Skin Cancer and Genetics

Patients often ask whether they are likely to have skin cancer if their mother or father had this problem. Being a genetic combination of your parents, what you do inherent is the same skin types.

Who Would be the Ideal Candidate for Cosmetic Surgery to treat Aging Face

The ideal candidate depends on the specific treatment, but in general terms, we are looking at a patient who is a healthy, non-smoker, does not have high blood pressure, does not require anti-coagulants, is in their late 40s or early 50s, where the impact of the surgery is highest.

Alternatives to Mohs Surgery

In this video Dr. Cowan explains common scenarios where a doctor might not recommend Mohs Micrographic surgery, and might opt for another treatment modality instead.

Factors that Affect Cure Rate in Mohs Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery is often used to treat recurrent skin cancers. In this video, we ask Dr. Bryce Cowan whether previous attempts to remove skin cancer can affect the prognosis of Mohs surgery.

Markers of Facial Aging

Plastic surgeon Dr. Bryce Cowan explains the two primary processes that affect facial aging simultaneously - volume loss, and malposition.

Face Aging: Decade by Decade

The upper, mid, and lower face all age as we go through the decades. Dr. Bryce Cowan explains how symptoms of aging typically manifest over time.

The Cost of a Fat Grafting Procedure

What is the cost of fat grafting compared to injectable fillers? Plastic surgeon Dr. Bryce Cowan explains that it depends on the timeline, the patient’s age, and what they are looking for. Fat grafting is initially more expensive compared to fillers, but has greater longevity by a wide margin.

Reconstruction Surgery After Mohs Surgery

A very common question from patients concerning Mohs Surgery is “Will I need reconstruction surgery?” Dr. Bryce Cowan explains why reconstruction surgery is necessary to optimize the final outcome, and outlines the process and importance of this with some examples.

Common Misconceptions about Anti-Aging Procedures

What are the most common misconceptions that patients often have about procedures. As a patient, it’s important to understand the various risks, costs, the likely outcomes, and what you want from the procedure well to gain the most benefit.

Concerns about Cancer Recurrence after Mohs Surgery

If a patient has skin cancer removed with Mohs Surgery, will they see another cancer, or a recurrence of the same cancer again? Unfortunately, the answer is that yes it's highly likely.

How Long Do the Grafted Fats Last?

Typically grafted fats are long lasting. In this video Dr. Bryce Cowan explains how long fat grafts last in typical scenarios. The longevity of the grafted cells are one of the key selling points of this procedure.

Debunking Common Misconceptions about Aging Process

What cosmetic procedures might be useful for a given patient? The two key principles of aging of the face are volume loss and tissue malposition. There are many elements changing simultaneously, so it's very rare that there is an effective singular procedure that can act as a fix all solution.

The Advantages of Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Dr. Cowan explains when Mohs Micrographic Surgery is recommended, from a physician perspective. At the same time, he emphasizes the importance and necessity of patients doing their own research.

Mohs Surgery: The Gold Standard Treatment for BCC and SCC

Why is Mohs Surgery considered the world's gold standard treatment for BCC and SCCs? Dr. Bryce Cowan explains the types of cancers that are typically treated with Mohs surgery, and why the procedure has such as high cure rate.

Mohs surgery in Canada, Numbers and Facts

In Canada, there are only a very limited number of qualified Mohs surgeons at this stage, but that number is growing. The health care system in Canada is run at the provincial level, and currently there are only a limited number of facilities where Mohs surgeons can practice at.

Risks Associated with Fat Grafting

Plastic surgeon Dr. Bryce Cowan explains the risks associated with the fat grafting procedure that patients should be aware of before undergoing the procedure. Although serious complications are rare, it’s important to be aware of the various potential risks.

Patient Research: How Would Patients Choose Their Surgeon?

Patients need to be able to both understand and accept the risks of surgery. It's a balance between their motivation and desire to undergo surgery and their willingness to accept the risks involved with that procedure.

Recovery Time After Fat Grafting Procedure

Plastic surgeon Dr. Bryce Cowan explains what expectations patients should have in terms of recovery time. Can patients go right back to work the next day, or run a marathon?

The Process of Fat Grafting

We ask plastic surgeon Dr. Bryce Cowan about what patients should expect on the day of the surgical procedure.

The Recovery Process after Mohs Surgery

Reconstruction surgery is required after any Mohs Surgery procedure. Typically the wounds will take over a year to completely heal after the surgery. 10% per month is a typical rate of healing, with the peak at around 2 months.

Improved Skin Quality with Fat Grafting

Grafted fat is transferred as whole cells which are believed to contain stem cells that release cytokines and growth factors. This promotes a rejuvenative process in the surrounding skin.

The History and Safety Record of Fat Grafting

In terms of history, fat grafting has been used in medical circles for almost a century. In recent decades, however, new research and innovations in technique have improved the success rate of fat grafting significantly.

Expectations vs True Risks of Surgery

What's the difference between true risks and expectations of surgery? Dr. Cowan explains the difference.

Preparing for Mohs Surgery

Patients need to take some important steps prior to surgery to maximize the outcome of their procedure. The first step for a patient is to ensure that their surgeon is a qualified Mohs surgeon...

Fat Grafting: What is it?

What is fat grafting? Plastic surgeon Dr. Bryce Cowan explains this important rejuvenating options that is used both in restorative surgery (after a trauma) and for cosmetic purposes.

Advantages of Cosmetic Surgery when Treating Aging Face

What are the advantages of cosmetic surgery over soft procedures like Botox and dermal fillers? The main advantage is that cosmetic surgery allows for a more profound and long lasting correction that's not possible with other treatment options.

Unfit Candidates for Cosmetic Surgery

Patients need to be able to both understand and accept the risks of surgery. It's a balance between their motivation and desire to undergo surgery and their willingness to accept the risks involved with that procedure.

Introduction to Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery is an advanced technique for removing skin cancers that combines histological analysis under a microscope at real-time with surgical excision.

Surgical Excision and Histological Analysis in Mohs Surgery

In the third video of the Mohs Surgery series, plastic surgeon Dr. Bryce Cowan explains in further detail the combined process of surgical excision and real-time histological analysis of the excised tissue.

How does Aging of the Face Manifest Itself?

The upper, mid, and lower face all age as we go through the decades. Dr. Bryce Cowan explains how symptoms of aging typically manifest over time.

Understanding Facial Aging: Non-Linear Aging Process

Why is it that some people (other people!) seem to age slower? It's not fair! Plastic surgeon Dr. Bryce Cowan explains the complexities and factors that affect the timeline of aging, in the first part of the Science of Facial Aging series.

How Do I Choose a Surgeon?

Plastic surgery is a serious undertaking, and requires a lot of trust in the performing surgeon. In this video we asked plastic surgeon Dr. Bryce Cowan what patients should be looking for when choosing a plastic surgeon or a clinic.

The Controversy Surrounding Melanoma and Mohs Surgery

Patients often wonder why Mohs is not the standard treatment for invasive melanoma, the most dangerous of skin cancers. Dr. Cowan explains why the use of Mohs surgery is considered controversial for treating invasive melanomas.

What to Expect After a Fat Grafting Procedure

In this video Dr. Bryce Cowan explains what the patient should expect after a fat grafting treatment in terms of results, as well as the side-effects that patients can expect following the procedure.

Treatment Options for Facial Aging

Can you reverse the aging process? Dr. Bryce Cowan gives us the truth about aging, cosmetic surgery, and the difference between non-invasive procedures like Botox/fillers vs cosmetic surgery.

Fat Grafting vs Synthetic Fillers

Synthetic fillers like hyaluronic acid are now incredibly popular to restore lost volume, like fat grafting. In this video we will compare the upsides and downsides of each procedure.

Botox, Injectable Filler, and Cosmetic Surgery to Treat Aging Face

What cosmetic procedures might be useful for a given patient? The two key principles of aging of the face are volume loss and tissue malposition. There are many elements changing simultaneously, so it's very rare that there is an effective singular procedure that can act as a fix all solution.

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