Deep Plane Facelift in the News
The Deep Plane Facelift is one of the most modern and advanced facelift techniques. Facelift’s are performed to improve the appearance of your jowls and your neck. The Deep Plane Facelift also lifts the cheeks (midface) as well. The deep plane facelift that Dr. Steiger performs is in a more vertical direction then standard facelifts. This helps reverse aging in the most natural looking way. The deep muscles and ligaments of the face are repositioned into the more youthful position and thus this produces the best possible results.
This is a CBS new feature about Deep Plane Facelift surgery. It highlights Dr. Steiger’s facelift technique and one of his patients.
Patient: I wanted as natural a look as I could get.
Reporter: It's a common request and one sixty-eight year old Becca Hillman had when she went in for a face lift last fall.
Patient: I needed my neck done and you know my jowels, but that was all I wanted.
Reporter: Hillman also wanted a facial plastic surgeon and that's what led her to Doctor Jacob Steiger. He performed something called the deep plane facelift, which goes beneath the muscle to make improvements.
Doctor Steiger: This is going beyond that and going into the jowel and into the neck, what the facelift is designed to correct. It's really tightening those deep tissues, not the skin, almost none of the skin is tightened.
Reporter: Cost and recovery are similar to other face lifts but what makes the deep plane face-lift unique is how it restores facial tissues to original positions.
Dr. Steiger: One thing it does that no other face-lift technique does it actually improves that midface area, you get a lift of the cheek fat.
Reporter: And research supports those claims. According to the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery: "The deep plane face lift is better than other more conservative facelift techniques at counteracting the effects of midface aging." Dr Steiger says this procedure meets the three main criteria women want in a face-lift.
Dr. Steiger: One, they want to look completely natural. Two, they want the best possible result, and three they want it to last a long time.
Reporter: Hillman believes she now has the natural look she was hoping for.
Patient: I didn't want to look twenty-five, I didn't want to look forty. I just wanted to look the best I could within the framework of what I should look like. When I look in the mirror I see me, my vision of me.
Reporter: Obviously the deep plane face lift goes deep into the facial tissues which is why you should want someone who specializes in faces for this procedure. It takes longer and there is more technical skill involved. The doctors say the payoff is that this face lift last up to twelve years.