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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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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The Difference Between Deep Tissue Massage and Swedish Massage

Deep Tissue Massage vs. Swedish Massage

There are many different kinds of massage, each offering a wealth of benefits. Two of the most popular kinds include Swedish massage and deep tissue massage. While Emerge Medical & Well Spa offers both styles, it is important that you understand the difference so you can book an appointment that suits your needs and wants. Continue reading to find out which massage is best for you!

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is one of the most common massage techniques. The technique consists of a specific set of massage movements, including sliding and kneading movements, known as petrissage and effleurage, and rubbing movements. These techniques are geared toward increasing the flow of oxygen in the blood, releasing toxins from the body, loosening tense muscles, and improving flexibility. To make the experience all the more relaxing, many spas incorporate the use of essential oils which reduces friction and releases aromatherapy benefits.

Swedish Massage Benefits

Swedish massage is known to increase blood circulation and flush lactic acids, uric acids, and other metabolic wastes from the body. Additionally, it can relax your muscles and release pent-up tension. If you are an athlete, this type of massage can greatly reduce the feeling of sore muscles.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage focuses on the tissue structure of your muscles. In particular, it focuses on stretching the fascia, a web of connective tissue that supports your muscles, bones, nerves, and organs. Using slow movements and deliberate strokes, the massage therapist concentrates on releasing specific muscle tension and knots. Deep tissue massage is ideal for dealing with injuries, whiplash, chronic muscle tension, and fixing posture issues.

Deep Tissue Benefits

While Swedish massage is more of a soothing, relaxing experience, deep tissue is truly therapeutic. The massage is geared toward dealing with chronic pain and tension and helping you recover from injury. Over time, deep tissue can improve your posture, range of motion, and athletic performance. Although you may be somewhat sore after the massage, the experience should never be painful. An effective deep tissue massage will leave you feeling loose and rejuvenated.

Contact Emerge Medical & Well Spa

At Emerge Medical & Well Spa, we offer a range of massage services. While our Essential Massage and Couple’s Massage uses Swedish massage techniques, we also offer deep tissue massage to relieve chronic pain. Our experienced massage therapists can also perform a variety of specialty massages, including Himalayan Salt Stone massage, warm stone massage, prenatal massage, and migraine treatments. Prices vary so be sure to check the latest offers on our site. To schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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Difference Between a Medical Spa and a Day Spa

Medical Spa vs. Day Spa

Nothing beats a day at the spa. With a tranquil atmosphere and a focus on personal care, spas offer the chance to unwind, relax, and rejuvenate yourself. Yet, choosing a spa is not always easy, especially when the difference between a “day spa” and a “medical spa” is somewhat ambiguous. To clear up any confusion, Emerge Medical & Well Spa explains how they differ.

Day Spa

Day spas focus on relaxation, personal care, and beauty treatments. Services at a day spa can include massages, facials, mud wraps, waxes, manicures, pedicures, and more. Some spas may even include hair and makeup services as well, so you can leave the spa looking and feeling beautiful. Unlike medical spas, day spas do not offer any medical or cosmetic treatments, such as Botox and laser removal. Although they employ licensed massage therapists and cosmetologists, they do not have medical professionals on staff.

Medical Spa

Medical spas combine the personal care and cosmetic services found at day spas with medical treatments. These treatments typically focus on cosmetics, anti-aging, and skin care. Such treatments might include Botox, dermal fillers, and medical facial peels. Some medical spas, such as Emerge Medical & Well Spa, include additional services outside the realm of skin care, such as laser treatments and teeth whitening.

Keep in mind that these spas are not exclusive to medical services. Although medical treatments are available, you can still receive massages, facials, and other relaxing treatments you would find at a day spa.

Qualifications and Training

While both spas employ certified massage therapists and cosmetologists, medical spas also employ medical professionals. Several medical treatments, such as Botox, require the oversight of a medical expert to ensure the treatment is administered properly and any adverse side-effects can be addressed. If you visit one these spas, you may speak with a registered nurse or dermatologist.

Belinda Stewart, the clinical director at Emerge Medical & Well Spa, worked as a registered nurse for over eight years before joining the Emerge team and becoming an owner in 2009. She oversees all of our medical treatments, including Botox, dermal fillers, and laser treatments. Our staff also includes several registered nurses and a nurse practitioner.

Contact Emerge Medical & Well Spa

Emerge Medical & Well Spa is an award-winning medical spa that has served Tulsa, Oklahoma for over ten years. With a quiet, tranquil atmosphere, we are the ideal place to unwind and enjoy any of our treatments, including Botox, laser treatments, facials, and massages. To book an appointment, contact us today.

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Between The Sheets

This month it’s all about how you feel between the sheets.

FEEL LIKE YOURSELF AGAIN: It all starts with how you’re feeling on the inside. Loss of libido? Feeling fatigued? Experiencing weight gain? BioTe might be the answer! Learn more.

RESTORE ROMANCE: In a relationship rut? Step outside of your usual dinner and a movie and explore the more intimate side with couples massages.

INTIMATE WELLNESS: Women: As we age, it’s natural that our vaginal wellness takes a backseat to many other aspects of our lives. Discover the benefits of our CO2RE Intima treatments. Don’t be embarrassed! It happens to all of us! Learn more.

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Dermal Fillers. Are They Dangerous?

Are Dermal​ ​Fillers​ Safe?

Brunette woman receiving dermal fillers

Who doesn’t want smoother, more beautiful skin? We all want to look and feel younger. You can recapture the feeling of a more youthful self with hormone replacement therapy, and you can look the way you feel with dermal fillers. Some people might try to tell you, however, that dermal fillers are not safe. They may list some issues they have with the procedure. They may call it unhealthy. Is there any truth to this? Is this procedure safe? Today, the team at Emerge Medical & Well Spa in Tulsa, Oklahoma, takes a look at how safe dermal fillers really are.

FDA Approved to Help Your Skin Look Younger

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration gives the procedure their stamp of approval. The administration even goes so far to say that dermal fillers can correct “moderate to severe facial wrinkles and skin folds, such as nasolabial folds, which are the  wrinkles on the sides of your mouth that extend towards the nose.”

No Common Major Side Effects

Like most all medical procedures, dermal fillers do have a few minor side effects. You would have to search far and wide not to find even an over-the-counter aspirin that didn’t have side effects, and this procedure is no different. Fillers can cause bruising, redness, swelling, tenderness, itchiness, and slight pain in the area of the injection. You are no more likely to get cancer from dermal fillers than you are from simply existing in the world. The benefits of the procedure are great, too.

What Can Dermal Fillers Do for Me?

Looking your best and feeling your best often go hand in hand. This procedure allows you to do just that. It takes a simple injection of soft tissue to trouble areas. Your wrinkles will smooth over in no time, and you will look and feel like your younger self again.

Some of our clients here at Emerge Medical & Well Spa choose this procedure over Botox. The procedure can be more pricey, but the results last longer than most Botox injections. However, often Botox works best for certain areas and fillers for others. You should consult our highly trained staff. We can work together to find the solution that fits you the best.

Contact Emerge Medical & Well Spa

Get back to a natural, vigorous, and youthful you. With the help of the experienced and caring staff at Emerge Medical & Well Spa, you can find your best years ahead of you. Come on by for a feel-good moment. We do so much more than just fillers and Botox. You can stop in for a deep tissue massage and much more at our spa in Tulsa, or contact us today to schedule an appointment.

 

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