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Skin Care Tricks: Surprising Uses for Botox

Skin Care Tricks: Surprising Uses for Botox

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When you think of Botox, you probably think of its most common use – getting rid of wrinkles and signs of aging. What you may not know is there are other uses for Botox that treat a number of conditions.

6 surprising uses for Botox

Chronic migraines

Botox has been FDA approved for chronic migraines since 2010. Back in 1992, it was discovered that patients receiving Botox reported fewer headaches. It was then tested on those with chronic migraines and approved for use. Some experts are still unsure whether it’s truly effective or if it’s a placebo effect. Either way, patients are experiencing fewer migraines! For migraine prevention, patients typically receive 31 injections in different spots on the head and neck, which lasts up to three months.

Excessive sweating

Also known as hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating is a common condition that can cause frustration and distress. Areas like the armpits, palms, soles, and scalp can be treated with Botox injections. Some studies show that Botox decreases sweating in the injected areas by up to 87 percent, and in the hands, it’s been up to 90 percent effective. Yes, sweating is necessary for our health, but repeated treatments of Botox have been shown to be safe and it’s FDA approved!

Overactive bladder

Many doctors have found Botox is an impactful treatment for overactive bladder in women. In a study, 70 percent of women reported about three leaks a day compared to five at the beginning of the study. For the treatment, Botox is injected into the bladder muscle to target the source of the overactive bladder. It reduces leakage, treats the strong need to urinate, and reduces the number of trips to the bathroom.

Crossed-eyes

This was one of the first conditions Botox was approved for. Crossed eyes, also known as strabismus, can be a congenital issue or can occur from trauma. While there are other methods to correct crossed eyes, such as surgery, some choose Botox treatments first to relax the muscle and see how the uncrossed eye will look. Botox can be used as a longer term solution as well.

Muscle spasms

Whether you have severe spasms in the neck or even in your eyelids, Botox can be used as a blockade to block how the nerves communicate with the muscles. This method is FDA approved and is useful to doctors when muscles are spasming.

Acne

While it’s not the most popular or effective treatment for acne, studies have shown that Botox used on acne lesions can lessen oil production and lead to less acne. In a study, 85 percent of patients who were injected with a single dose of Botox saw a decrease in pore size and oil. Botox is not a permanent solution to acne but may help get severe cases under control.

The effects of Botox on the conditions listed above can vary from person-to-person. If you’re considering Botox as a treatment, it’s important to talk to your doctor about possible side effects. Typically, Botox will last three to four months. For getting rid of wrinkles at ANU, the skin care professionals in New Jersey are offering discounts on Botox units this month!

TruSculpt vs. CoolSculpting

TruSculpt vs. CoolSculpting

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Diet and exercise may get you to your ideal body weight, but you could still be left with stubborn fat that doesn’t want to go away. Don’t give up just yet! Bat wings, turkey gobble necks, and love handles can be a thing of the past with body contouring treatments like TruSculpt 3D and CoolSculpting. Both of these treatments have become very popular in recent years, but what’s the difference?

A look at TruSculpt and CoolSculpting

In the past, surgical liposuction was the only way to get rid of fat, but now there are nonsurgical options like TruSculpt and CoolSculpting that work just as well without the risks of surgery. Upon first glance, both treatments are very similar. However, these procedures are using opposite mechanisms to achieve similar results. One uses radiofrequency heat to destroy fat cells and the other uses extreme cold. There are also important differences in who it’s best suited for.

A deeper look at TruSculpt

TruSculpt 3D uses radiofrequency technology to heat fat cells and destroy them through a process called lipolysis. The cells then shrink and the body eliminates them over about three months.

During a TruSculpt treatment, a handheld device is pressed over the treatment area to deliver targeted pulses of calibrated radiofrequency energy. If you’re worried about any discomfort from the heat of the machine, the frequency used penetrates the layer of fat and heats the cells more so than the skin. Additionally, your doctor will be able to adjust the device to a temperature you’re comfortable with.

Oftentimes, several handheld devices are used simultaneously so the treatment may only last 20 to 30 minutes depending on the treatment area size. TruSculpt 3D is a great option for those that are too small or too large for the machine used in the CoolSculpt procedure, as it does not require any skin to be pinched. It’s also great for people who have pockets of fat in difficult to reach places, like the underarms, neck, and shoulders.

A deeper look at CoolSculpting

As the name would suggest, CoolSculpting uses cold to freeze fat cells through the cryolipolysis process. Similar to the TruSculpt process, the cells then shrink, die, and your body eliminates them over a few months.

During the CoolSculpting treatment, your problem areas will be pulled up into a cup-like device. The skin held in that device will receive the cold treatment until the fat cells are frozen. If you’re worried about the pain of the treatment, the first 10 minutes or so is the only time that patients may feel discomfort. After that, the skin will feel numb and the discomfort goes away.

CoolSculpting sessions typically last between 40 to 60 minutes. Unlike TruSculpt, only one area can be treated at a time with CoolSculpting, so more than one treatment may be necessary. Additionally, CoolSculpting is a little more limited in who it’s best for. It’s best for those who have areas of excess fat that can be pinched (usually about an inch of fat is needed to be pulled into the machine). Where TruSculpt does not require a specific amount of fat needed for the treatment to be effective.

Whichever method of body contouring you’re interested in, it’s important to do your research and learn your options. The best way to figure out if a treatment is right for you is to come in for a consultation. One of our experienced physicians at ANU will find the perfect treatment plan for you to get rid of stubborn fat! This month, ANU is offering one area of TruSculpt for $999 and you’ll get the second area half off! Learn more here.

Reducing Wrinkles with Ultherapy

Reducing Wrinkles with Ultherapy

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When we get to a certain age, we start to notice our little imperfections. Fine lines around the mouth and sagging skin are just a couple examples of what we see when we look in the mirror every morning. Luckily, these things can be fixed! Ultherapy, offered here at ANU Medical Spa in New Jersey, could be the answer to your wrinkled features.

What is Ultherapy

Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved procedure of its kind to lift and tighten skin in the hard-to-treat areas of the brow, neck, chin, and décolletage without surgery! It’s basically a nonsurgical alternative to a facelift. Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin in your skin. For over 50 years, ultrasound has been safely used in the field of medicine. The treatment incorporates this traditional ultrasound imaging, allowing for clear visibility of the tissue layers being treated. Going beyond the skin’s surface, Ultherapy® administers the correct amount of ultrasound energy at the appropriate temperature. The ultrasonic energy from the procedure causes a natural reaction in the skin, which kick starts the regeneration of new collagen. Bye bye wrinkles!

Misconceptions about Ultherapy

With a quick search on Google, you might find some bad reviews about ultherapy. That it hurts or doesn’t work. In any case, the doctor administering your Ultherapy should be aware of your pain tolerance and be able to adjust the depth levels to one that you are comfortable with. As for the treatment not working, it takes time for new collagen to appear. Most of the time results will not be seen for about two or three months. When looking for a doctor or medical spa in New Jersey for Ultherapy treatments, it’s important to do your research and make sure that you’re getting the official Ultherapy treatment and not someone’s generic brand twin. At ANU, you can be sure that you’re getting the real Ultherapy treatment from experienced physicians.

Areas treated with Ultherapy

  • Eye: if you have hooded skin over your eyelids, Ultherapy can lift and tighten that! In just 60 to 90 minutes, you’ll be on your way to youthful looking eyes.
  • Neck and Chin: jowls, a double chin, and turkey neck might be bothering you in the mirror, but they’re no match for Ultherapy.
  • Decolletage (chest area): This area should only take 30 minutes to complete. So many people moisturize their faces but neglect their necks and chests! As you age, your face and neck area may start looking like they’re from two different people!

Reviews of Ultherapy

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Why Laser Hair Reduction is Worth it

Why Laser Hair Reduction is Worth it

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Summer is coming up quickly. That means it’s time to shed that hairy winter coat you may have kept on your armpits, bikini area, and legs throughout the chilly months! If the time and pain of shaving or waxing is more than you can bear for another season, why not try something different? More and more women are turning to laser hair reduction in New Jersey with each passing year. Lasers may sound intimidating and expensive, but we’ve done the math to show you that laser hair reduction is worth it!

The average time and money spent

The cost and time spent shaving or waxing may seem minimal on a use-to-use basis, but over time, it can add up! Over the course of a lifetime, the average woman will spend over 50 days removing hair from her body and just over $10,000 on shaving equipment. For waxing, women will spend an average of $23,000 on hair removal! According to an American Laser Center study, women can save $7,000 by receiving laser hair removal on the areas they typically shave and $20,000 by receiving the treatment on areas they usually wax.

The benefits don’t stop at the money saved. Laser hair removal also helps conserve water. The same study reported that 52 percent of women shave with the water running the entire time and shave for about 11 minutes, 12 times per month with the average shower using five gallons of water per minute. This equates to a total of 420,652 gallons of water being used to shave in a lifetime. Whether you’re looking to save the planet or your water bill (or both), laser hair reduction is a perfect option.

Laser hair cost per area

Each area differs in price for laser hair reduction. At ANU Medical Spa, we treat a variety of areas on the body, and this month, we’re offering 50 percent off all areas!

  • Bikini area – $300 per treatment
  • Brazilian bikini – $400 per treatment
  • Chin – $200 per treatment
  • Lip – $200 per treatment
  • Underarm – $200 per treatment
  • Full back, chest, full leg – price by consultation

Real women who had laser hair reduction done

The upfront cost of laser hair reduction may be larger than the price of a razor and shaving cream, but post-treatment waking up each day with silky, smooth skin and having to do nothing for it is priceless. We promise you’ll never want to go back to the razor! Get 50% off laser hair reduction at New Jersey’s ANU Medical spa! Learn more here.

The Secret to Younger-looking Skin for Women Over 40

The Secret to Younger-looking Skin for Women Over 40

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For women over 40, fine lines, wrinkles, and other skin imperfections are a constant struggle. You’re not alone in wanting to achieve younger-looking skin! Most of the skin concerns we hear about are wrinkles, age spots, dark spots, loose skin, and scarring. Anti-aging creams and other topical products are great for day-to-day prevention, but what about the long term? Our number one suggestion is microneedling. In New Jersey, ANU Medical Spa offers microneedling treatments that can help women look and feel younger.

What is microneedling?

Microneedling uses a sterile Dermapen needle cartridge to penetrate the upper and lower layers of the skin. This process causes controlled microscopic wounds to kickstart the body’s own wound healing response, which increases your body’s production of collagen. Collagen-loss is the main reason for signs of aging in the face, which is why microneedling can help!

What microneedling does for your skin

  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces dark spots
  • Repairs visible scars
  • Reverses sun damage and pigmentation
  • Shrinks pores
  • Keeps skin tight
  • Allows your topical products to penetrate the skin more efficiently
  • Reduces visible stretch marks

At-home treatments vs at a medical spa

The at-home microneedling gadgets you can buy online will not offer the same strength of treatment as a medical spa or salon. You’ll see some results, but they will not be as prominent or as long term. With at-home treatments, you also run the risk of not doing it right and irritating the skin. Additionally, if you have inflamed rosacea or acne, it’s best not to go with the DIY method. A trained skin care professional will be able to create a personalized treatment plan to ensure the best results for you.

Good things come to those who wait

Unfortunately, the effects of a microneedling treatment will not be noticeable immediately. We suggest our clients to receive three to five treatments in four to six week intervals for the best, long-lasting results. Within a regular treatment plan, you will start to see results at around three months because collagen production takes time.

Don’t take our word for it. See microneedling in action

Our secret weapon for skin care has been revealed! Before it’s too late, take advantage of microneedling at New Jersey’s ANU Medical Spa. This month only, save money on microneedling with a vitamin C infusion!

Microdermabrasion at Home vs. at a Medical Spa

Microdermabrasion at Home vs. at a Medical Spa

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For a fresh, polished look to your skin, microdermabrasion is great. In just a few microdermabrasion treatments, age spots, sun damage, acne, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, stretch marks, and scars will visibly decrease. Nowadays, microdermabrasion is not just reserved for those who treat themselves at the spa. There are tons of different at-home kits and tools that are enticing skin care lovers. But do these at-home treatments really work as well as those done at the spa? Let’s take a look.

Doing it yourself

The internet loves DIY and many people pride themselves on getting it done themselves. Microdermabrasion is no exception. We must admit that using an at-home kit for microdermabrasion does have its benefits. You’re in the comfort of your own home, you have flexible time to do it whenever you want, and the price is slightly cheaper (ranging from $20 to $300+).

There are also some important cons to microdermabrasion at home. You run the risk of irritating your skin or causing burning sensations, mostly because you did not get the right type of products for your skin. Additionally, many of the at-home products do not come with the necessary repair and replenishing products that are needed after a treatment. The biggest mistake people make when purchasing at-home kits is not doing enough research to make sure what they’re getting is right for them.

Many at-home microdermabrasion kits are like the salon equipment but with training wheels on. Anyone can use these tools that come in the kit, and they are designed with that in mind. For this reason, your at-home treatment will not make as much of an impact as a medical spa treatment.

A trip to a medical spa

When you go to a medical spa in New Jersey for microdermabrasion, you can expect state-of-the-art machines and tools and certified estheticians that have perfected the process and understand the needs of all skin types. The equipment you’ll see in medical spas is not something you’ll find on Amazon. Many spas use high tech diamond-tipped microderm exfoliator devices that are powerful and offer beautiful results. Plus, before and after treatments typically include professional grade repair and replenishing serums to restore moisture and essential nutrients to your skin. Not to mention, it’s nice to be able to just sit back and relax while someone is beautifying your skin! Following the treatment, your esthetician will create a personalized treatment plan to achieve the results you’re looking for.

Overall, taking a trip to a medical spa for microdermabrasion IS worth it. The results will speak for themselves. There’s less risk of skin irritation and treatment has a stronger impact! Plus, an esthetician will always be there to answer your questions or concerns.

When you get a microdermabrasion treatment done at a medical spa in New Jersey like ANU, you can be sure that our state-of-the-art equipment and trained professionals will do your treatment correctly and offer an expert treatment plan, tailored just for you. Book an appointment today for 50% off your treatment!

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What to Get Mom for Mother’s Day

What to Get Mom for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner and you know what that means, it’s the one day where she should be treated extra special. You could go with a thoughtful card or a nice bouquet of flowers, but why not give mom something with a little more longevity? You love your mom and you want to give her the best Mother’s Day possible. We know you’ll find something she loves at a South Jersey spa like ANU.

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Facials are a great way to show her you care, and they have an immediate effect on her appearance. Our wide variety of facials come with a complimentary skin analysis that uses state-of-the-art technology to evaluate skin texture, wrinkles, pores, and pigmentation to ensure she’s getting the proper treatment. We offer many different types of facials and we’re happy to help you find the perfect one. Our most popular facial treatments include:

  • Lifestyle facial
  • Anti-aging facial
  • Collagen facial

Want to go above and beyond? Try one of add-ons like a renewal hand treatment, a scalp massage, or a refresh and repair eye contour treatment. Find a full list of our facial treatments here.

Microneedling

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Get rid of dark spots, sun damage, and stretch marks with our microneedling treatment! The idea of little needles penetrating your skin seems a bit unsettling, but trust us, it’s not as scary as it sounds. The needles allow the body to kickstart the wound healing response and produce more good cells that make collagen! In the end, your mom will look years younger. If she’s worried about stretch marks, microneedling can help with that as well. Learn more about microneedling here.

Permanent Makeup

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Moms are busy. Why not save her some time in the morning? Instead of having to apply mascara, eyeliner, or lipstick, everything can be done for her with permanent makeup! This is the only time face tattoos are acceptable. Our microblading, cosmetic tattooing, and lash lift treatments will have her looking like a queen 24/7. See all of our treatments here and take a look at our permanent makeup artist’s Instagram page to see some of her work!

Laser Hair Reduction

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Summer is coming up quickly. Imagine how nice it would be to wake up on a beach day and not have to shave your legs or armpits before heading out. Give mom the gift of freedom from unwanted hair! Tell her to say goodbye to time spent on shaving or pain from waxing. Laser hair reduction is the gift that keeps on giving because it’s permanent! Now is the best time to buy because all areas are 50% off. See all of our treatment areas and pricing here.

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When in doubt, go with a gift card. If you’re not sure what she’ll like best, let her choose! Some say gift cards aren’t thoughtful, but the ANU eGift card opens up a world of possibilities. Plus, you can choose a cute Mother’s Day design and choose any amount to add to the card. Buy an eGift card online here.

 

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Whatever you end up getting mom, she’s sure to love it because it’s from you. The most important thing about Mother’s Day is spending quality time with her and making memories. At a South Jersey spa like ANU, you could make a day of it and get treatments together! We offer a variety of specials that change every month. Find something you’ll both love on our specials page.

NEW Spa Specials Every Week this Spring

NEW Spa Specials Every Week this Spring

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You read that right. Every week this spring, we are offering new spa service specials. These are flash sales, meaning they are only available for a limited time, so you don’t want to wait to book! See this week’s specials below and learn a little more about each treatment. If you’ve always wondered about microneedling treatment or dermaplaning, now is the chance to jump right in. See how you can save up to 50 percent and look fabulous:

Anti-aging facial

Our anti-aging facial reveals youthful skin with a superior medical grade peel and facial. The proven lightening and exfoliating effects of lactic acid uncover youthful skin and minimize the inflammation and redness of the skin that commonly occurs with chemical peels. You’ll come out looking fresh and years younger! If you’ve never had a facial treatment before, watch this video to know what to expect:

Microneedling

Bathing suit season is coming up faster than many of us like to think and microneedling could be your saving grace. Not only does microneedling work to reverse damage and signs of aging on your face, it also works wonders for stretch marks! Microneedling penetrates deep within the skin to boost the body’s healing process. This boost stimulates collagen and elastin production to visibly reduce unwanted stretch marks and leave your skin looking smoother than ever. See what microneedling can do for stretch marks here:

Dermaplaning

If chemical peels and microdermabrasion aren’t your thing, dermaplaning is a wonderful alternative. The procedure uses a surgical blade to gently exfoliate the outer layer of dead skin cells and remove fine facial hair. The difference will be noticeable immediately after, revealing a smoother and brighter appearance. Watch how the treatment is done here:

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is all about exfoliation and improving the overall tone and texture of your skin. Microdermabrasion is non-invasive and decreases age spots, sun damage, acne, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, stretch marks, and scars. See how the treatment is done here:

Stay tuned every week for new specials! You don’t want to miss out on these amazing offers. There’s nothing like a spa day to eliminate stress and feel gorgeous inside and out. Take advantage of our weekly spa services in New Jersey: http://bit.ly/2UGBo4E

Everything you should know about lip blushing

Everything you should know about lip blushing

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It’s 2019 and people are turning away from tattooed lipliner and toward lip blushing. Lip blushing is the latest trend in the cosmetic industry. It uses a customized pigment to enhance the color of your lips, leaving you with that ‘just bitten” look. If you are someone who finds themselves constantly re-applying your favorite shade of lipstick, maybe it is time to consider this lasting, low-maintenance treatment that leaves your always looking full and vibrant!

How does lip blushing work?

The lip blush procedure starts with a topical cream that temporarily numbs your lips to reduce any discomfort. Once you’ve worked with an artist to select the perfect color to match your skin tone, we use a special pencil to shape your lips. From there, we use a handheld device with a very fine needle to apply the pigment.

Check out this brief video for an idea of how the lip blushing treatment works.

Does it hurt?

They say that beauty is pain, but not in this case. Before the treatment, a topical numbing cream is applied to your lips, which reduces discomfort during the procedure. Some people report slight irritation after the lip blushing process, but this does not last long.

How long does the treatment take?

Because the mouth is such a delicate area, and the needle used is very fine, the procedure takes slightly longer than some cosmetic treatments. Generally, expect a lip blush treatment to take an hour and a half to two hours.

What are the side effects?

The side effects of a lip blush treatment are minimal. It’s common for individuals to experience swelling after the procedure. The amount of swelling depends on the sensitivity of your lips, but it will go away completely in the first week. Right after the treatment, your lips will look very full and vibrant for the proceeding two to three days. By day five, your lips will have faded to the permanent color.

How many treatments do I need?

Only one treatment is required for lasting results. Some people will return to touch up or change their color.

How long do the results last?

Results typically last two to five years. Imagine – not buying lipstick for two years!

Interested in learning more about lip blushing? Call Anu Medical Spa in Voorhees, New Jersey to learn more about one of the best spa services in NJ!

Five Ways to Prep for Summer at Anu Med Spa in New Jersey

Five Ways to Prep for Summer at Anu Med Spa in New Jersey

Five Ways to Prep for Summer

As the temperature gets warmer, it’s hard not to think about spending long summer days in the sunshine. For some people, the excitement of relaxing outside is coupled with anxiety about their body. Let us help you fix that. At Anu Med Spa in New Jersey, we offer the best treatments that will leave you feeling confident no matter where you are this summer:

Skin Tightening

A season change calls for a wardrobe change. It’s time to swap your turtleneck sweaters for your favorite tank tops and sun dress. Feeling a little self-conscious about wrinkles and loose skin on your face and neck? Pelleve is the newest non surgical skin tightening treatment that will leave your face and neck smooth and glowing. Pelleve targets deep layers of the skin without damaging the top layer, producing new collagen and improving firmness.

Body Contouring

Everyone has areas of their body they wish looked better in a bathing suit. truSculpt 3D is a non-invasive body contouring treatment that will leave you feeling more confident both in and out of the ocean. The unique truSculpt 3d applicator is perfect for problem areas like inner thighs, underarms and abdomen. Bring on the bikinis!

Tattoo Removal

Most of us know people who have a tattoo they regret, and some of us have our own. Don’t let the fear of a painful tattoo removal stop you from slipping into your summer clothing and bathing suits. At Anu Med Spa in New Jersey, we use enlighten, a laser tattoo removal system that’s faster and virtually painless compared to other tattoo removal options. enlighten features extremely short and high-power laser pulses that efficiently and quickly break down the ink particles in tattoos.

Permanent Makeup

Think about how annoying it is when you forget to take off makeup before jumping in the pool. It doesn’t take long before you catch a glimpse of your reflection or someone awkwardly signals for you to wipe your face.  Here at Anu, we do a variety of cosmetic tattooing, including eyeliner, lip liner and eyebrows. We also offer lash lifts with tinting– no runny makeup this summer!

Laser Hair Reduction

It’s safe to say that one of the most frustrating parts of summer is keeping up with unwanted body and facial hair. Shaving and waxing can be effective options, but they’re time consuming and expensive. Plus, the hair always seems to grow back way too soon. Save yourself the time and energy with our Cutera truPulse™ Nd:YAG Laser. This laser hair reduction method is FDA-approved as the most effective and safest hair removal tech on the market. It works fantastically with both light and dark skin tones. No need to worry about waiting for your summertime tan to fade!

Interested in any (or all) of our pre-summer treatments? Visit our website for information, before and after photos, pricing, and more!

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