If you have ever looked into the mirror and felt as though you were turning into your mother or father, a face lift may be the answer. Men and younger women, as well as older women, are taking advantage of the deep plane facelift and deep plane minituck to improve their appearance.
In a deep plane minituck, the surgeon makes an incision around the ear where it is less likely to be seen. He or she then lifts the connective tissue under the skin of the cheeks and releases the ligaments to perform a deep plane lift on the lines of the jaw, jowl and mouth. This allows the face to look naturally younger rather than stretched or unnatural. A minituck can also lift the malar pad, the fatty tissue under the skin of the upper cheek.
After surgery, you will be given a complete set of instructions on what to do until your recover is complete. In most cases, you will be able to return to normal activity after 10 to 14 days. Wait for the swelling to go down before you decide if you like your new look. This can take several weeks, so be patient.
You might be a good candidate for a deep plane minituck if the skin is particularly lax around the middle of your face, around the mouth and on the neck. The laxity around your neck should involve skin and muscle only. It should not be caused by excess storage of fat, laxity of the submandibular glands or both. The submandibular glands are salivary glands under the floor of your mouth. In the case of excess tissue under the jaw, a deep plane facelift, with its added incision under the chin, is a better idea. A facial plastic surgeon can tell you which technique is right for you, and which steps of the procedure are necessary. Every face is different, after all.
Deep plane facelifts and deep plane minitucks are very challenging types of surgery to perform, and very few surgeons can do them well. The best surgeon to go to in Charlotte for a deep plane minituck is Dr. Sean Freeman. He has been certified by two different boards of surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has focused on facial plastic surgery, and he is a pioneer in the use of the deep plane minituck. He has also developed a procedure called the SignatureLift, which is of particular benefit to younger patients and patients who have previously had a facelift. If you live in the Charlotte area and are interested in a deep plane minituck, schedule your appointment or online consultation today.