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Vertical Facelift in Palm Springs

vertical facelift palm springThe traditional facelift surgery technique removes facial fat and pulls the excess skin in a lateral direction. However, this approach can lead to an unnatural or “windswept” appearance found in many facelift patients.

Dr. Calabria avoids this undesirable result by using a vertical facelift technique instead. The vertical facelift approach is a newer and less invasive technique for facial rejuvenation. Performed using only two inconspicuous incisions and strategically placed sutures, recovery is smoother and quicker, and the results look more youthfully natural.

  • Avoiding a Windswept Look

    The windswept appearance that can result from traditional facelift techniques is a difficult problem to solve. Dr. Calabria’s vertical facelift accomplishes this by repositioning the cheeks, fat, muscles, and deep tissues in a more vertical vector. Dr. Calabria studies images of the patient from their 20s and then reverts the anatomy to its original shape to recreate a more youthful appearance.

  • Correcting Hollowed Eyes

    Dr. Calabria can correct hollowed eyes from a previous facelift by repositioning the orbicularis muscle and using micro fat grafting to produce a fuller lower eyelid. He will routinely perform a canthopexy to reposition the lower eyelids and correct so-called “scleral show.”

  • Reversing Flattened Cheeks

    Dr. Calabria frequently uses micro fat grafting to volumize the cheeks as a part of facelift surgery. A crucial part of correcting flattened cheeks is redirecting to a vertical tissue pull and producing necessary cheek volume with fat grafting.

The vertical facelift addresses all the problems of traditional facelift surgery and corrects them with revolutionary new techniques. Using these solutions, Dr. Calabria can achieve facial balance and a naturally youthful appearance.


Frequently Asked Questions About the Vertical Facelift


What is the difference between a traditional facelift and a vertical facelift? 

Dr. Calabria implemented the vertical facelift as a response to the unnatural results offered by traditional facelift techniques. A vertical facelift works to tighten the skin and eliminate wrinkles by making small incisions along the hairline. A traditional facelift pulls the skin sideways (horizontally), whereas a vertical facelift pulls the skin vertically. The vertical facelift allows for a tighter, more youthful, and much more natural appearance in the lower face.


Am I a candidate for vertical facelift surgery? 

Vertical facelift surgery candidates are men and women who wish to reduce aging signs in the lower face. You may be a candidate for a vertical facelift if you:

  • Do not smoke
  • Are in good health
  • Have no underlying health conditions that can impair healing
  • Have realistic expectations of your results


What is the right age for a vertical facelift? 

While there is no age requirement for a vertical facelift, patients in their 40s often experience the best results. However, depending on the patient’s needs, a vertical facelift can be performed at any age. The majority of patients are between 35 and 60 years old.


Can a vertical facelift be combined with any other procedures?

Many patients undergoing vertical facelift surgery wish to improve other areas of their face. Common procedures combined with a vertical facelift include:

Speak with Dr. Calabria regarding which procedures can be combined with your vertical facelift.


How much does a vertical facelift cost? 

The cost of vertical facelift surgery will vary between patients. Vertical facelift cost will depend on the patient’s specific goals for the procedure, anesthesia fees, and surgeon fees. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Calabria to receive detailed financial information based on your specific needs.


Will I have visible scarring after a vertical facelift? 

Since a vertical facelift requires incisions, scarring is inevitable. However, vertical facelift incisions are made along the hairline so they can be easily concealed. Scars will also fade over time.


To learn more about the vertical facelift and other facelift techniques developed by Dr. Calabria, please call (760) 836-0077 or contact us online to schedule your personal consultation.