Plastic Surgery

Deep Plane Facelift

All about deep plane facelift surgery

As we age, wrinkles can develop over once-smooth skin, causing skin that used to be tight to hang and sag. A deep plane facelift seeks to counteract these effects, resulting in a more youthful, brighter appearance for patients of any age.

Unlike traditional facelifts, which might merely tighten the skin, the deep plane method is a more targeted approach to restoring a youthful contour. In addition to traditional facelift procedures, our best deep plane facelift surgeon in Australia, Dr Honeybrook, has the expertise and considerable skill to perform a deep plane facelift in Sydney. A deep plane facelift operates on an entirely different tissue level than the older techniques.

Because of the differences in how a deep plane facelift in Australia is performed, not many doctors are qualified to successfully execute such a procedure. The results can lead to a more natural, vibrant you.

What are the benefits of a deep plane facelift?

Despite its numerous positive attributes, the SMAS facelift can rely partially on skin tightening, which can lead to a more unnatural-looking appearance if not performed by a highly skilled facelift surgeon. The reality is that some aging effects occur below the SMAS layer. On the other hand, the deep plane facelift maintains the skin and underlying tissues in alignment by detaching and repositioning the entire system as a single unit.

While the SMAS relies on the tension of the pulled skin and muscle to produce the results, a deep plane facelift puts no such strain on the skin or muscle, instead simply adjusting the positioning of the facial tissue for a more permanent effect. The results of a deep plane facelift are subtler and more natural, allowing younger patients to stave off the effects of aging early on rather than waiting to correct serious flaws after they have occurred.

Am I a candidate for deep plane facelift surgery?

Before deciding whether to pursue surgery, you must consider if you are a good candidate for surgery:

  • Are good mental and physical health
  • Are a nonsmoker 
  • Have realistic expectations of the outcome
  • Have sufficient skin elasticity
  • Understand the recovery process
  • You’re able to take sufficient recovery time off of work
  • You are a nonsmoker or are willing to stop smoking at least 8 weeks before surgery and 8 weeks post-surgery

The first step in finding out more about facelift is to schedule a private consultation. In this consultation, you will meet directly with your facial plastic surgeon. This gives you an opportunity to discuss your concerns and get all of your questions answered.

You will have the opportunity to tell the doctor the type of facelift you envision for yourself. Feel free to bring a photo of a celebrity or other person who has had a similar procedure. At our clinic, we have many photographs to help you through the process, including people with a similar facial structure, so you can see the “before and after.”

During your personalised consultation for a facelift, your surgeon will ask you about your medical history, as well as any issue of substance abuse, tobacco use, or alcohol use. Furthermore, you will need to bring in all medications and supplements you currently take. Part of the consultation involves a full and accurate medical history. Tell Dr. Honeybrook about any past surgeries, procedures, and complications you have experienced in your life. He can then make a decision based upon your general health, and whether you are a good candidate for the procedure – most people are.

At the end of your consultation, Dr. Honeybrook will make recommendations about the best course of action to take for your facelift to achieve the most attractive result. Every person is different, and the facial structure may need to be altered significantly or just minimally, depending upon what needs to be achieved.

He will also advise you about any further cosmetic procedures available to give you the best possible appearance, such as a facelift, neck lift, brow lift, or chin augmentation.

Once you’ve booked your surgery date, a pre surgery appointment will be scheduled 4 weeks prior to your date. This is your chance to meet with Dr Honeybrook again, ask any further questions, go over the surgery plan and take some images. This appointment ensures you’re well prepared for the upcoming surgery date.

The night before and morning of surgery – As with all surgeries, you will need to stop eating and drinking fluids for a specific period of time the evening prior to your nose job, most often midnight. In some cases, defined by your physician, you may need to take certain medications with a small sip of water, e.g. beta-blockers, cholesterol medications, or other medicines. For the least possible chance of infection, we ask that you shower with an anti-microbial soap the evening before and in the morning of your surgery. This removes and discourages the growth of bacteria on the surface of your skin. Try not to cause too much irritation to the face, while scrubbing. 

Don’t wear piercings or jewellery to the hospital. We don’t want them to get lost, and they may have bacteria on them.

Once you arrive at the hospital, all the relevant checks will be taken with nursing staff. You’ll meet your surgeon just before the procedure to ensure you’re feeling ready. When you go into the operating room, you will be administered the appropriate anaesthesia. 

The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, meaning you’ll be completely asleep. Your surgeon will make incisions in discrete areas, to hide the scars. Through these incisions, fat and underlying tissues are sculpted and redistributed to form the desired contours. Muscles and other deep tissues may be lifted, tightened, or otherwise altered. Excess skin is trimmed away to reduce sagging, and then the remaining skin is pulled tight across the new contours of the face.

A less invasive alternative to this traditional facelift technique is the limited incision facelift, wherein the procedure is performed through shorter incisions at the temples, around the ear, and potentially through the lower eyelids or upper lip.

The surgery normally takes around 4-5 hours.

You may be required to stay overnight in hospital.

Following your facelift surgery you will awaken in the recovery room. You may experience pain or nausea; inform the nursing staff, and they will administer medications to relieve the problem.

Stick to a soft, bland diet for the first few days after your procedure. If you are able to tolerate other foods, you may advance your diet. Depending on the location of your incisions, you must follow any other specific dietary restrictions given to you at the time of discharge.

Promote proper healing and circulation by staying minimally active during the days following your procedure. This reduces the chances of developing complications, such as pneumonia or DVTs—dangerous blood clots in the deep tissues of the body. Don’t over-exert yourself, and don’t lift anything without being cleared to do so by your physician.

You must keep your head elevated when you sleep for a minimum of two weeks after your procedure. This reduces the amount of swelling and promotes proper healing of your incisions. Your face will swell significantly for the first few days after your surgery. If you notice any abnormal or excessive bleeding, elevated temperature, excessive pain, or severe bruising beyond the expectation, contact our team or go to an emergency medical centre immediately. 

Rhinoplasty surgery is not a perfect procedure and like any surgery, it does carry risks. We want all our patients to make an informed decision about their healthcare and chosen procedures, which is why we are upfront and honest about all aspects of this procedure including risks.

 

Specific risks and complications associated with facelift surgery include:

  • Hair loss around the scars, this is usually temporary but sometimes may be permanent
  • Loss of skin due to impaired blood supply. This may require a skin graft
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Numbness around operated sites. In most cases this is temporary and will improve over many months
  • Deformity of the earlobe
  • Slight difference in appearance between the right and left side of the face
  • Damage to the facial nerve, which occurs in about one in every one hundred patients. It can result in partial loss of movement and a “lopsided” appearance of the face. In rare cases, the damage may be permanent
  • Revisional surgery may be necessary to correct complications

 

Some general risks and complications of surgery may include:

 

  • Heavy bleeding from an operated site
  • Infection that may require treatment with antibiotics or further surgery in some cases
  • Allergic reaction to sutures, dressings or antiseptic solutions
  • The formation of a large blood clot (haematoma) beneath an incision site that may require drainage
  • Pain, bruising and swelling around the operated site(s)
  • Keloids and hypertrophic scars that are raised, red and thickened scars. These may form over the healed incisions. They may be itchy, annoying and unsightly but are not a threat to health
  • Slow healing, often related to smoking or diabetes
  • Separation of wound edges
  • Short-term nausea following general anaesthesia and other risks related to anaesthesia

Book your consultation for a deep plane facelift in Sydney with One Cosmetic today


At One Cosmetic, we pride ourselves on ensuring our patients receive the best possible care from their initial consultation to recovery. During your first consultation, you’ll be able to address any initial concerns and ask as many questions as you like. You can also view our deep plane facelift before and after photographs of people with a similar facial structure, so you have a better understanding of what to expect. Please be advised that results are specific to each patient.


Dr Honeybrook will provide you with a customised treatment plan to achieve optimal results and will talk you through our range of cosmetic treatments and surgical procedures to address any other areas of concern you may have. Our dedicated team, comprised of plastic surgeons, cosmetic physicians, registered nurses, and dermal aestheticians, will also provide comprehensive post-operative instructions to ensure your incisions heal correctly for the best results. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our medical team, who would be delighted to assist you further.


Frequently Asked Questions

We regularly get asked about our procedures, so we have put together a couple of questions we get asked on a regular basis. If there is something else you would like to know, please get in touch!

Unfortunately not. This procedure is seen as a cosmetic treatment, therefore health funds and Medicare will not contribute.

Certainly not! Facial cosmetic procedures have been successful on individuals up to 80-years-old. Unless you have a dangerous medical condition, you may be a candidate for a facelift. Advances in technology have led to a dramatic decrease in the amount of risk associated with facial plastic surgeries.

 

For some, the procedure will yield fair results within a few weeks to one month. However, each person will heal differently, and the procedure may require up to six months of time to heal in the expected fashion. Be patient because the surgery will be the hardest part of your decision to improve your appearance and confidence.

Deep plane facelift before and after photos

View our deep plane facelift before and after images below. Please be advised that the results are specific to the patient. Results may vary based on factors such as genetics, diet, and exercise. 

Real Patients,

Real Results

Dr. Jing Wang

General Practitioner

Dr. Jing Wang is a highly experienced General Practitioner (GP), graduating Mbbs with honours from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, She is also a fellow of the CPCA. Her comprehensive hospital training encompassed various fields including medicine, surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics, gynaecology, and emergency medicine.

A dedicated professional, Dr. Wang is not only a fellow with the Royal Australian College of General Practice (FRACGP) but also a dermal filler trainer, showcasing her expertise in aesthetic medicine. With a fervent belief in the power of non-invasive cosmetic procedures to unlock individual beauty and confidence, she is committed to helping her patients achieve their aesthetic goals.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Wang has cultivated a particular interest in skincare and anti-aging medicine. Specialising in non-surgical cosmetic procedures, she possesses extensive proficiency in injectable treatments, leveraging her deep understanding of facial anatomy and artistic sensibility to deliver optimal results. Her areas of expertise include dermal fillers, bio-stimulators, and thread lifts, with a meticulous attention to detail in procedures such as lip enhancement, cheek augmentation, and nose reshaping.

Dr. Wang is renowned for her excellence in a range of treatments, including dermal fillers for the Asian nose, tear troughs, and chin, as well as facial slimming techniques to achieve the coveted V-shaped face aesthetic. She is equally passionate about imparting her knowledge to the next generation of medical professionals, serving as a conjoint lecturer at the University of New South Wales medical school and sharing her insights on medical topics and preventive healthcare through regular presentations on SBS radio.

Fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese, Dr. Jing Wang is dedicated to providing personalised care and empowering her patients to look and feel their best.

Jasmine Touma

Practice Coordinator + Post Surgery Nurse

Nursing Student

Meet Jasmine, our delightful practice coordinator who collaborates with Charlie and Katie to oversee both the team and our incredible patients. Jasmine is currently pursuing her nursing degree, aspiring to become a nurse injector in the future. She is actively engaged with our plastics team, where she manages the care of post-surgery patients, gaining invaluable hands-on experience in the field of plastics.

 

Jasmine possesses a calming nature that has the remarkable ability to reassure even the most anxious patients. Her passion lies in building genuine relationships with clients and thriving in a team environment.

 

Drawing from several years of experience in customer service and the beauty industry, Jasmine is well-versed in ensuring that your experience at OC is nothing short of exceptional.

Dr Adam Honeybrook

FACIAL PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGEON

Dr Honeybrook completed a 6-year medical degree at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, in 2009. He then completed basic surgical training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, whilst also sitting the United States Medical Licensing Examinations. This provided Dr. Honeybrook the unique opportunity to train at top hospitals throughout the United States.

 

From 2012 onwards, Dr Honeybrook undertook an impressive amount of training and accreditation in the United States, including General Surgical training at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre, a highly selective 5-year specialist training position in Head & Neck and Facial Plastic Surgery at Duke University Hospital in North Carolina – which encompassed extensive subspeciality training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, including microvascular tissue transfer, oncologic facial reconstruction, maxillofacial trauma reconstruction, facial reanimation and reinnervation procedures and facial aesthetic surgery – followed by an additional 2 years of accredited fellowship training dedicated purely to Facial Plastic Surgery via the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship under the auspices of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

 

In 2019, Dr Honeybrook completed further fellowship training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Louisiana and became an Assistant Professor of Head & Neck and Facial Plastic Surgery at Louisiana State University.

 

Dr Honeybrook then returned to Australia in 2020 to work as a specialist consultant surgeon at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and he was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 2021. In 2022, Dr Honeybrook was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and he was also granted Board Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

 

Dr Honeybrook’s 19 years of extensive medical and surgical training and experience has focused on Head & Neck and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and he has trained under some of the most highly regarded facial plastic surgeons in the world. Holding specialist medical licenses in both Australia and the United States enables Dr Honeybrook to frequently visit his mentors in North American to remain contemporary and continue his quest of lifelong learning to deliver optimal outcomes to his patients.

 

Dr Honeybrook’s unique training background enables him to provide patients with individualised results. He is one of a few surgeons in Australia with such an extensive training that integrates surgical skills alongside the latest technologies to deliver enhanced, yet natural results.

 

Dr. Honeybrook specialises in advanced surgical facial rejuvenation techniques including extended deep plane facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), brow lift, and other surgical and non-surgical restorative treatments. He also has extensive experience in transformative primary and revision rhinoplasty, and he performs approximately 150-200 rhinoplasty surgeries each year.

Katie O'Connor

Practice Coordinator

Katie is our beautiful clinic coordinator at OC and one of the first faces you’ll see when you walk through the doors or call our team. She has several years of experience in a customer service role and brings a wealth of knowledge in managing patients and understands what it takes to support our patients through their cosmetic journeys. 

 

Katie is passionate about skin and skin health, which is so important when patents are seeking advice on where to start. Katie has also recently been through the surgery process herself, so she can give first hand experience when it comes to any surgery related questions. 

Dr Thomas Webb

Cosmetic Physician

Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery

Graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery, Dr Webb has spent the last five years working as a surgical trainee in Sydney.


With a particular interest in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, Dr Webb has turned his sights to Cosmetic medicine, incorporating his knowledge of anatomy and technical ability to provide minimally invasive rejuvenation techniques, emphasising symmetry and aesthetic outcomes.

 

Dr Webb collaborates with several aesthetic medical clinics and national scripting partners around Australia. Ensuring patient comfort and safety are paramount to Dr Webb, and he always aims to exceed his patient’s expectations for all cosmetic procedures.

Shannon Mccarron

Practice Coordinator + Post Surgery Nurse

Nursing Student

Shannon is our lovely practice coordinator, working alongside Charlie and Katie, managing the team and our wonderful patients. Shannon is currently studying her nursing degree and has aspirations of one day becoming a nurse injector. She is currently working alongside our plastics team, managing the care of their post surgery patients, gaining first hand experience in plastics.

 

Shannon has a calming nature and can put even the most anxious patients at ease. She loves building genuine relationships with clients and working within a team environment. 

 

With several years of experience in customer service and the beauty industry shannon understands what it takes to ensure your experience at OC is second to none.⁣

Max Lambert

Senior Cosmetic Injector

Bachelor of Nursing

After working as a Senior Dermal Therapist in the beauty industry for over four years, Max has mastered the complexities of skin. Now, as an advanced registered nurse and certified cosmetic injector, Max offers the latest and most advanced treatments.

 

Additionally, Max has experience working in a clinical capacity in a critical care environment, specialising in vascular nursing. Max is passionate about helping clients feel like their best selves, accentuating their unique and natural beauty. Max is dedicated to working with every individual to form results-driven, realistic and client-centred treatment plans.

 

Furthermore, Max has formulated a genuinely gifted and aesthetic eye with attention to detail. Education is integral to his approach, ensuring clients understand all aspects of the treatments they receive, including product information and post-treatment care.

Max ensures he attends ongoing training, workshops and leading industry conferences to remain up to date with the most advanced procedures and modes of treatments available.

Lacey Lopez

Senior Dermal Aesthetician

After completing her diploma in beauty therapy at the Australasian natural therapies in 2011, Lacey was quickly identified as an emerging talent due to her meticulous attention to detail and offering a uniquely holistic and personalised approach to beauty and Wellness.

 

Holistic Wellness is associated with treatments and remedies that are natural, safe and focused on one’s internal and external wellbeing. Much more goes into Wellness of your skin than just a single treatment or product. Ones emotions, hormonal balance, nutrition, and the types of products used on the skin synergistically can make up the health of their skin.

 

Whilst gaining incredible industry experience both here and in the United States, Lacey went on to further her studies in holistic skin analysis – completing courses in lymphatic drainage, advanced dermal needling, skin mapping, hormonal imbalances, massage therapy an integrative nutrition. Her incredibly diverse training in highly customised treatment plans have ensured her reputation as one of the best aestheticians in Sydney.

 

Now, with over 12 years of industry experience Lacey acts as the senior dermal aesthetician for one cosmetic and skin therapist to celebrities. Her expertise lies in being results driven, providing exceptional service, and mastering high quality products and technology on the market. Lacey is forever researching industry innovations in remaining at the forefront of the latest procedures and modalities Lacey has become a renowned skin expert and trainer across the country. Book a consultation with Lacey to create your customised skin plan.

Dr. Louis Wessels

SPECIALIST PLASTIC SURGEON

MBChB FRACS (Plast) FCS Plastics (SA) MAdv Plastic Surgery (Macq Uni) Mmed Plastics (SA)

Dr Wessels is a cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgeon. His practice covers the whole range of procedures in cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery with special emphasis on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast (augmentation, reduction and breast lift) as well as facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr Wessels received his MBChB in South Africa, completing his internship and general surgery residency, training in one of the most challenging clinical environments, before completing his Fellowship and his Master of Medicine in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr Wessels successfully completed his second Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery when he was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2015. He has published world leading research on breast implant infection and outcomes following breast augmentation surgery.

Chelsea Scutts

REGISTERED NURSE

Chelsea has been with One Cosmetic since it’s inception, handpicked by Dr Wessels to manage his practice and patients. Having been in the health & beauty industry for over 8 years Chelsea has a passion for all aesthetic treatments! Her ever evolving thirst for knowledge and passion for delivering the very best to our patient is why Chelsea has a strong base of clients.

 

Chelsea treatments include anti wrinkle, dermal filler, PDO threads, lip enhancements, Morpheus8 face and body sculpting and much more! She has an eye for natural beauty and enhancing her patients features. She regularly attends seminars to learn new techniques for best practice.

 

Book a Consultation with Nurse Chelsea via the online booking system.

Dr. Anita Jacombs

GENERAL SURGEON & BREAST IMPLANT SPECIALIST

Anita is a general surgeon at a variety of hospitals across Sydney and has been working alongside Dr Wessels for the past 2 years. She shares a passion for patient health and wellness, which is why is completes all of our breast implant checks. Anita has warm nature and wealth of knowledge when it comes to surgery and its possible complications. Anita is available for breast implant checks in clinic too ensure you and your implants are in good health.

Charlie Saphin

PRACTICE COORDINATOR

Charlie is one of the beautiful faces you’ ll meet when coming into clinic. Charlie brings knowledge and experience in VIP customer service management. Charlie has such a calming nature that will make even the most nervous patients feel at ease.


Charlie knows the answer to all surgical and non surgical questions you may have. She loves chatting with patients and holding their hand along their aesthetic journeys.

Dr. Sepehr Lajevardi

SPECIALIST PLASTIC SURGEON

MBBS BSc(Med) Hons GDip (Anat) MS FRACS (Plast) 

Dr Sepehr Lajevardi is a specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon specialising in aesthetic surgery of the breast and body. After undertaking his undergraduate medical training at University of NSW with a scholarship, he went on to undertake 12 years of post graduate 12 years of post graduate training to be recognised as a specialist plastic surgeon with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Dr Lajevardi has a keen interest in research with many publications and more than 50 presentations at national conferences. Dr Lajevardi was also mentored by many of Sydneys previous leading plastic surgeons to further his skills in aesthetic plastic surgery.

 

Dr Lajevardi is a clinical associate lecturer at the university of Sydney. He is also a founding member and past chairman of the International charity organisation, ‘Doctors Assisting in South Pacific Islands’ (DAISI), organising much needed surgical trips to the pacific as well as medical supplies to help our closest neighbours.

 

Dr Lajevardi prides himself in his meticulous surgical technique. His paramount consideration is patient satisfaction, always striving to achieve tailored results in a caring and compassionate way.

Dr. Louis Wessels

SPECIALIST PLASTIC SURGEON

MBChB FRACS (Plast) FCS Plastics (SA) MAdv Plastic Surgery (Macq Uni) Mmed Plastics (SA)

Dr Wessels is a cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgeon and is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Macquarie University.

His practice covers the whole range of procedures in cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery with special emphasis on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast (augmentation, reduction and breast lift) as well as facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr Wessels received his MBChB in South Africa, completing his internship and general surgery residency, training in one of the most challenging clinical environments, before completing his Fellowship and his Master of Medicine in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr Wessels successfully completed his second Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery when he was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2015. He has published world leading research on breast implant infection and outcomes following breast augmentation surgery.