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Zap Migraines Using Botox®

Botox®, famous for its aesthetic ability to smooth out facial wrinkles, is now FDA approved for the treatment of chronic migraine headaches.  Chronic migraines affect approximately 3.2 million Americans, with women being three times more likely to be diagnosed with the condition.  Migraine headaches can be extremely debilitating, limiting a patient’s social and professional interactions and compromising their quality of life.

A migraine is a type of headache that begins as a dull ache and then turns into constant, throbbing pain.  Patients who suffer from migraine headaches often complain of nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.  Triggers that set off migraines are different for every patient – and can include your lifestyle, the foods you eat, and family history.  Someone who suffers from chronic migraines has symptoms at least fifteen days a month with each headache lasting four or more hours.

Administering Botox® for migraine headaches is a simple, well-tolerated procedure that can be performed in the office in a matter of minutes. The number and location of the injection sites depend on the pain distribution and are different for each patient.  On average, the healing effect of a single Botox® treatment will last up to 3 months.  The cost of the Botox® treatment will vary from one patient to another depending on the severity of symptoms and the amount of Botox® needed to treat them.

Other scientific studies and our experience confirm that Botox® injections can be used to decrease the quantity and severity of tension headaches as well. If you are one of the 3.2 million Americans suffering from migraines or tension headaches, speak with your practitioner today to find a treatment plan that is right for you.  Start relieving your headache symptoms today.

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Do Your Hands Give Away Your Age?

When women consider an area for aesthetic improvement, they usually focus on their face. However, your hands are one of the most “tell-tale” sites of aging – and are so often ignored or forgotten! As we age, the skin on the back of the hands becomes thinner and almost translucent. Brown spots begin to appear. Tendons, veins and joints begin to protrude through the skin. These changes occur slowly over time and are secondary to years of sun exposure, in addition to the loss of collagen and elastin. Combating the aging process takes more than just an over-the-counter hand cream. The latest anti-aging medical advancements have given us a set of procedures that promise a dramatic and immediate improvement.

Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to treat bulging veins in the hand. During this procedure, tiny incisions are made over the bulging vein and a special instrument is used to remove the vein through the opening in the skin. The vein treatment itself usually takes less than an hour. Recovery is rapid with patients promptly returning to normal activities following the procedure. Most patients experience little to no scarring with excellent clinical and cosmetic results.

Cosmetic Filler injections with Radiesse immediately plump up and replenish the volume to the back of the hands to provide a supple and youthful appearance. Placed beneath the skin, Radiesse raises the skin level so that veins, tendons, and joints lose their prominence. Because Radiesse provides a scaffolding for collagen-building, the skin is kept feeling soft, natural and smooth. Using cosmetic fillers for hand rejuvenation is a simple and easy in-office procedure that usually takes 30 minutes. There is no downtime required and the results are seen immediately.

In addition to these advanced procedures, another useful and essential practice to keep the hands youthful in appearance is the use of sunscreen with an SPF of 30. Many of us neglect our hands when applying sunscreen or immediately wash our hands after an application leaving them susceptible to the harmful rays. Without protection, sun damaged skin will begin to show as freckles or “age spots” which can be unsightly. Sunscreens usually contain emollients, like lanolin, which coat the skin for smoothness, and humectants such as glycerins, which attract and bind with moisture to keep skin hydrated. Some sunscreens even contain antioxidants (such as vitamin C or E), which will help prevent cell damage and the unwanted age spots.

Any of these simple techniques can reverse the aging process and can give your hands a younger, refreshed look! Don’t let your hands give away your age – speak with your practitioner today to find out which options are best for you!

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Do you worry that you will perspire through your shirt during the day?

Do you worry that you will perspire through your shirt during the day? Are you afraid to shake hands because your palms are often sweaty? Have you altered your lifestyle to avoid these embarrassing situations? If so, please know that you are not alone. It is estimated that 2-3% of Americans suffer from a condition known as hyperhidrosis or excessive, involuntary sweating. Patients with hyperhidrosis attest that the condition impacts all aspects of their lives, limiting their social and professional interactions and compromising their quality of life.

Hyperhidrosis typically affects the underarms, the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. While many perceive this condition to be a result of anxiety or nervousness, hyperhidrosis is actually the result of the overactivity of the sympathetic nervous system, which can cause you to sweat spontaneously, even in comfortable, non-threatening settings.

Fortunately, with recent advances in medicine and FDA approval, hyperhidrosis can now be effectively managed with injections of a neurotoxin, such as Botox®. Botox®, which is more commonly known for its anti-aging properties in the treatment of facial wrinkles, can now offer relief for patients who suffer from hyperhidrosis. Through a series of injections, Botox® is inserted directly into the subdermal layer of skin which temporarily blocks neurotransmitters that stimulate sweat production. These injections can be placed in the underarm area, the palms of hands and the soles of feet with minimal discomfort. A decrease in sweating is noted a few days after the injections and can last up to 6 months. At that time, a repeat treatment is necessary to maintain results. The cost of the Botox® treatment will vary from one patient to another depending on the number of treatment areas and the size of the affected area.

Uncontrollable sweating is extremely embarrassing. Stop living with the problem and start treating it. Just one Botox treatment can control this condition and improve your quality of life.

Do you worry that you will perspire through your shirt during the day? Are you afraid to shake hands because your palms are often sweaty? Have you altered your lifestyle to avoid these embarrassing situations? If so, please know that you are not alone. It is estimated that 2-3% of Americans suffer from a condition known as hyperhidrosis or excessive, involuntary sweating. Patients with hyperhidrosis attest that the condition impacts all aspects of their lives, limiting their social and professional interactions and compromising their quality of life.

Hyperhidrosis typically affects the underarms, the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. While many perceive this condition to be a result of anxiety or nervousness, hyperhidrosis is actually the result of the overactivity of the sympathetic nervous system, which can cause you to sweat spontaneously, even in comfortable, non-threatening settings.

Fortunately, with recent advances in medicine and FDA approval, hyperhidrosis can now be effectively managed with injections of a neurotoxin, such as Botox®. Botox®, which is more commonly known for its anti-aging properties in the treatment of facial wrinkles, can now offer relief for patients who suffer from hyperhidrosis. Through a series of injections, Botox® is inserted directly into the subdermal layer of skin which temporarily blocks neurotransmitters that stimulate sweat production. These injections can be placed in the underarm area, the palms of hands and the soles of feet with minimal discomfort. A decrease in sweating is noted a few days after the injections and can last up to 6 months. At that time, a repeat treatment is necessary to maintain results. The cost of the Botox® treatment will vary from one patient to another depending on the number of treatment areas and the size of the affected area. Uncontrollable sweating is extremely embarrassing. Stop living with the problem and start treating it. Just one Botox treatment can control this condition and improve your quality of life.

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Many thanks to Dr. Chuback and his staff.

Many thanks to Dr. Chuback and his staff for the kindness and efficient care they provided me on my recent visit to the Chuback Vein Center.

I have suffered from a skin condition called hyperhidrosis, which had been affecting the palms of my hands since the age of eighteen. During that time I always felt self-conscious, especially when meeting new people and having to shake hands.

My previous doctor recommended that I receive botox injections to alleviate the symptoms, so I tried that. With no local anesthesia, the procedure was extremely painful and my doctor provided limited information during and after the treatment. I was completely turned off from the treatment because my first experience was so uncomfortable.

However, I decided to give it another try. At the Chuback Vein Center, I was greeted with empathy and concern for my condition.

Prior to the procedure, the staff explained to me exactly what would be happening and why the treatment would be beneficial. Before the procedure, my hands were carefully examined to determine where the injections would be most needed, and during the treatment, I was given anesthetic cream that reduced the pain of the injections.

Once the procedure was over, I experienced minimal bruising and by the 4th day, my hands had stopped sweating. I could not be more pleased with the outcome of the treatment and I am very grateful to Dr. Chuback and his staff. I would highly recommend the Chuback Vein Center.

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Patient Testimonial

Dear Dr. Chuback,
I just wanted to tell you how impressed I am with Kristen Socha. Besides being a beautiful,sweet, wonderful, compassionate person, she is a professional, par excellence.
I went for three different consultations for restylane injections. One was to an oral surgeon, one to a dermatologist and one to a plastic surgeon. They each took approximately 5 minutes with me. I was not feeling very confident about going to any of them. Then I saw your ad about Kristen in 201 Magazine and I decided to consult with her. She spent about 30- 45 minutes with me answering all my questions and treating me with the utmost of respect and understanding. I felt so comfortable with her that I decided to make an appointment.
I came to the office yesterday and was starting to get cold feet, ready to chicken out. Kristen took me into the office and again talked me through the whole thing and said ” Look you don’t have to do this today. I am here. You can come back another time.”
But I planned the injections around my vacation from teaching so it was now or not for a long time.
I took the plunge and am so happy I did. Kristen was gentle and kind, supportive and encouraging. She even saw me again today just to check out some spots I was concerned about.
Not only am I happy with the results, but I am also so happy that I have found Kristen. I trust her to take good care of me.
She is definitely a wonderful asset to your office.

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Liquid Face Lift

Aging is a fact of life, but no one has said it couldn’t, and shouldn’t, be done gracefully. As we age our skin loses elasticity and the volume provided by collagen. Add the downward pull of gravity and you end up with fine lines, wrinkles, and folds. For decades men and women have gone “under the knife” to postpone or delay the aging process. More recently, however, given the economic climate and our busy lifestyles, patients don’t have the time or the money for traditional plastic surgery. The latest solution is a “liquid facelift.” With the advances in cosmetic soft tissue fillers, patients can enjoy a fuller, more youthful looking appearance at a fraction of the cost of plastic surgery and with minimal downtime.

Through a series of injections, skilled practitioners can replace the volume lost during the aging process with cosmetic soft tissue fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse. Common treatment areas include cheek and lip augmentation, correction of the nasolabial folds (the line from the nose to the mouth) and marionette lines and improvement in the volume deficit under the eye, also known as the tear trough. Instead of the tight, gaunt look associated with traditional plastic surgery, there is a plumping up of the skin – restoring a natural, youthful look and giving you back years of volume loss. The procedure is very well tolerated by patients and can be done in the office within 30-45 minutes. Results are seen immediately can last up to a year and, with the appropriate maintenance, even longer.

As a practitioner who has been working in cosmetic medicine for the last 6 years, a common concern expressed by my patients is the worry that they will look unnatural or “overfilled.” Rest assured that one to two syringes of a cosmetic soft tissue filler (the average amount of filler needed per treatment) is a conservative amount of product and will not drastically change your overall appearance. The amount of filler needed will depend on the patient, the area of concern and the amount of correction that is needed. Keep in mind that it is not my goal to make you look radically different, rather to create a younger, fresher version of yourself. Together we can focus on problem areas to achieve a softer, more refreshed look without changing your overall appearance.

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Dr. Chuback Appoints Clinical Specialist in Cosmetic Medicine

October 19, 2010: Dr. John Chuback Medical Director of the Chuback Vein Center, today announces the appointment of Kristen Socha, MS, PA-C as Clinical Specialist in Cosmetic Medicine, with immediate effect.

“I am absolutely thrilled to introduce an incredible new clinician into the practice. My new associate, Kristen Socha, M.S., PA-C is a board certified practitioner who has been specializing in cosmetic medicine for years. She adds an exciting new dimension and level of expertise to what the Chuback Medical Group has to offer our patients. Kristen’s graceful skills center around injectables designed to rejuvinate the face and restore a natural, healthy looking, youthful appearance. Injectables that she has mastery with include Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Dysport, Perlane and Radiesse. Her world class ability is matched by her upbeat and charming disposition. It is a real honor to have her join us as an associate,” said Medical Director Dr. John Chuback.

Kristen Socha, MS, PA-C, is a board certified Physician Assistant specializing in the areas of cosmetic medicine and weight loss. Kristen received her baccalaureate of science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She then went on to receive her Master of Science and Physician Assistant certification from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Kristen understands the benefits of graceful aging and achieving a more youthful and healthy appearance and believes in accomplishing those goals through nonsurgical and noninvasive alternatives. Kristen will work with you individually to customize a safe and effective weight loss program and provide motivational support throughout the process. Kristen will also provide you with the tools and education you need to make successful lifestyle changes and keep the weight off.