During the natural process of aging, the loss of collagen, reduction in various hormones, and loss of critical vitamins result in skin laxity. The effects of this are the undesirable appearance of skin wrinkling in both men and women. To address these signs of aging and achieve a natural-looking improvement, many people look to a deep plane facelift in Maryland.
What Areas Does it Address?
Getting a deep plane facelift in Maryland enhances the structure of your face by redistributing fat to create a fuller appearance. By repositioning the muscle and skin tissue, deep lines and sagging skin are pulled taut, creating a smoother, more youthful look. You’ll notice improvements around your eyes, cheeks, mouth, jawline, and neck.
The Benefits of a Deep Plane Facelift
The results of this procedure are expected to last 10-15 years with a lower likelihood of requiring revision procedures. Because a deep plane facelift addresses the mid and lower face, you’ll see the following…
- A reduction in the appearance of jowls
- Smoother skin
- More defined features
- Fewer wrinkles
- Smoothing of marionette lines
- A correction in eye droop
- A tightening of sagging skin on the upper neck and chin
What is a Deep Plane Facelift, and What Makes it Different?
The standard facelift procedure (also referred to as an SMAS facelift, or Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System) treats the facial skin and musculature as two separate units. First, the skin tissue is separated from the underlying musculature. Next, the muscles are repositioned and sutured in place. Finally, the skin is pulled into its new position and set with sutures, effectively giving a younger, smoother look to the face and neck.
A deep plane facelift allows the surgeon to lift the skin and underlying musculature simultaneously as well as targets deeper muscles and tissues for a more dramatic rejuvenation than can be obtained with traditional facelifts. Specifically, a deep plane facelift releases four ligaments in the lower face that anchor muscles downward. By releasing that tension you see a more lifted, natural effect that lasts long-term.
How is a Deep Plane Facelift Performed?
This procedure is performed at a surgical center under general anesthesia and typically takes between four and five hours.
Your surgeon will begin by making incisions along your hairline, starting at the temples, proceeding around the ears, and concluding at the lower scalp. After freeing the deeper tissues, strong sutures are placed between the loose tissue in the lower cheek and the firm tissue around the ear. The loose tissue is then lifted and suspended in a direction opposite to the pull of gravity. Any excess skin is removed from around the ears. Fine sutures are used to close the incisions, which are well-concealed behind the ears and along the hairline.
This procedure is tailored to the patient and may include liposuction in the neck, earlobe reduction, and tissue grafts to the deep smile lines and/or lips.
How Do I Know if I’m a Candidate?
Men and women typically between the ages of 40 and 60 years old, experiencing sagging skin in the mid-to-lower face are excellent candidates for a deep plane facelift. Also, a person with any of the following signs of aging may be a candidate:
- Deep nasolabial folds (smile lines)
- Marionette lines
- Sagging cheeks
- The appearance of jowls
- Loose, sagging skin on the neck
What Does the Recovery Look Like?
What Does Recovery Look Like?
There is not typically too much discomfort experienced after a deep plane facelift, and you'll be prescribed pain medication to help manage pain.
During the first one to two weeks following surgery, you must wear a compression garment, neck support, and drain to help with swelling and to allow excess fluids to drain properly. You can expect at least three weeks of bruising, swelling, and some discomfort.
You’ll be advised to keep your head elevated to help with fluid drainage. You can also apply a cold compress to bring swelling down. Drinking lots of water and eating a low-salt diet for several weeks after surgery can also help reduce swelling.
We suggest that you plan to take two weeks off of work, depending on how physically demanding your job is. If you work in an office, you may be able to return sooner than if your job is physically demanding. It is also imperative to avoid strenuous activity and any sort of exercise for at least six weeks.
Sutures will be removed at your follow-up visit approximately two weeks after your procedure. It’s important to keep them clean, bandaged and undisturbed. Around six months after your surgery, the redness of your scars should be faded. Incisions are made very carefully and sutures are placed in a manner that will allow for them to heal well, without obvious scarring.
Why Choose Dr. Cappuccino for your Deep Plane Facelift?
If you’re looking for a leading surgeon in Maryland, Dr. Guy Cappuccino is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in various facial procedures, including facelifts and neck lifts.
Practicing in Maryland since 2008, Dr. Cappuccino and his highly trained and educated staff are committed to a highly patient-centric approach. Beginning with the personal attention he gives during your initial consultation, Dr. Cappuccino treats each patient with the individuality and care they deserve. He and his staff are known for their consistently exceptional results. Contact our office today and let us help you get started on your own aesthetic journey.