There’s nothing irregular or unnatural about experiencing hot flashes. In fact, according to the North American Menopause Society, 75% of women experience hot flashes during the perimenopause or menopause stages of life. Most women who have begun their transition into menopause are all too familiar with this sudden feeling of heat, as well as facial flushing, redness, and sweating. Considering how common they are, it makes sense why so many women that we take care of ask if there is any way to prevent hot flashes.

signs of menopauseUnfortunately, the answer is no. Hot flashes occur naturally as a result of hormonal changes the body experiences during menopause. These changes make the body more sensitive to changes in temperature. Blood vessels close to the skin's surface widen to cool off, leading to excess sweating and redness. These hormone changes are simply part of the process and cannot be stopped.

Although it may not be possible to completely prevent hot flashes from occurring, our reproductive health experts have provided the following tips to help reduce their frequency and severity:

  • Limit or avoid foods and drinks that can trigger hot flashes. This includes spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeinated beverages.
  • Perform some level of moderate exercise daily including jogging, walking, swimming, bicycling, and dancing.
  • Avoid smoking, as women who smoke are more likely to experience common and severe hot flashes.
  • Try to keep cool in bed. Hot flashes that occur overnight (also known as night sweats) can be combatted by sleeping in a cool, comfortable environment. We recommend using a “chill pillow” and lighter sheets and blankets.

For women who have not had luck controlling or managing their hot flashes with these methods, we provide different potential treatment options. These include medications including hormone replacement therapies (HRT) that can help level out the body’s hormone levels as well as non-hormonal options that may also help. For more information on hot flashes and other women’s health issues or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional health tips, news, and more.

Valentine’s Day is almost here and the season of love is officially in full swing here at MadEmEL Medical Aesthetics. The cold February weather can be a bit harsh on our skin. With this in mind, undergoing one of the cosmetic treatments available at MadEmEl can be the perfect way to show ourselves and those most special to us the love they deserve. For information on all the amazing savings available this month, check out our full selection of February Skin Care Specials below.

MadEmEl Specials Flyer January 2020 WEBKiss Your Lines Goodbye

Wrinkles, fine lines, and other facial imperfections can make a person look tired and old before their time. That’s why we perform a wide variety of cosmetic injectable treatments including facial fillers and Botox® Cosmetic Injections. This month, anyone who purchases one syringe of a JUVÉDERM® facial filler will receive 20 free units of Botox®. Additionally, patients who purchase 20 units of Botox® will receive 10 additional units for free!

Love the Skin You're In:

SkinPen® Microneedling has become an extremely in-demand treatment in recent years due to its ability to naturally fight notable signs of facial aging including wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks, and acne scars. To help our patients see for themselves what SkinPen® can do, we have a special offer. Anyone who undergoes a SkinPen® treatment in February is eligible for a free IPL face and neck treatment.

Say Farewell to Love Handles

With spring break just a few months away, now can be an ideal time to consider CoolSculpting® non-surgical fat reduction. This month we’re giving couples the chance to try “couple sculpting” by offering a special “Buy one cycle, get one 50% off” promotion.

For anyone who wants to give the gift of skin care this Valentine’s Day, but may not be exactly sure where to start, we offer gift cards that can be used towards any cosmetic treatment and skin care product available at MadEmEl. All February specials expire on 2/29/2020. For more information or to schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation appointment, contact MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics today. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for even more skin care tips, photos, news, and more.

In recent years, we have seen an incredible rise in the popularity of non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments. Many women who experience vaginal dryness after menopause, or other common vaginal health symptoms, prefer having a non-surgical alternative to vaginal rejuvenation surgery. And while we have been major proponents of this treatment and the wonderful benefits that it can help provide, it’s important for women to understand that not all laser vaginal rejuvenation treatments are the same and some may be best avoided.

is laser vaginal rejuvenation right for youSome laser vaginal rejuvenation treatment manufacturers got themselves into hot water recently by claiming that their treatment was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The truth is, as of January 2020 none of these devices or treatments are FDA-approved and only FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation is FDA-cleared. For anyone who may not know, FDA approval means that the agency has determined that the benefits of the product outweigh the known risks for the intended use. Whereas FDA clearance indicates the manufacturer can demonstrate that their product or treatment is "substantially equivalent to another similar legally marketed device" that already has already earned FDA clearance or approval. The women who seek treatment for their vaginal health concerns should know this from the beginning stages of their treatment journey.

With this in mind, it’s important to emphasize that despite issues reported about other laser vaginal rejuvenation treatments, we offer FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation. FemTouch™ is unique due to its use of FDA-cleared laser technology by Lumenis. When performed by an experienced, board-certified gynecologist, FemTouch™ is both very safe and highly effective for treating vaginal atrophy after menopause. We have used FemTouch™ to successfully treat vaginal dryness, vaginal itching, pain during sex, and even symptoms of stress urinary incontinence. The treatment is quick, simple, and requires no downtime for recovery. 

As reproductive healthcare providers, we strongly believe in the importance of knowledge and transparency when it comes to the treatments we perform and their efficacy. After all, trust is an essential component in any woman’s relationship with her gynecologist and their medical team. For more information on laser vaginal rejuvenation or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional reproductive healthcare tips, news, and updates from our new medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics.

Although the term might not be as well-known as some other procedures for women, labiaplasty surgery is among the fastest growing surgical procedures in the US. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the surgery’s popularity has increased by 53% over the last five years. That’s because many women who experience excess tissue within the labia minora, or the “ruffled edge” outside the vagina, are finally realizing that there is a solution for this aesthetic issue.

LabiaplastyLabial hypertrophy is a condition that describes when a woman has an overly large labia minora. While this is often thought of as a cosmetic concern that only affects a woman’s appearance and self-confidence, labial hypertrophy can cause pain, discomfort, and increased risk of vaginal infections. We perform labiaplasty surgery to help treat women who experience this condition. During the procedure, excess tissue is removed from the labia to reduce the size of the labia and correct any potential asymmetry.

In order to be considered a good candidate for labiaplasty surgery, women should meet the following criteria:

  • Displeasure with the size and/or shape of their labia major or labia minor.
  • Discomfort or irritation caused by overly large labia major or labia minor.
  • Good enough physical and mental health to safely undergo the surgical procedure.
  • Realistic expectations about their labiaplasty and the final results that the procedure will help them achieve.
  • Willingness to closely follow the doctor’s post-surgery recovery instructions including refraining from vaginal intercourse for up to 6 weeks following surgery.

Labial hypertrophy can create a significant emotional burden for women. Thankfully, labiaplasty surgery can be an outstanding solution to this issue. If you think that you may be a good candidate for labiaplasty, don’t hesitate to contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today to schedule a consultation with one of our reproductive healthcare experts. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional reproductive healthcare tips, news, and much more.

The start of another new year is here. With so many resolutions and pledges in the air from people trying to improve their health, we recommend taking this time to focus on achieving the best possible reproductive health and wellness. Make the commitment to schedule a well woman exam early in the year.

Well WomanAccording to statistics collected by the United Health Foundation, 81% of women between the ages of 18-64 had undergone a well-woman visit in the last two years. While this figure may seem high, that means millions of women in the US are not receiving the reproductive care and attention that healthcare experts agree they should. Making a point of undergoing a well woman exam at the start of the new year can be an excellent way to make sure you never go a year without this essential appointment. 

Undergoing a well woman exam every year allows you to gain a full understanding of the state of your reproductive health. During the exam, we perform a series of physical examinations including a pelvic exam, Pap smear, and clinical breast exam. We also use well woman exams as a way to make sure you are caught up on your essential immunizations including the HPV vaccination. A well woman exam is also a part of maintaining good overall health. We include additional general wellness tests including testing your blood pressure, weight, and body mass index, as well as testing for any palpation of the abdomen and lymph nodes. 

Additionally, a well woman exam provides a unique opportunity to speak with your gynecologist about any pressing issues or concerns you may have about your health including any changes you have experienced over the past year. There’s no such thing as a bad question during a well woman exam, so don’t hesitate to bring up and ask about any topic that may be on your mind. 

With a new year comes a chance for new beginnings. And what better way to begin the year with a fresh start than by confirming a clean bill of reproductive health with a well woman exam? For more information or to schedule a well woman exam today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional health tips, news, and more. Ask us about our new medical spa, MadEmEL Medical Aesthetics.

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