Deep Plane Facelift

Conveniently located to serve Beverly Hills,  Hollywood, and  Los Angeles.

A deep plane facelift is often the best way to turn back the clock when a patient has hanging skin, drooping features, and deep wrinkles in the midface and lower face. This procedure requires advanced surgical skill and in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy.

To provide his patients with the highest level of care and best possible outcomes, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jason Emer recruited Dr. Akshay Sanan to join his team to perform this procedure. Dr. Sanan is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and expert in leading-edge rhytidectomy techniques, including the deep plane facelift in Beverly Hills.

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What Is a Deep Plane Facelift?

A deep plane facelift is an innovative approach to surgical facial rejuvenation. This procedure is designed to reposition facial tissue to restore a more youthful appearance in the midface and lower face. Dr. Sanan can resolve many cosmetic concerns with this surgery, including:

  • Drooping in the midface
  • Loose, sagging skin in the lower face
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines
  • Jowls

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Who Is a Good Candidate for a Deep Plane Facelift?

Deep plane facelift candidates are most often over the age of 50. They have considerable skin laxity, sagging, and wrinkles in the midface and lower face. Younger patients are often able to achieve their aesthetic goals with nonsurgical facelift treatments.

Candidates for any facial plastic surgery must be of sound mind and body. It is important to speak candidly with Dr. Sanan about your health and your goals for facelift surgery, so he can determine if a deep plane facelift is an optimal treatment for you.

During your consultation, Dr. Sanan will review your medical history and ask you about any medications you are taking. Cosmetic surgery may not be advisable for patients taking certain medications. Similarly, patients with medical conditions that disrupt the body’s natural healing process may be better candidates for alternative facial rejuvenation treatments.

How Does a Deep Plane Facelift Work?

The deep plane facelift works very differently than previous facelift techniques. Early facelift procedures provided short-lived and often unsatisfying results because the underlying facial tissues were not addressed.

Instead, these early facelift methods targeted sagging skin by pulling it taut and eliminating the excess. Since drooping facial tissue was not repositioned to align with the lifted skin, this approach frequently created a distorted and overdone look.

Fortunately, rhytidectomy surgery has evolved into a less invasive and far more effective procedure. Modern facelift techniques address both the outer skin and the underlying tissue, which is known as the superficial musculoaponeurotic system, or SMAS layer.

The SMAS layer includes muscles, fat cells, collagen, and elastin. The deep plane facelift adjusts the SMAS layer and the skin as a singular unit to restore natural looking youthful contours and smoother skin.

How Is a Deep Plane Facelift Performed?

The deep plane facelift is an outpatient procedure. This means that you will return home the same day as your surgery.

General anesthesia is used to ensure the patient is relaxed and restful for the duration of the procedure. Next, Dr. Sanan will make incisions in the hairline and around the ears. This allows him to access the SMAS layer.

Dr. Sanan can then release ligaments, so he can bring the SMAS tissue into a more aesthetic, lifted position. Excess skin can also be removed. Sutures will be placed to secure your enhanced look as the area heals.

Advantages of a Deep Plane Facelift

The deep plane facelift can provide more dramatic outcomes than other techniques. Compared to a traditional SMAS facelift, a deep plane facelift offers:


More complete facial rejuvenation

The deep plane facelift affects a larger section of the face and is more effective at treating lines and folds around the mouth, jowls, and other jawline contouring concerns.


A shorter recovery period

Because the skin and SMAS are not separated, a deep plane facelift is often associated with faster healing.


Longer-lasting results

The outcome of a deep plane facelift has greater longevity than results from the more superficial SMAS facelift technique.

How We Provide the Best Deep Plane Facelift in Beverly Hills

Central to our high patient satisfaction rates for the deep plane facelift are:


The importance of selecting the right plastic surgeon for a deep plane facelift cannot be overstated. The deep plane technique is an advanced surgical procedure that should only be performed by a skilled facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Sanan. Dr. Sanan is double board-certified in facial plastic surgery and head and neck surgery and has extensive training in modern facelift techniques.

Personalized care

Since the start of his career, Dr. Sanan has made personalized care the foundation of his practice. He takes the time to get to know his patients and understand their reasons for seeking cosmetic surgery. He also approaches every patient’s treatment differently, creating a patient-specific treatment plan that is tailored to the individual’s unique anatomy and aesthetic goals.


Exceptional facelift results require careful consideration of the complete facial appearance, including the facial structure, the patient’s skin elasticity, and the patient’s overall complexion. This allows us to take facial rejuvenation to the next level by combining the deep plane facelift with procedures that will maximize the potential for improvement.

The deep plane facelift can be combined with facial plastic surgeries including rhinoplasty, brow lift, blepharoplasty, and neck lift surgery. Non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments like laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, radiofrequency treatments, and thread lifting can also enhance facelift results.

How Long Does it Take to Recover from a Deep Plane Facelift?

Patients will need two to three weeks of downtime after a deep plane facelift. During this time, patients will experience swelling and bruising in the treatment area. Dr. Sanan will advise you regarding over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, and/or other therapies to ease discomfort and support the healing process.

Many patients can return to light work duties and low-intensity activities after two weeks. Strenuous activities should not be reintroduced until about six weeks after your surgery, or as recommended by Dr. Sanan.

Deep Plane Facelift Results

Patients will notice improvements right away. However, it will take several months for the area to fully heal and reveal your final results.

Your rejuvenated facial appearance can last up to 15 years. Your lifestyle and your body’s natural rate of aging will affect how long your enhanced look will last. Following a healthy diet, abstaining from smoking, and protecting your skin from sun damage can help you maintain a youthful look.

Additionally, Dr. Emer can develop a customized protocol of minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatments for you. Periodic treatments with energy-based therapies, collagen stimulators, and chemical peels can extend your facelift results.

What Is the Cost of a Deep Plane Facelift in Beverly Hills?

The price of a deep plane facelift varies based on the extent of the surgery. Complex adjustments and longer surgery times are associated with higher costs. Dr. Sanan will determine the best surgical approach for you during your consultation. He can then provide pricing details for your procedure.

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The aging process and the effects of gravity cannot be stopped, but you don’t have to settle for an aged facial appearance. With a deep plane facelift in Beverly Hills, Dr. Sanan can reverse advanced signs of aging throughout the midface and lower face for natural looking, comprehensive rejuvenation.