These techniques both involve lifting the deeper muscles and tissues of the face called the SMAS layer which may provide a smoother, longer-lasting rejuvenation than traditional facelift techniques. The ideal candidate for the SMAS Facelift will need tightening and re-supporting of the lower face only. It is important to note that this technique does not eliminate a deep nasolabial fold.
However, the Deep Plane Facelift addresses both the lower face and the mid-face or cheek areas. With this procedure, the fat pad of the cheek can be repositioned higher to create a more pleasingly contoured and youthful-looking mid-face.
These surgeries can be performed using either general anesthesia or IV sedation with local anesthesia and generally require one to three weeks of recovery time with much the same aftercare as with traditional facelifts. It is important to rest and allow your body time to heal and guard against stress or pressure on the affected areas of your face.
The option of IV sedation with local anesthesia, if appropriate, may lessen the risks and recovery time for some patients. Consultation with your surgeon will determine which of these procedures is best for your individual situation and will produce the most pleasing results.