Dr. Bahi

Should You Get a Chin Implant?

Are you considering getting a chin implant, or just want more information about them?

Chin surgery is performed for a couple of reasons: to either augment a weak or receding chin, or to help balance out other facial features. It helps people improve their appearance by changing the contours of their face.

A strong chin is considered to be very attractive. Chin implants can be combined with cheek implants, a facelift, or a nose job if the goal is to achieve complete facial balance.

The implants look like normal bone – and it won’t be really obvious for anyone to be able to tell that you had this surgery. If anything, they will be mentioning how great you look – more handsome / beautiful and youthful, without being over the top! It can also improve your neckline, make your nose appear smaller, and make your face look less round.

Before the implant is inserted, different sizers are used to determine which size will work best for you.

In summary, a chin implant can be one of the most satisfying cosmetic facial procedures. If you are in the Vancouver / Surrey area, call us to book an appointment for a consultation and we will answer all of your questions!

 

 

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Refresh & Rejuvenate Your Face with a Chemical Peel

If you haven’t yet experienced a chemical peel, you have likely heard of them.  Once you know more about how they work and how they can benefit you, it’s likely you will want to book an appointment to get one!

Skin imperfections are caused by acne, sun damage, aging, and a buildup of dead skin cells which clog the pores.  You may find that your skin has rough patches, is dry, has sun spots, freckles, fine lines, and wrinkles.

With a chemical peel, you can greatly reduce these imperfections and improve the look and feel of your skin.

How does it work?

Chemical peels are safe.  The solution that is applied to your skin is non-toxic.

The solution gently resurfaces and polishes the skin, with the goal of removing the top layers of skin that may be damaged.

New cell growth and collagen is stimulated to reveal younger, plumper, tighter, and healthier looking skin.

Sounds great, right?

Treat yourself to fresher skin. if you are located in the Surrey or Vancouver area,  call us to book an appointment for a chemical peel today!

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Be Proactive – Schedule Wisdom Teeth Removal in the Summer!

Time flies, and even though it’s only February, it will be summer before you know it!  This is the perfect time to start thinking about booking an appointment to get your children’s wisdom teeth extracted.

After a wisdom tooth surgery, there is a period of recovery.  If this happens during the school year, missed days and missed classes can lead to stress. Scheduling in the summer means there is plenty of time for rest and relaxation vs. worrying about upcoming exams and missed assignments.

Plus, if your children are leaving for college or university, you want them to be fully recovered vs. being away from home, having to deal with pain or a problem that could erupt when they are by themselves.  It will give you peace of mind to know that they are completely healed in your presence.

One of the risks to be cautious of is referred to as “dry socket” which occurs when the blood clot from the surgical site has been dislodged.  Other complications may include swelling and bleeding. The more time for rest that the patient has, the less of a chance of something going wrong.

If you are in the Vancouver / Surrey area, call us for more information about wisdom teeth removal today!

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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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