What is a deep plane facelift?


The deep plane facelift uniquely addresses and tightens the underlying structure of the skin, the SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System). This network of muscle and connective tissue runs under the skin but over the facial muscles, forming the framework of the face.

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What happens during a deep plane facelift?

Your procedure will be done while you are under general anesthesia. Incisions will be made around the ear and used to lift, tighten and address the SMAS, which achieves a wider range of results than any other type of facelift.

A deep plane facelift also releases the four ligaments that anchor down the muscles and thus cause facial drooping and sagging. This allows the face to be truly lifted in a manner much deeper and significant than a typical facelift which focused on the surface tissues and skin.

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Candidates for a deep plane facelift

Ideal candidates for a deep plane facelift are older patients with more severe skin laxity. However, younger patients often greatly benefit from a deep plane facelift as well. Dr. Afrooz will discuss your aesthetic goals and concerns with you and determine if you’re a candidate for a deep plane facelift. Candidates for a facelift should meet the following requirements:

  • Are generally in good health
  • Have no significant medical conditions
  • Do not smoke
  • Are experiencing sagging in the cheeks, jaw, and neck area
  • Have a double chin, prominent jowls, and a poorly defined jawline
  • Have sunken cheeks and facial areas from a loss of facial volume
  • Have realistic expectations about what this procedure can achieve for them

Benefits of a deep plane facelift

A deep plane facelift is a popular procedure because of its many benefits, including:

  • Lifted, tighter skin and a rejuvenated face
  • Eliminated jowls and double chin
  • As much as ten years taken off the face
  • Reduced or erased wrinkles and heavy lines
  • Less skin trauma than other facelift procedures
  • Greater definition of the jawline, neck, and cheekbones
  • Natural-looking results
  • Restored facial volume
  • Boosted confidence and self-image
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You will be able to return home after your procedure with a friend or family member. Expect swelling and bruising for several days to a week before this begins to subside. Any drains placed will be removed after the first few days. On average, patients generally take about ten days before they are more active and comfortable going out. Patients usually return to light work and activities after two weeks, although some are able to return sooner. Wait for 4-6 weeks before you return to vigorous activity.


The results of a deep plane facelift are dramatic–significantly lifting, tightening, and refining the features of the face. A deep plane facelift lasts longer than other facelifts, providing outstanding results for 10-15 years.

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What is the cost of a deep plane facelift?

Deep plane facelift surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure, typically not covered by insurance. Dr. Paul N. Afrooz offers this personalized surgery starting at $30,000, with potential adjustments based on specific procedure requirements. To enhance affordability, we accept major credit cards and provide the option of using CareCredit. While our focus is on delivering exceptional care and results, we understand the importance of financial considerations. CareCredit allows you to manage the cost through affordable monthly payments for your deep plane facelift in Miami.

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Your deep plane facelift with Dr. Afrooz

Dr. Afrooz is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has trained at the most elite plastic surgery training programs in the world. He is known for his exceptional skill and results, compassionate nature, and his individualized, detail-oriented approach with every patient and procedure.

Dr. Afrooz specializes in facial surgical procedures such as the deep plane facelift, and brings his artistic eye and skilled touch to every facelift he performs. If you’re interested in learning more about the deep plane facelift, please contact us for a consultation.

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