What is Labiaplasty and What Does it Involve?

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Even though Plastic surgery is very common throughout Alberta, very few Albertans have heard about labiaplasty. You may have heard the name but may not have any idea what it is and which part of the body is involved.

What is a labiaplasty?

The main difference between a labiaplasty and other treatments under the “vaginal rejuvenation” umbrella is that a labiaplasty is a surgical procedure. The labiaplasty procedure aims to decrease the size of the labia minora (inner tissues of the female genitalia) so that it is flush with the labia majora (outer part of the female genitalia). This procedure involves utilizing several different surgical techniques depending on the patient’s specific situation. There are no energy devices required with a labiaplasty, and you will work with Dr. Laliberte to determine the goals of your surgery.

Reasons for a labiaplasty

There are a host of reasons females may have enlarged labia, including childbirth, aging, sexual activity and genetics. Females choose to have surgery for several reasons. First, there are several functional benefits when electing for a labiaplasty. Many females who suffer from enlarged labia may experience difficulty with exercise, hygiene, urinary tract infections, sexual activity and other physical activity.

Furthermore, with the increasing trend of wearing yoga pants, workout pants and swimming suits, an enlarged labium can make it difficult to wear such clothes. However, most female patients describe feeling extremely self-conscious when becoming romantically involved with their partners. These reasons and others are what females consider when choosing a labiaplasty.

Labiaplasty procedures

Initially, there was a single procedure for labiaplasty, and it was very popular as well. With the change of time and advancement in techniques, several techniques have evolved. Some of them are as follows:

Labiaplasty Trim procedure

The ‘trim procedure’ is the original technique and is the most natural to perform. The trim technique remains the most commonly used surgical method to perform labiaplasty. This approach involves creating an incision that removes the outer edge of the inner labia, making the inner labia even with the outer labia (or slightly receded).
One of the benefits of this labiaplasty technique is that it trims away the naturally darkest part of the labia. For many women, removal of the darker edge is one of the cosmetic reasons why they choose to have labiaplasty.

Labiaplasty Wedge procedure

The ‘wedge procedure’ is a newer alternative to trim labiaplasty. Using this method, Dr. Laliberte will remove a V-shaped “wedge” from both sides of the labia and then stitches the remaining edges together.
Although the wedge technique avoids the problem of smoothly transitioning at the clitoral bulb, it typically leaves the darkest parts of the labia intact, which may be undesirable for some women.

There are several other techniques for reducing the labia minora, and all these techniques have certain advantages and disadvantages. If you are considering a labiaplasty, the key to ensure appropriate outcomes is to make sure you are going to a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Laliberte who specializes in this procedure.

Anesthesia for a labiaplasty

Labiaplasty is an outpatient surgery. The procedure can be performed within an hour, either individually or with other cosmetic surgery. It can be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia, depending on the treatment plan discussed with Dr. Laliberte.

Labiaplasty Postsurgical care

The genital region of females is very sensitive and requires proper care in general. So, when undertaking a procedure like a labiaplasty, there are some post-operative instructions you need to be aware of before having the procedure.

You should avoid long showers and should pat the wound dry every time after washing. Antibiotics may be prescribed by Dr. Laliberte and should be taken to reduce pain and inflammation, which can be present after the procedure. Bike riding, running and other physical activities will need to be avoided until you have been released by our healthcare team. Premature return to the activities can exert pressure on the wound and will unnecessarily delay the healing process. You will be advised to not wear tight clothes or undergarments as they can cause friction against the wound. Also, you cannot indulge in sexual intercourse for at least four weeks.

Choosing to have a labiaplasty

Labiaplasty has both functional and cosmetic benefits. Most women undergo surgery to reduce the excess labia which twists and turn and causes pain and irritation. Others want to restore their youthful look after childbirth or aging. Though the reasons are numerous, you should seek a board-certified plastic surgeon that understands the medical, mental and emotional factors of a procedure like a labiaplasty.

Starting your plastic surgery journey

If you think that plastic surgery might be right for you and your cosmetic goals, be sure to meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation. Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 10 years of plastic surgery experience. His artistic and highly technical approach produces natural results tailored to enhance and complement your specific goals and circumstances.
If you are interested in learning more about other body procedures, or to book a consultation, please complete our online form, call us, or email us at office@radianceplasticsurgery.ca.

 

 

Benefits of having plastic surgery in the winter

Men and women throughout Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, and Canmore turn to plastic surgery for many different reasons. A common reason, however, is to boost their confidence by enhancing and defining the appearance of their body contours.

Most of these patients link this desire to the summer months when they can show off their physiques in bathing suits, shorts and sundresses. Unfortunately, plastic surgery is something of a multi-step process in that it requires planning, a surgical date and a recovery period. This recovery period can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months.

….so, what are the benefits of having plastic surgery in the winter? To ensure that your recovery will not interfere with your summer plans, consider scheduling your plastic surgery procedure during the winter months so that you have plenty of time to heal. By planning ahead, you can enjoy the warm, summer months participating in something you love, not spending it recovering inside on the couch.

 

Scars fade

While scarring is an inevitable part of plastic surgery or any other type of surgery, the scarring is always at its worst immediately after the procedure. Even after the wound heals, scars will be red, raised and swollen.

While it can sometimes take years for all of the discolorations to fade to their final appearance, a significant amount of scar healing happens within the first few months. By choosing to have your surgery during the winter, you are giving your scars ample time to heal and fade before summer, when you may want to show off your figure and expose the areas where scarring is present.

This timing can be especially beneficial for procedures such as tummy tuck, breast augmentation and liposuction procedures

 

Swelling disappears

Just as scars can take months to lose their initial redness, swelling can be noticeable for the same amount of time. The majority of swelling subsides after a few weeks, but the rest of it can take up to six months to fully dissipate. The presence of this swelling affects the overall quality of your results and hinders the appearance of your final contour.

Plan for your surgery early so that all of the expected swelling is gone before summer.

 

Cold weather allows for easier concealment

Even after you have been cleared to return to your normal activities and routines, you may still experience the visible effects of the recovery process. Winter allows for easier concealment of these recovery effects. Long sleeves, loose sweaters and scarves all enable you to hide the treatment areas until you feel ready to show off your results.

 

Starting your plastic surgery journey

If you think that plastic surgery might be right for you and your aesthetic goals, be sure to meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation. Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 10 years of plastic surgery experience. His artistic and highly technical approach produces natural results tailored to enhance and complement your specific goals and circumstances. 

If you are interested in learning more about surgical procedures, or to book a consultation, please complete our online form, call us, or email us at office@radianceplasticsurgery.ca.

Is Plastic Surgery for Men?

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For many years, plastic surgery has been portrayed as a women’s interest. Now, that is a thing of the past.

More than ever before, looking young and fit is important for men. From looking to roll back the hands of time via a facelift or trimming their waist with liposuction, there are a variety of plastic surgery and med spa style treatments that can help men achieve their cosmetic goals.

 

The unique cosmetic concerns of men

While more men get cosmetic procedures done now than in the past, there is still often a lot of hesitance. Society paints men who are concerned about their looks in an unflattering light, often treating them as less masculine. This can cause guys to worry about others finding out about their cosmetic procedures and judging them for it. They also have to overcome their own prejudices.

Then there is the frequent concern that opting for a cosmetic treatment will result in a more feminine appearance. If they get liposuction on their waist, will they look curvier? While the right plastic surgeon will ensure a manly look, the concern is still there.

Ultimately, there is no reason why men cannot get cosmetic procedures to help them feel better about their appearance, while still maintaining a natural, masculine look.

 

The best plastic surgery and med spa treatments for men

Men and women are different, and as such, the best procedures for guys won’t necessarily be the same as those for women. Procedures for men are tailored to their goals and concerns. So, which procedures are the best for men?

 

Liposuction for Men

As men age, they are more likely to start carrying extra weight around the middle. In many cases, these fat cells are stubborn and do not always respond well to diet or exercise. With the right approach, fat removal can trim the waist while also crafting a more masculine V-shape.

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Gynecomastia surgery (Male Breast Reduction)

Sometimes, feminine surgical results aren’t the concern; it is the feminine features already present. This is the case with gynecomastia, which is when the male breast tissue is enlarged and looks more like female breasts. Gynecomastia surgery, also called male breast reduction, can reshape the chest for a more masculine look.

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Eyelid surgery for Men

After the hairline, the eyes are often the next place men show signs of aging. From wrinkles to drooping lids to bags under the eyes, this is a spot that ages you in a number of ways. Eyelid surgery can help to lift the skin and address under-eye bags, delivering a more awake and energized look.

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Botox® for Men

Botox has long been known for its use by the Hollywood elite, but it works for the everyday man just as well. In addition to addressing frown lines and wrinkles, Botox can also be used to improve the appearance of a drooping brow, a common cosmetic concern for many men.

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So guys…what’s next?

If you are a prospective male patient who would like to improve your appearance, there are a few things you must bear in mind. First, you want to ensure you consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery,  who has extensive experience in male procedures with incredible results. Second, based on their assessment, you must be open to the possibility that your surgeon may recommend a different course of action than the one you initially had in mind. Lastly, you must be committed to following all post-operative instructions and guidance, including maintaining a long-term healthy diet and exercise regimen to sustain your results.

Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon is a key stage in your decision-making process. A board-certified plastic surgeon is certified by the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon and additionally,  a trained specialist in male surgical procedures. His artistic and highly technical approach produces natural results tailored to enhance and complement your specific goals and circumstances. 

If you are interested in learning more about body procedures, or to book a consultation, please complete our online form, call us, or email us at office@radianceplasticsurgery.ca.

What is the best abdominal procedure for your goals?

From post-pregnancy laxity to extra weight in the midsection, women and men throughout Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore, and Banff turn to plastic surgery to support and improve the appearance of their abdomen. Despite the growing popularity of minimally invasive body-focused procedures to address this area, there is still a strong increase in patients looking for abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedures

Many patients who are looking to have a slimmer, contoured abdomen often ask whether a tummy tuck or liposuction is the better choice for them. Only an in-person consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon can truly confirm which procedure would best achieve your goals – and for this, there are key variables we assess to formulate an individualized surgical plan.

The three main factors you should be discussing with your surgeon during a consult about your abdomen are:

Skin quality

  • Muscle elasticity or unity
  • The presence of any excess or protruding fat

These factors can vary in patients depending on their genetic makeup, age, diet and exercise, and additionally whether pregnancy and childbirth has occurred.

A tummy tuck may be performed if you have excess, lax skin and/or stretched-out muscles of the abdominal wall (abdominal wall plication). Typically, addressing the abdominal skin is strictly cosmetic, however, the abdominal wall repair may sometimes also be performed for functional improvement.

Tightening the abdominal wall

After experiencing massive weight loss or pregnancy and childbirth, previously firm and centralized abdominal muscles can loosen and weaken, sometimes to the point where they actually separate from each other. This is known as diastasis recti. In some cases, even the most intense, abdominally focused workouts cannot restore their position. Diastasis recti can also occur in middle-aged and older men, especially those with abdominal obesity.

As the muscles in the abdominal wall separate, the vital organs in the area only have a thin band of connective tissue holding them in place. Besides contributing to a bulging appearance of the abdomen, diastasis recti will typically compromise muscular support to result in day-to-day issues from lower back pain, constipation, urinary leaking or incontinence, to potential difficulties in simple functions such as breathing and/or moving about normally.

A Tummy tuck can provide the opportunity for the sort of muscle tightening required to strengthen the abdominal wall, as well as to remove redundant skin and tighten the remainder. Liposuction is an optimal procedure for those patients who would like to address excess abdominal fat or other such localized fat pockets on the body. Due to the fact that it cannot address excess skin or lax muscle, patients must have appropriate muscle tone and skin elasticity to maintain the appearance of the newly shaped contours. Liposuction is sometimes misinterpreted as a weight loss procedure, which, unfortunately, it is not.

Using liposuction with a tummy tuck

For those patients who would like to address skin laxity and/or muscle separation along with excess fat in the abdominal region, both a tummy tuck and liposuction procedure may be required. Plastic surgeons evaluate on a case-by-case basis whether the procedures may be performed simultaneously, or separately in multiple stages.

For some young, healthy patients, a combination procedure may be possible and will minimize overall healing time, but for some others, the staged approach may be more optimal to reduce the extent of potential surgical trauma and bleeding. The order in which the procedures are performed is dependent on the patient’s physical traits and the aesthetic goals they wish to achieve.

Three things you should consider

If you are a prospective patient who would like to improve the appearance of their midsection, there are three things you must bear in mind. First, you must ensure you consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery,  who has extensive experience in both procedures with successful results. Second, based on their assessment, you must be open to the possibility that your surgeon may recommend a different course of action than the one you initially had in mind. Lastly, you must be committed to following all post-operative instructions and guidance, including maintaining a long-term healthy diet and exercise regimen to sustain your results.

Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon is a key stage in your decision-making process. A board-certified plastic surgeon is certified by the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon and additionally, a trained specialist in surgical body procedures. His artistic and highly technical approach produces natural results tailored to enhance and complement your specific goals and circumstances. 

If you are interested in learning more about body procedures, or to book a consultation, please complete our online form, call us, or email us at office@radianceplasticsurgery.ca.

Where on your body can you get liposuction?

Where on your body can you get liposuction? Did you know that liposuction is still consistently one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world? In 2018, more than 258,000 people across North America opted to undergo liposuction to help them achieve their aesthetic goals.

Both men and women throughout Calgary, Edmonton Canmore and Banff have been choosing liposuction in their fight against stubborn fat that just won’t respond to diet and exercise. Even for people within a healthy weight range, it’s still possible to have a layer of problematic fat in their abdomen, buttocks, arms and legs. Thankfully, there are many areas of the body that respond well to this cosmetic surgery treatment.

So….Where on your body can you get liposuction?

Abdomen Liposuction

Plastic surgeons often divide the abdomen into “upper” and “lower” regions that may be treated separately. The lower region of the abdomen is responsible for the “muffin top,” which makes it a popular place for liposuction. The upper region is the area between your belly button and ribs, which can also stubbornly hold onto a layer of fat. Liposuction in these regions can help patients achieve a slimmer, sleeker more defined profile.

Love handle Liposuction (Waist & Flanks)

The waist and flanks often referred to as “love handles,” are very common areas for liposuction. For many patients, getting rid of love handles and achieving the contours they desire via diet and exercise alone can be incredibly difficult. Liposuction here can help patients see great results, especially when they have suitable skin elasticity.

Hip Liposuction

For many women, having smooth, contoured hips is important to maintaining a feminine silhouette, so women often undergo liposuction to the hips to remove excess deposits of fat. Doing so helps to create a more well-defined shape and can even help improve the look of the buttocks as well.

Thigh Liposuction

There are three distinct areas of your thighs that can benefit from liposuction, and they’re often all treated together. Initially, liposuction can be performed on the outer region of the thighs “saddlebags” to enhance the patient’s overall shape. The inner thighs can also be contoured (to help give the patient a thigh “gap” when standing), and the posterior thigh, which is the “banana roll” area, can be shaped to give the buttocks a firmer, more defined appearance.

Face and Neck Liposuction

Liposuction can help improve the contour of your face and neck and can help you get rid of that irritating double chin. It can also tone your jawline to have that sharp look that everyone wants. Additionally, it can be performed alongside other procedures, to help give your face a slimmer, more defined contour.

Buttocks Liposuction

While some fat in the buttocks is often desirable, having excess fat removed can help minimize some unsightly dimpling and help to make your figure look more proportionate.

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Upper arm Liposuction

The upper arm region, or “batwing” is something that can affect men and women, however, it can be somewhat common in women as they age. Even if you’re not overweight, it is possible to have an unpleasant “arm jiggle” due to a lack of muscle tone. Liposuction can help smooth and tighten the area for a firmer, more youthful appearance.

Back Liposuction

The back is probably not the first place you would think of for liposuction, however, back liposuction can be actually quite effective for reducing back rolls, sometimes referred to as “bra rolls.” Back liposuction here can contribute to a firmer, smoother appearance.

Chest

Although women can undergo chest/breast liposuction, this is more common for men than women. Men who may suffer from gynecomastia or older men who may have suffered a loss of muscle mass can look to liposuction to resolve excess, unwanted fat.

Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon for your liposuction treatment

One of the best things any prospective liposuction patient can do is to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with a reputable clinic for your liposuction procedure, such as Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery in Canmore. Radiance Plastic Surgery is Alberta’s premier Plastic, Cosmetic and Aesthetic Surgery Clinic, regularly welcoming patients from Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Airdrie, Canmore and Banff. When you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon, you can feel confident that you’re receiving vetted, top-quality care from beginning to end. Dr. Laliberte will discuss treatment options and anticipated results, depending on your situation and cosmetic goals.

Achieve your aesthetic and cosmetic goals with liposuction

Liposuction is a flexible and versatile plastic surgery treatment that can help reveal a slimmer, sleeker, more confident you. Because it can be applied to a number of areas, a wide range of patients can continue to leverage it to reach their aesthetic goals.

If you are interested in learning more about liposuction, or to book a consultation, please complete our online form, call us, or email us at office@radianceplasticsurgery.ca.

What Is A Mommy Makeover?

Mommy Makeover

So…you have heard the term before, but what is a mommy makeover exactly?

The mommy makeover procedure is one of today’s most popular procedures throughout Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore and Banff and is a combination of plastic surgery procedures, tailored specifically to address common issues faced by women who have been through pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

Mommy makeover’ is actually a catch-all phrase that refers to a specialized combo of body contouring procedures, performed in conjunction to improve the physical changes that linger long after pregnancy. One reason for its widespread popularity is that the mommy makeover has no set components; each individual procedure is personally tailored to fit each patient’s unique cosmetic goals. Typically, the surgical approach starts with a breast and abdomen contouring procedure, then adding additional elements as required.

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The different aspects of a mommy makeover

As the abdomen and breasts are the key areas of change during pregnancy, a mommy makeover will often center around the form of an abdomen and breast procedure. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts will enlarge, increasing as much as a full cup size or larger. Sometimes, returning back to normal can mean a significant loss in breast volume and noticeable sagging. Additionally, throughout the course of a pregnancy, the abdominal muscles, skin, and tissues will stretch to safely accommodate the growing baby. Unfortunately, after childbirth, these layers may not rebound to their pre-baby shape.

Your makeover may include:

Breast augmentation can restore fullness and lost volume, while a breast lift helps to lift sagging skin for improving shape. Today’s breast augmentation is safer and more effective than ever before, with many surgeons utilizing the Keller Funnel as a touch-free method to reduce the chance for infection and capsular contracture. For those with disproportionately large, uncomfortable breasts, a breast reduction surgery can create a smaller, more ideal appearance.

To further improve the figure, commonly added techniques can include abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck, a circumferential abdominoplasty and liposuction. Additionally, a mommy makeover can also include a thigh lift and an arm lift. Depending on the individual surgeon and the recommended set of procedures, a mommy makeover.

8 things you need to know about the mommy makeover

The mommy makeover will be performed as outpatient surgery – This allows you to recover at home. Commonly, for additional assistance during the first 24 hours, Dr. Laliberte may recommend an overnight recovery suite.

Your recovery will usually take around one to two weeks, however, this will depend on the procedures included in your mommy makeover. It is recommended that you plan on your recovery taking up to two weeks, during which time you will be sore, bruised and swollen.

You will need help around the house – You will be tired and tender for several days after your mommy makeover, making routine chores difficult. It is recommended to request assistance around the house from a family member or friend during this time.

Dr. Laliberte will prescribe the necessary pain medications for a comfortable recovery. Swelling can last for six months or longer – While some results of a mommy makeover are immediate, the full results cannot be assessed until all swelling has subsided; this can take up to a year.

Heavy lifting is strongly discouraged and strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least six weeks after your mommy makeover; including carrying babies and children over 10 pounds.

As with most surgeries, a mommy makeover is best suited to non-smokers – Smoking inhibits circulation, delaying wound healing and substantially increasing the chance for serious complications to occur; It is highly recommended to stop smoking for at least eight weeks before and until the healing process has completed.

You will still need your exercise time – To ensure the results from your mommy makeover are long-lasting, resume your healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and routine exercise schedule.

Get ready for a considerable boost in your self-confidence – Your mommy makeover will be life-changing, restoring confidence and pride in your appearance.

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Your personalized mommy makeover

The mommy makeover is ideal for bringing a post-baby body back to its pre-pregnancy shape. The best way to learn about the mommy makeover procedure is to do your own research. Our website has a multitude of information regarding the individual procedures, and the overall mommy makeover procedure. When you are ready to take the next step, schedule a consultation with Radiance Plastic Surgery’s board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Laliberte. At this time, Dr. Laliberte will determine the exact procedures of your mommy makeover, as well as discussing the overall cost, payment options, and the possibility for health care financing.

If you are interested in learning more about a mommy makeover, or to book a consultation, please complete our online form, call us, or email us at office@radianceplasticsurgery.ca.

What To Know Before Undergoing A Gynecomastia Procedure (Male Breast Reduction)

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Gynecomastia is a condition that causes enlargement of male breast tissue. It can often be a great source of embarrassment for men. The number of men throughout Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore and Banff seeking out surgery for gynecomastia has continued to grow over the years. At Radiance Plastic Surgery, we are continuing to see more and more men wanting to enhance the look of their chests.

Throughout puberty, hormonal surges can lead to the development of male breast tissue. In some cases, this breast tissue shrinks after puberty, but in a lot of cases, the breasts can remain enlarged. The prevalence of asymptomatic gynecomastia is 60% to 90% in children, 50% to 60% in adolescents, and up to 70% in men aged 50 to 69 years.

The most common causes of gynecomastia include puberty, excess weight gain, use of anabolic steroids in bodybuilders and marijuana use. A number of other medications also cause male breast enlargement.

How do I know if I have Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia commonly occurs in both breasts, however,  patients may have asymmetric or unilateral breasts. Breast self-exams usually demonstrate a palpable, tender, firm, mobile, disc-like mound of tissue that is not as hard as breast cancer and is located centrally under the nipple-areolar region.

When palpable masses are unilateral, hard, fixed, peripheral to the nipple and associated with nipple discharge, skin changes or enlarged lymph nodes, breast cancer should be suspected and thorough evaluation is recommended, including the performance of mammograms and MRI.

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Surgery to correct Gynecomastia

When patients come in with a complaint of gynecomastia, they usually complain about lumps in their breasts with or without excess fat in the breasts. Surgery to remove breast tissues usually involves liposuction of the excess fat, surgical removal of the excess glandular breast tissue through an incision in the margin of the nipple-areolar complex and/or skin excision (in large male breasts).

Preparing for surgery will involve: 

  • Stopping medications that increase the risk of bleeding 
  • Stopping smoking
  • increasing your nutrition levels to support your healing and recovery after surgery. 

Most surgeons will typically perform the procedure under general anesthesia, however, it is also well-suited to being performed under oral sedation and local anesthesia. Surgeons may also use drains after surgery to reduce the chance of fluid collections. The use of compression vests and icing is also common to help control pain, reduce swelling and control bruising.

Recovery after Gynecomastia surgery

In patients who might only need liposuction to correct their enlarged breasts, return to exercise and work is typically less than 1 week. For patients who additionally require the surgical removal of the excess breast tissue, it may take between 2 to 4 weeks to heal enough to tolerate regular daily activities. A number of patients are able to go back to work after surgery around 7-10 days post-op. Most patients are also able to resume cardio after 2 weeks and weightlifting at 4 weeks provided there are no lasting complications from surgery.

Gynecomastia surgery complications

In most cases, surgery for gynecomastia is safe and the majority of patients have smooth recoveries. In some cases, complications can occur. Complications can sometimes include bruising, bleeding, fluid collections, contour irregularities, loss of nipple skin, visible scarring, numbness of the nipples, inverted nipples, loose breast skin and asymmetries. Attention to meticulous surgical technique and pre/peri/postoperative management is essential to ensuring positive outcomes.

If you are interested in learning more about the Gynecomastia procedure, or to book a consultation, please complete our online form, call us, or email us at office@radianceplasticsurgery.ca.

What a tummy tuck can and can’t do

Most people tend to carry a little extra fat around their stomach. Sometimes, diet and exercise can do the trick…but sometimes, it can’t. But, that’s not the only reason patients undergo a tummy tuck procedure. Things like pregnancy and significant weight gain or loss can create excess skin or weakened abdominal muscles, which can most easily be corrected by a tummy tuck procedure (also known as an abdominoplasty).

Still, there are some common misconceptions about this procedure, especially concerning what it can and can’t fix. Below are some examples of what a tummy tuck can do and what it can’t do.


What a tummy tuck can do

There are certain things a tummy tuck can do for you. You should be aware of these benefits if you are considering getting this type of surgical procedure.

A tummy tuck can create a flatter, toned stomach

The primary benefit of the tummy tuck is producing a flat, toned abdomen. A tummy tuck can leave you with a flatter stomach as the excess fat around your midsection is removed. You can look forward to a more contoured, lean physique when you have been unsuccessful at eliminating that excess fat through dieting and exercise alone. It can also work to fix abdominal muscles that have been weakened due to pregnancy and childbirth. However, don’t expect to instantly get a washboard stomach.

A tummy tuck can remove excess skin

If you have excess skin that sags and is unsightly, a tummy tuck can address that problem. You can have it removed by a plastic surgeon through certain safe techniques used during a tummy tuck procedure. The muscles and skin are pulled taut and sleek as the incisions are closed after the removal of excess fat.

 

What a tummy tuck can’t do

It’s important to understand what you cannot achieve when you get this procedure.

A tummy tuck can’t prevent future weight gain

A tummy tuck is a great option for women who have been unable to lose those few stubborn extra pounds after having children or for those who have lost a lot of weight but have excess, loose skin. However, a tummy tuck cannot prevent you from gaining weight again in the future. This means that after you have undergone a tummy tuck procedure, you should work diligently to retain your new, slimmer figure. Ideally, the best candidates for the procedure are people who make a commitment to retaining a healthy lifestyle and women who do not plan on getting pregnant again.

A tummy tuck can’t remove most stretch marks

Many patients have stretch marks due to their skin being pulled when they have gained excess weight. Stretch marks are unsightly and can be stubborn when it comes to removing them. While a tummy tuck can provide you with a sleeker, slimmer and more toned physique, it cannot remove all stretch marks. However, it will most likely change the position and width of the stretch marks.  You can speak with the doctor about other options for addressing stretch marks.

Can a tummy tuck be used for weight loss?

Because only a certain amount of body fat is safe to remove, a tummy tuck should not be viewed as a method for weight loss. Furthermore, a tummy tuck does not necessarily improve your blood pressure, cholesterol level or other effects stemming from obesity. For these very reasons, we don’t recommend a tummy tuck as a way to treat obesity or diabetes.

 

A tummy tuck can be a transformative procedure for those who are self-conscious about their pudge and feel like there’s no way to get rid of it. If you’re considering a tummy tuck, always ensure you seek out an experienced and personable board-certified plastic surgeon.

Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon is key to your decision-making process. A board-certified plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), which is the only board the American Board of Medical Specialties recognizes to certify doctors in the full range of plastic and reconstructive procedures. Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon and additionally,  a trained specialist in surgical body procedures. His artistic and highly technical approach produces natural results tailored to enhance and complement your specific goals and circumstances. 

If you are interested in learning more about body procedures, or to book a consultation, please complete our online form, call us, or email us at office@radianceplasticsurgery.ca.

Liposuction or Tummy Tuck: Which Option Is Best For Me?

Even after sticking with a diet and exercise program and shedding most of the extra fat, many people still are not happy with the appearance of their stomach, abs, or midsection. This is one of the most common complaints we hear at Radiance Plastic Surgery.

Patients commonly are most frustrated with the fact that no matter how much exercise they do or how strict their diet is, they can’t achieve a flat-toned tummy.  There are many possible explanations for why this scenario is all too common. In many of these cases, a body contouring procedure may be the only option to obtain the desired result, however, the question remains: what is the right procedure, liposuction, or a tummy tuck?

A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) and liposuction are two different surgical procedures that aim to change the appearance of your midsection. Both procedures aim to make your stomach appear flatter, tighter, and smaller. In terms of the actual procedure, recovery time, and risks, there are some key differences between the two.

Liposuction may be a good fit if you’re looking to remove small fat deposits. These are commonly found on the hips, thighs, buttocks, or stomach area. Good candidates are typically within 20lbs of their ideal body weight and don’t have a history of massive weight loss or pregnancy.  Women after pregnancy can still be good candidates for liposuction, however, the skin and the abdominal wall can be permanently stretched and is best improved with a tummy tuckLiposuction involves making small incisions in the skin and suctioning away the fatty tissue between the skin and abdominal wall.   The key is to not simply remove as much fat as possible but sculpt fat in the proper proportions to create a beautiful three-dimensional shape and figure.  Common areas for liposuction include the abdomen, hips, waistline, outer and inner thighs, and arms.  The advantages of liposuction include minimal scarring and short downtime.

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If there is loose abdominal skin or a stretched abdominal wall, liposuction alone is not the best treatment.  Liposuction performed on an area with loose skin will result in even more laxity and droopiness of the skin.  In order to address not just the fat layer but also the skin and abdominal wall, an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is required.  A tummy tuck consists of making an incision at the bikini line from hip to hip and lifting the skin and fat off the abdominal wall.  The excess skin is then pulled down and removed.  With the abdominal wall exposed, stitches are then used to tighten the abdominal wall.  This stitching resembles the effect of a girdle and is often necessary to repair the stretching that occurs with childbearing or morbid obesity. In addition to improving the skin and abdominal wall, liposuction can typically be included with a tummy tuck in order to treat the fatty layer and provide a more comprehensive improvement in contour.

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To determine if body contouring is right for you and which procedure would give the optimal improvement in abdominal contour, seek a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.  Dr. Laliberte is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Canmore who specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery including body contouring procedures.  After a discussion of your goals and a careful exam evaluating the skin, fat, and abdominal wall layers, Dr. Laliberte will help you decide if body contouring surgery will help you achieve the figure you want.

If you are interested in learning more about Liposuction or interested in booking a consultation, please complete our online form, call us, or email us at office@radianceplasticsurgery.ca.