Post large volume pregnancy abdomen in which is seen an atypical combination of minimal skin excess, normally a large apron of skin is present, plus a extreme weakness of the muscles, larger than the usual situation in tummy tucks, due to a severe diastasis recti at the linea alba or abdominal tendon of the midline; notwithstanding there is moderate excess of cutaneous cover, much more after the reduction of the abdominal girdle incompetence which indirectly increases the amount of spare skin; both issues are optimal candidates for an abdominoplasty.
The high location of the belly button plus a practically nonexistent excess of skin at the upper abdominal area make impossible including the original belly button hole within the skin of island which is to be removed, forcing to add a mini vertical scar above the long horizontal one.
Note that the belly button itself can't be mobilized or relocated, not even surgically, since it is like a funnel of abdominal skin firmly attached to the muscular wall, however the location at the abdominal pannus through which the belly button surfaces behaves like a hole around a button of a shirt during the abdominoplasty; the belly button is a solid attachment impeding the mobilization and extension of the anterior abdominal pannus or cloth, so its release is mandatory in tummy tucks by means of a circumferential incision at the edge of the navel, outlining and creating the naturally born original hole of the belly button; the surgical tightening and sliding downwards of the abdominal skin makes the original hole of the belly button lay within the portion of skin to be cut away and discarded; then a new hole is practiced exactly above the belly button location to allow its surfacing through a new skin perimeter but at the same location; should the patient have an abnormally too high belly button location, a poor excess of spare skin at the upper abdomen or both, then the cloth downwards extension is not sufficient to allow the original hole of the belly button be included within the island of skin removed, ending such old hole somewhere between the new surgically practiced hole at the belly button location and the suprapubical horizontal incision, requiring closure of such redundant hole in a vertical fashion with a short vertical scar, like can be seen in this case, plus the typical and standard long horizontal suprapubical incision between hips along the natural crease formed between abdomen above and pubis and groins below, and the also typical and standard small circumferential incision around the belly button.
In other words, the belly button behaves as a real buttoning of the abdominal cloth and this has to be released to allow proper tightening and adjustment of the anterior abdominal skin; to do so an incision is made surrounding the funnel of the navel which leaves a hole, and this hole is mobilized downwardly during the abdominoplasty cutaneous vertical tightening down to a point of perfect skin adjustment of the anterior abdominal skin; a newly made surgical hole is practiced above the belly button through which it is extracted and sutured to the new surrounding surface; the original hole is cut away and discarded within the block of skin deemed as excess of pannus; should the hole not lay within the removed skin then it has, necessarily, to be closed in a vertical fashion; failing to do the latter in the suitable indications would entail a certain risk of bad scarring, catastrophic necrosis or distortions of the pubic anatomy like excessive upwards migration of the hairy pubis; to set things clear, the amount of skin which can be cut away is non negotiable whatever it takes or the consequences are, removing too little leads to persistent deformities and removing too much causes complications, wound closure has to be performed to the perfect point of tension.
Actually, this abdominoplasty case would have been a shoehorned indication if skin excess had been the only motivation; this abdomen has a primary issue which is the muscular weakness and, as can be seen in the results, the reinforcement of the abdominal girdle is absolute, returning to the original tendinous firmness; abdominal workouts would never achieve such outcome since the problem is not strictly muscular but of tendon widening, being the only option its surgical treatment.
Scars are always a serious drawback and need to be seriously considered before moving forward to any kind of abdominoplasty; only cases with major deformity like this one are reasonable candidates to a procedure which will likely pay off for such unsightly scars; notwithstanding the final decision is always on patient's side, after a more than necessary thorough reflection about the pros and cons received from a tummy tuck.
Very important note: the odd ordinal number before and after results images shown are taken with the patient in a relaxed attitude, no muscular contraction is exercised and the abdomen is totally loose without active support from the muscles; no instruction was given to the patient to actively push in her abdomen, the results are as trustworthy as depicted here; to the contrary the even ordinal number before and after results images shown are taken instructing the patient to perform her maximum push in abdominal contraction; the final result is so brilliant that the postoperative relaxed look is flatter, firmer and widely superior than the maximum abdominal push in contraction preoperative one.
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Due to the competitiveness scenario of the markets most plastic surgery clinics and plastic surgeons feel forced to invest large sums of money into advertising and marketing campaigns; this non medical additional cost is always and necessarily charged on top of the final price paid by patients, leading thus to an overprice of surgeries and treatments. No one patient wishes to bear that financial burden embedded in the surgical costs, furthermore neither surgeons nor clinics are happy to increase their retail prices and penalize their customers with costs not bringing any kind of special medical benefit, safety enhancements or results improvement; the promotion budget aims only to disseminate the public knowledge of a services provider and raise the awareness about its presence to potential customers, but not to make the service or the product a better one.
Seems like this model is a no-way-out labyrinth from which no one can be freed, furthermore it is such a tempting, easy and hassle-free way that actually most patients and plastic surgery providers are locked into it, happily or with resignation, paying a high price due to being non collaborative; however there is an ideal alternative, based on keeping up a good hard work based on a strive for providing quality service and achieving patients' satisfaction, which necessarily requires the decided support of the clients and somehow their involvement in such virtuous business model grounded on top-notch results
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When plastic surgery providers and patients do actively engage into a collaborative economy scenario a win-win basis is set for their relationship, since the clinics and surgeons obtain the best promotion ever possible with no budget for marketing investment and the patients get in return rid of any additional and unnecessary costs; such a price reduction does not represent any loss in the quality of the treatment they are receiving, furthermore this saving achieved will actually reward customers with a reinforced confidence and guarantee the service providers will strive to perform the best job possible and obtain results second to none.
It is not a paradox or contradiction; under a collaborative economy umbrella plastic surgery patients enjoy a greater plus of confidence that clinics and surgeons will do their very best and beyond to satisfy their customers, in spite the price is lower than in marketing-based non collaborative models; plastic surgery providers who found their business sustainability on the pillars of exclusively or mainly incremental budget investment in ongoing promotion campaigns do have little incentive in achieving first-class results and the best patient experiences, since their business model is not based on returning patients after word-of-mouth dissemination of their reputation but on the attraction of cold clients with sophisticated advertising methods of higher or lesser moral acceptability, attracting customers as parachutists randomly landing on unknown land, which is a perverse business model frequently leading to an unavoidable degradation of safety and results quality besides an uncontrollable increase in costs and prices; this marketing-based model creates no incentives to keep up the good work and pushes the prices higher on and on due to require increasing promotional investments.
On the other side, which is definitely our side, clinics and surgeons who rely solely or mostly their existence and survival in the competitive plastic surgery market enjoying the widespread of their excellence extended by their own patients results and satisfaction, like a mill driven by the winds of prestige, have the strongest ever incentive to be the best service providers around, sourced from the support of happy clients and their operated cases as proof of their excellent jobs; needless to say such supporters, the patients, have to enjoy a share of this benefit so that the incentive is reciprocal; under this scenario clinics and surgeons strive to provide the best service and accordingly patients release and transfer in a fair exchange the materials and tools required to build a marketing-budget-free and virtuous business model which creates the perfect incentives to build the best sponsorship-free reputation, based on the grounds of medical quality thus allowing prices control within affordability thanks to the minimal cost of its maintenance.
This is the deal; patients give in our favor the release and transfer of the intellectual property, the rights of image, the medical records and the personal data of their cases for scientific dissemination, medical teaching, public communication, commercial promotion, advertising marketing, commercial exploitation and disclosure in general, and they receive in exchange a compensating remuneration of a -20% discount from the standard price list for our treatments, as it is publicly visible by default in all the prices and quotations on our website.
As can be observed our visible prices are highly competitive if compared with other plastic surgery providers, actually the difference is approximately a -20% from the average price of each particular treatment in other clinics and surgeons from similar economical areas and countries of comparable development; this is not due to any quality or safety downgrading but to our collaborative business model; in other words, the budget which theoretically should be invested in marketing and promotion campaigns is discounted from the retail prices and, unlike other plastic surgery providers, is not wasted into pointless advertising to patients which entails no kind of added value for them; such campaigns are replaced with our superb results publicized thanks our patients support by letting us use their cases' Before & After and Intraoperative & Technical images and medical details; this explains that price gap between us and other clinics and surgeons.
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Patients gain a highly affordable pricing model with yet world-class standards of medical practice, safety and results, and we gain competitiveness within the industry by means of saving the budget theoretically bound to be wasted in marketing.
Patients contribute with their images and medical details and we compensate them with a -20% discount from the expectable average price quoted by comparable clinics and surgeons.
We receive a boost of unbeatable promotion and market penetration by using our awesome operated cases and the patients enjoy a plus of guarantee that we will strive to conduct ourselves to the highest level of excellence and obtain results better than one can imagine.
We help you access the best plastic surgery results and you help us win the race of the market.
Should you feel not interested in collaborating with our business model and still wish to be our patient? No worries, this perfectly possible under the same philosophy of professionalism, devotion and quality, you have to simply express your opposition at surgery day booking by opting for the standard prices and thus give up the -20% discount of the collaborative model, budget which will be used to promote our business in sponsorships, campaigns or one-time actions aiming to attract new customers who, without your help to take the right decision for their surgery, may need sponsored channels to know about us.
Keep in mind that taking part in our collaborative business model is also an altruist way to help other prospective patients to find the medically right and commercially suitable plastic surgery provider, besides collaborating in the medical education of other surgeons and medical professionals.
We offer a flexible consumer-to-business relationship by letting our patients choose between a release & transfer quotation model in which the standard price list receives a -20% discount becoming thus the reduced price list, and a no disclosure quotation in which the standard price list applies and the patient misses such compensating remuneration.
Two models under the same quality involving different prices and marketing-building strategies; you receive always one guarantee: our commitment we will give you our best.
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