Embrace Your Beauty

I will be the first to admit that I am an overachiever in the sun protection department... I start every day with Lumivive, TNS Recovery Complex, my Colorescience Total Protection Face and Body along with my Even Up, my Pressed Mineral SPF 20, Total Eye, and Sunforgettable Brush SPF 50. I am protected from UVA, UVB, blue light and any other little free radical damager that wants to attack my skin. I live on the lake, spend lots of time outside, and love to vacation at the beach or in the mountains where we get plenty of sun. For the past 15 years my skin has been protected, taken care of by the best of the best products and treatments. But... prior to that my story was a little different.

I have always worn sunscreen and have always been pretty aware that it was necessary. At an early age my mom started teaching me the benefits of wearing sun protection as she laid next to me on the beach slathered in the best smelling suntan oil that made her skin a lovely shade of brown. Little did I know the damage this was causing. We spent many summers on the beach in the sun and at the pool. I was a lifeguard all through high school, and I may have even laid in a tanning bed getting ready for prom a time or two... or 20.

I am turning 40 this year and the evidence of the sins from my sun tanning past have just started emerging. They are very minimal, and I feel very lucky that I started protecting and taking care of my skin at an early age, but I still had this one brown spot. That first spot that drives you crazy and your eye always goes directly to. Most of you wouldn’t know I had it – the Corrector Palette is a pretty amazing thing for concealing, and I highly suggest it if you don’t have one.

But I no longer have to cover my brown spot. I had one treatment with the Picoway Laser and it is completely destroyed. The treatment is very easy to go through and has minimal side effects. My brown spot got a little darker, which again was very easy to conceal with my Corrector Palette, and within a week it flaked off. Amazing!

Here are my photos – the first one is the day after treatment, and the second one is the week following treatment.

The moral of my brown spot story is...

  1. Start protecting your skin at an early age.
  2. Wear sunscreen every day and NO... what’s in your makeup is not enough... unless it’s Colorescience.
  3. If that one brown spot bothers you, don’t wait until you have 10 to get them treated; that's what spot treatments are for.
  4. It’s never too late and no one ever has too much damage to see a noticeable change or improvement.

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Let's be well. Such a simple phrase and concept. Yet, we do not follow this concept in the United States very well. I have spent the better part of 25+ years helping people recover from serious, sometimes life-threatening illnesses. As I have progressed through my career, I have often thought that I would never want to personally need any of the operations I have had to perform for my patients. We have all been raised with the mentality that “once I’m sick, I’ll try to recover.” As you probably know, once you become seriously ill or need a major surgery, you will never be as good as you were before. Hmm. Maybe we should do something different and try not to get so sick!

In the last decade or so, I have spent an increasing amount of time trying to educate myself on how to stay healthy. There is a tremendous, growing body of information on health maintenance, wellness, and optimal aging that is rooted in research and hard science. What I mean by that is the information is obtained by medical researchers across the world applying the same standards as they do to discovering new cancer cures.

However, some of the new information conflicts with currently accepted recommendations from the medical community. This may lead to doctors disagreeing on what is best for you. I have also found that the lay press routinely picks snippets of information from a medical study and then portrays it as the whole truth without explaining the study’s complete findings. The net effect on patients is confusion and mistrust of the medical community. I think we all can understand that seeking consistent, reliable information in today's world is challenging.

My point in writing this is that there are many factors that we can control to improve our chance of staying healthy. If we embrace wellness and healthy aging, research shows we can lower our odds of many major illnesses. The basic outline is very simple: eat clean, sleep 7-8 hours daily, exercise 30 minutes or more daily, minimize visceral fat, maintain hormonal balance throughout life, minimize environmental toxins, no smoking, and minimal alcohol intake. Most of this seems obvious and the majority of it is free! You just have to do it.

Healthcare in the United States is very good, but we are making ourselves sicker through our lifestyles and food choices. Take control of your health and be well. Your body will thank you.

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For many of you who know me, you know that I exercise almost daily. When compression sleeves came out, I began to use them during my runs or other aerobic workouts. After many months of wearing them faithfully, I began to doubt the need for them. I’m no different than other people in that when something works regularly and is of benefit, it begins to lose its value and I begin to doubt the need for it.

So recently, I stopped using the sleeves but have continued to exercise. The intensity of my exercise routines continued to increase, and I began to notice that my legs felt rather sore and heavy at work. I usually am at the gym by 5:30am and then am on my feet at work all day. I hadn’t ever had any issues with my legs, even after years of standing in operating rooms and office days. This was a new and very annoying phenomenon, and I really didn’t put two and two together at first. This went on for about 3 months before I had the revelation that the only change was being too lazy to put on the sleeves before going to the gym.

A few weeks ago, I began wearing them again. What a surprise! My legs weren’t heavy and achy at work. This in retrospect all seems a little silly, but I am writing this blog to relate my experience to you so that all of you will benefit from wearing these compression sleeves while you exercise. However, you must remember that the sleeves are not a substitute for thigh high compression for those of you with vein disease. They are for use only during the period of exercise, and will be of value to everyone whether you have venous disease or not.

So, if you enjoy running, walking or any other form of aerobic exercise, come and get a pair of our exercise compression sleeves. Your legs will thank you!

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I cannot say enough about how much BioTE has changed my life. I know it sounds cliché, but it is true. I am pretty sure even my son would offer to pay for the treatment if I said I was going to stop. It will be a part of my life for as long as I can receive treatment.

How has it changed my life? Well, the first symptom that was relieved was my lack of sleep. I probably hadn’t had a full night of sleep in over 10 years. I would wake up any time between 1:00 and 3:00 and often would be up for the rest of the night. After having the pellets for only two weeks, I slept a full night of sleep. This continues to be the norm, and when I do start to have trouble sleeping, it is my indication that it is time for another pellet.

The benefits of getting a full night’s sleep are many. I have way more energy, no foggy brain, much more motivation to exercise, and am way less crabby. I often joke that if everyone was pelleted the world would be a better place. For me this was the main benefit and what keeps me coming back. I have had other added bonuses, such as no more watery eyes due to improved lubrication, I lost a pant size due to better muscle building, and my husband looks way more attractive to me than he did last year! Those are all great, but the sleep is my why.

Recently, life issues had me postpone my pellet insertion a few weeks too long and I started to feel like my old normal. I honestly don’t know how I put up with it and would never put up with it again.

The best part about the whole process is that BioTE is all natural and gives the added benefit of improvements in heart disease, osteoporosis and memory loss, all risk factors that run in my family. Call to schedule your consultation and find out if pellet therapy is right for you! Dr. Ferris, board-certified gynecologist and hormone replacement expert, will be happy to educate you on this treatment.

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Most of us have those stubborn areas of fat that just don’t seem to want to go away no matter how much we diet and exercise. I have been exercising consistently for the past year and have maintained a steady weight. My frustration has been the post-menopausal belly and rubbing inner thighs. So those are the areas I have decided to tackle. I have had one CoolSculpting treatment in each area and I am due for my second. I can’t give you my total transformation experience, but I can already tell that I am super pleased with my abdomen.

I’ve always had a very flat stomach, so the menopause pooch really did me in. I hated how any clothes felt that had a waist. In the past month I find myself digging out the jeans I have been avoiding, and overall I am way more comfortable in my clothes. Am I ready to dig out a teeny bikini? Probably not! Even if I could, I think I am a bit past the bikini stage, but if I had to I would probably not die of embarrassment like I would have a few months ago. My inner thighs didn’t bother me so much for their look – I think that area needs a bit of a contour – but I did not like the rubbing. This was another new phenomenon for me. It is better, but not gone yet; I’m expecting treatment number two will knock that annoyance off, too.

CoolSculpting is something we (the Genesis Company) entered into very cautiously. Body contouring and fat reduction is hard to accomplish, so we really wanted to make sure the technology was where it needed to be. The upgraded handpieces and additional size options really make this treatment the gold standard for non-invasive fat removal. If stubborn areas of fat bother you, make an appointment with us to learn how CoolSculpting can help you recapture your youthful body.

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Fall is the time to assess your skin and get those maintenance treatments going. For me it means getting my semiannual peel followed by a Triniti Plus maintenance treatment. The peel helps me get rid of any dead layers of skin that have accumulated over the past six months. If you have been out in the sun, there is a chance some old pigment has resurfaced, and now that summer is over it is safe to get that skin peeled off. This also allows all my daily products to be better absorbed. I will follow this with my annual Trinti Plus, which not only helps with pigment but also with fine lines and wrinkles and a little bit of improved laxity. I am always amazed at how this one-two punch really brightens and lightens my skin.

For me, our “Best” Recapture Your Youthful Skin product package, on special this month, would be my go-to because TNS Essential Serum, HA5 and Lytera are all part of my daily regimen. Keeping up with these products helps ensure that the two peels and one Trinti Plus are all I need to keep my skin in shape.

With my hectic schedule I need to maximize benefits in the least amount of time possible. What’s your routine? If you don’t have one, schedule your VISIA analysis and get a customized plan to address your goals. Our estheticians will review your goals and make sure the plan fits your budget and lifestyle. Youthful skin is just a consult away!

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