Dr. Bahi

Is Juvederm Right for You?

So you’ve heard of Juvederm, but not sure if it’s right for you?

Are you bothered by wrinkles and thinking of getting some fillers to smooth them out? Do you want to add more volume to your face where it has been lost to look more youthful and radiant? Juvederm may be the best choice for you!

Juvederm injections are most commonly used:

  • For facial wrinkles
  • To plump lips
  • To reduce lines on the forehead and brow
  • To plump eyebrows and the temporal region
  • To fill in under eye hollows
  • To enhance cheek volume and jawline
  • To soften scars
  • To reduce the appearance of aging in hands
  • To correct acne scars.

Here are the top benefits of Juvederm:

  • It is safe and has been tested on all skin types.
  • It doesn’t require allergy testing, as the hyaluronic acid it contains is human-based.
  • Getting Juvederm is a non-surgical procedure.
  • Instant results with no downtime. You can get the treatment and carry on with your day or go back to the office.
  • Natural looking results that last up to one year with optimal treatment.
  • Compared to invasive plastic surgery (like a facelift), it is much more affordable.

To see if Juvederm is right for you – call us today to book a consultation at New England Oral & Facial Surgery. Serving Vancouver, Surrey, and the rest of the Lower Mainland.

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Commit to Feeling Great in the New Year!

When January 1st rolls around, so do the New Year’s resolutions.  People usually focus on health-related goals such as eating healthier, quitting smoking, losing weight, or fitness. How about committing to feeling more youthful and confident with a quality skin care regime, an anti-aging procedure, or finally getting to that cosmetic facial procedure that you have been putting off for years?

In addition to living a healthy lifestyle to make you feel great on the inside, looking more fresh and youthful on the outside will increase your confidence and be a great boost for your self esteem.

How you can do this?

  1. Use high quality cosmetics that will stimulate new collagen and soften the appearance of fine lines. Choose products that contain Vitamins C, E, A, and AHAs. Call us for more information about the Obaji Nu-Derm Skin Care System – it is designed to correct damage on all of the layers of the skin.
  2. Always use sunscreen. Even if the sun is hiding, the UV rays aren’t.
  3. Get Botox – Say goodbye to crows feet, worry lines, and laugh lines. It’s amazing what a difference this can make!
  4. Facial Fillers – Reduce or possibly eliminate deep wrinkles with Juvederm.
  5. Lip Enhancement – Get the look of a provide a fuller lip line or more defined features.
  6. Book a consultation to speak with a doctor about that cosmetic facial procedure that you have always been curious about – whether it be cheek implants, a chin implant, or jaw profile surgery. Even if you don’t want to commit right away, or need time to save money, you will at least have the information and be getting the ball rolling in the right direction!

So start the year off right and put your best foot forward in sticking to your new year’s resolution! Cheers to a safe, prosperous, and healthy 2016!

 

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Considering Lip Enhancement?

So you have been considering lip enhancement…but still a bit hesitant to take the plunge?

More and more people are getting lip enhancement procedures. This is partly due to the influence of celebrities you see on television and in magazines. Some people choose lip injections, which are temporary. Others choose lip augmentation if they are willing to make a long-term commitment.

When it comes to lip injections, it is a good idea to keep in mind “less is more”…especially when you are first trying it out. This will make it easier for you to get used to and to know if you truly like the look. You can always get more injected later or at your next visit if you would like them to look more full.

Having full, plump lips can be a big confidence booster and even make you look healthier and more youthful. They can also help to balance out your face.

You may have been born with thinner lips or they may just be appearing more thin as part of the natural aging process – injections can really make a difference.

At New England Oral & Facial Surgery, we use Juvederm, which is hyaluronic acid. It is a natural substance that already exists in the human body and is completely safe.

On average, this treatment will last six months, so you technically only have to get this done twice a year to maintain your look.

If it will make you feel better about yourself, why not try it out? Call us to book a consultation today.

 

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6 Ways to Protect Your Skin from Aging Prematurely

Aging is inevitable, but the health and lifestyle choices you make can help determine how graceful you will age. Poor choices can cause premature aging and make you look older than you are. And no one likes the sound of that, right?

Luckily there are non-invasive cosmetic procedures like Botox and dermal fillers such as Juvederm which can greatly reduce or eliminate wrinkles and expression lines when they surface. However, if you are investing in these procedures, you should also be doing whatever you can to preserve yourself from the inside-out too.

Here are 6 ways to be proactive when it comes to protecting your skin and youthfulness:

(1) Limit Sun Exposure – Everyone loves the sun, but the harsh reality is that is can be very detrimental to our skin. Increased sun exposure leads to sun spots, wrinkles, sagging, and just an overall more weathered appearance. Most importantly, you are also risking the chance of getting skin cancer if you do not take precautionary measures.   Be sure to ALWAYS use a sunscreen that protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays – even on cloudy days, as these can be deceiving. Even if the sun is not beaming down on you, the ultraviolet rays are.

(2) Exercise, Exercise, Exercise – When you are active, your muscles get toned and your blood gets flowing. Working out on a regular basis not only makes you feel healthier – you LOOK healthier too! People will notice you have a glow to you and comment that you look great, because it will show. Plus, just having more energy will make you happier and that will also exude a more youthful appearance.

(3) Stop Smoking – With all of the information we have on the dangers of smoking, it is surprising that so many people still indulge in this terrible habit. Research shows that smoking leads to premature aging, dry skin, and a depletion of Vitamin C. It will also lead to ‘smokers lines’ around the mouth from puffing on the cigarettes.

(4) Limit Alcohol Intake – With alcohol consumption, small blood vessels dilate and blood flow increases near the skin’s surface. In time, these blood vessels can become permanently damaged, which can lead to a flushed appearance and broken vessels on the skin’s surface.

(5) Get Plenty of Sleep – Lack of sleep can make you feel cranky and lethargic, but it can also make you look tired in the form of dark circles and bags under the eyes and sagging skin. Ideally, you want to be getting 8-9 hours of sleep each night…and develop a routine where you go to bed and get up at the same time everyday. Plus, you should definitely limit your caffeine during the day, and eliminate it in the evening.

(6) Reduce Stress – Stress has been referred to as the new biological clock because stress and worry can accelerate aging. With adequate exercise, relaxation, nutrition, and sleep, you can help minimize the impact that stress has on your body. You may also want to seek outside support to better cope with stressful situations when they occur.

The importance of self-care cannot be emphasized enough. Taking good care of your mind, body, and spirit is the most important step of your anti-aging skin care routine.

 

 


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Smoking & Oral Health Risks

Are you a smoker?  Are you familiar with all of the oral health risks that smoking brings along with it? This information may give you the extra incentive that you need to quit today!

It is common knowledge that smoking causes yellow teeth and bad breath, but smoking is also responsible for a number of dental problems as well such as:

  • Receding gums, which leads to increased tooth sensitivity
  • Increased risk of oral and throat cancer
  • Increased risk of tooth decay
  • Increased risk of gum disease
  • Inflammation of the roof of the mouth which can lead to the formation of small lesions

Planning to Undergo Oral Surgery?

If the above reasons aren’t incentive enough to quit, smoking also affects postoperative wound healing following surgical and nonsurgical tooth extractions, routine maxillofacial surgeries, dental implants, and periodontal therapies. The body is not able to recover as quickly because smoke damages cells that are responsible for healing, and smokers have decreased blood flow.

For example, it is really important for patients who need bone grafting for dental implants to have a good blood supply. Smoking has toxins and nicotine which decreases the diameter of blood vessels. Smaller blood vessels aren’t capable of moving toxins and waste quickly away from the surgical site. Not having enough nutrients and oxygen reaching the bone graft and not being able to rid the site of toxins will harm the graft.

Smokers who need to have a tooth extracted or have their wisdom teeth removed, will also have an increased risk of complications. This is because the empty socket(s) will not be able to heal as quickly, which can also increase the chance of getting an infection.

Aside from these complications leading to a very unpleasant experience, smoking essentially makes it more difficult for the dentist or oral surgeon to achieve the desired result. Plus, when you are investing a large sum of money for dental procedures and taking time away from work, you want it to be a success so that you can return to normal activity as soon as possible.

You should seriously consider quitting before, during, and after your procedure until you are properly healed. Hopefully that would also motivate you to kick the habit for good. Why would you want to revert back to something that can cause you these types of problems, as well as a multitude of other health issues? This nasty habit could possibly even cost you your life!

You may know someone who smokes and recovered fine from surgery. (People always seem to find an exception.) That doesn’t guarantee that you would also be as lucky. When you smoke, the RISK of complications has been proven to be significantly higher. Do you really think it’s worth taking that gamble?

Questions about smoking and oral surgery? Call New England Oral & Facial Surgery today!

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Do I Need to Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that the majority of people get in their late teens or early twenties. The problem with wisdom teeth is they are often misaligned. Poor alignment can crowd or damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, and/or nerves. This is why they require removal.

Wisdom teeth become misaligned when they grow in:

  • Horizontally
  • Angled toward or away from the second molars
  • Angled inward or outward

When wisdom teeth are impacted, they are trapped within soft tissue and/or the jawbone. They may also only partially break through the gums. Partial eruption leaves an opening for bacteria to enter and cause an infection. The infection can then result in swelling, pain, a stiff jaw, and general illness. This can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease because the awkward positioning makes it very difficult to brush or floss properly.

How do I know if I have wisdom teeth?

Your dentist can take an x-ray, which will show if they are present. It will also show how they are growing in. Your dentist may also recommend that you see an oral surgeon who will be able to further evaluate your situation.

Will the surgeon want to remove my wisdom teeth?

If your teeth are showing signs of future problems, the surgeon will often recommend that they be extracted. If the procedure is put off too long, it could become more painful and/or complicated, so it is wise to get them removed sooner than later. As the saying goes “It is better to be proactive than reactive”.

Removal is easier for younger patients (ages 17 to 21), as the roots of the wisdom teeth are not fully formed yet. The bone is also less dense, as compared to older patients. As with other surgeries, younger people often heal faster as well.

Wisdom teeth should be removed as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Infection of soft tissue
  • Gum disease
  • Tumors
  • Cysts (fluid-filled sacs)
  • Damage to nearby teeth
  • Extensive tooth decay

Call us for more information about wisdom teeth removal.

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10 Benefits of Dental Implants

Are you unhappy with your smile? Are your teeth hindering your daily life? The good news is that you don’t have to suffer! If you have damaged or missing teeth, you should seriously consider dental implants. They are the next best thing to having nice, natural teeth!

Dental implants are an excellent choice because:

(1) They are made to match your natural teeth. People will admire your gorgeous new smile, but it would not be obvious that you have implants.

(2) They are strong, stable, and durable.

(3) They feel, fit, and function like real teeth. You’ll be able to eat whatever you like.

(4) They do not contribute to the deterioration of your jawbone. Instead, they will preserve and strengthen your natural bone.

(5) They allow you to keep the shape of your face, jawline, and smile.

(6) Unlike dentures, they stay in place. You don’t have to worry about them falling out or getting loose. Plus, you don’t have to remove or readjust them, which can be embarrassing.

(7) They don’t interference with the way you pronounce words.

(8) It is not possible to get cavities in them.

(9) You care for them the same way as you would natural teeth. Brush twice a day (+ after meals) and floss daily. You would want to stay away from chewing ice, hard candies, and acidic foods just like with real teeth to protect them.

(10) They make people feel great! You’ll feel like a new person because you will have your confidence back. You won’t want to stop smiling!

Read more about the dental implant process. Don’t have enough jawbone volume for dental implants? We have a solution! Read more about bone grafting for dental implants.

Call us to book a consultation with our dental surgeon in Surrey & Vancouver today! Let’s change your life!

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Cheek Implants: The Permanent Solution for Instant Cheekbones

Many people desire to have high, prominent cheekbones, as they are considered by society to be a very aesthetically appealing feature. Some people naturally have higher cheekbones than others. Also, as people age, volume in that area often decreases. One way of adding volume back into the cheek area is through temporary facial fillers such as Juvederm. The permanent option would be with cheek augmentation.

If you are feeling somewhat hesitant or nervous about going ahead with this type of procedure, it would be a great idea to first start with Juvederm as a temporary option. This can give you the reassurance that you are making the right decision, that you like the look, and also a better idea as to the look you want. This can also make it easier for you to communicate your desired effects with your doctor, as well as also make the end result easier to adapt to because you would already be used to seeing yourself with cheek fillers.

Cheek augmentation consists of cheek implants being inserted into the face. There are many different sizes and shapes of cheek implants, as everyone has a different face and desired look. Some people want a very dramatic look, and some people may want a more subtle look. The end result also varies from person to person, depending on their current cheek volume and face shape prior to surgery.

You should consider cheek enhancement surgery if you:

  • Want a permanent solution for higher, fuller, more prominent cheeks
  • Want to improve your facial contour
  • Want to have a more balanced face with better proportion
  • Are interested in correcting face asymmetry or facial trauma
  • Wish to look more youthful and fresh
  • Feel that it would increase your confidence and self-esteem
  • Want a procedure with very low post-surgical risks

Call us to book a consultation for cheek implants today! At your consultation, Dr. K. Bahi will discuss your goals with you and explain what you can expect from this procedure. You may also want to bring images with you, which are reflective of the look you want to make it easier to communicate your desired result.

 

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Bone Grafting for Dental Implants

Not Enough Jawbone Volume to Get Dental Implants? Bone Grafting is the Answer!

Dental implants are the perfect solution for missing teeth. They replace missing roots and support the artificial replacement teeth, resulting in the ideal functional and cosmetic solution.

That said, in order to get dental implants, you must have adequate bone in the right location, of proper width, and height.  Some people do not have the necessary bone to support the implants.

Some factors that affect jawbone volume include:

  • Tooth Extraction – patients who have had teeth extracted may lose bone surrounding the extraction area during the next few years after. This loss of bone is what is known as a “bone defect”.
  • Periodontal Disease – also known as gum disease, a bad case of periodontal disease can affect and permanently damage the jawbone that supports the teeth. This can lead to instability of the teeth.
  • Dental and/or Physical Injury – Infections and blows to the jaw can cause the bone to recede.

However, if you have any of these problems, there is still hope! You can get a procedure called “bone grafting” to restore the receded or damaged jawbone. Bone grafting can increase the height or width of the jawbone and fill in voids and defects in the bone.

Bone grafting:

  • Stabilizes and helps restore the foundation of the jaw
  • Corrects deformities
  • Restructures the bone to provide added support
  • Can limit or prevent bone recession

Your dreams of natural looking teeth through dental implants can still be a reality!  Call us to book a consultation to discuss dental implants and bone grafting today and be one step closer to smiling with confidence.

 

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