Facelift procedures are growing in popularity for people of all ages, not just those who are older. In fact, in 2019 alone there were over 6,000 patients who had a procedure done under the age of 54. There are different types of procedures to consider when thinking about getting this done. 

If you are thinking about getting surgery to receive amazing results, keep reading for everything you need to know about a deep plane facelift. 

What Is a Deep Plane Facelift? 

Facelifts are a popular procedure that smooths the wrinkles in the mid-to-lower face, tightens the jowls, and helps alleviate the sagging skin in the neck area. The point of this type of procedure is to restore the face to its younger profile and turn the aging clock back. Though brows and eyes are common procedures paired, most people don’t know that facelifts actually only address the lower 1/3 of the face. 

There are advanced facelift techniques like deep plane facelifts that provide a natural-looking result. Deep plane procedures offer a variation that repositions tissues, releasing certain ligaments and remodeling deeper attachments. These types of lifts allow the surgeon to achieve more through lifting without tightly pulling tissues, which creates great results while still maintaining a natural look. 

How Long Does It Take to Recover? 

Typically when you get a facelift, you can expect it to take up to 6 weeks to fully recover. With Dr. Dueber and the deep plane procedure, you can usually expect to have your stitches removed within 5 days and have little to no bruising. You should be ready to go have dinner at your favorite restaurant in about 3 weeks. 

Do I Need a Facelift?

As you grow older, your body will start to produce less collagen and elastin, which is what keeps the skin from looking lifted and allows it to snap back into place after an expression. There are certain lifestyles that can speed up the process of aging and face droop. 

  • Exposure to the sun 
  • Excessive smoking
  • An overall unhealthy diet
  • Exercise 
  • Pollution from smog or a big city 

If you experience any of these above, you may see that your skin is being affected by more than just time. Aging can manifest into these issues that may convince you it’s time for a facelift:

  • Loss of cheek volume
  • “Jowling” under the mouth 
  • Harsh wrinkles
  • Lack of chin definition 
  • Sagging

Tips for Recovery After Surgery 

Though this surgery should leave you with little discomfort because there are no drains, dressings, wraps, or compression garments, there are a few things to expect while you heal during recovery. Some patients experience numbness in their ears when trying to use their phone, or difficulty in wearing earbuds due to swelling. 

Mild discomfort can be improved by ibuprofen during the day, and Tramadol and Valium during the night. Crunchy snacks can be a treat when healing for the first few days. 

Get a Consultation 

Your doctor should listen to you about what bothers you about your face. You will go over your unique medical history including procedures or injectables that you have received. You will also go over the following: 

  • Skin laxity
  • Skin texture
  • Volume loss
  • Weak or loose muscles
  • Fatty deposits

Possible Complications

Almost 16 million cosmetic procedures took place in the United States in 2020, and about 230,000 of those were facelifts. There are always risks associated with surgery, even those that occur often, like face surgery. While they may be unlikely, here are some events that can happen due to possible complications: 


This is when blood pools and forms beneath the skin. Experts recommend avoiding rigorous activity following your procedure to prevent the risk of developing hematomas  

Nerve Injury 

Surgery involves dissection near the facial nerves and by the neck. While many injuries heal after 3 to 6 months, there is a low risk of potential permanent injury. 

Bruising or Swelling 

Like almost all surgeries, expect swelling and bruising to occur in the early weeks when healing. This will subside with time, though it varies from person to person, and few experience prolonged symptoms. 

Facelift Benefits

Any doctor should be honest and transparent with you so that you know what can be achieved safely. In addition to feeling more confident in your own skin, one of the biggest advantages of this surgery is quick recovery. Even though your face will continue to age, after getting this procedure, it will look ten years younger. 

After the procedure, you will see a notable difference in sagging skin or the folds of your skin on the cheek area and neckline. You may even feel like your appearance looks slimmer due to the redistribution of fat around the face. Most patients feel they look significantly more youthful and are happy with how long their results will last. 

Schedule a Deep Plane Facelift Today 

Though no one can stop time’s natural aging process, getting a deep plane facelift can eliminate fat, tighten facial muscles, and smooth the skin on your face, leaving you feeling confident and younger than ever. 

Make sure that when you decide on getting the procedure you are going to a doctor who is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Dueber can give you the lasting looks that you want and ease all of your qualms about getting surgery. Check out the results from other patients’ facelifts and read through reviews to make sure that your doctor is a good fit for you. 

If you are interested in getting an operation done, contact us for scheduling and any additional information you might need.