• Dr. Jean-Paul Azzi

What is a Deep-Plane Facelift?

If you picked up the summer issues of Woman’s Day or Good Housekeeping magazine in South Florida, you might have seen Doctor Jean-Paul Azzi’s feature.



Since its release, we’ve gotten a lot of questions about his deep plane facelift, so here are some answers to a few of the questions we received…


Q: WHAT EXACTLY IS A DEEP PLANE FACELIFT?

A: Before we explain how a deep plane facelift is performed, we should first explain the issues that a deep plane facelift addresses.


It starts with gravity. Gravity causes the heavier structures of the face—like muscles and tissues—to sag over time.⠀


As explained by Dr. Azzi, a deep plane facelift goes way beyond a traditional facelift (skin lift) where a surgeon just stretches the skin tight over the drooping facial structures and sews the skin back together. This generally results in an unnatural, very taut look.


On the flip side, during a deep plane facelift, Dr. Azzi lifts the entire face, including all of the structural elements, like muscles and tissues, that have drooped/sagged due to gravity.


Doctor Azzi explains, “I’m not just pulling skin tightly and sewing it back together; I’m repairing the underlying structural elements that have aged.”


Click here to learn more about the benefits of a deep plane facelift.



Q: HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

A: The nice thing about a deep plane facelift is that the results are long lasting, and generally hold for between 10 – 15 years. Your face will still continue to age, but you will always look 10-15 years younger than you would if you had not had a deep plane facelift. Of course, results vary from patient to patient.


Click here to learn how to maintain your facelift results.



Q: WHAT DOES RECOVERY LOOK LIKE?

A: Since the deep plane technique focuses on repositioning facial soft tissue as a single unit, patients experience less trauma and pain and the healing process is much faster. You can expect some swelling and bruising, but most patients are back to their regularly scheduled routine within a week or two at the most.


Click here to learn more about what to expect before, during, and after your facelift.



Q: WILL I BE UNDER FULL ANESTHETSIA?

A: No. During a deep plane facelift, patients remain awake, removing risks and complications that often arise from general anesthesia. Dr. Azzi uses numbing agents and administers an oral medication, such as Valium, to help patients relax during the procedure.


Learn more here.



Q: WHO IS THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR A DEEP PLANE FACELIFT?

A: The best candidates for this type of facelift are those who notice visible signs of aging like wrinkles, drooping jowls and sagging skin. Deep plane facelifts are generally performed on patients ranging from their 40s to 70s.


If you are considering a facelift, the easiest way to determine if you are a good candidate is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azzi.


You can view Before & After photos here.


Dr. Azzi specializes exclusively in the face, nose and neck. He is double board certified and travels all over the world helping those in need. He has also authored chapters in plastic surgery textbooks. His focus is always the patient and the desired end result.


His biggest piece of advice? “Trust your face to a specialist.”


If you are considering any type of procedure, Dr. Azzi of The Palm Beach Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery can discuss the benefits and risks with you in great detail. With offices located in Jupiter and Palm City, Florida, he’s known as one of the top plastic surgeons in Florida, and he has patients travel from all over the country for his specialized procedures.


Call us for a complimentary virtual or in-person consultation at (561) 429-5403 or click here to contact us online.

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