Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Porcelain Veneers

The objective of this dental procedure is to cover the front surface of your teeth (or tooth, depending on your individual case) by bonding them with a fine layer of porcelain. Veneers are as strong as natural teeth and are guaranteed to last a very long time. They can be used to cover unpleasant spaced between your teeth as for covering stains and discoloration.

If you've always desired to have one of those flashy and perfect smiles, porcelain veneers may be the solution you've been looking for. With this procedure, the color, shape and alignment of your teeth can be altered, giving you a more pleasant and attractive smile without putting your long-term dental health at risk.

For a more masculine smile, dentists usually use veneers to create squarer teeth, while using deeper curves to separate each tooth creates a more feminine smile. At the same time, veneers can strengthen teeth that have suffered from decay or amalgam (old restoration technique). Also, they are custom made to fit accurately over your teeth and are 100% tissue-friendly, leading to an enhancement of your gum tissue health.

The whole process will take several visits to your cosmetic dentist so that the best results are achieved. Your teeth will be prepared for their placement during your first appointment. Your dentist will proceed to remove the upper layer of your tooth enamel (usually ½ a millimeter); if you find this phase uncomfortable, anesthesia may be utilized. Once your teeth are prepared, your cosmetic dentist will make an impression (mold) of your teeth so that the porcelain veneers can be custom made. It can usually take around 1 to 2 weeks for their manufacturing, depending on the extent of the procedure.

During the last phase of treatment, when the porcelain veneers are ready, they will be applied and fitted over the problematic areas. Once you and your doctor are satisfied with the fit, even it means making minor adjustments in color and shape, the veneers will be placed permanently.

If you have any questions concerning this dental procedure, please do not hesitate to contact us. Better Looks will be glad to help you down the path to achieving the perfect smile.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010


Carboxytherapy consists in the therapeutic use of carbon dioxide (CO2) administered under the skin, where fat deposits are found. This innovative treatment has turned out to be one of the best treatments with which to combat cellulite, excess fat and corporal and/or facial aging.

The administration of CO2 in places where cellulite appears allows the recovery of the smoothness of skin by providing proper circulation. In this way, carboxytherapy augments the quantity and speed of the blood flow, diminishing the accumulation of liquids between cells and disintegrating the fat located the hipo-dermis. Additionally, the treatment stimulates local metabolism in a completely natural way by augmenting micro-circulation, eliminating toxins and activating the destruction of fatty tissue.

Carboxytherapy is a simple procedure that consists in the injection of pure CO2 within the subcutaneous layer of the skin using a very fine needle. Due to the great diffusive quality of liquid CO2, once it has penetrated the fatty tissue, it easily spreads to adjacent tissues. Once there, it exerts its positive effect on the blood flow and rapidly stimulates de local metabolism.

The experts on this therapy state that tangible results can be obtained during the first session. After this initial application, the skin of the treated area becomes visibly smoother, the quality of the tissue improves and the zone loses volume slightly.

The treatment usually takes around 12 to 15 sessions, each application taking around 30 to 40 minutes. Sessions can be done twice a week.

If you have any questions or an interested in getting an appointment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Better Looks.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Corneal Transplant

A corneal transplant (also known as a corneal graft or keratoplasty) involves the removal of the central portion (called a button) of a diseased cornea and replacing it with a matched donor button of cornea. The cornea is the clear part of eye in front of the iris and pupil. This procedure is performed on patients whose vision is impaired due to damaged or scarred corneas as a result of disease or trauma. This surgery is procedure is performed by ophthalmologists (medical doctors who specialize in eyes) and are often done on an outpatient basis.

A number of factors must be considered in deciding when to do a keratoplasty; it usually isn't an easy decision to make. One of the most important aspects that must be taken into consideration is the patient's functional vision. If the best acuity with their contact lenses prevents them from doing their job or carrying out their normal activities, a transplant must be considered.
A corneal transplant can be performed as a solution to the following conditions:

* Optical problems: this surgery can be performed to improve visual acuity by replacing the opaque host tissue by clear healthy donor tissue. The most common conditions in this group are pseudophakic bullous keratopathy, followed by keratoconus, corneal degeneration, keratoglobus and dystrophy, as well as scarring due to keratitis and trauma.

* Tectonic/reconstructive reasons: keratoplasty can be performed to preserve corneal anatomy and integrity in patients with stromal thinning and descemetoceles. It can also reconstruct the anatomy of the eye; for example, after corneal perforation.

* Therapeutic reasons: this procedure can be undertaken to remove inflamed corneal tissue unresponsive to antibiotic or anti-viral treatment.

* Cosmetic reason: keratoplasty can be performed to improve the appearance of patients with corneal scars that have given a whitish or opaque hue to the cornea.

After a keratoplasty, patients should expect very gradual recovery of vision. You should keep in mind that the recovery process following transplant is long and it can often take a year or longer.

If have any questions concerning this procedure, please feel free to send us an email. Better Looks will be glad to assist you when it comes to making the decision of going ahead with surgery.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Chemical Peel

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) are exfoliants derived from fruit and milk sugars such as glycolic acid (produced from sugar cane and lactic acid produced from milk). They cause the cells of the epidermis to become loose, allowing the dead skin cells to slough off and making room for re-growth of new skin. They are often found in products used for wrinkle reduction or lessening the signs of aging and can improve the overall look and feel of the skin.

The procedure involving these acids used by dermatologists today is known as a 'chemical peel'. These help remove undesirable signs of skin aging, such as discoloration, roughness and wrinkling. The chemicals cause the skin to lose its outer layer, or peel off, revealing a fresher-looking layer of skin. It is an ideal treatment for busy people who are unable to take time off work for a deeper peel or laser resurfacing. AHA facial peels gently retexture the skin over a period of a few months. The treatments are also helpful when it comes to stabilizing oily or acne-prone skin and improving skin tone.

A chemical peel takes about 15 to 20 minutes. It is usually repeated at one to two weekly intervals as it is superficial and thus, recovery is rapid. The face is cleansed thoroughly and then the peel solution is applied for three minutes. You should keep in mind that it stings mildly. The solution is then washed off.

If you wish to receive more details in regards to a chemical peel, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!

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