Miracle 10 Sunscreen Approved by the Melanoma Network of Canada


When it comes to visible signs of aging, one of your skin’s worst enemies is the sun. UVA and UVB rays contribute to skin cell damage and accelerate normal aging processes, leading to uneven skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. But beyond that, exposure to UVA and UVB rays can have a detrimental effect on the health of your skin—your body’s largest organ.

The Canadian Cancer society has noted that too many Canadians are choosing not to wear sunscreen, leading to a dangerous increase in skin cancer rates. Dr. Beatrice Wang, director of the melanoma clinic at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, says wearing sunscreen every day can help prevent the development of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Miracle 10 Skincare is proud to announce that one of their best selling products, Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, has been approved by the Melanoma Network of Canada. In order to support public awareness, education, advocacy and research for melanoma, 5% of all sales will go towards funding their cause. By using Miracle 10 Sunscreen, you can not only protect your skin from damaging UV exposure, but you will also be supporting further research to help prevent skin cancer and help support those who are already battling it.

Miracle 10 is also proud to be the national sponsor of the Strides for Melanoma Walk for Awareness, a community fundraising and awareness event created by the Melanoma Network of Canada that takes place in cities all across the country. The first 500 registrants for this years Strides event will receive a free Miracle 10 Sunscreen. Proceeds raised by this event are crucial in allowing MNC to continue to provide and expand unique support services, create and deliver awareness and prevention education initiatives and support research and advocacy.

Drs. Lista and Ahmad prescribe the use of Miracle 10 skincare to their patients as part of their professional care.


Our Surgeons Publish New Article on Tummy Tuck after Weight Loss Surgery

untitledIt’s been a big month for Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad. The publication of their latest article on abdominoplasty after weight loss surgery marks their third peer reviewed journal article to be published in one month.

Their latest research focuses on the recovery period of patients who undergo body contouring after weight loss surgery. More and more, patients are choosing bariatric surgery in order to help achieve significant weight loss as a safe and effective means to improve their overall health. After losing a substantial amount of weight, many patients are left with excessive loose skin. As a result, the demand for body contouring procedures that can address both functional and aesthetic concerns is on the rise. Unfortunately, high wound healing complication rates continue to be a significant problem for these patients. One theory as to why these complications persist in this type of patient is that chronic malnourishment could be a significant contributing factor.

Working from this theory, Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad performed a study to determine the effect of protein supplements on these patients. They hypothesized that, by taking protein supplements for a period of weeks before body contouring surgery, patients who had previously undergone a weight loss surgery would experience fewer wound healing complications after abdominoplasty. They performed a retrospective review on 23 post-bariatric surgery patients undergoing abdominoplasty who received protein nutritional supplementation and compared their results with a group of 23 patients who did not receive the protein supplement protocol. The patient demographics and procedure characteristics between these two different groups were similar. The results of the review were quite telling.

Overall wound healing complication rates were significantly lower in the group who received the protein supplement. So low, in fact, that the protein supplemented group had a would healing complication rate of 0% while the non-supplemented group demonstrated a wound healing complication rate of 21.8%. This conclusively demonstrated that the use of protein supplements by these patients is a very simple treatment option that significantly reduces this specific type of complication.

The Plastic Surgery Clinic has one of the largest experiences in the world with post-bariatric surgery patients because of our association with laparoscopic gastric banding (or lap band surgery), which is also performed at the clinic. As Dr. Lista explains, “one of the problems with tummy tuck after this kind of surgery is the higher complication rate associated with infections. We have discovered a way to significantly decrease this risk by asking the patients to take supplemental dietary protein before and after surgery. The results are an impressive and significant reduction in the infection rate—down to zero.”

To review the complete article please click here.


New Breast Reduction Article by Drs. Lista & Ahmad Published in PRS Journal

vertical-scar-breast-reduction-articleIn 2006, Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad published an article on breast reduction surgery describing their innovative use of the vertical scar technique. Unlike previous approaches to breast augmentation, the vertical scar method reduces the number of incisions required for the procedure, leaving the patient with much less scarring. Since publishing their initial article, our plastic surgeons have continued to refine their technique, making modifications to improve both the reliability of the procedure and the outcomes they are able to achieve. As a result, they are proud to announce the publication of an updated article detailing their modifications, which has recently been published in the highly esteemed Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Since 1989, Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad have performed vertical scar breast reduction on over 3000 patients. Their exceptional level of experience has distinguished them as experts in the field. While their initial article published 9 years ago established their reputation and helped revolutionize the technique used in breast reduction surgery, this latest published research will enable doctors around the world to benefit from their continued refinements. In turn, patients everywhere will have the advantage of undergoing a safer, state-of-the-art procedure that produces better results and reliable outcomes.

This latest publication firmly entrenches our surgeons as worldwide leaders in cosmetic breast surgery. Their contributions to peer reviewed journals and continued research on the subjects of breast reduction, breast augmentation, and breast lift have solidified their status as surgical experts. It’s why they are so frequently invited to present their research at conferences and universities around the world, and why their practice has grown to become one of the biggest and busiest in Canada.

To review the complete article, please click here.


The Life-Changing Potential of Gynecomastia Correction

Imagine what it’s like to feel so uncomfortable in your own skin that you actually start to miss out on memories with your kids and your grandkids. Imagine avoiding going to the beach because you don’t want to be seen shirtless in public. Imagine not even owning a bathing suit for 40 years because you feel so embarrassed.

Gynecomastia correction

Bernie Parent before and after gynecomastia correction. Photos courtesy of Steven Davis at Davis Cosmetic Plastic Surgery.

It sounds like an unlucky way to live, but it’s exactly what happened to legendary NHL player Bernie Parent. He has enjoyed a life of accolades, including being named MVP for both championship Stanley Cup games his team won. He was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 1984. He’s been a physically fit, world-class athlete his whole life, working out and staying in shape, all the while keeping a very personal secret that plagued his self confidence. Since the age of about 17 or 18, he’s dealt with a condition known as gynecomastia, where male breast tissue becomes enlarged and changes the appearance of an otherwise masculine chest.

In recent interviews Parent explained, “I worked out and worked out and it never went away.” The resulting embarrassment caused him to shy away from situations where he would have to remove his shirt for decades. “My personality was fine, the rest of my body was fine, but it was always on my mind and it distracted me from enjoying life with my kids and my grandkids,” he said.

Although Bernie felt alone in his discomfort and self-consciousness, many men around the world live with gynecomastia and face the deeply private consequences every day. At 70 years old, the condition affects at least one in four men in Parent’s age group. At this point in his life, however, he had finally had enough and sought out the advice of a plastic surgeon to see if anything could be done to help him feel more comfortable with his own body.

In Bernie’s case, his surgeon determined that his gynecomastia could be treated non-surgically using CoolSculpting treatments. For some patients, this can be a good option. However, not all men have enlarged breasts due to fat cells alone. Gynecomastia can be caused by glandular tissue, fatty tissue, excess skin, or a combination of these factors. Every man is different and so every man requires a totally customized procedure to achieve his specific goals.

The great news for Bernie is that his gynecomastia correction worked and he was totally satisfied with the result. But the experience goes beyond a simple change in appearance. “It’s like anything else: you feel better, you look better, the rewards are much better,” he said. “It works not only on the beach but at home and everywhere.” And really, this is often true for so many of the gynecomastia patients we meet at The Plastic Surgery Clinic. Men who have spent several years—decades, even—missing out find that this procedure transforms their lives. They no longer have to miss out on memories at the beach or pool with friends and family, or more private moments with intimate partners. Having a newfound self-confidence in day to day life can transform your whole outlook. I’ve seen it happen, and it’s truly inspiring.

While it was once a source of embarrassment and anxiety for Parent, he now hopes that by sharing his story he will be able to help other men. “I’m not afraid of sharing this with people because I’m sure I’m not the only in this world who feels this way,” he said. “And by sharing this with people, hopefully the people will come forward and won’t have to wait as long as I did.”


Aesthetic Surgery Journal Publishes Labiaplasty Article by Drs. Lista & Ahmad

Labia Reduction Journal ArticleDr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad of The Plastic Surgery Clinic are pleased to announce that their recent journal article on aesthetic labiaplasty has been published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

For many women, the appearance of the labia is a deeply personal matter. Both Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad have met female patients over the years who have had functional or aesthetic concerns about their labia. For some, overdevelopment or overly large labia can cause pain during intercourse, pain when sitting, discomfort when walking or running, and several other difficulties that affect their day-to-day lives. Women whose labia minora appear enlarged or asymmetrical have also reported self-consciousness, anxiety, and fears that they might appear abnormal in sexual situations. Some women with this condition even feel too embarrassed to wear tight clothing. This has led to an increase in women seeking out labia reduction procedures in order to improve labial appearance and to offer functional and psychological relief.

Over the years, as this procedure has developed and increased in popularity, several questions have been raised about its safety and effectiveness. A lack of published studies on the effects of this surgery has left some women and health organizations uncertain of its efficacy and wary of potential complications. As a result, Drs. Lista and Ahmad performed a study of 113 aesthetic labiaplasty patients over the past 7 years to examine demographic, procedural, and outcome data.

Out of these 113 patients, the doctors found that 13% reported temporary symptoms including swelling, bruising, and pain, while only one patient (or 0.8% of the survey) experienced bleeding. Four patients (3.5%) required slight revision in order to further improve any remaining asymmetry or the appearance of excess tissue. In all cases studied, no major complications were reported. The surgeons concluded that the technique used at The Plastic Surgery Clinic known as the “edge excision technique” has a very low complication rate and offers satisfactory aesthetic outcomes for patients. They also surmised that more studies are needed in order to examine the impact that a labia reduction procedure has on a woman’s self-image and quality of life in order to better understand the motivations and expectations who choose to undergo this type of surgery. Doing so would enable surgeons everywhere to help patients make well-informed decisions about their bodies and their health.

Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad are pleased to have their research published in this prestigious, peer-reviewed, international journal so that their work can reach plastic surgeons all over the world. In this way, they will contribute to the growing body of knowledge surrounding this procedure, and help other doctors move forward with an educated approach.

To review the full article, please click here.