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Fillers and Neuromodulators

These are two very different products and they have very different effects.

1.  Neuromodulator brand names are Dysport, Botox and Xeomin (identical to Botox but without unnecessary molecular components)

 Neuromodulators or more accurately, neurotoxins, are just what the name implies: The toxin molecules block signals from nerves that tell the muscle to contract. If a large quantity of toxin is injected into the blood stream, it would paralyze the muscles that keep you breathing. But, in very tiny precisely placed doses, it  blocks muscles of expression that make you look angry or older than you want to look. The trick with toxins is giving just the right amount in exactly the right place so the muscles you want to work still do work. Wrong placement can result in  a droopy eyelid.

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Liposuction: The pros and cons

When liposuction first became popular I thought it could be a great way for a patient to quickly drop five or ten pounds and achieve a more flattering figure. 

The procedure is fairly straightforward. Just select the area where fat is to be removed, inject normal saline with lidocaine (local anesthetic) and painlessly suction out the fat. The patient is awake throughout and can resume normal activities right away. 



Spider Veins & Varicose Veins

We get visible leg veins mostly for a variety of reasons including genetic. By the way, the veins aren't "broken", just visible because of pressure from sitting and crossing the legs, standing for long hours combined with the effects of hormones. Aging and the number of pregnancies will also take their toll. Wearing support hose helps keep veins from dilating.  Small valves inside veins become incompetent when the vein stretches leading to permanent enlargement leading to more visibility.

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Skin Cancer: What you need to know

Skin cancer is the most prevalent of all cancers, but is also one of the most curable if detected and treated in its earliest stages. The three most common forms of skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Our medical dermatology team specializes in detection and treatment of these and other rare types of skin cancers.

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