What is a deep plane facelift?

A deep plane facelift surgically tightens and uniquely addresses the underlying structure of the skin. The muscle and connective tissue under the skin is called the SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System). This network of tissue lies over the facial muscles and forms the framework and underlying structure of the face.

What happens during a deep plane facelift?

A deep plane facelift in NYC begins with general anesthesia. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Halaas will make precise incisions around the ear. She will use these incisions to lift, tighten and address the SMAS, working closer to the mouth and jowls than any other type of facelift. This helps achieve more significant results.

Dr. Halaas will also release the four ligaments that anchor the facial muscles downward, causing drooping and sagging. When these ligaments are released, the face is beautifully lifted in a more effective way than a typical facelift, which focuses on the surface tissues and skin.

Before & After Deep Plane Facelift


A deep plane facelift in NYC achieves dramatic results that significantly lift, refine, and tighten the facial features. These results have the added benefit of lasting longer than other facelifts. Patients can enjoy their more youthful appearance for 10-15 years. 


Because a deep plane facelift causes less trauma than the SMAS facelift, there is often a shorter recovery time. Patients can return home with a friend or family member after their procedure. There will be swelling and bruising, which will increase for several days, then begin to subside. If any drains are placed, they will be removed within the first week.

Most patients are able to go out, return to sedentary work, and be a bit more active after about ten days to two weeks. Ensure you wait for 4-6 weeks and have the okay from Dr. Halaas before you return to vigorous activity.

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Candidates for a deep plane facelift

Ideal candidates for a deep plane facelift in NYC are typically older patients who have more severe skin laxity and signs of age. At the same time, a deep plane facelift can also be ideal for younger patients. Dr. Halaas will consult with you and discuss your aesthetic goals and concerns. She will examine your face and medical history, then advise if a deep plane facelift would be best for your needs. Ideal candidates for a facelift should meet the following requirements:

  • Are generally in good health
  • Have no serious medical conditions
  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations about what this procedure can achieve for them

Candidates would like to address the following concerns:

  • Sagging in the cheeks, jaw, and neck area
  • A double chin
  • Prominent jowls
  • A poorly defined jawline
  • Sunken cheeks and facial areas from a loss of facial volume

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Benefits of a deep plane facelift

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

  • Significant, long-lasting  facial rejuvenation
  • Lifted, tighter skin
  • Eliminated jowls and double chin
  • Takes up to ten years off the face
  • Smooths and softens wrinkles and heavy lines
  • Causes less skin trauma than other facelift procedures
  • Results in more minimal, less-noticable scarring
  • Achieves greater definition of the jawline, neck, and cheekbones
  • Provides more natural-looking results
  • Restores facial volume
  • Boosts confidence 

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