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Facelift surgery can take months to recover fully, months that the average person may not have to set aside.
Dr. Calabria, our board-certified plastic surgeon, considered this when he created the one-stitch facelift.
The one-stitch facelift is a minimally invasive procedure that emulates facelift results without the extensive scarring and recovery period.
Facelifts in Old School Hollywood
So how did people survive without plastic surgery? Well, it was a tough road to achieve the look of a facelift without an actual facelift.
Marlene Dietrich, a German-American actress and singer, created her own facelift in the 1940s, in a quest to keep up with the beauty standards at the time.
She would pull her hair back as far as she could, so the skin would remain extremely tight over her face. She would then complete this look by covering the tape she used with a wig.
Dr. Calabria took this as an inspiration for his one-stitch facelift. It was about creating a technique that would leave permanent results with minimal scarring and little to no downtime.
A one-stitch facelift requires two small incisions near each sideburn where the skin anchors the lift and holds the tissue in place.
You will see dramatic improvements in the elevation of your cheeks as well as the minimization of your jowls, deep nasolabial folds, and skin laxity.
What Are the Benefits of a One-Stitch Facelift?
Traditional facelift techniques can leave patients with a ‘wind swept’ appearance and hollow eyes.
Now, new facelift techniques, such as the one-stitch facelift, can successfully rejuvenate your face by repositioning the deeper tissues, removing excess facial skin, and tightening the remaining skin for a smoother appearance.
Benefits of a one-stitch facelift include:
- Immediate, long-lasting results
- Little to no scarring
- Minimal bruising and swelling
- A short recovery period
What Is My Recovery After a One-Stitch Facelift?
You can expect to experience minor bruising and swelling after your one-stitch facelift. Dr. Calabria will prescribe pain medication if the discomfort persists.
The bulk of your recovery period typically lasts no more than a weekend, and patients can return to their daily routine within one week.
Your full results will be noticeable once the swelling completely subsides.