What Is a Facelift?
Plastic surgeon Dr. Jerry Chidester, or "Dr. Chiddy," performs a variety of facial cosmetic surgeries in Draper, UT. At his office, one of the most popular surgeries is a facelift. This procedure treats drooping skin and wrinkles, which provides a more youthful-looking and softer complexion. Based on your aesthetic goals, a facelift can target the lines and wrinkles near the eyes, cheeks and mid-face, the jowls and mouth, or the entire face.
During your consultation, Dr. Chiddy will select the best facelift technique based on several factors, such as the condition of your skin, age, and lifestyle. Dr. Chiddy is a highly trained and experienced surgeon who understands the anatomy and complex intricacies of a facelift procedure. The objective is to produce natural-looking results while providing a younger-looking appearance and smoothing the skin.
"Did you know Dr. Chisester is also a reconstructive hand surgeon and hand specialist? My father was having major trouble with his hands for over a year. I direct messaged Dr. Chisester on Instagram and not only did HE respond, he took time to explain things my dad could do until he was able to get an appointment. My dad expressed how much he loved Dr. C during his appointments. He has amazing bed aide manner, an amazing staff, and truly cares about his patients, their happiness and really makes sure he provides stellar service! My dad was so happy with with him that I know for a fact if I ever chose plastic surgery or need a hand specialist he’s the only doctor I would contact and the only doctor I will recommend! Do yourself a favor and get on his books ASAP!!! Thank you Dr. Chidester and staff!!"- C.S. / Google / Jun 24, 2020
"I haven’t even had my consultation yet. But in just talking with the staff and asking questions hey are by far the best and nicest group of people! I’m OBSESSED with the Instagram pages where Dr. Chiddy educates on procedures and will take so much time to answer questions. I love the dynamic of hime and his wife being such a great team in running the practice. Super down to earth and honest and great people!"- B.B. / Google / Apr 17, 2021
"Dr. Chid is the best!!! I went to a consultation and he made me feel so comfortable! He always answers my questions on social media. I’ve never met a surgeon so dedicated to his clients. I can’t wait to get my surgery done in August!!!"- B.M. / Google / Apr 17, 2021
"Dr Chidester is amazing! I felt comfortable and well informed through the entire process of my procedure and care. I could tell he really cared about my well being and that I was happy with everything. He made my husband feel comfortable too! His staff is also so great! Always felt so welcome and taken care of! I would 100% recommend Dr Chiddy and his team! He is wonderful at what he does! His bedside manner is out of this world. Thank you Dr Chiddy and team, we so appreciate your work!!!"- J.L. / Google / Apr 16, 2021
"I had a totally different experience with Dr Chidister’s office and a reconstruction of a breast augmentation I had done less than seven years ago. My pain and swelling was absolutely nonexistent, and I was up and moving around my house the next day. I have cried tears of joy and how my breast augmentation has turned out and I’m not even six months postop I have never been happier or more impressed by a surgeon and the time he takes to know each of his patients and provides them exactly what they are looking for"- K.G. / Google / Apr 16, 2021
Is A Facelift Right For You?
Often, potential facelift candidates experience skin laxity on the upper or lower part of the face. Depending on your unique needs, a facelift can target specific areas of the face, such as the jawline. When it comes to considering and undergoing a facelift, age doesn't always determine the best time to receive one. Instead, Dr. Chiddy will assess several factors, such as skin elasticity, lifestyle, and the ability to heal from wounds. This will help him determine if this procedure works best for you. If it does, he will consider the best lift technique for your concerns and skin condition. Each technique type varies for patients between 30 and 40 years old vs. those who are older. Also, facelift patients should maintain good health, be a nonsmoker, and have reasonable expectations about the results of their surgery.
Depending on your aesthetic concerns, Dr. Chiddy offers several types of facelift techniques. Some facelifts rejuvenate the upper portion of the face while others focus on the lower two-thirds. In addition, some procedures are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. To enhance the outcomes of a facelift, patients often combine a brow lift, forehead lift, or BOTOX® and fillers. Some of the well-known facelift methods include:
- Full Facelift
Considered the gold standard, the full or "traditional" facelift generally places an incision along the hairline, which extends down to the temples, and reaches the base of the ears. To create a lifted appearance, Dr. Chiddy gently stretches and tightens the deeper layer of facial muscles. The traditional facelift works best for individuals who have signs of aggressive aging. With this type of lift, Dr. Chiddy can combine various treatments, including an eyelid lift to enhance the eyes or neck reduction.
- Mini Facelift
During a mini facelift, a small incision is placed near the ears to lift the skin, which enhances the mouth and jawline. This process creates nice and subtle enhancements that look natural.
With a similar technique to the mini lift, the cheek lift (known as a mid-facelift) addresses the droopy features near the cheekbones and the upper jaw. The mid-facelift works nicely for those who hope to improve the middle to lower part of the face, which may include a double chin.
- Lower Facelift
A lower facelift treats the neck region and chin, and in many cases, the jowls. To attain a younger-looking neck, Dr. Chiddy can use other methods, such as a neck lift.
What to Expect
After surgery, Dr. Chiddy and his team will take you back to a private recovery room. Dr. Chiddy proudly provides an accredited AAAASF surgical center to ensure you have a private and comfortable experience. Once we have released you to recover at home, you will need a friend or family member to drive you. Before your facelift, Dr. Chiddy or someone on his staff will schedule your follow-up visits and provide detailed aftercare instructions so you heal properly. Patients will experience bruising, swelling, possible drainage, and slight to moderate soreness. If needed, we may prescribe pain medication to help with the discomfort. As you start to heal, you should feel and physically look better after several weeks. You should experience a glowing appearance with fewer lines and sag. Overall, your face will appear lifted and younger-looking.
How much does a facelift cost?
The total cost of your facelift will vary based on the technique and other factors. During your consultation, Dr. Chidester will create your custom treatment plan based on your needs and goals. When this is complete, he can discuss estimates of fees. To avoid unnatural-looking results, it's better to focus on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Chidester, instead of the cheapest price. He can give you information on low-interest financing that will make your facelift affordable.
Which technique is best for me?
The best surgical facelift technique for you will depend on your concerns, goals, level of skin laxity, which areas are being addressed, and more. To produce the results you want, Dr. Chidester will go over the different techniques during your consultation. He will then help you choose which technique is best.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
While there are many great noninvasive skin tightening treatments, these can usually only give you small improvements. If you have moderate to severe skin sagging, a surgical facelift is the best choice to improve your appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Chidester will discuss your choices, including nonsurgical procedures, to help you choose what is best for your goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like JUVÉDERM® and BOTOX, have become very popular to refresh the face. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, injectable wrinkle treatments usually help with early signs of aging; however, the results are temporary. A facelift will produce more dramatic improvements than injectables with results that can last for a longer time. Ask Dr. Chidester about nonsurgical wrinkle treatments in your consultation.
Will my results look natural?
Many patients worry that a facelift will make their skin look shiny, overly tight, or like they live in a wind tunnel. Dr. Chidester focuses on giving you a natural-looking result, so you look refreshed and not fake. He listens to your concerns and goals before developing your custom treatment plan with the technique that will produce your best results.
The Right Facelift for You
Cosmetic facial surgery can take years off your face and provide a rejuvenated look. Thankfully, you have many options for surgery, depending on your unique needs and goals. A facelift provides natural-looking results so your complexion appears younger and smoother. During your consultation, Dr. Chiddy will complete a thorough skin assessment and determine if this procedure works best for your cosmetic goals. Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan, and our billing staff can provide information about the cost or financing with groups, like Prosper, CareCredit, and Mountain America Credit Union. For more information, we welcome you to call our office in Draper, UT, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Chiddy.