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Posts for: January, 2017

By The Fountain Clinic
January 30, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: weight loss   Exilis  

Learn about your weight loss options from your Rocky River and Independence doctor.

Losing weight can improve your overall health. You don’t have to drop a large amount of weight to see changes in your overall health. weightlossDr. Curt Birchall at Rocky River Med Spa - The Fountain Clinic in Rocky River, OH and serving Cleveland, OH offers Fat Reduction with Exilis Therapy. Here are six surprising health benefits of weight loss.

1. Lower Cholesterol Level

Being overweight raises your LDL level. As LDL ("bad") cholesterol flows through   the blood, it can deposit plaque in the arteries– which can lead to stroke or heart attack. Ten pounds of weight loss can lower your cholesterol by more than 10 percent.

2. Reduced Risk for Heart Attacks

Losing weight is one of the key health factors and behaviors that keep your heart healthy. If you're overweight or obese, you don't have to get thin to reduce your risk for a heart attack. Losing just 10 pounds reduces your heart-attack risk by 50 percent.

3. Minimize Allergy Symptoms

Being overweight can worsen allergy symptoms. Added weight can strain your respiratory system and aggravate your allergy symptoms further. Lose the weight and you might actually be able to breathe easier when allergy season hits.

4. Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can cause damage to veins and arteries, which can reduce blood flow throughout the body. This may lead to heart disease, stroke and heart failure. Other parts of the body, including the limbs, kidneys and eyes may also suffer damage. Losing 10 pounds will help to lower your blood pressure.

5. Reduced Risk for Dementia

Nearly half of American adults have too much visceral fat, the belly fat that surrounds the internal organs, visible in their bulging stomachs. The fat around the internal organs contains cells that release inflammation-causing chemicals in your body, which can increase your chances of developing dementia.

6. Reduced Risk for Cancer

Obesity increases cancer risk. The reasons for this are not clear – but fat cells are highly active, releasing large amounts of hormones that can fuel many cancers. Losing weight will lower your risk of nine types of cancers.

Ready to make a change? Call Rocky River Med Spa - The Fountain Clinic in Rocky River, OH and serving Cleveland, OH at (216) 503-8517 to schedule an appointment for an Exilis treatment. Exilis uses radio frequency technology to provide deep thermal heating which will disrupt the fat and melt it. Don't take risks with your health. Being overweight increases your risk of major health problems.

By The Fountain Clinic
January 23, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Teenage AcneAcne is by far the most common skin complaint among teenagers, affecting nearly all of those between the ages of 12 and 17 at least occasionally, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. In most cases, hormones released during puberty are responsible for the appearance of blemishes during the teen years. These hormones stimulate the skin's sebaceous (oil) glands, producing oily skin that is more prone to breakouts. Because teens are extremely conscious of their image and appearance, an acne outbreak can be emotionally devastating.

While hormonal changes during puberty cause many types of acne to be unavoidable, with a diligent skincare regimen, many teens can help control breakouts from becoming severe, minimize the appearance of blemishes and prevent scarring.

  • Keep skin clean. Teens produce more oil, so it's important to wash your face every day with warm water and a mild cleanser to remove excess surface oils and dead skin cells. Always remove makeup before going to bed to avoid clogging pores.
  • Avoid over washing. Harsh scrubbing can lead to dry, irritated skin, which can actually increase inflammation and trigger glands to produce more oil.
  • Don't pick. Squeezing and picking at acne can make breakouts worse. Picking at blemishes can also lead to greater inflammation and infection, increasing the risk for scarring.
  • Keep hands off. Avoid touching your face throughout the day, as your hands carry bacteria.
  • Use oil-free products. Avoid oil-based makeup. Instead, look for products that are noncomedogenic or non-acnegenic.
  • Shower after sports or physical activities. Sweat and oil can settle on the skin's surface, trapping dirt and bacteria in the pores.
  • Visit your dermatologist. Most cases of mild acne can be controlled and improved with a good skincare routine at home. If your skin problems persist, visit your dermatologist for professional treatment.

Being a teenager is tough enough without having to worry about breakouts. The good news is that effective treatments are available for acne - and the earlier treatment is started, the lower a teen's risk of lasting physical and emotional damage. When home care is not helping, talk to a dermatologist about treatment options. Your dermatologist can help tailor a treatment plan that is best for a teen's unique skin type and needs.

By The Fountain Clinic
January 16, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Adult Acne  

adult acneAcne is the most common of all skin disorders, affecting almost everyone at some point in their lives. While most people outgrow acne in their late teens or early twenties, many are affected into adulthood or even experience late onset acne. Although the exact cause of adult acne is unknown, possible causes include stress, cosmetics and hormones.

How Can I Treat Adult Acne?

Not only is chronic adult acne frustrating, but it can also have long-lasting effects on the self-esteem and confidence of those suffering from it. To combat blemishes, follow a few basic guidelines to improve your skin's condition.

  • Avoid the urge to pick or squeeze pimples. Aggravating your acne will only increase inflammation, delay the healing process and lead to scarring.
  • Follow a daily skincare regimen to remove oils, make up, and sweat from the surface of your skin.
  • When wearing make-up, only use oil-free cosmetics.
  • Avoid over-washing your skin, as this can make your acne worse.
  • Wash gently with a mild facial cleanser once or twice a day. Be cautious of harsh cleansing products that lead to dry, irritated skin.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Limit exposure to sun and excess cold.

Fortunately, the physical and emotional effects of acne can be reversed with proper treatment. While adult acne can be persistent, an individualized treatment plan from our office can help you reduce blemishes, prevent scarring and eliminate your acne. With diligent home care and help from your dermatologist, your acne can be significantly improved, allowing you to regain your confidence!