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Healing Time - Deep Plane Lift Vs. SMAS Lift?

Is the healing time different btwn a deep plane and a smas lift?

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Facelift Healing time SMAS Lift vs Deep Plane

The simple answer is yes the deep plane technique takes a lot longer to recover from most other facelift techniques including SMAS face lift techniques like the MACS lift and LiteLift. There is a good reason most facelift surgeons do not use the deep plane technique: long recovery, increased complication rate, and many other negative factors. It is however a great technique in the right hands but losing popularity because other facelift procedures also give great results with less risk and morbidity. The tingling and numbness can occur after many different types of face lifts, but prolonged swelling seems to be part of the recovery process in a deep plane technique that can last several weeks.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Healing time after a facelift

Comparing the recovery time between a deep plane and SMAS lift in my experience is about the same. Choose the procedure for the final result, not for decreased recovery time, in the long run, you want the best procedure. You will not remember if it took 2 or 3 weeks for the swelling to subside.

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Healing Time by Type of Facelift

A Deep Plane Lift is one of many facelift techniques. If by SMAS lift you mean MACS lift, or SMAS plication lift, then yes, the Deep Plane typically has a little longer recovery time. When I say longer, I mean about a week and not months.

Keep in mind, however, that there are several nuances to each labeled technique, so it's best to ask your board-certified surgeon for the details (and more importantly results) of his/her preferred operation.

Michael Kim, MD

Michael M. Kim, MD
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Deep plane vs SMAS facelift

I think a deep plane has more swelling than a standard of high SMAS facelift.  But again this can vary from patient to patient.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Deep plane lift requires longer healing time than SMAS lift

A deep plane lift is a much more invasive and extensive type of a lift, which means increased swelling and a prolonged period of being swollen. 

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Healing Time and Recovery Time with Face Lift

Hi Lizza,

The recovery and healing time would depend on the type of surgery, the extent of surgery, and how each procedure is done.

Deep plane Facelift is just a kind of SMAS lift. There are a variety of other types of Facelift procedures such as bi-planar lift, MACS lift, endoscopic and superiosteal Facelift.

The most important aspect of the face lift procedure is not the kind of Facelift that is being done. The most important criteria to consider is the final result that can be achieved. You plastic surgeon should discuss all available options after hearing your goals and desires that you would like to achieve with surgery.

We show pictures at a variety of stages of healing. Each procedure is custom-designed and individualized based on patient's anatomy and desired result.

Generally speaking, deep plane face lift creates more swelling and requires longer healing time. The good news is that there are very good alternative options that can give you good result without extended recovery time.

Hope this was helpful.

Dr. Sajjadian

Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Healing Time - Deep Plane Lift Vs. SMAS Lift?

The healing time for a smas facelift is brief at 1-2 weeks. A deep plane may be slightly longer due to more extensive dissection.

How long does a SMAS facelift take to heal?

There are many "versions" of facelifting surgeries and most involve tightening of the SMAS (muscle layer of the face). Some are much more aggressive, or  may involve more dissection (scary word!!)

Also the tissues and anatomy of people greatly varies  due to heredity and aging, for example. How much swelling and discomfort varies, too. So it is very difficult to predict in an individual patient how long their swelling and healing will take. 

As a very general average, we have found that most of our facelift patients are able to return to many of their activities  (driving, work, some social activities, etc) at about 2 weeks from surgery, as long as the healing is "average".  

Donn R. Chatham, MD
Louisville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Healing Time after SMAS vs Deep Plane Facelift

Healing time varies depending on how the surgery is done. Pick the surgeon and  his/her results, not the technique.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Deep Plane Facelift

A deep plane facelift is a subtype of smas facelift. Just about any facelift done in this day and age is a "smas facelift" because you need to tighten the underlying "muscle" layer to get a strong, natural result. "Deep Plane" generally means the surgeon dissects in the sub-smas layer relatively far out onto the cheek and jowl regions. This can allow dramatic improvement in the jawline and the cheeks (as well as smile lines). How much swelling is involved depends on how far forward in the "deep plane" the surgeon goes. In my experience an aggressive deep plane lift over the cheek can sometimes result in prolonged swelling around the lower eyelids (can last several months) but this relatively rare. Usually patients are so happy with the rejuvenation that they don't mind that. If you HAVE to be 100% in say 2 weeks, you may want to stress this to your surgeon and discuss the risks and benefits of an aggressive deep plane lift over the cheeks.

Roy A. David, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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