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June 25, 2013

// Spider Veins

The VariLite Laser Treats Telangiectasia

Telangiectasia. It’s a long word that’s hard to pronounce. So that’s usually a sure bet that, in medical terms, it probably means something bad. As Medline Plus defines it, “Telangiectasias are small, widened blood vessels on the skin. They are usually meaningless, but may be associated with several diseases.” So thankfully, the term isn’t so bad at all.

However, it may be hard to convince a person who has visible blood vessels in the facial area that it isn’t a big deal. Especially considering that Telangiectasias can occur in easy-to-see places such as the whites of the eyes, they can cause people to feel uncomfortable with their appearances. So is there a way to actually prevent evident signs of Telangiectasia from occurring?

Medline Plus notes that the causes include alcohol use, aging, genetics, pregnancy and sun exposure. So the answer, we suppose, is sometimes “yes” and sometimes “no”. It should go without saying that refraining from or limiting alcohol intake and keeping our skin regularly protected from the sun’s UV rays with sunscreen are both great practices for our overall health.

But what can we do if the onset of Telangiectasias is unpreventable? The VariLite laser provides a very safe and effective treatment of small, red blood vessels. It also happens to work amazingly in the removal of spider veins, skin tags, moles, skin spots and other pigmentation issues. Not only does the VariLite laser produce excellent results, but it also causes no bruising or need for much down time.

But how exactly does the VariLite laser work? In this informative YouTube video, it is explained that the light emitted from the laser decomposes and destroys unwanted cells allowing for healthy cells to remain intact. The video then demonstrates how the laser is used during a treatment. Short and tiny beams of light quickly work to make small blood vessels disappear from sight.

It is evident that the patient is quite calm and not experiencing any pain. This should help for would-be patients to put away their fears about laser therapy. In fact, laser therapy is a lot more effective and safe than alternative methods. The video points out that there are several benefits to utilizing the VariLite laser to treat Telangiectasias over other treatments.

For example, there are fewer complications, it is proven to be safe and effective and it also allows patients to address issues of vascular and pigmented lesions in one same-day surgery. The before and after shots of patients shown throughout the video are quite remarkable. There is an obvious difference between the appearance of the blood vessels before the treatment and after.

They are all but gone after the VariLite laser has their way with them. Are you experiencing issues with Telangiectasias? Are you uncomfortable with your appearance as a result? The VariLite laser can certainly help. The experts at Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre are always happy to answer any questions that you may have. Feel free to call them at 403-358-5818.

June 17, 2013

// Unwanted Fat

Healthy And Delicious Summertime Treats

This Friday marks the official start of summer. And, like most people, you’re likely getting pretty excited about all of the barbeques and other outdoor events that are staples of the season. Then again, maybe “excited” isn’t the word. For some, the word may actually be “nervous”. This is because they know that these summertime events present many opportunities for pigging out!

Eating during the summer doesn’t have to constitute the automatic adding of pounds. Remember that the great outdoors will be open to your need to get exercise. But they also allow for you to experiment with the foods you’re eating. So, this summer, when you’re throwing that barbeque, consider introducing some healthy options into the proceedings. Your friends and family will thank you for it.

And, at the end of the day, you’ll thank yourself for it, as well. Keeping fit and healthy means practicing a good balance of smart eating and regular exercise. We took to the internet to find some health-conscious alternatives for your upcoming summer festivities. There are so many wonderful dishes that you can prepare that are not only easy to make, but super good for you too! Here are some of our favourites:

Salmon Burgers. Arguably the most popular food choice at a summer barbeque, the hamburger helps pack on the pounds. The salmon burger, on the other hand, is recommended by CookingLight.com as a healthier, lower-in-fat alternative. Incredibly delicious and very easy to make, your salmon patties can be ready to eat in about six minutes.

Spicy Slaw. Okay, so what are you going to serve alongside those burgers? The natural answer would be French fries, right? But, at a barbeque, you’re likely to have some greens around. ElanasPantry.com offers up an amazing recipe for a spicy cole slaw that makes use of purple cabbage. Cilantro, carrot, jalapeño and ginger are also in the mix. Your slaw is will be as crunchy as it is sweet.

Summer Squash Pizza. CookingLight.com offers up an extremely tasty and healthful treat that the whole family will love. Grill up some squash and zucchini to add to a pizza. The site suggests that you throw the pizza crust on the grill, as well, to give it that smoky flavor. Is your mouth watering yet? Your party is primed for pleasing with a great dish that won’t force you to stray from healthy eating.

Mango Salsa. You’re party is bound to have finger foods and other snacks. While chips don’t make the healthiest bites to eat, your condiments can help with your plans to keep healthy. TerryWalters.net provides a very zesty recipe for salsa that is great not just for dipping, but as accompaniments to fish, asparagus, baby bok choy and other healthy sides.

Greek Yogurt with Warm Black and Blueberry Sauce. Well, we can’t forget about dessert right? Substitute ice cream for greek yogurt and don’t forget to add an abundance of fresh berries. The recipe for this delight can be found on MyRecipes.com. It’s pretty much a lock in the tantalizing taste buds department. Here’s hoping your summer will be filled with tasty and nutritious treats!

June 11, 2013

// Skin Care

ProFractional Solves Your Skin Invaders

Believe it or not, our skin is constantly under attack. It’s as if our skin is the surface of a planet that is constantly being targeted by alien invaders. These invaders come in the form of the sun’s harmful UV rays, pollution, everyday dirt and grime as well as aging. At the end of the day, it’s near impossible to completely avoid such irritants to our skin. But there are ways to help with the battle.

Because the above mentioned problems are practically unavoidable, we’re all bound to experience some signs of skin damage at some point. Wrinkles, sun spots, acne and even scarring can occur, especially when we don’t take measures to protect our skin. Naturally, sunscreen should be made an important part of our everyday lives. This is especially true if you’re going to be in the sun often.

But when the “invaders” have attacked and left their damage to our skin behind, there is also a solution that can help restore it. ProFractional is a quick and comfortable laser procedure that uses a laser microbeam to help improve the overall appearance of your skin. The laser is able to treat thousands of pinpoint areas of your skin without causing the need for much downtime.

With ProFractional, just a fraction of your skin is treated with the laser, so the healing time is very quick. In addition to wrinkles, sun spots, acne and scarring, ProFractional also treats age spots, freckles and other types of sun damage. The treatment has the unique ability to specifically target certain areas of the skin that require improvement, using the surrounding healthy skin to help out.

The laser energy creates thousands of microscopic channels in the skin which are surrounded by zones of healthy, untreated skin. These zones help to energize the body’s natural healing process encouraging the treated areas to produce new collagen. As a result, the skin begins to plump up to smoothen out wrinkles, fine lines, scarring and other skin issues.

The end result is wonderful! Younger, smoother skin that is void of scars, wrinkles, sun damage or blotchy skin pigmentation. The treatment is safe and comfortable and allows for patients to recover very quickly. ProFractional is ideal for correcting skin irregularities on your face and neck but also on your chest and hands as well. It’s all about reclaiming your youthful appearance!

As always, it’s important to consult a physician to see what procedures may work best for you. Naturally, some patients may have concerns about downtime or after-treatment care. Following a ProFractional treatment, some swelling or redness may occur, almost as if you were experiencing mild sunburn. Generally, complete healing takes about 2-3 days. The results, however, are quickly apparent.

Your physician will provide you with instructions on how to care for your skin following a treatment. It will be important to avoid direct sun exposure until you are fully healed. The experts at Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre are always happy to answer any questions that you may have. If you would like to know more about how ProFractional can help you, feel free to call 403-358-5818.

June 3, 2013

// Skin Care

The RevLite Laser Makes Old Styles Fade Away

Tattoos make very interesting fashion statements, don’t you think? It takes a great sense of commitment and dedication to say “this is a look I want to live with”. Getting a tattoo, after all, is not like trying on a new hat or a pair of shoes. Getting ink permanently placed into your skin means that you want to make a fashion statement that will last a lifetime. But don’t all trends go out of style eventually?

When we were kids, there were plenty of fashion choices we made that we wouldn’t live with today. Remember acid wash jeans? How about bellbottoms? Many of us weren’t even around to experience those trends. Naturally, those styles faded out with time. And as such, it’s easy to not put on such pants these days. But our tattoos don’t fade out quite as easily, do they?

If only it were as easy as peeling off a tattoo to replace it with a new one – no different than our shirts and pants. It’s not that simple though. So when people come to realize that their tattoos are no longer of a style that represents their more-matured lifestyles, they seek laser tattoo removal treatments. Thankfully, this process is a lot less painful than one may assume.

With the use of a Q-switched Nd: YAG laser, doctors are now able to safely penetrate the skin to target the ink in tattoos using specific wavelengths. The PhotoAcoustic Technology used by this laser causes tattoos to generally fade without leaving any scarring. The number of treatments necessary depends on the size and colour of tattoo, but is usually between 5 and 15.

Multi-coloured tattoos require a bit more work than plain black ones. And therefore, a special laser is usually called in to handle the more complex jobs. The RevLite is known as the most advanced laser in the laser tattoo removal game. This is because it features four wavelengths that target a wide range of colours. Most lasers tend to have two wavelengths that only target blue, black and red inks.

But back to the concept of pain – one would think that if someone is willing to go through the pain of getting a tattoo, that the pain of removing one shouldn’t be a concern. With the RevLite laser, there really isn’t any need for concern about being in pain. Most people who receive this type of laser tattoo removal treamtent refer to the sensation as “snapping” from rubber bands.

The light energy emitted from the RevLite laser gently vibrates and shatters the tattoo ink into micro-particles that can easily be eliminated from the body. Over the course of time and a particular number of treatments, the tattoo will fade and the skin will return back to its natural colour. Laser tattoo removal may not be as quick and efficient as changing your clothes, but it’s just as effective.

When time passes and styles change, your mind changes as well. If you’ve changed your mind about a tattoo that you once thought was a great fashion statement, it’s time to consider laser tattoo removal. At Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, the RevLite laser is used and it has produced fantastic results. For more information, feel free to call 403-358-5818.