Beauty within Reach
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Restore and rejuvenate your eyes
Procedure Names: BOTOX® Cosmetic and Facial Fillers
The Patient: Mostly women and men in their 30s and older who want to reduce furrows between the brows, wrinkles around the eyes, and puffiness or bags. Some patients in their 20s use the treatments as wrinkle prevention.
How They Work: BOTOX® Cosmetic reduces the appearance of moderate frown lines (wrinkles between eyebrows) and crow’s feet. An injection of botulinum toxin paralyzes the muscles, reducing the activity that causes wrinkles. One 10-minute treatment can produce instant results that last up to four months. Facial fillers such as RESTYLANE® and JUVEDERM® are injectables that can reduce the appearance of fatigue by repairing sagging tear troughs, which cause under-eye bags. They can also be used to enhance cheekbones, create fuller lips, and remove lines around the mouth. This treatment takes only about 15 minutes.
Risk Factors: The most frequently reported problems are headaches, pain at the injection site, bleeding and bruising.
Recovery: Typically patients can return to work immediately.
Maintenance: BOTOX® typically lasts three to four months; facial fillers typically last six months to a year.
Cost: BOTOX® starts at $280 and facial fillers start at $600.
The Expert: Rupa Krishnamurthy Wong, M.D., Honolulu Eye Clinic, 1329 Lusitana St., Suite 806, 526-0030, drrupawong.com
Enjoy Eating, Speaking and Smiling Again
Procedure Name: Dental Implants
The Patient: People interested in replacing missing teeth or looking for a fixed implant-supported denture.
How It Works: Today’s revolutionary implant procedure provides a more natural looking, long-term tooth replacement for any number of teeth, in just a few visits. In some cases, dentures can be replaced entirely. High-quality implants, 3D imaging and placement by an oral surgeon minimize any complications. Some patients may qualify for a digital laser scan, which replaces traditional impressions. Dental implants can restore confidence and a more youthful appearance, and over a lifetime may cost less than crowns or bridges.
Risk Factors: No major risk factors for patients healthy enough for normal dental visits.
Recovery: Most return to normal activity the day following surgery, with minimal or no discomfort.
Maintenance: Dental implants are maintained with brushing, flossing and routine dental visits.
Cost: Affordable or interest-free solutions can be found for most patients after an initial consultation.
The Expert: Keiko Watanabe, DDS, PhD, 1440 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 1239, 955-1440, alamoanadentistry.com