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Restoring Your Youthful Glow

Facial aging is one of the most common motivating factors when it comes to a patient’s choice to seek out cosmetic surgery. Over the years, the facelift has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available, and our patients love it for its ability to turn back the clock in notable and exciting ways. A deep plane facelift with Dr. Albert can address increased laxity and sagging, correct the presence of drooping skin, and smooth over fine lines and wrinkles for a comprehensive sense of facial rejuvenation that expertly restores your youthful glow (and your sense of self-confidence right along with it). If you’d like to learn more about the ways in which a deep plane facelift in NYC can benefit you, our team is here to help. Reach out to Albert Plastic Surgery at our NYC location and speak with a staff member to set up your initial consultation today.

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What is a Deep Plane Facelift?

A deep plane facelift rejuvenates the face by lifting and tightening the deeper layers of the skin and facial muscles. This technique involves separating the skin and underlying tissues from the underlying muscle and fascia and repositioning them to create a more youthful and natural-looking appearance. Deep Plane Vs regular facelifts, the deep plane facelift provides more dramatic and longer-lasting results, with less scarring and a shorter recovery time. However, it is a more complex and technically demanding procedure that requires a highly skilled and experienced surgeon.

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What is the Difference Between Deep Plane Facelift Vs SMAS Facelift?

SMAS Facelift

  • In a SMAS facelift, the surgeon lifts and tightens the superficial musculoaponeurotic system, which is a layer of tissue located beneath the skin and fat layer of the face.
  • This procedure primarily targets the middle and lower layers of the face, including the cheeks, jawline, and neck.
  • It is considered a relatively standard facelift technique and is suitable for many patients seeking facial rejuvenation.

Deep Plane Facelift 

  • The deep plane facelift involves deeper dissection compared to the SMAS facelift, reaching below the SMAS layer to lift and reposition deeper facial structures, including muscles and fat pads.
  • This technique provides more extensive correction of sagging tissues, particularly in the midface area.
  • Deep plane facelifts are often recommended for patients with significant midface descent or those who require more dramatic rejuvenation.

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Deep Plane Facelift Before & After

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Is a Deep Plane Facelift Right for Me?

Dr. Albert has earned a reputation for creating naturalistic and graceful results, and he’ll work closely with you to learn about your goals and help you determine whether or not a deep plane facelift in NYC is right for you.

You’re likely to be a great candidate for a deep plane facelift if you’re interested in:

  • A toned and younger-looking neck, chin, and jaw
  • Smoother features and less prominent wrinkles and folds
  • Added volume in the upper face and cheeks
  • A higher-brow position
  • Eyes that appear more rested and youthful
  • Diminished vertical lines on the neck

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Deep Plane Facelift Surgery in NYC with Dr. Mark G. Albert

Over time, it’s quite common to notice that your facial features have begun to sag, lose volume and tone, and develop visible lines and wrinkles. You may feel as though you’ve noticed these changes at a relatively early age, and while there are many effective intermediary treatments for facial rejuvenation, many are temporary in nature.

In recent years, younger patients have turned to deep plane facelift surgery as it offers a full-measure, lasting approach to facial restoration rather than a maintenance treatment. Older patients also continue to choose deep plane facelift because it allows them to look their best without the need for repeat treatments or maintenance appointments.

If you’re interested in effective, targeted, and long-term facial rejuvenation, our practice is here to help. Deep plane facelift surgery with Dr. Mark G. Albert, one of the most highly regarded plastic surgeons in New York City, will restore your youthful contours and attractive glow without radically changing your appearance or impacting your natural beauty.

Exploring Your Facelift Options

During your initial consultation, you and Dr. Albert will discuss the factors that may be contributing to your aging appearance. You can also review before-and-after photos to see how our deep plane facelift has improved these concerns for our patients. The surgical plan that Dr. Albert will recommend will take into account your aesthetic vision, medical history, and budget. Dr. Albert can perform many variations of facelift plastic surgery depending on your needs. Some of these options are:

Full Facelift

Dr. Albert can conduct a full facelift procedure that restores your appearance from the top of your forehead to your clavicle. He will remove excess skin and reposition your features to their more youthful state while preventing your face from appearing unnaturally tight. He often uses fat grafting to create a soft, natural appearance.

Upper or Lower Facelift

An upper facelift can give you a smoother brow and younger-looking eyes, while a lower facelift may eliminate unwanted fat and tighten your face’s underlying structure. This gives your cheeks, jowls, and neck a smooth, firm contour and is ideal for patients with relatively minimal facial aging in specific areas of the face.

What can I Expect on my Deep Plane Facelift in NYC?

Depending on your treatment plan, your deep plane facelift will be performed at a local-area hospital or Dr. Albert’s office, which features an AAAASF-accredited operating facility. Dr. Albert has extensive training in local anesthetic care, and you can expect to rest comfortably and safely throughout the procedure.

Dr. Albert will begin your surgery by placing incisions in facial folds or areas hidden by hair, ensuring that your scars will be virtually invisible. Before your surgery, Dr. Albert will explain the procedure to you in detail, so you’ll know exactly what to expect in terms of incision placement and his chosen techniques.

Procedures that focus on the lower face will generally take around three hours. Many deep plane facelift patients elect to combine their procedures with upper and lower eyelid surgery, a brow lift, or other related treatments. It should be known that these combined procedures can extend the duration of your procedure.

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Choosing the Right Anesthesia for Your Deep Plane Facelift

When it comes to anesthesia options for deep-plane facelifts, Dr. Albert considers several factors to determine the most appropriate approach for each patient.

  1. General anesthesia is often preferred for deep-plane facelifts due to its ability to provide complete sedation, ensuring that patients remain completely unconscious and pain-free throughout the procedure. This level of anesthesia allows Dr. Albert to work meticulously in the deeper layers of the face, achieving optimal lifting and contouring results.
  2. Local anesthesia combined with sedation can also be used for deep-plane facelifts, offering targeted numbing effects to specific areas while keeping the patient conscious and comfortable. This option may be suitable for patients who prefer to avoid the deeper sedation associated with general anesthesia or have specific medical considerations that make general anesthesia less desirable.

The decision between general and local anesthesia for deep-plane facelifts is made collaboratively between Dr. Albert and the patient, ensuring that the chosen anesthesia method aligns with the patient's comfort levels and safety. Dr. Albert's expertise in deep-plane facelift techniques and his tailored approach to anesthesia results in a personalized surgical experience that prioritizes patient comfort, safety, and optimal aesthetic outcomes.

Your Recovery and Results

After your deep plane facelift surgery, you’ll recuperate at Dr. Albert’s office or the surgical center for about two hours before going home. Some patients elect to have a private duty nurse at their home or hotel overnight. If this isn’t an option, we recommend having a friend stay with you for the first few days to help as you begin your recovery process.

You will be scheduled to return within three days for a post-operative visit, giving Dr. Albert the chance to make sure you’re recovering well and address any discomfort you may have. You’ll return again one week after your procedure so Dr. Albert can remove your sutures. Most deep plane facelift patients choose to return to their normal activities around this time.

After about a week and a half, your bruising and swelling should have reduced enough that you will begin to notice the final outcome of your procedure. Once you’ve fully recovered, you can expect to look like a younger version of yourself: familiar in appearance, but rejuvenated in a natural-looking and attractive way.

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Could any side effects occur after my Deep Plane Facelift?

After a deep plane facelift in NYC, like with any surgical procedure, there's a chance of side effects occurring, like hematoma formation needing quick attention, the chance of infections, skin slough, facial nerve injury affecting movement, possible numbness in the earlobe, pixie-ear deformity from tight skin, and rare instances of hair loss or first bite syndrome. However, consulting with Dr. Albert is crucial to address these concerns and ensure optimal outcomes. With his expertise and guidance, strategies can be implemented to minimize the risk of these side effects.

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Your Facial Rejuvenation Expert

Dr. Mark G. Albert is a top-rated, board-certified plastic surgeon within the American Society of Plastic Surgery. He has also been the top doctor per Castle Connolly since 2021 and, overall, an expert in rejuvenating facial and neck features. He is a former fellow and now serves as the Director of Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital’s Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship Program, indicating his extensive experience with advanced cosmetic surgery techniques, which allows him to tailor procedures to your personal cosmetic goals. 

The most common reaction his former patients share is that they finally look the way that they feel—youthful and attractive—and that family and friends have no idea that they had surgery.

If you are ready to restore your youthful features and reduce signs of aging, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Mark Albert.

You can do so by reaching out to us online or contacting our office at (332) 239-2255. We’re excited to learn more about how we can unite you with your cosmetic ideal.

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How many years does a deep plane facelift last?

What is the best age for a deep plane facelift?

What age is too late for a deep plane facelift?

What kind of anesthesia is used for face cosmetic procedures?

Can a deep plane facelift help improve the appearance of nasolabial folds and marionette lines?

How does the recovery from a deep plane facelift compare Vs regular facelift techniques?

Can a deep plane facelift address concerns related to facial fat distribution or volume loss?

Is there a risk of over-tightening or an unnatural appearance with a deep plane facelift?

What is a mini deep plane facelift?

Do deep plane facelifts work for men?

Can a facelift procedure be done without surgery?

How many years does a deep plane facelift last?

Generally, results can last between 7 to 15 years or more, with proper maintenance and healthy lifestyle habits potentially extending the duration of the outcome.

What is the best age for a deep plane facelift?

The optimal age for considering a facelift generally falls between one's 40s and 60s.

What age is too late for a deep plane facelift?

There isn't a specific age limit for a facelift; eligibility depends on your health and skin condition, allowing for consideration at various life stages with guidance from a qualified surgeon.

What kind of anesthesia is used for face cosmetic procedures?

Dr. Albert offers both local anesthesia and general anesthesia for face cosmetic procedures, tailoring the choice to the specific needs and preferences of each patient.

Can a deep plane facelift help improve the appearance of nasolabial folds and marionette lines?

Absolutely, one of the advantages of a deep plane facelift is its ability to smooth out nasolabial folds and marionette lines by repositioning the deeper tissues of the face, resulting in a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.

How does the recovery from a deep plane facelift compare Vs regular facelift techniques?

While the recovery period for a deep plane facelift is typically longer compared to less invasive techniques, many patients appreciate the comprehensive results and longer-lasting effects that justify the slightly longer downtime.

Can a deep plane facelift address concerns related to facial fat distribution or volume loss?

Absolutely, a deep plane facelift can restore youthful facial contours by repositioning sagging tissues and redistributing facial fat, resulting in a more sculpted and rejuvenated appearance.

Is there a risk of over-tightening or an unnatural appearance with a deep plane facelift?

Dr. Albert takes a conservative approach to facelift surgery, aiming for natural-looking results that enhance your facial features without creating a pulled or unnatural appearance.

What is a mini deep plane facelift?

A mini deep plane facelift is a variation of the traditional deep plane facelift technique that focuses on addressing specific areas of concern with smaller incisions and a less extensive dissection.

Do deep plane facelifts work for men?

Yes, Indeed, all facelifts for men can effectively address signs of aging, including sagging skin and wrinkles, to attain a rejuvenated and youthful appearance, similar to results achieved in women.

Can a facelift procedure be done without surgery?

Procedures such as dermal fillers, botulinum toxin injections (such as Botox), and laser treatments provide skin tightening and lifting benefits without the need for invasive surgery.

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