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22 Aug 2014

Criticisms of Cosmetic Surgery

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Looking your best helps you to feel your best. It also helps you to make the most of your opportunities both socially and at work. Diet, exercise, and ‘choosing the right parents’ are important contributors to achieving good health and appearance, and many people also include cosmetic surgery in their formula for success. The increasing popularity of cosmetic surgery has provoked some criticism, and it’s worth reflecting on whether this is justified. Are efforts to improve one’s appearance a sign of insecurity or shallow character? When you dress in the morning or put on deodorant, you are doing so in part to be appealing (or at least inoffensive!) to others.…

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7 Aug 2014

Are you a Client or a Patient?

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We have always referred to people who seek our services as ‘patients’, but a recent article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has reminded us that not everyone accepts this as preferable to ‘clients’. The term client reflects the power and autonomy of a healthy person who pays for a service, and if it is your preference, we invite you to be our client! From our perspective though, you will always be a patient, as our advice and treatment must always reflect the responsibilities we accept by being your doctor. We need to be confident that you have a problem that is significant enough to warrant the expense, discomfort, inconvenience,…

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8 Jul 2014

How Long do I Have to Wait to Exercise After Tummy Tuck Surgery

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There are several aspects of healing that can be compromised by exercise. 1. In the first 10 days after surgery, there is a risk of pulling open a blood vessel and getting bleeding into the wound. For this reason, we encourage limited exertion and movement in the surgical area after any surgery. 2. The first three weeks after surgery are critical to the skin/fat layer reattaching to the fascia/muscle layer. If the two layers don’t reconnect, there can be a permanent space that will fill with fluid (Seroma). We recommend use of an abdominal binder as a splint to remind our patients to avoid movement across the abdomen for the…

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2 Sep 2013

Travel and Plastic Surgery

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There are many reasons that patients travel to seek out surgery- lower expense, greater expertise, and privacy are common and legitimate advantages often stated by patients.   These advantages must be balanced against the potential disadvantages of travelling for surgery. Travel carries the risk of deep vein thrombosis (clots forming in legs a.k.a DVT) and embolism to the lungs (PE).  There is increased risk of  DVT/PE with surgery in general, and this is multiplied if you are stuck stationary in a plane or car for hours.  Your surgeon should give you advice on precautions to take on both your trip to and from surgery to minimize this risk. Travel can…

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4 Mar 2013

Costs of Cosmetic Surgery

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Fees charged by different practices will vary widely, and not always for reasons of quality.  Even within a practice, the fee for a specific procedure will vary between patients.  Complexity and scale of procedures can vary widely between patients, and patient characteristics (e.g. health problems requiring hospital surgery) may influence the costs.  Also, the quote you receive at a consultation may be influenced by the availability of operating room time or how keen a practice is to develop their experience in a particular procedure. Despite the above, the majority of patients who attend our practice receive quotes for cosmetic surgery (includes facility, anesthetist and surgeon fees) as follows: Breast Augmentation:…

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26 Jan 2013

Why take the risk?

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It is not unusual for patients to present to our practice with problems for which cosmetic surgery is an ideal solution, but they hesitate to proceed with a procedure for fear of the tiny risk of a bad outcome.  Everyone has a different way of approaching risk, but it is vital that you consider the risk of inaction, and not just the risk of action.  The risk of inaction?  Let’s say it’s a face lift you are considering.  Without the face lift, you are judged (unfairly) to be too tired for that promotion at work, your appearance and diminished feelings of attractiveness interfere with your personal relationships, and you become depressed by the…

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