May 05, 2016

Unlike my eyelid procedure, this was major surgery

Bridget S. first came to Kevitch, Chung & Jan for eyelid surgery to correct her droopy eyelids which were making her look both tired and older than she was. After the wonderful experience she had here with that procedure, she consulted with us again to have a tummy tuck performed to remove the excess skin she had at her belly which was causing her both medical issues and aesthetic concerns. Here is Bridget’s story …

(PART 2 of 7)

“At my consult, Dr. Chung asked me what I was there for and so I lifted up my shirt and showed him my huge flap of skin — he looked at my belly … nodded … then looked up and said, ‘You hide all that well!’” explains Bridget S. laughingly as she recalls her the consult for her tummy tuck procedure.

“I asked if that was a compliment and he said it was!” she adds with a big, proud smile.

Dr. Chung assessed that simply having lipo was not going to solve Bridget’s issue. Lipo would be of some help, but it would not get rid of the excessive loose skin that she had. He recommended a tummy tuck to eliminate the skin and some lipo to eliminate her love handles and provide a nice overall contour to her new figure. Both procedures would be performed at the same time.

“Dr. Chung then began to show me before and after photos of other patients who had tummy tucks performed and explained how it’s important to keep expectations in check because every patient’s body is different and how he can only work with what you have. I appreciated him saying this. I knew I was in good hands to begin with, but when I heard him say this I said to myself ‘Yeah, he is going to work with my body and make it the best that it can be.” I appreciated that honesty. I knew he wasn’t going to be a miracle worker, but it was something else to hear him say as much.”

“We then took my ‘before’ photos which was a very humbling experience! I told him, ‘Just take them quick!’ They were horrible looking — I could only look at them for a second. He then told me to take my own ‘before’ pictures to keep at home so that while I’m recovering I would have something to refer to and see the difference. That was a great suggestion by the way.”

“He also recommended I check out a website where I could read about what other patients had to say about having a tummy tuck done and what to really expect from the patient’s point of view – not the doctor’s. Unlike my eyelid procedure, this was major surgery. It’s a serious decision to make. He was offering all the information he could to make sure I was okay with my decision.”

“I scheduled my tummy tuck right then and there at the consult. At the end I paid my deposit to secure my date because I felt comfortable enough in Dr. Chung based on what he could do for me based on the pictures he showed me and from knowing how he cared for me when I had my eyes done. That consult was August 3. My surgery date, they told me, was going to be September 25. I had two months to think about things … which could be good or bad!”

Bridget’s story will continue in her next blog post …