Thursday, 17 December 2015

The 2 Ways Blepharoplasty Enhances Your Eyes

The 2 Ways Blepharoplasty Enhances Your Eyes
As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and firmness. We also lose fat and volume support around the brows and cheeks. This all leads to droopy eyelids or eye bags. While these concerns are usually seen in people who are older than 40, that doesn’t mean someone who’s younger doesn’t have the same issues.

Monday, 14 December 2015

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Get 50% off skin and body packages for a limited time. Find out more about some of the packages that are available on our blog on our website.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Tattoos in the Workplace: Is it Still a Big Deal?

Is it still a big deal to have tattoos in the workplace?
Depending on which industry you’re looking at, you might see many professionals with tattoos like chefs, musicians and artists. If you’re interviewing for a creative job, having a tattoo most likely wouldn’t be a big deal. But let’s face it, not everyone with a tattoo is capable of cooking a meal. Or they could be as creative as a rock.
According to several studies and research, having visible tattoos affects a job seeker’s prospects when looking for a job. So what can you do when you’re looking for a job in a field that’s not as accepting of tattoos?

Monday, 7 December 2015

Sick of Squatting? Get a Brazilian Butt Lift

Big and round butts were all the rage this year. It could be the obsession over certain celebrities’ butts that have piqued many people’s fascinations with butts. But if you’re not blessed with a natural big booty, what can you do about it? Should you do endless sets of squats or maybe get a Brazilian butt lift for noticeable results?

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

5 Celebrities Who Removed Their Breast Implants

5 Celebrities Who Removed Their Breast Implants
More women are reducing their breast implant size or removing them altogether. See which 5 celebrities went under the knife to remove their breast implants. 

Friday, 27 November 2015

Is Laser Hair Removal Right For You?

Is laser hair removal right for you?Laser hair removal is one of the most popular non-invasive treatments today for both men and women. These treatments permanently reduce or remove unwanted hair from a person’s chest, legs, arms, armpits and well, just about anywhere you’d imagine. Though laser hair removal has been FDA approved and performed since 1997, plenty of people still have questions about it. Dr. Mulholland answers a few questions below regarding the treatment.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Liposuction: The Most Common Misconception People Have About It

Liposuction The Most Common Misconception People Have About It
Before you have your liposuction surgery, you’ll have to arm yourself with the realities and expectations from the surgery. It’s a very common misconception that liposuction is a way to lose weight, but it’s not. Plastic surgeons often explain to their patients that liposuction is a sculpting procedure, not a weight loss treatment.

Friday, 20 November 2015

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

7 Everyday Foods to Eat for Radiant Skin

Cosmetics and facials are always touted as the ways to achieve beautiful, clear skin. Instead of heading to the cosmetic counters and beauty clinics to achieve flawless skin, have you considered looking into your fridge? As the age-old saying goes, you are what you eat. These are 7 everyday foods that you can easily incorporate into your meals and snacks so you can eat your way to radiant skin.

Friday, 13 November 2015

6 Important Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

Are you trying to find the right plastic surgeon for your cosmetic procedure? Ask plastic surgeons these 6 important questions before you make a decision.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Plastic Surgery Q&A: Dr. Mulholland Answers Your Questions

When considering plastic surgery, people tend to have several questions about their procedure of interest. Dr. Mulholland, a Toronto plastic surgeon, always encourages his patients to do their research and ask whatever they want to know before making decisions. Below are just a couple of questions Dr. Mulholland answered regarding travelling abroad for plastic surgery, facial asymmetry and losing weight before surgery.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

3 Ways to Cover Tattoos of Your Ex’s Name

What do you do when your relationship goes sour and you’re still walking around with a tattoo of your ex-lover’s name? Don’t worry—not all hope is lost. These are 3 ways to cover it up.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Belkyra: Get Rid of Your Double Chin Easy

It doesn’t matter if you’re slim or young, you can still have a double chin. It’s unfortunate, but hereditary factors do play a role. Sift through family photos or think about other family members—do many of them have double chins? If they do, that’s probably why you have a double chin as well. It’s genetics.

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Friday, 23 October 2015

BLOWOUT Sale: Skincare Promotion at SpaMedica

Our skincare promotion at SpaMedica in Toronto can save you up to 30% off SkinCeuticals products. What makes SkinCeuticals product different from any other regular skincare product? It’s the fact that scientists perform endless clinical tests to prove and show that these products can do what they say they can do.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

10 Rhinoplasty Facts You Should Know

10 Rhinoplasty Facts You Should Know
Contemplating on rhinoplasty? Find out these 10 rhinoplasty facts you should know before your procedure.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

SculpSure: The Latest Non Surgical Fat Reduction Treatment

If the thought of liposuction doesn’t sit well with you, you’ve got plenty of options to reduce unwanted fat. One way is through non-surgical fat reduction treatments, like SculpSure—one of the latest and effective treatments on the market. 

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Monday, 5 October 2015

Breast Augmentation: Take Note of This if you Want Implants

Breast Augmentation - Take note of this if you want implants

Are you finally taking the plunge and getting breast implants? You probably have a ton of questions about the procedure. Plastic surgeons are asked certain questions quite often in consultation with patients. That’s why we wanted to share a guideline on how breast implants are placed and some common questions patients tend to ask about breast augmentation.

Unsurprisingly, breast augmentation remains one of the top performed procedures in North America. It’s in high demand, but certain trends in breast enhancement have changed. One interesting trend to note is that big breast implants are no longer as popular today. Think back to the 90s when busty and voluptuous celebrities like Pamela Anderson had large breast implants. That was the trend that many women liked and wanted for themselves.

Lately, plastic surgeons have noticed that women are now asking for smaller breast implants that suit their bodies more naturally. Women who want to remove their breast implants are downsizing too. Before, a lot of women requested to increase their breast size to a D or DD. The current trend is moving up to a B or C.

How do you get natural looking results for breast augmentation?

It depends where the breast implants are placed. If they are placed underneath the pectoral muscle, the results will look more natural compared to placing the implants over the muscle. However, this is dependent on different factors: how your breasts look, if your breasts are droopy and how much natural breast tissue you have. 

Fat grafting to the breasts is also another way to achieve a natural look and modest increase in breast size. Your plastic surgeon will extract fat from an area of your body—like your tummy or thighs—purify it and inject into the breasts. Since you’re using your own fat to enhance your breasts, the results won’t last as long as breast implants would. That’s because over time, some of the fat cells that have been injected into the breast won’t survive.

This woman had a mommy makeover which involved breast augmentation at SpaMedica.

Where are incisions made when getting breast implants?

The 3 most common incisions include:

1. Axilary: Incision made in the armpit. Saline implants are the only implants that can be inserted through this incision.
2. Inframammary: The incision is made above the crease under the breast.
3. Periareolar: Inicision through the border of the areola.

How much does breast augmentation cost?

Prices will vary from plastic surgeons in Ontario. The range is anywhere from $6,000-$10,000 for breast augmentation.

What is capsular contracture?

Like with any surgery, there are always risks or complications involved. One of the complications of breast augmentation is capsular contracture. This is when there’s abnormal scarring around the implants. The membrane around the implants tighten, which then cause the breasts to feel firm or hard. Another sign of capsular contracture is when the implants start looking more round and ride higher on your chest.

If you think you might have capsular contracture, you need to see your plastic surgeon to discuss how you can correct the problem.

These are just some of the frequent questions that breast augmentation patients ask their surgeons. Don’t hesitate to contact us or leave a comment below for more information about this procedure.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Reasons Why You Should See a Dermatologist

Why would you see a dermatologist?

Dermatalogists are skin experts. With concerns related to the skin, hair and nails, a dermatologist is the best person to see for insight and treatments. Some very common reasons why people see dermatologists include screening for skin cancer, acne treatments, scar treatments and eczema. Not only do they treat your skin-related concerns, dermatologists can provide you with a ton of information and advice on how to take care of your skin. They’ll inform you on your skin type and recommend which products to use so that your skin looks and stays healthy.

What will a dermatologist do for acne?

Treating and examining acne is one of the common duties of a dermatologist. A person would normally look up and see a dermatologist when they find that their acne is resistant to over-the-counter acne treatment products. Dermatologists will take an in-depth look at your skin. This allows them to pinpoint what could be causing your acne—whether it’s from taking certain medications or if you have a hormonal imbalance. Having acne scars you want treated is another reason to visit a dermatologist.

Do dermatologists treat spider veins?

Spider veins (or varicose veins) are the bulgy, thick veins that are often seen on the calves and legs. These veins are red, blue or flesh-coloured. They’re not life-threatening or dangerous to have, but they can cause discomfort such as cramping and aching. Even if spider veins aren’t causing any pain, they could easily make someone self-conscious when their legs are bare.

Before and after leg vein treatments at SpaMedica Toronto
Source: SpaMedica. This patient had laser leg vein treatments at SpaMedica in Toronto.

Why do people get spider veins in the first place?

One of the main causes of spider veins is due to pregnancy. When a woman is pregnant, there’s more blood in her body which causes veins to enlarge. Other reasons include:

- Lack of movement or exercise
- Standing for long periods of time
- Hormonal influences: puberty, pregnancy and menopause

How does a dermatologist treat spider veins?

A dermatologist can reduce and remove the appearance of spider veins through laser leg vein treatments. They’ll use lasers with multiple wavelengths, IPL and radiofrequency energy. One treatment lasts anywhere from 15-30 minutes, depending on how many leg veins are present.

Do I need a referral to see a dermatologist in Ontario?

OHIP requires patients to be referred by their family physician for medical dermatological conditions. If you don’t have a family doctor, you can get a referral at a walk-in clinic or local emergency room. However, for cosmetic dermatology treatments, referrals aren’t required.

Dermatologists can treat just about anything related to the skin. If you have a persisting concern that involves your hair, nails and skin, don’t hesitate to see a dermatologist. It’s better to tackle the problem early on than to let it linger for too long.


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

3 Ways Eyelid Surgery Seriously Boosts Your Looks

Blepharoplasty (aka eyelid surgery) is one of the top most performed procedures in the world. This procedure that often takes an hour to perform can make a major difference in the appearance of patients. Someone might be interested in blepharoplasty for a couple of reasons: the surgery can remove heavy eyebags, improve droopy lids or provide a visible crease in the lids.

Blepharoplasty Removes Eye Bags

Nobody likes to look tired. Having heavy, protruding eye bags would certainly be the way to look exhausted every day. How does a person get eye bags in the first place? Permanent eye bags could be related to getting older or genetics. Other factors that lead to eye bags include:

  •        Stress
  •      Not enough sleep
  •      Dehydration
  •      A diet that contains high sodium intake

When your face loses fat volume, the eye bags stand out more because they’re not adjusting as your face shrinks. That’s because eye bags are actually pockets of fat that don’t shrink or enlarge when your face goes through changes related to aging.

Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery Before and After at SpaMedica Toronto
Source: SpaMedica. This patient had blepharoplasty at SpaMedica to improve the appearance of her upper eyelids.

Upper Eyelid Surgery Improves Heavy Eyelids

It’s not just underneath the eyes that could make someone look sleepy or tired. Having heavy lids does the same thing too as it makes the eyes look more closed. Upper eyelid surgery can do a number of things like deepening the eyelid crease. Or, excessive skin tissue can be removed. This improves your overall appearance and benefits vision as well if that’s an issue. This procedure can correct upper eyelid droopiness (also known as ptosis).

When having blepharoplasty performed on your upper lids, your plastic surgeon will make an incision where a natural crease would appear and remove any excess fat and skin.   

Double Eyelid Surgery Provides Definition to Lids

Double eyelid surgery helps to define the upper eyelid. This procedure is often performed on Asians—that’s not to say that non-Asian people don’t have it done too—but it’s a popular procedure in Korea and Japan. Double eyelid surgery helps to create definition that suits the rest of a person’s facial features.  It can help make eyes look wider and bigger.  

Tyra Banks Discussed Asian Eyelid Surgery on Her Show
Source: YouTube screenshots. Tyra Banks said this Asian woman had double eyelid surgery to look more Caucasian. 
People often say that the surgery is simply a way of achieving a westernized look, but that isn’t the case. After all, plenty of Asian people have natural double eyelids. Back in 2008 on her talk show, Tyra Banks had a Korean-American woman named Liz on her show to talk about her double eyelid surgery. Even though Liz said she wanted the surgery to correct her droopy and tired eyes, Tyra insisted that she must have done the surgery to “look more Caucasian.” No doubt, this segment of the episode caused a lot of uproar and controversy because of Tyra’s assumptions and her interjectory opinions.

How Long do Eyelid Surgery Results Last?

Eyelid surgery results can last for several years—anywhere from 10-15 years. For some patients, having a second blepharoplasty isn’t ideal. That’s because if too much skin is removed, they won’t be able to close their eyes. Instead, a brow lift should be performed when the patient ages and sees that their brow is dropping (which causes the appearance of excess skin on the upper eyelid again).

Get More Information on the Procedure

Take a look at before and after photos of past blepharoplasty patients at SpaMedica. Find out more information on the procedure on our blepharoplasty page. We’re here to answer any questions you might have, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment or call us!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

How Do Your Looks Affect Your Career?

How Do Your Looks Affect Your Career?

We’ve talked about careers, looks and plastic surgery in the past. After doing some research, several studies showed that being perceived as attractive does matter when it comes to applying to jobs and getting raises and promotions. How you look and present yourself also affects the way colleagues view you.

RealSelf recently shared some results from a survey they conducted. In this survey, they asked 400 men and women to rate how trustworthy, creative, competitive, friendly and motivated a person appeared to be based on photos. RealSelf used before and after photos of individuals who had procedures such as rhinoplasty, chin implants, Botox and dermal fillers.

The Takeaways From This Survey Showed That:
  • Women who had a chin implant, rhinoplasty and Voluma injectable filler scored higher in their after photos.
  • Survey respondents rated these women in their after photos as more creative, motivated and trustworthy.
  • Women with nose jobs were rated as more competitive, motivated and creative
  •  Women with Voluma injections saw the highest increases in ratings in these categories

We found these results interesting because they provided images of the same people before and after their procedures—they were the same people, but they looked slightly different post-op. Each time, their “after” photo was rated higher than their “before” photos. It gets us thinking about how a person’s looks and facial structure can impact how other professionals view them personally and professionally. While skills and experience obviously matter in jobs, first impressions and perception is also critical.

People of All Ages Seek Plastic Surgery

As several media reports have shown lately, the age of plastic surgery patients has gotten younger. It’s not just professionals in their 40s and up who are seeking plastic surgery.  Dr. Mulholland, a Toronto plastic surgeon, says that the average age of Botox patients is now in their early 30s. Before, it was in the mid 40s.

Lawyers, bankers and actors have sought plastic surgery at SpaMedica in Toronto
Lawyers, bankers and actors have sought plastic surgery at SpaMedica in Toronto
Are There Particular Careers Where Professionals Seek Plastic Surgery?

Some careers force people to be in front of cameras and people on a daily basis. Take for example lawyers. They have to interact with clients and be in front of people all the time. Plastic surgeons will often see clients in these fields because presenting themselves well to the public and their colleagues is important in their jobs. Dr. Mulholland says he has treated numerous actors, bankers and lawyers in his practice. Some people simply feel compelled to look their best and stay competitive in the field.

In this Forbes article, Dr. Nahai talked about the different patients he’d normally see in his practice. “A very large number of my patients come in and say, ‘I sell homes, and I can’t compete with a woman in her 30s. I need to look young enough.’ I’ve had a lot of salesmen who say they’ve been told they look angry or tired, so they get a brow lift.”

This isn’t to say getting plastic surgery is necessary to secure jobs or promotions. Afterall, being good at what you do is what makes you a valued employee. But some people want to present themselves as the full package; they want to have the brains, skills and looks. 

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

$200 Off MedSpa Treatments at SpaMedica

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We really appreciate our readers and clients so we wanted to offer a special promotion. Now that we’re moving into a new season, it’s all about transitioning into a wardrobe and applying makeup that’s suited for the fall. An important step of revamping yourself is to maintain clear and healthy skin. At SpaMedica, we know that having gorgeous skin is vital to feeling confident.

We want to help you look and feel beautiful and we do that through several treatments offered at our medspa.  Go ahead and spoil yourself with this $200 gift voucher.

Maybe you’re back in school or your kids are starting a new school year. Life is bound to get busy, so squeeze in some time and treat yourself.

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Thursday, 10 September 2015

5 Wrong Assumptions About Plastic Surgery

Like almost everything else in life, plastic surgery just happens to be one of the topics where people make assumptions. These assumptions tend to stem from word-of-mouth or just a lack of information. If you haven’t noticed, we’re all about talking about and debunking common plastic surgery myths here at SpaMedica. Below are a few widespread assumptions and comments that we hear about various procedures, so we wanted to share some insight and answers to them.

Assumption #1: Botox gives a frozen face

Botox has long had the reputation of giving people that frozen, startled look. A lot of people will think of celebrities who had not so great results after Botox injections like Nicole Kidman. That stems from overdoing the treatment which results in an unnatural appearance. Botox treatments shouldn’t erase all movement in your face—ideally, it’s meant to soften lines or wrinkles.

With your plastic surgeon, you’ll decide where you want to see improvements on your face. By injecting just enough units of Botox in your areas of concern, your end results should look natural and not frozen. And if your treatments are done well, no one should even know that you had anything done.

Assumption #2: I can use my friend or family member’s fat to transfer to my own body

Procedures that involve fat transfer like Brazilian butt lifts or fat grafting to the breasts require taking fat from one area and then transferring it to the butt or breasts. You can’t use someone else’s fat in these procedures. Your immune system simply can’t recognize another person’s fat and would reject their fat if this was attempted. Even if you have an identical twin, there’s still a possibility that the fat would be rejected. Another risk of using someone else’s fat is disease transmission.

Men don't get plastic surgery, according to popular assumptions.

Assumption #3: Men don’t get plastic surgery

Women are the ones who are always pegged as the ones who are most concerned with their appearance. With this mindset, the assumption is that women are the people who undergo plastic surgery. According to recent statistics from a RealSelf survey, men have been increasingly seeking plastic surgery procedures. 73% of doctors say their male patients have increased in the last year. 

These men are most interested in:
  1. Botox and fillers
  2. Eyelid surgery
  3. Body contouring procedures
  4. Male breast reduction
Men are now more open about wanting to maintain their appearance and will undergo treatments if they feel compelled to.

Assumption #4: Liposuction will help me achieve my target weight

Liposuction is often seen as a method to lose a lot of weight. That’s easy to assume, but it’s simply not the case. Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that removes fat from specific areas on the body for a slimmer looking physique. The procedure is ideal for patients who are at their ideal weight but still have some problem areas like love handles.

Before and after rhinoplasty in Toronto
Source: SpaMedica. Before and after rhinoplasty at SpaMedica.
Assumption #5: I’ll see my final results right after my plastic surgery procedure

For many plastic surgery procedures, your final results won’t be seen immediately. That’s because there’s a recovery period where there’s swelling or bruising. Take for example rhinoplasty. This is a procedure where patients are required to take at least a week off from work to recover. Rhinoplasty patients should be aware that there’ll be ongoing improvements with their nose that can take up to 1 year to settle. The nose changes greatly over the course of 2-12 months, especially in the nasal tip area. After that, patients can see their final results.

What are some other assumptions you’ve heard about plastic surgery? Let us know and maybe we can address it!

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Celebrity Plastic Surgery: 8 Stars Open Up About Their Transformations

Hollywood has always been dubbed as the place where “everyone gets plastic surgery” but nobody wants to talk about it. A lot of celebrities shy away from admitting they had plastic surgery done. Whether it’s Botox and fillers (ahem Kylie Kenner) or a major surgical procedure, celebrities tend to deny rumors or stay quiet about the topic. This could be out of embarrassment or fear of backlash.

But then there are the really open people who are candid about their decisions on getting some work done. These 8 celebrities below talked about their plastic surgery experiences in interviews with the media. See what they have to say below.

Ariel Winter Talks About Plastic Surgery
Source: Ariel Winter had a breast reduction surgery this year.
1. “The feeling of not having so much there was such a relief! Once the surgery was completed, I can’t even explain the feeling. [A week later], I was buying clothes and crying as I put them on, I was so happy. You just feel so relieved and excited. You feel like a new person. You feel like this is how I was supposed to be.”- Ariel Winter on having breast reduction surgery

2. “I definitely believe in plastic surgery. I don't want to be an old hag. There's no fun in that.”
- Scarlett Johansson

3. “Why not? I mean, not yet, but maybe my under-eye bags in my 50s. We’ll see what I need, but I’m not saying no!” - Sofia Vergara

4. "It's one of the best things I've ever done. I love them. I'm super happy. I would do it again in a heart beat." - Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting on having breast implants

Iggy Azalea talks about plastic surgery
Source: Iggy Azalea opens up about the plastic surgery procedures she's gotten.
5. “I love them so much I had to talk about them…I’d feel better not to have some secret. It’s much freer to say it and then you don’t have to worry someone will dig it up.” - Iggy azalea on having breast implants

6. “I had my nose done when I was 16 years old. And I’ll be honest, it did change my life.” – Jillian Michaels

7. “I did it the summer before going to a new school. That was a good, good, good change.” – Lisa Kudrow on having rhinoplasty

Kelly Rowland talks about plastic surgery and breast augmentation
Source: Kelly Rowland opens up about her breast augmentation.
8. “I wanted to get breast implants when I was 18, but my mom and Beyonce’s mom told me to really think about it first. I took their advice and waited 10 years.” - Kelly Rowland on her decision to get breast implants

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

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All sorts of things in life can take a toll on your skin and looks—maybe it’s all that time you spent in the sun, stress or simply getting older. You don’t have to just deal with it. You can do something about it. Revamping your looks doesn’t have to require surgery either. With a couple of Botox injections and fillers, you’ll instantly look more refreshed.

Until September 15, you’ll receive 1 FREE SonoPeel when you book your appointment for 40 units of Botox and 1 syringe filler for $999. 

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What’s the difference between fillers and Botox?


Botox, which temporarily banishes wrinkles, is one of the most popular procedures at SpaMedica. It’s a quick and non-invasive treatment that can dramatically improve the look of your facial lines and wrinkles. Botox injections can be applied to selected facial and neck muscles to improve moderate or severe lines. At SpaMedica, Botox treatments take 15-30 minutes to perform and results last from three to six months.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers and Botox may sound like they’re the same thing, but they’re not. Dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane add volume to the face and hands. Botox, on the other hand, reduces the appearance of wrinkles by weakening the muscles that control frowning.

You can enhance and improve your looks in a few ways with dermal fillers. Are you bothered by sunken cheeks? Fillers can restore volume for a fuller and softer look. Do you have gaunt hands that look like they need to be plumped up? Again, fillers can solve the problem. The results will last anywhere from 1-2 years.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

How Would You Feel If Your Grandma Got Plastic Surgery?

How would you feel if your mom or grandma said they were going to get breast augmentation or a facelift?  Would you be shocked, disturbed or supportive? Whether you like it or not, the older generations like the Baby Boomers are having plastic surgery to maintain or revamp their appearance. They’ve thought about it long and hard, they have disposable income and they’re sure about their decisions.

While a lot of media attention has been on teenagers and plastic surgery lately, we can’t overlook that older generations make up a large chunk of those who get plastic surgery. In 2014, people between the ages of 51-64 made up 24% of the total surgical procedures performed in the U.S. That’s 433,517 procedures performed on this age group. People who were age 65 and up accounted for 7.9% of total surgical procedures. That’s 138,612 procedures.

Why Baby Boomers Want Plastic Surgery In The First Place

Dr. Mulholland, a Toronto plastic surgeon, says that Baby Boomers (those who were born in 1946-1964) are an interesting generation. “Their mothers and grandmothers were the descendants of a religious work ethic. They were more accepting of life and aging. It was a matter of what God had dealt them in life,” he says. The Baby Boomers are totally different from their mothers in terms of attitudes. He says these women want a certain quality of life and will achieve it on their own if they have to.

Dr. Mulholland sees many female clients in their 40s at SpaMedica. “They’re far less likely to be manipulated by the media—and the media’s idea of beauty—than women who are a generation younger,” he says. They’re not coming in for treatments because they want to look like a certain celebrity. It stems from their dissatisfaction of their looks compared to the rest of their lives. Simply put, they want the whole package. They have an active life, family and fulfilling career; they want their appearance to reflect how they feel inside.

Dr. Mulholland appeared on Global news to talk about women in their 60s getting breast augmentation.

Which Plastic Surgery Procedures Are These Women Having?

Some of the most popular procedures amongst this group are breast augmentation and liposuction. After having children, a lot of women deal with stubborn fat or a loss of volume in their breasts. For these reasons, they seek procedures that can enhance their bodies. For non-surgical procedures, the Pan G lift is another common treatment that’s performed. The Pan G Lift provides similar results that a facelift would give without surgery.

After seeing so many career-oriented women at SpaMedica, Dr. Mulholland knows the main reason why these women are making appointments. It’s not about trying to look good for their partner. “They want it for themselves. They want to look the way they feel.”

Thursday, 20 August 2015

10 Ways to Cut Your Chances of Getting Wrinkles

Though we can’t stop wrinkles from ever forming for good, there are plenty of ways to slow down the process of getting wrinkles. As we get older, our skin loses elasticity and tautness since our levels of collagen reduce. Once a woman is in her late 20s, she breaks down collagen faster than she makes it. This happens even faster once she reaches her 30s.

Sometimes wrinkles creep up on people without them even expecting it. To temporarily banish these lines, some people get Botox injections to soften their appearance. To avoid getting them in the first place, others prefer to limit (or ban) unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking excessively. Here are a few more simple ways you can stall the signs of wrinkles:

  1. Don’t stretch your skin when applying makeup. This habit can lead to wrinkles, so avoid pulling your eyes when you apply eyeliner.

  2. Don’t soak up the sun too much: overexposure to the sun accelerates the aging process. When the skin has signs of wrinkles, blotches, roughness, and loss of skin tone, it’s mostly from severe sun damage. UV rays are known to dry out skin and damage its underlying structure (elastin and collagen) which causes premature sagging, bags and wrinkles.

  3. Use sunscreen year-round. This is key to prevent your skin from additional damage. Apply it on all exposed areas, even behind your ears and neck.
    Drinking too much alcohol can cause wrinkles in the long run
    Drinking too much alcohol can speed up the ageing process.
  4. Don’t drink too much alcohol. Consuming too much of it negatively impacts vitamin A levels, an important antioxidant for the skin. Vitamin A is also important in the production of collagen, so when there are lower levels of collagen, the skin loses elasticity. Limit your drinking to avoid speeding up the ageing process.

  5. Get enough sleep. When you deprive your body from sleep, it starts to produce excess cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that breaks down skin cells. When you squeeze in enough sleep, you’ll produce more human growth hormone (HGH) which helps cell growth and regeneration.

  6. Always remove make-up before bed. The dirt, pollutants and makeup builds up throughout the day and seep into pores, which breaks down collagen and elastin. Skipping out on cleansing your face before bed leads to wrinkles.

  7. Eat more fish. Not only does it taste good, fish helps out your skin in big ways. Salmon is high in protein and fatty acids such as omega-3. These fatty acids help your skin stay plump and nourished.

  8. Wear sunglasses. They’ll protect the skin around your eyes from UV radiation. The skin around the eyes is very thin, sensitive and prone to wrinkle formation (also known as crows’ feet).

  9. Sleep on your back. Sleeping on your side and pressing your face against your pillow can cause sleep lines. Overtime, you can develop wrinkles by sleeping this way. Try to make it a habit to sleep on your back.

  10. Get facials. Squeezing in some relaxing facials once a month or bi-monthly can help keep your skin healthy and supple. Facials stimulate and increase the circulation in your face.
Keeping these tips (or at least some of them) in mind will pay off as the years go by. Your skin will definitely appreciate it.