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June is Men’s Health Month, a reminder that men have some catching up to do when it comes to taking better care of their health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 36 percent of men are obese and nearly a third have hypertension. When compared to women, men are more likely to ignore aches and pains and skip regular medical checkups and screenings.
As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The biggest health issues men face can often be prevented. Talk with your health care provider about lifestyle changes and medical intervention for controllable risk factors, including smoking, high LDL (bad) cholesterol, uncontrolled high blood pressure, physical inactivity, obesity, uncontrolled diabetes, and uncontrolled stress.
Metro Detroit health professionals offer solutions for improving your health and enhancing your appearance. Explore the latest dental treatments for a new and healthy age-defying smile. The number of men having cosmetic procedures is increasing. Surgical and minimally invasive treatments for hair loss, damaged and aging skin, and stubborn fat are popular. Men want a more youthful facial profile and a better body image so they can feel confident and look more vital to stay competitive in their careers.
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 proven 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,” says Dr. Craig Goldin. “With the Teeth Tomorrow® technique, hopeless teeth are removed, a set of implants are 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: I’m tired of having to wax or shave my hairy chest and neck. Is there an alternative for men who want to get rid of their unsightly hair for good?
A: More than ever, men are having laser hair removal to help them look their best. It’s not vanity; it’s about having confidence, making a good impression in your personal and business relationships, and staying competitive in the workforce.
Thanks to advances in technology, laser hair removal can permanently eliminate facial hair or body hair after a series of just six sessions. The laser is adjusted based on your hair type and skin type to optimize the hair removal procedure. A back or chest can be treated in less than 30 minutes with minimal discomfort. Laser hair removal targets unwanted hair on the arms, underarms, shoulders, stomach, chest, abs, and other areas.
Say goodbye to painful waxing, ingrown facial hairs, and razor cuts. The old methods of hair removal are time-consuming, costly, and can be difficult. In experienced hands, laser hair removal for men is the easy, efficient, and lasting solution.
To learn more about laser hair removal, contact Dr. Danish today.
Q: I’m competing with younger co-workers in the office. What type of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures can help me maintain a more youthful and vital appearance, so I can stay in the game?
A: Men are the fastest-growing demographic group seeking cosmetic treatments to look and feel their best. For example, Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy for male pattern hair loss is increasingly popular, as hair thinning is a top concern for men. PRP contains stem cells and growth factors from the patient’s own blood. When injected into the scalp, PRP stimulates hair regrowth.
Facial lines, wrinkles, and under-eye hollows can make you look older, tired, or angry. I inject Dysport to relax the forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet for a younger, more refreshed appearance. Restylane can replenish lost volume under the eyes, and other fillers are used to correct the nasolabial folds and “marionette” lines. Men are also having laser treatments to diminish red capillaries and blood vessels on the face.
If you dislike your double chin and want a better profile, especially on social media, Kybella injectable treatments can dissolve the unwanted fat for an improved appearance and greater self-confidence. Some men struggle with stubborn pockets of fat, typically on the abdomen and “love handles.” With CoolSculpting, the fat cells are frozen and are gradually eliminated by the body, resulting in a slimmer physique.
With these minimally invasive procedures that offer relatively no downtime, men will look natural and like themselves, only years younger.
Q: What treatments can help men look refreshed, younger, and more vital?
A: Men who want to look their best and stay competitive in the job market are coming in for injectables. These quick, highly effective, nonsurgical procedures can reduce lines and wrinkles and add volume to the face for a more chiseled profile. For men who look older and tired due to hollows under their eyes, we inject a filler to create a more youthful and energetic appearance.
Years of sun exposure can damage and age the skin, leaving brown spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and a dull appearance. Dr. Ellen and her aesthetics team treat irregular pigmentation, including sun damage, acne scars, rosacea, and more using the latest skin treatments.
The innovative Sciton Forever Young BBL delivers light energy, targeting signs of aging, sun damage, and vascular issues, all in one treatment session. ProFractional laser skin resurfacing precisely removes damaged skin, layer by layer. As new skin cells and collagen are produced, the skin becomes smoother and more even toned. Custom-blended chemical peels also reveal smoother skin for a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.
Liposuction is a popular surgical treatment for men who struggle with persistent areas of fat that can’t be eliminated with diet and exercise alone. Dr. Ellen performs liposuction on the chest, abdomen, love handles, and other areas for men who desire a leaner and more masculine-looking body contour.
Q: With rising interest around anti-aging treatments, what are the best nonsurgical treatments for men?
A: In this age of “Bro-tox,” more and more men are interested in less invasive, little-to-no-downtime procedures. Maintaining a youthful appearance should not be daunting. Most importantly, find a physician you trust, and a team of experienced providers committed to offering safe, clinically effective, and great outcomes. The most popular treatments at Dr. Ali Plastic Surgery & AMAE MedSpa have been:
- Wrinkle Relaxers: BOTOX® + Dermal Fillers: No need for an over-injected or frozen appearance. Done right, you will see softened, but still expressive, facial movement.
- Fat Reduction: CoolSculpting®: This patented cooling device selectively targets unwanted fat cells — injuring, processing, and removing them from your body.
- Dermalinfusion: A 3-in-1 advanced clinical facial treatment that exfoliates, extracts, and infuses, keeping your skin hydrated and healthy.
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 originator and developer Dr. John Chao.
The most popular treatments at Dr. Ali Plastic Surgery & AMAE MedSpa have been:
“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 further enhances the result.
The Pinhole Technique offers many advantages over traditional gum grafting, including no incisions or sutures, less discomfort, and a faster recovery, says Dr. Nemeth. “It’s a great technique. Patients do well and are extremely happy to have a healthier, more attractive smile.”
Q: How do physical therapy and Pilates help with a rotator cuff injury?
A: The rotator cuff is actually a group of four muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. Its primary function is to strengthen and stabilize the shoulder. Above the rotator cuff is the bursa — a sac of tissue that covers and protects the rotator cuff when it comes into close contact with the bones around the shoulder. When the rotator cuff is injured, it can cause inflammation of the bursa, a condition known as bursitis. The result is pain, weakness, and decreased range of motion in the shoulder — particularly when it comes to lifting the arm. This can make even the simplest of daily activities difficult.
Rotator cuff injuries are more common in men, and they’re often caused by repetitive activities such as those found in sports or physical jobs. But aging and tissue degeneration could also be culprits. Whatever the reason, there’s no need to rush to a surgeon.
“Both physical therapy and Pilates go a long way toward improving the function of the muscles around the shoulder,” says Ron Jegadeesh, physical therapist, Pilates instructor, and owner of Pilates Fitness & Physical Therapy Center. “Rather than simply strengthening the large muscles around the shoulder, they target the smaller but equally important muscles. In strengthening these muscles, the exercises and movements of Pilates and physical therapy compensate for damaged tendons. In fact, they can even improve the mechanics of the shoulder joint. And that’s some serious therapy.”
Q: How can physical therapy improve my golf game?
A: Strength, flexibility, and proper body mechanics all come into play if you’re going to swing a golf club and swing it well. Physical therapists at Team Rehabilitation do an assessment for golfers and develop an exercise plan for improvement.
“We examine how you move and how you swing the club. We check your core stability — your back strength and your abdominal strength,” says Scott Delcomyn, PT, MS, OCS. “We assess what’s tight and what’s weak so we know what needs to be stretched and what needs to be strengthened to allow you to move the way you need to.”
Delcomyn notes that many people don’t stretch enough before they play a round of golf. “We show our patients stretching exercises that can improve their flexibility. A 10-15 minute warmup can help a lot,” he says. “It can be even more beneficial to stretch after your golf game when your body is loose and limber.
“If you feel pain after a weekend of golf, don’t ignore it,” Delcomyn adds. “We can treat what’s hurting and tell you what movements caused the pain to prevent future injuries and get you back on the course.”
Q: What can I do to help relieve my back pain?
A: While there is no substitute for seeking professional medical advice, there are things you can do at home to improve your symptoms. Lifestyle changes are among the most important things you can do to help your condition. The first thing is to work on your posture, remembering to sit and stand straight while 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 may choose from depending on your goals, but the single most important exercise you can do will be 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: How do you help patients ease post-operative pain without the need for narcotics or its long-term use?
A: Various studies show that approximately one in 20 surgery patients exposed to narcotics for the first time can become addicted. This practice has taken steps to limit the use of narcotics after surgery.
For example, the ability to do surgery with advanced minimally invasive techniques, such as robotic inguinal hernia and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy with the addition of nerve blocks during surgery, have made a real impact. Also, the use of alternative pain medications, including anti-inflammatory and other nerve agents, may prevent future addiction.
The Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative data has demonstrated a reduction in long-term narcotics from 8 percent to 3 percent in the past three years due to increased awareness and the use of other techniques. This practice participates in this organization and is committed to addressing the public health care crisis of opiate addiction.
Q: What can men do to take better care of their oral health?
A: Studies by the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry show that men, compared to women, take fewer preventative steps to maintain healthy teeth and gums. The average male loses five teeth by age 72. Men are more likely to develop oral cancer and gum disease. They are less likely to brush their teeth twice a day or visit the dentist for regular checkups to screen for problems before they become more advanced.
Your oral health impacts your overall health and longevity. Consider these healthy habits for improved dental health:
- Brush your teeth with low abrasive toothpaste at least twice a day. Try an electric, sonic, or ultrasonic toothbrush for more thorough cleaning.
- Floss at least once daily, especially at bedtime. Use stringed floss, picks, or oral irrigators.
- Schedule dental checkups and cleanings twice a year, or more if needed. If you are concerned that you may have sleep apnea, ask your dentist for an evaluation.
- Many medications men use to treat cardiovascular conditions can cause dry mouth. Promote the flow of bacteria-fighting and acid-neutralizing saliva by drinking more water, chewing sugarless gum, and avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated beverages.
- To lower your risk for gum disease and oral cancer, avoid smoking and chewing tobacco.
- Always wear a mouthguard when playing team and contact sports. Wear a helmet when riding a bike or motorcycle.
Crooked and crowded teeth are more difficult to thoroughly clean, and this can lead to sensitivity, tooth pain, and the risk of dental caries and gum disease. Proper alignment of your teeth is important for long-term oral health and the optimal function of your teeth and gums.
One simple option for straightening crowded or protruding upper and lower front teeth is the Inman Aligner. This customized, removable appliance gently guides the teeth into their ideal position, typically in just three months.
For more information on improving your dental health, call Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel.
Q: My dentist has referred me to other offices twice in the past six months (root canal and implant placement). This is time-consuming and inconvenient. Is this normal?
A: Actually, the services available can vary greatly between dental offices. Some provide a more comprehensive environment to treat virtually all needs in one location. The advantage can be a more individualized approach that’s better coordinated and convenient. And, comprehensive dentistry can be a great time-saver for patients.
At our office, we have a complete menu of services for all needs, including advanced care by an oral surgeon and an orthodontist. Additionally, advanced skills and technology are included with cosmetic dentistry, root canals, TMJ therapy, sleep apnea care, gum disease treatment, and start-to-finish dental implants. Comfort options of oral and IV sedation are also available.
Q: My upper eyelids appear to be drooping. What type of procedure can fix this problem?
A: There are three reasons why you might think your eyelids are drooping:
- Do your upper eyelids droop over your vision like a window shade? The levator muscle inside the eyelid lifts the eyelid up and back to open your eye. If the levator muscle is loose, detached, unhealthy, or damaged, you have ptosis, which is a true drooping of the upper eyelid. In this situation, we repair or tighten the muscle.
- Between the eyelid and the eyebrow, you may have excess skin and/or fatty tissue that droops over your eyelids and sometimes over the eyelashes. The extra skin and tissue are removed with a blepharoplasty — a procedure that people often call “getting their eyelids lifted,” although nothing is actually lifted.
- If your eyebrow and forehead skin come down over the eyelids or over the boney rim of the eye sockets, that is called brow and forehead ptosis (drooping). The treatment is a forehead/ brow lift.
Each individual patient can have any one or more of these conditions. It’s really important that the contribution of each of these factors is identified. Your individual eyelid anatomy and the changes that have occurred to your eyelid with aging or genetics should be carefully considered before deciding on what procedures are appropriate for you.
Q: Can chiropractic care help with the opioid epidemic?
A: It’s very important to understand that many people who are addicted to opioids are in pain, and they’re trying to find a solution. It’s also very important to know 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 on the nerves. This helps to reduce pain and also helps the body function better. Most of the pain in the spine is caused by a pinched nerve. If the cause isn’t addressed, the pain can become a chronic condition which may lead to long-term opioid use. Rather than depending on medications for pain relief, why not call us today for a consultation to learn what we can do to help you? We work with doctors in other medical specialties to make sure you can regain your life without being exposed to the long-term use of opioids.
2018-2019: Nominated as a Top Chiropractor by Hour Media; 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: My thinning hair makes me look and feel older and unattractive. Is there any help for me?
A: Yes! Hair restoration is the No. 1 anti-aging solution, and Shear Pointe offers the latest treatment nonsurgical and surgical hair restoration solutions for women and men of all ethnicities. Our experienced hair restoration experts help you choose which treatments and techniques will give you the hair you desire.
For those who have hair and want more than what treatments can provide but don’t want surgery, we can help with ultra-custom and pre-custom hair systems, fibers, the most luxurious hair extensions not found in most salons, and top-of-head hair extensions. Top-of-head hair extensions are four pre-knotted hairs tied to one scalp hair that can thicken front hairlines, parting areas, and the top of the head.
For those who have no hair, advanced alopecia, must cover their hair for religious devotion, or will be receiving chemotherapy, we can help with ultra-custom and pre-custom medical grade wigs and hair prosthesis.
For those who want to surgically restore their hair, we can help with the best hair transplant experience you could ever imagine.
As a Michigan-based, family-owned and operated company for 50 years with a BBB A+ rating, we understand the emotional, physical, and psychological impact of hair loss. We commit ourselves to helping you regain your hair and the feelings that only a beautiful head of hair can provide. If we can help you or someone you know, please call 248-645-1310 to schedule your free consultation.
Q: What is the most powerful anti-aging hormone/substance in the world?
A: Human Growth Hormone and IGF-1.
As men age, levels of HGH/IGF- 1 and other vital hormones decline, leading to hormone imbalance. This increases health risks and causes many unpleasant symptoms, including low energy and sex drive, erectile dysfunction, fat gain, fatigue, and depression. Optimal hormone levels are essential for optimal health and quality of life. Two of the most important hormones are Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) and its precursor, Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Due to its unique, powerful regenerative and rejuvenating properties, HGH/ IGF-1 is the only hormone or substance on Earth that prevents deterioration of cells and decline of the size and function of human body organs that occurs with aging.
Dr. George Shanlikian, medical director of GENEMEDICS, is a national leader in the field of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and preventative health. He is a pioneer in prescribing HGH/ IGF-1, and one of few cutting-edge physicians in the country 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.
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