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Deep Plane Facelift

Also known as Surgical Facelift, Face surgery, Rhytidectomy

During a deep plane facelift, the surgeon works beneath the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS), a layer of tissue that covers the facial muscles. By accessing the deep plane, the surgeon can lift and reposition the underlying facial structures, including the fat pads, muscles, and connective tissues. This allows for a more significant improvement in the midface, jowls, and neck region.


How much does
Deep Plane Facelift cost?

Surgical Time

4 - 5 hours



Day Case

Yes/ Occasionally overnight stay


General or Local Anaesthetic/ Sedation

Time off work

2 weeks

Time before showering

48 hours

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Patients can typically have a deep plane facelift performed and go home the same day, occasionally requiring an overnight stay if drains are placed.

Patients can have the procedure under local anaesthetic and sedation or can be asleep with a general anaesthetic. The incision for a deep plane facelift is in front of the ear and extends under and behind it, hidden in the creases of the skin.

The incision allows to gain access to control the SMAS and rejuvenate the layers underneath and thereby, the skin itself.

The result of a deep plane facelift can be optimised with fat grafting where suitable and other procedures on the face such as neck lifts, cheek lifts, upper and/or lower eyelid blepharoplasties.

Additionally, CO2 laser treatment to improve skin quality can be performed simultaneously or after the operation.

The signs of ageing include the various structures around the face drooping, so once a youthful face with the inverted triangular shape with most mass around the cheeks, shifts to the triangular structure with more emphasis at the bottom of the face, near the jawline. 

These changes occur as a result of three things:

  1. Loss of bone mass

  2. Fat loss and decrease in its volume

  3. Skin losing its elasticity

As a result of ageing, what is noticeable to most patients are wrinkles (Latin: rhytid) due to lax skin around the cheeks, around the mouth and at the jawline. 

They are also likely to notice a deepening of grooves, such as around the forehead, lower eyelid, and around the mouth. 

They may also notice that the temples & cheeks are less plump and that now there is extra volume around the jawline, near the sides of the mouth.

One of the most effective ways of demonstrating this is to compare photos of the patient in their early 20’s to the present. 

When patients come into the clinic, our UK-trained plastic surgeon makes a full assessment of the patient.

This includes any relevant history, including reasons for surgery and a thorough examination.

Part of this process is explaining to the patients what can be done, why, and what to expect, based on each patients’ anatomy and suitability for each type of facelift.

Once recovered from the effects of anaesthetic, patients are let out of the clinic with close follow-up arranged to ensure improvements would happen as anticipated.

The swelling starts to come down gradually from 48 hours after surgery, and within a few weeks patients feel brighter and fresher.

The surgeon sees the patient one week after surgery to check on the patient and remove any visible stitches.

Alternatives to a surgical deep plane facelift include correcting each of the three components that are lost with ageing. 

Dermal fillers, fat and thread lift are used, but there is a large variability in the effects that this can have, with studies showing that threads have an effect for only a few months.

Within surgical facelifts, there are still a large number of variations, of which the vast majority utilise the strength of the Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) under the skin to deliver its effect.


Why Choose Kliniken for Deep Plane Facelift

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Innovative approach

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Helps you rest and recuperate

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Same clinician assigned to your from start to finish of the process

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Personalised and attentive care throughout the surgery

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valerie reidvalerie reid
11:59 15 Nov 23
We were greeted very warmly and immediately offered coffee etc. The clinic is very modern and comfortable. Mr Kolar put me at ease and explained my procedure in great detail. I was given the opportunity to think about it, but I also had the chance to have the procedure done there and then, which I chose to do. It was all done quickly and calmly and we chatted throughout.I received a follow-up... call the following day to make sure all was well. An appointment had been made for the following week, and once again we were greeted with the offer of a hot drink. Even though we were early I was seen straight away. Basically I was very happy with my treatment and pleased with the outcome.Valerie Reidread more
carol walkercarol walker
19:06 10 Nov 23
After many years and many hours spent on the internet researching Deep Plane Face and Necklift I knew that was the only surgery I wanted but finding a surgeon that actually does perform this operation - not their variation of it - proved difficult. I booked with a clinic in London though I very much wanted one nearer home I thought that was my only option. Then something came up on social media... about Kliniken in Harrogate and I decided I would go for an initial consultation, thank goodness I did as I found exactly what I was looking for!! No hard sell from my consultant Mr Kolar just fact based information and I knew that this was the surgeon I wanted to carry out my procedure. I immediately felt welcome and wasn't rushed to commit though I knew within the first few minutes my search had ended!! The clinic is tucked away in the country outside of the main town and there's a definite air of relaxation from the moment you step inside. I gave myself several months as I wanted to make sure no pressing matters other than looking after myself both before and after. So I'm just over three weeks post op and I couldn't be happier with everything from start to more
Lynn HillLynn Hill
06:49 15 Jun 23
The setting is amazing, calm, with easy access and parking. The whole team is focused on your well being and inspires confidence. The care is excellent from reception, consultation, procedure, to post operative and follow up. I can’t praise them enough. Thank you Kliniken!
Alex DodererAlex Doderer
19:04 08 Jun 23
Darcy RutherfordDarcy Rutherford
14:42 05 Apr 23
I cannot thank the team at Kliniken and Dr Kolar enough. My ears have always been a huge insecurity, and getting them pinned back was something I had wanted to do for a long time.Mr Kolar explained the procedure in detail throughout consultations, and the surgery went very smoothly. Everyone has been so helpful and welcoming, especially Madeleine and Davide who have answered any queries.I am so... happy with my ears now after the otoplasty, and this is all thanks to Dr Kolar and the Kliniken team. I highly recommend them!read more
Midlife and BeyondMidlife and Beyond
17:14 30 Mar 23
What a pleasure it has been getting to know Mallappa Kolar and the entire staff working within Kliniken. Mallappa has an incredible way of making you feel comfortable, which relaxed me, straightaway. At the initial consultation. Malappa fully explained the Ultra Pulse CO2 laser process to me, showing me detailed pictures of before, during and after treatment. So, I was fully aware of what to... expect.On the day of my treatment, and whilst having my surgery, Malappa and the team put me completely at ease. The care and attention I received was exemplary.Following my treatment, the aftercare I would receive was thoroughly explained to me and delivered to specification - with regular follow up calls from the team to check on my progress and wellbeing, which I found to be very reassuring.A month on from my surgery, and I can honestly say Mallappa did an excellent job from the beginning to the very end, and I highly recommend this treatment.I am so happy with the results and have since received many compliments on my appearance and how fresh my skin looks! I can certainly see a difference. I am 62 years old, and I have been told that I look at least ten years younger! I am so pleased!read more


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