Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

We are so pleased to announce that Taylor Young has joined our team at Toronto Plastic Surgery. Taylor is a certified medical aesthetician and will be offering our patients a variety of medical facials, skin peels and advice on skin health and skin care. In addition, Taylor is trained in providing an outstanding treatment called Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle therapeutic massage technique that targets the lymphatic system, promoting the removal of excess fluid and toxins from the body.

The manual massage encourages lymphatic flow and increases fluid drainage. As a result, the body is able to maximize the delivery of nutrients to tissues, remove metabolic waste and maintain fluid balance while stimulating the body’s immune system.

During a treatment, light pressure is applied using the hands. The skin is gently stretched and manipulated, moving from one draining lymph node basin to the other. A feeling of relaxation and relief is common both during and after the treatment. An MLD program is customized to the specific needs of each patient.

MLD is an ideal treatment for patients that are recovering from surgery or from an injury.

The benefits of MLD include:

  • Improved overall results
  • Early resolution of swelling or edema
  • Faster recovery time
  • Faster return to normal activities
  • Relaxing treatment that diminishes pain and inflammation
  • Detoxify and cleanse the area of injury
  • Improved energy following the treatment
MLD treatments are offered to all of our surgical patients as part of their recovery package.

The treatments are also ideal for post injury recovery or for people with areas of swelling that are persistent or uncomfortable.

Please visit the MLD page for more information and contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment

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The Safe Resumption of Elective Plastic Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in North America in early 2020, most services including all non-emergency medical care was halted. This included elective surgery both in hospitals and in surgical clinics outside of hospitals. It was clear that in order to be able to reopen our surgical facilities, policies and procedures would have to be put in place to address the new realities of an unwelcome virus within our community.

The priorities would be:

  • patient safety
  • protection of our health care staff and employees
  • obtaining adequate supply of personal protective equipment
  • minimizing any impact of surgery on the hospital system or our surrounding community.

In early June, we were able to begin providing elective surgery to our patients. With many new policies in place, Dr. Brown felt that it was necessary to study how effective these were in maximizing safety for the patients. He spearheaded a study involving six free-standing surgical facilities providing aesthetic surgery in Ontario.

We are excited to announce that the study was published this week in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

We looked at 368 patients undergoing aesthetic surgery and followed them for a minimum of 30 days. The highlights of the study included the following:

  • All patients screened before surgery for COVID-19 were negative
  • No patients developed COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 within 30 days following surgery
  • No health care workers or employees developed COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 during the study period
  • Overall, patients did very well. There was a low number of minor complications that was consistent with outcomes prior to the pandemic
  • There was minimal impact on the hospital system and other health care resources

The healthcare landscape is constantly changing. No one would have predicted the events of the past year. Our commitment to you is that we will always face these challenges thoughtfully and adapt as necessary to insure that we provide you with the highest level of safety and care.

We wish you a wonderful year ahead in 2021!

Dr. Mitchell Brown and The Team at Toronto Plastic Surgery

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Holiday Wishes from Toronto Plastic Surgery

To say that the year 2020 was filled with unexpected challenges would be quite the understatement.  It is impossible to have predicted the effects that the COVID-19 global pandemic would have on almost every aspect of our lives. The resulting struggles and loss endured by so many people is a true human tragedy.

Although we faced many unexpected challenges this year at Toronto Plastic Surgery, we consider ourselves to be very fortunate. We have been able to continue supporting you, our patients, and we have strengthened our understanding and commitment to working as a team and supporting each other.

In recognition of the substantial issues faced within our own community, each member of our team has selected a charitable organization that has important personal meaning to them. Toronto Plastic Surgery is proud to make a donation in support of each of these worthy causes. These groups provide support and assistance to the most vulnerable in our community at a time where there is unprecedented need. Please consider visiting the websites below to learn more about the work being done by these important organizations.

From all of us at Toronto Plastic Surgery, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season and a wonderful year ahead in 2021.

Mitchell Brown  Jennifer Pham  Rachel Versace
Stephanie Eardley Jessica Schacter  Urszula Janusz
Taylor Young Krista Martin  

Jessie’s Centre–June Callwood Center for Young Women, www.jessiescentre.org

Jessie’s Centre was established to offer comprehensive services to pregnant teens and young mothers and their children facing enormous obstacles such as poverty and social isolation

The CNIB Foundation, www.cnib.ca

The CNIB Foundation is a volunteer agency and charitable organization dedicated to assisting Canadians who are blind or living with vision loss, and to provide information about vision health for all Canadians.

Fred Victor, www.fredvictor.org

Fred Victor operates shelters, affordable, transitional housing for individuals and families. We are ending homelessness in Toronto

The Good Shepherd Ministry in Toronto, www.goodshepherd.ca

The Good Shepherd Ministry is well known on the streets of Toronto. It’s a place to get a hot meal, clean clothes, a safe, clean bed for the night. It’s a place to go when you need someone to listen, someone to help.

Eva’s Initiatives, www.evas.ca

Eva’s is an award-winning organization that provides shelter, transitional housing, and programming to help homeless and at-risk youth reach their potential to lead productive, self-sufficient, and healthy lives.

Canadian Mental Health Association, www.cmha.ca

The CMHA provides advocacy, programs and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive. 

Covenant House, www.covenanthousetoronto.ca

Covenant House helps youth ignite their potential and reclaim their lives. As Canada’s largest agency serving youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk, we offer the widest range of 24-7 services to more than 300 young people each day.

Red Door Family Shelter, www.reddoorshelter.ca

Since 1982, the Red Door Family Shelter has provided emergency shelter and support for women and children affected by domestic abuse, families experiencing a housing crisis, and refugee claimants with nowhere else to turn.

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