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Renée Zellweger’s New Look: Plastic Surgery?

When Renée Zellweger stepped out onto the red carpet at Elle’s recent Women in Hollywood event, she likely had no idea that the appearance of her face would dominate the news cycle for the many days that followed. Rampant speculation followed – it must have been a facelift! And a forehead lift! She must have had facial liposuction, too! These were among some of the many outlandish and inaccurate claims that popped up in our news feeds.

While Dr. Lista doesn’t usually agree to make media appearances to speculate on celebrity plastic surgery, when he was asked to join Mad Dog and Maura at Virgin Radio’s Breakfast Show to talk about Renée’s new look, he wanted to take the opportunity to explain what in his expert opinion was really only a minor procedure, hopefully putting an end to the needless continued scrutiny.

“I think that we haven’t seen her in a long time, she’s reached sort of a critical age — early 40’s — where your face changes a lot,” he explained. “She’s just grown older but I think she’s had something really minor done. I think she had her upper eyelids done, which were her most characteristic trait. Combined with facial aging where your face thins out a little bit and gets thinner and longer as you grow older, think the combination of that and a little minor procedure on the most unique part of her body and she looks totally different.”

More importantly, he added, “she looks beautiful, and she’s happy, so… who cares?”

Dr. Lista also explained how he wouldn’t be surprised if the motivation for this procedure was also for functional reasons. “If you look at her pictures from about five years ago, she had a really heavy upper eyelid, and that was her most characteristic trait and it looked like she was even having trouble seeing,” he observed. In Renée’s case, it appeared to be an inherited condition that contributed to her signature look, but also likely inhibited her sight. “I think that it was interfering with her vision and I think she didn’t like it. So that little minor thing, having an upper lid blepharoplasty, made all the difference for her.”

Aging in Hollywood continues to be a difficult endeavour, especially for women. “I think about being a celebrity and how horrible it is because they’re in a movie and they’re not seen for four or five years and then they come out and people say, “oh my god, you look so different, what did you do?”” Dr. Lista says. When something so simple can put a person’s face under the microscope, stir up so much conjecture, and dominate the 24-hour news cycle, sometimes it’s best to remind everyone once again: it’s her body and she’s happy. So who cares?

 


Why Contouring After Weight Loss is Essential

body contouring after weight lossA new article posted to Medical Daily suggests that those who follow up weight loss surgery with plastic surgery to contour the body could be doing themselves an unparalleled favour in the long run. The data indicates that bariatric surgery alone cannot guarantee maintained weight loss. What this means is patients who undergo body contouring surgery after weight loss stand a better chance of keeping the weight off after undergoing lap band, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or gastric balloon procedures.

The results of the study were presented this past weekend at the annual conference of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in Chicago. The study followed 94 patients who underwent bariatric surgery, and out of that total, 47 underwent plastic surgery afterward in order to remove excess skin. This is often a side effect of significant weight loss. Although patients will lose a considerable amount of body fat, they find that they are left with loose skin that simply does not respond to the same lifestyle changes. This skin can really only be eliminated with some kind of surgical intervention. Researchers in this recently released study recorded each patient’s BMI (body mass index) once before bariatric surgery and once again 2.5 years later. As Dr. Donna Tepper explained, “of the patients who underwent contouring surgery, the average decrease in BMI was 18.24 at 2.5 years, compared to a statistically significant 12.45 at 2.5 years for those who did not have further surgery.”

Weight loss surgery has proved to be tremendously beneficial to thousands of obese patients every year. It’s a potentially life-saving option that can have positive secondary effects on obesity-related complications like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. However, the unwanted saggy skin it leaves behind does not lead to the kind of worry-free life many patients are anticipating, and the affect it has on body image can be detrimental to a patient’s efforts to keep the weight off in the long run. As Dr. Tepper says, “as plastic and reconstructive surgeons, we are encouraged by the idea that improved body image can translate into better long-term maintenance of a healthier weight, and possibly a better quality of life for our patients.”

The best part of our work at The Plastic Surgery Clinic is watching the ways in which plastic surgery can lead to a better quality of life for so many patients. We’re even more pleased when studies like this come out with conclusive proof that these surgeries not only lead to more happiness but also to improved health.

 


Our Free Educational Session: Rhinoplasty Open House

Your nose is an important feature that helps define your face and the way you present yourself to the world. If you want to change the shape of your nose to correct a nasal birth defect or later injury, to relieve breathing problems, or simply to make it look more like you want it to, you probably have a lot of questions about what rhinoplasty can do for you.

The Plastic Surgery Clinic is proud to be home to one of Canada’s most respected plastic surgeons, Dr. Jamil Ahmad, MD, FRCSC. Not only is he the Director of Research and Education at the Clinic, he is also known for delivering beautiful, natural looking results and is sought after for his expertise in rhinoplasty. He has published more than 80 articles and book chapters on plastic surgery and most recently edited what is widely considered the definitive treatise on rhinoplasty – Dallas Rhinoplasty: Nasal Surgery by the Masters, 3rd Edition. He is frequently invited to speak at conferences and events around the world to share his expertise. And let’s face it, it’s a real pleasure to work with him, too!

 

before-after-nose-reshaping before-after-rhinoplasty-photo

 

We’re really excited to be able to pass on his considerable knowledge to those who are curious about rhinoplasty surgery in our upcoming Rhinoplasty Open House event. Join us on Thursday, September 11th from 6-8 and receive a firsthand education session all about the procedure from one of Canada’s top surgeons in the field. You’ll also enjoy complimentary canapés and sparkling beverages, a $300 gift card that can be used toward any non-surgical treatment, two deluxe Miracle 10 skincare samples at no cost, skincare consultations and make up touch-ups, a behind the scenes tour of our state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery facility, and complimentary parking. All of this can be yours, and it’s absolutely free!

Because this is such an in-demand event, unfortunately only limited space is available. You can guarantee your spot with an RSVP before August 27th. Simply give us a call at 1-866-803-6415 and let us know that you’d like to enjoy all these amazing goodies, or send us an email at info@theplasticsurgeryclinic.com and we’ll add you to the list.

“Dr. Ahmad knows the precise techniques required to deliver natural results for every unique patient. It’s why he’s one of only two Canadian surgeons who are members of the prestigious worldwide Rhinoplasty Society.” -Dr. Frank Lista, Founder & Medical Director of The Plastic Surgery Clinic

 

Rhinoplasty Open House
When: Thursday, September 11th – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: The Plastic Surgery Clinic – 1421 Hurontario Street, Mississauga
RSVP Now! Before August 27th.


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.