What is a Body Lift?
Utilizing innovative body-shaping techniques, expert plastic surgeon Dr. Jerry Chidester, or Dr. Chiddy, completes body lift treatments for patients in the Greater Salt Lake City area. A body lift combines multiple body-shaping treatments to enhance and rejuvenate the look of the abdominal area, including the love handles, the glutes, and the thighs. A body lift removes excess skin, eliminates stubborn pockets of fat, and tightens the skin. Generally, the best patients for a body lift have loose skin on the tummy, buttocks, or thighs after a large amount of weight loss. We encourage you to learn more and schedule an appointment with Dr. Chiddy at his practice in Draper, UT.
Is A Body Lift For You?
Several factors may impact the skin's elasticity and cause excessive sagging, including aging, UV damage, pregnancy, and significant weight gain or fluctuations. To help maintain your results after the surgery, a body lift works best for patients who have attained their overall weight loss goals. Otherwise, you may run the risk of not having long-lasting results. This procedure does not work well for patients trying to remove large amounts of fat. It can help you lose some fat but is primarily used to treat sagging skin and tighten the figure.
"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
How Is a Body Lift Performed?
Using general anesthesia to help you stay comfortable throughout the procedure, Dr. Chiddy performs your body lift at his accredited AAAASF surgical center as an outpatient procedure. Depending on your needs, we can combine a body lift with other treatments, like a breast or arm lift. However, Dr. Chiddy can only perform a certain amount of procedures to ensure your safety. Dr. Chiddy makes an incision around the lower part of the body to eliminate a large amount of excess skin from the tummy, thighs, and love handles. To easily conceal your scar within the panty line, the incision is placed as low as it can go on the front part of the abdomen and near the hip bone to minimize the appearance. Additionally, Dr. Chiddy creates a new hole in the tightened skin for your navel and he closes your sutures.
What are the Benefits of a Body Lift?
Large folds of skin cause many functional and cosmetic problems that significantly impact your quality of life. Here's why our patients often choose a body lift:
- Improved body contour and shape: A body lift removes excess skin for smoother, more toned curves.
- Reduced signs of aging: Loose skin around your midsection can add years to your appearance. Removing excess sagging tissue can make you seem younger and more energetic.
- Better-fitting clothes: Many people report that their clothes fit better after a body lift. You’ll be able to enjoy your favorite form-fitting outfits again!
- Improved health and hygiene: Fold of skin cause rashes and hygiene issues, which can lead to infections. Skin removal eliminates these problems altogether.
- Refined features: A body lift can reduce the appearance of stretch marks and other imperfections that leave you feeling self-conscious.
What Is the Recovery Process After a Body Lift?
To promote healing, we use a compression garment and abdominal binder to provide support, encourage blood flow, and reduce swelling. Additionally, Dr. Chiddy inserts a tube near the incisions to decrease fluid retention. As part of your recovery, you will need to walk around several times a day. This prevents the development of blood clots in the legs. Usually, patients can start going back to work after about 2 – 4 weeks, and Dr. Chiddy will require follow-up appointments to ensure you heal properly. For two months, you should take it easy and avoid strenuous activities; otherwise, you may experience problems when it comes to your healing. You will also have swelling for several months, and over time, your scars will start to fade with proper aftercare.
Body lift FAQ
Is a body lift painful?
The body lift surgery itself is not painful because Dr. Chidester uses general anesthesia to keep you comfortable. However, patients may feel some pain during recovery. Our office provides a detailed list of guidelines to minimize discomfort so our patients can rest and recover fully from surgery. We can also prescribe medications when necessary.
How bad is scarring from a body lift?
Incisions are closed with sutures immediately after surgery. While the appearance of scarring is different for every patient, Dr. Chidester has developed multiple techniques to minimize their appearance and presence. These include making incisions in areas that are easily hidden. Most patients feel that their slim results are far more important than the scarring involved.
Will insurance pay for a body lift?
Health insurance may cover a portion of the body lift if it is deemed medically necessary. Of course, you should expect some out-of-pocket costs for surgery and recovery. Our cosmetic clinic in Draper, UT, is always transparent about pricing and can review costs in detail during your consultation. We also offer easy financing options.
What can I do to maintain the results of my body lift surgery?
Maintaining a stable weight is one of the most critical factors in preserving the results of body lift surgery. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can also contribute to maintaining your improved body contour. Additionally, proper skin care and sun protection can help preserve the quality and elasticity of your skin. Regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Chidester can also help ensure that you maintain your results over the long term.
How long do the results of body lift surgery last?
The results from a body lift are long-lasting, especially if you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As the body ages, it is natural for some firmness to be lost. However, most of the initial improvement should be permanent.
Enhance Your Weight Loss Goals
A body lift is a great procedure option for patients who have excess skin on the thighs, buttocks, or abdominal area. If you have lost a large amount of weight, this procedure can help you enhance your results by removing excess skin. Dr. Chiddy is proud to offer this innovative procedure to his Greater Salt Lake City community. Our group strives to help you look and feel your best. During your consultation, you will receive a detailed treatment plan and our team can provide information about the cost or financing with Prosper and Mountain America Credit Union. We encourage you to call our Draper, UT office and learn more.
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