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6 Ways to Transform Your Fall Beauty Routine

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As you put away your swimsuits, tanks and flirty summer dresses, it’s also time to change out your beauty routine and the products you’ve been using. The weather is getting cooler by the day, so pull out your tall boots, booties, sweater vests and layers with lots of texture.

6 Ways To Transform Your Fall Beauty Routine

All the fun we had this summer has done a number on our skin, hair, nails and feet. Here are 6 ways to transform your fall beauty routine..

Hydrate Your Skin

Seasons change, and so does your skin. Depending on your age and where you live, begin by switching out your light warm weather moisturizer. Trade up to a richer, heavier moisturizer to guard against the drying fall and winter winds.

Look for one that targets those dark sun spots left over from overexposure to the sun, known as hyperpigmentation.

Exfoliate

Remove the dead skin cells with a scrub to brighten and repair your summer face and body. This will induce natural oil production, so use it on your feet, elbows or anywhere that feels dry. Don’t forget your lips if they have become dry from the sun.

Put Retinol Back Into Your Routine

If you stowed away retinol for the summer months, it’s time to pull it back out. There is nothing better to smooth out those wrinkles and brighten your skin. This miracle vitamin A derivative will boost your collagen production and even out your complexion as it unclogs pores.

Fall Into A New Palate

It’s always fun to experiment with new makeup colors, and this fall is no exception. Hide those pink pastel lipsticks and polish and bring out the fall shades.

Fall 2017 is showcasing lots of shimmer and metallics. Bronzes and browns on the eyelids, along with dark jewel tone shimmer shadows. Try a dark brown eyeliner instead of your normal black.

Maybe it’s time you played with a darker shade of lipstick! There is nothing better than a berry shade or even a bright red in the autumn.

This year’s darker nail colors are spectacular, with all shades of mauve, grey, and espresso, and deep dusky roses, our favourite. Have fun with color!

Don’t Forget Sunscreen

Yes, even in the fall you should wear sunscreen. True, there is less skin exposed, but the UVA rays are just as strong as in the summer. Those are the nasty rays that cause damage and can lead to cancer.

Pay Attention To Your Skin

If your skin is suddenly developing pimples and breakouts, it is telling you something. Dryness and sensitivity are all signs of inflammation.

Maybe you want to start fresh with a wrinkle treatment or dermal filler.

Take advantage of our Fall Specials. We can address your sun-damaged skin with a chemical peel, or you can relax with a Platinum Anti-Aging Facial before the cold weather sets in.

Make an appointment today at Clearview Plastic Surgery.

5 Ways To Look And Feel Your Best In 2016

5 Ways to Look and Feel Your Best in 2016

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It’s hard to believe that 2016 is already here! A new year is full of hope, promise, and new beginnings, as everyone begins to work towards fulfilling new years resolutions. The majority of you may have made resolutions related to health and wellness. Are we right? While everyone makes resolutions (health related or not), the majority of these resolutions tend to be broken a few months into the year. This year, that is all about to change.

Here are 5 steps to help you look and feel your best this year, as well as some simple tricks to help you stick to these steps, year-round!

  1. Eat Clean

We all live busy lifestyles, and it often seems easier to order take out, delivery, or munch on junk food rather than make the effort to prepare healthy food. As you may have encountered, eating poorly can make you feel tired, and can lead to several chronic diseases. In order to make sure you stick to your goals, make a plan for yourself. If you are planning on eating out, choose a place with healthy alternatives. Toronto has a large selection of restaurants with healthy options. Give one of these 10 healthy restaurants a try the next time you are planning an outing with your friends and family in Toronto. Making a meal plan for the upcoming week will also help you eat healthier, as well as save money! Just remember, don’t be so hard on yourself. Rather, celebrate all your successes and continue chasing your goals.

  1. Exercise Regularly

Exercising regularly, partnered with eating healthier, are the most popular resolutions made by North Americans every year. Being physically active can help you reach your dream body goals, as well as keep your body and mind in top shape. Integrating a quick workout into your daily routine is a simple way of making sure you stick with your goals. Try incorporating exercises right as you wake up, before your shower, during your lunch break, or before bedtime. While going to the gym 5 days a week is a great form of exercise, is that a realistic goal for you? If so, go for it! If not, consider other forms of exercise that you can actually stick to all year-round. Alternatively, choose exercises that appeal to you, such as dance classes, yoga or sports. Exercising helps you keep your bones strong, build muscle, reduce body fat, and much more; so make it fun and stick to it!

  1. Reduce, Tighten and Shape

Everyone has those problem areas that seem impossible to get rid of, even with exercise and healthy eating. Luckily, there are 2 procedures that may be just what you need to help start the year with your dream body. Body TITE is a minimally invasive procedure that provides body firming results and reduces fat in those areas that you are unhappy with. This procedure reduces fat, tightens the skin, and reduces cellulite in problem areas such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, knees back and arms. RFAL technology is used to remove excess fat through a small incision, ultimately leading to body tightening of up to 40%. The best part is that results can be seen immediately, with best results noticeable after 6-12 weeks!

Alternatively, Body FX is a painless non-surgical treatment that helps reduce fat and provide a more toned body. This treatment uses vacuum massage to melt away fat cells in many areas of the body, including the lower and upper abdomen, inner and outer thighs, the buttocks, the back, and bra line. There is virtually no recovery time with Body FX, and the results are permanent if you continue your exercise regime, and eat healthy.

  1. Reverse Signs of Aging

It may be a new year, but your face doesn’t need to show it! Treatments such as dermal fillers and fractora can help you achieve a more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers are injected into different areas of the face to add volume and correct various cosmetic issues. The injections require zero downtime, and the results typically last for several months. Fillers can be used to fill in fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, and more.

Fractora skin rejuvenation is a skin treatment that uses radio-frequency energy to stimulate collagen production, leading to a more youthful look. Results include a more even skin tone and texture, tighter pores, smoother and firmer skin and reduced wrinkles. Consider this your radio frequency facial!

  1. Reduce Stress

While you may think that you work better under a little stress and it makes you more productive, stress negatively impacts your health. Stress can give you headaches, make you feel fatigued, lead to overeating or undereating, and a lack of motivation. Make it your resolution to not only start 2016 stress-free, but continue to cut down your stress levels all year long.  Some simple ways to reduce your stress include exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and spending time with friends, family, and loved ones.

 

At Clearview Plastic Surgery, we would like to help you meet all your resolutions and body goals by providing you with customized, state-of-the-art treatments. We hope that 2016 is your best year yet, and you look and feel your best all year long. Book your free personalized consultation today to get started!

 

 

What To Ask Before Your Next Procedure

What To Ask Before Your Next Procedure

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Considering getting a little work done to look and feel your best? You are not alone! Whether for cosmetic or medical reasons, millions of people opt for plastic surgery to reach their desired results every year. Undergoing plastic surgery can be life changing, and you want to ensure you cross all your ‘t’s’ and dot all your ‘i’s’ before your procedure is under-way.

Be sure to ask these 10 vital questions at your next consultation:

  1. Are you a board certified plastic surgeon?
    • You want to ensure that your surgeon has the right training, and is qualified to perform plastic surgery. After all, this is your face and body we are talking about, and you want to be confident in your surgeon’s skills!
  2. How many years of plastic surgery training and experience do you have?
    • Whether you are undergoing a simple, or a more invasive procedure, the number of times your surgeon has performed the procedure is important. The more times a procedure has been performed, the more comfortable the surgeon will be with the procedure and it’s complexities, and the more comfortable you feel in your surgeon’s abilities and recommendations.
  3. Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
    • You have done your research and chosen the procedure that you believe is best for you. However, your surgeon is the expert and will be able to provide you with other options that may be more suitable for your objectives.
  4. How long will the procedure last?
    • Some procedures, such as Wrinkle Treatment, are quick and result in zero downtime. Abdominoplasty, on the other hand, may require an overnight stay, and follow-up visits are often necessary. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with more information, so you know how much time to book off work and other activities.
  5. How long is the recovery time, and what is expected of me before/after procedure?
    • I’m sure you’re anxious to continue your daily activities and start enjoying your results, so how long before you can get back to it? The recovery time will differ depending on the procedure. Upon consultation, your surgeon will provide you with a better estimate of recovery time, ensuring you take enough time off for a full and safe recovery. Be sure to ask your surgeon regarding preparations for before and after the surgery.
  6. What are the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure?
    • You want to be sure that you are aware of any possible risks, and how they are preventatively addressed.
  7. Where and how will the procedure be performed?
    • Will anesthesia be used? Will the procedure be performed in an office or hospital? Your surgeon will be able to inform you of all the details prior to the procedure so you feel comfortable and prepared. You will want to make all arrangements ahead of time, so everything runs smoothly on the day of your procedure.
  8. What is the total cost of the treatment?
    • As with any investment, you want to have a complete breakdown of all the costs you will incur before, during and after your procedure. Note, this is also a good time to ask your surgeon what financing options are available.
  9. Do you have any before and after photos of similar procedures?
    • Before and after photos will be able to provide you with a realistic idea of what you should expect after your procedure. Keep in mind, every person is individual and unique, and results may vary depending on factors including body type, age, etc.
  10. What are the possibilities in case of dissatisfaction?
    • We certainly hope that this is not the case, but in the event that you are not happy with your results, you will want to know all possible options that will lead to your satisfaction. If you are thorough in your questions prior to your procedure though, you will have realistic expectations of the results, and should be nothing but happy with the outcome!

Communicating openly with your plastic surgeon is the first step to ensuring whether plastic surgery is the right choice for you. Working together with your surgeon will help them understand your goals, expectations, and motivations; and ensure that the treatment selected will meet your expectations.

Your personalized consultation is a great time to ask any and all questions you may have about reaching your desired results. Feeling comfortable with the surgeon you have selected is the first step to the new you. Meet our knowledgeable staff at Clearview Plastic Surgery and have all your questions answered by booking your own personalized consultation today!

 

 

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What You Need to Prepare Before Your Next Procedure

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Whether you are brand new to the world of cosmetic surgery, or even if this isn’t your first time around the block, it can be very easy to get caught up in the excitement of the finished product ahead. Before you can enjoy your results, there are a few things you need to prepare before your next procedure is underway.

While the steps to preparing may differ based on your chosen procedure, generally you want to make sure that you have fully thought through the before, during, and after of your selection prior to actually receiving your treatment.

Here’s your to-do list of what you need to prepare before your next procedure:

  • Research your procedure
    • Based on a number of factors, there may be multiple procedure options for your targeted problem areas. Preliminary research into procedures available for your needs will help to give you an idea of what to plan for. For example, some procedures, by design, are less invasive than others, such as Body TITE versus Liposuction, and will require less healing and recovery time.
  • Schedule a consultation
    • An initial consultation with a specialist cosmetic surgeon will help to set realistic expectations of the procedure you have chosen. This consultation will give you a better idea of whether you are on the right track towards your expected outcome.
  • Get your financing in order
    • Before you commit to any procedure, make sure there is a payment or financing option that suits you.
  • Request the appropriate time off
    • Many cosmetic procedures, but not all, will require time off work. Depending on your chosen procedure, you may need as little as no time off, or as much as six weeks off of work. This also depends on the physical intensity of your job, as less strenuous jobs will allow you to return to work sooner than more laborious jobs.
  • Pack for your overnight stay
    • Sometimes an overnight stay is required post-procedure. Is this is the case, be sure to have everything you need packed in an overnight bag before you head out on the day of your procedure. This should include anything that will make you feel comfortable, relaxed, and able to get a good night’s rest after your procedure. Don’t forget your toothbrush!
  • Arrange post-procedure travel
    • Whether your procedure requires an overnight stay or not, you may be more comfortable having your travel home arranged ahead of time. Driving may be uncomfortable post-procedure, and you always want to make sure you are being safe, and taking the proper precautions when heading home.
  • Prepare your personal after-care plan
    • If you are taking time off work post-procedure, and are advised to be resting to aid in your recovery, make sure you have arranged for all your day-to-day needs to be taken care of. It could be as simple as making sure you have enough food to skip your weekly grocery shop, or dropping the kids off at their grandparents house to give you a night off. Either way, make sure you are prepared so the only thing you have to think about post-procedure, is your recovery.
  • Know what you have to avoid
    • As mentioned before, some procedures require a break from physical activity or time off work. Blepharoplasty, for example, also requires you to keep your eyelid area clean and dry for up to two weeks post surgery. It is very important to have your post-procedure instructions of do’s and do-not’s very clear, so your recovery is smooth sailing.

 

If you have narrowed down your procedure wish list and are ready for a consultation, or if you need help with your procedure research, contact Clearview Plastic Surgery to schedule a personalized consultation today, and get your pre-procedure to-do list started!

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Can You Get a Mammogram With Breast Implants?

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One of the questions patients often ask is: “how does getting breast implants affect mammography and the ability to detect breast cancer?” I think this is a really good question and it shows a lot of thought has gone into whether a breast augmentation is the right operation for someone.

It is important to note that breast implants can affect mammograms, but this can be overcome if your radiologist knows you have breast implants ahead of time so that they can take additional special views of the breast which allow them to see much more of the breast tissue.  How this works requires a bit of background information on both mammograms and breast implants.  A mammogram is a special type of x-ray of the breast, and in order for it to work properly, the breast needs to be compressed between the two plates to make it as thin as possible for the x-rays to pass through the tissue easily and show if there are any abnormalities. Breast implants can interfere with mammograms in two ways: affecting the compression of the breast, and by blocking some of the x-rays. Because a breast implant is much denser than breast tissue, it cannot be compressed between the plates as well, and this means that the tissue around it can’t be compressed as much as it otherwise would have.

Breast implants – both silicone and saline – are “radiopaque” which means less transparent to the x-rays. A good way to think of this is that your breast tissue is like a glass window in a house – easy for light (or x-rays in this case) to get through so it is easy to see through. An implant acts like frost on that window – light can get still get through, but you can’t really see any details through it. On a mammogram, this looks like a white blob that prevents doctors from seeing what they need to see. That’s why special views were developed that use the plates to push the implant back towards the chest and compress the breast tissue around it, allowing doctors to see what they need to see. This acts like wiping the frost off the window.

How much breast implants affect mammograms also depends on where the breast implants are placed. When the implant is directly behind the breast tissue (subglandular) it is a little more difficult to displace than when it is behind the muscle (submuscular), so it can interfere a bit more. When implants are under the muscle, the breast tissue sits more on top of the implant and there is also a thick layer of muscle between it and the implant, so it can be separated from the implant more easily during a mammogram. Although it is not the only reason I prefer to place implants underneath the muscle, less interference with mammography down the road is one of the more important ones.

Patients who are worried, carry a higher cancer risk, have inconclusive mammograms or have had problems with mammograms before have other options. These other options include ultrasounds or MRI studies, both of which can be helpful to either detect or better characterize breast masses regardless of breast implant placement.

Have any more questions? Contact us, we’d love to help.

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How to Choose Breast Implants

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One of the common questions I see online is “how do I choose from all the breast implants?” What I would say to anyone who asks is this: choose the right plastic surgeon, they will help you sort through the various implants.

Saline or Silicone; round or anatomic; smooth or textured; high, moderate or low profile – these are just some of the decisions that need to be made in choosing the right implant. When you combine these variables there are hundreds of options for breast implants. This is one reason why Plastic Surgery is a 5-year residency and the reason that you as the consumer should not have to choose from all of the breast implants. After having a formal consultation with a plastic surgeon, you should really only have to choose from some of the implants. Three or four at most if your surgeon knows what he or she is doing.

The choice of implants should start with a consultation with the surgeon where a medical history will be taken and a physical exam performed. Your surgeon should have a discussion with you at this point about what your goals for surgery are – what you want to look like afterwards. Women may desire a figure that is slightly enhanced, natural looking, or noticeably augmented. It is good to bring in pictures to help with this point in the process.

Your goals for surgery combined with other factors such as how much breast tissue you currently have, whether it is ptotic (saggy), and where on your chest your nipple sits will help your surgeon decide on the shape, surface texturing and projection of the implant that will be best for you and whether you need a lift in addition to the augmentation. Part of the physical examination involves taking some key breast measurements, the most important of these for determining implants is the base width of the breast which will guide us to a range of implants that are appropriate for you. At this point, the choice should be narrowed down to 3-4 implant sizes within a range, making the choice much less overwhelming.

At my practice, we then give the patient sizers that correspond to these implants. These are essentially nonsterile versions of the actual implants. Patients will then place these sizers into their bra under a tight t-shirt to see how their breasts might look after surgery. Of course, if the patient wants to be a bit bigger or smaller we can move up or down from this initial range, but at least we have a reasonable starting point to work with.

At first glance, choosing breast implants might seem like an overwhelming task but if you work closely with your surgeon and their staff, it can be a straightforward and even enjoyable experience. Book your consultation today.

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