Archive for June, 2014

‘Pitfalls of Using a Medical Professional Without Botox Training’

If someone were to walk up to you and tell you that they could offer you the best haircut, would you trust that person to cut your hair without proof of their work or their credentials? What if you were really desperate for that haircut would you take the risk of having a novice give you a buzz cut? Many, if not all of us,in response to these questions would say,“No, I would not. Who would want to trust their locks to an amateur?”  Yet, in the pursuit of a youthful appearance, a growing number of women and men have entrusted their faces to medical professionals without an education in Botulinum toxins.  This choice has been to the detriment of many persons who have been with left with permanent damage.

Botulinum toxin or Botox as it is commonly called has, in the last 10 years gained significant popularity as the youth elixir of choice for many.  Not only is this cosmetic procedure the choice of the older or mature population but for the younger men and women who want to combat the signs of aging before they begin.  The growing interests in and (getting) Botox treatments has been due hugely to the fact that it is a relatively inexpensive option (when compared with other cosmetic procedures) and because it is a non-invasive procedure – you don’t have to go under the knife to attain a younger appearance.  After a few pricks of Botox injections to those unholy forehead lines, crow’s feet and frown lines, you will have a smoother appearance in just minutes. This means that recovery time and bruising are significantly decreased.  With the benefits in mind, it is no wonder, that this procedure is the choice for many who want to look and feel younger.

The benefits must be lauded but like every procedure you must weigh the pros and the cons equally.  One of the greatest mistakes one who is considering this procedure can make is to underestimate the risks associated with this procedure, citing its non-invasive technique. Yes, it is non-evasive but it is still a cosmetic procedure and it is the responsibility of the patient to avoid such pitfalls by firstly ensuring that the procedure is administered under the care of a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Many have made the mistake of not researching the plastic surgeon before going under the needle and have been left with damage to their faces that ranged from mild to severe.  Dr Bhatty, one of the foremost administrators of Botox in Pakistan, in the article Botox: Beauty Going Beyond Skin Deep describes the more severe consequences:

“Bad injection technique by an untrained doctor can have painful consequences such as bruises on the face, abnormally positioned eyebrows, permanently frozen facial expressions, double vision and squints, abnormal creases on the forehead, problems in swallowing in the case of neck Botox and problems in chewing in the case of Botox on lips or the jaw line.” (Rahman, M. 2013)

As with any medical procedure, it is important to ask yourself some questions: Am I completely comfortable with my knowledge on this procedure? Do I know enough about this procedure to have it performed? How does this procedure work? What are the associated risks? Am I an ideal candidate? Some of the less personal questions would need the expert opinion of a trained doctor. Your choice of a doctor should not be made on the basis of the physician’s years in medical practice or his renown but on his extensive experience in administering the Botox injection procedure safely and effectively.

You would not trust a novice to give you a haircut, why would you entrust a novice with one of the most important parts of your body – your face?


There is Hope for Cracked Teeth

It happens far too often.  You’re crunching something hard or, if you have a cavity or a tooth weakened by decay, maybe not even especially hard.  All of a sudden there’s a crunch that doesn’t feel like the food you’ve been eating.  In some cases, it can be caused by chewing or biting non-food items.  In others, it’s caused by a blow to the face from a fall or playing sports.  Either way, the result is the same, a piece of tooth has broken off.  Anytime there is trauma to the head, neck or face, immediate medical attention is recommended, especially if the trauma is accompanied by dizziness, headache, disorientation or trouble with memory or other signs of concussion.

Fixing chipped teeth can be costly and time-consuming, while preventing them costs little or nothing in terms of either money or time.  Some ways to protect your teeth against chips or cracks include:

  • Use a custom mouth guard made by a dentist when playing contact sports.
  • If you tend to grind your teeth, use a bruxism guard at night to protect against excessive wear or stress fractures.
  • Limit hard or sticky candies.
  • Avoid chewing on pens, pencils and other non-food items.
  • Don’t open things or loosen knots with your teeth.
  • Practice good oral hygiene to keep teeth as healthy as they can be.

Even with these precautions, chipped teeth are fairly common.  When a chipped tooth occurs without trauma, it is usually okay to wait until you can schedule an appointment with a dentist.  While you wait, here are some things you can do to manage pain and prevent further damage:

  • Cold packs or ice, either inside the mouth or on the lips or cheek can reduce swelling
  • If the broken tooth causes you pain, try an over the counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • A saline rinse made by mixing warm water and table salt can both reduce pain and kill bacteria.
  • If sharp edges are bothersome, you can use a bit of paraffin wax or sugarless gum over them from cutting cheek or tongue.
  • Minimize chewing by eating mostly soft foods or liquids such as smoothies, yogurt, and other foods that don’t require a lot of chewing.

When you get to the dentist, there are several ways of treating a broken tooth, depending on the severity of the damage and the kind of chip.  A very small chip can be handled easily in one visit.  More serious breaks will require more visits and will be more expensive and possibly more invasive.  Treatments range from enamel shaping to dental crowns.