Benefits of an Extended Deep Plane Facelift

By: Dr. Sean Delaney


The Benefits of Extended Deep Plane Facelift Surgery

Facelift techniques have evolved significantly over the years, offering patients more effective and longer-lasting results. Among these advancements, the extended deep plane facelift has emerged as a particularly transformative technique. This procedure not only addresses the superficial signs of aging but also targets the deeper structures of the face for a more natural and enduring rejuvenation. 

This is an “extended” deep plane facelift because with this advanced technique the deep plane dissection is carried out all the way to the midface and nasolabial fold, and the facial retaining ligaments are completely released, something that this is not routinely performed in all “deep plane” facelifts. Houston board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Delaney is proud to offer this advanced facelift technique. 

Here are some of the key benefits of opting for an extended deep plane facelift:

1. **Natural-Looking Results**

One of the primary advantages of the extended deep plane facelift is its ability to produce natural-looking results. Unlike traditional facelift techniques that rely on tension created by sutures pulling on the SMAS (superficial Musculo-aponeurotic system), the extended deep plane approach emphasizes release of facial retaining ligaments that are only accessible in the deep plane and redraping of the facial soft tissues. By doing so, it restores the natural anatomy of the face, avoiding an overly tight or "windswept" appearance.

2. **Long-Lasting Effects**

Because the extended deep plane facelift addresses the underlying structures of the face, including the muscles and connective tissues, the results tend to be more durable. Patients can enjoy their rejuvenated appearance for 10-12 years.

3. **Comprehensive Facial Rejuvenation**

This technique allows the surgeon to correct multiple signs of aging in one procedure. It can effectively lift sagging cheeks, elevated the midface, smooth nasolabial folds, and redefine the jawline and neck. It is important to note that the midface and nasolabial folds are best improved when the facial retaining ligaments have been released, and this is exactly what is performed during an extended deep plane facelift. By addressing these areas simultaneously, patients achieve a more harmonious and balanced facial appearance.

4. **Improved Midface and Neck Contours**

The extended deep plane facelift provides excellent lifting of the midface and neck areas. This is particularly beneficial for patients who have significant sagging or volume loss in these regions. The procedure allows for the repositioning of the midfacial fat pads and tightening of the neck muscles, resulting in a more youthful contour and smoother neck profile.

5. **Minimized Scarring**

Despite its more extensive nature, the extended deep plane facelift can actually result in less visible scarring. The incisions are typically placed in natural creases and along the hairline and around the ear, which helps to conceal them. Moreover, because the skin is not overly tightened, there is less tension on the incision sites, promoting better healing and less noticeable scars.

6. **Enhanced Recovery Experience**

Extensive dissection under the skin can result in swelling and bruising. While the elevation performed in an extended deep plane facelift is more extensive than traditional facelift techniques, the deep plane is actually mostly avascular (meaning it doesn’t bleed much), so there is usually less swelling and bruising. 

The extended deep plane facelift offers a number of benefits for those seeking a comprehensive and long-lasting facial rejuvenation. By releasing the facial retaining ligaments and addressing the deeper structures of the face, this advanced technique provides natural-looking results, enhanced midface and neck contours, and reduced need for future procedures. As with any surgical procedure, it's essential for patients to consult with a qualified and experienced facial plastic surgeon to determine the best approach for their individual needs and goals. With proper care and professional expertise, an extended deep plane facelift can significantly enhance one's appearance and confidence.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.