Dr. Hootan Daneshmand
Facelift in Orange County & Bakersfield, CA
Vertical Restore Facelift
We all know that aging changes the face and body drastically. Some of us may be completely unrecognizable from the person we were 30 plus years ago. An aging face can cause everything to sag: brows, eyes, nasolabial folds, jowls, neck, etc. As a result of this facial sagging, you may look tired all the time and much older than you feel. Additionally, your personal self-confidence may be suffering greatly. If this sounds like you, you may be a good candidate for a type of facial plastic surgery called vertical restore. Below, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daneshmand explains the specifics of vertical facelift surgery: what it is, what it does, how much it costs, and so much more.
Dr. Daneshmand at Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute has decades of experience in performing plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is passionate about giving patients the youthful, natural appearance that they desire. Call 949-359-8397 to schedule an appointment at our Orange County plastic surgery center today.
What is Vertical Restore?
In short, vertical restore is a type of facelift surgery that combats facial aging by improving the look of sagging skin in the lower face and neck. Some people refer to a vertical facelift as a SMAS facelift (superficial musculoaponeurotic system), a lower facelift, or a deep plane facelift. All of these types of lifts focus on rejuvenating the lower two-thirds of the face and the neck.
A facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Daneshmand will help patients achieve a natural, youthful appearance by pulling the excess skin on the face in a lateral direction.
Aesthetic Benefits of a Vertical Restore
A vertical restore lifts sagging skin in the cheeks, nasolabial folds, jowls, and neck, therefore essentially reversing the aging process. The results of this cosmetic procedure will look like you have had a neck lift and a face lift all in one. Additionally, a vertical facelift approach leaves no visible scarring and provides long lasting results.
Vertical Face Lift vs. Traditional Facelift
A vertical lift is much different than traditional facelift surgery mostly due to the direction that the facial plastic surgeon pulls the skin and deep tissues.
Traditional facelifts pull the face horizontally towards the ears. This creates a really tight, unnatural, and stretched facial appearance. The corners of the eyes and the mouth are noticeably stretched in a lateral direction. Pulling the skin sideways like this does not create that youthful, natural look that so many middle aged women desire.
Meanwhile, a vertical facelift technique works by pulling loose skin and underlying soft tissues up at a more vertical vector. Vertically repositioning the face like this creates a very natural look, not a “plastic” look, like a traditional facelift often creates.
Who is a Good Candidate for Vertical Restore Surgery?
You may be a good candidate for a vertical facelift if you:
- Are over the age of 40
- Don’t smoke
- Aren’t pregnant
- Have good overall health in order to cope with the stress of anesthesia and surgery
- Have facial features that noticeably droop downwards (drooping lateral brow, eyes, nasolabial folds, jowls, and neck)
- Struggle to maintain good self-confidence due to your facial appearance
Other Treatments That Can Create a Full Facial Rejuvenation
Most people who come into our office for a vertical facelift surgery are middle aged women who are looking to have a full facial rejuvenation. Many of these women complain of a downward drift of their entire face: their outer brow or temple region, their eyes, their jowls, and their neck. Additionally, many women complain of lines, wrinkles, and hollowed out portions of their face, such as the cheek area. Loose skin and wrinkles are just a natural part of facial aging, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. However, many women specifically suffer a significant drop in self-confidence.
As previously explained, a vertical facelift mostly targets the lower face and neck. But there are smaller procedures that Dr. Daneshmand can perform along with your vertical lift to create a truly restored appearance of all facial features.
- Fat Transfer: When you think of a fat transfer, you may think of a brazilian butt lift (BBL), where plastic surgeons take fat from one part of the body and transfer it to the butt. Many people don’t realize that you can transfer fat almost anywhere. In the case of facial rejuvenation, Dr. Daneshmand can perform micro fat grafting in order to fill out hollow portions of the face – such as the cheek area. In many cases, an increase of facial fat in the right places plus vertical lifting can really turn back the clock when it comes to aging.
- Brow Lift: An endoscopic brow lift can really open up the top of the face. Many patients enjoy the look of wider, more upturned eyes when their outer eyebrows are lifted vertically along with the rest of the face.
- Blepharoplasty is basically a surgical procedure that removes excess skin from the upper and lower eyelids. Natural facial aging causes everything to droop down, including the eyelids. Full, drooping eyelids can make you look tired and older than you actually are. That’s why some people choose to undergo a blepharoplasty along with a vertical facelift to get that youthful appearance we all want.
- Laser Resurfacing: Lastly, some patients choose to even out their skin texture and complexion along with their comprehensive vertical restore. The MedSpa at Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute offers all types of laser resurfacing – including CO2 laser skin resurfacing – to improve the appearance of fine lines around the mouth, crow’s feet, large pores, and so much more.
How Vertical Restore Surgery Works
Your vertical facelift procedure will begin with an anesthesiologist administering general or local anesthesia. Then, board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Daneshmand, will make small incisions behind the ears and in the hairline. These incisions and scars will be almost completely hidden once you heal.
Next, Dr. Daneshmand will release all the ligaments in the lower face and neck so that he can properly elevate and reposition the facial tissue. He will lift up the skin and deep tissues and then suture everything in place. Lastly, he will close up the incisions behind the ears and within the hairline.
Risks and Complications of a Vertical Restore
All surgical procedures are risky in their own ways. The vertical restore procedure is no exception. Although Dr. Daneshmand is a board certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience in facial plastic surgery, risks and complications can still occur. Listed below are the possible risks and complications associated with a vertical facelift surgery.
- Excessive bleeding
- Hematoma (collection of blood under the skin)
- Seroma (collection of fluid under the skin)
- Damaged facial nerves
- Full or partial paralysis of the face
- Skin texture irregularities or skin discoloration
- Adverse reactions to anesthesia
- Aesthetic results that you don’t like
How Long is the Healing Process for a Vertical Restore Facelift?
Most vertical facelift patients fully recover within 4 to 6 weeks. Your recovery may last a bit longer if you got another type of facial rejuvenation procedure done.
During the healing process, you may struggle with pain, swelling, and bruising. Dr. Daneshmand will make sure that you have the medications and resources you need to recover as painlessly as possible. Additionally, Dr. Daneshmand will likely ask you to wear a bandage around your head for a few days to a few weeks.
Are the Results From a Vertical Restore Procedure Permanent?
No, the results of a vertical facelift aren’t permanent only because the aging process will continue on. However, you can expect the results of your vertical restore to last at least 10 years.
How Much Does a Vertical Restore Facelift Cost?
It’s important to remember that vertical facelift cost will vary significantly depending on your plastic surgeon’s experience, your location, and whether or not you want to undergo other facial rejuvenation procedures.
According to a site called RealSelf, where plastic surgery patients discuss the specifics of their cosmetic surgeries, the average cost of a SMAS face lift is approximately $10,600.
Most health insurance companies will not cover facial plastic and reconstructive surgery unless it can be proven that your procedure is medically necessary. So most vertical facelift patients can expect to pay for their procedure out-of-pocket.