Facelift in Draper, UT

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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.

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.

Surgical Technique

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.
  • Mid-Facelift
    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.

Facelift FAQ

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.

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