Deep Plane Facelift


The Deep Plane Facelift is a highly refined and quality technique that offers incredible results thanks to the combination of having a sound surgical technique performed by a skilled surgeon whose artistic nuance has been honed over years of experience. This level of expertise and quality is especially important considering the current environment of “light lifts”, “lunchtime facelifts”, and other very heavily marketed facelifts which only provide dubious results with poor quality scarring, strange-looking results, and little longevity.

woman in white tank top -- facelift -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What is Deep Plane Facelift?

A Deep Plane Facelift comprehensively addresses all the components of facial skin laxity due to aging, atrophy of the soft tissues, and sagging. By addressing all of these components simultaneously, the Deep Plane Facelift creates a harmonious and more youthful-looking you. Following the Deep Plane Facelift, you should still look like you with a more revitalized and refreshed appearance. Many of our patients look 15-20 years younger with either restored or corrected pleasing features. You will look as young as you feel. By using this technique, Dr. Sundine is able to deliver the finest surgical care for those seeking beautiful and long-lasting results.
Deep plane Facelift -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What Are The Benefits

Of Deep Plane Facelift?

As patients begin to investigate the potential methods available to them for their rejuvenation they need to consider the potential outcomes of the procedure. Dr. Sundine sees patients from across Southern California as well as nationally and internationally who desire a more youthful appearance. The Deep Plane Facelift can:

  • Improve the appearance of the brow
  • Soften horizontal forehead lines
  • Eliminate or diminish wrinkles between the eyebrows
  • Release and improve crow’s feet around the corners of the eyes
  • Improve bags under the eyes
  • Soften the cheekbones
  • Add volume to hollowed areas
  • Flatten the deep creases that run from the base of the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds)
  • Elevate the depressed corners of the mouth
  • Reduce the appearance of jowls
  • Flattening of the marionette lines
  • Restoration of a pleasing jawline
  • Elimination of muscle bands and skin laxity in the neck

Each and all of these elements can be corrected with the comprehensive Deep Plane Facelift.

Who is a Candidate

For Deep Plane Facelift?

Whether you are starting to see the changes aging has on your face, have an upcoming major event where you would like to look your best, or even feel that you need to appear younger to remain competitive, the Deep Plane Facelift may be the procedure for you.

The Deep Plane Facelift will rejuvenate your youthful appearance while avoiding leaving any signs of surgery. Some of the signs of aging that can be corrected appear in the diagram below. If you are experiencing some of these changes a facelift may be for you.

Not all of these aging changes require surgery and may be improved using other methods. In some cases, a procedure known as a mini facelift may be the ideal option. The mini facelift is designed for patients who are not yet in need of a full facelift. It is a less invasive option that requires a shorter recovery period. Dr. Sundine will be able to help guide you through your facelift choices.

brown hair woman -- facelift -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What’s The First Step?

The initial consultation sets the stage for the excellent results seen with the Deep Plane Facelift. Dr. Sundine asks that each patient bring in photographs from when they were 15-20 years younger and when they felt like they looked their best. A detailed examination is performed with every nuance of each patient’s face being analyzed and recorded. With this information in hand, it is then possible to customize the operation to suit each patient’s specific needs.

What to Expect on the Day of Deep Plane Facelift

A detailed examination is performed with every nuance of each patient’s face being analyzed and recorded. With this information in hand, it is then possible to customize the operation to suit each patient’s specific needs.

With the precise plan that has been crafted for the individual patient’s needs, Dr. Sundine then uses his artistic vision and surgical skills to perform the necessary adjustments using well-hidden incisions.

The addition of volume has allowed Dr. Sundine to improve upon his already excellent facelift results. Dr. Sundine utilizes fat cells harvested from the abdomen or thighs as a more natural option for adding volume.

The fat cells are separated from the stem cells and the stem cells are used to restore the volume of the face. Stem cells have been shown to improve the quality of the skin and have many other beneficial anti-aging effects.

Dr. Sundine getting ready for surgery

Deep Plane Facelift


After your surgery, you will be able to return home, however, you will need to have a friend or family member available to provide you a ride home and aide you around the house for the next day or so. You will be able to clean your face and hair that same day, but please be extra careful when doing so. You can expect some bruising, discomfort, and swelling for at least the first three weeks post-surgery. For the first week or so, Dr. Sundine will have you wear a compression garment, neck support, and a drain to help reduce swelling and allow any excess fluids to drain appropriately.

After the first week, you have your sutures and bandages removed by Dr. Sundine, who will also observe your recovery and healing. Most patients choose to stay home from work for at least the first week so they can heal comfortably. During the second week, you may notice a tight sensation in the surgical area, but this is normal and is part of the healing process. While you will be able to notice some visible changes as the swelling and bruising subsides, you can expect your final results to be apparent around six months post-surgery.

You should be able to resume a lite workout a few weeks to a month after surgery, but if you have any questions or concerns about this timeline, please feel free to discuss it with Dr. Sundine during your consultation or your follow-up appointments.

How Much Does a Deep Plane Facelift Cost in Newport Beach?


The cost of a Deep Plane Facelift in Newport Beach or Orange County will be determined by numerous factors, including the extent of change being made and the techniques that Dr. Sundine uses. The best way to find out how much your surgery will be is to come in for your consultation and have your procedure plan created. With this information, our Patient Coordinator will be able to provide you with a complete breakdown of the total price.

Why Choose Dr. Sundine?

The Deep Plane Facelift is a sophisticated and elaborate procedure to perform, but by performing each incremental step in the procedure Dr. Sundine can deliver the finest facelift results for his patients.

Dr. Sundine is a leader in the field of facial rejuvenation and has lectured nationally and internationally on topics on facial rejuvenation. He has published peer-reviewed literature on topics in facial rejuvenation and co-authored the textbook Aesthetic Rejuvenation of the Face and Neck with his mentor Dr. Bruce Connell.

The detailed understanding of the intricate anatomic changes that occur with aging has driven the development of the Deep Plane Facelift. Each of the identified changes seen with aging is treated with the Deep Plane Facelift and it is the precise knowledge of the aging changes that result from an inharmonious and more youthful appearance. No longer are patients limited to pulling on the skin leading to tight and distorted appearing faces.

A passion for facial aesthetics has driven Dr. Sundine throughout his career. Following his comprehensive plastic surgery training at Duke University he pursued two separate facial-plastic-surgery fellowships. The first fellowship was for the treatment of patients with facial deformities. The second fellowship was with Dr. Bruce Connell-a worldwide recognized expert in facelift surgery. It is through this extensive training, specifically in facial aesthetics and facial anatomy, coupled with his keen eye for elements of facial harmony and individual facial nuances, that brings the end result of this considerable time and training: The Deep Plane Facelift. Dr. Sundine is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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While beauty is more than skin deep, the decision to enhance your appearance, whether subtle or dramatic, can boost your self-confidence and positively impact every area of your life. If you are looking for a skilled surgeon who can provide you with the finest facelift in Newport Beach and Orange County, please contact our office today at 949-706-3100 to schedule a consultation for your Deep Plane Facelift. Dr. Sundine looks forward to meeting with you and answering all of your questions.

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What I really like about Dr. Sundine is his vast experience and training. I also like the fact he did not try to sell me other procedures. He is also very down to earth and easy to talk to. I am very satisfied with the results and I highly recommend him.

After much research and multiple visits to other surgeons, I knew right away that Dr. Sundine was the perfect choice for me. I felt completely confident in his ability from the first visit to the last. I have been singing his praises to all of my friends and will recommend him to anyone searching for a plastic surgeon. Thanks, Dr. Sundine

Dr. Sundine is an excellent plastic surgeon! I have been using his services for almost 5 years. If you want to look years younger and fully refreshed I highly recommend that you use his services. Patients walk out looking naturally gorgeous, not overdone like some of the women in Orange County!

Dr. Sundine is the best plastic surgeon. Dr. Sundine’s excellent skills and knowledge has made my surgery turn out so well. But more importantly, it made me feel better about myself. Again, thank you Dr. Sundine for all you have done for me. You are the best surgeon!

I gave Dr. Sundine the highest possible review in each category because he truly deserved the highest reviews on every level. I am a very well recognized lawyer on the West Coast. My firm has spent millions of dollars on television advertising in which I appear. I could not afford to have a bad facelift or even for people to notice I had a facelift at all. I interviewed many physicians including some of the “celebrity” physicians. Ultimately, I chose Dr. Sundine.