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Deep Plane Facelift – Neck Lift

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Deep Plane Facelift - Neck Lift

One of the most popular areas of aesthetic surgery is deep plane facelift and neck lift surgery. These surgeries are great for people who want to look younger. They correct sagging skin, wrinkles, and relaxed muscle structure.

Deep plane facelift surgery is a surgical technique that specifically targets the muscles and tissues in the lower layers of the face. This makes the face look firmer, younger, and more dynamic.

A neck lift is a plastic surgery procedure that removes sagging and laxity in the neck. It involves removing excess skin and fatty tissue, tightening the muscles, and giving the neck a smoother appearance. Both surgeries are effective for reversing the signs of aging in the face and neck area and achieving a younger, more dynamic appearance.

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What is Deep Plane Facelift and Neck Lift?

A deep plane facelift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that targets the deep muscle and connective tissues beneath the skin, giving the face a more youthful and dynamic appearance. This surgery is an effective method to correct sagging in the cheek area and nasolabial folds extending from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth.

A neck lift is a plastic surgery procedure to remove sagging, laxity, and excess fatty tissue in the neck area. This tightens the muscle and skin tissue in the neck, resulting in a smoother and younger appearance. It’s used to correct neck sagging, also known as “turkey neck,” and prominent skin folds on the jawline.

Commonalities of Both Surgeries

Both deep plane facelifts and neck lifts are great ways to reduce the signs of aging and achieve a more youthful appearance in the face and neck area. Both procedures are usually performed under general anesthesia and target the muscle and connective tissues under the skin. These surgeries correct sagging and wrinkles, repositioning the skin to provide a more permanent and natural appearance.

Different Aspects

A deep plane facelift is all about removing signs of aging, especially in the lower parts of the face. A neck lift, on the other hand, is all about correcting sagging and laxity in the neck area. Both surgeries are performed with different techniques to remove signs of aging in different areas.

How is Deep Plane Facelift and Neck Lift Surgery Performed?

Deep plane facelift surgery is a surgical procedure that aims to achieve a more youthful and tighter appearance by repositioning the facial muscles and connective tissues. The surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia and focuses on the SMAS (Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System) layer under the skin and deep connective tissues. The surgeon goes deep under the skin and positions these layers upwards and backwards. This procedure reshapes the muscles and tissues of the face, correcting sagging and wrinkles that are evident in the lower parts of the face. The incisions usually start in front of the ear and extend behind the ear and down to the hairline, making postoperative scars minimal and easily concealable.

A neck lift is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fatty tissue in the neck area to give it a firmer, more youthful appearance. It’s usually performed under general anesthesia and can be done in several different ways. During surgery, the surgeon tightens the muscles in the neck by removing excess skin and fat through incisions under the chin or behind the ears. This makes the neck look firmer and smoother. Recovery after a neck lift surgery can take several weeks. It’s important to pay attention to the postoperative care and recovery process to ensure that the results are permanent and successful.

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Who Are Suitable Candidates for Deep Plane Facelift and Neck Lift?

Deep plane facelift surgery is ideal for people who want to combat the effects of aging and achieve a more youthful appearance. The surgery is usually suitable for people with significant sagging, wrinkles and laxity in the face. The following conditions are general characteristics of suitable candidates for deep plane facelift surgery:

  1. Those with Signs of Aging:

    Deep plane facelift is especially effective for removing sagging and wrinkles around the cheeks, jawline and mouth.

  2. Those with Good Skin Elasticity:

    People with good skin elasticity and skin quality are suitable candidates for deep plane facelift surgery, as this allows the surgery to give a more natural and successful result.

  3. Those in Good General Health Status:

    Deep plane facelift surgery is generally suitable for people who are in good general health, do not have serious health problems and can tolerate the surgery.

  4. Those with Realistic Expectations:

    This surgery is ideal for people who want to reduce the signs of aging and achieve a more youthful appearance, but have realistic expectations about the results.

A neck lift is a good option for people who want to remove signs of aging and laxity in the neck area. The following conditions are general characteristics of suitable candidates for neck lift surgery:

  1. Those with Sagging in the Neck Area:

    Neck lift is especially suitable for people with signs of aging such as sagging, wrinkles and laxity in the neck area.

  2. Those with Good Skin Elasticity:

    Neck lift surgery gives more effective results in people whose skin elasticity is still in good condition and skin quality is high.

  3. Those in Good General Health Status:

    Neck lift surgery is generally suitable for people in good general health, without serious health problems and who can tolerate the surgery.

  4. Those with Realistic Expectations:

    This surgery is ideal for people who want to reduce the signs of aging in the neck area and achieve a more youthful appearance, but have realistic expectations about the results.

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Recovery Process and Scarring After Deep Plane Facelift and Neck Lift

Recovery Process

  1. First Postoperative Days:

    After a deep plane facelift and neck lift, patients typically experience swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort for the first few days. This is a natural part of the procedure. The surgeon will usually recommend a bandage or compression garment to protect the surgical site.

  2. First Week:

    During the first week, patients may experience some tightness and discomfort in the face and neck. Swelling and bruising are most noticeable during this time, but the discomfort can usually be controlled with mild pain medication. The surgeon will perform post-operative exams during this time to ensure that the healing process is going well.

  3. First Month:

    Within a month, swelling and bruising are significantly reduced. Patients can usually expect to return to social activities during this time. However, it is important to avoid heavy physical activity and movements that strain the neck area.

  4. Full Recovery:

    Within a few months after surgery, the surgical sites will heal completely and the final results of the surgery will become apparent. Full recovery usually takes between 3 and 6 months, during which time the symptoms of the surgery gradually disappear.

Scarring Condition

  1. Placement of Incisions:

    The incisions made in deep plane facelifts and neck lifts usually begin in front of the ear and extend behind the ear to the hairline. This ensures that post-operative scars are minimal and easily concealed.

  2. Clarity of Traces:

    Because the surgical incisions are carefully closed, postoperative scars are usually not very noticeable. However, although the scars will not disappear completely, they will fade significantly over time and become a thin line.

  3. Scar Care:

    To ensure that postoperative scars are minimal, it is important that patients follow the care instructions recommended by their surgeon. This usually includes keeping the incision sites clean and dry, avoiding strenuous activity, and protecting them from direct sunlight.

The recovery process after a deep plane facelift and neck lift surgery is usually comfortable and the scars are usually minimal.

Can Deep Plane Facelift and Neck Lift Solve All Aging Related Problems?

Deep plane facelift surgery is an effective surgical procedure for reducing the effects of aging on the face and achieving a more youthful appearance. However, expecting this surgery to eliminate all signs of aging may not be realistic.

Problems that can be Solved with a Deep Plane Facelift

  1. Sagging and Wrinkles:

    A deep plane facelift effectively removes signs of aging such as sagging and wrinkles, especially around the cheeks, jawline, and mouth. This is accomplished by repositioning loose tissue in the lower part of the face.

  2. Facial Contouring:

    This procedure helps to define facial contours and give the face a firmer, more youthful appearance.

  3. Natural and Youthful Appearance:

    A deep plane facelift preserves the natural movement and expression of the face, resulting in a more youthful and natural appearance.

Problems that cannot be Solved with a Deep Plane Facelift

  1. Eye Contour Problems:

    This surgery does not directly address problems such as fine lines, wrinkles, or sagging around the eyes. These problems may require additional procedures such as blepharoplasty or a brow lift.

  2. Skin Quality:

    A deep plane facelift does not directly improve skin quality or skin blemishes. Additional treatments such as chemical peels, laser treatments, or dermabrasion may be considered to address skin texture issues.

  3. Lip and Mouth Region:

    This procedure does not address problems such as fine lines or wrinkles around the lips. Additional procedures such as fillers or lip lifts may be needed to address signs of aging in the lip area.

Neck lift surgery is an effective surgical procedure for reducing the signs of aging in the neck area and creating a more youthful appearance. However, expecting this procedure to eliminate all signs of aging may not be realistic.

Problems that can be Solved with a Neck Lift

  1. Sagging and Looseness:

    A neck lift effectively removes signs of aging such as sagging and laxity, especially in the neck area. This is achieved by tightening the muscles in the neck and repositioning the skin.

  2. Clarifying the Jawline and Neck Lines:

    This procedure helps to define the jawline and neck contours, giving the neck a firmer, more youthful appearance.

Problems that cannot be Solved with a Neck Lift

  1. Skin Quality:

    A neck lift does not directly improve skin quality or skin blemishes. Additional treatments such as chemical peels, laser treatments, or dermabrasion may be considered to address skin tissue issues.

  2. Mouth and Jaw Area:

    This procedure does not directly address the signs of aging around the mouth and chin. Additional procedures such as fillers or jaw contouring may be required to address signs of aging in this area.

Risks and Complications of Deep Plane Facelift and Neck Lift Surgeries

Deep plane facelift and neck lift surgeries are effective procedures for removing signs of aging and achieving a more youthful appearance. However, as with any surgical procedure, these surgeries have potential risks and complications.

Potential Risks and Complications

  1. Infection:

    As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection. The risk of infection can be increased if the surgical incisions are not properly cleaned or neglected. Symptoms of infection include fever, redness, swelling, and abnormal discharge from the surgical site.

  2. Bleeding and Hematoma:

    There is also a risk of bleeding or hematoma (collection of blood) after surgery. Bleeding can occur during or after surgery, and a hematoma is a collection of blood at the surgical site. These conditions usually require additional surgery.

  3. Nerve Damage:

    There is also a risk of damage to the facial nerves during deep plane facelift and neck lift surgery. This can result in temporary or permanent facial paralysis. Nerve damage can occur when nerves are cut, stretched, or pinched during surgery.

  4. Anesthesia Risks:

    General anesthesia used during surgery may carry a risk of allergic reactions or complications in some patients. The risks associated with anesthesia usually vary depending on the patient’s general health and allergy history.

  5. Wound Healing Problems:

    Postoperative wound healing problems can manifest as incision opening, suture separation, or wound infection. Wound healing problems often occur when skin care and hygiene are not followed.

  6. Skin Abnormalities:

    Problems such as skin discoloration, skin necrosis (tissue death), or irregularities in the subcutaneous tissue may also occur after deep plane facelift and neck lift surgery. These conditions are usually caused by the surgical technique or lack of postoperative care.

To Minimize Risks

To reduce the risks of deep plane facelift and neck lift surgery, patients should carefully follow their surgeon’s instructions, pay attention to the recommended pre- and post-operative care, and take care of their general health.

What to Expect After Deep Plane Facelift and Neck Lift Surgery?

Following a deep plane facelift and neck lift, patients are likely to experience a range of recovery processes and possible symptoms. This process can vary depending on the extent of the surgery, the patient’s overall health, and the post-operative care. Here are some of the conditions you can generally expect to experience after these surgeries:

First Days After Surgery

  1. Pain and Discomfort:

    Immediately following surgery, patients may experience mild to moderate pain and discomfort. This can usually be controlled with prescription pain medication. Tightness in the face and neck is normal for the first few days.

  2. Swelling and Bruising:

    Post-operative swelling and bruising are common. Swelling reaches its peak within a few days after surgery and then begins to slowly decrease. Bruising usually disappears within a few weeks.

  3. Drainage:

    The surgeon may place a drain during surgery. These drains allow excess fluid and blood to drain away from the surgical site and are usually removed in the first few days after surgery.

First Week

  1. Tension and Sensitivity:

    During the first week after surgery, patients may experience a feeling of tightness and tenderness in the face and neck. This is a natural consequence of the surgery and usually subsides within a few days.

  2. Removal of Stitches:

    Depending on the type of stitches used in the surgery, the surgeon may remove the stitches or wait for them to dissolve on their own. Non-absorbable stitches are usually removed 5-7 days after surgery.

First Month

  1. Back to Social Life:

    Patients usually return to their social lives within the first month after surgery. During this time, swelling and bruising are significantly reduced and the face and neck begin to take on a more natural appearance.

  2. Physical Activity:

    During the first month, it is important for patients to avoid heavy physical activity and movements that strain the neck area. Light walking and light exercises can usually be done during this time.

Full Recovery

  1. Final Results:

    Within a few months after surgery, the face and neck will heal completely and the final results of the surgery will appear. Full recovery usually takes 3 to 6 months, during which time the signs of surgery gradually disappear.

  2. Protection of Results:

    To maintain the natural and youthful appearance of the face and neck, patients should practice regular skin care and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This will positively affect the long-term results of the surgery.

Deep plane facelift and neck lift procedures are effective surgical procedures for individuals who want to reduce the negative effects of aging and achieve a younger, firmer appearance. These procedures provide a more youthful and natural appearance by removing sagging, wrinkles and laxity from the face and neck.

Dr. Erman Ak is a plastic surgeon specializing in deep plane facelift and neck lift surgery. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please visit the contact page or call +90 (552) 362-9398.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Deep Plan Facelift - Neck Lift

Can deep plane facelift surgery and neck lift surgery be performed at the same time?

Yes, deep plane facelift and neck lift procedures are usually performed together. This provides a more balanced and aesthetic result by addressing the signs of aging in both the face and neck at the same time.

How soon can I return to social life after deep plane facelift and neck lift surgeries?

Although the healing process varies from person to person, you can usually return to your social life within 2-3 weeks. Swelling and bruising are greatly reduced during this time.

How long do the results of deep plane facelift and neck lift surgeries last?

The results of these procedures are usually long-lasting, but as the aging process continues, the skin may naturally loosen over time. However, post-operative results can usually last up to 10 years.

Do scars remain after deep plane facelift and neck lift surgeries?

Post-operative scars are usually minimal and easily concealed. The incisions usually start in front of the ear and extend behind the ear to the hairline. Over time, these scars fade to a thin line.

Are deep plane facelift and neck lift surgeries risky?

As with any surgical procedure, these surgeries have potential risks and complications. Risks such as infection, bleeding, and nerve damage are rare. To reduce the risks, it is important to follow the instructions for preoperative and postoperative care carefully.