June 2013 Newsletter
Hi All, hope your spring has been fantastic so far. As always, lots of news to report at MCSC. First, thanks to all those who came to enjoy our Mother's Day event. We hope you will agree that our lovely makeup artist Jenn did a great job creating the perfect polished look for all you gorgeous moms. Check out some pics from the event on Facebook.
We'd also like to thank all of you who nominated MCSC for Mississauga news annual Reader's Choice award!
June has started with a bang, with even more great savings. Check out our Beauty Basics Promotion further on in this newsletter.
Our big news this season is the announcement of Dr. Weinberg's appointment as Division Head of Plastic Surgery at Trillium Health Partners, the newly named facility created from the joining of the former Trillium Health Centre and Credit Valley Hospital. This means Dr. Weinberg is now Division Head of one of the largest divisions of Plastic surgery in Ontario! He has big plans for the division, including a continued active role as a teaching hospital for the division of plastic surgery of University of Toronto Department of Medicine. In his tenure as Division Head he hopes to build one of the most comprehensive multidisciplinary Breast Surgery Centres in the province. He also plans to create a Melanoma Centre, focusing on skin health and prevention of skin cancer.
This brings us to another big piece of news, which is the launch of our newly designed Blog! One of latest posts details the Choices for Women Undergoing Reconstructive Breast Surgery, which is timely in light of Angelina Jolie's recent revelation. Read this article and other recent posts on Secrets to Choosing Breast Implant Size, and Tummy Tuck After C-Section at our new blog.
In product news, this month will see the introduction of Volbella to the clinic. Volbella is a new Hyaluronic filler from Allergan, makers of Juvederm. It promises to provide an excellent option for lip augmentation in particular. It is thought to give long lasting, more natural looking results, with much less swelling and no lumpiness. And, it is also said to be very comfortable as it contains lidocaine which, anecdotally, seems to take effect more quickly than the numbing agent present in other fillers. Incidentally, at MCSC we often further enhance the comfort of lip injections by using cannulas to inject. These are blunt tipped tubes, so unlike needles, there is no sharp end- so VERY COMFORTABLE!
Topics in Cosmetic Medicine
Focus on Crows Feet
Most of us will get them eventually – those pesky lines around our eyes. These can range from those small little creases at the corner of our eyes when we smile, to deep folds that stretch down the face, even at rest. Some people consider them "laugh lines" and are reluctant to have theirs injected for fear of looking too "done" or expressionless. But beware, while we are definitely in favor of a natural looking approach, delaying treating these for too long can result in deeply etched wrinkles that can make us look prematurely old and can be very hard to treat once they are well established.
Our advice is start with prevention. Using good quality eye creams, such as Elastiderm from Obaji, or TNS Eye Repair from Skinmedica, a new line we'll be introducing to the clinic soon, can help keep crows feet at bay. Vitamin A analogues, like Retin A or Retinol are usually too irritating for the skin around the eye, but very low concentrations can sometimes be tolerated with appropriate emollients and hydration. Facials to nourish and hydrate the skin of the eye area, and gentle exfoliation like microdermabrasion, can help reduce the appearance of crows feet, and help prevent them from deepening, by stimulating collagen and elastin production.
Once lines do make an appearance in this area, muscle relaxing injections, such as Botox, Dysport or Xeomin, are the next step. The orbicularis oculi muscle, which surrounds the eye and contracts like a purse string when we smile or squint, causes crows feet by folding the overlying skin. If contraction of the muscle is prevented by these medications, then the skin also relaxes and crows feet soften and sometimes disappear. Regular injections can be preventative. If the skin is not repeatedly folded, then the wrinkles simply don't have a chance to form or deepen. For individuals who are fearful of looking "expressionless", remember that for most people only small amounts of product are often all that is required to soften these lines. Also, new techniques, such as the "microdroplet" method of injection, in which small, dilute amounts are injected intradermally, can sometimes give a softer effect, lessening lines while preserving expression. These products also differ in the degree to which they are thought to diffuse (spread) locally within the tissues, leading to personal preferences due to slight differences in results achieved with the different medications.
Whether you've never tried treatment for crows feet, or you've tried, but have been dissatisfied with previous attempts to improve them, we can help. Contact us at 905-273-3045 to book a consultation.
Take advantage of our beauty basics package this month. For only $500 you will receive a deeply exfoliating microdermabrasion from our medical aesthetician, getting rid of dead skin cells that clog pores, to give the skin a brighter, fresher appearance. 1 Syringe of Juvederm can then be used in the area of your choice, to plump up fallen cheeks or lips, erase deep nasolabial lines, or contour a droopy jawline or dimpled chin, and finally you will enjoy the therapeutic benefit of Hydra-Cool serum, the perfect moisturizer for summer weather. Non greasy, light and refreshing, it gives the skin much needed hydration. Save $270 when you purchase this package, and look fabulous this summer!
PS Don't forget we still have some rebates for Soft Lift and for our fantastic eyelash growing medication. These expire at the end of June, so if you want to save $100 on Soft Lift, or $50 on eyelash serum, it's now or never!