Achieve Natural-Looking Facial Rejuvenation With an Extended Deep Plane Facelift in Houston

As we age, it’s extremely common to experience wrinkles, sagging skin, and loss of facial volume. To reduce these signs of aging, many people choose to undergo a traditional facelift, which can effectively firm and tighten the skin to create a more youthful appearance. However, one common worry for patients when considering a facelift is that their skin will appear overly stretched or unnatural. Although skilled plastic surgeons like Dr. Angela Sturm can consistently produce natural-looking results, this is still a valid concern. Fortunately, Dr. Sturm is one of the few facial plastic surgeons in Houston offering a procedure called the extended deep plane facelift in Houston, which can create dramatic facial rejuvenation while fully maintaining your natural appearance.

What Is an Extended Deep Plane Facelift?

The extended deep plane facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed to create a more youthful and contoured facial appearance. This specialized procedure is known for its ability to provide more comprehensive and natural-looking results when compared to traditional facelift techniques. This is achieved by addressing the deeper layers of facial tissue and refraining from putting too much tension on the skin.

Because the extended deep plane facelift is a complex procedure requiring precision and expertise, very few plastic surgeons in the Houston area offer it. Dr. Sturm is known for her skill and experience relating to all kinds of facelift procedures, and she’s able to consistently provide quality results with this powerful technique.

When performing an extended deep plane facelift in Houston, Dr. Sturm typically uses small incisions behind the ears and/or hidden beneath the hairline. She then carefully releases several tension points in the underlying facial structure, allowing her to gently lift the layers of muscle and tissue, including the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) layer. This allows her to precisely reposition the face's underlying structure, meaning that she can create firmer, more youthful-looking skin without any risk of an overly stretched appearance. Additionally, these adjustments can enhance the volume of the cheeks and jawline to improve the patient’s facial contours and proportions.

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Benefits of the Extended Deep Plane Facelift

The extended deep plane facelift is a cutting-edge procedure that can offer many significant benefits, including the following:

  • Smoother, firmer facial skin
  • Enhanced facial contours
  • Improved facial harmony
  • Restoration of lost facial volume
  • Exceptionally natural-looking results
  • Enhanced jawline definition
  • Reduced fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduced skin laxity
  • Avoidance of the overstretched, unnatural look
  • Improved self-confidence and self-image

Who Is a Good Candidate for an Extended Deep Plane Facelift in Houston?

If you’re looking to achieve a more youthful-looking face while maintaining your natural appearance, you may be a good candidate for an extended deep plane facelift. Many who undergo the procedure are concerned that a standard facelift will create a stretched or artificial-looking appearance. Most candidates are also dealing with significant signs of facial aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, and loss of volume. To be an ideal candidate, it’s important that you’re physically healthy, a non-smoker, and not currently pregnant or nursing.

When you have your consultation with Dr. Sturm, she’ll examine your face and listen to your unique aesthetic goals. She’ll also need to know about your current health, medical history, and any medications you’re taking. This information will help her determine if you’re truly a good candidate for the extended deep plane facelift.

What Is the Recovery Like After an Extended Deep Plane Facelift?

Most patients require about 10 to 14 days of rest after undergoing an extended deep plane facelift. You’ll experience swelling, bruising, and soreness during this time, but those symptoms will gradually subside on their own. During this time, to ensure that you heal properly and achieve quality results, you should do the following:

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Sleep with your head elevated
  • Take prescription or over-the-counter medication to reduce discomfort
  • Apply a cold pack to reduce swelling and bruising
  • Take light walks around the house to keep your blood flowing
  • Stay hydrated
  • Maintain a healthy diet

After about two weeks, you should be able to gradually resume your normal routine and return to work. However, you’ll need to refrain from strenuous physical activity and intense exercise for at least four to six weeks.

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Why Choose Dr. Angela Sturm for Your Extended Deep Plane Facelift in Houston?

To ensure that your extended deep plane facelift goes smoothly and yields excellent results, you need to select a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Angela Sturm is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is renowned for her facelift expertise. While completing her medical education at the Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Sturm received the Outstanding Otolaryngology Medical Student Award and the top medical student research prize from the National Academy of Otolaryngology. During her impressive career, she has been the most awarded female plastic surgeon in Houston, and she has also published and co-authored numerous medical journals on facial plastic surgery techniques. To schedule a private consultation with Dr. Sturm, just fill out an online contact form or give our office a call today.

Extended Deep Plane Facelift FAQ

What type of anesthesia will be used?

Will I have visible scarring after the surgery?

What is the ideal age for an extended deep plane facelift?

How long will the procedure take?

What type of anesthesia will be used?

Your extended deep plane facelift will be performed using general anesthesia, which will keep you peacefully asleep throughout the surgery.

Will I have visible scarring after the surgery?

When performing an extended deep plane facelift, Dr. Sturm is careful to place the incisions in inconspicuous areas behind the ears and beneath the hairline. Any scarring will be very hard to see and gradually fade after the procedure.

What is the ideal age for an extended deep plane facelift?

Usually, the best candidates for an extended deep plane facelift are in their 40s, 50s, or 60s, but there’s not necessarily an ideal age for the procedure.

How long will the procedure take?

On average, an extended deep plane facelift will take around three to four hours to complete. You’ll need to stay at the facility to be monitored for a few hours after the procedure. After that, you can have a friend or family member drive you home and, ideally, stay with you for the first night of recovery.

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