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I've heard about a Deep Plane Facelift that is performed deep under the facial...

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I've heard about a Deep Plane Facelift that is performed deep under the facial muscles. Is this better than the standard facelift and more long lasting? Are there more complications, and is this a fairly common procedure among surgeons?

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Since we now know that all the layers of the face gradually droop with aging, most facelift techniques are designed to restore all these layers -- the skin, muscle, and fatty tissue -- to a more youthful position. The deep plane facelift refers to the lifting of the various layers of the

face as a single unit rather than separating and lifting them individually. Many surgeons prefer the deep plane approach when performing a secondary facelift (a facelift on a patient who has had a lift in the past) in order to avoid the scar tissue from the previous operation. In the right hands, most facelift techniques give excellent and long-lasting results with low complication rates. The deep plane facelift is probably less common than some of the other methods, but those surgeons who use it often advocate its use for all facial rejuvenation candidates.

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