Friday, January 18, 2013

A New Smile Waiting in the New Year

The New Year brings with it hope and happiness. The future is bright and warm for anyone given the ability to smile at life and its unpredictable twists and turns.  Fortunate children were given hope and happiness this New Year by two generous and ingenious organizations looking to help kids and adults with facial deformities. In the New Year, they get a new smile.

Operation Smile Philippines and the scar expert, Dermatix, have partnered in giving thirty more kids new smiles as they ring in the New Year. Through their charity and hard work, they are giving opportunities to lives scarred terribly by the pain of living with a cleft lip and/or palate. 

Scars are natural repercussions of healing. It occurs when the skin repairs wounds caused by accident, surgery or disease. Scar formation is affected by age, location and genes.
But scars are not limited to physical manifestations. More often than not, scars, especially facial scars, affect the way a person perceives himself regardless of who he is and what he’s done.

Facial scars can negatively affect a patient’s self-esteem. It is with great wonder as to how people with cleft lip and/or palates have survived the continuing pangs of being different. Hence, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Operation Smile Philippines, in partnership with scar expert, Dermatix, is exerting much effort and support to such a cause.

Dermatix is an advanced scar formula that integrates the innovative CPX (cyclopentasiloxane) technology to flatten and soften scars while providing Vitamin C ester for photoprotection and skin lightening.

A formula recommended by doctors, Dermatix is easy to apply and is safe to use even for children. It also has excellent cosmetic properties that give it a smooth and silky feel.
With Dermatix, scar reduction can be seen in as early as seven days for facial surgeries.

On the other hand, Operation Smile is present in over 60 countries worldwide including Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Peru, Russia, Venezuela, Vietnam and the Philippines, which is where the organization was founded 30 years ago.

In the Philippines alone, Operation Smile has served over 24,000 kids and adults with facial deformities and is not stopping there, as they continue to forge partnerships with brands that care, such as Dermatix.

In the Philippines, one in every 500 babies born every year has a cleft lip, palate or both. That means that around 4,004 babies out of the 2,064 million born do not have the physical tools to give a smile that they deserve.

There is hope for the over 4,000 born with a facial deformity every year. There are still people and organizations that care for children and adults who cannot smile. A new smile awaits everyone in the New Year and that means everyone including those who survived the pangs of having a slightly different smile.

To learn more about Operation Smile Philippines and opportunities to help, visit

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