Deep Plane Facelift

Dr. Minton only facial plastic surgeon in region to offer Deep Plane Facelift

Wanting a more natural and long-lasting look for your face? Savannah Facial Plastic Surgery and Dr. Timothy Minton now offer another way to have a successful facelift. Called Deep Plane Facelift, this additional technique in facial plastic surgery is the most natural, long-lasting facelift approach. If you are looking for a way to address facial aging, you may want to see if you are a candidate for Deep Plane Facelift. Results typically are a more youthful, rejuvenated face.

Dr. Minton is the only facial plastic surgeon in the region offering Deep Plane Facelift. This technique in facelift can help with the following issues:

  • Drooping lower cheeks
  • Wrinkles
  • Loose neck skin or double chin
  • Sagging loose skin on the face
  • Sagging of fatty tissue in the face

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You may be an ideal candidate for Deep Plane Facelift if you are looking to tighten your mid-face, neck and jawline. As with all medical procedures, excellent candidates are those in good overall health and who have informed, realistic expectations. We serve clients in Savannah, St. Simons, Pooler and the Bluffton/Hilton Head area of South Carolina.

You may not be a good candidate for Deep Plane Facelift, if you take anticoagulants (blood thinners), take certain herbal medications and supplements, have poorly controlled hypertension (high blood pressure) or are an active smoker.


An initial consultation with Dr. Minton is the first step to any procedure. There, he will discuss your health history and closely examine your face to determine the precise changes to be made and if the Deep Plane Facelift technique is best for you to achieve the most long-lasting and natural-looking results.

If a facelift is right for you, you will be asked to do the following:

  • Fast for a minimum of 12 hours prior to the surgery
  • Arrange for someone to take you home after the surgery
  • Avoid medications like aspirin and warfarin
  • Avoid smoking before and after the surgery

Also, if you want to dye or highlight your hair, it’s best to do it before the surgery. You will not be able to treat your hair for a month after the surgery.


A Deep Plane Facelift is a very personalized process that if you qualify for will be determined by yourself and Dr. Minton. Generally, you can expect:

  1. Anesthesia. Before the start of the surgery, anesthesia is administered to the patient to ensure there’s no pain or discomfort during the surgery. Typically during a Deep Plane Facelift, general anesthesia is given to ensure patient comfort. Local and topical anesthesia may also be considered depending on the depth of your facelift. Depending on the type of anesthesia, you may need someone to drive you home following the procedure.
  2. Incisions and procedure. Prior to your surgery, Dr. Minton will determine the best places on your face to do the incisions. One thing that sets Deep Plane apart from other facelifts is that the technique only lifts under the muscle layer, leaving the skin attached to the muscle layers. The procedure also lifts the cheeks by releasing the binding points of the face in the “deep plane” (the area on the face that separates the superficial soft tissue envelope from the deeper muscle layers) so that any additional fat or filler is unnecessary.
  3. Sealing the incisions. The incisions will be sealed with the help of absorbable or normal stitches in order to help them heal and keep out any germs to help prevent infection.


After a Deep Plane Facelift, a bandage is placed over the face to minimize bruising and swelling.

Effects of the procedure vary from patient to patient. You may experience some bruising and swelling. Dr. Minton will provide careful instructions regarding how to care for the incisions, what medications need to be taken during recovery, follow-up appointments and any temporary lifestyle changes that may help with recovery.

For example, you may be asked to rest your head at an incline for the first week or two to help with swelling. This can be done with the help of multiple pillows beneath your head. Additionally, you will be asked to avoid any intense physical activities, exposure to the sun, excess touching of the face, certain medications and smoking.

When you start to see results also varies from patient to patient. As time progresses, you should start to see visible improvements to your face and/or neck line, leaving you with a long-lasting, natural look.


How long does a Deep Plane Facelift take?

This technique for a facelift takes anywhere between two and a half hours to three hours.

How much downtime can I expect after the procedure?

Dr. Minton will give you specific instructions to follow after your surgery. This may include keeping your head elevated at all times, including night, and avoiding strenuous activity for up to four weeks. Most patients feel well enough to return to normal activities within seven to 10 days.

Will it hurt? Will I have any scarring?

The patient doesn’t feel anything during the procedure. Following surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising and discomfort that will steadily improve over the course of three to five weeks.

Will I have any scarring?

The goal for every facelift is to provide the patient with the most natural-looking and longest-lasting results. This includes making incisions in areas where they are not noticeable. Additionally, facelift scars tend to heal flat and close to the skin’s natural coloring, making them virtually invisible.


Our skilled, double-board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Timothy Minton is available to discuss the Deep Plane Facelift technique in greater detail during a consultation at our Savannah Facial Plastic Surgery offices in Savannah or Pooler. We serve clients from Savannah to St. Simon’s Island to Hilton Head and surrounding areas. Arrange your consultation by contacting us today.