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Talking to Friends & Family About Your Plastic Surgery

The PSC Staff

talking about cosmetic surgeryWhen patients come in for a free consultation with our plastic surgeons, chances are they’re focused pretty strictly on the details of the procedure they’re considering. Most if not all of their questions centre around the surgery and their safety. After all, when you have one on one time with surgeons who are world-renowned experts in their field, you want to get the most out of their specialized medical experience. But what about the questions you don’t think to ask your surgeon during consultation that come to mind later on? While we’re always on hand to answer any question you might have (no matter how big or small), here’s a topic that comes up frequently that we thought we’d share: talking to friends, family, and children about plastic surgery.

Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behaviour economics at Duke University and a New York Times bestselling author, recently offered insights to the RealSelf blog and we thought a lot of our past, present, and prospective patients might find them useful and interesting. Here are some common questions many people wonder about.

1.) How do I reveal to my friends and family that I’ve had cosmetic surgery when I think they will probably disapprove?

It’s important to keep in mind what led you to your decision in the first place. Chances are if you explain your reasoning, those who care about you will understand where you’re coming from as opposed to simply being surprised by or critical of the surgery itself. As Ariely explains, “this may be about getting back to the way you want to see and think about yourself, which is a straightforward thing people can relate to.” Talking about your reasons puts the focus back on this being your decision for your life and your body, and while they might be disapproving of cosmetic surgery in a general sense, your friends and family certainly want what’s best for you. Talking about it openly can help lower speculation and diminish it as a topic of conversation.

2.) How long should I wait to tell my children about my plastic surgery? I don’t want to tell them when they’re too young and scare them.

No one knows or understands your children better than you do, and ultimately you should use your best judgement if you’re feeling hesitant about it. But that being said, kids are naturally curious and generally have an easy time getting used to things so long as they have a comprehensible answer. Ariely feels that there’s no right age at which to tell (or not to tell) your kids, though he advises not waiting to do so: “as time passes, it will only become more difficult to have the discussion.” His advice is to explain in plain language that there was something you were unhappy with and you decided to fix it.

3.) Will my daughter grow up with a negative body image if I have a breast augmentation?

It’s an important consideration. Ariely doesn’t believe the decision will necessarily lead to a negative body image. His suggestion for talking about breast augmentation with a daughter is to explain, “I did this, but everybody has a different body type and different wants.”  Keeping an open channel of communication is important so that as your daughter navigates her feelings about her own body as she grows up, she knows you are always there to hear her out and offer non-judgmental support.

4.) Should I tell my partner I had plastic surgery, even if I’m only having injection treatments? It’s my body, after all – do I really need to tell them?

There are benefits to telling your longterm partner, and to telling them in advance. It helps to foster trust, good communication, and honesty in your relationship. Would you want to be in a relationship where you felt like you couldn’t discuss your wants and needs openly and honestly? Ariely says: “I think you should tell your partner in advance. A partner who finds out without knowing about it beforehand will likely think the betrayal is larger.”

There is more helpful advice available in the original blog post. And of course, if you ever have any questions related to this topic (or about anything at all!) don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at info@theplasticsurgeryclinic.com.


Breast Implants for Athletes: What Women Need to Know

The PSC Staff

breast implants for athletesA great blog post by Dani Shugart, published author and physique competitor, has been making the rounds lately and once we read it we knew it was worth sharing. She writes all about the topic of breast implants for women who lift weights and build significant upper body muscle. Quite a few of our patients over the years have been bodybuilders, physique competitors, or professional fitness models, and it’s not uncommon for others to fall somewhere along the athletic build spectrum. Women come in all different shapes and sizes, and it’s important that those who fit into a more muscular category know what options they have outside of the gym to build the body they want.

But to be clear, that’s only if it is in fact what they want for themselves. One thing that makes Shugart’s post particularly important is her emphasis on the fact that “women can have amazing, sexy bodies even without bigger breasts. The way she feels about that body is what really matters.” Her story is so valuable because of her understanding that this was the right decision for her life and for her body. She spent a significant portion of her life feeling like her body was mismatched and out of proportion. Not every woman feels this way, and breast augmentation is not the right decision for every woman. But for women like Shugart, who consider their options carefully, have reasonable expectations, and meet with board certified plastic surgeons to make sure they have all the information they need, the decision to get breast implants can be made with confidence, comfort, and certainty.

So here are some suggestions and important information for women who train and are interested in breast augmentation.

1.) Talk to your doctor about your fitness routine. 
When fitness is important to you, it will factor into your recovery period and your life after breast augmentation. It’s really important to be on the same page about your lifestyle and your goals. Being upfront with your surgeon will allow you to work together to create a plan that can get you back to your favourite physical activities within a timeframe that makes sense for you while also ensuring that your body has enough time to heal itself and recover safely.

2.) Exercise needs to be limited during recovery, but you won’t be off your feet forever.
Recommendations at The Plastic Surgery Clinic for recovery after breast augmentation allow for gentle exercise after 2 weeks. Our plastic surgeons generally recommend waiting one month before returning to upper body workouts, running, and high impact exercise. When your body is healing after surgery, it’s working to repair itself in a similar way to when you are injured. Think about how you would adjust your training if you sustained a significant injury and remember that recovery is a gradual process. You’ll likely be able to return to your regular routine sooner than later, but carefully following the advice of your plastic surgeon for your particular situation is always the number one recommendation.

3.) Over the muscle or under the muscle? There’s no one-size-fits-all solution.
Breast implant placement is a very common concern for women who train. Placement under the muscle can create a more natural looking shape for leaner women who don’t have a lot of breast tissue to begin with. One disadvantage is that intense movements of the pectoralis muscle can cause the implant to move at the same time, creating a look that some women dislike (though it only occurs during intense exercise of these muscles, as with bench pressing). Women who have more breast tissue to begin with can have natural looking results with an implant placed over the muscle, but this is a more rare circumstance for many of our athletic patients. Every body is different. To know which placement is right for you, come see us for a free consultation.

If you’d like to learn more from an insider’s perspective on the experience, definitely give Dani Shugart’s excellent blog post a read.


Meet Jenny, Our Injection & Non-Surgical Specialist

Jenny RNWe are so excited to introduce the newest member of our medical team, our injection nurse Jenny. She has extensive experience performing several non-surgical procedures, including injections for wrinkles, injectable fillers, laser treatments for skin, laser hair removal, and peel treatments. She began her career as an RN at the Trillium Health Centre and trained to become a cosmetic injection specialist. With more than five years of experience in this field, she now works with us as a full time cosmetic RN injector.

As with all of the nurses who work at The Plastic Surgery Clinic, Jenny has undergone a rigorous training process to ensure that she meets the strict guidelines and high standards set by Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad. This is an impressive distinction made possible by her impeccable skill and considerable experience – she is definitely one of the best. Now that she’s part of our team, she works under the direction and guidance of our head nurse injector, Diane, to deliver beautiful and natural looking results in the safest manner possible.

Thanks to the addition of Jenny’s amazing work, we are now able to respond to your appointment requests more quickly, shortening wait times to make sure that all of our patients receive the non-surgical treatments they want when they want them. Injections and fillers are in high demand and always gaining popularity, and with good reason. They are able to accomplish such a wide range of results and can be delivered with little to no down time.

It seems like we are discovering new uses for injection treatments all time; not only do they smooth wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes, but they can also be used to target the brow to create an eyebrow lift, or to improve a “gummy smile” where too much of the gums are exposed when smiling. And we’re seeing beautiful results with dermal fillers all the time with such a wide range of applications. They’re great for restoring lost volume around the mouth or in the cheeks, but they can also augment shape and volume in the cheeks, chin, lips and more for those who want a subtle boost to their facial appearance. When it comes to those tricky smile lines around the mouth (also known as nasolabial folds or marionette lines), dermal fillers can go a long way to reduce the deeper creases that develop with age. Perhaps best of all, injections and fillers can be used in combination to create a rejuvenated facial appearance using a holistic approach. With that combination, you can take advantage of a more refreshed, youthful appearance that looks perfectly natural and balanced to the proportions of your face. Working together, they solve a wide range of concerns caused by the aging process and can be totally customized to your specific needs.

Jenny is available for appointments at both our Yorkville and Mississauga locations. We hope you can meet her and get to enjoy working with her as much as we do!

For more information about the brands we use for injections and fillers, call us toll free at 1-866-803-6415 or visit http://www.allergan.ca/products/facial_aesthetics.htm


Why Aging in Hollywood is a Game No One Wins

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  • Mother and son, apparently.

 

When Kim Novak took the stage at the Oscars this year, the media took notice. They didn’t pay attention because of her award-winning career, including her famous and impressive performance in Vertigo in 1958. As the headlines explained the next day, their attention was drawn to the “shock” of seeing her face. Pictures of the 81 year-old actress were all over entertainment news sites and gossip blogs with accompanying articles declaring that she had had too much plastic surgery, or that she had had the wrong kind of plastic surgery, and that the way she had chosen to manage the aging process was somehow wrong, one way or another. Novak eventually posted an open letter condemning the insults, explaining that every person has a right to do what they’re comfortable with to look as good as they can.

But when you look at the way women over 30 are treated in Hollywood, is it any wonder that they feel compelled to go to any length possible to maintain a younger appearance? A recent blog post from New York magazine revealed an incredible disparity between actors and actresses, paying particular notice to the inappropriate age gap for women cast in the roles of mothers. Once women in Hollywood reach a certain age, it seems as though they’re re-categorized under an ambiguous umbrella simply understood as “old” and are often relegated to “mom roles” alongside actors who are sometimes less than a decade younger than they are.

In the new move Tammy, for example, 67 year-old Susan Sarandon stars opposite 43 year-old Melissa McCarthy. The 24 year age difference between the two could make sense for a mother-daughter pair. In this case Sarandon plays McCarthy’s grandmotherAllison Janney, the 54 year-old actress who plays Tammy’s mother, is only 13 years younger than Sarandon and 11 years older than McCarthy. As Kyle Buchanan explains, the absurd hypothetical male equivalent would work if “the 34-year-old Jason Segel starred in a comedy … where his father was played by the 48-year-old Ben Stiller and his grandpa was played by the 57-year-old Tom Hanks.”

In Forrest Gump, Sally Field is barely 10 years older than her onscreen son Tom Hanks, who played her romantic interest in a film earlier in her career. In 2009′s Star Trek, Winona Ryder is a mere 5 years older than the actor who plays her son. Unbelievably, in Oliver Stone’s Alexander, Angelina Jolie plays Colin Farrell’s mother, despite the fact that they were born one year apart in real life. If the actor who played Farrell’s father had been born in the same year as Jolie, hypothetically Bradley Cooper could have filled the role. Can you imagine a scenario in which it would seem believable or reasonable for Bradley Cooper to play Colin Farrell’s father?

We’re lucky that we’re not stuck with the precedent set by casting directors. When there’s such an immense pressure to stay as young as possible as with the entertainment industry, it’s not surprising that women feel like they have to take drastic measures and opt for unnatural looking cosmetic treatments in order to do so. We feel fortunate to live in a cultural climate where we can propose a different approach to anti-aging and advocate for a philosophy focused on natural looking results. We understand the importance of realistic expectations; it’s important to recognize that there is no way to stop the clock entirely. But what we can offer is a wide range of techniques, from non-surgical treatments to more long-lasting anti-aging procedures, that address the visible signs of aging to create a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance. We want our patients to look like themselves at their best – not like an impossible youthful standard.


Kate Hudson on Plastic Surgery: It’s Time to “Stop Being So Judgmental”

Kate Hudson on Plastic SurgeryWe hear it all the time, don’t we? On gossip blogs or in tabloid magazines, “major authorities” are always ready to speculate about who’s had what: which singer has breast implants, which actress has had Botox, or which famous woman has had any imaginable kind of cosmetic procedure. Never mind that these authorities have almost certainly never seen any of these people in real life, let alone treated them, it seems like there’s always someone ready to scrutinize women’s bodies to sell magazines. We live in a culture where this kind of uninformed conjecture has almost become sport. It’s no wonder women in the public eye are reluctant to talk about their personal experiences with plastic surgery when they know the negativity and level of judgement that surrounds the topic.

Someone who has an inside perspective on what this level of scrutiny is like is Kate Hudson. Appearing on the cover of the latest issue of InStyle, she opens up about what it’s like to be followed by photographers 24/7 and how she is all too familiar with the game of “spot the plastic surgery” played by gossip bloggers. “The negativity is just so vast. Will everybody stop being so damned judgmental?” she wonders. “If someone wants to go get butt implants, then sure, go get butt implants. The real question is, How do they treat the person next to them? Are they a—holes or are they awesome?”

And as far as plastic surgery goes, Kate believes everyone should be entitled to make private decisions for themselves without having to answer to anyone else. ”That’s like asking someone if they see a therapist—and why.”

What a woman chooses to do for herself should be her business alone. Whether she wants to wear makeup, dye her hair, or have plastic surgery (or if she prefers to do none of these things!) she should be able to feel like she can make the right decision for her own circumstances and desires without having to explain herself.

As a renowned plastic surgeon with decades of experience in the field, Dr. Lista is frequently approached to offer his opinion on all kinds of topics in the media. He’s always happy to share important information, facts, and statistics that can help people become better-informed about everything from skincare to cosmetic surgery. But there are some appearances he’s just not interested in making. “I often get asked by media to talk about celebrities and always refuse,” he explains. “It’s just not nice to speculate about people and what plastic surgery they have or haven’t done. It’s just not cool.”