The Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing

Posted on October 20, 2020

Acne scars. Age spots. Crow’s feet. Sun damage. If you’ve found that these concerns are unresponsive to over-the-counter products, you’ve still got options. Professional laser skin resurfacing is a highly effective cosmetic procedure that can address a variety of different skin concerns with the right package of treatments. Fast and convenient, laser skin resurfacing imparts glowing, younger-looking skin. Here’s what to know about it and how our skincare team can help.

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that uses different types of laser energy to address different skin concerns. It does this by damaging the skin in a controlled manner to boost your skin’s wound-healing response and generate new collagen. In turn, this process also thickens collagen fibers, creating tighter, healthier-looking skin.

What Type of Laser is Used?

At DWH Health & Wellness Med Spa, we use fractional lasers. As the name suggests, this type of laser precisely targets a specific fraction of the skin, creating micro-channels in the skin to jumpstart collagen production. The strength and depth of the treatment will be tailored to your individual goals, and we’ll create the right treatment package for you.

What Concerns Can Laser Skin Resurfacing Correct?

Laser skin resurfacing can address a wide variety of issues, including:

  • Scars
  • Age spots
  • Fine lines
  • Sagging skin
  • Crow’s feet
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Pigmentation

How Do I Prepare for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

The best way to prepare for your laser skin resurfacing sessions is by following detailed instructions given by our skincare team. This usually includes stopping certain medications or products to make sure your treatment is successful. You should also stop taking blood thinners and avoid sun exposure, as well as stop smoking.

What Happens During Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Your laser technician will place a cover over your eyes to protect them from the laser and then use a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Once you’re relaxed and comfortable, your technician will apply the laser energy to your treatment area. Laser skin resurfacing typically takes 30 to 45 minutes for a smaller area, but a larger area can take up to two hours. Afterward, your skin will be soothed and made ready for the recovery process.

What Happens After Laser Skin Resurfacing?

After each session, you can expect your skin to be red, itchy, and scabbed once it begins healing. These reactions are all perfectly normal. You’ll receive detailed instructions to follow which might include things like using only gentle, unscented moisturizers on the area and avoiding sun exposure. Your skin should heal within one to two weeks with some crusting along the way, but your skin will emerge looking more radiant and rejuvenated afterward. You may need multiple treatment sessions to fully address your concerns, so your technician will make sure you understand when to return for your next appointment.

Schedule a Consultation

Laser skin resurfacing is an excellent option for addressing skin concerns with minimal downtime and the latest in skin rejuvenation technologies. To learn more, we invite you to meet with our laser team at our Richmond office by calling or filling out our online form.

Answering Your Top Botox FAQs

Posted on September 29, 2020

Botox has been used for decades as an injectable treatment to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This popular drug is also used to treat and prevent migraines and control excessive perspiration. It is safe and effective, and it softens the look of lines like nothing else on the market. Millions of Botox treatments are performed annually. If you are considering trying Botox for the first time, you probably have a few questions. Here are some answers to ease any concerns you might have before scheduling your first appointment.

What is Botox And How Does it Work?

Botox is a drug that temporarily paralyzes the muscles of the face. Technically, it is known as botulinum toxin. We inject it into the skin using an ultra-fine needle. It blocks the nerve signals that contract facial muscles. This temporary paralysis results in smooth and unlined skin. Results are gradual, and you will notice the full effect in three to seven days.

What Does Botox Treat On The Face?

Besides smoothing the skin on the forehead, Botox does wonders for other skin concerns. If you are concerned with fine lines around the lips, Botox does a wonderful job smoothing them out. Botox also works well on fine lines around the eyes, commonly known as crow’s feet. We also slim the appearance of the face by injecting Botox into the jaw muscles. Injecting it into the jaw can also alleviate discomfort from TMJ, or teeth grinding. It also smooths dimpled skin around the chin. When used with dermal fillers, Botox works especially well restoring a more youthful appearance.

Is Botox Painful?

There is minimal discomfort while Botox is being injected. For most patients, there is no recovery time and you can immediately go back to your day-to-day life. It does not require anesthesia or numbing of the skin. You will see the full results of the treatment within one week, though times can vary based on the individual.

At What Age Should I Start Botox?

When to start Botox is up to you and your medical care provider. For some people, they schedule their initial appointment when they spot their first wrinkle. Botox is thought to be preventative. By preventing wrinkles from ever forming, they slow down the appearance of aging. Other people wait until lines have become more pronounced. The average age to start Botox is between 35 and 40. Schedule a consultation today to decide if now is a good time to begin Botox treatments.

How Safe is Botox?

This FDA approved drug has been used safely for decades. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you are not a good candidate for Botox.

What About Side Effects?

All medications have a risk of side effects, including Botox. The most common side effects are redness or bruising around the injection site. This usually resolves on its own within hours or a few days after the treatment.

Schedule a Consultation

Are you ready for a more radiant you? Contact DWH Health And Wellness Med Spa today and discover if Botox is the best treatment for your skin.

Damage Control: How to Reverse The Aging Effects of the Sun

Posted on August 25, 2020

If you spend a lot of time outdoors without sunscreen, you will probably get damage to your skin. Sun damage does not occur from a day in the sun, but from years of exposure to ultraviolet rays. Besides the visible sunburns, UV rays are responsible for up to 90 percent of skin aging.

Some of the common signs of sun damage include wrinkles, dark spots, sagging skin, and many more. You can reverse the damage through:

1. Skin Exfoliation

You can repair your skin from sun damage through exfoliation. With this method, you will scrub the skin to remove dead cells. Removing dead cells allows your skin space to grow newer and healthier skin cells. If your skin has a layer of dead and darkened cells that hold clumps of brown pigment, exfoliation may work to reverse that damage. Through exfoliation, you can fuel the growth of new cells.

You can use physical or chemical exfoliants. The former uses fine granules to remove dead skin while the latter uses chemicals to dissolve the dead skin. If your skin is sensitive, chemical exfoliation is gentler to your skin.

2. Using Retinol

You can use retinol to stimulate cell turnover and increase the production of collagen. Retinal stimulates the skin to shed off the dead skin cells and grow newer and healthier cells. With time, it improves your skin pigmentation and removes the brown spots caused by sun damage.

There are different retinol products, some in form of gels and others creams. The strength of the products also varies, and some may even require a prescription. Pregnant women should avoid retinol as it can affect the unborn baby.

3. Laser Therapy

The above two methods are topical and can be self-administered. Laser treatment has to be conducted by a professional at an established clinic such as Dominion Women’s Health. Using laser therapy, you can reverse blotchiness, discoloration, wrinkles, and brown spots from sun damage.

Laser therapy works by causing small injuries to the skin to trigger the growth of new skin. It is important to talk to your dermatologist before you try laser therapy. This is the fastest method of correcting the damage caused by the sun.

4. Skin Lightening

There is no bleach involved in this practice. Rather, the products used here have hydroquinone as the main ingredient that helps to even the melanin that accumulates on some parts of the skin. The product comes as a cream or serum. Again, you need to talk to your dermatologist for product recommendations so you do not end up bleaching your skin.

Prevent Skin Damage

You do not have to wait until your skin is excessively damaged to start looking for a cure. You need to adopt the right sun safety habits. For starters, wear sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor of at least 30. You can also consider sunglasses, sun protective clothing, a cap, or wide-brimmed hat. There are also apps that help you determine when to get stop exposing your skin to the sun and the amount of sunscreen you can apply.

Your Guide to Skincare in Your 40s

Posted on July 20, 2020

No matter what your age, you should always take the best possible care of your skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ, so you want to ensure that it stays healthy throughout your lifetime. Once you reach your 40s, your skin has begun to change. As a result, your skincare regimen may also have to change. Here is a guide to caring for your skin in your 40s.

Hydrate as Much as Possible

The key to keeping your skin youthful, healthy and supple is to keep it well-hydrated. Hydrate as much as possible. There are a variety of ways you can do that, including drinking at least six or more eight-ounce glasses of water per day and using a good moisturizing facial cream. If water is not your favorite thing to drink because you find it too boring, you can jazz it up by adding a slice of lemon, lime, or even cucumber. Or, you can get fresh peppermint leaves and add them to your glass of water.

Get Plenty of Exercise

Healthy skin doesn’t come easily for many once you have hit your 40s. You have to work for it. That means not only doing things that directly target your skin, but you should also incorporate a good workout routine into your daily life. However, you don’t have to do anything too strenuous. Even doing light aerobic physical activities like walking or riding a bike can help. Exercise gets the blood flowing and stimulates your body’s oxygen. It can also deliver essential nutrients to your skin and can reverse the signs of aging.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C can help your health in many ways. Not only can you take it in capsule or pill form, but you can also apply it directly to your skin via a serum. Vitamin C fights off harmful radicals, improves skin pigmentation and brightens the skin. You can apply it once or twice per day for best results.

Collagen Supplements

Collagen is produced naturally by the body to keep the skin firmer, smoother, and younger-looking. As you get older, your collagen production naturally decreases, but you can take collagen supplements to retain your skin’s natural elasticity. Look for skincare products that contain collagen as well.

Eye Cream

By your 40s, you have probably begun to notice that the delicate skin around your eyes has changed. You might notice fine lines or crow’s feet. A good eye cream rich with vitamin C and retinol can help. Apply it to the skin around your eyes as part of your nightly routine and you will start to notice results in no time.

Protect Yourself from the Sun

You should do this no matter what your age, but protection from the sun is absolutely essential. Use a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30 or higher when you go outside in bright sunlight. You can even find makeup products that include SPF. Wear a hat and sunglasses or get prescription lenses for your glasses that include Transitions. Stay in the shade as much as possible. The sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays can prematurely age your skin and potentially cause skin cancer.

If you already see sun damage, treatments such as a Photofacial can help reduce sunspots, fine lines, and wrinkles. Set up a consultation with an expert skincare specialist to see what treatments may be best suited to you.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are a 40-something woman in the Richmond, Virginia area who wants better skincare options, contact DWH Health and Wellness Med Spa at your earliest convenience.

How to Get Your Best Summer Skin

Posted on July 14, 2020

Between the heat and sun, caring for your skin in the summer months requires several considerations. To achieve your best summer skin, you can use a combination of changes to your at-home routine and professional med spa services tailored to your skin type and environmental factors for the season.

Prioritize Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful ingredient that is useful in your skincare routine year-round but can be especially important during the summer months. One of the easiest ways to incorporate vitamin C into your routine is to apply a vitamin C serum between your cleansing and moisturizing steps. The antioxidant helps to prevent or reduce hyperpigmentation, encourages collagen production, and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Remember to Exfoliate

Spending more time outdoors, sweating in the summer heat, or facing oily skin can easily clog the pores during summer, causing acne or other issues. While it’s important to avoid over-exfoliating, in the summer it can be beneficial to remove dead skin cells and debris more frequently. At home, you can use products with ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acid to gently exfoliate a few times a week. Or, you can try med spa services like dermaplaning or microdermabrasion to thoroughly cleanse and exfoliate.

Don’t Skip SPF

You should be wearing SPF daily no matter the time of year, but it’s especially important during the summer months. Sun exposure is one of the biggest contributors to signs of aging like hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity. What’s worse, harmful UV rays also increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

For some, it’s easiest to choose products that are multipurpose to ensure they’re incorporating SPF. You can try moisturizers that have at least SPF 30 for the summer, for example. If you’re sweating or swimming, just remember to reapply as necessary.


While most people need heavier creams and moisturizers in the winter, it’s important not to skip out of hydration during the summer. You can keep the skin healthy with at-home masks and light daily moisturizers to keep the skin healthy and glowing during the summer. Ensuring you drink plenty of water on hotter days is also crucial.

Treat Sun Damage with Professional Services

Sun damage can occur if you were previously unaware of how to care for your skin, and even with proper care, the elements can take effect over time. Thankfully, professional med spa services can improve most signs of sun damage on the skin.

Photofacial, or IPL treatment, is a laser skin treatment that targets unwanted pigmentation. This makes it a great option for those facing sunspots or age spots.

A custom facial treatment can also be beneficial for a range of skin concerns, such as dryness or acne, which can be worsened in the summer.

Microneedling can also create firmer skin with renewed elasticity and more even tone and texture. While microneedling patients should avoid sun exposure immediately following the treatment, it can be a good option for those facing more mild symptoms of sun damage.

Schedule a Consultation

If you’re interested in professional services or want advice on a summer skincare routine from an expert, contact Dominion Women’s Health Med Spa in Richmond, VA. Call (804) 447-2303 or request an appointment online.

What Does a Photofacial Do?

Posted on May 13, 2020

A photofacial, also known as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment, is a skin rejuvenation procedure that uses the power of broadband light. Photofacial treatments improve the appearance of age spots, sun spots, and the skin’s texture. IPL treatments are also used for photorejuvenation, hair removal, and for alleviating dermatological conditions such as acne. Photofacial has gained popularity for being affordable, non-invasive, and effective.

How does a Photofacial work?

A photofacial is done with a small hand-held device that is passed across the skin. It delivers broad-spectrum light in pulses, which penetrates the deep layers of your skin. The interaction between the light and the skin occurs at a molecular level, thus eliminating the need for any injections or incisions. Photofacials are therefore targeted treatments, suitable for specific skin concerns and problem areas.

How long does a Photofacial take to heal?

Since the procedure is not invasive, a Photofacial barely gets in the way of your daily life activities. You may continue using makeup right after the treatment, but you have to ensure that you are gentle during applications and removal. If you experience any bruising, which rarely happens, it will heal after a week or two. Crusting may occur, which improves in about ten days.

How to get the best results from a Photofacial

To get the best results from a Photofacial, you must ensure that you take care of your face accordingly, before and after the procedure. Use the proper skincare for a week to stimulate the skin before the procedure. Ensure that you follow the doctors’ advice after the procedure for healthy skin renewal.

What are the benefits of a Photofacial?

Photofacials are beneficial in erasing brown spots, freckles, mild sun damage, and irregular pigmentation on problematic areas of the skin. Below are some of the benefits of photo facial treatments:

Photofacial is applicable to any body part

Most first time users get Photofacial treatments on their facial area. After they start to see results, they choose to apply the treatments to other problematic areas such as the chest, shoulders, and neck. IPL treatments are, however, applicable to any external part of the body.

Helps to control acne

Photofacial treatments can be beneficial to people who suffer from acne. They help to combat the inflammation and redness caused by acne. They also help to eliminate large pores, therefore reducing the appearance of acne on the skin.

They help to minimize signs of aging

Although Photofacials aren’t necessarily an anti-aging solution, they help to reduce signs of aging, such as sunspots and wrinkles.

Photofacials are affordable

Compared to other skin treatments, Photofacials are a lower-cost solution. The results are also long term, thus eliminating the need for regular appointments.

DWH Health & Wellness Med Spa is a wellness medical spa located in Richmond, Virginia. The spa has several master estheticians who are licensed, knowledgeable, and caring. We offer a wide range of services, including skincare, hair removal, and anti-aging treatments. The spa also offers photo facial treatments for various skin conditions.

Your Guide to Skincare in Your 30s

Posted on April 27, 2020

It’s a fact of life that your skin changes as you age. Once you get into your thirties, it’s perfectly normal to notice a shift in your skin and the way it responds to your at-home care. Like your wardrobe, your skincare regimen should change with seasons to adapt to your skin’s needs and your cosmetic goals. Whether you’re in your thirties or fast approaching, here’s what to know about some important steps in your skincare habits and lifestyle.

Get Enough Sleep

When you were in your teens and twenties, it probably felt like you could get away with much less sleep. In fact, you could probably stay out all night and still be relatively fresh the next day. However, too many lost hours of sleep will start to show on your skin in your thirties. This can manifest in fine lines and bags around your eyes as well as overall poor skin quality since your body doesn’t have the rest it needs to renew collagen and turn over new cells. Getting at least eight hours of sleep every night becomes extremely important to your health as well, so make an effort to incorporate this into your lifestyle if you haven’t already.

Pay Careful Attention to Sensitive Skin

The skin on your eyelids is thinner than the skin on other parts of your body. This is also true of your hands and neck, and these areas can give away your age even if your face otherwise looks young and smooth. As part of your daily moisturizing regimen, you should spread some moisturizer over your neck and hands, as well as your undereye area. If you need a little extra help, certain skincare treatments like a chemical peel or dermal infusion can help boost your skin’s cell turnover and reduce fine lines in sensitive areas. Additionally, our skincare team can recommend the best at-home products for you and your anti-aging goals.

Get Your Antioxidants

Vitamin C and Vitamin E are both antioxidants, and these protect your skin from damage caused by the sun. While there is no surefire method of stopping wrinkles, antioxidants are known to speed up your skin’s repair systems, which slows down the aging process. Some good sources of Vitamin C are citrus fruits, green pepper, broccoli, and leafy, green veggies. To get more Vitamin E, you could eat almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, or peanuts. Along with this, consider incorporating a Vitamin C serum into your skincare to give it an extra boost of protection and to repair sun damage.

Schedule a Consultation

Finding the right skincare regimen in your thirties can mean youthful, glowing skin for years to come. To meet with our skincare experts and learn more about your best options, we invite you to contact our Richmond office by calling or filling out our online form.

When Do I Need Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?

Posted on March 23, 2020

Nearly all women experience some discomforts during menopause, although not all will experience these the same way. Hormonal changes that occur during menopause can have life-changing effects that can alter the nature of relationships, emotions, and bodily functions. Often, these changes keep many from enjoying their lives as they did before. Fortunately, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help relieve these symptoms. Here’s what to know about when you can benefit from this treatment option.

Hot Flashes and Other Menopausal Symptoms

Estrogen levels in a woman’s body decline sharply during the menopausal years, which can lead to emotional and mental discomfort. Moderate anxiety and depression are common, but when these symptoms are severe, it can take a toll on relationships, work, and the general ability to function daily. Hot flashes are one of the most severe symptoms of menopause. Intense feelings of warmth over the chest, neck, and face can occur regularly and unexpectedly. The increase in bodily heat can lead to extreme sweating, which often causes a significant drop in body temperature and subsequent chills.

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones lose their density over time and become brittle, causing them to break easily. This is one of the more serious symptoms of menopause, and it rapidly gets worse once it starts. The weakness of the bones can cause them to bend over time, which can have devasting effects on posture. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can reverse this in many women or be used to keep this from happening in the first place if therapy begins early enough.

Premature Menopause

Woman reach their menopausal years at different ages, but symptoms usually begin between the years of 45 to 55. However, some women begin experiencing these symptoms during their 30s. Ovaries can stop making female hormones early in life and periods stop coming as a result. Premature menopause can be slowed down with hormone replacement therapy if treatment begins as soon as other symptoms start to manifest. The idea is to catch this issue before it becomes a problem that is less treatable later.

Loss of Sex Drive

If you experience a significant reduction in sex drive and it begins to adversely affect your relationship or marriage, hormone replacement is an option for you. This has to do with the steep reduction in the production of female hormones associated with sex drive. These include estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. While men produce much more testosterone than women, it’s still the primary hormone for both sexes when it comes to libido.

Schedule a Consultation

It can be hard to know when it’s the right time to begin exploring hormone replacement therapy, but our team can help. To learn more, we invite you to contact DWH Health & Wellness MedSpa by calling or filling out our online form.

How Permanent is Laser Hair Removal?

Posted on February 21, 2020

What is laser hair removal, and how does it work?

You may opt for laser hair removal if you do not enjoy how often you have to wax, tweeze, or shave to maintain positive results.

Laser hair removal is a long-term hair removal procedure that works by sending the light of a laser through a pigment of the hair. The light converts into heat and damages the hair follicle.

Hair grows in a cycle of resting, shedding, and growth spurts. The laser hair removal process will not affect hair that’s in the resting phase. Patients need to repeat the procedure several times within a 2 to 3 month period for optimal results. 

To what extent is laser hair removal permanent?

Laser hair removal can be permanent. You may experience that hair regrows in the areas targeted by laser treatment. Meaning, the follicles in the resting stage, which were unaffected by the laser, have now reached their growth spurt.

Moreover, it could be that the hair follicle was damaged but not destroyed, and after a while, hair regrew from these follicles.

Whatever the case, the hair that regrows, if it does, is usually lighter and less noticeable as compared to the natural hair. The extent of the regrowth may also depend on the type of hair. 

Your Dominion Women’s Health physician may recommend that you undergo several treatments to stop the regrowth permanently.

However, there are people with hair that’s light, short, or resistant to the laser treatment and therefore don’t get a permanent result from the procedure.

What are the cost implications for laser hair removal?

The cost of laser hair removal is highly individualized. It depends on the treatment area, how much hair is in the area, the thickness of hair, and many more factors. Since laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure, most insurance companies do not cover the cost. It is important to check your insurance plan before coming into the office to make sure of what your benefits are. The amount of hair and the extent to which it regrows in-between process will also affect cost. If financing is a concern, speak with our practice coordinator about payment and our financing options. We strive to make this procedure comfortable and stress-free for each patient. 

How do you choose a good technician?

Laser hair removal is a process that needs considerable experience and expertise. It is, therefore, essential to go to highly-trained and experienced. estheticians. Dominion Women’s Health is a health and wellness med spa where beauty and medicine meet. The spa has been in the industry for many decades, thus gaining expertise in laser hair removal. A free consultation is guaranteed to all customers, where our team addresses your needs and concerns. Your physician will formulate the best treatment plan to ensure you are satisfied with the results. If you are searching for experienced, efficient, and cost-effective laser hair removal technicians, look no further. For a consultation, contact our office today by phone or by filling out our online form. 

Your Guide to Skincare in Your 20s

Posted on January 22, 2020

Our skin changes as we age. In our teens, it produces more oil and acne is a major concern. By your thirties, your skin tends to be dryer and starts to show signs of aging and sun damage.

Your twenties are a transitional time for your skin. That means that now is the time to focus on keeping your skin healthy and preventing problems that can arise from poor skincare.

The following rules are great ones for women and men in their twenties to follow for beautiful, smooth, glowing skin in the decades to come.

Rule #1 – Remove Your Makeup

It’s no surprise that most women and some men in their twenties wear makeup. While these products can even out your skin tone and elevate your look, they can clog your pores and make it difficult for your skin to absorb the nutrients it needs.

That means that cleaning your face every night is critical to your skin’s health. It is a good idea to use a cleansing oil or balm to soften up your makeup and follow it up with a good, yet conditioning cleanser to remove excess oil and the dirt and debris in your pores.

Rule #2 – Exfoliate

To get the most out of your skincare, you need to exfoliate one or two times weekly with a chemical exfoliator. These non-abrasive chemicals go into the pores to remove build-up from cosmetics and other skincare products. This is important to ensure that your moisturizers and serums are getting deep into your skin and doing their job.

Rule #3 – Sunscreen

Prevention is key when it comes to sun damage, which includes wrinkles, sunspots, and skin cancer. Use sunscreen daily by applying it over your moisturizer, but before foundation. Foundation with sunscreen often isn’t enough to prevent the most serious sun damage, making this an important rule.

Rule #4 – Use an Eye Cream

The skin around the eye is the most delicate and prone to wrinkles and sun damage. Good eye cream is gentle enough to be used on this delicate area of skin and will help keep the skin moist, smooth, and boost collagen production to prevent and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. It can also improve the appearance of dark circles.

Rule #5 – Retinol

It’s never too early to start age-related skincare. In your twenties, you begin to see signs of aging around your eyes and mouth. Before that begins, use retinol products. These products work deep within the skin to heal damage and boost collagen production to prevent wrinkles and keep your skin smooth, plump, and healthy.

Need a Little Guidance?

To create a custom skincare routine, book a consultation with one of our licensed master estheticians at DWH Health and Wellness Medical Spa. An experienced esthetician can guide you in your skincare and help you manage problem areas and ensure that your skin stays clear, smooth, and healthy as you age. If you need a bit more help, we can also provide the treatments you need to keep your skin beautiful and flawless.

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