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Facelift Houston, TX

Dr. Wu is a board-certified plastic surgeon at Revel You Facial Plastic Surgery. As one of the leading plastic surgeons in Houston and The Woodlands, she has performed hundreds of successful facelift procedures each year. Dr. Wu is known to be a compassionate professional who is fully dedicated to patient safety and satisfaction. She practices some of the latest and most advanced facelift techniques nationally to deliver outstanding facelift Houston, TX, results. Dr. Wu is also recognized for her exceptional skills in using local anesthesia, which allows a comfortable and pleasant experience for all her patients.

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Commanding Results for the Discerning Professional

Deep Plane Facelift, Deep Neck Lift, Upper Blepharoplasty

Age: 40-45

deep plane facelift deep neck lift before and after
deep plane facelift deep neck lift before and after

Deep Plane Facelift, Deep Neck Lift, Upper Blepharoplasty

Age: 50-55

Deep Plane Facelift, Deep Neck Lift

Age: 65-70

What is a Facelift?

Facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy, has gained popularity over the years as an effective way to combat facial aging and restore a more youthful appearance. Facelifts, which involve tightening facial muscles, removing excess skin and fat, and rejuvenating the face, can yield remarkable results for numerous patients. The secret to successful outcomes is selecting a proficient Houston facelift surgeon who is adept at the latest surgical techniques and appreciates the need for a tailored approach.


What Aesthetic Issues Does a Facelift Address?

During your facelift, Dr. Wu and her team at Revel You Facial Plastic Surgery in Houston TX work to address one or a combination of the following issues:

  • Correct Effects of Past Procedures – overuse of fillers or buccal fat pad removal often leads to a loss of your unique facial expressions and an older appearance. Maintaining a balanced aesthetic appearance requires careful correction of these issues.
  • Restore Lost Facial Volume – as you age, your cheeks lose volume resulting in an older appearance. This procedure can restore your face’s natural fullness and reduce the appearance of a gaunt and old facial appearance.
  • Create a More Defined and Sculpted Jawline – a youthful jawline typically features a subtle and gentle contour rather than sharp and ridged angles. In our facelift procedure, we focus on enhancing the jawline by lifting and gently redefining its shape. This approach significantly reduces the appearance of jowls, ensuring that the jawline complements the overall facial structure with a soft and natural elegance that highlights a youthful and balanced profile.
  • Lift, Tighten and Smooth the Neck – the neck, which often shows early signs of aging, can be rejuvenated through careful lifting techniques. Rather than simply tightening the skin, we gently lift the neck skin, addressing sagging and restoring a smoother, more youthful contour. With this procedure, the neck area looks rejuvenated and harmonious, seamlessly matching the face’s updated appearance.
  • Smoothing Deep Facial Creases – the deep lines on the face are gently smoothed out, giving the face a more youthful appearance.
  • Lift the Midface – targets midface sagging, restoring youthful contours and lifting around the cheekbones and under the eyes.
  • Enhance Overall Facial Harmony – our goal is not to “correct” your face because your face is unique. Dr. Wu strives to restore harmony and balance to your face, ensuring a seamless blend with your natural features, reflecting your true beauty.


Are You a Good Candidate for Facelift Surgery in Houston?

Good candidates for facelift surgery in Houston are those who:

  • are in good health
  • have realistic expectations
  • have good skin elasticity
  • have strong bone structure


Dr. Wu’s calm nature and careful precision as a plastic surgeon have made her a favorite among patients. As part of your consultation, Dr. Wu takes the time to thoroughly assess your unique experiences and needs. The decision to have a facial procedure is one of the most personal decisions you will make, so you need a plan that includes just the right level of correction to meet your facial rejuvenation goals.

Dr. Wu is a champion of healthy beauty. In order to naturally enhance your appearance, Dr. Wu does not promote the use of synthetic injectable fillers or muscle paralyzing toxins. You can rest assured knowing that your plastic surgeon is committed to helping you maintain your long-term natural facial health and beauty.

Patient Testimonials

  • I had facial rejuvenation surgery with Dr. Wu less than 2 weeks ago and I am thrilled with the results I am seeing. There is definitely a process that... read more

    Lisa Snell Avatar Lisa Snell
    March 15, 2023

    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

    Dianne Taylor Avatar Dianne Taylor
    January 15, 2024
  • Had a face lift and neck lift with Dr. Wu. Approx 3 months ago. My face looks great and I am very happy with the results. Minimal... read more

    Andrea Danchak Avatar Andrea Danchak
    September 15, 2023

    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

    Stacy Avatar Stacy
    March 15, 2022
  • 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

    Renee Harrington Avatar Renee Harrington
    March 15, 2023

    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

    April Sanders Avatar April Sanders
    March 15, 2022
  • Beautiful results. Very friendly attentive staff.

    Katie Garcia Avatar Katie Garcia
    March 15, 2023

    Dr. Wu and her team are incredible professionals and wonderful, warm people. I had contacted several plastic surgeons and chose Dr. Wu because of the technique she uses, internet searches... read more

    Lena G Avatar Lena G
    March 15, 2023
  • Dr. Wu… the best of the best!

    Ida De La Garza Avatar Ida De La Garza
    December 15, 2023

    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

    Marianne Cash Avatar Marianne Cash
    January 15, 2024

Your Facelift Procedure

A facelift is a multi-step surgery performed under anesthesia with IV sedation to rejuvenate the lower face and jowls. Dr. Wu makes strategic incisions (depending on the facelift type) to access deeper tissues, which are tightened and repositioned to create a firmer base. She may also sculpt fat deposits and then carefully redrape the tightened skin over this renewed foundation, meticulously trimming away any excess. Finally, she will close the incisions and apply dressings. The specifics of this process will vary based on the chosen facelift techniques. This procedure takes between 2 and 6 hours to complete.

Your Facelift Anesthesia with IV Sedation

Your safety is our priority and Dr. Wu is constantly seeking the safest way for you to achieve your beauty goals with a facelift. The surgeon is trained and skilled enough to perform facial rejuvenation procedures either using general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation from a Anesthesiologist. For qualified facelift patients, local anesthesia with IV sedation offers unique benefits over general 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

Recovery and Aftercare

Post-surgery, patients may experience swelling and bruising, with recovery times varying. Most people can return to normal activities within two weeks. Though you can see the results in several days, it takes several months for all swelling to subside and the final results to appear. Dr. Wu’s office will provide individualized guidance and support throughout the recovery duration.

Understanding Facial Anatomy

The face is arranged in five facial layers from superficial to the deep layers: 1. Skin (epidermis and dermis); 2. Fat;  3. SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system); 4. Retaining ligaments and spaces (deep fat); and 5. Periosteum and deep fascia. In general, the skin is supported by these different layers, but the muscles, nerves and vascular structures change their position and relationship with the layers. For example, the lower eyelid is lacking in fat and the upper face temporal region can be as many as 10 layers. Thus, the skins facial fat varies in its thickness; amount, consistency, quality and density in different regions of the face. The faces neurovascular structure also changes planes throughout the face with the fascial ligaments subdivide the face into compartments and connect the different facial layers from the skin down to the deep bone (see Sykes, J., Dilger, A., & Cotofana, S., 2020). With aging, the arrangement of the five layers remains the same, but the thickness and positioning of these different layers changes. This means that, over time, the facial fat volume decreases, the facial fat pad descends, and the strength of the ligaments weakens, which contributes to the sagging of the skin.

Reasons to Have a Facelift

Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Wu specializes in facelift procedures, which is one of several reasons for choosing her.

  • Proven Results and High Patient Satisfaction – a facelift has a high success rate, with high satisfaction ratings of 92% on RealSelf and 94% on RealPatientRatings.
  • Immediate and Reliable Aging Reversal – a facelift can deliver immediate and reliable results. In fact, 96.7% of patients receiving a Deep Plane Facelift surgery reported a more youthful appearance after surgery (see  study published in the journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery). 
  • Short Recovery Time – Dr. Wu’s gentle and meticulous approach to performing face and neck procedures (such as limiting the use of heat to seal blood vessels), combined with local anesthesia with IV sedation options, results in shorter recovery times.
  • Comprehensive Facial Aging Solution – the full facelift procedure, and especially the Deep Plane Facelift, is long-lasting and addresses multiple aspects of facial aging simultaneously: Aging changes of the neck, sagging skin under the chin, jowls, nasolabial fold, and malar fat pad.
  • Natural and Refreshed Appearance – a facelift provides a natural and refreshed look, which enhances the overall facial appearance, ensuring that the results are noticeable, but subtle enough to blend with your natural and unique facial features.
  • Professional and Personal Motivations – many individuals, especially those in particular professions, choose a facelift for professional reasons.
  • Long-Lasting Results – a Deep Plane Facelift is technically permanent because the tissue is lifted to a more youthful position. You will continue to look younger over time with comprehensive “deep” tissue lifting. Depending on genetics and lifestyle, a Deep Plane Facelift can last 15 years or more.
  • Correction of Past Procedures – if you’ve had previous cosmetic face procedures that didn’t meet expectations or only offered short-term results, facelift surgery can correct these and achieve a more natural, satisfying look with longer-lasting results.
  • Non-Response to Non-Surgical Treatments – when non-surgical treatments like Botox or fillers are insufficient, a facelift offers a more comprehensive and permanent solution.
  • Genetic Factors – choosing a facelift surgery to address specific aging patterns influenced by genetics is a common reason.

Types of Facelifts in Houston

Dr. Wu specializes in various types of rhytidectomy to suit the needs of different patients.

Deep Plane Facelift

The Deep Plane Facelift is the most advanced and comprehensive rhytidectomy (or full facelift) that targets the mid and lower face by repositioning deeper facial tissues, especially the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) and muscles. This technique offers a more natural result by focusing on deeper structures, effectively addressing mid-face sagging like in the cheeks and nasolabial folds. Generally, it is best to combine the Deep Plane Facelift with a Deep Plane Neck Lift.

Deep Neck Lift

The Deep Neck Lift Focuses on tightening loose skin, removing excess fat, and improving the overall appearance of the neck. Some surgeons use liposuction to remove excess fat before tightening underlying facial muscles and tissues for a more defined neck contour, but Dr. Wu generally avoids liposuction as it can provide an  uneven, hollowed and unnatural look.

Brow Lift

A brow lift or forehead lift targets aesthetic concerns in the forehead and brow area, like forehead wrinkles, sagging brows, and deep furrows between the eyebrows. The result is a more awake and youthful appearance.

Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty): Improves the appearance of the eyelids, including upper lids, lower lids, or both, by removing excess skin and reducing bagginess for a youthful eye appearance.

  • Upper Blepharoplasty: Focuses on correcting sagging or hooded upper eyelids.
  • Lower Blepharoplasty: Addresses the lower eyelid area, targeting under-eye bags and wrinkles

Lip Lift

Reshapes and often elevates the upper lip to enhance facial harmony and rejuvenate the mouth area.

Traditional Facelift

The traditional facelift is an older facelift technique that primarily targets the superficial layers of the face often leading to a ‘pulled’ appearance. It;s effective for facial sagging, but generally will not achieve the same depth of improvement in facial structure or longevity as the Deep Plane Facelift and Deep Neck Lift techniques.

Mini Facelift

The mini facelift is marketed as a less invasive option suitable for mild to moderate signs of aging and involves smaller incisions. The mini facelift is less effective for severe sagging and deeper tissue laxity. Dr Wu’s facelift approach uses precise incisions and very little heat so scarring is minimal and recovery is quicker.

Vertical Facelift

Emphasizes vertical lifting of facial tissues against gravity, particularly beneficial for rejuvenating the mid-face and cheek area. It is synonymous with the Deep Plane Facelift as any vertical lift technique uses a deep plane approach and lifts at the appropriate angle of the face. Thus, any “vertical” technique falls within a Deep Plane Facelift and “vertical” is used for marketing and is not a scientifically recognized name.

Ponytail Lift

Creates a lifted look similar to the effect of a high ponytail, with a focus on lifting the upper portion of the face through smaller incisions.

Short Scar Facelift

A mini or limited-incision technique with smaller scars, suitable for patients with less severe aging signs.

Mid Facelift

Concentrates on the mid-region of the face, including cheeks and lower eyelids, to restore volume and reduce sagging.

Facial Fat Transfer

Facial fat transfer involves harvesting fat from one part of the body and injecting it into the face to add volume and contour, often used alongside other facelift techniques.

Liquid Facelift

A non-surgical option using injectables such as dermal fillers and Botox. It restores volume, smoothens out wrinkles, and creates a more youthful facial contour, addressing aging signs like nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and hollow cheeks.

Standard Facelift vs Deep Plane Facelift Procedure

Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Chaowen Wu specializes in standard facelifts along with other advanced techniques. Deep Plane Facelifts and Deep Plane Neck Lifts offer the latest facial surgical techniques for discerning and sophisticated patients, especially for the natural repositioning of the face and sculpting of the jawline. This technique results in an artful repositioning of your face, leading to smoother-looking skin and a more youthful, refined, facial appearance.

What is the Best Age for Facelift Surgery?

There’s no perfect age for facelift surgery, but the age range is generally from 30 to 80 years old. Younger patients may seek facial surgery when they have specific concerns such as visible jowls or a sagging jawline, and older patients typically have a facelift when there are multiple facial areas that have aged. Regardless of your age, Dr. Wu takes the time to deliver an outcome that is in line with your goals.

Facelift FAQs

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How much does a facelift cost in Houston Texas?

The average cost of your facelift in Houston, Texas, can range from $7,000 to $50,000 and more depending on the type of facelift procedure you have (Traditional Facelift vs Deep Plane Facelift) and the skill of your surgeon. Most surgeons do not focus solely on face and neck lifting and other procedures of the face, so their skill in this area will be limited.

Are facelift scars visible?

A highly skilled and specialized facelift surgeon in Houston, Dr. Wu uses her unique surgical precision so scars are hardly visible once they heal.

Will facelift fix marionette lines?

The facelift can address signs of aging such as sagging skin and jowls, including softening the Marionette lines (creases from the corners of the mouth to the jawline).

Why have a facelift?

People have a facelift for different reasons, including to get rid of sagging facial skin, jowls, deep wrinkles, folds, and other imperfections. Compared to minimally invasive techniques, facelift surgery is often the right choice for patients who are looking for long-lasting results.

Which facelift lasts the longest?

The deep plane (SMAS) facelift is recognized for providing longer-lasting results compared to other methods. This is because this technique addresses both the skin and deeper facial tissues to achieve a sustained lifting effect. Keep in mind though that individual factors, including skin care practices and genetics, also play a role in the longevity of your facelift results.

How is facelift done?

A facelift is an outpatient procedure that is performed under local or general anesthesia. Incisions are created along the hairline or around the ears to allow the surgeon to reposition underlying facial tissues. Excess skin is then trimmed and the remaining skin is redraped over the reshaped facial contours. Incisions are finally closed with sutures and the treatment areas are covered for optimal healing. The procedure takes between 1 to 4 hours to complete.

Where are facelift scars?

Dr. Wu positions facelift scars along the natural creases and folds in areas where they are minimally visible. The specific area will vary based on the surgical technique used. Some suitable areas include around the ears, along the hairline, and possibly under the chin.

Can facelift cause nerve damage?

There’s always a risk of complications following a surgical procedure such as rhytidectomy. However, the possibility of nerve damage is low. In some cases, patients will experience temporary numbness that dissipates when the treated area heals. Cases of permanent nerve damage leading to numbness or weakness are quite rare. Working with a surgeon focused only on the face is the best way to minimize risk from complications.

Can I have a facelift without surgery?

Non-surgical alternatives to a facelift exist for patients who have minor aesthetic issues. These may include BOTOX, dermal fillers, thread lift, laser resurfacing, and radiofrequency skin care treatments. The downside of these procedures is they are not long-lasting or can result in an unnatural look.

How long is recovery and the healing process after a facelift?

The facelift recovery and healing process generally takes 4 to 6 weeks starting with swelling immediately after the surgery and ending with most of the swelling having subsided after several weeks when you begin to see the remarkable results of your facelift.

What does it mean when plastic surgeons state they have more than one board certification or are double-board certified?

A board certified plastic surgeon with multiple board certifications is for plastic surgeons under an older surgical training model which means the plastic surgeon had 5 years of general surgery training (or training in another non plastic surgery speciality) plus 2/3 years of plastic surgery training, or for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctors a single year of plastic surgery training. The current state-of-the-art training for cosmetic plastic surgery is 6-7 years of an integrated plastic surgery training model in plastic surgery and a 1 year aesthetic fellowship from The Aesthetic Society’s Endorsed Aesthetic Fellowship.


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