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The deep plane facelift is a technique that can be used in conjunction with an upper and lower blepharoplasty as well as a coronal brow lift.While the deep plane facelift affords excellent correction of the nasolabial folds, jowls, and neck, I have found that the aperture of the upper eyelids can yield a significant positive impact on the aesthetic result on the overall youthful appearance of the face. Early post-operative results of the deep plane facelift have bruising similar to the subcutaneous facelifts. 

It is very common for women as they age to have an accumulation of skin on their upper eyelids. This accumulation of skin has been given the medical term, dermatochalasis. Often this accumulation can be asymmetric-meaning greater on one side versus the other and can create differences in the aperture of the eye.

It is important when correcting this asymmetry to note the location of the tarsal fold or eyelid crease.As you can see in the above photograph the patient’s right eye has significantly more skin pre-operatively than the left eye. Careful notation of these asymmetries is important so that post-operatively the eyes can have equal apertures and yield an optimal aesthetic result.