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Cosmetic Surgery Today — New Facilities & Good Words

Dated: April 25, 2008

What’s available? The 90s started a trend in minimally invasive procedures in plastic surgery. Botox® became very popular, but only lasts three to six months and can be very expensive in the long run. Most wrinkle fillers are also temporary and costly. Most lasers and IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments require multiple visits for increased total cost and modest results. The new barbed threads were released and now, years later, there is still no great long-term follow-up scientific data published to support cosmetic improvement. The different generations of these threads are still being modified, as there are still many problems to be worked out. While plastic surgery produced the most impressive permanent results, it was often too extreme, until now.

Cosmetic Surgery Today — OptimumLIFT™ Mini Facelift

Dated: April 24, 2008

The optimum mini lift has now been established with excellent long-term results. Tens of thousands of men and women have been thrilled by this new type of mini facelift. It is not a facelift. There is a much shorter “down-time.” There are no harmful gases or general anaesthetic. The entire procedure is performed in Dr. Huq’s office in an hour or so, and you will never step foot in the hospital. Most impressive is the cost, at less than half of a full facelift.

OptimumLIFT™ Provides a Fresh Look with Little Time

Originally Printed: September 22, 2006

OptimumLIFT™ is a cosmetic surgery he adapted from the "Lifestyle Lift" practiced in the United States. Dr. Huq is the only physician in Ontario to perform the surgery, he said, which takes about one hour and requires less recovery time than a traditional facelift.

Dr. Huq has been performing the surgery at the Niagara Plastic Surgery & Laser Centre for about a month (at the date this article was originally printed), and so far, he is pleased with the results. More importantly, his patients, such as Niagara Falls resident Joan Livingston, have received a fresh look with little side effects.

OptimumLIFT™ Provides a Fresh Look with Little Time

When she first visited Dr. Huq's office, the 68-year-old Niagara Falls resident was unsatisfied with her sagging neck and double chin. She is retired, but wasn't prepared to wait at least two months to recover from a full facelift, so when she heard about the OptimumLIFT™, she thought she didn't have much to lose. 


"For me, it was a matter of self-esteem. It sounded like a fairly simple procedure," she said. After the surgery, Livingston said she experienced "some discomfort," but after a day of taking Tylenol, she felt fine. The bruising around her neck healed in about five days.

Since her surgery, family and friends have told her she looks like she went away on a vacation. She has also been told she looks "refreshed."

"My cheekbones are emphasized. It makes me feel more confident," she said. "To me it's a big change." 


Because incisions are made along the hairline and inside and around the ear, they are well-hidden, allowing patients to return to work after the surgery. The procedure tightens skin around the neck and lifts the jawline about two to three centimeters, resulting in a look Dr. Huq calls graceful, smooth and swan-like.

Dr. Huq admits he could practice the procedure in larger markets such as Toronto or Los Angeles, but he prefers to stay close to home.

"This is where I chose to be," he said. "My family is here. My kids are in school here. I'm here to serve Niagara." The Niagara Falls resident sees cosmetic surgery as a tool for Niagara's ageing population to be competitive in the job market.

"No one has a month or two to recover from a traditional facelift, and people aren't looking for dramatic changes," he said. "They don't want extreme makeovers. It's good for a TV show, but that's about it." 

The procedure is permanent, unlike Botox® injections, which can wear off in three to six months. Additionally, the procedure costs about half the price of a traditional facelift. 

Dr. Huq's medical background involves more than cosmetic surgery. During medical school at Western University in London, Ontario, he conducted stem cell research and published a book. Before moving to Niagara, Dr. Huq lived and practiced reconstructive surgery in Toronto. He saw many victims of burns and congenital defects, and he has also re-attached limbs. 

"I'm not in this for money. I do this to fix things," he said. "I like to fix things — that is why I entered cosmetic surgery."

While the surgery "can't fix everything," it will change the patient's self-esteem, which provides enough motivation for Dr. Huq to offer the surgery to patients across the province. He plans to arrange transportation to his Niagara Falls clinic for patients from Toronto and welcomes anyone to visit him for a consultation. 

"I don't encourage anyone to have work done, but this makes people feel good and that's important," he said.

Yes, You Can Have a Facelift—and Lots of Other Plastic Surgery Procedures—Under Local Anesthesia

When you think of local anesthesia, you might think of dental work or minor procedures, like biopsies and getting stitches, where you’re awake but not feeling any pain. But a facelift or neck lift under local anesthesia? As questionable as it sounds, these days, the answer is, increasingly, yes. “Every surgeon has their own style and techniques that help them achieve the results they’re known for,” says Dr. Mark Karolak, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Wall, New Jersey. “Some prefer having their patients under general anesthesia, but I’m seeing more surgeons learning how to use local anesthesia safely.” 

It’s a trend that has evolved over the past decade or so, and one that’s catching on with patients, who are enamoured with the many benefits of having surgery under local anesthesia—including that it’s less scary, physically taxing, and costly and it may even result in better cosmetic outcomes. 

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