Friday, 27 February 2015

20 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About SpaMedica and Dr. Mulholland

Ever wondered who visits SpaMedica and what kind of treatments they get? What's the average age of SpaMedica clients? What was life like for Dr. Mulholland before he became a doctor? All these questions are answered below!

1. SpaMedica has been in operation in Yorkville, Toronto since 1997.

2. About 70% of Dr. Mulholland’s patients are women

3. Most of these women are between ages 35-55

4. Dr. Mulholland says these women are not privileged housewives. They’re usually very outgoing or hardworking professionals.

5. 90% of Dr. Mulholland’s breast augmentation patients are over 35. They usually have a few kids and want to recapture their breast shape.

Source: SpaMedica. Before and after photo of a facelift patient.

6. Women over age 35 tend to seek non-surgical procedures like Botox Injectable, FotoFacials, Restylane, laser hair removal and leg vein treatments. The top 5 surgical procedures are brow and eyelid surgery, facelifts, breast augmentation, liposuction and tummy tucks.

7. Male clients want to look more youthful. They come in for facial changes such as jowl removal, facelifts, eyelid lifts and rhinoplasty. They seek liposuction to remove unwanted fat too.

8. Dr. Mulholland never operates on teenagers. “Generally the closer women are to age 20—before they’ve had some life experience—the less confident they are about body image. It’s hard to figure out who you are then, let alone confuse it with surgery,” he says.

Source: SpaMedica. Before and after photo of a Botox Injectable patient.

9. At SpaMedica, the average Botox Injectable patient is age 40.

10. Injections of Voluma fillers have become almost 25% of Dr. Mulholland’s job.

11. When it comes to older women, Dr. Mulholland says any insecurity is usually related to professional advancement. “Ageism is rampant in the workplace,” he says.

12. These patients usually want to increase their breasts to a small to mid-sized C cup.

13. According to Dr. Mulholland, Canadian women are at least a cup size smaller than U.S women.

14. Women under 30 usually see him to change their breasts, nose or get rid of unwanted fat.

Source: SpaMedica. Dr. Mulholland played professional hockey with Rogle BK in the Swedish first division. After his year in Sweden, he signed a professional contract with the Calgary Flames.

15. Before becoming a plastic surgeon, Dr. Mulholland was a professional hockey player.

16. Dr. Mulholland studied and completed his core general surgery and plastic surgery training at the University of Toronto.

17. Dr. Mulholland travels around the world several weekends of the year to teach physicians different non-surgical and surgical treatments.

18. He invented the Pan G Lift, a non-surgical treatment that provides results similar to facelifts.

19. He and his team have over 30 years of experience in hairtransplantation and have successfully placed millions of grafts. 

20. The original FotoFacial procedure was co-developed by Dr. Patrick Bitter, Jr. and Dr. Mulholland. This popular procedure is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in North America.

FotoFacial treatments use radiofrequency, intense pulsed light and infrared energy. They’re pulsed gently on the skin to target facial spider veins, fine lines, blemishes and brown spots on the face, neck, chest and hands.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

5 Minute Nose Job: How You Can Transform Your Nose In Minutes

Just like committing to a relationship or making a large purchase, deciding on changing your physical appearance takes a lot of thought and commitment.

Maybe that’s why temporary procedures are appealing to a lot of people. They give people an altered appearance, but only for a certain time period. If a person likes what they see, they can decide on a surgical procedure for permanent results. If not, then there’s no big deal—the results disappear overtime.

The 5 minute nose job is one of the most popular procedures that provide you with short-term results. It’s a non-surgical procedure that essentially lets people alter their nose within minutes. If you’ve got a bulbous nose or crooked nose, that could be changed through 5 minute nose jobs without the need for surgical rhinoplasty or downtime.

How Was The 5 Minute Nose Job Created?

Source: SpaMedica. Before and after photo of a patient who had a 5 minute nose job.

Dr. Mulholland, a Toronto plastic surgeon, created the 5 minute nose job. He initially used saline to show rhinoplasty patients how they could look like after surgery. He then realized he could use the same injectables he was using to build up the chins and cheeks of other patients for longer-lasting results for the nose. Dr. Mulholland also developed this procedure because he saw several patients who didn’t want invasive surgery or having to deal with recovery time.

Thinking of Larger Breasts? You Can Test Drive That, Too.

It’s not only your nose that you can change temporarily. Back in November, news outlets reported that a New York plastic surgeon developed the “insta breast” that would give patients the look of breast implants for 24 hours through a saline injection.

It was reported the surgeon was developing a method that would allow women to have larger breasts through injections that would last for 2-3 weeks. This procedure is referred to as “vacation breasts” as the surgeon said it was ideal for special occasions like weddings or vacations.  He said the procedure will give women a better opportunity to see what it’s like to live with larger breasts. He hopes the procedure will be ready in about two years.

How Does a 5 Minute Nose Job Work?

Source: SpaMedica. Dr. Mulholland and the 5 minute nose job was featured on Global News. 

Your nose’s appearance is changed all through injections of long-lasting gel fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma or Perlane. They’re either used alone or in combination.

Different areas of concern of the nose can be corrected or improved through 5 minute nose jobs. Bulbous tips, crooked noses, elongated noses, indentations and weak nose bridges are just some common things Dr. Mulholland sees and treats on a regular basis.

There’s no need for anaesthesia. Local anesthetic is built right into the gel, which helps in minimizing discomfort.  You won’t have any scarring and you don’t have to take time off work to recover. You literally can just leave the clinic with a brand new nose and carry on with your regular life. There will be some swelling and a small risk of bruising, but these symptoms disappear within a few days.

These results can last from one to two years. So, if you like what you see and feel, you always have the option of getting rhinoplasty for permanent results. 

Leave us a comment if you have any questions or book your appointment online now. 

Thursday, 19 February 2015

3 Areas Where You Won’t Lose Fat Without Plastic Surgery

3 areas where you won't lose fat without plastic surgery

Losing weight is a tough feat that requires a lot of discipline, but what if you’re looking to lose fat in specific areas like your arms or neck? This is called targeted exercise or spot reduction—but according to science, it doesn’t work. You can’t choose specific areas like your chin to shed your fat. Factors like genetics determine where you’ll see weight loss on your body. So unfortunately, those obscure chin exercises like tilting your head up and down won’t help in getting rid of a double chin.

Intense workouts that help you shed body fat overall helps, but sometimes it doesn’t help in specific areas of the body and face. Below are some areas where fat builds up, but can’t always be reduced through exercise.

Before and after photo of Toronto patient who had neck liposuction
Source: SpaMedica. Before and after photos of a patient who had BodyTite liposuction to her neck and chin.


Ever had someone take an unflattering picture of you from a lower angle? It’s a pretty easy way to make you look like you have a double chin.

Looking like you have a double chin in photos might suck, but what if your double chin is just something you’ve always dealt with? Sometimes a double chin is related to carrying excess weight, but it can also be hereditary. If you see that a few of your family members also have double chins, chances are that it’s in the family.  Age is also another factor in having a double chin. As we get older, our skin and muscles loosen. When the muscles around the chin and neck loosen over time, the chin and neck lines aren’t as defined anymore.

What to do about double chins: Neck liposuction helps define your chin and neck area. Newer liposuction techniques like SmartLipo, BodyTite or VaserLipo reduces the amount of fat under your chin and tightens your skin all at once.

“These procedures are performed under local anaesthesia with light oral sedation and a very small incision under the chin. These various techniques use laser energy, ultrasound energy or radiofrequency electrical current to liquefy the fat internally and create some heat. It stimulates skin and dermal contraction,” says Toronto plastic surgeon Dr. Mulholland.

Before and after photos of a Toronto eyelid surgery patient
Source: SpaMedica. Before and after photos of a patient who had blepharoplasty.

Under Your Eyes

Spot reduction sounds like it can work (it doesn’t), but there’s no way you’re going to get rid of the fat under your eyes through targeted eye massages and exercises. Fat under the eyes can make someone look older or more tired than they actually are. This thought isn’t the same in all cultures—this article reports that people in South Korea have sought surgery to make their under-eye skin plumper. 

This trend called “aegyo sal” (it translates to eye smiles or cute skin) is believed to make a person look more attractive and youthful in Korea. That’s not quite the case in North America. People go through eye creams and procedures to reduce the fat or puffiness under their eyes.

What you can do about fat under your eyes:  Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, can reduce the fat under your eyes. Incisions are made below the lash line for the lower lids and then excess fat and skin are removed. “If excess fat is only present in the lower lids, it may be removed through an incision inside the lower lids conjunctivum with no external incision or scar,” says Dr. Mulholland.

Male Boobs also known as gyneocomastia
Source: SpaMedica. Before and after photos of a patient who had male breast reduction

Male breasts

Gynecomastia, also known as male breasts or “moobs”, is a condition where a man has excessive amounts of fat in the breasts. This happens due to different things like diet, environmental or hereditary factors. This swelling and enlargement of the breasts can be seen in newborn males, boys and older men. While this condition subsides for some boys, about 8% of boys continue to face this condition. Gyneocomastia isn’t life-threatening, but it can negatively affect a boy or man’s self-esteem.

What to do about male breasts: If losing weight doesn’t help, male breast reduction is a solution to gynecomastia. During this procedure, energy-assisted liposuction techniques like SmartLipo and VaserLipo can be used to reduce the size of male breasts for a flatter, more masculine looking chest.

Working out is great, no doubt. But sometimes, exercise just won’t cut it when you’re looking to cut the fat in certain body areas. Leave a comment here or book an appointment online if you have any questions regarding these procedures.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

MiraDry: The One Way to Eliminate Your Excessive Sweat for Good

MiraDry is a treatment to eliminate excessive underarm sweat in Toronto

Imagine this: You’re on a first date with someone you really like in a fancy restaurant that you wouldn’t normally go to on a regular day. Your stomach is fluttering, your mind is jumbled and you’re trying to make sure you don’t say the wrong things that would put your date off. You’re real nervous but you don’t want to show it. Your date eventually excuses themself to the washroom.

As you pull your phone out of your pocket, you realize that your underarms are sweating. A lot. There’s so much sweat that it soaks through your shirt.

Now this could be a rare thing when you’re in situations where you feel anxious, but some people deal with excessive sweating every day. If you constantly apply deodorant and antiperspirant but you still sweat a lot, you might have a condition called axillary hyperhidrosis.

That’s a fancy name for excessive underarm sweating. This condition is when underarm sweat glands are overactive. They’re producing much more sweat than what’s needed to cool down the body. Understandably, people who sweat excessively often feel embarrassed or anxious in social and work settings. They worry others will notice the sweat or stains through their clothing. Excessive sweaters can produce 4-5 times more sweat than what’s considered normal. 

What You Can Do About Excessive Underarm Sweating

Sweat Shields

Sweat shields aren't a permanent solution or treatment of excessive sweating like MiraDry. But it’s an affordable option to stop sweat from showing on your clothes. Sweat shields are self-adhesive so you can place them in the underarm areas of your shirt. There are also shields that have elastic arm straps that attach to your body instead of clothing. Sweat shields are usually 100% cotton and can be reused or thrown out.

Some people find sweat shields too uncomfortable or that they shift around too much. You’re also out of luck if you want to wear sleeveless shirts—unless you’re okay with showing off your sweat shields in public.

Source: YouTube. Dr. Mulholland, a Toronto plastic surgeon, demonstrates the miraDry treatment in this video.

MiraDry Treatments

If you want a permanent solution to stop your sweating, then MiraDry is what you should look into. This non-invasive treatment eliminates excessive underarm sweating. During your MiraDry treatment, a physician uses controlled energy to eliminate underarm sweat glands; they won’t be making any surgical cuts or incisions. These sweat glands don’t grow back once they’re removed. Your results will last permanently.

The treatment takes about one hour to perform. For the best results, patients should have two treatments separated by three months. You’ll see that you’re sweating much less right after your first treatment. Another bonus is that it also permanently removes underarm hair. You can get back to work and regular activities right after treatments since there’s no recovery time.

Learn more about miraDry

If you’re seriously thinking about getting rid of your excessive sweating for good, read more about MiraDry and how it works. Leave us a comment or fill out an online consultation form if you need any more information.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Receive a $500 SpaMedica Gift Certificate and a Chance to Win a CoolSculpting Package!

On Thursday, February 26th, Dr. Mulholland will discuss and demonstrate CoolSculpting at Park Hyatt. CoolSculpting is a non-surgical fat reduction procedure that freezes your fat away painlessly.

There’ll be complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, on the spot complimentary consultation and a chance to win a CoolSculpting package! Also, you’ll receive a $500 SpaMedica gift certificate and a 10% off skincare discount coupon.

Call Lola at
416-922-2868 ext 248 or email her at to RSVP.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Laser Hair Removal: Do Women Prefer Bare or Hairy Men?

Do you know what I’m talking about when you first starting dating someone and you spend a lot of time trying to look good and attractive to impress them? Even in the honeymoon period of relationships, you probably put in a lot of effort to keep your partner impressed.

You want to reel your partner in and look as attractive as you can be—who doesn’t do this? Humans are visual creatures after all. Perhaps you’ll fit in extra workouts at the gym or spend a lot more time grooming and putting together outfits.

A big part of this whole grooming and pampering stage involves your hair. Trying new hairstyles and cutting your hair is a given, but what about shaving or permanently removing body hair with laser hair removal? Of course, men and women’s preferences on body hair will always differ from person to person. However, lots of studies show that women do have specific preferences when it comes to men and their grooming habits.

Here are results from one study that Remington Products published:
  •       71% of the surveyed U.S women prefer men to trim their backs. 
  •     33% of women preferred a man’s back to be completely bare.
  •     53% of the women who are casually dating or divorced think men should trim their chest.
  •     43% of the women preferred men to keep all of their chest hair.
  •     17% of women prefer men without any hair on their chest.

Preferences of body hair vary from person and culture. One study shows that 80% of surveyed Turkish and Slovakian women like men to be smooth and bare.

If you do personally prefer to have little to no hair, laser hair removal will give you what you want. Treatments get rid of hair just about anywhere on your body. It could be an area as small as your fingers or toes or as large as your back. Below are some common body areas we remove hair from.


Shaving underarms is pretty much second nature for women, especially when it’s bikini season and summertime. You can’t really get away without shaving when you’re wearing tank tops like you can during the winter when you’re covered in thick sweaters. Laser hair removal for underarms is considered a small zone, so each treatment costs $199.

Before and after photo of laser hair removal patient
Source: SpaMedica. Before and after photo of a patient who had laser hair removal treatments on his back.

Back and Chest

When men book laser hair removal treatments at SpaMedica, it’s usually to remove hair on their back and chests. Dr. Mulholland, a Toronto plastic surgeon, says when men have a lot of hair in these areas, they tend to go through a lot of dress shirts—it gets embarrassing in social situations and not to mention it becomes a hassle to constantly go through several shirts regularly. The back is considered an extra large zone; each treatment starts at $499.


Keeping legs bare and smooth is another region that majority of women do as part of their grooming routine. Especially during the summer, it’s essential to have bare legs in the summer when you’re rocking shorts and skirts all day. Really, no matter what season it is, you can’t get away with letting leg hairs go wild if you have to dress up for an event or have a hot date that leads to a little more. Legs are considered a large zone, so each laser hair removal treatment costs $399.

Free Laser Hair Removal Treatments

Until March 15, 2015, SpaMedica is offering a free laser hair removal package when you purchase any body contouring package. You’ll get 5 free laser hair removal treatments on extra small zones. Interested? Go on and book your appointment online now or call us at 1-877-712-8367.