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The Difference Between Deep Plane Facelift and SMAS Facelift

You have probably heard of a facelift, but did you know there are several different types of facelifts offered at the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Lounge? We will be discussing the differences between a traditional SMAS facelift and the more extensive deep plane facelift.


What is a SMAS Facelift?

The SMAS facelift or a traditional facelift targets signs of aging on the lower two-thirds of the face, including the neck. The SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) is a layer of muscles, fibrous tissues, and subcutaneous fat that is attached to bone and skin with four ligaments. As we age, the SMAS loses its elasticity and sags while attached to the ligaments. These changes lead to losing a heart shaped face to a more squared shaped face. During this facelifting, SMAS is lifted and tightened by folding it over itself without releasing these ligaments. This procedure provides a great lift of the lower face and neck but without the ability to improve the sagging cheeks or the midface.

What is a Deep Plane Facelift?

deep plane facelift is a more extensive procedure that targets facial muscles deep to the SMAS layer for a more dramatic rejuvenation. The entire SMAS layer is lifted by releasing the deep ligaments then repositioning it to a higher position without putting too much tension on the skin. The deep plane facelift lifts the lower face and neck as well as the midface area, including the cheeks, to create a very youthful and natural result.

Who is a Candidate for a Deep Plane Facelift?

The SMAS facelift is better suited for younger patients who want to target the first signs of aging like jowls and sagging in the cheeks. A deep plane lift is the better choice for older patients who want to improve skin laxity as well as deep wrinkles and facial folds. If you are hoping for a dramatic enhancement, the deep plane lift may be a great option for you!

As with any surgical procedure, you should be in relatively good health at the time of your procedure. Patients should also be nonsmokers. At your initial consultation, Dr. Sadati will discuss your medical history and cosmetic goals to determine which facelift technique is right for you.

SMAS Facelift Results and Recovery

Initial recovery from a SMAS facelift takes about one week.  During this time, bruising, swelling, redness, and discomfort are common but will gradually improve. To minimize swelling and discomfort, wear a compression garment for the first week and avoid strenuous activity for six weeks. View our Facelifty results.

Deep Plane Facelift Results and Recovery

A deep plane facelift is more invasive so you may require more recovery than the SMAS facelift. This is because of swelling in the cheek area stays longer . The results of the deep plane facelift last much longer. By reducing tension in the facial muscles, the effects of aging are lessened and by lifting the deeper tissues, you can expect the results to last at least 10-15 years.

Schedule a Consultation

A facelift is one of the best ways to restore a more youthful, refreshed appearance. To learn more about your facelift options and which technique you should choose, schedule a consultation today with our board-certified plastic surgeons in Newport Beach, CA.



Call (949) 706-7776 or fill out our online form to schedule your consultation with us. Conveniently located near Fashion Island, the airport and the beach. Please visit us while you are out in the beautiful area of Newport Beach.

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