Best Wrinkle Reducer is Still Botox/Dysport
From laser skin tightening to injectable dermal fillers, there are a number of treatments on the market for reducing wrinkles, but one of the best treatments is simply injections of botulinum toxin, known as Botox\ Dysport. A sterile, purified protein created from the bacteria in the lab, Botox/Dysport is injected in tiny quantities into facial muscles to prevent nerve impulses from reaching the muscle. When injected strategically into certain facial muscles, it prevents repeated creasing of the skin during facial expressions, allowing the skin to rebuild the collagen in the area and repair the crease. Especially effective for brow furrows, prominent forehead creases and crow's feet, Botox/Dysport treatments last around three to six months.
Cosmetic dermal fillers have changed the game when it comes to anti-aging treatments, and today's modern fillers are especially effective. Unlike yesteryear's bovine collagen, silicone or body fat dermal fillers, today's fillers are made with non animal-based hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in our bodies. Today's fillers are therefore less likely to cause an allergic reaction, and provide a more natural looking result. Cosmetic fillers are injected into deep crevices and wrinkles in order to plump up the skin and reduce the wrinkle. They also cause the body to increase production of collagen in the area in order to wall off the "foreign" substance. Results generally last around six months or longer, depending on how fast the body absorbs the substance.
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Cosmetic chemical peels range in strength from very mild superficial peels, to deep medical peels done in a doctor's office. Basically a chemical solution is applied topically, causing the skin to peel and eventually flake off. The level of peeling depends on the strength of the peel. Mild mini-peels done at a spa may not produce any noticeable peeling, while medical grade peels will produce a deep, more effective peel within a matter of days. Cosmetic peels are used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, lighten or remove discoloration due to sun damage, reduce the appearance of acne scarring and improve the overall appearance and texture of the skin.
Acne treatments work in various ways to reduce breakouts, either by reducing sebum production, fighting bacterial infection, increasing skin cell turnover or reducing inflammation. For severe acne, prescription topical and oral treatments are available, including tretinoin, tazarotene and adapalene, which promote cell turnover and prevent hair follicles from becoming plugged. Topical antibiotics kill excess skin bacteria, and oral antibiotics reduce bacteria overall. For scarring cystic acne, isotretinoin is a powerful medication prescribed for the most severe forms of acne. Laser and light based therapies can also be used to damage sebaceous oil glands, decreasing sebum production. These therapies also lessen the appearance of acne scars and improve skin texture.
Removing Unwanted Pigmentation
Skin pigmentation is the result of over-production of melanin, a skin pigment used to protect skin from sun damage. As we age, melanin production increases due to a number of hormonal and other factors, and we are more likely to develop permanent brown patches as a result of sun exposure. These can be gradually lightened using creams containing the bleaching agent hydroquinone, or they can be gradually removed through a series of cosmetic peels. Pigmentation may fade visibly with the first treatment, but may take several more treatments over a period of weeks to completely vanish.
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Treatments for Leg Veins
Varicose veins and their smaller cousins, spider veins, can be treated a number of ways. Varicose veins are the enlarged, usually blue or red veins that frequently show up in the backs of the leg, and spider veins are tiny veins that reside near the surface. These veins are usually caused by failure of the one way valves that are supposed to keep blood moving toward the heart. Blood backs up into the veins, causing swelling and discoloration. Treatments include compression stockings to put pressure on the veins and squeeze the blood out, and sclerotherapy, which involves injecting a chemical into the veins causing them to seal off and fade into barely visible scar tissue.
Medical procedures for Weight Control
According to the National Institutes for Health, 68 percent of U.S. adults are obese or overweight. For those unable to control their weight through diet and exercise, medical procedures available to assist with weight control range from bariatric surgeries including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and lap band, to liposuction to remove actual fat cells from areas that are difficult to reduce, such as hips, thighs and "jelly rolls." Bariatric surgeries are risky and only prescribed for patients who are morbidly obese, while liposuction is viewed as more of a cosmetic procedure. At London Medical Spa we emphasize diet, exercise, and if needed medications to suppress appetite and give energy.
Options and Alternatives for Men's Hair Loss
A number of alternatives are available today for the follically challenged male. No longer does a man have to accept hair loss and eventual baldness as his fate in life. From topical applications of minoxidil to reinvigorate shrunken hair follicles, to hair grafts that shift hair from less follically challenged areas, there are many different options. At London Medical Spa we offer the only two FDA approved medical treatments for male pattern hair loss, minoxidil and finisterside. With these treatments, most all men will stop losing hair and a significant number will regrow their hair. The hair that remains will grow thicker and stronger with treatment.
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