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Vertical Facelift in Newport Beach

As we age, it’s natural to begin noticing sagging of soft tissue in the face and neck area. Changing a heart-shaped face to a more squared-shaped face. Luckily, there are several options available for those looking to rejuvenate their appearance.

“My experience with Dr. Sadati was one of the best experiences I have ever had with a physician. I never had considered getting a face lift until I started feeling unhappy with how I looked in the mirror. He has really mastered his craft – Dr. Sadati is your guy if you are looking for a great facelift!"

One of the latest techniques gaining popularity is the Vertical Facelift, which addresses both sagging soft tissue and loss of volume of the upper, mid, and lower face and neck in one procedure. This innovative technique utilizes the deep plane facelift approach combined with a temporal brow lift and in some occasions fat grafting to create a more natural-looking result.

The Vertical Facelift takes the deep plane facelift one step further by adding Temporal Brow Lift and Fat Grafting to add volume to areas that typically lose it with aging. The result is a softer, more youthful appearance that enhances the natural contours of the face. Many individuals are turning to the Vertical Facelift as an alternative to traditional facelift procedures due to its ability to address multiple concerns in a single surgery. Furthermore, the Vertical Facelift is known for its long-lasting results and minimal scarring.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Vertical Facelift?

Patients between the ages of 40-60 with moderate to severe sagging of fac and neck can benefit from a vertical facelift. On average, patients choose to receive this facelift in their 50’s but the age varies so significantly because everyone ages at different rates. Factors like genetics, sun exposure, diet, smoking, and skin care all impact skin aging and overall skin health.

For patients with more severe tissue laxity and droopiness, a deep plane facelift must be a part of vertical facelift. Dr. Sadati will take the time to discuss all your facelift options so that you can find the best one for your individual needs and treatment goals.

Benefits of a Vertical Facelift

  • More youthful appearance
  • Naturally refreshed results
  • Less incisional scarring
  • Tighter neck and facial folds

Preparing for Your Vertical Facelift

A vertical facelift is a facial rejuvenation procedure that can improve moderate to severe signs of aging, including:

  • Gaunt or sagging cheeks
  • Sagging jowls caused by loose skin around the jawline and neck
  • Moderate to severe wrinkles on the mid and lower face
  • Loose facial skin on the cheeks, chin, and under the eyes

What Are the Steps of a Vertical Facelift?

A vertical facelift is performed under twilight sedation (IV sedation) without the need for intubation with general anesthesia, this will help patients with a better post-surgery recovery time. Patients will still be completely asleep (similar to general anesthesia) but they can breathe on their own. All the sensory nerves in the face and neck are blocked so you will not feel any pain during or after the surgical procedure. Once the deep tissues are numbed, an incision will be made along the hairline and around the ears to access to the SMAS, then the ligaments of the SMAS and Platysma Muscle are released and lifted as one unit vertically compared to the traditional facelift that is lifted horizontally. In addition, a Temporal Brow lift is preformed to lift the mid face and lateral brow. On some occasions, fat grafting is preformed to replace the volume loss in the cheeks and temples.

What to Expect from Your Vertical Facelift Recovery

After a vertical facelift procedure, your face will be wrapped in bandages and compression garments to minimize swelling and aid in the recovery process. Most patients experience minimal pain that can often be alleviated with a prescription or over-the-counter pain medication and cold compresses. To reduce swelling and prevent possible complications, keep your head elevated, and avoid strenuous activity, sun exposure, and blood thinners for about two weeks after surgery. Blood thinning medications and products include aspirin and certain vitamins.

Dr. Sadati uses a special healing cream to speed up incision healing and will recommend a scar cream to use for 6 weeks. Most of the swelling and bruising will reduce in the first week, but it can take a few months for the swelling to completely go down.

Why Choose Dr. Kevin Sadati?

Dr. Kevin Sadati is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation surgery. He has performed over 5,000 facelift procedures using a variety of the latest facelift techniques to ensure great results for his patients. Your face is the first thing people see and it is important that your results reflect your individual aesthetic and treatment goals. You can rely on Dr. Sadati for a safe facelift surgery with results that exceed your expectations.

Schedule a Consultation

At your facelift consultation, Dr. Sadati will discuss your cosmetic goals to develop an individualized treatment plan. We will ensure that all your questions are answered so that you can feel confident and comfortable leaving our office. Schedule your consultation today to take the first step toward facial rejuvenation with a vertical facelift in Orange County.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the recovery time for a vertical facelift?

Most vertical facelift patients take between 4-6 weeks to fully recover. While some of the swelling will go down after the first week, it can take a few months for it to fully dissipate.

How painful is a vertical facelift?

Since the procedure is done while you're under twilight anesthesia, you won't feel any pain during the procedure. Afterward, most patients experience minimal pain and nothing that a prescription or over-the-counter pain medication couldn't handle.

Where are the scars on a vertical facelift?

The incisions for a vertical facelift are typically placed along the hairline and behind the ear, so that’s where you can expect scars. That being said, Dr. Sadati will provide scar cream to ensure the scars are as invisible as possible.

What are the dos and don ts after a vertical facelift?

After your vertical facelift, you’ll want to avoid strenuous activities and keep your head elevated. You’ll also want to avoid direct sun exposure and blood thinners for the first two weeks after surgery. Dr. Sadati may also prescribe pain medication and scar cream. You’ll want to use those as directed.

What Are the Benefits of a Vertical Facelift?

Vertical facelifts can help patients treat hanging or sagging skin along the jaw and chin. Additionally, this procedure can tighten the skin on the lower face for an age-reversing result.

Am I a Candidate for a Vertical Facelift?

Most often, candidates for the vertical facelift tend to be older individuals dealing with the effects of aging. Other candidates include individuals who have undergone massive weight loss or have suffered sun damage.

What Is Discussed During My Vertical Facelift Consultation?

During your consultation, you will discuss areas of concern, other options you may benefit from, the procedure itself, and recovery. You should communicate any medical concerns or medications you are currently taking to avoid complications that day of surgery.

Dr. Kevin Sadati is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience and over 5000 facelifts performed using his well-known technique. He has been loved by his patients and praised by his peers for his natural-looking results. He has been voted the Best Facial Cosmetic Surgeon in Orange County 6 years in a row. He has published several peer-reviewed articles and is a regular lecturer at the national plastic surgery meetings. His expertise is mentioned in major national beauty magazines and appeared on TV. As a master of facelift, Preservation Lift™ also known as the deep plane facelift and rhinoplasty and an avid sculptor and painter, he can provide gorgeous yet natural-looking results without the tell-tale signs of surgery. Dr. Sadati can help you achieve your highest level of confidence at his luxurious facility. Dr. Sadati has pioneered the Preservation Lift™ also known as Preservation Deep Plane Facelift

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Dr. Kevin Sadati is Orange County’s leading board-certified facial plastic surgeon and a facial aesthetics expert of over 20 years. Dr. Sadati draws patients from all over the world for his exceptional facelift and Preservation Lift™ also known as Preservation Deep Plane Facelift results. No matter where you’re located, you are warmly invited to see what kind of rejuvenating results can be achieved in the hands of our artist, sculptor, and world-class plastic surgeon.

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Dr. Kevin Sadati


Dr. Kevin Sadati is a top facial plastic surgeon in the Newport Beach and Orange County area with over 15 years of facial and reconstructive surgery experience. He is particularly known for creating natural, subtle results for his patients who don't appear that they've had work done. This can be credited to his extensive experience, as well as his surgical finesse and natural artistic talent. Along with years of studying and training, Dr. Sadati has experience as a painter and sculptor, which embodies his artistic eye for, and appreciation of, aesthetic harmony. He believes that this is key to creating beautiful, natural-looking results in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Sadati has been voted by his patients: “The Best Cosmetic Surgeon” in OC register 5 years in a row, “Top Plastic Surgeon in Orange County” in Locale magazine and received “Best Overall Facial Rejuvenation” award at the National Aesthetic Show by his peers. He also appeared in “The Doctors” show on NBC.



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