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Dr. Wu is a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Houston & The Woodlands. She is one of the top facial plastic surgeons in the region, with years of experience helping both male and female clients reverse signs of aging and address facial imperfections through facial plastic surgery. Dr. Wu specializes in several advanced facelift techniques, including the deep plane facelift procedure that delivers longer-lasting and more natural-looking results. The surgeon’s gentle touch and personalized approach ensure a pleasant surgical experience from consultation to recovery. She also boasts extensive expertise in local anesthesia with IV sedation, giving her patients a safe and comforting alternative to general anesthesia.

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Commanding Results for the Discerning Professional

Deep Plane Facelift, Deep Neck Lift

Age: 55-60

Deep Plane Facelift, Deep Neck Lift, Upper Eyelild Lift

Age: 40-45

Before after deep plane facelift and neck lift

Deep Plane Facelift, Deep Neck Lift

Age: 50-55


You’ve been searching for a plastic surgeon who will take the time to listen and understand your facial rejuvenation goals because preserving your unique beauty is not something to be taken lightly. When you meet Dr. Chaowen Wu and the Revel You team, you will experience how liberating it is to take time and openly express yourself with ease in a safe, judgement-free, and supportive environment. Your consultation is reserved for one hour with the majority of that time spent discussing your facelift goals with Dr. Wu. You’ll never feel pressured or rushed as we understand that choosing the right plastic surgeon is the most important first step. When you meet us, you’ll quickly understand why clients trust Dr. Wu with their most beloved facial features and why clients continue to choose Dr. Wu as their life long plastic surgeon.

Patient Testimonials

  • I had a mini facelift. Dr. Wu is very professional while being personable and attentive, spends the time to talk with you about the process. I'm very pleased... read more

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    Dr Wu and her team are amazing. 5 weeks ago I had a deep plane facelift, deep neck lift and upper blepharoplasty. My jowls and hooded eyes were my biggest... read more

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  • Posting this review on behalf of my wife: "After researching many plastic surgeons who specialize in deep plane facelifts, as well as learning more about the procedure itself, I... read more

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    Dr Wu is absolutely an amazing meticulous facial surgeon. I came to her after a failed neck lift that i had done with a “triple board certified” plastic surgeon.... read more

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  • Amazing doctor! Dr. Wu actually was honest enough to suggest an alternative procedure which cost 1/3 the price of procedure i went to the consultation for. I had surgery yesterday... read more

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    After an exhaustive search for a plastic surgeon with expertise in deep place facelift I decided to schedule an initial consultation with Dr Wu from Revel You Plastic Surgery in... read more

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  • Dr Wu exceeded all of my expectations! I was a bit skeptical about having surgery on my neck and face-especially someone who I didn't know. But I was referred to... read more

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    Dr. Wu and her staff are excellent. My face and neck lift is perfect. If anyone is considering undergoing any of the procedures she offers, make an appointment!... read more

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  • I am so happy with the final results of my face/brow lift, and facial fat injections in my cheeks. I am especially pleased with how great a job Dr. Wu... read more

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    Dr. Wu… the best of the best!

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What is a Deep Plane Facelift?

A deep plane facelift is a modern facelift technique that uses the strength of your deeper facial tissues to create a lasting lift without putting excessive tension on the skin. This results in facial rejuvenation without an unnatural, overly tight look. A facelift is often performed in combination with complementary procedures such as neck lift, eyelid lift and brow lift to restore the lost volume of the face, neck lift, brow lift, and eyelid lift for beauties who desire comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Deep Plane Facelift?

You’re a good candidate for a deep plane facelift if you:

  • Are physically and mentally healthy
  • Don’t smoke or can stop smoking at least 6 weeks before and after the surgery.
  • Have visible signs of facial aging that are bothersome to you.
  • Have realistic expectations from a facelift surgery.

Benefits of the Deep Plane Facelift Surgery

Dr. Wu’s deep plane facelift surgery patients in Houston and The Woodlands, TX enjoy the following benefits:

  • Avoids the problem of the tight, overfilled look of many modern facelifts.
  • Lift the cheeks by releasing the tethering or tension points of the face in the deep plane.
  • Correct facial asymmetry and enhance facial contours, which both are the keys to making you look you.
  • Avoid the addition of facial fillers, fat, or cheek implants to restore the youthful heart shape of the face.
  • Restore much of the volume lost by gravity descent and aging under the lower eyelids, and improves the nasolabial folds that run from the nose to the corner of the mouth.
  • Increase cheek volume to the equivalent of injecting three vials of filler or fat into the face, and it is permanent.
  • Create a smooth and crisp jawline appearance.
  • Dr. Wu’s expert approach to facial plastic surgery has minimal tissue trauma.
  • Provide a much longer-lasting result without the scarring or irregularities potentially seen with other facelifts.

For suitable candidates, Dr. Wu is also able to perform the deep plane facelift in the comfort of her office employing local anesthesia with IV sedation administered by an Anesthesiologist, which can result in a much quicker recovery and more enjoyable experience.

Revel You's Advanced Approach to Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Wu’s advanced facelift technique focuses on releasing all the tethering points and deep planes of the face. By performing a comprehensive deep plane release between the muscle layers, the surgeon can counteract the effects that gravity has incurred over the years. Dr. Wu is also able to reposition the muscles and fat tissue to a more youthful position, which in turn gives the face a lifted, rejuvenated appearance. Since this technique involves release and repositioning as opposed to the suture pull typically used in most other face lift procedures, no opposing tension forces exist. As a result, patients can enjoy a much longer-lasting result without worrying about their facelift wearing down over time.

A facelift may be the most intimate procedure you will ever consider because your face represents you to the world. Dr. Wu understands this and utilizes safe and modern techniques to preserve all your unique and defining facial features.

Deep Plane Facelift vs Traditional Facelift

The extended deep plane facelift and Deep Neck Lift have slowly grown in popularity due to the more natural-looking and long-lasting results that these cosmetic plastic surgery procedures produce:

  • Unlike traditional facelifts and neck lifts that rely on more superficial skin tightening, these “deep” lifting cosmetic plastic surgery procedures elevate or lift the layers of muscle beneath the skin, leaving the skin attached.
  • This allows for a more natural look without the overly tight appearance.
  • It also reduces the risk of scarring or irregularities.

Deep Plane Facelift vs SMAS Facelift

A SMAS facelift targets a specific layer of muscle and connective tissue in your face called the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system). On the other hand, a deep plane facelift separates the SMAS layer from deeper structures to allow for more extensive lifting and repositioning of the entire facial tissue. SMAS lifts are less invasive and ideal for mild aging and quicker recovery. Deep plane lifts tackle more advanced signs of aging with longer-lasting results but require more downtime.

Deep Plane Facelift Procedure

Dr. Wu may perform a deep plane facelift when awake under local anesthesia with IV sedation, or with general anesthesia. The incision starts in the hairline at the temples, reaches around the ears, and may extend to the lower scalp. Your facial muscles are tightened in the deep tissue plane, and your facial fat pads are repositioned in a lifted and youthful position. If you have a sagging neck that also requires lifting, a neck lift with platysma muscle tightening will be performed through the same incision. Another incision might be placed under the chin, especially if you have severe signs of aging in your neck. Excess skin will be removed once your facial muscles have been lifted. A highly skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Wu will take about 4-6 hours to complete this procedure.

What Kind of Anesthesia is Used During a Deep Plane Facelift

Your safety and comfort is our priority, and Dr. Wu is constantly seeking the safest way for you to achieve your beauty goals. Dr. Wu can perform all facial rejuvenation procedures using general or local anesthesia with IV sedation administered by an Anesthesiologist. A facelift is one of several procedures that can be safely and effectively performed under local anesthesia with IV sedation.

Why Choose Your Facelift Under Local Anesthesia With IV Sedation?

  • Decreased risk of bleeding during surgery
  • Decreased risk of nausea and vomiting after surgery
  • Avoid systemic side effects of general anesthesia that may make you feel groggy and uncomfortable after surgery
  • Overall faster recovery compared to general anesthesia

How is a Deep Plane Facelift Done Under Local Anesthesia With IV Sedation?

Dr. Wu will prescribe an oral anti-anxiety medication for you to take on the morning of surgery if you feel nervous. Once you begin experiencing the calming effect, your face skin will be numbed using local anesthesia with IV sedation to keep you comfortable. After IV sedation is administerd by an Anesthesiologist, you will not feel any pain. In fact, most patients fall asleep during the procedure, as it can even be quite a pleasant and relaxing experience.

If you are interested in having your facial rejuvenation procedures done under local anesthesia with IV sedation, make sure to mention it on the day of your consultation to determine whether it is the right choice for you!


Facial fat transfer is a modern rejuvenation technique that dramatically improves facelift results. This is important because we lose youthful volume in our faces, which is vital to supporting our facial muscles and skin. Loss of volume leads to hollowing around the eyes, sunken cheeks and temples, and straining of the chin and mouth, which can make us appear older and even tired or angry when we’re not.

A facelift can reposition tissues and remove excess skin, but it cannot restore volume. Fat transfer provides the benefit of volume restoration, the icing on the cake for your final facelift results.

For the fat transfer procedure, your live fat cells are gently collected from a part of your body with excess fat, such as the abdomen, and transferred strategically to enhance your facial contour. The fat cells will then become live fat cells that restore the youthful volume to your face.

Recovery After a Deep Plane Facelift

Dr. Wu and our Revel You Facial Plastic Surgery team offer highly compassionate post-procedure care. The first night after surgery, you’ll be asked to relax and recover at our designated local hotel. You will have dressings around your face to protect the surgery overnight. You can minimize discomfort by using oral medications. The next morning, Dr. Wu will remove your dressings and check your surgery sites to ensure a smooth recovery. The surgical sutures are removed after 3-5 days, and the subsequent bruising and swelling will gradually dissipate within 2 to 4 weeks. Most patients feel comfortable going out in public without facial covering and minimal makeup after two weeks.

Your Deep Plane Facelift Consultation With Dr. Wu

Dr. Wu understands that choosing to have a facelift is not a decision that should be taken lightly. She takes the time to carefully listen to you to understand your rejuvenation goals. During your one-on-one extended deep plane facelift consultation in Houston, TX, you will experience how liberating it is to openly express yourself in a safe, judgment-free, supportive environment. Your consultation is reserved for one hour, with most of that time spent discussing your facelift goals with Dr. Wu. You’ll never feel pressured or rushed as we understand that choosing the right plastic surgeon is the most crucial first step. When you meet us, you’ll quickly understand why clients trust Dr. Wu with their most beloved facial features and choose her as their lifelong plastic surgeon.

Plan Your Extended Deep Plane Facelift in Houston & The Woodlands

The first step towards a successful deep plane facelift in Houston is to ensure you thoroughly research the best plastic surgeon for this technique.

  • There can be a significant difference in how plastic surgeons perform Deep Plane Face Lifts.
  • Proper Deep Plane Face procedures take time and a super skilled provider with an extremely precise eye.
  • Under local local anesthesia with IV sedation, Deep Plane Facelifts and Neck Lifts require extra gentleness and care.

Health insurers typically do not pay for cosmetic plastic surgery. Please visit Dr. Wu’s financing page to learn more about paying for this and other procedures. Patients traveling or flying to The Woodlands can visit our Out-of-Town page for more information.

Dr. Wu's Facial Procedures

Dr. Chaowen Wu specializes in multiple other facial plastic surgery procedures to suit the needs of different patients:

Full Facelift

Because your face represents you to the world, a facelift may be the most intimate procedure you have ever considered. The goal of facelift surgery is to tighten the facial skin by removing excessive skin from the face due to age, hereditary factors, or weight loss. Learn how Dr. Wu can preserve all of your defining features with a gentle facelift.

Deep Plane Facelift

A deep plane facelift technique addresses advanced signs of aging in the mid and lower face. This involves lifting and repositioning the underlying muscles and tissues (the SMAS layer) to improve sagging jowls, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds. Because it lifts the deeper tissues, a deep plane facelift provides longer-lasting results.

Mini Facelift

If you are bothered by signs of aging in your lower face including jowls, marionette lines, and general loss of definition in your jawline, the mini facelift can provide the solution to these problem areas. The incisions are kept in natural creases to keep them concealed. This procedure is one of the least invasive types of facelift.

Neck Lift

A neck lift is the most powerful way to treat advanced neck aging, including horizontal wrinkles, vertical neck bands, loose neck muscle, and loose skin that form the dreaded “turkey wattle.” It is often combined with a facelift procedure to achieve harmonious rejuvenation – as it uses the same incision around the ears.

Facial Fat Transfer

Facial volume is lost over time and may be restored to your youthful self using your own fat. Facial fat transfer heals without scars and provides a natural, soft, and lasting alternative to fillers. This is a great way to rejuvenate the eyes, cheeks, and even lips with minimal down time using your own excess body fat.

Eyelid Lift

Aging of the eyelids often appears as eyelid hooding, hollowing, dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, and just general tired appearance. Eyelid surgery is an excellent procedure choice to remove excess skin and reposition the fat in this area in order to reawaken tired eyes and achieve a lively facial aesthetic.

Brow lift

Your eyebrows frame your eyes and with age may start drooping. This can lead to the appearance of looking sad, tired, or angry. A brow lift restores the eyebrows to a youthful position which can help you look rested and relaxed.

Mid Facelift

The midface lift technique targets the middle area of the face to rejuvenate the cheeks and under-eye area. It helps address sagging cheeks, deep nasolabial folds, and loss of volume to restore a more youthful mid-face contour.

Vertical Facelift

Dr. Wu offers the vertical facelift to lift the underlying facial tissues in a vertical direction (as opposed to the horizontal pull of a traditional facelift). This improves sagging cheeks, jowls, and neck laxity for a natural facial contour.

Ponytail Facelift

A ponytail facelift is a minimally invasive technique. Dr. Chaowen Wu lifts facial tissues using sutures to create a subtle lifting effect similar to that of a high ponytail. This specifically improves sagging in the mid-face and lower face.

Short Scar Facelift

The short scar facelift, sometimes also called a mini facelift, is a less invasive technique that uses shorter incisions than standard facelifts. It improves jawline definition, reduces jowls, and tightens loose skin for a revamped facial look.


Aging of the eyelids can appear as eyelid hooding, hollowing, dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, and just general tired appearance. Eyelid surgery can remove excess skin and reposition the fat to reawaken tired eyes.


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How long does a deep face and neck lift surgery take?

To properly, carefully, and safely perform a deep plane facelift and neck lift under local anesthesia, the procedure typically requires 4-6 hours. Ensuring that your surgeon provides a calm and pleasant experience during this time is also crucial. The surgery’s duration may vary based on individual factors such as your unique anatomy, any previous facial procedures or fillers you’ve had, and the incorporation of additional simultaneous procedures (like an eyelid lift or brow lift).

A shorter duration for a facelift and neck lift procedure could suggest that the surgeon is not fully addressing the deep plane of the face and neck for optimal lifting, or may be rushing the surgery. To ensure the highest quality of results and calm and pleasant patient experience, a facial surgeon should ideally limit their schedule to performing only 1-2 surgeries per day.

How Long Do Deep Plane Facelift Results Last?

Facelift results can last 10 years or longer. Of course over time our skin and tissues continue to age, therefore a touch up may be considered down the road if desired.

Who Are the Best Candidates for Facial Rejuvenation Using Fat Transfer Alone?

Facial fat transfer serves as the foundation for many facial rejuvenation procedures. Beauties showing early signs of aging caused by volume loss without excess skin will see the best results using facial fat transfer alone without the need for any incisions. The transferred fat cells restore the lost volume and creates a youthful glow, much like injectable fillers. But unlike fillers, results are soft and long lasting.

Who Are the Best Candidates for Full Facelift and Neck Lift?

For beauties with advanced signs of facial aging who desire comprehensive correction, a full face and neck lift combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures is the choice for maximal results. Advanced signs of aging include general loss of facial volume and skin elasticity, droopy brows, saggy eyelids, droopy and hollow cheeks, deep folds around the mouth, downturned lips, sagging jowls, neck bands and loose skin. Incisions begin in front of the ears sweeping around the ear lobes and into the hairline. This process provides the most dramatic rejuvenation and lift for beauties with severe facial aging.

What Other Facial Rejuvenation Procedures Can Be Combined with a Facelift?

Depending on your individual goals, other procedures can be combined with a facelift for optimal and balanced facial rejuvenation. These procedures include neck lift, brow lift, eyelid lift, lip lift, and almost a must, facial fat transfer. An in-person consultation with Dr. Wu is the best way to discuss the most effective and personalized solution for you.


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