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Archive for September, 2019

Sebaceous Cyst Removal


September 28th, 2019 | Treatments, Video

In this video Dr. Nakatsui is removing two sebaceous cysts located on the scalp. Our lovely patient graciously allowed us to film the procedure and we thank you for that!

In this video the two cysts come out relatively easily and intact as a whole. There will be several instances where we are not so lucky and the cyst may fragment or it may adhere to surrounding tissue more making extraction more difficult.

Sebaceous cysts may occur anywhere on the body at any time of our lives. They are generally not life-threatening, but when concerned about any lesion, it is always best to seek medical attention. Many patients with sebaceous cysts may leave them as they generally will not bother them. From time to time, cysts may become inflamed, painful, produce discharge, or become infected. If a cyst has had repeated infection/inflammation or self attempts to extract the contents by squeezing the cyst, this is when the cyst wall may become more adherent to surrounding tissue making it difficult to extract.

Should a cyst develop, it is advisable not to perform self surgery as any tools used to puncture the skin or extract the cyst may push unwanted bacteria into the site causing an infection. Not only that, if the wound site is not properly closed or should become infected, when it fully heals you may be left with an unwanted scar which may be difficult to treat in the future.

Blood Vessel (Telangiectasia) Treatments


September 24th, 2019 | Conditions

 

 

Broken blood vessels, or telangiectasias, are a very common and typically non-threatening condition that can affect any part of the body. Telangiectasias can naturally arise at any time, however, individuals that have chronically exposed their skin to the sun or extreme temperatures may be more susceptible to telangiectasias. 

For the majority of times, once a telangiectasia appears, it rarely if ever goes away on it’s own. Over time people may notice an increase in these broken blood vessels. Usually most people do not care if the telangiectasia appears on their arms, legs, or torso as it can be easily covered; however, once they become more apparent on the face and neck, then it becomes more of a cosmetic concern.

The typical treatment for telangiectasias at our centre involves the use of a laser called the V-Beam pulsed dye laser. This laser uses a specific wave length of light to destroy the hemoglobin in the red blood cell, which is predominantly what is seen in telangiectasia. The energy is absorbed by the hemoglobin and bursts the cell. Once the treatment is complete, the body reabsorbs the vessel. Because the laser is physically bursting the vessel, a bruise may become evident which can last for approximately 5-10 days. 

The treatment is fairly quick and has relatively low pain associated with it. Most of our patients say that it is similar to a rubber band being snapped onto your skin. It is advisable that should you go for a V-beam pulsed dye laser treatment (or all lasers for that fact), it is important to do your best to avoid excessive sun exposure before and after the treatment for as long as possible.

For more information, please visit our facial vein page or please feel free to contact our clinic at (780)482-1414 and any of our friendly staff will be able to assist you.