Thank You for Attending Our Summer CoolSculpting Seminars

During this last week, we hosted two CoolSculpting seminars, which took place at both of our locations: Yorkville and Mississauga. Last Thursday, our first CoolSculpting information seminar occurred at our Yorkville location, and just yesterday, our second information seminar was held in our Mississauga clinic.

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Each seminar took place in the afternoon from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., which included a short informational presentation from our CoolSculpting representative, free consultations, a light lunch, and exclusive event-only savings.

Live Demonstrations

Because it is a part of our philosophy to ensure that our clients are highly educated about each and every procedure we perform, we find it imperative to provide information sessions about our latest treatments and advancements in technology.coolsculpting-for-double-chin

This year, we featured a live demonstration of the CoolMini treatment, where a patient received one CoolSculpting treatment with the CoolMini applicator for combating submental fat underneath her chin.

CoolAdvantage Applicator

We also featured an informational segment on our newest 35-minute CoolAdvantage applicators, and we’re proud to announce that we are the first clinic in Ontario to receive this new treatment option. With the launch of the next generation CoolAdvantage applicator, we are now able to deliver better patient outcomes

1. Shorter treatment time of 35 minutes, which cuts treatment time by nearly half

2. 45% improvement in comfort scores during treatment with the CoolAdvantage applicator

3. The new design provides a larger cooling area, which treats more tissue area. CoolSculpting applicator, which we are proud to have available at our Mississauga clinic.

Exclusive Offers & Promotions

Our CoolSculpting seminar was a complete success for not only the amazing information our patients received, but also for the exclusive savings they are able to make use of – just for attending the event. Guests also got to spin the CoolSculpting Fortune Wheel, which included a wide selection of amazing prizes.

If you were unable to attend these seminars, please stay tuned as we will be hosting more CoolSculpting specific events in the near future.

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How Can I Improve the Appearance of My Neck Without Surgery?

coolsculpting-for-double-chinAs we age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun and the stresses of daily life can be seen in our neck. While we are well aware of what effect this has to the body, it is certainly not something we look forward to. Muscles that sag in the neck and chin area can pull your face down, counteracting any anti-aging beauty routine you follow, no matter how diligent you are.

While facelift surgery is a viable option for helping to turn back the hands of time, it’s not necessarily the only option. As the aesthetics industry continues to evolve, more and more non-surgical skin rejuvenation options are being made available – and yes, that includes options for non-surgical neck enhancement.

A common question many prospective patients ask is: How can I improve the appearance of my neck without having surgery?

So, what are your options for non-surgical neck enhancement? Read on to find out.

Injections for Double Chin

Small stubborn pockets of fat can form under the chin, resulting in a loss of definition in a person’s chin profile that is resistant to diet and exercise. With our new clinically proven non-surgical treatment, patients can now receive injections to help restore the contour of their jawline. Using deoxycholic acid—a naturally occurring substance found in the body—these injections destroy the membranes of fat cells, causing them to die. The body then processes and naturally eliminates these dead fat cells, helping to create a beautifully contoured profile.

These in-office injection treatment sessions take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. During your session, both you and your injector will determine the ideal treatment plan tailored for you. Based on your personal treatment goals, your injector will help to determine how many sessions are needed to achieve optimal results.

CoolSculpting for Double Chin

Many of our patients have tried everything, and even though they maintain a balanced diet, they still find themselves unhappy with submental fat under the chin area. Thankfully, these stubborn pockets of fat can be frozen away with CoolSculpting, resulting in a smoother, more refined chin profile.

CoolSculpting for double chin will target and freeze away the fat cells underneath your chin, allowing your body to naturally eliminate them in the weeks and months that follow. Controlled cooling, known as Cryolipolysis, enables our CoolSculpting specialists to effectively single out unwanted fat cells. These cells are safely crystallized, or frozen, which causes them to die. Over time, your body naturally processes and removes the dead cells, giving you a more contoured jawline.

Thermi® Skin Tightening

Another viable non-surgical option for tightening the skin in the chin and neck area is Thermi® Skin Tightening. Thermi™ is a leading developer of medical aesthetic devices that harness the power of controlled thermal energy to tighten skin and eliminate small pockets of bulgy fat. This technology will safely and effectively combat visible signs of aging in the neck, improving skin laxity – and therefore restoring its firmness – without the downtime associated with surgery.

While the above skin rejuvenation treatments continue to be effective in restoring your skin’s youthfulness, you must be diligent in maintaining each treatment regularly. You may also have to repeat the treatment in the future to conserve the integrity of your skin.

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

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The Top 4 Reasons for Rhinoplasty

reasons-for-rihnoplastyRhinoplasty, more commonly referred to as a nose job, is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures to date. Though common, the motivating factor behind a patient’s decision to undergo a rhinoplasty procedure varies. Some undergo this surgery to correct an asymmetry, while others require this procedure because they may be experiencing breathing difficulties. Whatever the reason may be, taking time to thoroughly understand the procedure will help you better determine a result that is best suited for you.

Here, at The Plastic Surgery Clinic, we perform 75 to 100 rhinoplasty procedures per year. The most common reasons why my patients undergo this procedure are:

1. Cosmetic Enhancement

One of the most common and best known reasons for undergoing rhinoplasty is to improve the external appearance of the nose. Many patients consult me because they are concerned about a slight bump, otherwise known as a dorsal hump, or an asymmetry of the nose, either with their nostrils or upper bridge. In most cases, aesthetic deformities have likely bothered a patient for many years, which is why correcting this concern is a common motivation for many of the rhinoplasty surgeries I perform.

2. Medical – Improve Breathing Functionality

While aesthetic deformities are among the most common motives to undergo rhinoplasty surgery, I see many patients who have significant problems with breathing. Such difficulties can occur either through one nostril or both and are often a lifelong source of discomfort for patients. For example, they may have been born with a deformity within the nose, or developed a problem as they grew up.

A very common issue I correct is a deviated septum, a condition in which the septum, or bone and cartilage that separate the nostrils, sits off to one side of the middle. Patients with a deviated septum have one nasal passage that is narrower than the other, which can interfere with even air flow when breathing. Other reasons for treating functional rhinoplasty may include irregularities in other areas of the nose like the internal and external nasal valves and the turbinates that can similarly impede nasal airflow.

3. Correction of Injury

Nasal fractures, or broken noses, resulting from facial injuries can be another reason why patients come to me to perform rhinoplasty surgery. When an accident results in a broken nose, there is more than just appearance to consider. Aside from having an asymmetry that needs to be corrected, nasal fractures can also bring forth breathing difficulties, as a result of damage through accident or trauma.

While some broken noses can be resolved with a basic alignment procedure, in most cases, surgery is needed to restore full functionality and appearance to the nose. And, depending on the severity of the break, one or more procedures may be required.

4. Revision Rhinoplasty

There are a number of patients who have come to me after already undergoing rhinoplasty surgery with another plastic surgeon. These patients continue to have some areas of concern with the overall appearance of their nose that were not corrected during their first procedure. In other cases, some patients see deformities that were not present before their first surgery and have arisen as a result of that surgery. Some of these deformities could even cause breathing problems that were never there before. When I see these patients, it’s important to understand why their initial rhinoplasty surgery has failed, which, in most cases, is because their pervious surgeon failed to recognize a deformity prior to the procedure.

Revision rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult surgeries to perform. The reason? The structures that were natively present in the nose have been altered, and in some cases, some of these structures have been removed completely. Moreover, the significant amount of scar tissue, as a result of the first rhinoplasty procedure, can also make revision rhinoplasty more difficult to perform.

Above all, revision rhinoplasty is not only aimed to correct any deformities brought on by the first surgery, but also to improve the overall function of the nose to ensure the patient continues to breathe properly.

Should you decide to undergo a rhinoplasty procedure, whatever your motivation, be sure to consult with a highly qualified, board certified rhinoplasty surgeon that specializes in all areas of rhinoplasty and facial reconstruction. Together, both of you will be able to determine an end result that not only benefits the functionality of your nose, but also meets your aesthetic goals.

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Rhinoplasty for Medical Reasons: 5 Stars Who’ve Had it

When it comes to A-list plastic surgery, rhinoplasty is one of the most common procedures performed. Think about it: almost everyone in Hollywood has had a little nose shaped nip and tuck. What many people do not realize, however, is that rhinoplasty surgery isn’t just for cosmetic enhancement.

There are various reasons why someone would undergo rhinoplasty surgery other than for improving the appearance of the nose. Whether you’ve suffered from an injury, or are correcting a nasal birth defect – both of which can impede nasal airflow – rhinoplasty surgery can also be performed to improve breathing difficulties.

While the majority of celebrity nose jobs are aimed at altering the nose to better shape the face, there are some celebrities who’ve undergone nose surgery to correct breathing complications. Don’t believe us? We’ve rounded up these celebs in our list below.

1. Jennifer Aniston

The Friends leading lady had to undergo two septoplasties, once in 1994 and again in 2007 to improve breathing due to a deviated septum. This procedure, along with correcting this nasal birth defect, also changed the outer shape of her nose.

2. Ashley Tisdale

In 2007, Ashley Tisdale, star of High School Musical, underwent rhinoplasty surgery to correct a deviated septum, which caused significant breathing issues. In an interview that proceeded her surgery, she said “The older I got, the worse it got. I went to get it checked out, and the doctor told me the septum was 80 percent deviated and that I had two small fractures on my nose.”

3. Karina Smirnoff

Dancing with the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff recently had rhinoplasty surgery to correct a deviated septum and damage from having previously suffered from a broken nose. In an interview with Extra, Karina said, “I feel great! It’s the best thing I have ever done. It kind of still looks a little bit like me, but the better, upgraded version.”

4. Josh Hutcherson

Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson underwent nose surgery to correct a deviated septum, which was a result of a nasal birth defect. “I was 90 percent blocked in my right nostril,” said Hutcherson after recovering from his rhinoplasty surgery.

5. Cameron Diaz

In 2007, Cameron Diaz underwent nose surgery to repair nasal asymmetry, as breathing problems were becoming a major issue for her. It has been reported that her nasal asymmetry worsened due to having broken her nose four times.

Rhinoplasty to Improve Breathing

Many patients who come to The Plastic Surgery Clinic for rhinoplasty have difficulty breathing through the nose due to a deviated septum, a condition in which the nasal septum – the section of bone and cartilage that divides the nasal cavity in half – is crooked or overly asymmetrical. This imbalance can obstruct breathing in one or both of the nasal passageways.

While an irregular septum is a common cause of breathing difficulties, irregularities in other areas of the nose like the internal and external nasal valves and the turbinates can similarly affect nasal airflow. Regardless of the structural problem you may be facing, it can be treated with surgery.

During cosmetic rhinoplasty, structural causes of airway obstruction can be corrected, all while improvements are made to the size and shape of the nose (if desired). Structural corrections can include septoplasty or septal reconstruction, turbinate reduction, or adding your own cartilage borrowed from within your nose to strengthen internal or external nasal valves.

At The Plastic Surgery Clinic, we perform approximately 75 to 100 rhinoplasty procedures per year, making Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Lista some of the most experienced cosmetic surgeons in Toronto and throughout Canada. Our main objective is to help you to achieve your goals while ensuring the highest standards of patient care and safety.

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Bigger is Not Always Better: 5 Celebrities Who’ve Had Breast Reduction Surgery

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While many celebrities are known for enhancing the size of their chest, there are some who have done the opposite by undergoing breast reduction surgery. For some women, having large breasts can cause a variety of medical problems. Extra weight in the chest can cause neck and back pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities, difficulty breathing and/or indentation in the shoulders caused by bra straps. For these reasons, many women undergo breast reduction surgery, which, in most cases, is seen as a life-changing procedure.

What is a Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction, medically known as reduction mammoplasty, is designed for women with large breasts. This surgical procedure removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. During the surgery, the size of the areola can also be reduced. The goal of breast reduction surgery is to give the woman smaller, better-shaped breasts in proportion with the rest of her body.

Celebrities & Breast Reduction Surgery

When you think about celebrities undergoing plastic surgery, you think about them tightening, lifting, or plumping things. However, there are also procedures available — like breast reduction surgery — that reduce the size of the breasts to bring forth a better quality of life.

These five celebrities are a perfect example of how breast reduction surgery can give women a more comfortable, and less painful way to live their lives:

1. Ariel Winter

Finding it hard to dress up for red carpet events, the 17-year old Modern Family star underwent breast reduction surgery to reduce the size of her breasts from a 32F to a 34D. “I had a lot of back problems. I really couldn’t stand up straight for a long period of time. It started to hurt so bad that I couldn’t take the pain,” said Winter, who, like most larger chested women, underwent breast reduction surgery to relieve unnecessary back pain.

2. Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore, known for her rebellious personality in her younger years, underwent breast reduction surgery in 1992. After her procedure, Barrymore said, “I really love my body and the way it is right now. There’s something very awkward about women and their breasts because men look at them so much. When they’re huge, you become very self-conscious. Your back hurts. You find that whatever you wear, you look heavy in. It’s uncomfortable.”

3. Queen Latifah

After a 25-pound weight loss, which had no effect on the size of her breasts, Queen Latifah made the decision to undergo breast reduction surgery to proportion the size of her breasts with the rest of her body. “I had lost 25 pounds and my breasts didn’t go anywhere! I was still carrying that load,” said the star in 2003.

4. Soleil Moon Frye

The “Punky Brewster” star underwent breast reduction surgery in 1992, when she was just 16 years old. At only 5’1, Soleil had been the victim of taunting and teasing due to her gigantomastia, in other words, excessive breast tissue. The surgery took her 38DD bust down to 36C, which made going about her daily life more manageable.

5. Janeane Garofalo

Comedian Janeane Garofalo underwent breast reduction surgery because she was uncomfortable with a large chest on her small frame. “I was a 36C or D, and at 5’1, I knew that being a small person with big boobs standing in front of an audience was not going to be easy. I went down to a B cup, and it was the best thing in the whole world.”

Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

Most women who undergo breast reduction surgery have previously felt that the size of their breasts can restrict their activities and cause them physical discomfort. They are more interested in physical relief than cosmetic improvement. The best breast reduction candidates are those who are mature enough to fully understand the procedure and have realistic expectations about the results.

At the Plastic Surgery Clinic we perform approximately 200 breast reduction procedures per year. This makes both Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad two of the most experienced breast reduction surgeons in Canada. Together, they have one main goal: to ensure all their breast reduction patients have the most real, soft and natural look possible.

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