Month: November 2015

What Can Microdermabrasion Do For Your Skin?

Beautiful WomanAre you looking for a simple and subtle way to improve your skin? Microdermabrasion may be a good option. Keep reading to learn more about this treatment.

What is microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion uses a device to vacuum aluminum oxide microcrystals across your skin’s surface. These crystals are similar to sand and they exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells on the surface layer of your skin.

What is it used to treat?

Microdermabrasion is used for a variety of skin issues. It is often used to treat:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Acne
  • Normal scars and acne scars
  • Prominent, large pores
  • Pigmentation issues caused by sun damage
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Skin peeling
  • Stretch marks
  • Congested skin
  • Age spots

If you’d like to subtly improve your skin in a safe and natural looking way, microdermabrasion is a good option. It can create a smoother, more refreshed appearance and make blemishes less noticeable.

What is the treatment like?

At Sahara Medical Institute, those who choose microdermabrasion have their skin cleansed when they come in for an appointment. Once the skin is dry, the crystals are brushed over your face to remove the top layer of skin. Then, a cold wet towel or hydrating mask is applied to your face to soothe the sink. Last, moisturizer with SPF is applied to your face. For best results, most patients come in for a series of treatments that can be spaced 10-30 days apart.

How should you protect your skin following a treatment?

After your microdermabrasion treatment, your skin will temporarily be more vulnerable to sun damage. This makes it extra important to avoid sun exposure and apply sunscreen whenever you’ll be outside. In addition to taking extra care in the sun, you can continue with your normal skin care routine to keep your skin moisturized and clean. If you have more questions about aftercare, ask your dermatologist for advice.

Microdermabrasion can give you softer, smoother, younger looking skin. If you’d like to learn more about this treatment and other cosmetic procedures that can enhance your appearance, schedule a consultation at the Sahara Medical Institute.

Vaccines—Understanding The Basics

Syringe End PointVaccines are a controversial topic, but understanding more about them can help you keep your children healthy and safe. Here’s what you should know:

Why are vaccines important?

For many years in history, child mortality rates were incredibly high due to a number of factors. Deadly and devastating diseases like measles, mumps, polio and more spread through populations and took an especially high toll on the young and the old. Fortunately modern medicine developments, and particularly vaccines, have been able to eliminate many of these deadly diseases and provide protection against things like chicken pox and influenza.

Vaccines protect your children and your whole community.

How do vaccines work?

Vaccines contain extremely small amounts of germs that cause a specific disease. These germs have been either killed or weakened so that they no longer have the ability to cause the disease.

Instead, exposure to tiny amounts of these dead germs stimulates the immune system. The immune system produces T-lymphocytes and antibodies to that particular germ so that when a child or adult is exposed to that disease in other situations, the body has the tools it needs to prevent the disease from developing.

Some vaccines provide lifetime immunity while others need to be re-administered from time to time. Follow the instructions given by your doctor about when vaccines are necessary.

Without vaccines, exposure to these germs could be deadly, but with vaccines children and adults are completely protected against disease that used to kill thousands of people even if they are exposed to germs.

Vaccine Safety

Sadly, false information has been spread about vaccines that has made some parents nervous. Believing this bad information can be devastating to your children and others in your community. While some children may need to alter their vaccine schedule or receive special treatments, vaccines are very safe and parents who want their children to stay healthy should have those children vaccinated. If you have questions about vaccine safety, consult your doctor. Dr. Peraza is happy to educate clients and help them understand the benefits and necessity of vaccination.

As a parent it is your responsibility to keep your children healthy. Vaccines are essential tools for protecting your children from deadly diseases. To learn more about how vaccines work and why they are safe, contact Dr. Peraza.