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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 facelift 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 facelift 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 facelift 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?

One of the main differences between a deep plane facelift and a traditional facelift is how the SMAS is treated. In a SMAS lift, mobile SMAS tissue is folded over itself and sutured to a non-mobile SMAS. With a deep plane facelift, the SMAS is entered at deeper layers, and all the ligaments that hold the loose and sagging portion of the face are released. This allows the surgeon to mobilize the underlying tissues and reposition them to a more vertical and lifted position, resulting in a more natural-looking lift.

In contrast, the traditional facelift ligaments are not released; therefore, there are restriction points that limit the lift. Another advantage of a deep plane facelift to SMAS lift is the elevation of the midface and reducing the deep nasolabial folds. Recovery times can also vary. Since more tissue is involved during a deep plane facelift, it involves more trauma and swelling, leading to a longer recovery. However, deep-plane facelift results are often more long-lasting than those of a traditional facelift.

High SMAS vs. Deep Plane face lift 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 improvement in 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 facelift 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 facelifts
  • Have long-lasting results
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 facelift. 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

Most people experience some bruising, swelling, and redness after a deep plane facelift. 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.

Deep Plane Facelift & Necklift Case Studies

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 facelift, 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.

The cost of a deep plane facelift is determined by several factors, such as location and the surgeon’s experience and popularity. 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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Clients from around the globe travel to see Dr. Sadati for his surgical expertise. He and his surgical team provide the highest standard of patient care, from the initial consultation, to complete recovery and conclusion of your care. Our friendly staff is available to accommodate you in any way that we can.