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Deep Plane Facelift (Rhytidectomy)


Deep Plane Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

Dr Hunt Discusses Deep Plane Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

What is a Deep Plane Facelift?

This type of facelift surgery avoids the problem that typically occurs with traditional facelift technique – the dreaded tight, overfilled look. The main tenet of the deep plane technique is to lift a deeper layer in the musculature of the face, restoring facial rejuvenation and ensuring you never look tight.

How Is It Performed

Deep plane facelifts are performed as an inpatient  (in hospital) procedure, either using an operating theatre in a fully accredited Hospital. The procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic, given by a fully qualified Anaesthetist, to maximise patient safety and comfort, and ensure optimal outcomes.

The deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy) technique tackles the area between the SMAS layer and deeper muscle layer that is responsible for facial expression. Dr Jeremy Hunt’s deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy) procedure aims to allow for the release of ligaments tethering in the deep plane region, releasing the marionette lines, resulting in natural movement, reduced appearance of sagging skin, and accentuated facial contour.

Dr Hunt will have to create a small incision along the course of your sideburns, around your ears, and possibly one beneath your chin. These incisions are strategically placed in the natural contour of your ears and chin.

Through these incisions, Dr Hunt will elevate deeper facial tissues and secure them and remove any excess fat. Any excess face and neck skin is trimmed away, and the wounds are sutured closed. In some cases, your plastic surgeon may insert a drain tube to prevent any buildup of excess fluid.

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Why Patients Consider Deep Plane

There are reasons why patients might consider undergoing this procedure such as:

  • Aims to minimise fine lines and wrinkles
  • Alters the general aspect of the face
  • Remodels the contours of the face

Deep Plane Recovery Time

Recovering after a facelift (rhytidectomy) varies from patient to patient. Recovery often involves bruising and swelling around the surgical site which will ease off after a few days to a week.

Pain relief medications may be prescribed to help you feel more comfortable during your healing process. We encourage you to apply frequent cold compresses to reduce swelling, and ensure you get plenty of rest.

Results vary between individuals. With that being said, immediate results are seen as soon as you lift your bandages, and more natural results are observed around three months or later as your facial tissues, muscle, and skin settle.

How Much Does The Deep Facelift (rhytidectomy) Cost in Sydney, Australia?

Prices vary depending on your individual circumstance, and so a thorough and comprehensive assessment is required with Dr Hunt in order to determine the total cost for your procedure.

Why choose Dr Jeremy Hunt?

With over 20 years of plastic surgery experience, Dr Jeremy Hunt is committed to helping his patients achieve their goals.

Next Step – Fill in the Enquiry form or call Dr Hunt’s Team on 1300 157 200.

Dr Hunt's Facelift (rhytidectomy) Philosophy

Dr Hunt’s philosophy for facelift is to use the most appropriate techniques and practices in order to deliver the desired result for each individual patient.

Avoiding poor results is simply a question of precise and expert assessment of each individual patient’s needs, appropriate choice of the correct procedure for that patient, and then delivery of technique.

It is important that a deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy) focuses on providing an “upward lift”. The effects of gravity bring the tissue of the face and neck downwards, so the solution lies in lifting the tissue upwards.

There are many planes in which to choose to perform a facelift, and you will hear about skin lift, S lifts, SMAS plication and suturing. The experience worldwide is showing that the deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy) offers the longest lasting, most natural, as well as the safest way to perform a facelift and for these reasons, Dr Hunt chooses this technique.

The technique has evolved over many years, and after using all available facelift (rhytidectomy) techniques, Dr Hunt feels it offers optimal results for patients. The results of a deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy) have shown to be longer-lasting when compared to traditional facelift (rhytidectomy) techniques and it’s Dr Hunt’s procedure of choice for that reason.

Ageing though is not just limited to the face. For this reason, facelift (rhytidectomy) is commonly performed in conjunction with a neck lift (platysmaplasty) and again, there are multiple surgical procedure options. A platysmaplasty will address laxity of muscle in front of the neck and sagging skin. Sometimes, the deep tissues of the neck need to be manipulated to improve the angle of the neck and define the jawline. The facelift (rhytidectomy) and neck lift (platysmaplasty) are procedures that often get performed together.

Dr Hunt really enjoys the results that can be achieved with this combination of facelift (rhytidectomy) and neck lift (platysmaplasty) procedures.

4 Myths About Deep Plane

1. Deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy) results are not obvious
Deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy) tackles deeper layers of the facial structure, aiming for a natural result without the obvious tightening sometimes seen through traditional facelift (rhytidectomy) surgery.

2. Deep plane facelifts (rhytidectomy) don’t go the extra mile
As well as focusing on sagging skin around the face, the deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy) can be utilised with a neck lift (platysmaplasty) procedure to address loose skin in the neck and jaw.

4. Only women may undergo a deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy)
Men experience signs of ageing just as commonly as women do. In fact, there has been a 20% increase in the demand for male facelifts since the year 2000.

5. Facelifts are only for celebrities
This is not true. The majority of those who undergo plastic surgery such as facelifts are people like us.

5 Deep Plane Mistakes

1. Choosing the wrong cosmetic surgeon
Dr Jeremy Hunt is a Specialist Plastic surgeon, qualified to perform the deep plane facelift. One of the biggest mistakes patients can make is to rush their decision when picking a surgeon who lacks the experience. Make sure you do your research, check the appropriate surgical boards, and confirm your surgeon is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian college of Surgeons FRACS, these credentials will ensure your surgeon is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon.

2. Taking price into consideration
We all love a bargain, but there are a few things that are priced at their price for a reason, one of which being a deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy). The cost of your deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy) procedure reflects the cost of your cosmetic surgeon’s expertise, the price of the surgical equipment used, and your postoperative care. Most deep plane facelifts (rhytidectomy) in Sydney will cost around the same price, anything lower should make you wary.

3. Not expecting scars
Your surgeon will do their absolute best to ensure that you experience minimal scarring. The incisions are placed in inconspicuous areas to ensure they align with your natural facial contour, however, you may still be able to detect them.

4. Choosing a deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy) for the WRONG reasons
Deciding on having a deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy) should be due to your own personal choice. You should never feel pressured to undergo any surgical procedure due to societal pressures from friends family or work.

5. Not fully understanding complications
Dr Hunt follows clinical protocols and pathways that have been designed to reduce risk and complications, unfortunately, the risk of complication cannot be reduced to zero. Dr Hunt will go through with you all of the possible complications that may occur. Understanding these complications is the first step towards protecting yourself from a negative outcome due to a complication. Notwithstanding, being aware of these complications, such as infection, can allow you to spot them quicker and seek the appropriate treatment.


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Questions about Deep plane - FAQs

What is the difference when compared to traditional facelift (rhytidectomy) surgery?


Deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy) is regarded as a more popular procedure than traditional facelift (rhytidectomy) techniques, such as the SMAS lift. This is because the deep plane facelift often results in less visible scarring, has a longer-lasting result, and will produce a more natural-looking appearance.

Is it safe?


Dr Hunt follows all clinical protocols to minimise the possibility of a complication. However, all surgical procedures carry a certain level of risk.

When can I go home after surgery?


You will stay in hospital overnight after your surgery so that Dr Hunt’s team can keep an eye on you and ensure that you have adequate pain relief. You’ll be most uncomfortable during this time, up to 24 hours after surgery.

The following day, your dressings will be removed and replaced with a special bandage. You can then go home, taking a pain prescription with you. You should rest for the remainder of the day, minimising your movement.

Am I a good candidate?


Candidates for the deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy) procedure are those who are between the ages of 40 to 60 and have progressed sagging skin in the following regions:

  • Cheeks
  • Neck
  • Nasolabial Folds
  • Jawline
  • Chin

With that being said, the nature of the deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy) procedure makes it a viable option for younger patients. Because the procedure addresses the muscle and tissue laxity issues surrounding the ageing process, it can be recommended to those who would like to prevent the signs of ageing to appearing in the first place.

When can I resume my normal activities after surgery?


Most patients report feeling uncomfortable due to the ‘tight’ feeling of their skin as it’s healing. However, it is important to allow your body the best chance possible of healing quickly and effectively. This means taking it easy for the two weeks after your surgery, with no heavy housework, exercise, long trips or other strenuous activities. You can resume your normal activities at the 4 to 6 week mark.

How long will my surgery results last?


You can expect results within four to six weeks after your procedure. Younger patients in their early to mid forties can expect long lasting results for 10 to 15 years.

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About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Dr Hunt has a strong interest in helping his patients achieve their desired results by employing the most appropriate practices for each individual patient.