Sunday, July 24, 2005

Body in Motion Plastic Surgery Tummy Tuck

I started working on Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty documenation with movies in 1997. I evolved a standard way to show the problem before surgery and the results after tummy tuck. The views (movies) had to be:
  • Easy to get the same views days, months, and years apart between before / after movies
  • Not embarassing to the patients
  • Show the problem, the entire problem: front, sides, and back
  • Show how the tissues move
Gradually this evolved into a movie of the patient turning in a circle and then bending over from the side. One of my English patients demonstrated the power of bending towards the camera to show loose skin from the front. For the belly button, a close up with the hands at the side and how the loose skin about the belly button moves as the arms are raised over the head. Standard views:

  • Turning in a circle
  • Bending over (view from the side)
  • Bending over (view from the front)
  • Belly Button close-up arms raising over the head and back down
Since 1997 I have been showing such movies at national Plastic Surgery meetings getting feedback from other plastic surgeons. Many told me they were excited at the advantages of this movie documentation. In several of the courses I took at the last cosmetic surgery meeting, I saw other plastic surgeons using some of these standard views to show their patients before after surgery.

View movies before and after Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty (plastic surgery for the Stomach).

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

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