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The eyes can communicate a lot about a person, but saggy, puffy under-eye bags can send the wrong message. Indeed, no matter how well-rested someone is, hereditary factors and the natural aging process can produce prominent lower lids that convey a sense of exhaustion. Some people may find temporary improvement by using under-eye creams or serums, but these measures are not able to treat one of the primary underlying causes of sagging lower lids: herniated fat. Herniated fat deposits develop ... Continue Reading

Submental fullness, which is more frequently referred to as a “double chin,” is a common aesthetic concern for both men and women. Although diet and exercise can sometimes help, the stubborn fat cells in this area tend to remain, regardless of a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, weight loss efforts can only go so far when loose skin is present. Fortunately, The Ottawa Clinic offers a variety of solutions for double chin reduction, both surgical and non-surgical. Depending on your individual needs, ... Continue Reading

Women with overly large breasts often suffer from back pain, neck pain, and a variety of other negative physical and emotional side effects. Due to these concerns, it is not uncommon for some women to seek a diet and/or exercise routine in an attempt to reduce their breast size. For certain women, losing weight can impact their breast size to a degree. Unfortunately, the composition of breasts prevents this result from being universal—breasts are made up of both fibrous tissue ... Continue Reading

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Nearly everyone will develop jowls at some point as they get older. This common cosmetic concern is characterized by sagging skin below the chin and jawline. Jowls are typically caused by the skin becoming thinner and more lax with age. Certain factors can make them worse in some individuals, such as genetics, environmental factors like sun exposure, or lifestyle habits like smoking.  For mild to moderate jowls, non-surgical treatments may help reduce their sagging appearance. Exercises are usually not an ... Continue Reading

Diastasis recti is a common condition that affects women after pregnancy. It most commonly happens after having multiple children, if you become pregnant after the age of 35, or are pregnant with a heavy baby or multiple babies. Diastasis recti occurs when there is separation of the rectus abdominis muscles. These ab muscles tend to stretch due to the pressure of pregnancy and may not always return to their normal state. While many women seek exercise to help tone this ... Continue Reading

Men living with gynecomastia often feel self-conscious about having overdeveloped or enlarged breasts. Their desire to obtain a more toned and masculine chest usually begins with seeking natural ways of reducing their excess breast tissue, such as chest exercises. Whether enlarged male breasts will respond to exercise or not will ultimately depend upon the unique makeup of the individual’s breast tissue. The breasts are composed of fatty tissue and glandular tissue. If a man has enlarged breasts due to weight ... Continue Reading

Many women are concerned with how fast they can get their pre-baby body back after having children. From excess skin in the lower abdomen to sagging breasts, the pressure to “bounce back” can cause new mothers to seek body contouring procedures—like those involved in the mommy makeover. Our plastic surgeons at The Ottawa Clinic are thrilled to help women reverse common concerns caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding, but they advise patients to give themselves time to recover from childbirth before ... Continue Reading


Breast surgery is a popular area of plastic surgery that is often sought after to restore the breasts to a more youthful appearance or to enhance their natural shape. Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) and breast augmentation are two of the commonly performed breast procedures, each providing specific benefits for the right candidates. While breast lift and breast augmentation can both improve breast firmness and address some degree of sagging, the procedures have different goals, and our plastic surgeons recommend one ... Continue Reading


Sagging (ptosis) of breast tissue is a natural part of the aging process. For women wanting to reverse this cosmetic concern, there are a few options available that can help them achieve perkier, younger-looking breasts. Breast lift surgery is designed to address sagging, raising the breast tissue and areola to a higher position on the chest. Breast implants, on the other hand, are ideal for those wanting to increase the size of their breasts. In some cases with mild sagging, ... Continue Reading

Dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic are both types of cosmetic injectables that can help diminish unwanted signs of aging in the face. This includes fine lines and wrinkles that can make one look older than they feel, as well as tired or angry. Although fillers and BOTOX injections are both popular methods of treating facial aging without surgery, each type of injectable works in a different way and, therefore, addresses different concerns. Dermal fillers, such as the JUVÉDERM® family of ... Continue Reading