Rhytidectomy (Facelift)


VIP Signature Deep Plane Lift

Of all the facial plastic surgery procedures Dr. Vipond performs, facelift surgery (rhytidoplasty) provides perhaps the most dramatic and impressive change. It can take away sagging jowls, neck banding (turkey gobblers), and extra skin to turn back the sands of time.
There are many different ways to lift the sagging muscles and skin of the face, each with its own benefits and limitation. This is not a “one size fits all” surgery and the decision is based on your individual features and concerns. Not surprisingly, it does require patience, time, and skill to ensure a natural appearance while maximizing a surgical improvement. It is definitely one of the most satisfying procedures performed but the best results are seen with properly-selected candidates who are psychologically prepared and have realistic expectations.

The Deep Plane Lift involves dissection underneath the SMAS layer of the face where the tissue has loosened with aging. It is a more extensive release of this fallen tissue and release of the retaining ligaments of the face and neck to better elevate and suspend the cheek and jowl region. The Deep Plane approach may also be the most effective way to help lift up the midface/cheek region and help soften the nasolabial fold. While the Deep Plane Lift may take a little longer, Dr. Vipond and his patients have been extremely happy with the impressive, but natural-looking results. Another benefit of the Deep Plane approach is its safety in patients with possible risks for poor healing, such as smoking, diabetes, prior facial surgery or very thin skin.

The Deep Plane Lift uses the same incision as Dr. Vipond’s traditional VIP Multi-Vector Lift, hiding along the hairline and curves and shadows along the ear. This incision minimizes any change or distortion in the hair line, especially in the temple region) and with his meticulous closure technique, leaves an imperceptible scar.

Just as with the VIP Multi-Vector Lift, the operation involves four stages: the incision, the elevation of the skin, the repositioning of the facial muscles and fat, and closing the incision. As with all facelifting techniques, the most important aspect of the procedure is the repositioning of the muscle layer of the face and neck. Rather than just elevating and re-suspending the foundation of the face (SMAS and platysma), Dr. Vipond makes a small incision along the edge of the loose SMAS and then releases it from the underlying tissue and from the retaining ligaments of the face. This release allows the foundation of the face, including the jowls and cheek, to be lifted and secured in a more youthful position without fighting against the pull of the ligaments. This may result in a better and longer-lasting surgical improvement than other techniques. Lifting both the skin and muscle in a vertical direction may also help avoid the “pulled” or “wind-tunnel” appearance that can be seen with other techniques. Just as the SMAS layer is released from the underlying tissue, the platysma is similarly lifted from underneath. This allows a better improvement in the neck and jawline and may even support fallen saliva glands in the neck. By releasing the platysma muscle from the underlying ligaments, there may also be a better longevity of improvement compared to other methods. Once the platysma and SMAS muscle layers have been lifted up to their more youthful position, they are secured into place with permanent sutures.

The next stage of the procedure involves trimming the extra skin. It is extremely important to avoid pulling the skin too tightly so that there is no distortion of the ear or widening of the scars. Meticulous technique when closing the incision ensures the best chance of a virtually invisible scar.

While the Deep Plane Lift may involve a little more work than the traditional VIP Multi-Vector Lift, the same anesthesia options are available. While patient comfort and safety are the highest priority, Dr. Vipond and the vast majority of his patients prefer to operate without general anesthesia. The recovery process is quicker and patient comfort is greater without any sacrifice in safety. During your consultation, Dr. Vipond will discuss with you all of your options and help arrive at one that is best suited for you.

Just like the VIP Multi-Vector Lift, the recovery is typically straightforward without excessive downtime or discomfort. All of the sutures are removed at one week, and most patients are able to return to work and be “anonymous” by the end of the second week. There are several “tricks” that can reduce the amount of swelling and bruising as well as camouflage any signs of “work” that will get you back to your regular lifestyle earlier. Dr. Vipond and his staff will go over all of these details in depth during your preoperative appointments.

Revision Facelift

Dr. Vipond has extensive experience in treating patients who have had prior facial surgery. This may involve correcting the outcomes of previous face/neck lifts to improve unsightly results or may just involve lifting up the sagging muscles and skin from the continuing aging process. Sometimes, it is a simple matter of improving the incisions and scars, but depending on the patient’s appearance, may include repositioning the muscular foundation of the face and neck (the SMAS and platysma), contouring the fat, or removing excess skin. The VIP Signature Deep Plane Lift or the VIP Multi-Vector Lift may both be used, but the most appropriate approach would be decided by you and Dr. Vipond after a proper evaluation and discussion in the office. While the best situation is to have the procedure done correctly the first time, Dr. Vipond has the artistic vision and surgical skill to help restore your natural preoperative beauty.