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
"Do Your Flanks the First Time! - I had a tummy tuck a year ago and decided to save costs and not do lipo on my flanks. I totally regretted it so I went back a year later and had that done. Makes such a difference if you're even slightly thinking about. I was worried about more scars, but Dr Chidester used scars I already had and the incisions are so tiny you can't even tell. I'm about 6 weeks out of recovery and I've been back to normal activity for awhile. My sides are still a little tender to the touch and I have some weird sensations, but it doesn't effect my daily routine. I still feel like there's swelling but I'm pretty sure it's normal to have some swelling at this point in recovery. Dr. Chidester is fabulous to work with and the only plastic surgeon I'll ever use!! Plus his staff, nurses, and even Sean the anesthesiologist make it such a smooth experience. They truly care about their patients and make you feel calm, comfortable, and educated through it all."- J. / RealSelf / Aug 29, 2019
"I seriously can’t thank Dr. Chidester enough! Found him through an influencer on instagram. All I needed was the influencers testimonial and I knew an appt needed to be scheduled for a consultation with Dr. Chidester. The thought of having a consultation for a mommy makeover was so scary for me. Well that all changed the second I met with him in person. He’s very personable and his work is beyond amazing. A true perfectionist! I’m about 11 weeks out post mommy makeover and couldn’t be happier with my results with both full tummy tuck and breast augmentation. The staff at Chidesters office is so helpful and everyone is super sweet. Last thing I would love to rave about is how clean the office is! If you are looking for the best plastic surgeon around town Dr. Chiddy is your man!"- H.J. / Google / Aug 12, 2020
"I am 7 weeks out from a tummy tuck and breast lift with Dr. Chidester. My results are absolutely a work of art! Each week my body keeps changing and exceeding all my expectations. I am so thankful I chose Dr. Chiddy for my surgeon. He is so down to earth and kind. I told Dr. Chidester before my surgery that I tend to get nauseated when I wake up. He remembered and took the time in recovery to put cream on my wrists himself to help me before going into his next case. The little details make all the difference and truly set him apart from other surgeons. I felt comfortable through the entire process, even going through my surgery during a pandemic and being immunocompromised. Tayler his nurse is a doll! She is so warm and friendly each time I see her. She always answers all of my questions and I never feel rushed. I appreciate how kind everyone on his staff is and how welcome I always feel. Thank you Dr. Chidester for helping to give me the confidence on the outside of my body to match what I feel in the inside!"- J.D. / Google / Sep 09, 2020
"Thanks to Dr Chidester for making my life so much better! Right from from the beginning he made plastic surgery so easy and comfortable. He explained everything in detail, he listened to what I was looking for and he delivered! I’m more comfortable in my own skin now than ever before, confidence feels amazing! I had a lift, augmentation and tummy tuck, Dr. Chidester is the real deal, he is top talent. Trust the best with your surgery, it’s worth it! Thanks Dr. Chidester for changing my life for me and my husband."- D.C. / Google / Nov 05, 2020
"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
What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?
Sagging skin around the stomach can significantly affect your self-esteem and overall appearance. In addition to cosmetic concerns, excess stomach skin can rub against your clothing and cause chafing. People considering a tummy tuck may struggle with frequent rashes or skin infections, especially if the skin is too stretched out. Dr. Chidester can remove these extra folds so you can achieve a tighter and more toned abdomen. Once the skin is removed, patients feel better about themselves and their waistline. Enjoy better hygiene and more with a tummy tuck!
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.
Tummy tuck FAQs
Is tummy tuck surgery safe?
Tummy tucks are considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced professional. But as with any surgery, there are some risks involved. Common complications include infection, bleeding, and scarring. Dr. Chiddy can review the details of these risks during a consultation. Rest assured our team takes every precaution to ensure your safety.
Are tummy tuck results natural?
Most patients are thrilled with their natural-looking tummy tuck results. This is because our staff takes every measure to ensure that your surgery is minimally invasive and that your incisions are well-concealed. All patients in Draper, UT are welcome to review our before and after gallery to see their potential outcomes from body contouring.
What are the best ways to fade tummy tuck scars?
While some scarring is inevitable with any surgery, there are ways to minimize their appearance. Keep the surgical site clean and covered during recovery and avoid UV rays to prevent the scars from darkening. Do not pick at the skin around the incisions. And finally, give yourself plenty of time to heal. Most scars will continue to fade for up to a year after surgery.
What if I get pregnant after tummy tuck surgery?
Dr. Chiddy recommends that patients wait until they are done having children before getting a tummy tuck. This is because pregnancy can cause the abdominal muscles and skin to stretch again, causing unsatisfying results. Of course, we are happy to help explore your options and determine if another tummy tuck is needed if you get pregnant in the future.
How can I make sure tummy tuck results are long-lasting?
The best way to ensure your tummy tuck results last is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes following a balanced diet and engaging in regular exercise. Our team will provide personalized instructions to help you reach and maintain your ideal body weight. Taking good care of yourself after surgery is essential for achieving optimal, long-term outcomes.
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 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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