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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. 

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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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. 

    Recovery from a deep plane facelift

    Deep plane facelift patients should expect recovery to take several weeks. Any redness, swelling, and bruising will decrease as the area heals, and most patients are able to get back to their daily activities within three weeks of surgery, including light aerobic exercise. The length of recovery depends on what other procedures you may have combined with your facelift surgery, other health factors, and individual healing response. Dr. Tansavatdi will prescribe you medication for any discomfort, and she will also provide you with detailed at-home instructions to help recovery go smoothly. She and her staff are also available for any questions or concerns you may have during the healing process.

    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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