The Role of Beauty in Our Day to Day

As we enter 2014 it is my pleasure to wish all my patients a Happy New Year and best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous 2014.

Each New Year brings the possibility of life changes large and small – some we can control and some we cannot. I have always viewed my role as a physician-surgeon as that of helping my patients achieve their best aesthetic and functional outcomes. Most times this results in a small life change; sometimes the change is profound.

In the past I have discussed the “Neuroscience of Beauty” – the primal reason why we want to be attractive. In the Globe and Mail Saturday January 11, 2014, Leah Eichler, in her excellent column Women at Work, gives a more objective assessment of the “Beauty Premium” both in the workplace and life in general. In a nutshell, society rightly or wrongly places a premium on and rewards beauty. To quote Ms. Eichler “beauty pays off” and a “beauty premium” exists in the workplace. Ms. Eichler emphasizes that the total package – hairstyling, fashion sense and intellectual value- is of paramount importance to achieve success in life and the workplace. However, enhancing your basic attractiveness with cosmetic dentistry, a new hairstyle or tweaking those wrinkles and frown lines with Botox, Juvederm or perhaps a forehead lift may also be beneficial. The good news is that while it may be difficult to get a job promotion, it’s relatively easy to erase forehead wrinkles with Botox or plump up those thin lips with Volbella.

On that note, I am pleased to be attending “Rejuvenation of the Aging Face” a four day, world class Masters of Facial Rejuvenation program in San Diego. This annual event sponsored by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery will highlight new advances in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of facial cosmetic concerns. As always I am sure I will benefit from the expertise of the wide range of international speakers present.

Be sure to stay warm and safe – remember spring is only two months away.

Dr. Keohane

Natural Fuller Lips

I trust you have had a great, sun and fun-filled spring and summer. Fall is definitely upon us – funny how that happens every year.

I was able to attend a couple of great conferences this year on rhinoplasty and facial cosmetic surgery in Chicago and Banff.  I also presented a paper on “Complex Reconstruction Rhinoplasties Utilizing Ear Cartilage and PDS Sheeting,” an exciting breakthrough in revision rhinoplasties. To date, I believe I have one of the largest series of this type of surgeries in Canada and perhaps North America.

I also attended my thirtieth medical school reunion.  That officially makes me either an old or experienced physician – you can decide which. It was wonderful to see my classmates and realize how lucky we have been, in both life and career pathways. Enough about the “old stuff," here is something new.

Allergan has released a new dermal filler called, Volbella – a cousin to Juvederm Ultra Plus and Voluma. It is specifically indicated for lip augmentation and will help to diminish vertical lip lines (often called “smoker lines”) and naturally accentuate the vermillion border and Cupid ’s bow. If you have always wanted to have you lips enhanced with filler, but were afraid of over-filled, artificial appearing lips, then this could be the product for you to try. It is an exceptional product that is easy to use with long lasting results. Initial patient feedback has been very positive and it will probably become the product of choice for lip augmentation.

Every year as we move towards the holiday season, Botox and Juvederm appointments become oversubscribed. We never want to turn anyone away and do our best to accommodate everyone’s schedules. If you are planning a “touch up” with Botox, Juvederm, or both, the earlier you book your appointment, the more likely we are able to facilitate your appointment request.

The same thought process applies to surgical procedures – each year we add additional surgical days in our Non Hospital Surgical Facility suite to accommodate the seasonal rushes. However, the more lead time we get the better.

Have a great fall and Halloweeen. Remember that winter is just around the corner.

Dr. Keohane