We spoke with Montreal plastic surgeon Dr. Karl Schwarz about the biggest surgery trends in the city.\nHe also shared his experience and what he thinks makes a good plastic surgeon.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nPlastic surgery has always been something that has intrigued me. The talent and precision that must go into each procedure are incredibly impressive.\nAs cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-invasive, grow in popularity, many people, including many in Montreal, have been opting towards getting some vanity work done and there is no shame in that.\nI did however, have some questions and I found the perfect person to answer them for me. Karl Schwarz is a Montreal native who has been using his talent and ability on patients around the city for over a decade.\nHis clinic performs everything you can imagine in the medical aesthetic world, from botox, fillers and lazer hair removal to breast augmentations and tummy tucks. His team of highly trained and well natured professionals are sure to help you with whatever you are looking to fix.\nI was fortunate enough to get to pick his brain a little about plastic surgery trends in our city.\nView this post on Instagram Technique is everything #whenyouknowyouknow A post shared by Karl Schwarz (@drkarlschwarz) on Aug 15, 2019 at 6:39pm PDT\nHow long have you been practicing in Montreal?\nI have been in practice for twelve years. Before that, I was in the US doing my training for a period of sixteen years.\nWhat made you want to become a plastic surgeon?\nFor me, it was not one sudden epiphany; it was something that started growing. I realized early on in my university career that medicine was something I was interested in.\nAs time passed, I narrowed it down to surgery and when I got to med school I decided I wanted to do orthopedic surgery. However, the more I was exposed to plastic surgery, the more I realized that I loved it so it was kind of a slow process where I fell in love with plastic surgery and everything about it.\nWhat makes you stand out as a doctor?\nI think the most important thing is honesty and being straightforward with patients. I think it is so crucial in all fields of medicine, so I would say my honesty. I am also very result driven. I am very proud of my work and I am meticulous in trying to get the best results in each patient.\nWhat are the most popular procedures in our city?\nOn the surgical side, we do a lot of rhinoplasty, which is a nose job and a lot of mommy makeovers, which include breast augmentations with or without a breast lift, and tummy tucks.\nHow often do you perform them?\nSeveral per week!\nView this post on Instagram Early morning start to my surgery day. We have a long list of BBA’s, Tummy Tucks and Rhinoplasties today. One of the key ingredients to a successful recovery after a surgery is to be prepared. Make sure that you have someone who will help drive you home after the surgery, take time off work to recuperate and take it easy. If you’re not sure about something feel free to send me a private message on Instagram and I’ll be happy to help. #plasticsurgeon #montrealplasticsurgeon #augmentationmammaire #breastaugmentation #mtllife #surgerylife #insurgery #doctorlife #surgeonlife A post shared by Karl Schwarz (@drkarlschwarz) on Sep 12, 2018 at 5:29am PDT\nView this post on Instagram On est en chirurgie toute la journée! Première chirurgie: La rhinoplastie. Tagger vos amis qui sont curieux sur la chirurgie du nez! 👋 Même une légère modification chirurgicale faite à votre nez peut produire une amélioration importante de votre harmonie faciale. ...... C’est une intervention hautement individualisée. Les modifications peuvent inclure l’élimination de la bosse dorsale ou d’autres irrégularités du dorsum, ou l’abaissement ou l’élévation par greffes ou le rétrécissement de l’arête nasale. La pointe nasale peut être réduite ou élargie, tournée vers le haut ou le bas. Par contre le développement du nez doit être bien complété, donc on ne peut intervenir avant le début de l’âge adulte. L’intervention vise aussi parfois à corriger d’éventuels problèmes de respiration nasale. Une rhinoplastie peut être réalisée isolément ou être associée, si nécessaire, à d’autres gestes complémentaires au niveau de la face, en particulier à une génioplastie (modification du menton, parfois réalisée dans le même temps opératoire pour améliorer l’ensemble du profil). #rhinoplastiemontreal #montrealrhinoplasty #chirurgienesthetique #chirurgienplasticien #drkarlschwarz #insurgery #mtl #montreal #schwarz A post shared by Karl Schwarz (@drkarlschwarz) on Jun 3, 2019 at 5:02am PDT\nYou have been doing this for so many years, do you find there has been an increase in people wanting to get work done?\nI would say that those two surgeries have been popular for a long time, they are just becoming even more popular as the years go on.\nWhy do you think more people are doing them?\nThere is less of a taboo, people are realizing that they are safe procedures that do make a difference to individuals.\nHow has the work people have been doing to themselves changed throughout the years?\nThere is a trend of people wanting to look a bit more natural and not overdone. That goes for nose jobs and breast augmentations also. That is the one trend I see in the industry. I have always been one that liked to create more natural results but in the last decade I have noticed more patients coming in and wanting a natural look.\nI know a lot of men are reluctant to talk about having procedures done, do you feel like the amount of men you see as patients has increased?\nIt used to be that less than one percent of my patients were men, now I would say men represent anywhere between ten and fifteen percent of my patient population, so much more promenent than it was before.\nView this post on Instagram There’s a bit of a misconception out there that Plastic Surgeon’s only do surgery. A Plastic Surgeon is actually the best person suited to help you with any aesthetic need. A Plastic Surgeon spends years studying and training on results being functional AND aesthetic. You can see a plastic surgeon for fillers, neuromodulators (Botox, Dysport) and other general aesthetic concerns, not just when you want a surgical intervention. Today is a full day of non-surgical appointments such as post-operative follow ups, general aesthetic inquiries and non-surgical treatments (lips, under eyes, nose, wrinkles etc...) When you love what you do, you do it with passion. Happy to be back at work after labour day! #plasticsurgeon #montrealdoctor #drkarlschwarz #plasticsurgery #drschwarz #montreality A post shared by Karl Schwarz (@drkarlschwarz) on Sep 4, 2018 at 7:26am PDT\nDo you know why that is?\nAmongst men now it is less taboo, we talk about it a bit more. The one thing that has made them feel more comfortable is that we have things that are a lot less invasive like botox or when it is for men “brotox.”\nThat has made men much more comfortable coming to the clinic and then they discover there are a ton of other options, some surgical some not that they are interested in doing.\nLet’s talk a little about injections, do you find Botox and fillers are popular in our city?\nThat is where the biggest growth in the aesthetic world has happened. It is incredibly popular because it appeals to all ages and genders, it is not invasive, there is no downtime and they are safe and effective treatments. It has grown exponentially in the last decade.\nView this post on Instagram A little added volume and contouring can go a long way. Great results! Injections done by nurse injector Jessica Brown ✨ #lipinjections #injections #beforeandafter #lips #lipfillers #schwarzplasticsurgery #montreal #montreallips #montrealinjector A post shared by Karl Schwarz (@drkarlschwarz) on Feb 18, 2019 at 9:32am PST\nDo you think some people are abusing the fillers and botox? Or that it is too much being done at a young age?\nI do, I think there always has been on the surgical side also. As doctors our job is to keep the patients safe and part of that is knowing when to tell a patient no, either because they are too young or it is too early or simply because it is too much.\nWhen I see a person that has had too much injected or too many surgeries I never blame that person because they trusted a doctor to do these treatments so it is up to that doctor to say no. It really is important to think about the person in front of you and tell them when something is not right for them, for whatever reason that may be.\nWhat advice do you have for anyone thinking about having any work done?\nTo start, you want a board certified plastic surgeon for surgery meaning you are certified by the Royal College of Sergeons Canada. Also, find a doctor with a good reputation. Word of mouth is great, because you are getting the recommendation from people who know first hand and have worked with that doctor before.\nI would also say to find someone they trust and that they connect with, because it is really important to feel comfortable with your doctor.\nThe last thing is to find someone who does a lot of those procedures. If you want a breast augmentation, find a doctor who performs several of those a week, not only a couple of months, this goes for any procedure. With practice comes expertise and if somebody does a few of any procedure they are less likely to be good.\nYou can follow Dr. Karl Schwarz and his work on Instagram here.