Skin Care Resolutions to Make and Keep This Year

Is looking your absolute best high on the list of goals you’ve set for yourself in 2018? Having a great daily skin care routine is where progress begins. Here are professional tips from Dr. Farole, who has worked with thousands of women and men in Bala Cynwyd and Greater Philadelphia to improve the appearance of their skin.


You’ve heard that warm baths and showers can strip your skin of natural oils. Face creams and body lotions are good substitutes, as long as you put them on correctly. Keeping lotion near the shower makes things easier. Apply moisturizer while skin is damp – within 10 minutes of turning off the water. Choose products with a flip top, which will prevent water (and bacteria) from getting inside.


Skin care and resurfacing experts have long advised making sunscreen part of your year-round routine and reapplying it often. The challenge is finding a formula that’s not too heavy. Look for non-greasy or “sheer” options. New, spray-on choices are worth checking out too.


Makeup can mix with skin oils and dirt to cause breakouts. Cosmetics can also trap skin-damaging free radicals, holding them next to your skin. Try washing your face when you return home at night – don’t wait until you’re too tired to get the job done! Oil-free facial wipes on your bedside table are a handy fallback.


Don’t neglect your skin after that amazing workout. Even if your spin class, boot camp venue or yoga studio doesn’t have a shower, you can take steps to protect your skin’s good health. Wear moisture-wicking clothes and pack salicylic acid pads in your gym bag. Use pads to cleanse your face, back and chest after working out and change into a clean, dry t-shirt. Then shower at home as soon as you have the chance.


A baby’s skin replenishes itself every 14 days, but by the time you reach age 30, your skin takes 28 days to renew it. As a result, skin cells dry out and lose luster unless you stimulate the renewal process by exfoliating. A gentle face scrub once or twice a week, along with a chemical exfoliant such as retinol on two other days, is a good routine to follow.


Your daily skin care routine is a key step in assuring the health and vitality of your skin. But even the best regimen can use professional help when it comes to erasing the signs of aging that show up over time. If you’d love to lose those laugh lines, crow’s feet and other imperfections, set up a personalized consultation with Dr. Farole. He will be glad to discuss your options for skin resurfacing and renewal – including CO2 laser treatments, microdermabrasion, Botox and more. Call for a convenient appointment today.



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The Health Benefits of Dental Implants

Having a missing tooth can make your life more difficult on so many levels. Fortunately, with modern oral surgery techniques, you don’t have to allow those gaps in your smile to create problems for you.

Dental implants are now the preferred way to replace missing teeth. These devices are prosthetic (man-made) replacements for teeth that have been damaged or lost due to tooth decay, gum disease, accidents and other causes. Through a process known as Osseointegration, the dental implant forms a close bond with your natural bone, making it just as sound and secure as your original tooth.

Dental implants can be removable or fixed. Whatever form they take, these replacement teeth will have tangible benefits when it comes to preserving your good health and peace of mind.



Having one or more missing teeth can make it difficult to chew your food. If there’s a gap in your smile, you’re probably favoring one side of your mouth when you eat, putting extra wear on those teeth – which can compromise them over time.

Dentures are another solution that, while popular, they only offer a fraction of the bite force that natural teeth can. Healthy food choices such as fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts may be especially hard to enjoy with dentures. But with dental implants, you’ll be able to chew just as effectively as with your original teeth. Efficient chewing supports better digestion and overall health.



Gaps in your teeth can cause other teeth to shift position, which may lead to expensive procedures down the road. Dental implants solve this problem by naturally filling in for missing teeth, supporting neighboring teeth to maintain the healthy smile that’s so pleasant to look at.

Having implants can be healthy for your budget, too! They are maintained using the same oral care products as your regular teeth. Dentures, on the other hand, need to be taken out and cleaned with special products to keep them in good condition and require regular adjustments to keep them fitting properly. Dental implants can save you time and greatly simplify your oral care routine.



Dental implants give us peace of mind, which supports our mental health and well-being. When we’re embarrassed about the way our teeth look, we may be more reluctant to speak in public, smile or laugh with family and friends or take an active role at work or in the community. Dental implants offer a natural look that restores confidence and comfort in our daily interactions with others.



Dental implant surgery doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, with the proper planning, the procedure is simple and comfortable. As an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Farole has restored smiles for thousands in Bala Cynwyd and Greater Philadelphia. He will be glad to help you determine if dental implants are right for you.

If you have damaged, loose, or missing teeth, call our office today to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Farole.



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9 Myths About Hair Loss

Did you know that 2 out of every 3 men start losing hair before age 60? Most don’t accept this reality in a calm way. In fact, American males spend $1 billion on treatments for baldness. And while there is no one-size-fits-all solution, there are many causes of hair loss that men worry about a lot more than they should.

For decades, researchers thought that men whose hair gets thinner and thinner – starting with a receding hairline and stretching to the crown – lacked enough hair-making progenitor cells in the scalp. Newer studies show that the cells are simply unable to complete their normal development and mature to a fully functional state.

Other possible causes include illness, age, genetics and even hair styling habits. But there are so many myths that contribute to men’s anxiety that it’s worth reviewing them – just so we can put them out of the picture.



This isn’t completely true. While the main baldness gene is on the X chromosome, which comes solely from our mothers, there are more factors in play. The hereditary part is slightly more dominant on the mom’s side, but research suggests that men who have a bald father are more likely to develop male pattern baldness than those who don’t.



On the contrary, hair loss can begin as early as the teen years. It’s surprisingly common among 20- and 30-year-olds. The earlier it starts, the more severe it will likely become.



Good news for men who like to sport a ball cap or other topper. Hats don’t strain your hair follicles. Dirty hats can, however, lead to a scalp infection, which can accelerate hair loss, so make sure you keep hats clean.



Only partly true, since physical or emotional stress does not cause you to lose hair you wouldn’t have lost anyway. If the hair is not vulnerable to permanent loss, it will grow back. That said; extreme stress can accelerate balding. Rapid weight gain or loss may also contribute to the likelihood of hair loss.



This is mostly true, but there can be serious side effects. Propecia is a relatively new prescription that reduces levels of a hormone that shrinks hair follicles. It works best in younger people whose hair is just beginning to thin. It may stall the process and even lead to hair regrowth for about 1/3 of patients. Rogaine, also known as minoxidil, also helps slow hair loss. Men should know that Propecia can reduce libido, or sex drive and Rogaine which must be applied twice daily and can irritate the scalp.



No need to skip these products, since they don’t cause balding – and neither does shampoo, washing your hair frequently, or even dandruff. But some men tease their hair and use curling irons, which could speed up the process.



Not true. Tanning beds are also not a cause of hair loss.



In reality, both carbohydrates and red meat provide nutrients that are helpful for maintaining a full head of hair. Research shows that iron deficiency may be closely linked to hair loss. Treatments such as iron supplements may support hair growth.



This is one of the most popular myths that researchers hear from patients. But fortunately, there’s no truth to it. Studies show that men who bald do not have more testosterone than their hairier friends.



If you’re tired of worrying about hair loss, there are good solutions out there, and Dr. Anthony Farole will be glad to review your options with you.

A hair restoration expert who has worked with thousands of women and men in Bala Cynwyd and the Greater Philadelphia area, Dr. Farole can help you explore ways to permanently restore healthy hair, making you feel great about your looks again.

Give our office a call today to schedule a personalized consultation.



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Why Choose an Oral Surgeon for Botox Treatments?

Millions of men and women have benefited from Botox, an injectable therapy that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Wrinkle-removing treatments with Botox are relatively easy to do – and best of all, they bring immediate and noticeable results.

Many people believe that only plastic surgeons and dermatologists can administer Botox treatments. Did you know the same procedure can be handled by your oral surgeon instead?

Going to the oral surgeon who has helped you with other dental or facial procedures can add a level of comfort and ease to the process. In addition, your oral surgeon has extensive knowledge of facial muscles, teeth and other facial structures – knowledge that helps assure the best possible results.

Here’s more about Botox treatments and what to expect when working with your oral surgeon.



Botox is a medication that your oral surgeon carefully injects into selected spots to achieve a desired effect. For example, your surgeon may add Botox to the brow muscles to smooth frown lines between your eyebrows, or at the outer corners of your eyes to address the wrinkles known as crow’s feet. In fact, Botox is the only approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines and crow’s feet lines.

Botox injections can also be used for a number of other purposes. In fact, oral surgeons have used the technique to ease the difficulties of migraine headaches, reduce excessive sweating, or treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems.

As a wrinkle treatment, Botox has a unique advantage over more traditional procedures. Wrinkles and fine lines are visible when tiny facial muscles are activated. Through a process called cosmetic denervation, Botox blocks some of the transmitters in those muscles, thereby reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Botox injections are nearly painless. The tiny needle only causes a small stinging sensation when the injection is made.



We commonly associate Botox with plastic surgeons, dermatologists and other skin care experts. But oral surgeons have a distinct advantage in providing this wrinkle-reducing treatment for you.

An oral surgeon’s expertise is focused on the physiology, skeletal structure and muscle groups of the face. This means your oral surgeon has a deeper understanding of how your lips should appear around your teeth, how your jaw muscles and bones work together and how the skin surrounding your eyes should look. Based on an understanding of your face’s anatomy, an oral surgeon can predict how your smile and facial appearance will be affected by a given Botox procedure and take careful steps to make sure the end result looks as natural as possible.



As a leading oral and maxillofacial surgeon working with thousands of women and men in Bala Cynwyd and Greater Philadelphia, Dr. Farole offers Botox treatments to address wrinkles, fine lines and other facial imperfections. He is also ready to consult with you on issues such as TMJ and other medical conditions that may be treated successfully with Botox injections.

If you are considering Botox and want to discuss your next steps, give us a call to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Farole.



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What is Alopecia?

Most of the hair loss we experience in our lives results from natural processes. It may be driven by the genes we inherit from our parents or by a period of illness or trauma. Sometimes, strong medicines such as the chemotherapy used to treat cancer will cause hair to fall out. But there are other disorders that lead to hair loss that take a different path entirely.

You may have heard of alopecia areata, a type of hair loss that happens when our immune systems mistakenly attack healthy hair follicles. The damage to the follicles is not always permanent. Experts still don’t know what causes the immune system to act in this way, so the mechanisms behind alopecia are not yet fully understood.

Alopecia is most common in people under 20 years of age, but older adults can be affected too. Both men and women are equally likely to get it.



Alopecia areata usually begins with clumps of hair falling out, leaving smooth, round, totally bald patches on the scalp or other areas of the body. In some cases, the hair may simply thin out without leaving bald spots – or it may break off, leaving short stubs known as “exclamation point” hair. In rare cases, patients will lose all hair from the scalp and body.

With alopecia, hair loss is inconsistent and hard to predict. Strands may grow back in one area, only to fall out in another.

When alopecia areata results in uneven, patchy hair loss, the hair typically comes back in a few months’ time. New hair is normally the same color and texture as before, but sometimes it grows in finer and lighter, even white.

About 10% of people with this condition may never regrow hair. Permanent hair loss from alopecia is more likely if:

  • Your family has a history of this condition.
  • The disorder shows up before puberty or lasts longer than a year.
  • You have another autoimmune disease.
  • You are prone to allergies.
  • You have extensive hair loss.
  • You notice that your fingernails or toenails are an unusual color, shape, texture or thickness.



Because our hair affects our appearance and self-image, alopecia areata can create strong reactions in us. Even if we’ve always been confident in our looks, we may suddenly feel unattractive, anxious and shy around others.

Alopecia affects more than just our hair. Nails become pitted, looking as if they had been dented by dozens of tiny pin pricks. Or they may have a rough, sandpapery look.

Most people who have one episode of hair loss due to alopecia will have more episodes in the future.



Alopecia areata is diagnosed through a medical history and medical exam. Your doctor will ask questions, study the patterns of your hair loss and examine your scalp. S/he may pull gently on a few hairs, even removing a few, to see how your hair responds.

If the reason for your hair loss is not clear, your doctor may do tests to check for a disease that could be causing the trouble. These may include:

  • A hair analysis, where your doctor collects a hair sample to be examined under a microscope. A scalp (skin) sample is also sometimes taken.
  • Blood tests to screen for conditions such as an underactive or overactive thyroid gland.



For many people with alopecia, hair grows back within a year. This means that some will decide not to undergo treatment and simply wait for the problem to resolve itself.

Other people choose to wear hairpieces that are affixed to the scalp with glue, metal clips or tape. Hair weaving, which involves sewing or braiding pieces of longer hair into existing hair, is NOT recommended, since it can cause permanent hair loss. Over-use of perms and dyes can also result in more hair loss.

The most common treatment for patchy hair loss is a series of corticosteroid injections into the skin or scalp about ever 4 to 6 weeks. Children and some adults may use topical (cream) corticosteroids on the affected skin instead. Minoxidil (or Rogaine) can be used with topical creams.

Anthralin is an ointment that can help hair grow again. It is sticky and dark like tar, so it can irritate and stain the scalp and surrounding skin, so it is applied only to bald patches for a short time and then cleansed away.

Contact immunotherapy is another approach that causes an allergic reaction on the scalp, which can lead to hair regrowth. The medicine, which is painted on the scalp, irritates the skin, making it red and scaly. Regrowth may occur within about 3 months.



Alopecia areata can be a heartbreaking condition for those who suffer from it. As a hair restoration expert in Bala Cynwyd and the Greater Philadelphia area, Dr. Farole has helped thousands of men and women deal with the difficulties of hair loss and he is happy to discuss your options with you.


If you are experiencing hair loss and you’re not sure what to do next, call our office to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Farole.




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What’s the Best Time to Get Dental Implants?

One reason so many people favor dental implants as a means of replacing missing teeth is that the procedure can be scheduled at their convenience. Your oral surgeon will evaluate your overall health and the state of your bones, teeth, and gums. If you are a good candidate for implants, you can then discuss the ideal timing to have your surgery.

Here are 4 options for dental implant placement and the benefits and limits of each.



Dental implants can be placed at the same time as your natural teeth are extracted. In many cases, immediate placement is the preferred timing for dental implants.

There’s a real advantage in having everything done in a single procedure. The space for the implant is generally in place and we can retain as much bone as possible, which helps preserve the structure and appearance of your face. Best of all, you never have to go out in public without teeth.

This option may not be open to you if you have gum disease or bone loss. Also, if you didn’t opt for dental implants when teeth were removed, this option is no longer on the table.



This refers to the placement of dental implants within a few weeks of having your teeth removed. This timing is common if you have gum disease or other infections that must be under control before placing your new implants.

If you have an infection, immediate placement can put your implants at risk, so it’s a good idea to wait. Though your gums will have begun healing after teeth are removed, bones will not have healed much, which means that placement of your implants will still be relatively easy.

Often this short delay can help us manage your gums so we have a more attractive result in the end.



Delayed placement is generally our least favorite choice for dental implants. Having the procedure a few months after extraction of teeth can present many challenges, since bone healing may be progressing at an uneven rate – and may even be in a vulnerable state. Even so, this may be the best timing for implants if an infection is proving difficult to control.



This option means placing your dental implants 6 months or more after teeth have been extracted. Sometimes this timing is necessary if your jaw needs extensive reconstruction with bone grafts, which adds extra steps to the total implant process. Late placement also allows grafts to heal fully and incorporate with existing bone – a good thing for the stability of your dental implants.



If you are considering replacing one or more teeth with dental implants, now is a good time to consult with Dr. Farole. He has worked with thousands of patients in Bala Cynwyd and the Greater Philadelphia area and is happy to meet with you. Dr. Farole will determine if you are a good candidate for dental implant surgery and help you choose the timing that’s best for you. To schedule a personalized evaluation, give our office a call today.



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Look Younger with C02 Laser Skin Resurfacing

There are many reasons for the signs of premature aging that appear around the eyes and mouth as well as the forehead. Crow’s feet, frown lines and other fine lines may be caused by sun exposure, gravity or simply the passage of time.

Fortunately, there is a simple, non-invasive solution that can remove outer layers of damaged skin to reveal the softer, smoother skin underneath. Carbon dioxide (C02) laser technology is an ideal way to treat facial lines and wrinkles to give you a younger look.

CO2 laser skin resurfacing allows your cosmetic surgeon to reduce or eliminate pronounced lines more effectively than most other forms of treatment. The technique works by removing deeper layers of damaged skin, stimulating the regrowth of healthy skin underneath.

The latest technological advancements in laser skin resurfacing involve light beams that are either pulsed or scattered at a very high rate. This minimizes heat damage to the skin and allows for deeper tissue removal to remove pronounced wrinkles and creases.



Laser skin resurfacing can be used to pinpoint specific areas around the mouth or eyes, or applied to the full surface of the face. During treatment, a local anesthetic injected at the treatment site helps to relieve any potential discomfort. If the entire face is being treated, IV (general) anesthesia may be used.

You may be a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing if you have developed facial lines and wrinkles that make you look older than you feel. The technique can also be helpful in correcting facial scars or uneven pigmentation. Your cosmetic surgeon can examine you to determine if C02 laser treatment may be helpful for you.



By removing damaged skin layer by layer, CO2 laser treatments reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, turning back the clock to restore a more youthful looking complexion. Scars and other imperfections can be reduced or eliminated along with laugh lines, crow’s feet and other signs of aging.

C02 laser skin resurfacing is also a safe and comfortable procedure. This method is very precise, working layer-by-layer to remove damaged skin with minimal side effects. The entire procedure can be done in your cosmetic surgeon’s office. Healing takes just a few days, but many patients go back to work and other normal life activities the very same day.

Following your laser treatments, you will avoid direct sunlight for a period of time. You may experience minor irritation and a slight feeling of tightness in the facial area, but this is completely normal. You can use moisturizing creams and gels as directed by your cosmetic surgeon to ease these effects.



C02 laser skin resurfacing can offer dramatic, age-defying results. If you would love to look as young as you feel, this advanced treatment may be perfect for you. Dr. Farole has worked with thousands of patients in Bala Cynwyd and Greater Philadelphia and is happy to answer all your questions about laser skin resurfacing. For your personalized consultation, give our office a call now.




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