Unexpected Weight Gain

Anyone who has experienced an uncontrollable weight gain without changing their diet or exercise feels frustrated, disappointed, and defeated. Despite their efforts, the weight gain continues, and they’re not sure why.  If this sounds like your current situation, there could be an underlining medical issue that could be causing these problems.  Below are some of the most common conditions for unintentional weight gain, along with other signs and symptoms:


While Type 2 Diabetes is more common in people who are already overweight or obese, an unusual weight gain can also occur as a side effect as well.  Type 2 Diabetes occurs when your body begins become resistant to insulin, causing the body to make more. Insulin is the number one fat producing hormone, so having more lying around isn’t good if you are trying to lose weight.   Other symptoms include excessive thirst and hunger, fatigue, blurred vision, and numbness.  Your physician can test determine if you have Type 2 Diabetes with a simple blood test.

Mental Illness

A study conducted by the University College London concluded that people with mental illness are twice as likely to become obese, as one of the symptoms of a mental illness is weight gain. Other symptoms may vary, but can include overwhelming feelings of sadness, anxiety, or manic behavior and mood swings.  If you believe you are suffering with any type of mental disorder, let your physician know so he or she can refer you to a psychiatrist or therapist.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

About one in 10 childbearing aged women suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, which occurs when the body experiences an imbalance of reproductive hormones that can lead to cysts growth on your ovaries.  An excessive and unexplained weight gain is one of the most common symptoms of this disorder, which is caused by a sluggish thyroid.  Other symptoms included hair growth on the face and arms, acne, and an irregular menstrual cycle.  Let your gynecologist know if you are experiencing these symptoms.

Prescription Medicine

Your illness may not be the trigger for your weight gain, but rather, your medication may the cause.  This can be especially difficult, since these medications can give you relief from the other medical conditions you may have. Medication, such as steroids, beta blockers, and birth control pills can cause weight gain.  Consult with your doctor to see if it’s possible to change your medication.

Specializing and practicing obesity medicine, Dr. Pinto and Dr. Scheets have both helped patients with an unexplained and severe weight gain.  To learn about Vive’s approach, pick up a copy of the Courier Post, where Monsignor Marucci talks about his successful weight loss with the help of Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics!

Medical Weight Loss – The Benefits of Following a Meal Plan

Losing weight can be a challenge. The ideal solution for weight loss is a combination of diet and exercise. For those who have tried to lose weight on their own or want to lose weight but just don’t know where to begin, consulting a bariatric or family physician can be a good place to start. In addition to recommending a level of exercise appropriate for your physical condition, a medical professional will provide you with a meal plan to follow.

When beginning a medical weight loss journey many people wonder if a meal plan is really necessary. The answer is yes. If you only have a couple pounds to lose, you might get away with simply cutting back on what you eat. When it comes to a significant weight loss, following a meal plan is essential to success.

Benefits of a Meal Plan

Reduce Temptation

One of the biggest stumbling blocks when trying to lose weight is temptation. Following a meal plan can eliminate a lot of the temptation and keep you on track to your weight loss goals. You can avoid the last minute dilemma of what to have for dinner. Hunger can make you impatient and more willing to make unhealthy choices, especially when trying to lose weight.

With a meal plan, you know ahead of ahead of time what you’re going to eat for dinner. By eliminating the guesswork, you will also eliminate the temptation to just grab something to eat that’s quick, easy and unhealthy.

A More Balanced Diet

When given a choice of anything, many people automatically choose their favorite foods. Too much of a good thing can easily lead to an unbalanced diet. A meal plan provided by your medical professional will include a variety of foods. This will not only help you lose weight, it will ensure you are maintaining a healthy and balanced diet.

Save Time and Money

Many people think that eating healthy is too expensive. While creating a healthy meal might cost a little more, following a meal plan can actually save you money. Armed with the knowledge of exactly what you will be eating a week in advance can streamline food shopping and actually prevent you from wasting money.

You will only be purchasing what you need to complete your meal plan. You won’t be stocking the pantry with impulse items, nor will you be buying veggies with good intentions only to forget them in the fridge until it’s time to throw them away.

Following a meal plan can also keep you from making multiple trips to the grocery store, saving time as well as money. You will shop once a week and simply purchase what you need. There’s no running back to the store to pick up the missing ingredient for a last minute dinner decision. Some medical weight loss plans offer prepared pre-portioned meals, making food shopping even easier.

Reduce Stress

It can be overwhelming trying to calculate calories, evaluate the nutritional value of foods and make good choices. Having a medical professional provide you with a meal plan appropriate for your needs and physical condition can eliminate the stress of trying to figure it out on your own. Not stressing over which foods to eat will make it easier to stick to the plan and achieve your weight loss goals.

Produce Results

When following a meal plan, the best benefit of all is losing weight! Your meals will be nutritionally balanced, providing you with all the nutrition you need and eliminating a lot of extra calories. The journey to your weight loss goal will have a positive impact on your health, lifestyle, and self-esteem. If you have been struggling with losing weight, it might be time to consider a medical weight loss plan.

At Vive Medical Weight Loss, that first step starts at your consultation. Dr. Pinto’s philosophy is to give you the jumpstart you need to achieve and then maintain a healthy weight. Our comprehensive weight loss program is tailored to your individual needs and we offer a variety of meal plan options. Don’t wait any longer. Your health and well-being are too important. Schedule your consultation today.








CoolSculpting – Not Just a Beach Body – Your Best Body All Year Long

This time of year, many of us are trying on bathing suits and staring at our reflection worried about a bulge here or there. Despite a winter and spring filled with exercise and eating well, we still have a few of those few stubborn areas. Don’t let this get you down, CoolSculpting can help save your beach body.

You probably think it’s too late for CoolSculpting to get you in shape for the beach. While you might be a little late to the party, there will still be plenty of time to show off the results CoolSculpting can help you achieve. The beach isn’t the only reason to shed that unwanted fat. Don’t you want to look your best all year long?

Stubborn fat can be anywhere, the muffin top, love handles, bra fat, the thighs, belly, double chin, you name the body part and stubborn fat can be there.  Unfortunately, for many, this can make them feel self-conscious all year long, not just in bathing suit season. For some people, no matter how well they monitor their diet or how much they exercise, they just can’t get rid of those last few pounds that settle into all the wrong places. CoolSculpting can be the solution.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

The CoolSculpting treatment utilizes a patented technology known as Cryolipolysis. This technology is a non-invasive procedure that cools the adipose tissue or what we like to call bodyfat. The cooling process causes the fat cells to be permanently injured and can no longer serve as a place to store fat.   The expired cells are naturally processed and eliminated through our immune system the same way any other dead or damaged cells are handled in the body. The result is reduced body fat in a specific area without damage to other tissues, such as skin or muscle.  

CoolSculpting, with its various applicators, can treat several of areas that are susceptible to visible fat bulges. The treatments can be effective on the abdomen, flanks, back, inner and outer thighs as well as submental fat or double chin.  

The CoolAdvantage

The newest applicator from Zeltiq is called the CoolAdvantage.  The benefit is a larger treatment area with a shorter treatment cycle, almost half the time of the prior CoolSculpting applicator.  This CoolSculpting applicator has three interchangeable contours allowing it to effectively treat different areas of the body. Patients reported greater comfort during treatment with the use of the different customized contours and with a shorter treatment cycle, you are out of the office in no time.

The CoolMini

This applicator is designed to effectively treat smaller bulges like submental fat, commonly known as the double chin. In a 2015 consumer study conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 67% of those surveyed were bothered by submental fat. The CoolMini offers patients a non-invasive alternative to surgery.

The CoolAdvantage Petite

One of the greatest areas of concern when it comes to fat deposits is the upper arm. With the development of the CoolAdvantage Petite, this area can be treated effectively. CoolSculpting is currently the only non-invasive treatment to reduce upper arm fat.

The CoolSmooth Pro

The CoolSmoothPro applicator is used to treat the outer thigh. The CoolPro operates a bit differently than the other CoolSculpting applicators, which use vacuum pressure to draw the tissue between the cooling panels. Designed for use on non-pinchable fat, the CoolSmooth Pro does not use vacuum pressure and is instead secured with a strap.  

Minimal Recovery

The CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-invasive. This means there is little recovery compared to surgical procedures. Patients can immediately return to normal activities such as work or exercise. They may experience redness in the treated area which may last up to a few hours. Some localized bruising or swelling may occur, which clears within a few weeks. Many patients experience a temporary dulling of sensation in the treated area. Most importantly, there is little to no social downtime.

CoolSculpting in South Jersey

Are you ready to have your best body all year long? Wondering if CoolSculpting is the right solution for you? Schedule your consultation today at Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics.

Vive is a unique medical practice and a CoolSculpting provider. It is the first medical practice in the area specializing in weight loss and aesthetic medicine. Dr. Pinto and his highly qualified staff can help you decide if CoolSculpting is the best option for you.

You can also join us for a COOL NIGHT OUT AT VIVE, Thursday, May 18th 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Learn about the CoolSculpting procedure, receive a free consultation, get exclusive discounts, and be entered to win a FREE treatment cycle when you RSVP at http://www.vivecenter.com/


SkinMedica – Is it Time to Consider Medical Grade Skin Care?

Is your vanity countertop filled with skin care products that didn’t work? Are you constantly cruising the skin care aisle in hopes of finally finding a product line that works with your skin type? It might be time to consider medical grade skin care. SkinMedica believes is that everyone deserves to have naturally radiant skin allowing them to look and feel confident every day.

What is SkinMedica?

A leading authority in protective and corrective skin care, SkinMedica offers a complete line of medical grade skin care. Backed by two decades of research, these advanced products have been formulated to promote the long-term health of your skin.

SkinMedica has products that work for every skin type and can address a variety of issues. If you struggle with any of these, consult a medical professional. They will determine which SkinMedica products would be the best and develop a personalized skin care regimen.


The environmental factor that has the largest impact on the aging of skin is exposure to harmful UV rays from the sun. This results in photodamage which typically manifests itself in gradual changes in the skin such as advanced aging or wrinkling, uneven or pebbly skin and irregular pigmentation.

Age Spots

Melanocytes are the cells that produce the skin’s pigment. These cells are stimulated by UV rays and result in age spots, also called sunspots. They are commonly found on areas of the skin consistently exposed to the sun like the back of the hands, forearms, neck, chest and face.


Lines and wrinkles are the results of degenerative changes in the proteins of the skin’s infrastructure such as loss of stored antioxidants and reduction in collagen. They are also caused by movement of the skin, resulting in creases over time.

Acne-Prone Skin

A chronic inflammatory disorder of the pilosebaceous unit, acne affects at least 85% of adolescents and young adults. Acne is generally found on areas of the skin with well-developed sebaceous glands including the face, back, chest and upper arms. Characteristics of acne include inflamed pimples, cysts, blackheads, and whiteheads.

Dry Skin

Xerosis is the medical term for extremely dry skin. You can have dry skin naturally, due to logical conditions like underactive sebaceous glands, or it could be the result of environmental conditions. Skin will be dull, itchy or flaky and feel tight. Fine lines and wrinkles are typically more evident with dry skin.

Combination Skin

Combination skin is either normal to dry or normal to oily. Normal to dry skin generally looks dull around the cheek, eye, and lip area. It can be aggravated by hot, dry summer weather or indoor heating systems during the dry winter months.

Normal to oily skin is typically shiny and oily to the touch, especially on the forehead, chin, nose. During the course of the day or periods of stress, skin can transition to predominantly oily.

The SkinMedica Difference

If you struggle with any of these issues and over-the-counter products aren’t providing the results you’re looking for, consult with your aesthetician or medical professional. They can determine which SkinMedica products would be best for your skin type or issues and develop a personalized regimen.

TNS Recovery Complex®

The first topical growth factor solution with the patented Tissue Nutrient Solution (TNS®) is clinically shown to reduce the appearance of skin discoloration and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

TNS Essential Serum®

With more clinical studies than any other growth factor product on the market today, this all-in-one skin rejuvenating treatment improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone, and texture.

Lytera® Skin Brightening Complex

Using a proprietary blend of ingredients without hydroquinone, Lytera® reduces the appearance of dark spots revealing brighter, more luminous skin.

Retinol Complex

SkinMedica’s three varying strengths of retinol enhance skin’s radiance, tone, texture, and resiliency.

Total Defense + Repair

Rejuvenating superscreen powered by SOL-IR™ Advanced Antioxidant Complex to provide comprehensive protection beyond UVA/UVB rays while supporting skin’s ability to restore itself.

HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

Powered by SkinMedica’s exclusive VITISENSCE™ Technology, HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator provides immediate smoothing in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also supports the skin’s natural ability to replenish its own hyaluronic acid (HA) for overall skin health.

SkinMedica at Vive Center

Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics is a unique medical practice, providing aesthetic medicine and medical weight loss to the South Jersey community. Our medical esthetician can recommend the correct products and create a customized skin care regimen to address any of your problems or concerns.

We offer medical grade skin care products from SkinMedica. Skin care consultations are always free at Vive and as an added bonus: you can earn and redeem Brilliant Distinctions points with your SkinMedica purchases.

There’s no reason to wait! Call to schedule your consultation today!


Considering Juvederm? Wondering if You’re a Good Candidate?

You’ve probably heard of Juvederm but may not completely understand what it is and how it works. This can make it difficult to know if Juvederm treatments would be a good option for you. While only your physician, dermatologist or medical esthetician can determine this during a consultation, it’s a good idea to do a little research. This way you know what questions to ask and have a pretty good idea what to expect.

What is Juvederm?

The Juvederm collection of products is a line of injectable dermal fillers. Most dermal fillers, including Juvederm, are made from hyaluronic acid, or HA. A complex sugar that occurs naturally in the human body, HA helps the skin retain moisture and nutrients, thus maintaining its elasticity.

Its natural function is to absorb water, deliver nutrients, and act as a cushioning agent. When injected it into the skin, HA acts like a sponge and expands to fill in wrinkles and folds or support sunken areas.

As we age, the skin’s natural hyaluronic acid declines, resulting in volume loss and wrinkles. Juvederm can help minimize these effects such as moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. The results typically last nine months to a year.

Various Products

The Juvederm collection includes multiple products, each designed to treat a specific issue or area. Juvederm is intended for use in adults over 21.

JUVEDERM VOLUMA XC – Injected deep into the cheek area, this product is used to treat age-related volume loss. Mid face volume loss is a common effect of aging.

JUVEDERM Ultra Plus XC – Injected into the facial tissue for the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Commonly used to treat the nasolabial folds (smile lines running from the nose to the corner of the mouth), marionette lines and the lower jowl area.  It can also be used on the lips for patients seeking full, voluptuous lips.

JUVEDERM Ultra XC – A thinner version of Ultra Plus, it is commonly Injected into the lips and perioral area which surrounds the lips. This product is typically used for lip rejuvenation to add fullness and definition.  It can also be used in more superficial wrinkles in the face.

JUVEDERM VOLBELLA XC – The newest product in the line, it is primarily used to smooth and define the lips without adding much volume.  It is especially good at eliminating the fine vertical lip lines above the lip, commonly known as smoker’s creases or bleeding lipstick lines. It has a honey-like consistency and does an amazing job at smoothing and hydrating the lips.

If you are dealing with any of these issues and are looking for a minimally invasive, nonsurgical option, consult with your medical professional to see if Juvederm is right for you. It can also be effective on other aesthetic issues. These include static wrinkles and frown lines, under eye hollowness, marionette lines, chin enhancement, sagging earlobes and hand rejuvenation. Your medical professional will be able to determine which Juvederm product is appropriate for your particular issue.

What to Expect

As previously mentioned, Juvederm products are administered through injection with only minor discomfort. Juvederm Voluma XC, Juvederm XC and Juvederm Ultra XC contain lidocaine to help ease any discomfort you might experience. Juvederm® is administered through injection. Injected into the target site, results of the injection will be immediately obvious.

The length of a treatment session is usually about thirty minutes but can vary depending on each patient’s unique condition and the amount of injections needed. On average results last for nine months and in many cases up to one year.

Following their treatment session, a patient can resume their normal activities. For the first 24 hours after a treatment, however, they should avoid alcohol, the sun, and intensive exercise. Exposure to extreme temperatures should also be avoided for about two weeks following treatment. Your medical professional will provide follow-up instructions to ensure you achieve the desired results from your treatment.

Considering Juvederm in NJ?

To decide if Juvederm is right for you, consult with Dr. Pinto at Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics. During your consultation, he can assess your needs, explain your options, and decide if you are a good candidate for Juvederm.

Many patients are misinformed or confused about aesthetic products like fillers and toxins, and our job is to explain the proper use and expected results of using these products.

At Vive, our philosophy on facial aesthetics is to enhance one’s natural beauty while refreshing the soul. Dr. Pinto has extensive training in aesthetic medicine. His hallmark is his ability to elicit natural results while correcting the areas of concern.

If you’re interested in learning more about Juvederm and whether or not it’s the right choice for you, set up your complimentary consultation today!


The ABC’s of Vitamins

The ABC’s of Vitamins

Who else was handed a Flintstone’s Chewable Vitamin after their breakfast in the morning as a kid? Your mom and dad were right to do so, as the proper dose of your daily vitamins are crucial in fighting off illnesses and even broken bones. However, you may not realize what vitamins your body needs to keep you healthy, and the vitamins you’re taking may not be doing the trick. Below, we answer some of the basic questions about vitamins, and how to get the right amount you need:

What’s the definition of a vitamin, and why do I need them?

A vitamin is an organic compound that a person cannot create in proper quantities, which is why it must be maintained through your diet. Most adults in developed areas eat less than the minimum allowance for 10 or more nutrients. These nutrients are key in building your body’s systems that keep your body working like a well-oiled machine. If you’re not taking enough, your body could feel sluggish and slowed down, but the proper amount can keep you going throughout the day!

Where Should I Get My Vitamins?

Big named drugstores mostly sell substandard vitamins, which barely have any substance to them compared to vitamins sold by nutraceutical companies which are typically online or for sale in medical doctor’s offices. GNC and Vitamin Shoppe, two local vitamin chain stores have some quality products, but not everything they sell is as good as the nutraceuticals available. And since most vitamins come at a costly price, it’s best to get your money’s worth out of them!

What Vitamins Should I Be Taking?

A balanced healthy lifestyle includes the basic vitamins from A to Zinc, and they should be in everyone’s daily routine. Depending on your diet and your health, the number of certain vitamins you need may change. For example, if you have a cold or weak immune system, you should take Vitamin C or Zinc to help. Vegetarians and vegans should take iron since they don’t get enough iron by eating meat, and child-bearing age females should include folate in their vitamin intake. To really know what your body needs, there are blood tests available that will measure the actual level of different vitamins and minerals in your cells. Dr. Pinto’s office offers Spectracell, a comprehensive vitamin, mineral, and amino acid test that gives you not only actual cellular levels, they help recommend how to replenish what you may be deficient in.

What’s the best way to get your vitamins?

While vitamins are great to give your body that extra push of energy it needs, it is not a replacement for the real deal. The best way to get intake vitamins is through a balanced a healthy diet. Most fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fish are packed with vitamins. Include these foods in your meals daily!

Dr. Pinto was featured on  Fox29 Philadelphia’s Good Day Philadelphia Weekend on March 19th at 8:00 a.m. to talk more about what vitamins are essential for healthy living. 


PicoSure in NJ – Get Ready to Show Off Your Best Summer Skin

Spring is officially here and it won’t be long before summer arrives. Warm temperatures and summer wardrobes naturally result in showing more of your skin. Is there something about your skin that makes you just a little uncomfortable with that? PicoSure in NJ can be effective in reducing or even eradicating many skin issues that can leave you longing for the camouflage of your winter clothes and heavy makeup. Wouldn’t it be great to shed both by the time summer gets here?

Facial Rejuvenation

PicoSure laser skin and facial rejuvenation is a non-invasive medaesthetic treatment designed to remove skin blemishes. It stimulates the natural production of collagen which works to improve the overall appearance of the skin. PicoSure laser can be effective for many different issues on any skin type.

Fine Lines

These tiny lines can appear in various places on our face. The most common occurrences are at the corners of your eyes and around your lips. While initially, they may be barely noticeable and easy to cover up, over time they become deeper. As a result, it takes more makeup and it gets more difficult to conceal them.

Uneven Skin Tone

Age spots or dark spots from too much sun can cause skin to have a blotchy, uneven appearance. This can have you reaching for a heavy foundation to even out your skin tone and shying away from the natural look.

Acne Scars

While fine lines and dark spots are commonly associated with age, acne scars don’t discriminate. Members of every age group have experienced them. Their impact on the skin ranges from mild to severe and can often be a source of embarrassment or low self-esteem. While makeup can help cover them up, it can also contribute to future breakouts by clogging your pores.

PicoSure in NJ Can Have You Ready to Face Summer

Wouldn’t it be great to start the summer with less makeup and more confidence? PicoSure laser facial rejuvenation can help make that happen.

For fine lines and acne scars, the PicoSure treatment is very similar. The laser penetrates the skin to create local areas or thermal stimulation. This combined with the laser’s “pico-speed” creates a “pressure wave” which further stimulates the skin cells to create more collagen.

After the recommended series of treatments, most patients experience a significant reduction in the appearance of fine lines or scars. The result is improved skin texture and a clearer complexion. If you’re considering PicoSure, you might want to learn more about how it works.

Tattoo Removal

Of course you loved your tattoo initially or you wouldn’t have gotten it in the first place. But just like many other things, over time your tastes change. Clothes and shoes along with the style and color of your hair can all be changed, but that tattoo is always there. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.

While laser tattoo removal has been around for a couple of decades, Picosure laser technology has taken it to the next level. For years, Q-Switched lasers were the gold standard in tattoo removal.

While every tattoo is unique and presents its own challenges when it comes to removal, PicoSure offers a more effective tattoo removal process. It offers better results with fewer treatments and can be used on previously treated tattoos with positive results. It is also more effective on stubborn blue and green inks. Less painful than that of the Q-Switched laser, the PicoSure process provides a quicker recovery as well.

Are you ready to be rid of your tattoo? If you’re tired of trying to hide it or your tattoo has become a bit of an embarrassment, then it’s time to learn more about PicoSure and decide if it’s right for you.

PicoSure in NJ Will Have You Excited About Summer

Offering both facial rejuvenation and tattoo removal, Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics is proud to provide PicoSure in NJ. We are a unique medical practice, providing aesthetic medicine and medical weight loss to the South Jersey community. Dr. Pinto and his professional and friendly staff offer an extensive variety of services.

Get excited about summer! Schedule your consultation today and find out if PicoSure facial rejuvenation or tattoo removal is right for you.

Botox in South Jersey – All the Benefits Without Crossing the Bridge

Botox Cosmetic, usually referred to as Botox, is one of today’s most popular medical aesthetic treatments. Commonly used to achieve a more youthful appearance, Botox offers many cosmetic benefits. Botox interrupts the way nerves send and receive impulses, which lessens the degree that certain muscles move. Because of this ability to restrict muscle contraction, Botox is an effective aesthetic application. If you’ve been wondering if it might be right for you, consult with your physician about Botox in South Jersey.

No Surgery Necessary

Regardless of why you are considering botox, this is probably it’s number one benefit. Botox is administered through injections and doesn’t require any surgical procedure. Botox provides benefits similar to those achieved through cosmetic surgery without incisions, stitches, or a lengthy recovery.   

Reduces the Signs of Aging

Our face is one of the first places that signs of aging begin to appear. It is amazing what a difference those small wrinkles and fine lines can make in our appearance. Botox relaxes the facial muscles, resulting in smoother skin. It is a great way to deal with horizontal wrinkles on the forehead and frown lines between the brows. Botox can also reduce the appearance of smile lines around the eyes.

The area around the lips can also benefit from Botox. The corners of lips often begin to turn downward as we age. Botox can help reverse this. It can be equally effective in minimizing fine vertical lines around the upper lip, sometimes referred to as smoker’s lines. If you’ve tackled the challenge of giving up smoking, treating yourself to Botox could be the perfect reward.

Eyebrows can also fall victim to the signs of aging. They may begin to sag and lose their arch, giving your face an overall tired appearance. An eyebrow lift is another benefit of botox. Restoring the arch of the eyebrows as well as the other antiaging benefits of Botox can brighten the appearance of your entire face.

Beyond Aesthetics

Botox is effective in more than just aesthetic application. It is also very effective in treating hyperhidrosis, which is excessive or abnormal sweating. This is an uncomfortable and embarrassing condition that can sometimes cause those who suffer from it to isolate themselves and avoid social situations. Common areas affected by this excessive sweating are feet, underarms, and palms of the hands. When injected, Botox relaxes the muscles in the treated area and reduces the amount of sweat secreted from the glands.

Minimal Side Effects

Botox is a drug and for that reason, the injections should always be given by a medical professional. Administered properly, the side effects are typically only temporary minor swelling and bruising. The time it takes for these effects to dissipate is much shorter than the recovery time for cosmetic surgery. Most of the time there are no side effects at all.

What to Expect

Botox treatments takes little time, usually about 15 minutes with virtually no down time. The treatment is not painful, with only minor discomfort from the injection.

Results will appear within 5-7 days of treatment. Wrinkles will start to soften and skin will look smoother, younger, and healthier. Botox will take full effect after two weeks. Results normally last 3-4 months. With continued treatments, results may begin to last longer, sometimes up to six months.

As the effects of Botox begin to fade, you will notice the lines and wrinkles start to reappear. In the case of hyperhidrosis, the excessive sweating will return. This is an indication that it’s time for another treatment.

Considering Botox in South Jersey?

At Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics, our philosophy on facial aesthetics is to enhance one’s natural beauty while refreshing the soul. Dr. Pinto has extensive training in aesthetic medicine. By utilizing Botox, a youthful, natural appearance can be obtained.

With a precise yet soft touch, Dr. Pinto can help erase the evidence of aging while retaining the individual characteristics that makes you who you are. Let’s face it, we all want to look our best. If you’re interested in Botox in South Jersey, contact us at Vive today!


The Benefits of Using Medical Grade Skin Care Products

Like many people, you have probably bought over the counter skin care products and been disappointed with the results they produced. If that’s the case, you may want to consider a medical grade skin care regimen.

Also referred to as cosmeceuticals, medical grade skin care products offer both medicinal and aesthetic benefits. The active ingredients in these products have been clinically proven to have a positive effect on the skin. Understanding how medical grade skin care differs from over-the-counter products and the benefits it provides may encourage you to make some changes in how you care for your skin.

Over-the-Counter vs Medical Grade Skin Care

Unable to penetrate the upper layers of the skin, known as stratum corneum, over-the-counter products sold in drug stores don’t have a biological effect on the skin. The active ingredients in medical grade products penetrate the top layers of the skin and go beyond the basic “cosmetic” results over-the-counter products provide. A physician or medical esthetician can recommend the right medical grade products for your skin.

Active Ingredients

Medical grade skin care products typically contain the same ingredients found pharmaceutical products that require a prescription. Lower amounts or derivatives of these ingredients are used in medical grade products than in the pharmaceutical versions. Commonly used ingredients are retinol, antioxidants, or peptides. These can sometimes be found in over-the-counter skin care but only in trace amounts as products are not permitted to alter the biological structure of the skin.

Better Results

In addition to the level of active ingredients, the formula used to develop a skin care product will greatly impact its effectiveness. Manufacturers of over-the-counter products use mass production methods that are inexpensive to control their cost. While they may be more affordable, they usually produce less than satisfactory results. Medical grade skin care products are developed to a higher standard with proven formulas providing more effective results.

Superior Value

If a product provides better results, it’s usually a better value. This is true of medical grade skin care products as well. Because of their ability to penetrate the top layers of the skin, they are more effective than over-the-counter skin care products. In addition to superior results, you may be able to use less of a medical grade skin care product due to their higher level of penetration.

Medical Guidance

Medical grade skin care products should only be purchased and used under the supervision of a physician or medical esthetician. They will evaluate your skin type and recommend products and a daily care regimen customized for you. You will be educated about the recommended products and the best way to use them. This will allow you to get better results and eliminate trying multiple products before finding the one that works best for you.

Considering Medical Grade Skin Care in NJ

Now that you know the benefits of using medical grade products, choosing the right products should be left to the professionals.

Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics is a unique medical practice, providing aesthetic medicine and medical weight loss to the South Jersey community. Our medical esthetician can create a customized skin care regimen to address any of your problems or concerns.

We offer medical grade skin care products from SkinMedica and Obagi. Skin care consultations are always free at Vive and as an added bonus: you can earn and redeem Brilliant Distinctions points with your SkinMedica purchases.

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Medical Weight Loss – Could It be the Right Option for You?

When struggling with your weight, you may find yourself wondering if you are a candidate for medical weight loss. There can be various reasons you have been unsuccessful in reducing your weight and some of them may require more than simple dieting. If any of these factors sound familiar, it might be time to consult with a medical weight loss professional. They can identify your weight loss issues and help you find the solution that’s right for you.

Lack of Appetite Control

While dieting could solve a weight problem for some people, others may lack the ability to control their appetite. Despite serious efforts and good intentions, they find themselves in the refrigerator or pantry and the habit of overeating continues. This can sometimes be more than an issue with willpower or self-control. If you find yourself in this situation, you could be suffering from an eating disorder.

Individuals with eating disorders can not just simply stop overeating. Their struggle goes beyond staying out of the kitchen. Binge eating and other eating disorders require some type of medical weight loss program. These programs can include structured meal plans reinforced by supplements, drug therapy, and counseling.

Unsuccessful Results

Have you been diligent in your weight loss efforts by reducing your caloric intake and increasing your exercise but aren’t seeing results? There may be an underlying medical reason for your lack of weight loss. This can be anything from a thyroid condition, which affects the metabolism, to a hormonal imbalance or even depression. Any of these can undermine your weight loss efforts. Only a medical professional can help discover the reason for your lack of success. They may be able to run tests to determine the problem and offer safe and healthy solutions that can lead you toward success.

Additional Medical Conditions

For individuals with certain medical conditions, dieting and weight loss can be particularly challenging. Health conditions that affect a person’s nutritional needs or their metabolism can limit their ability to safely lose weight on their own. A drastic change in their diet can have a negative impact on their other medical condition.

A person with type 2 diabetes may have specific body chemistry issues that come with the diagnosis of diabetes. Those with heart disease have specific nutritional needs as well. These conditions, along with the medications taken for them, can make weight loss particularly challenging. Those with these types of medical conditions should work with a medical professional when trying to lose weight. The physician managing any medical condition a person might have will be able to advise them on the proper course of action to get started on a healthy weight loss plan.


If your weight loss struggle has led to obesity, you should definitely seek the help of a medical professional. Besides the obvious physical signs, obesity and other weight issues are determined by body mass index or BMI. Your BMI is determined by your height and weight. There are various apps and websites available to calculate your BMI. Here are the guidelines for the correlation between your weight and BMI. Keep in mind that these are just basic guidelines. While they don’t take other important factors such as body fat percentage BFP, into consideration a high BMI could provide a much-needed wake-up call.

BMI of 18.5 or less – Underweight

BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 – Normal Weight

BMI between 25.0 and 29.9 – Overweight

BMI over 30.0 – Obese

A BMI in the obese range can mean a person is at a higher risk for chronic conditions and health risks. An individual whose BMI falls over 30.0, putting them in the obese category should consult with their physician or medical weight loss professional. They can both monitor the individual’s health and advise them on the best option to get the weight under control.

Medical Weight Loss in NJ

If you are tired of struggling with your weight with little or no success and are worried it’s taking a toll on your health, it might be time to look into the possibility of medical weight loss.

At Vive Medical Weight Loss, that first step starts at your consultation. Dr. Pinto’s philosophy is to give you the jumpstart you need to achieve and then maintain a healthy weight. Our comprehensive weight loss program is tailored to your individual needs. Don’t wait any longer. Your health and well-being are too important. Schedule your consultation today.