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Vertical Facelift

One of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States—for both female and male patients—is facelift surgery. A facelift can produce a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance for years to come.

Traditional facelift procedures involve pulling the facial skin horizontally, which can cause a noticeably wind swept, inauthentic look. Dr. Calabria has adopted a more modern and successful approach to extensive facial revitalization known as the vertical facelift. With this innovative technique, sagging facial skin is lifted vertically to provide a smoother, more youthful facial aesthetic without seeming unnatural.

What Are the Benefits of a Vertical Facelift?

The vertical facelift method is designed to reduce the signs of aging in the lower face, including the jawline.
By reducing excess hanging skin on the jaw, your chin and lower face appear smoother, tighter, and naturally youthful.
Incisions for the vertical facelift are more concealed than traditional facelift methods.
This process leaves smaller, more inconspicuous scars. With smaller incisions to heal from, the recovery is quicker and more comfortable.
By gently pulling the skin vertically, this procedure creates natural-looking results, similar to your facial contours when you were younger.
This technique avoids a wind swept, overly tight appearance.

What Is the Vertical Facelift Process?


Dr. Calabria discusses your cosmetic goals, preferences, and concerns during your initial consultation and will request your medical history as well as old photographs from your youth. This process helps him recreate your youthful face through a customized surgical plan.

Patients are given anesthesia medication to ensure a safe and comfortable experience.

During the procedure, your deeper facial tissues are lifted vertically and repositioned against the forces of gravity pulling downward. The facial skin is lifted, fat is removed or manipulated, and muscles are lifted upward. This process allows for the most natural and anatomically appropriate facial enhancement. Incisions are then closed using sutures.


The cutting-edge nature of the vertical facelift allows for long-lasting facial enhancement. Comprehensive facial rejuvenation does not stop the natural aging process, and the new facial structures will age naturally with the rest of your body. Making healthy lifestyle choices and dedicating yourself to sun protection can help maintain your results.

Vertical Facelift Before & After Photos


Addressing Your Concerns


You will likely experience swelling and bruising right after your vertical facelift. Patients should rest with their head elevated for the first two weeks of their recovery to minimize discomfort and swelling.

During your recovery, you will stay at a post-operative facility so your recovery can be monitored. Surgical drains may be placed to help prevent fluid accumulation, but these are typically removed after the second day. After the tubes are removed, you may be able to take a shower and wash your hair with the assistance of a professional.

Patients are then dismissed to go home with instructions to call Dr. Calabria with any questions and to check in periodically. The first few sutures are usually removed after one week, and the rest can be removed between 10 days and two weeks later.

Most patients can resume work and light exercise within two or three weeks. Strenuous activities must be avoided for up to four weeks after surgery.


Small incisions are made behind the ears and within the hairline, so scarring is minimal and naturally concealed.


Vertical facelift surgery is customized and may require different techniques. The details of your procedure can change the cost, which is why these specifics will be discussed during your consultation to provide an accurate price.


Any pain or discomfort associated with your vertical facelift can be alleviated with prescription oral pain medication. Most symptoms reduce within a week and continue to diminish over the next few weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

The best candidates for a vertical facelift are those who can relate to any of the following concerns:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles in the lower face
  • Jowls
  • Pronounced nasolabial folds
  • Sagging facial skin
Traditional facelifts make incisions and pull the skin sideways, while a vertical facelift requires smaller incisions and pulls the skin vertically. These differences produce an entirely different result.
Every patient heals at a different rate, so there is no exact time when you will be able to resume work, exercise, and regular activities. A general timeline is one week to heal, and two weeks to feel back to normal, but other factors can change the recovery time. Patients are encouraged to begin light exercise, such as walking around the house, within a few days of their surgery.
Most cosmetic procedures are denied by insurance coverage unless there is a medical or functional reason for undergoing surgery.