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Daylight saving time brings shorter, darker days. As the clocks “fall back,” we can find ourselves “falling out” of a healthy daily routine. With the holiday season ahead, it’s time to roll out of bed and get back to the basics.
Don’t let the cold keep you indoors. Bundle up and take a walk in natural daylight. Regular exercise can improve your mood, increase energy levels, reduce your risk for chronic disease, and help you sleep better and lose weight. Too much comfort food isn’t your friend, so eat well-balanced meals with plenty of vegetables and fruit. Stressed out? Meditation, yoga or Tai Chi can calm your mind and body.
Renewed health goes hand-in-hand with looking your best. Give yourself the gift of a beautiful smile or an age-defying eye-lift or forehead lift. Lose those stubborn areas of fat for a more sculpted figure. Metro Detroit health professionals have the latest treatments to rejuvenate your health and appearance.
Winter is coming. Open up the window blinds and let the sunlight in.
Q: I have missing and damaged teeth, but I don’t want to wear dentures that can shift or slip and need to be removed for cleaning. Is there a better option?
A: If you’re tired of living with the pain, inconvenience, and embarrassment that comes with major dental problems, Teeth Tomorrow Prettau zirconia implant bridges can be the permanent solution you’re looking for.
“In the past, patients had to wear a removable complete denture — often for more than six months — before their fixed bridges could be made,” Dr. Craig Goldin says. “With the Teeth Tomorrow technique, hopeless teeth are removed, a set of implants is placed, and customized temporary bridges are securely attached to the implants. Your final Prettau zirconia bridge is made four to six months later, when your implants have stabilized.”
Each Teeth Tomorrow dental bridge is precision-sculpted from a solid block of Prettau zirconia, the most durable, state-of-the-art dental material. “Unlike other bridge materials, Prettau zirconia is extremely resistant to chipping, cracking, and breaking. It’s nonporous, so it doesn’t stain, discolor, retain odors, or attract plaque and harmful bacteria,” Dr. Marcy Goldin explains. “Your custom-made, hand-finished dental bridges are held firmly in place by your implants, so you don’t have to take them out of your mouth.”
“Designed to last a lifetime, Prettau zirconia implant bridges look and function like natural, beautiful teeth and gums,” Dr. David Whalen adds. “It’s a life-changing option that allows you to smile, chew, and speak with renewed confidence.”
The award-winning Cosmetic Dentistry Institute is the exclusive Teeth Tomorrow provider in Michigan. To learn if implant bridges are the right choice for you, call to schedule a consultation.
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 a 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 don’t exercise.”
Jegadeesh recommends following 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 says. “Therefore, adding resistance to a workout will help maintain muscle tone. Pilates is an excellent way to gain strength while maintaining proper alignment.”
Q: Can physical therapy help my TMJ pain?
A: When treating TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome), the specially trained physical therapists at Team Rehab will analyze a patient’s posture, look for dysfunctions in the patient’s neck, and examine the range of motion of the jaw to detect where the TMJ stems from and to develop an individualized program of treatment.
Physical therapy treatments may include ultrasound, moist heat, ice, stretching, and exercises that help improve posture and muscle strength. Manual therapy can also be used to relax the muscles of the neck and face, to relieve any stiff ness in the muscles of the jaw and neck. Physical therapists can also work on the muscle structures inside the mouth to move the temporomandibular joint out of a compressed state and into a painless state of rest.
Team Rehab therapists can ease your TMJ pain.
Q: What facial plastic surgery procedure will take the greatest number of years off my appearance and has a quick recovery?
A: An upper and lower eyelid-lift can make men and women look up to 20 years younger, says facial plastic surgeon Dr. Myra Danish.
“When people are talking to you, they’re looking at your eyes. If you have droopy, hooded upper lids and bags, and sagging skin in the lower lids, it gives the impression that you’re tired or older than you are,” Dr. Danish points out.
“Eyelid surgery takes about an hour. I remove the excess skin and under-eye puffiness that has accumulated over time. Recovery is typically one week with some bruising and swelling, but with little discomfort. Patients go back to work in a week.”
For some people, sagging upper eyelid skin can obstruct their peripheral vision. Eyelid surgery not only makes you look significantly younger; it can improve your visual fields, and your eyes will feel less tired. In Dr. Danish’s hands, your eyelid shape remains the same and your eyes look very natural, rejuvenated, and youthful.
“People will say, ‘You look amazing,’ but they won’t be able to tell that you’ve had surgery,” Dr. Danish adds. “The beauty of eyelid-lift surgery is that, generally, you need the procedure only once during your lifetime. Most of my patients say, ‘I wish I’d done this sooner.’”
Q: What can I do to prevent periodontal disease?
A: One of every two American adults aged 30 and older has some form of periodontal disease, a bacterial infection in the gums that can lead to tooth loss and contributes to many serious health problems. A contributing factor to the disease is plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that builds up on your teeth. Periodontal disease can also be a sign of other systemic conditions.
Preventing periodontal disease requires a combination of practicing good oral hygiene measures at home, along with making time for regular professional dental visits.
Consider these healthy habits to prevent gum disease:
- Brush your teeth and your tongue at least twice a day.
- Floss at least once a day. Try stringed floss, picks, or oral irrigators.
- Use an antimicrobial mouthwash after brushing to kill bacteria in your mouth.
- Maintain a healthy, balanced, low-sugar diet, and limit snacks between meals.
- 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.
The initial symptoms of gum disease can be mild and painless. Take action if you notice any of these signs:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Gums that bleed or recede from the tooth
- Lingering bad breath
- Sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures
- Discomfort when chewing foods
- Loose teeth.
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: Is there a natural way to prevent the opioid epidemic?
A: Many people who are addicted to opioids are in pain and they’re trying to find a solution.
Even high school students who are taking drugs for pain might seek out powerful opioids without realizing it can lead to dependency. Parents should be aware that there are natural ways to manage pain. One option is to seek chiropractic care.
Chiropractic involves reducing pain naturally by aligning the vertebrae in the spine — which, in turn, reduces pressure from the nerves. This helps to reduce pain and also helps the body function better. Many times, pain in the spine is caused by a pinched nerve. Whatever the cause, if it’s not addressed, pain can become a chronic condition — and that may lead to long-term opioid use.
Rather than depending on medications for pain relief, why not call Dr. Duncan Mukeku and Chiropractic Works today for a consultation to learn what can be done to help you or your child. Along with chiropractic, Dr. Mukeku offers anti-inflammatory, natural supplements for people who have chronic pain. He works with doctors in other medical specialties to make sure you can gain your life back without being exposed to the long-term use of opioids.
2018: Nominated as a Top Chiropractor by Hour Detroit; 2015-2016: Voted one of the Top Chiropractors in Michigan by Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare; 2015: Voted one of the Best Chiropractors in America.
Q: What can I do to help relieve my back pain?
A: While there’s no substitute for seeking professional medical advice, there are things you can do at home to improve your symptoms. Simple lifestyle changes are important if you want to help your condition.
The first thing you can do is to work on your posture, remembering to sit and stand straight, and flexing your abdominal muscles. This means no slouching! Secondly, change your sleep patterns by finding the best position for pain relief, which varies from person to person and condition to condition. Try to get six to eight hours of sleep, depending on your current patterns. Third, improve your diet and eating times. Weight loss, especially in the abdominal area, will strengthen the overstretched back ligaments, muscles, and tendons that worsen posture and back pain. Fourth, and certainly not least, is exercise.
There are many types of exercises you can choose from, depending on your goals, but the single most important exercise you can do is one that focuses on core conditioning. Properly coordinated core muscles stabilize the spine and create an incredibly firm base of support for practically all movements. If these lifestyle modifications fail to relieve your pain, you may benefit from a formal consultation.
Q: My sagging forehead and brows make me look older, tired, and angry. What type of treatment can give me a younger and more refreshed appearance?
A: An endoscopic forehead-lift can reverse the effects of aging, and can also give long-term results unlike Botox and fillers. Ophthalmic and facial plastic surgeon Dr. Evan Black says the endoscopic technique offers many benefits.
“The lift is done through small incisions placed behind the hairline above the forehead and over the temples. There’s no need to shave the hair. Using a fiber-optic camera and a small scope, we raise the forehead and the brows, which will reduce horizontal forehead lines, lines between the brows, and the crow’s feet, leaving the patient with smoother skin.
“A natural brow position — not too high or too low — creates a nice, open face with a relaxed, pleasant appearance,” Dr. Black explains. “Brows should be positioned differently for women and for men. That’s why it’s important to choose a surgeon that’s experienced with forehead lifts, techniques, and how to contour and adjust the brow so that it looks appropriate.”
The endoscopic forehead-lift is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure using sedation medicine. “We’ve developed a number of innovative techniques over the last 20 years to make the procedure more effective and well-tolerated,” Dr. Black adds. “Patients have a shorter recovery, less pain, and long-lasting, excellent results.
Q: What’s the best way to optimize and maintain health and beauty as you age?
A: The answer to that question is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
As we age, levels of all of our vital hormones decline, leading to hormone imbalance. Optimal hormone levels are essential for one’s health and quality of life. The benefits of balancing hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy includes significant improvements in the following areas: fat loss; muscle tone; muscle mass and strength; skin integrity, resulting in the reduction of wrinkles; energy levels; sex drive; sexual function and orgasms; sleep, memory, and concentration; emotional well-being and stability; mood; the immune system; inflammation; blood glucose levels; blood pressure; cholesterol levels; bone strength; vision; the reduction of menopause symptoms; and much more.
Dr. George Shanlikian, medical director of Genemedics, is a national leader in the field of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and preventive health. He’s a pioneer in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, and one of just a few cutting-edge physicians nationwide with the expertise to properly balance these hormones. Fellowship-trained and board-certified in anti-aging and regenerative medicine, Dr. Shanlikian has helped alleviate symptoms of hormone imbalance in thousands of patients through customized programs of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, nutrition, nutritional supplements, and exercise.
Contact the Genemedics Health Institute today and get on the path to looking and feeling better than ever while optimizing your health, beauty, and quality of life!
Q: How can a smile be improved with cosmetic periodontal surgery?
A: As some people age, their gums recede, making their teeth look much longer and their smile appear older. Periodontist Dr. Joseph Nemeth uses the minimally invasive Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Technique to lengthen the gums, typically with no incisions, no stitches, and virtually no pain.
“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. The Pinhole Technique improves the smile tremendously. Patients are extremely happy, and we’re seeing excellent long-term results,” says Dr. Nemeth, the first gum specialist in Michigan to be certified in this innovative technique.
Some people are embarrassed because they have a “gummy” smile. Dr. Nemeth performs periodontal plastic surgery to sculpt the excess gum tissue so the teeth will look appropriate and beautiful.
“With these procedures, patients have little to no discomfort. We typically use intravenous sedation so patients are asleep or in a very relaxed state during their treatment,” says Dr. Nemeth, who has certification as a Master in the College of Sedation in Dentistry. “We love doing cosmetic periodontal surgery,” he adds. “Our patients enjoy a healthier, more attractive smile, and it changes their life.”
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Q: How can I get rid of my excess belly fat?
A: When it comes to removing pockets of excess fat, no other plastic surgery procedure works as well as liposuction. Dr. Ellen Janetzke performs liposuction on the abdomen, thighs, “love handles,” buttocks, and other areas of the body for women who want a slimmer, firmer, and more feminine shape.
The procedure is done through one or two small incisions, through which a thin tube is placed to suction out the fat. Dr. Ellen targets the problem areas to create a more attractive, contoured appearance. Women and men who are near their ideal, healthy body weight but are struggling with isolated deposits of fat are usually good candidates for liposuction. And the good news is, after having liposuction, the fat won’t return as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If you’re frustrated because dieting and exercise just aren’t enough to banish the bulge around your belly, call today to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Ellen.
Q: I exercise, but I can’t get rid of my “love handles.” Is there a procedure that can help reduce this unwanted fat?
A: Traditional liposuction is a surgical procedure performed by inserting a cannula into the fatty area to break up and suction out the fat. There are different techniques. Laser-assisted and ultrasound-assisted liposuction methods generate heat to melt the fat before it is suctioned. The concern with those techniques is that if you get too close to the skin, you can burn it.
Dr. M. Azhar Ali, of Amae MedSpa, prefers to use power-assisted liposuction. It’s an electric-driven device that vibrates the cannula 100 times per minute to gently break up the fat, making it easy to suction. With this technique, the patient has less bruising, less swelling, less pain, and recovers far better than with traditional techniques.
CoolSculpting, meanwhile, is a noninvasive, no-downtime, nonsurgical option for targeted fat loss. The patient sits comfortably in the office while the applicator delivers cooling to the pockets of fat. The fat cells freeze, gradually die, and are eliminated by the body. Patients typically get 20 to 30 percent improvement in the treated area.
Q: Are there benefits to robotic technology for inguinal hernia repair?
A: Inguinal hernia surgery is the most commonly performed procedure by general surgeons.
Most surgeons do a traditional open inguinal surgery, which involves a large incision and leads to a lengthy and painful recovery. It also poses a higher risk for infection.
Using innovative robotic technology, Dr. David L. Chengelis performs minimally invasive hernia repair through tiny incisions, with increased precision and visibility. Patients experience considerably less pain, less scarring, and a faster recovery. They go home the day of the surgery and have some soreness for two to five days, as they resume normal activities.
Dr. Chengelis believes the robotic approach is even better than laparoscopic procedures, which he’s done for 10 years. He’s currently teaching other surgeons in Michigan how to use robotic technology for inguinal hernia repair, and says that in the near future, many commonly performed surgeries will be done robotically, giving patients the best outcome possible.