Embrace Your Beauty

Have you ever noticed the brown discoloration on some people's or maybe your own legs? This is a sign of longstanding, untreated vein disease. If they don’t get treatment, they will likely progress to developing an ulcer on the leg. This is the result of vein disease and can be prevented by early intervention.

So how do veins turn the skin brown? The basic problem is increased pressure in the legs. When the internal veins allow blood to flow towards the feet and not back to the heart, some of the fluid leaks out into the tissues. This eventually causes the legs to swell. When the pressure internally is high, it decreases the blood flow to the skin. The first thing that happens is you lose hair from the ankles, and it progresses towards the knees over time. As the pressure continues to increase over time, eventually the blood flow to the skin is so poor that the skin begins to die from the inside out. Skin that has turned brown is very damaged and will be prone to infections and sores. This process takes place over 40, 50, 60 years and starts at birth since vein disease is hereditary.

However, if you get early treatment, you can avoid these problems. If your legs are discolored or if you have any visible varicose veins, you likely have vein disease. So come see us at Genesis Laser & Vein. The sooner you get treatment, the healthier your legs will be and the better they will look!

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Sounds fun, doesn’t it? Not! Yet that is what every perimenopausal woman is told she needs to put up with. It is a natural part of aging. Well, that may be the opinion of some, but I am here to tell another story.

I will forever be in debt to Dr. Ferris for bringing bioidentical hormone replacement to Genesis. Prior to that, those three phrases described my life. I had the privilege to attend the initial training for BioTE hormone replacement therapy and I will admit I was skeptical. While I knew he was passionate about the therapy, I had reservations about its use for me. Wasn’t this just part of the normal progression of time?

Once there, however, I decided to give it a try and I haven’t turned back. The more I have educated myself on the treatment the more I am convinced of the health benefits. Also, the sadder I am that more people aren’t given the information and treatment options available. There are a lot of misconceptions around hormone usage, and because of this people are missing out on relief from symptoms that are affecting their quality of life. But don’t take my word for it. Set up your own visit with Dr. Ferris or Stephanie Pitts, NP and find out about how bioidentical hormone replacement could improve your menopause experience. What do you have to lose...hot flashes, brain fog and sleepless nights.

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Microneedling is a procedure that uses small pin pricks to cause skin wounds that then encourage your body to produce collagen and elastin. What is PRP? PRP is short for Platelet Rich Plasma. Your platelets have an abundance of growth factors which help your body heal itself after an injury. When we harvest them and concentrate them, we can use them to grow new collagen in your skin. Combining the two is a treatment designed to maximize collagen production therapy.

I compare microneedling to core aerifying your yard in the fall. When you poke holes in the dirt, the grass grows back better in the spring. Controlled injuries will affect a positive change in the skin. The procedure jump-starts your body's healing process by sending collagen and elastin to repair the injury, thus smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and helping with acne, pores, scars, stretch marks and sun damage.

Adding PRP to microneedling is like adding seed and fertilizer to the yard after aerifying it. You will get a boosted outcome. We add the PRP topically and then the device injects it into your skin. The PRP further stimulates collagen production and accelerates the healing.

So, if you want the best results from your microneedling, be sure to ask us to add PRP to your procedure. You will be amazed at the results this two-pronged treatment can give you!

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This June aging is more on my mind than normal. My birthday is in June and this June will mark my 59th year around the sun. For some it is the 5 and 10 years that get them, but for me it is the nines. Forty-nine was way harder than 50. Forty-nine was about endings, 50 beginnings, or at least that is how it seemed to me. This year as I turn 59 I am feeling a bit the same.

I have really enjoyed the 50s. Yes, there are some downsides to getting older. My knees are no longer my friend. I got tired of covering my roots and have embraced my grey hair for both the good and bad of that. I have experienced many other small changes that I’ve just learned to live with and adapt to.

There are also many positives: grandkids and the fun that brings, cutting back at work and letting the next generation take the lead, new amounts of free time, more time to spend with my husband now that the kids aren’t taking up as much time (most of the time that is a positive!), and the confidence and clarity that only experience can bring.

So, what Genesis message do I have from all that? I guess my best Genesis advice is find your 49, or 59 or whatever age it is. There are so many options in our world as to how that looks. Figure out yours and that doesn’t have to look like anyone else. There are so many esthetic, health and wellness opportunities. So many ways to grow and learn in our world. Explore and define your aging plan. Let’s face it, there is no anti-aging. My grandma always said she was going to celebrate every birthday because she wasn’t ready for the alternative.

We will all age if we are lucky. Embrace it and enjoy the stage you’re in. I and all of our staff thank you for letting us be part of your journey. The relationships we make with you and each other are the best part of what we do. Happy June!

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All sunscreen coverage is not equal. When choosing your sunscreen, we all want to choose a product which does the best job of protecting us. Unfortunately, there is a lot of conflicting information on what is best to use. There are basically two types of sunscreens: chemical and mineral. At Genesis we offer only the mineral sunscreens. Below is a comparison of the two types and our reasoning for going all mineral.

Chemical sunscreens work by binding ultraviolet radiation and upon binding the ultraviolet rays are deactivated. If you are not reapplying every two hours, you are effectively unprotected as the product has been deactivated. Chemicals are also being absorbed into your body at levels 15-20 times higher than previously believed! The FDA has issued a report recommending the discontinued use of chemical sunscreens. Lastly, chemical sunscreens do not protect you from the blue light radiation emitted from your phone, tablets, computers, TVs, etc. In my opinion, these attributes make chemical sunscreens a less than desirable option.

Mineral sunscreens contain inert zinc and titanium and will cause no harm or breakouts if the sunscreen is a pure mineral product. You can easily check this by putting it in water. Pure minerals will float, any fillers or other substances will cloud the water. Mineral sunscreens work by reflecting away the harmful radiation from the sun and devices we use. This also has a cooling effect on the skin. Theoretically, if you don’t touch your face or sweat them off, they will last until you wash them off. As an added protection we do think it is best to reapply regularly.

At Genesis, we offer only mineral sunscreen products, whether it is a stand-alone sunscreen or incorporated into our Colorescience makeup products. These sunscreens come in a variety of shades so we can help you look your best while protecting your skin!

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Vitamin D has been shown to play a vital role in achieving optimal health. Vitamin D helps keep your bones strong, fight off infection, and some data indicates it may lower your cancer, diabetes, and heart disease risk. Many people feel that being out in the sun will give them adequate amounts of Vitamin D, but studies have shown that is not the case. It is very important to supplement your Vitamin D to maintain levels that keep you healthy. It is especially important as we age because it reduces the risk of osteoporosis and the fractures that come with it.

There is no universal agreement on what levels of Vitamin D are considered optimal. The studies have conflicting data. However, in the wellness community, it is generally accepted that levels over 80 and possibly even closer to 100 should be maintained for optimum body health. Different labs will post different normal ranges, but in general we believe you should maintain your levels on the higher end of the range.

Also, Vitamin D supplements must be absorbed correctly. Many times, people are taking supplements, but they are not properly absorbed, or the dose is far too low. It is important to choose quality supplements to ensure the supplements are manufactured for proper absorption. Monitoring lab values is the best way to ensure you have adequate levels of Vitamin D. At Genesis, monitoring Vitamin D is part of the full workup done when evaluating you for hormone replacement. If Vitamin D deficiency is a problem for you, we will address this in our wellness recommendations.

Our Wellness division is happy to help you begin the journey towards optimizing your health.

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