Deep Plane Facelift
Visible signs of aging usually begin in the face and chin. Fine lines, wrinkles, and deep folds can be cosmetically unappealing and challenging to reverse long-term. While skin rejuvenation treatments wear off over time, a facelift procedure creates smoother, younger-looking skin that lasts.
What is a Deep Plane Facelift?
Sam Hamra and Fritz Barton initially described the deep plane facelift in Dallas in the 1990s. This surgical technique utilizes a deeper level of tissue dissection to lift the face that lays below what is known as the SMAS, or superficial muscular aponeurotic system. By releasing underlying ligaments and deep attachments, a deep plane facelift contours the midface and jawline for a more sculpted and youthful appearance.
How Is a Deep Plane Facelift Different from a Traditional Facelift?
For the right patient, a deep plane facelift can achieve a more thorough face lifting without tightly pulling the skin as a traditional facelift does. Fat pads are repositioned in the cheeks for a more lifted mid-face area, creating more dramatic results while retaining a natural-looking appearance. Some surgeons theorize that a deep plane facelift may last longer than traditional techniques.
Knowing what to expect during your recovery can help you decide which facelift technique is best based on your aesthetic goals. More invasive procedures, such as a deep plane facelift, typically have a longer recovery than traditional facelift techniques. There is also a higher risk because the deep plane is where the critical nerves that move your face are located. Injury to these nerves can be permanent or result in a longer recovery.
How Do I Choose a Surgeon For a Deep Plane Facelift?
Many facelift options exist because different techniques can significantly improve your appearance and reverse aging. An experienced facelift surgeon such as Dr. Hamawy can guide you to the correct procedure for your needs, while others may choose surgical techniques based solely on what they prefer to perform. He understands that different tools are required to achieve different results.
Instead of looking for a surgeon to perform a specific type of facelift, find a surgeon whose before and after gallery show you the results you want and who has a range of tools and experience to deliver them. Look for photos of patients with similar anatomy and concerns that you have, regardless of the particular type of facelift technique that was used to achieve their results.
Why Choose Dr. Hamawy as Your Deep Plane Facelift Surgeon?
Dr. Hamawy has extensive experience in facial reconstruction and cosmetic surgery. His background includes treating combat trauma victims, training with the surgeons in Dallas who pioneered the deep plane facelift technique and staying current with the most recent advances in minimally invasive facelifting. These experiences give Dr. Hamawy a broad scope of tools to help you select the correct procedure for your specific needs.