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One Stitch Facelift in Palm Springs

In old Hollywood, actresses used a trick to keep themselves looking young: they would apply tape to pull their slackened skin upward, carefully hiding the tape under their hair or wigs. This concept inspired Dr. Calabria to develop a procedure that could accomplish the same feat but with more permanent results.

Dr. Calabria explains, “The unique feature of the one-stitch facelift is that it uses your own loose skin at the level of the sideburn, which has been de-epithelialized, tunneled, and anchored through another small incision in the temporal area.” He continues, “It’s a sort of a natural lift, without the insertion of any external threads […]. If you place your fingers on your cheeks and pull up, you can get an idea of what the effect will be.”

In other words, Dr. Calabria uses your own skin at the level of your sideburns and anchors it slightly upward. According to Dr. Calabria, this procedure is an excellent approach for patients who are concerned about downtime. The one-stitch facelift is a true “lunchtime lift” and is performed with local anesthesia. Since it requires no sedation, you can drive yourself to your own appointment and then go about your business immediately afterward.

With downtime being so minimal, many patients can even return to work the very next day. For the “recovery,” patients can expect minimal swelling and no bruising. In fact, according to Dr. Calabria, the sideburn is the only area that even shows signs of having had surgery, and these signs become almost unnoticeable within one to two weeks.

Compared to the aggressively touted thread lift, the one-stitch facelift has been proven to produce longer-lasting results. The quality and longevity of the results come down to Dr. Calabria’s unique technique, all modeled after an old Hollywood beauty secret. Because the patient’s own skin is used as an anchor to hold the facial tissues in place, Dr. Calabria affirms, “[…] the longevity of the result is vastly superior and results are more natural.”

For more information about Dr. Calabria’s one-stitch facelift, call (760) 836-0077 or contact us online to request your personal consultation.

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One Stitch Facelift Frequently Asked Questions

Will a one stitch facelift leave scarring?

One of the many benefits of the one stitch facelift is that patients are left with little to no scarring. Since only two small incisions are made near each sideburn, scarring is minimal. If you are left with some scarring, it should fade over time and be easy to conceal. 

How long will the one stitch facelift procedure take? 

The procedure length of a one stitch facelift varies between patients depending on the amount of correction needed. A one stitch facelift is a generally quick procedure, taking around 45 minutes to complete. Since the one stitch facelift uses smaller incisions than the traditional facelift, the procedure is quicker and safer. 

Is the one stitch facelift painful?

Since the one stitch facelift is performed using local anesthesia, you should not feel any pain. You may experience some mild bruising and swelling during the first week of your recovery. Over-the-counter pain medication can be used to combat the pain. If discomfort persists, Dr. Calabria may prescribe pain medication to be taken as needed. 

Will my one stitch facelift need to be redone? 

Since the one stitch facelift is less invasive than the traditional facelift, having the procedure redone is often safer and less complicated. Results should last a few years before needing to be redone. To optimize your results, it is important to follow all postoperative instructions, along with continually protecting your skin from the sun. 

How much does a one stitch facelift cost?

The cost of a one stitch facelift varies between patients. The cost depends on the type of anesthetic used, anesthesiologist fees, surgeon fees, and the amount of correction needed. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Calabria to receive detailed financial information based on your specific needs for the procedure.