You have been working out at the gym like a dog, yet those saddle bags or love handles just will not go away. What do you do? Who can you trust to help you mold the physique you long and strive for every day?

At Mints Medical, that is what we aim to do. For the past 20 years, our leading experts in the field have helped women looking to contour their body based on their desires. Furthermore, in the past few years we have also been able to supplement this work with ground-breaking stem cell procedures to drastically enhance the result.

Below, you can find out more about how this minimally invasive treatment helps patients sculpt the body they want in a safe and efficient manner.

How Does it Work?

The first step is to find a licensed, reputable doctor to perform the surgery. For example, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad is certified by the American Board of Radiology and the American Board of Interventional Radiology.

Next, you need to sit down for a full preoperative evaluation with your doctor. Understandably, you need to ensure that you can safely have the procedure. If you are interested in a free evaluation, please contact our office at 844-646-8763 to set up your free appointment today.

During this evaluation we not only discuss how the procedure works, but also plan for post-op as well. Liposuction requires patients to be generally healthy and able to create long-term lifestyle changes, from eating healthy to continuing to work out on a regular basis. Additionally, we make sure that the client has realistic expectations. The number one reason people are interested in liposuction is to lose weight in specific places.

Safety protocols dictate that a safe amount of weight loss is 5 liters per procedure. This is about 11-12 pounds of pure fat. However, liposuction is not a pure weight-loss procedure like lap band surgery. Instead, it helps to re-proportion your body.

While you can lose some weight, do not expect to go from a size 14 to a size 2 after the procedure. Once we do the pre-evaluation we then look at the different procedures available for your needs.

Some of the most common cutting-edge procedures include:

Tumescent liposuction – Using a local anesthetic, the targeted area is numbed. A tub is then inserted to first numb the area and then suck out the fatty tissues. In some cases, a general anesthetic is used as well.

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction – By using ultrasound to find and liquefy the fat, it becomes easier to remove. This technique is becoming more popular for many core areas of the stomach, sides, and back.

Laser-assisted liposuction – Another technique that liquefies the fat before being removed through a tube.

Why Should I Consider Liposuction?

  1. Treat Certain Medical Conditions

One common reason to use liposuction is to remove certain localized medical conditions. For example, you can use liposuction to remove benign fatty tumors or abnormal enlargement of male breasts. It is also useful for regulating the metabolism of fat in the body.

  1. Reduce the Risk of Heart Attack

Another major benefit of liposuction is its ability to reduce heart attacks. According to research, triglycerides in the body decreased by 43% after the surgery. While there was no change in the cholesterol levels, there was a significant reduction in white blood cells. These are the cells responsible for heart attacks, obesity, strokes and high blood pressure.

  1. Boost Self-Esteem
    It is no surprise in our star-studded world that we are obsessed with how we look. Therefore, it makes sense that using liposuction to reduce parts of our body that we are embarrassed with can greatly boost our confidence when it finally looks like it did in our dreams. Of course, this leads to a large increase in self-esteem.
  1. Sculpt Problem Areas

Sometimes diet and exercise are just not enough to remove the fat from specific areas of our body. If you notice that your love handles or saddlebags do not go away, then liposuction is a great option for you. That is because liposuction helps to remove the areas that we have the most trouble reducing through normal exercise and diet.

 

  1. Reduce Fat and Cellulite

The final common reason to use liposuction is to reduce fat and cellulite in your body. While some of this is good for the medical conditions we mentioned above, it is also healthier altogether when you have less fat in your body. For example, heavier people are often known to have additional knee injuries. That is because of the excess weight that they need to carry around with them wherever they go. By removing this excess fat, stress is removed from the body.

Final Thoughts

Liposuction is not a cure-all, but definitely is a valuable procedure for anyone interested in shedding some unwanted and unhealthy weight from your body. The procedure can sculpt the body you always wanted and protect yourself medically against heart disease and other illnesses. If you are interested in learning more about how to use liposuction, contact our office at 844-646-8763 for a complimentary session!

5 Benefits of Getting a Facelift in Chicago

Have you ever been called ma’am by someone in their twenties? It is quite unsettling. It is also another painful reminder that you are getting up there in years.

Therefore, it is no surprise that women are increasingly researching how facelifts from Mints Medical can benefit them. That is because at Mints Medical, we help you recapture your youth.

Do you still have questions about how facelifts can help you?

Then read below to discover the five biggest benefits of getting a facelift.

What are the 5 biggest Facelift benefits?

  1. Bring Back Your Youth

The biggest benefit of a facelift is recapturing your youthful look. How do facelifts do this? To understand that, let’s go through the procedure for a second. A facelift is a cosmetic procedure that reduces the signs of aging on your face and neck. The procedure stretches your skin tissue and muscles to give your face a tighter, smoother look. Depending upon the procedure, some fat and skin could also be removed. Afterwards, the wrinkles and sagging face are gone. These are the primary reasons why faces look older as we age. By removing your lines and wrinkles, you regain your youthful look.

  1. Reduce Wind and Sun Lines

The wind and sun create lines over time that are the basis for wrinkles. While the sun provides us with a lot of vitamins and nutrients, it also has the potential to damage us. The more time we spend outside enjoying the weather, the more wrinkles and lines usually form on your face. Facelifts remove the effects of a lifetime of being outside in the wind and sun.

  1. Loss of Skin Elasticity

Let’s get technical for a moment. Every human being has a superficial musculo-aponeurotic system (SMAS) that regulates the elasticity of our face. Over time, our SMAS weakens. It is the reason for many of the sagging and other aging problems that happen on our face and neck. A facelift corrects the loose facial muscles and prematurely aging skin that a weak SMAS does not properly regulate anymore. In plain English, your face muscles and nerves do not have the strength to stop the sagging and wrinkles. However, Mints Medical facelift does.

  1. Improve Confidence

While you are more than your looks, it never hurts to look as good on the outside as you do on the inside. The feeling you get from looking good cannot be underestimated. Statistically, 10-15% of women suffer from post-partum depression, and at least 12% of all women become depressed during their lifetime. Conversely, a facelift, improves women self-confidence. It also reduces a lot of unnecessary stress many women face as they age.

  1. Saves Money

I know this is not the typical argument for a face lift, but the truth is that all those lotions and potions cost money. A quality facelift should last at least 10 years. By not having to ply yourself with as much makeup and junk, you save money over the long haul. Statistically, the average woman spends $215 per year on makeup. However, a 2-ounce skin care product can regularly cost $200 or more. At the end of the day, the cost of getting a facelift is less than all the money you spend on less effective skin care products.

Final Thoughts
You deserve the opportunity to look your best. Therefore, if you want to look years younger than you are, contact us toll free at 844-MINTS-MD to schedule a free appointment.

In the world of beauty, nothing stands still. Medicine continue to push forward with new advancements, while our physical beauty fades as time and gravity take their toll. New procedures are constantly being developed to help us regain some of that lost time, and some older ones are regaining popularity as technological improvements give them new life.

MINTS Medical is on the forefront of aesthetic surgery in Chicago, marrying time-tested techniques with new technology to offer our patients the best possible results. Many of our patients come to us with complaints regarding deep wrinkles, marionette lines, sagging jowls and loose skin. We offer a wide variety of techniques to help our patients address these problem areas and feel better about their appearance.Are FaceliftsRight For You?
For patients looking for a drastic improvement in their facial aging, facelifts are the classic choice. The full facelift, with a century of research and advancements behind it, has become a gold standard in time-fighting techniques.As we cross the line into our late 30’s, many people begin to see signs of aging appear. Our skin loses elasticity and volume, and “jowls” begin to develop as the skin sags on the face and neck. Many people begin to feel dissatisfied with their appearance. It might be time to consider a facelift procedure if you feel any of the following relates to you:

  • You no longer feel like your appearance in the mirror reflects who you are inside.
  • You are experiencing depression or other mental health issues because of how you feel about your appearance.
  • You feel as though your aging appearance is negatively affecting your personal and working relationships.

Getting a facelift procedure done can bring ten years back to your face, giving you confidence again and a chance to align your outer appearance with the energetic youthful energy you feel on the inside.

Choosing The Right Facelift Procedure

Traditional facelifts have been performed  since the early 1900’s, but modern facelifts, featuring deep facial tissue sculpting and a focus on minimal scarring began in the 1990’s. This period also saw innovations in facelift procedures and a new selection of less invasive options, such as the mini facelift and the threadlift. Providing those searching for a way to regain some of their youthful appearance with a larger selection of options, a greater range of treatment prices, recovery periods, and intensive effects.

MINTS Medical offers a range of surgical techniques to address ageing, with a focus on minimally invasive aesthetic procedures. We offer only the procedures which give the best results with the least amount of recovery time. Before going under the knife for a full facelift procedure, we suggest looking at a few other facelift techniques that have been changing the landscape:

Facelifts

The modern facelift procedure is a fairly involved surgical process. Techniques vary, since there are quite a few factors that determine the exact technique, depending on the patient’s anatomy, goals and whether or not they are combining this procedure with another during the facelift surgery.

During the procedure, the physician makes an incision and separates the skin from the underlying connective tissue and muscles. Deeper facial tissues are then repositioned, and the skin is lifted and laid back onto the improved facial surface, eliminating jowls, sagging, and deep lines and wrinkles. Full facelifts are generally performed under general anesthesia, and involve an extensive recovery period in which bruising and swelling will occur. Scarring can also occur around the incision points. The effects of a full surgical facelift can last quite a few years, with improvements lasting between 5-10 years. Traditional facelift costs vary, but usually hover around $10,00 for the procedure.

Mini Facelifts
Ideal for patients who have less dramatic reconstruction the mini facelift is less invasive, requiring shorter incisions and less anesthesia during the procedure. During the mini facelift surgery, the physician uses shorter incisions hidden along the hairline and around the ear to access deeper tissues and tighten the skin. This results can be tailored depending on the exact needs of the patient, but often include reduction of sagging skin around the neck and jowls.

Thread Lifts
For the people in their 40s and 50s, seeking to get rid of deepening marionette lines or lift a sagging neck, a full surgical facelift might be overkill. Thread lifts provide a less-invasive, faster alternative. One that doesn’t require sedation, and leaves patients with minimal bruising and little to no recovery time.

Thread lifts work through the use of specially designed barbed threads, often made of absorbable materials, which are designed to stimulate collagen production as they are slowly absorbed into the skin. In a thread lift procedure, the physician places multiple threads under the skin using needles. No surgical incisions are made. Between 1-20 threads, designed to catch the deep tissues and lift skin into place, are deployed. Since this facelift technique requires only local anesthesia, many patients are able to get treatment and go right back to their daily activities in an hour or two. Dubbed the “lunchtime lift”, this minimally invasive facelift technique is a favorite among our patients. It reveals striking results immediately, while providing long lasting effects through the stimulation of collagen at insertion sites and along the barbed thread. Results can continue to improve for three to five months after the thread lift procedure, and permanent results can last for up to five to 10 years years. Because the price of thread lifts is quite a bit less expensive than the standard facelift, we are seeing a lot of patients asking for this procedure in lieu of going under the knife.

We, at MINTS Medical, love helping our Chicago patients regain their confidence through facelifts and other techniques. If you seem to have lost yourself, we’d love to help you get it back. Please contact our staff to see how through a free consultation!

Sometimes beauty does go more than skin deep. If you are one of (more than) 30% of the adult population with varicose or spider veins, then you are familiar with the struggles that come with concealing and living with this unsightly and sometimes painful vascular issue.

At MINTS Medical, we understand that sometimes beauty and health go hand in hand. Some of our patients come to us struggling with the unsightly appearance of dark purple and blue spider veins, while others are suffering from some of the more severe symptoms of varicose veins. No matter what your needs are, we approach our patient’s issues with care, offering only the least invasive and most effective procedures to achieve maximum results.

Varicose Veins Vs. Spider Veins (telangiectasias)
Vascular issues can cause visible symptoms across a wide spectrum. The least severe and most common are called spider veins, which show up under the skin as dark purple, blue, or red thin lines. Sometimes looking like a web, or maze. Spider veins are flat, and can’t be felt by the hand. While unsightly, they are non-threatening and usually occur in the legs, lower part of the body, and sometimes the face.Varicose veins also look like dark purple or blue colored veins running under the skin, but are characterized by their raised and bulging surface. The twisted, swollen appearance of these veins is what gives them their name “varicose”, meaning “swollen”. The presence of varicose veins, while most often harmless, are an indicator of vascular issues and circulatory problems and should always be examined by a doctor. Most varicose veins are simply unsightly, and don’t pose a large threat or discomfort, but occasionally, severe cases of varicose veins can cause other symptoms. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Dull aching, and a feeling of pressure.
  • Cramping in the affected limbs.
  • Itching, or venous eczema (red, dry and itchy skin near the varicose veins).
  • Swelling of the area combined with fatigue.
  • Varicose ulcers can form in severe cases.
  • In rare cases, these ulcers can result in amputation.

Women have the highest risk of developing both spider veins and varicose veins, but we see them commonly occurring in patients with lifestyles that include long periods of standing and increased pressure on the legs. Genetics plays a big factor, as well. If your family has a history of developing them, then you are also at a higher risk of developing varicose veins.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

The exact cause of varicose veins is in the veins themselves. In healthy veins, deoxygenated blood pumps through the veins, taking it back to the heart, while valves keep this blood flowing in the proper direction, and prevent it from reversing course. Varicose veins are caused when the valves become damaged, through stretching, loss of elasticity, or inflammation, and allow blood to flow in the wrong direction and accumulate in the vein.

The leading causes of this are increased pressure, which is why varicose and spider veins are most commonly found in the feet, legs and lower part of the body. Occasionally varicose veins are also caused by diseases such as phlebitis, blood clots, or some congenital abnormality of the veins themselves, and are generally progressive. Though, there are a few treatments that we suggest our patients try at home to relieve some of the symptoms of varicose veins and stop their progression.

Seeking Treatment For Your Varicose Veins

We have patients who come to us asking for at-home remedies to help reduce discomfort that comes with severe varicose vein symptoms. Here are some things you can do on your own to treat your varicose veins:

  • Use compression stockings, designed to help redirect blood flow in the proper direction.
  • Compression dressings, which do the same as stockings.
  • Elevate legs while sleeping or sitting to alleviate pressure on the veins.
  • Try a gentle massage with upward strokes to encourage blood flow.

Often these actions are enough to reduce discomfort and slow the onset of further varicose veins, but our patients are seeking a more permanent result or the removal of the appearance of the veins altogether. In these cases, our doctors at Mint Medical offer a range of treatments for varicose and spider veins, depending on the severity of the issues. From surgical procedures, to remove the largest and most obvious varicose veins, to laser treatments, which cause the veins to clot and collapse.

Scelrotheraphy 
One of the least invasive treatments available for varicose and spider veins involves injecting a chemical into the veins, designed to scar the vein itself. This procedure is typically used to treat patients who have tried compression and other at home remedies already. The chemicals used in sclerotherapy are injected into the varicose or spider veins using a thin needle, and are designed to irritate the inner lining of the vein, causing it to swell, clot and eventually turn into scar tissue and fade. It’s a fairly quick procedure and most patients are done within an hour or so. After-care involves using compression bandages and a walking regimen to prevent further development of blood clots and complications.

Ablation (Radio Frequency, Endovenous Laser Treatment)
Another option for patients with varicose veins is ablation (sealing of the vein), a procedure done using radio frequency, lasers or another method. In ablation, the walls of the vein are treated with heat, causing the vein to collapse and seal shut. After the patient is treated with local anesthetic, the doctor performing the procedure makes a small incision and feeds a catheter into the varicose vein to transfer either the laser or radiofrequency energy directly into the vein walls. This procedure is fairly quick and provides immediate results, making it a great choice for many of our patients.

Micro Surgery (Micro Phlebectomy)
For the largest varicose veins, we offer surgical options which result in a total removal of the vein. During micro phlebectomy, the doctor makes multiple tiny incision over the varicosities and uses small hooks to tweeze small portions of the veins out. The process disrupts the continuity of the veins. Healing is within a few days.

We, at MINTS Medical love helping our Chicago patients regain their confidence.  If you are feeling self-conscious about your varicose veins or spider veins, contact our staff us for a free consultation!

What are varicose veins?

Let’s start with the basics, veins are the vessels that carry deoxygenated blood back to the heart. Arteries are the vessels that bring oxygenated blood from the heart to all the body tissues. Within our venous system (veins) there are one-way valves that keep blood moving forward back toward the heart. If the valves get weak or damaged blood can start pooling in the veins causing the veins to swell and become damaged. As damage occurs the veins will create collateral vessels that we can see just beneath the skin. These are frequently referred to as “spider veins” medically known as Telangiectasias. Spider veins are visible just under the skin and usually appear as tiny web like red, blue, or purple veins. Varicose veins are the larger swollen veins that run deeper in the tissue these would be the bottom of the “iceberg” below the ocean. The superficial spider veins are the tip of the “iceberg.” Don’t be fooled that those tiny veins arm harmless as if untreated, in some cases, complications can arise.

What are the symptoms?

Some patients have no symptoms related to the varicose veins. Others have severe symptoms including leg swelling, throbbing, aching, itching, cramping, and leg heaviness. These symptoms can interfere with daily living and activities.

Who is at risk?

There are many factors that can put one at risk for varicose veins.

  • Genetics

Genetics alone is the single biggest risk factor for developing varicose veins. In these cases we can thank our parents for passing on the genes that included leaky or weak valves.

  • Age

As we age the vessels become weaker and our skin and tissues become frail.

  • Occupation

Occupations that involve standing or sitting in place for long periods of time can put one at risks. Jobs such as nursing, secretarial, factory workers, and waitressing put you at risk for developing varicose and spider veins.

  • Pregnancy

Hormonal changes, weight gain, and increased circulating volume all increase the risk of developing varicose veins.

  • Obesity

The added pressure put on the veins increases the risk of leaky valves and blood pooling.

  • Gender

Gender alone increases the risk of developing varicose veins due to the hormonal fluctuations throughout life.

What are my options?

First line treatment is lifestyle including simple changes such as taking breaks to elevate the legs on pillows or recliner to promote venous return back to the heart. Wearing compression stockings during the day for about 3-6 months is recommended and required by many insurance companies before medical treatments can proceed. Compression stocking generally should be 20-30mmHg to assist in preventing pooling of the blood.

The next step to your treatment plan will be tailored to your needs by our experience medical staff at Mints Medical as our mission is to help you improve your health so that you can do the things you love. We want our patients to leave feeling confident and comfortable. Pain should not slow you down. To schedule a vascular intervention consultation visit us on the web at www.mintsmedical.com/free-consultation or call today at  (844) 646-8763.

The center for disease control states that over 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the United States each year.  However, most women are not aware of a procedure that has altered the need for this invasive procedure that we all have known as the hysterectomy.  This procedure is a safe and minimally invasive alternative to the hysterectomy, and it is called, Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) also known as Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE).

WHY IS UTERINE FIBROID EMBOLIZATION DONE?

This procedure is done to shrink or destroy uterine fibroids without a hysterectomy for women who do not plan to be pregnant. Uterine Fibroid Embolization blocks blood flow to fibroids while maintaining the blood supply to the uterus itself. The procedure usually takes between 1 and 3 hours by a radiologist. The radiologist uses a video screen fluoroscope to guide his or her catheter from the groin to the blood vessel that supplies the fibroid.

WHAT TO EXPECT 

The catheter is placed into a blood vessel in the upper thigh (femoral artery). The patient may feel a warming sensation as a substance called, “contrast material” is injected into the catheter as it travels up to the uterus. A solution of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) particles is then injected into uterine arteries through the catheter which build up in the specific arteries and block blood flow to the fibroid. It is not uncommon to have some vaginal flow of blood for a couple of weeks from a fibroid that is breaking down and bleeding.

The patient should refer to the doctor’s instructions for when to stop eating and drinking. Medications can be taken the day of the procedure if the patient’s doctor has instructed her to take them, using only a sip of water.  The patient may also be given a sedative to help her relax during the procedure but not enough to make her fall asleep since it is important that the patient is awake to follow instructions during the procedure.  After the procedure is over, unless there are problems with bleeding, the catheter is removed and pressure is applied to the puncture site for 10 to 15 minutes; then, a bandage is applied. If the pain is under control and the patient has at least 4 hours of bed rest after the procedure, she may be sent home, or she may spend the night in the hospital for more observation depending on how well she does after the procedure.

Moderate to severe pelvic pain is common for 6 to 12 hours after this procedure. If the patient gets nauseas or is vomiting, anti-nausea medicine is suggested. Some women are able to control their pain with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, and the patient should be able to return to her usual activities in 5-7 days and have some vaginal bleeding for a couple of weeks from the fibroid breaking down. When bleeding or pain persists for several months, some women have been known to pass a fibroid from the vagina, usually 6 weeks to 3 months after having UFE or even a year afterward the procedure.  If this occurs, the patient should contact her doctor immediately, making sure that there is no infection developing or bleeding problems. It is recommended that follow-up care after UFE should include a checkup 1 to 3 weeks afterward followed by an ultrasound or MRI 3 to 6 months later.

PATIENT OUTCOMES AFTER UFE

As an effective treatment, Uterine Fibroid Embolization reduces the size of fibroids on an average of about 50%, with approximately 80 out of 100 women treated with UFE for uterine fibroids reported that their symptoms improved.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH UFE?

The most serious, potentially life-threatening complication of UFE is infection. Next is premature menopause which is more likely to happen to women over 40 years than younger women. Loss of menstrual periods (amenorrhea), scar tissue formation (adhesions), and pain that lasts for months can also occur.

FERTILITY AND UFE

In addition, UFE may not be a good choice if a woman wants to get pregnant. It is possible to get pregnant afterward, but it is uncertain how good the odds are. This procedure does have a risk of damaging an ovary or the uterus, which would make it much harder to get pregnant, and there may be a higher risk for pregnancy related problems.

WHO CAN PERFORM A UFE PROCEDURE?

To be sure, for a UFE procedure, a woman should have a specially trained interventional radiologist who has a lot of experience with the procedure. Uterine fibroid embolization may be a good treatment option for women who do not wish to receive blood transfusions (which can be needed after myomectomy) or who have other serious health conditions that make general anesthesia dangerous. UFE is not safe for women who are allergic to “contrast material” (used for fluoroscopy during UFE).

Indeed, Uterine Fibroid Embolization has several advantages over the hysterectomy because all fibroids may be treated at the same time with no blood loss and a general anesthesia and an abdominal (belly) incision are not required.  To receive more information on this procedure, please contact us to schedule a FREE consultation ator by calling (844) MINTS – MD.

Fine lines around the eyes commonly known as “crows feet” will be noticed by many in their mid to late 20’s. By early 40’s deep lines start to appear around the mouth and eyes and the skin loses elasticity. Many dread this change, it is the sign of aging. How can we slow this process down? How do we keep our youth?

Most of us know the basics to prevent aging. We learn to avoid hazardous environmental exposures such as smoking, excessive sun exposure, and air pollution. But let’s be real, can you really avoid these altogether? Especially when you live in or near a big city such as Chicago our sensitive skin is constantly exposed to these threats. We can also load up on vitamins that will “increase collagen and elastin” or buy expensive serums that will “slow down” the aging process. Do any of these actually work?

When you start to see the signs of aging, especially on your face, you may start to think about getting a “face lift.” A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that can be used to restore useful contours in the face and neck, that have been lost as a result of gravity, heredity, stress or environmental conditions. A face life requires going under “the knife” and many busy moms, dads, and everyday working Chicagoan’s do not have time for this extensive procedure and recovery time.

At Mints Medical Minimally Invasive Therapy Specialists we offer modern techniques that can get you “face lift” results in just 60 minutes. This procedure requires no incisions, and minimal recovery time. This new procedure is known as “thread lift” that gives immediate and delayed results. Thread lift procedure is referred to as Silhouette Soft Lift, Contour Lift. The procedure involves a physician inserting an absorbable thread underneath the skin on the face in the desired areas of improvement. The thread will cause immediate improvement in the laxity of the skin and will also stimulate new collagen formation which will cause facial contour to continue to improve for another four to six months. Men and women who have insecurity about jowls (double chin), crows feet, frown lines, forehead lines, or brow drooping all can benefit from this procedure. Other uses of a thread lift include the buttox lift and the breast lift.

To get started with your FREE consultation to take care of yourself, your skin, and your confidence call Mints Medical at (844) 646-8763.

Most people consider beauty as a necessary part of their life and they have a point. Well, looking good should not be perceived as an extravagant affair but a normal daily routine able to be managed within one’s budget. With many cosmetic and beauty treatments currently being offered by MedSpa and other clinics, skin rejuvenation hasn’t been this easy. One of the emerging FDA-approved cosmetic treatments is Thermage.

This treatment is used for skin tightening, reduction of wrinkles and alleviation of other signs of aging. There is a reason why Thermage is rapidly becoming the future of non-surgical facelift.

What Is Thermage?

The Thermage cosmetic treatment system uses heat to tighten the underlying layers of your skin. It produces an instantaneous and marked reduction in the appearance of jowls, wrinkles and sagging skin in the brow and neck area. More so, it has been effectively used to tighten skin in other areas of the human body. Additionally, besides being a painless and non-invasive treatment with a very minimal recovery time, it produces excellent and consistent results.

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Who are the Candidates for Thermage Skin Tightening Treatment?

If you are looking for a cosmetic treatment that will give you subtle results with the least possible recovery time than you can get from surgical facelift treatments, then Thermage is ideal for you. Thermage skin tightening treatment is also recommended for patients developing prominent folds in the face area but who may not be accommodated by the traditional facelift treatments.

Moreover, if you are aiming for a radiant skin through the reduction of facial wrinkles and sagging skin, you may give Thermage a try. In the cosmetics world, Thermage is considered to be the ultimate face rejuvenation procedure that gives you a chance at striking a radiant skin without the risks of invasive procedures.

However, like all treatments, before you choose to undergo a Thermage procedure, it is always best to consult your nearest skin and beauty expert to determine your candidacy. For those living in Chicago, the MINTS Medical is an ideal MedSpa where you can get the best consultation about the relevance of Thermage for your beauty requirements.

What to Consider Before Opting for a Thermage Procedure

It is widely agreed that Thermage is the best alternative when compared to other more invasive cosmetic facial procedures. However, it should not be wholly considered as a substitute for a facelift. This is especially the case for patients with relatively very loose skin, deep jowls and wrinkles, heavy faces and advanced signs of skin aging. If you belong in any of these categories, you might not experience major improvements if you stick to Thermage treatment alone.

Before deciding to have a Thermage treatment, your doctor should fully inform you of all the possible risks and side effects of the treatment.  Our expert skin care doctors at MINTS Medical in Chicago can help to evaluate your individual needs and determine the appropriateness of Thermage for your skin tightening requirements.

How Long Does the Thermage Treatment Last?

Generally, the actual Thermage treatment can last for an hour or less but due to the careful preparations required and the time for administration and effectiveness of the anesthesia, the duration can be prolonged. However, besides the preparation of tools, the other preparation only takes into account cleansing the face to get rid of any makeup.

Since the treatment is non-invasive, patients recover very quickly. The recovery time of Thermage treatments makes it highly preferable compared to surgical facelift. The results of the treatment can start manifesting a few months after the procedure although spontaneous results such as a tight feeling of the skin can be expected sooner.

What to Expect after a Thermage Procedure

Following the treatment, patients can expect subtle but visible results which include a tighter and much firmer skin with better elasticity a radiant skin appearance.

 

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The results of a Thermage procedure are expected to vary depending on the patient’s skin and more specifically the collagen fiber network of your skin. Patients with a much healthier skin can expect more drastic results from the treatment.

What makes Thermage unique is its ability to gradually improve the appearance of the patient’s face over the months following the treatment. It achieves by the stimulation of the skin to grow new collagen on its own while also stimulating the already existing collagen fibers. In addition, Thermage uses the body’s natural processes to improve a patient’s appearance rather than relying on surgical techniques or artificial materials.

How does Thermage work?

The Thermage treatment involves applying a captive radiofrequency energy which heats the inner skin layers. The collagen fibers, which give the skin its elasticity and shape, wear out over time. The wearing out of these fibers is further accelerated by exposure to sun and environmental toxins such as smoke and dust.

A number of factors that are encompassed in the photo-aging process also contribute to this effect. The skin will begin to sag and wrinkle as the collagen fibers continue to lose their elasticity.

 

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The application of a captive RF heat wave through RF micro needling is able to heat the subcutaneous fat skin layer as well as the epidermis. This immediately tightens and rejuvenates the existing collagen skin structure. A single Thermage treatment stimulates the skin collagen fibers and hence promotes the growth of new fibers for as long as six months.

Is Thermage safe?

Thermage skin rejuvenating treatment is an extremely safe procedure. Usually there is little or no pain involved because of the minimally invasive RF micro needling but in general, the treatment is totally non-surgical. Most if not all patients are able to resume their normal activities soon after the treatment. The side effects, if any, are minor and wear off after a very short time. At our MINTS Medical Chicago MedSpa, we do everything to ensure the safety and success of our Thermage treatments.

Are there any side effects of Thermage treatment?

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blisters
  • Bumps
  • Uneven skin

These side effects are mostly related to the RF micro needling technique and not the Thermage treatment as a whole. The good news is that these side effects never get to advanced stages and wear off without any medication.

The benefits of procuring a Thermage are numerous and you can only fully realize them if you tried out this amazing treatment at our Chicago MINTS MedSpa. Dermatologists are continually recommending this Thermage treatment for smoothening wrinkles and restoring a radiant skin.

You may have heard about ptosis, but if you’ve always wondered what this condition is all about then this article is a good read for you. Ptosis is a term used to refer to the pathologic droopy eyelids which tend to be an unappealing sight to some people. The droopy eyelid can be a result of trauma, aging or other advanced medical conditions. When droopy eyelids affect one eye, then the condition can be referred to as unilateral ptosis. For individuals with droopy eyelids on both eyes, the condition will be referred to as bilateral ptosis.

Although the condition comes and goes, it can be quite a nuisance. If it occurs at birth, droopy eyelids is known as congenital ptosis. However, in some individuals, the condition may develop much later in adult life where it is known as acquired ptosis.

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Droopy Eyelid Before Treatment

When severe, droopy eyelids can adversely interfere with your vision due to obstruction of the pupil. While some people leave the condition to subside naturally, there exists a number of medical treatments which have proven to be highly effective in treating droopy eyelids.

Who gets droopy eyelid?

As mentioned, droopy eyelids can occur as a natural process which ranges in degree of severity. You can be certain of the cause of your droopy eyelids condition by consulting a physician. We at MINTS MedSpa have been providing consultation on droopy eyelids to Chicago residents for some years now and the best part is that we also follow up the diagnosis with recommendable treatments.

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Apparently droopy eyelids is a condition that can affect anyone. There are no distinctive differences between the occurrence of this condition in men and women. The condition has however proven to be more prevalent in adult individuals than among the youth. This is because as you age the muscle responsible for lifting the eyelids stretches and your eyelids tend to fall.

Medical conditions

If you have droopy eyelids, then you need to take measures to remedy this condition due to the medical risk factors associated with it. Most importantly, Droopy eyelids present a preliminary symptom of an underlying medical condition. This is most serious when the condition happens to be bilateral.

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Droopy eyelid Signs and Symptoms

  • Sagging of one or both eyelids
  • Extremely dry eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • You might experience itching around the eyes
  • Weary or tired looking face
  • The tendency to tilt your head back when speaking to someone in order to see at all times.

At MINTS Medical Spa, we can give you the best timely diagnosis if you notice any of the above symptoms.

Treating Droopy Eyelids

Presently, there are a number of skin and beauty care treatments that can be employed in the treatment of the droopy eyelids condition. With the high cost, recovery and risk factors involved in invasive surgical treatments, many people are now opting for non-invasive treatments such as the plasma blast beauty and skin treatment technique.

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Before and After Treatment

Plasma skin tightening is a brow lift and non-surgical eye lift blepharoplasty revolutionary treatment that has been pioneered by MINTS MedSpa in Chicago. The Chicago Medical Spa is proud to be one of the few medical spas to offer this new exciting and results-oriented treatment.

How Does Plasma Blast Eye Lift Blepharoplasty Work?

This unique and innovative technology utilizes plasma, which is formed through the ionization process of atmospheric gases. This stimulates instant contraction and tightening of the skin fibers around the eyes. The plasma blast treatment is administered via tiny spots using a Plexr device at certain distances at specific intervals. Each one of these spots sublimates the superficial coenocytes. The best thing is that it leaves your basal laminas undeterred hence preventing any bleeding or damage to the tissues surrounding the treatment area.

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Plasma Blast Can Restore a Youthful Appearance to your eyelids

The innovative blepharoplasty treatment takes less than half an hour. However, at MINTS Chicago Medical Spa, we always encourage our patients to turn up for an appointment at least one hour prior to the treatment. This will facilitate the application of a numbing cream to the area where the plasma blast treatment is to be administered.

The treatment will produce mild crustations which may last for 3-5 days. Noticeable results can be experienced after undergoing the first treatment. However, for some individuals whose condition is more severe, you might need to follow it up with subsequent treatment to have any noticeable positive results.

Side Effects of Plasma Blast Drooping Eyelid Treatment

  • Red appearance of the treated area
  • Mild swelling
  • Discoloration which resolves after 5-7 days

The plasma blast is an exciting treatment that will rejuvenate your appearance and give you a youthful look. MINTS Medical spa has been spearheading this treatment in the greater Chicago and we have gained enough experience with this treatment. It is our desire to make the treatment safe and results oriented. Try plasma blast at our Chicago medical spa and you will be glad you reached out for our professional assistance.

Did you know that losing fat is not necessarily the same as losing weight? The concept of fat freezing borrows from the idea of what ought to happen to the fat cells to describe the procedure as weight loss or fat loss. For instance, losing weight simply reduces the size of the fat cells while it doesn’t necessarily eliminate the fat cells.

There are many ways through which people have attempted to reduce the number of fat cells in the body, and one of them is by dieting. However, at MINTS Medical Spa, we pride ourselves in embracing the latest technological innovations in advancing state of the art beauty treatments. In line with this, we have been pioneering the body sculpting fat freezing as a way to maintain a perfect body size and shape.

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What is body sculpting

Body sculpting as a treatment has been on the market for quite some time but started gaining momentum in late 2010. This procedure is also known in scientific circles as Cryolipolysis, and is a non-surgical non-invasive FDA approved fat reduction procedure that has proven to be very effective in eliminating stubborn fat cells. Fat freezing has been known to be an innovative and affordable way of contouring your body with no downtime. It helps boost your confidence by giving you the perfect shape you would want to see in the mirror.

The procedure is appropriate for both male and female candidates who feel the need to shape up their appearance by getting rid of stubborn fat. Results from this procedure can vary from one person to another.

In Chicago, this FDA approved treatment is used in treating visible large bulges around the thighs, along the bra fat, underneath the buttocks, upper arm and around the love handles. Body sculpting by fat freezing is cleared for affecting the appearance of lax tissue, especially with the submental areas.

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Techniques of Body Sculpting

As mentioned earlier there are several body sculpting techniques that you might come across on the market. Some of the common ones include using Anti-cellulite garments, Cool sculpting through Cryolipolysis, UltraShape, Liposonix using ultrasound energy and ZERONA which makes use of low-level laser energy. With certain techniques, multiple treatments may be required to make the procedure successful.

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The fat freezing procedure itself only takes a few hours depending on the technique being used as well as the areas being treated. Prior to the procedure it might not be necessarily to administer any anesthesia because the procedure is non-invasive. Note that, the fat freezing procedure is performed as an outpatient treatment.

The fat freezing procedure is a combination of cryo and electro therapy. The procedure targets fat cells by lowering the temperature to as low as -9 degrees thus causing the stubborn fat cells to crystalize. At MINTS Medical Spa in Chicago, we use medical grade technology to chill the fat cells to a point where the natural apoptosis process of the body is activated. The process collects the stubborn fat cells and eliminates them from the body. Any remaining fat cells are disposed off from the body through the lymphatic system.

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Advantages over other techniques

Unlike other treatments such as liposuction, body contouring by fat freezing does a good job in destroying fat cells. It is also a mild treatment and simple procedure unlike surgical liposuction and quite inherently non-invasive hence it does not pose any surgical risks, scarring or post procedure pain.

Recovery

Fat freezing is a very quick procedure which has no downtime. As soon as the treatment is over, you can resume your daily chores without affecting the effectiveness of the procedure. The good news is that the treatment is permanent as long as you maintain the normal diet and exercise, you should be able to maintain the long term results.

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Side Effects

Possible risk of body contouring by fat freezing include;

  • Bruising
  • Light numbness
  • Mild and temporary redness
  • Tingling effect
  • In rare cases, unevenness may occur but you shouldn’t worry about this with our state of the art technology at MINTS Medical in Chicago.

Fat freezing is a great way of contouring your body especially for those who are really committed to achieving optimal fat loss without any surgical procedures. At MINTS Medical we pride ourselves on providing the best treatments. Contact us for further queries and book an appointment now and let us help you achieve your best appearance and body shape.

It is common for women going through hormonal changes, childbearing, childbirth and aging to experience changes in their genitalia. Some of the changes which can negatively affect a woman’s quality of life include vaginal laxity, decreased erotic sensation, stress urinary incontinence and loss of vaginal lubrication.

A woman might also lose the tone of her labia majora. The good news is that there are several ways through which these changes can be reversed and the media is now more than ever addressing these available treatments. If you are a lady who feels like you need to get your life back and reignite the spark in your sexual life, then vaginal rejuvenation is just the thing you need.

Vaginal rejuvenation can be done non-invasively using radio frequency or laser energy to induce collagen for vaginal tightening. Laser vaginal rejuvenation is also commonly known as vaginoplasty. Our Medical Spa is proud to be among the first to offer this exceptional and life-changing treatment to our society’s women.

Benefits Of Vaginal Rejuvenation At MINTS Medical

Your sexual health pretty much defines your marriage life and your life in general. Most importantly, how well you manage your sexual life will depend on the health and state of your vagina. Vaginal relaxation which is often associated with aging and childbearing can take a huge toll on your vagina thus stretching it and causing it to lose its tone.

Eventually, this will affect you and your partner’s sexual satisfaction, loss of self-esteem and embarrassment which blindsides even the most confident women. However, all this can change with our MINTS vaginal rejuvenation cosmetogynecology treatment.

For a more youthful looking vagina, regained vaginal tightness that will help you get your life back, we are capable of providing you with a state of the art vaginal rejuvenation with very minimal recovery time. The following are some of the benefits you can get by undergoing our vaginal rejuvenation treatment at our Medical Spa in Chicago;

  • Enhanced labia majora tone, strength, and control
  • Improved sexual gratification
  • Enhanced lubrication during intercourse
  • A more youthful looking vaginal area
  • Minimal recovery time
  • A short procedure that takes only 2-3 hours
  • Minimal risks and side effects.

How is Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedure Performed?

The vaginal rejuvenation procedure when done surgically is an elective procedure usually performed under general anesthesia. It is a functional procedure that involves tightening of the outer muscles and vaginal structures such as the labia majora and labia minora thus enhancing the tone, strength, and control of vaginal muscles.

The internal and external diameters of the vagina are reduced through the tightening of the genitalia’s internal muscles. Most importantly, this is done to the patient’s specifications.

Some women often consider combining vaginal rejuvenation procedures with other vaginal enhancement treatments such as labiaplasty, hymenoplasty, and clitoral hood reduction.

When a patient prefers this surgical procedure for rejuvenation of the vagina, the procedure usually involves the use of a Diode 980 laser. Besides the laser option, there are also a number of non-laser instruments such as an electrical scalpel or radiofrequency. For women experiencing a significantly loose vagina or pelvic organ prolapse, this is the best treatment to regain your sexual health.

Recovery Time and Risks Involved

As with any surgical procedure, the vaginal rejuvenation procedure should be given time to take effect. After the procedure, the patient should give the vagina and the entire vaginal area a few weeks to heal completely before partaking in any sexual intercourse. The healing should be quick and the best part is that it does not leave any scars or signs of an operation.

If you are wondering whether the treatment has any risks the answer is that unlike most surgical procedures the risks inherent in vaginal rejuvenation procedure is less than 1%. The good news is that most of the side effects if any usually fade off after a short while.

The possible risks and side effects of this treatment may include the following;

  • Reddening of the treatment area
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Nerve injury
  • Bowel injury
  • Scarring

It is important to get your procedure done by an experienced physician so as to avoid any of the risks mentioned above.

The bottom line is that vaginal rejuvenation is a safe procedure and when performed by an accredited person can yield the best results. Book an appointment at our MINTS Medical clinic for the best vaginal rejuvenation procedures and the enhance pleasure in your sexual life even in your aging days.

Fat Freezing: The Most Effective Way To Non-Invasively Lose Fat

Are you overwhelmed by the stubborn mass of fatty tissues on your body? Well, having a lot of fats in the most visible places on your body can be demoralizing to a great extent. What is even more disturbing is the fact that people who think you are too plump will also assume you are too heavy. However, what most people don’t know is that body weight is much more influenced by the muscles in your body and less by the amount of fat cells. This is why fat freezing is seen as a way of improving your shape and less as a technique of losing weight.

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Fat freeze techniques are concerned with what happens to the fat and more specifically, the pinchable mass of fat cells just beneath your skin. If you have been suffering in silence for all this while, you will be glad to know that this effective and non-surgical procedure of losing fat is all you need to boost your self-esteem. It could be your gateway to gaining that adorable shape you so wish to have.

What Is Fat freezing?

Fat freezing incorporates technology in beauty enhancement. It is not an entirely new procedure and was formally referred to as cryolipolysis. Doctors who discovered this new treatment believe that fat is more sensitive to temperature than your skin. Therefore, fat cells rapidly diminish faster through the process of cell death long before your skin cells begin to show similar changes.

The FDA approved the procedure of fat freezeing as a cosmetic treatment in 2010. However, it has started gaining more traction lately because of an expansion in its applicability. At the moment fat freezeing procedure is used not only in minor spot treatment but also in liposuction. This new trend in fat freezeing promises to eviscerate love handles and bra bulge. This may be too good to be true, but the fact remains that fat freezing with fat freezeing is your best alternative to get rid of those stubborn fat cells non-invasively.

How Does Fat Freezing Work?

As a process of sculpting your body to be in the shape you want, this non-invasive procedure uses rounded paddles which come in four sizes. These paddles are used to suction fat like a vacuum. Cooling panels are then set to crystalize your fat cells as you sit on a reclined chair. This can go on for about 2 hours.

It might cause some discomfort, but most people have no hard time tolerating it. A sensational suction and cooling is experienced during this process, and eventually, this turns to numbness. Those who have undertaken this treatment before can attest to the fact that it is so relaxing you can even bring your laptop to watch a movie or wind up some work project during the procedure.

Who Is The Ideal Candidate For Fat Freezing With Fat freezing?

As long as you are looking for a mild body contouring improvement, fat freezeing is the solution for you. What most patients don’t understand is that this treatment is not a one-stop-shop fat removal procedure such as liposuction.

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When clients come to our MINTS Medical Spa for consultation, we always consider their age and the quality of their skin to ascertain whether the treatment will be a success or if it will be a rebound. We always ask ourselves if the removal of a volume of fat cells will make their skin look good. It is also important to understand how thick or pinchable the tissue of fat cells is before we book them for the treatment.

 

Fat loss as admirable as it might be can only be achieved with fat freezeing if the machine can access the fat cells. If you have a lot of these fat cells and the procedure can get rid of the majority of it, then you can have successful weight and fat loss. Those patients with very firm skin will not experience great results as opposed to those with loose saggy skin.

What Results Can You Expect

A single treatment will not have the results you expect, but with subsequent more treatment, you can achieve the desired results. The downside, however, which we always disclose to our clients upon consultation, is that there is always a range for any one person. But don’t lose hope yet because there is a general consensus among expert Fat freezing experts around the globe that the more treatments you have the better the results you get.

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A successful body contouring procedure will help you get an improved waistline and less bulging in particular areas such as what spills over your bra or pants. There are very few effective non-invasive treatments that will give you a permanent fat reduction at affordable rate and with very minimal risks. Book an appointment with us now and get a physical transformation you never thought possible without the need for a surgical procedure.

The inclusion of platelet-rich plasma in various treatment and its effectiveness continues to make headlines but what is giving it greater popularity is that it remains to be the most favored form of treatment among the world’s leading athletes. Some of the world’s most elite athletes have used PRP for wound healing including the likes of Tiger Woods, Takashi Saito, Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu among many others. There is a wide range of application for this emerging trend which has been revolutionizing conventional treatments since its invention.

Many medical and health centres ranging from beauty clinics, skin care cosmetologists, medical centres and spas such as our Medical Spa Chicago have found better ways of treating stubborn and complex conditions safely using platelet-rich plasma therapy.

The wide applicability of this treatment includes stimulating hair growth, relieving joint pain, promoting soft tissue healing, vaginal rejuvenation which promotes sexual health and general rejuvenation of the blemished skin.

It is worth noting that this new treatment has not been blindly adopted. Instead, it comes on the back of thorough research work done by various medical studies. These studies have proven that PRP indeed works and is effective for the conditions mentioned above.

Before you walk into a medical centre and request for a PRP treatment, it is important to learn a few things about this magical, revolutionary treatment.

Important Facts to Know About PRP Therapy

  • PRP is used to reduce inflammation and encourage healing
  • Doctors begin the PRP treatment by first drawing a sample of blood from the patient to ensure no incompatibility cases arise
  • According to the Scientific American, a PRP injection ranges from $500 to $2000
  • There are minor side effects associated with this treatment which includes mild nausea, and dizziness.

How Does PRP Work?

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There is a very simple reason why PRP is very effective, and that is it capitalizes on the platelets in the blood. Platelets play a very important role in the body, and that is to accelerate healing of wounds as well as facilitate blood clotting so that you don’t bleed to death.

As mentioned in the facts about PRP, ones you have been prepped up for the treatment, a small sample of your blood will be taken and put into a centrifuge rotating at high speed. The centrifuge is used to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood hence leaving a platelet-rich plasma sample. This is the sample that is injected back into your body to treat the affected area.

Benefits of Using PRP Compared to Conventional Treatments

PRP continues to be a success in safely treating the following conditions and with no drawbacks:

    • Hair growth- An injection of plasma enriched with a high concentration of platelets is often injected into the scalp and applied topically to rejuvenate the hair follicles and remedy hair loss.

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    • Tissue healing- Several surgical procedures such as jaw and plastic surgeries have required the intervention of PRP to accelerate the healing process. Tissues healed with PRP include but are not limited to the tendons, ligaments, and muscles. PRP is especially a better alternative for healing the ligaments, but this tissue can take a lot longer than other tissues to heal.

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    • Reduce inflammation- PRP injections are now commonly used by doctors to reduce inflammation resulting from osteoarthritis. If this kind of inflammation is not taken care of, it can escalate to painful joints.

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    • Reduce symptoms of chronic patellar tendinopathy.
    • There are efforts and studies underway to prove the effectiveness of using PRP to heal broken bones.

Side Effects

The main reason why PRP involves the patient’s blood is to eliminate any adverse reactions due to incompatibility issues. However, one may still experience some slight irritation and bleeding at the point of injection. A PRP injection is a minimally invasive procedure thus is not privy to the side effects associated with surgical procedures yet produces better and quicker results. We at MINTS Medical Spawould like to make sure that you get back to your normal activities immediately after the treatment and this is why we take exceptional care when providing you with this revolutionary treatment.

PRP therapy is the ideal treatment if you are looking for a way to remedy your hair loss, for skin rejuvenation and as a way to revive your sexual health. Platelet-rich plasma continues to add a sparkle to conventional treatments and our MINTS Medical Spa Chicago is leading the way in making sure this revolutionary treatment is available to you. We are always waiting to serve you and make you realize your health needs.

There are many instances where diet and exercising will not be sufficient to help you get rid of some stubborn fat in parts of your body. Personally, I have been approached by many folks who have tried everything they know just to lose some fatty tissues on their face, around their neck or lower abdomen to no success. Well, if you have suffered the same predicament, you will be happy to know that at MINTS Medical Spa in Chicago, a new revolutionizing treatment is changing the lives of many people having trouble with fat loss.

SculpSure is the new FDA approved technology we are talking about. This treatment has proven to be the ultimate match to those stubborn pockets of fats that seemed impossible to get rid of. Do you think you need SculpSure to regain a youthful, lean and athletic appearance? I think you do and let us see why.

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Better Sculpting Experience With SculpSure Non-Invasive Sculpting

SculpSure is steadily gaining traction in the aesthetic beauty industry especially to most folks who prefer non-invasive body sculpting techniques. This unique but yet highly effective treatment is used to target the adipose tissues containing the fat cells. More so, it eliminates them without causing any surgical injuries or scars to the skin.

What is even more interesting is the fact that with this non-invasive body sculpting procedure, you don’t have to worry about spending your whole day at the clinic. Well, it will only take 25 minutes for the entire procedure to be completed. Some patients are however encouraged to turn up for multiple sessions to get the most effective results. Nevertheless, the number of sessions will depend on the total mass of fat one needs to lose.

It is no secret that non-surgical treatments are highly preferred compared to other methods of losing fat. And rightly so because, with non-surgical methods such as SculpSure, there is no downtime to disorient your schedule. They require neither incisions nor injectable anesthesia.

Why does MINTS Medical offer SculpSure as a sure and effective solution to get rid of stubborn fat? For a start, this is the first laser treatment of its kind in the world to get FDA clearance for non-invasive lipolysis of the back, outer thighs, inner thighs, flanks, abdomen and the submental.

SculpSure utilizes equipment designed to safely and efficiently get rid of the excess fat cells. In brief, the following points can be used to summarize the advantages of opting for SculpSure non-invasive body sculpting technique to get rid of unwanted fat that diet and exercises could not.

  • The treatment can be customized for individual patients needs
  • It uses a hands-free device
  • The treatment itself is simple and has a simple attachment system
  • Flat, non-suction applicator design for consistent, natural looking results

How Does the SculpSure Treatment Work?

An Overview

The technique used in this method of body sculpting utilizes the 1060 nm laser wavelength. This happens to have a very high affinity for the adipose tissue. When this is coupled with minimal absorption in the dermis, we end up with a SculpSure treatment efficient of treating areas of stubborn fat within just 25 minutes.

With time, your body continuously gets rid of the disrupted fat cells naturally. This can take up to 6 weeks although the best results will begin manifesting after the 12th week.

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As mentioned earlier, SculpSure treatment involves a hands-free heat laser belt using specific wavelengths and heat levels to rid your body of stubborn fat cells. Who is best suited to this treatment? This is a common question that we encounter to which we always reply, that anyone with a BMI of 30 or less provided they feel the need to shade some pockets of fat. SculpSure is however not the best for those with an obesity condition; we have a separate treatment for this condition as well.

How it works

Whenever SculpSure is used for the submental fat treatment, this is the treatment of people with a condition known as ‘double chin’, we optimize the treatment to disrupt and eliminate the unwanted fats under the chin. The applicator is designed in a way that it precisely targets the affected region thus resulting in a slimmer chin and neck appearance.

For general purpose fat reduction, the laser heat is targeted to the fat cells hence raising their temperature beyond their threshold. This is done without affecting the skin above the cells. With their temperature raised, the structural integrity of the fat cells is damaged beyond self-repair which allows the body to get rid of them by natural means easily.

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What To Expect

During the initial stages of the SculpSure treatment, patients will normally feel a cooling sensation. This helps your skin to feel comfortable during the treatment. The cooling sensation is felt all over the treatment area as the laser cycles off and raises the temperature of the fat cells. Any pains experienced due to a deep warmth is usually well-tolerated.

Side Effects

There are a few minor side effects associated with the SculpSure non-invasive body sculpting treatment. However, most of this normally wear off after a very short time. For instance, a slight tingling or pinching during the fat heating phase will not require any anesthesia.

Generally, SculpSure is an effective safe and relatively straightforward procedure that can help you get rid of stubborn fat cells in no time. Book an appointment now and let us expend our expertise to take care of those unnecessary pockets of fats without any surgical repercussions.

There are many reasons why you may want to change the way you look. Some do so for the mere fun of trying out new things whereas for others it may be due to a life-changing experience. However, with there being too many skin and beauty products and clinics, you can never be too sure which one will guarantee the results you are after. Moreover, the conventional methods have proven to provide temporary solutions, which is why a lot of clients are going after new innovative skin rejuvenation techniques.

One such technique is Mesotherapy for skin tightening. Mesotherapy can be used for a lot more than just skin tightening; in fact, it is considered the French way of losing stubborn fat. Generally, MINTS Medical Chicago Spa provides Mesotherapy as a fantastic skin rejuvenation treatment.

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What Is Mesotherapy?

Mesotherapy is one of the most innovative technologies to have entered the cosmetic and beauty industry. This technique utilizes a series of injections of enzymes, vitamins, plant extract as well as hormones into the skin. These components work harmoniously to tighten and rejuvenate your skin giving it a desirable tone and texture. In addition to that, the enzymes, hormones, vitamins and plant extracts work to eliminate excess fat from beneath your skin giving you a lean and athletic shape.

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The Mesotherapy technique was pioneered by a French doctor, Michel Pistor, back in 1950 but it was not until recently that this technique was used to alleviate pain. For years now, this technique has gained popularity beyond France and the rest of the world due to its massive astonishing results in the cosmetic and skin aesthetics industry.

What Is It Used For And How Does It Work?

In present day aesthetics, Mesotherapy has found a wide range of application as a successful remedy for the following conditions;

  • Reduction of cellulite.
  • Fading of wrinkles and aging lines
  • Removal of stubborn fat around several areas such as the legs, love handles, arms, lower abdomen, buttocks, and thighs.
  • Tightening of loose skin
  • Treatment of alopecia
  • Body contouring
  • Remedy uneven skin pigmentation.

If you happen to have any of the above-mentioned conditions, then you should stop your search for a remedy and check in at our Medical Spa, and we will be sure to give you the best treatment that your money can buy.

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With our Mesotherapy minimally invasive technique, tiny needles are used to administer the series of injections into the mesoderm layer of your skin. The mesoderm is the middle layer of your skin which contains most of the skin components. The general idea is that the series of injections are intended to rectify common skin defects that result in a host of skin conditions as listed before. As such, underlying skin defects such as inflammation or poor circulation are rectified safely and speedily.

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Depending on your condition requiring skin rejuvenation, different injections and dosages will be delivered into your mesoderm.

What To Expect Before, During And After The Treatment

We always recommend that you meet with our doctor for consultation before checking in for the actual procedure. Note that in some cases, you may be asked to avoid using aspirin as well as other non-steroidal drugs at least a week before the day of the treatment. The reason for this caution is to prevent these pain relievers from increasing the risk of bleeding and bruising.

During the treatment, patients may get a numbing or anesthesia applied to the skin area. The needles to inject the treatment into your mesoderm is attached to a mechanical gun thus delivering several injections in a row. Injections may be given at varying depths ranging from 1-4mm, but this will be guided by the condition being treated.

For the best results of a Mesotherapy technique, several treatment options may be warranted. The frequency of the sessions will once again depend on the condition being treated.

Risks, Side Effects And Downtime Of A Mesotherapy Procedure

In our experience, we can confidently promise our clients that there are very minimal mild risks associated with Mesotherapy. For general knowledge, however, the following have been reported as the side effects of this fat reduction treatment;

  • Heightened skin sensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Redness and itching
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Dark skin patches or scarring
  • Rashes or an infection may develop

The good news is that at MINTS Medical Spa, these side effects are well taken care of before they happen. Caution is taken to minimize any injuries to the skin. Moreover, since this fat reduction technique is minimally invasive, you should not expect any downtime after the treatment. You can resume your normal duties immediately as you see fit.

Take control of your appearance by taking advantage of the many benefits that come with Mesotherapy skin rejuvenation. Whatever the extent of your loose skin, you can be sure that our Mesotherapy technique for skin tightening will work wonders. Book an appointment now and let us help you get rid of that stubborn mass of fat or those unsightly aging lines.

Microdermabrasion is an astonishing skin smoothening technique that most people who are thrilled with good looks and unblemished skin have probably heard about. But the fact remains that most people don’t know much about microdermabrasion or dermabrasion in general. You may have read on a medical spa’s menu such as our MINTS medical Spa or heard about it from your flawless skin-obsessed friends, but in reality, you can only know more about microdermabrasion from a qualified dermatologist or skin care specialist. This will help you to know if a treatment is being blown out of proportion or if it is indeed worth an investment. Microdermabrasion is one such treatment that has received applauding from both professional skin care specialists and beneficiaries of this magical dead skin removal technique.

Before we go into details about microdermabrasion, it is important to clear out a few things you might have heard about it and possibly thought it was speculative rumors or one of those ‘blown-out of proportion arguments.’ Simply put, microdermabrasion is a special procedure used to exfoliate the skin thus removing any superficial skin layer mainly composed of dead skin cells. This treatment utilizes a skin buffing and polishing machine that makes the best use of a diamond tip or very fine crystals for dead skin removal. Some advanced microdermabrasion systems can also have vacuum systems that can suction out any loose skin from your facial area.

A series of microdermabrasion can be of great benefit to anyone who is suffering from unsightly age spots, brown spots, fine lines, clogged pores or uneven skin pigmentation. This treatment is also highly recommended for melisma patients, and patients subscribed to Retin-A.  Melisma is mainly caused by a combination of ultraviolet light, hormones, and inflammation, and is one of those skin blemishes that no one ever wants to experience. The good news is that if you have it already, a good topical care combined with vigilant sun protection and a series of dermabrasion will do your skin some justice.

What to Know About In-Office And At-Home Microdermabrasion

While word has been going around about the immense contribution of microdermabrasion, people have been trying to get at home treatments. However, one ought to understand that there are major differences between the in-office and at home microdermabrasion treatments. One such difference is that in-office microdermabrasion treatments tend to have much larger motors and hence have more output power compared to the at-home treatments. Moreover, in-office treatments have a deeper skin penetration which is crucial in providing precision for exfoliation.

Microdermabrasion in our MINTS Medical Spa in Chicago is carried out with extreme care for safety purposes. We ensure that diamond tome wands are thoroughly sterilized similarly as we do with our surgical instruments.

Facts About Microdermabrasion

Is microdermabrasion painful? This is undoubtedly one question that anyone looking for an alternative to surgical procedures has to ask. To cool your nerves, you should rest assured that this treatment is not painful. Your skin might be left looking a little bit red just for a few hours after the procedure. Additionally, your skin may be more sensitive than before. To subdue these effects, a sunscreen or calming moisturizer is tenderly applied after the treatment.

Microdermabrasion is remotely not prone to any side effects, but if you are suffering from dermatographism, it means that any slight scratches can cause you red welts. If you develop blotches or hive-like lines after the microdermabrasion procedure, you should use an oral antihistamine to help reduce the reaction.

Book An Appointment

The frequency of a microdermabrasion treatment sessions will largely depend on your type of skin care as well as your finances.

Microdermabrasion is fairly inexpensive, but that is not the most amazing part about this dead skin removal procedure. The best part is that it takes away all your skin blemishes without leaving you hospitalized like other surgical procedures. This is why it has gained popularity among a great number of celebrities and notable personalities.

Well, to get the best out of a microdermabrasion treatment, all you need to do is book an appointment now at our MINT Medical Spa Chicago and Doctor Imran will take care of all your facial needs.

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If you were asked to mention the fundamental elements required to maintain an attractive body shape and form, you would probably go for balance, contour, and proportionality. There are many ways that you can achieve these elements, but the most effective technique among all these is using liposuction. Well, with liposuction, you can get a better body sculpt in nearly every part of your body.

This can ensure you achieve dramatic improvements in your shape and appearance. Body sculpting is in many cases centered upon the removal of excess stubborn fat from different strategic areas of your body. Most people have developed certain stereotypes towards liposuction which is largely due to the insufficient knowledge about this effective fat loss technique. In this article, you will learn much more about liposuction and why we consider it to be a very effective fat loss technique.

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Quick Facts

There is a lot of information out there about stubborn fat loss and techniques that can be used to help you get rid of such fat. However, if you are keen enough, you will realize that most it is just blub and nothing of much value. If you have heard a word or two about liposuction, you can counter-check it against this simple, quick fact list about this technique;

  • Most patients usually get back to their normal duties only a couple of days after the procedure.
  • Permanent results can be achieved with the maintenance of one’s weight
  • Scars from the incisions are very minute and fade off after a short while
  • For optimal results, you can wear a compression garment for a few weeks following the liposuction procedure.

What Is Liposuction

Liposuction is a procedure that is used to remove excess fat deposits to sculpt a better shape to your body. Though it is well-known for its effectiveness to remove stubborn fat from your body, liposuction is also a wonderful technique for shaping the body in a perfect figure you would cherish to have. Moreover, liposuction has been widely used to refine further the results of other cosmetic procedures. The main reason for this is that liposuction provides for a better-detailed improvement of the body contour.

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Just like most other treatments, liposuction can be performed in quite a number of techniques. For instance, at MINTS Medical Spa in Chicago, you can get a liposuction procedure performed on you painlessly using local anesthesia. Here what’s used as a measure of excellence is the patient’s happiness. After all, the patient will only be happy and satisfied if their safety, finesse, comfort and quality results are guaranteed.

You might visit one cosmetic and beauty specialist only to find that they are not using the same procedure you might have consulted elsewhere. There is no need for panic because all you have to understand is that different registered cosmetic surgeons can specialize in different liposuction techniques all of which will ultimately achieve the desired results. What is more important is the experience and the specialist’s objectivity towards your safety.

There being several techniques for a liposuction procedure, you can choose to divide them into surgical and non-surgical techniques depending on your preferences. It is common preference these days for patients to select non-surgical liposuction treatment over the surgical one. The main reason for this is because people are warier of the risks associated with surgical liposuction techniques which is quite understandable.

Non-Invasive Liposuction Techniques

  • i-Lipo
  • Exilis
  • Cellulaze
  • Coolsculpting
  • Zerona
  • LipoSonix Ultrasound
  • Thermage
  • Accent Body Contouring
  • Venus Freeze

Surgical Liposuction Techniques

  • Tumescent
  • Dry Technique
  • Wet Technique
  • Power Assisted (PAL)
  • LipoTherme & LipoControl

These are just but some of the most widely used and preferred liposuction techniques.

What Can Liposuction Treat

Liposuction can be used to treat a lot of areas with stubborn fat tissues but the major areas where this treatment is applied include the following;

Interesting Facts About Brazilian Waxing And How To Prepare For It

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When summer comes knocking, what better way to answer the knock than appreciating some beach time with friends and family right? While is the common way people spend their sunny summer days, some are shy of wallowing off at the beachfront because they have visible body hair all over their legs, thighs, facial area, chest and the pubic areas. You know how it can be embarrassing to put on a bikini yet side hair around your pubic area is exposed to the ever-prying public eyes.

Waxing is the best way to maintain a flawless skin because it not only gives you a smooth skin but saves you a lot of time you might have spent with a razor blade. What is even more interesting is that there are different types of waxing to get rid of hair in different body parts in different styles. However, if you would like a back-to-front waxing of all the pubic hair, then a Brazilian wax is what you need.

Some people only prefer taking pubic hair off the sides and thus we would recommend they go for a simple bikini wax. However, if you want some fashion in the process, a full-bush Brazilian wax will get rid of all the hair from the vulva and back while maintaining a nicely shaped triangle in the front.

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How To Prepare For Your First Waxing

Unlike what you might have heard about painless waxing, we would like to be straight with you and state that every waxing is painful in its own way and although some might feel slight pain than others, there is an aspect of pain to contend with. Therefore, as a first step, you should prepare mentally to endure some pain but in the end, you will be glad you did because the smooth skin results are so amazing.

At MINTS Medical Spa, we try our best to minimize any discomfort our clients might experience during the procedure. If you prefer, a numbing cream can be applied to try and subdue any pain receptors.

Waxing Requires Hairs Of About ¼ Inch Long

One common mistake that has been observed with women seeking for waxing is that they tend to shave first. If you are scheduled for a Brazilian waxing, you should NOT shave your hair prior to the procedure because it becomes difficult for the wax to pick up very short hairs. If you feel like you are too bushy down there the best thing can be to trim the hairs but maintain a level of about ¼ inches.

However, if you can’t get it right, just leave it the way it is. When you check in for the procedure, our expert doctor will evaluate whether or not you need a trim beforehand and if you indeed require one, it shall be provided with the utmost professionalism.

It is important that you decide what type of waxing you would like to get even before you get to the beauty salon or spa. As mentioned before, there are several options you can choose from including a simple bikini wax, full-bush Brazilian wax or just a Brazilian wax.

Timing Of The Waxing

Generally, for men, waxing can be scheduled at any time of the month on any day but for women, the process can be quite time sensitive. The reason women need to be cautious when scheduling for a waxing session is that it is not recommended to wax during your monthly periods. This is because the skin tends to be very sensitive during your periods.

Take a Warm Shower

Taking a shower before your waxing might sound obvious. However, it is worth a reminder and you might consider making it a hot shower. Why hot shower? Well, a hot shower usually opens up your hairs making it easy and less painful when the hairs are pulled out. It is also recommended to give your skin a nice scrub using a mild exfoliator.

Give Your Skin Some Time To Heal

You might get all psyched up after the appointment but one thing you need is to give your skin some time to heal. If you want to hit the beach on a specific date, then you should schedule the appointment some days before then so that your skin heals and gets rid of any reddening before you get to the beach.

If you consider going bare down there, you are just one of the many people who would also prefer this long-lasting solution for a smooth skin. There are a few post waxing activities that are recommended. For instance, avoid swimming especially in public pools, avoid exposure to the sun because the hair free area might more sensitive to the UV rays, and also avoid hot yoga or Sauna. Additionally, give your skin some time before a spray tan and use gentle fragrance-free products.

All said and done, waxing is not only for the summer but anytime you feel like your hairs have made your skin to feel a little too rough. Our Brazilian waxing can help you regain a smooth skin in a very short period of time. Book an appointment now at our MINTS Medical Spa in Chicago and we will help you get rid of that extra hair from your body.

Considering Getting A Facelift? You Now Have A Few Options.

In the world of beauty, nothing stands still. Medicine continue to push forward with new advancements, while our physical beauty fades as time and gravity take their toll. New procedures are constantly being developed to help us regain some of that lost time, and some older ones are regaining popularity as technological improvements give them new life.

MINTS Medical is on the forefront of aesthetic surgery in Chicago, marrying time-tested techniques with new technology to offer our patients the best possible results. Many of our patients come to us with complaints regarding deep wrinkles, marionette lines, sagging jowls and loose skin. We offer a wide variety of techniques to help our patients address these problem areas and feel better about their appearance.

Are Facelifts Right For You?

For patients looking for a drastic improvement in their facial aging, facelifts are the classic choice. The full facelift, with a century of research and advancements behind it, has become a gold standard in time-fighting techniques.

As we cross the line into our late 30’s, many people begin to see signs of aging appear. Our skin loses elasticity and volume, and “jowls” begin to develop as the skin sags on the face and neck. Many people begin to feel dissatisfied with their appearance. It might be time to consider a facelift procedure if you feel any of the following relates to you:

  • You no longer feel like your appearance in the mirror reflects who you are inside.
  • You are experiencing depression or other mental health issues because of how you feel about your appearance.
  • You feel as though your aging appearance is negatively affecting your personal and working relationships.

Getting a facelift procedure done can bring ten years back to your face, giving you confidence again and a chance to align your outer appearance with the energetic youthful energy you feel on the inside.

Choosing The Right Facelift Procedure

Traditional facelifts have been performed  since the early 1900’s, but modern facelifts, featuring deep facial tissue sculpting and a focus on minimal scarring began in the 1990’s. This period also saw innovations in facelift procedures and a new selection of less invasive options, such as the mini facelift and the threadlift. Providing those searching for a way to regain some of their youthful appearance with a larger selection of options, a greater range of treatment prices, recovery periods, and intensive effects.

MINTS Medical offers a range of surgical techniques to address ageing, with a focus on minimally invasive aesthetic procedures. We offer only the procedures which give the best results with the least amount of recovery time. Before going under the knife for a full facelift procedure, we suggest looking at a few other facelift techniques that have been changing the landscape:

Facelifts

The modern facelift procedure is a fairly involved surgical process. Techniques vary, since there are quite a few factors that determine the exact technique, depending on the patient’s anatomy, goals and whether or not they are combining this procedure with another during the facelift surgery.

During the procedure, the physician  makes an incision and separates the skin from the underlying connective tissue and muscles. Deeper facial tissues are then repositioned, and the skin is lifted and laid back onto the improved facial surface, eliminating jowls, sagging, and deep lines and wrinkles. Full facelifts are generally performed under general anesthesia, and involve an extensive recovery period in which bruising and swelling will occur. Scarring can also occur around the incision points. The effects of a full surgical facelift can last quite a few years, with improvements lasting between 5-10 years. Traditional facelift costs vary, but usually hover around $10,00 for the procedure.

Mini Facelifts

Ideal for patients who have less dramatic reconstruction the mini facelift is less invasive, requiring shorter incisions and less anesthesia during the procedure. During the mini facelift surgery, the physician uses shorter incisions hidden along the hairline and around the ear to access deeper tissues and tighten the skin. This results can be tailored depending on the exact needs of the patient, but often include reduction of sagging skin around the neck and jowls.

Thread Lifts

For the people in their 40s and 50s, seeking to get rid of deepening marionette lines or lift a sagging neck, a full surgical facelift might be overkill. Thread lifts provide a less-invasive, faster alternative. One that doesn’t require sedation, and leaves patients with minimal bruising and little to no recovery time.

Thread lifts work through the use of specially designed barbed threads, often made of absorbable materials, which are designed to stimulate collagen production as they are slowly absorbed into the skin. In a thread lift procedure, the physician places multiple threads under the skin using needles. No surgical incisions are made. Between 1-20 threads, designed to catch the deep tissues and lift skin into place are deployed. Since this facelift technique requires only local anesthesia, many patients are able to get treatment and go right back to their daily activities in an hour or two. Dubbed the “lunchtime lift”, this minimally invasive facelift technique is a favorite among our patients. It reveals striking results immediately, while providing long lasting effects through the stimulation of collagen at insertion sites and along the barbed thread. Results can continue to improve for three to five months after the thread liftprocedure, and permanent results can last for up to five to 10 years. Because the price of thread lifts is quite a bit less expensive than the standard facelift, we are seeing a lot of patients asking for this procedure in lieu of going under the knife.

We, at MINTS Medical, love helping our Chicago patients regain their confidence through facelifts and other techniques. If you seem to have lost yourself, we’d love to help you get it back. Please contact our staff to see how through a free consultation!

Rebuffing The Controversies About Radiofrequency Skin Tightening: Is It Worth It?

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With everyone being on the constant chase for daily survival, there is very little time we can dedicate to self-beautification but this doesn’t mean it isn’t important in our lives. In fact, taking care of oneself is a big indication of self-love, one of the fundamental tenets of self-esteem and self –consciousness. Since we all agree on this point, what can we do about the prolonged recovery time of surgical cosmetic treatments?

Luckily, we are beginning to experience more and more skin beauty and care treatment innovation in the cosmetic industry. By and large, we can rest easy knowing that at any one time, we can always get a skin lift, cellulite removal, skin toning, loose skin tightening, eye lifting, hair rejuvenation, vaginal rejuvenation and many other treatments using non-surgical techniques with no downtime. Radiofrequency skin tightening is such an example and with it being a minimally invasive treatment, it has proven to be a very effective skin tightening technique.

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What Is Radiofrequency Skin Tightening?

With no scars, absolutely zero downtime and comfortable treatment, non-surgical skin tightening has gained popularity as the treatment of choice for many patients who see the need to enhance their appearance. Radiofrequency skin tightening, the technique used by MINTS Medical Spa, has been around since the early 2000s. But why is it that you are only hearing about it now?

Well, one way to explain this is that there were a lot of unfounded controversies about the treatment itself and no one publicly came out to rave about its effectiveness in loose skin tightening. At least not until popular celebrities started to rave about the inclusive benefits of the Radiofrequency skin tightening treatments they had experienced. Still, we have a lot of us who would like to experience the same benefits of radiofrequency skin tightening only that they are still terrified about the controversies surrounding the safety of the treatment itself.

Provided the treatment is offered by a certified, experienced and professional doctor such as Doctor Imran of our MINTS Medical Spa in Chicago, you shouldn’t have any complications at all.

Generally, this skin tightening technique uses radiofrequency energy(RF), which is the energy measured in frequencies. RF used in skin beauty for loose skin tightening is in the ballpark of 450kHz, slow end energy on the radiofrequency range. This energy, when compared to the X-ray RF, can be said to be 1billion times much slower hence putting aside any health safety concerns it might have raised.

Is Radiofrequency Skin Tightening A Safe Procedure?

Before we consider how radiofrequency skin tightening works, it is wise to put beyond any shadow of doubt the safety issues people may have concerning this treatment.

Many are times when we get exposed to low levels of radiofrequency energy with or without knowing it. Mention of RF from your mobile device, laptop, Wi-Fi, TV among many others. Since this type of energy is almost emitted by every electronic around us, there is no doubt that a lot of research has been done to consider whether or not it is safe to human health. Until now, there has been no conclusive evidence to even remotely point to RF as having increased the risks of cancer even among professionals who are exposed to higher levels of RF at their workplace on a daily basis.

The only known risk associated with RF is the potential for burns from the thermal heating effect for people exposed to HIGH DOSES— and particularly for those who work around radar equipment without proper protection. On the other hand, the radio frequency used for non-surgical skin tightening and other similar treatments is highly controlled and thus its different from the one emitted by radar equipment and common cell phones. Only FDA cleared technologies are used because they allow the skin beauty practitioner to monitor and control the equipment during treatment process. This ensures that target tissues achieve the optimal temperature so as to induce the production of new collagen and cell regeneration without overheating.

Moreover, all the clinical studies have demonstrated an excellent safety profile on Radiofrequency procedures for loose skin tightening such as facial skin tightening, vaginal rejuvenation, cellulite removal or body contouring among others.

Application Of Radiofrequency Skin Tightening

As a minimally invasive skin beauty treatment, there is no doubt that many people would prefer radiofrequency procedures for various skin conditions. It is widely accepted that this is the best current innovative non-surgical skin tightening and cellulite removal treatment. RF treatments are widely used in aesthetics for fat release, collagen production, and circulation.

The extensive use of RF has been with Thermage for various skin treatments but more specifically for skin tightening. Thermage is capable of treating extensive areas including the neck, abdomen, eyelids, and face. Besides Thermage, RF is also applied by ThermiTight which is the first treatment of its kind to deliver RF through a probe inserted beneath the surface of the skin. This enables both the dermis and the epidermis to be heated thus improving deeper collagen fibre production.

It Is Worth It?

The concept of skin tightening by heating is generally a consensually agreed fact but what is the effectiveness of this technique. Initially, patients who were treated using radiofrequency for skin tightening were only taken through a single treatment session. With this single treatment, results ranged from mild to a modest range of up to 20%. However, with recommendations now being made for patients to request for several radiofrequency skin tightening treatments, one can expect much better results.

If your skin shows early signs of aging or looseness in specific areas, this is the best time to get that defect rectified by knocking at our door at MINTS Medical spa in Chicago. We promise to get your skin nicely tighter, firmer and radiant.

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The Magical Benefits Of Acupuncture: a 3000 Years Old Medical Gift

We give a lot of credit to technology for making it possible to treat some of the most complicated health problems humanity has ever faced but we owe our very own existence to ancient medical practice. Perhaps without the intervention of ancient medical practice humanity would have been wiped out by some of the worst epidemics to ever hit our ancestors. We are talking about the bubonic plague in Europe, original outbreak of Anthrax, the onset of Ebola, measles among others. One of the most notable medical practice that was carried over to the 21st century is acupuncture. Acupuncture is without a doubt a very powerful, multi-dimensional, centurial medical practice that we still derive benefits from today.

At MINTS Medical Spa in Chicago, we have embraced technology in most of our treatment but we have high regards for the benefits that can be derived from ancient medical practices such as acupuncture. Based on extensive research and training, we do now offer acupuncture as one of the services at MINTS Medical Spa. It has rich results in dealing with skin blemishes and a host of other medical issues.

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Historical records place acupuncture, an ancient traditional Chinese healing technique, to be at least 3000 years old. As of recent as 1997, the United States National Institute of Health went on record to document and publicize the safety and efficacy of acupuncture in treating a broad contingence of health issues. Due to its popularity, many insurance brokers are even offering acupuncture insurance policies as the technique continues to be broadly used in relieving pain and inflammatory conditions.

How Acupuncture Works

History lesson aside, how does acupuncture really work? Based on ancient Chinese dogma, your life force, ‘chee’ or ‘qi’ flows in your body through meridians. When this flow is interrupted, then diseases generate in your body and to restore your body to its normal health, this blockage has to be rectified and hence the practice of acupuncture was born.

Acupuncture is thus intended to improve your body’s functionality and to promote a natural healing process through stimulation of anatomic sites. These sites are referred to acupoints and several methods can be used to stimulate these points. The goal of acupuncture is thus to restore a balance between yin and yang, which according to ancient Chinese knowledge are two opposing energy forces in the body.

Methods Used to Stimulate Acupoints

  • Needle insertion
  • Pressure
  • Heat therapy or moxibustion.
  • Cupping
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Manual massage
  • Topical herbal medicines

Generally, the most commonly used acupuncture technique is the insertion of very fine, sterile needles through the acupoints. The needles are as thin as your hair strands which makes it a quiet painless procedure.

Cupping can also be used in combination with heat therapy to stimulate acupoints or along with needle insertion to make it more effective.

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And the medical gift Traditional Chinese medicine offered us has been demonstrated further by modern research. Research in the modern age has shown that acupuncture has positive effect on the immune system in general and the nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine and digestive systems in specific. As it stimulates the various body systems, acupuncture helps to relieve pain, enhance digestion function, improve sleep and general sense of well-being. Quite a gift, isn’t it!

Conditions That Can Be Remedied Using Acupuncture

The intricacies of how acupuncture stimulates this organ or that system in your body is of very little important if you are not really going to benefit from it, right?  Since gaining popularity as a possible remedy for a host of medical conditions, hundreds of clinical studies have been conducted to try and prove the efficiency of acupuncture techniques in treating various conditions. Majority of these clinical studies have proven that indeed acupuncture can have positive results in treating conditions ranging from migraine, nausea, musculoskeletal, anxiety, headache, depression, infertility and insomnia.

Besides being commonly used to relieve pain,  acupuncture can also help set skin blemishes right. Although this area needs more research, there is little doubt about the effectiveness of acupuncture techniques to restore proper blood circulation. Clogged pores have been a major contribution to a number of skin blemishes but with the right combination of acupuncture techniques, these skin blemishes can be rectified.

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In case-controlled clinical studies, acupuncture has shown to be effective as a remedy for the following symptoms, conditions and diseases:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Hypertension, hypotension
  • Knee pain
  • Labor induction
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Biliary colic
  • Epigastralgia
  • Fetus malposition, correction
  • Dysmenorrhoea
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sprain (ankle, knee, shoulder sprains.)
  • Stroke

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There are many more conditions that acupuncture techniques can take care of and if you have any queries or are suffering from a condition we have not listed above, feel free to check in at our MINTS Medical Spa in Chicago and our specialist will do his best to keep you informed.

Botox is not a new treatment but surprisingly it happens to be one of those treatments that the public knows very little about. More so, most people only know of Botox as an aesthetic treatment but its application is far much wider.

Cosmetically, it is used as a non-surgical solution to get rid of facial wrinkles. Additionally, it is broadly used to remedy muscular conditions. The treatment itself is made from a neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin which is produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum.

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Although, botulinum toxin is a powerful poison it also has a wide variety of benefits when used correctly in a controlled setup.

In this post, we look at the forgotten facts about Botox, how it works and what is used for.

What Is Botox

Botox is a treatment that derives its functions from the notorious botulinum toxin. Clostridium botulinum is found naturally in many ecosystem including the soil, forests and lakes. The bacterium can also be found in mammals’ intestinal tract as well as the gills of a fish. Some organs of crabs and other shellfish have also been found to contain this bacterium.

In its naturally occurring state, the botulinum bacteria and its spores are harmless and only pose a threat when they take on a vegetative cell form with a heightened population.

As a neurotoxin, the botulinum toxin can attach to the nervous system and disrupt any signal transmission process which allows for effective neuron communication.

The Function Of Botulinum Toxin

Despite its shortcomings as a powerful neurotoxin, the botulinum toxin has several inherent benefits. From extensive clinical studies, scientists have found a way to isolate the valuable therapeutic protein from its toxic nature.

In using Botox treatments, a very small concentration of botulinum is injected into the body to prevent nerve cell signals from reaching your muscles. Muscle contraction is triggered by the release of acetylcholine by the nerves at the intersection point between muscle cells and nerve endings. The acetylcholine neurotransmitter attaches to the nerve receptors on muscle cells hence causing the muscle cells to contract. This is the principle behind the use of botulinum toxin in reducing abnormal muscle contraction.

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Uses Of Botox

Generally, the application of Botox in facial aesthetics is centred on reducing facial wrinkles and fine lines. Facial wrinkles can be quite embarrassing especially if they make you look older than you really are. There are extensive methods of reducing fine lines and facial wrinkles but Botox is one of those non-surgical methods with amazing results.

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However, as mentioned earlier, Botox has other usefulness. It is used to treat a wide range of health issues including but not limited to migraines, eye squints, leaky bladder and excess sweating. Currently, botulinum toxin has been approved to treat over 20 different conditions yet more clinical studies are underway to find more applications of this extraordinary neurotoxin.

The following therapeutic applications of Botulinum toxin have gained world-wide approval and continue to produce amazing results:

  • Severe shoulder and neck muscle spasms also known as idiopathic rotational cervical dystonia
  • Excessive sweating (severe axillary hyperhidrosis)
  • Detrusor over-activity, the primary cause of urinary incontinence.
  • Chronic migraine
  • Hemifacial spasms
  • Post stroke upper limb spasticity
  • Strabismus
  • Crow’s feet
  • Glabellar lines

There are also a host of treatments that use Botulinum although these do not have extensive approval rates as the ones listed above. These conditions include cerebral palsy, hay fever, producing too much saliva, dysfunction of the anal sphincter and achalasia among others.

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At MINTS Medical Spa in Chicago, we provide facial rejuvenation treatments using approved Botox treatments in a safe, secure and result oriented atmosphere. Whether you are suffering the agony of facial wrinkles, crow’s feet, urinary incontinence, eye spasms and fine lines among other facial blemishes, we are here to get you the ultimate solution.

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