Deep Plane Facelift Surgery in Houston
Deep plane facelifts have grown in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Though they are more expensive than traditional facelifts, the results of a deep plane facelift on average last for 10 years and tend to look more natural.
Houston’s Dr. Michel Siegel is only one of the few facial plastic surgeons in the country who performs a true deep plane facelift (more on that in a moment). You can read online reviews from Dr. Siegel’s patients, read on to find out more about deep plane facelifts, or contact our office in Houston today for a consultation on your new, rejuvenated look.
Deep plane facelifts vs. early-style, skin-only facelifts
First developed in the 1950’s, first-generation or skin-only facelifts attempted to rejuvenate the facial signs of aging by tightening and pulling the skin. Because of skin’s elastic qualities, results were short-lived and many patients’ faces appeared “pulled”.
Deep plane facelifts vs. traditional / SMAS / muscle-suspension facelifts
Most facial plastic surgeons today separate the skin from the underlying muscles of the face, which are known as the “SMAS”. The SMAS is then elevated and tightened, reversing the effects that gravity has on the face. Overall, the procedure is an improvement over skin-only facelifts. But an SMAS facelift has only a minor effect on the deeper tissues that define the face, and can still require the pulling of skin to achieve better results. Because of that, results usually last only about five years.
One benefit of the deep plane facelift: less swelling and bruising
Traditional, SMAS, muscle-suspension facelifts require wide undermining of the skin, separating it from the underlying lymphatics. That separation often leads to more swelling.
A deep plane facelift – so called because surgery is performed deeper in the tissue – allows the muscle and skin to be lifted as a single unit. That minimizes the skin elevation and maintains the lymphatics and keep the blood supply intact, which in turn minimizes swelling and bruising.
Another benefit: deep plane facelifts often look more natural
Traditional, or SMAS / muscle-suspension facelifts are somewhat limited because they do not fully release the SMAS from its underlying attachments, and so they limit the scope for improvement, they do not last as long, and they have higher requirements for revisions.
Deep-plane facelifts and neck lifts allow for repositioning of facial soft tissues below the SMAS layer by releasing them from underlying ligaments and reattaching them at higher and more precise anchor points. This allows for superior results; it creates longer-lasting improvements on the jaw/neckline and cheekbones. Also, because the whole face can be lifted evenly, there is no “pulled” look. It results in more-natural-looking outcomes. Because all the tension has been removed from the skin, compared to traditional facelifts, the chances of bad scarring are largely eliminated
People incorrectly assume that “deep” means more invasive. But it is the opposite: because the deep plane technique tightens soft tissues “deeper” to the SMAS and skin layer, most of the skin is left alone, with its lymphatics and blood supply intact. Again, that means less swelling and bruising, and a shorter and far less painful recovery period than that of a traditional muscle-suspension facelift.
In fact, the deep plane facelift uses enough of a “light touch” that it can be a preventive option for people in their 40s who would prefer not to look aged before getting a facelift – people who want to maintain a fresh appearance and slow and soften the inevitable process of facial aging. By having an early intervention at a relatively young age, a patient who opts for a deep plane facelift can prevent sagging of facial structures, prolonging a youthful appearance that may be harder to preserve or recreate later.