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Facelift surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S. for both male and female patients because it produces lasting facial rejuvenation results. A traditional facelift involves pulling the facial skin laterally, which can cause a noticeable, “wind swept” appearance. However, Dr. Calabria takes a more modern and successful approach to extensive facial rejuvenation called the vertical facelift. When performing this innovative procedure, Dr. Calabria lifts sagging facial skin upward for a smoother, younger-looking facial aesthetic without seeming overdone.

Benefits of a Vertical Facelift

  • Improves jawline definition
  • Reduces signs of aging in the lower face
  • Natural-looking results
  • No “wind swept” look
  • Shorter recovery period
  • Minimal scarring

Best Candidates for a Vertical Facelift

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

  • Sagging facial skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles in the lower face
  • Jowls
  • Pronounced nasolabial folds

How does a Vertical Facelift work?

Avoiding the overdone, “wind swept” appearance can be the most challenging part of facelift surgery. During a vertical facelift, the deeper facial tissues are repositioned vertically against the force of gravity. Before surgery, Dr. Calabria studies old photographs of patients in their youth to recreate their younger look. He can then lift the skin, fat, and muscle upward to where they once were situated for the most natural and anatomically appropriate enhancement.

Recovering from a Vertical Facelift

Patients are likely to experience some swelling and bruising following their vertical facelift procedure. It is recommended to rest with the head elevated during the first two weeks of recovery to minimize swelling and overall discomfort. Most patients can resume working within two to three weeks of their surgery, but strenuous activity must be avoided for up to four weeks.

Read more on how to properly recover from a facelift surgery. 

Results from a Vertical Facelift

Due to its cutting-edge nature, the vertical facelift produces long-lasting enhancement. This comprehensive facial rejuvenation procedure does not stop the natural aging process, but making healthy lifestyle choices and dedicated sun protection can help maintain the effects.