How long does deep plane facelift surgery take?

Mrinal Supriya explains how long deep plane facelift surgery takes

Laura Livesey: From the moment I’m interested in investigating deep plane facelift to the going through the whole process and coming out the other side. What does that time period look like for most people?

Phase 1: Assess your suitability and get in touch

Mrinal Supriya: The first thing is visiting the website. There are some helpful questionnaires that you can use to self assess and see if you would benefit. There are some webinars, and there are questions and answers that you can review. And in fact, there would be an opportunity to ask me questions directly.

Following that, you would call our practice manager who would again send you some information and she would probably also answer some of your questions. Once you have decided to book a consultation, you will come and see me.

Phase 2: Get your questions answered in person

We will go through what your main concerns are, and I will assess the changes on your face and also ask you questions regarding your general health…

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We will go through some before and after pictures, which would be suitable in your situation or for your procedure. And you will go home with some more information leaflet.

This will give you time to reflect on the consultation and have some more questions after you have gone through the information.

This will lead to the second consultation where you will come back, and we will be more focused. I’ll answer all your questions. We will again go through some before and after pictures so that we both are completely clear as to what you want to achieve and what I can deliver quite reliably to you. You will go back so that you have time to review and reflect on the consultation and the information. Once you have decided to have the surgery, we will fix up a date. It can be in London, or it can be in Northampton, either of these two places.

Phase 3: The day of your deep plane facelift surgery

On the day of surgery, you will come in the morning, there will be theatre staff to welcome you, and you will meet the anaesthetist who would almost always be a consultant anaesthetist in the NHS. So they have a lot of experience, and they know how to keep you comfortable.

You will also see me on the day of surgery before the actual procedure, so if you have any further questions, even on the day, do not hesitate in asking me. The surgery itself will take anywhere from three to four hours, and after the surgery, we will keep you under observation for a few hours till you are completely comfortable. You might elect to go back home, or you might stay in the hospital.

Phase 4: Feel well taken care of during your speedy recovery

It’ll be completely up to you, but I’ll see you the following day after surgery where we will remove all the dressing, and if you had some drain, we would remove that as well. After that, you will get a compression bandage to keep things in place and some medication to help you heal better.

Most of the swelling will start to subside by the end of the week. You should not be in significant pain.

You will be eating, drinking, and walking from the actual day of surgery. So you should be pretty much back to your day to day activity by 24 to 48 hour after surgery.

All the stitches or sutures get removed within the first two weeks.

And in my experience, almost all my of my patients after a deep plane facelift are back to their professional or their social life by the end of 10 to 14 days.

There will be some swelling which will not be dramatic, and that will subside over the next few weeks. You will have to take care of your suture site or your wound site, but you can apply makeup by the end of three weeks to hide them. As with any other sutures, these are hidden, and they will fade away with time…

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By the end of three months, you should be almost completely healed. There will be some remodelling of the deeper scar, but that won’t be visible. As the sensory nerves in your skin grow, you will get some tingling sensation, but it will not be painful.

Your psychological recovery is almost complete by the end of the week. So you start feeling more confident. The grogginess, the tiredness that happens after anaesthesia is almost gone in the first few days after surgery. So you start getting into a better mental state by the end of two weeks, and your physical recovery is almost complete by the first two weeks.

Laura Livesey: Oh, wow. It sounds like from the moment you make the decision, once you’ve gone through the consultation process and you’ve decided to have the treatment, that part’s pretty quick, and really within two weeks, much of the healing is done. Then you have further healing, but that’s sort of ongoing, and you’re kind of finished with that within three months. Now, I would imagine that people don’t just decide one day, I’m going to get a deep plane facelift and come to you. Some people must think about it for a long time. So is that the case? Do you have some people that make the decision come right away, and then other people have been thinking about it for five years?

Mrinal Supriya: Again, it varies. It depends upon the kind of homework that individual patient would have done. I would see some patients who have been to different consultants but did not feel comfortable or did not have the confidence that they will get the deep plane facelift that they have read about. So these will relatively take less time to decide and go ahead with the surgery. On the other hand, there might be some patients who are still debating whether they would benefit from a deep plane facelift or not. The key thing is that this is a lifestyle surgery. It is not a critical or essential surgery.

You should never take this decision in haste. Take your time. And I will always encourage you to take your time before you decide to have the surgery.

Dig as much information about the surgery, the recovery, and the actual technique that your surgeon will use. Ask questions, come back with more questions if you require, have as many consultations as you feel necessary before you make the decision to have the surgery.

Be confident in your surgeon, and be comfortable in asking as many questions at any point as you want.

Read more about deep plane facelift

I’m an expert in this area and have all of the answers to any questions you might have. However, If you’d like to continue learning about facelifts, open up the toggles below to read more.

Here is an interesting abstract about the benefits of the deep plane facelift incision entry points compared to other facelifts. Click here for more information.

Here is a general overview of the deep plane facelift treatment. Click here for more information.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons wrote a great post regarding deep plane facelifts and how patients look five years after treatment. Click here for more information

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has provided a brief history of the facelift procedure and the various treatment options available. Click here for more information.

About the expert

Mr Mrinal Supriya | Facial Cosmetic Surgeon

FRCS (OTOL-HNS), MRCS Ed, DO-HNS, MS in ENT, MBBS

Mr Mrinal Supriya is a Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon with a special interest in facial cosmetic surgery. He is among 30 cosmetic surgeons who are members of the Royal College of Surgeons’ voluntary registration scheme – a professional body that works to advance surgical practice and patient care.

Mr Surpriya has previously worked in top hospitals around the world including the UK, Australia and the USA. He has also spent time with Dr Andrew Jacono who has been named one of the top plastic surgeons in the USA.

In the UK, Mr Supriya has worked as an ENT Consultant at Northampton General Hospital & St. George’s University Hospital, London as well as Ninewells University Hospital, Dundee.

Mr. Supriya’s clinical interests are minimal-access facial cosmetic procedures with a further expertise in Deep Plane Facelift and Rhinoplasty. By focusing his cosmetic practice solely to the face, Mr Supriya has developed super-specialised skills and achieved extremely reliable results with high patient satisfaction.

Mr. Supriya is able to provide comprehensive expertise that can only come from super specialisation: eyelid rejuvenation, nose job, endoscopic brow, face and neck lift, lip rejuvenation, cheek rejuvenation, ear surgery, chin surgery, buccal fat pad resection and skin treatments.

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