Dr. Ahmad Documents his Dallas Rhinoplasty Meeting in Rio

I was recently invited to lecture to plastic surgeons in Rio de Janeiro at the 36th Jornada Carioca de Cirurgia Plástica, one of the largest plastic surgery meetings in South America. Dr. Rod J. Rohrich and I host the Annual Dallas Rhinoplasty Meeting in Dallas and were invited to host a special edition of Dallas Rhinoplasty in Rio. Dr. Rohrich is Editor-in-Chief of the journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and my co-author for our two landmark textbooks Dallas Rhinoplasty: Nasal Surgery by the Masters, 3rd Edition and Secondary Rhinoplasty by the Global Masters. We performed live rhinoplasty surgery demonstrations and lectured extensively on many topics in rhinoplasty.

Dr. Ahmad lecturing at Dallas Rhinoplasty in Rio.

Rio de Janeiro, with its unique landscape of beaches and mountains, was an amazing backdrop to host our meeting. Historically, Jornada Carioca de Cirurgia Plástica is one of the most prestigious education meetings attended by plastic surgeons in South America. On this special occasion, our Dallas Rhinoplasty in Rio meeting set a record for attendance with of over 1,500 plastic surgeons attending to learn more about rhinoplasty from Dr. Rohrich and I.

In addition to performing live surgery demonstrations and lecturing, Dr. Rohrich and I had a book signing for both of our textbooks – Dallas Rhinoplasty: Nasal Surgery by the Masters, 3rd Edition and Secondary Rhinoplasty by the Global Masters – published by Thieme Medical Publishers. Dallas Rhinoplasty: Nasal Surgery by the Masters, 3rd Edition has also been translated into Portuguese, Spanish, and Chinese.

Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Rohrich at the book signing for their two landmark textbooks Dallas Rhinoplasty: Nasal Surgery by the Masters, 3rd Edition and Secondary Rhinoplasty by the Global Masters

Rhinoplasty or ‘nose job’ surgery is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures in plastic surgery. Taking into consideration both the cosmetic and functional goals and combining this with the technically challenging nature of nasal surgery, rhinoplasty is considered one of the most challenging operations in plastic surgery.

As part of my presentations, I talked about concepts and techniques that I apply to achieve consistently great rhinoplasty results from both a cosmetic and functional point of view. I specifically lectured about:

  • Preoperative assessment and analysis of the patient and their nose to define treatment goals with the patient
  • Precision osteotomies to reshape the bones during rhinoplasty
  • Correction of alar flare (i.e., excessively large or wide nostrils) which is required more frequently in ethnic rhinoplasty
  • Nonsurgical rhinoplasty and treatment of the nose with hyaluronic acid soft tissue fillers

Throughout our presentations, we discussed many surgical concepts aimed at improving the results after rhinoplasty surgery – concepts that make the difference between a good and a great rhinoplasty result.

In addition to discussing rhinoplasty, it is always great to travel and meet plastic surgeons from around the world to compare and contrast our experiences. The Brazilians are truly great hosts!

For more information on rhinoplasty in Toronto and Canada, please visit: http://www.theplasticsurgeryclinic.com/procedures/face/nosereshaping.html

Dr. Ryan Austin Joins The Plastic Surgery Clinic Team

The Plastic Surgery Clinic is pleased to announce that Dr. Ryan Austin has joined Dr. Frank Lista and Dr. Jamil Ahmad on our surgical team. Dr. Austin is already a familiar face at the clinic as he has performed countless operations at the clinic during his plastic surgery training at the University of Toronto. Thanks to his breadth of knowledge and experience, Dr. Austin is well known for the natural-looking results he achieves with specialties including breast surgery, abdominoplasty, body contouring after weight loss, liposuction and fat transfer, and hand rejuvenation.

Born and raised in Toronto, Dr. Austin completed his BSc at Queen’s University where he remained on the Dean’s Honour List with Distinction, a designation granted to the top 3% of all undergraduate students in the arts and science program. He later received his MD at the University of Toronto where he was the recipient of numerous awards. Dr. Austin completed his residency training at the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto—one of the largest plastic surgery training programs in the world. He recently completed clinical fellowship training at The Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center / Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. This orthopaedic hand surgery practice is one of the oldest and most distinguished in the USA.

Dr. Austin wins the Dr. Hugh Thompson Humanitarian award

Dr. Austin remains an active contributor to plastic surgery research. His work has been published as textbook chapters in addition to numerous scientific articles some of the most esteemed peer review plastic surgery journals. These publications include Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (PRS), the Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ) and Clinics in Plastic Surgery. His scientific lectures have been presented at national and international meetings. These accolades offer a small glimpse of an even longer list of impressive achievements. Learn more about Dr. Austin and find out why we couldn’t be happier to have him on our team.

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Austin as a surgeon at The Plastic Surgery Clinic, particularly as we are now able to offer our patients the unique and tremendous advantage of a collaborative surgical team. Together our co-MRP’s are able to share new innovations, assist one another in surgery, and provide our patients with the collective knowledge and experience of these brilliant surgeons. We know our patients are seeking out the best plastic surgeons in Toronto and we are proud to boast a team of three who have an international reputation for providing the best results with the safest, state-of-the-art approach possible.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon Dr. Frank Lista: Why I Love My Job

Toronto plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Lista, founder and Medical Director of The Plastic Surgery Clinic, performs hundreds of surgeries every year, from face procedures to body surgeries. With 30 years of experience, he’s had the opportunity to work with an amazing team and inspirational patients. Here’s what he loves most about coming into work every day.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon Dr. Frank ListaRecently I was asked by a journalist, “what do you love most about your profession?” Unsurprisingly, I get this question a lot. Sometimes I have trouble answering it because there are so many things to love. But probably the one thing that gets me up in the morning every day, and working late into the night and on weekends, is that as a plastic surgeon, I’m really in the business of making people happy.

Our patients are truly overflowing with happiness after their surgery. There are some days when I can’t walk into my office because of the number of gifts patients have left for our whole team. We get cakes and bottles of wine and homemade lasagnas. That kind of gratitude is sometimes overwhelming – I definitely don’t expect presents – but it’s a testament to how life-altering undergoing a procedure with us can be.

Surgery is not something that we take lightly. It’s serious business. But plastic surgery is great because at the end of it, there is this huge, amazing reward. Patients come to us with a concern that has bothered them for their whole life, or something that’s been the result of an accident. To be able to help alleviate that concern and bring to life a dream they’ve had for years is really the best gift I could ask for.

And I know that my staff feels the same way too. So, to be working in an environment where everyone has this shared end goal of creating “happiness” is for sure, bar none, the best part about my job. It’s really the reason why we do what we do.

Top 6 Golden Rules for Plastic Surgery Recovery

There’s no doubt that undergoing any surgical procedure can be disruptive to your life. At the Plastic Surgery Clinic, we take your recovery super seriously and consider it a key factor in a positive surgical outcome. It’s important to follow simple instructions to lead to the easiest recovery and to help achieve the goals you discussed with your surgeon. Reducing physical movements and getting plenty of rest during this period is highly recommended.

Lori Robinson is a Registered Practical and Certified Perioperative Nurse, and she’s worked at The Plastic Surgery Clinic for nine years. She’s our go-to post-op nurse, helping all of our patients with their post-surgical recovery. She deals with the good days, the bad days, healing incision scars and more. We asked Lori what her top 6 rules were for optimal surgical recovery. With her years of experience and wealth of knowledge, she has truly seen it all. You can also follow her at @asknurselori on Instagram.

1. Rest up

Patients must take a week off work. No exceptions. No negotiations. It’s important for your body to get as much rest as possible in order to heal properly, especially in the first stages of the recovery process. In addition to the average eight hours or more sleep per night, it’s likely the patient will nap during the day, which is perfectly normal and expected. The body needs to regenerate its energy and can only do this by getting enough rest.

2. Put your exercise routine on hold

No exercise of any kind for a month. It’s important after surgery to focus your recovery. Any excess activity or heavy lifting can have a negative effect on vulnerable healing tissues—especially around incisions—and can prove to be a barrier that could possibly affect your health.

3. Prepare in advance

Arrange childcare, grocery shopping, food prep and doggie care well in advance of your surgery. You want to make sure that once you get home after your operation, you are doing nothing but recovering. Too much activity can slow the healing process and cause unnecessary discomfort.

4. Finding a reliable caregiver you trust  

Patients need a caregiver to drive them to and from their procedure, care for them overnight, and bring them to follow up appointments the next day.

5. Wear a compression garment.

Compression garments are crucial to a strong post-op recovery. Most of our patients find wearing one no big deal, but if you tend to get really hot or uncomfortable in tight fighting clothing you might want to wait until the cooler months to schedule your surgery.

6. Create a comfort zone.

We have an incredible multi modal post-op pain management strategy. The level of discomfort you feel after surgery depends on your procedure, your body, and your recovery process. Making sure you have a comfy chill space to relax in and that you don’t over extend yourself during your recovery period will help to keep discomfort in check.

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CoolSculpting: Simple, Easy and on Trend

CoolSculpting is the latest innovation to hit the cosmetic industry. The non-invasive fat reduction procedure has proven to get rid of stubborn pockets of unwanted fat. If you’ve had any questions about this new trend, learn more about how it works and which of your favourite celebrities are currently using it!

The treatment targets and freezes fat cells and allows the body to naturally eliminate them without surgery or downtime. Within the next few weeks and months that follow, you’ll see noticeable results. The controlled cooling, known as Cryolipolysis, is gently applied by a CoolSculpting specialist to single out unwanted fat cells. These cells are then frozen, which causes them to die. Over time, this procedure will help you achieve a more sculpted and slimmer physique.

Who’s tried it?
Many celebrities swear by this go-to treatment. Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Molly Sims, Jennifer Aniston, and Mariah Carey have publicly and privately credited CoolSculpting with slimming down stubborn fat and helping achieve their body goals.

If you’re looking into getting a CoolSculpting treatment RSVP for our Lunch and Learn event on Tuesday July 11th, from 12-2 PM in Yorkville (67 Scollard Street) & July 18th, from 12-3 PM in Mississauga (1421 Hurontario Street.)

This informational session will include:

• A live session with a real patient
• Learn about additional areas we can treat with our new applicator, the Petite
• Special event pricing
• Purchase 2 treatments and receive Miracle 10 Body Therapy and Miracle 10 Body Cleanser ($180 value)
• Purchase 4 treatments and receive your choice of Teosyal® Redensity I or Redensity II ($600 value)*
• The chance to win fabulous prizes!
• Enjoy refreshing beverages and light hors d’oeuvres on us

Book your spot now! RSVP. Spaces are limited. See you there!

*This prize is not to be combined with other promotions or offers. Supplies are limited and based on a first come, first serve basis. Special offers are valid during the events on Tuesday, July 11th in Yorkville and on Tuesday, July 18th in Mississauga. No exceptions. Not to be combined with any other offer or promotion. The Plastic Surgery Skincare Clinic reserves the right to cancel any promotion or procedure due to system error, unforeseen problems, or ineligible use. Ongoing offers are subject to change without notice. No transfers. No cash value.