Dr. Bahi

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:

abcde melanoma

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.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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!


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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!



Tags: , , , , ,

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!





Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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!


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!


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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:

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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.

Tags: , , , , , ,

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

We are proud to share this dental implant testimonial from Dave Tomlinson who is currently the Colour Commentator for the Vancouver Canucks on TSN1040.

Dave is a former NHL hockey player, having played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, and Florida Panthers.

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.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Choose Dental Implants Over Dentures

Considering dental implants or wondering if you should just stick with dentures?  Aside from looking amazing, dental implants have many other key benefits that may help make your decision easier:

  • Great Look & Feel – if you want to have something that looks and feels like your actual teeth, dental implants are the right choice for you.
  • Confidence Booster – there is no doubt that you will have increased self-esteem and self-confidence if you choose dental implants. You will want to show off your smile – not hide it.
  • Permanence – dental implants are designed to fuse with the bone, so they become permanent, unlike dentures that you have to remove to clean and while you sleep.
  • Clearer Speech – if you have tried dentures, you know that they have the risk of slipping if they are poorly fitted. This can cause you to have slurred speech. You would not have this problem with dental implants. They are as close to permanent, real teeth as you can get.
  • Comfort – unlike dentures that are removable, implants feel like they are part of you. Also, food doesn’t get trapped in random places like with dentures.
  • Eat with Ease – dental implants function like real teeth, unlike dentures that have the potential to slip. You can bite normally and eat basically anything you want!
  • Better Oral Health – individual implants are easy to keep clean – just like normal teeth. No extra cleaning solutions are required.
  • Long-lasting – dental implants are super durable and can last a lifetime. Dentures, on the other hand, need to be replaced eventually.

Located in the Surrey area? Book a consultation with us at New England Oral & Facial Surgery to discuss everything you need to know about getting dental implants!



Tags: , , , , , ,

Cheers to a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2017!

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season…and we are sending you our best wishes for a fabulous 2017!

Many people make new year’s resolutions that tend not to stretch much further than January.  We have a great idea for a resolution for you, however, that you would actually be able to keep!

How about making a resolution to look and feel your very best?  Sounds awesome, right? 

  • What have you been putting off that that you have been wanting to try in terms of an anti-aging treatment?

  • Are you unhappy with your teeth and have been considering dental implants?

  • Would you prefer to have a slimmer or a more defined jawline?

  • How about cheek implants for more prominent looking cheekbones?

  • Chin augmentation to achieve a more balanced face?

  • Longer, thicker eyelashes to make your eyes really pop and take the hassle out of stick on lashes?

Whatever you have been thinking about, we encourage you to go for it!  You will likely love your results so much, you’ll be asking yourself “Why didn’t I do this earlier?”

Located in the Surrey area?

You can check out our full range of services at New England Oral & Facial Surgery then call us for an appointment to book a consultation and get the ball rolling: 604-507-0514.



Tags: , , , , , ,