeons are trained in and experienced with this facelift approach, and Westlake Village facial surgeon Dr. Tansavatdi is one of them. 

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What is a deep plane facelift?

A deep plane facelift improves the same areas that a traditional facelift improves: deep nasolabial folds, sagging cheeks, and hanging jowls. Developed in 1990, the difference in a deep plane facelift lies in the technique, which achieves longer-lasting, more effective results. A deep plane facelift is performed beneath the supportive layer of the face, rather than just operating on the skin. Basically, a deep plane facelift repositions the tissues rather than pulling on them—which means the skin isn’t pulled taut and the patient doesn’t look too “operated on”. Deep plane facelift results also last longer, since correction goes deeper.

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What Are the Benefits of a Deep Plane Facelift?

A deep plane lift allows the skin, muscle, and fat compartments that have descended in the face to be elevated as one flap and released from the underlying deeper tissues during surgery. This means that there is less trauma to the skin than a SMAS facelift, where the distinct layers of skin, muscle, and facial tissue are separated and may be pulled in different directions.

Other benefits of a deep plane facelift include the following:

    • Patients don’t look overdone or overfilled
    • Patients are more than three times less likely to need a revision procedure
    • Results are more subtle, natural, and permanent
    • Younger patients can prevent the effects of aging early on
    • Less chance of scarring or complications
    • Achieves improvement in the mid-face without fat grafting or implants

    What makes a deep plane facelift different?

    A traditional facelift lifts the skin of the face, but some of the effects of aging occur below this layer. A deep plane facelift detaches and repositions the skin and the underlying supporting muscles as a single unit, releasing and moving  muscle and fat layers instead of only the skin. 

    This technique can prevent signs of aging before they become too serious, which can help younger patients to fight off the effects of aging early on. A deep plane facelift is also good for older patients who want dramatic results without looking plastic or pulled.

    Deep plane facelift results can last ten years or more, on average.

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    The deep plane facelift procedure

    A deep plane facelift is a more involved procedure than the traditional facelift, and can last anywhere from 3 to 5 hours. It is an outpatient procedure, and is usually performed under general anesthesia. In some cases, a modified deep plane approach may be used by Dr. Tansavatdi under local anesthesia, and mild sedation in candidates who have localized signs of aging in the lower face or neck. Dr. Tansavatdi will make incisions along the hairline and around the ears, where they will be hidden. 

    A short section of skin will be elevated to expose the muscle layers. She will then raise and release the skin and muscle from the underlying tissue, lifting the cheeks, jowls, face, and neck tissues to revolumize the face in a youthful way. She will secure the muscle to a higher position with sutures before removing excess skin at the incision site to provide a tension-free closure. The patient’s face will then be wrapped with a dressing to minimize bruising and swelling. 

    What Should I Expect During Recovery from a Deep Plane Facelift?

    Undergoing a deep plane facelift with Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi, who is a double board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon, can yield transformative results. However, a key part of this process involves understanding and preparing for the recovery period. Here's a step-by-step guide on what to expect during the recovery process:

    Prepare for a recovery period of several weeks. Redness, swelling, and bruising are normal, but these will decrease as the area heals. The incisions are placed in the hairline but can be more noticeable in the first few weeks after surgery particularly if you wear your hair short or like to wear it up. Give yourself at least 6-8 weeks before any major event to allow enough time for the healing process and for swelling to resolve.

    Anticipate a timeline of around two weeks before you can return to your daily activities, including light aerobic exercise. Any activities with excessive neck motion will need to be avoided for up to 4 weeks and you’ll have to learn to turn your head with your shoulders.

    Note that the length of your recovery may be influenced by several factors such as any additional procedures performed alongside your facelift, your overall health, and individual healing response.

     On average, there is little discomfort after surgery which can typically be managed with medications in the first 1-2 weeks. You may experience tightness in the face and neck, which usually resolves in 6-8 weeks.

    Follow the comprehensive at-home care instructions provided by Dr. Tansavatdi to ensure a smooth and efficient recovery.

    Lastly, remember that Dr. Tansavatdi and her staff are always available to address any questions or concerns you may have during your healing process. 

    Deep Plane Facelift Cost

    While patients undergo facelift surgery successfully every day without obstacles, the procedure is a significant financial commitment for some, requiring forethought and careful planning. Dr. Tansavatdi understands the importance of providing patients with realistic cost estimates so that there are no surprises down the line. This ensures a stress-free treatment experience and enhanced peace of mind.

    Like all cosmetic undertakings, facelift costs vary according to each patient’s unique treatment plan. Factors such as the type of anesthesia chosen, the specific techniques utilized, and the extent of the changes required will all play a role in determining the final cost of a facelift. If the patient opts to undergo additional procedures in tandem, such as a neck lift or brow lift, costs may rise accordingly.

    Dr. Tansavatdi is passionate about offering the most natural-looking, age-defying solutions. For this reason, she prefers to perform the deep plane facelift, as this approach leads to a refreshed, rejuvenated outcome without showing any signs that surgery has been performed.

    According to RealSelf, a healthcare marketplace website devoted to patient education and empowerment, the average price of a deep plane facelift is $15,775. However, facelifts cost different amounts in different areas of the country, and the surgeon’s reputation, expertise, and skill also affect pricing.

    Dr. Tansavatdi is known for her consummate artistry and precision. As a leading expert in her field, she typically charges upwards of $20,000 for a deep plane facelift. When considering surgery, however, it’s important to focus more on your investment in yourself that will stand the test of time rather than on costs alone. A beautifully performed, lasting facelift can transform your life and restore your self-confidence for years to come, details that make the procedure priceless.

    During your consultation, Dr. Tansavatdi will go over your customized treatment plan and reveal all associated costs and expenses so that you are fully informed and prepared for your surgery. Her deepest wish is for you to experience a seamless and rewarding cosmetic journey.

    Work with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Tansavatdi

    Deep plane facelifts are a complex procedure, and require the expertise of a skilled surgeon. Westlake Village facial plastic surgeon Dr. Tansavatdi is an expert in both the anatomy of the face and the facelift procedure. Representing quality and excellence, she focuses on delivering natural outcomes that are tailored to her patients’ specific needs.

    Dr. Tansavatdi is very detail-oriented and thorough, highly educated and skilled in surgeries for the face and neck. She connects with her patients on a personal level, and she takes the time to answer questions and prepare patients before surgery. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Tansavatdi for a deep plane facelift, please call (805) 715-4996 or contact us online.  

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