Monday, 15 June 2009

It's time for a clinical blog

I thought that my blogs would be filled with pearls of dental wisdom and handy hints about tooth brushing. All well and good, but when it comes to it, other things seem to come more to mind like sport, sport and music (more on my musical musings to come I fear). However I must confess that the time has come to enthuse about something clinical. Not dentistry but Facial Aesthetics/Rejuvenation - Call it what you will. I got talking with one of my patients a few months back on the use of Botox and Fillers. It transpired that she was working for fantastic company called Dermis Deep who run courses on what people are calling non surgical face lifts. To cut a long story short, a few weeks later I'm placing Botox into my wife's beautifully furrowed brow and although she couldn't possibly look more beautiful, she was delighted with the natural smoothing around her eyes and brow. (Did I get away with that)

What struck me most was how much easier it is to inject outside of the mouth in a dry environment with perfect lighting. I have continued with training in the use of fillers and I really enjoyed doing some lip augmentation. The good thing about these products is that they are not permanent and basically plump out the desired area by attracting water in the skin.

Well now I'm really loving this and on Sunday we hosted the Advanced Course in my practice. I couldn't believe that in minutes you can give a brow lift, cheek augmentation, chin augmentation and soften wrinkles around the eyes. Non Surgically! This is why I believe that Dentistry lends itself well to these procedures. ...and my wife hasn't frowned at me for weeks...

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Cycling is the new rock and roll. Well it is for 41 yr olds who play guitar badly. I first got into cycling in 2003 when I decided to get fit again after 25 yrs of playing rugby. I entered a triathlon (swim, bike and run in that order) and got sucked into the whole multisport thing. There is a problem with triathlon however. It is a sport designed for compulsive obsessives as you need to do six training sessions a week to get up to proper fitness. Compound that with having three children ,a wife who would like to see you occasionally, a job, the British weather and an arthritic knee and you can see that something has to give. In my case it was the swimming - booo, and the running - hooray.
I 've regularly cycled into work since then and really enjoy the ride home especially in Summer along the canals. No cars, few people, water and the odd barge. How good is that for the middle of a big city? When motivated I've joined up with a Saturday morning road ride from Birmingham City Cycles . That's at 7am on a Saturday! but boy do I deserve (and not feel guilty about) a full English upon my return.
Of course yesterday Alister from the shop put a load of new kit on my steed and had it primed and ready for my dawn attack on the peleton. Nothing was going to stop me. Except this mornings downpour and how comfy my bed feels at 6.30am on a Saturday. Muesli it is this morning..

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

First Timer not Twitter

I love it when I feel that I've mastered something. Especially if it's clever and techy. Unfortunately I set my standards very low and I have to confess that I'm all excited just for having followed 4 pages of idiot proof instructions to get my blog page "live" (as I believe IT people would say)
I promise that I won't Twitterize this space....
.....currently promising not to twitterize my blog...
You see it's dull and inane isn't it! Instead I will have a random ramble in true grumpy old man style. So beware MP's, traffic wardens, my kids and reality shows, my venom knows no bounds. Grrrr not Tweet