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ARE YOU TOO YOUNG FOR BOTOX?

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As we have all heard, Botox provides patients with instant, ageless beauty that turns back the clock on unwanted wrinkles and other signs of aging. One small injection into the muscles of facial expression can subtract ten years off someone’s age and build their confidence.

Is There Still A Botox Stigma?

Many people believe that the procedure is strictly for an older clientele or that the procedure can result in a botched situation. Contrary to this, younger patients are starting to use Botox in their 20s and 30s in order to prevent wrinkles and maintain younger skin. Doctors typically use less of the product for younger clients, but the effects last longer, meaning that the client will not have to use Botox as often as they age.

Other Benefits of Botox

Besides the anti-aging benefits, Botox can also be used to

So, why not try Botox? If you are seeking more information, schedule your consultation with Metroplex Dermatology today.

Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington Dermatologist Dr. David Hensley is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Dr. Hensley focus’s his practice on technologically advanced skin care treatments. Dr. Hensley is Medical Director of Metroplex Dermatology, a practice devoted to providing patients with the highest standard of skin care available. Dr. Hensley has been named two years in a row 2016 | 2017 Top10MD an honor– only 1-in-3 doctors succeed with this recognition in the United States. Contact Dr. Hensley today by or call (817)704-4777.


STRESSED SPELLED BACKWARDS IS DESSERTS!

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In the day and age of photoshop and Snapchat and Instagram filters, editing one’s body and enhancing features has become increasingly popular. One of the first perceived flaws of the human body is to address extra body fat. Whether you are getting ready for swimsuit season or simply wanting to appear attractive to your social media followers, concerns regarding weight loss have become immensely apparent in recent years with people constantly searching for new ways to shed the extra pounds they have put on.

How Does Stress Factor In?

Healthy dietary choices and sufficient exercise daily are well-known ways to work towards a fit body, but many are not aware of how much of an impact stress has on weight gain. In the busy society we live in today, it may initially seem like stress lowers one’s appetite because he or she is so preoccupied with other tasks and is constantly worried and frantic. However, long-term chronic stress actually boosts one’s hunger.

When people become pressured for long periods of time, overeating is a common coping mechanism and reflex due to the fight or flight response. Once the body reaches a certain stress threshold, it does whatever it feels the need to which often results in overeating. This is because the human body is misled into thinking an abundance of calories is burned due to all the stress. However, calories are not actually used to deal with the stress, so the body urges the need to replenish calories constantly even though it is not necessary.

Breaking It Down

During tense times, the stress hormone cortisol rises as well which can turn this into a negative habit. Moreover, the rise in cortisol signals higher insulin levels which drop the blood sugar level, prompting a person to reach for more fatty foods rather than healthier alternatives such as bananas. This increased desire for junk food is essentially what leads to the stubborn fat that is difficult to lose afterward.

How Can I Get Help?

Although programs like Weight Watchers are already in place to combat this prevalent issue among people of all backgrounds, Weight Management Medical Associates offers different prescription weight loss medications as well as nutrition and exercise plans to her patients. Weight loss practices like ours remind and assure the general public that solutions to weight gain are always available. However, the next time you sacrifice your health to finish an assigned task by a deadline, remember the long-term consequences down the road. Stress can lead to a multitude of problems, and all of it starts with a pretty, pink cupcake.


PURCHASING DRUGS OR PHARMACEUTICALS ONLINE? WARNING

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Extortion Scam by DEA Special Agent IMPERSONATORS

As part of an international extortion scheme, criminals posing as DEA Special Agents or other law enforcement personnel call their victims who usually have purchased drugs or pharmaceuticals over the Internet or by telephone and identify themselves as DEA agents or a law enforcement official. These impersonators inform their victims that purchasing drugs over the web or the phone is illegal and that enforcement action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine. In most cases, the impersonators instruct them to pay a “fine” via wire transfer to a designated location, usually overseas. If victims refuse to send money, the impersonators threaten to arrest them or search their property. Some victims who purchased their drugs using a credit card also reported fraudulent use of their credit cards.

People who impersonate DEA officials, public officials,  physicians or even pharmacists are violating the law. No DEA agent, doctor or pharmacist will ever contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment; this is extortion.

The DEA reminds the public to use caution when purchasing controlled substance pharmaceuticals by telephone or through the Internet. It’s illegal to purchase controlled substance pharmaceuticals online or by telephone unless very stringent requirements are met. All pharmacies dispensing controlled substance pharmaceuticals utilizing the Internet must be registered with the DEA. By ordering any pharmaceutical medications online or by telephone from unknown entities, members of the public risk receiving unsafe, counterfeit, and/or ineffective drugs from criminals who operate outside the law. Also, your personal and financial information could be compromised.

Anyone receiving a telephone call from a person stating to be a DEA special agent or other law enforcement official seeking money should refuse the demand and report the threat the DEA Extortion Scam Online Reporting. Include all fields, including, most importantly, a call back number so that a DEA investigator can contact you for additional information. Online reporting will greatly assist DEA in investigating and stopping this criminal activity.

Resources: www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov

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CARPAL TUNNEL | 3 EXERCISES TO WIN THE FIGHT

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Ouch!

We have all likely experienced it more than a few times in our lives. After all, we really don’t give our hands a break! Carpal tunnel is an occurrence that affects millions of people daily and can cause a great amount of discomfort. As busy people, we simply don’t have the time to deal with constantly aching hands and wrists. Here are 3 physician-recommended exercises to help win your fight against carpal tunnel:

  • Shake It Off!

Taylor Swift was right; shaking it off isn’t a bad idea. Carpal tunnel occurs when the median nerve in your wrist is cramped and tight, so it is important to let loose when dealing with it. With your hands at chest level, shake them up and down as if you are trying to air-dry them. By allowing your hands and wrists to move freely, you are keeping your tendons nice and flexible, which over time will assist in relieving the pain.

Note: Playing Taylor Swift during this exercise may speed up the healing process!

  • Square Up!

No, we don’t mean get ready to fight someone. However, making a fist is the first part of this next exercise. Stretching out the tendons is important while suffering from carpal tunnel, as it allows for everything to flow neatly through the narrow passage of your wrist. Once you have made a fist, slowly stretch out your fingers as far as possible. Then, roll them back into a fist at the same pace. Repeat this process up to 10 times in order to get the blood flowing in your hands. Goodbye, stiffness!

  • Bring Out the Dumbbells!

Here is your excuse to finally start weight lifting! Now, we aren’t expecting (or recommending) you to lift a 50-pound dumbbell, just something light to give your hand some resistance. Start this exercise with your arm on a flat surface, with your wrist dangling over the edge, and your palm facing the floor. A table or chair will work just fine. In your hand, slowly lift a small weight or dumbbell up and down, using your wrist as the point of movement. This will get the median nerve moving as it should, thus providing a remedy to the bind your tendons have found themselves in.

Carpal tunnel isn’t any fun for anyone, but it is still an issue that we all will more than likely face eventually. Using these exercises will help relieve some of the pain in your next battle against carpal tunnel.

If the pain becomes too severe, consider visiting your board certified Neurosurgeon for the next steps of pain relief.

Dr. Rebeccca Stachniak is a board certified Neurological Spine Surgeon and Medical Director of the Brain & Spine Center of Texas. Dr. Stachniak is part of the faculty at Medtronic as a teaching physician, teaching other spine surgeons on techniques in spine surgery. Having authored many papers, posters, and presentations for major Neurosurgical and Spine related conferences, Dr. Stachniak is highly sought after and regarded around the world speaking at international conferences. Named Top10MD in 2016 – an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds within the United States. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Stachniak, click on her profile or call her office at 972.943.9779.


SCIENTISTS PREDICT LYME DISEASE TO SURGE THIS YEAR

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With kids heading off to camp this summer and families headed to the mountains or camping outdoors ticks can be a problem if not a life-long problem if infected with Lyme Disease or other tick related diseases. “It’s a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant during the months of April-September when ticks are most active,” says Dr. Jeffery West Ticks transmit over ten diseases to humans and pets. Some of these diseases can be debilitating for the rest of you or your child’s life; it’s important to seek immediate care. Early recognition and treatment decrease the risk of serious complications later on.

Approximately 300,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with Lyme disease yearly; while only 30,000 of these are estimated to be reported to the CDC by state health departments. Ninety-six percent of Lyme disease cases come from 13 states.

HOW TO PREVENT LYME DISEASE

  • Avoid direct contact with ticks
  • Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter
  • Walk in the center of trails

REPEL TICKS TO PREVENT LYME DISEASE

  • Use repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours.
  • Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes, and mouth.
  • Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin. It remains protective through several washings. Pre-treated clothing is available and may be protective longer.

FIND TICKS FROM YOUR BODY

  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
  • Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair.
  • Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs.
  • Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors.
  • If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed.
  • If the clothes require washing first, use hot water. Cold and medium temperature water will not kill ticks effectively. If the clothes cannot be washed in hot water, tumble dry on low heat for 90 minutes or high heat for 60 minutes. The clothes should be warm and completely dry.

HOW TO REMOVE A TICK

  • Remove the tick as quickly as possible, do not wait for it to detach.
  • Use a fine-tipped tweezers. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible, and pull straight up with steady pressure. Then thoroughly clean the bite (and your hands) with rubbing alcohol and soap and water.
  • Kill the tick without touching it and throw it away. If you develop a rash or fever following exposure, see a doctor immediately.

SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE & TICK ILLNESSES

  • Fever/chills: With all tickborne diseases, patients can experience fever at varying degrees and time of onset.
  • Aches and pains: Tickborne disease symptoms include a headache, fatigue, and muscle aches. With Lyme disease, you may also experience joint pain. The severity and time of onset of these symptoms can depend on the disease and the patient’s personal tolerance level.
  • Rash: Lyme disease, southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), ehrlichiosis, and tularemia can result in distinctive rashes:
    • In Lyme disease, the rash may appear within 3-30 days, typically before the onset of fever. The Lyme disease rash is the first sign of infection and is usually a circular rash called erythema migrans or EM. This rash occurs in approximately 70-80% of infected persons and begins at the site of a tick bite. It may be warm but is not usually painful. Some patients develop additional EM lesions in other areas of the body several days later.
    • The rash of (STARI) is nearly identical to that of Lyme disease, with a red, expanding “bull’s eye” lesion that develops around the site of a lone star tick bite. Unlike Lyme disease, STARI has not been linked to any arthritic or neurologic symptoms.
    • The rash seen with Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) varies greatly from person to person in appearance, location, and time of onset. About 10% of individuals with RMSF never develop a rash. Most often, the rash begins 2-5 days after the onset of fever as small, flat, pink, non-itchy spots (macules) on the wrists, forearms, and ankles and spreads to the trunk. It sometimes involves the palms and soles. The red to purple, spotted (petechial) rash of RMSF is usually not seen until the sixth day or later after onset of symptoms and occurs in 35-60% of patients with the infection.
  • In the most common form of tularemia, a skin ulcer appears at the site where the organism entered the body. The ulcer is accompanied by swelling of regional lymph glands, usually in the armpit or groin.
  • 30% of patients and up to 60% of children, ehrlichiosis can cause a rash. The appearance of the rash ranges from macular to maculopapular to petechial and may appear after the onset of fever.

Tickborne diseases can result in mild symptoms treatable at home to severe infections requiring hospitalization. Although easily treated with antibiotics, these diseases can be difficult for physicians to diagnose. However, early recognition and treatment of the infection decrease the risk of serious complications. Seek medical advice immediately if you have been bitten by a tick and experience any of the symptoms described here.

PATHOGENS TICKS CARRY THAT CAN CAUSE DISEASES

  • Anaplasmosis is transmitted to humans by tick bites primarily from the blacklegged tick.
  • Babesiosis is caused by microscopic parasites that infect red blood cells. Most human cases of babesiosis are caused by Babesia microtiBabesia microti is transmitted by the blacklegged tick.
  • Borrelia mayonii infection has recently been described as a cause of illness in the upper Midwestern United States. It has been found in blacklegged ticks. Borrelia mayonii is a new species and is the only species besides B. burgdorferi known to cause Lyme disease in North America.
  • Borrelia miyamotoi infection has recently been described as a cause of illness in the U.S. It is transmitted by the blacklegged tick and has a range like that of Lyme disease.
  • Colorado tick fever is caused by a virus transmitted by the Rocky Mountain wood tick. It occurs in the Rocky Mountain states at elevations of 4,000 to 10,500 feet.
  • Ehrlichiosis is transmitted to humans by the lone star tick, found primarily in the south central and eastern U.S.
  • Heartland virus infection has been identified in eight patients in Missouri and Tennessee as of March 2014. Studies suggest that Lone Star ticks may transmit the virus. It is unknown if the virus may be found in other areas of the U.S.
  • Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick in the northeastern U.S. and upper Midwestern U.S. and the western blacklegged tick along the Pacific coast.
  • Powassan disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick and the groundhog tick. Cases have been reported primarily from northeastern states and the Great Lakes region.
  • Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis is transmitted to humans by the Gulf Coast tick.
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is transmitted by the American dog tick, Rocky Mountain wood tick, and the brown dog tick in the U.S. The brown dog tick and other tick species are associated with RMSF in Central and South America.
  • STARI (Southern tick-associated rash illness) is transmitted via bites from the lone star tick, found in the southeastern and eastern U.S.
  • Tickborne relapsing fever (TBRF) is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected soft ticks. TBRF has been reported in 15 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming and is associated with sleeping in rustic cabins and vacation homes.
  • Tularemia is transmitted to humans by the dog tick, the wood tick, and the lone star tick. Tularemia occurs throughout the U.S.
  • 364D rickettsiosis is transmitted to humans by the Pacific Coast tick. This is a new disease that has been found in California.

Dr. Jeffery West is a Rockwall Otolaryngologist specializing in allergies and ENT surgery. Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngologists, Dr. West is Medical Director of Lakeside Allergy ENT with offices in Rockwall, Forney, and Wylie Texas. Named Top10MD in 2016 – an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds within the United States. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeff West, click on his profile or call his office at 972-398-1131.

SOURCE: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/avoid/on_people.html

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10 TIPS FOR CHOOSING YOUR SPINE SURGEON

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Having surgery on your spine is a very serious matter. These days, choosing a spine surgeon is no easy matter. You should not choose just anyone; you should only want the best.

Here are a few tips that should help find the right spine surgeon.

Spine Surgeon Checklist

  • Board Certifications – The American Board of Orthopedic Surgery certifies Spine Surgeons. If you have a spine surgeon that is not certified, you should run away immediately.
  • Experience – Everyone has to start somewhere, but when it comes to spine surgery, you should look for experience, not being an experiment.
  • Empathy – Back problems can be very severe, and your surgeon should be understanding and empathetic toward your needs.
  • Minimally Invasive Options – Choosing a spine surgeon that is experienced in minimally invasive spine surgery is best. Minimally invasive surgery leads to a quicker recovery.
  • Be Aware of Lasers – Do not get sucked into the trap that lasers are a minimally invasive way to cure your back problems. Lasers cannot cut into bone; therefore, it will not help your spine problems.
  • Innovative – Your spine surgeon should be innovative and give you only the best options for curing your problem.
  • Thorough – Your spine surgeon should take very good care of you and look at all the options for treating your problem. Treatment should be specific to your needs.
  • Professionalism – Respect and professionalism are very important. If you feel disrespected, you should move on.  
  • Credentialed – Hospital privileges is a must for a spine surgeon. If your spine surgeon is not credentialed, you could be working with an imposter.
  • Open Minded – Spine Surgeons should always be open minded about your care. If one treatment does not work, they should be open to trying new and different options.

Following these tips should help you get the right spine surgeon. If you are in need of surgery, you should look no further than Top10MD. We only work with the best. Our spine surgeons not only meet these criteria, but they will go above and beyond to give you the care you need.

If you are experiencing back pain and spine issues, contact a Top10MD Spine Surgeon today and schedule a consultation.


STRESS IS EVERYWHERE!

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Managing stress in the 21st century can feel like an overwhelming task. The demands placed on achievement, work-life balance, and shuffling between computers, tablets, and smartphones can easily flood your brain with overstimulation. When you’re unable to process the information adequately, it can lead to health problems with heart disease, stomach ulcers, and stroke.

Don’t let the everyday hustle and bustle get you down – there are simple steps you can take to get your mojo going again. Consider taking a few small steps towards relaxing your mind and body.

  • Don’t sit and simmer – move your body! If you work a desk job, set an alarm that goes off hourly to remind you to take a walk or get some fresh air. Movement can have a tremendous affect on your mental health.
  • Make time to do something you enjoy every day. It’s important you have YOU time.
  • Get enough sleep! Although it varies per individual, the average is eight hours per night to feel rested and rejuvenated the next day.
  • Don’t forget to breathe! A deep inhale and exhale can do wonders for clearing your mind and relaxing your muscles.
  • Find what is triggering your anxiety or stress. Is it work? School? A relationship? The first step to addressing your stress is by finding out where it’s coming from.

If you find these steps just simply are not enough to change, alter, or rid of your stressors, you can always turn to professional help. A board-certified psychiatrist can help.


URINARY INCONTINENCE – KEEPING IN TOUCH

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Urinary incontinence or stress incontinence is a common and often embarrassing issue that no one likes or wants to talk about; if you’re experiencing urinary incontinence, you are not alone. Nearly 25-million people in the United States have the same problem. Men don’t get off, either approximately 10% of men are susceptible to this condition. When urinary incontinence prevents you from going places, participating in sports activities, and enjoying that belly laugh it’s time to do something about it. Common among post-menopausal women it’s not limited to the older generation; urinary incontinence also affects young adults as well, especially new mothers. Many women neglect to inform their doctor, due to the embarrassment of the issue. Beforehand, it seemed as if there was no hope for you outside of surgery, but now, a new device InTone is a treatment that is changing the lives of people everywhere with no surgery.

What Is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is bladder leakage. It happens when we run, jump, and even laugh; this occurs when the muscles that hold urine weaken causing you to urinate when you’re not supposed to. That muscle is a voluntary muscle; which means, you have control over it. The problem occurs when that muscle becomes lack, or you lose total control over it. Your symptoms can be mild meaning you leak occasionally, or they can be severe meaning you are always leaking. It may feel as if you cannot make it to the bathroom in time and if you do, your bladder may never feel empty. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it’s time to get help.

Treatments for Urinary Incontinence

Treatments for urinary incontinence depend on several factors:

  • What type of incontinence you are suffering from
  • Your age
  • Your general health
  • Your mental health

By exercising your pelvic floor with Kegel exercises; these exercises help to strengthen the urinary sphincter and muscles that contribute to control urination; thereby, reducing your stress incontinence.

Bladder training is another method, and there is also medications along with botox or a sacral nerve stimulator. When all else fails, surgery is your best option. If you plan on having children or not through having children, you will need to discuss this with your doctor. If you are finished having children, or you have had a hysterectomy that eventually caused your bladder to drop you may be a candidate for the following non-surgical or surgical procedures:

Non-Surgical Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

Intone– a device developed to stop urinary leakage. Intone is the most effective, nonsurgical treatment available today to prevent urinary leakage. Intone takes you through 12-minutes of voice-guided pelvic floor exercises, visual biofeedback, and muscle stimulation.  Office visits will be required to customize your device to your specific needs. These exercises are completed once daily for six days a week for 90-days in the privacy of your home.

Surgical Procedure Options for Urinary Incontinence

  • Sling Procedure: There is a new mesh that is inserted below the neck of the bladder to support the urethra and stop urine from leaking out.
  • Colposuspension: This procedure lifts the bladder neck and has shown to help patients with stress incontinence.
  • Artificial Sphincter: This procedure involves inserting an artificial sphincter or valve to control the flow of urine from the bladder into the urethra.

What’s My Next Step?

If you’re struggling with incontinence, you don’t have to suffer in silence any longer. You don’t have to be afraid to talk to your doctor about it as there are options for you. Call today, and you will be off to a better quality of life including your ability to laugh without fear.

Dallas Gynecologist and Functional Medicine Specialist Maryann Prewitt, MD is Director and Founder of HealthWellnessMD. Dr. Prewitt is Fellow and Board Certified by the America College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Prewitt holds a Master’s Certification in the da Vinci Surgery System – this minimally invasive technology has revolutionized the way surgery is performed today. Dr. Prewitt has been named 2016 | 2017 Top10MD an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds with this recognition in the United States. Call Dr. Prewitt’s office today and schedule an appointment at 469-619-1066.


ARE YOU A C-SECTION MAMA?

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Most women desire to have a natural birth, but for those who cannot, a C-section is the next option. Nearly 1-in-3 women have a C-section due to a high-risk pregnancy or other health issues. A caesarean delivery or C-section is a surgical procedure for delivering a baby; they can be planned ahead of time, or due to unforeseen circumstances your surgeon may have to perform one during labor. No one wants to undergo surgery, but the procedure is relatively quick, and because you are under anesthesia, you will not feel any pain. 🙂 

The Upside of C-Sections

  • The good thing is that a C-section is typically shorter than a vaginal delivery. When you deliver vaginally, labor can go for hours and days. A C-section is quick, and when the procedure is scheduled, you know for sure when your baby will arrive helping you to be more prepared.
  • Pain during the birthing process is minimal. You may be uncomfortable but not necessarily in pain. Now that you no longer have to push the baby out, you will not feel the contractions anymore, and there is no need for an episiotomy.
  • A C-section also prevents the vaginal walls from being overstretched, which can affect your sex life afterward.

The Risks of a C-Section

  • With any procedure, there are risks. One risk is an injury from the procedure. The OBGYN may not make a clean-cut which can lead to a scar; because you’ve had an incision your recovery time will be longer.
  • Infection is another risk because when an incision is made it places you at risk for an infection. Bleeding can be another problem if your blood doesn’t clot properly.
  • Some OBGYN’s believe endometriosis can occur which will eventually lead to painful sex.
  • After a C-section, future pregnancies may be challenging, especially if you have a lot of scar tissue.

Despite the high risks of complications, caesarean deliveries are very common these days. It is a good option for those who have high-risk pregnancies or suffer other health conditions. C-sections are typically scheduled in advance. Vaginal delivery complications may happen and cause you to have an emergency C-section. Whatever the case may be, know a board-certified OBGYN will take good care of you and suggest the best method of delivery. No matter what the delivery method is, the important thing is to have a healthy mom and a healthy baby.

Find your OBGYN and schedule a consultation today.


AGE SPOTS? GET RID OF THEM!

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What Is an Age Spot?

Age spots are flat spots that vary in color and size. Sometimes they appear brown, black, or even gray in color. You may have heard the term by other names, such as “liver spots” or “sun spots.” Age spots are a result of excess skin pigmentation and tend to occur on areas of the body where there is more exposure to the sun – your face, hands, shoulders, and forearms.

Am I At Risk For Age Spots?

Anyone can develop age spots. However, you will find certain people are more susceptible to them depending on a few factors:

  • 40+ Years of Age
  • Fair Skin
  • Frequent exposure to the sun
  • Frequent tanning bed use

How Do I Know If It’s An Age Spot?

In good lighting, thoroughly examine your skin for any discoloration. Check for darker spots that are brown or black in color. As you run your fingers over the spots, they will feel flat and be the same texture as the rest of your skin. You should be able to press on the spots with no risk of pain or discomfort. If you do experience pain, however, check with your board-certified dermatologist for a proper examination.

Can Age Spots Be Treated?

Luckily, age spots are not dangerous and do not cause any health issues. If you are unhappy with the way they look, you may have them removed by your board certified dermatologist. Your options range from prescription chemical peels to lasers can zap them and they will fall off within a week. Bleaching creams you buy over the counter may lighten them but they will reappear. Depending on your case, your dermatologist will guide you in the appropriate direction. Over-the-counter creams are not as strong as prescription level creams. They may or may not change in the pigmentation of your skin. If you are looking to try something over the counter before scheduling an appointment, look for creams with ingredients containing hydroquinone, deoxyarbutin, glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, or kojic acid or save your money and have them zapped!

Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington Dermatologist Dr. David Hensley is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Dr. Hensley focus’s his practice on technologically advanced skin care treatments. Dr. Hensley is Medical Director of Metroplex Dermatology, a practice devoted to providing patients with the highest standard of skin care available. Dr. Hensley has been named two years in a row 2016 | 2017 Top10MD an honor– only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds with this recognition in the United States. Contact Dr. Hensley today by or call (817)704-4777.


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