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Getting Laser Treatments for Acne Scars

Laser Treatments for Acne Scars

Laser treatment for acne scars

While most people experience acne during their teenage years, it can happen to anyone at any age. The condition is caused by the overproduction of oil in the skin’s glands, which gives rise to pimples. In some cases, acne can be so severe that it causes permanent scarring. Scarring is normal, but it can leave a lasting impact on someone’s self-esteem. Luckily, you can reduce the appearance of acne scars through laser treatments. In this blog, Emerge Medical & Well Spa discusses how the treatment works and how it may help you.

What are Laser Treatments?

Laser treatments are a revolutionary, non-invasive procedure designed to reduce the appearance of scars, dark spots, wrinkles, and other skin blemishes. The technique directs short, concentrated beams of light at irregular skin, which removes the skin layer by layer. Essentially, the treatment sweeps away damaged tissue, revealing new skin tissue underneath. The treatment is fast, easy, and is usually completed within 40 minutes. Depending on your condition, you may have to undergo four or five treatments.

How Does it Help with Acne Scars?

Laser treatments are one of the safest, most effective ways to reduce the appearance of acne scars. Unlike harsh chemical peels, there are fewer risks with seeking this non-invasive treatment. All you need to do is lie down while the beam of light is applied directly to your scars.

Depending on the color and severity of your scars, a different laser will be used. Most of the time, a fractional laser treatment will be applied. With this treatment, a small portion of the skin is treated with a laser while the rest of your skin is spared. This stimulates fast healing of skin tissues and increases collagen production. After four or five visits, the appearance of your acne scars should reduce and you should be left with fresh, even-textured skin.

What are the Risks?

Like all treatments, there are a few risks with getting laser treatments. In some cases, high-intensity lasers can cause burning, especially if you have sensitive skin. People with sensitive skin may also develop an uneven skin tone where treatment has been done. You may also notice some blood spotting after your treatment, but this usually heals within a week. Before your treatment, talk to your physician about the risks.

Contact Emerge Medical & Well Spa

Laser treatments are the most effective way to reduce the appearance of your acne scars. If you are looking for a treatment option in Tulsa, look no further than Emerge Medical & Well Spa. To schedule an appointment, contact us today at 918-392-8606!

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Is it Time for a Deep Tissue Massage?

Signs You Need a Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage in Tulsa

Whether you are active or not, a deep tissue massage is beneficial for everyone. It relaxes your muscles, improves your posture, aids injury recovery, and helps prevent future injuries. By scheduling an occasional visit to your massage therapist, you can improve your musculoskeletal health and help your body keep up with the demands of life.

However, most people are unsure when they should schedule their visit. Should you schedule a deep tissue massage on a regular basis or only when you experience specific pain? To help you determine if you should make an appointment, look for the following signs.

#1. You Have Aches and Stiffness

General aches, pains, and stiffness are a sure sign that you need a deep tissue massage. If you experience chronic tension in your shoulders and neck, chronic headaches, or stiffness when you get out bed in the morning, you may need a massage to relieve muscle strain and tension. Though a massage can be great for pain management, you should speak to a doctor if you are experiencing intense chronic pain, since this may be a sign of a deeper issue.

#2. You Live a Sedentary Lifestyle

People who live relatively sedentary lifestyles, particularly office workers and truck drivers, can benefit greatly from a deep tissue massage. If you spend most of your day sitting at a desk or driving, you likely experience a great deal of tension in your shoulders, neck, and legs, along with lower back pain. Though this may be ‘normal’ for your job, you do not need to live this way. By getting a massage, you can relieve some of that pent-up tension and combat some the negative side-effects of your work environment.

#3. You Have Just Competed in an Athletic Event

Whether you have just completed an Ironman competition, jogged a 5K, or competed in a tennis tournament, it’s always a good idea to schedule a massage after an athletic event. This will help relieve any soreness, help your muscles heal, and prevent injury.

#4. You Feel Stressed and Anxious

Getting a regular massage can benefit your mental, emotional, and physical health. Pent-up tension in the body can lead to feelings of stress and anxiety. Over time, this stress can impact your ability to work, sleep, and live your normal, daily life. By regularly scheduling a deep tissue massage, you can alleviate tension and reduce the number of stress hormones your body produces.

Deep Tissue Massages at Emerge Medical & Well Spa

If you are looking for a deep tissue massage, look no further than Emerge Medical & Well Spa in Tulsa. In addition to massage treatments, we also offer laser treatments, facials, hormone replacement therapy, and more. To schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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What Can I Expect from a Prenatal Massage?

What to Expect From a Prenatal Massage

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Pregnancy is not always a joyful experience. In fact, most expecting mothers are likely to experience some discomfort, back pain, trouble sleeping, and general fatigue. Luckily, receiving a prenatal massage from a skilled massage therapist can help alleviate some of those discomforts and make your pregnancy easier. If you are having a normal, healthy pregnancy, you can receive massages throughout the first, second, and third trimester.

Some expecting mothers are unsure if a prenatal massage is right for them or the baby. To ease some those anxieties, Emerge Medical & Well Spa in Tulsa discusses a couple things you can expect from the experience.

#1. Personalized Attention

Personalized attention is one the main focal points of a prenatal massage. The massage therapist understands that you may be experiencing a range of discomfort, so they work with you to provide personalized care. Before the massage, your massage therapist will ask you a few preliminary questions about your pregnancy, health history, and lifestyle. During this time, you can tell them about any pain or discomfort you are experiencing. If you are experiencing back pain or some soreness in the feet, let them know so they can focus the massage to meet your needs.  

#2.  Relaxation

Your body and mind feel at ease when you receive a prenatal massage. Through the power of touch, your muscles will relax and the level of stress hormones in your body will decrease. To improve your relaxation, your massage therapist will play soothing music and create a tranquil atmosphere. After your massage, you will feel the benefits of this deep relaxation for days to come.

#3. Reduced Swelling

Swelling of the hands and feet is a major discomfort that occurs during pregnancy. However, prenatal massages are shown to increase blood flow and reduce swelling, alleviating headaches and any pain you feel in your hands and feet.

#4. An Open Atmosphere

You should never feel embarrassed to talk to your massage therapist. If you ever feel uncomfortable or you have a particular area that is causing you pain, be sure to let them know. If you feel the need to get up, move around, or use the restroom, please let them know. This time is for you, so do whatever you can to get the most out of the experience.

Prenatal Massages at Emerge Medical & Well Spa

Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Emerge Medical & Well Spa specializes in massages and body treatments, including prenatal massages. To schedule an appointment with a skilled massage therapist, contact us today at 918-392-8606!

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How to Care for Dermal Fillers

Aftercare for Dermal Fillers

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Dermal fillers are one the best ways to combat the side-effects of aging. By replacing lost volume in the face, this cosmetic treatment reduces the appearance of wrinkles, plumps out facial features, and restores a youthful appearance. You can experience the effects of the treatment for nearly 18 months, but you will need to follow an aftercare regimen to ensure the results last. At Emerge Medical & Well Spa, we specialize in dermal fillers and other cosmetic treatments, such as BOTOX® and laser hair removal. After your treatment, be sure to follow our recommended aftercare advice.

Immediately After Treatment

Within an hour after treatment, you may experience some redness, bruising, swelling, and tenderness near the injection site. Though this may be uncomfortable, avoid massaging or itching the area. Touching the injection site may disturb dermal fillers and prevent them from properly setting. To reduce swelling and discomfort, you can always take Tylenol or another over-the-counter pain reliever. After a few days, bruising and swelling should reduce.

The Days Following Treatment

During the first few days after treatment, carefully follow your aftercare regimen to ensure you don’t experience any complications. Most importantly, avoid any activities that could lead to swelling, such as strenuous exercise, alcohol consumption, and excessive heat. Avoid tanning beds, saunas, or hot tubs. During this time, you are free to wear makeup, sunscreen, and use facial lotion – just be sure to use a cleanser specially formulated for sensitive skin.

Long-Term Aftercare

To ensure the effects of your dermal fillers are long-lasting, you should follow some general aftercare instructions during the months following the injection. First, you should avoid excessive sun exposure. Most wrinkles, dark spots, and other signs of aging are caused by sun damage, so be sure to apply sunscreen generously. Sunscreens with an SPF of 45 or greater are highly recommended.

Secondly, you should utilize skincare products that strengthen your skin and reduce the appearance of aging. Products that contain Vitamin C can be incredibly effective. To determine which products are best for you, consult with the dermatologists at Emerge Medical & Well Spa.

Dermal Fillers at Emerge Medical & Well Spa

Dermal fillers are one of the most effective ways to reduce the effects of aging and return your skin to its healthy and youthful appearance. If you are looking for a cosmetic treatment center in Tulsa, look no further than Emerge Medical & Well Spa. In addition to dermal fillers, we also offer BOTOX® treatments, tattoo removal, laser hair removal, and more. To learn more, please contact us today by giving us a call at (918) 392-8606!

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How Sclerotherapy Works

Sclerotherapy: How it Works

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If you have spider veins or varicose veins, you may suffer pain, discomfort, and embarrassment. Luckily, there is a solution: sclerotherapy. At Emerge Medical & Well Spa in Tulsa, we offer sclerotherapy treatments to reduce the appearance of spider veins and alleviate any of your discomfort. Here, we discuss how the treatment works and some signs that you need it.

Do I Need Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy alleviates pain caused spider veins and varicose veins. If you experience any aching, swelling, burning, or cramping in your legs, the treatment will reduce these symptoms. The treatment is also done for cosmetic purposes. By reducing the appearance of your spider veins, you get back to doing the things you love and wearing the clothes you want without feeling any embarrassment.

If you feel any discomfort or embarrassment from your veins, schedule an examination with a physician. During the examination, the physician will evaluate your veins and medical history to determine if there might be an underlying cause of your condition that may require an alternative treatment. To schedule an examination with an experienced physician, contact Emerge Medical & Well Spa.

How Does the Treatment Work?

During a sclerotherapy treatment, a physician will inject the spider or varicose veins with a special chemical called sclerosant which causes the vein to reduce in size and close. After the injection, pressure is applied to the vein to prevent their return. Some patients wear compression stockings for a few days to ensure pressure is continuously applied.

The treatment can also be performed with a catheter. With this method, the physician guides the catheter and the sclerosant to the vein with a duplex ultrasound. By using a catheter, the treatment is non-invasive and can be used on larger varicose veins, which would otherwise require surgery.

What Can I Expect From Treatment?

It typically takes a couple treatments to see the results of sclerotherapy. Luckily, treatment sessions are not time-consuming; most only about 30 minutes. After you receive a sclerosant injection, you may experience some pain and discomfort. For some patients, the injection causes a burning or cramping sensation. Although you will be able to walk immediately after the treatment, you should avoid strenuous exercise for at least a week.

Contact Emerge Medical & Well Spa

To determine if sclerotherapy is right for you, contact Emerge Medical & Well Spa. Our experienced physician will examine the condition of your veins and walk you through your treatment options. To learn more, contact us today by giving us a call at (918) 392-8606.

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Should I Get Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You?

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If you are experiencing painful menopausal symptoms – such as hot flashes and sleep disturbances – hormone replacement therapy may be the solution you need. The treatment works by replacing female hormones that your body stops producing during menopause, decreasing the severity of the symptoms. You can either receive pills or patches for treatment, depending on your preference.

Although the treatment is incredibly effective, it may not be right for everyone. Depending on your age, health history, and the severity of the symptoms, you might want to avoid hormone supplements. Today, the hormone replacement therapy experts at Emerge Medical & Well Spa discuss some things to consider before receiving the treatment.

Age

Hormone replacement therapy is most effective if you are under the age of 60 and you start the treatment soon after you start menopause. For women over 60, the replacement therapy may potentially increase the risk of heart disease, blood clots, dementia, and stroke. If you are in your 50s, the treatment should be safe and effective.

Health History

Your health history plays a huge role in determining if hormone replacement therapy is right for you. If you have a history of breast, ovarian, or endometrial cancer, the treatment may not be right for you. Additionally, if you have a history of strokes, blood clots, heart problems, or you currently smoke, you should avoid the treatment. As always, talk with your personal physician before starting treatment.

The Severity of Your Symptoms

Hormone replacement therapy is really only needed for women with severe menopausal symptoms. If you are experiencing mild symptoms, there is no need to start the treatment. Keep in mind that the treatment is more effective if you start it at the beginning of menopause. If you are far along in the process, starting the treatment late may not provide any benefits.

The Risks

Like all medications, there are some risks involved with taking hormone supplements. Though the risks are rare, it is important to consider if you are okay with them before starting treatment. For example, taking estrogen and progestin can slightly increase your risk for breast cancer, stroke, and deep-vein thrombosis. This is why people who have a history of these diseases should avoid the treatment.

Contact Us About Hormone Replacement Therapy

If you are experiencing painful menopausal symptoms, talk to our experienced physician about hormone replacement therapy. Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Emerge Medical & Well Spa provides a variety of treatments, including prenatal massages, BOTOX®, dermal fillers, and laser treatments. To learn more about services and schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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Is Foot Reflexology the Solution to Migraines?

Foot Reflexology for Migraines

Foot reflexology for migraines

Although the practice has only recently gained popularity in the United States, foot reflexology dates back thousands of years. The treatment is known to provide relief for a variety of conditions, including chronic muscle pain, insomnia, menstrual cramps, and more. At Emerge Medical & Well Spa, many patients who live with chronic migraines wonder if reflexology can cure their pain. Here, we provide an answer.

How Foot Reflexology Works

Foot reflexology is a holistic practice, which means it works to keep the body in balance. During treatment, a massage therapist targets specific acupressure points on the foot to stimulate neurological function and improve the flow of circulation. Each point connects to a different area of the body, so treatments are usually tailored to relieve any pain the patient experiences. For example, if you are experiencing pain in your left temporal lobe, the massage therapist will focus treatment on your large left toe. Although reflexology uses acupressure points, it does not involve needles, making it a great alternative to acupuncture for some patients.

Migraine Relief

If you experience migraines, foot reflexology may be able to relieve your pain and prevent future headaches. For migraines, a massage therapist typically applies pressure to the inside of your big toe and second toe, providing relief to your temporal lobes. They may also target your little toes as well as the top of the large toes near the nail bed, which can provide pain relief for the face and sinuses.

Will Reflexology Cure Migraines?

Foot reflexology can work wonders for those who suffer from migraines. Typically, you will experience pain relief during the session and the effects may continue for up to five days. Despite these benefits, it is important to realize that reflexology is not necessarily a cure-all. As a holistic treatment, reflexology should be combined with other holistic therapies, such as a following a healthy diet, utilizing herbal medicine, and practicing yoga. By living a healthy lifestyle, you are more likely to experience the effects of your treatment.

You should also keep in mind that reflexology is not necessarily meant to replace other forms of treatment. If you are considering stopping your migraine medication, you should first consult with your physician.

Contact Emerge Medical & Well Spa

The benefits of foot reflexology are numerous. To learn how you can benefit from the treatment, talk with an experienced massage therapist at Emerge Medical & Well Spa. Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, we specialize in a variety of treatments, including hormone replacement therapy, prenatal massages, laser treatments, tattoo removal, and more. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (918) 392-8606.

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Common Myths About BOTOX®

A Few Common Myths About BOTOX® Treatment

Common BOTOX® myths.

At Emerge Medical & Well Spa, we provide a wide array of different skincare, anti-aging and relaxation services to clients all over Tulsa and beyond. As one of the premier providers of up-to-date and innovative skincare solutions, we also understand that people often have misconceptions about certain treatments. BOTOX® is probably one of the most commonly maligned treatments available.

But, is there really a reason to avoid getting BOTOX® treatment? Is BOTOX® really dangerous? What are the real side effects? In previous blogs, we’ve looked at myths about laser treatments and tattoo removal. In this entry, we’re going to bust a few myths about BOTOX®.

It Freezes Your Face

The biggest BOTOX® myth to get out of the way is that it fixes your face in a permanent, emotionless expression. If you’ve told people you’re considering this treatment, you’ve probably had at least a couple of responses relating to a particular celebrity having a “frozen face” from it, and how you should avoid it.

Like many other cosmetic treatments, this myth came from a handful of famous cases of celebrities overdoing it, and is far from reality. In truth, the results of the injections only last 3-6 months. The “frozen” look that people talk about it also a result of overdosing on it. While it does reduce muscle movement, it doesn’t eliminate or fundamentally change it.

Professional treatment will reduce wrinkles and blemishes, but still leave you with regular muscle movement.

It’s Toxic

Another common myth about BOTOX® is that it’s toxic. Unlike the first example, this one is a little less cut-and-dry. While the substance is technically a neurotoxin, it isn’t one that is dangerously toxic in the quantities used during cosmetic treatments. This neurotoxin – called clostridium botulinum – is found in our natural environment, and is inactive in everyday quantities.

Treatment Is Painful

This myth has more to do with your own tolerance for needles more than the treatment itself. The reason that this treatment is so popular is the speed and general painlessness of it. Many people who have had this treatment think of it as something that can be done on a regular lunch break.

This is because needles used in this procedure are extremely fine and small, and cause far less pain and discomfort than a typical shot. Combined with numbing creams, this is why the treatment is often characterized by those who have had it as a quick, in-and-out procedure.

People Who Get Treated Are Vain

This one’s a little harder to tackle since it’s a little more personal. Sadly, many cosmetic procedures are still characterized as an exercise in vanity by those who get them. Again, this is a misconception.

While this treatment can certainly be done for purely cosmetic reasons, it’s also been applied to medical issues such as excessive sweating, chronic migraines, eyelid muscle spasms and much more. Not only that, but minor cosmetic adjustments are not entirely driven by vanity, and looking to improve or retain a youthful look is not something you should feel you have to hide.

BOTOX® Treatments at Emerge Medical Spa

If you’re looking for an effective dermal filler treatment in Tulsa, look no further than Emerge Medical & Well Spa. We’ve been serving clients in Tulsa for over ten years, and have dedicated ourselves to not only providing the best in modern skin care, but also crafting a relaxing spa experience that you’ll never forget. We also offer reflexology sessions, deep tissue massage, hormone replacement therapy, prenatal massage and more. Get in touch with our medical spa today.

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Foot reflexology

The Benefits of Foot Reflexology

How Foot Reflexology Can Benefit Your Health

Foot reflexology is more than a foot massage. By targeting specific pressure points on the foot, massage therapists can induce healing throughout the body, promoting relaxation, improved circulation, pain relief, and a variety of other benefits. To explain why you should seek this therapy, Emerge Medical & Well Spa discusses some of the health benefits of foot reflexology.

Induces Relaxation

Relaxation is one of the most obvious benefits of foot reflexology. Not only is getting a foot massage a soothing experience, but reflexology can also open neural pathways to relax muscles throughout the body. This makes reflexology ideal for people who work high-stress jobs or have trouble sleeping.

Increases Circulation

Increasing and improving circulation is one of the most well-known benefits of foot reflexology. As the massage therapist targets different reflex points on the foot, blood flow increases. This allows more oxygen to reach your organs, which increases your metabolism and improves your body’s ability to heal damaged cells. If you notice low circulation in your hands or feets, set up an appointment at Emerge Medical & Well Spa.

Increases Nervous System Activity

As neural pathways open during the massage, different points along the central nervous system are stimulated. This increases brain activity, which boosts your memory and speeds up your cognitive ability. This is particularly important as you age. If you feel as if your memory is slowing down, you may consider coupling reflexology with other forms of medical treatment.

Boosts Energy Levels

By stimulating different areas of the body, foot reflexology may also increase your metabolism and boost your energy levels. When you are feeling drained or tired, a foot massage can perk you up and boost your mood. This makes reflexology ideal for winter months when the cold weather and shorter days leave you feeling sluggish.

Reduces Pain

Many people seek reflexology treatment to reduce pain. By relieving tension throughout the body, you can reduce the feeling of headaches or migraines. If your headache is stress-related, the relaxation benefits of this treatment can further ease your pain.

Foot Reflexology at Emerge Medical & Well Spa

Despite the benefits, keep in mind that foot reflexology is not a supplemental treatment to medication or your doctor’s advice. Instead, it is something that can be used alongside other medical treatments. If you are looking for reflexology in Tulsa, look no further than Emerge Medical & Well Spa. We are an awarding winning medical spa, offering a variety of treatments including massages, facials, Botox, laser treatments, and more. To book an appointment, contact us today!

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Misconceptions About Tattoo Removal

Debunking Myths about Tattoo Removal

What was once thought to be permanent can now be erased. Through tattoo removal, you can remove any unwanted tattoos and leave your skin with a clean slate. Unfortunately, many people are apprehensive about removing their unwanted tattoos because of myths and misconceptions they hear about the process. Here, Emerge Medical & Well Spa debunks some of these common misconceptions.

Myth #1: Laser Removal Will Cause Scarring

Although many people believe that tattoo removal will leave them with unsightly scars, this is far from the truth. If the treatment is handled by a professional, laser treatments should produce little scarring. Laser removal specialists know the amount of energy to use to prevent scarring and they will typically space out treatments to give your skin plenty of time to heal. Following the proper aftercare instructions will also decrease the risk of scarring.

Myth #2: New Tattoos Cannot Be Removed

Some people believe that removal only works on old, faded tattoos, but the tattoo removal process works on fresh tattoos as well. Although older, faded tattoos may require fewer treatment sessions, new tattoos can still be removed – it may just take more time. If you are getting a new tattoo removed, just make sure it has healed and there are no scabs.

Myth #3: Removal Creams Work Better than Laser Removal

Although this would be convenient, it is certainly not the case. These creams may be able to fade your tattoo, but they cannot penetrate deep enough into your skin to remove it all the way. In fact, some chemicals in these creams can be abrasive and potentially damage your skin.

Myth #4: A Single Treatment Can Remove the Tattoo

If you ever hear a clinic make this claim, know that it is false. Laser treatments simply cannot remove a tattoo in a single treatment. Sure, some tattoos can be removed faster than others, depending on the size of the tattoo, the color of ink, and the amount of fading, but it always takes more than one treatment. Although the process may take awhile, the tattoo can be removed all the way.

Myth #5: Tattoo Removal is Dangerous

Some people do not trust the process of tattoo removal and believe the use of lasers will lead to cancer and other diseases. Fortunately, this is far from the truth. Laser removals are approved by FDA and tattoo removal professionals are licensed and trained. Overall, removing a tattoo is just as safe as getting one.

Contact Emerge Medical & Well Spa

If you are looking for tattoo removal in Tulsa, Oklahoma, look for further than Emerge Medical & Well Spa. Our experienced staff will work with you to effectively and safely remove your tattoo, leaving your skin looking fresh and clean. To schedule an appointment, contact us today.

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