Natural results with the Deep Plane Facelift

When time leaves its mark on the face, minimally invasive treatment methods don’t always help. This is especially true when the cheek area has sagged significantly, the chin line and neck appear undefined, and the neck area is sagging. What are the experiences with a Deep Plane Facelift?

However, there is no “right” age for any aesthetic procedure. The skin and also the aging of the skin is individually very different and depends on many factors. At what age is a facelift useful and what is a Deep Plane Facelift? “When the perceived age no longer matches the reflection in the mirror and minimally invasive methods are no longer effective, it is the right time for a facelift,” explains facial plastic surgeon Priv-Doz. Dr. Dr. Roman Rahimi of the Rosenpark Clinic.

Those who decide to take the big step to a facelift are spoiled for choice, and the result depends crucially on the right method and the experience of the doctor. Numerous facelift methods have been developed by plastic surgeons in recent years. “In addition to the right technique, the art of a successful facelift lies above all in the individuality of the treatment, which has to do with experience and aesthetic perception,” emphasizes Dr. Dr. Rahimi, who, in addition to his clinical work, is always researching new techniques and methods and has developed his own variant of the Deep Plane Facelift.

In a complete lift, not only is the skin tightened, but the connective and fatty tissues are also relocated. The most common method is called a Superficial Muscular Oaponeurotic System (SMAS) lift. “For me, the gold standard is the so-called Deep Plane Facelift, which I combine with the SMAS method,” emphasizes the facial plastic surgeon.

Gold Standard Deep Plane Facelift

What exactly does it mean? “In contrast to the classic SMAS facelift, the tightening is performed in the same deep skin layers in the immediate vicinity of the cheek and the so-called retaining ligaments are mobilized. During the surgery, the skin is loosened, the sagging connective tissue as well as the mimic muscles and the sunken fat pads are corrected, the SMAS is tightened, repositioned at the ligaments and the excess skin is removed. Compared to other facelift methods, it ensures longer lasting results. If this is then operated on as a composite lifting method, the blood flow to the skin is hardly restricted, so that the damage to the tissue near the surface of the skin is less.

And what is the most important difference from other lifting methods? “The biggest advantage of the Deep Plane Facelift is that it is almost impossible to tell that a facelift has been performed. There is no unnatural or artificial-looking tension on the skin. Patients do not look operated on after the procedure, but quite the opposite, relaxed, young and healthy,” says Dr. Dr. Rahimi.

The surgery takes three to four hours and is performed under general anesthesia. After the facelift, patients can expect to stay in the hospital for one day. Bruising and swelling can be expected for about two weeks. After seven days the stitches are removed. The result makes the face look ten to 15 years younger.

Relevant risks include wound healing problems, wound infections, post-operative bleeding, numbness of the skin, but this subsides after a few weeks, and bruising and swelling.