Monday, March 26, 2012

Laser treatments in time for summer!

Cosmetic lasers are an advanced option for the treatment of spider veins, hair removal on the face and body and facial skin tightening. These lasers can reduce the appearance of spider veins, deeper blue reticular veins on the face and body, and telangiectasias (small red broken blood vessels).  Cosmetic lasers are ideal for hair removal on sensitive areas like the eyebrows, ears, upper lip, and bikini line and is safe for all skin types, including tanned and dark-skinned patients.  Some lasers can tighten skin by targeting the layers of skin where collagen is formed and causes no injury to the skin’s surface. The result of a series of treatments is a fresh, young layer of your own natural collagen. Best of all, with no downtime, you can have a treatment and resume regular activities immediately after the procedure.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Skin Care for Men!

Looking good and staying young isn’t just for women.  Men have just as much pressure to look good and make lasting impressions in both the business world and personal life.  When it comes to skin care, men often have different goals from women.  Men’s goals include the need to appear well-defined, vibrant, charismatic, and handsome rather than beautiful.

Years of enduring the elements can give men’s skin a wrinkled, leathery appearance.  Chemical peels, microdermabrasion and monthly facials combined with advanced, high grade skin care products can give your skin back its healthy look.  Chemicals peels resurface the skin and allow your skin to look its best. Through a series of treatments, the process stimulates production of a new layer of skin cells, bringing with it an increased level of collagen and elastin, the building blocks of healthy skin.  A chemical peel can also help ease razor burn in men and reduce inflammation.  Microdermabrasion can also resurface the skin, bringing with it a healthy appearance and deep cleansing facials can help remove deep impurities such as black heads around the nose, forehead and chin.

Today we live in a world where health and fitness are major priorities. Eating right, proper exercise and total body health are important factors in our everyday lives. In an effort to remain healthy and young looking, many men have turned to skin care specialists to help them look and feel their best. The rise of male skin care services continues to grow, affording men the same age-defying benefits as women.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Holiday Cellupulse Blog

Do you want your body to look great for the holidays but don’t want the down time of invasive surgery? Cellupulse, a skin tightening and cellulite reducing treatment could help you look your best for those special holiday events. This innovative cellulite treatment is designed to help you lose that “cottage cheese” around your stomach, hips, thighs, buttocks and arms and tone up your skin to help you achieve a more streamlined figure.

Cellupulse utilizes acoustic wave therapy to impact the major causes of cellulite.  These waves are manipulated to alter the connective tissue underneath the skin; the acoustic pulses that pass through the skin release the clumps of fat that are "trapped" underneath the skin.  In addition to treating cellulite, this procedure increases circulation, collagen production, and tissue elasticity. The final result produces noticeably smoother skin.

Treatment sessions generally last about twenty minutes per treatment area and there is no down time.  For best results two treatments a week for three weeks is recommended.  So if you want to show off sleek, sexy arms and legs in your new party dress this season, consider Cellupulse for a quick fix cellulite treatment before the holidays!

Friday, July 1, 2011

NBA Laker's star Kobe seeks PRP treatment

Lakers star Kobe Bryant was reported by the Los Angeles Times to have undergone an innovative procedure in Germany about a month ago to seek Platelet-rich plasma therapy- PRP for his knee.  PRP is not a brand new procedure, we reported on this treatment in our Winter 2009 Health Report, click the link to access your free copy.

While scientific evidence is immature, our clinic has found this treatment to be helpful.  This treatment has allowed some patients to avoid surgery.  This is one of many exciting advances for active people.  This treatment uses your own body to help heal yourself.  Other players such as tennis star Rafael Nadal, golfer Tiger Woods and star NFL receive Hines Ward have reportedly used this treatment.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Winter-proofing Your Skin

Ever notice how your skin changes in the winter?  The most common complaints are of dry skin, rough texture, and even an increase in acne breakouts.  Below we will tackle some of the common myths of skin winter rescue.

Myth …The thicker the cream, the more moisturizing it is.

Fact…  Thick doesn’t equal moisture. The heaviness of a cream is often due to the lipids and emulsifiers in the formula, and sometimes heavyweight creams can leave skin looking dull while trapping dead cells and affecting skin function. Layering fluids and moisturizers is often the best remedy.   Look for products containing ingredients like Hyaluronic acid, which holds 1000 times its weight in water, as well as great hydrators including Oil of Evening Primrose, Sodium PCA, Shea Butter, Colloidal Oatmeal, Algae, Panthenol, Vitamin E, Borage Oil, and Jojoba Seed Oil.  These ingredients help keep your protective barrier intact and help skin to function normally.

Myth …You don’t have to apply sunscreen as obsessively in the winter as you do in the summer.

Fact… Winter, spring, summer or fall: if there is daylight, you’re still exposed to UV light and free radical damage. And if sunscreen helps prevent the signs of aging, why wouldn’t you want to wear it every day? A minimum of SPF15 is suggested for everyday use, and skin showing the signs of aging or experiencing sensitivity should wear an SPF30.

Myth …Skip exfoliation so you don’t dry everything out.

Fact… Quite the opposite! Exfoliation causes a burst in cell renewal, moving newer, moisture-rich cells to the surface.   Exfoliation also removes old dead cells and dry skin, providing a smoother, brighter surface while enabling effective penetration of hydrating ingredients into skin. Just be sure to not over-exfoliate, as this will break down the skin’s protective barrier.  Don’t forget the rest of your body could use gentle exfoliation as well.

Myth Hot… steamy showers are great for skin.

Fact No… especially in winter! Hot water causes a stripping effect to delicate barrier lipids in-between the cells; when the lipids are removed, essential moisture below evaporates out. Combine hot showers with irritation caused by winter wardrobe made of synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester and you’ve got an itchy, irritated skin situation! Warm water is best for skin when used together with a soap-free body wash.

Myth… Oily skin types don’t need moisturizing.

Fact… You can have oily skin and still experience dehydration, which is a lack of water in skin. This means even the oiliest of skin conditions should moisturize.  Again it is back to using fluids with ingredients that are rich in humectant properties that will help protect and relieve skin from dehydration.

Myth …For dry lips, just apply more lip balm.

Fact… Some lip balms can create more bad than good. Mineral oil (petroleum jelly) creates an artificial film on the lips, and this gives the skin the illusion that it doesn’t need to produce lipids. These ingredients together with artificial flavors, colors, and fragrances can dry out the skin. Use lip healthy alternatives, containing Shea Butter, Silicones, Cocoa Seed Butter, Avacado Oil, and Wheat Germ.

Lips can use a little exfoliation, too!

Another tip: stop use of lip plumpers and long-lasting stains for a few days.

Myth… Let your skin hibernate and cut back on treatments.

Fact… Winter is actually the best time to take care of your skin with professional treatments. Skin may need more help, especially dry, sensitive/sensitized, and rosacea prone skins. Professional oatmeal masques are wonderful during the winter season.

If you have questions or concerns about your skin, schedule yourself a free face mapping with a certified Skin Therapist. They love to help!


Friday, May 8, 2009


As millions of Americans hit the beach this summer, Head to Toe Healthcare, PLC shares these safety tips for your feet.

Puncture wounds and cuts: Wear shoes to protect your feet from puncture wounds and cuts caused by sea shells, broken glass and other sharp objects. Don’t go in the water if your skin gets cut – bacteria in oceans and lakes can cause infection. To avoid complications from a puncture wound, see a podiatrist for treatment within 24 hours.

Sunburns: Feet get sunburn too. Rare but deadly skin cancers can occur on the foot. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet. 

Burns: Sand, sidewalks and paved surfaces get hot in the summer sun. Wear shoes to protect your soles from getting burned, especially if you have diabetes.

Ankle injuries, arch and heel pain: Walking, jogging and playing sports on soft, uneven surfaces like sand frequently leads to arch pain, heel pain, ankle sprains and other injuries. Athletic shoes provide the heel cushioning and arch support that flip-flops and sandals lack. If injuries occur, use rest, ice, compression and elevation to ease pain and swelling. Any injury that does not resolve within a few days should be examined by a foot and ankle surgeon.


Monday, March 2, 2009

Vision Loss is a major contributor to Falls for Older Adults

Many Arizona transplants from colder climates migrated to warmer weather to avoid bone chilling weather, shoveling snow, slippery sidewalks, as well as other hazardous road conditions. However, while Southern Arizona may have less ice and snow, substantially reducing the likelihood of slipping and falling, loss of vision can be a major component to increased falls for older adults.

A study published in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science, revealed that peripheral visual field loss is the primary vision component that increases the risk of falls. The article, "Visual Field Loss Increases the Risk of Falls in Older Adults: The Salisbury Eye Evaluation" examined which visual deficits were most closely associated with falls. The study was primarily conducted at John Hopkins School of Medicine's Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore, MD. This study found that for each 10 percent loss in visual field, study participants had an 8 percent higher likelihood of falling.

The other visual components tested were visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and stereoacuity. The authors concluded that visual fields were associated with falling risk, while the other components were not relevant. The central vision, which primarily indicates macular health, was not statistically significant. Only the peripheral vision, which indicates health of the retina, the back of the eye, was associated with fall risk.

Dr. Zuraida Zainalabidin states possible symptoms of a patient with a retinal detachment may include stumbling, general clumsiness, often running into the wall, and difficulty walking in a straight line. There are certainly a myriad of other possible causes, but the best way to rule out a retinal detachment is by a dilated eye exam. The Phoenix Suns NBA star Amare Stoudemire was recently lost for the season, due to a partially detached retina that required surgery.

If one experiences 'Floaters and/or Flashes' they should contact an eye care professional right away, as this may indicate an abnormality of the retina. Floaters are tiny clumps of gel or cellular debris within the vitreous, the clear, jellylike fluid that fills the inside cavity of the eye. Flashes are an illusion created in your eye when layers in the retina separate.

These conditions typically start during the earlier stages of a retina hole or tear, and usually worsen with a retinal detachment. A retinal detachment is a medical emergency, and can result in permanent vision loss. If you or anyone you know experience any of these symptoms, seek medical treatment right away.

Retinal detachments can occur at any age, but are more common after 40 years of age. Factors which are more likely to increase the likelihood of a retinal detachment are being extremely nearsighted, a family history, cataract surgery, inflammatory eye conditions, and an eye injury.