Dermaplaning – A New Facial Exfoliation Option at Vive!

Exfoliation is a great way to brighten your complexion and improve the overall appearance of your skin. Exfoliation is the process of removing the dead skin cells to reveal and regenerate new cells. While there is an overwhelming number of over the counter products available for at home exfoliation, these products don’t go as deep as professional exfoliation treatments. Dermaplaning is the newest among the variety of rejuvenating facial treatments offered at Vive.

What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning, also known as dermablading, is the process of gently scraping away dead skin cells with a small surgical scalpel. It is a safe and highly effective physical exfoliation procedure which removes the uppermost layer of dead skin, dirt, oil, and bacteria. This will help prevent clogged pores and the blemishes that result from them. It also stimulates collagen production which promotes firmer, smoother, and healthier looking skin and can reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Dermaplaning should only be performed by trained medical esthetician or dermatologist. The procedure is only meant to be performed on the face and is not used around the nose or to shape the eyebrows. The treatment takes 30 minutes or less with no downtime for recovery.

Benefits Beyond Exfoliation

In addition to providing a deeper exfoliation process than in home products, dermaplaning will also remove fine “peach fuzz” like hair. Used in conjunction with other facial treatments such as enzyme peels and light therapy, it will leave your skin feeling refreshed and glowing. Because dermaplaning enhances collagen, it can also be beneficial in reducing the appearance of acne scars and skin discoloration.

How often have you put your makeup on and been frustrated because it just accentuates the fine hair on your face? Dermaplaning is a favorite in the entertainment industry and with good reason. Constantly in makeup and under the lights, dermaplaning allows models and actors to avoid that frustration, leaving their skin smooth and free of that annoying “peach fuzz”.

Dermaplaning vs Microdermabrasion

You’re probably wondering what the difference is between these two procedures and which one is best.  Microdermabrasion provides many of the same benefits, however, dermaplaning tends to be a gentler treatment.  Microdermabrasion is a more aggressive treatment that basically sands and suctions dead skin cells, which also helps to uproot clogged pores around the nose, mouth, and chin.

While both methods offer equally effective exfoliation, dermaplaning gently scraps away the top layer of skin, removes “peach fuzz” and may be better suited for those with sensitive skin. Dermaplaning is also a great way to prepare for other facial treatments, making your skin more receptive to skin care products or procedures.

Dermaplaning Candidates

Appropriate for almost all other skin types, Dermaplaning is not recommended for those with acneic skin. If you suffer from deep cystic acne, treatments should be put off until breakouts have cleared up. Dermaplaning is a great exfoliating option for women who are nursing and pregnant. They can enjoy the benefits of facial rejuvenation while avoiding the risks of harsh chemicals absorbing into the bloodstream and potentially harming your baby. You should always consult with a professional and discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities before starting any treatment.

Dermaplaning Now at Vive

Vive Weight Loss and Medical Aesthetics is proud to announce the introduction of dermaplaning to the wide variety of treatments offered. As part of our October 2017 specials, we are offering $75 dermaplaning treatment or to really pamper yourself, combine dermaplaning with a peel or facial for $125.

At Vive, our goal is to help you look your very best and ensure your experience with us is as relaxing and comfortable as possible. To learn more about our many medical aesthetic services and to find out which one is right for you, schedule a consultation today!


Medical Grade Skin Care – Caring for Aging and Sun Damaged Skin

The natural aging process of our skin is something we have little control over but there are things we can do to slow it down or minimize it. The sun can be detrimental to our skin and plays a major role in its premature aging. With skin that has regularly been exposed to the sun, up to 90% of aging is due to the sun’s rays. Taking steps to protect your skin from the sun is the best way to help maintain younger looking skin. It can also be beneficial to include medical grade skin care products in your daily skincare routine.

Defend Your Skin

In addition to premature aging of the skin, overexposure to the sun’s damaging UV rays can result in severe sunburn, eye damage, and skin cancer. The best defense is to minimize your exposure to them. The American Cancer Society recommends taking the following steps to protect your skin.

  • Cover up: When you are out in the sun, wear clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect as much skin as possible. Protect your eyes with sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV light.
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher: Reapply at least every 2 hours, as well as after swimming or sweating.
  • Seek shade: Limit your direct exposure to the sun, especially between 10 am and 4 pm when UV rays are strongest.
  • Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps: Both can cause serious long-term skin damage and contribute to skin cancer.


Aging of the skin due to sun damage is known as photoaging. This type of skin aging typically results in wrinkling, sunspots, and other pigmentary changes. With more severe photoaging the results can include enlarged glands, visible blood vessels, thickening skin and skin cancers. Being vigilant with the aforementioned precautions can help you avoid photoaging. While severe photoaging will require a more radical approach, early signs such as sunspots, wrinkles or hyperpigmentation can be significantly reduced by medical grade skin care products and other non-invasive treatments.

Medical Grade Skin Care

There is a variety of medical grade skin care products available. Understanding their benefits and deciding which is best for your skin can be confusing. Your physician or medical aesthetician will be able to determine which products can provide the best results for your skin’s specific condition.

Both SkinMedica and Obagi Medical offer a complete line of medical grade skin care to combat the signs of aging and sun damage. Many of these products are infused with sunscreen to help prevent future damage as well as retinols, vitamins and other nutrients to promote cell growth and skin rejuvenation.

Laser Treatments

In addition to medical grade skin care, laser treatments are another non-invasive method of dealing with aging or sun damaged skin. The PicoSure laser can address skin issues such as fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and brown spots caused by the sun. PicoSure delivers light energy at such an incredible speed that it easily penetrates the skin’s deeper layers to reduce the signs of aging and sun damage.

Consult Your Medical Professional

Let’s face it, we all want to look our best. At Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics, we can get you there. Our goal is to help you look your very best and ensure your experience with us is as relaxing and comfortable as possible.

Dr. Pinto has had extensive training in aesthetic medicine. His artistic talent combined with his comforting bedside manner allow him to put his patients at ease throughout their procedure. With a precise touch, Dr. Pinto can help erase the evidence of aging while retaining your individual characteristics that make you who you are.

Vive is proud to provide SkinMedica, Obagi Medical, PicoSure laser and many medical aesthetic services. To learn more and to find out which of these services is right for you, schedule a consultation today!


Benefits of Medical Aesthetics and Laser Treatments

Everyone likes to feel good about themselves and we are always looking for ways to look better. Improving upon our appearance can mean a big boost in self-confidence. With over the counter “miracle” products falling short on their promises and the idea of plastic surgery seeming bit drastic, medical aesthetics and laser treatments are becoming a popular option for both men and women. These treatments can be a great alternative to plastic surgery and offer many benefits for those looking to restore or maintain a more youthful appearance.


When you look in the mirror, are you surprised to see fine lines and wrinkles that weren’t there yesterday or bags under your eyes even though you’ve been getting plenty of sleep? These are all natural signs of aging and while you can’t stop them you can slow them down. Many medical aesthetics and laser treatments can minimize the effect of aging. From microdermabrasion to Botox as well as other fillers such as Dysport and Juvederm, medical aesthetics can improve the look and feel of your skin, enhancing your natural good looks and leaving you happy with what you see in the mirror.


You don’t have to wait until the signs of aging or sun damage are obvious before considering the benefits of medical aesthetics. Many people are seeking treatments when signs first begin to appear to prevent them from becoming too noticeable. In addition to caring for your skin at home and taking measures to protect it from the sun, you should consult with your physician or medical esthetician to find out which treatments are right to keep your skin in the best condition possible.  

Skin Care Products

Finding over the counter skin care products that provide results can be a challenge. Often, the solution to this dilemma is using medical grade products such as SkinMedica or Obagi Medical skin care. Medical grade skin care typically treats skin on a cellular level and contains antioxidants, retinols, and SPF protection. These products can help keep your skin healthy, improve tone, and reduce the signs of aging.

Sleek Physique

Have you been diligently dieting and exercising yet still a have annoying deposits of fat you just can’t get rid of? Are they messing up the results of finally hitting your ideal weight? CoolSculpting can help you say goodbye to unwanted love handles or muffin tops. This revolutionary fat reduction treatment can help eliminate stubborn fat deposits without needles, surgery, or downtime. CoolSculpting is a non-surgical contouring treatment that freezes stubborn fat, which then is naturally eliminated from your body.

Low Maintenance

Laser treatments for hair removal can make looking and feeling your best a lot easier. No more worrying about hair removal daily or weekly. Vectus by Cynosure laser treatments allows you to have maintenance free skin that remains smooth and hairless without the need for shaving, waxing or any other unpleasant hair removal treatments.

Stop Hiding

It used to be that a tattoo was forever. While getting one remains a decision that you should put a lot of thought into, there is a way to get rid of the regret of an unwanted tattoo. PicoSure laser treatments are a safe and effective method of tattoo removal. PicoSure can be used on previously treated tattoos and successfully removes difficult ink colors. With PicoSure laser treatments, you can stop covering up and show some skin.

Consider Medical Aesthetics or Laser Treatments

Medical aesthetic and laser treatments offer many benefits when it comes to the health of your skin, your appearance and self-esteem and best of all they are non-invasive, unlike cosmetic surgical procedures. Most aesthetic treatments also provide long-lasting effects which means you can enjoy the look of beautiful skin free of hair, wrinkles, and blemishes for long periods of time between treatments. In fact, the effects of many treatments are permanent.

At Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics, our goal is to help you look your very best and ensure your experience with us is as relaxing and comfortable as possible. To learn more about our many medical aesthetic services and to find out which one is right for you, schedule a consultation today!


Lip Augmentation – Benefits of Choosing a Non Surgical Procedure

When looking in the mirror, most women have at least one facial feature they are unhappy with. Whether it is the results of aging or just genetics, for many that feature is their lips. While not everyone is interested in duplicating Angelina Jolie’s lips, many women find themselves wishing they had fuller lips. When considering lip augmentation, there are two ways to go, surgical or non surgical. While surgical lip augmentation is a permanent solution, non surgical augmentation offers many benefits, especially for those who aren’t willing to undergo an unnecessary surgical procedure.

Today, the most commonly used non surgical treatments are injectable dermal fillers that can be injected around your mouth and into your lips. The most effective of these fillers consist of hyaluronic acid. This is a substance that is already found naturally in the body and it helps increase the volume of the lips, giving them a younger, more plump appearance. Collagen, once the most common dermal filler, is used less often today. The options containing newer hyaluronic acid are safer, less immunogenic and produce longer lasting results.

Benefits of Non Surgical Lip Augmentation

With non surgical augmentation, the filler is injected into the lips and sometimes also around the mouth. Once injected, the gel in the filler supports and shapes the tissues of the lips. Choosing a non surgical approach to lip augmentation using a hyaluronic acid filler provides benefits that many will find favorable compared to undergoing a surgical procedure.

  • Volume Control – Your medical professional will determine the proper amount of filler to use to create the desired amount of lip volume. This allows you more control over the results achieved.
  • Gradual Treatment – Results do not have to be achieved in a single treatment. If you would rather make the transition to fuller lips slowly, injections can be given gradually during different appointments until the desired results are achieved.
  • Potential for Bumps – Bumps can be caused by too much of the filler being injected at one point in the skin as well as being injected too superficially. When the filler is administered by a skilled medical professional, the occurrence of bumps after injection is extremely rare. They appear less than 5% of the time and are very small, barely noticeable and tend to dissipate over a period of 2 or 3 months.Should the bumps persist, they can easily be treated by injecting them with a medication called Hyaluronidase.
  • Reduced Bruising – Fillers containing hyaluronic acid will typically result in less swelling or bruising compared to other dermal fillers.
  • Allergic Reactions – Because hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the body, the possibility of an allergic reaction is extremely low. It is important to let your physician know if you are allergic to lidocaine before they administer the injection.
  • Longer Lasting Results – Dermal injections are not permanent, but today’s treatment’s are constantly improving, producing more enduring results and reducing the frequency of repeat treatments.

The JUVÉDERM® Lip Collection

The JUVÉDERM family of fillers includes three formulations, JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC, JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC and JUVÉDERM® VOLLURE, each beneficial when it comes to lip augmentation. JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC adds fullness to lips while JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC adds subtle volume and softens the appearance of vertical lip lines.

Seventy-eight percent of people treated with JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC experienced improved satisfaction with the look and feel of their lips 1 year later. Eighty percent of people treated JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC experienced improved satisfaction with their lips 1 year later. When both groups were treated again after 1 year, patients needed less product to achieve their results.

JUVÉDERM® VOLLURE is the newest member of the family and can add volume as well as smoothness with potentially longer lasting results.

Lip Augmentation at Vive

Some people simply have naturally thin lips and just want to achieve a fuller appearance. Other people have noticed their lips thinning over time and may also have seen vertical lip lines become more noticeable. Whatever your unique needs are when it comes to your lips, the JUVÉDERM® collection may be able to help

Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics is proud to offer JUVÉDERM® products. Dr. Pinto can assess your needs, explain your options, and decide on the best course of action. JUVÉDERM® is his hyaluronic acid filler of choice because of its ability for smooth, even corrections with minimal discomfort and maximum results. To decide if JUVÉDERM® is the right option for you, schedule your complimentary consultation today.  

Acne Scar Treatments – Understanding the Various Options

Acne is a skin disorder with several potential causes. Hormonal changes in the body can predispose one to acne for example. There is also a bacteria, p.acne, that feeds off the skin’s sebaceous or oil glands and hair follicles, causing inflammation. These factors lead to clogged pores and outbreaks of acne lesions commonly called pimples. Acne typically occurs occur on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Although acne is not a serious health threat, severe acne can lead to permanent scarring. This scarring is often a source of significant emotional distress. Fortunately, there are acne scar treatments available that can effectively reduce the scarring and minimize the emotional stress.


You have may have heard of microdermabrasion but aren’t sure exactly what it is. Let’s start there. It is a non-invasive procedure that uses fine microcrystals to effectively and safely remove the outermost layer of the skin to get rid of dead skin cells. The procedure will reveal younger, healthier looking skin and help minimize the appearance of many imperfections such as minor acne scars.

Microdermabrasion also encourages the production of a new underlying layer of skin cells with higher levels of collagen and elastin, which further improves your skin’s appearance. Microdermabrasion is a less intense, gentler version of dermabrasion which is typically used for major skin imperfections such as deep facial lines, extreme damage from sun exposure and more severe acne scars.

Patients with active acne may also benefit from microdermabrasion treatments, which exfoliate the skin and clear clogged pores of oil and dirt. This can help reduce or even prevent some future acne outbreaks and in turn, will help reduce future scarring.

A physician or medical esthetician will be able to determine if microdermabrasion will be effective a preventative measure or an acne scar treatment based on your skin type and specific condition.

Picosure Focus Skin Revitalization

PicoSure gently delivers short bursts of energy to target problem areas without harming the surrounding skin. PicoSure’s PressureWave™ technology uses a unique wavelength of light (755nm) and the revolutionary Focus lens, specially designed to convert laser energy into gentle pressure.

This pressure shakes the cells, activating the natural cell signaling processes that creates new collagen and elastin without burning or damaging the skin. It can be effective as an acne scar treatment as well as minimize other skin imperfections like fine lines wrinkles, age spots and freckles. PicoSure Focus treatments are non invasive, require no downtime and work with your body to make your skin look and feel better—naturally. Consult with a dermatology professional or medical esthetician to find out PicoSure Focus is the right acne scar treatment for you.


SkinMedica has complete line of medical skin care products that create a skin management program which supports the health and preserves the beauty of your skin. There are a couple of SkinMedica peels which can be beneficial for acne scar treatment.

Vitalize Peel

SkinMedica’s most popular peel. It is a very superficial peel that addresses visible signs of mild to moderate skin imperfections including minor acne scar treatment as well as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and melasma.

Rejuvenize Peel

This strong yet superficial peel addresses visible signs of moderate to severe skin imperfections including the appearance of acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, hyperpigmentation and melasma with minimal downtime.

All SkinMedica must be prescribed by a medical professional and provide the best results when recommended products are used in conjunction with each other. Consult with a physician or medical esthetician to find out if SkinMedica products can be effective on your specific condition.

Acne Scar Treatments – Are You a Good Candidate?

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 including acne scar treatments.

We offer multiple acne scar treatments including microdermabrasion, PicoSure Facial Rejuvenation  and SkinMedica skin care products as part of complete line of aesthetic services. 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!


Looking for Alternatives to Liposuction? Consider CoolSculpting

Have you finally reached your ideal weight yet you find yourself struggling with small deposits of fat? It can be frustrating when no matter how strict you are with a maintenance diet or how much you work out, they just won’t go away. Does dealing with residual fat deposits like muffin top, love handles or that annoying double chin have you thinking about liposuction? It has been a popular solution to eliminating stubborn fat deposits for more than thirty years. Still, many people don’t like the idea of under going unnecessary surgery and find themselves looking for alternatives to liposuction.

Enter Coolsculpting

This revolutionary treatment is quickly becoming one of the most popular non-surgical alternatives to liposuction. CoolSculpting is FDA approved and is proven to be effective on many of the common trouble spots. It’s a good option for those who have reached or are close to their target weight but want to get rid of small, localized fat deposits on the hips, abdomen, thighs or under the chin.

How does CoolSculpting Work?

One of today’s popular alternatives to liposuction, CoolSculpting can get rid of those annoying areas of unwanted fat without going under the knife. The procedure, known as cryolipolysis, safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin.

The Coolsculpting applicator freezes the fat cells without affecting the surrounding tissue. Treated fat cells are crystallized or frozen then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, providing you with a more sculpted physique.

Once the cells are frozen and eliminated, they are gone for good. Those stubborn fat deposits will only reappear if the dead fat cells are replaced with new ones, resulting from returning to an unhealthy diet.

The Evolution Of CoolSculpting

The cryolipolysis technology was exclusively licensed to ZELTIQ Aesthetics in 2005 and the CoolSculpting system was developed to non-invasively reduce subcutaneous fat. In 2010, CoolSculpting received FDA clearance in the US for non-surgical reduction of fat in the flank area and for the abdomen in 2012. FDA clearance followed for the thighs in 2014, and for the submental area underneath the chin in 2015. CoolSculpting is approved for fat reduction in over 70 countries worldwide, throughout Europe, and including Canada, Brazil and Australia.

Each newly approved treatment area brought with it a new CoolSculpting applicator and there have been improvements to some of the applicators along the way as well.

CoolADVANTAGE is the redesigned CoolSculpting applicator which reaches a lower temperature than the original design. The CoolADVANTAGE may be slightly colder than the original CoolSculpting applicator but treatment time is greatly reduced.

CoolADVANTAGE has three interchangeable contours ideal for the abdomen, flanks, and inner thighs. There is the CoolCore Advantage, the CoolCurve+ Advantage and the CoolFit Advantage.

The CoolCore Advantage is specifically designed to treat the abdomen while the CoolCurve+ Advantage is designed to target fat cell deposits in the flank area, often referred to as muffin top. The CoolFit Advantage features a flat applicator design ideal for longer, vertical areas of fat, such as the inner thighs.

There is also the CoolSmooth PRO applicator which is effective on the outer thighs. To make sure you look your best from head to toe, there is the CoolSculpting Mini designed specifically to take care the submental area or double chin.

Recovery Time

With Coolsculpting there is really no down time. After the treatment, you may feel some tingling as the area is massaged for 2 or 3 minutes. It is a virtually painless procedure during which many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or even take a nap. CoolSculpting is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Patients often return to work on the same day once a treatment is completed.

End the Search for Alternatives to Liposuction

For many people, CoolSculpting is the solution you’ve been looking for. While it is not effective for those who still have a large amount of weight to lose, it’s a great option for those who have reached their goal. For those who still have a ways to go on their weight loss journey, CoolSculpting could help with a few finishing touches when you get there.

Although Coolsculpting has been approved in many countries around the world, you don’t have to travel to take advantage of the most effective of all the alternatives to liposuction. Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics 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 right option for you. Schedule your consultation today




PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal – Advanced Technology, Better Results

You may have loved your tattoo when you first had it done but that was probably a long time ago. Or maybe your ink is a more recent addition but you wish you hadn’t got it. It is estimated that nearly one-third of people with tattoos regret getting them. Still, many of those surveyed said wouldn’t consider having them removed. This is understandable as many past tattoo removal treatments were painful and provided less than stellar results. The advanced technology behind PicoSure laser tattoo removal changes all that. Those who have been hesitant in the past may want to reconsider having that unwanted tattoo removed.

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

In the past, other methods of tattoo removal such as dermabrasion and cryosurgery have been used, but laser removal is widely regarded as being the most effective method. The intense light of the laser penetrates the skin, breaking up the ink particles and causing the tattoo to fade gradually. The body’s immune system will then remove these pigments over time. The laser energy is harmless and only targets the pigmented skin, leaving the surrounding skin unharmed.

Multiple sessions are needed to break down the tattoo. The number of sessions varies depending on the size and colors of the tattoo.  Treatments are typically scheduled 4 to 8 weeks apart as it takes that long for the body to remove the fragmented pigment.

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

Why is PicoSure Different?

Both PicoSure and Q-Switched lasers break up the ink particles of a tattoo, allowing them to be removed by the body. This may have you wondering – what is so different about PicoSure laser?

The term LASER is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Both the Q-Switched Laser and the Picosure laser create a beam of energy. This energy can be modified to perform a variety of tasks including tattoo removal. For medical aesthetic procedures, the source of energy needs to be controlled to prevent damage to the skin. PicoSure and Q-Switched lasers each create a different type of energy.

Q-Switched lasers create photothermal/heat and release this energy in nanoseconds or one billionth of a second. While this may seem like an extremely short amount of time, a significant amount of heat is generated. This heat can subsequently cause damage to the skin. Some skin types are more sensitive than other and because of this Q-Switched lasers can only be used on certain skin types.

PicoSure lasers create photomechanical/pressure waves and release this energy in picoseconds or one trillionth of a second. Therefore, a high amount of energy can be released in an extremely short timeframe. The shorter time frame prevents the heat being generated and reduces the chance of burning the skin or altering the pigmentation.

The extremely short burst of energy released by PicoSure also shatter tattoo ink into much smaller particles than the Q-Switch laser. The smaller particles are more easily absorbed by the body. PicoSure is also the first and only aesthetic picosecond laser that is FDA-cleared for the removal of tattoos.

So what does all this mean for those who are suffering from tattoo regret? While every tattoo is unique and presents its own challenges when it comes to removal, PicoSure provides 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 the Q-Switched laser treatment, the PicoSure process provides a quicker recovery as well.

Ready to Consider PicoSure Tattoo Removal?

Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics is a proud provider of state-of-the-art laser tattoo removal using PicoSure. If you have an unwanted tattoo and have been putting offer having it removed, stop waiting! Call today for a consultation and find out if PicoSure laser tattoo removal is right for you.

Does Bikini Season Have You Considering Laser Hair Removal?

Summer is finally here and you are taking advantage of every beach day you can. Bathing suits and summer attire, in general, have everyone showing more skin. This can also have you constantly shaving or waxing to keep from revealing unwanted hair, which quickly becomes a chore. Some people have unwanted hair in areas not easily hidden by clothing, making hair removal a year round task. In addition to being time-consuming, shaving and waxing can cause skin irritation. This can be both embarrassing and uncomfortable. Don’t you wish there was an easier way? You may be considering laser hair removal but have questions or concerns. Putting some of these to rest may help you decide if laser hair removal is right for you.

How Does it Work?

Laser hair removal treatment targets the pigment, which gives the hair its color. During a laser treatment, gentle pulses of light energy travel through the skin to the hair follicle and shaft. Once absorbed by the hair’s dark pigment or melanin, this light energy damages the follicle and inhibits hair growth.

After treatment, the damaged follicles will either produce very thin, tiny hairs that are virtually invisible or be completely unable to produce new hairs. Regrowth will progressively get thinner with each treatment until there is little or no hair remaining.

How Quickly Will You See Results?

Laser hair removal is a process and results are not instantaneous. Hair grows in three stages. The follicles contain more pigment during the anagen or active growth stage and will absorb more light energy. Receiving laser hair removal treatments during this growth stage will maximize results.

Because hair grows in three cycles, typically 4-6 treatments are necessary to achieve optimum results. This can vary depending on hair color and texture, skin color, the area to be treated and the amount of unwanted hair. There is a 4-6 week wait in between treatments of the face, underarms, arms, and bikini area. For the back, chest, and legs, 8-10 weeks between treatments is recommended.

Side Effects and Recovery Time

During a laser hair removal treatment,  you may feel a slight sting, a bit like the snap of a rubber band, which dissipates almost immediately. Treatment times vary depending on the size of the area but typically take just a few minutes.

Once the procedure is completed, the treated area may feel like you have a mild sunburn. Laser hair removal is a minimally invasive treatment, you will be able to immediately return to normal activities. You should always use sunscreen, but it is especially important after receiving a treatment as the skin will be sensitive, even if it doesn’t feel like it.

Also, you can shave but should not wax or tweeze hair after being treated. Remember, laser hair removal focuses on the hair follicles. If you remove the follicles by waxing or tweezing the treated area, you will hinder the process. For the best results, you should allow the treated hair to fall out on its own.

Not Just for Bikini Season

Laser hair removal treatments provide benefits that you will enjoy beyond the summer season and it’s not just for the ladies. Men can experience significantly reduced chest and back hair resulting in a cleaner, well-groomed look. Any adult struggling with unwanted hair should consult with a medical professional to find out if laser hair removal is the right choice for them.

Vectus Laser Hair Removal

At Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics, we offer hair removal using Vectus Laser technology developed by Cynosure. It is the fastest and safest laser available. It has the largest spot size of any laser hair removal device which means shorter treatment time. Also, The sapphire cooling tip makes the treatment as comfortable as possible.

If you are considering laser hair removal or any of our other aesthetic services, don’t hesitate! Contact us today to schedule a consultation.


Weight Loss – Stay Motivated, Be Good to Yourself and Reap the Rewards

It doesn’t matter if it’s five pounds or fifty pounds, losing weight is challenging. Whether you are doing it on your own or following a medical weight loss plan, staying motivated while dieting can be tough. Because there are so many positives that can come from healthy weight loss, it is important to find ways to encourage and motivate yourself. This will help you to stick to the plan and achieve your goal.

Be Kind

It is true, we are often our own worst critics. Many people are too hard on themselves when trying to lose weight. Remember, weight loss takes time, patience and a little bit of forgiveness.

Achieving a healthy weight doesn’t happen overnight, it happens slowly. Having unrealistic expectations can quickly derail any diet. If you only have a small amount of weight to lose, you may be able to meet those expectations on your own. If you have a significant amount of weight to lose, it can help to consult with your physician. They can help you create a weight loss plan with realistic expectations as to how long it will take to achieve your ultimate goal.

On any weight loss journey, there is bound to be obstacles and temptations. It happens – you slip up and cheat. Forgive yourself, don’t get discouraged and keep moving forward. Focusing on the dieting detour can be demotivating, in some cases to the point of giving up. Don’t do it. Forgive yourself and get back on track. There are so many benefits of healthy weight loss to look forward to!

Stay Motivated

Reaching your ideal weight is the ultimate goal. It can help keep you motivated to set short term goals along the way. You might want to make every five or ten pounds an interim goal. With each of these short term goals you achieve, celebrate.  Buy a new outfit in your new, smaller size or treat yourself to a spa day. It’s up to you how you celebrate, just be sure the celebration isn’t food related.

It is important to have a support system in place when trying to lose weight. It could be a family member, a workout buddy or you may choose to join a weight loss support group. If you are following a medical weight loss plan, you will have regular visits with your physician or medical professional. These visits can be an integral part of your support system.

Once you reach your goal, keeping the weight off may also be a challenge. For some people, keeping the weight off can be even more difficult than losing it initially. It is important to remember that maintaining a healthy weight is a lifelong process. Rather than wait until you need it, create a maintenance plan at the beginning of your weight loss journey. Your physician or medical professional can assist in creating a plan that works for you.

Reap the Rewards

Achieving a healthy weight offers benefits that go beyond getting a new wardrobe in a smaller size. Not only will you look better, you will feel better. Losing weight can reduce the risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and many other health related issues. It will also reduce pressure on joints, resulting in less pain and increased mobility.

Weight loss can also affect how you feel about yourself and be a big boost to your self-esteem. You may feel more comfortable and outgoing in social situations or more assertive and proactive at work. This new found self-confidence can have a positive impact on many aspects of everyday life.

Healthy Weight Loss

The key to successful, long term weight loss requires permanent changes in your day to day life. The hardest part, however, is the first step. Getting started on your weight loss journey must begin somewhere.

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. During your initial consultation, Dr. Pinto will review your medical and weight history, discuss your short and long term goals, and present to you what your expected weight loss will be.

Vive is proud partners with THE CENTER FOR MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS, the largest network of physicians specializing in weight loss in the country. Using evidence-based weight loss programs, your success is inevitable. Schedule your consultation today and begin the journey to a healthier, happier you!


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!