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Submitted by Admin on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 13:48

Zinc is necessary in human health and has an array of benefits. For example, when taken as a lozenge it can reduce the time of a common cold, or when used topically can help clear up acne. Zincs most recent perk is the ability to help one's Botox not only last longer, but make Botox more effective.

This is how it works...

Botulinum toxin aka Botox works by temporarily blocking the nerve that activates a muscle. The area of the nerve that Botox affects is called the presynaptic area. The presynaptic area is before the synapse. The nerve stimulates the muscle at the synapse. Botoulinum toxin binds to the presynaptic motoneuron and then is internalized. It acts on a zinc-dependent endoprotease to inhibit acetylcholine release. Acetylcholine is responsible for stimulating the muscle. Hence, no acetylcholine, no muscle movement. If a patient is zinc deficient, botulinum toxin will not be internalized and will not work as effectively. 

Try Zytase, a zinc supplement newly introduced to the market. You can also consider taking a zinc supplement or ensuring that you are not zinc deficient.

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Submitted by Admin on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 10:17

Chemical Peels ChicagoAre you confused about which peel is right for your skin type?

A chemical peel is the use of chemicals, typically a type of acid, to help remove the top layer of the skin. A laser peel works in a similar fashion; however, it uses light to help ablate the top layers of the skin prior to removal. Both of these peels can help patients get radiant skin. 

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a great choice for younger skin. Patients in their teens, twenties, and thirties respond well to chemical peels. Most patients in this category are seeking a lighter rejuvenation. However, patients of all ages can benefit from the glow created by a chemical peel.

Chemical peels are a great treatment for younger skin to help improve the following skin concerns:

  • Skin texture
  • Acne
  • Lighten skin discoloration

There is no downtime; therefore this peel can be the perfect treat during your lunch hour. Your skin will be soft and glowing just after one treatment. We recommend getting 3 to 4 treatments and being on a skincare regimen to enhance the results and really target your skin concern.

Micro-laser Peels

Micro-laser peels are theoretically equivalent in depth of penetration. With these peels you can expect for the skin to feel drier following the treatment. Micro-laser peels are great peels for any age, but are especially helpful for more mature skin. Dr. Shah uses a chiller device with his laser peels so that the treatment is more comfortable.

Micro-laser peels are a great treatment for mature skin with the following skin concerns:

  • Severe hyper-pigmentation
  • Acne scarring
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

Micro-laser peels have minimal to no downtime. Dr Shah can tailor the treatment to accommodate the patient's schedule. The treatment can take about 15-30 minutes depending on the areas treated. Following treatment we will discuss the proper skincare regimen to help speed the recovery of your downtime and also to enhance the results.

Be warned that some patients' skin, with both chemical and especially lasers, needs moisturizing. Patients should moisturize their skin prior to treatment and after treatment to help minimize dryness.

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Submitted by Admin on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 08:08

Nasal Obstructions

Nasal obstruction is a common complaint of patients. Nasal obstruction refers to compromised breathing through the nose. Some patients refer to nasal obstruction as nasal congestion. However, nasal congestion is a nonspecific term which can describe a variety of symptoms not related to nasal breathing, including runny nose, sinus pressure, post nasal drip, etc.

So when you see a facial plastic surgeon, your breathing should be fixed with a surgery? Not always. Dr. Shah takes a complete history and physical examination to help see if any medical conditions can be contributing to your nasal obstruction. Here is a list of the most common medical causes of nasal obstruction.

  • Allergic rhinitis (red itchy eyes, clear drainage from nose, frequent sneezing)- allergies are perhaps the most common cause of nasal obstruction. About 1/3 of the United States suffers from allergies to some degree. Many patients here benefit from avoidance of allergens if possible and using a combination of oral antihistamines with prescription nasal sprays. In some patients further therapy is warranted such as a surgery to help improve nasal air flow.
  • Non allergic rhinitis - this is a category of any inflammation of the nose that is not caused by allergies. Exposure to smog, pollutants, dust, glues, perfumes, smog and a variety of other irritants can promote non-allergic rhinitis. The key here is to find the cause if possible and eliminate it. if a cause cannot be identified, several nasal sprays are usually the first line therapy
  • birth control pills
  • NSAIDs (class of anti-inflammation medication which can create swelling in some patients. common examples include ibuprofen, aspirin, Advil, Alleve,etc)
  • hypothyroidism
  • foods - especially spicy foods, hot foods and alcoholic beveragesv
  • alcohol (can cause swelling of internal and external due to vasodilation of blood vessels)
  • over the counter nasal sprays (causes rebound rhinitis, aka rhinitis medicamentosa. this occurs with the use of Afrin, oxymetalozine, and many over the counter sprays that use either phenylephrine, oxymetazoline)
  • environmental irritants - as listed above including hair sprays, cleaning solutions, molds, chlorine
  • erectile dysfunction medications
  • illegal drugs including cocaine and other snorted substances
  • pregnancy
  • blood pressure medications

A thorough survey of your medical conditions, medications, and your exposures will help make treatment of your nasal obstruction more precise and less traumatic.

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Submitted by Admin on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 12:26

Gustatory Rhinorrhea- Having a nose that runs when you eat

Running nose after you eatSome patients complain about a constantly runny nose, especially after eating. So what is going on? The technical term for a nose which runs when eating is gustatory rhinorrhea. This is typically the cause of your nervous system essentially getting cross wired so that food stimuli instead of producing saliva, will produce watery mucous from the nose. This can occur after viral infections or after trauma to the nose. Surgery for the sinuses is also a possible cause, but rhinoplasty is quite rare as a source of gustatory rhinorrhea. There are several solutions to this problem which includes the use of antihistamine sprays and pills. Anticholinergic sprays for the nose, such as Ipatropium bromide, can also help but can be too drying in the nose for some. Finally, a more definitive treatment is to use coblation to the inferior turbinates.

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