What is a Tummy Tuck?
For women and men alike, sagging skin and pockets of fat throughout the abdomen can feel frustrating despite the efforts to lose it. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the main reasons why someone has difficulty regaining a tighter and slimmer abdomen. A tummy tuck is a body contouring treatment that successfully transforms the stomach area, producing attractive results for patients. Based on the amount of excess skin and fat present, Dr. Jerry Chidester, or Dr. Chiddy, can perform abdominoplasty for a tighter appearance. A tummy tuck can help patients attain a tighter figure and increase their confidence. Read more about how abdominoplasty can eliminate excess skin and fat and tighten the stomach muscles. We encourage you to call and schedule an appointment at our Draper, UT office.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"Dr Jerry & his whole staff are amazing. They are warm & welcoming. I had scheduled the mommy makeover My breast’s were just about done when he noticed some discolored skin. Since I had smoked for over 30 years (stopped at that point for 3 months) he closed me up & stopped the procedure to make sure I had sufficient blood flow. I was bummed that the whole procedure could not be done but I was very appreciative that he cared about my health to stop & make sure that I would have the best result. We rescheduled the tummy 6 weeks later & I couldn’t be happier with the result! He is amazing!!"- L.B. / Google / Jul 30, 2019
"My experience with Dr. Chidester has been amazing. He has displayed so much care, concern, attention, and detail to my needs/wants from the beginning. After years of searching for the right doctor to help reconstruct my abdomen area after 3 pregnancies, I'm glad I found Dr. Chidester. I knew he was the right doctor the moment I scheduled a consultation with him. I saw that he takes great pride in his work. He is very detail oriented, intelligent, understanding, kind, and genuine. He's one of a kind! His results/work speaks for itself. I'm extremely pleased with my results! He showed great hospitality to professionalism. I'll continue to refer all my friends and family to him!"- V.M. / Google / Jul 11, 2019
"Mommy Makeover Success - Dr. Chidester performed a tummy tuck, breast lift and breast augmentation on me a year and a half ago and the results have been incredible! He makes you feel so comfortable and discusses everything with you thoroughly to make sure you are well educated. He went through the pros and cons of each option, explained recovery in detail, and was available for all questions and concerns. After..."- R. / RealSelf / May 02, 2018
"Amazing Experience. I'm very happy with his work - Just had a tummy tuck and breast lift with augmentation with dr chidester im very happy with his work, he’s being very caring and has always answered all my questions and concerns. I also had a BBL done by him and I’m very happy with my new body and his services I will definitely get his services again for other further procedures."- N. / RealSelf / May 07, 2019
"Best Experience - Dr. Chidester was the best doctor I have ever dealt with. He is so caring and understanding. He actively listen to my needs and understood exactly what I was looking for. I will see him all future procedures. His nurse are so antentive. The staff makes you like family. Please use Dr. Chidester for all your procedures. 7 days after tummy tuck and no pain."- J. / RealSelf / Sep 04, 2018
Is A Tummy Tuck For You?
If you have trouble reducing the appearance of excess skin or small amounts of unwanted fat in the lower abdomen, a tummy tuck can create a tighter and slimmer figure. Dr. Chiddy recommends being at a stable weight before undergoing this treatment. Tummy tuck surgery is not a substitute for weight loss because it primarily removes loose skin. Generally, Dr. Chiddy does incorporate liposuction during the procedure to remove excess fat; however, you should not use this surgery as a replacement for dramatic weight loss. If your stomach area has good skin elasticity, but you still feel unhappy with how your tummy looks and feels even on a healthy diet, you could consider a tummy tuck. To ensure the surgical outcomes are not compromised, women interested in abdominoplasty should be past their childbearing years or prefer not to have children.
Before starting your tummy tuck, we will administer general anesthesia. Dr. Chiddy will consider several surgical techniques, which he customizes according to your individual needs. During your consultation, Dr. Chiddy will discuss the incision type and use it at the time of your surgery. Some individuals with a large amount of sagging skin may require a full tummy tuck. A full or extended tummy tuck places the incision along the lower abdomen from hip to hip, just on top of the pubic region. If you only have mild skin laxity, Dr. Chiddy may perform a mini tummy tuck. Patients who receive a mini tummy tuck still benefit from skin tightening but have a slightly smaller scar. Regardless of the type, all tummy tuck procedures excise sagging skin and eliminate stubborn fat.
What to Expect
Following a tummy tuck, we will monitor you and bandage your treatment area with a compression garment to reduce swelling. At first, you will experience some difficulty walking upright so you should take it easy for several days. Once the tightness subsides and the incision begins to heal, walking becomes less painful. Typically, most patients can resume normal activities in about two weeks. Workouts can begin later in your recovery process, and it may take about six weeks before you can restart. However, in some cases, Dr. Chiddy may allow you to start working out sooner, but to ensure you heal safely and quickly, you should follow all instructions. The midsection will feel sore and tight, but you will feel healthy and normal again after recovering.
A variety of factors can cause sagging skin in the abdominal area. We understand it can seem almost impossible to treat, and usually, surgery is the primary way to reduce the appearance of loose skin. If you feel embarrassed about the loose skin on your abdomen, no matter the amount, Dr. Chiddy can perform a tummy tuck to help you attain the body you want. During your private consultation, Dr. Chiddy will create a treatment plan and his friendly team can provide information about the cost and financing programs, such as Prosper, CareCredit, and Mountain America Credit Union. Located near the Greater Salt Lake City area, we invite you to call our office in Draper, UT to learn more.
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