An advanced facelift for newfound vibrancy

Perhaps you look in the mirror and feel as if you don’t recognise yourself anymore. A deep plane facelift is for you if you have significant signs of ageing and want to get your old self back. Like any well performed Facelift, this procedure also produces some striking results and really can be life-changing for many of our patients.

What is a deep plane facelift?

Deep plane facelift surgery is the skilful uncovering of the anatomical plane under the muscles known as the Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System, SMAS (the fibrous tissue and the skin’s plasma). The facelift lifts this, all in one, upwards. As your surgeon will be working underneath your muscles, your skin remains looking natural, never stretched or tight.

The SMAS is situated between the dermal layers of the skin and contains facial nerves and muscles. An extension of the SMAS is called the platysma, reaching down the neckline. Over time, this muscle becomes weaker, and this can lead to jowls. Volume can also be lost (atrophy) or gained (hypertrophy), so a deep plane facelift will reposition the platysma and the SMAS to regain a more youthful appearance.

What are the benefits of a deep plane facelift?

The benefits of a deep plane facelift are bountiful, including:

  • Volume is restored
  • Jawline is defined
  • Sagginess disappears, without looking stretched
  • Jowls and the look of the lower face are improved
  • Wrinkles are reduced
  • Cheekbones are enhanced
  • A feeling of starting afresh can be gained, a new energy

Why choose Karidis Clinic for your deep plane facelift surgery?

✔ Ensure your result is natural looking: your surgeon will be a specialist, using experience and skill to ensure this
✔ Enjoy VIP care: we look after you with five-star consultancy and aftercare
✔ A bespoke service: we treat you as an individual
✔ Secure your peace of mind: your surgeon will be an expert in the field
✔ Combine treatments: for added convenience and to save you time and for optimal results (e.g. a brow lift, neck lift or chin, neck and jaw liposuction)


Quick Reference


2-3 hours

Anaesthesia Used

General anaesthetic

Hospital Stay

1 night

Pre-Admission Tests

Blood tests, MRSA, +/- ECG


2 - 3 weeks


1 week


6 weeks

Your Final Result

6 - 9 months


Sagging jawline and neck

FAQs for deep plane facelift surgery

We don’t recommend deep plane facelifts for those who are just seeing the very early signs of ageing. Deep plane facelifts are suitable for those with significant signs of ageing, such as a face which is drooping and sagging with jowls.

The deep plane facelift procedure involves lifting the muscles and skin as one. Your skilled surgeon will work to tighten the membrane and SMAS muscle and trim the excess skin. You’ll have stitches on the incision near your ears. After your surgery, your head will be carefully wrapped in bandages to minimise swelling.

You shouldn’t feel too much pain, but it’s more often described as ‘discomfort’ during the early stages of healing, which can be helped with cold compresses and pain medication. But it’s worth noting that the downtime will be slightly longer when compared to a traditional facelift.

You should be able to return to work between 1-3 weeks after your surgery. Bruising and swelling usually last for around 6-8 weeks (the initial swelling should go down in 10-14 days). A full recovery will take 6 months plus.

There’re a number of factors which will influence how long the results of a deep plane facelift last. These factors include genetics, gravity, lifestyle and ageing. However, deep plane facelift surgery should help to preserve your skin for 10-15 years.

The scarring usually begins at your temples above your hairline, to the front of your ear (just inside the cartilage), going behind your earlobe to your lower scalp. Your scarring depends on your individual surgery. But your surgeon will endeavour to cleverly conceal the scars in the natural folds of your skin.