A deep plane facelift can produce an extremely natural-looking result far different from the pulled, overly tight look that was often achieved with older techniques. In a deep plane facelift, the soft tissues of the face are re-positioned, rather than just removing excess skin and tightening it.

What is a deep plane facelift?

The deep plane is a layer of tissue that separates the facial muscle structure. A deep plane facelift addresses a specific layer of the facial muscle structure (SMAS). When the soft tissues below this layer are released from the underlying muscles and repositioned, the entire facial structure is lifted. The tissues are re-anchored at your youthful, natural position, creating results that bring back the face of your youth — not a pulled, tight, or “worked on” appearance.

Who is a candidate for a deep plane facelift?

If you’re a generally healthy non-smoker and are not currently suffering from a condition or disease that could make surgery unsafe, you’re likely a good candidate for this advanced facelift technique. Dr. Mesa will evaluate your medical history and work with your other medical professionals to determine if this surgery is appropriate for you.

If you’re struggling with any of the following, you will love the results of this advanced approach to restoring a youthful facial appearance:

  • Jowls
  • Deep creases and lines
  • Double chin
  • Sagging upper neck
  • Drooping cheeks

Can a deep plane facelift be done under local anesthesia wthout general anesthesia?

Patients frequently ask whether their facelift can be done without general anesthesia, as they are afraid of the risks of going to sleep (general anesthesia) or twilight anesthesia (IV sedation), as well as the nausea, vomiting, weaknesses, and headaches associated with anesthesia post-procedure. Dr. Mesa specializes in performing deep plane facelift under local anesthesia.

His approach is significantly different than many surgeons, as he performs the procedure with the patient wide awake under local anesthesia, without any twilight anesthesia or general anesthesia. The procedure is painless and the recovery is faster because it avoids all the side effects associated with general anesthesia or IV sedation.

What does the surgery entail?

Every deep plane facelift performed by Dr. Mesa is 100% customized. In general, the surgery involves the release of the muscle and fat layers rather than removing excess skin and suturing it. The ligaments that tether the deeper tissues are released and then anchored to create a tension-free outcome.

What is the recovery time?

A deep plane facelift not only produces a far more natural look, but also has a faster healing time. Most people feel and look well enough to return to work or other activities within two weeks, while other facelift techniques require much more time. Full recovery will require up to six weeks, and the incisions will fade over the months ahead. 

Is a deep plane facelift better than a regular facelift?

This technique is far more complex to perform than a traditional facelift, and requires advanced surgical skills and an exceptional degree of knowledge of the facial muscle structure. Less than 5% of surgeons use this technique, making Dr. Mesa unique in his ability. When under his care, you can expect a result that is remarkably natural and refreshed. You’ll look like you, just years younger. Your jawline, neckline, and cheekbones will be restored without creating tension on the skin, allowing for faster healing and far less risk of creating visible scarring.

Why choose Dr. Mesa for a deep plane facelift?

All board-certified plastic surgeons are educated, but they vary significantly in skills and advanced training. Dr. Mesa is a Harvard-educated surgeon who has dedicated his professional career to the art of plastic surgery, with three fellowships in aesthetic and plastic surgery. Dr. Mesa has pioneered new approaches to facial plastic surgery, and been asked to present his techniques to others in his field of practice. His extraordinary skill level, warmth, care, and devotion to his patients have led to his reputation for excellence, and hundreds of excellent reviews. With offices in NYC, New Jersey, and Miami, new patients come to Dr. Mesa from local areas, as well as other states and countries.

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