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June 27, 2017

// Spider Veins

How To Enjoy Summer In Spite Of Your Varicose Veins

Well, it’s official. Summer is here! And that also means that Canada Day is fast approaching. Of course, this year, our nation will celebrate its 150th anniversary. And although all Canada Day celebrations are special, the entire staff at Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre would like to extend our extra special wishes for you to enjoy the monumental holiday weekend that is coming up!

We’d also like to let you know that summertime isn’t a time of year that should be feared. Individuals who suffer with varicose veins and spider veins in their legs – we’re especially talking to you. We know how difficult it can be for you to feel comfortable exposing your legs during the warmest days of the year. We also know how difficult it can be to not expose them on the warmest days of the year.

What’s your best option? Show your legs in spite of the embarrassment you feel about how they look? Or cover up your legs and endure the unpleasantness that comes with combining high temperatures and layered clothing? It’s really a lose-lose situation, isn’t it? That is, unless you adopt some methods of keeping your varicose veins at bay. There are a number of things you can do to help lessen and eventually diminish the appearance of your varicose and spider veins.

Shake salt out of your diet.

Salt is bad news. It works to dehydrate your body and promote water retention, as a result. Attempt to avoid salty foods throughout the summer and replace your cravings with foods that are part of an anti-inflammatory diet. On TheAlternativeDaily.com, Jane Meggit offers up some sound advice about how what to eat in order to reduce the appearance of varicose veins.

“An anti-inflammatory diet helps increase blood flow and reduces inflammation that causes leaky veins,” she informs, “Eat lots of salad greens and fresh herbs such as basil and parsley, which are natural diuretics. Blood pooling also can result from magnesium deficiency, so you’ll want to make bananas, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, avocados and other magnesium-rich foods part of your daily diet.”

Maintain an active lifestyle.

We know that summertime is a time when people love to enjoy rest and relaxation. This is especially true when they visit beaches or pools. However, instead of lying on the beach or poolside in order to soak up the rays (never a good idea, to begin with), how about jumping in the water and swimming? Not only is it a fun summer pastime, but the exercise will work wonders in boosting circulation in your legs – a key way to reduce the appearance of varicose veins.

“Regular, low-impact exercise like swimming and walking will work your calf muscles, which can improve circulation in your legs,” reports VeinDirectory.org, “If you sit a lot at work or home, you can help relieve pressure in your varicose veins by keeping your legs uncrossed and periodically rotating your ankles, then flexing and pointing your feet 10-15 times. Doing this at regular intervals throughout the day can reduce pressure in the legs and improve circulation.”

Give sclerotherapy a try.

If eating right and working out aren’t doing enough to help you enjoy a varicose vein-free summer, you may want to try sclerotherapy – the “gold standard” treatment for eliminating varicose and spider veins. Known for its safety and effectiveness, the treatment involves the injecting of medication into unwanted veins to make them disappear. Discomfort is minimal and results are excellent!

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

June 20, 2017

// Unwanted Moles

What Makes Summer The Season Of The Mole?

Summer starts tomorrow! And, if you’re like most Canadians, you’re thrilled that the warmest and sunniest season of them all is set to start. Summer, as we all know, is the season of playing outdoors, swimming, hiking and sunbathing. And while we’d never recommend the act of simply lying in direct sunlight (still a popular summer pastime), we recognize that all outdoor activities will entail sun exposure.

Do you have to be reminded that it’s important to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays?

The way we see it is that there can never be enough reminders. But here’s another one – be sure to include the daily application of sunscreen as part of your summertime festivities. With that said, it’s important to note that the more we expose our skin to the sun, the higher our chances are of developing moles.

Perhaps, “developing” isn’t quite the correct word. You see, we’re all born with moles. Each of us has between 10 and 40 moles on our bodies. They can appear just about anywhere and generally surface by the time we hit our twenties. However, sun exposure is a key culprit in helping moles become more visible. This is because they get darker. If you’re not particularly a fan of the appearance of moles, you’ll want to do your part in keeping your skin covered during the summer.

Are moles dangerous?

It’s important to note that the majority of moles are harmless. Nevertheless, many people choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. There are, however, moles that indicate the presence of melanoma – a deadly skin cancer. If you have any concerns about the moles that may become more apparent throughout the summer months, you should contact a dermatologist to have them checked out.

What should you look for when examining your moles?

Doctors advice using the ABCDE method when examining your moles: Asymmetry, Border, Colour, Diameter and Enlargement (or Evolution).

  • A for asymmetry – Check to see if one half of the mole looks differently than the other.
  • B for border – Check to see if the mole has uneven or poorly defined borders.
  • C for colour – Does the mole have two or more different colours? While generally black or brown, moles may also exhibit shades of red, blue or white.
  • D for diameter – How big is the mole? Is it larger than the size of a pencil eraser or approximately 6 millimetres across?
  • E for enlargement/evolution – Is the mole changing size, shape and colour over time?

“Examine your skin regularly, looking for any new skin moles as well as changes in the moles you already have,” recommends Krisha McCoy on EverydayHealth.com, “If you have a family history of atypical moles or skin cancer, or a large number of moles or freckles, your primary doctor may suggest that you see a dermatologist for regular skin evaluations.”

What is the safest way to remove moles?

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we proudly offer a safe and effective treatment for mole removal. The VariLite laser is excellent for removing moles as well as skin tags, spider veins, small red blood vessels and other pigmented skin spots. It is heralded for providing excellent results with no bruising and virtually no down time.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

June 13, 2017

// Hair Removal

Finding The Best Way To Prepare Your Bikini Line For Summer

We are about a week away from the official start of summer! It’s a time of year that most Canadians very much look forward to. Trips to the pool or a local beach – depending on where you live – is commonplace when the warm and sunny weather hits. And, as a result, getting our bikini lines in order is also a popular getting-ready-for-summertime practice. The only problem with bikini line maintenance is that it can be tricky. And that’s putting it mildly!

As many Canadian women are well aware, shaving can produce the smooth results needed to wear bikinis without any concern for exposing pubic hair. As it has become more popular over the years, a bikini line free of hair is generally the desirable look. Then again, “desirable” isn’t usually the word people use to describe rashes, razor burn and ingrown hairs. However, these are often the results of shaving.

How many women are shaving their bikini lines?

“A study by the University of Texas found that 77 percent of women shave their bikini line, as opposed to trimming it with scissors or using hair-removal cream,” informs Jenn Sinrich of Women’s Health Magazine, “But bumps, redness, and irritation are almost always part of the package.” Sinrich goes on to provide a 7-step process for women to safely shave their bikini areas.

The 7-step process, however, is quite taxing – described as both time-consuming and expensive. It involves investing in high-quality razors, shaving creams and moisturizers. As well, it involves holding a cold compress to the shaved area for approximately ten minutes post-shave. It also involves thoroughly cleaning razors and replacing them when necessary. The objective is to minimize redness, razor bumps and ingrown hairs.

How can you minimize skin irritations after shaving?

“After every shave, make sure to sanitize your blades with rubbing alcohol and warm or hot water. If your razor looks rusty and you’ve been using it for a while, toss it out,” advises Sinrich, “This is to avoid the overgrowth of bacteria that’s been exposed to the blades while they sit idly in your shower. So cut your losses (and avoid those red bumps) by refreshing your stock of razor blades and storing them in a clean, dry place, like your medicine cabinet.”

Cosmopolitan offers similar advice, pointing out that shaving the bikini line requires sharp and clean razors and transparent shaving gel. The publication also recommends using a toner post-shave in order to prevent razor rash. But the magazine also reveals that laser hair removal is becoming a more popular choice for everyone. It’s a choice that can help to eliminate all of the above-mentioned skin irritations that are commonplace with shaving.

What makes laser hair removal a more effective solution?

“It used to be that unless you had fair skin and dark hair, you risked scarring and pigmentation problems or, at the very least, poor results from laser hair removal,” reads their website, “But lasers like YAG and EpiLight work better on a broader range of complexions and hair hues… Plus, just one or two treatments can yield impressive results.”

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we offer a hair removal solution that has a long history of providing safe, effective and long-lasting results. Our laser hair removal treatments utilize the LightSheer™ Hair Laser – a revolutionary treatment in the management of unwanted hair. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

June 6, 2017

// Skin Care

Wedding Season: Yet Another Reason To Remove Your Ink

Tattoo removal, it appears, is just about as popular as tattoos themselves. In other words, tattoos remain highly sought-after. People from all over the world continue to ink themselves up with elaborate designs, phrases and images that often have some sort of deeply-rooted sentimental value. However, just as many people regularly decide that the time has come for them to remove their once greatly-loved tattoos.

As time passes, people change. And, as a result, so do their opinions about the tattoos they decided to place on their bodies. Tattoos, most of them find, are no different than clothing. Eventually, they go out of style. Of course, unlike clothing, tattoos can’t be changed on a daily basis. Therefore, there is only one true solution to making that ultimate change in appearance: laser tattoo removal.

With the first day of summer coming up in about two weeks, many Canadians are considering removing their tattoos. With the warmer weather comes the time of year when we expose our skin to the sun a lot more often. Thus, tattoos are revealed for the world to see. If you’re one of those many Canadians who have decided that they no longer wish to share their tattoos with the world, then you may want to consider removing your ink.

Wedding season is here!

While there is no official “wedding season”, it goes without saying that a lot of Canadians like to tie the knot during the warm and sunny days of summer. Naturally, a wedding day is one when people like to look their absolute best. Of course, that goes double for the bride and groom! In most cases, a tattoo that has been placed on the arms, hands, neck and upper back are bound to be exposed.

Generally speaking, tattoos don’t typically match well with wedding dresses. At least, this is what is felt by many women who previously felt their tattoos were stylish and alluring. Dayna is one of those individuals. Prior to her 2014 wedding, the Florida-based bride-to-be shared her thoughts about entering married life with her tattoos in a chat on WeddingBee.com.

“I covered myself in tattoos when I was young and reckless and now I am racing the clock to get them off of me via laser treatments before the wedding,” wrote Dayna, “What can I say? I thought I was edgy and alternative and I wanted to be Angelina Jolie when I grew up. Now I look in the mirror and think ‘What WAS I thinking?’ Especially the one on my wrist. I suppose the others can wait but I can’t have this tattoo in all of my ring exchange photos.”

Dayna admits that she was less than satisfied with the laser tattoo removal treatments she underwent to remove her tattoos, stating that they carried a “higher risk of scarring”. At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we wish we could have introduced her to our method of tattoo removal – Q-switched Nd: YAG lasers using PhotoAcoustic Technology. They are known for their improved methods of safety and efficacy.

Is your wedding day coming up?

While it generally takes anywhere from 5 to 15 treatments sessions for our lasers to completely remove tattoos, we can certainly start the process to help you look your best on the big day. For more information about our laser tattoo removal treatments, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.