The differences between the two & what is right for you

From a distance, chemical peels and facials may look similar, but they offer different benefits. Just about every person can find a facial that works for them but chemical peels can be a different story. Get a closer look and see if a peel is right for you!

To start off: What is a chemical peel?

Chemical Peels vs. Facials

Chemical peels are a topical treatment performed by Medical Aestheticians. By applying chemicals to the skin, the top layer is gently exfoliated away.

After the treatment, you can expect to see diminished fine lines, a more even skin tone, lightening of dark spots/age spots, fewer breakouts, and an overall more radiant glow.

At Donaldson Plastic Surgery, our Medical Aestheticians use peels that are designed to be gentle. Some peels can be harsh and disrupt the skin’s integrity. Our’s deliver the same results but over a span of time, so they do not compromise your skin’s natural barrier.

So, are chemical peels safe?

Because our peels aren’t as aggressive as others, you won’t experience drastic peeling. Your skin may be dry or slightly flaky right after, but you will not experience a “snakeskin” appearance.

What’s the difference between a chemical peel and a facial?

Chemical peels are a more intensive treatment for the skin. Facials are topical treatments that can include things like steam, extractions, moisturization, and massage elements. With all of these elements combined, facials create a very relaxing experience.

A closer look at other key differences between chemical peels and facials:

Chemical PeelsFacials
Short treatment. No more than 45 minutes.Longer and more luxurious.
Series of 6 treatments every week or every other week.Performed once every 4-6 weeks.
Produces long-term results.Produces more short-term results but can produce long-term results with consistency.
More aggressive treatments.Gentler and more relaxing.

Can I combine chemical peels and facials?

During your chemical peel series, it is recommended to hold off on getting a facial during this time. After your chemical peels have been completed, monthly facials will maintain your skin’s health.

Nikki and Tatjana recommend starting off with a facial first before beginning your peel series. 

Chemical Peel Being Applied

What can I expect during my chemical peel treatment?

The skin is first cleansed and prepped before the peel is applied. Dependent on the peel, it will either sit for 10-20 minutes as one layer or multiple layers will be added every few minutes. The peel is then removed, the skin will be neutralized, moisturizer and/or sunscreen will be applied, and you will be on your way!

What kinds of chemical peels are there?

Donaldson Plastic Surgery offers peels for all types of skin concerns. Acne, age spots, scarring, congestion, redness, are some examples of concerns that peels can address.

Relaxed patient at a Dublin Ohio Medspa

What is best for me?

We highly recommend consulting with an experienced Medical Aesthetician to determine the best route for you when choosing a chemical peel that is right for you. These trained professionals are able to customize your peel dependent on your skin’s needs and sensitivities.

Ready to Feel Deeply Rejuvenated? We’re Here For You!

Tatjana and Nikki can make skincare and treatment recommendations by accessing your skin during a facial or a consultation. You can get scheduled for either appointment by calling (614)-442-7610!

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An In-Depth Look at Dr. Sieffert’s Surgical Technique

Female Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sieffert in OR

Let’s Face It. It’s Not Just Skin-Deep!

Dr. Sieffert is a highly-skilled plastic surgeon who understands that science and beauty are not just skin-deep. Facelifts are a plastic surgeon’s best tool for addressing facial sagging, but for many, the lifts are simply “skin only”. This is an overly-simplistic approach — facial anatomy is complex, and the deep tissues that are responsible for holding your skin in place are also affected by gravity and aging. The deep plane facelift technique, performed at Donaldson Plastic Surgery, addresses not only the skin layer but also the underlying structures, making it Dr. Sieffert’s preferred method for exceptional facelift results!

What is a Deep Plane Facelift?

A deep plane facelift is an advanced surgical facelift procedure designed to tighten the underlying layer of connective tissue beneath the skin known as the SMAS (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system), while simultaneously lifting, draping, and tightening the skin covering the cheek and lower face. 

This method is, without a doubt, the most effective way to comprehensively correct facial sagging in the mid-to-lower face (more specifically, from the top of the cheekbone to the jawline where the first signs of aging are most likely to appear). Dr. Sieffert can perform advanced deep plane facelift surgery for men and women who would like to see the most significant and long-lasting improvement in these areas and want the best technique available to refresh their features.

What Does the Phrase “Deep Plane” Mean? 

Imagine for a moment the anatomy of the face is separated into 2 layers, or “planes.” The facial skin is the outer-most layer, and beneath that is the connective tissue and muscle layer known as the SMAS. A “deep plane” facelift means the mechanism of action is occurring at the SMAS plane.

What Areas Does a Deep Plane Facelift Include?

A deep plane facelift is chosen to correct concerns related to marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and jowls along the jawline. While it primarily focuses on the cheeks and lower face, it is often paired with fat grafting to address loss of volume throughout the face, and a neck lift to address the chin, neck, and submental region (under the chin). There is no one-size-fits-all approach to this method. Your deep plane surgery is completely customizable to fit your goals and needs.

Facelift Compression Chin Strap

Understanding The Advantages & Disadvantages of a Deep Plane Facelift



What Happens During a Deep Plane Facelift?

What Happens During a Deep Plane Facelift?

On the day of your surgery, you will meet with Dr. Sieffert before surgery to confirm the procedure plan and address any final questions you may have. Then you will be put under general anesthesia so you are comfortable through the procedure.

After you are resting comfortably under anesthesia, your surgical team will prep and drape the surgical field to begin. Any fat grafting that is indicated will be done first in order to replace lost volume throughout areas such as the temples, nasolabial folds, cheeks, lips, and even ear lobes. In cases where a neck lift is being performed, that procedure is done first. Then the facelift is addressed.

Incisions will be made starting at the hairline in front of the ear and will continue down in front of the upper ear, behind the tragus, underneath the earlobe, behind the ear in the crease, and into the hairline behind the ear to varying degrees. The skin is then dissected off the deeper tissues for greater exposure. Then, a portion of the SMAS is lifted up, excess is removed, and the deeper structures are repositioned.

“I utilize a multi-vector approach with the SMAS, which means that tissues are moved in multiple directions to give you the most natural-looking results,” Dr. Sieffert explains.

The SMAS muscle is secured with permanent sutures so the deep muscle structures help the facelift last. After that, Dr. Sieffert will re-drape your skin and remove the redundant skin at the point of incision. After the skin is excised, it’s time to close. Closure is performed with mostly absorbable sutures, and a few that need to be removed in the office.

After the procedure, you will come into the office 48 hours after so we can check on the quality of skin healing. You’ll come back at one week for your next follow-up to remove any remaining sutures. Then you will come back for regular follow-ups at one month, three months, and beyond.

Fat Grafting is Included for Better Results

Dr. Sieffert is known for her incredibly natural facelifts, partly due to the fact that fat transfer to the face is included. The temples, cheeks, nasolabial folds, and lips all receive a small amount of your body’s own fat (grafted using liposuction through a small incision usually on the abdomen). Combining a fat transfer with a facelift helps your results to look more natural. It provides a youthful contour that complements the deep plane facelift.

Neck Lifting Complements Facelifting

The face and neck age together and are considered by Dr. Sieffert to be, “A single anatomical unit”.  Because of this, a facelift and necklift are often performed together in a single surgery. Ignoring aging in the neck can lead to a discordant appearance and may lessen the effects of surgery at the jawline.  In these combined surgeries, the facelift elevates and repositions tissues between the cheek and the jawline and the necklift repositions tissues between the jawline and the collarbones. 

Who is a Candidate for a Deep Plane Facelift?

An ideal candidate for a deep plane lift is primarily looking to correct significant signs of aging & loose skin in the lower face. More often than not, this candidate will have visible folds in the skin as a result of volume loss in the cheeks and around the mouth. The most common complaints that lead to seeking facelift surgery are marionette lines, jowling, and loss of jawline contour. To be a good candidate, one will will be in good health and have realistic expectations about the experience and outcomes of surgery. Age, lifestyle, and other influences on skin laxity are also important considerations for a deep plane lift. Your surgeon will help you determine if the deep plane technique is right for you!

That said, it’s important to note that there is no right age for a facelift — everyone ages at a different rate and feels the desire for rejuvenation at different times in life. A younger candidate who has skin laxity to a lesser degree may be best suited for another version of a facelift, such as a mini facelift.

Is a Deep Plane Facelift Right for Me?

Considering a deep plane facelift isn’t always about looking decades younger, or a desire to emulate reality TV stars. Many of our patients’ reasons for getting a facelift are about aging gracefully, and more importantly, at their own pace. We recognize everyone’s reasons for a facelift as unique as they are.

Not sure how to verbalize your goals? We can help you figure that out during a consultation! 

How To Get the Most Out of Your Deep Plane Facelift:

  1. Follow Your Post-Op Instructions. You’ll be given instructions for aftercare to help you heal faster and get the best possible results from your procedure.
  2. Add a Blepharoplasty, Brow Lift, or Neck Lift. An overall refreshed appearance can be made even better by combining your facelift with an upper or lower eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), a brow lift, or a neck lift. The cost-benefit of receiving multiple procedures will be covered during your consultation.
  3. Finish with Halo™ Laser Resurfacing. Receiving a laser treatment after your facelift is like adding the final polish. Once you have healed from surgery, the Halo can address texture, sun damage, smaller fine lines, wrinkles, and more. It will truly highlight your skin’s improved condition and give you a beautiful, radiant glow.
  4. Maintain Results with Medical-Grade Skincare. We’ll provide you with the best education and proper skincare and sun protection products that will preserve and increase the longevity of your results for years to come!
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Choose Your Plastic Surgeon Carefully

Dr. Sieffert Facelift Surgeon Columbus Ohio

The technique that a plastic surgeon uses is left primarily up to their training and experience, so you will want to research and compare surgeons based on their credentials and comfort in performing the procedure in question. Not all surgeons perform the deep plane facelift technique. Asking about your surgeon’s methods and techniques may help you to determine which surgeon(s) you’ll meet with. During your consultation, listen to what your surgeon recommends. Although the decision to receive a facelift is up to you, you should allow their experience to help guide your decision.

We caution choosing (or even consulting with) a facelift surgeon based on price. Due to the nature of this particular procedure, facelifts are best left to plastic surgeons known for their commitment to safety and achieving exceptional results.

Why You Need a “Board Certified Plastic Surgeon”

Board-certified plastic surgeons are the only kinds of surgeons you should be researching to perform your surgery. Surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are in good medical standing and have met the requirements and standards set out by the ABPS, the leading authority in the field of plastic surgery. Transparency is of the utmost importance here — if your surgeon does not have verified certification, they are not considered a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Do What’s Right For You:

Not ready for surgery? No problem! Today, there are a number of aesthetic solutions that don’t require surgery and can be done right here in our office. Fillers, Ultherapy, Laser Skin Resurfacing, Microneedling & Advanced Microneedling with PRP (commonly referred to as the “Vampire Facial”) are all great options for tightening the skin non-surgically, without the need to go under anesthesia or deal with downtime or recovery! 

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Dr. Sieffert, Your Trusted Columbus Facelift Surgeon

Dr. Sieffert has perfected her deep plane facelift technique during her tenure at Donaldson Plastic Surgery and her specialty training at Wright State University’s Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. With an eye toward technical excellence, her mission is to inspire confidence and help every patient feel good in their own skin. She has taken extensive training to perform advanced plastic surgery techniques such as the deep-plane facelift.

Female Plastic Surgeon Columbus Ohio
✔️ Real, Unretouched Patient Photos
✔️ Countless Positive Reviews
✔️ Emphasis on Patient Education
✔️ Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
✔️ A Doctor You’ll Love

Ready for a Consultation?

We welcome patients from all over the Midwest & beyond to visit our practice here in Columbus, Ohio. Our Donaldson Plastic Surgery Patient Coordinators are here to help you meet with our highly-qualified plastic surgeons and start you on your journey. Call us today or contact us to request your own personal consultation. 

Book Your Initial Consultation Today!

With all of the events around us that are out of our control, it’s time for us all to look inward and prioritize our own needs and goals. This January, we are more committed than ever to offer the best treatments and medical-grade skin care available. That’s why we’re trying something new…

Welcome to the Year of You.

On this exclusive one-day consultation event, all of our focus is all on you. We want to give you in-depth, personalized recommendations for aesthetic treatments that will get you transformative results. No planning, no hassle, and no pressure necessary!

About the Consultation Day Event:

On January 27th, our Aesthetic Coordinators are hosting sixteen patients for thorough aesthetic consultations to prepare you for 2022! We will begin your personalized consultation by discussing the wide range of aesthetic treatments offered at Donaldson Plastic Surgery and helping you figure out what’s right for you.

From deep laser treatments to microblading, to CoolSculpting, to custom product regimens, we will create an in-depth customized treatment regimen to fit your lifestyle needs. You will gain a personal aesthetic concierge partner here at the practice who will help you manage and maintain your beauty plan, just for you!

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What to Expect During Your Consultation:

We will begin your one-on-one, personalized skin health consultation with discussing the wide range of aesthetic treatments offered at the practice and find what you are interested in. You will receive a thorough skin analysis — It is recommended to come to your consult makeup-free. Viewing your skin it its natural state will help us make the best recommendations.

Before & After Picture Breakdown

During the consultation, a variety of before and after example photos will be shown so you can see real results from real treatments with real people like you. We’ll explain every treatment that was performed in detail, and we’ll even match the before & after photos you see to patients with skin/body types similar to your own.

Creating Your Aesthetic Game Plan

After talking through the aesthetic offerings available to you and your specific concerns, we will design your customized treatment protocol. This will be the key to helping you achieve your beautiful transformation!

Equipping You With Medical-Grade Skin Care

We believe healthy, beautiful skin comes from a combined effort of in-office treatments and the proper usage of high quality, medical-grade skin care at home. You will leave your consultation with a fully customized recommended regimen for daily use at home. 

How We’ll Track Your Progress:

Photographs of your skin and other areas of concern will be taken at the time of the consultation so we can be sure to track visible progress as you receive treatments and use the recommended home care. You are now on your way to achieving your skin goals and being your very best version of you!  

Budgeting and Financing Help

We will finish up your consultation by answering any remaining questions and provide you with the quotes you need. Your Aesthetic Coordinator will provide you with the exact cost of any suggested treatments to help you navigate with any budget. Financing through Care Credit is available for aesthetic treatments. Finally, we will find a time that works for you to receive your treatments!

Your Aesthetic Concierge

Finally, we will wrap up your consult by answering any remaining questions and schedule you for your desired treatments. Your friendly Aesthetic Coordinator is available by e-mail with any needs you may have in between visits. They will serve as your own personal aesthetic coordinator. We are always happy to assist and support you with your appointment needs, additional questions and beyond.  

Register Now & Meet Your Aesthetic Coordinators:

The all-day consultation event is January 27th from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. There are only sixteen spots available, so act now to reserve yours! Typically, consultations are $100 at the time of scheduling, but for this event, it’s only $50, and that money can be applied toward the cost of any product or future treatment.

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Jill Hawkins

Jill Hawkins is a Columbus beauty professional and the Aesthetic Director of Donaldson Plastic Surgery. She has a passion for helping you make informed decisions to benefit your skin’s health, and help you become your very best version of you!

Signature to Jill: her uncanny ability to clearly educate and equip you with the right skin care regimen for you! Whether you prefer a simple regimen or are ready to take your routine to the next level, Jill is ready to meet you where you are.

Piper Edie

Piper is a burgeoning makeup artist in the Columbus aesthetic industry and highly-sought after by our patients for her makeup and skincare recommendations.

Signature to Piper: her understanding of facial coloring and pigmentation to create the most flattering shades for people of all skin types, tones, ages, and backgrounds.