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In recent years, advanced surgical techniques have emerged for facelifts that help to create more natural-looking outcomes. A deep plane facelift can accomplish everything that a conventional facelift can, but it provides many additional benefits. During a deep plane facelift, the ligaments and deeper attachments are released, and then the tissues below the SMAS layer are repositioned. This creates an attractive, balanced result without pulling the skin too tightly.

Why Choose Peak Plastic Surgery Center in Denver?

As a preeminent, award-winning Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Garrett Locketz has mastered the art of the deep plane facelift and delivers exquisite aesthetic results that are both personalized and natural-looking. His elite training includes a highly competitive Fellowship at NYU with the world-renowned Dr. David Rosenberg, accredited through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Peak Plastic Surgery Center provides Denver, CO patients with a welcoming, luxury environment that offers access to among today’s most cutting-edge technologies. From our spacious, state-of-the-art treatment suites to the dedication and kindness of every staff member, Peak Plastic Surgery Center is a trusted choice for cosmetic excellence.

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What is a Deep Plane Facelift?

A deep plane facelift is a specialty procedure that helps to rewind the clock on facial aging without sacrificing a natural, elegant appearance. Deep plane facelifts last longer than their traditional counterparts and produce a more dramatic improvement in facial aging. 

“Deep plane” refers to the layer between the SMAS-plastysa complex (made of muscle and fascia) and the facial muscles used for everyday expressions. Instead of pulling the skin tight to make it look more youthful, this procedure focuses on tension-free releasing and repositioning the deeper layers of muscle and fat.

How is the Procedure Performed?

With a deep plane facelift, incisions are made in similar locations as found with a SMAS facelift, i.e., behind the ears and within the hairline. Muscle and skin are manipulated as a single unit to achieve a holistic outcome that addresses aging in the face as a whole rather than in pieces.

Dr. Locketz will first release the zygomatic ligaments in the cheeks to restore an elevated midface aesthetic and reduce nasolabial folds, avoiding the need for fillers, implants, or fat grafting. He will also release the masseteric and mandibular ligaments to lift the jowls and redefine the jawline.

By repositioning the layers beneath the SMAS muscles, the deep plane facelift provides powerful lift and tightening advantages without undermining the integrity of the more superficial skin layers, which not only leads to more profound results but also reduces healing issues.

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Benefits

  • Holistic approach that refines the entire facial structure
  • Tightens and firms the underlying facial musculature
  • Avoids pulling the skin or creating an unnatural appearance
  • Effective for patients of all ages
  • Can turn back the clock 10-15 years
  • Enhances self-confidence 

Candidacy

A deep plane facelift is appropriate for younger patients who wish to prevent more dramatic signs of aging before they happen or for older patients who are struggling with sagging skin and loss of volume and definition in the facial contours. Dr. Locketz will perform a detailed consultation process to determine the most appropriate techniques for your unique concerns. Patients should be healthy non-smokers who are realistic and positive in their outlook toward surgery.

Recovery

After surgery, light cotton dressings are used for the first 24 hours. Prescription pain medications are provided to help control mild discomfort for the first few days after surgery. Drains are typically not required with the deep plane approach. Patients may experience temporary numbness, bruising, and tightness in the face that lasts a few weeks. A return to most normal activities can be expected within 10-14 days. Full physical activity can be resumed within 3-4 weeks.

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FAQ

How long will my results last?

Is a deep plane facelift more painful than other kinds of facelifts?

Is recovery longer with a deep plane facelift?

Can a deep plane facelift be employed as part of a revision procedure?

Why does a deep plane facelift cost more than other types of facelifts?

Can a deep plane facelift be combined with other treatments?

How long will my results last?

Changes with the deep plane approach are long-lasting and sustainable. Patients can typically go 10-15 years without requiring a secondary surgery. You will continue to appear younger than if you had not undergone the operation, even as you continue to mature.

Is a deep plane facelift more painful than other kinds of facelifts?

No. In reality, some suggest that a deep plane facelift is actually less painful because trauma to the skin is minimized, and the skin houses the highest concentration of nerves.

Is recovery longer with a deep plane facelift?

Not only does the deep plane facelift have few serious complications, patients generally recover more quickly and have less social downtime than with traditional facelift techniques. During the immediate recovery period, there is less evidence of healing (i.e.. bruising and swelling) because the outer layer of skin experiences minimal manipulation during surgery.

Can a deep plane facelift be employed as part of a revision procedure?

Yes. The deep plane technique can be used in revisions because, most likely, the original procedure was performed using a different approach that pulled the skin and muscles rather than repositioning the deep structural layers. A deep plane facelift allows Dr. Locketz to address signs of aging at their root rather than superficially, so it is actually preferable for revisions.

Why does a deep plane facelift cost more than other types of facelifts?

A deep plane facelift requires complex, advanced surgical techniques and the highest level of artistry. Thus, costs tend to be higher. Importantly, Dr. Locketz performs every portion of the operation himself, including every single stitch. Dr. Locketz does not use Surgical Assistants, Residents, Physician Assistants, or Medical Students during the operation. His hands are the only hands that perform any portion of your operation. When it comes to facial surgery, it is important to think more about the quality of results and safety rather than fees. After all, a well-performed facelift can yield results that last over a decade, making it a wise and cost-effective investment.

Can a deep plane facelift be combined with other treatments?

Yes. Many patients choose to also undergo a brow lift, blepharoplasty/eyelid surgery, lip lift, or laser resurfacing in combination with a deep plane facelift to complete their transformation. Dr. Locketz can discuss a combination treatment plan with you in greater detail during your private consultation in Denver, CO.

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