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Achieving the Natural Contour of the Bikini Bridge

by | Bikini Bridge, Body Contouring

What is the secret to creating a natural looking tummy tuck?

For some time, I have been trying to advance the tummy tuck techniques that l learned during my plastic surgery training, to create a more beautiful, contoured abdomen. One of my favourite surgical techniques is to create a hollowed-out area of the lower abdomen, just inside the hip bones. This area will take on the look of being scooped-out, giving patients a thin, fit appearance. I only recently learned that the name for this look is the “bikini bridge”.

If you are wondering what the “bikini bridge” looks like, picture a fit woman with a great tummy, lying on a beach chair with a slim bikini. The space between the bikini and the skin, as the bikini stretches over the hip bones is called the “bikini bridge”. If you can’t picture it, simply Google “bikini bridge images”. For some women it is a natural contour. The good news for those that don’t have it is that we can try to create it for you. The best candidate for this technique is a healthy patient near their ideal weight.

There are really two ways that I try to surgically create the “bikini bridge”:

1. The first is with liposuction. I intentionally hollow-out the area lateral to the pubic mound. This can be combined with liposuction to the abdomen and the sides, to create a beautiful contour.

2. The other way is to thin the flap of fat during a tummy tuck. One of the limitations of a traditional tummy tuck is that patients can look pulled flat and too tight. They can lack natural contours that are aesthetically pleasing. This technique can help create a more harmonious shape. Combined with a low scar and a natural belly button, it can create a beautiful tummy tuck result.

My goal is that my patients can wear a bikini, and a stranger would not know they had surgery. The above mentioned techniques help to achieve that goal.

Some may say that striving for such a thing as a “bikini bridge” is silly. Others may even argue it is crazy to try and create the appearance otherwise not easily attainable without surgery. Perhaps they feel that way about all cosmetic surgery. However, I have had the opportunity to see how happy patients are after their surgery. I have heard their stories about increased confidence and its impact on so many aspects of their lives.

When it comes to the “bikini bridge” I believe that it helps create a natural and beautiful shape to the abdomen.

If I treated a man’s abdomen, I would try to create a defined inguinal crease. If I treated a man for gynaecomastia, I would shape the entire chest giving the pec muscle definition. In both of these examples, my goal is to provide the most aesthetically pleasing contour that I can. It is the same when trying to achieve a pleasing result to a women’s stomach.

If you are interested in learning more about the bikini bridge, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, liposuction, body contouring or any other plastic surgery procedures, please contact Dr. Rodger Shortt to arrange an appointment at 905-849-4282 or info@drshortt.com.

Dr Rodger Shortt is a plastic surgeon servicing Toronto, Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Milton, Hamilton and Georgetown. He strives to provide his patients the best care and excellent plastic surgery results. He is one of only a few plastic surgeons in Canada with a top rating on RateMD, RealSelf and Ontario Doctor Review. Dr Rodger Shortt is a specialist plastic surgeon trained in cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in breast surgery, breast augmentation, breast fat transfer, mommy makeover, tummy tuck, body contouring, breast reconstruction and cosmetic surgery of the face. He is the Director of Cosmetic Surgery Training at McMaster University and an Assistant Clinical Professor. If you are interested in a consultation with Dr Shortt please contact as at 905-849-4282 or visit www.drshortt.com.

Reviews

I recently received breast augmentation and am extremely happy with the results

I recently received breast augmentation and am extremely happy with the results! Dr. Shortt and his staff are wonderful and very talented. I definitely recommend this surgeon to anyone who is interested in cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Shortt is a very talented and compassionate doctor

Dr. Shortt is a very talented and compassionate doctor. He takes the time to listen to your concerns, and he lets you know what’s possible and what isn’t – he will never do something that will make you look fake or “done.” Dr. Shortt likes to say that he will make you into a better version of yourself, not someone else. He goes above and beyond to achieve your goals and truly cares about his patients.

I had a septorhinoplasty done to correct my breathing and the appearance of my nose. I have always been insecure about the size and shape of my nose – I had a bit of a bulbous tip and a prominent dorsal hump. I am so thrilled with the results of my surgery! In addition to breathing better, I am also feeling a lot more confident. I used to freak out if anyone took a photo of me from the side, but now I actually encourage it!

The support staff at Briarwood are wonderful, too. They make the experience comfortable and easy.

I am extremely happy that I finally took this step

I just want to say Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job on my tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). I am very pleased! The care I received prior to, during, and after my surgery has been great. Dr. Shortt and the stuff at Briarwood cosmetic surgical centre have been very thorough and detail oriented when tending to my needs, concerns and questions. I am extremely happy that I finally took this step and LOVE my results. I wouldn’t have changed a thing and am glad I chose Dr. Shortt for my surgery.

Dr Shortt did an awesome job

I recently had a breast reduction and am so happy with the final result – Dr Shortt did an awesome job!

Dr Roger Shortt is a Genius, I am so happy with the result

I recently had a scar revision surgery to repair scars from a bilateral mastectomy. Dr Roger Shortt is a Genius, I am so happy with the result it is more than I could have hoped for. I am so grateful to Dr Shortt for his empathy kindness and professionalism. His staff reflected that image and were helpful, knowledgeable and efficient. Even though I had a bilateral I feel very happy when I see myself in the mirror. That says everything.

Best Choice I Made!

The stretch marks, loose skin and a deformed belly button from my twin pregnancy really affected my self confidence. Dr. Shortt helped me get that “old me” feeling back! He is patient, professional and truly cares for you during the recovery process. I always felt that Dr. Shortt and his team were there when I needed questions answered. Before I went for my surgery, I had no idea how important the weeks and months after would be. Now, I couldn’t be happier that I chose Dr. Shortt to be my doctor. He also makes sure that you know what to expect and that made the journey so much easier for me. Best choice I made! I finally feel like myself again.

Extremely pleased to share my recent experience with Dr. Shortt

Extremely pleased to share my recent experience with Dr. Shortt and his professional staff. The entire experience was more than I had hoped it would be. From beginning consultation to follow-up visits. Dr. Shortt and his staff are highly recommended for any results you are hoping to achieve. This team is the very best!

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