A Record Number of Journal Articles Published by Our Surgeons

dr-lista-dr-ahmad-journal-articlesAs July draws to a close, we’re pleased to look back at a record-breaking month for The Plastic Surgery Clinic. Because we are one of the largest and busiest plastic surgery clinics in Canada, it’s true that Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad are frequently very busy meeting with patients for consultations and performing complex surgeries in the operating room. But another important component of their work is keeping up with the latest published research and contributing their own studies to scientific journals. They evaluate the results they have achieved to ensure that their techniques and approaches guarantee the highest safety standards possible for their patients and share this knowledge with other surgeons around the world to help improve patient safety everywhere and to help more patients achieve the best results possible.

This July, Drs. Lista and Ahmad accomplished a significant research feat by publishing three separate journal articles in the same month. This impressive achievement has distinguished them as leading surgeons with unparalleled experience.

Their first article on aesthetic labiaplasty was published by the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Labiaplasty is a procedure that has become more and more popular over time, and as a result, questions pertaining to its safety and effectiveness continue to be raised. Because there are very few published studies that evaluate the results of this surgery, many women and health organizations are uncertain of its efficacy and have concerns about potential complications. Because of this, our plastic surgeons performed a study of 113 of their patients over the past 7 years to help expand the body of knowledge surrounding this procedure. They conclusively proved that the technique used at The Plastic Surgery Clinic maintains a very low complication rate and provides satisfying outcomes for patients. Read more about this study here.

Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad have established themselves as worldwide leaders in cosmetic breast surgery, and their second article provides yet another indication of that status. As a follow up to a prior study they published in 2006, their new article on vertical scar breast reduction explains how they have continued to refine their surgical techniques and the modifications they have made to improve the outcomes they are able to achieve and the reliability of the procedure. This latest research, published in the highly esteemed Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, will allow surgeons around the world to benefit from their advances and patients everywhere will experience a safer, state-of-the-art procedure that produces better results with reliable outcomes. Read more about this breast reduction article.

Finally, the third article addresses ways to improve the wound healing complication rates of patients who undergo body contouring procedures after weight loss surgery. Patients who have successfully lost weight after bariatric surgery are often left with excessive loose skin once the weight is gone. Studies have shown that those who choose to undergo body contouring procedures have a better chance of keeping the weight off, maintaining a healthy BMI, and reporting an improved quality of life. Unfortunately, high wound healing complication rates continue to be a problem for these patients. Drs. Lista and Ahmad conclusively proved that these specific complication rates could be improved in these patients if they were administered a protein supplement before and after surgery. The results are an impressive and significant reduction in the infection rate—down to zero. Find out more about this groundbreaking study here.


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. She recommends wearing sunscreen every day. Whether it’s sunny or overcast, your skin is still being affected by harmful UV rays. She also suggests applying a minimum of 1 tsp (approximately 5 mL) of sunscreen to the face alone. Protection all day is important, but it’s most important between 11 am and 4 pm. Wearing a hat and sunglasses to help protect from sun exposure is also a great idea.

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.

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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.”