We are exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet spectrum (UV rays) during multiple activities every day. And we’re not just talking about tanning on the beach. Think about all the times you’re exposed, even briefly, to sunlight: morning walks, watering flowers, even driving in the late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky. There’s a catch-22 in our relationship with the sun, because its light is essential for good health and the production of vitamin D. But, the harmful radiation of UV rays causes skin cells to age and damages cells’ DNA.

An estimated one in five adults develop skin cancer in their lifetime, but despite it being the most common form of cancer, it’s also highly preventable.

Here, we’ve outlined four proactive measures you can take to reduce your risk of melanoma and other types of sun damage, like fine lines and age spots.

 

Don’t skimp on the sunscreen

Medical-grade sunscreen is your first line of defense against skin cancer and premature aging. Proven by science, these sunscreens contain minerals that block UVA and UVB rays. Unlike other types, medical-grade sunscreen isn’t absorbed into your body and is more effective at protecting your skin.

In general, you should apply two tablespoons of sunscreen 15-30 minutes before your anticipated sun exposure, then reapply every two hours. Sunscreens do expire, so be sure to throw away products that have been sitting in your cabinet for a few too many summers.

All medical-grade sunscreen is 10% off during the month of May at Elevé.

 

Cover up

In addition to applying sunscreen, it’s helpful to wear lightweight long-sleeves and pants for extra protection when you know you’ll be exposed to the sun for longer periods. A wide-brimmed hat will also cast excellent shade to protect your face’s thin skin and prevent wrinkles.

Some people with a lighter complexion, or those who easily sunburn, may want to consider wearing outer layers specifically designed to block UV radiation.

 

Stop using tanning beds

The Skin Cancer Foundation says tanning lamps damage your skin cells because of their direct use of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. They are not safe to use and are a known carcinogen, like cigarettes. Just one indoor tanning session can increase your risk of skin cancer by 20%. If you want a golden glow this summer without damaging your skin, use self-tanners or spray tans.

 

Get checked out

Even if you don’t have a family history of skin cancer, it’s prudent to schedule an annual skin check. Elevé staff members are trained to spot any moles that may be starting to become cancerous and offer guidance as necessary. Our skincare experts will also provide tips for check-ups you can conduct at home to stay proactive about your skin health. Skin cancer is highly curable if caught early.

Skin checks (from the neck up) are just $75 at Elevé during May.

 

Reverse the Appearance of Sun Damage

Over our years of life, the time in the sun adds up. Though, there are solutions for correcting dark spots, wrinkles and broken capillaries. At Elevé, we often recommend:

Chemical peels: By accelerating skin exfoliation, chemical peels smooth fine lines and wrinkles and improve hyperpigmentation.

Dermaplaning: Using a small surgical blade to remove dead skin buildup from the top layer of your skin, dermaplaning will help brighten your complexion and fade age spots.

Microneedling: Microneedling activates your body’s regenerative process to encourage collagen production and cell turnover which helps lighten and reverse hyperpigmentation.

Sun damage accumulates over time, so it’s never too late to reduce your risk of cancer by taking preventative steps. At Elevé, skincare is one of our specialties, and we have vast experience helping educate and treat patients with a variety of conditions, including sun damage. Contact Elevé today to set up a consultation: 715-847-0000. We’re ready to recommend the top products and services available to help you fight the effects of overexposure, protect your skin from additional damage, and develop a roadmap for “turning back the clock” to a more refreshed and younger-looking you!

Elevé specials cannot be combined with other special offers. All expire 5/31/22.

 


About Elevé Plastic Surgery, MedSpa, Vitality

Elevé Plastic Surgery, MedSpa, Vitality helps patients achieve aesthetic goals and maximize their healthspan, both physically and mentally. Located at 2606 Stewart Ave. in Wausau, Elevé’s advanced aesthetic menu includes FDA-cleared CoolSculpting®, laser hair removalradiofrequency skin tighteningchemical peelsHydraFacial®vein treatmentsmedical-grade skincare as well as many other award-winning treatments and products. As a subsidiary of Surgical Associates, Elevé is part of a network committed to excellence in patient care and satisfaction. Learn more at: www.eleveplasticsurgery.com

Rosacea is a chronic condition, usually affecting people over the age of 30. Often hard to treat, it appears more commonly among those with fair skin, with symptoms of persistent blushing, prominent blood vessels, thickened skin, and red bumps on the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead and eyelids.

If you are one of the 16 million Americans living with rosacea, you know how painful and embarrassing it can be. To prevent and calm flare-ups, Elevé’s experts have put together skincare and lifestyle tips that have a proven track record with patients.

 

Be Sun Savvy

Protection from the sun is the single most important step in keeping rosacea in check. In sunny conditions, it doesn’t take much exposure to exacerbate symptoms, but you must also consider the cloudy days and their impact on your skin. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, and seek out products with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide which are less likely to aggravate skin.

 

Know Your Triggers

Determining the external factors that cause your rosacea can go a long way in preventing flare-ups. Armed with information, you can avoid the triggers and give your skin a fighting chance. Keep a journal to track your activities and diet. All cases of rosacea are unique, but there are common triggers to consider: sun exposure, windburn, humid weather, stress, hot beverages, alcohol, spicy foods, and hairspray.

 

Keep Skincare Simple

Pare down your skincare routine, especially if it seems like the products you use are making your flushing worse. If it’s difficult to pinpoint one problematic product, then go back to the basics. Start using just three items: a mild cleanser, moisturizer and an SPF.

Once your skin clears, you can always reincorporate one product at a time. To do that properly, test the product on a small area of the skin first to make sure there is no irritation.

An experienced aesthetician can also help you develop a treatment plan that uses products specifically developed to prevent and minimize rosacea flare-ups.

 

Use Care When Cleansing

Avoid astringents and exfoliating agents, and always use hypoallergenic products that are free of oil and fragrances. For best results, follow these steps twice a day: gently apply cleanser with fingertips, rinse with lukewarm water, and blot dry instead of rubbing with a towel.

 

Follow the Forecast

Extreme temperatures are an external factor that can aggravate rosacea. If you plan to spend time outdoors on a hot day, wear a hat and try to stay in the shade. During the winter, when the wind is bitterly cold, you can stop your skin from drying out by wearing a scarf or ski mask.

 

Consult a Professional

There is no known cure for rosacea, although health care providers are continually learning more about the condition. Many treatments available drastically improve the appearance of rosacea and keep its symptoms in check. At Elevé, we often recommend:

Rozatrol® by ZO Skin Health – Rozatrol® is a topical treatment serum that attacks the symptoms of rosacea in multiple ways: minimizing redness and irritation, replenishing hydration, preventing excess oil and boosting cell turnover.

HydraFacials – HydraFacial MD® is a revolutionary skincare treatment that can reduce the appearance of rosacea’s primary symptoms: redness, bumps and enlarged pores. HydraFacial MD® cleanses, exfoliates, hydrates and nourishes the skin. A customized booster serum can also be applied to reduce discoloration from rosacea and protect skin after the treatment.

Laser – Laser can be used to treat broken capillaries that cause rosacea redness, with patients often seeing a dramatic improvement in just a few short sessions. Laser also delivers a more permanent result than topical creams.

Dermaplaning – Dermaplaning is a mechanical, not chemical, method of exfoliation, making it a great alternative to peels or microdermabrasion for anyone with sensitive skin or rosacea. The treatment provides an immediate boost to your complexion by removing dead skin cells and vellus hair from the epidermis.

 

Rosacea is not a condition that should be ignored, because without treatment, it’s likely to get worse over time. If you suffer from flare-ups and want to rein in your skin and regain control of your self-confidence, schedule a consultation with Elevé to explore treatment options today: 715-847-0000

 

During the month of April at Elevé, take 10% off Rozatrol® by ZO Skin Health.
*Special cannot be combined with other special offers. Expires 4/30/22.

 


About Elevé Plastic Surgery, MedSpa, Vitality

Located at 2606 Stewart Ave. in Wausau, Elevé’s advanced aesthetic menu includes FDA-cleared CoolSculpting®, laser hair removalradiofrequency skin tighteningchemical peelsHydraFacial®vein treatmentsmedical-grade skincare as well as many other award-winning treatments and products. As a subsidiary of Surgical Associates, Elevé is part of a network committed to excellence in patient care and satisfaction. Learn more at: www.eleveplasticsurgery.com

With age, your body produces less collagen, a protein present in the middle layer of our skin. As a result, skin becomes dry and less elastic, meaning wrinkles and sagging can develop over time.

A minimally invasive cosmetic procedure called microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, can help rejuvenate skin. An aesthetician uses an FDA-approved microneedling device to make micro-punctures in the top layer of the skin. Nearly invisible, these punctures activate your body’s regenerative process to encourage collagen production and cell turnover.

There are many benefits to including microneedling in your beauty routine, but the following five best illustrate why the treatment has become so popular:

 

Minimized Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Microneedling is an excellent option if you want to soften wrinkles but aren’t ready for Botox® or fillers.

Because the micro-punctures boost collagen and elastin production, frown lines, forehead furrows and crow’s feet become less visible. Microneedling also strengthens the outer layer of skin, called the epidermis, which helps prevent future fine lines and wrinkles.

Collagen creams cannot penetrate down through the dermis. Microneedling, however, promotes collagen production and natural healing from the inside out.

 

Enhanced Effectiveness of Skincare Products

Microneedling makes it easier for your skin to absorb and benefit from serums, moisturizers and other topical treatments. The micro-punctures let the products penetrate deeper, producing more powerful effects.

 

Balanced Skin Tone

Hyperpigmentation refers to patches of skin that are darker than the surrounding area due to excess buildup of melanin. It can happen as a result of acne, cold sores, hormonal changes, or sun exposure.

Microneedling helps break down clumps of excess pigment while improving cell turnover to even out skin tone.

 

Diminished Acne Scarring

A consistent skincare routine can help make pitted acne scars less noticeable, but it cannot erase them. Acne scars are areas of fibrous tissue that replace normal skin after skin is damaged.

Microneedling breaks down the fibrous tissue pulling at the surface of the skin, drastically improving the appearance of acne scars.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, patients who received one to six monthly microneedling treatments had an improvement in the appearance of acne scars by at least 50 percent after an average of two and a half treatments.

 

Smaller Pores

When the face loses collagen and elasticity, pores begin to sag and accumulate dirt and oils. This congestion often leads to skin problems such as blackheads and acne.

Microneedling can effectively tighten enlarged pores. When the procedure kickstarts the production of collagen, old skin cells are shed and replaced by new skin cells. As a result, skin will appear smoother with pores that are smaller and less noticeable.

 

Elevé’s Approach to Microneedling

The trained aestheticians at Elevé have years of microneedling experience and are well prepared to treat scarring, wrinkles and other conditions safely and effectively.

Microneedling procedures are conducted at Elevé’s new, state-of-the-art clinic and take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

It’s common to see visible changes to skin within 48 to 72 hours after treatment, with results improving over time as collagen production continues. Multiple treatments are usually recommended; the number of required treatments depends on the patient’s goals.

Pairing microneedling with an oral collagen can help maximize results. The treatments complement each other in their ability to improve skin elasticity and hydration.

To find out how microneedling can transform your skin, book an appointment with Elevé today: 715-847-0000

During the month of March, buy three microneedling treatments at Elevé, and get one complimentary treatment. *Special cannot be combined with other special offers. Expires 3/31/22.

 


About Elevé Plastic Surgery, MedSpa, Vitality

Elevé Plastic Surgery, MedSpa, Vitality helps patients achieve aesthetic goals and maximize their healthspan, both physically and mentally. Located at 2606 Stewart Ave. in Wausau, Elevé’s advanced aesthetic menu includes FDA-cleared CoolSculpting®, laser hair removalradiofrequency skin tighteningchemical peelsHydraFacial®vein treatmentsmedical-grade skincare as well as many other award-winning treatments and products. As a subsidiary of Surgical Associates, Elevé is part of a network committed to excellence in patient care and satisfaction. Learn more at: www.eleveplasticsurgery.com

 

Spider veins are thin, blue and purple clusters of veins which usually appear on a person’s outer thighs, lower legs or face. The name is derived from their resemblance to a spider’s web.

The usual way in which spider veins are formed is when valves that prevent blood from flowing backward are damaged or not performing properly. Blood backs up in the veins, increasing pressure and weakening the walls of the veins. The pooling blood shows through the skin as webs, branches or patches. Many factors increase the likelihood of developing spider veins, including heredity, prolonged standing, pregnancy and menopause.

An exception is spider veins (or broken capillaries) of the face, which can develop without underlying venous issues. They often present in the noses and cheeks of people with fair skin and are typically associated with rosacea, chronic sun exposure or autoimmune disorders.

While the formation of spider veins can’t always be avoided, there are simple lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your chances of developing spider veins or prevent new ones from forming:

 

Elevate Your Legs

Either sitting or standing, the veins in your legs are under a lot of stress as they work against gravity and the higher venous pressure it causes. When you have time to relax, elevate your feet above the level of your heart to encourage blood flow.

 

Invest in Compression Socks

Wearing compression socks fights the effects of gravity and makes it harder for blood to pool in the lower legs. The socks are designed to squeeze your veins with just the right amount of pressure to improve circulation.

 

Take Active Breaks

Regular activity promotes healthy veins, so get moving when you have the opportunity! If most of your time at work is spent standing or sitting, add short walks and/or calf raises into breaks to keep blood flowing.

 

Exercise Regularly

Exercise, similar to the previous suggestion, improves circulation by helping pump blood from the legs back to the heart. Routine exercise can also help you lose weight, which eases the pressure put on the veins in your legs, preventing the valves from weakening or failing.

 

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

UV rays break down collagen under the skin’s surface and damage blood vessels. Repeated sunburns raise your risk of developing spider veins on your nose and cheeks.

 

Eliminate Spider Veins With Laser Treatment

Spider veins, once formed, won’t disappear on their own. Whether you’ve recently noticed a few new webs or are sick of your existing spider veins limiting your wardrobe choices, a specialist is required if you’d like them removed for good.

The experts at Elevé Plastic Surgery, MedSpa, Vitality use advanced laser technology to eliminate spider veins on both the legs and face and cherry angiomas. The non-surgical technique sends targeted heat energy to the lining of veins, causing them to collapse. They are then naturally absorbed by the body, and other, healthy veins take over their function while the treated spider veins fade and disappear.

The in-office procedure typically takes 15 – 30 minutes to complete. The treatment doesn’t require anesthesia, making it less risky than more invasive procedures. Most patients are able to return uninterrupted to their normal routine.

Depending on the severity of the spider veins, multiple treatments may be needed to achieve your desired results.

To learn more about Elevé’s advanced laser vein treatment, set up a consultation today: (715) 847-0000

 


About Elevé Plastic Surgery, MedSpa, Vitality

Elevé Plastic Surgery, MedSpa, Vitality helps patients achieve aesthetic goals and maximize their healthspan, both physically and mentally. Located at 2606 Stewart Ave. in Wausau, Elevé’s advanced aesthetic menu includes FDA-cleared CoolSculpting®, laser hair removalradiofrequency skin tighteningchemical peelsHydraFacial®vein treatmentsmedical-grade skincare as well as many other award-winning treatments and products. As a subsidiary of Surgical Associates, Elevé is part of a network committed to excellence in patient care and satisfaction. Learn more at: www.eleveplasticsurgery.com

 

Pregnancy is a time of great change for a woman. The surge in hormones can be the cause of frustrating side effects for your skin: acne, rashes, and dryness. All combined, it’s easy to feel as if your body is going through as many changes as the baby inside you! The external and internal stressors of pregnancy create a substantial need for a little pampering.

An afternoon at Elevé is the perfect way to relieve stress and ease some naturally occurring discomforts brought on by pregnancy. But before you book that next appointment, it’s important to know whether your preferred skincare treatments and products are still safe for you while there’s a baby on board.

So, to help guide you ahead of your next visit, we’re sharing the soothing and safe options available for moms-to-be at the medspa.

 

Facials

A facial can help you relax and take back a little “me” time, while also treating breakouts, redness and increased oil production triggered by hormonal changes. Facials are generally safe when a woman is expecting, but it’s important to know the risks that may cause a reaction or even harm the baby. Because skin is extra sensitive during pregnancy, avoid more aggressive treatments like certain chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Also, double check the products being used. Many common ingredients, like retinoids and salicylic acid, can enter your bloodstream through the skin and are considered unsafe during pregnancy.

Elevé’s Mommy Facial, one of our newest skincare treatments, has quickly become a favorite among expectant mothers. The customized hydrating facial includes a light mechanical exfoliation, hydrating serums, massage and hydro-jelly mask.

 

 

Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a mechanical method of exfoliation, making it the safest exfoliation treatment for a pregnant or breastfeeding woman because it does not involve any chemicals. A trained aesthetician uses a scalpel and light strokes to gently scrape the skin’s surface. The treatment provides an immediate boost to your complexion by removing dead skin buildup and vellus hair (peach fuzz) from the epidermis. It also aids your skin’s ability to absorb skincare products, keeping it hydrated and glowing for longer periods of time.

 

Skincare Products

The dizzying array of skincare products available can make things confusing when you’re trying to be cautious during pregnancy. Go-to solutions for breakouts, wrinkles and dry skin may affect the baby growing inside you. A largely unregulated industry, many skincare products available over the counter and online have not been thoroughly tested for safety by a third party. In contrast, medical grade skincare is regulated by the FDA. The products are meticulously tested to ensure what’s on the label is what’s in the bottle—an absolute must when your baby’s safety is on the line. At Elevé, we recommend both the ZO® Getting Skin Ready Kit and Stimulator Peel for expectant mothers. During the month of January, you can get the Getting Skin Ready Kit for free with the purchase of any two new facials.

 

 

 


For guidance to keep you glowing during pregnancy and beyond, come see the experienced, licensed aestheticians at Elevé. We’ll explain which treatments are right for you and develop customized recommendations to improve your skin during pregnancy. We also specialize in developing long-term treatments and home care regimens to help you reach skincare goals while juggling all the responsibilities of a new mother. Contact us at 715-847-0000 to get started!

Note: Every pregnancy is different, so it’s important to get the go-ahead from your obstetrician before scheduling any medspa services or using any skincare products.

* Elevé specials cannot be combined with any other special offers.

Holiday stress, too many goodies, and a schedule stuffed full of celebrations often take a toll on one’s psychological and physical health. It’s hard to escape completely. The best approach is to be aware of negative effects of stress and take steps to nurture your overall wellness.

 

How Stress Affects Skin

Those who suffer from chronic skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea know that stress is often a trigger for uncomfortable and embarrassing flare-ups. But even people without these skin conditions will experience stress’s negative effects on their skin. High levels of stress cause the body to release a stress hormone called cortisol into the bloodstream, prompting increased oil production which can cause oily skin, acne, and rashes. Stress can also negatively impact the barrier of the skin, contributing to an uneven skin tone and dullness.

 

Methods to Help You Cope

Instead of reaching for that extra glass of wine or cookie, try to cope with stress by incorporating a stress reducing activity into your day, such as exercise, meditation, calming music, or volunteer work. Additionally, pay more attention to your skin with the following methods to reduce your risk of acne, flare-ups and other issues.

 

How to Get Your Healthy Glow Back After the Holidays

  • Avoid hot showers and baths. They strip your skin of moisture. Use a lukewarm temperature instead and moisturize immediately after you’re finished.
  • Wear sunscreen. YES, even in the winter! Sun exposure and harsh weather conditions can flare up certain skin conditions and increase the visible impact of aging.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Your skin really does reflect your diet. During the holidays, do your best to continue to eat healthy foods like leafy greens, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats like olive oil.
  • Get enough sleep. Sleep recharges your body and makes it more resilient to stress. We’ve all seen what lack of sleep does to the circles under our eyes. Try to keep a regular bedtime, and wind down with a relaxing activity, like yoga or aromatherapy, before tucking in for the night.
  • Keep your hands away from your face. Bacteria on your hands can stimulate the development of acne, especially when you’re stressed.
  • Hydrate. Drink enough water to flush impurities from your body, which can help keep skin clear.
  • Exfoliate. Sloughing off dead skin cells lets newer cells show through and helps achieve that enviable “glow.” Elevé’s revolutionary HydraFacial® cleanses, exfoliates, hydrates and nourishes the skin—all in just 30 minutes! You can even fit one in during your lunch break and tailor the treatment to address a variety of ailments, including aging skin, sun damage, rosacea, and blemishes.
  • Consider trying an in-office procedure with little to no downtime such as Botox® or facial fillers! From December 6 through December 21, Elevé is offering BOGO Botox® (buy one facial area, get one facial area) and BOGO Juvéderm®.

 

Stress is an unavoidable part of life, and the hectic schedules we keep around the holidays only heighten the toll it takes. If allowed to become a chronic element of your life, stress will eventually leave an indelible impression on your face. Remembering to care for ourselves is a small way to reclaim control and fight back against the effect.

If you are struggling with acne, signs of aging, or flare-ups from eczema and rosacea, consult with a skincare expert at Elevé to get to the root of the problem. Once equipped with a customized treatment regimen, you can restore a clear, smooth complexion that unlocks a more comfortable, confident you!

*Come in any day between December 6 and 21 to purchase any of Elevé’s December specials. No stacking discounts or using Care Credit.

 


About Elevé Plastic Surgery, MedSpa, Vitality

Elevé Plastic Surgery, MedSpa, Vitality helps patients achieve aesthetic goals and maximize their healthspan, both physically and mentally. Located at 2606 Stewart Ave. in Wausau, Elevé’s advanced aesthetic menu includes FDA-cleared CoolSculpting®, laser hair removal, radiofrequency skin tightening, chemical peels, HydraFacial®, vein treatments, medical-grade skincare as well as many other award-winning treatments and products. As a subsidiary of Surgical Associates, Elevé is part of a network committed to excellence in patient care and satisfaction. Learn more at: www.eleveplasticsurgery.com

 

 

Varicose veins can happen to anyone, especially after the age of 30. Along with producing possible embarrassment, varicose veins can also cause pain, discomfort, or a feeling of ‘heaviness’ when someone stands. The condition is also linked with a ‘restless’ feeling in the legs that make it difficult to fall asleep.

These bulging veins that appear just below the skin are a symptom of what’s called venous reflux disease, which affects some 25-30 percent of the population. Varicose veins should not be considered a minor annoyance or cosmetic concern, because if left untreated, they can worsen into more serious health problems.

There are some risk factors that increase someone’s likelihood of developing varicose veins, or a milder form known as spider veins. Both types have been treated successfully for many years at Surgical Associates | Elevé, and the minimally invasive techniques used today can significantly reduce a patient’s recovery time.

 

What causes varicose veins?

Dark blue or purple in color, varicose veins can appear anywhere on your body but are most common in your legs. They develop when one-way valves that help pump blood toward the heart become weak or damaged, allowing blood to flow backward or collect in the vein. This causes the veins to dilate and swell, giving a raised appearance under the skin.

 

Warning signs and symptoms

The symptoms of varicose veins can be varied but most commonly include visible swelling that makes the veins resemble bulging, twisted ropes.

Over time, chronic high pressure in the veins can exacerbate the condition beyond cosmetic appearance, leading to aching, burning, itching, swelling, sores, and eczema. Many symptoms often temporarily worsen after a patient stands for long periods of time.

 

Who’s at risk?

Some of the most common risk factors associated with varicose veins are out of an individual’s control. Heredity is factor number one, as about half of people with varicose veins have a family history of the disease. If both parents experienced varicose veins, then an individual’s chances of developing the disease rise to 90 percent.

While varicose veins are an inherited genetic disorder, many factors can influence whether the gene is activated. These include venous pressure and hormonal effects during pregnancy, obesity, and leg injury. Jobs that require a person to stand for prolonged periods (bartending, nursing, hairstyling, etc.) can also contribute to the weakening of venous valves.

 

Diagnosis and treatment

Varicose veins are diagnosed by physical examination and a review of a patient’s personal and family health history. Ultrasound testing may be recommended to better understand the source of the varicose veins and to check for blood clots and other issues.

Early diagnosis is important in the treatment of varicose veins. The benefit is twofold: Allowing for additional steps to stop new varicose veins from forming and to prevent existing symptoms from getting worse.

Many patients can ease the pain of varicose veins through self-care measures like elevating the legs, wearing compression stockings, exercising, and losing weight. If symptoms are severe or you’re concerned with how they look, your doctor may recommend a medical procedure to remove or close the affected veins.

 

Non-Surgical Varicose Vein Treatment at Surgical Associates

Using radiofrequency ablation (RFA), the specialists at Surgical Associates can close varicose veins without the need for invasive surgery.

During the procedure, a small incision is made in the varicose vein, and a probe is inserted through a thin tube (catheter). Radiofrequency energy is emitted from the probe and heats up the vein. After the catheter is removed, the vein collapses and blood naturally reroutes to healthy veins. The sealed vein shrinks in size, eventually disappearing permanently.

The minimally invasive procedure results in little to no scarring and is generally performed using local anesthesia in the comfort of Surgical Associates’ accredited vascular lab.

Studies have reported that patients treated with RFA experience less pain, fewer complications, and a faster recovery than those treated with traditional “vein stripping techniques.”

If you’re ready to say goodbye forever to your unsightly and possibly painful varicose veins, schedule a consultation with Surgical Associates today to learn RFA is right for you: 715-847-2022

 


About Surgical Associates | Elevé:

Surgical Associates is a multispecialty, independent surgical practice. General and acute care surgery, vascular surgerybreast surgery, and bariatric surgery are among the services offered at Surgical Associates. In 2019, the company expanded their practice by adding a Plastic Surgery and MedSpa division called Elevé. The organization now has two main locations in Wausau, 2400 Pine Ridge Blvd. and 2606 Stewart Ave., while also providing outreach clinic and surgical services to several Northcentral Wisconsin communities, including Adams, Antigo, Hurley, Medford, Merrill, Rhinelander, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids and Woodruff as well as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Surgical Associates | Elevé is a proud member of Aspirus Network Inc. For more information, visit sawisconsin.com or eleveplasticsurgery.com.

 

 

We are proud to announce that Dr. Robert T. Brebrick of Surgical Associates is the only physician in Wisconsin, Illinois or Indiana performing thyroid radiofrequency ablations (RFA). This procedure offers a non-surgical option for individuals diagnosed with benign thyroid nodules and preserves thyroid function.

Thyroid nodule RFA is an office-based procedure where a needle electrode is passed through the skin of the neck overlaying the thyroid gland and positioned within the nodule to be treated. Electric current heats the needle tip which destroys the tissue in the nodule. The nodule will slowly shrink over the following six to twelve months. There will be a residual scar within the thyroid at the site of the nodule which will be visible by ultrasound.

During the procedure, local anesthetic will be injected into the skin at the needle entry site and deeper tissues. The procedure may be performed under IV sedation for additional comfort, but this is optional and not required.

Source: RGS Healthcare

The goal is to ablate the enlarged thyroid nodule by 60 to 80 percent.

The initial consult can be done either in-person or via telehealth. The procedure is performed in an office-based setting, with minimal recovery involved. The entire procedure, including admit and discharge, takes only two to three hours. Most patients can return to usual activity the following day. Complications are rare and thyroid function is preserved. Occasionally, adequate nodule destruction may require a second treatment.

To learn if RFA might be the solution for your benign thyroid nodule, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brebrick today:

1-888-278-3795

 


About Surgical Associates | Elevé:

Surgical Associates is a multispecialty, independent surgical practice. General and acute care surgery, vascular surgerybreast surgery, and bariatric surgery are among the services offered at Surgical Associates. In 2019, the company expanded their practice by adding a Plastic Surgery and MedSpa division called Elevé. The organization now has two main locations in Wausau, 2400 Pine Ridge Blvd. and 2606 Stewart Ave., while also providing outreach clinic and surgical services to several Northcentral Wisconsin communities, including Adams, Antigo, Hurley, Medford, Merrill, Rhinelander, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids and Woodruff as well as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Surgical Associates | Elevé is a proud member of Aspirus Network Inc. For more information, visit sawisconsin.com or eleveplasticsurgery.com.

 

New nurse practitioner broadens offered services and allows more patients to seek advanced vascular services in the area

 

Surgical Associates, S.C. is pleased to announce the addition of nurse practitioner Amanda Pisco to its team of vascular surgery specialists. She is seeing patients at the Aspirus Iron River Clinic (814 South Ice Lake Road) and the Aspirus Hurley Clinic (501 Granite Street).

A native of Ironwood, MI, Pisco earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN and holds several certifications: Wound Care Certification, CNOR (Certified Nurse of the Operating Room) – licensed in MI and WI. She has more than five years of professional experience in surgery and wound care and maintains active affiliations with AANP and WCC. Pisco previously worked as the perioperative services manager at Aspirus Ironwood Hospital for 10 years prior to becoming a nurse practitioner.

At Surgical Associates, Pisco will care for patients using a comprehensive approach to diagnose and treat a wide range of vascular conditions. She is an expert in the medical management and surgical treatment of dialysis access options, varicose veins, carotid disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms, peripheral artery disease, chronic and acute wounds, and skin issues.

“Surgical Associates’ vascular group has the expertise to care for all your vascular needs,” said Pisco. “The surgeons are trained in the latest endovascular procedures and can manage all aspects of vascular services. I am looking forward to being an asset to the vascular group by bridging the gap between primary care providers and the vascular surgeons. Patients can be referred for any and all vascular needs, including screenings, surgical consults, and surveillance care.”

Pisco is currently accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call 715-847-2022.

 


About Surgical Associates, S.C.:

Surgical Associates, S.C. is a multispecialty, independent surgical practice providing tertiary-level surgical care at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. General and acute care surgery, vascular surgerybreast surgerybariatric surgery, and plastic surgery are among the surgical services offered at Surgical Associates. The practice provides outreach clinic and surgical services to several Northcentral Wisconsin communities, including Adams, Antigo, Hurley, Medford, Merrill, Rhinelander, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Woodruff as well as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Surgical Associates is a proud member of Aspirus Network Inc. For more information, visit https://sawisconsin.com/

 

Surgical Associates, S.C., Central Wisconsin’s largest private surgical practice, is pleased to announce that vascular surgeon Dr. Kevin Schoepel is now seeing patients at the Aspirus Riverview Clinic Adams on 419 N. Oak Street in Adams, Wisconsin.

The move expands Surgical Associates’ vascular care in Central Wisconsin and provides patients in the Adams area a local site for discussing treatment options. Dr. Schoepel’s specialties include abdominal aortic aneurysms, varicose veins, dialysis access, peripheral artery disease, and carotid artery disease.

“I joined Surgical Associates in 2019 because I believe they are on the forefront of vascular surgery in the state of Wisconsin, providing state-of-the-art endovascular solutions that minimize patient downtime,” explained Dr. Schoepel. “In my 17 years of practice, taking care of the rural, elderly population’s vascular issues proved to be the most rewarding. In collaboration with the Aspirus Hospital System, my position at Surgical Associates is an opportunity to provide care to a large, underserved population in Wisconsin and Michigan.”

Prior to his move to Surgical Associates, Dr. Schoepel spent a decade as a general and vascular surgeon in Bemidji, Minnesota. He then relocated to La Crosse, Wisconsin to practice vascular surgery at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center.

Dr. Schoepel earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School and completed his general surgery residency at New Hanover Regional Hospital. He is board certified in vascular surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is fellowship trained from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Schoepel will be seeing patients in Adams every other Wednesday from 9AM – 3PM. He also provides outreach services at Aspirus Riverview Clinic in Wisconsin Rapids.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schoepel, please call 715-847-2022.

 


About Surgical Associates, S.C.:

Surgical Associates, S.C. is a multispecialty, independent surgical practice providing tertiary-level surgical care at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. General and acute care surgery, vascular surgerybreast surgerybariatric surgery, and plastic surgery are among the surgical services offered at Surgical Associates. The practice provides outreach clinic and surgical services to several Northcentral Wisconsin communities, including Adams, Antigo, Medford, Merrill, Rhinelander, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Woodruff as well as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Surgical Associates is a proud member of Aspirus Network Inc. For more information, visit https://sawisconsin.com/