Medical Spa Blog

By The Fountain Clinic
October 13, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Care Tips  

Skin CareWhen school is in session, it’s easy for students to pick up a number of bad habits between late nights of studying and long sports practices. From poor eating habits to a lack of sleep and increased stress, unhealthy lifestyles can lead to unhealthy skin.

Whether you’re in middle school, high school or college, students everywhere can benefit from healthier skin. With a little extra care and attention, you can keep your skin blemish free all year long.

Keep your skin clean

This may sound obvious, but keeping your face clean is one of the most important things you can do to improve its health. Get in the habit of washing your face twice a day with warm water and a mild soap to remove the dirt and debris that accumulate throughout the school day.  

Hands off!

Avoid touching your face with your hands throughout the day as your hands contain oils that cause breakouts. Never pop pimples as this can irritate the skin, make acne worse and increase your risk for scarring.      

Moisturize

Moisturizers seal moisture into the skin to prevent skin from drying out. Your dermatologist can help you determine the best moisturizer for your skin type.

Avoid excessive sun exposure

Protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen and avoiding overexposure. Too much sun can damage the skin leading to future breakouts and even skin cancer.

Improve your physical well-being

Your skin reflects what you eat, so remember to eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Learn to manage stress as it can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. Get plenty of rest every night; approximately 7-8 hours of restful sleep is essential for healthy skin.

By maintaining a consistent daily regimen that includes washing and a healthy diet, you can achieve clear, healthy skin throughout the entire school year. Whenever you have a question or concern about your skin, talk to your dermatologist. Dermatologists offer a range of treatments that help prevent and treat acne and other skin conditions. We can help you find the treatment method that's best for you.

By The Fountain Clinic
October 02, 2017
Category: Skin Care

Tanning BedsWe all want to achieve a healthy tan. It makes us look and feel better, but that bronzed glow may not be as healthy as you think. A tan is your skin’s reaction to ultraviolet (UV) light. This darkening of the skin cells is the skin's natural defense against further damage from UV radiation.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), nearly 28 million people tan in the United States annually. Of these, 2.3 million are teens. Many people believe the UV rays of tanning beds are harmless, but this is far from true. Tanning beds emit UVA and usually UVB rays as well. Both UVA and UVB rays can cause long-term skin damage and premature aging (i.e. wrinkles, spots and sagging skin), and can contribute to skin cancer.

The AAD states that the risk of melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer—is 75% higher among people who used tanning beds in their teens and 20s. Despite the known risks associated with indoor tanning these numbers continue to increase, as do the incidences of cancer.

Visit your dermatologist immediately if you detect any unusual changes in your skin’s appearance, such as:

  • A change or an increase in the size or thickness of a mole or spot
  • Change in color or texture of the mole
  • Irregularity in the border of a mole

Protecting yourself from UV exposure is the best defense against premature aging and skin cancer. In addition to avoiding indoor tanning beds, you should also always wear sunscreen outdoors to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Remember to self-examine your own skin as well as have your skin checked regularly by your dermatologist. 

Whether you acquire your tan from the beach or a lamp, it’s not safe and it’s not healthy. If you’re a regular tanner, it may be time to rethink your current stance on the standards of beauty. There are safe alternatives to a bronzed glow without risking your health.

By The Fountain Clinic
September 15, 2017
Category: Skin Treatment
Tags: Chemical Peels  

Chemical PeelsIf you’re bothered by fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring or an uneven skin tone, or if you are looking for a simple way to rejuvenate your skin, chemical peels may be a good option for you.

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure performed by your dermatologist. This in-office treatment involves applying an acid solution to remove damaged outer layers of skin, erasing imperfections and improving skin tone and texture. As the old, outer layer of skin is exfoliated and removed, it stimulates the growth of new, healthy skin cells that are smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.

This time-tested, non-invasive procedure is quick—in most cases less than an hour—and yields fast results. It can drastically improve the appearance of skin marked by wrinkles, scars and other signs of aging or sun damage.

Chemical peels can improve the appearance of:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin pigmentation
  • Acne scarring
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Age spots
  • Freckling

Chemical peels can be applied to many parts of the body including the face, neck, chest and hands and are available in several different strengths. Our office can help you determine the type of chemical used depending on your skin type and desired results. The best candidate for a chemical peel is a person with fair skin and light hair, although darker skin types can also achieve good results depending on their specific problem and treatment goals.

How many treatments are necessary depends on the severity of skin damage and the patient’s goals. With each treatment, scarring and other imperfections typically diminish more and more.

At your dermatologist's office, we can help you achieve your most radiant, youthful skin. Visit to learn more about cosmetic dermatology and to find out if you are a candidate for chemical peels.

By The Fountain Clinic
September 12, 2017
Category: Dermatology

Find out how this simple cosmetic dermatology procedure could breathe new life back into your skin.laser skin rejuvenation

Have years of sunbathing left you with brown, blotchy skin? Have wrinkles started to rear their ugly head? Do you still battle acne breakouts that leave discolorations behind? If so, then Dr. Curt Birchall at Rocky River Med Spa - The Fountain Clinic in Rocky River, Ohio may have just the thing to get you beautiful, radiant and healthier-looking skin.

What is laser skin rejuvenation?

This minimally invasive laser treatment is designed to improve the color, tone and texture of your skin. When the laser is passed over the skin, it heats up and removes the dead outermost layers. This cosmetic procedure also stimulates collagen production, which helps to tighten and tone your skin.

What skin issues can laser skin rejuvenation address?

Are you wondering whether this is the right treatment option for you? Dr. Curt Birchall may recommend this if you want to eliminate or even reduce the appearance of:

  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Sun and liver spots
  • Minor scars
  • Warts
  • Birthmarks
  • Enlarged pores

What should I expect from this procedure?

This cosmetic procedure is fast and simple and performed right here in our office. Laser skin rejuvenation treatment in Rocky River can be a great way to improve skin just about anywhere on the body or the face. Depending on the size of the treatment area, this procedure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.

Before directing the laser over the skin we will numb the area to reduce any discomfort. Once your laser treatment is over, we will provide you with after-treatment instructions to make sure you know how to properly care for your skin. Depending on what skin problems you want to treat with laser skin rejuvenation, your recovery period could last anywhere from a week to a few weeks.

Are you interested in laser skin rejuvenation or discovering the other cosmetic dermatological services we offer? If so, then turn to the compassionate, caring expert Dr. Curt Birchall at Rocky River Med Spa - The Fountain Clinic in Rocky River, OH, who is dedicated to giving your skin the care it deserves.

By The Fountain Clinic
September 01, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Hands  

Keep Your Hands Looking YoungWhile the face may be the first to show signs of aging, a person’s hands can make someone appear older than they feel. In a person’s lifetime, the hands are exposed to sunlight, extreme temperatures and a lot of wear and tear. It’s no wonder the skin on our hands becomes thinner, develops wrinkles and sun spots and loses its radiance over time.     

The good news is that you can reduce signs of aging on your hands with improved care at home and the help of your dermatologist.   

Basic tips for improved hand care include:

  • Keep your hands moisturized. Dry, cracked hands appear dull and older. Applying a cream periodically throughout the day will give your hands a healthy glow and a more youthful appearance.
  • Protect your hands from the sun.  The back of the hands are extremely vulnerable to UV damage because they are almost always exposed to sun light. Take extra precautions by applying sunscreen.
  • Wear gloves. Do this during household chores or yard work to protect your hands. Also wear gloves in the winter to protect hands from cold, harsh temperatures.
  • Avoid frequent hand washing.  When you do wash, use a mild soap with warm water.

In some cases, a dermatologist may recommend rejuvenation techniques that have long been successful in treating the face.These procedures add volume to the hand and remove discoloration, wrinkles and damage to reverse telltale signs of aging. Visit your dermatologist to find out if these treatments are offered and recommended options for you.

Because we put so much emphasis on our facial skin care, the hands are often overlooked. The hands can be even more susceptible to the effects of aging, which means they need extra care and attention. Today, there are many procedures available to minimize the appearance of an aging hand. Prevention is the best medicine, but your dermatologist is also an excellent source for advice and professional treatment options.





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