The most extensive facelift is a deep plane facelift
Every facelift is customized for the individual patient, based on the patient’s age, the thickness and texture of the skin and the shape of the bone and soft tissue, but there are still general categories into which these operations can be placed. One common type of major facelift, which is the most thorough, is the deep plane facelift.This procedure lasts longer and shaves more years off your appearance than any other.
To perform a deep plane facelift, the surgeon will lift the fatty tissues of the throat and adjust the skin and deeper facial tissues to the position they were in when you were much younger than you are now. If necessary, the surgeon will also shave the backs of two of the salivary glands. Often, to create an overall younger appearance, this facelift is performed alongside operations on the neck, brow and eyelids.
The deep plane facelift has a longer recovery time than other facelifts, especially when performed with other surgeries. The face will have a swollen, bruised appearance which may last several weeks, and the sutures will need to stay in for close to a week. There may also be some bleeding from the incisions before they heal.
Some less extensive facelift operations
Many patients are looking for something a little less thorough, such as a deep plane minituck. In this procedure does most of the work right underthe skin of the cheeks. This procedure works better if the patient has loose skin around the middle of the face, neck and near the mouth, but not so much fat around the jowls.
If you’re younger or you’ve already had a deep plane facelift, many surgeons in Charlotte, NC and elsewhere offer “weekend facelifts” which can be can be performed under sedation rather than general anesthesia. The recovery time is much shorter, although not necessarily a literal weekend — mostpatients can get back to normal activity after just a few days. The sutures have to stay in for just as long, of course.
Dr. Sean Freeman is the best facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte, NC. If you aren’t looking for a full deep plane facelift, his SignatureLift is similar to the weekend facelifts. It can be performed under local or general anesthesia, and there is minimal swelling and bruising afterward. It’s tailored to the individual patient, and gives you a younger-looking neck and jowl area with a much shorter recovery time than other facelifts. Dr. Freeman has devoted himself to facial plastic surgery and nonsurgical cosmetics since 1988and has been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. If you’re interested in a facelift, make an appointment with his office today or schedule an online consultation for a discount on the consultation fee.