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ARNICA MONTANA: HOW DOES IT WORK?

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Bruising and swelling may result from both surgical and non-surgical treatments. Frequently, how we manage the period before and after the procedure will have an impact on the onset or extent of each. Arnica Montana has often been recommended as a homeopathic remedy to reduce the likelihood of bruising and swelling. Knowing how it is believed to work will help you in deciding whether to use it when you book your next procedure.

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An inflammatory reaction is produced by the body when it senses an “injury” and can result from a needle or a knife. This starts a cascade of reactions that includes the presence of an increased amount of blood in the area of treatment resulting in excessive stretching of the walls of small vessels such as capillaries. This stretching enables the release of white blood cells and fluid from the space within the blood vessels into the surrounding tissue between cells resulting in swelling. Arnica Montana is felt to produce an increase in the rate of blood flow through the capillaries in the affected region producing a more rapid resorption of fluid thereby reducing both swelling and bruising.

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Nd:YAG LASER TREATMENT OF VASCULAR SKIN CONDITIONS

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

The Nd:YAG laser applicator on the multi-platform Nordlys system is very effective in treating vascular skin conditions that appear as red spots on the face. These clusters of small dilated blood vessels are called spider angiomas and respond to the wavelength of light energy that is delivered by the Nd:YAG laser. The energy is selectively absorbed by the red blood cells of the angioma and causes the inside wall of the vessels that are targeted to heat up and collapse. This prevents any further blood flow and the redness disappears. The treatment is very rapid with minimal discomfort and may require 1-3 sessions about 6 weeks apart with no downtime.

39 year old female 3 weeks after 2 Nordlys Nd:YAG laser treatments of the red spider angioma of her forehead

39 year old female 3 weeks after completing 2 Nordlys Nd:YAG laser treatments of the red spider angioma of her forehead

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JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC is the latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved injectable hyaluronic acid (HA) filler from Allergan that is formulated for subtle enhancement of the lips and to treat the etched wrinkles around the mouth. It was found to be effective for up to 12 months in the clinical trials that were performed and has been widely used in Europe since 2011.

 

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The HA in both JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC and the previously approved filler for cheek enhancement, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, was developed with advanced Vycross® technology to produce smooth, long lasting results. Vycross® technology enables treatments to be performed with a lower concentration of HA resulting in less swelling. Dr. Forley will evaluate you during your consultation to see if you are a good candidate for JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC.

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THE SILHOUETTE INSTALIFT

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Interested in the youthful appearance that a facelift would deliver but not ready to go under the knife or the recovery involved? New advancements in technology now offer a clinical treatment to lift facial sagging with little down time and use of local anesthesia only. The Silhouette InstaLift offers a solution to the aging process by achieving lifting in the mid-face by mechanical fixation of the deep layer of the cheek. This is accomplished by using a fully absorbable suspension suture with small, smooth cones that are bidirectional at either end.

Silhouette InstaLift Suture

Silhouette InstaLift Suture

A needle is used to insert the suture in the layer directly under the skin. Once the suture is implanted, using the opposing orientation of the cones to compress and fix the loose facial layers in an elevated position lifts the lax tissues of the face.

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What happens next is why this innovative treatment is successful in achieving a long-term result. A process of biological fixation starts to occur in which the suture and cones become encapsulated by collagen. The lifting of the face that has been achieved is locked into position by your own collagen and no longer depends on the InstaLift sutures. In addition, the glycolide/L-lactide (PLGA) suture material itself can enhance facial contour naturally due to its collagen stimulating effect. During your consultation, Dr. Forley will advise you as to whether the Silhouette InstaLift is right for you. The procedure takes about an hour and the effect lasts about 18 months. You should consider the Silhouette InstaLift if you are looking for a minimally invasive procedure that provides lift, contour, and fullness to the face.

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VENOUS LAKE TREATMENT

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

You can add a type of benign nodular vascular growth, known as a venous lake, to the many negative effects of sun exposure. It is commonly found in areas of the body that are often unprotected such as the vermillion or red part of the lip. It appears as a dark blue or purple collection of dilated, blood filled channels. It is compressible and tends to be very slow growing. It can mimic melanoma or basal cell carcinoma and must be distinguished from these malignant conditions prior to treatment.

74 year old female following 2 treatments of lower lip venous lake with Nordlys Nd:YAG laser

74 year old female following 2 treatments of lower lip venous lake with Nordlys Nd:YAG laser

The Nordlys Nd:YAG laser delivers energy at a wavelength that is selectively absorbed by the blood cells in the vascular channels of the venous lake. This causes a heating of the channel lining and collapse of the vessel wall that ultimately results in shutting down blood flow. Without blood flow, the venous lake will disappear. Treatment of the venous lake is quick, often requiring only 1 or 2 pulses of laser energy with minimal discomfort. In most cases, one or two treatment sessions at 6-8 week intervals is sufficient.

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TREATING AGE SPOTS ON THE HANDS

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Age spots on the hands are characterized by various shades of scattered brown pigmentation that often parallels the brown spots seen in the aging face. Yet, treatment of the hands is often overlooked. The advent of light based devices has afforded patients the opportunity to safely and effectively diminish or eliminate these unwanted spots.

63 year old female with age spots of the hands

63 year old female with age spots of the hands

1 month following a single Nordlys treatment

1 month following a single Nordlys treatment

The new Nordlys system uses Selective Waveband Technology (SWT) to exclude unnecessary wavelengths of light so that only those beneficial to treatment of the brown pigmentation are delivered in precise energy pulses. These pulses result in heat that “energizes” the age spots, causing them to separate, so that they are effectively treated in 1-3 monthly sessions. The precision of the Nordlys technology has made the treatments both comfortable and fast requiring no more than 10-15 minutes. Dr. Forley has found that the hands respond remarkably well to the treatment protocol with only a single treatment needed in many cases.

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WEIGHT LOSS VS. WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s not too soon to be proactive in your diet and exercise regimen. This interesting graphic discusses things you should consider when thinking about weight loss vs. weight management.

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RESTYLANE SILK

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Restylane® Silk is a small particle type of hyaluronic acid filler that provides an additional option to the choices available to patients for lip enhancement. The FDA recently approved Restylane® Silk to define the appearance of the lips as well as to improve fine, etched vertical lines and wrinkles. It is notable for its subtle, natural effect and can be injected progressively until the desired lip volume is achieved. Dr. Forley uses Restylane® Silk not only to enhance the contour of the lips but also for blending of the lid-cheek junction ( the “tear trough”)  to create a more rested, youthful look.

Restylane Silk

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SILKPEEL3® DIAMOND DERMALINFUSION

Friday, July 31st, 2015

The new SilkPeel3® Diamond Dermalinfusion system is a non-invasive treatment that offers a technological advancement over traditional microdermabrasion in topical skin treatments of the face and body. A SilkPeel® treatment takes about 30 minutes and combines removal of the outer barrier layer of the skin with an infusion of serum into the deeper skin layers. The procedure begins with the gentle “vacuum-like” suction of your skin into a chamber in the tip of the handpiece. The suction pressure remains consistent across the face or body thereby controlling the level of exfoliation for a more precise depth of penetration of the abrasion process.
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The removal of dry, dead cells from the surface prepares the skin for the infusion of the serum that has been chosen to address your specific concerns.

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Solutions

 SilkPeel® Diamond Dermalinfusion can:

• rehydrate the skin
• reduce the appearance of acne scars
• improve fine lines and wrinkles
• lighten age spots and sun spots

Results will be seen after the first treatment but a series of 4-6 sessions at least 1-2 weeks apart will trigger an on-going process of improvement that produces smoother, brighter, and healthier skin.

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A NEW TREATMENT FOR NECK WRINKLES

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Neck wrinkles or creases that run horizontally across the neck can appear at any age. The onset of these wrinkles is related to a combination of factors: neck anatomy, skin thickness, collagen deficiency, repetitive movement, and sun exposure. They are difficult to treat and persist even after a neck lift or facelift.

A successful method of treatment takes advantage of the unique properties present in the hyaluronic acid (HA) cross-linking technology utilized in the manufacture of BELOTERO BALANCE®. This FDA-approved filler can be safely injected into the superficial dermis of the skin to achieve a smoothing effect that is immediately visible. Since it is a non-particle type of hyaluronic acid, it can be used close to the skin surface yet remain undetectable.

Before TREATMENT FOR NECK WRINKLES

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After TREATMENT FOR NECK WRINKLES

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Dr. Forley performs a series of tiny needle punctures for precise BELOTERO BALANCE® injection. Massage of the injection sites is then performed to achieve a blending of the filler with the surrounding skin. Some bruising may be present for a few days after the treatment but this can be reduced by adhering to the recommended protocol of anti-bruising measures. Results will generally last for 6-9 months.

BELOTERO BALANCE® is injected into the superficial layer of the dermis to smooth out neck wrinkles

BELOTERO BALANCE® is injected into the superficial layer of the dermis to smooth out neck wrinkles

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