Vertical Face Lift Specialist

Emily Sarah Charlson, M.D., Ph.D. -  - Ophthalmology, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Eyelid and Facial Surgery

Emily Sarah Charlson, M.D., Ph.D.

Ophthalmology, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Eyelid and Facial Surgery located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

Youthful cheeks are plump and smooth, but age can trigger loss of volume that leaves you with hollow cheeks. Men and women of all ages are turning to vertical facelifts to fight lost volume and sunken cheeks, but considering plastic surgery is a big decision. Trust your appearance to Emily Sarah Charlson, MD, PhD, a fellowship-trained physician specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgery. Learn more about the benefits of this revolutionary facelift technique by calling the Pacific Heights office, located in San Francisco, California, or by scheduling an appointment online.

Vertical Facelift Q & A

What is a vertical facelift?

A vertical facelift is a type of cosmetic surgery aimed at elevating the cheeks and increasing volume. Vertical facelifts are also called cheek lifts and mid-facelifts because they lift sagging skin in the middle of the face.

Vertical facelifts focus on three points within the mid-face: the inner corner of the eye, the outer corner of the eye, and the corner of the mouth. While traditional facelifts utilize incisions above the ears and around the hairline, vertical facelifts lift and tighten the skin under the lower eyelid for more targeted results.

What are the benefits of a vertical facelift?

People can begin losing volume in their cheeks as early as their 30s and 40s, making sunken cheeks one of the earliest signs of aging. A vertical facelift delivers a natural-looking, lifted appearance, without the need to undergo a full facelift procedure.

Traditional facelift techniques may not achieve significant results in the midface area, but because a vertical facelift is done underneath the eye, specifically targets the cheek area. Dr. Charlson redistributes fat and lifts skin and muscle to elevate cheeks and increase volume.

You don’t have to wait until your face looks significantly older to benefit from a vertical facelift. The technique can deliver a natural, lifted look for people in their 30s, 40s, and beyond.

What can I expect if I get a vertical facelift?

Dr. Charlson offers comprehensive consultations to help you decide if facial plastic surgery is right for you. She evaluates your facial structure and your goals for the procedure, calling on her extensive training in the anatomy of the eyes and orbital region.

Vertical facelifts can be more complex than traditional facelift methods, but Dr. Charlson is an expert in performing vertical facelifts without disrupting the natural function of eye muscles. If you decide to get a vertical facelift, you can expect the surgery to take between 60-90 minutes.

Dr. Charlson makes a small incision under the eyelashes of your lower eyelid. She lifts the cheek tissue from the inside, placing strong stitches along the orbital bones around your eye socket. During the procedure, she improves the appearance of your cheeks and eye area.

Vertical facelifts can be a great cosmetic option for men and women alike seeking lifted, plumper cheeks, and a more youthful appearance. Find out more by calling the office or booking a consultation with Dr. Charlson online.