Health Alert: Mirena Intrauterine Contraceptive

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Mirena is a long acting reversible contraceptive that is implanted into the womb.  It is considered a hormonal intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) that releases small amounts of the hormone levonorgestrel locally into uterus through a soft and flexible plastic device approximately 3 cm long.   It provides up to five years of birth control protection. The maker of Mirena, Bayer, says that … [Read more...]

Tattoo Removal: Choices, Costs & Techniques

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According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, nearly 45 million Americans have tattoos.  Over the course of their lives, over half of them will look for a way to have the tattoo removed. There are a variety of ways that individuals can lessen the appearance of the tattoo, including fading creams, but complete removal is difficult and more expensive than the original tattoo.  Tattoos are … [Read more...]

Laser Hair Removal Treatments Explained

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Laser hair removal is one option for individuals seeking to rid their arms, legs, bikini lines, backs and faces of unwanted body hair.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved using specially designed lasers for hair removal in 1998, but the practice has been around for many years prior to approval. Laser hair removal takes multiple sessions, is considered an ongoing process as it only … [Read more...]

Acne Treatment Options in 2013

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According to the National Institutes of Health, over 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne breakouts. Acne is more common in females, however over 40% of men in their teens and twenties experience acne breakouts.  Acne can appear on the face, back, arms, and other locations and can lead to scarring and poor self-esteem.  Remedies and treatments vary depending on the severity and … [Read more...]

The Bee Venom Trend: Nature’s Botox?

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The latest celebrity skin care buzz:  Bee venom facials, night creams, and other bee-sourced skin care products.  Manufacturers are touting bee venom as "nature’s answer to Botox". Bee venom is mixed with other natural compounds including honey, shea butter, and essential oils of rose and lavender.  The combination of these ingredients is believed to stimulate the skin’s natural ability to … [Read more...]