Dr. Bahi

Top 10 Reasons to Get a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are a great “reboot” for your skin. If they are done in the comfort of your home, they will obviously be a lot more mild, providing superficial peeling and gentle exfoliation. On the other hand, chemical peels done by estheticians at a clinic will have a lower pH, enabling them to penetrate deeper into your skin.

You’re going to get more out of a peel done by a professional. No doubt about it. Yes, some may agitate your skin more in terms of redness and peeling, but the results will be worth it.

There are many different types of chemical peels, but the overall goal of the stronger peels is to dissolve the top layers of your skin, creating a controlled wound. This then allows the skin to regenerate.

Need more incentive to get a chemical peel?

Here are the top 10 reasons:

  1. Improve your skin’s texture
  2. Give your skin a glow
  3. Enable your skin to hold more moisture
  4. Promote the production of collagen
  5. Increase your skin’s cell turnover rate
  6. Reduce fine lines and hyperpigmentation
  7. Make your skin softer, smoother, and more even-toned
  8. Unclog your pores and help with acne issues
  9. Make your skin look more dewy
  10. Improve minor scars

So what are you waiting for? If you are located in Surrey, BC, call us to book an appointment for a chemical peel today!

 

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Wondering if Your Dental Implant Is Infected?

The success rate of dental implant surgery is extremely high, however, just like with anything, there is always a risk of something happening. However, this is usually because of reasons other than the fault of the implant.

Just like with your regular teeth, if you don’t pay attention to your oral health, you run the risk of getting an infection. This includes neglecting your at-home dental care, as well as your regular cleanings and checkups at your dental office.

When you get an infection around your dental implant, this is a form of gum disease known as peri-implantitis. Your dentist will be able to diagnose this very easily through a thorough examination. They will want to stop the progression of the infection to be able to salvage the dental implant.

What are the possible causes of this type of gum disease, other than poor oral hygiene?

  • Smoking
  • Weak immune system
  • Diabetes
  • Teeth grinding
  • Allergic reaction to the dental implant

What happens if I get an infection and it doesn’t get treated?

If the infection is left untreated, you will have to deal with progressive bone loss. The infection can also lead to a failed implant.

What are the signs of an infected dental implant?

  • Inflamed gums – red, puffy, and bleeding around the dental implant
  • Pus
  • The implant becomes loose
  • Unwelcome taste in your mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Throbbing
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Dull ache
  • Difficult to chew your food
  • Fever

It is incredibly important to have these types of infections treated as soon as possible. If left ignored, the gum disease can become very aggressive. Infected implants even have the ability to lead to systemic illness, meaning that they can even damage to your heart and other organs. Never underestimate the power that an infection can have on your whole body and overall health. Bacteria can spread like wildfire.

Call your dentist or oral surgeon immediately if you suspect that something is wrong. You can never be too cautious when it comes to your health. And don’t just assume it will get better or go away, because realistically, it will just get worse.

Looking for a dental implant surgeon in the Surrey, BC area? Look no further than New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery. Call us today at: 604-507-0514.

 

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What is a Dry Socket?

After getting your teeth extracted, under normal circumstances, a blood clot forms in that area. The blood clot serves as a protective layer over the nerve endings and bone in the empty tooth socket. It also provides a foundation for the growth of new bone and development of soft tissue.

The problem lies when this blood clot fails to develop. Alternatively, the blood clot may have formed, but dislodged or dissolved before the wound healed.

This is when you may suffer from a dry socket. When there is no clot, the socket (area where your tooth was removed) gets inflamed and the bone and nerves are exposed. You will then suffer from intense pain, in both the socket and along the side of the face. Food and debris can also get lost in the socket.

A dry socket can also be caused from bacteria in the socket or trauma from a difficult tooth extraction, such as with an impacted wisdom tooth.

Aside from the severe pain, other symptoms include:

  • Bad breath
  • Visible bone in the socket
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth

Over the counter pain medication is not enough to treat this, so don’t just wait around thinking it will get better on it’s own. You will need to re-visit your dentist or oral surgeon for treatment. The sooner, the better!

For Surrey wisdom teeth extraction, call us to book a consultation at New England Cosmetic Oral & Facial Surgery: 604-507-0514

 

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How Much Do You Know About Retinol?

With endless products on the market claiming to prevent and minimize your facial lines and wrinkles, it can be difficult to decide which ones to try (and place your trust in). That said, it would be hard to find a skincare professional who wouldn’t have great things to say about retinol. It’s one of the few ingredients on the market that has been proven to actually work! And not only can it fight aging skin, but it can also help clear up pesky acne.

That said, you wouldn’t want to put it it to your skin without being educated as to how to apply it, how often, or if you have a skin condition that wouldn’t agree with it. People who suffer from psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea, for example, would not be good candidates. Retinol could lead to further inflammation and worsen symptoms. You also would not want to mix benzoyl peroxide, AHA’s, or BHA’s with retinoids, as this can compromise your skin and cause irritation.

What does retinol do?

Retinol exfoliates, helps produce collagen, and fights against free radicals. There is a myth that it makes your skin thinner, but it actually makes skin thicker, increasing cell turnover and collagen production. This results in more youthful-looking skin.

When should it be applied?

Retinol should be applied before bed, after you cleanse your face. It actually breaks down in sunlight, which is why you’ll notice that retinol products come in opaque packaging. Retinol can also make you more sensitive to the sun, which is why it is crucial to wear sunscreen daily. You’ll also want to apply a moisturizer after to seal it in and keep your skin more hydrated. Ideally, you would wait about half an hour before applying the moisturizer on top.

How much do I need to use?

A pea-sized amount is adequate. Think “less is more”.

How often should I use it?

To begin with, you may only want to use it once or twice a week at the most, as your skin will have to get used to it and develop a tolerance. Too much at once, and you’ll experience a lot of redness and flaking. There is also research which suggests that cell turnover in no longer increased after three months of retinol usage, so it is recommended to use for three months, then take a three month break. Ideally, you would time it so that your three month break is over the summer months.

What is the difference between Retinol, Retin-A, and Retinoid?

  • Retin-A is a prescription level retinoid, stronger in nature, that is used for acne as well as anti-aging.
  • Retinol is the over-the-counter version of Retin-A, which becomes the active Retinoic Acid when it is applied to the skin.
  • Retinoids are the family that Retin-A, Retinol & Retinoic Acid belong to. A chemical compound of Vitamin A.

How do I know which product to buy?

Medical-grade products are recommended. Consult with a skincare representative or a dermatologist if you have any questions about retinol and your skin type. They’ll also be able to explain the differences between brands. It is also a good idea to Google different products and check out the reviews from verified buyers. It’s important to note that just because a product has retinol, not all products are created equal.

Do you have more questions about retinol and your skin care? We can help! Give us a call at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery, located in Surrey, BC: 604-507-0514.

 

 

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Do Dental Implants Stain?

One of the key benefits of dental implants is that you don’t have to worry about getting cavities. You still need to care for them like real teeth though, of course, brushing and flossing twice a day.

But what about staining?

Staining can happen if the glazed finish on your implants wears off for some reason. It is a good idea to avoid toothpaste that contains ingredients such as silica or baking soda, as these can be abrasive to the implants. Even on natural teeth, overtime, there is a risk that they will strip your tooth enamel.

You could also have staining along your gumline, which is why it is important for to visit your dentist for regular dental cleanings so that they can clean and polish this area.

And also with natural teeth, you’ll be better off if you avoid certain food and drink such as red wine, coffee, tea, berries, and cola. Plus, it goes without saying that you should steer clear of smoking and chewing tobacco, not only for staining issues, but for your overall health and well-being.

Are you are considering dental implants? Come see Dr. K. Bahi at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery for a consultation. Call us today at 604-507-0514.

 

 

 

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Stay Away from Sugar to Protect Your Skin

When we think of indulging in our favorite sugary treats, we don’t want to think that they could have a negative effect on our skin. Unfortunately, when you consume a lot of processed sugar, it contributes to aging, irritation, acne, and even rosacea.

If you want to maintain your youth as long as possible, keep sugar to a minimum. Too much sugar makes your insulin spike, which causes inflammation in the body. When this happens, enzymes that are produced break down the skin’s collagen and elastin, which are both responsible for keeping your skin young and firm, as they attach your skin to the muscles in your face. Inflammation can also lead to broken capillaries.

And if that wasn’t enough, sugar can also lead to wrinkles, dark circles around your eyes, and dehydrate your skin.

Plus, if your diet contains a lot of sugary-foods, chances are higher that you are not intaking enough vitamins and minerals, both of which are needed to maintain a youthful complexion.

Tips for Removing / Reducing Sugar from Your Diet to Help Prevent Aging Skin:

  • Stay away from soft drinks, pastries, sweets, candies, cakes, and the like
  • Research foods that have a low Glycemic Index
  • Eat lots of antioxidant-rich foods
  • Use natural honey or Stevia to sweeten
  • When shopping for groceries, stick to the exterior of the store, as aside from the bakery, the majority of foods that are high in sugar are found in the aisles. In other words, don’t tempt yourself!

Less sugar intake plus physical activity, and plenty of water can make a huge difference in your health and appearance. Once you start to see how much better you look and feel, it will be that much easier to stick to a healthier diet!

For oral & cosmetic facial surgery, including dental implant surgery in Surrey, come see us a New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery! Give us a call to book a consultation today: 604-507-0514.

 

 

 

 

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The Aging Process from Your 20’s to Senior Years

When you’re in your twenties, you tend to think you’re invincible. The thought of getting older doesn’t really cross your mind. You indulge in drinking, smoking, and lots of sunbathing, all of which can start to take a toll on your skin.

Things to focus on in your twenties:

• Have a daily skin care routine for morning and night with quality products.
• Always wear sunblock, regardless of the weather. Just because it may be cloudy, doesn’t mean that you aren’t still being harmed by UV rays.
• Limit alcohol consumption
• Quit smoking
• Consider Botox and skin resurfacing in your later 20’s – it pays to be proactive!

In your thirties and for the remainder of your life, you want to focus on the same preventative measures as you did in your twenties, but the fact of the matter is, you’ll be faced with more stress and your skin will start losing collagen and elastin. You’ll notice more fine lines and other visible signs of aging. This is the age range where Botox, dermal fillers, and laser treatments start to become a necessity.

In your forties and fifties, you will start to notice a much greater change in appearance, especially if you have not proceeded with any type of cosmetic facial procedures. Your face loses volume, your skin will sag more, you’ll have to work extra hard in the gym to tighten up parts of your body, and your eyes and temples may appear more sunken. This is the best time to consider surgical procedures, not to completely change your look, but to make you look like a better version of your existing self. More refreshed and youthful with a confident glow!

As you enter the senior years (60+), you’ll have the same issues as your forties and fifties…they’ll just be more prominent. This is when more invasive surgical techniques will be required to make an impact.
The more you know about the aging process, the better off you’ll be, both in terms of aging gracefully, as well as seeking out certain procedures that can shed years off of your face. When considering any type of surgical procedure, ensure you are visiting a surgeon who is reputable and board-certified. They know all of the procedures inside-out, so they will recommend whatever is best to achieve your desired results.

Don’t fear aging. Fear not taking care of yourself to look and feel your very best throughout your life!

Looking for a oral or cosmetic facial surgeon in Surrey, BC? Look no further than New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery! Check out our services and give us a call to book a consultation: 604-507-0514.

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How to Feel More Confident in 2019

Well, it’s safe to say that 2018 went by in a flash! And so often, we have plans for things we want to do, but time passes by and before we know it, another year has gone by.

Now is the time to think about what you want your 2019 to look like including goals you want to accomplish, places you want to visit, new things you want to try, and ways in which you want to improve yourself to have more confidence. 2019 mylar balloons

Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. This is because when you invest in yourself, it makes you feel better about yourself. When you feel better about yourself, it positively affects all other areas of your life.

Ways you can improve yourself to have a more positive and fruitful year:

  • Write down your goals to hold yourself accountable
  • Regular physical fitness routine
  • Healthy eating
  • Quit smoking
  • Limit or restrict alcohol consumption
  • Adequate sleep (at least 7 to 8 hours per night)
  • Express yourself creatively and share your gifts with the world (art, writing)
  • Work on your personal development (books, podcasts, courses)
  • Choose to be happy and find ways to inject more happiness in your life
  • Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people
  • Set up a savings plan for the year – decide where you will cut down on unnecessary spending
  • Hire a coach to help keep you on track with where you want to be

    And in addition to all of these types of things, other ways you can boost your confidence physically include:

    • Dental implants build self confidence
    • Botox
    • Lip enhancement
    • Cheek implants
    • Chin implants
    • Non-surgical chin lift
    • Jaw profile surgery
    • Ear lobe surgery


      A fulfilled life is all encompassing. The way you look and feel on the outside has to match how you look and feel on the inside. At New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery, we would love the opportunity to speak with you with regard to how we can help you feel your absolute best in the New Year! Check out our complete list of services and give us a call us today to book a consultation: (604) 507-0514.

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Christmas is Just Around the Corner…

During the holiday season, we exchange gifts with friends and family, but what about gifting yourself as well? Now is the perfect time to make a move towards doing something special for you – just before the New Year begins!

Maybe you have been thinking about Botox, wrinkle fillers, or lip enhancement. Maybe you have been considering a cheek or chin implant…or even repairing your earlobe that has been bothering you. Did you also know there is such a thing as a non-surgical chin lift to get rid of that pesky double chin?

There is nothing like getting a boost of self-confidence to make you feel better overall. Make next year’s New Year’s resolution to stop thinking and start doing!

Are you located in Surrey?

Give us a call today at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery: 604-507-0514 to book a consultation. We will answer any questions you have, provide you with pricing, and then you’re one step closer to the new you!

You can check out our complete list of services and procedures HERE.

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Common Questions About Dental Implants

Considering dental implants? Here are the answers to some common questions… 

How did dental implants come to be?

Dental implants came to be when a scientist discovered that bone would naturally bond to titanium.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium cylinders that are permanently placed in the jaw bone, providing support for the replaced teeth. The bone grows around the implants and bonds with them as if they were bone. The titanium part is not visible. The part that is visible is the prosthetic tooth.

What is the prosthetic teeth made of?

The prosthetic teeth are made of porcelain.

What color are the prosthetic teeth?

Prosthetic teeth are custom-made for you, so they are color-matched to your existing teeth. This is great because then you don’t have to worry about the prosthetic teeth standing out

What is the biggest benefit of dental implants?

The biggest benefit of having dental implants is that once they are in, they function and feel like regular teeth. Unlike dentures, you don’t have to remove them and they don’t shift around.

Will people be able to tell that I have dental implants?

No, people will not be able to notice that you have dental implants. The only way they would know is if you tell them.

Can I chew gum with dental implants?

Yes! You can chew gum just like with natural teeth. The gum will not stick to the implants.

Will I be in any pain during dental implant surgery?

You don’t have to worry about being in any pain during the surgical procedure of getting implants because anesthetic will be used. Your oral surgeon’s main priority is making your experience as comfortable as possible.

What can I expect right after my oral surgery for dental implants?

As with any surgery, there is recovery time and your mouth will need to heal. You can expect to feel sore and some discomfort.

Am I at risk for breakage with dental implants?

Just like with your regular teeth, you need to take precautions. If you chew ice, bite hard candies, or random objects like pens, yes, you could risk breaking them. Treat them as you would regular teeth, and you don’t have to worry.

Can dental implants stain?

Yes, dental implants can stain just like natural teeth from things like coffee and red wine. It is important to schedule regular cleanings just like you would if all of your teeth were natural.

How long will my dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, your dental implants will last 25+ years! They really are the best “permanent” solution.

Still have questions about oral implants? If you are located in the Surrey area, call us at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery. We would love to book you in for a consultation as well to ease your mind of any concerns and conduct an evaluation of your needs.

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