A deep plane mini lift with neck lift combination procedure is a great way to simultaneously enhance the jowls, chin and neck for a beautiful and rejuvenated lower facial appearance. Dr. Min S. Ahn, a double board certified facial plastic surgeon, regularly performs this advanced facial surgery technique for patients who seek comprehensive rejuvenation of the lower facial region. Thanks to his surgical skill, experience and attention to detail, Dr. Ahn can create a well-defined jaw and neck line that positively transforms the entire facial appearance.
Who Are the Best Candidates for Deep Plane Mini Lift with Neck Lift?
Ideal candidates for a deep plane mini lift and neck lift combination procedure are individuals who are happy with the appearance of their upper facial areas but bothered by noticeable jowls and a poorly defined neck due to excess or lax skin on the neck or underneath the chin. Individuals who want the most comprehensive rejuvenation and wish to only undergo one operation and recovery period, may also consider having a combination procedure.
While combining deep plane mini lift with neck lift certainly has advantages, not everyone is a candidate. A qualified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Ahn evaluates each patient’s facial anatomy, aesthetic needs, and goals to determine the best treatment plan.
The deep plane mini lift procedure is performed at Dr. Ahn’s fully accredited onsite surgical suite, to ensure patients’ full privacy and comfort. Thanks to Dr. Ahn’s minimally invasive approach, he can perform the procedure using intravenous sedation. Also known as “twilight anesthesia,” intravenous sedation is a gentler form of anesthesia and involves fewer risks and less downtime.
During surgery, Dr. Ahn will create a series of short, curved incisions around the ears and possibly an additional incision underneath the chin. He will release and then lift the SMAS layer by releasing tiny ligaments. This enables Dr. Ahn to tighten and elevate the jowls much more freely. Then, he will trim the excess skin. Next, he will tighten the muscles in the neck and chin areas by suturing them together using a “corset” technique. Excess skin is removed and if necessary, fatty deposits are removed or resculpted to create a smoother and leaner contour. Once he is finished making the agreed-upon modifications, Dr. Ahn will close the incisions with sutures.
What to Expect During Recovery
The initial recovery period for the deep plane mini lift with neck lift procedure takes up to two weeks, depending on the patient’s personal healing process. During this time, patients should plan on resting with their head elevated as much as possible. Swelling, bruising and soreness are normal side effects that will subside over time. Dr. Ahn and his team can prescribe oral pain medication to minimize discomfort. Patients will return to Dr. Ahn’s practice the day after surgery to have their surgical dressings removed and at the seven-day mark to remove sutures. Most swelling resolves after 10 days, and any remaining swelling and bruising can be easily concealed with makeup.
To find out if you can benefit from a deep plane mini lift with neck lift procedure, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Ahn. Contact his Boston practice to speak to a member of our team today.