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Deep Plane Facelift in Jupiter & Palm Beach, FL

When considering facelift surgery, most patients are unaware of the various types and techniques available from plastic surgery experts. Harvard-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Cooper frequently employs the deep plane facelift to lift, drape, and tighten facial tissues for an outcome that looks natural and elegant. The deep plane facelift method is, without question, the most effective way to correct facial sagging in the mid-to-lower face, specifically from the top of the cheekbones to the jawline areas, where the effects of aging most likely appear.

Dr. Cooper performs his advanced deep plane facelift technique for patients who seek a rejuvenated facial appearance with long-lasting results. Interested in learning what a deep plane facelift can do for you?

Continue reading to learn more about your deep plane facelift in Jupiter and Palm Beach, FL, or contact us online to schedule your consultation today!

Deep Plane Facelift Defined

The deep plane facelift is a facial plastic surgery procedure that lifts and tightens the middle and lower facial areas by targeting soft tissue and muscular regions known as the superficial musculoaponeurotic system, or SMAS. This layer of tissue is deeper than most traditional facelifts reach. As a result, it is the most effective method to address severely sagging tissues and smooth deep folds and wrinkles while restoring natural facial beauty. 

Deep plane facelifts lift the neck and jowls areas, release cheek ligaments, and elevate cheek pads and muscles. When the malar pad is elevated, it reduces unsightly folds and gives your face an attractive heart-shaped contour.

It is considered a type of SMAS facelift with one key difference: the SMAS and facial skin are lifted simultaneously rather than separately, which creates a more natural result. The advantage of Dr. Cooper’s deep plane technique is a long-lasting and aesthetic improvement. In addition, the release of tethering facial ligaments allows for improved facial repositioning and a better outcome.

Deep Plane Facelift Candidates

Optimal candidates for deep plane facelifts are healthy nonsmokers, typically in their forties, fifties, or sixties, who struggle with deep nasolabial folds and sagging facial tissues in the midface, jawline, and beneath the chin.

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The Deep Plane Facelift Process

The surgery is an outpatient procedure performed at our accredited surgical center. Anesthesia (typically, but not always, through IV sedation) will be administered to keep you asleep throughout the process, which takes approximately three hours. 

Dr. Cooper will create small incisions around the ear and behind the hairline, ensuring they are well hidden. Then he will lift and tighten the SMAS layer and skin as one unit. Once these tissues are repositioned, he will trim excess skin and close with tiny sutures. He may insert tubes to allow adequate drainage of excess fluid.

Lastly, he will dress the incisions. Then, we will take you to recovery for observation until you awaken and are discharged to go home with one of our overnight nurses.

Deep Plane Facelift Recovery

You should plan for two weeks or more to recover from a deep plane facelift. However, many variables contribute to healing. Genetics, lifestyle, and age play a role. Generally, patients can return to work feeling confident two to three weeks after surgery. Residual swelling and numbness may continue after this period. These effects will diminish within one to three months.

Before surgery, Dr. Cooper will provide detailed aftercare instructions, including post-surgery appointments to remove sutures and drains. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Your bandages will be removed at your follow up visit the day after surgery.
  • Sutures are typically removed about a week after surgery.
  • You should expect bruising and swelling for two to three weeks.
  • Cooper will prescribe oral pain medication to manage discomfort.
  • Residual swelling will remain for up to three months.
  • Scarring is typically minimal and will fade over time.

Combining Cosmetic Procedures

For comprehensive facial transformation, deep plane facelifts can be combined with other facial procedures, like a CO2 laser or eyelid surgery. However, not all facelifts address the neck area, so discuss your cosmetic goals with Dr. Cooper during your facelift consultation.

You may need a neck lift to re-contour the neck area and improve the jawline area. This procedure tightens the platysma muscle to smooth banding and removes excess tissue to resolve a double chin, jowls, and wrinkles.

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Why Dr. Jason Cooper?

Dr. Jason S. Cooper is a Harvard trained, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in practice in Jupiter, Fl. Dr. Cooper graduated from medical school at the University of Miami in 2004 with AOA honors and went on to the Harvard six-year combined plastic surgery residency program. After completing his residency at Harvard in 2010, Dr. Cooper held an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School and was on staff as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital for more than 4 years.

In 2014 Dr. Cooper relocated to Jupiter, FL where he established his cosmetic & reconstructive private practice. Dr. Cooper specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, body, and breasts. Dr. Cooper has a state of the art, nationally accredited, AAAASF in-office surgery center where he performs the latest techniques to rejuvenate the face, breast, and body.

Dr. Cooper consistently achieves outstanding patient satisfaction for both his surgical results and the personalized, patient-focused experience that his practice has carefully developed. Dr. Cooper has office locations in Jupiter, FL, and in Palm Beach, Fl. Dr. Cooper is also on staff at Jupiter Medical Center.

To learn more about Dr. Jason Cooper and how he can help you pursue your cosmetic goals, request a consultation or call our office at 561-406-6574.

Enjoy Immediate Benefits

Once your bandages are removed, you will notice an immediate improvement. However, allow three months or longer for facial tissues, muscles, and skin to settle and for swelling to subside. Then you will enjoy optimal benefits. 

Deep Plane Facelift vs SMAS Facelift

A deep plane facelift is a form of SMAS Facelift. Modern facelifts address the SMAS in some way, with each technique tightening the lower two-thirds of the face.

The main difference is that the SMAS facelift is more of a two-layer dissection (SMAS and skin separately). On the other hand, the deep plane technique is more of a composite procedure (SMAS and skin together). Because the SMAS and skin stay as one unit, the natural blood supply is preserved during a deep plane facelift.

Interested in a Deep Plane Facelift in Jupiter, FL? Choose Your Surgeon Carefully!

The deep-plane facelift is optimal for facial rejuvenation to improve your facial profile and restore natural beauty. For men and women in Jupiter and Palm Beach, Dr. Cooper offers a customized facelift approach to deliver excellent results to achieve your aesthetic goals.

We invite you to contact Harvard-trained and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Cooper by calling (561) 406-6574 or scheduling a consultation online. Dr. Cooper and our team look forward to speaking with you soon.

Deep Plane Facelift in Palm Beach Florida - FAQs

The cost of a deep plane facelift varies between patients and surgeons. It depends on the following:

  • The skill and experience of your plastic surgeon
  • The location where you have the surgery
  • The credentials of your surgeon (board-certified plastic surgeons are best equipped for this procedure)
  • Whether your procedure includes complementary procedures, like liposuction, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, etc.

No. The procedure does not increase potential complications more than a traditional facelift.

Our patients typically have a relatively painless recovery. Most patients experience the feeling of tightness primarily in the neck and swelling primarily in the cheeks but typically have little to no bruising.

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