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Deep Plane Facelift in Tampa

A Smoother, Fresher-looking You

Deep wrinkles, lax cheeks, sagging jowls, and neck bands often set in after age 40. These changes are attributable primarily to facial fat pad displacement, volume loss, and diminished skin elasticity. At our office in Tampa Deep Plane Facelift is an advanced technique that dramatically freshens and rejuvenates the face, jawline, and neck with cleverly hidden scars.

Deep Plane Facelift at Farrior Facial Plastic Surgery

The decision to undergo facial plastic surgery can be stressful since your face is so prominently visible. At Farrior Facial Plastic Surgery in Tampa, our premier board-certified surgeons have focused exclusively on facial rejuvenation for the last three decades, honing their surgical skills to perfection to give you a superb end result.

What is a Deep Plane Facelift?

A deep plane facelift addresses the superficial and underlying facial components responsible for various signs of aging. This highly specialized technique not only refines the jawline and neck, but also involves releasing ligaments in the cheek to elevate and smooth the mid-face. Rather than only resecting excessive skin, a Deep Plane Facelift simultaneously lifts the skin and superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) for a natural-looking outcome.

What are the differences between a Deep Plane Facelift and a traditional facelift?

Traditional facelift surgery can be a great option for many people, but the surgical techniques are somewhat limited. In some cases, it results in overly tight skin, leaving patients with an unnaturally windswept appearance. Deep plane facelifts tend to yield a more realistic-looking finish due to how our surgeons seamlessly elevate and tighten the skin and underlying facial tissues as one unit instead of separately.

Benefits of a Deep Plane Facelift

Your face is central to your overall appearance and how people perceive you. With a Deep Plane Facelift in Tampa, patients can reverse common signs of aging and feel prouder of their looks. Deep plane facelifts address the jawline, smile lines around the mouth, cheek laxity, and neck banding.

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Am I a candidate for a Deep Plane Facelift?

Are deep nasolabial folds, marionette lines, displaced fat pads, sagging jowls, or platysmal bands giving away your age, detracting from your confidence, or making you look tired despite a restful night of sleep? If so, a Deep Plane Facelift in Tampa is well worth considering. Eligible candidates do not smoke, are not pregnant or breastfeeding, and have realistic expectations. You may not be able to undergo deep plane rhytidectomy if you have compromised mental or physical health.

Consultation and Preparation

Drs. Farrior and Bartels believe the consultation is the most critical part of the process. They will review your medical history, examine your face, and ask about your goals to determine if a facelift is appropriate. Deep plane facelifts pair well with other facial rejuvenation procedures, including those addressing the forehead, brows, eyes, and sun damage. Your surgeon will discuss all your options in detail and develop a customized plan to refresh your appearance. To prepare for a Deep Plane Facelift Tampa patients must avoid tobacco and medications or supplements that increase bleeding. You should also arrange a ride home and ask a caregiver to look after you for 24 hours. Your surgeon will ask you to take vitamin C and Arnica the day before your operation to expedite healing. The night before your procedure, do not eat or drink anything.


Please arrive without any makeup, hair styling products, nail polish, or lash extensions. You will undergo general anesthesia or twilight sedation, depending on your comfort level and the extent of your operation. After placing small incisions around the ears, your surgeon will gently pull the skin and SMAS and release the cheek ligaments to create a smoother contour. They will close the incisions after making the necessary modifications to the facial components. The operation lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Results, Recovery, and Aftercare

It takes six months to a year to see the results of deep plane facelift surgery, although early improvements emerge as soon as three months later. During your consultation, your surgeon will show you acute recovery photos to give you an idea of what to expect during the healing process. Immediately after the operation, expect facial tightness, swelling, numbness, and bruising. You can shower three days afterward. Most patients look presentable enough to resume work in 10 to 14 days and attend social engagements within three to six weeks. Our surgeons may prescribe pain relievers to alleviate discomfort. Continue taking Arnica and vitamin C as directed. Stay hydrated, get adequate rest, and sleep with your head elevated. Our surgeons will see you for routine follow-up appointments to ensure you heal as expected.

Why choose Farrior Facial Plastic Surgery?

Our award-winning Tampa facial plastic surgeons are board-certified and devoted to delivering exquisite facelift results. When you meet with Dr. Edward Farrior and Dr. Harrison Bartels for the first time, you will feel at ease knowing you are in experienced hands. Advanced fellowship training and decades in practice have given them the tools and knowledge to offer the best deep plane facelift in Tampa.

Schedule Your Tampa, FL Deep Plane Facelift Consultation at Farrior Facial Plastic Surgery Today

A deep plane facelift can revive your confidence and appearance. Call 813-875-3223 or submit the contact form to speak to our highly qualified surgeons today.

Deep Plane Facelift FAQ

On average, our surgeons at Farrior Facial Plastic Surgery perform more than 100 facelift procedures each year. Many of our patients opt for the Deep Plane Facelift technique.

Facial plastic surgery itself is painless due to the anesthetic. Discomfort afterward is generally mild-to-moderate and well-controlled with analgesics.

Infection, hematoma, blood clots, uncontrolled bleeding, prolonged numbness, asymmetry, damage to deeper structures, fatalities, and hypertrophic or keloid scar formation are possible. Our board-certified plastic surgeons have best-in-class safety measures in place to lower the risk of complications.

Dr. Farrior is so much more than a doctor – he’s an artist. Dr. Farrior has the right medical knowledge and the artistic vision needed to create harmony among his patients’ facial features. He truly listens to his patients and is always open to their concerns.

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