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What is a Facelift?

A facelift is a cosmetic procedure performed by Dr. Calabria in Beverly Hills, Palm Springs and Italy, that reverses signs of aging on the lower face and neck. Traditional facelift techniques have often left patients with a “wind-swept” appearance and hollowed eyes, but Dr. Calabria avoids these undesirable outcomes with the revolutionary techniques he has designed. Each of his patients receives a personalized treatment plan that will effectively meet their goals and deliver the most natural-looking facelift results.

Benefits of a Facelift

  • Erases fine lines, wrinkles, and loose skin on the face and neck
  • Provides natural-looking results that boost confidence
  • Allows your inner youthfulness to show on the outside
  • Can make you look up to ten years younger

Dr. Calabria’s Facial Techniques

Vertical Facelift

To avoid the “wind-swept” look of a traditional facelift, which pulls the skin horizontally, Dr. Calabria uses his minimally invasive vertical facelift technique.The face can heal faster and appear more naturally youthful than with a traditional facelift.

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Stem Cell-Enhanced Facelift

The stem cell-enhanced facelift not only restores the volume in the face but also adds regenerative cells, which are believed to be beneficial for the rejuvenation process. The patient's own tissue-derived stem cells and regenerative cells are harvested from one part of the body through liposuction. Dr. Calabria then injects these cells beneath the facial muscles to create lasting youthful volume.

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Adjustable and Suspenders Facelift

The adjustable and suspenders facelift procedures pull facial skin taut using minimally invasive techniques to achieve a smooth, youthful appearance with a faster recovery than a traditional facelift. Adjustable facelifts also allow easier, less intrusive access to conduct a second facelift in the future after the aging process results in recurrent skin laxity.

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Before and After Photo

Each of his patients receives a personalized treatment plan that will effectively meet their goals and deliver the most natural-looking facelift results.

Characteristics of an “Overdone” Facelift

"Wind-Swept" Look

The “wind-swept” look is the most difficult problem to solve. The deep tissues need to be repositioned in a more vertical direction, which is accomplished with Dr. Calabria's Vertical Facelift. Dr. Calabria studies old images of the patient in their twenties and recreates a more youthful look by reverting the anatomy to the original shape. The fat and muscles of the cheeks are repositioned vertically. In addition, micro fat grafting is used to add volume to the cheek area.

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Hollowed Eyes

The lower eyelid hollow is corrected by repositioning the orbicularis muscle and filling the space with micro fat grafting, which creates a fuller lower eyelid.

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Forehead Aging

Forehead aging is corrected with an endoscopic brow lift. This procedure repositions the eyebrow and also improves the shape of the eyes, making them more open and almond shaped.

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Hypertrophic Scarring

The suspenders facelift will eliminate the tension at closure lines and minimize previous scarring.

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Flattened Cheeks

Dr. Calabria repositions the tissues of the cheeks in a more vertical direction, and micro fat grafting is used to add volume to the cheek area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A: The lower face, including the jowls, nasolabial folds (wrinkles around the mouth), beneath the chin, and the neck all benefit from a facelift. Some improvement can be seen in wrinkles below the eyes with a facelift, but optimal improvement to this area can be accomplished with an eyelid lift. The facelift can also be combined with a brow lift to reduce wrinkles in the forehead area, which can provide an overall harmonious facial appearance.
A: General or local anesthesia will keep you pain-free during the procedure. After surgery, Dr. Calabria will prescribe pain medication that will help keep you comfortable.
A: A hematoma (collection of the blood under the skin) is the most common complication from a facelift, but it occurs in only one to five percent of facelift patients. If a hematoma occurs, it can be removed. Damage to the facial nerves can also occur, but this is rare. The majority of the time, the nerve injury is temporary and can take anywhere from a few days to a year to fully recover. Other complications are uncommon but include infection, loss of skin, unattractive scars, and asymmetry.
A: Most patients can return to work and routine activities after about two weeks. The extent and duration of swelling and bruising are different for everyone but typically subside after three weeks. Since any activity that increases blood pressure can prolong swelling, patients should wait at least three weeks before resuming exercise.
A: Since Dr. Calabria’s results look very natural and maintain the patient’s unique characteristics, others will notice your more youthful appearance, but they won’t be able to determine whether you’ve had a facelift. Final results can last up to ten years or even longer if you consistently protect your skin from the sun and do not smoke, but the face will continue to age naturally over time.