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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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. 

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Why You Should Plan Your Surgery Around Recovery – & Why Now Is The Best Time To Start 

Plastic Surgery Recovery Timelines

Plastic surgery is a journey that takes planning, so starting sooner rather than later is a great way to ensure your experience goes smoothly. By embarking now, you can get a head start learning more about your options when it comes to timing, financing, and recovery!

General Recovery Timelines

Specific surgeries will have slight differences in terms of exact recovery time expectations, but all surgeries have periods that are specific to downtime along with their own activity restrictions. Every recovery timeline will also be dependent on you. You may naturally be quicker or slower to heal than others. Our Patient Care Team is trained to understand and assist you no matter your recovery timeline!

Breast Surgery – 3-5 Days of Downtime

At about one week, you will feel almost back to normal, but you must continue to adhere by activity restrictions set by your medical team.

Plastic Surgery Experts During An Operation

Abdominal Surgery – 7-10 Days of Downtime

Similar to breast surgeries, the remainder of the month is spent getting back to feeling normal with established activity restrictions.

Facial Surgery – A Few Days of Downtime

Downtime is coupled with activity restrictions that are specific to the kind of facial surgery. The main consideration is that facial surgeries often come with swelling and bruising for the first week or two. During this time, you may want to stay at home regardless of feeling better.

Arm or Leg Surgery – About One Week of Downtime

Oftentimes, arm and leg surgeries will have more activity restrictions than other kinds of surgeries.

*Note: For the purpose of this article, “downtime” is time designated specifically for resting. This is the time when you would be taking prescribed pain medication. “Activity restrictions” refers to the time spent after downtime. This is when you would feel more able to complete everyday activities.


Asking Plastic Surgery Questions

Should I stay in a recovery center?

Our board-certified plastic surgeons recommend you heal in the comfort of your own home after surgery. Occasionally, they may recommend staying in a hotel or in a surgery recovery center (often if the patient lives far away), but that is rare.

Our team will prepare you to understand your post-operative care instructions and expectations, so you feel comfortable during your recovery period.

What are some tips to make recovery easier and/or quicker?

Why do some surgeons have different estimated recovery timelines for their patients?

Your recovery experience is directly correlated to what happens in the operating room. In general terms, when a surgeon takes their time and is very meticulous and detail-oriented during the surgery, then recovery can be easier and quicker.

When can I…?

  1. Go back to work?
    1. Stationary work (“desk jobs”): Typically, one week but sometimes two
  2. Physical work:
    1. At least two weeks, and you may have to return with activity restrictions from the surgeon
  3. Play with my kids?
    1. For the first month post-op, lifting, stretching, pulling, pushing, and bending will be restricted. Most recovery timelines include a 15-lb lifting limitation for that full first month as well. Make sure to arrange childcare help if you have young kids during your recovery period, particularly within the first two weeks.
  4. Exercise?
    1. Light exercise is okay after the first two weeks. Make sure to closely follow all activity restriction guidelines. Try to avoid raising your heart rate too much, as this can increase swelling.

Planning Around Work

The timeline for returning to work depends on the kind of surgery and what you do at work. Some recovery times only require a long weekend, whereas some may require several weeks.

How Can I Take Time Off Work For Recovery?

Your plastic surgery clinic can submit documentation to your employer to ask for time off work:

Now is the Best Time to Begin!

Beginning your surgical process now is the best way to secure your specific timeline. You can book your surgery as far out as you’d like but having your consultation sooner rather than later will ensure that you have options.

To learn more about how our surgical consultation experience looks like, click here.

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We invite you to call (614)-442-7610 to get on Dr. Donaldson’s or Dr. Sieffert’s schedule!

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All Of Your Skin Tightening Options, In One Place

Aging, pregnancy, weight gain (or loss), hormones, genetics, medical conditions, lifestyle factors, and sun exposure can all contribute to drooping skin. Treatments for tightening the skin, however, are more difficult to identify. Reversing the skin’s natural processes can be challenging, but there are several truly effective skin tightening solutions at Donaldson Plastic Surgery that you should know about.

We’re here to answer two questions:

  1. What treatments & procedures are out there specifically to tighten skin? and
  2. which ones are the most effective?
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The Most Effective Treatment For You Depends on Skin Laxity & Elasticity

Whether a treatment will be effective or not varies from person-to-person, depending on two things: the level of skin laxity (mild, moderate, or severe) and the overall elasticity of the skin. For example, an individual in their 20s or 30s with mild or moderate loose skin will have relatively higher skin elasticity and, therefore, will be more likely to see loose skin improve over time with regular non-invasive treatments.

Moderate to severe skin laxity is more common among individuals in their 50s or 60s. This population is more likely to have relatively lower skin elasticity, so their skin may be less responsive to non-surgical treatments. In this case, surgical skin tightening may be a more effective path to correct your concerns.

No matter your concerns or what level of loose skin you have, we have the tools to help you address it. Our team of experienced aesthetic specialists is here to help you identify what level of treatment is right for you to tighten loose skin of the face, neck, and body — all the way from result-driven products to our surgical skin tightening procedures.

Skin Care Solutions & Medspa Treatments

Our Medical Aestheticians Tatjana and Nikki recommend a combination of at-home care and professional Medspa treatments to correct mild to moderate loose skin of the face, neck, and body. Listed below is a powerful collection of medical-grade skincare products that you can use to improve skin elasticity, visibly improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and combat signs of aging.

Topical Products:


All of these products, including the facial and body rollers, are available for purchase by phone or in person.

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Medspa Treatments:

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Non-Invasive Skin Tightening Treatments


Non-invasive skin tightening treatments like Ultherapy are more targeted and go deeper to address the underlying causes of mild to moderate loose skin. Ultherapy is a non-surgical skin tightening and lifting treatment that uses ultrasonic energy to send waves deep within the skin that stimulate collagen production. Because it works on a deeper level than other treatments, Ultherapy is a great preventative treatment for individuals seeing the beginnings of aging skin, rather than a fix to severe sagging or wrinkling. It is primarily intended to lift and tighten the skin of the brow, chin, jowls, neck, and upper chest, but can also be used to target other specific areas of concern.


Halo laser treatment

Halo Laser Skin Resurfacing is a hybrid fractional laser treatment that addresses a number of visible skin concerns and offers skin tightening benefits from inducing collagen production in the healing process. For patients with mild to moderate skin laxity, Halo can result in more youthful, tighter-looking skin. Although the Halo laser is not primarily for skin tightening, patients usually see and feel a skin tightening effect. Wrinkles and fine lines are addressed with Halo, as well as other signs of aging, problematic skin texture, scarring, and sun damage. Other benefits of Halo include minimal downtime and a noticeable improvement of skin a just a couple of days. You can schedule Halo with Adrienne, Paige, Stacie, or Angie.

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Minimally-Invasive Skin Tightening Treatments

Renuvion (J Plasma) Skin Tightening

Renuvion (also known as J Plasma) is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses a combination of radiofrequency energy and helium gas to virtually tighten the skin of the face, neck, and body. A wand emitting the stream of energy is gently passed underneath (in some cases overtop) the dermal layer to cause contraction of the skin. Results can be seen immediately, but dramatically improve over time. See what one patient has to say about her chin liposuction and Renuvion results with Dr. Sieffert!


Botox and fillers are not “skin tightening treatments”, but they do offer benefits that address signs of mild to moderate skin laxity, which is why we include them here.

Aging skin can cause wrinkles, folds, and droopiness to form, which can be corrected using minimally-invasive injectables like Botox and dermal fillers for the face. Botox works by softening the appearance fine lines and wrinkles in the skin by relaxing the muscle underneath that causes the crease to form. Fillers restore volume under the skin to an area where volume has been lost and skin has begun to droop or fold as a result (ex. the jawline, or nasolabial folds and marionette lines). Neither injectable treatment is used to reverse skin laxity, but they can help to improve common concerns associated with it.

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Surgical Skin Tightening Procedures

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To successfully treat more significant loose skin, surgery is usually the best option.

With surgical skin tightening procedures, excess skin is removed surgically and the remaining skin is re-draped tighter than before. This option is the gold-standard is for patients who have moderate to severe skin laxity as a result of aging or weight loss but can be ideal for mild to moderate skin laxity as well.

Here are some of our most effective surgical solutions performed by Dr. Donaldson & Dr. Sieffert.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is a procedure in which excess skin and fat are surgically removed from the abdomen (and the underlying muscles tightened) to improve its contours. Stretched skin in this area will not always retract on its own, making surgery the only option to return the abdomen to its original form.

Anyone who has undergone pregnancy or weight loss, or who just simply struggles with excess skin of the belly, can benefit from this kind of surgical tightening. Scarring for a tummy tuck is minimal and easily concealed with undergarments or bathing suits, and our tummy tuck patients are thrilled with their results. Their only regret is they wished they had done is sooner!

Body Lift

A body lift, or circumferential body contouring, is a procedure in which excess skin of the entire abdominal front, back, and sides is removed for a tighter trunk. Usually performed on individuals with severe skin laxity of the body, this procedure is common amongst individuals who have undergone significant weight loss and are left with excess skin as a result. A body lift can also encompass surgical tightening of multiple areas including the arms, chest, upper and lower back, buttocks, and thighs — the surgery is always customized to address the patient’s concerns.

Arm and Thigh Lift

Arm lifts and thigh lifts are procedures in which sagging excess skin of the upper arms and thighs is removed, often solving cosmetic concerns of the colloquial “bat wings” and sagging skin of the inner thighs and above the knee. They can be performed individually or together, depending on a patient’s wishes. These two areas are very likely to loosen with age, so the majority of arm and thigh lift candidates simply wish to see their extremities restored to a more youthful-looking state. Scarring is likely to be visible in these areas, so please discuss your concerns with your surgeon prior to surgery.

Face and Neck Lift

Facelifts and neck lifts are also common amongst individuals with concerns of drooping skin. As exterior representations of how we present ourselves to the world, the areas of the face and neck are often ones of prime importance — but, unfortunately, they can be some of the first areas to show the effects of aging. In a facelift and/or neck lift, excess skin is excised by your surgeon and the skin is laid tauter than it was before. Specific areas like the lower or upper face can be targeted, as in the case of a brow lift. Scarring is very discrete and easily concealed.

Eyelid Lift

Upper and lower blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, are surgical procedures in which excess skin of the upper and lower lid is carefully removed, and the remaining skin joined back together for younger, fresher-looking eyes. If you have what some might describe as overly-hooded eyes, or suffer from large bags underneath, you are likely a good candidate for an eyelid lift. Sometimes fat pads in the lower eyelid may also be removed to reduce puffiness. The procedure is straightforward and scarring is virtually invisible.

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Ready to See Which Skin Tightening Procedure is Right for You? We Can Help!

As a full-service plastic surgery practice, we are always uniquely equipped to offer each patient a customizable treatment plan, completely attuned to you. Our two board-certified plastic surgeons & our team of highly-trained non-surgical and aesthetic experts work closely together to recommend the right treatments that will help you reach your goals, and we take great care to vet the technology we use to offer the safest and most effective treatments available. We are intensely focused on delivering realistic recommendations and achieving beautiful outcomes.

If you’re curious to learn more, please submit your contact information below. Our friendly team of aesthetic coordinators will reach out to answer your questions and help you schedule your personalized consultation!

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A Closer Look at Liquid Rhinosplasty vs. Surgical Rhinoplasty

For years, surgical rhinoplasty has reigned supreme as patients’ number one choice for nasal correction. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), rhinoplasty was the most popular surgical procedure performed nationwide in 2020, surpassing even breast augmentation. However, when you schedule a consultation and meet with a board-certified aesthetic professional, you may find that you don’t need surgery to love your nose after all!

Non Surgical Rhinoplasty Results
Non-surgical rhinoplasty being performed at Donaldson Plastic Surgery.

The non-surgical nose job is an excellent alternative to the traditional rhinoplasty; it is long-lasting, minimally-invasive, customizable, and has many other benefits that make it a desirable choice for many patients. Let’s take a closer look at the liquid rhinoplasty and why it is so highly sought after.

The Main Differences

A non-surgical rhinoplasty, or “liquid” rhinoplasty/nose job, uses filler with strong structural integrity to create a balanced and more even appearance to the nose. It is useful in refining the tip of the nose and/or hiding dorsal bumps along the nasal bridge, or building up the bridge on a flatter nose.

Surgical rhinoplasties, on the other hand, are meant to reduce the proportions of the nose, alter the nasal shape, and remove bumps altogether. In some cases, the procedure can also be accompanied by a deviated septum repair or a nasal turbinate reduction to address certain breathing/internal structural issues with the nose.

Benefits of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

Whether you choose surgical or non-surgical, both will help you achieve facial balance and profile enhancement — the important thing you should consider is what other benefits are you looking for?

Non-Surgical Nose Job

• Balances nose without having to undergo surgery
• No downtime
• In-office, same-day appointment
• Conceals bumps on the bridge/dorsal hump
• Creates the appearance of a straighter and smaller nose
• Refines and lifts the nasal tip

Surgical Rhinoplasty

• Permanent results
• Reduces nose size
• Corrects a crooked nose & other structural issues (i.e. deviated septum)
• More precise sculpting
• Creates nose most complimentary for your face shape

Which one is best for your goals and lifestyle? Ask a board-certified plastic surgeon!

Surgical vs. Liquid Rhinoplasty: Which One Is Right For You?

When you describe your goals with your provider, they will be able to discuss the benefits and risks of each option and recommend the best treatment plan to match your individual needs. The experience and credentials of your injector and/or plastic surgeon are a priority when moving forward with either treatment type. Be sure to do research to ensure that they have the necessary experience and a trained aesthetic eye!

Surgical vs. Liquid Rhinoplasty
A patient is examined for a non-surgical rhinoplasty with Stacie Isler, PA-C.

How the Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty is Performed

Non-surgical rhinoplasties are performed by placing injectable filler into certain areas of the nose that lack the volume to create a more balanced, streamlined nose. Dermal fillers are commonly used to add volume and fullness to many different areas of the face.

Your injector will consult with you about the treatment, listen closely to understand your goals and answer any questions you have. They will examine your nose to create a treatment plan and determine precisely where the filler should be placed and how much will be needed to achieve the nose you desire. Afterward, your injector can perform your treatment in the same appointment — typically it will only take about 15 minutes! Most patients experience very little to zero pain or discomfort during and after the treatment.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Results

Results can last nine months to a year (depending on the kind of filler used) before a touch-up is needed. Patients can enjoy their results for a long time without having to make the commitment to surgery. Another major benefit to non-surgical rhinoplasties is that you can enjoy your results right away!

If you have any concerns about your results after two weeks (once any potential bruising and/or swelling subsides), set up a follow-up appointment to discuss with your injector if any touch-ups or adjustments are recommended.

Patient discussing surgical rhinoplasty with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michelle Sieffert.

Choosing What’s Right For You

Some plastic surgeons in Columbus, Ohio view surgery and injectables as a dichotomy, but we think of them more as a spectrum. Some of the most beautiful, powerful outcomes that you can achieve are ones that combine both modalities. We believe that, if we can achieve a great outcome for you, it doesn’t matter how we are achieving it — if that is what’s right for you and your anatomy.

Which option is best for your goals and lifestyle? Ask our team! Our Board-Certified Physician Assistant, Stacie Isler, and Board-Certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Sieffert, would love to meet with you to tell you about your options and start you on the path toward loving your nose!

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Chin liposuction — also called submental liposuction or “chin lipo” — is a minimally-invasive surgical technique that suctions excess fat from the chin, neck, and jawline (the cause of a double chin). It is one of the many minimally-invasive procedures we offer safely here at our office under local anesthesia. Check out a first-person perspective on the recovery process after chin liposuction with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michelle Sieffert.

Chin lipo, from a patient’s perspective

If you suffer from excessive chin fat, you know the struggle. Before my procedure, my double chin was always my biggest insecurity for as long as I could remember. I was so self-conscious about my profile that I unintentionally developed a years-long habit of jutting out my lower jaw to look like I had more of a chin than I actually did. Not only was this physically tiring, but when I looked at myself, my chin was the only thing I could see.

Last December, I decided to make the most of my time off from the pandemic & the holiday season and scheduled myself to receive submental liposuction with Renuvion Skin Tightening (also known as J Plasma) underneath my chin. Dr. Sieffert, my surgeon, specifically recommended lipo with Renuvion for me, which is a new technology to Donaldson Plastic Surgery that essentially tightens up the skin after liposuction. Dr. Sieffert expected I would get great results, so I was totally on-board with her recommendations, and excited to see my end result!

The Day of Surgery

On the morning of my procedure, I arrived at the Donaldson Plastic Surgery office early to get my bearings and mentally prep. They have underground parking garage below their office, so it was really private and convenient to take the elevator from where I parked my car right up to their space. Luckily, my S.O. was there with me to support me and drive me to and from the surgery. We sat in reception together, both a little nervous and excited, until it was time.

The minute I saw Dr. Sieffert, all of my nerves disappeared. She explained to me exactly what we would be doing that day, what I was going to experience, how it was going to feel, everything. Then, it was time to get started.

Now, I have to be honest. Experiencing surgery while you are awake is… weird. The actual liposuction tube (cannula) is a little strange — you can hear the sound of suction close to your ears, and you do feel the rod thrusting back and forth. But the team of Donaldson Plastic Surgery was there with me the whole time, holding my hand and letting me know that I was doing perfectly. I knew that the end result was going to be worth any discomfort I had in the moment, which, strangely, kept me feeling really calm. Dr. Sieffert was WONDERFUL and made sure I was comfortable throughout the procedure. All in all, it lasted around one hour.

It’s definitely worth mentioning that, unfamiliar sensations aside, I personally did not experience any pain at all. I was completely numbed beforehand, and had preemptively taken medication for pain and anxiety, so I felt literally no fear the entire time I was in there. It honestly felt safer in their procedure room than being at the dentist.

Recommendations for a quick liposuction recovery

1. Prepare your recovery environment

I brought my significant other with me, who was prepared to drive and help me that day. I also did all of my paperwork before so I didn’t have to worry about it, and I had the couch set up with everything I needed around me for when I got home (water, laptop, charger, snacks, blanket, OTC meds, heating pad, neck pillow, etc.).

2. Discuss pain management ahead of time.

Dr. Sieffert sent in two prescriptions to my pharmacy for me to take before my procedure. I would highly recommend having a conversation with Dr. Sieffert about what medications she would recommend for you, whether it be for relaxation or pain, and that you are both clear on the plan.

3. Take the time off.

Take 3 to 5 days off of work if you can. While I did feel good for most of my recovery, and felt like I could have worked from home, I was glad that I didn’t plan to be productive during this time.

4. Don’t skimp on wearing the compression garment.

It really does help reduce the potential for swelling and makes your results better. In the first week or two, do not take it off for an extended period of time except to bathe. I would recommend wearing the compression at night for a couple of months after surgery. A really great tip I learned to make wearing the compression garment easier was to wear a soft cotton headband underneath to protect your skin and ears from become irritated under the velcro fastenings. It also helps to keep the wrap clean if it’s not sitting directly on your skin!

5. Eat plenty of protein.

This one came from Dr. Sieffert herself. You want to make sure you’re getting enough protein after your surgery so your body has what it needs to begin the healing process. It is super important to make sure you have protein-rich foods and supplements on deck.

6. Discuss your expectations with your surgeon.

I absolutely recommend talking with your surgeon ahead of time about the specific results you want, and whether or not they recommend any additional treatments to get you there. Because of my recessive chin, we also discussed the possibility of a chin implant or placing fillers in both the chin and along the jawline to better define these areas. I’m glad that we have a larger plan to go on, and I plan to receive a chin implant soon when I am ready.

My recovery

After the procedure, I felt great because I was still generally pretty numb, and the pain medication I had taken before my procedure was still working. I took it easy the next couple of days after surgery. I began feeling the swelling and discomfort set in on day 2, which is when I felt my worst.

After chin liposuction, you are supposed to wear a compression sleeve around your chin to minimize any swelling that occurs 24 hours a day for at least the first week. That was more of a nuisance than anything, but I was willing to wear this compression band in order to make sure I had the best results possible. I took the weekend and 3 days off of work to fully recover before getting back into my normal day-to-day routine. I had no bruising at all, no eating restrictions, and I was able to shower the next day.

I first began to notice my results really coming in about a week after the procedure once my swelling went down — I knew then that I would LOVE my results because they get better and better over time as your skin heals and tightens. The only scarring I have is a small incision scar hidden underneath my chin and my ears where the liposuction cannula was inserted. They are really well hidden, and less than a couple of centimeters wide — the office even gave me a scar gel to use on my incisions to help them heal really nicely.

I am so grateful to Dr. Sieffert and the team at Donaldson Plastic Surgery for my chin liposuction experience. I have to admit it — I was emotional when Dr. Sieffert said we were all done. I cried when I looked in the mirror after my procedure, just from the sheer relief I felt once I realized that my insecurity was gone. It was a really powerful moment, and I am so happy I did it.

Ready to leave your double-chin behind?

Chin lipo can be combined with other skin tightening or fat reduction treatments, or even a chin implant to help define the contour of the neck. A neck lift, Renuvion, Kybella, chin and jawline fillers, and CoolSculpting are all alternative treatments for the double-chin, or can be combined with chin liposuction to define your neck and maximize your results!

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