As a double board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Min S. Ahn believes there is no one-size-fits-all approach to facelift. In his many years of training and practice, Dr. Ahn has refined his surgical techniques and customizes them to meet the unique needs of every individual patient he works with. In addition to full facelift and mini lift, Dr. Ahn is pleased to offer the “gold standard” deep plane mini lift to individuals seeking the noticeable and long-lasting effects of a deep plane facelift with shorter incisions and less downtime.
Why Dr. Ahn Performs the “Gold Standard” Deep Plane Mini Lift
Many facelift techniques used by other surgeons involves tightening the skin along with minor lifting of the underlying muscle layer known as the SMAS layer. Unfortunately, the tension placed on the tightened skin often leads to a “pulled” or “wind tunnel” look, not to mention noticeable scarring. Dr. Ahn has perfected the deep plane lift, an advanced lifting technique that involves releasing the four small ligaments located in the deep plane that “tether” the SMAS layer. When these ligaments are released, the SMAS and jowls move more freely. This allows him to lift and reposition the tissues more evenly and with less tension placed on the skin. This approach creates a more lifted, sculpted and rejuvenated look that appears effortless rather than artificial or “overly pulled.”
The deep plane mini lift is the “gold standard” in mini lift techniques because it combines the deep plane approach with a short incision technique used for mini lifts. With the deep plane mini lift, Dr. Ahn can produce the superior results from a deep plane facelift with less scarring and recovery than traditional deep plane techniques.
Ideal Candidates for Deep Plane Mini Lift
Candidacy for deep plane mini lift is determined on a case-by-case basis. Generally, ideal patients are individuals who:
- Are bothered by the appearance of jowls
- Have noticeable lines that begin from the corner of the mouth and end on the chin
- Do not have significant neck fullness or vertical bands
- Do not have significant skin laxity on the neck
The deep plane mini lift can be performed as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures to produce more comprehensive results.
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 not only safe but also eliminates some of the risks and downtime associated with general anesthesia.
During surgery, Dr. Ahn will create a series of short, curved incisions around the ears. He is meticulous in his approach, making sure to create the incisions in a way that will produce the least amount of visible scarring. Dr. Ahn will trim excess skin as needed after releasing and lifting the SMAS, which elevates the jowls to a more youthful and natural-looking position. Once he is finished making the agreed-upon modifications, Dr. Ahn will close the incisions with fine sutures.
Recovering from Deep Plane Mini Lift
Patients recovering from deep plane mini lift should anticipate taking up to two weeks off from their normal activities, including work and exercise. During this time, patients will need to rest with their head elevated as much as possible. Swelling, bruising and soreness are normal after surgery and should subside over time. Dr. Ahn can prescribe oral pain medication to manage post-op discomfort. Patients will return to Dr. Ahn’s office the day after surgery to have their surgical dressings removed and remove sutures at the seven-day-mark. The majority of swelling resolves after 10 days and any remaining swelling and bruising can be concealed with makeup.
Recovery time varies patient to patient, but generally most patients are able to resume most normal activities within 14 days.
To discuss the deep plane mini lift with Dr. Ahn, please schedule a consultation. Contact his Boston practice to speak to a member of our team today.