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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.

Testimonials

All in all I can not say enough good things about my experience with both Dr. Shortt and his staff

Dr Short t was my surgeon for breast reduction, tummy tuck, bra-line back lift and panniculectomy. I was at ease upon our first meeting. I felt he genuinely was on my side and interested in my well being. Although the surgeries I have undergone have been major , the pain was surprisingly minor. I have had excellent recoveries and shockingly minimal scaring. I could not be more satisfied with having been his patient. I did some research about plastic surgery and costs were in line with others. All in all I can not say enough good things about my experience with both Dr. Shortt and his staff

I had a bump on my thumb removed by Dr Shortt a few years ago.

I had a bump on my thumb removed by Dr Shortt a few years ago. It was e third time I’d had it removed, as it kept growing back, but since Dr Shortt removed it, it hasn’t returned!

I’m very pleased with the results of my explant surgery.

Dr Shortt was recommended to me for my explant surgery. I was informed he was the best surgeon for the job and that I would be very happy with the results.
We met on a couple of occasions before the surgery and discussed the options of new implants, fat grafting or just an explant. He was courteous, respectful and very knowledgeable.
He respected my decision to just have the explant surgery and didn’t try to sell me on other procedures. He is all about what’s best for his patients. When I had my pre-op at the hospital, the intake nurse couldn’t say enough wonderful things about him and his skills. That solidified it for me.
I’m very pleased with the results of my explant surgery. It was a unique case in that the implants had completely liquified. They were done 8 years ago by another recommended surgeon in Burlington, not Dr Shortt himself. It seems they were just defective.
Dr. Shortt noted that he had never seen any implants come out in that condition. I appreciate that he is following up with the manufacturer to inform them of the situation.
if you are choosing implants, please do your research and educate yourself and if you choose to have them done, Dr. Shortt is your guy.

Dr. Shortt is a true professional, with an amazing bedside manner.

Recently I had Dr Shortt remove a large lump from the back of my leg. His genuinely friendly manner immediately put me at ease.
In the hospital, he explained how the procedure was going to work, which made me feel comfortable. The actual procedure took less than 5 minutes, with no pain. I was completely relaxed, knowing I was in good hands. Dr. Shortt is a true professional, with an amazing bedside manner. I’d trust him to do absolutely any surgical procedure and would feel confident that the outcome would be very successful.

Huge Breasts Be Gone!

Absolutely hands down the best! Dr Shortt is very skilled and has a warm, caring personality along with a sense of humour:) You are in the best hands should you choose Dr. Shortt. Thank you Dr Shortt and Joanne for making this a great experience!

He is a masterful surgeon and he has exceeded my expectations.

Dr. Shortt performed breast reduction/tummy tuck surgery and I am very happy with the results. He is a masterful surgeon and he has exceeded my expectations. I’m a 64 yr. old woman who has lived with shoulder and back pain for years. I decided to have a breast reduction in the hope of easing this discomfort and improving my quality of life in retirement. I was able to discuss questions and concerns easily with Dr. Shortt. He has a quiet, kind manner , complemented by a good sense of humour. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Shortt to my family and friends. The office staff are also very professional, friendly and helpful.

Breast Reconstruction at 55 and a New Lease on Life!!

I went to Dr. Shortt for breast reduction in 2015 and things went sideways when they found an early form of breast cancer (DCIS). It hadn’t shown up on the mammogram 6 months earlier. Dr. Rodger delivered the news, and was gentle and frank about my choices. I had been thrilled and pleasantly surprised with the breast reduction. I was equally happy about what followed after the cancer news; no chemo or radiation required: just a series of surgeries starting with a unilateral mastectomy, DIEP Flap surgery for breast reconstruction, nipple reconstruction and scar remediation, all ending with a nipple tattoo by one of his expert colleagues. I’ve never been so well cared for in my life. Dr. Shortt and his teams, both at the office and in the OR, formed a circle of care that kept me comfortable, confident and happy.
Dr. Shortt has fully embraced social media, which translates into access to tons of information through his blogs, links about procedures (i.e. DIEP flap surgery), and the ability to ask him questions remembered after appointments. He’s a straight shooter and a healer with a quick wit and a world of personal experience. I can’t recommend him enough!

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