Deep Plane Facelift Seattle & Tacoma
The concept of manipulating facial muscles during facelift surgery for improved results first came about in the 1970s. This technique addresses the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS). The SMAS layer is tightened and some ligaments are released to facilitate this process. Since then, the SMAS facelift has become the standard facelift technique. However, the SMAS evolved into a procedure known as a deep plane facelift which is quickly becoming a favored technique among surgeons and patients. Dr. Santos and Dr. Jonov at Seattle Plastic Surgery provide the best deep plane facelift Seattle and Tacoma offers.
Overview: Deep Plane vs. SMAS Facelift
The difference between a deep plane and SMAS facelift comes down to surgical technique. During both procedures, the surgeon cuts into the muscle and lifts it to tighten it. In some cases, a small portion may be removed. The varying technique comes in during the lifting portion. During a SMAS facelift, the surgeon lifts the muscle and skin separately from one another. However, during a deep plane facelift, the skin and muscles are lifted together. Many believe it creates a more natural look.
Otherwise, a deep plane facelift closely resembles a traditional facelift. The incisions, removal of extra skin, and release of the ligaments all occur in almost the same manner. The small variation in surgical technique may also help reduce trauma to the skin and lead to few side effects since the skin and muscle are not separated.