A surgeon whose skills extend through a full range of cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgical procedures, Dr. Thomson has a special interest in cosmetic surgery of the breast and torso. With an established reputation for meticulous attention to detail, aesthetic sense and exceptional patient communication, Dr. Thomson brings home to Saskatchewan skills in cosmetic surgery polished at some of the best medical schools in Canada and the United States. Specialty procedures include breast augmentation, breast lift, and tummy tuck.
Dr. Thomson understands that the decision to have cosmetic plastic surgery is a difficult one, involving significant financial, emotional and physical investment. With an emphasis on clear communication, he works carefully with you to achieve a complete understanding of your goals. With that understanding, Dr. Thomson develops an individualized plan for you. Dr. Thomson leads a team that sets the bar high for professionalism, empathy and respect. Please feel free to contact his office directly to make an appointment for a free initial consultation with a plastic surgery nurse.
Dr. Thomson established his private cosmetic surgery practice in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2008. In addition to cosmetic surgery, Dr. Thomson is also known for his skill in major reconstructive surgery and complex hand surgery. His background includes involvement with the popularization of the wide awake hand surgery.
Educated in Canada and the United States, Dr. Thomson received his medical degree and pharmacy degree with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan.
After completing a five-year residency in plastic surgery at Dalhousie University in Halifax, he pursued advanced subspecialty fellowship training in hand and micro vascular surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. UAB is considered one of the leading schools in academic medicine in the United States. Dr. Thomson has written for a number of peer-reviewed publications and presented at national and international plastic surgery conferences.
Dr. Thomson is fully Certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.
Dr. Thomson was pleased to return home to his alma mater, the University of Saskatchewan, where he is a teacher, mentor and faculty member in the College of Medicine, Division of Plastic Surgery. Please note that Dr. Thomson does all his own cosmetic surgery and his cosmetic surgery practice is completely separate from his affiliation with the University where he holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Thomson knows that the decision to have surgery is a difficult one, and wishes to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident throughout the process and after. With meticulous attention to detail, he will develop an individualized plan to meet your needs. His care and attention extends well beyond the operating room.
The first step is to contact Dr. Thomson's office to book a free consultation with a plastic surgery nurse. You do not need a referral from a doctor to make this appointment. After this consultation, if you wish to move forward, an appointment can be arranged for a consultation with Dr. Thomson.
Please bring your provincial health card and a list of any medications you are taking to this meeting.
Your surgery will be performed, usually within two months, in a private, state-of-the art surgical centre. The centre’s friendly, professional staff have created an environment that is both highly efficient and caring.
Dr. Thomson will meet with you on the day of your surgery before you go to the operating room. After the surgery, you will wake up in the recovery area and be discharged once you are stable and able to follow instructions.
Dr. Thomson will usually see you again in the morning, so if you are from out of town you will need to spend the night in a hotel. Follow up appointments will be arranged for you through his office in the weeks to come. After that, you are welcome to return at any time.
Throughout the process, your comfort, safety and well-being are our highest priorities. If, at any time, there’s something we can do to make you more comfortable, please do not hesitate to let us know. Our staff take a personal interest in our patients and will be very happy to help you.
The initial consultation fee of $150.00 is due two weeks before the consultation appointment. This fee will be applied as a credit to your cosmetic surgery fee.
After this first meeting, once Dr. Thomson has developed your individualized surgery plan, we will provide a surgery quote. The quote, valid for one year, includes all surgery, operating room and anaesthesia fees. Along with the quote, you will receive consent documents for your signature. When you return the consent documents we will schedule a second meeting, at no charge, with Dr. Thomson and he will review the surgical plan with you.
In order to reserve a surgical date, we require a deposit. The balance of the surgery fees are due two weeks before the surgery appointment.
We accept payment by cash, cheque, debit, visa, mastercard, and discovery card.
Medicard offers financing for elective surgery in Canada:
750 Spadina Crescent E / Saskatoon, SK / S7K 3H3 / (306) 653-7766
Breast augmentation is the surgical placement of breast implants to increase fullness and projection of the breasts.
Clinically referred to as augmentation mammaplasty, the procedure is used cosmetically to:
Implants also may be used to reconstruct a breast after mastectomy or injury.
Breast augmentation does not correct severely drooping breasts. To make the breasts look fuller and higher, a breast lift may be required in conjunction with breast augmentation.
The procedure lasts one to two hours and is typically performed with general anesthesia.
Incisions are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring and will vary based on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, and your anatomy. Dr. Thomson will recommend the type of incision appropriate for your desired outcome. Incision options include:
Implant type and size will be determined based not just on your desired increase in size, but on your breast anatomy, skin elasticity and body type. Breast implants fall into two categories:
Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. They can be filled with varying amounts of saline which can affect the shape, firmness and feel of the breast. Should the implant shell leak, a saline breast implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body.
Silicone breast implants are filled with an elastic gel. The gel feels and moves much like natural breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may escape into the breast implant pocket. Silicone implants are approved by Health Canada and you can find more information about breast implant safety on the Health Canada website.
After the incision is made, the breast implant is inserted into a pocket either:
The method for inserting and positioning implants depends on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, and your body type. Dr. Thomson will discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
This procedure is a day surgery. This means that after you have awakened completely and can follow directions you will be discharged from the surgical facility. Dr. Thomson will see you again the next day.
You will likely feel tired and sore after breast augmentation surgery, but this usually passes in a day or two and you may return to normal, light activities within two weeks. Post-operative pain, swelling and sensitivity will diminish over the first few weeks.
Scars will begin to fade and the breast will continue to take on its new shape over the next year. It’s important to know that results may not be permanent and implants may require replacement or alteration during your lifetime.
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is surgery that raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour.
A woman’s breasts often change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. These changes and loss of skin elasticity can result from:
Sometimes the areola becomes enlarged over time, and a breast lift will reduce this as well.
Breast lift surgery does not significantly change the size of your breasts, or round out the upper part of your breast. For fuller breasts, a breast lift may be combined with breast augmentation. If smaller breasts are part of the goal, a breast lift can be combined with breast reduction.
Or if you have:
A breast lift can be achieved through a variety of incision patterns and techniques. The right technique for you will be based on:
The procedure is done under general anaesthesia. There are three common incision patterns:
The breast is then re-shaped:
The remaining skin is tightened as the incisions are closed.
The full recovery time for this procedure is usually around a month, but you can generally return to light activity after 10 to 14 days. You must wear a supportive bra everyday for the full recovery period to ensure proper healing.
The results of your breast lift surgery will be immediately visible. The final results will appear over the next few months as breast shape and position continue to settle. Incision lines are permanent, but will continue to fade over the first few months.
Over time, your breasts can continue to change due to aging and gravity. You’ll be able to retain your new look longer if you maintain your weight and a healthy lifestyle.
Special note: While a breast lift does not usually affect breast function, if you are planning to become pregnant, please discuss this with Dr. Thomson. Changes that occur in the breasts during pregnancy can minimize or reverse the improvement a breast lift provides. Likewise, plans for significant weight loss should also be discussed.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and tightens separated or stretched muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. It is not a weight-loss procedure.
A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed, or improved, if they are located on the excess skin that will be removed, generally the treated areas below the belly button.
You are a good candidate for a tummy tuck if you:
Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, if you are planning substantial weight loss, or a future pregnancy, you may wise to postpone this surgery.
A tummy tuck is done under general anaesthesia. The procedure takes two to three hours.
An incision will be made from hipbone to hipbone, close to the pubic area. Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured while excess fat, tissue and skin is removed. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.
Finally, the incisions will be closed and dressings will be applied. Dr. Thomson does not use drains for his abdominoplasties. He uses a quilting suturing technique to prevent fluid accumulations under the skin.
Your tummy tuck procedure will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight. The final results will become apparent as swelling diminishes and internal healing proceeds.
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