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Beauty Talk

Hello Sadia
I am a 19-year-old guy with oily skin. I had chicken pox in the first week of January 2006 (Talk about ruining the new year spirit!). Anyways, a month has passed since I recovered and most of the scabs have fallen off. But now I got these dark marks all over my face and body, which do not seem to fade away. So could you please give me some suggestions on how to get rid of these as soon as possible, may be using some shop product or any homemade solution? Is there any risk that these scars will be permanent? My mom recommends I cleanse my face with coconut milk. Could it be of any benefit? Please help me out on this. Nayen

Don't worry. Fresh chicken pox marks are quite dark and obvious but give it a few weeks and they fade dramatically. The smaller spots disappear completely and the bigger ones will lighten. So don't start rubbing and scrubbing just yet, allow your body to recover and rejuvenate. After two weeks you can apply the following pack every other day.
1 tbsp yoghurt
1 tsp daal (powdered lentils)
1 tsp cucumber paste

Hello Sadia,
I am a great fan of your column and I think you are doing great by helping us with our problems. Well, let me tell you about my problems.
First, about my hair- I have dry hair, and I always change my shampoo and conditioner after two or three months. I used Garnier, Herbal Essences, Rejoice, Fruitics, Dove and now I amusing Pantene hair fall control. Once every week I use oil on my hair. I used Parachute, Dabur Amla, Vatika and now I am using Jui. Once or twice a month I apply egg, yoghurt and lemon juice in my hair. Once a month I also apply mehedi. But, despite using all these, my hair is falling and it's not silky and smooth. I don't know why this is happening, is it because I used any wrong shampoo or oil, or something else? Please give me a good solution for how to stop my hair fall and how to make it smooth and silky. I want my hair to grow longer. How can I do that? Someone had suggested to me to apply oil and to tie my hair tightly at night, for it to grow long. Is it true?
Please give me the solutions for how to reduce hair fall, how to make it silky and smooth and how to grow my hair long.

Hey! I think you're doing too much. You're driving your hair crazy. Stop changing your hair products so often, find something that suits you and stick to it for at least a year -- have you tried Vive by L'Oreal (for dry hair)?
Stop henna for the time being. Have a deep conditioning treatment regularly at a salon.
Oil your hair every week. That's it! Don't do anything else. Allow your hair to become healthy and they will grow too.

Dear Sadia,
I am 13 and I am facing some problems with my hair.....my hair was straight and thick a year back but now it is getting frizzy and falling down in a huge quantities.
I am fond of hair colour. Can you tell me which one would be right for me? I also want my hair to be super straight.
I have hair in my upper lips. I tried wax a few months ago...maybe it didn't suit me and allergies appeared....please advise me on how to get rid of these problems. Shamira

You can try threading instead of waxing your upper lip.
Trim your hair, try deep conditioning treatment once a month.
Using a leave-in conditioner will also help.
Use the following pack for hair fall once a week.
1 egg (beaten)
1 tablet Vit E
1 tsp onion juice
½ tsp methi pd.

Dental Wise

Hello Dr.Khan,
I wrote to you in the past, but received no response. I am writing to you again. My question is regarding a dental rebuilding where a person has lost a molar and there isn't one behind it to build a bridge. What are the options and how much will it cost? Will appreciate if you mention the procedure and advantage of the new option. I also want to know about the Implant. We want the tooth to look natural without a metal strap or liner around it, is it possible?
Aganta Rani Das

Dear Aganta,
I am sorry for my late responses. Yes it is possible by making a cantilever bridge (taking support with only side of tooth) but will not be strong enough like normal bridge. Another good option is the Implant.

A dental implant is a replacement for a missing natural tooth root. The implant post is anchored in the jawbone, allowing a natural looking artificial tooth to be attached to it. The anchor stimulates the growth of new bone and gum around it, bonding the implant firmly in place. The final result is a remarkably strong, stable tooth that looks just like a natural tooth.

Implant is possible when an adequate supporting bone is available. A high percentage of dental implants are successful. Although more expensive initially, in the long run, they are cheaper because they do not have to be redone every seven to ten years like a dental bridge. They require no special care. Just like natural teeth, they need brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.

Unfortunately we are yet to start dental implants in Bangladesh but you will be happy to know that very soon(end of this year) I am going to start dental implants in the department of Dentistry, BIRDEM after completion of intensive clinical training from abroad.

Why choose dental implants over denture or bridge?
Ill fitted dentures slide in the mouth and causes facial muscles to become tense in an attempt to hold it in its place. As a result mumbling, slurred speech or clicking noises occur. Whereas, Implant supported dentures will not slide, allowing speaking with confidence in a relaxed and natural tone.

The continuous shrinkage of the jawbone alters how a denture fits. Consequently, it slips and rocks in the mouth that causes gum irritation and discomfort. Implant supported dentures are anchored securely to the jawbone. So there is no more gum irritation and pain of exposed nerves due to ill fitted dentures.

Dental implants can help restore almost anyone's smile even if natural teeth have been lost to injury or disease. Implants can also replace individual teeth and partial bridges in the upper and lower jaws. The majority of patients treated with dental implants experience a significant improvement in their ability to chew food and feel more comfortable. The success rate for implants is remarkable: 98 percent for lower implants and 91 percent for upper implants. Nearly everyone who can have routine dental care can successfully use implants.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Just about anyone with missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants. The primary concern is one of physical health. Generally, uncontrolled diabetics and cancer patients who have recently received radiation therapy are not good candidates. Any other medical conditions are usually not contraindications for dental implant treatment

Is the dental implant procedure painful?
There is a very minor discomfort with this procedure when performed by a trained surgeon. Most of the patients find that they do quite well with minor pain medications such as Ibuprofen (Inflam) after the procedure. Most patients return to their normal activities within a day of their dental implant treatment.

How long does the dental implant treatment take?
The length of dental implant treatment varies and is determined by the specific treatment required. In some cases, patients can leave the office on the day of treatment with functioning teeth; however, most treatment plans require four to six months. The majority of the time is needed for the patient's bone to "bond" or "integrate" with the dental implant.

By the way

Awareness of environment hazards should take a front seat. Try making your lifestyle more environmentally friendly and engage your time in recycling activities.

Under a different sky

By Iffat Nawaz

Poverty, pride and materialism

Is it just me? Or are you guys also a part of this? Please tell me there are other Bengali girls out there who also justify themselves with inane excuses when committing the most pleasurable modern sin of all…consumerism to the point of debts…you are with me right?

I know this is not only a Bengali girl syndrome, and I am also aware that not all Bengali girls are on the same boat as me, there are some of you who are amazingly awesome in budgeting, and controlling your desires, not seeking happiness through a pair of fine jeans or the new shade of eye shadow that costs more than your whole outfit. Those of you who have such refraining powers to me, you are super humans, something I have given up trying to be.

So I am left with what I am, what I have become through my years of self-indulgent tendencies. It obviously started off with my parents (yes I am going to wrongly point fingers at them once again for being so good to me), my parents who grew up with limited resources, that's how things were back in the 60s and 70s, they later spoiled us with everything that wasn't available to them. With each new outfits they gave me they would of course say, “you know we only bought outfits during the two Eids and maybe during very special occasions,” and I was too occupied with the new pretty thing to listen to them with my heart, it was an over-used line by them, hence totally lost it's meaning.

So what happens to the girl when the parents are no longer supporting her needs, not the unnecessary ones at least. When the spoiled, over indulged girl grows up and becomes financially independent, what does she do? Well she starts following her parents foot steps of course, not all of their foot steps, just the ones towards the mall to buy beautiful things, to look and feel good. And those first pay checks, which gives a brand new kind of freedom, feels like the key to the magic world of fixing all impossible. And it is, the girl gets to buy anything she wants (well maybe not everything), but anything she can afford minus the month's rent check and bills, and it goes on, year after year, first pay check turns into the thousandth pay check, but the bank balance pretty much remains the same with a closet full of “assets” and great bad investments, and what does she do to feel better? Well she goes and shops some more of course!

Now the trap, since she enjoys her financial independence and shopoholism equally, she can not depend on anyone else to feed this materialism. Her parents are again wrongly to blame for this. They taught her to support herself, to not be dependent (especially financially) on anyone, and living with this motto she feels pride, a thin bank account pride it may be, but still it feels good to know the money she has wasted was totally her own earning, and she hopes to learn from the next coming days to save better…even if she can't…she hopes.

So that's the story of my generation, Bengali women in their 20s and 30s, here in American or in Bangladesh. I feel confident enough to say that I am not alone in this, there are others, with a strong will for both consumerism and independence. Yes we are a sucker for beautiful things, but at least they are made of honest earnings. My poverty, pride and materialism, I own them all…on my own!


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