What Is a Deep Plane Facelift? Find Out If It’s Right for You!

A woman's face being touched by a doctor's hands in gloves (MODEL)

When patients start exploring their facial rejuvenation options, they’re often surprised to discover that there are multiple facelift options. One of the most popular methods I use as a board-certified facial plastic surgeon is the deep plane facelift. Read on to learn more about this procedure and whether it’s right for you.

How Does a Facelift Work?

In a traditional facelift, the plastic surgeon achieves a more youthful and refreshed look by removing excess skin and fat, tightening and reshaping the underlying facial muscles and tissues, and repositioning the skin. The result? Diminished facial sagging, a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, and more youthful facial contours.

What Is a Deep Plane Facelift?

An excellent option for patients with more advanced signs of aging, my deep plane facelift technique uses a more extensive incision than my short scar approach. This longer incision, positioned strategically to be concealed in natural skin folds and along the hairline, enables improved access to facial tissues and allows more dramatic surgical corrections, particularly in the neck area.

How Much Is a Deep Plane Facelift?

The cost of a deep plane facelift varies based on a few key factors. The surgeon’s level of experience, the geographic location of the procedure, and whether surgery is performed in a hospital or a specialized private center all influence the price. According to user-reported data on RealSelf, the average cost of a deep plane facelift in 2023 is around $17,000.

Facelift Case 143 Before & After Front | Tucson, AZ | Foothills Facial Plastic Surgery
Before & After Facelift
Facelift Case 169 Before & After Right Oblique | Tucson, AZ | Foothills Facial Plastic Surgery
Before & After Facelift
Facelift Case 12 Before & After View #2 | Tucson, AZ | Foothills Facial Plastic Surgery
Before & After Facelift

How Long Does It Take To Recover From a Facelift?

I advise my patients to allow 7 to 10 days for rest, at which time swelling and bruising begin to diminish. Many patients prefer to take about 2 weeks of social downtime before returning to work or being seen in public, and most can return to their regular routines and exercise within a few weeks. Visible improvements become increasingly apparent as the residual swelling continues to subside.

Learn more about physical and social downtime following a facelift in this related blog post.

How Long Does a Deep Plane Facelift Last?

One of the most appealing aspects of a deep plane facelift is its longevity. Unlike some other facial rejuvenation procedures, the results of a deep plane facelift can last for a decade or more. This is because the surgery targets the deep structures of the face, providing a more enduring solution to the effects of aging. A healthy lifestyle and diligent sun protection can help extend the longevity of your facelift results.

Is a Deep Plane Facelift Right for Me?

Depending on your degree of facial aging, you may be a good candidate for a deep plane facelift. If wrinkles, volume loss, and skin laxity are making you look older than you feel, this procedure can offer you a smoother, rejuvenated look.

Some patients may be better candidates for a mini facelift or a direct neck lift. By visiting my office for a personalized consultation, we can discuss your goals and assess which procedure will give you the best results.

To see the transformations that are possible, please view my facelift before and after photo gallery. Once you’re ready to take the next step, please request a consultation or call our office at (520) 200-2218 to get started.

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