Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Four Ways to Guarantee Great Outcomes With Wrinkle Filler Injections

Whether you are using hyaluronic acid, bovine collagen or autologous wrinkle fillers, there is going to be a time when your patient asks you what must happen in order for the procedure to go as well as possible.  This is when it is a good time to sit down with the patient and tell them these four major points to help them make an informed decision.

1, Do Not Bargain With Your Appearance

Even though cosmetic injectable are not as invasive as plastic surgery it is a good idea to inform your patients that this is indeed another one of those situations where they get what they pay for.”  A proficient and conscientious administrator of the injections will not charge really low and if they are it can mean that they are somehow compromising a component of the treatment itself.

2.  Sterile Treatments In Medical Environments Are Best

Getting your wrinkles filled is not as simple as getting a pedicure or manicure. Your patient needs to know that wrinkle injections need to be done in a medical or medical-like setting with sterile environments. If the treatment is done at home or by an amateur, it may not be safe. Be sure a professional who is trained in the art is the one administering the injection.

3.  Know What You Are Being Injected With …

Never get injectable wrinkle fillers from anywhere outside of a qualified and certified practitioner’s office. It is crucial that the filler used is FDA-approved and that it was bought directly from the maker.  Unfortunately this type of beauty treatment has some corrupt aspects and everything from silicone to baby oil has been used to plump up wrinkles.  Anything but an FDA-approved injectable for wrinkles is likely to be very bad for your health.

Sunscreen minimizes discoloration  
4.  Use Sunscreen After Treatments

Skin that is injected is prone to discoloring due to anti-inflammatory changes in the pigment of the skin. To preserve the filler and the uniform color of the dermis be sure to advise your patient to always wear sunscreen.

All injections come with the risk of  bruising, redness and swelling which is something else you should always forewarn your patient about so they are not alarmed if it occurs.

For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer to fax the number is 416-656-8107.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Mesotherapy for Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome Symptoms

Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome is a vascular disease that causes unsightly discolorations and varicose veins that cover approximately one quarter of the surface area of the body. Mesotherapy can be deployed to help deal with the inflammation and circulatory conditions that are at the root of this disorder and make your patient feel more attractive and comfortable. 

It is a congenital defect, which means that a person is born with it. The syndrome is not life threatening but over time the varicose veins associated with the syndrome can become swollen and painful. The good news is that forms of mesotherapy and sclerothapy can help address the appearance and prevalance of these popping veins and the flesh discolourations known as "port wine stains."

Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome is also known as KTS or Angio-osteohypertrophy .

Symptoms of Klippel-Treanauny-Weber Syndrome

Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome manifests as a syndrome that includes blood vessel malformations such as port wine stains and varicose veins. There can also be an excessive growth of tissue and bone around the discolorations and varicose veins that is unsightly and uncomfortable.

Mikhail Gorbachev was known for
the port wine stain at the top of his head.

An overactive lymph system is also associated with this syndrome and results in swollen glands behind the ears, in the groin and under the arms.

 A Condition That May Be Inherited

Most cases of Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome occur for no apparent reason. It has not been determined for sure whether or not this syndrome is inherited but it has been speculated that people who have a family member with it may be more prone to contracting it.

Care and Treatment Of Klippel Trenaunay Weber Syndrom 

This is not a life threatening syndrome but some doctors may debulk the mass of tissue and bone that grows near the port wine stains for cosmetic reasons by removing them surgically. A surgeon may also excise large, unsightly varicose veins that are causing discomfort and problems with self-image.

The varicose veins associated with Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome may also be treated with sclerotherapy, which is the process of injecting them with a chemical substance that causes the vein to shrivel up and die off so that the body reabsorbs it or so that it can be surgically removed.

The wearing of compression garments can also help relieve the discomfort and inflammation associated with the varicose veins that are part of this syndrome. 

Cosmetic concealer and makeup can be worn to conceal the port wine stains that are on the body.


Most individuals with Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome do well despite their cosmetic appearance, although there can be associated psychological problems such as depression and a derogatory sense of self due to the disfigurements of the appearance caused by the large varicose veins and port wine stain markings on the skin.  Mesotherapy can help treat the port wine stains as well as shrivel the swollen veins and inflammation that is associated with this sometimes psychologically uncomfortable condition.

For more information about the Healthy & Active Program please visit our website at www.healthy-active.com. You may also call us in Toronto at (41) 440-2217 and ask for Adrienne Wright Bulow or Dr. Michael Rahman or email us at adrienne@healthy-active.com.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Mesotherapy Can Help Your Patient With Breast Implant Concerns

It has been known for a while now, thanks to research from several countries ed that any kind of breast implant may not be safe. The concerns range from the health risks that a woman may encounter before, during and after breast implant procedures. There are also other consequences of failed implant procedures.

For decades the concerns had to do with silicone gel-filled implants and in particular the fact that they can rupture and cause auto-immune disorders.  However, that concern is not longer legitimate because  silicone gel filled implants are no longer legal for plastic surgeons to place in a person’s body. However you may still encounter a woman from an older generation who is dealing with scar tissue, loss of sensation and other problems due to silicone breast implants that mesotherapy can help with.


A Breast Implant
One of the first line concerns about breast impants that silicone gel-filled implants may rupture and cause autoimmune diseases such as scleroderma and lupus erythematosus may result. Both diseases are fatal.

Yet another common concern is capsular contracture, which is the shrinking of the scar tissue around the implant. This can cause painful hardening of the breast or distort its appearance. Mesotherapy can be of assistance in this case, helping to smooth out the contracted appearance and cosmetic injeciton therapy can help plump up areas of contracture that seem puckered or shrunken.

Another risk to implant surgery is the formation of calcium deposits in the tissue that surrounds the implants. This causes the breasts to become rock hard and there may be pain and infection as well. Mesotherapy may help soften these tissues, depending on the severity of the case.

Yet another classic concern is shifting of the implant. This can result in an implant with unnatural look. This is sometimes referred to as migrating breast implants and often means that they must be removed.

Loss of nipple sensation is also common, especially if the incision point for the implants was made around the nipple area.

Breast implant surgery also has many known risks that are commonly associated with any type of surgery including complications from general anesthesia, infection, hematomas, and skin tissue death resulting from the treatments.

Results and Effects

People who may have cause for concern about their implants may experience autoimmune-like disorders such as swelling of the joints, swollen glands, fatigue, headaches, muscle weakness, rash, nausea, vomiting, hair loss and swelling of the hands and feet. Mesotherapy can help treat the joint problems, msucle weaknss, hair loss and the swelling of the limbs.

A study done by Mentor, a company that manufactures implants for North American plastic surgeons found that 45% of women needed another operation on their implants within five years of receiving them.  This is why it is very possible that you may see women with issues in your practice and it is very possible that you can help them with mesotherapy treatments.

For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer to fax the number is 416-656-8107.