Our Free Educational Session: Rhinoplasty Open House

Your nose is an important feature that helps define your face and the way you present yourself to the world. If you want to change the shape of your nose to correct a nasal birth defect or later injury, to relieve breathing problems, or simply to make it look more like you want it to, you probably have a lot of questions about what rhinoplasty can do for you.

The Plastic Surgery Clinic is proud to be home to one of Canada’s most respected plastic surgeons, Dr. Jamil Ahmad, MD, FRCSC. Not only is he the Director of Research and Education at the Clinic, he is also known for delivering beautiful, natural looking results and is sought after for his expertise in rhinoplasty. He has published more than 80 articles and book chapters on plastic surgery and most recently edited what is widely considered the definitive treatise on rhinoplasty – Dallas Rhinoplasty: Nasal Surgery by the Masters, 3rd Edition. He is frequently invited to speak at conferences and events around the world to share his expertise. And let’s face it, it’s a real pleasure to work with him, too!

 

before-after-nose-reshaping before-after-rhinoplasty-photo

 

We’re really excited to be able to pass on his considerable knowledge to those who are curious about rhinoplasty surgery in our upcoming Rhinoplasty Open House event. Join us on Thursday, September 11th from 6-8 and receive a firsthand education session all about the procedure from one of Canada’s top surgeons in the field. You’ll also enjoy complimentary canapés and sparkling beverages, a $300 gift card that can be used toward any non-surgical treatment, two deluxe Miracle 10 skincare samples at no cost, skincare consultations and make up touch-ups, a behind the scenes tour of our state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery facility, and complimentary parking. All of this can be yours, and it’s absolutely free!

Because this is such an in-demand event, unfortunately only limited space is available. You can guarantee your spot with an RSVP before August 27th. Simply give us a call at 1-866-803-6415 and let us know that you’d like to enjoy all these amazing goodies, or send us an email at info@theplasticsurgeryclinic.com and we’ll add you to the list.

“Dr. Ahmad knows the precise techniques required to deliver natural results for every unique patient. It’s why he’s one of only two Canadian surgeons who are members of the prestigious worldwide Rhinoplasty Society.” -Dr. Frank Lista, Founder & Medical Director of The Plastic Surgery Clinic

 

Rhinoplasty Open House
When: Thursday, September 11th – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: The Plastic Surgery Clinic - 1421 Hurontario Street, Mississauga
RSVP Now! Before August 27th.


The Most Common Gynecomastia Symptoms

Dr. Frank Lista, MD, FRCSC

male breast reduction

The condition known as gynecomastia is more common than you might expect. In fact, between 40 and 60 percent of men will encounter male breast enlargement at some point in their lives. That’s a significant number, and yet it’s still not something that’s often talked about. It might be because it’s a sensitive and embarrassing topic for those who suffer from it, especially those who experienced gynecomastia symptoms earlier in life when locker room commentary was all too common. But the more we talk about it, the better understanding we can have. It’s really important to me that men who have spent years of their lives wearing loose-fitting clothing or avoiding situations where their bare chest will be visible understand that there are options available to them.

So let’s talk about an important question for those wondering about male breast reduction: what are the most common gynecomastia symptoms? First of all, it’s helpful to understand that it can affect one or both breasts. It’s actually not unusual to see asymmetrical breast enlargement where both breasts are enlarged but disproportionately to one another. One of the first things many men notice is that their nipples take on a somewhat “puffy” look, so you should look out for swollen tissue in and around the nipples and swelling and tenderness throughout the breast tissue. It isn’t common to experience severe pain, but one of the gynecomastia symptoms I look for is mild tenderness or slight discomfort when the breast and nipple are touched. The breast growth might feel rubbery or firm and you might also notice that the skin around the nipples is darker or redder than usual.

While these are the physical gynecomastia symptoms, there are psychological indicators that are common to many of my patients as well. Many men feel self-conscious or embarrassed about the proportion of their chests compared to the rest of their body. They avoid activities like swimming where they might have to go shirtless and experience higher levels of anxiety when it comes to expressing intimacy with their partners for the same reason. They don’t feel comfortable dressing in clothes that might accentuate the condition so they tend to wear baggy or loose-fitting shirts to try to camouflage the imbalance. Many are frustrated and quite simply tired of living with discomfort, embarrassment and anxiety – they just want to get back to feeling confident and comfortable in their own skin.

male breast reductionIf you have experienced any of these gynecomastia symptoms and you’re wondering what options are available to improve your quality of life, a good first step could be to come in for a free consultation. You can see some of our amazing gynecomastia before and after photos online and even more will be available when you come in to see us. We can work together to figure out the underlying cause of your gynecomastia and from there we can find the best treatment plan that will work for you. Sometimes a simple lifestyle adjustment can improve gynecomastia symptoms, although most men are ideal male breast reduction surgery candidates and find that surgery is necessary in order to eliminate it. If you’ve been looking for a solution, this just might be it. Let’s get rid of the shame and embarrassment and start talking about it.


No-Drain Tummy Tuck for Best Recovery

Dr. Frank Lista, MD, FRCSC

no drain abdominoplastyWhen patients come in for consultations about tummy tuck procedures, one of the main concerns they have is the recovery process following a tummy tuck. It makes sense: we see dramatic results with a tummy tuck, but one of the tradeoffs is the incision. It’s longer than what we see with other procedures and so of course it affects the amount of work the body has to do to heal itself. Since our philosophy at The Plastic Surgery Clinic includes providing the absolute highest level of care possible, Dr. Ahmad and I have made it our priority to pioneer a new method of performing tummy tuck surgery to help our patients have the safest, most comfortable recovery possible.

After repositioning and tightening the skin during traditional abdominoplasty surgery, it used to be the case that a space between the skin and muscle would be left open and unattached. This space can lead to something known as a seroma, which is a pocket of fluid that collects in the body after surgery. We don’t like to see any kind of unnecessary fluid buildup because it slows down healing and creates swelling and discomfort. Plastic surgeons found a solution for this problem by inserting small tubes or drains to remove the excess fluid. It meant that patients would have to live for several days or even weeks with the drains, an experience that can prove to be both uncomfortable and inconvenient. We had to wonder – was there something we could do to eliminate the need for them altogether?

We did extensive research so that we could develop a new technique to make sure our patients didn’t have to live with drains. Our no-drain tummy tuck surgery uses a method known as Progressive Tension Abdominoplasty to seal the space between the skin and muscle, leaving no room for fluid to accumulate. We use a special kind of internal stitch called a Quill suture to lock the tissues in place and prevent fluid from building up beneath the skin. It’s a revolutionary approach and we’re thrilled that our patients can heal faster and have a more comfortable and safe recovery period.

You might be wondering at this point why all plastic surgeons don’t use the no-drain tummy tuck technique if it’s available. First, it’s an advanced technique that requires a lot of skill and experience. Second of all, it takes more time in the operating room. For whatever reason, some surgeons are unwilling to take that extra time and decide that drains are a more suitable solution. From our perspective, if we can improve your recovery process and potentially decrease the risk of complications, we don’t really mind if we have to do a bit of extra work and take a little more time. It’s that little extra time in the operating room that’s going to significantly shorten your recovery time.


Talking to Friends & Family About Your Plastic Surgery

The PSC Staff

talking about cosmetic surgeryWhen patients come in for a free consultation with our plastic surgeons, chances are they’re focused pretty strictly on the details of the procedure they’re considering. Most if not all of their questions centre around the surgery and their safety. After all, when you have one on one time with surgeons who are world-renowned experts in their field, you want to get the most out of their specialized medical experience. But what about the questions you don’t think to ask your surgeon during consultation that come to mind later on? While we’re always on hand to answer any question you might have (no matter how big or small), here’s a topic that comes up frequently that we thought we’d share: talking to friends, family, and children about plastic surgery.

Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behaviour economics at Duke University and a New York Times bestselling author, recently offered insights to the RealSelf blog and we thought a lot of our past, present, and prospective patients might find them useful and interesting. Here are some common questions many people wonder about.

1.) How do I reveal to my friends and family that I’ve had cosmetic surgery when I think they will probably disapprove?

It’s important to keep in mind what led you to your decision in the first place. Chances are if you explain your reasoning, those who care about you will understand where you’re coming from as opposed to simply being surprised by or critical of the surgery itself. As Ariely explains, “this may be about getting back to the way you want to see and think about yourself, which is a straightforward thing people can relate to.” Talking about your reasons puts the focus back on this being your decision for your life and your body, and while they might be disapproving of cosmetic surgery in a general sense, your friends and family certainly want what’s best for you. Talking about it openly can help lower speculation and diminish it as a topic of conversation.

2.) How long should I wait to tell my children about my plastic surgery? I don’t want to tell them when they’re too young and scare them.

No one knows or understands your children better than you do, and ultimately you should use your best judgement if you’re feeling hesitant about it. But that being said, kids are naturally curious and generally have an easy time getting used to things so long as they have a comprehensible answer. Ariely feels that there’s no right age at which to tell (or not to tell) your kids, though he advises not waiting to do so: “as time passes, it will only become more difficult to have the discussion.” His advice is to explain in plain language that there was something you were unhappy with and you decided to fix it.

3.) Will my daughter grow up with a negative body image if I have a breast augmentation?

It’s an important consideration. Ariely doesn’t believe the decision will necessarily lead to a negative body image. His suggestion for talking about breast augmentation with a daughter is to explain, “I did this, but everybody has a different body type and different wants.”  Keeping an open channel of communication is important so that as your daughter navigates her feelings about her own body as she grows up, she knows you are always there to hear her out and offer non-judgmental support.

4.) Should I tell my partner I had plastic surgery, even if I’m only having injection treatments? It’s my body, after all – do I really need to tell them?

There are benefits to telling your longterm partner, and to telling them in advance. It helps to foster trust, good communication, and honesty in your relationship. Would you want to be in a relationship where you felt like you couldn’t discuss your wants and needs openly and honestly? Ariely says: “I think you should tell your partner in advance. A partner who finds out without knowing about it beforehand will likely think the betrayal is larger.”

There is more helpful advice available in the original blog post. And of course, if you ever have any questions related to this topic (or about anything at all!) don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at info@theplasticsurgeryclinic.com.


The Increasing Popularity of the Buttock Augmentation Procedure

butt augmentationDr. Frank Lista, MD, FRCSC

When the American Society for Plastic Surgeons released their latest statistics for cosmetic surgery procedure trends in 2013, there weren’t too many surprises. Breast augmentation and liposuction remain the most popular surgical procedures for the body while rhinoplasty continues to lead the field of facial surgeries. Another unsurprising result? The procedure with the highest percentage change between 2012 and 2013 is the buttock augmentation procedure. The number of buttock augmentation procedures performed last year rose by over 16%, an increase that would seem to me to be consistent with the number of patients who come in for free consultations at The Plastic Surgery Clinic because they want to know more about it.

So what makes the buttock augmentation procedure so popular? It’s probably important to note that there are 2 methods for reshaping the butt. One option is the insertion of soft silicone implants to improve the shape of the behind, which can work well for different kinds of body types and is particularly good for patients who don’t have very much excess body fat. Perhaps because it’s a more surgically invasive procedure, it’s not seeing the same increase in numbers as its counterpart, the Brazilian Butt Lift. Known as BBL for short, this method uses a fat grafting technique to reshape the curves of the lower body, and this is probably why it continues to be more and more popular.

The first part of fat grafting requires liposuction on areas of unwanted fat from around the body. Stubborn pockets of fat are removed from popular areas like the tummy, thighs, and hips, which has the added bonus of contouring areas around the buttocks to really emphasize the hourglass shape we are creating. Once this tissue has been collected for remodeling, it is carefully and meticulously prepared for reuse. We are incredibly thorough in this part of the process because it’s integral to a successful result. Then we’re able to re-inject the fat into precise areas of the behind to achieve a buttock augmentation that meets the specific goals of the patient. This allows me as a surgeon a really high level of control in achieving the desired shape. Unlike with an implant that leaves a bit less room for customization, with the BBL technique I can carefully inject fat into various different locations around the buttocks to create a natural looking result that is perfectly suited to the proportion of each individual’s body.

Patients love the BBL method because it leaves little to no scarring, no large incisions are needed, and the material used is completely natural. Since it’s less invasive, recovery time is shorter and the risk of complications is lower. Our buttock augmentation patients get to enjoy the benefit of removing fat from an undesirable area while simultaneously augmenting the shape of an area they’d like to emphasize. One happy patient put it this way when explaining why she loved it so much: “it’s all me, but rearranged into the right places!”

We are all about delivering natural results that create that born-with-it look. In that respect, it doesn’t get much better than hearing a patient say “it’s all me” after everything’s said and done.