Deep Plane Facelift - Dr Zacharia
Deep Plane Facelift

A Deep Plane Facelift is a more powerful facelift which repositions the deep soft tissues of the face, usually performed with a Neck Lift. Not all facelifts are alike, nor is one single facelift suitable for every person. If you want longer-lasting and more natural looking results, a Deep Plane Facelift might be right for you.

What is a Deep Plane Facelift?

A Deep Plane Facelift creates a backward and upward lift – towards the top of the ear – by tightening the SMAS which is the deeper layer of tissue beneath the skin. It avoids excessive tension on the skin and preserves more blood supply.

Dr Zacharia strives to provide his patients with a more youthful and refreshed, yet natural appearance without changing the underlying characteristics of the face. After surgery the patient should look like a younger, more rested version of herself or himself rather than looking like someone else. Most of our patients wish to avoid an “operated”, pulled or windswept appearance after facelift surgery.

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Deep Plane Before & After
Deep Plane Before & After

Benefits of Deep Plane Facelift

How does the Deep Plane Facelift differ from a traditional facelift?

A Deep Plane Facelift is a more powerful facelift which repositions the deep soft tissues of the face. Not all facelifts are alike, nor is one single facelift suitable for every person. If you want longer-lasting and more natural looking results, a Deep Plane Facelift might be right for you.

The deep plane facelift is a specialised technique in which short skin flaps are elevated and dissection is taken under the deep plane – a layer of fibrous tissue and muscle. This deep plane, which has excellent strength and blood supply, is repositioned and used to provide the strength of the lift. This reduces the tension on the skin closure and more effectively elevates the soft tissues of the midface, leading to a more natural appearance after surgery.

Who is a good candidate for Deep Plane Facelift surgery?

If you are in otherwise good health and you have realistic expectations about dealing with the appearance of a sagging face and neck skin, and you require a more powerful technique because of skin with poor blood supply, being a smoker or have previous scars – you are a good candidate.

Will I continue to age after facelift surgery?

No treatment or surgery can totally stop the effects of aging. A facelift can restore a youthful appearance, however continued stretching and settling of the skin and soft tissues of the skin will occur. Thus after surgery, patients will continue to age, but retain the improvement gained from their procedure. Facelift surgery will not cause a patient to age more quickly.

What is a Neck Lift?

A Neck Lift – also known as Platysmaplasty – is a surgical procedure that can restore the skin around the neck to a youthful appearance, usually performed together with a Deep Plane Face Lift.

Most commonly, candidates select this procedure to address sagging or excess skin in the neck area, sometimes referred to as a “turkey wattle”. The procedure removes or alters the muscles and excess skin in your neck to give it a sleeker, leaner appearance. By creating more definition in the angle of the jaw, the appearance of the neck is greatly improved.

Find out more about the Neck Lift procedure

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Before & After

Deep Plane Facelift results from Dr Zacharia and his team. Final results may vary between patients however we always endeavor to achieve the best outcome for you.

Deep Plane Facelift Frequently Asked Questions

The ideal candidate for Deep Plane Facelift surgery is someone who is in good physical and mental health. Smokers are encouraged to quit at least 2 weeks before the procedure and it is also recommended to not drink alcohol before and after surgery. This promotes proper healing and aids in avoiding complications during the procedure. 

Our experienced surgeon Dr Zacharia will explain what can be done to assist eligible candidates for this procedure. He will discuss the steps of the proposed surgery and the variables that may affect the procedure. Physical characteristics may affect the technical considerations.

At the consultation, Dr Zacharia will discuss the procedure, risks and limitations, costs involved, patient expectations and goals, as well as the recovery process. He will also conduct a medical examination and help the patient prepare both physically and mentally for Deep Plane Facelift Surgery.

Dr Zacharia will then provide a Deep Plane Facelift information packet that explains everything a patient should do and know before their surgery date.

Dr Zacharia and his anaesthetist will assist patients in making the decision regarding which type of anaesthesia is best for their individual procedure. Normally for Deep Plane Facelift surgery a general anesthesia is used.

This varies with each patient since many patients choose to combine other procedures with their Facelift surgery. Dr Zacharia will be able to tell you during your consultation.
Right after surgery bandages will be applied to your head and neck-and then removed the next day. Dr Zacharia will then fit you with a facial support garment.Swelling, bruising, puffiness, numbness and paleness are all normal and to be expected. You must keep your head elevated for the first few days to help manage swelling. These issues clear gradually over several days, however some bruising will take 2 – 3 weeks to resolve.

No surgery is risk free. As with all procedures, there are number of risks and complications. Understanding the risks is imperative and Dr. Michael Zacharia discusses these openly with prospective patients in the initial consultation.

The chance that any of these complications may occur during the surgery or recovery is usually very small. The following is a list the most common risks that may occur, such as bleeding, infection, scarring, small burst blood vessels, etc.

During the initial consultation, Dr. Zacharia will answer any questions and make sure the patient fully understands all possible complications involved with the surgery.

Typically patients are presentable and able to return to work in about two to three weeks.