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Deep Plane Facelift in The Woodlands, TX

The deep plane facelifts is a cutting-edge cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that have become increasingly popular in recent years, and they are one of the most effective options for rejuvenating the appearance of the face and provide a more natural looking result without the scarring or irregularities associated with other types of facelifts procedures and techniques. The most important difference between a deep plane facelift and a traditional more superficial facelift is that the deep plane facelift lifts only the layer of muscle below the skin, leaving the skin attached to the layer of muscle. A deep plane facelift can be performed alone or in combination with enhancing procedures, such as a Neck Lift, Facial Fat Transfer, Eyelid Surgery or a Brow Lift to restore the natural beauty of your face.

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Deep Plane Facelift, Neck Lift

Age: 45-50

Anesthesia: Performed comfortably awake with local anesthesia

Details: This beauty inherited her heavy neckline and wished to bring back her youthful definition. At the time of these photos, she is only 2 weeks out from her procedure. Even with some swelling, you can already appreciate her new natural and defined jawline contour.

Deep Plane Facelift, Facial Fat Transfer

Age: 50-55

Anesthesia: Performed comfortably awake under local anesthesia

This beauty wished to refresh her tired appearance. She underwent an awake deep plane facelift under local anesthesia and facial fat transfer. These photos show her healing progress at 6 weeks out and already looking great!

Deep Plane Facelift, Neck Lift

Age: 45-50

Anesthesia: Performed comfortably awake under local anesthesia

Details: This beauty felt prematurely aged by stress and decided it was time to reclaim her glow. At the time of these photos, she is 7 weeks out from her procedure and looking young and refreshed.

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Benefits of the deep plane facelift:

  • Avoids the problem of the tight, overfilled look of many modern facelifts. 
  • Lifts the cheeks by releasing the tethering or tension points of the face in the deep plane.
  • Corrects facial asymmetry and enhances facial contours, which both are the keys to making you look you.
  • Avoids the addition of facial fillers, fat, or cheek implants to restore the youthful heart shape of the face.
  • Restores 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.
  • Increases cheek volume to the equivalent of injecting three vials of filler or fat into the face, and it is permanent.
  • Creates a smooth and crisp jawline appearance.
  • Has minimal tissue trauma. 
  • Provides a much longer lasting result without the scarring or irregularities potentially seen with other face lifts. 
  • For the right candidates, Dr. Wu is also able to perform the deep plane facelift in the comfort of her office under local or IV sedatives, which can result in much quicker recovery.

By releasing all the tethering points and deep planes of the face and performing a comprehensive deep plane facelift release between the muscle layers, we are able to counteract the effects that gravity has incurred over the years. With the release of the deep planes of the face, we are able to reposition the muscles and fat tissue to a more youthful position, which in turn gives the face a lifted, rejuvenated appearance. In addition, since this technique involves release and repositioning as opposed to the suture pull typically used in the majority of other face lift procedures, there are no opposing tension forces. As a result, patients can enjoy a much longer lasting result without having to worry 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. It is crucial that you still look like yourself after a facelift surgery because it is an important aspect of your identity. Dr. Wu understands and utilizes safe and modern techniques to preserve all your unique and defining facial features.

What is a deep plane facelift?

A deep plane facelift is a modern facelift technique that takes advantage of 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 facial fat transfer to restore the lost volume of the face, neck lift, brow lift, and eyelid lift for beauties who desires comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

Am I a good candidate?

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

  • Are healthy physically and mentally.
  • 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.

During the most important first step in your journey, Dr. Chaowen Wu will take time to learn about you during your consultation to curate a personalized set of facial rejuvenation techniques to address your specific facial concerns.

What happens in a deep plane facelift?

Your facelift is highly personalized just for you and the technique and procedures will be tailored to optimize your beauty goals.

A deep plane facelift can be performed awake under local anesthesia, with 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, the 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. Once your facial muscles have been lifted, excess skin will then be removed.

WHAT KIND OF ANESTHESIA IS USED DURING A DEEP PLANE FACELIFT?

Your safety 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 either using general anesthesia or local anesthesia. A neck lift is once of several procedures that can be safely and effectively performed under local anesthesia.

WHY CHOOSE YOUR FACELIFT UNDER LOCAL ANESTHESIA

  • 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

Dr. Wu will prescribe an oral anti-anxiety medication for you to take the morning of surgery should you feel nervous. Once you begin experiencing the calming effect, your face skin will be numbed using local anesthesia to keep you comfortable. After your skin is numb 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 getting your facial rejuvenation procedures done under local anesthesia, make sure you mention it on the day of your consultation to see if it is the right choice for you!

Why clients trust Dr. Wu to take care of their beautiful faces

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.

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Do I need facial fat transfer?

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

A facelift can reposition tissues and remove excess skin but it cannot restore volume. This is where 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.

What’s the facelift recovery like?

The first night after surgery you will stay in our on-site recovery suite with a caregiver by your side at all times to make sure all your post-operative needs are comfortably met. You will have a dressings around your head and you may have drains that your caregiver will manage for you overnight. You can minimize discomfort and pain using oral medications.

The next morning, Dr. Wu will visit you in your recovery suite to remove your dressings and check your surgery sites to ensure that you have a smooth recovery. The surgical sutures will be removed after 5-7 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 2 weeks.

Facial Procedures

Never Compromise Your Unique Beauty with One Size Fits All Surgery. Learn about Revel You’s custom array of facial rejuvenation options ranging from minimally invasive techniques to maximally corrective treatments.

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.

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.

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 volume is lost over time and can 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.

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.

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.

Your nose is a key defining features of your face which makes rhinoplasty surgery one of the most artistically and technically demanding procedures. A closed rhinoplasty can improve the appearance of your nose without compromising your unique beauty.

FAQ

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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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