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Deep Plane Facelift vs SMAS Facelift

Do you know the difference between a deep plane facelift and a SMAS facelift? There is a bewildering array of solutions available. But what is best?

None of us is immune to the ravages of time. However, the external signs of ageing are symptomatic of what is going on internally.

Changes occur to the skeleton and facial muscles. The skin on your face starts to lose elasticity. Excess fat and loose skin results in the tell-tale signs of ageing as gravity takes its toll.

You end up with sagging skin, jowls and deep lines running from your nose to the corners of your mouth. Unsightly eye bags are another feature of ageing skin, making you look tired.

The good news is that facelift surgery offers a solution to these problems. For most patients who undergo this procedure, their self-confidence improves dramatically. Finally, the age of their face corresponds with the age that they feel.

Why Have a Facelift?

Facelift surgery is still popular, despite the rise in non-surgical options. Plastic surgery offers a long-term, permanent solution that non-surgical treatments do not.

Additionally, surgery techniques have moved on. The emphasis on traditional facelifts was on pulling the skin tight. Now the emphasis is on repositioning soft tissues and restoring volume. Thus, the aim of today’s advanced facelift techniques is to create a more natural appearance.

Non-surgical treatments are not as effective as surgical facelift procedures. Over time, this can work out to be more expensive. Because most are temporary, they need to be topped-up to maintain the results.

A surgical facelift (rhytidectomy) offers a one-time procedure. and permanently restores a more youthful appearance for 10 years or more. The ageing process still happens, but after a facelift, it is occurring on a younger-looking face.

Facelift surgery improves age-related changes, such as jowls, sagging cheeks and nasolabial folds. However, for other concerns you may need to consider additional procedures, including eyelid surgery or a neck lift.

What Are The Differences Between the Deep Plane Facelift and the SMAS Facelift?

The Deep Plane Facelift:

The deep plane facelift reduces the appearance of an ageing face and neck. It removes excess skin, tightens and reshapes the underlying musculature.

By cutting and releasing various ligaments tethering the face in its existing shape, the surgeon can manipulate the deep tissues. This restores volume and cheek shape, improving the nasolabial folds and hollows in the lower eyelids. It also avoids the need for filler or cheek implants.

In the deep plane technique, the SMAS and skin layers are raised together rather than separately. The SMAS is a deep layer of tissue within the skin and subcutaneous tissue. Manipulating it changes the structure of the face.

The advantage of the deep plane facelift is that it is a deeper technique. Thus, it is suitable for individuals with more pronounced lines and greater skin laxity. It is an ideal choice for those who have a long, square jaw because it lengthens the face.

Deep plane facelift also improves the neck. Additionally, there are fewer visible scars as the incisions are made behind the ears.

The SMAS Facelift:

The skin and SMAS layers are raised separately allowing them to be tightened in different directions. This gives the plastic surgeon better control when reconstructing the underlying tissue. The result restores a customised facial shape with a natural lift of the overlying skin.

The advantage of SMAS facelifts is that they are less invasive and have a faster recovery time. They also do not require the stretching of the skin. This can be a feature of deep plane facelifts leading to the ‘wind tunnel’ look.

SMAS facelifts are not as invasive as deep plane lifts. Thus, recovery time is shorter, and they cost significantly less.


The facelift cost depends on many factors, including the time of surgery and the costs associated with admission to the clinic. Deep plane facelift cost is usually higher than SMAS technique.

Without knowing the patient, we do not offer approximate prices since each patient is different. But we know that the economic factor is important when making the decision.

For this reason, we offer the patient the possibility of coming to the clinic facilities for a free and no obligation first visit. You will be able to consult with the surgeon all your doubts or concerns. The medical team will offer the best solution and the best price for your facelift.

Ask for a quote today and we’ll help you decide which method of facial rejuvenation is best suited for you.

Which Facelift Option is Right for Me?

It is not easy to compare the results of deep plane facelift  surgery and the SMAS facelift. Everyone is different with unique conditions and factors that influence the outcome. Therefore, what might be best for one person is not necessarily the same for another.

It is best to consult with a plastic surgeon with appropriate expertise in the field. Dr Jesus Benito is a specialist in facial surgery. He is a member of professional international organisations, including the

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS)
  • International Federation of Adipose Therapeutics and Science (IFATS)

Dr Benito Ruiz teaches around the world and is a speaker at international congresses. A skilled facial surgeon, he offers reliable treatments for positive outcomes.

Let us know if you need help deciding between a deep plane facelift and SMAS facelift for your procedure. With our free, no-obligation quote, we can provide an accurate cost estimate. This includes all the details of your individual case so there will be no surprises or hidden fees. Get in touch to find out more.

Doctor Jesús Benito: Publications:

  • Absorbable screws in endoscope-assisted forehead lifting. Benito J, Camargo VJ, Torres A.Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2003
  • Lifting medio facial. VI Reunión de la Sociedad de Cirugía Plástica, reparadora y Estética de la Comunidad Valenciana. 28-29 de octubre de 2005. Valencia
  • Are lifting techniques for midface rejuvenation outdated? Congreso de EASAPS, Madrid 28 y 29 de noviembre de 2014.


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    Antiaging Group Barcelona

    Ronda del General Mitre, 84, 08021 (Barcelona, Spain)

    Nearest Metro Stations: Les Tres Torres / La Bonanova

    Cosmetic and plastic surgery in Spain | AGB | Dr Jesús Benito
    Cosmetic and plastic surgery in Spain | AGB | Dr Jesús Benito