Cheek enhancement, also called cheek augmentation and liquid cheek lift, is a non-surgical procedure of facial rejuvenation. It improves the look of the cheeks and midface. It involves injection of facial fillers into the cheek area. As we age, we lose fat and bony support in the midface. This results in slimming and hollowing of the cheeks. Midface rejuvenation and cheek enhancement, not only improve the look of the cheeks, but also improve the nasolabial folds, corners of the mouth, jawline and under the eye areas. Therefore, Dr. Elseweifi always recommends treating the midface even when the patient’s concern is only the lower face.
Cheek enhancement is both art and science. When you meet with Dr. Elseweifi for consultation, he will discuss your needs and desires, create a treatment plan, and decides on the type of filler and injection techniques that are best for you. Facial fillers most commonly used for cheek enhancement are Juvederm Voluma and Radiesse. Voluma is a thick gel of hyaluronic acid that restores lost volume. Voluma results may last up to 18 months. Radiesse is a collagen stimulating material. It is made of calcium based microspheres. Radiess results may last up to two years.
Injection of facial fillers usually do not require anesthesia. There is typically minimal discomfort associated with the injection. Recovery after injection of facial fillers into the cheek is usually fast and complications are minimal. Some patients may experience swelling that resolves in few days. Few patients experience minor bruising. Swelling and bruising can be significantly minimized by using injection cannulas rather than needles.
Do not feel nervous about getting cheek enhancement (liquid cheek lift). Facial fillers used for cheek enhancement are safe and predictable. Recovery after cheek enhancement is often fast. With proper injection technique, you can get natural look. In addition, the procedure enhances the midface, tightens the skin, and improves the look of the lower face.
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Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.
“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.
Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.
“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.
Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?
Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.
Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a third to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.
Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”
Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.
If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”
Periodontal (gum) disease is a devastating infection that eventually causes tooth loss if not treated. Plaque removal, antibiotics and possible surgical intervention have proven quite effective in stopping the infection and restoring diseased tissues; however, the more advanced the disease, the more difficult it can be to treat. It’s important then to know the warning signs of gum disease.
Bleeding gums are the most common early sign of gum disease. The infection triggers tissue inflammation, the body’s defensive response to isolate and fight bacteria. As the inflammation becomes chronic, however, it can weaken the gum tissues, which will then bleed easily.
Bleeding, though, is often overlooked as normal, perhaps from brushing too hard. In actuality, bleeding gums is not normal: if your gums routinely bleed during normal brushing and flossing, you should contact us for an examination as soon as possible. Similarly, if your gums are red, swollen or tender to the touch, this is also a sign of inflammation and an indication of infection.
Gum disease is often called a “silent” disease, meaning it can develop without any indication of pain or discomfort. Sometimes, though, bacteria can concentrate in a particular portion of the gum tissue to form a periodontal abscess. In this case, the abscessed tissue can become very painful, swollen and red, and may even discharge pus.
There are also advanced signs of gum disease. If your teeth are painfully sensitive when you brush, consume something hot or cold, or when you bite down, this may mean the gums have pulled back (receded) from the teeth and the highly sensitive dentin and roots are now exposed. Teeth that appear to have moved or that feel loose may mean the gum tissues have significantly detached from the teeth as increasing amount of bone loss occurs. If you see any of these signs you should contact us without delay.
Regardless of the level of disease advancement when diagnosed, prompt treatment should begin as soon as possible. This is the only way to bring the infection under control and give the gum tissues a chance to heal and rejuvenate. From then on, it’s a matter of renewed dental hygiene, frequent cleanings and checkups and an ever vigilant eye for signs of returning infection.
If you would like more information on the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Warning Signs of Periodontal (Gum) Disease.”
The Perfect Neckline with Nefertiti Neck Lift
As we age, we develop imbalance of the muscles that pull on different parts of the facial and neck skin. This results in a less defined neckline and poorly looking jawline and jowl area. Nefertiti Neck Lift (Botox Neck Lift) is a non-surgical procedure of facial rejuvenation that can significantly improve the appearance of neckline, jawline, and the lower face. It is named after the ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti.
If you have muscle imbalance in your neck and lower face with little skin redundancy, you are a good candidate of Nefertiti Neck Lift. You are not a good candidate if you have too much skin redundancy. Excessive skin redundancy usually requires surgical treatment which cannot be managed by a Botox Neck Lift.
The Nefertiti Neck Lift is done by injecting a neuromodulator, such as BOTX® or Dysport™ into the thin platysma muscle of the neck. Therefore, the procedure is called Botox Neck Lift. The Injections target the neckbands produced by overactivity of the platysma muscle. In many cases, injection is also done into the masseter muscle to reduce the square jaw angles. To achieve the best jawline tightening and definition, a dermal filler such as Juvederm may be injected into the jowl area to restore lost volume.
Injecting neuromodulators into the platysma relaxes the muscle. This eliminates the appearance of the ugly neckbands. It also allows the elevator muscles of the lower face to pull the skin of the lower face and cheeks upward. This restores muscle balance and defines the jawline, achieving the goals of the Nefertiti Neck Lift. Injecting a neuromodulator into a hyperactive masseter muscle reduces the muscle size and restores the feminine hear shape of the face.
If you have downturned mouth, this is a good time for treatment. Neuromodulators are injected into the muscle that lower the corners of the mouth. This muscle is called the depressor anguli oris. Care is taken not to inject neuromodulators into the depressor muscle of the mouth, the depressor labii oris muscle. If this muscle is injected, the patient may have an asymmetric smile.
As in any neuromodulator injection, results last only for four to six months. You will need to consult with the doctor every four months. You will need to have the BOTOX® or Dysport™ injected every four to six months as needed. However, the beautiful neck and jawline achieved by the Nefertiti Neck Life (Botox Neck Lift) are worth the effort and time.
Cheap Botox - Avoid at All Cost
- The materials (like Botox or dermal filler) and
- The education and experience of the doctor performing the treatment. Both are very costly. That is why cosmetic treatments cost so much.
One vial of authentic Botox costs my office $550. If you see advertisement for a cheap Botox, that place may be using overseas, over-diluted, or expired Botox solution. Overseas Botox is not FDA approved and never passed safety tests. Its concentration and ingredients are not known. I receive offers for overseas Botox almost every day. Such products are illegal to import and use. They can cause disastrous side effects. Another well-known way to produce cheap Botox is by over-diluting it or using it for several weeks after preparation. Botox should be prepared in a very precious way and should be used within days after preparation. You would need more units of diluted or stored Botox to get the same results achieved by properly prepared Botox. Therefore, next time you see a website or advertisement offering a serious discount on Botox, be assured that the deal is not right.
Botox injections are safe when performed by an experienced doctor. Getting cheap Botox from a place with questionable credentials or one the uses Botox of questionable source can cause serious harm. Botox side effects include eyebrow drooping and smile asymmetry. Those side effects are often temporary. However, you would have to live with the ugly side effects for four-six months until the Botox effects disappear.
You definitely would not consider a discount coupon for a surgical or medical procedure. You should approach Botox injections and other medical procedures for facial rejuvenation with the same attitude. Avoid cheap Botox. Even at a doctor's office, do not hesitate to ask about the source of Botox.
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