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Patients who desire facial rejuvenation but cannot fit a lengthy recovery into their busy schedules may consider minimally invasive options like injectables or laser treatments. However, not all patients are the best candidates for these types of treatments because non-surgical techniques do not correct significant skin laxity and often necessitate touch-up appointments every few months.


After realizing that film and television actors were applying tape within the hairline to lift the midface between takes, Dr. Calabria created the one-stitch facelift based on that concept. A one-stitch facelift can provide superior results to mere tape, and unlike injectables, the effects on loose skin are long lasting. With the one-stitch facelift, patients can enjoy optimal and natural-looking results after only a few days of recovery without the need for general anesthesia.

What Are the Benefits of the One-Stitch Facelift?

  • Improves facial contours
  • Produces long-lasting results
  • Brief recovery period
  • Little to no visible scarring

Am I a Candidate for a One-Stitch Facelift?

The one-stitch facelift is perfect for younger patients and older patients who want to touch up the results of a previous facelift surgery. The ideal candidates for the one-stitch facelift are men and women who can relate to the following facial concerns:

  • Skin laxity
  • Deep nasolabial folds
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Jowls

How Is a One-Stitch Facelift Performed?

A local anesthetic is injected into the treatment site, and a small incision is made near each sideburn. The skin is undermined down to the cheek, and a tunnel is created between the sideburn and temporal area. Dr. Calabria lifts the cheeks in a vertical direction, and the excess skin is raised to be used as a suspender flap. The newly formed suspender is anchored at the level of the temporal area. Unlike a thread lift, which can lead to a range of cosmetic and medical complications, the one-stitch facelift utilizes the patient’s tissues for natural enhancement.

How Long Is My One-Stitch Facelift Recovery?

Because this is a minimally invasive procedure, patients who undergo the one-stitch facelift are likely to experience only minor bruising and swelling during recovery. Any discomfort may be managed with prescription pain medication, as recommended by Dr. Calabria. Typically, the bulk of the recovery process lasts no longer than a weekend, and patients may return to their daily routine within one week. Some patients can resume working the day after their procedure, as long as their job does not require heavy lifting or strenuous activity. Residual swelling tends to resolve after a few weeks, at which point the final results will be noticeable.

When Will I See My One-Stitch Facelift Results?

Some degree of swelling is expected to linger for several weeks, but patients should see a visible improvement in their facial aesthetic just a few days after their one-stitch facelift. Patients who opt for this cutting-edge procedure can enjoy an enhanced cheek contour, a smoother facial surface, and firmer skin for up to five years.


Frequently Asked Questions About the One-Stitch Facelift

How much does a one-stitch facelift cost?

The cost of your one-stitch facelift may vary depending on the anesthetic used, the fees imposed by the anesthesiologist, and the complexity of the procedure. Dr. Calabria will provide you with a personalized price for your cosmetic procedure after your one-on-one consultation.


How should I sleep after a one-stitch facelift?

While recovery for a one-stitch facelift is easier and quicker than that of a more traditional facelift, it is still important to treat your recovery seriously. One of the best ways to speed your recovery is to keep your head elevated, even while asleep. The best way to do this is to use multiple pillows to ensure your head stays above your body throughout the night.


How safe is a one-stitch facelift?

Unlike a traditional facelift that uses general anesthesia, a one-stitch facelift uses a local anesthetic to provide a numbing effect. This means that many of the risks and side effects associated with general anesthesia are avoided. A one-stitch facelift also uses smaller incisions than a more traditional facelift, which means that there are fewer risks associated with the surgery itself, and less risk of complications (such as poor scaring or infection) during your recovery.