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Diastasis recti is a common condition that affects women after pregnancy. It most commonly happens after having multiple children, if you become pregnant after the age of 35, or are pregnant with a heavy baby or multiple babies. Diastasis recti occurs when there is separation of the rectus abdominis muscles. These ab muscles tend to stretch due to the pressure of pregnancy and may not always return to their normal state. While many women seek exercise to help tone this ... Continue Reading

Diet and exercise can be extremely effective for achieving a healthier weight and more toned body contour—but what about that last bit of fat that won’t seem to leave areas like the abdomen, hips, and arms? Cosmetic fat removal procedures have become increasingly popular over the years to help sculpt localized areas of fat. At The Ottawa Clinic, our plastic surgeons offer multiple body contouring solutions, including liposuction and CoolSculpting®, to help patients achieve their dream body. Liposuction is a ... Continue Reading

There are a number of body sculpting procedures available today that claim to provide lasting fat reduction results. At The Ottawa Clinic, we offer multiple treatments to help patients struggling to lose stubborn pockets of fat, including one non-invasive treatment that has been growing in popularity: CoolSculpting®. Based on the science of cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling energy to target and crystalize excess fat cells. Since fat freezes at a higher temperature than water, the CoolSculpting machine is able to ... Continue Reading

Although breast augmentation is a popular procedure for women seeking to enhance their breasts, some individuals are actually better candidates for breast lift surgery. This rejuvenating procedure can address many common concerns that women have with their breasts. A lift is often performed to accomplish the following benefits: Elevate the position of the breasts on the chest wall Resize the areolae Reposition the nipple-areola complex Enhance breast symmetry Improve the overall shape of the breasts Boost self-esteem Many women who ... Continue Reading

The Melania Makeover is the latest trend that has some women flocking to their plastic surgeons. One Texas woman, Claudia Sierra, recently underwent nine plastic surgery procedures plus hair extensions, blue eye contact lenses and a spray tan to look like the FLOTUS, and she is delighted with the result. “When you look at Ms. Sierra’s motives for having the surgery, she’s very much like many of our patients,” explains Dr. Nodwell, board-certified plastic surgeon and co-founder of The Ottawa ... Continue Reading

Having dieted off 80 lbs. and losing another 120 with gastric bypass surgery, Tony felt great! Feeling better than he had in years, he was delighted with his dramatic weight loss. However, he soon realized that the loose skin hanging off his body wouldn’t go away on its own. So, he booked a consultation with Dr. Sachin Chitte, Ottawa’s leading post weight-loss plastic surgeon, to find out about his options. “I was worried about the stress I would be putting ... Continue Reading

If you have taken the initiative to lose a significant amount of excess weight, you have already done a lot of work to improve your overall quality of life. However, regardless of whether bariatric surgery or traditional methods of weight loss were used, oftentimes men and women will have loose, sagging skin or isolated pockets of fat that remain. These common side effects of dramatic weight loss can be frustrating after putting so much effort into improving your health and ... Continue Reading

Many men and women visit our practice with the goal of toned upper arms. However, an arm lift is designed to eliminate excess skin—not necessarily to reduce fat. During arm lift surgery, an incision is made on the inside of the arm that goes from the elbow to the underarm area. This allows our plastic surgeons to tighten, smooth, and re-drape the skin for a smoother, more contoured upper arm. If you also have excess fat in the upper arm ... Continue Reading

“I finally reached a point in my life where I was completely and utterly fed up with feeling uncomfortable and restricted. I had shed my weight, and now I wanted to lose the extra skin; I was ready to move on with my life.” — Mary, 63 years old. Two scheduled scuba diving trips did not deter Mary from meeting with Dr. Sachin Chitte at The Ottawa Clinic. In November 2015, the Ottawa native ‘took the plunge’ by undergoing body ... Continue Reading

“Body contouring surgery is not for weight loss; it’s a process that helps patients achieve their true body shape after they’ve shed the pounds,” says Dr. Chitte, board-certified plastic surgeon and co-founder of The Ottawa Clinic. “After significant weight loss, patients are often left with loose, hanging skin which can affect their ability to carry on with daily activities. Depending on a patient’s needs, he or she may undergo a lower body lift, an arm lift or thigh lift to ... Continue Reading