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The Silhouette Lift – A Non-Surgical Facelift Alternative

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The Silhouette Lift – A Non-Surgical Facelift Alternative

 

If you find yourself in front of a mirror moving your cheeks upward with your fingers, you might be ready to entertain options to keep them up there. This situation describes would-be patients of facial rejuvenation, but probably doesn’t point to a need for surgical intervention.

 

If you’re young and your face is only mildly starting to “fall,” you may be a good candidate for the Silhouette Lift. It’s an effective, minimally-invasive alternative to the traditional, and surgical, facelift.

 

Massachusetts board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christine Hamori says it’s not uncommon for women to contact her office in the weeks leading up to an important life event for a procedure. They want to refresh their look with little or no downtime.

 

“Let’s say their daughter is getting married, and they contact the office with three months to go until the wedding. They want to look the best they can. They don’t have time to recover from a facelift, or they don’t want the expense of surgery,” shares Hamori.

 

By combining a Silhouette Lift with a little bit of filler, she is able to provide her patients both lift and volume within a short time frame.

 

Traditional Thread Lift vs. Silhouette Lift

 

The Silhouette Lift is a technological advance on the thread lift that become popular in the 90’s. Thread lifts used surgical sutures, called threads, with little barbs that made it easy to move the thread in one direction (upward) but very difficult to move in the opposite direction (downward).

 

If you’ve ever used a zip tie, you can visualize how barbs can make movement in one direction easy and movement in the opposite direction difficult. During a thread lift, the thread was inserted in the lower portion of the cheek, then pulled through the tissues below the skin, lifting them upward, and finally anchoring them into position.

 

The permanent sutures used in thread lifts posed several problems. Once anchored, the sutures had a tendency to cut through the soft tissues of the face, a condition referred to as cheese wiring.

 

When permanent sutures cut through the deeper tissues of the face instead of holding them in a lifted position, it negated the purpose of the lift. In some cases the permanent sutures even became visible.

 

Instead of permanent threads, the Silhouette Lift utilizes a fully-absorbable suture. As your body slowly absorbs the suture, it replaces it entirely with collagen. Each absorbable suture contains pea-sized, cone-shaped beads. These cone-shaped beads are also fully absorbable.

 

Unlike the permanent sutures used in thread lifts that could only lift skin in one direction and had to be anchored, the cones on the absorbable sutures are bidirectional and self-anchoring.

 

The Silhouette Lift accomplishes 3 goals:

 

1) Tighten skin from the inside

2) Lift tissues below the skin

3) Stimulate collagen production

 

How It’s Done

 

Dr. Hamori administers a local anesthetic to the area that will be treated, keeping the patient awake for the approximately hour-long procedure.

 

Next, a fine needle is used to insert the Silhouette thread.

 

The bidirectional cones on the thread anchor it into position just below the skin. Since the cones oppose each other, the tissue above the suture serves as an anchor and the tissue below is both tightened and lifted.

 

Where the needles exit the face, Dr. Hamori cuts the suture flush with the skin. She repeats this process, placing three threads in each cheek to provide optimal lift and tightening.

 

Recovery

 

When the Silhouette Lift is complete, the results are immediate and they last up to eighteen months.

 

“There’s a bit of bruising in the area,” shares Hamori, who goes on to add that the most difficult part of the recovery for her patients is the restriction on smiling for ten days following the procedure.

 

For the first week or two, the cone shaped beads are palpable. After several weeks you can no longer feel the beads, as they become integrated into the tissues they are lifting. Eventually, your body replaces the sutures entirely with collagen.

 

The Ideal Candidate for a Silhouette Lift

 

The best candidate for a Silhouette Lift is someone who has only a small amount of skin laxity. It should not be done on someone who has a lot of loose skin on their face and neck. In those cases, the best option to lift the face would be surgery.

 

“On someone with heavy skin, it doesn’t work well either,” says Hamori. “Those little peas, those little shuttles, can only pull so much. You have to choose your patients correctly.”

 

Fillers replace lost volume. Botox can help smooth wrinkles. Laser resurfacing can address skin tone and texture. And until recently, the lifting of fallen facial tissues could only be addressed with surgery. For the right patient, the Silhouette Lift fills a previously unmet need for providing lift with little downtime.

 

Watch this Video – Watch Dr Leah perform live procedure of Silhouette Soft thread lift

For more ideas to look younger, look no further than Wendy Wilken’s Facelift Without Surgery Program. From this program, you will learn

 

  • How to eliminate wrinkles on the face and neck: Forehead lines, eye wrinkles and crow’s feet, smile and laugh folds, nasal lines, fine lines around the mouth and lips, neck wrinkles and creases.
  • Easy facial yoga routines for tightening and lifting sagging face and neck skin
  • Methods to treat unsightly eye bags, dark eye circles and “racoon” rings.
  • How to use yoga to re-sculpture and sharpen the features of your face and neck for a new and better looking

 

To learn more about Wendy Wilken’s Facelift Without Surgery Program, click on The Non-Surgical Facelift Alternative to Get Younger Looking Skin

When is Surgery for Treating Tonsil Stones Necessary?

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Many individuals experience the common condition of tonsil-stone formation. Although this disorder is not medically serious, it can lead to bothersome symptoms and discomfort for some patients.

 

Because tonsil stones frequently reappear despite your best efforts to treat or to prevent them, surgery for treating tonsil stones is the only way to be rid of problematic tonsil stones forever.

 

Tonsil stones form when debris such as food particles, dead cellular material, mucus, and foreign pathogens accumulate on the surface of the palatine tonsils.

 

Your tonsils are two oval-shaped lymphatic organs that are located on either side of the back of your throat. A layer of pink mucosa containing pits and channels covers the surface of your tonsils.

 

These crevices are known as the tonsillar crypts, and they vary in size depending on your genetics and certain pre-existing health conditions. Once debris accumulates in the tonsillar crypts, it begins to decay and calcify into small, pale-colored masses.

 

Most individuals who develop tonsil stones do not experience significant side effects, as the majority of tonsil stones are small and not bothersome.

 

In rare cases, however, patients may suffer from unpleasant symptoms such as painful swallowing, a chronic sore throat, earaches, persistent bad breath, and swollen tonsils.

 

Even though these symptoms are uncomfortable and problematic, they are rarely dangerous and do not harm your overall health.

 

If you are concerned about your tonsil stones, see your doctor for an examination. He or she can remove any visible tonsil stones during your visit and may suggest various options for treating tonsil stones to reduce your symptoms.

 

If these methods are not effective for you, then you may need to see an ear, nose, and throat specialist to discuss potential surgery for treating tonsil stones.

 

Surgical methods for treating tonsil stones may involve the removal of any large or particularly bothersome stones. Alternatively, you may need to have your tonsils removed entirely if they are chronically inflamed. This procedure is called a tonsillectomy, and it involves the removal of both palatine tonsils.

 

Patients usually recover from having a tonsillectomy within two weeks. As with any surgical procedure, tonsillectomy may involve risks such as bleeding, swelling, infection, and reactions to anesthetics. Your doctor can help you make the best decision about surgery for your health needs.

 

Watch this Video – When is a Tonsillectomy Necessary? — The Doctors

This article is based on the book, “Tonsil Stones Remedy Forever” by Alison White, an ex-sufferer of tonsilloliths, also known as tonsil stones.

 

Tonsil Stones Remedy Forever is a guidebook that teaches you everything you need to know to get rid of painful, pesky and inconvenient tonsil stones without surgery.

 

This is a 7-day schedule to get rid of tonsil stones using natural remedies that are tried, tested and proven to work. If you are ready to take control of your health and to make the right decision regarding your tonsil stones, then click on Tonsil Stones Remedy Forever.

What are the Common Causes of Tonsil Stones?

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The number of adults with tonsil stones is rising, and researchers suspect this is a result of the large amount of individuals who have not had their tonsils surgically removed. For some people, the presence of another health condition can lead to the formation of tonsil stones and the potential for long-term discomfort.

 

Symptoms of tonsil stones include swollen tonsils, localized redness, and irritation. Many people also experience chronic bad breath as a result of the bacterial accumulation in these tonsil stones. For most patients, tonsil stones are simply annoying and rarely involve significant health complications. In rare cases, however, individuals may experience chronic tonsil inflammation or tonsillitis.

 

Causes of Tonsil Stones #1

 

Physicians have noted that those with repeated episodes of tonsillitis are more likely to develop tonsil stones, as inflamed or swollen tonsils are especially prone to the accumulation of debris and microorganisms. Once this accumulated material calcifies, small and hard tonsil stones are evident across the surface of the tonsils.

 

Causes of Tonsil Stones #2

 

Illnesses involving persistent postnasal drip are also associated with tonsil-stone formation. Postnasal drip involves the improper drainage of mucus from the nose and throat, which can lead to excess mucus in the tonsillar crypts and result in the development of tonsil stones.

 

Causes of Tonsil Stones #3

 

Similarly, chronic respiratory allergies may also lead to tonsil stones, as the body’s response to allergenic particles places additional stress on your immune system. This constant strain can make your tonsils more prone to debris and infection, and therefore makes tonsil-stone formation more likely.

 

In order to treat your tonsil stones effectively, it is important that you seek treatment for any underlying conditions that could be contributing to these tonsillar masses.

 

If you are experiencing tonsillitis, chronic postnasal drip, allergies, or other illnesses that may be aggravating your tonsil stones, see your family doctor. He or she can perform a physical examination of your nose, throat, and neck; based on the results of this examination, your doctor can remove any visible tonsil stones during your appointment and may suggest at-home treatments like better oral-hygiene habits.

 

Additionally, he or she may recommend that you visit an ear, nose, and throat specialist for further evaluation and other treatment options. If your tonsil stones persist and are problematic, your tonsils may need to be removed surgically.

 

Watch this Video – What are Tonsil Stones: Basic Information Symptoms and Treatment

This article is based on the book, “Tonsil Stones Remedy Forever” by Alison White, an ex-sufferer of tonsilloliths, also known as tonsil stones.

 

Tonsil Stones Remedy Forever is a guidebook that teaches you everything you need to know to get rid of painful, pesky and inconvenient tonsil stones without surgery.

 

This is a 7-day schedule to get rid of tonsil stones using natural remedies that are tried, tested and proven to work. If you are ready to take control of your health and to make the right decision regarding your tonsil stones, then click on Tonsil Stones Remedy Forever.

Dry mouth (xerostomia) can cause bad breath

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Bad breath associated with a dry mouth is caused by the reduction of saliva. This reduced saliva flow impairs the natural cleansing mechanisms of the mouth. Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, can contribute to unpleasant oral odor and cause discomfort in the mouth.

Dry mouth is not a disease itself. Instead, it is a common side effect of over 400 prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Although dry mouth commonly occurs in most people after a night’s sleep, dry mouth may also occur with the use of certain medications, from prolonged snoring or mouth breathing, or as a result of salivary-gland problems.

 

Additional reasons for dry mouth include a lack of fluid in the body (dehydration), nutritional deficiencies, the presence of another medical condition or disease (such as in autoimmune disorders like Sjögren’s syndrome), or radiotherapy to the neck and head areas.

If you suffer from dry mouth, you need to pay greater attention to your teeth. When maintaining your daily oral-hygiene routine of brushing your teeth, tongue, and gums and flossing regularly, use an extra-soft toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste after every meal and before going to bed.

 

Also, avoid using tobacco products and consuming alcohol or caffeine, as these substances contribute to dry mouth and can exacerbate odor by increasing odor-causing bacteria.

To prevent bad breath caused by chronic dry mouth, make sure you are drinking enough water each day. Six to eight glasses of water a day is the minimum recommended amount; this will help reduce oral odor by washing away food particles and bacteria.

 

Using a humidifier in your bedroom and avoiding breathing through your mouth can also help improve natural saliva flow. If your medications are making you experience bad breath and dry mouth, ask your dentist to recommend an over-the-counter saliva substitute remedy or speak to your doctor about adjusting your medication.

 

Watch these videos below

 

Treating Bad Breath and Dry Mouth

 

How to Get Rid of Dry Mouth [Xerostomia] – 10 Natural Home Remedies to Cure Dry Mouth

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