What You Need to Know About Breast Implants and Cancer

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If you’ve been keeping your eye on the news, you may have come across an alarming headline this weekend indicating a link between breast implants and a rare form of cancer. Whether you’ve been a patient at The Plastic Surgery Clinic, are considering seeing us for a consultation, or if you’re still in the early process of doing research about breast augmentation, we want to make sure that you have the most accurate and up to date information possible so that you can make informed decisions about your health and your body.

Dr. Ahmad and I perform more breast augmentations than any other type of surgery. As a result, we have a really thorough understanding of all aspects of the procedure. It’s imperative to us that our patients receive the highest level of care possible and so we’ve always made it our mission to stay ahead of the curve on scientific developments. We’ve published a number of peer reviewed articles that cover everything from the aesthetic to the medical concerns that surround breast augmentation, and that includes the risks and complications sometimes associated with breast implants. In fact, just a few weeks ago we were invited to San Diego to teach other plastic surgeons about this exact topic at The Aesthetic Meeting, an annual conference hosted by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. We’ve read all of the information available relating to breast implants and links to cancer and we’ve taught it to other surgeons internationally. What follows is an overview of what we cover in our presentations.

The first thing that’s important to understand is that we know for sure from scientific studies that breast implants do not cause breast cancer. This has been studied exhaustively and we know for certain that there is no connection between the two. The type of cancer that is currently being discussed in the news is actually a very rare type of what’s called a lymphoproliferative disease, where immune system cells, or lymphocytes, become cancerous in the area of the breast. What we’re talking about specifically goes by the name of Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, or ALCL.

ALCL is thought to occur in one in 10,000 cases. Out of the more than 10 million patients who’ve received breast augmentations worldwide, we’ve only seen about 400 cases of ALCL develop. I’ve been a practicing plastic surgeon for over 30 years and I’ve never personally encountered a case. Comparatively, the odds of being struck by lightning in your lifetime are about one in 3,000. I say this not to diminish the seriousness of the 400 cases that have occurred, but to point out how exceedingly rare it is as a condition, as this is also a really important consideration if you currently have the type of breast implants that are most often associated with this lymphoma.

And there is a specific type of implant that tends to cause ALCL. It only occurs in patients with textured implants. We’ve found this is especially true for a very specific subset of textured breast implants, which have a more aggressively textured surface. In the case of an Ontario woman who was featured in a recent New York Times article about breast implants and lymphoma, Biocell implants were used during her breast augmentation in 2009. We stopped using these highly textured implants about five years ago due to information we learned about the risk of other complications associated with them. The fact that ALCL is not seen in smooth breast implants is one reason why they are the only implants we now use.

Another very important thing to know about ALCL is that it’s not a condition that comes on silently. It will not go unnoticed. A patient with ALCL will know something is wrong because a large volume of fluid will develop surrounding the implant, creating a large, swollen breast. When this happens, diagnosis is actually a pretty simple process. A doctor will take some of the fluid and run a CD30 test, which will show a positive lymphoma result.

95% of patients are completely cured of ALCL by simply removing the implant and the capsule (the collagen-fibre tissue that your body forms naturally around the implant). Other treatments we might normally associate with cancer, like chemotherapy, are not needed at all. So for the vast majority of this very small population, we remove the implant and capsule and the patient is cured. Once the disease is cleared, some patients even opt for new breast implants.

If you already have textured breast implants, and especially if you have Biocell breast implants, you might be wondering where to go from here. If you have experienced no signs of complications, our recommendation is to do nothing. The risks associated with surgery, though very rare, are greater than the exceptionally low risk of developing ALCL, and so leaving your implants in place is actually the safest possible option. That being said, if you are at all worried, you should absolutely speak to your doctor. If you develop a sudden swelling of your breast, see your doctor right away.

If you are currently considering breast augmentation, make sure you discuss the risks of ALCL with your plastic surgeon during your consultation, along with any other questions and concerns you might have.


Skin Rejuvenation Through the Decades

It is never too early nor too late to start caring for your skin. And while the aging process itself cannot be changed, a proper skincare routine is an integral component of successful anti-aging.  As you age and change throughout the years, it’s important to make lifestyle decisions that will not only benefit your health, but will benefit your skin as well. That’s why staying proactive with skincare management will help you maintain a youthful appearance for years to come.


Although you can’t turn back the hands of time, you can take simple skin rejuvenating steps to make it look as if you did. Modern technology has made it possible for us to undergo cosmetic procedures that help rejuvenate and revitalize our appearance, many of which are safely and non-invasively performed with little to no downtime. Any skincare mistakes you may have made in previous years can often be corrected with carefully selected skin rejuvenation procedures that are customized to your needs.

With that being said, here’s a basic guide to skincare management throughout the decades, so you can start being more proactive and less reactive in regards to the health of your skin.

Skin Rejuvenation in Your 20’s

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Your skin may look great throughout your twenties, but it’s important to remember that this is a key time to protect your skin from damage and prevent premature aging. While you may not be showing signs of wrinkles or sun damage, they can appear later in life. That’s why it’s important to understand that establishing a proper skincare routine in your 20’s is imperative. For starters, wear sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 and apply it to your skin every day. You should also be using a high quality skincare line with active ingredients that are customized to your specific skin type and that can address your specific skin concerns.

In addition to implementing a proper skincare routine, some women in their twenties may begin undergoing routine peels, lasers and injection treatments for preventative aging. As a matter of fact, these treatments have revolutionized anti-aging, not only because they do not involve invasive incisions, but because they can be used to prevent the signs of aging before they appear. The rapidly growing awareness among skin rejuvenation treatments used for preventative aging has made them a preferred treatment of choice for many twenty-somethings.

Skin Rejuvenation in Your 30’s

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A common skincare concern for women in their thirties is the development of fine line and wrinkles. That’s why skin rejuvenation in your twenties is such a good idea, as these treatments can be an excellent way to facilitate a quicker turnover of skin cells, drawing out impurities and leaving you with more youthful-looking skin.

Like in your twenties, using a high quality skincare line is also a crucial component to slow the visible signs of aging in your thirties. Beautiful skin is a lifelong process, and developing a daily skincare routine today can help you keep beautiful skin for the future. An important ingredient to look at this stage is retinol – a vitamin A compound that promotes cellular turnover and collagen production, smoothing out the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

In combination with routine facial peels and laser treatments, injections can be a great way to prevent wrinkles before they really set in. Using smaller doses in your thirties, for example, will decrease the facial movements that add up to wrinkles over time. At this age, most women only need treatments once or twice yearly.

Skin Rejuvenation in Your 40’s

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Throughout your forties, you may begin to notice deeper wrinkles and sagging tissue on the face and neck regions, as well as uneven skin tone and discolouration. While you should continue using a high quality skincare line that contains active ingredients like antioxidants and vitamins, you can also supplement your at-home skincare routine with injections, dermal fillers, facial peels and lasers.

A primary concern for many women in their forties is deflation or a complete loss of volume in the facial anatomy. If you haven’t yet tried dermal fillers, you could be pleasantly surprised by their effectivity at restoring volume to the cheeks, lips and areas around the mouth. Dermal fillers are also effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, giving you a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.

Skin Rejuvenation in Your 50’s & 60’s

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In addition to peels and injections, laser resurfacing treatments are excellent at providing noticeable anti-aging results. Such treatments encompass state-of-the-art equipment and use radio frequency therapies to target sun damage, deep wrinkles and imperfections. At The Plastic Surgery Clinic, we offer radio frequency and intense pulsed light skin rejuvenating treatments, which will successfully reduce the look of wrinkles, all while tightening the skin and removing discolouration. These treatments are an excellent choice for those looking to restore skin clarity and youthfulness with little to no downtime.

There are also various skincare lines that are designed for women over fifty who may have more anti-aging needs than someone in their thirties. Women in their fifties should be looking for skincare products with exceptional, high quality peptides, vitamins, botanicals, and emollients designed specifically for maturing skin. Ingredients like EMC10, a membrane protein complex that is exclusive to Miracle 10’s platinum collection Hyaluronic acid, and highly quality botanical extracts are key in restoring a more youthful looking appearance.

Choose With Confidence

At The Plastic Surgery Clinic, we offer over 30 state-of-the-art skin rejuvenation treatments – all of which have been shown to deliver  results. We are a highly recognized clinic that takes pride in our innovative and transformative non-surgical skincare. To learn more about the various skin rejuvenation treatments we provide, please contact us at info@theplasticsurgeryclinic.com to set up your complimentary consultation.

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Join Us for the Biggest Spring Beauty Event Yet

It’s that time of year again. The trees start blooming, the birds start chirping and the savings commence. That’s right! Our annual spring beauty gala is back and better than ever before. While the same traditional event will occur, we have some new, not to mention exciting things happening this year.

On May 24th and 30th, our spring beauty galas will take place, one at our Mississauga location and the other at our Yorkville boutique. Get ready for big savings on non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments, fun new information sessions and live treatment demonstrations with our world renowned experts, and tons of other amazing perks for new and returning clients. This year’s event will be the biggest spring beauty gala we’ve ever hosted, so make sure to read on, learn more about it and find out how you can attend.

The Beauty Gala


As mentioned, we are hosting beauty galas at each of our locations. The first will take place at our Mississauga clinic on Wednesday May 24th, which includes information booths on Miracle 10 skincare and non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments, complimentary makeup touch ups and skincare assessments, sparkling beverages and canapés, and much more. Plus, when you purchase over $199 (before taxes) in Miracle 10 products you will receive a complimentary gift bag worth $197. Gift bags will only be handed out on Wednesday, May 24th, and Tuesday, May 30th, the days of our official event galas.

The Beauty Bite – Live Talk Show

At this year’s event, we will be hosting our first ever talk show, The Beauty Bite. This fun and informative talk show will feature our very own Dr. Lista, real patients, live demos, and everything trending in beauty now. There will be two shows taking place over the course of the evening, the first at 5:00 p.m. and the second will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Plus, each attendee will receive a voucher for 10 units of BOTOX COSMETIC® at the end of each show. If you’re interested in attending either of these shows, you can RSVP here.

Additional Savings

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Can’t make it to the galas? You can still take advantage of the incredible savings. That’s right! To celebrate the event, we’re offering savings for two weeks. Come to either of our clinics between May 17th-31st and receive 20% off non-surgical skin treatments, including BOTOX Cosmetic®, Juvéderm®, Belkyra™, CoolSculpting®, PicoWay® tattoo removal and Resolve, ThermiRF® skin tightening, peels, lasers, and Miracle 10 Skincare.

Learn more about our special event offers here.

We hope to see you there! And, don’t forget to stay up-to-date with our beauty gala updates on your favourite social media below by following along with the hashtag #SBE2017.

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Introducing PicoWay’s Newest Revolutionary Technology

There are many factors that cause the skin to alter in appearance, smoothness and clarity. Whether it be stress, gravity, prolonged sun exposure, or a genetic predisposition, skin rejuvenation laser treatments have become a widely popular non-surgical treatment for restoring the skin’s natural radiance.

Thanks to constant research that has led to the latest advancements in laser technology, patients are able to receive corrective treatments customized to their specific skincare concerns with no downtime. At The Plastic Surgery Clinic, we are pleased to announce our latest skin rejuvenation technology, PicoWay Resolve – a revolutionary dual wavelength picosecond system with both fractional and non-fractional capabilities.

How Does it Work?

Like the traditional PicoWay technology, Resolve uses picosecond pulses to create laser induced optical breakdown (LIOBs) in the dermis layer of the skin, all while leaving the epidermis fully intact. This LIOB effect stimulates a healing response, remodelling the skin for a complete skin rejuvenation.

PicoWay Resolve has two wavelength settings: 52nm for shallow surface lesions and 1064 nm for deeper lesions. It uses unique, proprietary high peak power and short pulse durations for maximized effectiveness. Its ultra-short pulses enable the strong photoacoustic impact to break apart pigment particles of the skin.

Resolve not only produces less heat than traditional laser technology for minimal discomfort, but its high peak power means an improved ability to treat smaller particles for greater efficacy. The device’s laser energy is delivered slower so that only laser pigment fragments will shatter. Moreover, its ultra-short pulses provide the impact needed to fracture pigment particles using lower fluencies for clearance in fewer treatments. What does this mean for you? Better clearance of unwanted skin pigmentation and a reduction in the signs of aging with less discomfort thanks to fewer necessary laser sessions.

What to Expect During Treatment

PicoWay Resolve is a safe, effective treatment option for any skin type, and offers results in just a few treatments. During your first visit, our medical aestheticians will carefully monitor how your skin reacts to the laser, as this will help to determine the most effective treatment plan for you. To soothe the treated area, a cold compress will then be applied post treatment, and in some cases, a topical antibiotic ointment may be recommended. Post treatment care also includes avoiding the use of any abrasive skin cleansers or exfoliants to the treated area.

It`s also common for some patients – in the weeks that follow a PicoWay Resolve treatment – to experience temporary discolouration or reddening of the skin on or around the treatment area. Some patients have even reported temporary skin lightening following treatment, which resolves to a normalized skin tone shortly after. The great thing about this PicoWay Resolve is that, as mentioned, there`s little to no downtime, meaning you can resume your daily activities post treatment.

The number of treatments you will need will vary depending on the location, size, depth and type of pigment. Generally, the treatments are done in intervals of 8-12 weeks and some individuals will require more treatments than others for optimal results.

Skin Rejuvenation with PicoWay Resolve

PicoWay Resolve can be used to correct an array of skin conditions, including unwanted pigmentation, skin irregularities, and the signs of aging. It’s the only picosecond device on the market to employ a holographic fractionator to deliver precisely consistent energy to the entire treatment area, which results in pristine, reproducible results. As mentioned, Resolve’s two wavelengths enable treatment of shallow lesions with the 532nm wavelength, while the 1064nm wavelength is used for deeper lesions and to treat the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, and stretch marks with little to no downtime. It`s also the most effective laser on the market to treat melasma – a common skin condition that affects 1 in 4 people.

The benefits of using the PicoWay Resolve are endless. You can learn more about how this state-of-the-art method of skin rejuvenation can benefit you during your complimentary consultation at The Plastic Surgery Clinic. Contact us today.

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The “Richface” Rise: Millennials and Skin Rejuvenation

In today’s selfie generation, millennials have become infatuated with looking their best at all times. In fact, millennials are literally keeping up with the Kardashians, trying hard to get that perfect Kylie pout or that flawless Kim K face. As a result, skin rejuvenation treatments such as peels, lasers and injectables are becoming vastly popular among this generation, and for good reason. This proactive approach to anti-aging not only provides preventative results, but it’s an integral component of their overall health maintenance. According to a recent article from Women’s Wear Daily for example, scheduling a facial treatment can be just as important – or even more than – a dental appointment.


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This high demand for these skin rejuvenation procedures comes as no surprise. The treatments are non-invasive, effective and provide treatment for preventative aging with little to no downtime. Some of the most popular we are seeing among millennials at our clinic are listed below.

Injections for Preventative Aging

The Kardashian effect has raised interest among the millennial generation, as more and more are beginning to understand that injection treatments for wrinkles aren’t just for aging skin. In fact, injections have revolutionized anti-aging, not only because they do not involve invasive incisions, but because they can be used to prevent the signs of aging before they appear. The rapidly growing awareness among injections used for preventative aging has made it a preferred treatment of choice for many millennials. At The Plastic Surgery Clinic, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in non-surgical skincare patients that are between the ages of 25-40.

Dermal Fillers for Very Plump Lips

Kylie Jenner, most commonly known for her perfectly plump lips, is a great example of why more patients are wanting to follow suit. While this procedure has always been a favourite among women, we have seen a dramatic increase in lip augmentation patients within the last year.

Not only has this growing trend increased awareness among non-surgical procedures like dermal fillers, but the industry has also responded, providing more options and advanced techniques for lip fillers. For example, lip enhancement is not a one size fits all treatment. Many women express interest in new lip treatments that deliver a full result, but different women have different needs. And, along with these different needs come different lip shapes that may require a certain lip enhancement technique.

Peel Treatments to Restore Skin Clarity

The growth in social media and video exposure to the latest beauty treatment has given millennials a better understanding of skincare health. Think about it: Kim Kardashian has filmed many of her facial procedures via SnapChat, so that her fans can see exactly how she gets radiantly soft, glowing skin. In response, common routine treatments that many of our patients are undergoing are facial peels to restore the skin’s natural radiance.

Our peel treatments will help promote cellular turnover through exfoliation with our combination of a unique dermaplaning approach and a lactic, glycolic, or salicylic acid peel, a fruit enzyme scrub, and a soothing clay mask. These peels are nourishing for the skin and will draw out impurities, leaving you with glowing, more even-looking skin.

Laser Treatments for Evening Skin Tone

Another way millennials are keeping their skin flawlessly fresh is by – in combination with routine peels – getting laser treatments, a noted favourite anti-aging option for 35-year-old Kim Kardashian. This is especially effective for those millennials who spent their teenage years in the sun. Laser treatments for the skin can comfortably and safely target sun damage, hyperpigmentation and other imperfections to give you a more even, clear complexion.

Although most millennials are now more conscious about preventing premature aging by protecting themselves from overexposure to the sun, lasers have been a treatment of choice for those who desire a more youthful, even-looking appearance.

While the above skin rejuvenation treatments are the desired choice for many millennials, it is important to keep in mind that they must be maintained regularly in combination with a customized skincare regime of high quality, active skincare products.

Learn more about the skin rejuvenation treatments and packages offered at The Plastic Surgery Clinic, and we why are recognized as an innovative leader in transformative non-surgical skincare.

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