Going Deep For Natural Results
Facelift surgeries of all kinds have been one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures for decades. For many years, surgeons used a technique where typically only the skin was manipulated, often resulting in an unnatural, pulled or windblown look. Contemporary techniques and methods have evolved to more comprehensively address facial aging at the root of the issue, which is gravitational changes to the deeper structures of the face. One of the most innovative methods for a natural result is the Deep Plane Facelift.
Skilled in both aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries, Dr. Claire Melancon is a premier New Orleans facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Melancon and her team are committed to providing the highest quality care and outstanding outcomes for their patients undergoing Deep Plane Facelift in New Orleans at Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery.
In contrast to conventional facelift approaches that primarily address surface-level skin and tissues, often leading to a less natural appearance, the Deep Plane Facelift targets the deeper structures of the face, which is the root of the issue. Focusing on repositioning the foundational facial muscles, ligaments, and fascia that have drooped due to the effects of gravity gives a natural and longer lasting result than some of the traditional facelift approaches.
What are the differences between a Deep Plane Facelift and a traditional facelift?
The primary distinction between a traditional subcutaneous or SMAS facelift and a Deep Plane Facelift is the placement of tension. A deep plane facelift elevates and repositions the skin as well as the deeper layers simultaneously, so the tension can be applied to the muscles and fascia without compromising the natural appearance of the skin. In a traditional facelift, the skin is lifted and repositioned independently of the deeper tissue, which can result in a stretched appearance if excessive tension is applied to the skin. During your consultation with Dr. Melancon, you will discuss which approach is right for you.
Many people are interested in getting a facelift, and there are signs that tell you if you might be a good candidate for this surgery.
With a Deep Plane Facelift New Orleans patients can obtain:
Our New Orleans Deep Plane Facelift patients are typically looking to correct deep wrinkles and lines, sunken areas, skin laxity, jowls, and other progressive signs of aging. Candidates should also be at or near their ideal weight, a BMI less than 32 (in general), and have an understanding of the realistic goals for this procedure.
Dr. Melancon is passionate about not only focusing on surgery itself but ensuring a healthy preparation period and a well-planned recovery. During your hour-long consultation, you and Dr. Melancon can discuss the goals you have for this procedure, as well as go over your health history. Once you determine together if this procedure is the right fit, Dr. Melancon and her team will provide a detailed surgical plan along with scheduling and financial information.
A Deep Plane Facelift is usually done with general anesthesia and takes about 4-5 hours to complete. Based on the specifics of your surgical plan, Dr. Melancon will make delicate, carefully hidden incisions around your hairline, ears, and sometimes chin. The deep tissues, (fascia, muscles, and skin) will be readjusted and elevated to create a natural-looking outcome. Finally, multiple layers of sutures will be used to avoid tension and allow for optimal healing.
The healing process is an extremely important part of the success of your results, and following aftercare instructions will help ensure the best recovery possible. After surgery, most patients experience some mild pain or discomfort for the first 3 to 4 days, with quite a bit of swelling for two to three weeks. It may take up to six months to a year for final results to be obtained as the skin and tissue continue to heal and settle. We recommend downtime for 2-3 weeks, avoiding strenuous activity for 6 weeks, and not planning major events for 3 months after your facelift. Deep Plane Facelift results can last up to 15 years for some patients.
With an artistic eye and a precise hand, Dr. Claire Melancon understands the intricacies and nuances of facial proportions and balance. Board-certified and trained under world-renowned facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Melancon is dedicated to caring for the whole patient from preparation to recovery and providing exceptional, natural aesthetic results.
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This technique has become more common in recent years as patients further appreciate the specific benefits.
Most patients do not experience high levels of pain after a Deep Plane Facelift. It is normal to have some tenderness or a tight feeling for the first couple weeks.
Possible side effects could include temporary numbness, lymphedema, bruising, or swelling. As with any surgery, serious risks like anesthesia complications, nerve injury, bleeding, or infection could occur but are exceedingly rare.
In most cases, the results of a deep plane facelift can last for about ten to fifteen years or longer, especially with great skincare and maintenance practices.
A Deep Plane Facelift's cost will vary based on the patient and the specifics of the procedure they will need, but the average cost can range from $8,000 to 10,000 at Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery. In addition, you will have associated anesthesia and facility fees. Please see our section on pricing for more information.
At Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery, we know one of the most challenging parts of this process is the first step. We are a welcoming, restful place for you to come and learn about all the ways you can live life to the fullest and be the most beautiful you. Call or click to schedule a consultation to learn how you can breathe easy at Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery.