Choosing between a Deep Plane Facelift and a Mini Facelift can be challenging. The Mini Facelift is less invasive and recommended for those in their 40s with early signs of aging. On the other hand, the Deep Plane Facelift targets deeper tissues for a more dramatic transformation of the mid-face area, neck, and jowls. In the following blog, you will read about some differences between both procedures. 

How do Deep Plane Facelifts and Mini Facelifts differ?

Deep Plane Facelift

In a Deep Plane Facelift, the surgeon addresses both the top layer of skin and the deeper tissues of your face, which results in a more natural and long-lasting lift. This procedure lifts drooping cheeks and treats skin laxity in your lower face, jawline, and neck, with results that can last a decade or more.

  • Procedure time: The length of a Deep Plane Facelift surgery may differ according to the specific requirements of the patient and the approach used by the surgeon. Nevertheless, typically, the procedure takes around 4 to 6 hours to finish.
  • What to expect: You will be under general anesthesia during your procedure. The surgeon will make incisions around your ear to lift, tighten, and address the SMAS, a more comprehensive facelift than other types. This Deep Plane Facelift will release four ligaments that anchor down the muscles, causing drooping and sagging, allowing for a deeper and more significant lift than a typical facelift that focuses only on the surface tissues and skin.
  • Recovery: Have a friend or family member accompany you back home after your procedure. You may experience swelling and bruising for up to a week, but it will eventually subside. Any drains inserted will be removed within the first few days. It typically takes about ten days for patients to start feeling more active and comfortable going out, although some may be able to return sooner. Light work and activities can be resumed after two weeks, but it's best to wait 4-6 weeks before engaging in vigorous activities.

Mini Facelift

A Mini Facelift is a procedure with smaller incisions resulting in a shorter recovery time. While a Mini Facelift can achieve similar results as a traditional Deep Plane Facelift, it typically focuses on improving the neck and jowls without addressing the mid-face.

  • Procedure time: A Mini Facelift usually lasts for 1.5-2 hours. If combined with Platysmal Plication (a more extensive neck lift), it may take 3.5-4 hours.
  • What to expect: For a Mini Facelift, local anesthesia is used to make "S" shaped incisions near the ears, starting at the hairline. This allows for the lifting and sculpting of fat and tissues to tighten the features of the face and neck. The incisions are smaller, which results in minimal scarring.
  • Recovery: Recovery after a Mini Facelift is usually about one week, much shorter than a typical facelift. Bruising and swelling should lighten up within 3-5 days. After a week, you can fully enjoy your contoured, defined, and more youthful-looking face.

A Deep Plane Facelift or a Mini Facelift: Let Dr. Afrooz help you decide

Deciding which facelift procedure to choose depends on the severity of your aging signs. A Mini Facelift is a less invasive option that focuses on the lower face and neck, with small incisions around the ears. It has a shorter recovery time, allowing patients to resume normal activities within a week. A Deep Plane facelift is a more extensive procedure that addresses mid-face and lower-face concerns. It involves lifting and repositioning facial muscles and tissues for a more pronounced and long-lasting result. Recovery takes several weeks and is best suited for patients with significant signs of aging. Consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon is essential to determine the best approach for your unique goals, anatomy, and overall health.

Dr. Paul N. Afrooz is an acclaimed plastic surgeon with a practice that offers patients the highest level of care in a safe and welcoming environment, making it the ideal place for your plastic surgery needs. Whether a Deep Plane Facelift or a Mini Facelift, Dr. Afrooz can help you decide which procedure is right for you.

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