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As you mature, your facial skin begins to show the signs of age. As your face is your most defining feature, when the skin loses it's soft, supple, youthful quality, it affects your self-image and feelings of confidence. Any facial procedure to restore a more youthful look should not disrupt the natural harmony of your features, or leave you looking as if you have had work done.

To restore a fresh, natural look, facial rejuvenation surgery must be performed with the latest techniques in plastic surgery. To that end, 12 years of constant innovation has finally yielded a real solution – the Vertical Prevent.


What is the Vertical Prevent?

The Vertical Prevent in San Diego is a revolutionary new cosmetic surgery that addresses the face as a harmonious whole, bringing it back to the youthful, refreshed appearance you had when you were younger. The Vertical Prevent address four distinct sections of the face:

  • Corner of the brow
  • Midface
  • Jawline
  • Neck

These facial areas can begin to sag and droop, affected by the fascia (the underlying tissue surrounding the muscles), which loosens over time. The Vertical Prevent addresses this underlying structure, restoring it to its original, youthful position to create the facial structure you had before age took its toll. This approach to facial rejuvenation produces a remarkably natural look – fresh, young, and like you – not pulled, stretched, or unnatural.


How does it work?

Vertical Prevent works because it goes directly to the source of the problem – the loosening of the fascia. The process works by restoring the fascia and ligaments that provide the facial framework to correct sagging skin, jowls, and wrinkles, leading to a stunning, long-lasting result that looks fresh and natural.


What’s the difference between Vertical Prevent and a facelift?

Vertical Prevent is very different than a facelift. Traditional facelifts tighten the jaw horizontally, isolating that portion of the face. A facelift can be performed in conjunction with other surgeries such as a neck lift and brow lift, but even when these procedures are combined, they tackle only certain facial areas, without taking into consideration the natural harmony and balance of all your features. The groundbreaking Vertical Prevent technique addresses your face as a whole, restoring a natural, harmonious, youthful look.


What results can I expect?

While results vary by patient, you can expect to look many years younger – refreshed, restored, and significantly rejuvenated. We routinely see patients that walked in looking 50 to 60 years old, and post-surgery, they looked 10 to 20 years younger – without an unbalanced, altered or “worked-on” look.


Find out more about Vertical Prevent in San Diego

Dr. Amir Karam of Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over ten years of experience and more than 4,000 natural results to his name. He specializes exclusively in facial plastic surgery and has 14 awards for Best Cosmetic Surgeon and Best Facial Surgeon from various media outlets. He delivers one of the top Vertical Prevent procedures in San Diego.

Dr. Karam is dedicated to helping his patients experience greater confidence – knowing they look their best. You can trust that your treatment will be performed with meticulous care, and produce results that enhance your quality of life. Call us today to schedule a free consultation at (858) 259-3223.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the recovery time?

Recovery time after receiving Vertical Prevent is typically 10 to 14 days, and our patients tell us the recovery is relatively comfortable and fast.


How long does the procedure take?

The procedure typically takes two to three hours, depending on what is needed, and which surgical techniques are necessary. Every Vertical Prevent treatment is entirely customized to match the patient’s current facial condition.


What type of sedation is used?

A Vertical Prevent is performed using local anesthesia and IV sedation.


Dr. Karam, who is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology, offers services in San Diego County including San Diego, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo and La Jolla in Southern California.

If you are ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karam, contact us today.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

In light of the new state-wide guidelines we will we will not be performing surgery for the time being, all current patients that need followup post-surgery visits will be done through virtual consultation. We will be scheduling surgery for the future when we anticipate the quarantine will be lifted. In the meantime we are available by phone and email and we will be performing virtual consultations for all new patients. We will be contacting patients over the next week as needed to reschedule, and keeping folks updated via our website and social media on any changes. We will continue to see any current patients needing care in our office. Please contact us to set up your virtual consultation.

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