Archive for October, 2009

Great and beautiful skin is desired by all of us. However, not everybody has flawless skin though. We blame our genes for it. But, we need not spend the rest of our lives having bad skin. One of the simplest methods that you may go for to get smoother skin is skin dermabrasion.

Dermaplaning or skin dermabrasion is a surgical procedure by which the top layers of the skin is refinished through a technique of “sand blasting” or controlled surgical scraping.

What is dermabrasion used for?

Dermabrasion is generally used for a variety of aging and skin problems, such as

  • Scars (mostly relief scars; not the deep scars)

  • Deep wrinkles (specially the ones to be found above upper lip),

  • Acne effects

Indications for dermabrasion

The common indication for dermabrasion or dermaplaning is treatment of surgical or traumatic scars, acne scars, photo-damage, actinic keratoses, some benign tumors, and perioral rhytides. Also, pigmentary changes caused due to post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, melasma, or tattoos can be reduced with dermabrasion.

Benefits of skin dermabrasion

Dermabrasion can produce more attractive and smoother texture of skin. It softens irregularities and sharp contours caused by scarring, wrinkles, and acne, and further remove the damaged skin. Skin Dermabrasion can also treat skin lesions and some liver (age) spots. The method can also be used to get rid of pre-cancerous growths.

Risks and side-effects of skin dermabrasion

  • Change in the skin pigmentation

  • Permanent darkening of skin

  • Appearance of tiny whiteheads after surgery

  • Developing enlarged skin pores

  • Scarring and infection

In spite of these risk factors, skin dermabrasion is certainly one of the best ways available for getting smooth flawless skin.

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Carpal tunnel syndrome or disorder is stinging, numbness and soreness in your hand or wrist caused due to pressure on nerves in your wrist. Not all the symptoms appear simultaneously as they may vary or move around.

Carpal tunnel release surgery is a process of cutting carpal ligament in order to release the pressure on your nerve.

Carpal tunnel release surgery – how it is performed

The main purpose of this surgery is to enlarge the space on carpal tunnel to remove the pressure on median nerve. The surgery is simple, and can be done on outpatient basis. It can be performed with:

  • General anesthesia with patient asleep

  • Regional anesthetic that involves injection of a anesthetizing substance into upper arm in order to give a deadening feeling to the entire arm

  • Local anesthetic that involves injection of a anesthetizing substance directly into your hand where opening is to be done

Carpal tunnel release surgery risks

Risks related to any anesthesia may include the following:

  • Problems in breathing

  • Allergic reactions to medicine

Risks related to carpal tunnel release surgery may include the following:

  • Failure of the surgical procedure to improve symptoms

  • Injury to the middle nerve or to the branches of the nerve

  • Injury to vascular structure or another nerve (artery or vein)

  • Discomfort and pain in your hand and wrist

  • Scarring – open surgical treatment may leave a bigger scar, however, this gradually fades eventually.

In spite of these risks, carpal tunnel release surgery may be indispensable in some cases in order to repair the damage suffered by the wrists due to prolonged hours of working on computers or playing sports such as cricket or tennis.

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