What Is a Deep Plane Facelift?
A deep plane facelift addresses and tightens the SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System), a layer of muscle and connective tissues that lies beneath the surface of the skin of the face and upper neck, and it also targets deeper muscles and tissues for a more dramatic rejuvenation than other facelifts. A deep plane facelift also releases four ligaments in the lower face that anchor your muscles downward and cause a set, older appearance. This technique reduces tension and pulling and results in a lifted, natural effect that lasts long term.
During a deep plane facelift, the skin is not lifted away from the SMAS layer. This preserves blood supply and facial sensation, leaving the skin contours firmer but also feeling and looking supple, natural, and soft rather than stretched or “tight” looking.
In Dr. Robb’s experience, bruising is rare after a deep plane facelift, and the recovery period is shorter than that of a traditional facelift.