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A Quick Guide to Deep plane facelift
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What Is A Deep Plane Facelift?

The deep plane facelift technique is ideal for people who experience a lot of sagging and loose skin. Dr. Rizk’s deep plane facelift technique is distinguished by the repositioning of the soft facial tissue deep beneath the muscle. This accentuates the jaw, neck, and cheekbones, minimizes swelling and bruising, and has a longer-lasting result.

His unique methods are often sought after by Dr. Rizk’s NYC patients who struggle with severe drooping that cannot be addressed through less-invasive treatment options.

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Real Patient Results

Female Face, Before and After Rhinoplasty Treatment. This 26-year-old female patient had a drooping and long nose, front view

45 year old female patient who underwent deep plane vertical facelift and is shown 1 year after surgery . Note hidden incisions behind ear tragus cartilage enables patient to pull hair back with minimal hidden scars . Note jawline definition .

*Results may vary.

Woman's face, Before and After Rhinoplasty Treatment, front view, patient 1

45 year old female who is shown one day after revision facelift/neck lift done with deep plane vertical approach.

*Results may vary.

Patient 11 Set1 before and after nose surgery

62 yo patient is shown 2 weeks after deep plane facelift. You could see jawline definition and a cleaner jowl area even with the swelling.

*Results may vary.

*Results may vary.

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Are You A Candidate For A Deep Plane Facelift?

While many are interested in this procedure, it is important to note that patients do still need to meet certain requirements to achieve the best surgical outcome. These requirements may include:

  • No pre-existing medical conditions that may impede healing
  • Realistic expectations, and wanting the surgery for yourself and not because someone else wants you to have it
  • A nonsmoking, healthy lifestyle
  • Have visible signs of loose and sagging skin that can benefit from the procedure

How Long Does Deep Plane Facelift take?

Typically, a deep plane facelift in New York with Dr. Rizk takes around two hours. Dr. Rizk performs a meticulous operation to ensure the best results possible. Dr. Rizk spends time creating his surgical plan before the surgery with detailed diagrams to decrease operation time.

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What Does Deep Plane Facelift Recovery Look Like?

You will need at least two weeks to recover from the procedure, and your bandages will be removed a couple of days after surgery. Bruising and swelling should be expected and should dissipate after a few weeks - pain medication will be prescribed to assist with any pain relief during this time.

Your face will take time to heal and some swelling may still be visible a few months post-surgery.

How Much Does a Deep Plane Facelift Cost in NYC?

The cost of a deep plane facelift in New York depends on the surgeon and the location of the clinic. Dr. Rizk works closely with patients to ensure that expectations are met. During each patient's initial consultations, he provides them with the exact cost of their surgery. A purely cosmetic procedure is never covered by insurance. However, in certain instances, part of the procedure may be covered by insurance.

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Dr. Rizk’s Unique Approach to Deep Plane Facelift Surgery

Dr. Rizk’s signature lift is the modified deep plane rhytidectomy which addresses the midface, lower face, and neck. The Deep plane technique is a modification of the standard facelift, focusing on the deeper facial structure. Unlike the SMAS facelift, which separates the skin and muscle tissue, the deep-plane facelift lifts:

  • skin,
  • facial tissues,
  • fat,
  • and muscle as a continuous unit.

Both techniques can create more definition around the jawline

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Dr. Rizk believes:

"Dr. Rizk had developed his own techniques and published his methods for customizing procedures to the patient's facial structure and degree of aging, as opposed to a one size fits all approach. As more and more younger patients, including men, are requesting cosmetic facial procedures, Dr. Rizk believes that his newer techniques are better tailored to them. To that end, Dr.. Rizk authored some landmark articles on facelift, rhinoplasty, and blepharoplasty surgery, describing new techniques to be applied differently to younger versus older patients."

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What are some methods to promote scar healing and speedy recovery?

To ensure the fastest recovery, you should follow your surgeon’s directions carefully. Here are some tips to help accelerate healing:

  • To promote increased blood circulation and the healing of your skin, sleep in an elevated position
  • Do not take hot showers for the first few days; use warm water instead. Avoid washing your hair for 2-3 days so that the incision sites can heal
  • Engage in moderate activity, such as walking, to encourage your body to heal. However, avoid strenuous activity, such as a demanding workout at the gym
  • Eat well and do not smoke
  • Drink plenty of water

Where is the surgery performed?

Our patients undergo facelift surgery on an outpatient basis either in Dr. Rizk's JCAHO-certified surgical facility3 on Park Avenue, at Lenox Hospital, or at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital4.

How long do facelift results last?

A facelift performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. Rizk typically lasts 10 years. After that period, you may still be pleased with your appearance but should follow-up with Dr. Rizk for recommendations.

Why do Dr. Rizk's facelift results last longer?

Dr. Rizk was one of the first surgeons to use endotines5 (absorbable stitches) in the deep plane so they are concealed better. Because of their multiple securing areas, they provide a longer-lasting lift and they secure tissue better by using a more natural method. Dr. Rizk's latest innovations, use of high definition 3-D telescopes and surgical precision ensure longer-lasting results for his patients.

What's the difference between male and female facelift surgery?

Since male facial skin is thicker and contains greater blood supply, Dr. Rizk employs the midline muscle tuck through a small chin incision, in addition to the sideways (lateral) pull of the platysma muscle in the neck. Many male patients are more concerned about their necks than their faces and prefer this technique. Female patients affected by significant fat beneath the chin, or neck cords, also benefit from the midline muscle tuck and lateral pull behind the ears.

Written Patient Testimonials

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Dr. Rizk and his staff were absolutely incredible! They made me feel so comfortable throughout this entire process and I am so grateful for everyone (especially Dr. Rizk) for helping me look the best version of myself. My nose looks natural and perfect and I am in love with the results!!! If you are on the fence, I definitely encourage you to come to this office because Dr. Rizk gave me the confidence and grace to present myself to the world!

-Leah Abramson

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Words cannot express how tremendously grateful and impressed I am for his services. The process was painless and he produced beautiful results that I’m so happy with. Dr. Rizk is extremely precise, patient and detail orientated. He narrowed my nose 1mm at a time! I’m already looking forward to my next small tweek with him.

-Allison S

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Fixed my nose that was extremely crooked from a car accident. Also did my brother's nose which case out beautifully

-Katie M

Combining Deep Plane Facelift With Other Procedures

Dr. Rizk may recommend a chin implant, neck liposuction, neck lift, or rhinoplasty with your deep plane facelift to improve the outcome and combine recovery time.

Possible Risks and Complications

All surgical procedures present possible risks and complications. It is therefore vital that you follow your surgeon’s instructions to ensure these risks are minimized and healing is optimized. The deep plane facelift is an invasive procedure and surgery risks include:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Infection
  • Scarring

Dr. Risk will discuss the possible risks6 and complications with you in detail prior to your operation.

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Choosing A Deep Plane Facelift Surgeon In NYC

Selecting an NYC deep plane facelift surgeon may seem like a lot of work. However, it is a decision that will stick with you for a lifetime. As a result, patients should look for a surgeon who is:

  • Double board-certified in facial plastic surgery (by ABFPRS) and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery (by ABO)
  • Highly trained and has an extensive understanding of how to perform a deep plane facelift or any facial cosmetic procedure.
  • Experienced and has a selection of before and after images so that you can see their work, just as you would like to see an artist's portfolio before buying one of their pieces.

Dr. Rizk’s attention to detail and focus on achieving natural-looking results

Accommodating International Patients for [Deep Plane Facelift] In NYC

Patients travel from across the world to benefit from Dr. Rizk’s facial plastic surgery in New York City. His deep plane facelift achieves a soft, natural look that provides definition to the neck and jaw without that overly tight look. His deep plane facelift results last for 10 to 15 years, you can view before and after photos that reflect his consistency with achieving a natural-youthful look.

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Rizk to find out more about his facelift treatment options and whether you are a candidate for the deep plane facelift procedure.

1 Rod Rohrich, MD, FACS. Facial rejuvenation treatments that are right for you. Available: Accessed January 26, 2021.
2 New York Magazine. Available: Accessed January 26, 2021.
3 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Facelift. Available: Accessed January 26, 2021.
4 Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Available: Accessed May 10, 2022.
5 James Newman. Safety and Efficacy of Midface-lifts With an Absorbable Soft Tissue Suspension Device. Available: Accessed January 26, 2021.
6 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Facelift Risks and Safety. Available: Accessed January 26, 2021.

Sam Rizk, MD

By Dr. Sam S. Rizk, M.D., FACS.

Dr. Rizk is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty surgery and a recognized expert on the latest advances in facial plastic surgery techniques. He performs a range of facial plastic surgeries at his New York practice.

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