Extended deep plane facelift in Cincinnati, Ohio

What is the Difference Between a Deep Plane Facelift and an Extended Deep Plane Facelift?

The core of any facial plastic surgeon’s skills come from their training in fellowship, which follows their residency training. The premier body for fellowship training in facial plastic surgery is the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). Established surgeons learn from their colleagues by visiting them in the operating room and by engaging with them through medical literature and at meetings. True advancements in surgical techniques are more likely to be published in reputable journals than kept within the surgeon’s operating room. Moreover, these advancements usually improve upon previous innovations in an iterative process where the wisdom of a surgeon’s colleagues is built upon.

Those surgeons who advanced early facelift techniques (e.g., Suzanne Noel) set the stage for improvements based on an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of those techniques and an improved understanding of the anatomy of the face and neck. No truly innovative technique ignores history. The deep plane facelift as developed by the plastic surgeon Dr. Sam Hamra (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) was a combination of the advancements made by previously developed techniques, specifically the SMASectomy facelift, and new understandings of facial anatomy. The extended deep plane facelift, a technique developed by my AAFPRS fellowship director Dr. Andrew Jacono, advanced upon the deep plane facelift technique as developed by Dr. Sam Hamra (6, 7, 8, 9). This blog post seeks to explain the differences between the deep plane facelift and extended deep plane facelift. As a result, this blog post will explain why these techniques were such an incredible improvement on previous facelift techniques. It is important to seek not only a fellowship-trained but also a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon if you have aesthetic concerns about your face and/or neck.

The Deep Plane Facelift Does Not Address the Side of the Neck

The most significant difference between the deep plane facelift and the extended deep plane facelift is that the deep plane facelift does not address the side of the neck in a deep plane. In contrast, the extended deep plane facelift “extends” the deep plane facelift technique into the side of the neck (6, 7, 8, 9). This involves the release of tension points called cervical retaining ligaments that restrict the ability to tighten the muscle around the neck surgically unless released, much like the two important ligaments in the face and jawline released during deep plane facelift surgery.

The Extended Deep Plane Facelift Can Speed Up Recovery

One relatively minor difference between the two techniques as described in the literature makes a potentially large difference on the length of recovery. The initial description of deep plane facelift involved lifting the eye muscle itself. This can sometimes result in more prolonged swelling around the eyes and increases the risk of temporary weakness in the eye muscle at this location. In contrast, the extended deep plane facelift goes over the muscle, preserving its continuity, thereby decreasing the risk of prolonged swelling and temporary muscle weakness around the eyes.

Dr. Harmon is One of the Few Surgeons in the World Fellowship Trained in the Extended Deep Plane Facelift by Dr. Andrew Jacono

The extended deep plane facelift requires extensive training to perform. Dr. Harmon is one of the few surgeons in the world – and the only surgeon in the Cincinnati, OH area – trained in the extended deep plane facelift by its creator, Dr. Andrew Jacono. As a result, he is uniquely qualified to perform this technique both for a first facelift and for a secondary/revision facelift on patients who have undergone a facelift with other, older techniques in the past. As always, an in-person consultation is important to understand whether the extended deep plane facelift is appropriate for an individual.

Trust Your Face to a Facial Plastic Surgeon

It is important to seek a fellowship-trained specialist in plastic surgery of the face and neck when you have concerns about your face or neck.

Why Choose Dr. Harmon

  • The mission of Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery is to help people along their journey towards self-confidence, to feel good about feeling good.
  • Dr. Harmon is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon
  • Dr. Harmon values making patients feel welcomed, listened to, and respected.
  • Dr. Harmon graduated with honors from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology.
  • Dr. Harmon earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati.
  • Dr. Harmon underwent five years of extensive training in head at neck surgery at the prestigious residency program at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Dr. Harmon then underwent focused fellowship training in cosmetic facial plastic surgery through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) with the world-renowned surgeon, Dr. Andrew Jacono, on Park Avenue in New York City.

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This blog post is for educational purposes only and does not constitute direct medical advice. It is essential that you have a consultation with a qualified medical provider prior to considering any treatment. This will allow you the opportunity to discuss any potential benefits, risks, and alternatives to the treatment.