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Pregnancies can cause for many different things to happen to the body that a woman is not typically used to. It can make hair and nails brittle. It can cause for the skin to become dry, oily, and flaky, or for the pigment to change. It can cause for acne, back pain, oral issues, and much more. Pregnancy really does a number on a woman’s body, which is why it is so important to keep up with your health during this time. The hormonal imbalance can cause noticeable, and often unexpected, changes. Skin complications are perhaps the biggest issue with pregnancy. There are many different skin complications that might occur during this sensitive time, including: Overly oily T-zone skin Blemishes on the face, neck and body Dry and flakey hands Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy are the most…


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Strawberry birthmarks are shrouded in myth. There are numerous tall tales and folklore stories associated with them that it’s no wonder people don’t understand exactly what they are. Source: med-health.net Let’s explore the following myths to help us separate fact from fiction. When it comes to strawberry birthmarks, the truth is far from scary. Myth: Strawberry birthmarks are just moles. The medical term for this kind of blemish is capillary haemangioma, and they are not just moles. They are made up of a tumour of dilated blood vessels that rest in the upper-most layers of your skin. Myth: Strawberry birthmarks are tumours?!? They must be deadly. Actually, no. The tumours that make up these skin abrasions are non-cancerous. In severe cases when the mark extends profoundly into the skin, you can have it removed through plastic surgery. Myth: Strawberry birthmarks…


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If you’ve had the chicken pox, a bad burn, experienced a deep cut or horrible acne, you may have noticed the formation of a thick, almost wavy scar in areas that were most affected. These scars are called keloids and they form over a healed skin injury. Keloids are non-cancerous fibrous skin tumours that can look worse than they actually are. Although a keloid is a form of tumour, if you are prone to them, do not panic. Due to their benign nature, people need not worry about them even if they occasionally itch. They are simply the result of abnormal wound healing and are very common. When a wound heals, your body balances the production and breakdown of collagen, the protein that makes up your skin’s fibres. Keloids are formed when your body is trying to heal a wound…


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When discussing treatment and management methods for depression, it’s not often that cosmetic treatments will come up in the conversation. Although it has been proven that cosmetic treatments can help people feel more confident and happier with their appearance, cosmetic procedures are rarely seen as beneficial medical practices. Until Botox, that is. An effective cosmetic treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, Botox has actually been put to a fairly wide range of medical tasks including treating migraines and temporomandibular joint disorder, as well as easing excessive sweating. Now, new evidence has suggested that it can also help to improve the mood of people suffering from long term depression. Case Study: Sarah, age 47 Struggling with depression since the age of 21, Sarah was at her wit’s end when she received a postcard requesting participants for a new depression study at…


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Fillers and injectables are becoming extremely popular forms of cosmetic treatments as people from all races, genders, and cultures seek to maintain a more youthful appearance. Many see these treatments as effective and accessible ways to maintain their looks without having to undergo cosmetic surgery. This has made these treatments so popular that they accounted for over 80% of all cosmetic procedures performed in 2011 across North America. Unsurprisingly, this trend is likely to continue. Unfortunately, despite the continually rising popularity of fillers and injectables, there are still many patients and potential patients out there who don’t really understand the differences between these cosmetic treatments and how they are best used. It’s not uncommon for cosmetic doctors to have patients come in requested Botox when what they actually need is a filler. To figure out which product is more applicable…


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Many patients who have struggled with severe or cystic acne in the past find that it leaves indents and evidence of scarring long after the acne has cleared up. This can greatly affect the texture of the skin as well as the patient’s self-confidence. A common question that aestheticians must answer is how to smooth out these scars in order to achieve a smooth, youthful, and pleasing appearance. In most cases the answer to this question lies in professional skin care procedures, including aggressive exfoliation through chemical peels, CO2 lasers, and injectable fillers. Chemical Peels Available in a variety of strengths to suit the needs of many different individuals, chemical peels involve applying a chemical solution to the skin of the face in order to exfoliate and remove the outer layer. This allows the skin to regenerate, leaving it smoother…


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Unlike other skin blemishes, moles are not too forgiving when it comes to removal. Until now, there have not been that many options available to patients outside of cauterization and surgical intervention. While these do come with high levels of success, the excision process can be discomforting and sometimes painful for those who decide to choose one of these methods. So what are the alternatives? And do they have as much success as other methods? Laser removal and moles: what you need to know Although mole removal is classified as an outpatient procedure that requires just a bit of local anesthesia to perform, some patients have seen the development of post-operational scarring. This is particularly true when the mole is larger in size and/or has roots that bury deep beneath the skin. An alternative way to deal with smaller and…


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While it’s true that moles can be an indicator of cancerous growth, not all moles are bad for you. In fact, a majority of moles are benign, and regular moles will not tend to turn cancerous. Even with this in mind, it’s important to know how to spot obvious signs that your body has changed in case of skin cancer. Early detection can be crucial in treating melanoma, so talk to your doctor about any concerns or precautionary measures to be taken. Regular screening means that early detection is possible, in addition to providing peace of mind when you’re satisfied that your moles appear as they normally do. Regular screening can help you with being more familiar about your own body. Screening will take longer for individuals with more moles than less, but you will be able to speed up…


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