We Answered the Web’s Most-Searched CoolSculpting® Questions

BOTOX is known worldwide as one of the most effective anti-wrinkle treatments available. The vast majority of people who get BOTOX injections, though, want to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles already etched into their skin. But in the past few years, we started noticing younger patients come in for BOTOX injections at our Calgary practice to prevent wrinkles. It’s not a coincidence that the uptick of interest in preventive BOTOX corresponds with the use of social media and the popularity of selfies. Women and men in their 20s and early 30s are constantly posting photos to multiple social apps and want to put their best faces forward. The number of people in that age group getting BOTOX and dermal filler injections are undoubtedly increasing. In a recent survey, 64% of physicians who are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported seeing a dramatic increase in patients under the age of 30 requesting injectable treatments. Annual statistics from the ASPS confirm this trend, with BOTOX procedures increasing nearly 30% since 2010 among people ages 20 to 29. So, is BOTOX actually able to delay the onset of facial wrinkles and lines for someone in their 20s? How BOTOX Works BOTOX is a neuromodulator that selectively weakens certain facial muscles to reduce crow’s feet, frown lines (the “11s”), and horizontal forehead wrinkles. These are called dynamic wrinkles because they are gradually caused by changing facial expressions. Because BOTOX injections limit the movement of the muscles involved in making these expressions, it can also postpone their development. Your First BOTOX Treatment The BOTOX procedure is fairly straightforward. During a consultation, your provider will explain what to expect and discuss your expectations for the treatment. You’ll also learn about the potential side effects and complications of BOTOX injections. That said, BOTOX is regarded as one of the safest cosmetic treatments available. It is vital you choose a highly trained and experienced injector because the treatment requires precision. The procedure itself only lasts a few minutes and doesn’t involve any downtime. The results from BOTOX injections aren’t permanent, and they typically need to be repeated every 4 months or so to maintain the effects. Because the use of BOTOX to stave off wrinkles is a fairly new concept, it’s not yet known if patients will need less BOTOX in the future after wrinkles do begin emerging. At Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery, we have a Certified Nurse Injector in addition to 3 Royal College-certified plastic surgeons to provide safe and effective treatments. If you’ve been curious about getting preventive BOTOX, you can contact us using the online form to schedule a consultation or call us at (587) 317-9872 to schedule an appointment.

All About Eyelid Surgery: What to Expect Before, During & After

As you explore eyelid surgery in the Edmonton area, it can help to know what to expect every step of the way. At our plastic surgery practice in Calgary, we provide as much information as we can to make sure our eyelid surgery patients are informed and actively involved in their experience from the first consultation to the final follow-up. In this blog post, we’ll share a bit more about what it’s like to prepare for, undergo, and recover from eyelid surgery—and to enjoy the rejuvenating results that follow. Before Eyelid Surgery Before your procedure, you and your surgeon will set the stage for a positive experience. Research The first step is selecting a surgeon to perform your eyelid surgery. Look through before-and-after photos, check for credentials, and read real patient reviews for surgeons in your area. Consider scheduling consultations with your top 2 or 3. Meeting in person will help you decide on the best surgeon for you. Consultation Your consultation is a great opportunity to ask your surgeon questions about the procedure, his or her experience performing it, and any recommendations your surgeon may have for helping you achieve your aesthetic goals. Together you will discuss your concerns to determine whether you are a candidate. You may also discuss enhancing your results with nonsurgical treatments, which you can learn more about in this related blog post. Prep Once you’ve scheduled your procedure, it’s time to prep for surgery. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions to follow for the day of your procedure. You can also prep in the weeks ahead by arranging a ride home from your appointment, avoiding alcohol, and eating nutritious foods. During Eyelid Surgery What actually takes place during an eyelid surgery procedure? Anesthesia For upper eyelid surgery, local anesthesia is used in combination with sedation. This means you’ll be awake but relaxed. For lower eyelid surgery, we use general anesthesia because the procedure is more complex. Procedure Steps During upper eyelid surgery, your surgeon makes an incision along the natural crease of the eyelid to make sure any scarring is well disguised. Through that incision, your surgeon removes excess skin and tightens the muscle tissue to correct any drooping. During lower eyelid surgery, your surgeon uses an incision either below the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid to remove or reposition fat deposits that cause a puffy appearance. Time Upper eyelid surgery often takes less than an hour, but lower eyelid surgery or a combined procedure may take longer. After Eyelid Surgery What actually takes place during an eyelid surgery procedure? Recovery Swelling and bruising are common during the first couple of weeks after eyelid surgery. Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions to follow to make sure your incisions heal well and you’re able to safely return to your routine as soon as possible. Returning to Work Most people return to work after 1 to 2 weeks, when most swelling and bruising has subsided. You may wear contact lenses after 2 weeks and put makeup on after 1 to 2 weeks. Results Long-term scarring is very minimal and hidden along the natural creases of the eye. With the help of a qualified surgeon, you’ll enjoy younger-looking, more refreshed eyes without any obvious signs you’ve had a procedure. To see examples of the results you can expect after eyelid surgery, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery. If you would like to learn more about eyelid surgery in Calgary, please contact us online or call (403) 452-7953.

Bikinis & Breast Implants: Shopping for Bathing Suits

Once you’ve decided to get a breast augmentation at our Calgary plastic surgery practice, the excitement often builds as you think about getting new clothes tailored to highlight your shape. One of the perks of getting breast implants is buying bathing suits that flatter your new figure.

Can You Freeze Fat Off at Home?

Since the introduction of CoolSculpting® at our Calgary practice, we’ve heard patients wonder why the same process of freezing away fat wouldn’t work at home. And it’s just not our office where people are asking this question. Online searches about do-it-yourself CoolSculpting are pretty common.

How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

If you’re considering breast augmentation and researching breast implants, you’ve likely read or heard about a “rule of thumb” that implants need to be replaced after 10 years. That’s a myth.

Can BOTOX® Prevent Wrinkles?

BOTOX is known worldwide as one of the most effective anti-wrinkle treatments available. The vast majority of people who get BOTOX injections, though, want to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles already etched into their skin.

Post-Breast Augmentation Bra Shopping Tips

One of the exciting perks of breast augmentation surgery is being able to shop for bras that might not have been suitable for patients with smaller breasts. But breast augmentation patients in Calgary should understand the need to postpone splurging on new bras until swelling completely resolves.

Nonsurgical Options to Eyelid Surgery: Do They Work?

Our plastic surgeons are advocates for their patients. They’re committed to recommending the least invasive treatment solution that addresses an individual’s aesthetic concerns as effectively and enduringly as possible.

Unexpected Benefits of Abdominoplasty Surgery

Thinking about getting an Abdominoplasty? If so, you already know that the procedure improves the appearance of the abdomen by removing excess skin that can often remain after pregnancy or other significant weight loss.