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 our, 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. You can discuss your needs with Dr. Siegel in-office or from the comfort of home over Zoom.)
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 facelifts performed today are “SMAS” facelifts. They are called that because the muscles of the face – known as “SMAS” – are separated from the superficial skin and then elevated and tightened to attempt to reverse the effects of gravity and time on the sagging muscles. This superficial lifting of the SMAS creates the “pulled” or tight appearance typically associated with traditional facelifts. Results are also short-lived because the underlying tension in the SMAS has not been addressed.
Working under (or “deep” to) the SMAS – hence the name “deep plane facelift” – allows for more-natural and longer-lasting results. The skin above the muscles is undisturbed, which results in less swelling and bruising. The muscles are not pulled, avoiding the wind-swept appearance seen with traditional facelifts. Working under the SMAS allows for the elevation of fat, muscle and skin as one unit – resulting in a “re-volumizing” effect without any tension. This makes for a more youthful look, preserving patients’ natural appearance.
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.