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Deep Plane Facelift


A deep plane facelift is an advanced cosmetic surgical procedure designed to address signs of aging by lifting and repositioning the deeper facial tissues. Unlike traditional facelifts that primarily target the skin and superficial tissues, the deep plane technique focuses on the underlying musculature and connective tissue (SMAS - Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) for a more natural and longer-lasting rejuvenation.





Deep Plane Facelift vs. Traditional Facelift

A deep plane facelift differs from a traditional facelift primarily in the depth and extent of the tissue manipulation involved. In a traditional facelift, the focus is primarily on tightening the skin and, oftentimes, the superficial muscular layer (SMAS), which can result in a more surface-level improvement and may occasionally lead to a "pulled" appearance. Conversely, a deep plane facelift targets the deeper facial structures, including the muscles and connective tissues, repositioning them to their more youthful locations. This comprehensive approach not only provides a more natural and lasting rejuvenation but also effectively addresses the mid-face, reducing nasolabial folds and enhancing cheek volume, areas that traditional facelifts may not adequately improve. Additionally, the deep plane technique generally results in less tension on the skin, reducing the risk of visible scarring and allowing for more natural facial expressions. This makes the deep plane facelift a superior option for those seeking a more profound and enduring facial rejuvenation.

Deep Plane Facelift Benefits

Natural-looking Results

The deep plane facelift targets deeper layers of facial tissues, including muscles and ligaments, leading to a more comprehensive and natural rejuvenation compared to more superficial facelifts. By repositioning the deeper structures, it avoids the "pulled" or "windblown" appearance often associated with traditional facelifts.

Comprehensive Mid-Face Rejuvenation

The deep plane facelift is particularly effective for lifting and repositioning the mid-face, which can be challenging to address with traditional facelift techniques. This includes improving the cheeks and under-eye area. By lifting the deeper structures, the procedure can significantly soften deep nasolabial folds (lines running from the nose to the mouth corners).

Improved Neck and Jawline Contouring

This technique often provides better results for the neck and jawline, as it addresses sagging tissues and muscles in these areas more effectively. Patients often experience improved definition and contouring of the jawline and neck, which contributes to a more youthful appearance.

Minimized Visible Scarring

Incisions are usually well-hidden along the hairline and natural contours of the face and ears, resulting in minimal visible scarring.

Deep Plane Neck Lift

Adding a deep plane neck lift to a deep plane facelift enhances the overall rejuvenation and contouring of the face and neck, providing a more harmonious and youthful appearance. This combination addresses both the facial and neck regions comprehensively, targeting deeper layers of tissue and muscles for a more substantial lift and support. The deep plane neck lift specifically focuses on reducing sagging skin, tightening underlying muscles, and refining the jawline and neck contour, which complements the improvements made to the mid-face and lower face by the deep plane facelift. Together, these procedures create a balanced and natural look, with minimized visible scarring and long-lasting results. This holistic approach ensures that the transition between the face and neck is seamless, enhancing the overall aesthetic outcome and significantly slowing down the visible signs of aging in both areas.

Dr. Givens' Signature: Deep Plane Facelift

Dr. Givens is a distinguished double-board certified facial plastic surgeon renowned for his expertise in deep plane facelifts, practicing in Dubuque, Iowa. With a meticulous approach and a keen eye for detail, Dr. Givens has earned a stellar reputation for delivering natural-looking results that enhance his patients' youthful appearance while preserving their unique facial characteristics. His extensive training and certification in both facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology underpin his advanced surgical techniques, allowing him to address the deeper structural layers of the face for long-lasting rejuvenation. Patients from Dubuque and beyond seek out Dr. Givens for his compassionate care, exceptional skill, and commitment to achieving the highest standards in facial aesthetic surgery.


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