Dr. Bahi

What Do The Ingredients in My Moisturizer Do For My Skin?

You couldn’t go a day without water to hydrate your body, so you should hold moisturizer for your skin in the same regard. Both provide hydration for your body and keep you healthy – just in different ways.  Not to mention, it just feels refreshing applying it after getting out of the shower!

Moisturizer Ingredients

Why you need hydration for your skin:

  • To make your skin look healthy – smoother, softer, fresher looking
  • To attract water to your skin cells
  • For your skin to function at peak performance
  • For smoother makeup application
  • To prevent wrinkles and/or slow down the wrinkling process

When you are searching for a moisturizer, the labels can be overwhelming.  Let’s help you get to the bottom of what the different ingredients actually do:

  • Occlusives (such as dimethicone, petrolatum, paraffin, and lanolin) – form a barrier on the epidermis. This prevents the loss of water when skin is exposed to wind or dry air.
  • Emollients – fill spaces between rough or peeling skin cells. This smooths the surface of the skin. Mineral oil, lanolin, and petrolatum are occlusive agents that also act as emollients.
  • Humectants (such as alpha hydroxy acids, sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, sorbitol, urea, propylene glycol, and sugars) attract water into the skin cells. This causes the skin surface to plump up (temporarily), which makes it appear smoother.
  • Caffeine – perking and plumping benefits. It helps with circulation and is also a powerful antioxidant, with the ability to calm red or irritated skin from rosacea and sun damage.
  • Vitamin Aencourages healthy skin cell production. Retinol, retina,l and retinoic acid are important to the production and growth or cells. It also stimulates fibroblasts—the cells responsible for developing tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy.

  • Vitamin B5 – stabilizes the skin barrier function, reducing the amount of water lost through the skin. Increases the skin’s hydration and improves its softness and elasticity. Ideal for the dry, scaly or rough skin.
  • Vitamin C –Treats dryness, age spots, wrinkles, and redness. Makes skin feel more firm. Brightens and evens your skin tone. Protects skins and fights skin damage.
  • Vitamin EBlocks free radicals from the body, which play a large part in the aging process. Reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots. Also known as a wound healer, protects skin, and fights skin damage.
  • PABA-Free SPF Sunscreens – help prevent premature lines and wrinkles by protecting skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

So the moral of the story – moisturize every single day and protect your skin. No exceptions and no excuses! Be sure to read the ingredients before you buy.

Looking for high quality skincare? We carry some great product lines at our cosmetic and facial surgery clinic in Surrey. Call us for more information or come by to check them out yourself!

 

 

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Men: Botox is for YOU Too!

It is normal for everyone to want to look and feel their best – not just women. Anti-aging treatments are often thought of as something that women focus on to protect their beauty, but men want to keep their youth as long as possible too! Stats actually show that visible signs of aging are a common concern in counselling and coaching sessions of males. Women just talk about it more.

More and more, men are interested in skincare than ever before too, and this is a great thing. It’s not just about using a drugstore bar of soap and water anymore.

This is likely large in part because we are at a time when people are taking so many photos and posting them online. It makes people notice things about how they look that they may not have years ago. It can also make people feel self-conscious or insecure…and also make them start to compare themselves to others in the same age group.

Certain career paths can also contribute to this movement – body builders, actors, and public figures are more likely to look into ways in which they can preserve their looks and build their confidence.

So what can Botox do for you?

Botox not only softens the lines you currently have. It can also prevent wrinkles from forming. This is a great example of why it is good to be proactive instead of reactive.

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If it is your first time and you are apprehensive, start with one area instead of feeling like you need to target several areas of your face. It is also good to take a “less is more” approach in terms of the amount. “Rested and refreshed” should be the goal.

When people say others look “plastic”, this is only because it has been overdone. It takes a lot to get to that point, so don’t let that deter you from trying it.

This is also why it is so important to get this done by a professional in a reputable clinic with a lot of experience. Don’t go for “cheap” or deeply discounted offers. When dealing with Botox or any type of procedures on your face, you don’t want to take any shortcuts.

Plus, it’s a really quick procedure. You can pop in on a work break and head right back to the office. The only thing you should be aware of is to stay away from going to the gym for a day (a good excuse for a rest!). This is simply because it could cause the Botox to metabolize prematurely and you don’t want it veering off from the targeted spots.

So men…if you want to prevent fine lines and wrinkles or temporarily get rid of the ones you have, don’t delay, make an appointment for  Botox today! What have you got to lose?!

Located in the Vancouver area? Come see us at New England Oral & Facial Surgery for Botox in Surrey! We have lots of male clients. You will be in great hands!

 

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Stumped for What to Give Your Family & Friends This Holiday Season?

The holidays are just around the corner…a time when people start to stress about what gifts to buy for loved ones. Sure you could pick up a sweater or some socks and chocolates, but how about something that can boost their spirits ongoing in terms of feeling great about themselves?

We’re talking quality skincare products! People often don’t want to spend much on themselves when it comes to these types of things. It can also be seen as more convenient to just grab whatever at the local drugstore.

Also, many people aren’t educated as to how ingredients differ…and how what they are using may not even be helping their skin. Perhaps they also just aren’t aware of what is available or how much better it is to use a high quality product vs. a drugstore one.

This is where we can help you! We have a wide range of AMAZING skincare products including the Obaji System that you NEED to checkout!  And yes, they may be more pricey, but when you are dealing with top notch products, a little goes a long way.

The gift of better skin and anti-aging…does it get any better than that?

Your friends and family will be shocked by what a difference good skin care will make in their lives and will probably say something like “I can’t believe I wasn’t using this sooner!”

And if you have no one to buy for, buy for YOURSELF this holiday season! You deserve to be spoiled too!

Call us today at 604-507-0514 or come by and see our product offerings. You’ll be glad you did!

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Is Your Mole Normal or Cause for Concern?

Everyone has “normal” moles – small brown growths on the skin that are almost always round, but may be either flat or elevated. Some of these may be caused by exposure to the sun.

Melanoma, on the other hand, is no laughing matter. It is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer. These moles have an irregular border, are asymmetrical, different shades, and they grow in size. They may start out flat and become elevated later.

In some cases, the mole may be amelanotic. This means that it does not have any of the skin pigment (known as melanin), that normally turn a mole darker in color. Amelanotic moles may appear the same shade as your skin, pink, or red. This makes them harder to spot.

How does a doctor examine a mole?

They use a dermoscope, which is a handheld magnifying device that enables them to see the internal skin structures and colors that not seen by the naked eye.  They may remove the whole mole, or just a piece of it for lab testing.

Are there signs that may indicate that an atypical mole is melanoma?

Yes! You may notice one or more of the following symptoms: it may appear to be an open sore, painful, elevated, itchy, bleeding, oozing, crusting, swelling, or bluish-black in color.

Known as the ABCDE’s of melanoma, doctors look for Asymmetry, Border Irregularity, Color, Diameter, and Evolution:

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See a doctor or dermatologist as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms. This is definitely not something you want to brush off. Make your health a priority!

Do you need mole removal in Surrey? At New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery, we can take care of the removal of your regular moles. Call us to book a consultation today: 604-507-0514.

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12 Tips to Protect Your Skin in the Fall & Winter

Many people think that when the season changes from summer to fall and then winter, your skin isn’t at risk like when it’s 20+ degrees outside. When it’s cloudy, raining, foggy, or snowing, the thought of putting sunscreen on can fall by the wayside.  The truth of the matter is that you don’t just need to use sunscreen when it is sunny – you need to use it year-round in all types of weather. It has to become part of your daily routine.  UV rays do not discriminate – they’re always there.  Read more about sunscreen on our blog: What You Need to Know About Sunscreen.

So now that you know all about sunscreen, we’re going to give you more great tips for keeping your skin feeling soft, glowing, and comfortable during the colder months.

Your skin may feel more dry because of less humidity in the air and also because of the heat in your home, which tends to strip the air of moisture. Excessively dry skin can end up cracking and bleeding. In addition to slathering on more moisturizer and lotion, however, there are other things you can do to prevent this from happening as well as stop it from chapping, itching, getting red.

  1. Moisturize immediately after you wash your face or get out of the shower or bath. This will help seal the dampness into your skin.
  2. Use lukewarm water to wash when possible (especially your hands and face) to help prevent the oils from being stripped from your skin.
  3. Protect exposed skin with scarves and mitts.
  4. Use moisturizer that is oil-based vs. water based to help retain moisture.
  5. If you have sensitive skin, it will be even more sensitive in the winter. Use mild cleansers and moisturizers. Avoid scented products, as they may end up irritating your skin.
  6. Exfoliate your face and body to ensure that dead skin is not blocking the moisturizer from getting absorbed.
  7. Use a toner and serum to seal in your moisturizer.
  8. Put on night cream before you go to bed.
  9. Use hydrating face masks – you can even make your own at home – Google for recipes!
  10. Invest in a humidifier for your home to put moisture back into the air.
  11. Eat foods high in water content, zinc, vitamin C, and omega-3’s.
  12. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. You may be tempted to want to only consume hot drinks, but be sure to drink plenty of water.

Do you need a line of great skincare? We can help! We carry amazing products that can protect your skin all year round! Come visit us at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery today!

 

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Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a great option for people who are missing teeth, however, this doesn’t mean that everyone is a good candidate for getting them.

For starters, it is critical to have healthy teeth and gums, as well as an adequate amount of bone density that would be able to support the dental implant. If you do not have enough jawbone density, the dental implant may not be able to withstand pressure from chewing.

An alternative for someone who does not have enough jawbone would be to undergo a bone grafting procedure, whereby bone is taken from another part of your body and transplanted into your jaw.  Your oral surgeon would be able to tell you if this is a viable and/or necessary option.

If you have certain diseases, such as diabetes (not under control with medication) or some type of autoimmune disease, it could hinder your ability to heal.

If you have gum disease, it would need to be treated and under control before dental implants would even be an option. It goes without saying that treating gum disease needs to be a priority regardless if you need dental implants or not. Left untreated, gum disease can actually lead to tooth loss.

If you smoke, you would need to be willing and able to quit throughout the whole dental implant process.  That said, if you were able to quit for a long period of time, it would be a unfortunate to revert back to this bad habit, so this could be a good opportunity to improve your overall health at the same time.

Are you located in Surrey, Delta, Langley, or surrounding cities?

Please direct questions about dental implants and/or find out if you are a suitable candidate, by calling us at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery. We will book you for a consultation as soon as possible!

 

 

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What You Need to Know About Sunscreen

Are you the type of person who is always making sure they have plenty of sunscreen on before they brave the outdoors – or – the type who thinks it doesn’t really matter, forgets to put it on, or only makes a point of using it when going to the beach?  If you are the latter, you are not alone.  There is a large part of the population who just kind of brushes it under the rug or only uses it occasionally.

The biggest motivation to wear sunscreen should be to help prevent skin cancer, especially since skin cancer has been on the rise.  If skin cancer prevention isn’t a good enough reason to use sunscreen (although it clearly should be) and you need some additional reasons, here you go:

  1. It is a scientific fact that the ozone layer is depleting which puts your body even more at risk for harmful UV rays.
  2. It helps to protect skin from premature aging and wrinkles. Who wants to look older if they don’t have to?
  3. It helps prevent skin discoloration and brown spots.
  4. It helps reduce blotchiness and the appearance of red facial veins.

Crucial Things to Know About Sunscreen:

  • Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. When applied correctly, sunscreen with SPF 30 or more will block out 96% of UVB rays.  You won’t be able to block out 100%, regardless of what type you buy, but you are doing great if you are at 96%.
  • If time permits, you should be applying sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outdoors. This will allow the ingredients to bind to your skin. Put it on regardless though…even if you don’t have that much time before leaving the house.
  • You have to reapply sunscreen it throughout the day – ideally every 2 hours. You will not be protected all day if you only apply it in the morning.
  • Sweating, swimming, and humidity can decrease the effectiveness of sunscreen. Re-apply more often than usual.
  • Just because you haven’t burnt your skin to the shade of a lobster, it doesn’t mean it isn’t damaged. Just getting a regular tan is also wreaking havoc on your skin over time.
  • Ensure the sunscreen you are using has not expired, as it will no longer work because the active ingredients will deteriorate.
  • You don’t just need to use sunscreen when it is sunny – you need to use it year-round in all types of weather. It should become part of your daily routine. Even if it is foggy out, the UV rays are still affecting you.
  • Don’t rely on makeup that has sunscreen in it. It is better than using nothing, but it will not be as effective as sunscreen that is applied as a product on it’s own.
  • Instead of focusing on the sun to get your required amount of Vitamin D, ensure your diet includes things like fish, eggs, dairy, liver, eggs.
  • Check with your doctor to see if any of your medications will make you more sensitive to the sun, as there are some that have the potential to make your skin burn more easily and/or become irritated.

The bottom line is: protect your youth and your health – use sunscreen. No excuses!  Your future-self (and any facial cosmetic procedures you have had) will thank you for it.

For questions about cosmetic facial procedures in Surrey, give us a call at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery today!

 

 

 

 

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Now Offering BELKYRA™ in Surrey

Are you bothered by a double chin? Have you tried diet and exercise, but it just doesn’t seem to go away? Well, we have excellent news for you!

Technology never seizes to amaze, because there is now a solution for this problem. It’s an injectable drug by the name of BELKYRA™.

What does BELKYRA™ do? 

When BELKYRA™ is injected by a professional, it reduces your submental fat (fat under your chin), plus redefines your jawline. This eliminates your double chin…all without having to undergo surgery!

BELKYRA Surrey

What is BELKYRA™ made of?

BELKYRA™ is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, which is a type of substance that occurs naturally in your body.  It has the ability to destroy your fat cell membranes.  The fat is then released and eliminated naturally from your body.

How safe if BELKYRA™?

BELKYRA™ is approved by Health Canada and is completely safe for clinical use by someone who is qualified to inject it.

Need more convincing?

Eliminating your double chin can make you appear healthier, thinner, and essentially remove years from your face.  Sounds great, right?

Are you looking for BELKYRA™ in Surrey?

If you are over the age of 18 and in good health, contact us at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery today! Let’s talk about the difference BELKYRA™ can make in YOUR life!

 

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Jack Mcllhargey’s Dental Implant Experience in Vancouver with Dr. K. Bahi

We are proud to share this dental implant testimonial from Jack Mcllhargey.

Jack is a retired Canadian NHL defenceman who played for the Vancouver Canucks, Philadephia Flyers, and Hartford Whalers.

Here’s his story:

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Dave Babych’s Dental Implant Experience in Vancouver with Dr. K. Bahi

We are proud to share this dental implant testimonial from Dave Babych who is currently an assistant director of player personnel with the Vancouver Canucks.

Dave is a former NHL hockey player, having played for the Winnipeg Jets, Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers, LA Kings, and our home team…the Vancouver Canucks.

Here’s his story:

For the best dental implants in Surrey and the Vancouver area, you can count on New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery. Give us a call today and book a consultation: 604-682-7070.

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