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By The Fountain 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 The Fountain Clinic
May 17, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: botox   xeomin  

Reduce facial lines and wrinkles without the long-term commitment.

We understand the appeal of cosmetic dermatology. After all, as we get older we start to notice changes in the appearance of our skin thatbotox we might not like. Perhaps you have pretty visible crow’s feet around your eyes from years of squinting in the sun or those forehead wrinkles are beginning to look rather deep. Whatever the case might be, our Rocky River, OH, med spa doctor, Dr. Curt Birchall, M.D. is here to tell you about a fast, simple and non-invasive approach to temporarily reduce and eliminate certain lines and wrinkles.

What are Botox and Xeomin?

Botox has been around for a while so chances are good that you’ve at least heard of this cosmetic treatment. Botox and Xeomin are an injectable solution that when administered into certain muscles of the face it scrambles the signals that are sent from the nerves to the muscles that tell them to contract. Now that the muscles can’t contract it will instantly smooth away certain lines and wrinkles.

What problems can Botox and Xeomin address?

Botox and Xeomin are designed to handle lines and wrinkles of the face that show up when making facial expressions. For example, smiling in front of the mirror you may notice that lines appear around the mouth, nose, and eyes. These are dynamic wrinkles, and these are the kinds of wrinkles that Botox and Xeomin treat.

What goes into getting Botox and Xeomin?

Getting Botox and Xeomin from our Rocky River anti-aging doctor is really simple. It only takes a couple of minutes to administer these thin needles into the skin. While there is a slight pitching sensation when the needles pierce the skin, most people don’t find it to be bothersome or painful. Of course, if you are extremely sensitive or nervous about your upcoming treatment, let us know. We can apply a numbing cream over the area before administering Botox. While there might be minor stinging or redness after treatment, most people can go about their daily activities immediately after.

When will results appear and how long do they last?

You won’t notice results immediately after treatment, you will have a wait a few days before you see the changes. It can take up to a week to see the full effects. Of course, results are only designed to last between 3-6 months before fading away. Do you love your results? If so, you can continue to come in every 3-6 months to get maintenance injections to keep your results for longer.

If you are interested in getting Botox and Xeomin in Rocky River, OH, then the next step is to call Rocky River Med Spa - The Fountain Clinic today and schedule a consultation with us. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your treatment goals to find out if Botox or Xeomin will give you the refreshed look you want.

By The Fountain Clinic
April 24, 2018
Category: Dermatology

Exilis treatment is a nonsurgical method for reducing fat, as well as tightening loose skin. When combined with both exercise and a healthyweight loss diet, Exilis delivers improved results than is often achieved through diet and exercise alone. With Exilis, greater fat loss is possible, while also tightening skin in problem areas. For instance, loose skin in the belly, thighs, and love handle areas becomes firmer and tighter with Exilis. At Rocky River Med Spa-The Fountain Clinic, Dr. Curt Birchall is your doctor for Exilis fat reduction treatments in Rocky River, OH.

What is Exilis?

Exilis is a body contouring and sculpting treatment that melts away body fat in targeted areas. Exilis treatments utilize radio frequency energy to heat the various layers of the skin. Heating the skin causes several things to happen. Fat cells shrink, skin tissue contracts, and new collagen is produced. The shrinking of fat cells results in fat reduction, while skin is tightened as it contracts. The production of new collagen helps give the skin a healthier and more youthful appearance.

Optimal fat reduction and skin tightening results are generally achieved after between four to six Exilis treatments. Treatment sessions last between 30 to 45 minutes. There is no recovery period following treatment so you can continue with normal activities immediately after treatment sessions. Further, Exilis treatment is non-invasive and safe. Exilis treatment can accelerate and enhance the results of a healthy diet and regular exercise. Exilis is a preferred fat reduction treatment in Rocky River.

You can lose fat quickly with the Exilis treatment. With Exilis, it is possible to target stubborn areas, such as the belly, buttocks, hips, and thighs and achieve quicker results than with diet and exercise alone. Plus, the sagging skin that sometimes comes with weight loss can be tightened with Exilis treatments. To learn more about Exilis treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Birchall in Rocky River, OH, by calling Rocky River Med Spa-The Fountain Clinic at (216) 503-8517.

By The Fountain Clinic
April 13, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Dandruff  

DandruffIf you find yourself constantly brushing off white flakes of skin from your shirt collars and shoulders, then you may have a common skin condition known as dandruff. Dandruff is the shedding of excessive amounts of skin from the scalp, a condition that can be itchy, bothersome and embarrassing.  

Most cases of dandruff are a mild form of a skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammation of the scalp and sometimes the skin of the eyebrows, eyelids, nose, ears and chest. It occurs in areas that have the greatest number of sebaceous (oil) glands and is likely caused by a combination of an overproduction of skin oil and irritation from yeast. Psoriasis, a fungal infection or simple dry skin may also trigger dandruff. Hormonal or seasonal changes often make the itching and flaking worse.

The good news is that dandruff can almost always be controlled. Most mild cases of dandruff can be managed by shampooing regularly with a gentle, over-the-counter shampoo to reduce oiliness and skin build up. Your dermatologist can help you determine the best shampoo for your specific needs. Other tips for controlling dandruff include:

  • Limit hair products. Hair sprays, gels and mousses can create excess build-up on your hair and scalp, increasing its oiliness.
  • Treat your scalp gently. Harsh shampoos, daily blow-drying and forceful brushing can damage your scalp and make dandruff worse.
  • Avoid scratching.  Although tempting, scratching at dandruff can cause further irritation.

If you don’t see an improvement after several weeks of over-the-counter treatment, or if the condition worsens, visit your dermatologist. Severe cases of dandruff may need a prescription-strength or antifungal dandruff shampoo or cream to improve the skin condition.

Don’t throw away your dark clothes yet! With a little persistence and extra care, it’s possible to get your dandruff under control. 

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.