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By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
August 17, 2022
Category: Surgeries
Tags: Tonsillectomy  

Do I need a tonsillectomy?

Tonsils are the soft masses in the back of the throat. These lymph nodes can help get rid of bacteria and protect against infection; however, they too can become infected. Strep throat is a common tonsil infection. When tonsils become infected or inflamed quite frequently, our Fredericksburg, and Stafford, VA, ENT physicians may recommend a tonsillectomy.

What Is a Tonsillectomy?

A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure performed by our Fredericksburg, VA, team to remove the tonsils. Most people think of children when they think of tonsillectomies; however, kids aren’t the only ones who can benefit from the procedure. Adults can, too. The procedure is performed the same way on adults as on children.

Why Might I Need a Tonsillectomy as an Adult?

Just because you’ve dealt with strep throat or tonsillitis in your lifetime doesn’t mean you’ll need to undergo a tonsillectomy. Our physicians may recommend getting your tonsils removed if,

  • You are dealing with chronic sore throats or infections of the throat (five or more a year)
  • Inflamed or enlarged tonsils are causing obstructive sleep apnea or sleep-disordered breathing
  • You develop a growth or mass on the tonsils (often caused by HPV)

It’s more common for men to have their tonsils removed than women.

What Should I Expect From the Procedure?

This procedure is performed under general anesthesia, meaning you will be asleep throughout the surgery. Tonsils can be removed using a scalpel, laser, sound waves or cold. Regardless of the technique, the recovery is the same. Sometimes our team may decide to remove the adenoids as well. Once you are out of surgery, we will monitor you for a few hours before sending you home.

How Long Is the Recovery Process?

You should expect to make a full recovery in about two weeks. We will provide you with care instructions and do’s and don’ts to ensure that your throat heals properly without complication. We may prescribe pain medication to ease discomfort, especially for the first few days after surgery. Give your body ample rest and recovery time. A liquid and soft foods diet are required for two weeks.

If you are dealing with persistent or severe tonsillitis, it may be time to speak with our Fredericksburg, and Stafford, VA, team to discuss whether you could be a candidate for a tonsillectomy. To schedule a consultation, call the Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center at (540) 371-1226.

By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
July 26, 2022
Category: Otolaryngology

Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center is here for you with a skilled team of physicians and surgeons. We can help treat a variety of conditions including thyroid problems like Hashimoto's Thyroiditis in Fredericksburg, and Stafford, VA. Keep reading about this condition and come see us if you're struggling with symptoms.

What Is Hashimoto's Thyroiditis?

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis or Hashimoto's Disease is a case of hypothyroidism. This means you are not producing enough hormone from your thyroid gland, the butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the throat. Hormone levels affect your whole body, so there are various symptoms of hypothyroid including:

  • Fatigue and depleted energy
  • Depression
  • Brittle nails
  • Dry skin
  • Constipation
  • Memory problems
  • Always feeling cold
  • Heavy or irregular periods in women

Don't ignore any combination of these symptoms or any symptoms you can't explain. Come talk to your doctor about testing your thyroid levels in Fredericksburg, VA, or Stafford, VA.

What Causes Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that your immune system stops recognizing the thyroid gland as your own body and begins attacking it. This makes you produce less and less thyroid over time. Other causes can include exposure to large amounts of iodide (which was a past treatment for croup in children), high levels of lithium, and if for any reason you've had to have your thyroid gland removed.

How Is It Treated?

Hypothyroidism causes a lot of uncomfortable symptoms, but there is treatment available. HRT or hormone replacement therapy. Supplemental, synthetic thyroid can be delivered by oral medication and bring your thyroid levels back up.

The team of physicians at Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center can help if you've been struggling with thyroid problems in Fredericksburg, or Stafford, VA. Contact us for an appointment at either our Fredericksburg or Stafford locations at (540) 371-1226.

By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
May 13, 2022
Tags: Laser HydraFacial  

Looking for a quick procedure to boost the look and feel of your skin? A laser HydraFacial at Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA might just be the solution for you.

What Exactly Is a Laser Hydrafacial?

A laser HydraFacial is an all-in-one cosmetic procedure that cleanses, exfoliates, hydrates, extracts, and moisturizes to provide you with beautiful, healthy-looking skin. It involves the use of a handheld device that vacuums the pores, exfoliates away the dead skin, and infuses the skin with powerful moisturizers. This comprehensive skin care treatment can provide incredible, visible results in as little as half an hour.

Benefits of a HydraFacial in Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA

While there are many benefits to be gained from this procedure, the following are just a few.

Versatile

One of the great things about a laser HydraFacial is how many people can benefit from the procedure. It’s suitable for all skin types and very gentle. It can address everything from acne, blackheads, and clogged pores to fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tones. It’s also beneficial for everyone from teenagers to older adults.

Extend the Results

If you have specific concerns, such as skin discoloration, the team at Ear, Nose, and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center can add boosters to the laser HydraFacial to address them.

No Downtime

The procedure takes only about 30 minutes, and it requires no downtime. Therefore, you can squeeze it in on your lunch hour or in between other obligations.

Continuous Results

Depending on your specific concerns, you might need a few treatments to achieve optimal results. However, once your face has been refreshed with a laser HydraFacial, you can more easily maintain healthy, glowing skin. The team at Ear, Nose, and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA can provide skincare tips to follow at home to help.

Interested in learning more or want to experience a laser HydraFacial yourself in Stafford or Fredericksburg, VA? Schedule an appointment with the team at Ear, Nose, and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center by calling (540) 371-1226.

By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
March 29, 2022
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: balloon sinuplasty  

Most people experience problems with their sinuses at some point in their lives. From colds to allergies or other respiratory infections, sinus problems are a minor nuisance for most people. However, some people suffer from chronic sinus problems and may need balloon sinuplasty in Fredericksburg, VA, or Stafford, VA, to get relief. Contact our team at the Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center to see if you’re a candidate for this minimally invasive procedure.

What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?

A balloon sinuplasty in Fredericksburg, VA or Stafford, VA unblocks sinus passageways using a tiny balloon that's inserted through the nostrils. Under general anesthetic, doctors perform the procedure by guiding a small wire equipped with the balloon through the nasal passageways.

Once inserted, doctors inflate the balloon to open the passageways. Once the passageways become fully open, doctors will deflate the balloon and withdraw it from the sinus passageway. After the procedure, a patient's nasal passageways will start to drain and function normally.

Balloon Sinuplasty Benefits

Any surgical procedure under general anesthetic poses some risks. However, a balloon sinuplasty is a safe and effective way to restore proper sinus function. Additionally, doctors don't need to cut tissue or make any incisions to insert the balloon. So, the procedure results in less pain, bruising, swelling and bleeding. Recovery times are also far less than those of patients who've had traditional surgery.

Are You a Good Candidate?

If you suffer chronic sinus problems for more than six months, you may be a good candidate for the procedure. Other symptoms that might make you a good candidate include:

  • Chronic nasal mucus discharge or blockage
  • Persistent sinus infections (four or more) during a 12-month period
  • Frequent pain around the eyes
  • Problems breathing through the nose
  • Persistent coughing/throat irritation
  • Chronic fatigue/sleep disruptions
  • Frequent sinus headaches

If you have chronic sinus problems as a result of polyps, you may not be a good candidate for the procedure. Additionally, you may not be suitable for the procedure if you have a deviated septum.

To find out if you're an ideal candidate for a balloon sinuplasty in Fredericksburg, VA or Stafford, VA, schedule your comprehensive evaluation with our team of doctors today at the Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center by calling (540) 371-1226.

By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
January 06, 2022
Tags: Laser HydraFacial  

Learn more about this popular cosmetic skincare treatment.

If you’re looking to give your skin a rejuvenating boost for the new year, then you’ve come to the right place. Our Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA, ENT physicians at Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg offer HydraFacial with laser therapy. By combining these popular cosmetic treatments we can target a wider array of skin issues while offering more dramatic results.

What is a HydraFacial?

This popular skin resurfacing treatment is used to exfoliate the skin while also delivering antioxidants and deep hydration to the skin through a variety of special serums. This type of facial is sometimes referred to as a hydradermabrasion. A HydraFacial involves four different steps: cleansing and exfoliating, a mild chemical peel, suction extraction and deep hydration.

What makes laser HydraFacials different?

The lasers used in a laser HydraFacial here in our Fredericksburg, VA, practice are non-ablative, meaning that it is non-invasive and less aggressive than an ablative laser, which means that there is no downtime. Combining lasers with HydraFacial means that our team can treat a wider range of skin imperfections including,

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Visible veins
  • Discolorations and dark spots
  • Sun damage
  • Rosacea
  • Superficial scarring
  • Enlarged pores

Combining cosmetic laser therapy with a HydraFacial provides incredible and dramatic results that you’ll see right away; however, these treatments do need to be spaced apart. Talk with our team about how long you should wait between treatments. Some patients choose to get a HydraFacial one month and then laser treatment the following month. After getting laser HydraFacial you will notice,

  • Tighter pores
  • Cleaner more rejuvenated skin
  • Glowing complexion
  • Incredibly soft skin

Is a laser HydraFacial right for me?

If you are looking for dramatic results to improve the overall complexion and appearance of your skin while also targeting anti-aging and other imperfections, then a laser HydraFacial could be right for you. If you are looking for a non-invasive treatment with no downtime, this treatment could be ideal.

A new year deserves a new you that you can feel confident in. If you’re interested in our laser HydraFacial, we have two practices in Fredericksburg and one in Stafford, VA, to meet your cosmetic needs. To find out if laser HydraFacial is right for you, schedule a consultation with the Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg at (540) 371-1226.





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