They say that beauty is only skin deep. However, our beauty is supported by our bones. Cosmetic surgeons are now going deeper to plump up our sagging faces. The latest cosmetic surgical technique, described by New York Magazine as the “New, New Facelift” is reported to lift our tired tissues from very deep; from just above the bone. Wait a minute here! What if we could get the body to grow new bone? Widen our cheekbones and firm up our jaws, holistically, without surgery? That would be a painless, non-surgical way to turn back the clock? Does such a thing exist?
Dr. Theodore Belfor a cosmetic dentist and Certified Instructor for the International Association for Orthodontics said that it does exist. “Dentistry is not just about teeth anymore”, said Dr. Belfor. Twenty-first century genetics known as the science of Epigenetics teaches that we can alter our faces (phenotype) without altering our DNA (genotype). That in fact there is a process known as “dentofacial othopedics” which is all about the control and/or modification of facial growth. “We as adults still have growth potential in our faces” says Dr. Belfor, “we need to turn the genes that have not yet been expressed on to increase our facial volume and arrest and reverse the premature aging of the face”. People are skeptical; I have been able to keep records that include three dimensional scans of the facial skeleton of my patients before and after treatment. The software that I use to register the scans has been developed by the Mayo Clinic in a serious effort over the span of twenty-five years. My patients wear a device that looks like a dental retainer at night time only. I have named it, Dr. Belfor’s 1-2-3 Beautifier. There are noticeable facial results in three to six months. The maximum amount of change in the bone will require two years wearing the appliance every night.
Our faces age by losing volume. Somewhat like a grape that changes into a raisin. The cosmetic surgeons will recommend putting some of that loss of volume (fat collagen and bone) back in the form of dermal filler injections of hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxylapatitie. Dr. Belfor recommends the 1-2-3 Beautifier, which is totally holistic and organic.