Deep Plane Facelift in Charlotte Overview
Treats: Aging signs such as skin laxity, creases, and hollowing in the midface region
Length: 2-4 hours
Anesthesia: General or awake
Side Effects: Bruising, swelling, and numbness around the incision site
Risks: All surgery has some risk of bleeding, infection, scarring, or side effects from anesthesia
Recovery: 1-2 weeks
Duration of Results: 10+ years
Deep plane facelift before and after
The absolute best decision I ever made!
Dr Johnathan Kulbersh is an artist. There was no pain and a quick recovery and before I knew it there was a prettier me staring back at me in the mirror. I also had a lower face and a neck lift procedure. The team at Carolina Facial Plastics were 100% professional and put me at ease all along the way. I can not imagine a better experience or outcome!
A deep plane facelift restores a more youthful and rested appearance by providing the following benefits:
- Removes loose, excess skin for a smoother contour
- Restores natural volume and elevation of the cheeks
- Softens nasolabial folds and other lines on the lower face
- Reduces sagging jowls, double chin, and crepey neck skin
- Provides natural-looking results without the windswept look of a traditional facelift
- Results in less bruising and swelling
- Produces less noticeable scars
- Provides longer-lasting results
A deep plane facelift can address aging of the mid to lower face, from the cheeks to the jawline. The procedure restores volume to the cheek area, while removing loose skin along the jawline that leads to the formation of jowls.
Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon trained by two renowned Beverly Hills plastic surgeons, Dr. Babak Azizzadeh and Dr. Paul Nassif. Dr. Kulbersh’s extensive training and experience in advanced surgical techniques ensure you receive unparalleled facelift results.
Dr. Kulbersh does not use the one-size-fits-all approach to his surgical procedures. He listens carefully to your needs during your initial consultation. He meticulously evaluates your skin quality, aging symptoms, bone structure, and muscle tone, then customizes your treatment plan to achieve a natural, beautiful outcome.
Dr. Kulbersh performs all his surgical procedures at his own private and accredited Fairview Surgical Suites, a surgical center designed to exclusively cater to advanced cosmetic procedures. His Fairview Recovery Retreat is a surgical recovery center for recovering facial plastic surgery patients. These centers focus on patient safety, care, and privacy while providing a 5-star luxury environment for the most comfortable recovery process possible.
Frequently asked questions
A deep plane facelift is a surgical facelift technique that targets deep facial structures to restore a more youthful appearance.
The “deep plane” refers to the anatomic plane between the SMS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) and the deeper muscles. A deep plane facelift involves a deep manipulation of the underlying tissues rather than simply pulling the skin to tighten and lift the face. The SMAS complex, muscles, and skin are raised together as a single unit rather than separately. The procedure releases ligaments and allows the skin and tissue to be re-draped, resulting in more youthful contours.
Factors such as facility, anesthesia, and surgeon’s fees determine the total cost of a deep plane facelift. To know how much your surgery costs, it is best to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Kulbersh.
Dr. Kulbersh performs a deep plane facelift under general or awake anesthesia. It may take around 4 hours to perform, depending on how extensive the surgery is.
Similar to a traditional facelift, deep plane facelift incisions begin at the temple hairlines, continuing in front and behind the ears and extending up into the hairline or scalp. Through these incisions, Dr. Kulbersh lifts the deeper layers of skin and soft tissue together and repositions them.
Depending on the patient’s personalized procedure plan, Dr. Kulbersh may perform additional cosmetic procedures like liposuction and fat transfer. Once the procedures are complete, the incisions are meticulously closed for the best possible cosmetic result.
Because a deep plane facelift repositions tissue as a single unit rather than separately, there may be less trauma under the skin’s surface. Patients should plan to take about two weeks off from work and avoid strenuous activities for 4-6 weeks.
Applying cold compresses and sleeping in an elevated position are recommended to reduce swelling for the first week or so. Most patients return to their regular activities within 2 weeks.
Dr. Kulbersh will prescribe pain medications for a few days after your surgery, and you may take over-the-counter pain relievers after that. You may experience a tight sensation or numbness under the chin area, along with mild soreness along the sides of the neck while you heal.
Since facelifts are purely cosmetic procedures and not considered medically necessary, they are typically not covered by insurance.
Results from a deep plane facelift can last 10 years or even longer, similar to the results of a traditional facelift.
Any post-surgery swelling and bruising should subside over several days after your procedure. Once resolved, you should begin to notice the effects of your surgery, which will continue to improve as the last residual swelling diminishes.
A deep plane facelift carries risks similar to a traditional facelift. These include:
- Pain, bruising, numbing, and prolonged swelling
- Bleeding and infection
- Facial asymmetry
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
Choosing a certified, experienced, and highly skilled surgeon can help avoid potential surgical and post-operative complications. Other ways to ensure a successful surgery are to disclose all health issues before your surgery and to strictly follow all pre-and post-surgery instructions.
The key difference between a traditional facelift and a deep plane facelift is that with SMAS facelift surgery, the SMAS skin and tissue layers are lifted separately. With a deep plane facelift, the skin, muscles, and SMAS are all pulled up together as one unit. A deep plane facelift goes beyond the SMAS layer to target the deeper muscles and release all supporting ligaments, allowing the repositioning of the entire face rather than just a portion of it. This technique produces more natural-looking and longer-lasting results for the right candidates.