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By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
March 30, 2020
Category: Dermatology

Tired of having to pluck, wax, and shave every few days? Dealing with thick, dark and unsightly hair in visible areas such as the chin or shoulders? If so, a dermatologist can provide you with a more effective solution for getting rid of unwanted body hair faster and easier. The answer lies in laser hair removal.

Plucking and waxing can be painful and shaving can leave you with ingrown hairs and irritation. None of these methods are fun. Plus, you have to keep doing it every few days or every week if you want smooth skin. Why go through the hassle when a dermatologist can help you get rid of hair without ever having to lift a finger?

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. This procedure makes it easy to get smoother skin without having to deal with tweezing, shaving, or waxing. This non-invasive laser treatment can treat just about any part of the body; however, it’s most often used to treat the,

  • Chest
  • Upper lip and chin
  • Back
  • Bikini line
  • Underarm
  • Legs
  • Shoulder

Thanks to advanced laser technology, our dermatologist can provide patients with a safe, effective, and comfortable laser treatment to help them target and remove unwanted hair for the long term. Most laser systems offer a built-in cooling system to make treatment as comfortable as possible. Depending on the size of the treatment area, laser hair removal can take as little as 10 minutes for regions such as the upper lip or chin and as long as one hour (for a full back).

Since hair grows in cycles, you will need to get several laser hair removal sessions to ensure that our dermatologist removes as much of the hair as possible. The average person will get anywhere from 4-6 sessions. During laser hair removal, the handheld device will be directed over the skin to target and heat up the hair follicles to destroy them, preventing them from growing back. While laser hair removal will not permanently get rid of the hair, it will help the hair grow back fewer, finer, and lighter so they are far less visible.

If you think laser hair removal could help you feel more confident in your appearance, then your cosmetic dermatologist can give you the smoother results you want before summer hits.

By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
March 27, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Microdermabrasion  

Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive cosmetic procedure where a handheld device is used to gently remove the top layer of your skin. To perform this treatment, your skincare specialist may use one of two techniques. She may use a device with an abrasive surface to sand away imperfections in the skin, or she may opt for a device equipped with a vacuum that sprays fine particles of sodium bicarbonate or aluminum oxide and then suctions away the outer layer of skin.

If you live in Monroe, NC, and wish to be considered for microdermabrasion, contact Dr. Awa Igbinadolor at St. Mary's Medical Clinic for an appointment. Read on to learn about the benefits of microdermabrasion.

What Microdermabrasion Can Do For You

Microdermabrasion is safe for people with the majority of skin types and complexions. Here are some benefits of microdermabrasion:

  • It evens out skin tones.
  • It reduces the appearance of acne and acne scars.
  • It brightens a dull complexion.
  • It treats sun damage.
  • It eliminates hyperpigmentation and age spots.
  • It gets rid of stretch marks.
  • It eliminates blackheads and enlarged pores.
  • It makes wrinkles and fine lines less noticeable.
  • It enhances your skin's ability to absorb skincare products.


You will experience no downtime after receiving microdermabrasion. If you experience any side effects, they will disappear after just a few days. After a week, most people are able to have another microdermabrasion session. If you live near Monroe and want microdermabrasion, schedule an appointment to talk with Dr. Awa Igbinadolor. You can ask additional questions about the procedure and recovery time.

Visit St. Mary's Medical Center

Dr. Awa Igbinadolor's Monroe office provides a wide range of skincare services, including microdermabrasion. She can help you improve your skin's appearance, giving you a fresh, more youthful appearance. If you are interested in microdermabrasion, please contact us at 704-225-0211.

By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
February 25, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Tattoos   Tattoo Removal  

Tattoo removal has become one of aesthetic and medical dermatology's most sought-after services. Read on to learn about how this treatment works.

The procedure

Dermatologists mostly use Q-switched, or quality-switched, laser instruments for tattoo removal. Short, focused bursts of light break up the tattoo pigment that lies embedded in skin. With repeated treatments, the pigment particles eventually clear the body, and the tattoo lightens or fades away completely. Your skin doctor will tailor your treatments to your skin and to your tattoo.

Skin doctors find that older tattoos composed of darker hues such as brown or green respond best to laser removal. Colors such as red or yellow are more easily retained and may not fade completely.

These treatments are best performed by a board-certified dermatologist who will examine your skin and your tattoo, review your medical history, and give you the safest and most effective treatment options available.

The American Society for Aesthetic Surgery reports that skin doctors performed more than 45,000 tattoo removal procedures in 2013, and those numbers continue to rise. In just a few treatments, many patients experience complete erasure of their body artwork.

After your tattoo removal

As you may have some blistering, bleeding, and swelling after your laser removal procedure, you must treat your skin gently afterward. Keep the area clean and dry to avoid infection.

Additional aftercare involves:

  • Avoiding sun exposure
  • Keeping the treated skin covered
  • Wearing loose clothing over the tattoo site
  • Applying antibiotic ointment or cream as directed

If you want a tattoo removed...

See your board-certified dermatologist for a personalized consultation. They have the credentials, skill, and tools to do the job safely and effectively. Call your skin doctor today to find out more about removing tattoos.

By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
January 29, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Moles  

Do you have a mole? Chances are good that you have few of them, actually. The average person has around 30-40 moles, and while moles are usually nothing to worry about it is important to be able to spot any changes that could be warning signs of skin cancer. That’s why you should perform self-exams every month to check the state of your moles. Just because they could be harmless doesn’t mean you should ignore them.

A mole that develops after the age of 30, a mole that bleeds or a changing mole could be a sign of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. This is why it’s important to check your moles regularly. When found early, melanoma is highly treatable. When it comes to pinpointing melanoma your dermatologist may teach you about the ABCDE's of skin cancer:

Asymmetry: If you were to draw a line down the middle of a mole both sides would be completely symmetrical; however, an asymmetrical mole could be a sign of melanoma.

Border: Melanoma is more likely to produce growths that have jagged or poorly defined edges.

Color: Healthy moles are usually a single color, while melanoma will often contain different colors or dark spots.

Diameter: Most healthy moles are smaller than a pencil eraser. If you notice that one or more moles are getting bigger you should speak to your dermatologist.

Evolution: Moles stay relatively the same over time; therefore, if you notice any changes to the size, color, shape, or texture then it’s time to consult with a skincare professional.

Of course, melanoma isn’t the only type of skin cancer to be on the lookout for. The two most common types of non-melanoma skin cancers include basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. Basal cell carcinomas often present as waxy-looking pale bumps on the skin, often on the head or neck, while squamous cells feel like firm nodules that may be smooth at first but become scaly.

Even if you aren’t noticing changes in your moles it’s still a good idea to schedule a skin cancer screening with your dermatologist once a year. Those at an increased risk for skin cancer may want to discuss coming in more often for exams. This exam is non invasive and could just save your life. If you’ve never had a skin cancer screening before it’s high time that you scheduled one.

By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
January 28, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: HCG Program  

Over 70 million adults are obese, putting them at risk for chronic health issues like heart disease and diabetes. Men and women may struggle to lose weight due to genetics, thyroid issues, and several other reasons, but we assure you that there's a resolution. Here at St. Mary's Medical Clinic, Dr. Awa Igbinadolor prescribes a low-calorie-diet program for Monroe, NC, patients to help them achieve personal weight loss goals safely and effectively. It pairs with Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), a natural hormone that is used to regulate the metabolism. You may be wondering how this works, so please read on to learn more about our HCG program.

What is the HCG Diet?

To maintain a healthy weight, women need 1,600 to 2,400 calories per day, while men need between 2,000-3,000. Since hormone imbalance or deficiency is a common cause of weight gain, taking pharmaceutical strength HCG as a dietary supplement or by injection, safely and efficiently promotes weight loss. The presence of this hormone in the bloodstream tends to take the appetite away, while also assisting in regulating the body's metabolic functions, lowering cholesterol, and preserving muscle.

Benefits of the HCG Diet

Monroe, NC, patients who commit to their medically supervised HCG diet plan report:

  • Reduced feelings of hunger
  • Less weakness, more energy
  • Better endurance

How the HCG Program Works

Our HCG diet program blends nutritional approaches with one-on-one coaching from Dr. Awa Igbinadolor so that you can make the best decisions according to what you eat. Men and women are both eligible to participate, with women often report losing 3lbs-4lbs a week on average, while men report eliminating between 4lbs-7lbs at the same pace. The meal plan offers a variety of delicious savory and sweet options to keep you full, making it convenient for those with a busy or active lifestyle. With the HCG program, you can kill cravings, establish a smaller waistline, and build muscle, all without stressing about your next meal.

Give Us a Call

If you are battling with weight loss and exhausting your options, consider the HCG program at St. Mary's Medical Clinic to put an end to your search. For more information about this medically developed diet method, the conditions we treat, and the services we provide, visit our website. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Awa Igbinadolor in our Monroe, NC, office, please call (704) 225-0211.