What Is a Deep Plane Face and Neck Lift?
The easiest way to understand a deep plane face and neck lift is to first understand a traditional face and neck lift. In a standard lift, your surgeon will excise and redrape the skin on your face to correct wrinkles and skin sagging. While this procedure is generally successful, it can, in some cases, cause patients to develop a windswept appearance.
Combating that overly taut result is why the deep plane technique was developed. In a deep plane face and neck lift, Dr. Marotta will not only move the skin on your face but also the underlying muscle and fat layers, which helps prevent the skin from looking as if it were pulled too tight. In addition, Dr. Marotta tightens the facial skin vertically, avoiding it from appearing stretched out. This contrasts with older facelift techniques, which generally pull the skin horizontally.
Since a deeper level of tissue is being pulled vertically, the results of Dr. Marotta’s deep plane face and neck lift are much more natural and elegant.
Am I a Candidate for a Deep Plane Face and Neck Lift?
Everyone experiences the effects of aging. While some people experience it more quickly than others, our bodies go through the same biological changes. One of the most impactful changes is the decrease in collagen production that starts happening after your teens. Collagen is one of the most essential proteins when it comes to the youthful appearance of your skin, and, unfortunately, you begin to lose about one percent of your collagen production every year once you turn 20.
That decrease is what causes effects like skin sagging and wrinkle development to occur. When it comes to moderate to severe cases of these side effects, the only option many people have to turn to is surgery. If you are experiencing skin sagging or in-depth wrinkle development in your lower face, then you are likely a good candidate for this procedure if you:
- Have realistic expectations about what a deep plane face and neck lift can achieve
- Do not have any preexisting conditions that increase your surgical risk
- Are able to take ample time away from work or other duties for recovery
- Do not smoke
There is no specific age or other requirements that you need to meet to be considered. Candidacy is based on the conditions that you are showing, not any particular age requirement.
How Should I Prepare for Deep Plane Face and Neck Lift?
Before your surgery day, Dr. Marotta will give you any preoperative instructions that you need to follow. It is important to follow them as closely as possible since they will directly impact the safety and efficacy of your procedure. You should also expect to have someone with you on the day of your surgery who can drive you home since you will likely have some lingering effects from the anesthesia.
We recommend to all of our patients that they set up a recovery station ahead of time to save them hassle after their procedure. Making an area comfortable and stocking it with plenty of food, snacks, entertainment and other necessities will allow you to focus on your recovery and avoid unnecessary strain.
What Should I Expect from a Deep Plane Face and Neck Lift Procedure?
In terms of what you can expect to experience from the procedure itself, there is very little difference between a traditional face and neck lift and the deep plane variation. After you check-in at the facility and are called back into the surgical room, Dr. Marotta may come and place a few lines on your face to guide him during the procedure.
Then, you will be taken for surgery and given either general or intravenous anesthesia. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Marotta will begin making incisions and removing excess tissue, muscle and fat from the targeted areas of your face. The incisions are made near the ears and in the hairline so that they can be easily hidden between my hair and natural folds.
Once the unneeded tissue is removed, the remaining skin and muscle will be draped back over your face and stitched, providing a much more youthful contour to your facial structure. The incisions will then be closed with sutures, and the procedure is completed.
What Should I Expect During Deep Plane Face and Neck Lift Recovery?
There is virtually no difference between the recovery of a deep plane face and neck lift and the traditional approach. You can expect to have a total recovery time of about four weeks. During the first few days, it is normal for patients to experience pain, discomfort, swelling and bruising in the areas that were worked on. These symptoms can be relieved by prescription or over-the-counter medications, but they also typically subside well within the first two weeks.
You can resume your usual routines by four weeks, including working out and other strenuous activities, as long as Dr. Marotta has cleared you. If you go back to your routines too early, you may harm your results or recovery, so make sure to take it slow and be patient.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from a Deep Plane Face and Neck Lift?
You can expect a substantial improvement to the appearance of your lower face and neck after going through a deep plane lift. Many patients feel as though decades have been removed from their faces after going through this procedure. The results are permanent since the excised skin will not return, but that does not mean that future skin sagging will not once again develop.
Because of this, it is essential to do what you can to protect your results, like avoiding UV exposure and smoking, two of the most critical contributors to skin degradation.
Get a More Youthful Contour with a Deep Plane Face and Neck Lift in Smithtown
If you would like to learn more about how a deep plane face and neck lift can help you improve your appearance, give our office a call at (631) 982-2022 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marotta. He will be able to analyze your anatomy and conditions to find the best treatment plan to achieve your aesthetic goals.