The new year is just about here. With that in mind, now is the perfect time to think about the many ways we plan to better ourselves in 2020 and beyond. We understand that most people will be making new year's resolutions pertaining to their health, fitness, and personal goals, but what about your skin? The start of the new year can be an ideal time to prioritize skin care and begin taking the steps necessary to improve your complexion. That’s why our skin care experts are here to provide a few skin care resolutions that we would recommend for the new year.

MadLearn Your Skin Type

Without an intimate knowledge of your skin, it can be impossible to know exactly what skin care products and ingredients will be the most helpful to your complexion. We recommend coming in for a skin analysis appointment to get more acquainted with your skin type and how to best pamper your skin.

Apply Sunscreen Daily

It may seem counterintuitive but applying sunscreen every day is a critical component of keeping your skin healthy and hydrated. Cold days? Cloudy days? During the winter? Yes, yes, and yes. Even a lightweight SPF can help provide additional moisture and keep your skin protected year-round from the Sun’s UV rays.

Consider Microneedling

We perform microneedling treatments that are intended to help stimulate natural collagen production and brighten the facial skin. However, one of the other benefits of this treatment is providing clearer pathways that allow ingredients in skin care products to penetrate the skin more deeply and work even better. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Try Something New

As times change, so does our skin. We don’t mean you have to upend your skin care regimen entirely, but with some many outstanding skin care products and treatments available, fortune may favor the bold. Sometimes a little tweak to your established routine can make all the difference in the world. 

Eat a Skin-Friendly Diet

We are what we eat. The foods we put into our body can have a profound effect on the quality of our skin. While healthier, leaner foods full of vitamins and minerals can actually improve the condition of your skin, processed foods that are high in sugar, fat, and salt can make our skin suffer over time.

It doesn’t matter what products you invest in or regimen you create, your skin won’t truly benefit unless you make skin care a priority. That’s why we recommend so strongly to find a skin care method you like and make an honest effort to stick with it. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation appointment, please contact MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics today. And don’t forget to follow MadEmEl on Facebook and Instagram for additional tips, news, and much more.

2019 was a really monumental year for us here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Every year, we pride ourselves on coming closer to our goal of providing women in the Gwinnett area with the best-possible reproductive care and wellness services. The past year has been incredibly productive in that regard. Keep reading for all the details on what made the last year so special here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett.

gynecologist near meThe biggest event of our 2019 was the opening of our new full-service medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics. This was a truly landmark moment for us, and we could not be more thrilled with the launch of MadEmEl and how the first few months have gone. We know that there is a strong association between self-confidence and overall wellness. MadEmEl aims to help our patients look and feel their very best by providing a variety of safe, top-of-the-line cosmetic treatments and skin care products. We can’t wait to see what 2020 has in-store for MadEmEL and Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett.

Growth is a natural part of life for practices like our own. This year we saw no shortage of new women who sought help with some aspect of their reproductive health. It was a sincere privilege to welcome in so many new women we were fortunate enough to inherit from Dr. Audrey Arona. We look forward to continuing to build our new bond in the years to come. It was our pleasure to welcome you all into our family! The team here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett also grew this year as we welcomed in new staff members including our newest Nurse Practitioner, Michelle Johnson. 

The last year was also full of unique Health and Wellness events at both of our practices. Ranging from our regular bi-weekly boot camps to our MadEmEl Grand Opening Open House event to educational seminars, we hosted a wide variety of events that allowed our community of patients to come get to know us a little better in-person. We want to thank everyone who attended any event at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett or MadEmEl this year. Keep an eye on our events calendar for details on everything going on at Gynecology Associate of Gwinnett and MadEmEl in 2020!

With 2019 just about in the past, we thought now would be the perfect time to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make the last year so memorable for us. This means our staff, the Gwinnett community, and everyone else who came into our office or impacted us this past year. Our goal for 2020 is to continue to grow and do everything we can for women in the metro Atlanta area. For more information or if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and follow MadEmEl on Instagram for updates, news, and more. Cheers to a Happy New Year in 2020 and many more happy years to come!

Birth control pills are a highly effective form of hormonal birth control. By using hormones like estrogen and progestin that inhibit the body’s natural hormonal cycle, “the pill” is able to effectively prevent pregnancy from occurring. In fact, as long as it is taken every day, the success rate of birth control pills can be as high as 99.9%.

birth-controlAlthough some people may believe that birth control pills serve only one purpose, the truth is that the effects of these hormones can extend far beyond just preventing unwanted pregnancy. Some of these effects can provide additional benefits, including regulating menstruation and helping to clear up acne prone skin. However, like any other medication, birth control pills can sometimes cause some unwanted minor side effects as well. To help you know what you may experience, here are the common side effects associated with birth control pills.

  • Nausea
  • Weight fluctuation
  • Swelling or soreness in the breasts
  • Spotting between periods
  • Irregularly light periods
  • Mood Swings
  • Pain in the abdomen or chest area
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision

Birth control can affect every woman differently, so there is no guarantee you will experience any of these symptoms. Additionally, these side effects are typically very minor and go away after 2 or 3 months of starting to take birth control pills. If side effects persist for longer than 3 months, we recommend speaking with your board-certified gynecologist about potential alternatives.

In our experience, these side effects are no reason not to consider birth control pills. However, before making any choices, it’s important to speak with your board-certified gynecologist to understand all of your possible options when it comes to birth control. For more information on birth control or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional health tips, news, and more. Ask us about our new medical spa, MadEmEL Medical Aesthetics.

This week our new medical spa, MadEmel Medical Aesthetics, is answering questions about CoolSculpting® Non-Surgical Fat Reduction. CoolSculpting® is FDA-cleared to help remove stubborn, excess fat from areas all over the body including the submental (double chin), thighs, abdomen, back, upper arms, and more. It is one of the most tried and true non-surgical fat reduction treatments available. To help further explain why CoolSculpting® is so in-demand, we have answered a few commonly asked questions about the treatment that we have received.

non surgical fat reductionQuestion #1: What happens to fat cells after a CoolSculpting® treatment?

During treatment, CoolSculpting® uses a process known as cryolipolysis to safely freeze fat cells beneath the surface of the skin. Once the controlled cooling is applied, the damaged fat cells are naturally expelled from the body and will not return. 

Question #2: Can CoolSculpting® be used to lose a large amount of weight?

CoolSculpting® is intended to help treat small pockets of fat from specific areas on the body. It is not a weight loss treatment and patients should not expect this kind of result. Instead of thinking of CoolSculpting® as a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise, think of it as a complement to your healthy lifestyle choices.

Question #3: How many CoolSculpting® treatments will I need?

This depends on a number of factors, including what area (or areas) you want to have treated and how much fat is in these specific areas. Each CoolSculpting® treatment can reduce the fat in a treated area by 20% - 25%. Many patients require a series of multiple treatments to achieve their desired aesthetic goal, but this can vary from person to person.

Question #4: Is CoolSculpting® safe?

CoolSculpting® is very safe. The treatment has been cleared by the FDA to effectively treat nine different areas of the body. We will confirm during your pre-treatment consultation that you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting® before any treatment is performed.

CoolSculpting® is a safe, effective, and exciting cosmetic treatment that can be very beneficial to people of all ages. If you are interested in CoolSculpting® or would like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics today to schedule a complimentary consultation appointment. You can also follow MadEmEl on Facebook and Instagram for additional tips, news, and much more. 

If there was a list of medical issues that women don’t feel comfortable discussing, urinary incontinence would likely rank fairly high on it. The involuntary bladder leakage associated with urinary incontinence can be a source of considerable embarrassment and frustration. However, the truth is that urinary incontinence is very common and nothing to be ashamed of. To help start a dialogue, our reproductive healthcare experts have provided some information on the causes of the various types of urinary incontinence and how they can be treated.

GAoGStress Urinary Incontinence

Stress urinary incontinence is the most common form of urinary incontinence. Women with stress urinary incontinence may experience an involuntary loss of urine after or during mild physical activities like laughing, sneezing, coughing, or exercising. It can be caused by the following:

  • · A weakening of the pelvic floor muscles that occurs after a significant bodily change like pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause
  • · Conditions that cause chronic sneezing or coughing like bronchitis or respiratory infections
  • · Obesity, as extra weight can put additional pressure on the bladder
  • · Hormonal imbalance that occurs after menopause due to a lack of estrogen produced by the body

Urge Incontinence

Women with urge incontinence have a sudden strong urge to urinate, which can be difficult to hold back. Urge incontinence can be caused by the following:

  • · Metabolic disorders like diabetes
  • · Health conditions that affect the bladder's nerves or other areas of the nervous system like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease
  • · Damage to the muscles in the bladder area

Overflow Incontinence

Overflow incontinence describes a condition in which a woman is unable to fully empty their bladder, leading to overflow which can unexpectedly leak out. If left untreated, it can cause bladder infections and other gynecological issues. Overflow incontinence can be caused by the following:

  • · A weakening of the bladder muscles
  • · Nerve damage in the bladder area
  • · Certain conditions that block the flow of urine, such as tumors
  • · Constipation, especially in older women

Thankfully, urinary incontinence can be treated. Depending on what type of urinary incontinence a woman experiences, her treatment options can range from lifestyle changes like dietary alterations, bladder exercises, medications, or non-surgical FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments.

Being open and communicating with a board-certified gynecologist can make all the difference for women who wish to find the right treatment for their bladder leakage once and for all. If you would like more information on urinary incontinence and how it can be treated, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett to schedule an appointment today. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, updates, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

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