Use of Botox for Gummy Smiles

Gummy smiles affect 7 percent of men and 14 percent of women. The difference in a gummy smile and an average one is measured in millimeters. But some people are genetically predisposed to show more gum and feel their smile lacks something because of it.

Surgery for gummy smiles is meant to bring the gingival display back to the right ratio—3 to 4 millimeters of visible gum. There are thousands of these procedures, called gingivectomies, performed each year.

However, more patients are realizing the benefits of Botox, which can fix a gummy smile at a fraction of the cost and with none of the invasion. Botox is typically associated with skin treatments and headaches, but its use as a neutralizing agent pays big dividends in the upper lip, where muscles called lip elevators are located. Once these muscles are paralyzed, the upper lip is held in check and excessive gum cannot be exposed.

Our skin doctor in Tarzana is happy to offer Botox services for gummy smiles. Botox only works if the problem relates to the lips and not to any surrounding bone. Also, overinjection can cause the smile to look unnatural or even frightening, so adjust your expectations accordingly.

Contact our office for more about Botox for gummy smiles.


What is Fractional Laser Resurfacing Used for?

Fractional resurfacing is a highly concentrated form of skin therapy. Each session lasts 15-45 minutes, during which our expert in fractional laser resurfacing in Tarzana treats any of the following conditions:

• Lesions
• Acne or surgical scars
• Stretch marks
• Uneven skin tone
• Sun damage

Fractional laser resurfacing creates microthermals, which revitalize tiny increments of skin that remain surrounded by untouched, or healthier, skin. Natural restoration data inside the skin is activated, and new cells grow. Each treatment can replace up to 20 percent of the damaged skin.

Not everyone is a proper candidate for fractional laser resurfacing, which tends to work best on those with lighter skin tones. One advantage recipients cite is as a maintenance tool. A couple of sessions per year can really reduce the effects of sun exposure.

In treatment, a few types of lasers can be used. Typically, patients under 50 will receive a gentler, urbium-based laser, while older patients may benefit from a carbon dioxide system. Lasers can be mixed and matched to specific conditions, like finer wrinkles or the deepest kinds of acne scars. Ask your Tarzana skin doctor for more information.

What is Melanoma Skin Cancer?

DNA is often called “the building blocks of life” because it is essential to organic life. You might even say that it is organic life. Every person that has ever lived was made up of their particular strand of DNA, unique to them. So unique, in fact, that it is used in police work today in crime scene investigations. In its natural course, DNA replicates itself. In fact, it is necessary for life, as DNA strands are constantly dying and being replaced.

Melanoma skin cancer occurs when a skin cell is damaged by ultraviolet radiation, usually from sun exposure or tanning beds. The damage to the skin cell alters the DNA of it, which then replicates this poor structure over and over. As the process is repeated, the number of damaged cells begins to grow. The problem is that this poor DNA structure is not able to sustain life. In other words, you can die from it.

In fact, melanoma skin cancer is the deadliest form of skin cancer as it can spread to other parts of the body, replicating this damaged DNA everywhere. However, as our expert in treatment of melanoma cell skin cancer in Tarzana will tell you, it is actually highly treatable. The key is early detection.

Melanoma skin cancer often begins inside an existing mole, or it creates one. The emergence of new moles is important to have checked, as are any changes in color, size, or shape of existing ones. Our Tarzana skin doctor recommends annual visits to examine any skin abnormalities so that any possible melanoma skin cancer is caught early. Between visits, you should be doing monthly self-examinations of any moles.

Common Signs of Skin Cancer

All forms of skin cancer should be taken seriously, whether they are the type that spreads or not. The first line of defense against their disfiguring and even deadly effects is you. No one knows your skin better than you, since no one but you are inside your skin. You, a family member, or close friend are the most likely people to notice any changes to your skin, which can be an early indicator. Our dermatologist in Tarzana recommends that you closely examine your body monthly to catch early signs of skin cancer.

The particular symptoms to look for vary with the type of skin cancer, but your job is not know which kind it is, just that you might have one of the following abnormalities:

• Shiny flat areas
• Raised pearly bumps that are red, pink or translucent
• Rough, scaly areas
• Areas that easily bleed or ooze
• Sores that never seem to heal
• Areas that are regularly itchy or red, that swell, or cause pain
• A new mole that has developed or an existing one that has changed

Regarding moles, look for the following, often referred to as the ABCDE rule:

• Asymmetry: Healthy moles are almost always symmetrical
• Border: Healthy moles will have smooth borders; abnormal ones can be notched, jagged, irregular, or blurred
• Color: Healthy moles are evenly colored; abnormal ones may be different shades throughout or have an inconsistent patchwork of colors
• Diameter: Any moles larger than a pencil eraser should be checked
• Evolution: Any mole that changes in size, color, or shape

Examine all areas of the skin, but pay particular attention to places that receive the most sunlight, including the head, arms, hands, neck, ears, face, and shoulders.

If you experience any of these signs of skin cancer, contact us today to schedule an appointment to have it checked.

Options for Eyebrow Lifts

Eyebrows are one of the most prominent defining features on the face. However, it is also first to give into the effects of gravity through sagging and aging in the skin. This can alter the entire appearance of the face, rounding out the natural almond-shape of the eyes and creating a “sad” or “hooded” presence. An eyebrow lift has the ability to correct these imperfections and bring back a natural symmetry to a tiring looking face. An expert in eyebrow lift in Tarzana can rediscover the eyebrow arch of your youth and return the aesthetics you have seen fade away with time. Not only will a brow lift restore this problem, but it will also soften the lines and wrinkles that may have formed on the surrounding skin and forehead.

Before committing to a surgical brow lift, a Tarzana skin doctor will recommend Botox for most of the mild brow drooping. Botox is injected into the crow’s feet area of the face in order to lift the tail end of the brow. This will ultimately weaken these muscles and prevent the sad appearance, as well as give a significant amount of brightening to the eyes.

A more permanent option for severe brow drooping involves a surgical coronal incision along the hairline from ear to ear. The skin is lifted and the brows are realigned to the appearance desired by the patient. Endoscopic lifts are recommended for those with higher hairlines. During this procedure, short incisions are made behind the hairline and endoscopic equipment is used to elevate the brow and eyelid hood.

Options for Improving the Appearance of Cheeks

For over 50 years, cheek implants have been a reliable method for correcting and balancing the sunken appearance of the face that can come with age. In general, a cheek lift provides augmenting of the contour of a narrow face with weak cheek structure. As we age, the malar fat pads in the cheeks that provide fullness lose their volume and begin to sag. An enhancement is an easy way of adding a rounder, more youthful look to your face.

A consultation with one of our Tarzana dermatologists can provide you with the information you need in order to begin the simple transformation of a cheek enhancement. A variety of options are available to suit your personal needs, from injections to implants. Fat grafting can be used to transfer fat from your body to be injected into the face. This may be the best long-term solution when compared to the other options. Other injections include collagen and hyaluronic acid. Collagen is a key protein found abundantly in the human body that has the ability to restore fullness in the skin. Hyaluronic acid is another substance naturally found in the body that supports the transfer of nutrients to the skin. Many dermatologists provide these options in products, such as Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse and Sculptra.

Cheek implants are another way of adding dimension to the cheeks. Our expert in cheek augmentation in Tarzana will be able to provide you with an implant option that will best suit your needs and help you choose the custom shape of these implants.