Allergy is diagnosed by history and physical examination and confirmed by allergy testing. We do this allergy testing by skin testing on the arms or by tests done on blood drawn from your arm. Inhalant allergies can cause multiple symptoms but will mainly affect the respiratory system. Persistent and recurrent “colds”. “hay fever”, and “sinus” are examples of allergic symptoms. Any substance that can be inhaled or absorbed into the body may provoke allergic reactions. The most common inhalant allergens that trigger symptoms are pollens, molds and environmental agents such as animal dander and dust mites.
Allergy treatment is based on avoidance of offending allergens through environmental control, medications to control symptoms, and immunotherapy (allergy shots). If immunotherapy is recommended, a solution is mixed specifically for you based on your allergy testing results and will be administered in your arm. The need for allergy medication may decrease or disappear as immunotherapy is advanced. Allergy injections are usually given three to five years, but some patients require immunotherapy indefinitely.
Blepharoplasty is the removal of excess skin and tissue from the eye lids. This procedure results in a more youthful appearance to the eyes and in cases where upper lid skin is particularly excessive, can improve peripheral vision.
Botox is a purified protein which has safely been used to weaken facial muscles responsible for wrinkles. The most commonly treated areas are frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. The effects usually last three to five months and treatments should be repeated for maximum effectiveness. Fillers are injection gels used to fill and correct moderate to severe wrinkles and folds.
Cosmetic surgery includes surgical and nonsurgical procedures that enhance and reshape structures of the body to improve appearance and confidence.
Skin lesion removal is a procedure or surgery to remove growths on your skin. You may have a skin lesion removed because it is too big, bothersome, or uncomfortable. Or you may have a lesion removed because it could be cancerous or precancerous. Often the doctor can remove simple skin lesions during a routine visit. In some cases, the doctor may remove the lesion in an operating room. This depends on the size and type of lesion.
A frenectomy is a surgical procedure typically performed under local anesthetic that removes or loosens a band of muscle tissue that is connected to the lip, cheek or floor of the mouth. A frenulectomy is the removal of a frenulum, a small fold of tissue that prevents an organ in the body from moving too far. The goal is to free the tongue and allow proper speech, swallowing and movement.
This is a new procedure using a Delphia II System from Edge Systems Corporation. The Microdermabrasion is performed in the office and only takes 15-20 minutes. A few treatments will dramatically improve appearance of the skin. It is now a widely accepted skin care technique and has the ability to improve imperfections on the skin caused by aging and sun exposure.
ENT Associates of Alabama offers prosthetic voice restoration for those patients who have undergone laryngectomy or removal of the voice box because of cancer. Using the Blom-Singer and/or Bivona prosthetic voice restoration systems, a nearly normal voice with normal fluency can be achieved for the patient by the voice restoration team.