The Plastic Surgery Clinic Mississauga Now Open Saturdays

The Plastic Surgery Clinic MississaugaYou wanted it, and now you’ve got it! We are pleased to announce that The Plastic Surgery Clinic in Mississauga will now be open on Saturdays following our regular hours, from 9:00-5:00. We’re so glad to be able to better accommodate our busy patients who have to rearrange their hectic schedules in order to schedule weekday appointments with us, and to make more weekly appointment hours available to enable more visits than ever before—great news for all of our patients.

Did you know that The Plastic Surgery Clinic in Mississauga was actually custom designed in direct consultation with Dr. Lista? It was built from the ground up with patient safety and comfort in mind. Each architectural element was specially created to take into account everything we know that improves patient care and experience. Some of these important components include privacy of access, eliminating sight lines from nearby streets, and enabling an efficient flow of patients and staff throughout the building for greater safety and overall experience. By studying all of the available medical literature on improving patient wellbeing, Dr. Lista helped create the best facility possible. That’s just one of the many factors that led to it becoming Canada’s largest and busiest plastic surgery clinic.

For patients located in the downtown Toronto area, our Yorkville location will continue to be open during its regularly scheduled hours. You can schedule appointments with us Monday-Friday from 10:00-6:00 and Saturdays from 10:00-5:00.

To book your free consultation with us at either location, call us toll free at 1-866-803-6415 or email us at, or you can visit our website and fill out a request for information.


The Best Skin Care for Your Skin Type

skin-care-for-your-skin-typeHere at The Plastic Surgery Clinic, we’re all about achieving natural looking results. One way we do that is by always customizing every treatment to each individual patient. A one-size-fits-all approach is just not going to get the best results, and while it takes more time to carefully consult with each person who comes through our doors, it also helps us deliver an outcome that looks beautiful, natural, and makes our patients feel great. Customization is key.

The same is true for our approach to skin care. To get beautiful results that make you feel great, it really is essential that your skin care regimen is completely tailored to your skin type. Dry or delicate skin has very different needs from oily or acne prone skin; you can be using an incredible product that works wonders for some, but if it’s not suited to your skin type, it can even exacerbate your pre-existing concerns. And if you have combination skin where some parts of your face are  dry and sensitive, while other areas like the nose, chin, and forehead are oily, your skin requires a combination of treatments that can address both issues.

There are 3 essential pieces that form the foundation of a great skin care routine: a cleanser, a toner, and a moisturizer. Let’s break those steps down. Cleansing is an important first step that helps remove makeup, excess oil, and impurities that have built up throughout the day. You need a cleanser that leaves your face feeling clean and fresh, but doesn’t strip away the natural moisture barrier in your skin. If your skin feels tight or a little too “squeaky clean” after cleansing for 1 minute and rinsing with warm water, your cleanser is too harsh. Some acne-prone patients think they need to strip away that oil as much as possible, but this can have the opposite effect. The skin tends to overcompensate for any unnatural dryness by producing more oil—definitely not the desired effect.

Toning seems to be the most frequently neglected step in the average skin care routine. Maybe it’s because the usefulness of cleanser and moisturizer are more obvious; we all want clean skin, and we all want supple, moisturized skin. What does a toner even do, after all? When you cleanse your face, you interfere with the skin’s natural pH balance. The pH balance refers to the acid-alkaline ratio present in the skin. The right balance between acidity and alkalinity will help to prevent dryness, sensitivity, and breakouts. Studies show that poor pH equalization can even contribute to the formation of wrinkles. That’s where toner comes in. When you use the right toner for your skin type, you bring those factors back into balance.

For dry skin types (sensitive, prone to redness and irritation) I often recommend Miracle 10 toner, since it calms and refreshes skin with ingredients like aloe vera and antioxidants while also gently balancing pH levels. For acne-prone and oily skin (excess oil, breakouts, uneven skin tone) I usually recommend something like solution II, which balances pH and helps combat oil production while also exfoliating dead skin cells.

As we all know, finishing with a good moisturizer is key. If you’re like us and find yourself battling Toronto winters each year, you know that a good moisturizer in cold weather can work wonders. It helps protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier and corrects and prevents the look of fine lines. Dry skin types should look for moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body and helps retain over a 1000 times its weight in water in skin cells. Acne-prone skin types should keep an eye out for salicylic acid in their moisturizers, which helps combat breakouts. During summer months, you might want to switch it up with a light weight serum, as long as it doesn’t leave an oily residue.

From there, there are plenty of boosters you can add to your regimen (think retinol and specially formulated eye treatments, for example) and as always, you need to wear sunscreen every single day, rain or shine. Not only does it support your skin health by protecting it from sun damage, it also helps prevent visible signs of aging in the long run.

Dr. Ahmad and I prescribe the use of Miracle 10 to our patients as part of our regular professional care. The full line includes a wide range of products that work with all different skin types, and the website features a helpful skin analysis tool if you need some help determining your type.


Dr. Lista Named RealSelf 100 Award Recipient


RealSelf is the world’s largest online community and trusted resource for learning and sharing information about all kinds of different elective cosmetic treatments, whether surgical or non-surgical. Those who are looking for reviews, answers, and before and after photo collections come to RealSelf to help make informed decisions about their health, wellbeing, and appearance. Dr. Lista is thankful to continually have the opportunity to engage with the community and to offer help and support whenever possible, as potential patients everywhere have a right to be completely informed and confident in their decision-making as it pertains to their health.

We’re thrilled to announce that Dr. Lista was recently named a recipient of the RealSelf 100 award, which recognizes the most influential top tier of board certified aesthetic doctors active within the community. Out of the thousands of doctors who volunteer their time to contribute to the site, these top 100 “have an outstanding record of positive consumer feedback, and have empowered millions of people by providing expert information that extends far beyond a five-star rating.” We tend to find that the best candidate for surgical and non-surgical procedures alike is a well-informed patient who has realistic expectations and goals. That’s why this type of distinction is so important to us, designating Dr. Lista as one of the top surgeons from around the world helping to improve patient knowledge and education.

In honour of their achievement, the photos of the esteemed doctors on the RealSelf 100 list appeared on the Times Square jumbotron in New York City (that’s Dr. Lista on the far right, 2nd row down). When most plastic surgeons start out their rigorous med school training, they probably don’t imagine achieving jumbotron status down the road. We’re proud of the contributions Dr. Lista has made to warrant this well-deserved achievement.


CoolSculpting Results After One Month

CoolSculpting procedureWe know CoolSculpting is a big hit with celebrities – it’s been one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets for a while now. Sometimes we forget that, in a lot of ways, stars are just like us. Okay, so most of us can’t afford world class personal trainers to whip us into better shape or top tier personal chefs who spend their lives concocting the healthiest, most delicious meal options conceivable. But even so, we can all work hard to change our habits, maintain active lifestyles, and eat healthy, and still find that we have those stubborn pockets of fat in the tummy or the thighs that just don’t go away. It turns out celebrities have been freezing this fat away for the last few years with one of the most effective non-surgical fat loss technologies we’ve ever encountered.

At this point you might be thinking, that’s all well and good, but we all know that celebrities whose careers rely on their appearance are often willing to use any means necessary to get their desired results, no matter how uncomfortable, inconvenient, and even in some cases painful they might be. They have the time, the money, and patience to do whatever they need to. What about for the rest of us? If we’re seeking out a non-surgical treatment option, it’s more than likely because we don’t have time for downtime and we’re so busy we can’t afford to be bogged down by painful recoveries. So what is CoolSculpting really like for the rest of us?

Toronto lifestyle and beauty blogger Sarah Ohm wanted to know, too. As you can read in her first post about the actual CoolSculpting experience (and you really should check it out, she was even generous enough to include a video to show her real time reaction to the procedure) it’s actually totally comfortable and you can relax while your fat is literally frozen away. You can even double up on other treatments like peels or injections while you’re hooked up to the CoolSculpting applicator, like Sarah did, or you can kick back, relax, watch Netflix, and enjoy other treats.

It’s been one month now since Sarah came to us for her first CoolSculpting session, and believe it or not, you can already see a difference. Even though final results will continue to develop for three months after a CoolSculpting treatment, as you can see with Sarah, that gradual change can start to be visible after only four weeks. Sarah’s CoolSculpting update covers the first weeks after her procedure (discomfort was “probably more annoying than painful” and thankfully the pain management tips I gave her worked like a charm). She’ll keep updating us as the final result progresses, but here’s her current before and after:


We love this procedure because results speak for themselves. Not just for celebrities, either! If you want to know more, join us for our upcoming VIP CoolSculpting event where you can win free treatments, receive unbeatable discounts, and enjoy tons of other treats and perks. Hope to see you there!


Anesthesia for Breast Augmentation

anesthesiologist breast augmentationOne of the top concerns for patients undergoing any type of surgical procedure has to do with general anesthesia. When I meet with women who are interested in breast implants, naturally we have a lot to talk about during the consultation process. From how to choose the right breast implants, to potential risks and complications, we talk about it all. When it comes to overall safety, there’s still one question I hear time and time again: is general anesthesia safe with breast augmentation?

The short answer is of course yes. Unless you are at a higher risk due to issues like smoking, obesity, allergies, or significant kidney, lung or heart problems, anesthesia is really very safe for patients. For the big procedures I’ve been performing for over 25 years like breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and rhinoplasty, thousands of patients at The Plastic Surgery Clinic have been put under general anesthetic. If it wasn’t a safe way to conduct surgery, it’s not something that we’d even consider offering. It’s just that simple.

During a breast augmentation operation, patients at The Plastic Surgery Clinic always have a board certified anesthesiologist by their side. This highly trained doctor administers the anesthetic, stays with you throughout the entire operation, and is there to continue monitoring you as you wake up. They will monitor your vital signs and make sure that the concentration of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and anesthetic drugs you are breathing in and out are at the right levels. They’ll also continually monitor your levels of consciousness by paying close attention to your electrical brain activity and by conducting in-person clinical observation. This way there’s always someone making sure that you’re completely comfortable, completely asleep, and completely safe every step of the way, from the operating room, to the recovery room.

breast implants anesthesiaThe other benefit of having an anesthesiologist in the operating room is that I can put my full attention towards creating the best result possible during surgery. Since I only work with the best doctors in Toronto and Mississauga, I know that I can trust them completely with your safety. It allows me to focus on creating a beautiful and natural looking breast and lets me concentrate on achieving all the goals we talked about during your consultation. In the end, you get the highest level of care and the best results possible, and really that’s what we strive to deliver to our patients every time.

A lot of people have fears about going under anesthetic, but statistically speaking, the risk isn’t in line with the worry. If you have concerns about this and about types of anesthesia used during breast augmentation, I’d love to discuss it further with you during a free consultation.