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October 20, 2015

// Spider Veins

5 Reasons To Choose Sclerotherapy For Spider Vein Removal

With winter on its way and colder temperatures already upon us, Canadians are finally accepting the fact that bundling up has returned to being an everyday practice. For summer-lovers, this is disappointing. But for many others, the opportunity to cover up is most welcomed. It’s not just that they want to keep warm, mind you. Additional clothing helps to avoid exposing varicose and spider veins in their legs.

Of course, covering up doesn’t make them go away. This is why the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre so proudly offers sclerotherapy as its spider vein-fighting solution. Known as the “gold standard” when it comes to the removal of spider veins, this fascinating treatment involves the injection of a “sclerosing” solution that works to close “feeder veins” under the skin. This helps to diminish their appearance without the use of laser.

According to VeinDirectory.org, sclerotherapy is faster and more effective than laser treatments when it comes to spider vein removal. “In one study, sclerotherapy was 50 to 70 percent effective on spider veins versus 30 to 40 percent effectiveness for surface laser treatment,” reports the site. They go on to point out that the treatment is especially beneficial for those with low pain thresholds because it is typically less painful than laser therapies.

But what other reasons are there to choose sclerotherapy for spider vein removal? Here are five:

1. It’s a time-saving procedure. Not only does sclerotherapy allow patients to experience virtually painless solutions to their spider vein problems, but the treatments are also known to be quick and easy. Often, a procedure will last approximately half an hour or so, depending on the size of the area that is being treated. It’s important, however, for patients to keep their legs compressed with either stockings or bandages for two weeks after treatment.

2. There is very minimal downtime. Sclerotherapy is not major surgery by any stretch of the imagination. Patients are able to return to their homes on the same days that they receive the treatments. With very little downtime, people can return to their normal routines very shortly after the treatments are performed. In fact, they are encouraged to be up on their feet, walking around in order to promote blood circulation in the legs.

3. Visible results are quickly noticeable. If you’re looking for a quick solution to your spider vein problem, sclerotherapy is for you. Often, immediate improvements can be seen. Some patients describe the experience as seeing their veins disappearing before their eyes! In some cases, two or three treatments may be necessary. But, it is quite common for the results to be noticeable within very short periods of time.

4. It’s the most effective solution. We may have pointed this out earlier, but it deserves repeating. While laser treatments provide fantastic results for many other conditions, sclerotherapy is best when it comes to varicose and spider veins. It has been proven to be more effective than laser treatments because it addresses the issue of what causes the veins to form to begin with. By closing off “feeder veins”, a recurrence of spider veins in the treated area is a lot less likely.

5. It can treat deep and large veins. At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we also perform what is known as “echo sclerotherapy” to treat deep and superficial large varicose veins. This safe and efficient treatment eliminates the need for surgery. The procedure is done under Doppler ultrasound guidance. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

October 14, 2015

// Skin Care

Using ProFractional To Treat Wrinkles And Scarring

It may not feel like it, but our faces take quite the beating on a daily basis. Sure, most of us wake up each morning to wash and moisturize our faces. But, in the course of a day, our faces can endure exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays, dry and cold wind and a variety of pollutants that are found in the air. By the end of the day, we may have done more to dry out our skin and clog its pores than we realize.

Of course, such daily damage isn’t exactly noticeable right away. But over the course of time, skin damage becomes more apparent. Naturally, with age, collagen loss leads to fine lines and wrinkles. And then there are those unfortunate moments that some of us have been unable to avoid. When a mishap leads to a scar, it can be assumed that the extent of such facial damage is irreparable. But at the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we’re happy that isn’t true.

To dramatically improve sun damaged skin, wrinkles and even scars, we use the fascinating ProFractional laser. Treatments are also used to aid in the appearance of acne scars, age spots, sun spots and freckles. Our patients have found that ProFractional treatments are both quick and comfortable. They also require little to no downtime. If you’re looking for a safe and effective way to reverse the signs of aging and other damage to your skin, you’ve found it!

How does ProFractional work? The process takes advantage of the fact that our bodies have the ability to heal themselves. You see, ProFractional is unique in that it uses a laser microbeam to treat thousands of pinpoint areas of your skin. The laser energy creates thousands of microscopic channels in the skin which are all surrounded by areas of healthy, untreated skin. The zones of untreated skin invigorate the body’s natural healing process.

By doing so, the treated areas end up stimulating the production of new collagen. This plumps up the skin to smooth out wrinkles, fine lines and other irregularities. The end result is fresher, younger looking skin. The reduction of wrinkles and sun damage does quite a lot to produce a healthier, more youthful appearance. But you may be wondering how ProFractional is able to do away with deeper scarring.

On her website, New Jersey-based physician, Dr. Kristine Krever reveals how scars that have developed from accidents can be treated with ProFractional. The laser “pierces the scar and stimulates tissue beneath, stimulating growth of new light-coloured and evenly textured skin,” she explains, “Scar reduction treatments require limited recovery time and the scar will be noticeably improved within 3-5 treatments.”

ProFractional treatments aren’t limited to the facial area, by the way. Patients have been able to repair damage to their necks, chests and hands as well. As mentioned, there is very little downtime necessary following this procedure. However, in some cases, patients experience a bit of swelling and redness that is similar to the sensation of sunburn. No more than three days is generally necessary for complete healing.

As always, it’s very important to follow physician instructions. They may include using particular skin care products. As well, your skin will become more sensitive to ultraviolet light following a ProFractional treatment, so it’s recommended that direct exposure to sunlight is avoided until you are fully healed. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

October 6, 2015

// Skin Care

Winning The Battle Against Sun Damage And Rosacea

Now that the warm and sunny summer season is well behind us, most of us have already stored away our bottles of sunscreen. But that’s a no-no. Just because the temperatures may have dipped, it doesn’t mean that the sun’s harmful UV rays aren’t still present. The sun still comes out each and every day and with it comes the potential of sun damage if our skin isn’t protected. It’s important to continue applying sunscreen to our exposed skin all year long.

Naturally, the skin that remains exposed during the colder months of the year is predominantly that which is found on our faces. And, as we all know, it’s our faces that give away our age. Where else are the signs of aging more noticeable? Sun damage, as you may have guessed, is one of the top culprits for the signs of aging. And as Dr. Kenneth Fields points out on DearDoctor.com, the more sun exposure you get, the more damage you do to your skin.

“Sun damage is cumulative and begins at an early age,” he reports, “Skin changes in response to sun damage determine the onset and extent of photo-aging; its effects may appear as long as 20 to 30 years after sun damage first occurs. It is not uncommon to see signs of early to moderate photo-aging (brown spots, dryness, wrinkles) in your 40’s — even if you used sunscreen in recent years.”

Evidently, it pays to minimize the amount of damage we allow the sun to do to our faces. But, for some of us, no amount of protection is enough. While we can all try to stave off the signs of aging, our facial skin can still experience the appearance of damage, thanks to a condition known as rosacea. It is defined by the National Rosacea Society as “a chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder primarily of the facial skin, often characterized by flare-ups and remissions.”

It may be more easily described as redness of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead and sometimes neck, chest, scalp and ears. When left untreated, rosacea can appear more intensely red, swollen and bumpy and may even involve the appearance of visible blood vessels. “Although rosacea can affect all segments of the population, individuals with fair skin who tend to flush or blush easily are believed to be at greatest risk,” says the National Rosacea Society.

They go on to explain that women seem to be more susceptible to the condition than men. As well, not everyone with rosacea experiences the same signs and symptoms. The primary signs of rosacea are described as flushing (blushing that comes and goes), persistent redness (similar to blush or sunburn), bumps and pimples (resembling acne) and visible blood vessels. Unfortunately, there is no cure for rosacea.

There is, however, an excellent treatment that helps to minimize the appearance of rosacea. Intense Pulsed Light Photorejuvenation or IPL is considered the most exciting cosmetic advancement of the century! It is heralded as an excellent solution to the appearance of both sun damage and rosacea, as well as facial veins, large pores and skin pigmentation. IPL isn’t your average laser treatment.

A laser only emits one specific wavelength of light. IPL, on the other hand, emits a broad spectrum of light with each pulse. This broad spectrum of light allows for the treatment of a variety of skin imperfections all at the same time. At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we proudly use a state-of-the-art machine for IPL treatments, known as Lumenis One. It’s one of the most advanced IPL units ever produced!

If you’ve experienced sun damage or suffer from rosacea, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818. You may also email us at info@auroralaser.net.