Facelift and Deep Plane Facelift in Thailand

A Facelift or Rhytidectomy is the surgery that can lift and tighten all parts of the face, the upper, middle, lower, and neck areas. It can make your face look smooth and firm, with a sharper and more proportionate appearance than before. Over time, it can reduce deep wrinkles and sagging, make you feel young like never before.

Ms. Neng Kulthida Yenprasert the first Miss Thailand Universe of Thailand performed facelift with Dr. Gun.

Ms. Luknok Supaporn (Age 51), a famous Thai country music singer, underwent her first cosmetic surgery in her life. She underwent a facelift using the High SMASectomy technique at YKJ Medical Clinic one month ago, and with Scarless suture technique, she got a smooth and beautiful scar that healed quickly.

Ms. Poope (Age 55), a Thai woman from Norway, decided to fly back to Thailand to undergo a facelift and open rhinoplasty with Dr. Gun and Dr. Ake at YKJ Medical Clinic. After 1 month, the patient was so happy with the results that she couldn’t help but praise the doctors.
“The doctors did a great job. It’s so beautiful. The facelift scar is almost invisible. My face looks younger and so different that I almost don’t recognize myself. I didn’t think I would look this young. I can say that the results I got are more than worth the price I paid. It’s not expensive at all. I woke up feeling beautiful and more confident. My life is so much easier now.”

Mr. Angelo (Age 58), had previously undergone a facelift in USA, but he still had sagging skin. This time, he came to see Dr. Ake for a full facelift using the Deep Plane technique. Mr. Angelo was very satisfied with the results. After 1 month, his face looked younger, and thanks to YKJ Medical Clinic’s unique “Scarless” suturing techniques, the surgical scar is almost invisible.

Ms. Jub (Age 49) , the Thai wife of Mr. Angelo, was so impressed with the results of her husband’s Deep Plane Facelift at YKJ Medical Clinic that she decided to fly in for her own procedure. Ms. Jub had a full facelift, which involved lifting the skin and tissues in three different areas of her face. After just 11 days, she had very little swelling and bruising, and she looked noticeably younger.

Ms. Kratai (Age 60) , She wanted to look younger like a teenager. Ms. Kratai had problems with sagging skin, droopy eyebrows, deep nasolabial folds, double chin, and loose neck. These problems were caused by aging. After one month, Ms. Kratai was impressed with her new look. Her face was slimmer and younger, and her wrinkled skin was tightened and firm. Her double chin and saggy cheeks were gone.

Ms. Nong (Age 66), had a Deep Plane Facelift with Dr. Gun and Dr. Ake. She has very little swelling and bruising, and her face looks much tighter and lifted. She looks noticeably younger.

Benefits of Deep Plane Facelift
More comprehensive correction of sagging skin: Deep Plane Facelift can address sagging skin in the neck, jowls, and cheeks, providing a more comprehensive rejuvenation of the face.
More natural-looking results: Deep Plane Facelift aims to achieve a more natural lift by preserving the natural tension of the facial tissues. This helps to avoid the overly stretched or “windblown” look that can sometimes be associated with traditional facelifts.
Longer-lasting results: Deep Plane Facelift typically provides longer-lasting results than traditional facelifts. This is because the deeper layer of facial tissue that is lifted in Deep Plane Facelift is less likely to sag over time.
Standard technique: Deep Plane Facelift is a well-established technique that is used by plastic doctors around the world. However, it requires a high level of skill and experience to perform effectively.

Ms. Noi (Age 59), had a facelift with Dr. Ake. Her wrinkles and age lines have been reduced, and her face looks much tighter and firmer.

facelift scar

No need to worry about scars. With “Scarless” suturing techniques, the scars will be smooth and beautiful, and they will heal quickly.

Facelift Review Video at YKJ Medical

At YKJ Medical Clinic, Dr. Rattarut Barrameechaiphach (Dr. Gun) and his medical team specialize in various facial procedures, such as rhinoplasty, nose reconstruction, double eyelid surgery, fillers, and more. Dr. Gun has been recognized by the media and trusted by many celebrities with over 20 years of experience.

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Dr. Ake, also known as Dr. Pongwat Polpong, is a distinguished medical professor of neurosurgery with exceptional knowledge and expertise in brain anatomy and the structure of the facial region. This expertise enables the doctor to meticulously and safely plan surgical procedures, making it particularly valuable in Deep Plane Facelift surgery.
Deep Plane Facelift is one of our most popular facelift techniques, a more intricate facial procedure compared to SMAS lift, as it demands a profound understanding of avoiding potential risks associated with various blood vessels. Insufficient knowledge of facial anatomy can lead to complications, including bleeding, swelling, bruising, and nerve damage, all of which can adversely affect both the appearance and function of the face.

YKJ Medical Clinic has been trusted by many media

Can a facelift be done together with rhinoplasty or double eyelid surgery?
  • Facelift is a surgical procedure to lift and tighten sagging facial skin. It is ideal for people with sagging facial skin, deep wrinkles, drooping cheeks, and a double chin.
  • Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to reshape the nose or correct nasal problems.
  • Double eyelid surgery is a surgical procedure to create an eyelid crease or correct eyelid problems, such as monolids, small eyes, and drooping eyelids.

All three surgeries can be performed together, depending on the individual’s physical condition and the appropriateness determined by the doctor’s evaluation.

Read More : Double Eyelid Surgery at YKJ Medical Clinic

Read More : Nose Surgery or Rhinoplasty at YKJ Medical Clinic

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What is Facelift Surgery?

Facelift is a surgical procedure that lifts and tightens the facial muscles to restore them to their proper position. It can also improve skin firmness, eliminate sagging, and reduce deep facial wrinkles, resulting in a more youthful appearance. The effects of the procedure can last for 5-10 years, helping you maintain a more youthful look.

As we age, our skin loses its firmness due to the reduction of collagen, elastin, and fibrous tissue. Among all skin lifting procedures, it can be said that facelift is the most effective and long-lasting one.

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Who should have Facelift Surgery?

Facelift surgery is a skin lifting procedure that resolve the needs of individuals with sagging skin or related issues, including:

  1. Who has forehead wrinkles, wrinkles between the eyebrows, or deep forehead wrinkles.
  2. Who has droopy eyelids, eyebrows, or eye muscles, as well as those with Ocular Myasthenia Gravis that affects vision and makes everyday life difficult.
  3. Who has wrinkles around the eyes and crow’s feet.
  4. Who has sagging cheeks that make their faces look asymmetrical.
  5. Who has a double chin and round and round face.
  6. Who has sagging and wrinkles skin around the neck.
  7. Who has already undergone other skin lifting procedures such as thread lifting, Botox, Hifu laser, Thermage, or Ulthera but did not see the desired results or meet their needs.

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Scarless Facelift at YKJ Medical Clinic

Facelift surgery at YKJ Medical Clinic is available in four main types:

  • SMAS Facelift is the most popular type of facelift surgery today. This technique involves lifting and tightening the skin and muscles of the SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System), which is a layer of muscle that attaches the skin to the bones of the face. This technique can effectively lift and tighten the face without leaving much scarring.
  • Deep Plane Facelift is an advanced facelift surgery that targets the deeper tissues of the face than the SMAS, including muscles and fat pads. This method provides more pronounced and longer-lasting results than traditional facelift surgery (Facelift), which focuses on the skin and superficial tissues.
  • High SMAS Facelift is a type of open-wound facelift that is developed from Deep Plane Facelift. This technique lifts and tightens the skin and muscles of the SMAS to the level of the masticator muscle, which is located beneath the jawbone. This results in an even more effective tightening of the face and can also help to correct wrinkles and creases in the area between the eyebrows.
  • SMASectomy is a type of open-wound facelift that involves removing the entire SMAS muscle. This technique can provide even more effective tightening of the face, but it may make the face look stiff and unnatural. This requires a high level of skill.

In addition to these full-face facelifts, YKJ Medical Clinic also offers:

  • Temporal Lift is a technique for lifting the forehead. The doctor makes an incision along the hairline and then lifts and tightens the skin and muscles of the forehead. This technique is suitable for people with sagging eyebrows, a high forehead, or deep creases in the forehead.
  • Neck Lift is a technique for lifting the neck. The doctor makes an incision along the neck and then lifts and tightens the skin and muscles of the neck. This technique is suitable for people with jowls, a sagging neck, or a flabby neck.
  • Endotine is a technique that uses Endotine, a specially designed medical material, to anchor tissue internally to lift the eyebrows or raise the forehead. This material is safe and can be naturally absorbed.
  • Mini Facelift is a type of facelift with a small incision. The doctor makes a small incision in the forehead or ear and then lifts and tightens the skin and muscles of the face. This technique is suitable for people with mild facial sagging.
  • Thread Lift is a non-surgical facelift technique. The doctor threads a thread under the skin of the face and then pulls the thread taut. This technique can effectively lift and tighten the face temporarily, with results lasting about 6 to 12 months.
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing is a technique for lifting and tightening the skin of the face using a laser. The laser destroys the upper layers of skin and stimulates the production of new skin cells. This technique can help to reduce wrinkles and creases on the face, but it may not be as effective as a facelift.

Surgical procedure: The surgery will start with an incision to open the skin and then carefully remove the underlying tissue. The doctor will gradually remove the skin layer by layer, starting from the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous layers, until reaching the upper muscle layer known as the SMAS (Superficial Musculo Aponeurotic System). This layer of skin plays an important role in lifting and firming the facial skin.

Next, the doctor will suture the SMAS layer at various points. In certain areas such as the upper forehead, lower face, and neck, the doctor may opt for the Endotine Technique, which involves placing specialized devices in the skin layer to enhance the tightness of this layer before trimming and tightening the upper layers of tissue. Finally, the doctor will close the incision with small, precise stitches and use a concealed technique to minimize scarring, resulting in a barely noticeable scar.

scarless facelift


The doctor will measure and design the facelift procedure based on the patient’s unique physiognomy and facial proportions. They will then make an incision from the inside of the hairline, around the ear, and extending to the area behind the ear.

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The doctor will pull the skin and SMAS layer together from the center of the face, jawline, and neck, separating the SMAS layer from the muscle layer beneath the skin and holding it in place.

scarless facelift


The surgeon will tighten the skin by trimming the underlying tissue and removing any excess sagging and wrinkled skin.

scarless facelift


After tightening the skin and removing any excess tissue, the surgeon will suture the wound in a way that minimizes scarring. Any incisions made on the scalp are hidden by the hair, while the scar behind the ear is nearly invisible.

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Surgical wound with Scarless Facelift technique.

Appearance of excess skin excised.

The medical team at YKJ Medical Clinic utilizes a unique technique for lifting the skin layer that involves manipulating multiple layers of tissue, as well as a distinct suturing technique that differs from traditional facelift methods. The benefits of our approach include:

  1. More effective lifting and tightening of sagging facial skin and wrinkles compared to conventional facelift techniques.

  2. Smoother, more aesthetically pleasing incisions that heal quickly, reducing the risk of scarring or keloids.

  3. Longer-lasting results that are more visible and noticeable.

Our focus is on achieving optimal results while prioritizing patient safety and well-being.

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Which position of the facelift surgery? What problem does each position solve?

Facelift surgery is a procedure that lifts and tightens facial skin, resulting in a firmer and smoother appearance. Depending on the patient’s needs, there are various positions to choose from, including mini facelift or full facelift. As the details below:

  1. Upper Facelift / Temporal Lift: This procedure lifts the forehead, temples, and outer corners of the eyes. It’s suitable for those with forehead wrinkles, frown lines, droopy eyebrows, droopy eyelids, sad eyes, sleepy eyes, and weak eye muscles that interfere with vision.

  2. Middle Facelift: This method corrects sagging in the middle area of the face, such as wrinkles under the eyes, tear troughs, wrinkles around the nasolabial folds, and sagging cheeks.

  3. Lower Facelift: This surgery corrects sagging and wrinkles in the lower part of the face, such as the corners of the mouth, wrinkles around the mouth, lower cheeks, or double chin. Lifting the lower face will adjust the face shape to look slimmer and make the face frame look sharper and more defined.

  4. Neck Lift: This surgical procedure lifts the skin around the neck to make it firmer and addresses wrinkled and sagging neck skin. It’s a way to keep the front frame sharper.

  5. Endotine Brow Lifting: This surgical technique lifts the skin with a small incision and implants an endotine to lock the forehead higher, solving the problem of drooping or sagging eyebrows.

Eyebrow lifting with endotine

The appearance of the endotine

Endotine is a medical material produced from natural materials, either in the form of long lines or triangular pieces resembling pins. It helps distribute the bonding force and enhances the lifting effect of the skin, stimulating the production of new collagen in the skin layer for a natural, smooth, and firm appearance. After approximately 1-2 years, the endotine will completely decompose, but the lifting effect will be maintained for 5-10 years.

Results for lifting eyebrows with the Endotine.

Results from a facelift combined with an endotine eyebrow lift.

Full Facelift is a method that lifts all parts of the face to achieve the most visible anti-aging effect. The doctor will use a combination of techniques depending on the patient’s specific concerns.

For example, if a patient has droopy eyebrows, a full rejuvenation effect may not be achieved. In such cases, the doctor may consider combining a full facelift with an Endotine eyebrow lift. Similarly, for Neck Lift procedures, if a patient has excess fat or significant sagging in the neck area, the doctor may perform liposuction first to achieve the best results and avoid further sagging.

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What are the differences between facelift, thread lifting, and laser lifting?

Facelift surgery, thread lift, and laser skin lifting are all procedures aimed at lifting and firming the skin to achieve a more youthful appearance. However, each procedure differs in several ways, including:

Facelift surgery is a skin lifting method that requires surgery and general anesthesia, taking 2-4 hours. Thread lifting and laser skin lifting, on the other hand, do not require major surgery and only take 30-50 minutes with local anesthesia.

Facelift surgery has the longest recovery time, taking about 1-3 months until the wound is fully healed. Thread lifting takes about 4-7 days, while laser skin lifting has the shortest recovery time, around 2-3 days.

Facelift surgery and thread lifting produce immediate tightening results. Laser skin lifting procedures such as Hifu, Thermage, and Ulthera show immediate results of 20-30%, with more significant results appearing after 2-3 months.

Facelift is a semi-permanent skin lifting method. It will help lift the skin for the longest time, about 5-10 years. Thread lifting and lasers provide temporary results. Thread lift lasts about 4-12 months (depending on the type of thread). Laser skin tightening can last for 6-12 months.

Facelift surgery is generally more expensive, starting at 90,000 baht due to the major surgery involved. Laser skin lifting has different price levels depending on the number of shots used, with a starting price of thousands to tens of thousands. Thread lifting has a similar price range starting from thousands to tens of thousands, depending on the brand and type of thread used.

Read more: Thread Lifting Knowledge

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Self-care after facelift surgery

To reduce the chance of swelling or inflammation of the surgical wound. Patients should follow these self-care instructions:

  • Apply a cold compress for 2-3 days after the surgery by freezing a gel pack or wet towel and wrapping it in a clean towel continuously to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Avoid getting the wound wet for at least 1 week to prevent inflammation and slow healing.
  • Do not touch or scratch the wound to prevent infection and inflammation.
  • Keep the head support with high pillows for at least 3-7 days after the surgery to reduce swelling.
  • Clean the wound strictly according to the doctor’s advice and take prescribed medication continuously. Attend all follow-up appointments.
  • Avoid coloring, straightening, or chemically treating the hair for at least 1 month after the surgery.
  • Avoid foods that cause inflammation, swelling, redness, or allergies for at least 2 weeks after the surgery, such as pickled or semi-cooked foods, spicy foods, seafood, alcoholic beverages, and smoking.
  • Choose soft foods that are easy to chew during the 1-2 weeks after surgery to prevent excessive movement of the facial contour and reduce pain while chewing.
  • Avoid strenuous activities that cause severe stress to the head, face, and neck for at least 2 weeks after the surgery, such as strenuous exercise, running, or jumping.

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What are the reasons to choose YKJ Medical Clinic for facelift surgery?

“Effective and naturally beautiful facelift, YKJ Medical Clinic is the place to be”

at YKJ Medical Clinic, we prioritize the safety of our patients and guarantee natural and effective results for younger-looking face. We achieve this through:

  • A professional medical teams with over 20 years of experience managing every step of the process.
  • A sterile, clean, and standardized environment.
  • The use of deep plane facelift with Scarless Facelift technique, which results in smaller scars and better lifting.
  • Individualized treatment plans designed to provide the best results for each patient, reversing aging by more than 10 years with results lasting 5-10 years.
  • The trust of celebrities, beauty queens, and business people, as well as many awards for our exceptional service.

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6 FAQs about Facelift surgery

The duration of the procedure varies depending on the area to be operated on. Full facelift takes about 3-4 hours to complete, while mini facelift takes less time, about 1-2 hours.

A Face Lift is a skin lifting procedure that produces semi-permanent results, lasting about 5-10 years. The longevity of the results depends on factors such as age, skin condition, and post-surgical skin care.

Facelift can be performed when the skin starts to sag, typically at around age 30. The doctor will assess the skin problem and choose the most suitable treatment method, such as upper facelift for people with noticeable forehead wrinkles or lower facelift for people with double chin.

After the surgery, swelling may occur at the incision site for 1-3 days. Over the next 3-4 weeks, the swelling will gradually decrease and disappear.

People with underlying diseases or those in certain groups, such as pregnant or breastfeeding women, those with coagulation or circulatory disorders, those using pacemakers, and patients with diabetes or cancer, should avoid facelift surgery. Those who have a history of allergy to anesthetics or general anesthesia should also avoid the procedure.

After facelift surgery, the wound should be dry and heal for 1-2 weeks before applying makeup. Scars from the surgery may also be present.

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