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May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Finding skin cancer early is important. Check your skin regularly and know your moles. If you have a spot that concerns you or is changing in appearance, have a doctor exam you. The ABCDs of skin cancer can help you identify any unusual spots that should be evaluated by a doctor. The ABCDs of skin [...]

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The importance of sunscreen

You might think that  suntan skin looks good, but it is a sign that your skin has been damaged.  Tan skin isn’t a prevention from sun damage.  Covering up, avoiding exposure and daily use of sunscreen is the only way to protect your skin from damaging rays and age skin prematurely and cause skin cancer. [...]

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The Power of Broccoli to Fight Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States.  Most cases of skin cancer are caused from over exposure to the damaging rays of the sun.  Most people apply sunblock with a high SPF to protect their skin from the damaging rays of the sun.  An exciting new study is looking at [...]

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Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen in the Winter

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean it’s time to put away the sunblock. You may be at increased risk of sun damage to your skin if you enjoy outdoor winter sports. Some factors that increase risk of sun damage to your skin include skiing and snowboarding at high altitudes. The UV radiation from the sun [...]

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Why do my fingers or hands feel numb and tingly while driving or sleeping?

Feelings of numbness and tingling in the fingers or hands can be a symptom of nerve compression.  The most common cause is carpal tunnel syndrome.  Surgical treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome involves a procedure to release the nerve either through a traditional incision in the palm of the hand or with the aid of a [...]

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How will I know what size breast augmentation is best?

The best augmentation size is one that fits the patient’s body and personal goals.  This can only be determined by an in-depth discussion and examination between the patient and doctor. View a 3D animated video on many cosmetic surgeries offered through Agnesian Plastic Surgery & Cosmetic Services by clicking here.

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Is vein surgery covered under insurance?

Varicose vein treatments are covered by many insurance plans.  Symptoms of varicose veins include leg pain, aches, and swelling.  Some patients experience feelings of heaviness, itching, or burning in the legs.  Bleeding veins, superficial vein thrombosis, skin changes or non-healing wounds in the lower leg can be signs of advanced vein disease.  Treatment is minimally [...]

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Is nose surgery covered under insurance?

In some cases, nasal reshaping (rhinoplasty) is covered by insurance.  For this to occur, there usually has to be documentation of significant nasal trauma with resultant deformity. If nasal function is impaired, such as, difficulty breathing through the nose then internal nasal surgery can be performed with or without external reshaping.  These surgeries are performed [...]

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Is cosmetic eye surgery covered by insurance?

While cosmetic surgery is NOT covered by insurance, surgery to improve function can be covered by insurance.  Upper lid surgery (blepharoplasty) and eyebrow lifts can be covered by insurance when people have peripheral vision loss with obvious upper lid skin redundancy.  In extreme cases, the upper lid skin may rest on the upper lashes when [...]

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Is plastic surgery covered by insurance?

When considering plastic surgery, it is good to know that many procedures are covered by insurance and here are two examples. Breast reduction is usually covered by insurance.  Patients with pain in the back, neck, or shoulders, along with grooving in the shoulders from bra straps may be eligible for breast reduction.  Other symptoms include [...]

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