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Vertical Facelift in Beverly Hills

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 techniques 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 elevated vertically to provide a smoother, more youthful facial aesthetic without seeming unnatural.

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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 excess 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 will discuss your cosmetic goals, preferences, and concerns during your initial consultation. He will request your medical history and old photographs from your youth to help him restore your youthful face.

A facelift can be performed using general or local anesthesia to ensure a safe and comfortable experience. There should be no pain during the operation itself.

During the procedure, your deeper facial tissues are lifted vertically and repositioned upward against the forces of gravity pulling down. The skin of the face is lifted on a vertical vector, reducing the risk of skin forming a wind swept appearance. Fat grafting may be used to remove, manipulate, and smooth the fat on the face and neck. The muscle layer is also lifted upward and secured, ensuring your new appearance will remain stable over time. This process allows for the most natural and anatomically appropriate facial enhancement. Incisions are 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 avoiding exposure to direct sunlight can help maintain your results.

Vertical Facelift in Beverly Hills Before & After Photos


Addressing Your Concerns


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

During your recuperation, 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 shower and wash your hair with the assistance of a professional.

Patients are released to return home after the second day 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 should be avoided for up to four weeks after surgery.


Small incisions are made behind the ears and within the hairline, so scars are small and naturally concealed. While not common, scars can disrupt your hairline. All scars fade over time and will fade faster if proper care is taken to keep them out of direct sunlight.


Vertical facelift surgery is customized and may require different facelift techniques. The details of your procedure can change the cost, so 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 begin to fade 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 wish to address any of the following concerns:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles in the lower face
  • Jowls
  • Pronounced nasolabial folds
  • Noticeable marionette lines
  • Sagging skin on the face and neck
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 not covered by insurance unless there is a medical or functional reason for undergoing surgery. Speak to your health insurance provider or carrier to determine if your insurance covers elective procedures.
There is no age requirement for a facelift. Most patients below the age of 40 will have a facelift to reduce the effects of aging and preserve their existing appearance. People between the ages of 40 and 60 will see the most dramatic results from a facelift, losing years off their faces. Patients older than 60 will still see dramatic results, but may not be able to fully reclaim their youthful features.

A vertical facelift is less invasive than the traditional technique, so the risks are comparatively lower. However, as with any surgical procedure, some degree of risk is unavoidable. The risks most commonly associated with facelifts include:

  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Nerve damage
  • Infection
  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia
  • Temporary or permanent hair loss around the incision sites
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling