What is the Difference Between a Deep Plane Facelift and a Regular Facelift?

Smiling,Senior,Woman,With,Bun,Hair,And,Hand,On,NakedAs the years go by, many people start to notice the signs of aging on their faces. Wrinkles, sagging skin, and loss of facial volume are common concerns that lead people to consider facelift surgery. Traditional facelifts have been a leading choice for decades, but in recent years, a renewed interest in an advanced technique known as the deep plane facelift has also gained popularity. Learn the important differences between these two effective facelift options so you can make an informed decision about what might work well for your unique needs.

Traditional Facelift: Exploring the Basics

The traditional facelift has long been a go-to procedure for individuals seeking facial rejuvenation. This technique primarily targets the skin and the superficial muscle layer beneath it. By making discreet incisions around the ears and hairline, a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Ronald Schuster carefully repositions and tightens the skin, reducing visible signs of aging such as wrinkles and mild to moderate sagging. Traditional facelifts separate the layers and adjust them differently. Some techniques in “traditional” facelift surgery can in fact be very complicated and involved.

Deep Plane Facelift: Understanding Advanced Techniques

In contrast, the deep plane facelift addresses deeper facial structures, including the muscles and connective tissues. This technique involves releasing specific ligaments and attachments, but for the most part keeps the skin attached to the deeper structures and moves the whole block together. It allows for a more extensive repositioning of facial structures.

By addressing deeper layers, the deep plane facelift provides comprehensive rejuvenation, lifting the mid-face and jowls more substantially than a regular facelift. By keeping the skin attached it can avoid a “windblown” appearance. Because it is performed in a deeper layer, it is more technically demanding and has a bit more risk associated. This is why Deep Plane dacelifts should only be performed by experienced facelift surgeons.

Key Differences

Level of Rejuvenation:

  • Traditional Facelift: Primarily focuses on superficial layers of the face.
  • Deep Plane Facelift: Targets deeper facial tissues, muscles, and ligaments.

Treatable Concerns:

  • Traditional Facelift: Effective for many faces, including those with a great deal of skin excess, and very thin patients.
  • Deep Plane Facelift: Offers more comprehensive rejuvenation. They give an excellent natural correction for most but not all patients.

Longevity of Results:

  • Traditional Facelift: Results typically last around 7-10 years.
  • Deep Plane Facelift: Results typically last 7-10 years.

Recovery Period:

  • Traditional Facelift: Usually involves a shorter recovery time than the deep plane technique.
  • Deep Plane Facelift: Requires a more involved recovery period due to the deeper tissue manipulation. There is usually less bruising but swelling can take a little longer to go away.

Schedule a Facelift Consult in Maryland

In the end, the right facelift depends on your unique goals, anatomy, and preferences. Both options can provide flattering and natural results for the right candidate. It’s best to consult with a professional before deciding on a facelift technique. Contact the office of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ronald H. Schuster, where we can help you assess your individual needs and recommend the most suitable technique for you. If you’re in Baltimore, Lutherville-Timonium, MD, or the surrounding area, call 410-902-9800 to schedule an appointment.



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