Why Body Contouring After Weight Loss is Essential

body contouring after weight lossA new article posted to Medical Daily suggests that those who follow up weight loss surgery with plastic surgery to contour the body could be doing themselves an unparalleled favour in the long run. The data indicates that bariatric surgery alone cannot guarantee maintained weight loss. What this means is patients who undergo body contouring surgery after weight loss stand a better chance of keeping the weight off after undergoing lap band, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or gastric balloon procedures.

The results of the study were presented this past weekend at the annual conference of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in Chicago. The study followed 94 patients who underwent bariatric surgery, and out of that total, 47 underwent plastic surgery afterward in order to remove excess skin. This is often a side effect of significant weight loss. Although patients will lose a considerable amount of body fat, they find that they are left with loose skin that simply does not respond to the same lifestyle changes. This skin can really only be eliminated with some kind of surgical intervention. Researchers in this recently released study recorded each patient’s BMI (body mass index) once before bariatric surgery and once again 2.5 years later. As Dr. Donna Tepper explained, “of the patients who underwent contouring surgery, the average decrease in BMI was 18.24 at 2.5 years, compared to a statistically significant 12.45 at 2.5 years for those who did not have further surgery.”

Weight loss surgery has proved to be tremendously beneficial to thousands of obese patients every year. It’s a potentially life-saving option that can have positive secondary effects on obesity-related complications like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. However, the unwanted saggy skin it leaves behind does not lead to the kind of worry-free life many patients are anticipating, and the affect it has on body image can be detrimental to a patient’s efforts to keep the weight off in the long run.  As Dr. Tepper says, “as plastic and reconstructive surgeons, we are encouraged by the idea that improved body image can translate into better long-term maintenance of a healthier weight, and possibly a better quality of life for our patients.”

The best part of our work at The Plastic Surgery Clinic is watching the ways in which plastic surgery can lead to a better quality of life for so many patients. We’re even more pleased when studies like this come out with conclusive proof that these surgeries not only lead to more happiness but also to improved health.


The Skin Rejuvenation Beauty Event


It’s that time of year again! We want to say thank you to everyone who makes our job so fulfilling. We can’t wait to welcome all of our wonderful clients to The Plastic Surgery Clinic to enjoy an evening of amazing special offers and complimentary treats.

On Wednesday, October 29th, you’re invited to join us at The Plastic Surgery Clinic in Mississauga (1421 Hurontario Street) from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Our Exclusive Offers:
- 20% off BOTOX Cosmetic®, Juvéderm®, peels, lasers, treatment packages, and Miracle 10 skincare
- 20% off CoolSculpting®, the revolutionary non-surgical body sculpting technology, winner of NewBeauty’s Beauty Choice Award
- $25 off with the purchase of 1 x 5mL LATISSE® bottle or 2 x 3mL LATISSE® bottles
- purchase VelaShape at 20% off and receive one FREE Polish (200mL – $90 value)
- the Skin Rejuvenation Collection available for only $129 (regularly $160)
- 40% off the entire Miracle 10 Body Collection
- the chance to win up to $5,000 in skin rejuvenation treatments

Enjoy Live Demonstrations & Presentations:
- makeup tips from Dior Cosmetics
- an introduction to CoolSculpting™ non-surgical body contouring
- Creating a Non-Surgical Brow Lift
- How to Achieve a Perfect Pout

If you’re curious about the latest techniques available for anti-aging treatments, enjoy live demonstrations to see firsthand results and talk to our experts face to face. We’ll be unveiling new holistic beauty treatments and you won’t want to miss it – discover how a well-rounded approach can give you beautiful, youthful, and natural looking results.

Complimentary valet parking is available all evening and there will be plenty of delicious goodies, sparkling beverages, and canapés served all night long. We love hosting this event every year since we have so much fun. Please join us!

The Fall Beauty Event
When: Wednesday, October 29th – 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: The Plastic Surgery Clinic - 1421 Hurontario Street, Mississauga

Mommy Makeover Open House

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Having children brings so many incredible changes to our lives in ways we might not have fully comprehended before we welcomed them into the world (hello love we never knew existed; goodbye restful night’s sleep). Some of the lasting changes pregnancy can bring, however, are changes to the body. While these changes are a testament to the unbelievable strength required by childbirth and motherhood, some women who have transitioned their children away from breast milk wish to “turn back the clock” and restore their bodies to a pre-pregnancy state. For these women, a Mommy Makeover procedure can be the ideal solution.

At The Plastic Surgery Clinic, Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad perform about 200 mommy makeovers each year. They’re two of Canada’s leading plastic surgeons who have an exceptional level of experience and expertise. And on Thursday, November 6th, they’ll be hosting a Mommy Makeover Open House all about the procedure. If you’re curious about this type of surgery, please join us to learn more! One of our mommy makeover patients will join us to share her journey and discuss her experience in person. See results firsthand, learn the ins and outs of the procedure, and take a behind the scenes tour of our state-of-the-art facility. You can ask our experts anything and talk to our staff about their experiences. Feel free to bring a female friend along.

According to RealSelf.com polls, mommy makeover has the highest “worth-it” rating with an overall score of 98%. Join us to discover why it’s one of the most popular and satisfying aesthetic surgeries available. Limited spots available. RSVP today!

Mommy Makeover Open House
When: Thursday, November 6th – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: The Plastic Surgery Clinic - 1421 Hurontario Street, Mississauga
RSVP Now! 1.866.803.6415 or info@theplasticsurgeryclinic.com

My Top 3 Tips for Liposuction Recovery

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Technological advances in liposuction have led to some amazing breakthroughs over the past few decades. I’m really pleased to see how far we’ve come and to provide my patients with a less invasive procedure that creates more precise results with a lower risk of complications and almost invisible scars. And while these developments have reduced recovery times, there is still a recovery process that needs to take place afterward as with all forms of surgery. So what do you need to know about your liposuction recovery?

1.) Take a week off of work. This is the amount of time we usually recommend following surgery. Luckily, liposuction is one of the easiest procedures for your body to recover from. Taking a week off doesn’t mean you have to spend the week in bed; in fact, walking around carefully after surgery can help reduce the risk of blood clots developing. On the whole, though, you do need some quiet and relaxing time at home where your responsibilities don’t go much further than reading and watching TV. During this week you might feel like you’re ready to go back to work and your regular activities, but pushing your body before it’s ready will only prolong the swelling and bruising. Take a week, make the best of it by giving yourself the chance to heal properly, and your body will definitely thank you.

2.) You can return to gentle exercise after about 2 weeks. I’d categorize this as walking outside, walking on a treadmill, or using a stairmaster. High impact exercise that includes running or high intensity cardio and aerobic workouts should be left out of your routine for about a month after surgery.

3.) Yes, you really do need to wear the “medical Spanx” we give you. After surgery you’ll be given a pair of lycra shorts that seem a lot like biking shorts and you’ll wear them under your clothes like underwear. You need to do this for 6 weeks after surgery, and no, we’re not doing this to be mean. These compression garments help your body to heal properly and prevent seromas from forming. What is a seroma? It’s a surgical complication where fluid builds up in the body. It’s not a seriously endangering complication, but it slows down healing, causes discomfort, and can last a lot longer than the 6 weeks that you wear your lycra shorts. Just imagine it as shapewear, and remember that when your liposuction recovery is done, you won’t need to wear shapewear ever again.

Of course, there are other things you can do to help your healing process go smoothly and there are very occasionally exceptions to some rules, so it’s really important to listen to and heed the advice of your plastic surgeon. Our consultations are always free, so if you want to come in and talk about it face to face, we’d be happy to answer any questions you might have. Or if you’ve already gone through liposuction recovery and found any tips or tricks that worked for you, please feel free to share in the comments.


A Night Out for a Cause: The Artists for Peace and Justice Gala


On Sunday night I had the great opportunity of attending The Artists for Peace and Justice Festival Gala held at Casa Loma in Toronto – a fundraising event in support of community development in Haiti. This great organization was started by the screenwriter and director Paul Haggis, who, is not only an Oscar-winner, but is actually the only person to have ever won two Best Film Oscars back-to-back (first for Million Dollar Baby and second for Crash). In addition to being a very big Hollywood deal, he’s Canadian, and an amazing advocate, fundraiser, and champion for development in Haiti. The organization he started, the Artists for Peace and Justice, is truly remarkable. Not only does it rally the support of some pretty serious Hollywood heavy hitters (Ben Stiller, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Penelope Cruz, Pierce Brosnan and Nicole Kidman to name a few) it also ensures that 100% of all public donations go directly to Haiti. Not all charities are able to boast a fact like that.

Being invited to this event was a huge honour as Haiti is a country very close to my heart. In February of 2010, two weeks after the country was hit by that catastrophic earthquake, I went there with 5 members of my staff to perform emergency reconstructive plastic surgery on the victims in need. To say it was a life changing experience would be an egregious understatement.

imageAbout a week before the event was to be held, I got an e-mail from one of the organizers looking for more volunteers. I immediately forwarded the message to my entire staff, knowing that many would jump at the opportunity. Not only could they support a great cause they were already connected to, but they could also meet some pretty big celebrities in attendance: Madeleine Stowe, George Stroumboulopoulos (who was the evening’s MC), Ben & Jessica Mulroney, and of course, Paul Haggis, were all in attendance. Sue and Lori volunteered – two nurses who came with me on our surgical relief mission in 2010, plus Tanya, Sue’s husband Rob, Clarissa, Nikki and Cindy. I was so proud to see them in their AJP t-shirts helping out and doing their thing, and the organizing team was enormously grateful for their efforts.

It was a seriously amazing night. We raised $1.5 million that will go primarily towards education in Haiti’s poorest communities. I was lucky enough to meet Madeleine Stowe, who is more personable, beautiful, and gracious than you could ever imagine, and Paul Haggis, a man whose courage and brilliance is unmistakable. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little star-struck. There were performances by The National, Stacey Kay and the Arkells who were all awesome. If you’d like to know more about AJP or want to get involved, check out their site: http://www.apjnow.org/the-need/

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