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How Long Does a Thread Lift Last?

How Long Does a Thread Lift Last?

If you are looking for a minimally invasive treatment to tighten lax skin on your face and neck, a thread lift may be just what you need. A thread lift is an innovative, effective treatment that gives the face an instant lift using absorbable sutures. But how long does a thread lift last?

What Is A Thread Lift?

A thread lift is a minimally invasive skin treatment in which temporary sutures are used to lift the skin and reposition facial tissues that have descended. The procedure is typically done using biocompatible polydioxanone PDO threads.

How Does A Thread Lift Work?

A special needle is used to insert the PDO threads under the skin. The threads remain beneath the skin when the needle is removed and are absorbed over time. The sutures stimulate collagen which makes the skin firmer and more toned and provides a subtle lift for the cheeks, jowls, and neck.

How Long Does A Thread Lift Last?

The effects of a thread lift typically last 1-3 years but there are variables that can influence the longevity of the results.

PDO threads are absorbable so the speed with which patients metabolize the threads will impact the duration of the thread lift. Threads stimulate collagen which adds volume to the skin, and helps maintain the lifted appearance of the face over several months.

The placement of the threads and the skill and experience of the surgeon are other factors that can influence how long a thread lift lasts.

Am I A Good Candidate For A Thread Lift?

If you have loose skin on your face and neck, but you’re not quite ready for a facelift, you may be a good candidate for a thread lift.

Would you like to learn more about a thread lift? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale by the Sea, Wilton Manors, Pompano Beach or

surrounding areas, Baltic Beauty Centre, Fort Lauderdale, is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.balticbeautycentre.com, or by calling (954) 420-7436.

How Does A PRP Facial Work?

How Does A PRP Facial Work?

Are you looking for a quick refresher for your face? A PRP facial may be just what you need, because it uses the body’s natural healing power to rejuvenate the skin and minimize signs of aging. But how does a PRP facial work?

How Does A PRP Facial Work?

A PRP facial is a skin rejuvenation treatment that combines platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy with microneedling. PRP is a type of regenerative medicine that has been used extensively in orthopedic medicine to heal damaged tissue and ligaments.

When used on the face, PRP stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. These skin components plump and tighten the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
The PRP facial starts with a small sample of blood being drawn from the patient. The blood is then put in a centrifuge and spun at high speed to isolate the PRP serum needed for the facial. The PRP is then injected into the skin or applied using a microneedling device. Once the PRP is applied to the face, the growth factors in the plasma start to rejuvenate the skin, and stimulate new collagen.

Combining PRP with microneedling enhances the collagen-boosting benefits of the treatment because microneedling also rebuilds collagen.

A PRP facial takes approximately 30-60 minutes and requires about 2-7 days of downtime.

What Results Can You Expect?

A PRP facial makes the skin smoother and tighter, and reduces scars and enlarged pores. It also improves skin tone and texture. The results can be seen about 2 weeks after treatment.

Would you like to learn more about the PRP facial? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Torrance & South Bay, CA areas, Awaken Aesthetics is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.awakenaesthetics.com, or by calling (888) 983-7419.

When Should I See A Doctor For Vulvodynia?

When Should I See A Doctor For Vulvodynia?

Living with vulvodynia can be challenging because in addition to the physical symptoms, the condition can negatively impact your emotional wellbeing. So when should you see a doctor for vulvodynia?

Symptoms Of Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia is chronic pain in the vulva (the external part of the female genitalia). The pain may be continuous or only occur when touching is applied to the vulva. Other symptoms of vulvodynia include irritation, itching, urinary frequency and urgency and pain with intercourse.

When Should I See A Doctor For Vulvodynia?

Vulvar pain and other symptoms of vulvodynia can last for many years and cause significant physical and emotional distress. It’s therefore important to visit your doctor as soon as the symptoms arise. After other diagnoses have been ruled out, your doctor will refer you to a vulvovaginal specialist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Treating Vulvodynia

The experts in vulvovaginal care at Fowler GYN International (FGI) diagnose vulvodynia with the help of an advanced vaginal fluid analysis (VFA) test. The VFA test is done to evaluate the vaginal constituents.

Women with vulvodynia typically have an abnormal or altered vaginal microflora pattern. When the vaginal microflora is abnormal it means that there has been a shift in the bacterial milieu, resulting in an overgrowth of ‘bad’ bacteria.

The results of the VFA test will therefore be used to formulate a customized treatment protocol. The FGI approach focuses on moving the vaginal microflora towards normal to restore vaginal health, and relieve symptoms of vulvodynia.

FGI recommends discontinuing the use of hygiene products that contain chemicals which can irritate the vulvar tissue in conduction vaginal rejuvenate therapy consisting of three to four intravaginal medications.

Patients typically notice some relief about 4 months after starting the FGI treatment protocol, but it can take 8-12 months to achieve lasting improvement.

Have you been diagnosed with vulvodynia? Contact Fowler GYN International (FGI), Phoenix, AZ for a consultation. Dr. Fowler is a board certified gynecologist and former consultant of gynecology at Mayo Clinic for over 20 years.

You can reach them at www.fowlergyninternational.com, or by calling (480) 420-4001.

What is Phlebolymphedema?

What is Phlebolymphedema?

Do you have persistent swelling in your legs that is especially severe at the end of the day? This swelling could be caused by a condition known as Phlebolymphedema, which is a common type of lymphedema. The condition is related to a build-up of fluid in the body, so it’s important to have the problem properly identified and treated. But what is Phlebolymphedema?

What Is Phlebolymphedema?

Phlebolymphedema is swelling caused by chronic venous insufficiency and lymphatic insufficiency.

Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when the one-way valve in the vein fails to close completely, causing some blood to flow backward. This is known as venous reflux. It puts pressure on the vein walls and causes blood to pool in the vein, producing swelling in the leg.
Lymphatic insufficiency is the result of an accumulation of lymphatic or interstitial fluid in the interstitial tissue. The primary role of lymph fluid is to transport white blood cells throughout the body, but it also removes toxins, waste, and other unwanted substances.

Symptoms Of Phlebolymphedema

Common symptoms of Phlebolymphedema include swelling of portions of the leg or the entire leg, diminished joint flexibility, weakness, recurring infections, hardening or thickening of the overlying skin, and heaviness or tightness.

Treatment Options For Phlebolymphedema

Several treatments are available for managing Phlebolymphedema and reducing swelling and discomfort. Compression therapy which involves the use of a compression garment or a dynamic compression pump is one of the most common treatment options. Light exercise and massages are also beneficial. Surgery may be considered in severe cases as it helps to relieve pressure by removing excess tissue.

Would you like to learn more about Phlebolymphedema? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in Windemere, FL, or the surrounding areas, Vascular Experts is our featured practice.
You can reach them at www.tveflorida.com, or by calling (407) 228-3230.

Why is My Vaginal Skin Turning White?

Why is My Vaginal Skin Turning White?

Have you noticed changes in the appearance of the skin in the vaginal area and wondered – Why is my vaginal skin turning white? The vaginal skin is often overlooked during a physical examination, yet it plays an important role in vaginal health. Therefore, any changes in the color of the skin should be investigated.

Why is My Vaginal Skin Turning White?

If your vaginal skin is turning white and you also have symptoms such as itching, and wrinkled, sticky skin, you probably have a condition known as lichen sclerosus. Lichen sclerosus also makes the skin thinner than usual, so small tears or fissures may develop in the skin.

Lichen sclerosus is a chronic skin disorder that frequently affects the skin of the genitals. There is no cure for lichen sclerosus but it can be managed very effectively.

When lichen sclerosus is left untreated, it can cause the vulva to shrink and make the vaginal opening narrower, resulting in painful intercourse.

How Is Lichen Sclerosus Diagnosed?

Lichen sclerous is diagnosed by a physical examination of the affected area. However, early symptoms of lichen sclerosus can be missed, so it’s important to consult with a vulvovaginal specialist who can easily recognize the clinical signs of the condition.

How Is Lichen Sclerosus Treated?

Dr. R. Stuart Fowler of Fowler GYN International (FGI) is a vulvovaginal specialist with extensive experience diagnosing and treating lichen sclerosus. At FGI they use specially formulated low dose corticosteroids to treat lichen sclerosus as a maintenance therapy.

They also recommend the use of hypocontactant skincare products because most women with lichen sclerosus have sensitive external genitalia tissues. Therefore, the tissues can be irritated by the chemicals in over-the-counter hygiene products. FGI offers patients the FeminaRx Pure SkinCare Collection, which is ideal for women with vulvovaginal symptoms such as itching, irritation, and soreness.

Is your vaginal skin turning white? Contact the experts in vaginal healthcare at Fowler GYN International (FGI), Phoenix, AZ for a consultation. Dr Fowler is a Board Certified gynecologist and former Mayo Clinic Consultant in the Department of Gynecology.
You can reach them at www.fowlergyninternational.com, or by calling (480) 420-4001.

What Can Cause Chronic Yeast Infections?

What Can Cause Chronic Yeast Infections?

Most women get an occasional yeast infection which is usually no big deal, but chronic yeast infections are much more worrying. A yeast infection becomes chronic when it persists despite several treatments. But what can cause chronic yeast infections?

What Is A Vaginal Yeast Infection?

A vaginal yeast infection is a condition caused by an overgrowth of yeast (candida) in the vagina. Most women experience discharge, irritation, itching, soreness, and burning, with a yeast infection.

What Can Cause Chronic Yeast Infections?

Chronic yeast infections are a clear indication that the underlying cause of the infection remains untreated. Although anti-fungal medication is commonly used to treat yeast infections, it is not beneficial for chronic infections.

Frequent yeast infections typically occur due to a shift in the bacterial milieu in the vagina, which results in secretions that are conducive to growing yeast. Yeast is normally present on the skin at the opening of the vagina. They rarely gain access to the vagina unless their are conditions making it easier for yeast to grow in the vagina. When lactobacilli no longer dominate the vagina, yeast can multiply and cause an infection.

Treating Chronic Yeast Infections

Chronic yeast infections can be treated by restoring balance to the vaginal microflora. Board-certified gynecologist Dr. R. Stuart Fowler of Fowler GYN International has developed the vaginal fluid analysis (VFA) test to evaluate the vaginal fluid.

The VFA test is a superior technique of wet preps that provides a quantitative analysis of the vaginal fluid. It identifies the type and quantity of microflora to determine if there is an altered vaginal microflora state.

If the VFA test confirms an altered microflora pattern, patients are put on a customized treatment protocol, to move the microflora towards normal. This will resolve the symptoms of chronic yeast infections.

Do you need help with chronic yeast infections? Contact Fowler GYN International, Phoenix, AZ, for a consultation. It was established by former Mayo physician, board certified Dr. R. Stuart Fowler. You can reach them at www.fowlergyninternational.com/contact-us, or by calling (480) 420-4001.

How To Stop Recurring Vaginal Yeast Infections

How To Stop Recurring Vaginal Yeast Infections

Most women experience an occasional vaginal yeast infection, which is normally nothing to be concerned about, but if the infection keeps coming back, it usually indicates a deeper problem. But how can you stop recurring vaginal yeast infections?

What Is A Vaginal Yeast Infection?

A vaginal yeast infection is an overgrowth of yeast in the vagina. Symptoms include discharge, itching, pain with urination, and irritation. A vaginal yeast infection is normally treated with anti-fungal medication, and while this may ease symptoms for a time, the infection will recur if the underlying problem is not addressed.

How To Stop Recurring Vaginal Yeast Infections

Recurring vaginal yeast infections are usually caused by a shift in the dominant bacteria in the vagina. This is known as an altered vaginal microflora pattern. The vaginal ecosystem consists of 30+ strains of bacteria and includes a small number of yeast cells. The microflora is normally dominated by lactobacilli, which is the ‘good’ or beneficial bacteria, but if there is a disruption in this delicate balance the vaginal pH is impacted and yeast can multiply.

Restoring normal vaginal bacterial balance requires an evaluation of the constituents of the vaginal secretions. This type of quantitative analysis is done using an advanced diagnostic tool known as a vaginal fluid analysis (VFA) test.

The VFA test was developed by board-certified gynecologist Dr. R. Stuart Fowler, of Fowler GYN International, Phoenix, AZ.

The VFA test is a superior technique of wet preps that determines if the vaginal microflora is a normal pattern or an altered vaginal microflora pattern.

If a patient has one of the altered microflora patterns a treatment protocol is designed to restore the microflora towards normal. When this is done, pH levels return to normal and yeast no longer thrive, so symptoms of the vaginal yeast infection will resolve.

If you would like to learn more about recurring vaginal yeast infections, contact Fowler GYN International, at fowlergyninternational.com, or by calling (480) 420-4001.

What Is Vaginal Microflora And the VFA Test

What Is Vaginal Microflora And the VFA Test

Nowadays, women are more comfortable talking about vaginal issues and are learning about vaginal microflora. Vaginal microflora is integral to vaginal health so if it is thrown off balance, the risk of developing infections increases. That’s where the VFA test comes in. But what is vaginal microflora and the VFA test?

What Is Vaginal Microflora

Vaginal microflora refers to the different strains of bacteria that are present in the vagina. The vagina is home to more than 30 strains of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria. The ‘good’ bacteria or lactobacilli generally predominate and protect the vagina from harmful microorganisms. However, there are times when the natural balance of bacteria is disrupted, resulting in an altered vaginal microflora pattern.

Irritation, itching, burning, odor, and urinary frequency or urgency are symptoms of an altered vaginal microflora pattern.

What Is The VFA Test

The Vaginal Fluid Analysis (VFA) test is an advanced diagnostic technique that is used to evaluate the constituents of the vaginal fluid. It identifies the characteristics and quantity of the microbes in the vagina and determines if an altered vaginal microflora pattern is present.
The VFA test was developed by board-certified gynecologist Dr. R. Stuart Fowler. Dr. Fowler was a Consultant in Gynecology at the Mayo Clinic for 22 years then subsequently founded Fowler GYN International (FGI) in 2013.

The VFA test provides details on vaginal constituents including 1) the maturation squamous cells, 2) the relative concentration of each types, 3) the concentration of wbc’s, 4) the predominate type of wbc’s, 5) the relative concentration of lactobacilli, 6) the quality of lactobacilli, 7) the relative concentration of non-lactobacilli, and 8) the presence of tease as pseudohyphae, blastospores or both. Knowing the type and concentration of the vaginal constituents allows the vaginal experts at FGI to create a customized treatment protocol for each patient, to restore balance to the microflora.

If you would like to learn more about microflora and the VFA test, contact Fowler GYN International at www.fowlergyninternational.com, or by calling (480) 420-4001. FGI is located in Phoenix, AZ.

Is It Safe To Get Botox Near Your Eyes?

Is It Safe To Get Botox Near Your Eyes?

Are you thinking about getting botox to treat the wrinkles around your eyes, but wonder if it’s safe to do so?Every year millions of people get botox injections to reduce dynamic wrinkles which are caused by muscle movement linked to expressions such as squinting, smiling, and frowning. But is it safe to get botox near your eyes?

How does botox work

Botox is a neurotoxin, so it works by relaxing the muscles responsible for the formation of expression lines. When botox is injected into the targeted muscle it blocks the transmission of signals from the nerves to the muscles, which reduces muscle contractions. This leads to smoother skin, fewer wrinkles, and a more youthful appearance.

Is it safe to get botox near your eyes?

Botox is FDA approved for smoothing wrinkles at the corner of the eyes (crow’s feet), so it can be safely used near your eyes. Also, botox has been used safely in the field of ophthalmology for many years to treat medical conditions such as eyelid twitching and lazy eye. Treating these conditions involves making botox injections in the muscles near the eyes.

If you are considering getting botoxnear your eyes it’s essential to be aware of possible side effects including droopy eyelids, as well as pain and swelling at the injection site. When botox injectionsarestrategically placed using the correct dosage and technique, side-effects are minimal. That’s the reason why botox should only be administered by askilled, experienced physician.

Would you like to learn more about botox?Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, NY, or New Jersey areas, Manhattan Aesthetics is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.manhattan-aesthetics.com, or by calling (646) 760-4726.

What Exactly is Mohs Surgery?

What Exactly is Mohs Surgery?

Skin cancer is a dangerous disease that affects millions of people each year, but it can be treated successfully if caught early.Mohs Surgery is considered the most effective way to treat skin cancer because of its high cure rate. But what exactly is Mohs Surgery?

What Exactly Is Mohs Surgery

Mohs or Mohs Micrographic surgery is a surgical procedure that is used to treat squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC), which are the most common types of skin cancer.

Mohs surgery is performed by specially trained doctors, and requires specific lab conditions since the lab work is done on-site. It is considered the treatment of choice for skin cancer because it completely removes the visiblecancerous growth above the surface, as well as the roots beneath the skin.

Mohs surgery is also advantageous because it spares as much healthy tissue as possible. This makes it an excellent option for treating delicate areas like the face and neck.

Depending on the extent of the cancer, Mohs surgery can take several hours to perform. Surgeryis done under local anesthesia so patients are awake throughout.

How Is Mohs SurgeryPerformed

Mohs surgery is a precise technique that removesskin cancer by layers. A thin layer of tissue is excised and then immediately examined under a microscope at the on-site lab. Patients wait while the lab work is being done. If cancer cells are detected the excision of tissue is repeated until the area is cancer-free. The wound may be left open after surgery or reconstructed with a skin flap.

Would you like to learn more about Mohs surgery? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Newport Beach, CA area, Zena Medical is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.zenamedical.com or by calling 949-200-8222.