Deep Plane Facelift Sydney with Dr Kernohan
- Looking older than you feel?
- Experiencing extreme facial sagging?
- Interested in a facial rejuvenation procedure?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes then a deep plane facelift might be the right answer for you. This type of facelift is an advanced surgical technique that delivers results far more natural-looking than a traditional facelift.
The procedure is generally performed on people aged between 40 and 65, but older people can also have facelifts too.
Dr Michael Kernohan is a specialist plastic surgeon and top facial surgeon in Southwest Sydney. Find out more about what a deep plane facelift procedure involves, the range of recovery time, the benefits and risks of surgery.
Benefits of Deep Plane Facelift
The top benefits of the procedure include, but are not limited to:
- The procedure causes less trauma to your facial tissues than traditional facelifts as your muscles aren’t being pulled in several different directions
- It offers an amazing definition to your jawline, cheekbones and neck
- Revision surgery is rarely needed when getting this procedure
- The procedure redistributes fat and restores volume to your cheeks
- Incisions are not visible and heal faster
- The surgery can greatly improve your self-image and take your confidence to new heights
- The results are long-lasting
- A deep plane facelift can erase 10 to 12 years of your face
Is Deep Plane Facelift Right for Me?
Deep Facelift Surgery is a highly customised procedure and is not suitable for everyone. Dr Kernohan will assess your face, medical history, general health and plan the treatment that is best suited to you. You are an ideal candidate for deep plane facelift surgery if:
- You experience sagging in the middle of the face
- You have deep creases that extend from the nose to the corner of the mouth
- You are in good health condition and do not struggle with any chronic conditions that could interfere with the healing process
- You do not smoke or can quit it for a specified time period
- You have realistic expectations from the treatment and a positive outlook
- You want to restore the volume to your face.
- You want to look a decade younger than your actual age
Your Deep Plane Facelift Consultation with Dr Kernohan Plastic Surgeon
Ensure your consultation is with an accredited plastic surgeon who is registered with AHPRA as a specialist in plastic surgery. Dr Kernohan will ask you about your general health and examine you as required.
If, after careful assessment, you are suitable for deep plane facelift surgery expect to discuss the type of surgery, principles of the operation, likely outcomes and potential risks of surgery.
Key points to discuss at the consultation include:
- Your expectations and the expected outcomes of surgery
- The benefits to you of the surgery
- Any concerns about surgery risks, complications or limitations
What to Expect with Deep Plane Facelift?
The procedure is usually performed under general anaesthesia to ensure you sleep comfortably throughout the procedure. Then Dr Kernohan will mark your skin for creating incisions. It is important to note that the magic of deep plane facelift happens under the muscle.
Once the incisions are made, Dr Kernohan will cut and release various ligaments to achieve the desired results. The key step here is the deep manipulation of tissues that completely transform your face. The muscle flap will be suspended and sutured to give you a more youthful look.
As the muscle is completely released to be mobilized to a higher, more youthful position, the results of the procedure could be more impressive as it affects the the cheeks and cheekbones in a subtle but effective way.
Recovery after Deep Plane Facelift
First things first, you need to take at least two weeks off from work. Expect to have a quiet time at home for the first week with no heavy lifting or strenuous work. During the first week, you will need support with groceries, housework and care of small children and pets.
Multiple variables contribute to healing. Your genetics, lifestyle, age and how well you take care of yourself play a huge role in recovery. Expect to have bruising and swelling for the first few weeks post-surgery. It is common and these effects will dissipate in a month or two.
You will have bandages on for the first two or three days. Make sure to keep your incisions clean and dry and take care of them as per the instructions given by Dr Kernohan. You will be asked to come in for a follow-up appointment a week after the surgery to get the stitches removed.
Take your pain killers and antibiotics on time to help with the discomfort and post-surgical pain. Sleep with your head in a slightly elevated position. Eat a healthy diet as it plays a huge role in recovery.
Scarring with a deep plane facelift is minimal and can take 12 to 18 months for the scars to completely heal. (Don’t worry as the scars will be well-hidden and won’t be visible).
Risks of Deep Plane Facelift Surgery
All surgery has risks and potential complications, Dr Kernohan will explain the risks during your consultation and your consent documentation will explain the risks in detail. You can never ask too many questions. Please do not hesitate to ask for clarification or a more detailed explanation.
Check plastic surgery risks page for more details.
How much is a Deep Plane Facelift Surgery in Sydney?
If you want to undergo a deep plane facelift surgery in Sydney, expect to pay $12,000 to $25,000 for the surgery. A mini facelift can cost less.
Finding the best Deep Plane Facelift Surgery surgeon in Sydney?
Choosing the plastic surgeon to perform surgery is one of the most important steps to ensure the success of your procedure. An experienced, talented plastic surgeon can help you achieve the results you desire and minimise the risks and complications that could occur during the recovery period.
Make sure to take your time in choosing the plastic surgeon for your deep plane facelift surgery Sydney. The plastic surgeon should be someone you can connect with and speak freely and honestly about your goals and expectations. Here are a few tips that can help:
- Make sure that the surgeon is board certified and has FRACS
- The surgeon has a lot of experience in performing deep plane facelift procedures
- The surgeon performs the operation at a highly equipped surgical facility
1. Ask Around
The next step is to find people in your circle and extended circle who might have a friend who has had the same procedure done. If you find one, you are extremely lucky. Ask them about their experience. You can also ask your local GP to recommend you some of the best plastic surgeons in your area.
If you can’t find anybody who has a deep plane facelift done, resort to the internet.
2. Credentials and Experience
Now that you have a list of surgeons, visit their websites and have a close look at their credentials and experiences of the surgeon. Make sure that they perform deep plane facelift as one of their primary procedures.
3. Attend a Consultation
Attend a consultation with at least three of the plastic surgeons. You can discuss your concerns with all of them and select the one based on how comfortable you feel with each of them.
Deep Plane Facelift FAQs
Here is a list of frequently asked questions we get regarding deep plane facelift:
How long do the results of a deep plane face lift last?
- The results of the deep plane facelift can last at least 10 to 12 years. In some cases, they may last longer.
Is a deep plane facelift better?
- The deep plane facelift could be better for your particular case than a mini facelift as it focuses on the structural elements of the face.
How painful is a deep plane face lift?
- The deep plane facelift focuses on repositioning loose, facial soft tissue as a single unit. This results in less trauma, pain and faster healing. You can experience some discomfort post the procedure. You can take regular analgesics to alleviate the discomfort.
What is the best age to have a facelift?
- While there is no right or wrong age to get a facelift done, it generally works best for people in their 40s to 60s.
Who is a good candidate for a deep plane face lift?
You are a good candidate for a deep plane facelift if:
- You are in your 40s to 60s
- You are physically healthy with no chronic illnesses
- You do not smoke or can quit it for a specified time duration
- You experience extremely loose and sagging skin on your face
- You are looking for long term results
- You wish to correct deep nasolabial folds and changes caused by ptosis of the structures of your mid face
What is the best type of facelift?
- The deep plane facelift is generally considered the most comprehensive and long-lasting type of facelift.
How much younger does a deep plane facelift make you look?
- A deep plane facelift can easily make you look 10 to 12 years younger than your actual age, but this is different from one patient to the other.
How long is recovery after a facelift?
- Most people recover in about 4 to 6 weeks. However, it will take you about 3 to 4 months to see the final outcome of the procedure.
What should I do when I am recovering after deep plane facelift?
- Following your operation, you should be able to return to most of your normal activities within two to four weeks, although this will vary from person to person.
When can I return to work after deep plane facelift surgery?
- Depending on the type of work that you do, you may be able to return to work within two to three weeks.
Further Reading for Deep Plane Facelift
Dr Michael Kernohan – Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Sydney NSW
Dr Michael Kernohan is a Sydney Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon providing a wide range of services from skin cancer to cosmetic surgery for the face, nose, breast and body.
He also offers complex reconstructive procedures following trauma and a range of cancer treatments using the most innovative and up-to-date treatment options.
Dr Kernohan is able to care for both public and private patients and currently has appointments in five Sydney hospitals and has an additional leadership role as Director of Surgical Specialities.
His main clinic is located in Campbelltown and he has 4 other locations – Bowral, Liverpool, Surry Hills (city) and Gregory Hills opening in late May – servicing patients in Sydney Southwest and Southern Highlands.