What is a Deep Plane Facelift?

Facial Examination

All facelifts are not created equal. Not only is a facelift surgery customized to each patient, but there are now many different types of facelifts to choose from. You may hear terms like “mini facelift” or “weekend lift” as well as “deep plane facelift.” Surgical techniques are constantly evolving to try and offer patients a less invasive procedure with less scarring and recovery time.

When it comes to the facelift that can bring the most effective and most natural-looking results, the deep plane facelift approach continues to top the charts. Why is the deep plane facelift so superior? And how does this technique differ from past or more traditional facelift surgery?

Understanding the Deep Plane Difference

To understand the deep plane facelift, you must first learn about the SMAS or the Subcutaneous Musculo-Aponeurotic System of your facial skin. This refers to the deeper layer of muscle and tissues that give framework and support to your facial skin. Unfortunately, as we age, the skin loses its elasticity and gravity does its part. This causes the midface region to sag and the skin to look droopy and wrinkled around the mouth and jaw line, creating unwanted jowls, nasolabial folds and marionette lines. These are the top concerns that bring patients in for a facelift.

A traditional facelift, or the technique used in the past, involved lifting and pulling only the top layer of the skin to address midface sagging. Without addressing the deeper SMAS layer of the face, however, it’s difficult to avoid an unnatural and “overdone” appearance using this traditional facelift technique.

The deep plane facelift, on the other hand, focuses on the release and movement of the muscle and fat layers deeper within the skin. This technique lifts and repositions rather than pulling and removing, allowing patients to take advantage of a facelift that offers longer-lasting results and an outcome that looks most natural. Another valued distinction of the deep plane facelift is that it can create rejuvenating change in the midface without using fat grafting or implants. In short, the deep plane facelift gives patients the best long-term return on their plastic surgery investment.

A deep plane facelift can’t be performed by just any plastic surgeon. You’ll need to do your research to find a qualified facial plastic surgeon. In Beverly Hills, Dr. Ben Talei is esteemed for his delicate artistry and elite skill in performing deep plane facelifts. In fact, he offers a large variety of facelifts to ensure each he meets the goals and needs of each patient. Call today to book your facelift consult and find out if a deep plane facelift is your best choice for a more youthful appearance.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Ben Talei

Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery
120 S Spalding Dr, #236
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: (310) 288-0641


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