Deep Plane Facelift


Sometimes, a more complex surgical approach to the traditional facelift is needed in order to achieve the most transformative results. If you’re looking for the most rejuvenating facial surgery available, then the deep plane facelift is your best option. With the help of Dr. David Gilpin, our double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, you can achieve the most renewing results possible with facelift surgery.


Deep plane facelifts are plastic surgery procedures designed to rejuvenate the face at a deeper level than traditional facelift surgery. It’s a relatively new surgical technique that better addresses the root causes of aging rather than simply smoothing the skin. Many facial plastic surgeons prefer the deep plane facelift procedure for patients who need substantial rejuvenation because it can produce the most transformative results.

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The traditional facelift works by lifting the superficial skin and tightening it, removing any excess in a natural-looking way and suturing the remaining skin back in place. However, this doesn’t address the underlying causes of aging, which are the effects of volume loss and sagging of the deep tissues of the face. The result is smoother skin – but without correcting the underlying tissues that support it.

The deep plane facelift is a facelift technique that goes beyond the traditional facelift. The facial skin and tissues exist on top of a layer of deep tissues called the superficial musculoaponeurotic system, or SMAS. (An extended deep plane facelift is also called an SMAS facelift.) A traditional facelift doesn’t typically address the SMAS and instead only addresses the top layers of the facial skin. The deep plane facelift lifts and releases the SMAS in order to rejuvenate the face at its deepest levels. By lifting the fat pads in the cheeks and deep tissues to their natural, youthful position, volume loss, sagging, and deep folds can be reversed.


  • Severe sagging and folds
  • Volume loss and hollowness
  • Drooping and jowls


  • Long-lasting results
  • Natural, youthful look
  • ·Deep rejuvenation



Investing in your confidence is a big step, and your choice of facial plastic surgeon should reflect it. We offer a premier, luxury environment where you can focus on yourself.

With the help of our professional and knowledgeable team, you can begin your journey toward a more confident you. We’ll take every step to ensure you feel comfortable, pampered, and acknowledged. Begin your refined and cultivated experience here at Gilpin Facial Plastics & Aesthetics.


A traditional facelift is a great option for patients who have moderate signs of aging. With a traditional facelift, the upper layers of the skin can be rejuvenated for a younger look. However, for patients with more severe sagging and folds, the deep plane technique is the best option when it comes to facial plastic surgery. We recognize that it can be difficult to know which option is best for you and your budget, so Dr. David Gilpin can assess your goals during a private consultation at our Nashville office.

The deep plane facelift can also be easily combined with other surgical options like the neck liftbrow lift, or eyelid surgery for more complete rejuvenation.


The deep plane facelift typically requires 2-3 weeks of dedicated recovery. It’s normal to experience bruising and swelling during this time, and you’ll be given prescription medications to manage any discomfort. It’s extremely important to keep your head elevated while sleeping and avoid any strenuous activity. Dr. Gilpin will monitor your recovery and provide care steps according to your progress.

It can take a few months for all swelling to subside and for your final results to emerge, but most patients see stunning improvement in the youthfulness of their facial profile after a deep plane facelift. In fact, some patients remove 10-15 years off their facial profile with the help of Dr. Gilpin. One of the biggest benefits of the deep plane facelift is that it can produce long-term results, and our team can help you maximize your results with the right skincare and non-surgical treatments at our Nashville office.


Dr Gilpin and his staff are the absolute best and I had an incredible experience with them before, during and after my procedure. They are knowledgeable and caring and I am very grateful for my experience with them!

I cannot recommend Dr Gilpin highly enough. He is so extremely knowledgeable and considerate in making the patient comfortable with all decisions and during the procedure. The nurses go above and beyond to make one feel at ease all along the way. The staff is wonderful! The office is beautiful. My results are amazing! Most of all Dr Gilpin is a true kind and professional surgeon!

Everyone at Gilpin Facial is wonderful! From the front desk, to the nurses to Dr. Gilpin himself. I’ve switched everything involving my skin and face over to their practice and I couldn’t be happier with the results. You will always feel comfortable and they go above and beyond to make you happy. I can’t recommend this place enough!

Every experience with Gilpin Facial Plastics + Aesthetics is better than the last. From the gorgeous location and caring team of skin care professionals, to the meticulous procedures, I always feel so well taken care of.

The team at GFP makes sure I feel secure and confident in my skincare choices and leave me feeling more youthful after every appointment. I wouldn’t trust anyone but Dr. Gilpin, Meredith, and their team to answer my questions and take care of my aesthetics needs.


The deep plane facelift is one of the most effective anti-aging procedures available to lift sagging skin and take years off your facial appearance. To meet with Dr. Gilpin and learn more about your options for deep plane surgery, contact our Nashville office by calling or filling out our online form.


What Is Recovery Like After a Facelift?

Dr. Gilpin is highly involved with his patients' aftercare, and you can expect a personal visit from him at your home or hotel room after your procedure. He will also call you or your caregiver personally the night after your surgery to make sure your recovery is proceeding optimally. It's recommended that you have a responsible friend or family member stay with you for the first night and drive you home after surgery. During surgery, Dr. Gilpin aims to be as gentle as possible, which usually results in less bruising and swelling, and most of his patients report minimal discomfort after a facelift. Vertical facelift patients may experience a feeling of “tightness”, especially under the chin and neck, which fades as time progresses. Dr. Gilpin will see you on your first post-operative day to remove bandages and check your healing. Swelling and bruising will last from a few days up to two weeks, and you can typically resume social functions within seven to 10 days after surgery. Most patients can return to work within one to two weeks.

What Kind of Anesthesia Will Be Used During a Facelift?

For optimal safety and comfort, Dr. Gilpin typically performs facelift procedures under general anesthesia.

What Are the Risks Associated with a Facelift?

When performed by a board-certified surgeon on carefully selected candidates, complications from a facelift are rare. In the rare event complications do occur, they are usually related to adverse reactions to anesthesia, poor healing, or poor scarring.

When Will I See the Final Results of My Facelift?

Most patients see significant results from their facelift within the first one to two months after the procedure. Subtle changes may continue to occur for up to a year after the procedure as well.

Can I combine a facelift with other procedures?

The facelift can easily be combined with other facial procedures like eyelid surgery, neck lift, brow lift, and rhinoplasty. Dr. Gilpin can make a professional recommendation based on your goals and concerns during your consultation.

How should I prepare for my facelift?

When preparing for your surgery, it's important to follow Dr. Gilpin's instructions to ensure a safe and effective procedure. This includes avoiding over-the-counter medications like aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs. Certain herbal supplements can also increase bleeding, so make sure to discuss these during your consultation. You should also discuss any facial products you regularly use, since some ingredients can compromise your results and skin quality. Most importantly, you should stop smoking at least four weeks prior to your surgery date.

Will the Results of My Facelift Be Permanent?

When approaching each procedure, Dr. Gilpin is committed to performing surgery that will last as long as possible, without patients looking over-corrected or altered. Although you can't permanently stop the aging process, you can expect the results of your facelift to be long-lasting, especially when paired with a healthy lifestyle. In general, your facelift will make you look about 10 years younger, and while aging will continue, the procedure will essentially “turn back the clock” and allow you to age gracefully over time. Many Nashville patients also opt to maintain their rejuvenated appearance with non-invasive treatments, like Botox injections and dermal fillers.

Where Will My Facelift Be Performed in Nashville?

Dr. Gilpin's procedures are typically performed at the Cool Springs Surgery Center, which is a fully accredited, state-of-the-art surgical center conveniently located in Nashville.

Will a Facelift Leave Noticeable Scars?

Dr. Gilpin meticulously hides facelift incisions within the hairline and in the natural contours of the face. When performing a deep plane facelift, the incision typically begins at the hairline of the temples, continues around the ear, and ends in the lower scalp area.u00a0Neck lift incisions often wrap behind each of the earlobes and then end in the lower scalp. There is also a small incision under the chin, which is hidden in a natural crease.u00a0Dr. Gilpin's goal is for you to look naturally refreshed, without any evidence that you have undergone a procedure.

What is the average cost for a facelift?

The cost of your facelift can vary widely based on factors like your area, your plastic surgeon, and your specific surgery. Our facelift range begins at $19,000-$21,000 and can increase depending on the procedures that will meet your goals. During your consultation with Dr. Gilpin, you’ll receive a full estimate of your facelift cost in Nashville.


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