Wednesday, 25 November 2015 19:41

Windy Hill Athletic Club

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 19:35

Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 19:18

Resurgens Spine Center

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:53

Meadows Surgical Arts

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:11

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition in which the glands of the uterus (endometrial glands) and their supportive structures (stroma) are positioned outside of the uterus. This abnormally-located and inflamed endometrial tissue can cause debilitating chronic pelvic pain, infertility, bowel or urinary problems, and adhesions that bind organs together.

We heard that endometriosis grows in various tissues, yet it is not cancer?

Endometriosis can occur in any tissue that accepts endometrium. It can grow into surgical scars, the diaphragm, the lung – in one extreme case, we diagnosed endometriosis of an eye. It's no surprise that this condition was called a "mystery of the century," despite the fact this mystery involves far more than one century of extensive scientific work. It is not cancer, although rarely cancer can develop from it, especially in cases of long-term ovarian endometriotic cysts.

How does it develop?

The main question becomes, what allows the glands, arriving to the pelvis through fallopian tubes along with menstrual flow to adhere and grow and cause symptoms in all these different tissues. While there are many theories, the definitive answer to this question has not been found yet.

What are the treatment options for Endometriosis?

Endometriosis affects women and their families significantly. The emotional and physical aspects of it are at times devastating. When good communication with a patient and/or a couple is established, concerns are faced and addressed, and the healing can begin in earnest. The approach to treatment of endometriosis is complex and often involves holistic options in addition to traditional medical approaches.

Hormonal regimens may be instituted in order to suppress the growth of endometriotic lesions and reduce the formation of new ones, as well as to diminish the mechanism that triggers pain. Such treatment will not eradicate current growths or adhesions, yet, it may delay a need in surgical intervention when successful.

Another option is minimally invasive laparoscopic/endoscopic surgery that focuses on removal of endometriotic growth cysts and adhesions under laparoscopic magnification. This option applies to symptomatic women who consider pregnancy in the near future. It is also highly beneficial in women who experience pain that is unabated by hormonal medications or non-medical approaches.

Wishing you happy and joyful

Holiday Season!

Warmly,
Assia Stepanian

755 Mount Vernon Highway, NE, Suite 240  Atlanta, GA 30328  |  (404) 549-3224  |  www.academiaWomensHealth.com

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:04

Botox and Filler: Putting It All Together

Growing older is a gift. Looking older is a choice.

Have you ever asked yourself what's changing as you age? Why is it that we don't confuse a beautiful mother in her early 40s with her beautiful teenage daughter? The answer is revealed in their facial shape.

About every 20 years, the facial skeleton completely turns over and each time the facial bones lose volume. Also, as we age, facial fat redistributes and in some areas gets less robust. The most common early changes are noticed at the eyelid-cheek junction, or "the tear trough", where loss of fat creates hollowness under the eye, and a visual lengthening of the lower lid. The soft, round, full cheek of youth also deflates as the cheek descends, the highlight flattens and smile lines deepen. As aging continues, these changes magnify; the cheek area becomes a series of undulating peaks and valleys and the lower face and neck become heavy. A double chin can make some look older and heavier, even if still young!

Fortunately, today we can address these issues with a number of techniques, many of which are minimally invasive. Facial injectable fillers such as Restylane®, Juvederm® and Voluma® replenish lost volume. Lasers smooth and tighten the skin; skin sagging can be diminished without incisions using ThermiRF (minimally-invasive radiofrequency) or, when necessary, surgical procedures such as minilift or facelift. For an unwanted double chin, new treatments can permanently eliminate fat, including Kybella®, an injectable medication, or CoolSculpting®, a cold therapy that sculpts the neck non-invasively.

To learn about the treatments that are best for you, visit a facial plastic surgeon for a consultation. Remember — consistently excellent, natural-looking results require a surgeon with an artist's eye for detail, meticulous surgical skill and the impeccable judgment that only comes with experience.

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Dr. Yellin’s patient on whom he performed complete facial rejuvenation: injectable facial volume, upper eyelid blepharoplasty, lower eyelid tightening, a lower face and neck lift and CO2 laser skin resurfacing.

Seth A. Yellin, MD, FACS
Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center

Seth A. Yellin, MD, FACS is Founder and Director of Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center. As one of Atlanta’s most well-respected facial plastic surgeons, he has treated thousands of patients during more than 20 years in practice, with the goal of enhancing his patients’ self confidence.
Dr. Yellin is nationally renowned for his expertise in creating a natural look when volumizing the face with injectable fillers and performing cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery. He believes that the ultimate test of a great plastic surgeon is the naturally beautiful appearance of the patient.
Prior to partnering with Marietta Dermatology & The Skin Cancer Center, Dr. Yellin was Director of the Emory Facial Center and Chief of Facial Plastic Surgery at Emory Healthcare for more than 12 years. As an educator, he taught the art and science of facial plastic surgery at Emory University School of Medicine.

Sponsored by:  Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center | (770) 425-7575 | www.MariettaFacialPlastics.com
Marietta Dermatology & The Skin Cancer Center | (770) 422-1013 | www.Mariettaderm.com

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 21:45

Vitality Project

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 21:43

Southern Plastic Surgery, PC

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 21:27

Sawyer Photography

Friday, 20 November 2015 21:36

Find Your Happy

p-003By Amy Meadows

You know you should eat right and exercise to maintain good health. You know that you need to remove negativity and pursue your personal passions to bring more happiness into your life. Then why is it so hard to do these things sometimes? Well, general suggestions are great, but maybe you're looking for recommendations to enhance your mood and improve your physical well being in more measureable or tangible ways. Here, we've compiled a list of eight tips for boosting your health and happiness. You've probably heard them before — but we're backing them up with the kind of hard evidence that will convince you to apply them to your own life.

1 Just Breathe

According to Dr. Karen Tedeschi of Tedeschi Wellness, the way you breathe can be both a signal for how much stress you're under and a method for relieving that stress. "You may be holding your breath when you become stressed. So check in with yourself on an hourly basis to just see if you are holding your breath." If you are, then slow down and inhale deeply, expanding your lungs fully. Studies have reported that this type of deep breathing may increase the amount of oxygen getting to the heart, relieve congestion throughout the body, boost the immune system and even help the digestive system function more effectively.

2 Take a Walk on the Wild Side (In Nature, That Is)

It's great to take a break during the day and enjoy a short walk. If possible, however, it's even better to take your stroll where you can see trees and experience nature. Maziar Rezvani, MD, founder of AvicennaMD, which is comprised by Avicenna Integrative Medicine and Avicenna Allergy and Asthma, points to a study published in ScienceDirect indicating that, compared to an urban walk, a walk in nature results in benefits like a decrease in anxiety and an increase positive cognitive effects, such as better working memory performance. (This applies to where you live as well; Rezvani notes that studies suggest that people living in neighborhoods with a higher density of trees enjoy higher health perception and fewer cardio-metabolic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.)

3 Eat a Can of Tuna (Really!)

Or get out into the sunshine. Do whatever you need to do to boost your levels of Vitamin D. "Many holistic doctors and naturopaths agree that, although you might be in the normal range (commonly 30 to 100 on a blood test), you will feel your best in what we call an optimal range (60 to 80 on a blood test)," notes Debra MacIntyre, ND, of Vitality Project (formerly Natural Health Solutions). In addition to protecting you against colds and helping you fight depression, the proper levels of Vitamin D might help you balance your hormone levels, which will make you feel that much happier. Fortunately, getting more Vitamin D is pretty simple: soak up some rays (safely with sunscreen), eat fatty fish (even canned tuna), drink fortified milk or have an egg (including the yolk), among other options.

4 Laugh Till You Sweat

It's said that laughter is the best medicine, and now there's proof. "The physical act of laughter is comparable to cardiovascular exercise and shares many common physiological benefits associated with exercise," notes Celeste Greene, director of Laughter Yoga Atlanta. She recommends trying laughter yoga, a health and disease prevention program using intentional laughter interspersed with deep yogic breathing and gentle stretches. Greene tell us that scientific studies indicate that laughter not only reduces stress and anxiety, but also exercises muscles, improves respiration, stimulates circulation, boosts immune systems, elevates the pain threshold and enhances mental functioning.

P-0025 Get at Least a Half Dozen Hugs Daily

"Nothing makes me happier than a good hug from my children or my husband. And animals count too," says Tanseem Bhatia, MD, of the Atlanta Center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine. In addition to the warm and loving feeling you get from giving and receiving hugs, there are a number of physical health benefits to the act. According to Maiysha Clairborne, MD, of Mind Body Spirit Wellness, hugs release the "cuddle hormone" oxytocin, which improves mood and decreases stress levels. She recommends getting (and giving) six hugs per day, which may also reduce blood pressure and decrease heart rate.

6 Have a Girls' (or Guys') Night Out

We all know that cultivating strong friendships can make you feel happier. But there's more to it than that. "Studies have shown that people who spend more time with friends have a 50 percent less risk of dying from chronic disease within seven years," Clairborne states. "Research has shown that spending time with friends and family decreases the risk of stroke and Alzheimer's, boosts the immune system and helps to relieve pain. So schedule one day a week to do something social."

7 Do a Happy Dance

When something good happens, big or small, celebrate it! "Celebrating is critical," Tedeschi says. "Some people even do a happy dance when things go their way." In fact, you can do anything from throw a party to call a friend to commemorate an important happening. The key is to reflect on the experience, which ultimately will make you more optimistic and allow you to feel less stressed overall. Those positive psychological effects will help you feel happier as you move into the future. And the happier you are, the better you will feel physically as well.

8 Find a Sense of Purpose

"People are happiest and healthiest when they have a purpose in life," MacIntyre observes. "Only you know how to answer this one, and you might have to sit somewhere quiet and figure it out. It could be as simple as rescuing a pet or as grand as wanting to change the world. Whatever it is for you, being involved in something bigger than yourself brings a special kind of happiness." What's more, studies reveal that people who feel they have a purpose in life tend to live longer, manage pain better, maintain stronger relationships and often have a greater protection against developing heart disease or Alzheimer's.

 

Editorial Resources
Atlanta Center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine, atlantaholisticmedicine.com
AvicennaMD, avicennamd.com
Laughter Yoga Atlanta, laughteryogaatlanta.com
Mind Body Spirit Wellness, mbswellness.org
Vitality Project, myvitalityproject.com
Tedeschi Wellness, tedeschiwellness.com