IV therapy, also known as intravenous therapy, involves administering nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and medications directly into the bloodstream through a vein. It should be performed by a licensed healthcare professional. The procedure involves the insertion of a small needle or catheter into a vein, usually in the arm or hand, through which fluids and nutrients can be delivered directly into the bloodstream. This delivery method allows for faster and more efficient absorption of these substances, as they do not have to go through the digestive system.
IV therapy is commonly used to treat dehydration, fatigue, nutrient deficiencies, and various other health conditions as well as promoting athletic performance. It is popular among individuals who are looking to improve their overall health and well-being.
There are various IV therapy formulas available, each with its own specific combination of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and medications. The specific formula used in IV therapy depends on the individual's needs and the goal of the treatment. Here are a few examples of different IV therapy formulas:
Prolotherapy, short for "proliferative therapy," is a medical treatment used to stimulate the healing of injured or damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints. It involves the injection of a solution into the affected area.
The purpose of prolotherapy is to initiate an inflammatory response at the site of injury, which triggers the body's natural healing processes. The solution used in prolotherapy acts as an irritant, promoting the formation of new connective tissue and encouraging tissue repair.
During a prolotherapy session, a healthcare professional injects the solution directly into the injured or weakened ligaments, tendons, or joints. The number and frequency of injections depend on the specific condition being treated and the individual's response to the treatment. Multiple sessions are usually required, typically spaced weeks apart.
Prolotherapy is commonly used to treat chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis, tendinitis, ligament sprains, and joint instability. It aims to strengthen and stabilize the affected area, reduce pain, and improve function.
It's important to note that while prolotherapy is generally considered safe, it may not be suitable for everyone. It's recommended to consult with Dr. Ali Famouri to discuss your specific condition, treatment options, and potential benefits and risks of prolotherapy.
Trigger point injection (TPI) is a medical procedure used to treat painful muscle knots or trigger points. Trigger points are tight knots of muscle fibers that can cause localized pain and referred pain to other areas of the body. TPI involves the injection of a medication, such as a local anesthetic, vitamin B12, etc. directly into these trigger points to alleviate pain and promote muscle relaxation.
Neural therapy is based on the concept that disruptions in the body's electrical system, particularly in the autonomic nervous system, can lead to chronic pain and illness. By injecting anesthetics like lidocaine, etc. into specific points, the therapy aims to restore the body's electrical balance and promote healing.
Neural therapy is used to treat various conditions, including chronic pain, musculoskeletal disorders, migraines, allergies, digestive issues, and dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system.
Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as “PRP”, is an injection treatment in which a person’s own blood is used for hair restoration/regrowth, skin tightening and rejuvenation, acne scar treatments, static wrinkles removal, treating selective musculoskeletal concerns, etc.
The blood will be drawn in our office with the same technique used in laboratories for a routine blood test. It is then spun in a special centrifuge to separate its components, and to extract the most concentrated “platelet rich” portion of the plasma. Platelets are very small cells in your bloodstream that are involved in the clotting and healing process. When PRP is injected into the treatment area it causes a mild inflammation that triggers a healing cascade. Active platelets release a number of enzymes and biochemicals to promote healing and tissue responses, including attracting stem cells and releasing growth factors to repair damaged tissue. As a result, new small vessels, collagen and elastic fibers begin to develop. As the collagen matures, it begins to shrink, causing a tightening and strengthening of the tissue in the damaged area. Also, new vessels help with delivering nutrients and oxygen to the tissues, like at the level of hair follicles.
Some benefits of PRP:
Pioneered by French Physician, Dr. Michael Pistor, mesotherapy is an injection technique with a broad range of applications. Mesotherapy promotes the body’s circulatory, lymphatic, and immune system to create a biological response. Mesotherapy involves the injection of a customized mixture of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, medications, and other substances like hyaluronic acid fillers and neuromodulators placed just millimeters into the skin. Mesotherapy is used for cosmetic purposes face and neck rejuvenation, hair loss, and alopecia.
These are the most popular formulas offered at Dundarave Clinic:
Clostridium botulinum bacteria produce a class of chemical compounds known as "toxins.” The Botulinum Type A Toxin is processed and purified to produce a sterile product (neuromodulator) branded as BOTOX®/DYSPORT®/NUCEIVA that is suitable for specific therapeutic uses including temporary muscle relaxation. Neuromodulators are injected into the selected muscles to produce a temporary paralysis of them by preventing transmission of nerve impulses to the muscle.
Botox Cosmetic is approved by Health Canada for the treatment of upper facial dynamic wrinkles by reducing or eliminating the patient’s ability to contract certain muscles responsible for forehead lines, crow's feet lines, and frown lines. There are other cosmetic uses of Botox which are considered "Off-Label," meaning that it is not specifically approved by Health Canada. Knowledge, experience, and precision are collectively important determinants for achieving a natural aesthetic outcome.
An initial assessment is needed to determine how many units are needed. Aside from that, neuromodulator injection per se is a quick procedure that usually takes about 15 minutes. There is almost no downtime for this procedure. Neuromodulators effect starts to appear 4-7 days after the injection and maximizes in about 2 weeks. The temporary muscle paralysis generally lasts approximately 3-4 months. Therefore, the injected muscles would gradually return to their normal activity without periodic treatments. The treatment interval differs from patient to patient. Based on the patient’s preference, treatment sessions can be spaced 3-6 months apart.
Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Revanesse®, Restylane®, Teosyal®, Belotero®, etc. are injectable gels composed of cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the body and can be manufactured in special labs as well.
Hyaluronic acid fillers that are approved by Health Canada can be used for non-surgical facial shaping and augmentation: correction of severe facial wrinkles and folds such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines or improvement of the elasticity of the skin in the face and upper neck. The gel adds volume to the tissue thereby restoring the skin contours of the face to the desired level or the gel naturally integrates into the skin where it helps to improve the elasticity of the skin. The volume and lifting capacity originate from the ability of cross-linked hyaluronic acid to bind water. As dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, results are easily adjustable and even reversible. Lidocaine is added to the formulation to diminish the pain resulting from the injection during the treatment.
Potential downtime might include degrees of bruising and/or swelling which vary in each individual. Eventually, fillers will be broken down into complete disappearance over time. Therefore, this treatment is temporary, and re-injection may be necessary after several months (6-12 months).
Deoxycholic acid (DC) is an active ingredient of typical Fat Dissolving Injections. It has been used for more than 10 years for fat reduction and body contouring. The results are not immediate. At your first treatment visit you will receive a series of injections in treatment area. At the time of injection and for several days following the injections you will have swelling in the area. The active ingredient will cause the fat cells to diminish gradually over the course of the next month following your injection in the treated area. A series of treatments may be necessary to achieve optimal results, and these will occur at no sooner than the one-month interval. Dr. Sasan Famouri will determine the appropriate number of treatment sessions and the amount of injections you will need at each session.
DC is available as the brand name product BELKYRA™ and a generic compounded injectable.
· Moles are skin growths made up of cells that produce color (pigment). A mole can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. Most people get a few moles during their first 20 years of life. They are usually brown in color but can be blue, black, or flesh colored. Most moles are harmless and don't cause pain or other symptoms unless you rub them, or they bump against something.
· Skin Tags are small, soft pieces of skin that stick out on a thin stem. They most often appear on the neck, armpits, upper trunk, and body folds. The cause of skin tags is not known. They are harmless.
Most moles and skin tags don't require treatment. But sometimes people want to remove them for cosmetic reasons or because they cause discomfort when they rub against clothing or get caught in jewelry. We may need to do a biopsy of the mole if it looks different than other moles, which means removing the mole and sending it to a lab to check it for cancer.
· No treatment – as mentioned above, most moles and skin tags don't require treatment.
· Cutting it off – Skin tags may be snipped off with a scalpel or surgical scissors. Some moles can be "shaved" off flush with the skin. Other moles may have cells that go underneath the skin, so a deeper cut may be needed to remove the entire mole and prevent it from growing back. This cut may require stitches.
· Freezing it with liquid nitrogen – we can swab or spray a small amount of super-cold liquid nitrogen on the mole or skin tag. You might have a small blister where the mole or skin tag was, but it will heal on its own. Multiple sessions might be needed to achieve the desired results.
· Burning it off. An electric current passes through a metallic tip that becomes hot and is used to burn off the upper layers of the skin. You may need more than one treatment to remove a mole. Skin tags are removed by burning through the narrow stem that attaches them to the skin. The heat helps prevent bleeding.
Every patient is unique in their goals and how their mole presents itself, which ultimately determines the technique required for its removal. All these procedures are purely elective and will be done under local anesthesia in sterile conditions by Dr. Sasan Famouri at Dundarave Medical Clinic.
The Vectus Hair Removal Laser uses the effective technology to achieve high-volume permanent hair reduction in a wide range of skin and hair types. With 4-6 simple treatments, it can permanently minimize the hair growth.
Advanced Contact Cooling™ throughout the treatment enhances patient comfort, ensuring low temperature of – 4˚C in the treated area.
Also, Skintel melanin reader provides safe and effective treatment settings.
Venus Viva™ is a non-surgical skin rejuvenation solution treating signs of skin damage and improving the appearance of acne scars, rosacea, enlarged pores, wrinkles, and uneven skin texture as well as pigmentation.
You are in the right place if you are required to do Tuberculosis skin test screening (aka PPD Skin Test, Mantoux Test) for your school or your career!
Here is some information you need for your test:
You need to book TWO in-person appointments (48-72 hours apart).
On your first appointment, a small amount of Tubersol is injected just under the skin of your forearm to create a small bump.
On your second appointment, 48 to 72 hours after the test, your forearm will be examined to determine the test results. In this visit, you will be given the test results to give to your school or employer. Please note the appointments cannot be less than 48 hours or more than 72 hours apart. If you miss your second appointment, the test becomes invalid and you will need to redo the test.
+ BC Care Card (if you have one)
+ paperwork from your school or employer
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