Ask The Expert

I am a 28-year old professional who’s planning to undergo Invisalign. I have very crowded teeth and have never experienced tooth extractions. If I were to undergo orthodontic treatment, will I need to extract my premolars or wisdom teeth? What are the benefits of tooth extraction, are they absolutely necessary, and what are the extra costs of this? Kei, Bukit Tunku
My six-year old son is losing his baby teeth. Although most of his baby teeth are falling out normally, his adult front tooth is beginning to erupt behind his baby tooth. This overlapping baby tooth is starting to turn brown and the adult tooth behind this baby tooth is erupting abnormally. I understand that my son will need to extract this baby tooth but I’m also wondering if he may or may not need braces later due to the abnormal eruption of the adult tooth. Claire, Hartamas
I am a 55-year old mother who has undergone multiple plastic surgery procedures including a tummy tuck, breast enlargement and facelift. Since I am very open with my daughters about plastic surgery, my eldest who is seventeen has asked my permission to undergo a rhinoplasty. While my views of cosmetic surgery have been fairly positive, is my daughter too young for cosmetic surgery? When do you think is the right time for me to bring her to her first consultation? Stella, KL
My daughter loves swimming and playing under the sun. While I encourage her to be healthy and to play with her friends, I have to unfortunately restrict her physical activities because she is allergic to sun block. I don’t want to stop her from having fun, but at the same time she comes back with painful sunburns. Are there any alternatives to sun block? Laila, JB
I’ve enlarged my earlobes since my teens, but am now sick of how ugly and unprofessional they look. Despite removing the enlargers, my earlobes are still very stretched out. According to information I’ve read online, the only route to normal looking ears is through plastic surgery. What can you tell me about this procedure and will I experience a lot of pain and downtime? Nigel, Sabah
After giving birth to my beautiful baby boy, I started losing hair on my eyebrows. I used to have beautiful dark brows, but now they are much thinner. I’m now afraid of washing my face because I fear scrubbing might cause more hair loss. Why is this happening and is there anything non-surgical I can do? Freida, Cheras