Oct. 4 2018 10:43 AM

PLASTIC SURGERY

Microneedling: A new skin care procedure

Fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, sun damage, large pores and uneven skin tone. This myriad of skin issues can effectively be dealt with a single dermaroller procedure. Microneedling is THE thing to do in skin care treatment right now. The main tool in use is a SkinPen, which causes controlled micro-injuries that automatically stimulate the skin’s natural wound healing process. Through this complex healing process, the micro-injuries trigger a release of cytokines and growth factors associated with it. This in turn, leads to the remodeling of collagen and elastin in the skin. Glowing skin is not just an adjective, but the result hundreds of patients have already experienced. Redness, mild peeling and flaking are temporary side effects as part of this procedure, which typically disappear after the first two to three days. After a consultation, the duration and number of procedures are determined for the patient’s desired outcome. Most patients will require three to six treatments depending on their needs. Spaced approximately four weeks apart, however, many patients notice an improvement in the texture of their skin after only one treatment. We encourage everyone to visit us and experience the advantages of this minimally invasive procedure for themselves and restore their glow.

MEDICAL

Imagine a mammogram where the compression paddle is comfortable

Have you always avoided breast cancer screenings for fear of pain and discomfort associated with breast compression? The traditional idea of a painful mammogram is reduced with the Hologic 3D Mammogram system and SmartCurve compression paddle, designed to enhance patient comfort. One main issue for women has been the breast pain that can be experienced during a mammogram. It is directly related to the time spent under compression and the pressure distribution on the breast. But our new SmartCurve compression paddle follows the natural shape of the breast and the curvature of the chest wall to reduce pinching. In addition, it distributes the compression force across the breast, providing improved comfort in 93% of women who experienced pain with standard compression. Additionally, the software with the new paddle ensures the preservation of image quality and accuracy. Our 3D system detects more invasive cancers, reduces false positives and is FDA approved as superior to conventional 2D mammography for all women, including those with dense breast tissue. It allows the radiologist to go through the breast tissue, one millimeter at a time, which ensures a thorough inspection of any abnormalities. Our system also provides the shortest scan time compared to other vendors, acquiring a 3D image in 3.7 seconds. Please call us to schedule your mammogram.

MEDICAL

Free reviews for Medicare Part D enrollment

During the current Medicare enrollment period, from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, eligible patients can review available insurance plans offered to cover their medication costs and insurance premiums. Many folks are not fully aware of the options, ending up with bad insurance that does not meet their medication needs. With this predicament, more times than not, they have to pick between their medication and other essentials like food, clothing etc. Navigating through the complexity of Medicare enrollment can be challenging but Central Pharmacy has the ability to help people pick a plan to cover medication and premiums for the best price and coverage. We encourage folks to work with us to review, update and enroll into the Medicare Part D program. We guarantee to make the entire process easy and uncomplicated through the following steps: Set up a meeting to review your medication. Everyone is eligible to meet with our staff, even if you are currently not a Central Pharmacy customer. Show your plan comparisons stating coverage for copay and premiums for the upcoming year. Answer a few questions about your coverage. After the review, enroll in the 2019 Medicare Part D plan. Please contact any of the Central Pharmacy locations to set up a meeting.

REAL ESTATE

Wait until spring or sell now?

Still waiting for the right price on your house? Or are you renting month to month, simultaneously looking around for your dream house? Regardless of your position as a seller or buyer, here are a few considerations of the current market to keep in mind before taking any decisions. Fewer Homes - This is the current scenario that can be explained using simple supply and demand. There is a lower supply of houses, but with a fixed demand it creates a great opportunity for those looking to sell. Serious Buyers Still Looking - Many people who didn’t find their home during the summer are renting month to month, waiting for the right home to purchase at the right price. Decorate for Holidays - Always make sure you use the latest photos and appropriate holiday décor when necessary for a current perspective of your house. Regular updates of photos allow for a showcase of change of seasons and holiday décor. Mortgage Rates Still Low - The mortgage rates have not moved much over the past couple months and likely will not change. Quicker Transaction - Banks usually take 30-45 days during the summer market to complete your purchase but right now they are taking as little as 18-25 days.


ART & INTERIOR DECORATING

Support your local artists' stories

Only recently are scientists uncovering the importance of the creative community in broader community development and, more important, how art plays a part in it. But I have always believed that supporting the arts really feeds back into the support of the community. Many people go on vacation to fully immerse themselves in the small-town experience, which always includes a visit to the little local lakeside stores to experience the culture of that town. Having an art gallery in Old Town is essentially bringing the vacation back to us! First, it contributes to the culture of our town and also functions as an outlet for the local artist community. We carry everything from leather wallets, handmade bath and body products, bronze and metal jewelry to watches, cufflinks and journals. Having all these handmade art pieces helps develop the story of who our community is and what it is about. We can parlay it through visual means rather than just words. Locally we have printmakers, cartoonists, jewelry makers and knitters, we really run the gamut from handmade gifts to crafts and sculpture. As a gallery owner, I encourage everyone to think of your local artists for your next holiday or gifting opportunity. Through the art, share the story of our community.