Dr. Bahi

What You Need to Know About Cosmetic Earlobe Repair

Not happy with how your earlobes look? Well, you don’t have to deal with earlobes that you feel self-conscious about…thanks to cosmetic surgery!

Some reasons why people may wish to seek earlobe repair surgery:

  • Too many years of wearing earrings that are too heavy and have weighed down earlobes, causing them to stretch
  • To close up unwanted earlobe holes
  • To repair split or torn earlobes
  • To change the shape of earlobes

And great news – the procedure is very safe and requires very little downtime.

How long does this procedure take?

The procedure takes less than an hour.

How long is the recovery time?

You can expect to recover in just one week!

Can I pierce my ears after ear lobe repair?

Yes!  It is recommended that you wait a couple of months to get them pierced after surgery though.

Questions about earlobe repair aftercare?  CLICK HERE!

Located in the Vancouver / Surrey area and interested in booking a consultation with Dr. K. Bahi? Call us today!

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Common Reasons for Undergoing Oral Surgery

To be in good overall health, you need to have good oral health.  The bacteria that originates in the mouth can travel throughout the body and cause various serious health problems. This is why it is so critical to stay on top of any oral issues that arise.

Oral surgery is any procedure that involves cutting into or removing tissue from your mouth such as wisdom tooth removal, gum surgery, correcting jaw issues, or getting dental implants.

The most common reasons for undergoing oral surgery include:

Pain from wisdom teeth when wisdom teeth start to cause pain, swelling, or infection, they need to be surgically removed.

Missing teeth – if you have missing teeth, the best solution that will be as close to the real thing as possible are dental implants.  They require a highly skilled oral surgeon with absolute precision to get the desired results.

Not enough jaw bone mass – if you require dental implants, you need to have adequate jaw bone density.  If you do not have enough, bone grafting is a solution.

Oral cancer and abnormal lesions or growths – surgery is crucial to remove affected tissues if oral cancer is present.  Biopsies can be performed on abnormal lesions and growths to determine if they need to be removed.  It is always a good idea to remove anything abnormal to be proactive.

Facial trauma – you may need to get oral surgery if your facial structures such as teeth and bones have been damaged.

Infected roots of teeth – if tooth infections cannot be treated with root canal therapy, it may be necessary to get a surgical procedure called an apicoectomy to remove the tip of the root.

Temporomandibular joint disorder and bite problems – if you have bite problems, you may benefit from corrective jaw surgery so that the upper and lower jaws meet properly.  Jaw surgery can also alleviate symptoms of TMJ.

Whatever your oral surgery needs, top oral surgeon in Surrey / Vancouver, Dr. K. Bahi has extensive experience and training to provide you with the best possible results.  Call New England Oral & Facial Surgery to book a consultation for oral surgery today!

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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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