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Dr. Robb specializes in facial rejuvenation. Using a deep plane facelift, we customize each and every lift to our patients exact specifications. This bespoke approach targets your problem areas with a natural lift that minimizes recovery and downtime.

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Procedure Information


facelift/necklift: 2-4 hours
weekend lift: 2 hours


facelift: 1-2 weeks
weekend lift: 3-7 days


A lifetime


facelift/necklift: sedation
weekend lift: local anesthesia


bleeding, infection, nerve
damage, skin damage


home same day, care can be provided if desired

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As we age, the volume (fullness) of our face decreases, the elasticity of the skin decreases, and gravity has its way, causing the tissues to descend, or fall down. This creates the appearance of facial jowls, sagging in the lower face, extensive wrinkling, deeper smile lines, saggy skin, and vertical bands in the neck.

During your consultation, Dr. Robb Jr. will perform a thorough examination of your face and neck and discuss your concerns and goals. A facelift, when done properly by a trained surgeon, looks natural and yields excellent and long-lasting results.

A good candidate for a facelift is someone who:

  • Feels younger than they look
  • Wants to age gracefully
  • Has developed a “turkey neck” that hangs down off the chin
  • Doesn’t like jowls and skin hanging from the jawline
  • Has noticed sagging and banding in the neck
  • Has reasonable expectations and allowable time for recovery
  • Wants to restore facial beauty and turn back the clock 10-15 years

During your private one-on-one consultation, Dr. Robb Jr. will listen to your problem areas and goals, identify which procedure is best for you and discuss the procedure in detail, as well as answer any questions you may have.

Facelift Pre- and Post-Op


Preparation for any medical procedure begins with realistic expectations. During your visit with Dr. Robb Jr., expectations and recovery are discussed to prepare you for the procedure.

Stopping all blood thinners and anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve) is important two weeks prior to the procedure, and specifics will be further discussed.

Depending on the type of facelift chosen, you’ll want to find a time when you can recover comfortably and not have many work/personal responsibilities for at least one week.

​Prescriptions are given at the pre-operative appointment and should be picked up prior to the day of surgery.

Make sure to arrange rides to/from our office in advance.


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Atlanta and Alpharetta Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Philip K. Robb Jr. performs his signature NO DRAIN facelift; all of Dr. Robb Jr.’s facelifts are performed without the use of drains. This means no tubes dangling and pulling on your skin, and no drains to remove after surgery!

Dr. Robb Jr. can perform your facelift a multitude of ways. The perferred way is in our state-of-the-art surgery center within our facility where patients are sedated. This way there is no pain and recovery is easy.

In-office procedures have the advantage of avoiding many of the risks and possible complications associated with general anesthesia. Often, an oral relaxing medication is utilized to calm any nerves associated with the procedure. Numbing medication is placed into the surgical site after a topical anesthetic has numbed the skin. The procedure can then be safely performed without any discomfort. Overall a safer procedure, this route is often chosen by patients concerned by anesthesia or the hangover and nausea associated with it. This route also allows patients to have complete awareness of their surroundings (if desired) and allows them to maintain control of their situation.

Regardless on the type of facelift and anesthesia you choose, safety and privacy are foundational at Robb Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In-office procedure patients are monitored with the necessary equipment to ensure you’re safe and well cared for.

Your procedure begins with meeting Atlanta and Alpharetta Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Philip K. Robb Jr. in the pre-op area so he can answer any new questions. Some markings will be made on your face and neck to ensure that we achieve symmetry and that we address all of your areas of concern. Upon waking up, a facial dressing will be in place to protect the results and prevent complications.

Weekend lifts are usually performed in the office as described above.

After the procedure, Dr. Robb Jr. will place you in a dressing that will be changed the next morning. This dressing is very important and shouldn’t be removed except for in the case of an emergency.


Deep Plane Facelift

Facelift Before and After
Deep Plane Facelift Before and After
Facelift Before and After

A deep plane facelift incorporates the most advanced current techniques in facial rejuvenation surgery. As the name states, the deeper tissues which fall or descend during surgery are gently elevated and resuspended. This creates a minimally invasive approach with very little downtime in the healing process. This approach greatly rejuvenates the jawline and even extends into the midface.

How is this different from standard facelift techniques?

Many surgeons over the last 20 to 30 years employ a SMAS technique of elevation of the tissues just in front of the ear. So when we consider this, we are elevating the tissues in front of the ear to lift the tissue all the way down at the jawline. Also, what we have found through cadaver studies and close patient examination is that the tissue in front of the ears doesn’t really fall at all; it’s more of the tissue in front of the lateral part of the eye down to the jawbone.

The Deep Plane technique has undergone multiple evolutions to get to where we are today. By elevating the deep plane, we are able to free up the tissue significantly more than in a lateral SMAS technique. The deep plane is greatly liberated from its attachments to the skin and the deeper tissues, which creates more mobile, longer-lasting, and natural rejuvenation as well as provides the most optimal facial rejuvenation results. It is Dr. Robb’s opinion that this approach should be favored by facial specialists.

Watch the Deep Plane Facelift Change this Patient’s Life

By performing a deep plane lift, the tension is placed on the deeper tissues and not the skin closure. When done properly, the skin closure heals better because of the lack of tension on the ear.

This procedure is often performed under sedation and results in little downtime when compared to larger rejuvenation surgeries.

Recovery is generally 5 to 10 days depending on the patient.

You may be a candidate for a deep plane facelift if you are healthy and desire a sharper jawline or wish to improve the neck tissue, laxity, vertical banding, or turkey neck, as well as the jowls and excess skin that hangs off the jaw bone. Each patient receives a customized approach to this surgery based on their concerns, desires, and allowable downtime.

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If anesthesia was utilized, it will wear off over a couple of hours but can last a day or so. You’ll want to relax for the rest of the day as you begin the healing process.

The dressing will stay in place until Dr. Robb Jr. removes it the next morning. Keeping the head elevated above the heart will help decrease swelling.

Some oozing, bruising, and sensation changes around the ears and neck is normal after surgery, and all of these improve with time. Cleaning instructions will be provided. Showering and returning to normal life activities will be discussed on a patient-by-patient basis. Dr. Robb Jr.’s meticulous surgical technique does not require drains for facelifts.



Results of both procedures are immediate, and their effects will last a lifetime. Swelling and healing will take 1-2 weeks to subside. Dr. Robb Jr. makes himself available for his patients to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Often, other procedures are performed in conjunction with a facelift, resulting in only a single recovery period. Combining procedures does not lengthen the recovery time.

At 4 weeks, you can comfortably attend a large event without fear of anyone noticing that you’ve had a procedure.

Surgical results continue to improve for 4-6 months with incisions fully healed and “mature” at 12-14 months after the procedure.

Sun protection and medical-grade skincare are very important in preserving your face and your investment. Dr. Robb Jr.’s world-class skin-care team will work with you to preserve your face, your youth, and your investment.

Schedule Your Facelift Consultation Today

If you think you are a good candidate for a facelift and would like to learn more about the procedure, please contact our office in Alpharetta, Georgia, today to set up a personalized consultation with Dr. Robb. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will answer any questions you may have about the procedure and will be happy to assist you with anything you may need.

Dr. Robb is a RealSelf Hall of Fame Physician and Verified Top Doctor.

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