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Looking to enhance your smile, improve your figure, or take years off your face? Upgrading your appearance can have a positive effect on your health and your outlook on life. Just ask a cosmetic surgeon or a dentist. They see the newfound confidence that comes with looking younger, refreshed, and more attractive. With a boost of self-assurance, you’re likely to feel happier, friendlier, and more outgoing.
After undergoing cosmetic procedures or dental treatments, you’ll want to maintain your new look. Your dentist may recommend specific dietary tips and at-home cleaning routines. A cosmetic surgeon might encourage you to use adequate sun protection and medical-grade skincare products.
A healthy lifestyle is also important. Engaging in regular exercise, watching your weight, eating a nutritious diet, staying hydrated, getting quality sleep, and practicing stress reduction will benefit your overall health, and your appearance will reflect that.
The good news is that if you’ve already embraced a healthy lifestyle before undergoing a cosmetic procedure, it will help you heal and achieve the very best results. Celebrate a healthy, beautiful, happy you!
Q: I’m too young to look old! I want a great new smile, and I want it yesterday. How do I “shop” for my new smile?
A: To assure that your smile is picture-perfect, seek an exceptional dental practice. Dr. Craig Goldin, Dr. Marcy Goldin, and Dr. David Whalen, of the award-winning Cosmetic Dentistry Institute, provide all phases of general, cosmetic, sedation, and implant dentistry, so you can have all of your dental problems conveniently treated in one office.
“Whatever your dental needs are, your visit will be comfortable and painless, as well as efficient and high-tech. With cosmetic dentistry, a beautiful new smile can change your life,” says Dr. Marcy Goldin, an adjunct clinical lecturer at the University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry.
Dr. Craig Goldin is the only Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in eastern Michigan. AACD Fellowship is recognized as the highest level of competence in cosmetic dentistry, and only 65 dentists in the world have earned this distinction. He’s also a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, which allows him to both place and restore state-of-the-art dental implants.
“Beautiful, natural-looking implants can last a lifetime and allow you to smile, chew, and speak more confidently,” says Dr. Craig Goldin, who has advanced training and certification in IV sedation. “With sedation dentistry, patients who are anxious or busy can be totally relaxed and have multiple dental procedures done in as little as one visit.”
“Everything we do,” Dr. David Whalen adds, “is driven by our pledge to go above and beyond for our patients.”
Q: Does surgery take the place of fillers?
A: According to facial plastic surgeon Dr. Myra Danish, it’s a misconception that surgery and fillers are interchangeable.
Operations such as the Lunchtime Lift (mid-face-lift) or cheek implants will add volume in the cheek area, but not the temples, tear troughs and chin. Layering different treatments gives you the most youthful, natural appearance.
Aging is a multidimensional process that includes loss of volume, decreased skin elasticity, and the effects of gravity and hyperactive muscles. Dr. Danish addresses every element of the aging process using the best and simplest procedures, to achieve optimal results.
“In general, for hyperactive muscles and lines you can consider injections like Botox. For loss of volume, the simplest solution is fillers or implants. In the midface, however, you might consider surgery or implants and then, possibly, fillers in other parts of the face,” Dr. Danish points out. “Surgery can address the effects of gravity and the loss of skin elasticity, especially for the neck and jawline, brows, and eyelids. The last ‘layer’ is skincare with customized laser facials and medical grade anti-aging facial products.”
Each person’s facial anatomy and degree of aging differ. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Danish to learn the best treatment options for complete and natural-looking facial rejuvenation.
Q: Is there a minimally invasive procedure to correct receding gums?
A: With the Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Technique, receding gums are typically treated with no cutting, no stitches, and virtually no pain. Periodontist Dr. Joseph Nemeth was the first gum specialist in Michigan to be certified in the use of this minimally invasive technique by its originator and developer, Dr. John Chao.
“When gums recede, your teeth look much longer and your smile looks older. This condition also can lead to tooth sensitivity, decay, and bone loss,” Dr. Nemeth explains. “Using the Pinhole Technique, we make a small pinhole in the gum above the teeth to be treated. With special instruments we loosen up the gum tissue and bring it down over the receded areas, where it should be. This improves the smile tremendously and prevents further gum and bone recession and loss.”
Dr. Nemeth places platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) through the pinhole. A membrane derived from the patient’s own blood, PRF increases the blood supply in the gums, speeds healing, and enhances the result.
The Pinhole Technique offers many advantages over traditional gum grafting, including no incisions or sutures, less discomfort, and a faster recovery, Dr. Nemeth says. “It’s a great technique. Patients do well and are extremely happy to have a healthier, more attractive smile.”
Q: What’s most important when it comes to my teeth — health or beauty?
A: Both are important!
When your smile is healthy, it’s also beautiful. Dr. Aziza Askari and the team at Comfort Dental Spa want you to be both healthy and beautiful. That’s why they offer every aspect of cosmetic dentistry, including implants, veneers, and Zoom tooth-whitening.
Another critical piece is having a commitment to preventive and restorative dentistry, including endodontics (root canals), periodontics (gum diseases), orthodontics (teeth-straightening; braces), and oral surgery. Because your comfort is important, Dr. Askari and her team offer sedation dentistry and the revolutionary
CEREC — Dentistry in a Day. All of these procedures are provided in a soothing, spa-like atmosphere.
Are you ready to make the commitment and investment in both your health and your beauty? Make sure you start with your smile!
Q: I have arthritis. How can physical therapy help me?
A: Arthritis is caused by the loss of cartilage in our joints. This places stress on bones and joints, leading to inflammation, pain, bone spurs, and stiffness. In turn, these can cause pain during day-to-day activities and result in reduced activity tolerance.
Physical therapists are specialists in human movement, and arthritis is one of the most common conditions affecting movement. Physical therapy for arthritis begins with a detailed assessment of range of motion, strength, flexibility, and movement patterns. This information, along with the client’s goals, will allow the therapist to develop a customized treatment program.
Treatments usually involve manual therapy techniques and specific therapeutic exercises aimed at strengthening weak muscles and stretching tight muscles. To reduce stress on arthritic joints, movement patterns — such as the way a person gets up from a chair or goes down the stairs — are identified and addressed. Modalities for pain relief, such as heat therapy or electric stimulation, may also be incorporated.
Whether your goal is to golf 18 holes without “paying for it” the next day, or to simply get up from a chair without groaning and creaking, physical therapy may help with the pain of arthritis and allow you to lead a more active life.
Q: How does the health of my mouth affect the rest of my body?
A: Without good oral hygiene, harmful bacteria can multiply, causing infection and inflammation in the gums. These bacteria are free to travel through the bloodstream and body, where they continue growing — triggering an inflammatory response far from the mouth. The damage from neglecting your teeth multiplies quickly. It is now believed that this inflammation is responsible for triggering an increased likelihood of cardiovascular disease, stroke, low birthweight babies, diabetes, pancreatic cancer, erectile dysfunction, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Consider these tools and healthy habits to prevent the buildup of disease-causing bacteria:
• Brush your teeth and your tongue at least twice a day. Try an electric toothbrush for a more thorough cleaning, and to help power away plaque. Sonic and ultrasonic electric toothbrushes offer even more vibrational speed and cleaning movements.
• Floss at least once daily, especially at bedtime. Use stringed floss, flossing picks, or try a water flosser to more effectively remove bacteria between the teeth and below the gum line.
• Don’t rely on mouthwash to clean your mouth.
• Maintain a healthy, well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet that’s low in sugar and simple carbohydrates. To lower inflammation, drink green tea and eat foods containing cinnamon, turmeric, fennel, and cardamom.
• If you’re a smoker, quit, as smoking increases your risk of periodontal disease.
• Schedule dental checkups and cleanings twice a year, or more if needed.
Periodontal disease screening and oral bacteria screening can be done painlessly and easily. Call today to schedule an assessment with Dr. Mindy Salzberg- Siegel.
Q: What are some movement habits I can adopt to maintain an active lifestyle as I age?
A: “It’s important to move every day,” says physical therapist and Pilates instructor Ron Jegadeesh, owner of Pilates Fitness & Physical Therapy Center.
Whether it’s walking, biking, gardening, or taking an exercise class, just 10 to 20 minutes of daily exercise makes a difference. “Patients I see who make exercise part of their daily routine look and act younger,” Jegadeesh says. “Also, they’re more likely to stay injury-free and to recover much quicker from an injury than those who do not exercise.”
Jegadeesh recommends including these healthy movement habits:
• Change positions frequently. Don’t sit or stand for long periods of time. If you have a sedentary job, be sure to stand up and take a break every hour.
• Practice correct posture and alignment. Sit and stand tall with the spine neutral, shoulders relaxed, and your head on top of your spine.
• Add strength training to your exercise routine. “We lose muscle mass as we age,” Jegadeesh explains. “Adding resistance to a workout will help maintain muscle tone. Pilates is an excellent way to gain strength while maintaining proper alignment.”
Q: What makes laser therapy more effective than “traditional” methods?
A: While the advantages of laser therapy are as diverse as the conditions we treat, the most significant benefits are: No drugs, no surgery, no injections, and no side effects. Laser therapy is the only noninvasive, FDA-cleared pain management option available to people suffering from any type of pain.
Pain Free Life Centers is the only pain management center in the country focused exclusively on the use of high-dose laser therapy for pain management. We don’t use ineffective “low-level” lasers, which don’t have the power or correct wavelengths of light to create photobiomodulation, which is the scientific process that reduces inflammation and allows the body to heal at the cellular level.
Most of our patients have already tried drugs, injections, and even surgery to help manage their pain with minimal to no success. Visit PainFreeLifeCenters.com and watch our patients’ testimonial videos. They speak for themselves. Now it’s your turn to make the choice to live pain free. We’re so confident in what we do, your consultation and first treatment are free. Make us your first choice, not your last resort.
Q: I eat healthy and exercise regularly, but I’m still tired all the time and I can’t lose weight. What’s going on?
A: After the age of 30, hormone levels gradually decline each year, resulting in hormone imbalance in both men and women. Hormone imbalance is directly responsible for many negative effects on quality of life and overall health, including: decreased energy levels, decreased sex drive, weight gain, loss of muscle mass and tone, decreased concentration and memory, difficulty sleeping, hot flashes, night sweats, a depressed mood, and the loss of a general sense of well-being.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is the science of correcting hormone imbalances with the goal of restoring youthful, optimal hormone levels and relieving the symptoms of hormone imbalance and deficiency. The natural hormones prescribed by our medical doctor are safe and effective because they’re identical to the hormones our bodies produce.
We’ve seen astonishing results in the lives of our patients, who are healthier, happier, and have a dramatically improved quality of life. Our comprehensive natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy programs, combined with proper nutrition and exercise, will return you to the optimal physical, sexual, and emotional health you experienced in your 20s and 30s. Contact us today and get started on the path to a younger, healthier you!
Q: I exercise and eat healthy, but my figure isn’t what it was before I had children. How can I get my body back?
A: A Mommy Makeover is a series of surgical procedures that address the common problem areas associated with pregnancy. Surgery is designed to best meet the needs of the individual patient.
“Women with smaller breasts prior to pregnancy may lose more volume. They will benefit from a simple breast implant,” says Dr. Ellen Janetzke, a board-certified plastic surgeon. “For those who had more fullness, their breasts tend to get droopy and deflated after pregnancy and breastfeeding, so they would require implants and a breast-lift. Some patients just need a lift to restore a youthful breast profile.
“Once they’ve stopped breastfeeding, women should wait one year before having breast surgery,” she advises.
For the abdominal area, Dr. Ellen typically performs a tummy tuck to repair loose muscles and remove excess skin. She may include liposuction of the hips, and sometimes the “love handles,” for a more contoured waistline.
To ensure the best, longest-lasting results from these procedures, women should wait until after they’ve finished having children and are close to their ideal weight to schedule surgery. To learn more about the Mommy Makeover, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ellen.
Q: Do you see a connection between beauty, health, and happiness?
A: Aesthetic plastic surgeon Dr. Mune Gowda finds that when patients have cosmetic procedures, they feel happier and tend to become more conscious of their health.
“You can’t separate one from the other. Studies have shown that when someone improves their appearance, whether that’s surgically or by putting on makeup or a nice outfit, the brain releases neurotransmitters — ‘happy chemicals’ — that make them feel good.
“One patient came into the office and said, ‘When I look in the mirror I look sad, although I’m not sad.’ After she had some facial work done, she said, ‘Dr. Gowda, I’m so happy. I love to look at myself in the mirror now.’ ”
Dr. Gowda points out that patients who undergo body-contouring, for example, often become more disciplined about their eating habits and exercise.
“They want to protect their new body and shape,” he says. “Their attitude changes, they have more confidence, and they feel more comfortable, healthier, and happier.”