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Med Spas: What Services Do They Provide?

Med spas are coming up all over the country, some in OBGYN offices, others set in fancy resort-like settings. They differ from regular spas in the services that they offer. This article will discuss the services many med spas provide.

Medicals spas along with their fancy ambience have highly specialized medical services utilizing high tech medicines and advanced procedures in order to achieve the best possible and visible results.

Some of the services that can be found in a medical spa are:

Massage: A spa just isn’t a spa without massage services. Many different types of massage are often offered at these places. The often range from hot stone to deep-tissue, from Shiatsu to pregnancy massage.

Facials: Anti-aging and other custom facials are frequently available. There are even facials specifically for aromatherapy purposes.

Botox: This is an anti-aging injection that can only be administered by medically trained personnel.

They help you fight the signs of time and retain the youthful look.

Restylane: This is one of a few injected wrinkle fillers available at med spas.

Resurfacing: Microdermabrasion, chemical peels and photo-facials are routinely done by certified technicians.

Laser Hair Removal: Laser light is used to zap unwanted hair and again, only done by medical staff.

Body Contouring: These treatments involve smoothing cellulite and related issues.

A major reason that these places are gaining in popularity is due to the shortened healing time involved in these less-invasive cosmetic procedures. Actual plastic surgery is being bypassed for Botox injections or wrinkle fillers.

Bariatric surgery is taking a back seat to body contouring treatments. Some of these procedures can even be done on your lunch hour.

Having these services done at med spas are far more cost-effective than their more invasive, surgical counterparts. This makes med spas the only option for women who want to look younger or slimmer, but don’t want to spend thousands on hospital bills.

Med spas offer a more luxurious atmosphere than the sterile doctor’s office that once was the only place to go for these treatments. They are known to be relaxing, accommodating retreats away from the rest of the world. You can’t get a full-body aromatherapy massage or indulge in a pampering facial at a doctor’s office. But you can likely enjoy a seaweed wrap to relax before your Botox injections or laser hair removal session when you opt for a med spa.

Becoming familiar with these many service providers could not only save your money, but could offer solutions to any aesthetic problems you would like to have corrected in a less invasive, more pleasurable way. Contact your local med spa and find out what they can do for you.

In San Francisco med spa provides a variety of services to make you feel recharged giving a boost to your tired and worn out senses. To know more about these aesthetic methods visit, http://www.sanfranciscomedspa.net

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STD Awareness Information

In the month of April, please join the nation in its observance of STD Awareness month. During this time, women – young and old – should gather all the necessary information in order to educate themselves in order to reduce their risk of getting an STD (sexually transmitted disease). In addition to educating oneself about STD, women should get tested. According to data, out of the 19 million new cases of STDs each year, youth under 25 years of age make up half of the new cases [1].

Whether you’re young or older, take the time to find out about your partner’s sexual history and discuss safe sex. Perhaps, before you have sex with a new partner, the both of you should get tested or screened for STDs. Additionally, talk openly with your health care provider and don’t be embarrassed. He or she can recommend the proper screening for you. For example, according to the CDC, all sexually active women under 25 should be tested annually for chlamydia [3]. Not only should women be tested for chlamydia, but they should also be tested for gonorrhea. Annually, there are more than 1 million new cases of both [2].

Symptoms of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that resides in the vaginal fluid of women. In the majority of these infections there are no symptoms. When symptoms do appear, within 1 to 3 weeks after being infected, there is an abnormal vaginal discharge. If left untreated, the bacteria can affect the cervix and can cause PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) if the infection spread to the fallopian tubes [4]. This can lead to infertility.

Gonorrhea is also a bacterial infection that resides in the vaginal fluid of women. Symptoms, which can appear 2 to 10 days after becoming infected, can range from mild to severe. Some basic symptoms are bleeding during vaginal intercourse, burning or pain when urinating, and a bloody or yellow discharge from the vagina. Some more severe symptoms are fever, pain, cramps, vomiting, spotting or bleeding between your periods. These symptoms can also lead to PID [5].

Prevention of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
There is no 100% method, except for abstinence and a partner that has been tested and infection free. During intercourse, use a latex condom.

Treatment for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
Medication is prescribed for both. For Chlamydia, antibiotics such as azithromycin or doxycycline are prescribed. For Gonorrhea, antibiotics are also prescribed. However, this type of treatment is difficult because there are some “drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea” [6].

Please take STD Awareness month seriously. Stay informed, and search for information, such as this, on women’s health. Remember, sexual health is women’s health.

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References:
[1] American Social Health Association (n.d.). April is STD Awareness Month. Retrieved April 14, 2012 from American Social Health Association Website: http://www.ashastd.org/april-is-std-awareness-month.html

[2] Bolan, Gail (2012). Screening for Sexually Transmitted Disease: Who, When, and How. Retrieved April 14, 2012 from Medscape Today Website: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/754191

[3] CDC (n.d.). April is STD Awareness Month. Retrieved April 14, 2012 from CDC Website: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/STDAwareness/

[4] NIAID (n.d.). Chlamydia. Retrieved April 15, 2012 from NIAID Website: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/chlamydia/understanding/Pages/symptoms.aspx

[5] NIAID (n.d.). Gonorrhea Symptoms. Retrieved April 15, 2012 from NIAID Website: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/gonorrhea/understanding/Pages/symptoms.aspx

[6] NIAID (n.d.). Gonorrhea Treatment. Retrieved April 15, 2012 from NIAID Website: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/gonorrhea/understanding/Pages/treatment.aspx