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All About Deep Plane Facelifts

Westport-based plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Mark Fisher explains the procedure.

You may have heard the term “deep plane facelift,” but what does it mean? Unlike a lot of the terms you might come across when it comes to facial rejuvenation (mini-lift, S-lift, ponytail lift, etc.), a deep plane facelift is not something cooked up by a PR firm. It's a technique that has evolved over the last thirty years and has been proven to deliver safe, superior, and longer-lasting results.

First, a little history. Before the 1970s, facelifts were simple surgeries that tightened the skin. Not only did they make patients look like they were caught in a wind tunnel, but results only lasted a few months, since skin easily stretches. Facelifts soon evolved to a technique called a SMAS facelift, which tightens the layer underneath the skin called the SMAS, instead of pulling on the skin alone. With this technique, the skin comes along for the ride and the result is a more natural, longer-lasting result.

The last major evolution in facelifts was the deep plane technique. Instead of pulling on the SMAS layer and relying on sutures to hold it, we learned to go “deep” to the SMAS in order to lift and reposition it. Imagine trying to pull a heavy rug across your house. It doesn’t want to move. Instead, imagine lifting the rug and carrying it across the room. Much easier, and you can lay it down in the perfect spot.

A deep plane facelift is a powerful technique that delivers results that are safer, more natural, and longer lasting. A well-executed deep plane facelift can turn back the clock by about 10 years. And, when performed correctly, will never look “done.”

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  • After a deep plane facelift.
  • Before a deep plane facelift.
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