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Nassau, The Bahamas -
August certification company Elite AMBT is offering their Botox training
seminar in Nassau, Bahamas on December 3, 2011. This course provides
students with a full level of knowledge and confidence to take their
certifications back home to their clinic, and begin offering Botox
treatments to their clients.
The seminar is one of five ways to
receive credentials through Elite AMBT. The certification body also
provides students with online training, webinars, private training and
private seminars. The company believes that all students should have an
equal opportunity to expand their knowledge base, and increase their
business profits, by being able to offer new services...
Aging is a process no one wants to go through, particularly women. We want to remain looking and feeling young -- forever.
Skin ages as a result of internal or external causes or a combination of both. Internal aging is caused by the genes we inherit, and is an ongoing process that commences in our mid-20s and continues until God calls us home. This occurs when the quality and quantity of collagen in the body begins to slowly decline. Collagen is an important structure of fibrous protein within the body that provides support and strength to many structures. Collagen in the skin ensures flexibility and strength, like building blocks to a building, along with elastin which is the substance that allows skin to snap back into place.
As we age, the loss of collagen in the skin leads to thinner and weaker skin that bears an increasing amount of fine wrinkles, thin and transparent skin, hollowed cheeks and sunken eyes, coupled with noticeable loss of firmness on the hands and neck and sagging skin, as well as dry skin that may itch. But the reality of what we do with our skin as we age depends on us, regardless of how old we are. Media and beauty companies promise ways to youthful, glowing and radiant skin -- for some it works -- for others it doesn't. And for those people for whom the products don't work, they tend to keep trying different concoctions hoping that what worked for their friends or colleagues would work for them. However, no two skins are the same -- not even people closely related to each other, and what one does to the skin can determine a positive or negative outcome.
Finding the appropriate sunblock is important for all skin types, and having the right moisturizer is key to preventing skin dryness and dehydration which in turn reduces skin discoloration, skin roughness and early development of fine wrinkles. The use of anesthetics, such as Botox and fillers, can also be beneficial in stalling deep wrinkle development of the forehead, smoothing out crow's feet around the eye's and erasing and reducing fine lines, frowning lips, droopy eye brows and thin lips. Peels and exfoliation procedures with chemicals and/or microdermabrasion can also be beneficial in restoring a healthy, youthful, less oily and smoother skin appearance of the face or body.
External aging is caused as a direct result of what the skin is exposed to, or what is applied to it. These products or the environment often act together with the normal internal aging process to prematurely age our skin. External factors include sun exposure, repetitive facial expressions, smoking and certain applied beauty products.
Sun exposure can lead to premature aging because of the ultraviolet rays that are given off by the sun. Several long, or multiple short intense sunbathing sessions cause gradual damage to the skin cells changing them from normal growing to abnormal or cancerous cells. These changes are more commonly seen in the fair skin population than those with dark skin. In the dark skin population, the signs of aging are usually limited to fine wrinkles and a discolored or an uneven skin complexion. However, that does not give the okay for dark-skinned people to spend long or short intense periods in the sun because they too can be at risk for abnormal skin cell changes that can be cancerous.
Repetitive facial expressions also cause premature aging. If you are constantly practicing facial exercises or expressions to either maintain a youthful-looking appearance, or want people to see what you really want to say, it is time you stop. Repetitive facial movements cause the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Every time your facial muscles move, grooves develop under the skin, which is why you may notice lines form with each facial expression. As we mature, our skin loses its elasticity and stops springing back to its line-free state, hence these grooves that are gradually developing become permanently etched on our faces as fine or deep lines and wrinkles.
Smoking on the whole is not good for you. Not only does it contribute to destroying your lungs and other internal organs, but it interferes with the normal growth and development of skin cells which speeds up aging. As a result, it helps in the formation of deeply wrinkled, leathery skin, and sometimes causes an unhealthy yellowish hue to appear.
Last but by no means least, certain beauty products that bleach, whiten, brighten or tone the face or body skin used regularly for prolonged periods can cause premature aging. It does this by drying out the skin, stripping it of essential moisture and disturbing the pigment cells so that an unnatural light complexion is obtained. Then, because the skin gradually becomes dry, it becomes more susceptible to premature wrinkling and to becoming more unevenly toned and sun sensitive. It is super important to always wear a sunblock to prevent further damage to the skin and precancerous development.
oDr. Rokeisha Clare-Kleinbussink studied at Cosmetology Cosmetic Training for Dermal Filler in London, UK and attended the Academy of Beauty Training for Laser and Microdermabrasion in Nottinghamshire, UK. She is also an associate lecturer of dermatology at the University of The West Indies. She has a private practice at Roseona House of General and Cosmetic Dermatology and can be reached at 422-2022.
A common and vexing foot problem that is often not spoken of is sweaty feet. Have you ever shaken hands with, or touched the feet of a friend or family member and it was soaking wet? Well, they may have hyperhidrosis, which is excessive sweating of the feet. It's slightly more common in men than in women, and more common in young adults than older adults. People whose feet sweat excessively often also have problems with excessive sweating of the palms. Hyperhidrosis can cause great emotional distress and occupational disability for many people. It is estimated to affect 0.6 to one percent of teenagers and as high as 2.8 percent of the population of the United States. Hyperhidrosis most commonly occurs among people 25 to 64 years of age, but some may develop it from early childhood or as teenagers.
Excessive sweating of the feet seems to be an inherited problem. No one knows exactly why it occurs but some experts claim it is caused by sympathetic overactivity.
It is a disorder of the sweat glands found under the arms, on the soles of the feet and palms of the hand. Most people sweat when it's hot outside, or when they become warm, nervous or excited. People with hyperhidrosis sweat excessively almost all the time. Hyperhidrosis can either be generalized on the whole body or localized to specific parts of the body. Hands, feet, armpits and the groin area are among the most common areas where hyperhidrosis occur due to the high concentration of sweat glands there. Hyperhidrosis may also occur in certain medical conditions such as disorders of the thyroid or pituitary glands, diabetes mellitus, tumors, gout, menopause, certain drugs or mercury poisoning.
The most obvious symptom of hyperhidrosis is feet that sweat excessively. Some people sweat so much that their feet may slip around inside their shoes. The feet may also have a whitish, wet appearance, and sometimes foot infections are present as well. The constant wetness weakens the skin, allowing infection to set in. Foot odor is also common because of the foot infection.
At-home treatment for sweaty feet
Good foot hygiene practices are essential. Wash your feet daily with an antibacterial soap. Be sure to wash between the toes. Dry the feet thoroughly, then apply cornstarch, foot powder or an antifungal powder to your feet. Wear wicking socks that draw the moisture away from your feet instead of trapping it. Synthetic blends are designed to wick moisture away from the skin and work best to keep the feet dry. One hundred percent cotton socks should be avoided because even though they absorb moisture very well, they do not wick it away from the skin and can lead to blisters. It's also a good idea to change socks during the day when they become wet. Take an extra pair of socks to school or work, and change socks mid-way through the day.
When to visit a podiatrist
If your feet sweat excessively, see a podiatrist. According to the United States National Library of Medicine, less than 40 percent of people with excessive sweating actually seek medical care. If left untreated, sweaty feet can become smelly feet. A podiatrist can help you treat and control this embarrassing condition.
Most often, excessive sweating of the feet is diagnosed based on your reporting of symptoms and a physical exam of the feet. A podiatrist can also do a starch-iodine test to confirm the diagnosis. Other tests may be ordered to rule out conditions that can lead to hyperhidrosis.
Both topical and systemic medications have been used in the treatment of hyperhidrosis. Treatment options are tailored to your symptoms. Over-the-counter products (such as Certin-Dri and Xerac) have low concentration of prescription medication. They work best if applied to the area when dry and covered with plastic overnight. The feet should be washed in the morning and the effect should be seen within one month. If no effect is noted, see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
Prescription antiperspirants may be applied directly to the feet and are more effective than the over-the-counter versions. Botox injections can temporarily control excessive sweating of the feet which may generally last for about six to nine months.
A physical therapy technique called iontophoresis, which uses water to conduct a mild electrical current through the skin, has been found to be helpful for many people with sweaty feet. This can be done at the physical therapist or doctor's office or persons may be able to purchase an iontophoresis machine for at-home use.
Severe cases of sweaty feet may be treated with a surgical procedure called a sympathectomy, which interrupts the nerve signals that tell the feet to sweat excessively. It has been used as a permanent effective treatment since 1920 but usually, it is reserved for the final treatment option. Sympathectomy involves the surgical destruction of the ganglia responsible for hyperhidrosis. Even subcutaneous liposuction has been used to remove the eccrine sweat glands responsible for axillary hyperhidrosis.
If you have been experiencing this embarrassing and challenging problem without relief, its time to see a podiatrist.
o For more information or to see a podiatrist, visit Bahamas Foot Centre Rosetta Street, telephone 325-2996; Bahamas Surgical Associates, Albury Lane, telephone 394-5820; or email us at email@example.com, or visit www.apma.org.