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Deep Plane Facelift in Newport Beach, CA

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A Deeper Beauty

Rejuvenate your face and achieve a more youthful appearance with our Newport Beach deep plane facelift! This procedure corrects sagging in the mid-face leading to deep laugh lines, improves the appearance of jowls, and tightens the neck, which gives you a refreshed look. It's also known to be more effective compared to a traditional facelift.

What is a Deep Plane Facelift?

A Deep Plane Facelifts is a type of cosmetic surgery used to improve the appearance of the face. It can be used to correct wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging.

The procedure involves making incisions around the ears, lifting the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS), also known as facial muscles, and repositioning it to its original and youthful position. Then, the excess skin is trimmed. This type of facelift typically produces more natural-looking results than other types of traditional facelifts.

The Deep Plane Facelifts was first developed in the early 1990s. The main advantage of this type of facelift is that it can be used to target specific areas of the face, such as the cheeks, jawline, and neck. This allows for more customized results. In addition, the Deep Plane Facelifts is less likely to cause visible scars than other types of facelifts.

deep plane facelift patient model with long brown hair

What are the differences between a Deep Plane Facelift and a traditional facelift?

There are a number of factors that differentiate a Deep Plane Facelift from a traditional facelift procedure. The first major difference is how the SMAS is addressed. For the traditional SMAS facelift, the mobile SMAS tissues of the face is folded over and attached to the non-mobile SMAS tissues. In a Deep Plane Facelift, the surgeon enters the SMAS at a deeper layer, releasing the ligaments that hold the sagging or loose skin on the face. This enables the surgeon to reposition the underlying tissue into a more lifted and vertical position, which can result in a lifted, natural appearance.

On the other hand, a traditional facelift does not release the ligaments which limits the degree of lift possible. Another advantage that the Deep Plane Facelift has over the SMAS facelift is that it can elevate the midface and reduce the deep nasolabial folds of the face. The two procedures also have different recovery periods. Because the Deep Plane Facelift involves adjusting more tissue at a deeper level, it can lead to more swelling and trauma and so tends to have a longer recovery time. However, it should be noted that the Deep Plane Facelift procedure has longer-lasting results than the traditional procedure.

High SMAS vs. Deep Plane Facelift Explained!

Facelift surgeries have become increasingly popular in recent years as individuals seek to achieve a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. Two commonly performed facelift techniques are the High SMAS facelift and the Deep Plane Facelift. Both techniques aim to lift and tighten the facial tissues, but they differ in their approaches and outcomes. The High SMAS facelift, also known as the Extended SMAS facelift, is a technique that focuses on lifting and repositioning the non-mobile portion of the lateral SMAS, which is a layer of tissue beneath the skin around the ears up to the retaining facial ligaments without releasing them. On the other hand, the Deep Plane Facelift involves dissecting and lifting deeper layers of tissue, including the SMAS and retaining ligaments. The main difference between the High SMAS facelift and the Deep Plane Facelift lies in their depth of dissection and tissue manipulation. The High SMAS facelift primarily targets the superficial layers of tissue, making it a less invasive procedure compared to the Deep Plane Facelift.

In the High SMAS facelift, the surgeon lifts and repositions the fixed SMAS without dissecting beyond the retaining ligaments. This technique does not improve the appearance of the nasolabial fold but great technique in lifting the jowls and the neck. On the other hand, the Deep Plane Facelift involves dissection beyond the retaining ligaments and manipulation of deeper layers of tissue. This allows for a more comprehensive rejuvenation of the face, including lifting and repositioning of the malar fat pad which will addressing the mid-face sagging, jowls, and the neck at once in a vertical position. The Deep Plane face lift has the advantage of releasing the retaining ligaments and rejuvenating the nasolabial fold, resulting in a more dramatic and longer-lasting improvement in facial contours. Furthermore, the Deep Plane Facelift technique creates a flap with excellent blood supply, which promotes optimal healing and reduces the risk of tissue necrosis. Overall, the High SMAS facelift and the Deep Plane Facelift are both effective techniques for facial rejuvenation.

Dr. Sadati is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 15 years of expertise in facial rejuvenation with well over 5000 facelifts performed using twilight IV sedation without the need for general anesthesia. This anesthesia option is much safer than intubation in general anesthesia.

Benefits of a Deep Plane Facelift

A Deep Plane Facelift can improve quality of life by providing a more youthful appearance, leading to an increase in confidence and self-esteem. The procedure can also be used to correct functional problems, such as drooping cheeks or a sagging chin.

There are many benefits to undergoing a Deep Plane Facelift. This type of facelift can:

  • Improve the appearance of wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging
  • Target specific areas of the face, such as the cheeks, jawline, and neck
  • Produce more natural-looking results than other types of facelifts
  • Be less likely to cause visible scars than other types of face lifts
  • Have long-lasting results
  • Causes less skin trauma
  • Enhances facial definition
  • Reduces the need for revisions
  • Restores cheek volume
  • Boosts circulation for smoother skin
  • Corrects eye drooping
  • Involves discreet incisions with quick healing
  • Boosts confidence
  • Tightens aging skin
  • Eliminates jowls and double-chin
  • Lifts brow and opens eyes
female deep plane facelift patient model smiling

Am I a candidate for a Deep Plane Facelift?

Most people with a moderate to severe aging face are considered good candidates for a Deep Plane Facelift. However, some medical conditions may make someone ineligible for treatment. These include:


People who smoke tend to have poor healing and skin necrosis.

Autoimmune disorders

Autoimmune disorders, such as lupus, can make someone ineligible for this procedure. This is because these conditions can make it difficult for the body to heal from surgery.

Bleeding disorders

People with bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia, may not be able to have a Deep Plane Face lift. This is because bleeding disorders can make it difficult for the body to stop bleeding after surgery.

If you are considering a deep plane facelift Newport Beach facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Kevin Sadati can answer any questions you have and address any concerns during an initial consultation. It is important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your medical history and whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Consultation and Preparation

The surgeon will assess the patient's medical history during the consultation and conduct a physical examination. The surgeon will also discuss the patient's goals for treatment and explain the risks and benefits of a Deep Plane Facelift. Once the consultation is complete, the surgeon will determine if the patient is a good candidate for the procedure.


A Deep Plane Facelift is typically performed under general anesthesia, but Dr. Sadati is able to perform it under twilight sedation.

With a constant infusion of IV sedatives, the patient is in a deep state of sleep and relaxation without being intubated (similar to colonoscopy anesthesia). Once the patient is asleep, the entire face is numbed with local anesthesia, such as Xylocaine. Then, the surgeon makes well-hidden incisions on the skin around the ears and under the chin.

Once the incisions are made, the surgeon will slightly lift the skin to access the underlying SMAS and muscles. The surgeon will then release the ligaments of the face and elevate the SMAS and reposition it by suturing it to a vertical and lifted position. Finally, the excess skin is trimmed, and the incisions will be closed with very fine sutures. Drains are required to reduce bruising. The face and neck are wrapped with bandages to reduce swelling. The entire procedure usually takes about three to four hours to complete.

Results, Recovery, and Aftercare

After getting a Deep Plane Facelift, people can expect to see a significant improvement in the way their skin looks. This procedure helps reduce wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging, which can make you look younger and more refreshed. Most people experience some bruising, swelling, and redness after a Deep Plane Face lift. These side effects typically resolve within two weeks. However, it may take several months for the final results of the procedure to become apparent.

You may be advised to take it easy for the first week or two after undergoing a deep plane treatment. For several weeks, you will be urged to avoid strenuous exercise and sunlight exposure.

Most people can return to work and other activities within two weeks.

The results of the procedure can last a long time—usually around 10 to 15 years. To keep the results looking good for as long as possible, it's important to follow the aftercare instructions given by your surgeon. These instructions may include things like staying out of the sun, living a healthy lifestyle, and trying other non-surgical treatments if needed. If you keep in touch with Dr. Sadati and have regular check-ups, you can get ongoing support and advice to help you maintain your youthful look.

Discrete Scarring

The Deep Plane Face lift is known for its discreet scarring, with incisions strategically placed to minimize visibility. Typically, the incisions are made within the hairline and around the ears, ensuring that scars are well-concealed and inconspicuous. Dr. Sadati’s meticulous approach aims to provide patients with natural-looking results while keeping scarring discreet. As part of the comprehensive aftercare, specific instructions on scar management may be given to optimize healing and further minimize the appearance of scars over time.

Deep Plane Facelift Recovery Timeline

Recovering from a Deep Plane Facelift is a journey that requires special attention and regular check-ups with Dr. Sadati to ensure the best possible results. To help you understand what to expect, here's a general timeline of the different phases of the recovery process.

Immediately After Surgery

The immediate post-surgery period is crucial for initial recovery. Patients can expect some degree of swelling, bruising, and redness. It is advised to rest, keep the head elevated, and apply cold packs to minimize swelling. Drains, if placed, may be removed after the first few days. Showering and hair washing can typically resume after two days, even if drains are still in place.

Week 1

During the first week, the focus is on continued rest and recuperation. Cold packs may still be beneficial to manage swelling. Patients are encouraged to walk around to promote circulation without engaging in strenuous activities. Sleeping with the head elevated is recommended. Makeup application may be allowed after the first week.

Week 2

By the second week, bruising and swelling will have significantly improved. On average, patients may feel comfortable enough to resume light work and activities. While continuing to sleep in an elevated position, most individuals can begin to re-engage in daily routines, although some may return sooner than others.

Week 3

As the third week unfolds, patients may gradually resume moderate exercise. There will be a noticeable improvement in swelling and bruising during this period. With each passing day, the overall recovery progress becomes more apparent, contributing to a more rejuvenated appearance.

Weeks 4-6

Entering weeks four to six, most patients can resume strenuous activities with the approval of their surgeon. Dr. Sadati's expertise ensures a comprehensive evaluation before giving clearance for vigorous activities. During this phase, patients can expect a marked reduction in swelling and bruising, signifying the successful progression of the Deep Plane Facelift recovery.

How much does a Deep Plane Facelift cost?

A Deep Plane Facelift is typically performed under general anesthesia, but Dr. Sadati is able to perform it under twilight sedation.

The cost of a Deep Plane Facelift is highly personalized and determined by several factors, such as location and the surgeon’s experience and popularity. The cost of a facelift depends on a number of factors, such as the materials used, specific surgical techniques, and any additional procedures done along with it. The total cost usually includes fees for the surgery itself, the anesthesia, and the use of the facility.

It's important to keep in mind that the total cost may differ depending on where you live, as different regions may have different pricing structures. Dr. Kevin Sadati Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach takes a personalized approach to each patient, so the cost of the procedure will reflect that. Costs have been reported to start at $25,000, with some reporting costs of $250,000. Discuss costs with our office during your consultation.

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newport beach facial plastic surgeon surgeon dr kevin sadati

Why Dr. Sadati?

Dr. Kevin Sadati is a board-certified Newport Beach facial plastic surgeon specializing in facial rejuvenation. He has extensive experience performing facelift surgery and has been recognized as one of the top plastic surgeons in the country.

Dr. Sadati is dedicated to delivering natural-looking outcomes for his patients. He does so by combining cutting-edge surgical methods and equipment with the most up-to-date medical innovations.

Schedule Your Newport Beach, CA Deep Plane Facelift Consultation with Dr. Kevin Sadati Today

If you are considering a Deep Plane Facelift, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Sadati. During your consultation, Dr. Sadati will assess your facial structure and skin quality to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. He will also discuss your goals for treatment. To schedule your consultation, please call us at (949) 706-7776 or fill out our online form. We look forward to meeting you!


No, a Deep Plane Facelift is not painful. The procedure is performed under twilight sedation and local anesthesia, which means while the patient is asleep, the entire face is anesthetized with lidocaine and marcaine.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with a Deep Plane Face lift, such as hematoma and nerve injury.

No, a Deep Plane Facelift is not permanent. A well-performed facelift will erase 10-15 years off the face, but the skin will become lax as we age. However, the results of the procedure are long-lasting. Most people experience results that last for ten years or longer.

There is no “ideal” age to get a Deep Plane Facelift. However, most Deep Plane Facelift patients are around 50-70 years old.

A Deep Plane Facelift typically includes surgical fees, anesthesia costs, and facility fees. The comprehensive package ensures that all aspects of the procedure, from surgical techniques to postoperative care, are covered within the overall cost.

While a Deep Plane Facelift primarily focuses on rejuvenating the lower two-thirds of the face, it does not directly address the eyes. However, patients often choose to combine a facelift with complementary procedures, such as eyelid surgery, to achieve a more harmonious and comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

A Deep Plane Facelift is typically performed under general anesthesia to ensure the patient's comfort and safety throughout the procedure. This allows the surgeon to work meticulously and the patient to remain in a restful state during the surgery.

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