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By Ideal Gynecology
May 15, 2020
Tags: Colposcopy  
ColposcopyA colposcopy is an OBGYN procedure performed after abnormal test results for cervical cancer or unusual areas are detected on the vulva, vagina, or cervix. Pap smear results come back flagged if there’s a chance the cervix is infected with human papillomavirus (HPV). The entire exam takes between 5-15 minutes. The only difference between colposcopy and a Pap smear is that your OBGYN uses an instrument called a colposcope. Your OBGYN will walk you through the entire procedure. 
 
Why You Might Need a Colposcopy
 
Your OBGYN has reason to believe there is something wrong with your cervix. As mentioned, irregular pap smear results require a colposcopy. If you have already tested positive for HPV, it’s also necessary. Your OBGYN might also have noticed something unusual with your cervix during a pelvic exam. 
 
The results from your colposcopy can diagnose: 
  • Genital warts
  • Precancerous changes to the vagina, vulva, or cervix
  • Vulvar, cervical, or vaginal cancer
  • Cervicitis
What to Expect During the Procedure
 
This is a nonsurgical procedure your OBGYN will perform in their office. You’ll undress from the waist down and put on a medical gown. The doctor will have you lie down on the exam table and place your feet in the stirrups. Next, they use a speculum to open your vagina. This opens up the walls so the cervix is more visible. 
 
Because the procedure is somewhat uncomfortable, numbing medication or certain types of sedation are used. Once you are feeling comfortable, the next step is to clean the cervix. This gives your OBGYN a better view. The colposcope can now be used. This is a magnifying instrument placed right outside the vulva. A light shines through it and brightens the cervix. All the unusual areas on the cervix are made completely clear. A biopsy is then taken of these abnormal cells for further testing. 
 
After everything is done, expect some mild discomfort. It’s similar to having a slight period cramp. In the next few days, you’ll experience spotting, bleeding, or dark discharge. 
 
Before Your Appointment
 
You’re going to want to make sure that your appointment doesn’t take place during your period. This makes it much easier for your OBGYN to perform the colposcopy. For at least twenty-four hours before your appointment, avoid using creams like medicine, douches, tampons, and engaging in vaginal sex.
 
Make sure to let your doctor know beforehand if you’re pregnant or on any blood thinner medication. 
By Ideal Gynecology
May 12, 2020
Tags: Coolsculpting  

Could this fat freezing technology give you the bikini body you want?

While working out and eating right should produce the results you’re looking for, fat is a little trickier and more complicated than that. Fat is pretty stubborn and while you will certainly see results from leading a healthier lifestyle, you may still find fat in areas such as the stomach, sides and thighs that don’t seem to be disappearing as quickly. While some people tend to turn to plastic surgery for results, our Atlanta, GA, gynecologist, Dr. Lillian Schapiro, offers a non-invasive, non-surgical way to destroy these pockets of unwanted fat.

What is Coolsculpting?

In essence, Coolsculpting works by freezing and destroying fat cells in certain areas of the body. During your session, a handheld device is placed over your area of concern. While attached, the device delivers cooling technology to cause damage the fat cells which are then cleared by your own lymph system. One session usually takes about 30 minutes.

What problems can Coolsculpting treat?

Just about any area of the body that has some unwanted fat can benefit from Coolsculpting. This includes:

  • Upper arms and the bra line
  • Double chin
  • Back
  • Stomach
  • Sides or “love handles”
  • Thighs
  • Buttock

Try the “pinch” test: If you can pinch an inch layer, then more than likely, we can treat it with Coolsculpting.

When will I see results from Coolsculpting?

It will take time for the fat cells to break down and be reabsorbed by the body’s lymphatic system. You should start to see results about four weeks after treatment with the most visible results occurring within three months. The body will continue to reabsorb these fat cells for up to six months after Coolsculpting treatment. The good news is that once these fat cells are destroyed, they can’t return.

Call us to set up a free consultation.

By Ideal Gynecology
March 25, 2020
Tags: Skin  

You might be surprised to know that, in addition to performing checks on your reproductive health, Atlanta-based Ideal Gynecology also offers HydraFacials to make patients' skin look radiant. Led by Dr. Lillian Schapiro, read on to learn what this cosmetic treatment can do for you.

What is HydraFacial?

Over the past two years, HydraFacial has become one of the most popular facial skin treatments in the world. As well as hydrating your skin, it deep cleanses your pores and resurfaces your skin. HydraFacial treatment has four steps:

  • Cleansing and exfoliation: The pores are deep cleaned to remove trapped dirt and oils. This process also removes dead skin cells and resurfaces your facial skin.
  • Skin peel: A mild glycolic peel leaves your skin feeling rejuvenated and with a healthy glow.
  • Extracting: A vortex extraction nozzle is used to remove all the unwanted particles from your skin.
  • Hydrating: The pen-like device infuses the newly cleansed skin with antioxidant and collagen-rich hydrating serums.

When you undergo HydraFacial at Ideal Gynecology, you will enjoy a relaxing and invigorating experience. Dr. Shapiro will discuss any concerning areas of skin and explain how HydraFacial can help.

Benefits of HydraFacial

The benefits of HydraFacial treatment from our Atlanta office are numerous, and many can be seen after just one appointment. They include:

  • Softer, smoother skin
  • Skin hydration and plumping
  • Gradual reduction of fine lines, and brown spots
  • Improvement of oily skin
  • Bright, clear complexion
  • More even skin tone
  • Firmer skin
  • Reduction of enlarged pores

The effects of HydraFacial can last for up to seven days or longer. For the best, most consistent results, one treatment per month is recommended.

Give Us a Call

If you live in or around Atlanta, contact Dr. Schapiro at (470) 312-3696 to book an appointment for HydraFacial or to find out about other skin treatments.

By Ideal Gynecology
February 27, 2020

Did you know that cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer for women worldwide? While this statistic can be startling the good news is that it is one of the most preventable cancers. A cervical cancer screening is one of the best and most reliable tools our OBGYN has to detect cancerous and precancerous cells within the cervix. This screening is most often referred to as a Pap test.

What is a Pap test?

Women as young as 21 years old should start getting routine cervical cancer screenings from their OBGYN. If results from the first Pap smear are normal then women between the ages of 21 to 29 will only need to get a Pap test every three years. Women with an abnormal Pap will require a repeat Pap test to look for the presence of precancerous cells.

Women between the ages of 30 to 65 should get a cervical cancer screening every 5 years. Once a woman reaches 65 years old, she usually won’t need to undergo cervical cancer screenings any longer. Women at high risk for cervical cancer may need to come in more often for screenings. This is something that you can discuss with your gynecologist during your first screening or next annual wellness exam.

Are there other ways to prevent cervical cancer?

Along with getting routine cervical cancer screenings your OBGYN can also provide a way to protect young women from contracting HPV, a common STI that is also the leading cause of cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is often recommended for young women around the age of 11 or 12.

This vaccine can be administered to women between the ages of 13 and 26 who have not contracted HPV. The vaccine comes in three doses and it protects against the strains of HPV that are most likely to cause cervical cancer. Even if women have received the HPV vaccine they should still come in for routine screenings and checkups.

Whether you want to learn more about the HPV vaccine or you need to schedule your annual checkup and Pap smear, turn to your OBGYN today to take an active interest in your reproductive health.

By Ideal Gynecology
February 21, 2020
Tags: Coolsculpting  

At Ideal Gynecology in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Lillian Schapiro utilizes CoolSculpting as a safe and effective way to reduce your stubborn excess fat that doesn't disappear with a healthy lifestyle change. Her Cool & Fit program helps men and women of all ages target stubborn areas, such as the arms, thighs, stomach, flanks, and chin. This one-of-a-kind technology is a permanent solution to destroying fat cells. If you'd like to learn more about the details of CoolSculpting, read on, and schedule a consultation in our Atlanta, GA, office to determine if you are a candidate.

What Exactly Is CoolSculpting?

This fat-freezing method provides scientifically proven results to help men and women reduce fat in stubborn pockets in specific parts of the body. It's a non-invasive alternative to liposuction that delivers results in one to three months and is ideal for patients who can't get rid of problem areas with diet and exercise.

Benefits of CoolSculpting

Our Atlanta, GA, patients choose CoolSculpting because its fat-freezing technology offers a long track record of success and safety. It's also the only FDA-approved non-surgical fat reduction treatment that helps patients succeed in their body goals. If you're ready to take the next step, other advantages include:

  • Clinically proven fat loss
  • Fat reductions up to 40%
  • Clears fat cells naturally
  • Zero downtime, quick recovery
  • Noticeable results in 8-12 weeks

What to Expect from the Procedure

When you visit Ideal Gynecology for this procedure, you'll be able to sit back and relax in your private treatment room. During a CoolSculpting session, the device rests on your skin and applies a gentle suction motion. Scientifically named cryolipolysis, it freezes fat cells at a specific temperature so they cannot return. Because they don't like the cold, they rupture, and your lymphatic system helps eliminate them from your body naturally. It takes about one hour to target and treat each body part, although larger areas may require more than one session.

Interested? Give Us a Call

For more information about CoolSculpting or any of the other services provided by Ideal Gynecology, visit our website. For appointment scheduling with Dr. Lillian Schapiro or Dr. Kathryn Garren, please call our Atlanta, GA, office at (470) 312-3696.



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