The deep plane facelift and a SMAS facelift both address the SMAS (superficial musculoapeoneurotic system) which is a the connective tissue and muscle layer beneath the skin of the face. However, there is a significant difference in how the deep plane technique lifts and rejuvenates the SMAS.
As a double board certified facial plastic surgeon and facelift expert, Dr. Demetri always prefers for his patients to have a natural and refreshed appearance. It is important to avoid the “windswept” appearance from outdated facelift techniques. This “pulled” appearance arises when the surgeon does not address the SMAS layer and instead just tries to overly tighten the facial skin. The SMAS represents a strong fibrous connective tissue layer beneath the skin which also attaches to the facial muscles underlaying it. With a SMAS facelift, the surgeon will use sutures to pull and stretch the SMAS layer upwards. In comparison, during a deep plane facelift Dr. Demetri will actually dissect and release the SMAS from the muscles under it. By releasing the ligaments that anchor the SMAS down, Dr. Demetri can then lift and elevate it without any tension.
While a SMAS facelift can tighten the face near the jawline, the deep plane facelift will further improve the jowls and nasolabial folds that the SMAS facelift will not address.
The ideal candidate for a deep plane facelift is typically a female or male patient with skin laxity, especially in the areas of the jawline and neck. If you are considering a facelift, then we would expect you to meet the following requirements:
A deep plane facelift is the most common surgical procedure Dr. Demetri performs. As one of the busiest facelift surgeons in the United States, he does on average 3-4 facelifts per week. This surgical procedure offers these benefits:
Well, the first step of your facelift journey is a thorough consultation with Dr. Demetri to discuss your concerns and aesthetic goals. At that time, he will also examine your face and neck as well as any other areas which may bother you.
Furthermore, Dr. Demetri will explain all aspects of the deep plane facelift technique and recovery so you know exactly what to expect. Our amazing nurses sit down with you to review general guidelines as well. This includes reviewing your medications, vitamins, or supplements that can potentially thin the blood.
On the day of your surgery, you will meet our operating room team. This includes our board-certified anesthesiologist, operating nurse and surgical assistant. Dr. Demetri uses the same staff for all of his procedures to ensure consistent and reliable results. Once comfortable in the operating room, you will be sedated and injected with lidocaine to numb your face and neck. This ensures minimal pain later in the day when you are recovering at home. Dr. Demetri makes precise incisions hidden in your hairline and around your ear so as you heal the scarring is hardly noticeable.
OVER THE FIRST COUPLE WEEKS:
“I’ve been searching for a great DR for a while now in LA and I’m so glad I found Dr Demetri. He takes such good care of his patients and I’m loving his results. Very natural which is hard to find! Will not let anyone else touch my face.”
by H. H.
Dr. Demetri is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in deep plane facelifts. As one of the busiest plastic surgeons in the country , he performs on average 3-4 facelifts per week. He often welcomes fellow doctors and residents to observe him perform facelift surgery. Furthermore, he often attends plastic surgery conferences where he lectures on his surgical techniques.
Dr. Demetri feels privileged to help patients in this journey. He is passionate about the field of plastic surgery and loves meeting wonderful new people in our state of the art office. If you would like to learn more about a deep plane facelift, please contact us for a consultation.
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