DOCTOR SPOTLIGHT: Christopher Assad, MD, FRCSC., Plastic Surgeon
posted on 10/10/2012
Dr. Christopher J. Assad, a plastic surgeon certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, received his formal plastic surgery training at the University of Western Ontario. Following his residency, he underwent more specialized training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery at the Ft. Lauderdale campus of the Cleveland Clinic, where he learned the latest techniques in one of the hotbeds of cosmetic surgery in North America - Florida.
Based in Burlington for about 10 years, Dr. Assad has operated on patients from around the world. He takes time in getting to know his patients in order to more accurately choose which technique and procedure they are best suited for.
Top Procedures Performed:
• Breast Augmentation
• Breast Lift
• Breast Reduction
• Brow Lifts
• Eyelid Surgery
• Face Lift
• Tummy Tuck
• Injectable Fillers
Q&A with Dr. Assad:
1. What should women consider before a breast augmentation procedure?
The size and shape of your breasts can directly impact your self-esteem and confidence. While the volume and shape of breasts change after weight loss, childbirth and because of aging, many women simply desire breasts that more closely correspond with the rest of their bodies. Breast augmentation can make your breasts fuller, inprove overall proportions while still looking natural.
The size and shape of your breasts, plus the quality of your skin and the placement of your nipple areolar complex will be considered prior to surgery.
Health Canada has determined that cohesive silicone gel implants are safe for use. Saline implants are also available but do not always feel like real breast tissue.
2. Can you tell us more about your eyelid surgery procedure?
Blepharoplasty can correct problems associated with aging as well as under eye bags.
There are two different approaches to lower lid surgery. One approach uses an external incision and the other is performed from inside the lower lid. Your age and the amount of any fatty deposits will determine which approach is used.
The incision for upper eyelid surgery is usually concealed within the fold of the upper eyelid. The incision for lower lid surgery is usually concealed below the lower lashes. Through each incision, excess skin, muscle and fat are removed.
Any incision lines will fade over several months and will eventually become barely visible.
3. Who is a good fit for liposuction and how does it work? How long is recovery?
You may not be overweight but you may have isolated areas of fat that you are unable to get rid of through diet and exercise. Liposuction is not effective for cellulite.
Liposuction is effective on many parts of the body and will be successful if your skin has good tone and elasticity. The quality of your skin will be assessed and small amounts of liposuction may be done under local anesthesia. Larger or multiple areas may require general anesthesia.
During surgery, a small tube will be inserted through a tiny incision. The fat will be removed from this incision. You will be required to wear a compression garment for several days following surgery.
You may return to work within just a few days following the procedure. It may take several weeks before skin sensation returns and a number of months for the final result to be apparent.
• Formal Plastic Surgery Training: University of Western Ontario
• Following Dr. Assad’s residency, he underwent more specialized training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery at the Ft. Lauderdale campus of the Cleveland Clinic, where he learned the latest techniques in one of the hotbeds of cosmetic surgery in North America - Florida
A Member Of:
• Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons
• Canadian Medical Association
• Ontario Medical Association
• Certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada