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February 24, 2015

// Unwanted Moles

Avoiding The Regular Risks Of Mole Removal

For the most part, people who have moles have nothing to worry about. However, in some cases, the appearance of moles can be related to melanoma, which is a type of skin cancer. Sometimes, moles and melanoma get confused for one another. The Skin Cancer Foundation reveals that “melanomas often resemble moles; some develop from moles. The majority of melanomas are black or brown, but they can also be skin-coloured, pink, red, purple, blue or white.”

So how will one know if his or her moles are cancerous? Well, perhaps the most obvious answer is the only one to consider. Seeking the help of a licensed physician is a critical step in ensuring that the appearances of moles on your body are not dangerous to your health. But once you’ve gotten your health concern out of the way, what do you do about those moles you don’t like the look of? Is there a safe and effective way to remove them?

Before we can discuss how to remove moles, it’s important to know what causes them to begin with. On EMedicineHealth.com, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains that “some people are born with moles. Other moles appear later in life.” But one of the major contributors to mole development is sun exposure. It should go without saying that it is very important to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

“Sun exposure seems to play a role in the development of moles and may even play a role in the development of atypical, or dysplastic, moles,” writes Dr. Schlessinger, adding that “the role of heredity cannot be underemphasized. Many families have a type of mole known as dysplastic (atypical), which can be associated with a higher frequency of melanoma.” No matter the cause, not everyone is particularly happy with the appearance of moles on their bodies.

This is why many people choose to surgically remove their moles. But is doing so safe? On EMedicineHealth.com, Dr. Joel Schlessinger writes that the “risks of mole removal methods vary from infection to anesthetic allergy and nerve damage. It is always prudent to choose a dermatologist or surgeon with appropriate skills and experience with these removals. This will decrease your risk associated with this procedure.”

Perhaps, the doctor’s most important revelation is the fact that the risks associated with mole removal have a lot to do with the method of removal chosen. In some cases, excision or cutting is used as a mole removal method. Sometimes, shaving with a scalpel blade is an option. However, in both cases, one of the most common side effects is the scar that the removal process leaves behind. This isn’t exactly the best replacement for a mole.

“One of the most common difficulties after mole removal is a scar,” writes Dr. Schlessinger, “Many people will attempt to remove moles for cosmetic reasons, not realizing that each and every removal will result in a scar. Many times your surgeon can give you an idea of the type and location of a scar after mole removal before you make your decision about removal.” This is why, at the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we use the VariLite Laser.

Unlike excision and shaving, this laser treatment effectively removes moles without any bruising, causing virtually no down time. The VariLite Laser is well known for providing a very safe and effective way to remove moles, skin tags and other pigmented skin spots. It has also been effective in the removal of small red blood vessels (also known as “telangiectasia”) on the face.

For more information on the VariLite Laser and its ability to safely remove your moles, don’t hesitate to call us at 403-358-5818.

February 17, 2015

// Skin Care

4 Top Skin Care Products That Battle The Signs Of Aging

The battle against the signs of aging is one that we all face. There are, of course, a number of things that we can all do to keep our skin from wrinkling – but there is no defence against the hands of time. As we get older, our skin begins to lose its elasticity. But that doesn’t mean it has to look that way. Battling the signs of aging has a lot to do with maintaining good skin care practices. And this is especially true during the winter.

We often forget that, even though it isn’t sun tanning weather, there are still plenty of reasons to wear sunscreen during the cold winter months. Remember that the sun is still out, whether you can feel its heat or not. That means that the sun’s UV rays are still in full force. In fact, they get a little bit of assistance from the white snow covering the ground. It allows for those rays to bounce right off of the ground and into our faces!

So is your face protected? On Participaction.com, Catherine Cameron offers some solid advice. “Apply a broad-spectrum (UVB & UVA protection) and high SPF (30+) sunscreen to exposed skin 15 minutes prior to sun exposure,” she advises, “I wear it daily throughout the winter months on my face, ears, neck and hands. It’s no hardship to put it on in the morning after a shower, so make it part of your winter skin care routine!”

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we proudly offer a number of other fantastic skin care products that help to battle the signs of aging. Excellent for use all year round, you can bet that these products work wonders during the winter as well. These aren’t your average store-bought solutions to aging skin. These are top-of-the-line products that are designed to produce incomparable results.

Celazome. This amazing line of skin care products was designed with the help of over 14 years of research and development of their Patented Plant-Based Nanotechnology. Celazome products use only all-natural Botanicals to treat all skin types and skin conditions. These products guarantee results within the first two weeks of using them. And one of the best things about Celazome products is that they are very affordable!

Glo Minerals. This product line is highly recommended by dermatologists, plastic surgeons and licensed skin care professionals. The advanced formulas include pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, natural high-pigment minerals, nourishing vitamins and powerful antioxidants. True to its name, this product line is known for producing highly radiant, healthy and glowing skin. Free of chemicals and dyes, Glo Minerals are ideal for all skin tones and shades. They are suitable for even the most sensitive skin types as well.

Vivier Skin. Cleansers, facial scrubs, creams, toners, serums and more – this line of skin care products truly does it all. When you’re looking to maintain a healthy skin care regime, it’s important to be equipped with the right materials. Vitamin C is one such material. Vivier Skin utilizes a vitamin-C-based skin care system to keep your skin healthy and youthful looking. Now you know that your use of vitamin-C doesn’t have to be restricted to just your diet!

Skin TX. This incredible skin treatment system provides vast improvements for skin that has been photodamaged. It uses what is considered the “gold standard” in skin rejuvenation. Hydroquinone, Tretinoin, Tazarotene, Retinol and Alpha Hydroxy Acids are all elements that are utilized to penetrate the layers of the skin for maximum results. Foaming gels, tones, exfoliants and sunscreens are all available as part of the Skin TX line of products.

For more information on our skin care products, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818.

February 10, 2015

// Spider Veins

How Does Cold Weather Impact Varicose Veins?

It’s probably safe to say that most Canadians have pretty much had it with the winter by now, right? With temperatures continuing to be way below zero in most parts of the country, it feels as if winter may never end. We suppose that this is pretty much the natural order of things, here in the Canadian Prairies, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we have to like it! There are many of us who’d prefer to be poolside rather than being relegated to early morning snow shovelling duty on a daily basis.

Winter, it goes without saying, can be pretty limiting. While many of us enjoy winter sports, you certainly can’t participate in them without bundling up. Of course, a lack of layers can often lead to a whole lot of sneezing and sniffling. Keeping warm, quite obviously, is a necessity all winter long. But what are some other impacts of the cold weather on our health? Believe it or not, it can affect your blood pressure.

At least this is what is being reported by the University of New Mexico’s Vein and Cosmetic Center. “Seasonal changes can significantly affect the way your blood circulates, contributing to varicose and spider veins,” reads their website. Now who would have thought that cold weather can impact our vein health? Apparently, the cold presents a number of issues that promote the appearance of varicose veins in our legs! Here are just a couple of them.

Atmospheric Pressure. Keep in mind that one of the major causes of varicose veins is the pressure that we place on our legs. And according to UNM, “when it snows, the atmospheric pressure changes. This changes the way your body accommodates its own weight. When there is more humidity in the air, this causes the body to feel heavier. This can cause circulation to become less efficient.”

Weight Gain. The site goes on to note that because we are less active during the winter months, the weight we gain can also aggravate the varicose vein problem. “Weight gain is common during the holiday months, which means your legs are under more stress to pump blood back to your heart,” UNM notes, “On top of this, the cold air makes people less likely to exercise, which weakens the muscles that pump the blood through the veins.”

So what can be done about all of this? The website insists that the winter is an important time of year for us all to be fighting the onset of varicose and spider veins. Thankfully, UNM goes on to list a number of solutions. They include keeping your legs elevated for at least a half hour before you sleep. This will help to promote the circulation of blood in the legs. Another circulation promoter is a diet that is rich in high fibre foods.

As well, it’s important to take measures to lower your stress levels. UNM suggests implementing deep breathing exercises during your day to help keep you relaxed. As well, “stretch in the morning, midday, and before you go to bed,” recommends the site, and “massage ankles and lower legs when you can.” But what if none of these methods help? Is there a proven solution to varicose and spider veins?

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we proudly perform Sclerotherapy, which is the “gold standard” treatment when it comes to eliminating varicose and spider veins. Unlike standard laser treatments, Sclerotherapy uses a sclerosing solution that is injected into the “feeder veins” under the skin that cause the veins to form. By closing up these veins, the solution inevitably makes them disappear!

For more information on Sclerotherapy, please don’t hesitate to call us at 403-358-5818.

February 3, 2015

// Unwanted Fat

3 Safe Solutions For Slimming Down

With February now here, it’s probably safe to say that many of the New Year’s Resolutions that so many of us were gung-ho about last month have fallen by the wayside. To be fair, it’s hard to keep up with all that we’ve promised ourselves. Between work, taking care of the kids and even finding time to sleep, it can be difficult to stick to your guns as far as your plans for your “new you” go. But let’s be honest. It’s important to not continue to make excuses.

And that’s especially true when it comes to health and fitness. After all, what’s more important than our health? If we don’t have that, the rest of what is important to us won’t be getting the best we can be. The key to staying fit and healthy, however, is not in crash diets – contrary to popular practice. Skipping meals isn’t exactly the best way to remain healthy, even it does help you to shed a couple of pounds.

Instead, it’s important to find safe and effective alternatives for weight loss. Don’t give up on your New Year’s Resolution just yet. There is certainly a way for you to kick yourself into high gear where your healthful aspirations are concerned. Firstly, it will take some dedication. But you knew that already. Secondly, it will require some changes to your diet and exercise routines. Here are three safe solutions for slimming down.

1. Focus less on carbs and sugars and more on protein and veggies. It may not be easy to avoid the sweets, but it’s a tactic that is bound to help you in the long run. On WebMD.com, Kathleen M. Zelman recommends this change of course in your diet. She notes that Dr. Michael Dansinger of television’s “The Biggest Loser” fame insists upon the reduction of sodium and starches in the diet to help reduce fluid retention.

“Dansinger recommends eating a diet that minimizes starches, added sugars, and animal fat from meat and dairy foods,” reports Zelman, “For rapid weight loss, he recommends focusing on fruits, veggies, egg whites, soy products, skinless poultry breasts, fish, shellfish, nonfat dairy foods, and 95% lean meat.” Such a diet will promote the burning of fat and the increase of muscle, especially when coupled with a good workout routine.

2. Put in the work and be patient. Significant weight loss isn’t going to happen overnight. In fact, to ensure that you are losing weight safely, you don’t want it to happen too rapidly. On Helpguide.org, the team of Melinda Smith, Maya W. Paul, and Lawrence Robinson insists that “slow and steady wins the race.” If you aim to lose a pound or two each week, they say, you will be able to ensure that you are losing weight in a healthy way.

“Losing weight too fast can take a toll on your mind and body, making you feel sluggish, drained, and sick,” writes the Helpguide team, “When you drop a lot of weight quickly, you’re actually losing mostly water and muscle, rather than fat.” They go on to note that you should set certain goals for yourself in order to keep you motivated. Concentrating on the long-term benefits of your weight loss goals, over short-term results, should help you along the way.

3. Fill up on healthy choices and keep junk food at bay. A big part of staying disciplined includes keeping yourself far from temptation. Zelman writes that Dawn Jackson Blatner, who authored The Flexitarian Diet, believes that we should be eating plenty of vegetables and drinking plenty of water in order to keep ourselves full. As well, it’s important to “get tempting foods out of your home (and) stay busy – you don’t want to eat just because you’re bored.”