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By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
November 14, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: IPL  

Would you like to be rid of that unwanted hair? What about age spots, fine lines, acne scars, thread veins or other aesthetic skin problems? At St. Mary's Medical Clinic in Monroe, NC, Dr. Awa Igbinadolor offers patients innovative IPL treatments. Intense Pulsed Light eliminates those troublesome skin issues comfortably and quickly, and it lasts.

What are Intense Pulsed Light treatments?

FDA-approved for over 20 years, IPL treatments use varying wavelengths of focused light to penetrate the dermis layer of the skin and to disrupt the activity of cells which produce hyperpigmentation (dark spots or mottling), scarring, increased vascularity and unwanted hair. Unwanted hair can grow on many parts of the body, including the face, neck, legs, bikini line, chest, back and more.

Performed right at St. Mary's Medical Clinic in Monroe, Intense Pulsed Light treatments work best on coarse dark hair and skin of lighter pigments. Each treatment takes about 20 to 30 minutes, requires no special preparation and causes no downtime whatsoever.

How it works

Dr. Igbinadolor prepares the areas to be treated with a special cooling cream. The skin is shaved as well. Then, employing a handheld instrument, she delivers the pulsed light right where it's needed. Patients may feel sensations of mild heat. Most individuals experience a feeling of a rubber band snapping on their skin. When complete, the patient returns to his or her regular routine right away.

What are the effects of Intense Pulsed Light?

People usually see some redness, scabs and a bit of swelling at the treatment sites. These recede, however, and noticeable results appear quickly. Skin becomes smoother, large pores are less obvious and hyperpigmented areas lighten significantly. Hair removal patients typically require follow-up treatments to achieve lasting results.

After receiving IPL photo rejuvenation, patients must avoid excessive sun exposure, tanning, Vitamin A and waxing.

Smoother, spot-free, hairless skin

These can be yours if you qualify for Intense Pulsed Light treatments at St. Mary's Medical Clinic in Monroe, NC. Why not call Dr. Igbinmadolor for an aesthetic skin care consultation and explore your skin rejuvenation options? Phone the office at (704) 225-0211.

By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
September 28, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Shingles   Chickenpox  

Shingles is a painful conditionWhat are the symptoms of and treatments for this painful dermatological condition?

Did you know that anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk for shingles, and that those over the age of 50 are more likely to develop this condition? Approximately one out of three Americans will have shingles at some point in their lives. Read on to learn more about this common problem.

What is shingles?

Shingles is caused by a virus known as the varicella­zoster virus, which is the same virus known to cause chickenpox. If you’ve had chickenpox before the virus never truly goes away. Instead it lies dormant within the nerves of the spinal cord and brain. When the virus is reactivated, it manifests as shingles.

What are the symptoms of shingles?

The main symptom of shingles is a red, painful rash that usually appears on one side of the body. The rash may be tender to the touch and typically causes intense itching. The rash is made up of blisters that burst and crust over. Your rash may also be accompanied by malaise, fever, or headache.

What are the risk factors for shingles?

Anyone who has been infected by chickenpox can have shingles. However, this illness is more common in those over the age of 50 and the risk continues to increase as you age.

Also, those who have a weakened immune system due to certain chronic diseases like HIV, or those currently undergoing cancer treatment may be at an increased risk of developing shingles.

Different shingles treatments

While there is no cure for this disease there are antiviral medications you can take to promote faster healing and to reduce your risk of developing other complications. If you are experiencing severe pain, we may also recommend prescription pain medications or creams to help ease your symptoms. Most people experience shingles symptoms for about two to six weeks.

Can I prevent shingles?

There are two vaccines that we recommend for preventing shingles. The first is the chickenpox vaccine, which is recommended for children and any adults who have never had chickenpox. The second vaccine is the shingles vaccine. While these vaccines aren’t 100 percent effective, they can greatly reduce your chances of developing shingles.

If your shingles rash has developed near your eye or is severely painful, then it’s time to see your dermatologist right away for treatment.

By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
July 26, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox  

BotoxHow Botox treatment from your doctor in Monroe can help you

Would you like to look younger? Are you seeing early skin problems associated with aging? Are you noticing wrinkles and fine lines? If you answered yes to these questions, there is a simple treatment that is perfect for you. It’s called Botox, and Dr. Awa Igbinadolor at St. Mary's Medical Clinic in Monroe, NC, wants to share how Botox treatment can refresh your skin and your outlook.

Aging changes your body and your skin, especially the skin on your face. Your face is always exposed to the environment and as you get older, your skin loses elasticity and moisture. When you squint, laugh, frown, or show other expressions, your skin loses its ability to “snap back” causing wrinkles and fine lines to form. As you begin to show the signs of aging, sometimes it can affect your self-esteem and your outlook on life.

It’s time to refresh both your skin and your outlook with Botox treatment. Botox is both safe and effective, with a long history of reducing the appearance of problems like these:

  • Crow’s feet; lines at the corners of your eyes, caused by squinting
  • Furrows; lines running across your forehead, caused by facial expressions
  • Glabella; deep lines between your eyebrows, caused by frowning
  • Facial lines; lines running from your nose to your mouth, caused by laughing and smiling

Botox is an injectable material derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It works magically by temporarily “freezing” the muscles and nerves at the injection site, smoothing out your skin. After treatment, your skin will appear more refreshed and rejuvenated.

People tolerate Botox treatment very well, and you can also ask for a numbing spray or cream beforehand if you wish. Cost varies depending on the number of injections, and maintenance treatments every 4 to 6 months are recommended.

For more detailed information about Botox and to view amazing before-and-after photos of Botox patients, please visit the Botox injections page on the website at http://www.stmarysmedicalclinic.com/botox-injections.html

You can refresh your skin and your outlook on life, all thanks to Botox! Don’t let the early signs of aging get you down; fight aging by calling Dr. Igbinadolor at St. Mary's Medical Clinic in Monroe, NC, today!

By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
July 03, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Cold sores  

Cold Sores can appear on the outside of the lipWhat are cold sores and what can you do to relieve your symptoms?

Most people who have had cold sores often know when they are about to appear. The tingling and burning sensation around the mouth is often the first indicator that a cold sore is imminent. Approximately 80 to 90 percent of Americans have been exposed to the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV­1), which causes cold sores. If you have cold sores then you are probably wondering more about this condition, how to treat it and what it means for your health.

What are the symptoms of cold sores?

Symptoms often stick around for about two to three weeks. Besides experiencing oral sores around the mouth, people may also experience flu­like symptoms such as fever, muscle aches and fatigue. These oral sores will often appear as tiny blisters that break open and scab over.

When should I see a doctor about cold sores?

While cold sores often don’t warrant a trip to the dermatologist, there are certain times when it might be advisable. These sores can be painful, so if you find it difficult to eat or talk then you will want to talk to your doctor about the best ways to alleviate the pain to make eating easier. The last thing you want to deal with is dehydration on top of an outbreak.

If these oral sores look different from other cold sore outbreaks, then it’s also worth seeing your dermatologist to receive a proper diagnosis. Those with weakened immune systems due to chronic illness or chemotherapy should also see their dermatologist to prevent further complications.

What treatments are available for cold sores?

While many cold sores will go away without the need for treatment, if you are experiencing pain we may prescribe a topical anesthetic to reduce your discomfort. There are also over­the-counter treatments that speed up healing and reduce pain. However, for those with severe infections your dermatologist may also prescribe an oral antiviral medication.

Those with weak immune systems and those who become dehydrated as a result of cold sores may need to go to the hospital to prevent further problems and to receive oral antivirals.

While you cannot cure the virus that causes cold sores, there are certainly ways to reduce your symptoms. Talk to your dermatologist to find out more!

By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
February 06, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Weight Loss  

Americans want to lose weight for both health and aesthetic reasons. Even a five percent loss of weight can make a considerable weight lossdifference in the way a person looks and feels. Consider these pointers for weight loss and consult with a doctor at St Mary's Medical Clinic in Monroe, NC about modern weight loss solutions.

Reasons Why Weight Loss Can Be a Challenge 
Many people struggle for years trying to lose weight. Here are a few of the most common reasons why it can be a major challenge:

- Your metabolism can slow down with age, making it more difficult to shed the pounds.
- It's more difficult to lose fat in certain areas of the body—especially the mid-section.
- Many people give up on weight loss when they don't see major results in a short period of time.
- It's difficult to stick to a diet plan when you don't know what to eat or you're constantly tempted by unhealthy foods.

A Few Pointers
As with most goals, you need a clear plan in place to achieve and maintain weight loss. If you're serious about losing weight, here are a few pointers to help you get on the right track:

- Change what you eat in addition to how much you eat. Focus on lean proteins, healthy fats, and plenty of vegetables.
- Make a commitment to burn more calories than you take in each day.
- Don't crash diet and try to lose a lot of weight in a short time, as those results don't usually last. Commit to losing about two to four pounds per week.

Weight Loss Treatments Available
In addition to giving you weight loss pointers, a doctor at St. Mary's Medical Clinic in Monroe can help you with a specialized weight loss program called Ideal Protein. It is a delicious meal plan that keeps your cravings at bay while nourishing your body. You might also be eligible for the HCG Weight Loss Program, which controls your appetite and regulates your metabolism.

Get Help With Your Weight
Whether weight loss is a resolution you've committed to or you just want to make sure you fit into your favorite bathing suit this summer, the team at St Mary's Medical Clinic in Monroe, NC can help. Call 704-225-0211 today to ask for weight loss consultation with Dr. Awa Igbinadolor.