Here at FACE Cosmetic Surgery we strive to make every aspect of treatment pleasant and convenient. From your first phone call to your follow up care appointment, we are proud to boast a staff of knowledgable, caring individuals who love what they do and address every patient with a warm and personal touch.
Director of Anesthesia, FACE Cosmetic Surgery, Lecturer, University of Toronto Staff Anesthesiologist, Trillium Health Centre
A graduate of Queen’s Medical School and the University of Toronto Anesthesia Program, Dr. Donnelly heads the anesthesiology services at FACE Cosmetic Surgery. While anesthesia can be a source of anxiety for many patients, Dr. Donnelly’s gentle and comforting approach puts even the most nervous patients at ease. Going beyond simply putting patients “to sleep”, his attention to detail ensures the highest levels of safety during your procedure.
For most facial plastic surgery procedures, intravenous sedation anesthesia is used. With this technique, patients are monitored very carefully to makes sure that they are fully asleep and do not have any awareness or pain during the surgery. In comparison to a full general anesthetic, during intravenous sedation, patients are not intubated or placed on a ventilator—they continue to breathe on their own. We find this technique to greatly decrease the side effects of a full anesthetic with less nausea and vomiting and a quicker recovery period. For patients that have medical comorbidities or are having a more complex procedure, Dr. Asaria and Dr. Donnelly may recommend a general anesthetic which would be administered at the Hospital.
Blake Raggio, M.D. graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Raggio then returned to his hometown of New Orleans and received his medical degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. After medical school, Dr. Raggio completed a five-year residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Tulane University Medical Center of New Orleans, where he performed a wide range of both cosmetic and functional head and neck surgery cases. He has authored numerous scientific publications and has presented at various meetings in both Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Raggio has chosen to pursue additional sub-specialty training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery under the auspices of Dr. Asaria at the University of Toronto.
During his free time, Dr. Raggio enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, and he enjoys meeting new people, exploring new places and eating good food.
Nurse Practitioner, Aesthetic Facial Injectables
As an expert injector with years of experience, Ada Shim, brings an artistic and gentle touch to facial contouring. As a nurse practitioner, she holds a Masters Degree from the University of Toronto and her entire focus is in on facial injectables.
Ada graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters in Nursing and has an extensive medical background in Emergency and Intensive Care. She has worked for world-renowned hospitals such as The Hospital for Sick Children and the University Health Network.
Ada specializes in advanced non-surgical facial enhancements and is known for her honest and down to earth approach. With over six years of experience in the field, she previously owned her own injectables clinic and oversaw five other injectors. Ada is actively involved in the ongoing education and development of clinical guidelines as a Faculty Member and Instructor at the Canadian Association of Medical Aesthetics and serves as an injection trainer and consultant to help others to be safer, more effective injectors.
Her patients trust her expertise and are attracted to her ability to deliver natural and realistic results in facial rejuvenation. Ada understands that trusting your face to an injector can initially be a daunting concept. She believes in taking a lot of time before any treatment to first understand your goals. Why is that you have come for a treatment? What do you want to improve? How much change do you want? Do you want a subtle result, or something more dramatic? These types of questions are just the start and are critical for her to understand in order to give you the right recommendations. The next step is education. You need to understand what will be done, how much it will cost, how frequently you will need to maintain the results, and to appreciate the potential risks. Finally, she employs an incredibly gentle and technically precise application to your injectables. A true perfectionist with gentle hands and an artisitc eye, she strives to make each treatment as close to perfect as possible.
Patient Care Associate
Likely one of the first voices you will hear or one of the first faces you will see at FACE Cosmetic Surgery, Alexandria always exudes her tender, caring personality towards each and every one of Dr. Asaria’s patients. Whether it might be a question about a specific procedure or trying to accommodate a last-minute appointment, Alexandria goes out of her way to ensure that your questions are answered and that your appointments are always as comfortable and efficient as possible.
Patient Care Associate
The newest member to FACE, Shannon brings her perpetual smile and warm disposition to our team. She possesses excellent attention to detail, a quality honed through her experiences in customer service relations. She understands the exciting yet personal nature of any facial cosmetic procedure and her calm demeanor helps to put every one of our patients at ease.
Renata Pruszewski worked in the dental field for over 20 years. In 2010, she studied further and received her certification as a Micropigmentation Technician. Renata has been specializing in scalp micropigmentation (SMP) since 2014 and is a certified technician at Scalp Amplified Studios.
She was trained in US and upgraded her knowledge and trained with Brandwood Clinic in UK. She is a strong believer in continuing education and attends master classes and conferences on a regular basis. She is well known in the industry as one of the best scalp micropigmentation practitioners worldwide. Often she is invited to be on the SMP expert panels or to be a speaker at the Scalp Micropigmentation conferences or shows. She also teaches SMP.
Renata Pruszewski is one of Canada's leading technicians in the field of scalp micropigmentation. For years, she has transformed the lives of hundreds of men and women who wish to enhance their appearance through the art of permanent makeup and scalp micropigmentation.
Renata is currently the lead technician at Scalp Amplified Studios in Hamilton, Ontario. Here, she treats people who suffer from alopecia, male pattern baldness thinning and scars from surgeries or accidents.
In only a few years, Renata has received many accolades and awards for her artistry. In 2016, she won the Best Service Award from as well as the Most Improved Artist award. In 2018 and 2019, she won the SMPTG Best Canadian Artist Of The Year award. And in 2018 and 2019, Scalp Guru in UK awarded her a finalist award as one of the Best Technicians in North America ( top 10). Renata continues to improve her craft and has become a leading force in the scalp micropigmentation industry.
At FACE, nothing is more important to us than your health and safety. While we are temporarily delaying surgeries and injectables until April 6, 2020, it has created an opportunity for us to make virtual consultations as streamlined and easy as possible for you. Our office is open as usual for any email, telephone, or video inquiries. Furthermore, Dr. Asaria and Dr. Alexander have expanded availability for virtual consultations. Schedule a virtual consultation today to explore your options and receive expert recommendations from our world-leading facial plastic surgeons.