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Cosmetic Surgery November Newsletter


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We’re proud to report MCSC has once again been voted the Platinum prize winner for best cosmetic clinic by Mississauga News. Our lovely Lusiana was on hand to personally accept the honor at the awards event, photos of which you can view on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Dr. Schiffer and Dr. Weinberg both attended the prestigious Canadian Laser and Aesthetic Specialists Society meeting in Montreal this November. As President of CLASS Dr. Weinberg did an excellent job chairing and facilitating the meeting. Talks included a wide range of topics including Treatment of Melasma, Laser treatment of scars, Microneedling for pigment and acne scars, and novel filler injection techniques. Our nurse Chris and Suzanne our medical aesthetician also attended a day long workshop on the latest IPL and photofacial techniques. The winter months are the perfect time to take advantage of light therapies so stay tuned for our winter deals! This month you can take advantage of the change in climate with our huge Laser Hair promo- see the add at the end of this newsletter for details.

Save 20% on Skincare Nov 30th, and enjoy some holiday cheer, at our Winter Wonderland event from 10:00-4:00 at the clinic. We’ll have some other surprise specials that day too- RSVP to save a spot for a complimentary skin consultation!

Winter Wonderland Gala Flawless Skin Event

Topics in Cosmetic Medicine

All About Hair

A common complaint seen in cosmetic medicine is either too much or too little hair. Unwanted body hair is an issue for both men and women. Conversely, thinning hair on the scalp and eyelashes, and sometimes brows is also a significant complaint for both sexes as well. Here’s a quick guide to treatment of both problems.

An Approach to Hair loss

Why am I losing Hair?

There are different reasons for loss of scalp hair. If you are noticing a change in the volume or amount of hair, it’s worth taking this up with your GP. Loss of hair, called Alopecia, is divided by skin specialists into scarring and non-scarring types. An initial assessment should involve a doctor looking at your scalp to determine which kind you have. Scarring alopecia is rare, and difficult to treat as the hair follicles themselves are damaged in this condition. This can happen for a variety of reasons, and can be associated with systemic illnesses, so this kind of alopecia usually requires a medical work up which may include blood tests and a biopsy of your scalp.
Non Scarring alopecia is much more common, and the commonest form is associated with hormonal changes of aging, and referred to as androgenetic.
There are other causes of non-scarring hair loss, so an examination is important.

What is the commonest pattern of hair loss?

Men typically have a pattern of thinning and loss on the sides, top and front, with a fringe preserved in the back and over the ears. Women have more diffuse thinning at the top with relative preservation at the front.

Should I have any tests done?

Common things which can mimic this typical form of hair loss include thyroid dysfunction, anemia, and poor nutrition, so sometimes blood tests for what looks like routine hair loss is still appropriate.

How Can the Commonest form if Hair Loss be treated?

The treatment for significant age-related hair loss may include a topical prescription medication called minoxidil. When this fails, men can also consider oral prescription with Propecia. Side effects of these drugs need to be discussed with your doctor. While evidence for other treatments is less robust, many skin specialists also recommend the use of oral supplements, like Anacaps or Viviscal, especially when thinning is just starting. Additionally, there is some evidence to suggest that Injected Platelet Rich Plasma may also be effective.

Is Treatment of hair thinning or loss in lashes and Brows treated similarly?

With age it’s also common to notice thinner shorter and fewer eyelashes. Of course the look of lashes can be improved with temporary false lashes, but while these can look good, they can also be irritating, lead to infection, and also cause further thinning and loss of one’s natural lashes, ie they can worsen the problem. Latisse, also called Bimatoprost, is a topical medication applied to the lid at the base of the lashes nightly that has been shown in studies to grow longer, darker and thinner lashes. It may also be helpful for thinning brows, though this is not an officially approved use of the drug. Side effects of Latisse can include occasional irritation or pigment changes, or dry eyes.

Too Much Hair

Excessive, dark and coarse hair on the face of body is a very common cosmetic issue. Temporary fixes include such as bleaching, chemical removal, tweazing or waxing, more long-lasting treatments include electrolysis and laser hair removal.

What is Electrolysis?

In electrolysis a small needle is inserted in a hair follicle and an electric current is passed through it, damaging the follicle.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

In this form of hair removal, laser energy is passed over an area of skin, and is absorbed by the pigment, called melanin, in multiple hair follicles, damaging them

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Electrolysis?

Electrolysis can treat all skin and hair types, even grey hair. If done repeatedly and in the hands of an experienced practitioner, it can remove hair permanently. However, it requires lengthy sessions as one follicle is treated at a time; thus, it is often not recommended for large areas like chest, backs or legs. It can require many sessions, sometimes as many as 30 for a given area, and can thus often work out to be much more expensive in the long term than laser hair removal. It involves a needle, so it is invasive, and therefore painful, and it is often carried out by non-medical practitioner, so there is the concern about possible side effects which can include infection and scarring.

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal treats many hair follicles over large areas at once, thus it is fast, sessions often taking no more than 30 minutes. Laser hair removal permanently reduces hair growth in a treatment area in 3 to 8 sessions. It treats dark coarse hair on light skin best, with subsequent regrowth typically being much lighter in color and thinner/wispier in texture. The best laser hair machines can now also successfully remove hair in virtually all skin types, and over a range of hair color. Laser hair removal is also often offered by non-medical practitioners, and in these cases, there can also be risk of injuries, including burns. At MCSC laser hair treatments are only administered in patients after assessment by our physician, Dr. Weinberg, and carried out by our medical aesthetician or trained nurse under his direction, thus side effects are few. Disadvantages are that in some patients, while hair growth is permanently reduced it is not completely eliminated, and maintenance treatments are needed one or twice a year. Laser hair removal cannot succeed in removing grey hair, thus it’s best to take advantage of laser hair before your hair color is lost. With our Laser Hair Sale, Laser Hair Removal is very cost effective. Contact us at 905-273-3045 to book your consultation today!

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15 Responses to Current Newsletter

  1. elaine somers says:

    Would like to take advantage of this, please send dates available

    • Blog Admin says:

      Hi Elaine,

      Thank you for your interest- we will be in touch to arrange an appointment.

      Mississauga Cosmetic Surgery Clinic

  2. elaine somers says:

    Please let me know when I can come in for a treatment

    • Sandy says:

      Hi Elaine Just checking in to make sure you obtained an appointment regarding IPL? Just wanted to let you known we don’t usually look after appointment scheduling through the newsletter, so that’s why things might have slipped through the cracks- We will honour the Dec deal for you if you are still interested!

  3. Carsta Neumann says:

    I’m wondering the cost of lipo suction of the chin

    • Sandy says:

      Hello Carsta Thanks so much for your interest in Chin Liposuction at our clinic. The cost is typically $2250, though it can vary somewhat if someone has either a very small or very large amount of fat. Belkyra is also an option for treatment of fat under the chin. If you are interested in coming on for a consultation to discuss options and assess whether liposuction is the right choice for you, please contact us at 905-273-3045. We do not schedule appointments through the newsletter reply area

  4. Rama bawa says:

    Hi I would like to come for my jawline, neck consultation.
    Early Next week would work for me . Please let me know . Thx

    • Sandy, patient coordinator says:

      Hello Rama Thanks so much for your interest in Jawline contouring at our clinic. We would be delighted to book an appointment for you. However, we do not schedule appointments via the response filed for the newsletter. To book an appointment please call us at 905-273-3045, or you can email me at sandy@mcsconline.com. Look forward to hearing from you!

  5. G says:

    Let me know when u have a promo on injections alone.

    • Sandy, patient coordinator says:

      Hello G Thanks for your interest in injections at our clinic.
      Unfortunately we will not be able to contact you to update you about specials based on a reply to the newsletter alone. We do not have a mechanism to store your information via this field. If you sign up to receive our newsletters, you will receive them monthly, along with our specials! Hope that helps!

  6. Nellie says:

    About your promotion above….how can the three IPL treatments be used by Feb 28 if they must be spaced apart at least 2 weeks to a month? Do you mean the first of 3 must be used by Feb 28?

    • Sandy, patient coordinator says:

      Hello Nellie Thanks for your question regarding IPL. Treatments every two weeks would allow 3 treatments over this time period. Having said that, we are usually somewhat flexible about scheduling for our specials, so if there was a good reason to stretch out the treatment dates, we try to accommodate. Due to Holiday closures, and a lot of belated interest in the IPL special, we are extending this promotion throughout January. If you are interested in IPL, by all means book a consultation appointment by calling us at 905-273-3045, or you can contact me at sandy@mcsconline.com. Please be aware we can’t schedule appointments through this newsletter reply field. Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  7. annmarie reisch says:

    would like to purchase 3 syringes of filler

  8. Flora Marcu says:

    I had a procedure done a long time ago at your clinic.
    I had a filler around the mouth, it was done with Juvederm.
    How much those it cost now for a syringe if juvederm.
    I may need 2 of them and would like to have it done in mid March.

  9. zo says:

    How much does the peel power cost?

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