Our Surgeons Win Best Moderators Award for Breast Augmentation Panel

breast augmentation panel awardThe annual meeting of The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) brings together plastic surgeons and industry professionals from around the world to advance the science, art, and safe practice of aesthetic plastic surgery. As ASAPS President Michael C. Edwards MD (pictured in the middle) explains, “dedicated exclusively to aesthetic surgery and cosmetic medicine education, The Aesthetic Meeting has become the gold standard in higher education” featuring “an array of new techniques, key research findings, and helpful information.”

At this year’s edition of The Aesthetic Meeting held in Montreal, Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad received the award for Best Panel Moderators. In 2014, they presented a panel on breast augmentation titled “Breast Implants—Shaped vs Round: Can you tell the difference?” Before their presentation, they requested before and after photos of breast augmentation patients from 8 of their colleagues who live in cities across North America. They specifically requested a combination of images of patients who had received round shaped breast implants and others who received anatomic teardrop shaped breast implants. The collection of images was randomized and displayed during their panel presentation.

At the panel, audience members made up of fellow cosmetic surgeons from around the world were given electronic response devices so that they could answer questions in realtime. A breast augmentation before and after photo was displayed onscreen and audience members were asked to identify which type of implant was used—round or teardrop. After displaying the photos of 20 different patients (a balance of 10 with round implants and 10 with teardrop implants), four distinguished plastic surgeons discussed the topic while the results were tabulated. Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad then proceeded to show the audience the results of their survey, and the outcome was pretty surprising.

Interestingly, it turned out the surgeons in the audience were unable to distinguish the difference between a round implant and an anatomical implant. They only guessed the correct implant correctly 48% of the time, essentially the same odds as if they had flipped a coin to decide. This would indicate that, even from the point of view of highly experienced surgeons who perform this operation regularly, there’s really no difference in how round breast implants and teardrop breast implants look. Thanks to this significant and surprising finding and to their innovative approach to the panel presentation, Drs. Lista and Ahmad were honoured to receive the best panel moderators award.

While the audience was unable to reliably identify the type of implant used from before and after photos, the shape of breast implant used for breast augmentation plays a very important role in achieving the most natural looking result possible. Dr. Lista explains why in this video.


Dr. Lista Talks Non-Surgical Eye Lift on CHUM FM

Dr. Lista was recently invited to be a guest on the Roger, Darren, and Marilyn show to talk about popular trends in non-surgical treatments and new advances in non-invasive approaches to surgery.

One of the main topics discussed on air focused on a condition that affects younger and older patients alike: puffy areas underneath the lower eyelid. Some people who have small deposits of fat below the eye are unhappy with the appearance that it creates. While it may not seem very noticeable to anyone else, we have met several patients over the years who feel self-conscious, uncomfortable, and unsatisfied by the look of this puffiness. In the past, surgeons would have to perform an operation in order to remove the fatty deposits. But nowadays, with a precise injection of dermal fillers, the look of the puffy area can be greatly improved. Listen to the full interview for more details on how this process works.

Other topics covered in this discussion include:
– what are the common aesthetic procedures that people in their 20’s are interested in?
– does Dr. Lista ever advise patients not to go ahead with a procedure?
– is there a minimum age Dr. Lista suggests for patients wanting plastic surgery or injections?
– what are the top procedures across the board, whether surgical or non-surgical?
– is it true that injections for wrinkles are preventative?


Dr. Ahmad Appointed to the ASAPS Board of Directors

Dr. Jamil AhmadWe are happy to announce that Dr. Jamil Ahmad, Director of Research and Education at The Plastic Surgery Clinic, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). He is only the second Canadian to ever be appointed to this board.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), founded in 1967, is the leading professional organization of plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) who specialize in aesthetic plastic surgery. With over 2,600 members in the U.S., Canada, and many other countries, ASAPS is at the forefront of innovation in aesthetic plastic surgery around the world. The mission of ASAPS includes medical education, public education, and patient advocacy.

The requirements for membership in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) are designed to encourage application by trained and experienced plastic surgeons who concentrate their practices in performing cosmetic plastic surgery of the face and the entire body. ASAPS membership remains an exclusive privilege for those plastic surgeons who possess the necessary qualifications. Only board certified plastic surgeons are eligible to be accepted into ASAPS membership. Physicians who have been trained in specialties other than plastic surgery are not eligible for membership in ASAPS.

In addition to his appointment to the ASAPS Board of Directors, Dr. Ahmad also serves as the Vice Chair of the ASAPS Annual Meeting Program Committee. He is responsible for planning continuing medical education in aesthetic plastic surgery for ASAPS members around the world. Additionally, he is the Co-Chair of the ASAPS Premier Global Hot Topics where the latest surgical techniques and technology in aesthetic plastic surgery are introduced.

We want to congratulate Dr. Ahmad on this achievement and look forward to his continued contributions as an active participant in current research and education.


A Record Number of Journal Articles Published by Our Surgeons

dr-lista-dr-ahmad-journal-articlesAs July draws to a close, we’re pleased to look back at a record-breaking month for The Plastic Surgery Clinic. Because we are one of the largest and busiest plastic surgery clinics in Canada, it’s true that Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad are frequently very busy meeting with patients for consultations and performing complex surgeries in the operating room. But another important component of their work is keeping up with the latest published research and contributing their own studies to scientific journals. They evaluate the results they have achieved to ensure that their techniques and approaches guarantee the highest safety standards possible for their patients and share this knowledge with other surgeons around the world to help improve patient safety everywhere and to help more patients achieve the best results possible.

This July, Drs. Lista and Ahmad accomplished a significant research feat by publishing three separate journal articles in the same month. This impressive achievement has distinguished them as leading surgeons with unparalleled experience.

Their first article on aesthetic labiaplasty was published by the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Labiaplasty is a procedure that has become more and more popular over time, and as a result, questions pertaining to its safety and effectiveness continue to be raised. Because there are very few published studies that evaluate the results of this surgery, many women and health organizations are uncertain of its efficacy and have concerns about potential complications. Because of this, our plastic surgeons performed a study of 113 of their patients over the past 7 years to help expand the body of knowledge surrounding this procedure. They conclusively proved that the technique used at The Plastic Surgery Clinic maintains a very low complication rate and provides satisfying outcomes for patients. Read more about this study here.

Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad have established themselves as worldwide leaders in cosmetic breast surgery, and their second article provides yet another indication of that status. As a follow up to a prior study they published in 2006, their new article on vertical scar breast reduction explains how they have continued to refine their surgical techniques and the modifications they have made to improve the outcomes they are able to achieve and the reliability of the procedure. This latest research, published in the highly esteemed Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, will allow surgeons around the world to benefit from their advances and patients everywhere will experience a safer, state-of-the-art procedure that produces better results with reliable outcomes. Read more about this breast reduction article.

Finally, the third article addresses ways to improve the wound healing complication rates of patients who undergo body contouring procedures after weight loss surgery. Patients who have successfully lost weight after bariatric surgery are often left with excessive loose skin once the weight is gone. Studies have shown that those who choose to undergo body contouring procedures have a better chance of keeping the weight off, maintaining a healthy BMI, and reporting an improved quality of life. Unfortunately, high wound healing complication rates continue to be a problem for these patients. Drs. Lista and Ahmad conclusively proved that these specific complication rates could be improved in these patients if they were administered a protein supplement before and after surgery. The results are an impressive and significant reduction in the infection rate—down to zero. Find out more about this groundbreaking study here.


Miracle 10 Sunscreen Approved by the Melanoma Network of Canada


When it comes to visible signs of aging, one of your skin’s worst enemies is the sun. UVA and UVB rays contribute to skin cell damage and accelerate normal aging processes, leading to uneven skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. But beyond that, exposure to UVA and UVB rays can have a detrimental effect on the health of your skin—your body’s largest organ.

The Canadian Cancer society has noted that too many Canadians are choosing not to wear sunscreen, leading to a dangerous increase in skin cancer rates. Dr. Beatrice Wang, director of the melanoma clinic at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, says wearing sunscreen every day can help prevent the development of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. She recommends wearing sunscreen every day. Whether it’s sunny or overcast, your skin is still being affected by harmful UV rays. She also suggests applying a minimum of 1 tsp (approximately 5 mL) of sunscreen to the face alone. Protection all day is important, but it’s most important between 11 am and 4 pm. Wearing a hat and sunglasses to help protect from sun exposure is also a great idea.

Miracle 10 Skincare is proud to announce that one of their best selling products, Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, has been approved by the Melanoma Network of Canada. In order to support public awareness, education, advocacy and research for melanoma, 5% of all sales will go towards funding their cause. By using Miracle 10 Sunscreen, you can not only protect your skin from damaging UV exposure, but you will also be supporting further research to help prevent skin cancer and help support those who are already battling it.

Miracle 10 is also proud to be the national sponsor of the Strides for Melanoma Walk for Awareness, a community fundraising and awareness event created by the Melanoma Network of Canada that takes place in cities all across the country. The first 500 registrants for this years Strides event will receive a free Miracle 10 Sunscreen. Proceeds raised by this event are crucial in allowing MNC to continue to provide and expand unique support services, create and deliver awareness and prevention education initiatives and support research and advocacy.

Drs. Lista and Ahmad prescribe the use of Miracle 10 skincare to their patients as part of their professional care.