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body experts

VARICOSE VEINS

WOMEN’S HEALTH

SKIN AND BEAUTY

with Dr Nicholas Kemp

with Dr Michael Wynn-Williams

with Dr Ingrid Tall

DO THE NEEDLES HURT?

RECOGNISING ENDOMETRIOSIS

COSMETIC MOLE REMOVAL

“HOW MUCH DO the needles hurt?” This is a common question but not one that is easy to answer, because everyone has a different pain threshold. Here’s what you need to know. The needles used in sclerotherapy are very fine. They are a slightly larger gauge that acupuncture needles but much smaller than vaccination needles. Pain may not arise from tissue expansion. If the needle tip is not accurately placed inside the lumen of the vein then, rather than running through the vein, the injected sclerosant can spill outside the vein and cause the tissue to expand. This will cause pain in the same way that a “boil” does. Small amounts of spillage will always occur, but skilled sclerotherapists pay meticulous attention to this aspect of treatment to help minimise pain. Some areas tend to be more sensitive than others, such as behind the knee and around the ankle. Here, the doctor will always use the finest needles possible and select sclerosants least likely to cause pain.

IF A DISEASE affects one in 10 women worldwide, you would expect to hear a lot about it. But awareness of endometriosis – a chronic condition affecting female reproductive organs – is so low that many women go without a correct diagnosis for up to 10 years. Endometriosis occurs when cells similar to those lining the uterus (the endometrium) grow outside the uterus. This can result in a range of symptoms that can be experienced to differing extents; some women experience none. See your GP for a referral to a gynaecologist if you have been experiencing: • Painful periods that interfere with normal life • Pain during or after sex • Heavy bleeding during or outside your period • Bladder and bowel issues, including diarrhoea, constipation, frequent urination and bloating While it cannot be cured, endometriosis is able to be managed, and early diagnosis and treatment can help to reduce the severity of the disease. If something doesn’t feel right, make sure you seek help as early as possible.

DO YOU HAVE a mole or skin tag that causes irritation or makes you feel self-conscious? Don’t let it bother you any longer! We remove moles and skin tags on a daily basis and you don’t even need a scalpel or stitches. Cosmetic Mole Removal is a delicate radiofrequency shave procedure that removes benign (non-cancerous) moles or skin tags. In the sunny Australian climate, moles are quite common. The vast majority of moles that appear on the skin before the age of 30 are commonly non-cancerous, but they can cause irritation on the skin, or they may just be a cosmetic nuisance, especially if they are located on the face or neck. At Cosmetic Image Clinics, we use the hightech gold standard Ellman Surgitron machine so there is no cutting or sutures required, unlike surgical excision. Cosmetic Mole Removal is a walk-in walk-out procedure, with little aftercare required, so you can return to your normal activities the same day.

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STYLE | January 2017