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
"Dr Chidester and his staff are amazing. I was impressed from the moment I walked in the door. I highly recommend his office. They are attentive to detail, very thorough about details, and they care about their patients. Plus Dr Chidester is an amazing dancer, Haha! You need to follow him on IG @drchiddy if you already don’t and see his fun tiktok dances."- B.C. / Google / Feb 25, 2021
"Dr Chidester and his team are hands down the best. Worth the wait, get on a list. I am so happy with his work and expertise. He also found a hernia and repaired it while fixing my abdominal separation. I’m so grateful he would take the time to do that. I always felt I was in the best of hands. His PA Meg is so sweet and calming too."- M.K. / Google / Feb 25, 2021
"Dr. Chidester did a fantastic job on my mommy makeover. I had a breast augmentation (375 cc), lift, galaform, internal bra, liposuction on my flanks and back, and a tummy tuck. I drove from out of town and stayed in a nearby hotel for 5 days. I say him 24 hours after surgery and on day 5 to get my drains taken out. He has great bedside manner and his nurses are amazing. By day four, I was off all of the pain meds and only used Tylenol. By day 6, I felt good enough to go in a plane ride over the Grand Canyon. I am 8 weeks post op and am still in awe with the way my scars are healing. I am back to almost all of the activities I was prior to the surgery. No doubt.... the best experience you will have!!! I have no regrets and would do it all over again with Dr. Chiddy."- B.C. / Google / Feb 18, 2021
"Dr. Chidester removed a large bump that had been growing for the last six years on the back of my hand, directly beneath my pinky and ring fingers. If I hit that bump accidently on anything, I got a sharp pain that shot up from the bump up to my elbow, not a pleasant thing to go through. I had seen two doctors about the bump, and the only thing they offered up was to drain it, and warned me that it would start filling up with fluid again, especially "at my age"! This was not the case with Dr. Chidister, he examined the bump and said that he could remove it in just a few minutes, but it had to be done at Lone Peak Hospital because of Covid restrictions. The hospital and staff there are amazing! Well, the surgery was done, and I was out of there in just a few hours. On the third day after surgery I accidentally hit my hand on something, and I waited for the pain but there was none! I had not been in any pain, AT ALL my hand was tender where the bump used to be, but NO PAIN, I never even had to take as aspirin! I'm so blessed to have been guided to Dr. Chidester, he is an amazing doctor, he must have hand picked his staff because EVERY one I came in contact with, was friendly, outgoing, and professional. DR. CHIDESTER AND STAFF, YOU ARE THE BEST! Thank you all for taking care of me I'm thrilled to have had you all on my team! P.S. That bump turned out to be a tumor...no cancer!"- K.F. / Google / Feb 13, 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.
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.