MEDICAL UPDATE

AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE CLASSICAL FACELIFT



Dr. I. Richard Toranto explains. The patient who seeks a facelift typically does so because of deep folds around the nose and mouth area, sagging jowls, poorly defined angles and a double chin. Correction of these problems places conflicting demands upon the direction of the lifting of the skin flaps in the classical facelift operation.

Prominent folds around the nose and mouth are best corrected by a lateral pull on the facial muscles. Improvement of a double chin requires an upward lift to create a snug clinging effect. If lifting of a skin-only flap is done, it compromises the upward or lateral pull reducing to some degree the correction in the neck region.

Dr. Toranto offers an alternative – facelifts done submuscular and subperiosteal (under the covering of bone). He creates two distinct flaps utilizing the facial layers. This achieves a bidirectional facelift. It allows both upward lifting of the sagging fat and muscle followed by lateral advancing of the cheek skin flap. The facelift has a more lasting effect.

For more information on the hi-tech facelift, call the Aesthetic Surgical Center, 3900 W. 15th St., Suite 204, Piano, (214) 596-7700.



YOU & YOUR SMILE-COSMETIC DENTAL ALTERNATIVES; RICHARD ZWEIG, DDS



Today there are several alternatives to traditional crowns, fillings, orthodontics and even surgery.

The newest cosmetic procedure is Bonded Porcelain Laminate Veneers, These are durable and resist stains very well. It usually takes only two visits to create a whole new smile! They can be used to mask darkly stained teeth, fix chips or fractures, close spaces, lengthen teeth that are worn, and even “straighten” teeth.

Bonding can be used in the same manner as Porcelain Laminate Veneer Bonding. The advantages of bonding are that a new smile can be created in one visit and it is also less expensive.

Bleaching is used to lighten teeth that are too dark or yellow and is usually accomplished in three to ten visits.

With the availability of financing options, why put off your beautiful smile? Call today for a personal consultation. (214) 361-6302. You deserve the best!

Dr. Zweig has appeared on radio and television and has written articles for various magazines and dental journals.



OUTPATIENT TREATMENT



Charter Hospital of Dallas, a psychiatric and chemical dependency hospital located at 6800 Preston Road in Piano has expanded their services by opening Charter Recovery Center, an outpatient chemical dependency program. Charter Recovery Center, which opened in January, is located in Addison and managed by Ginger Barnett under the direction of Dr. Michael Healy Dr. Healy is the Medical Director of Chemical Dependency Services for Charter Hospital of Dallas.

The Charter Outpatient Chemical Dependency Program is designed to provide an alternative model of treatment for many people who may or may not need hosptitalization for detoxification and other medical and psychological monitoring. “For some, the protected environment of a hospital is exactly what is required in order for them to release a way of life revolving around drug and alcohol use. For those who are in early stages of dependency, with their family and job still intact, and who are highly motivated to be alcohol and drug free, outpatient treatment can be an ideal setting. They may continue their daily routine of work and home responsibilities and still receive daily treatment for the problem,” said Barnett.

For more information on Charter Recovery Center, call (214) 701-9199.

CULT AWARENESS-GREEN OAKS PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL



“Cults and Consequences” was the subject of the First Annual Southwest Regional Conference on Cult Awareness, recently sponsored by Green Oaks, A Psychiatric Hospital in conjunction with the Cult Awareness Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Cult Awareness Network of Oklahoma.

Destructive cults have impact on many areas of society and especially on the victim who is deceived and exploited. It is crucial for parents, educators, social service workers, law enforcement personnel, clergy, and mental health professionals to become aware of and educated about issues surrounding cults and their consequences. The conference addressed many of these issues.

Featured presenters for the conference included William Goldberg, M.S.W., one of the pioneers in developing mental health services for exited cult members and their families; Ron Loomis, President of the National Cult Awareness Network; and David Halperin. M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai, New York City. For more information, contact Green Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, 7808 Clodus Fields Drive, Dallas, 75251.



TREATMENT FOR BALDNESS



David Alkek, M.D., a board certified dermatologist who specializes in cosmetic dermatologic surgery, treats many men and women for hair loss. He states that many people waste their money on lotions, potions and shampoos that promise hair growth. These may clean the scalp and stimulate blood flow and even thicken existing hairs, but they do not prevent hair loss or regrow lost hair.

The only proven medical treatment for hair loss is minoxidil. This is best used with Retin A in a lotion. It grows some hair in approximately SO percent of men and more in women. More importantly it retards or arrests progressive baldness. Unfortunately if it is stopped the baldness returns.

The only way to permanently cure baldness is hair transplant surgery. Newer techniques which include scalp reduction to reverse some of the bald scalp, and mini-and micrografts which give the hairline a natural look have greatly improved this art. For more information on treatments for baldness call 691-6999.

COSMETIC IMPLANTS



It is now possible to replace missing teeth with implants that look, feel and function like real teeth.

Dr. Pat Ruehle, whose practice in Duncanville encompasses implant, cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, says jaw bone retention and a free rein at food selection are among the benefits of having implants.

“Patients tell me they eat better, speak more clearly and feel healthier and happier with their implants,” says Dr. Ruehle, who has two fellowships in implant-ology. He adds that implants can work for any healthy-person, regardless of age or number of teeth being replaced. Find out more by calling Dr. Ruehle at (214) 298-8997



ARE BEAUTIFUL LEGS YOUR CONCERN?



Do you legs have prominent varicose veins and spider veins which should not be there? Did you know that you can get rid of them without surgery and permanent scars? At the FAM CLINIC we use a special technique to treat this problem without the need for hospitalization or surgery. Call now for appointment or information. FAM CLINIC. 2925 LBJ Frwy.. Suite 262,(214)247-6655.



2200 INTERNATIONAL, INC.



2200 International, Inc. is a national health care company offering specialized physical therapy services. There are two current locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area – Body 2200 in Mesquite and Body 2000 in Irving. Additional centers will soon be open in the North Dallas, Park Cities and Fort Worth regions.

Body 2200 and Body 2000 are ambulatory outpatient physical therapy centers which emphasize preventive and rehabilitative therapy for orthopedic and musculoskeletal disorders. Health care services are structured around a wholistic approach to the care of each patient’s primary problem, whether from accident, injury or illness.

Specific modalities which are offered at Body 2000 include Electronic Muscle Stimulation, floatation tank hydrotherapy and cranial electro stimulation therapy for treatment of chronic pain and stress syndromes.

Each clinic is staffed by a licensed physician and additional professionals trained in physical therapy, nutrition and exercise training. For more information call (214) 256-2000.



DR. JAMES H. FOWLER



Corrective nasal surgery is one of the most common types of cosmetic surgery requested. “Your nose is like a signpost for everyone to see, since it is the most prominent feature of your face.” Rhinoplasty is generally recommended for a patient at least 16 years of age. Changes in nasal contour are made completely from inside the nose, leaving no external scars.

Dr. Fowler’s office has a sophisticated “electronic imaging computer.” A video “before” picture of a prospective patient is electronically altered to produce an approximate “after” picture of how the patient might look following surgery. The Imagemaker allows the patient to realistically see what can be accomplished through this surgery and keeps the integrity of the procedure intact. We discuss surgery at great lengths with our patients to make sure they have no unreasonable expectations.

Rhinoplasty is done on an outpatient basis in an outpatient surgery center or in the hospital. An overnight stay is not usually necessary. Length of the surgery is approximately one to one-and-a-half hours. Recovery time is about one week.

Dr. James H. Fowler. Certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery; Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Fellow of American College of Surgeons. Cosmetic Surgery Center of North Dallas, 17330 Preston Road, Suite 216D, Dallas, 75252, (214)931-1633.

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