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:

Diabetes

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.

Photodamage

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.

Wrinkles

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.