How to Get Rid of a Double Chin: Your Best Options in 2017

belkyra_toronto_mississaugaFor many, the aging process can certainly bring forth some unwanted changes to the body that can become frustrating over time. For example, some people might develop small pockets of stubborn fat beneath the chin and jawline due to aging, or as a result of genetics and other factors. Those who try to improve an unwanted lack of definition around the chin through diet and exercise typically discover that stubborn fat in this area is not responsive to lifestyle changes. Additionally, soft tissues and muscles in the neck may become more lax over time, further contributing to a lack of definition in profile.

Luckily, there are some viable corrective options for a double chin that will not only help turn back the hands of time, but can also promote a very natural-looking result. As the aesthetics industry continues to evolve, more and more options are becoming available for neck enhancement – and yes, some of these options do not require surgery.

So, let’s take a look at the best options for getting rid of a double chin available today:

Non-Surgical Options…

CoolMini

CoolSculpting for double chin has become an increasingly popular non-surgical option for improving this problem area. This state-of-the-art technology will freeze away the fat cells underneath your chin, allowing your body to naturally eliminate them in the weeks and months that follow. With the use of controlled cooling, our CoolSculpting technicians can safely and effectively eliminate unwanted fat cells from the body. This process is called Cryolipolysis, and over time, the body will naturally process and remove these dead cells, giving you the contoured jawline you’ve always dreamed of.

Injections for Double Chin

A loss of definition in a person’s chin profile can be a result of small, stubborn pockets of fat that form under the chin. Many times, these pockets of fat are resistant to diet and exercise, leaving you with a problem area that you may want to correct. With our new clinically proven non-surgical treatment of deoxycholic acid injections – a naturally occurring substance found in the body, patients can now eliminate stubborn pockets of fat under the jawline. These injections will allow the body to process and naturally eliminates these dead fat cells, helping to create a beautifully contoured profile.

These in-office injection treatment sessions are fast, effective and safe. During your session, both you and your injector will determine the ideal treatment plan tailored for you.

Thermi® Skin Tightening

Another option for tightening the skin around the chin and neck area is the non-surgical procedure Thermi ® Skin Tightening. This devices harnesses the power of controlled thermal energy to tighten skin and eliminate small pockets of bulgy, stubborn fat. Moreover, it will safely and effectively rid visible signs of aging in the neck, improving skin laxity without the downtime associated with surgery.

While the above skin rejuvenation treatments continue to be effective in restoring your skin’s youthfulness, if you wish to maintain your results, you should be prepared in some cases to continue each treatment regularly. You may also have to repeat the treatment in the future to conserve the integrity of your skin. Based on your personal treatment goals, your provider will help to determine how many treatments are needed to achieve optimal results.

Surgical Options…

Neck Lift

The neck lift is a rejuvenation surgery that addresses sagging, loose skin in the neck and under chin area. This procedure can improve visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck, such as:

1. Skin relaxation in the lower face that can creates jowls

2. Excess fat under the chin

3. Loose skin of the neck that can create abnormal contours

Moreover, a neck lift can only be performed surgically and, in some cases, can provide effective, more permanent results than a non-surgical neck enhancement option.

Neck Liposuction

Liposuction of the neck will remove excess fat in the chin and neck area, giving you a smooth and contoured profile. For most patients, neck liposuction is a very safe and fairly quick procedure that is performed through one or two tiny incisions that are concealed beneath the chin or behind the ears. Following the procedure, patients typically wear a special supportive chin strap for about 3 or 4 days, return to work within 1 week, and are ready to return to full activity after about two weeks.

While liposuction is very effective at removing excess fat, it cannot significantly improve sagging skin, therefore, the typical candidate for neck liposuction will be younger, as younger patients typically have good skin elasticity.

Learn more about our surgical and non-surgical neck enhancement options skin rejuvenation packages available at The Plastic Surgery Clinic, and we why are recognized as an innovative leader in transformative enhancement.

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What to Expect From Your Chemical Peel

chemical-peel-torontoA glowing, spotless complexion is lying just beneath the surface of your skin and beauty experts have found that a chemical peel treatment could be your fastest way to more luminous skin. Because the skin is made up of many layers of cells, they can become damaged and destroyed in their daily contact with the environment.

And while these cells eventually turn over, the process can be slow, resulting in dryness, dullness, aging, hyperpigmentation and acne. That’s why chemical peels can be one of the best things you can do for your skin. Chemical peels remove the cells that have yet to turnover, allowing the healthy, radiant cells beneath to come to the surface, and therefore promoting a more youthful complexion.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a professional treatment performed by an experienced medical esthetician that aims to restore the skin’s natural radiance. During a chemical peel, a chemical solution of either lactic, glycolic or salicylic acid is applied to the skin to draw out impurities and damage, facilitating a quicker turnover of skin cells, and leaving you with glowing, more youthful looking skin.

Where are chemical peels performed?

Chemical peels are typically done in an office-based procedure room or outpatient surgical facility. Before the procedure, your medical esthetician will first cover your eyes with goggles and then will proceed to cleanse the skin. He or she might also protect your hair with a hairnet or surgical hair cap.

What are the different types of chemical peels?

At The Plastic Surgery Skincare Clinic, we offer a variety of chemical peels that will restore the skin’s natural radiance. If you’re unsure as to which type of peel is best for your skin, don’t worry. Prior to your treatment, one of our experienced medical estheticians will provide you with a mini skin assessment to determine the appropriate peel for you.

Superficial Peels

1. Glycolic Acid 20-30%: Glycolic acid is the most active and beneficial of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA). This naturally occurring acid is known for its skin benefiting properties and is the only AHA which is able to penetrate through the cell walls by virtue of its small, molecular size. Glycolic acid peels are great for those with normal/maturing skin, or who have been suffering with acne related skin problems.

2. Lactic Peel: A Lactic peel is one of the mildest forms of chemical peels available, making it well suited for those with delicate or dry skin. Lactic peels work by causing the substance that holds the skin cells together to become loose, stimulating the cells in the dermis layer of the skin to be stimulated and produce new collagen.

3. Salicylic Acid 20-30%: Salicylic acid is part of the beta hydroxyl acid family and is well suited for those with normal/maturing or acne prone/oily skin. When used in a chemical peel, salicylic acid might be found in a concentration of up to 30%. Salicylic acid can be very successful at reducing fine lines and wrinkles and diminishing the look of whiteheads and blackheads. It’s also helpful at making the skin look more even and toned.

The Miracle 10 Peel Treatment with Dermaplaning

Exfoliation therapy that combines our unique dermaplaning approach with a mild glycolic or lactic acid peel, a fruit enzyme scrub, and a soothing peppermint based clay mask. Formulated with the Plastic Surgery Skincare Clinic’s exclusive skincare line, this peel treatment is truly a relaxing experience. The procedure can be performed monthly, in less than thirty minutes, with no downtime post-treatment.

What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a safe and effective method of exfoliation that requires the use of a sterile, surgical scalpel to safely and gently shave the skin’s surface. Dermaplaning aims to remove the top-most layer of dead skin along with fine, vellus hair. It is only performed on the face and is not used to style or shape the eyebrows, which are made up of terminal (not vellus) hair. After this layer of dry, dead cells has been carefully removed, the active ingredients in the peel treatment and skincare products that follow are able to better penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, leading to a more effective rejuvenating result.

What happens during a chemical peel?

1. Your provider will cleanse the skin with a combination of a cleanser and a fruit enzyme scrub.

2. Necessary extractions will be made at this time.

3. Your provider will then use a brush, cotton ball, gauze or sponge to apply a chemical solution typically containing lactic, glycolic acid or salicylic acid. Here, you may feel mild stinging while the chemical solution is on your skin.

4. A neutralizing solution or wash will be applied to the skin to help remove the chemical solution from the treated skin.

5. A soothing clay mask will be applied to the skin, along with a moisturizer customized to your skin type.

6. Your provider will then apply dry ice to the face, which helps disinfect and kill any excess bacteria that sits on the surface of the skin.

What happens after a chemical peel?

After a chemical peel of any depth, it’s important to follow your provider’s direction for post-peel cleansing, toning and moisturizing. It is also important to mention that treated areas will develop new skin within about two weeks. This new skin is ultra-sensitive and should be carefully protected daily with a broad spectrum sunscreen.

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How Can I Minimize Tummy Tuck Scars?

Abdominoplasty, otherwise known as a tummy tuck, is a common cosmetic procedure that our surgeons regularly perform. As a result of time, pregnancy, dramatic weight loss, or many other factors, many people are unable to achieve the flat tummy they’ve always wanted or dreamed about. No matter what the cause, with a tummy tuck performed at The Plastic Surgery Clinic, our patients can finally have the look they desire.

Moreover, a tummy tuck not only helps remove excess stomach fat and wrinkled skin in the abdominal area, but it can also assist in tightening the abdominal muscles, which results in reducing the waistline. With a tummy tuck, however, comes a considerable incision necessary to achieve these transformative results. The structural change of the deeper layers of the skin during this procedure can bring forth some noticeable scarring, and while completely normal, some patients wish to minimize the scar’s appearance. Even though your surgeon will always place a tummy tuck incision in an area that can easily be concealed by bikini bottoms and most clothing, there are steps every patient can take to reduce the appearance of scarring.

So, here are some things you can do to minimize the appearance of a tummy tuck scar post surgery.

1. Stay Out of the Sun

Scars exposed to the sun will often appear darker or even red in color. Why? The sun’s UV rays can change the pigmentation of the skin including scars, and prolonged sun exposure can darken or worsen their appearance. Lighter scars are less visible and generally preferable to pigmented scars. It is advised to protect your skin by wearing sunscreen continuously, not only during the first year following surgery, but indefinitely.

2. Follow Your Surgeon’s Post Op Instructions

It is important to follow all post-operative directions following a tummy tuck. If you’re a smoker for example, refraining from smoking is especially important during your post-op healing time. Generally, people that do not stop smoking following a tummy tuck will not heal as well and their scars may have a more pronounced appearance.

It’s also important to wear your compression garments until advised by your surgeon. Compression garments are specifically designed for post-op care, as they help to increase blood circulation in the wound. These garments also apply the right amount of pressure to release the tension on the incision and eventually reduce swelling to minimize scars.

3. Proper Diet and Nutrition

Without proper nutrition, wound healing can be negatively impacted. That’s why your diet during the recovery process plays a critical role in how fast your wound heals. There are certain nutritional measures you can take to help properly heal your tummy tuck scars. Ensure that you are getting enough protein for tissue growth and repair. You should also be eating foods rich in Vitamin A, C and zinc, as they can prevent infection and promote proper healing.

4. Scar Minimizing Creams

As a part of your post-op care, your surgeon can recommend a scar minimizing cream to apply to the wound once it’s healed. The type of recommended cream usually contains Vitamin E, silicone, cocoa butter or other essential vitamins and minerals that can help lighten or reduce the appearance of scars.

Empower Yourself with Knowledge

If you are considering undergoing an abdominoplasty procedure, please contact us at info@theplasticsurgeryclinic.com to set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lista or Dr. Ahmad.

Your tummy tuck can be performed on right in our state-of-the-art facilities. Our clinic exceeds national, provincial and municipal health care facility standards in such important areas as equipment quality and infection control.

If you prefer, you can choose to have your surgery at one of the hospitals where our board-certified plastic surgeons also enjoy privileges. These hospitals include the Mississauga site of the Trillium Health Centre, where Dr. Lista was Chief of Plastic Surgery, and the University Health Network, where Dr. Ahmad continues to provide his services. No matter where you choose to have your surgery, there is always a surgeon on call to respond to your immediate concerns.

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Pregnancy & Breast Implants: 3 Things You Should Know

breast-implants-pregnancyIf a woman is planning a pregnancy or is already pregnant, there are many questions she’ll have. While this new journey of life is a beautiful one, it can certainly bring forth some major body changes along the way. One of the most significant changes that occurs during pregnancy involves a woman’s breasts.

Whether a woman who already has breast implants becomes pregnant, or whether a woman is considering both pregnancy and a breast augmentation in her future, the potential overlap and timing of these changes can lead to different outcomes. As a result, we meet women who come to us with a wide range of questions about this topic because they understandably want to be better informed before making big decisions in their lives.

At The Plastic Surgery Clinic, some of the questions we hear include “Will pregnancy affect my breast implants?” and “Is it safe to breastfeed with breast implants?” We noticed that these patients aren’t able to easily find accurate information to address their important questions. That’s why we wanted to explain three of the most important things you should know when considering pregnancy with breast implants.

1. Implants Won’t Interfere with Pregnancy

Because most breast implants used today are made from durable, nonreactive material, they can withstand the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy that can change the size and shape of the breast. In fact, if there have been no complications with your breast implants, they do not pose a risk to a normal, healthy pregnancy in any way.

It is important to keep in mind however that while the breast implant stays in place and holds its shape, the rest of the breast and surrounding tissue may take on a different look post pregnancy. It is impossible to say how much of a change could occur, as changes in the breast during pregnancy will vary from woman to woman. In many cases, it is a very small change that doesn’t seem to make a difference. And while most women are absolutely fine with the effects, some can experience a more extreme change and may wish to undergo a corrective procedure such as a breast lift.

2. You Can Breastfeed with Breast Implants

In most cases, women with breast implants can safely breastfeed once their baby is born. Because implants are placed under the ducts that produce milk, they should not disrupt or interfere with breastfeeding. Moreover, implant placement under the muscle allows for an extra layer of protection between the implants and the milk ducts as well as a more natural look and feel for patients with no breast droopiness and less fatty tissue to start with.

However, there may be issues with breastfeeding based on where your incisions are placed. If the incisions were made around the areola, it can affect the mother’s ability to breastfeed, as this type of incision can sometimes impact the function of the milk ducts. Keep in mind that none of the incisions commonly used in a regular breast augmentation prevent breastfeeding, however if a woman is receiving both a lift and an augment, her incisions may interfere.

3. Always Go with a Board Certified Surgeon

If post pregnancy you require adjustments in shape and size, or lifting (mini, moderate, or full), only a highly qualified, board certified surgeon with training and experience in all aspects of breast surgery is qualified to assess and treat this need. An unqualified surgeon may be unaware of all the options that can be performed on a breast and may be incapable of proper repair post pregnancy. Above all, ensure that your plastic surgeon listens to your concerns and develops an individualized plan to avoid post pregnancy reconstruction, which can increase the likelihood of an outstanding result.

Breast Augmentation at The Plastic Surgery Clinic Inc.

With over 400 breast augmentations performed a year, our surgeons Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad are among the most experienced breast augmentation surgeons in Canada. Their philosophy for every breast enlargement patient is to make her look and feel as natural as possible.

As world renowned experts in the field of breast surgery, Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad frequently publish articles on the topic in peer-reviewed journals, such as the prestigious Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Should you decide to undergo a breast procedure, whatever your motivation, be sure to consult with our highly qualified, board certified plastic surgeon. Together, both of you will be able to determine an end result that not only benefits your lifestyle, but also meets your aesthetic goals.

If you’re considering a breast augmentation or another breast procedure at The Plastic Surgery Clinic, please contact us at info@theplasticsurgeryclinic.com to set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lista or Dr. Ahmad.

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BRILLIANT DISCTINCTIONS: Get Rewarded for Your Continued Loyalty

brilliant-distinctions-torontoAt The Plastic Surgery Clinic, we value our patients and understand that the services we provide them can be an integral part of their life-changing transformation. Not only do we value each and every one of you, but we are always working towards showing you our appreciation for your continued trust. For this reason, our partnership with Allergan, the supplier of Botox, Juvederm and Latisse, will give all of our injectables and dermal filler patients the opportunity to participate in the BRILLIANT DISTINCTIONS rewards program.

What is BRILLIANT DISCTINTIONS?

BRILLIANT DISTINCTIONS is a loyalty program developed by Allergan that rewards patients who purchase Botox, Juvederm or Latisse through our clinic to accumulate savings and earn rewards for their next non-surgical injectable treatments.

At The Plastic Surgery Clinic, it’s our pleasure to reward our patients receiving these treatments at either of our locations.

How can I register into the BRILLIANT DISTINCTIONS Program?

When you visit our clinic for your next injectable treatment or Latisse purchase, ask us about the BRILLIANT DISCTINCTIONS program, and we can help you go through a simple registration process to get you started. This should not take more than a couple of minutes. The best part? You’ll be able to start accumulating your points right away.

You may also register in advance of your next appointment by visiting the BRILLIANT DISCTINCTIONS website. If you choose to register in advance, make sure to share with us your designated BRILLIANT DISTINCTIONS registration number so that we can credit your points directly into your account.

By becoming a member of this program you will not only start earning savings on your next treatment but you will also gain access to valuable members-only content, including additional offers and beauty tips.

Does it cost anything to join?

There is no cost to participate and there are no obligations once you’ve joined. BRILLIANT DISTINCTIONS. BRILLIANT DISTINCTIONS points are simple to accumulate and easy to use.

How do you accumulate points?

Once you’ve registered, you will begin to earn points with each and every Botox or Juvederm visit, or with every Latisse purchase. Each 100 points accumulated translates into $10.00 of savings for your next Botox or Juvederm treatment or for the purchase of your next Latisse treatment.

When can you use your points?

On your way out of our clinic, we will calculate and immediately input into your account the points you earned on that day from the treatment you received. You can use your savings on your very next visit, which can be as soon as 48 hours. If you prefer, you can accumulate your points over several treatment sessions and use them together for bigger savings later.

Please keep in mind that you have nine months from the time you earn your points to use them. It is therefore important that you rebook your next appointment within that time frame to ensure you retain your savings earned to date.

Learn more

Should you have any questions regarding the BRILLIANT DISTICNTIONS program, please do not hesitate to contact us by calling toll free 1 866 803 6415. We look forward to seeing you soon and to start you on this simple and fast way to earn savings while looking and feeling your best.

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