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What is a Deep Plane Facelift?

Deep plane facelift refers to the layer of the facial tissue that is being repositioned. Rather than lifting the skin only, the deep plane facelift addresses a sandwich of facial tissue, consisting of the skin, fat, and muscle, and repositions all of these tissues as a unit to their original position. Because the deep plane facelift lifts only under the muscle layer and repositions multiple layers of sagging tissue, it avoids the problems of an overly tight and unnatural result.

Deep Plane Facelift Results

Deep Plane Facelift patient

This patient of Dr. Michelle Lee had a deep plane facelift in Beverly Hills. At three months, you can see the facelift had restored a youthful and natural appearance by:

  • Tightening deep facial tissues
  • Smoothing prominent folds
  • Removing excess sagging skin
  • Lifting and firming her face, cheeks, and neck

How is a Deep Plane Facelift different from a SMAS facelift?

An SMAS facelift separates the skin from the underlying muscle and fascia and then repositions the SMAS layers, usually with sutures. Other differences include the following:

  • A deep plane facelift keeps the skin connected to the deeper muscle and soft tissue to avoid over-tightening
  • The deep plane facelift targets deeper facial muscles and releases tethering ligaments, especially in the midface region, providing longer-lasting and natural results
  • It also enhances the cheekbones and reduces tension on the skin, resulting in barely visible scars
  • The deep plane facelift yields a longer-lasting and natural result
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Deep Plane Facelift Procedure

During a deep plane facelift in Beverly Hills, Dr. Lee carefully separates the deeper facial tissues from the underlying muscles to access and reposition them. Her technique more thoroughly corrects facial sagging and drooping, especially in the midface and jowl areas. The incisions made during the procedure are strategically placed to minimize visible scarring while highlighting the face's natural contours.

Deep Plane Facelift Results and Recovery


Recovery from facial rejuvenation surgery is often easier than expected. Minor to moderate discomfort in the first few days and severe pain are rare. You should take two weeks off from work and avoid strenuous activity for six weeks.

During the initial three-week recovery period, you may experience bruising, swelling, redness, and facial discomfort. Dr. Lee and the PERK plastic surgery team will provide a personalized recovery plan, and most patients will return to their routines within three weeks.


A deep plane facelift offers the following immediately noticeable yet long-lasting results for up to fifteen years:

  • A more youthful and refreshed appearance
  • Improvements in jaw and neck regions
  • Reduced prominent lines, creases, and folds
  • Restored cheek and facial volume
  • A more rejuvenated overall facial appearance

Why choose Dr. Michelle Lee for your Deep Plane Facelift?

Dr. Michelle Lee is an award-winning, board-certified, and ivy-league-trained plastic surgeon responsible for some of the most natural-appearing results. Creating natural facelift results requires fusing skill, artistry, and the proper surgical techniques; Dr. Lee combines all three to deliver beautiful, nuanced outcomes tailored to your unique facial structures.

As the creator of PERK, Dr. Lee’s steadfast commitment to artistry, innovation, and safety earned her a starring role in E! Entertainment’s Dr. 90210 TV show. She was the only surgeon performing facial procedures such as:

When ready for a deep plane facelift in Beverly Hills, choose Dr. Lee and the friendly and knowledgeable PERK team. Our compassionate and inclusive practice environment provides the most modern state-of-the-art technology in a convenient location with concierge amenities.

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