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Don’t abuse your largest organ in quest for younger looking skin

By Elizabeth VanderVeer, M.D : Oregon Jewish Life Magazine: January 2013

Don’t abuse your largest organ in quest for younger-looking skin January is the time of the year when most of us make at least one New Year’s resolution. Often, these resolutions regard our health in some way. As such, it is fitting to focus this month’s column on our outer health – or, more specifically, our skin.

Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Most of us know this fact from our high school health class. But, what many of us don’t appreciate is how much our skin can reveal about our inner – and even overall – health. What may seem an innocuous bump may be a harbinger of a much deeper and more serious problem; and what seems to be a whole-body illness may be little more than a brief allergic reaction. This wide variety of problems and their presentations is what makes taking care of the skin and patients’ outer health fascinating and problematic.

VanderVeer CenterAs with any organ in our body, inflammation is a root cause of multiple illnesses. If you stop to think about it, any kind of inflammation of a body organ – hepatitis (liver), cystitis (bladder), encephalitis (brain), vasculitis (blood vessels), gastritis (stomach) and more – are basically “code words” in medical jargon to indicate a problem with that organ. Medicine and medical care attempt to mitigate the damage from this inflammation. Therefore, to a physician like me, the inflammation of the skin – dermatitis – is a sign of poor health of the skin.

What makes inflammation of the skin so problematic is that most of the anti-aging dogma regarding skin care, including medical treatments and spa-grade treatments, are directed at increasing inflammation of the skin. Patients are advised to put irritants on their skin; suffer through redness, pain and swelling; and use products that make skin actually hurt, all for the sake of “anti-aging.” To me, this is antithetical to the health of the largest organ. How can it be possible that inflammation of every other organ in our body is considered a state of disease, yet we intentionally increase the disease of our body’s outer protective layer? How can breaking down this physical barrier increase our overall skin’s health? This is a topic and question I have pondered for the last 30 years. I have “gone to battle” every day with my own skin, as I have tried the latest potion, treatment or regimen for purportedly increasing my skin’s health while decreasing its apparent age.

We are learning more about how chronic inflammation of any organ or body part can be detrimental to our health. Heart disease has been linked to bacteria from the mouth that causes inflammation of the cardiac vessels. Chronic inflammation also is linked to innumerable illnesses, even cancer. Therefore, with few exceptions, I believe it is essential to decrease the inflammation of our skin. I will warn you up front, this opinion is emerging in the medical community, and many physicians will not agree with me – yet. The traditional treatment of the skin and general recommendations from the medical community involve increasing the skin’s irritation and decreasing the barrier function of the skin. They do little to nothing to improve the healing time of any injury to the skin.

In my own medical practice, we focus on decreasing inflammation of the skin and improving the skin’s own natural barrier function. Skin health optimization – like cardiovascular conditioning or optimal cognitive brain function – should be a part of anyone’s anti-aging goal. So whether your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, increase your aerobic capacity, strengthen your muscles or improve your memory, please keep the health of your skin in mind. Protect your skin from sun damage with a zinc-based sunscreen; cleanse off the grime of the day (even if only with a splash of water); and moisturize your skin with a calming lotion or cream.

Most important, do not intentionally irritate your skin. If your skin feels irritated, think of it as a cranky 2-year-old having a meltdown: give it a hug and calm it down with a soothing hug, rather than a spanking while screaming “shape up!” Partner with a trusted medical professional to put together the best regimen for your skin’s particular health or state of disease. Believe me, your skin will reward you with a healthy glow and proper barrier function; and you will know that you are not intentionally causing an “-itis” of your largest organ. This is true “anti-aging” advice and a New Year’s resolution most of us can keep.

 

Elizabeth VanderVeer, M.D., is a board-certified internist and president/medical director at VanderVeer Center. A native Oregonian, she is a fourth-generation doctor who has dedicated her practice exclusively to aesthetics for many years and specializes in nonsurgical cosmetic medicine. Dr. VanderVeer is a published author and a sought-after international lecturer.

 


Celebrate July in Style

July is the start of the amazing Summer here in the Northwest. Most people are concerned about their beach bodies before Summer starts, but a few of us procrastinate before the sun comes out. Then we try to hurry to get tone and lose weight before we head out to the pool on the weekends. The specials VanderVeer Center in Portland, OR. is offering for July can help your entire body and face look the best ever.

With our D3 hCG Detox Diet for Doers®, you can easily and painlessly  lose up to 25 lbs in just 23 days. Just like one of our patients did. He lost 46 lbs and 18" in just 23 days. With this amazing diet program you get 6 Zerona® Laser sessions, HGH spray, Medical Supervision, and Labwork for only $1,499 (save over $600). Come check out VanderVeer Center's D3 hCG diet and "change your taste for the bad, for the good!"

We recently introduced Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men & Women here at VanderVeer Center. We have had an overwhelming response to this program and how it can help you change your life and get your hormones and testosterone back on track. Highlighted in this months "V-Blast" is our "Ask the Doctor" section. The question this month is "How long after I start HRT treatment will I feel relief from my menopause symptoms?" Dr. Bob Ruiz breaks down the answer for us."It depends on what symptoms we are addressing. Insomnia, which is usually due to low progesterone, useually responds very quickly to hormone treatment. Hot flashes, low libido, & brain fog can take up to 3 months to see a reduction, but most patients start seeing a reduction in these symptoms around the 4-6 week time frame." Dr. Bob Ruiz is a Board Certified Physician with over 8 years experience in Hormone Replacement Therapy and Aesthetic Medicine. To book your consultation with Dr. Bob or Dr. Elizabeth McElligott with questions about Hormone Replacement Therapy or Aesthetic Medicine, please call our office, 503-443-2250. Or you can ask your questions by clicking here.

Don't be afraid to go out in public this Summer. VanderVeer Center in Portland Oregon can help you look your best at any age. For the month of July erase wrinkles and fold and plump your lips with our Juvederm® Blowout Event. Get 2 (two) vials of Juvederm® for only $899 (save $300), PLUS get a FREE EltaMD® lip balm ($20 value). You can now get rid of those parentheses lines, marionette lines, fill hollows under your eyes, plump your beautiful lips and more. Our talented Physicians and V-Team will take care of you from beginning to end!

Back by popular demand is our extremely successful "Happy Hour" special. Join us for our "Happy Hour" from 2:00pm to 5:00pm EVERYDAY in July. It's time to treat those frown lines, forehead wrinkles, crows feet and more. Call VanderVeer Center early to schedule your appointment as space is limited and appointments fill up fast. Botox is $249 for 25 units or Dysport is $249 for 75 units. There is no maximum limit of units; Restrictions Apply; Call for details. 503-443-2250.

Of course will all our specials, they cannot be combined with any other offer; Not applicable to prior purchases; Additional restrictions may apply and they all expire 7/31/13.

Also now available is our NEW text message marketing. Sign up on our specials page to get special offers and discounts sent right to your cell phone.

VanderVeer Center in Portland Oregon is located on 6650 SW Redwood Lane and is open 7 days a week, Monday - Sunday 9:00am to 6:00pm.

 


Ageless Advice, Aging Age Spots

Oregon Jewish Life Magazine; December 2012
By: Elizabeth VanderVeer M.D.

Brown spots, also known as age spots or liver spots, are just one type of the lesions that can occur on skin. Even though most people think their brown spots have suddenly “appeared overnight,” what finally comes to the surface of the skin as a brown spot is really the result of decades of sun damage. Even if you were not a “sun worshiper” like I was – using baby oil, iodine and tin foil – you can still get brown spots.

While these spots can occur on the face, chest, hands and body at any time, they often start to appear around age 40.

Unfortunately, skin cancer is one of the fastest-growing types of cancers in men and women of all ages. The incidence of melanoma – the deadliest type of skin cancer – is rising at alarming rates.

Adequate precautions against unnecessary sun exposure are essential for the prevention of skin cancer, but most of us have gotten enough sun exposure in our youth to make us vulnerable to all types of skin lesions, including skin cancer. Sun also causes the vast majority of other lesions on the skin, including harmless brown spots known by many different names.

It is essential that any new skin lesion that does not go away and any spot that changes size, shape or color be evaluated by a physician. Regarding lesions on the skin, there is a saying in medicine, “If it grows, it goes,” meaning, it at least requires an assessment and possibly a biopsy, or complete removal with evaluation by a pathologist.

Once the spots have been determined to be benign, there are a few effective ways to mitigate or erase them. Most effective treatments require a visit to a physician’s office, and few treatments for brown spots are covered by insurance. But that does not mean that their removal has to be expensive or unsightly.

Chemical peels – performed in a medical office – can be very effective. Peels work by removing skin layers at a deeper level and faster pace than normal skin sheds. Peels can be used on the face, chest, arms, hands and more. Usually, when the right peel is used, a significant reduction in discoloration of the skin can be eradicated with minimal to no downtime.

 Brown spots

Another common way to remove brown spots is liquid nitrogen, or what most patients think of as “The Spray Gun at a Doctor’s Office.” Liquid nitrogen works by temporarily freezing a brown spot, thus causing it to crust and fall off over time – hopefully taking away the brown spot that was treated.

In the cosmetic physician’s office, there are often some more advanced techniques available for the removal of brown spots. Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments have really become the gold standard for removal of these lesions. It is essential that you receive a consultation before you sign up for a laser or light treatment as there are numerous things to take into account when getting these treatments. Medications, sun exposure, baseline skin color and medical conditions can all play a role when choosing a laser or light treatment for your skin.

Lasers and light treatments can be used for “spot treatment” of your spots, or if the spots are numerous or confluent, a full face, neck, chest, hand and/or other extremity can be treated. IPL treatment is one of the most popular treatments in my office. It can remove brown spots and help with overall skin rejuvenation. But, not all IPL machines are created alike. In order to be effective, and IPL machine must be medical grade (meaning it requires a physician to own this type of machine,) well-maintained and operated safely and effectively by an experienced laser technician. You should never receive an IPL treatment if you have had recent sun exposure!

The biggest reason I see for patients not receiving treatment for their brown spots is simply a lack of knowledge that anything could be done! So, whether you have one brown spot or too many to count, if you would like to have them removed, seek the attention of a medical professional for proper diagnosis and removal of any spots that bother you. It is truly amazing how removing just a single spot or two can make you look and feel significantly better about your appearance.

 

Elizabeth VanderVeer M.D.Elizabeth VanderVeer, M.D., is a board-certified internist and president/medical director at VanderVeer Center. A native Oregonian, she is a fourth-generation doctor who has dedicated her practice exclusively to aesthetics for many years and specializes in nonsurgical cosmetic medicine. Dr. VanderVeer is a published author and a sought-after international lecturer as well as a national trainer for numerous industry leaders.

 


Ageless Advice February 2013

You can’t put time in a bottle, but you can find it in a garden!

Featured in Oregon Jewish Life, June 2013

The topic of gardening is a different subject now than it was some 40 years ago when my family and I tilled and maintained an acre of land for fruit and vegetable gardening (with a few chickens thrown in). Time seemed so simple then: no personal electronics, no microwave oven, no rush – or so it seemed. I planted the garden every spring with my father, tilling the soil and carefully hand-planting every seed.

Then, the real work began. My mother and I harvested and canned/froze/blanched/pickled/peeled anything and everything from that garden to carry us through the winter months, when fresh fruit and vegetables were scarce at the stores. I helped both parents pick daily fruit and vegetables for dinner all summer long. Our meals were supplemented by “organic” beef and chicken (the term didn’t need to exist back then), and plain rice or a baked potato. Gastronomic treats included seasonal walnuts and hazelnuts from our own backyard. Life was simple, or at least different, than it is today.

Inner GardeningMy two sons, ages 15 and 18, have no concept of my up-bringing and the kind of life we all had prior to the Internet and personal electronics. I am sure their dad and I contributed to this “gap” in their lives, choosing to live in an urban neighborhood where the lot sizes were measured in fractions of the numbers of my childhood garden. Although we tried to have a little garden, I have the distinction of being the only person I know who cannot grow zucchini! We also became a modern family in other ways, filling our time with travel, after-school sports, music lessons and more. Food became a matter of sustenance, with little thought to where the food we purchased came from. Around 1995, a throwback fad – the farmer’s market – became a viable option for three months a year. My children and I loved to go to the markets, where we could talk to the farmer and select fruits and vegetables that had the familiar nicks, dents and bruises characteristic of unaltered, pesticide-free food. Fortunately farmer’s markets now provide bounty almost year-round for those willing to forgo the allure of the supermarket.

Although I no longer even attempt to grow zucchini, I do find gardening an art worth pursuing – despite the seemingly low yield for my time. Planting seeds in rich soil is quietly healing and meditative, whether you are planting in the ground of an estate or in a window garden. You can’t force plants to grow faster. Gardening requires forethought, foresight, patience and even getting a little dirty and messing up my nails. It also requires prolonged attention in the form of watering, pruning, harvesting and preparing for “winter.” The art of gardening is in sharp contrast to our fast-paced, disposable, electronic world. “FarmVille” is no substitute for real gardening! As I slowly grow into “middle age,” I think the greatest thing a garden can provide is a sense of appreciation for the value of time.

Gardening requires that we slow down and focus on the earth – fitting for the celebration of Purim. As we celebrate our ancestors’ deliverance from Haman, I suggest we add planting a garden (or any plant) to our allegorical festivities. Gardening is a wonderful way to celebrate the liberation of our people – by creating our own new life. Make an afternoon or a day out of it; buy a lovely new pot, soil, garden tool and plantings; and give yourself permission to make a mess. Mess up your manicure and smell the earth! I like to do this ritual alone, while listening to my favorite music on my iPod (I can’t take the modern era out of it entirely). Make it part of an annual ritual – take some much needed time and literally “smell the roses.” Make a mental list of everything you have to be grateful for. Bless the ability to be able to perform such a simple task – in complete religious freedom and in this great country.

So, why is a cosmetic medical doctor talking about home gardening in the ’60s and ’70s and the modern substitute? Because they all require time – the one commodity we cannot buy, sell, barter or bargain for. Time is worthy of our attention and celebration. I believe gardening is an excellent way to slow down and check in. And, as you watch your garden grow, you will have a reminder of the time you took to create something beautiful and fruitful. In this way, you really can have it all: basil in the windowsill and a bountiful harvest at the farmer’s market or nearby grocery store.

Even if your modern-day gardening is limited to directing the landscapers or instructing your gardener of the plan to execute, you can still take the time for a little “inner gardening.” It is always a good time to plant the seeds of new ideas in your life; to make simple, but profound, dietary changes in your life; and allow yourself the gift of time to do just about anything – or nothing – if only for an hour. I promise you will reap the rewards of a bountiful harvest as you free yourself from the slavery of the modern world, one moment or change at a time.

 

Elizabeth VanderVeer, M.D., is a board-certified internist and president/medical director at VanderVeer Center. A native Oregonian, she is a fourth-generation doctor who has dedicated her practice exclusively to aesthetics for many years and specializes in nonsurgical cosmetic medicine.

 

 


Ageless Advice Sunrise Sunset

Ageless Advice: Sunrise, Sunset

Featured in Oregon Jewish Life, June 2013

The fountain of youth includes inner health and wellness as well as outer health. Medicine is advancing at the speed of light, and it is hard to keep up on the latest recommended supplements, diet or food fad, and the best exercise regimen. What doesn’t change over time is the fact that we all must age – at least chronologically. Optimal health is what we all seek, and everyone I know wants quality of life in their individual quantity of life.

One way to augment our health is to make sure we are replete in all of the essential vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. As science advances, we learn more and more about the crucial levels needed for peak health. In the last decade, researchers have learned a great deal about vitamin D and the role it plays in our overall health. Vitamin D, often called the “sunshine vitamin,” is a fatsoluble vitamin that can only be obtained via food; exposure to sunshine combined with healthy kidneys; and supplementation.

In our sun-starved climate combined with an overall indoor lifestyle, it is nearly impossible to obtain the proper dose of vitamin D to maintain adequate levels from sunshine exposure alone. Likewise, virtually all of us will not consume enough vitamin D in our regular diet – for we would need to eat two large servings of fatty salmon or mackerel every day. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that must be taken by mouth or produced in our skin by direct sunlight. In the Northwest, we are severely vitamin D deficient. We have known for decades that low levels of vitamin D are associated with low bone density – or osteoporosis – and with poor dentition, hence the encouragement to “drink your milk.”

What has recently been elucidated is how low levels of Vitamin D can significantly impact many other diseases and medical conditions. Vitamin D was discovered early in the 20th century by a Nobel Prize-winning chemist who made the link between lower rates of problems with bones (rickets in children) and the consumption of certain fats. Soon after its discovery, vitamin D was added to milk and dairy products. Subsequent to that, all then-known diseases related to inadequate levels of vitamin D began to fall. Presently, vitamin D is recommended to all ages – including children – and most of us need supplementation to achieve the right levels of this vital vitamin.

Medical research shows a strong association between low levels of vitamin D and psoriasis, type I diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, muscle weakness, depression, flu, obesity and even certain types of cancer. It even appears that high levels of vitamin D can significantly slow the growth of breast cancer. Most physicians now routinely check a vitamin D level in our annual blood work, and make sure you know your numbers. I believe your vitamin D level is as critical to know as your cholesterol.

Vitamin D SunbathingWhen asked “How high should my vitamin D level be?” I suggest maintaining your blood level at the high end of normal, not the low end. My patients often ask me how much vitamin D should I take, and how should I take it? I recommend a liquid or gel caps of “D3,” the most bio-available form of the vitamin, and have my patients take as much daily vitamin D as needed to optimize their levels.

I recommend that my patients get 10 minutes of daily, direct sunlight to their body as often as possible. Ironically, use of sunscreen can drastically diminish the production of vitamin D from exposure to UV light! So, it is important to leave some uncovered, exposed skin to soak up those rays. Of course, I recommend a zinc-based sunscreen for the face, neck, chest and hands. So, a little sun really is good for you. Your doctor said so.

Elizabeth VanderVeer, M.D., is a board-certified internist and president/medical director at VanderVeer Center. A native Oregonian, she is a fourth-generation doctor who has dedicated her practice exclusively to aesthetics for many years and specializes in nonsurgical cosmetic medicine.


VanderVeer Center VIP Party a Complete Success

 VIP PARTY signWine GlassRasberry TartsEpionceRaffle BoardVVC Staff

VanderVeer Center in Portland, OR holds their first VIP event for their Very Important Patients. This event included representatives from Ultherapy, Allergan, Medicis, Merz, Epionce, EltaMD, i-Lipo, as well as many other reps, Wine, Champagne, Catered food, and swag bags worth over $300 ea.

Patients flocked to this event to learn about all the new products and services and to meet the new Doctors on staff, Dr. Bob Ruiz, and Dr. Elizabeth McElligott.

If you would like to learn about some of the new products and services offered at VanderVeer Center in Portland, OR call us at 503-443-2250.


Dr. VanderVeer's Article in About Face Magazine

ABOUT YOU

Written by Elizabeth VanderVeer M.D.

What can i do for the dark circles under my eyes? i am 43 and healthy, but keep getting told i look tired!Eyes

The area under our eyes can be problematic for anyone of any age. Dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles can keep us from looking rested, healthy and youthful. Oftentimes, this leads people to think we are tired or unwell, even if we are feeling just fine!

Fortunately, there is a wonderful non-surgical solution. An in-office, lunchtime medical procedure can correct under-eye problems. FDA-approved Restylane can be placed in the area just below our eyes, giving us instant gratification and a rested, healthy look. This has no downtime and minimal risks. Dermal filler under the eye is an advanced technique that requires expertly trained hands to artfully fill this area safely and effectively.

PENNYwise

Dry shampoo has been around for decades, with a recent resurgence in popularity. Many beauty experts recommend washing your hair less frequently to keep it healthy, and dry shampoo can be used in between washes to keep your scalp clean and your hair looking fresh. Dry shampoo can also be used when water is not readily available, such as camping trips or on safari. Aveeno Pure Re- newal dry shampoo is sulfate free, cleans all hair types, and is safe for color-treated hair. Available at mass retailers, $8.

POUNDfoolish

Energy drinks are well-marketed dietary supplements that are anything but healthy. Consumption of energy drinks has skyrocketed in the US, especially among children and teens. Energy drinks are unregulated and can contain harmful ingredients and stimulants, with side effects and health problems. They are often mixed with alcohol, and this combination can be unsafe, and even deadly. After drinking a single energy drink, headaches, anxiety, irregular or fast heartbeat, and nausea can occur. Severe side effects include heart problems, high blood pressure, and dehydration. I recommend against consumption of these energy drinks, and never serve them to your child or teen! Safe alternatives for an energy boost include a cup of green tea or coffee, a brisk blast of exercise, or even a “power nap” (20 minutes or less).

BODYtopic

Laser hair reduction can be a liberating procedure. Imagine no more shaving, waxing, or ingrown hairs! Hair growth is complex, so keep in mind these tips when looking for a reputable location to receive services:  Hair growth occurs in cycles. Laser hair reduction requires a series of treatments over one year or more. On average, it takes five treatments to see effective results. When you have finished your series of treatments, you will likely need to return for touchups as needed.

Laser hair reduction is a medical procedure, and a physician is required to purchase all lasers. Make sure there is a doctor supervising the clinic, and do not be afraid to ask for their name and credentials, in case you need them for any reason.

The laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle, and can only treat hair that has color. Lasers do not effectively treat blond, gray or most red hair! This is not a time when “Blondes have more fun!” About You 2

Laser hair reduction is a medical procedure—and this is not a time to bargain shop! Seek out a reputable and long-standing business that can provide you with effective and safe results.

Not all lasers are created equal, and only certain lasers can effectively target the hair follicle. All locations offering laser hair reduction should be able to answer all your questions prior to, during, and after treatment.

FACEfirst

Do colds and allergies plague you with sinuses problems? A neti pot can reduce congestion by flushing the nasal passages with an all-natural saline solution. You can make your own saline solution by combining 1/4 teaspoon salt with one cup distilled water. Use your neti pot twice daily when you have symptoms of congestion. As always, seek the advice of a medical professional before starting any home regimen.

UNDERfoot

Women love heels, but high heels are a significant contributor to bunions. Three-fourths of all women wear shoes that are too small, and improper-fitting shoes can initiate, aggravate, and accelerate the formation of bunions. Other causes of bunions include walking with a limp, uneven leg length, and arthritis. Bunions can affect one or both feet, and occur on the bone at the base of the big toe, or on the ball of the foot. When they first form, bunions can be red and very painful. They can grow over time and when severe, bunions can greatly deform the foot, but can effectively be treated with surgery. Prevention of bunions is extremely important and includes wearing sensible shoes with good arch support. Avoid standing on your feet for prolonged periods of time, and stretch your feet at the end of the day.

 

Read the entire article here on About Face Magazine's website


Meet Dr. Bob Ruiz & Dr. Elizabeth McElligott

VanderVeer Center is proud to welcome Dr. Bob Ruiz, ND and Dr. Elizabeth McElligott, ND to the practice.

They have over 17 years experience between them and are both experts in the use of Botox® & Dysport®, all Dermal Fillers, The filler facelift, Laser Resurfacing, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy & the hCG diet.

To schedule your appointment with Dr. Bob or Dr. Elizabeth, Call VanderVeer Center TODAY!!! 503-443-2250




"About You" Featured in About Face Magazine

AboutYou

by Dr. Elizabeth VanderVeer, M.D.

Featured in the Spring issue of About Face Magazine

 

ASK DR. V...

Q. “Is there anything I can do for the dark circles under my eyes? I am a healthy 43 year old man, but I keep getting told I look tired!”

A. Under eye bags or dark circles can interrupt your ability to look bright, youthful and aware.  Luckily, there are solutions.  One is surgery to remove the fat pockets under the eye, which results in pain, bruising and downtime.  A non-surgical option is FDA approved dermal fillers that are injected in the tear trough (area under the eye).  Dermal fillers Restylane®, Perlane® and Boletaro help restore the youthful appearance of the under eye area. This procedure can be a quick and easy alternative to surgery with fantastic results. Always consult with a properly trained physician or health care professional.

PENNYwise

Dry shampoo has actually been around for centuries, but has enjoyed a recent resurgence of popularity because many beauty experts recommend washing your hair less frequently to keep it healthy. Dry shampoo can be used in between washes if you’re trying to lengthen the life of your blow-out, for example, when you’re dashing to the office without time for a shower, or even in situations when  water isn’t readily available. Aveeno® Pure Renewal dry shampoo, it is sulfate free, lightly fragranced, cleans all hair types and safe for color treated hair. Available at mass retailers, $8 

POUNDfoolish

Regular Energy product consumption has skyrocketed in this country, unfortunately it can lead to unintended side effects and health problems. Consuming something high in sugar, carbonation and unknown additives and stimulants is not healthy.  Many people have experienced headaches, anxiety, irregular heartbeat, a “sped up” jittery  feeling, or worse illness such as heart problems, blood pressure spikes, ulcers, nausea and vomiting. I recommend that if you are seeking that boost of energy, find alternatives. Exercise regularly and eat balanced meals. Be mindful of what you are put into your body, get plenty of rest and enjoy doing all the right things which brings energy to your life. 

BODYtopic

It seems like every couple of days there is an online deal for laser hair removal. Here are 5 important tips when choosing this service:
1. Please remember this process requires a series of treatments. Everyone is a little different, so there is range in the number of treatments required and it is very likely, even with a highly skilled technician that you may need to return for touch ups.
2. Check and choose a certified technician.
3. Make sure there is a doctor onsite for emergencies and that an appropriate doctor reviewed your health history. A skilled medical professional needs to look at your medication, history of various disorders (i.e. thyroid) to make sure you have a successful and healthy treatment.
4. Be careful, many locations only use a doctor in the role of a 'Medical Director,' allowing them to purchase the equipment. But they do not necessarily oversee the treatment or review health history.
5. If you are a blonde or red head (natural), you should be informed that the treatments do not work as well. Due to lack of melanin in the hair follicle it becomes more maintenance than a permanent treatment.

FACEfirst

Are sinus problems plaguing you this cold and allergy season? Try a Neti pot to reduce the congestion in your nasal passages. Try rinsing your nasal passages twice a day with a saline solution to flush out pollen and other irritants. Put a saline solution (a 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 cup warm distilled water) into a neti pot, a container with a spout that allows  you to pour water directly into your nose. The solution should fill your nasal cavity and spill out the other nostril when you tilt your head at about a 45 degree angle. Gently blow your nose afterward to clear  the passages. This can be done several times a day when needed. 

UNDERfoot

What girl does not love heels! But heels are not the best for you from a foot health standpoint, and are among one of the most blamed to cause bunions. It is said three out of four people wear shoes that are too small and ill-fitting. Shoes can irritate, aggravate, even accelerate bunions. Wearing sensible shoes would be sensible but when that is not an option the calming, meditative moves of yoga could be just the answer for your sore, achy bunion, as some of their techniques can strengthen the feet and relieve years of pressure and strain from ill-fitting shoes. Stretching the calves and strengthening the abductor halluris – a prominent foot muscle – can almost always slow the growth of these bony bumps. . Bunion sufferers should perform stretches that draw the big toe away from the others, and should also incorporate standing poses that retrain the arches of the foot to balance on their own. 

 

 



VanderVeer Center April Specials

Everyone has been waiting for the next monthly specials from VanderVeer Center in Portland, Oregon. One of the top providers of injectables such as Botox, Dysport, Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse, Juvederm, and Belotero! Patients come from all over Oregon, Washington and the Northwest to have their cosmetic needs met by VanderVeer Center.

If you want to add youthful volume to your face and treat fine lines and wrinkles, VanderVeer Center has the perfect offer for you. You can plump lips, fill deep winkles, and just look younger, all in one visit. Buy 2 vials of Radiesse Volumizing Dermal Filler and get 1 vial of Belotero for FREE.

Many people do not have time or want a quick appointment to help reduce wrinkles and fine lines. VanderVeer Center in Portland, OR has a new special just for those people. "Lunchtime Lines" come in any day in the month of April from 11:00am to 2:00pm to treat frown lines, forehead wrinkles, crows feet, and more. Space will be limited so call for your appointment first. 25 units of Botox - $249, or 75 units of Dysport is $199.

Do you have age spots, acne, rosacea, enlarged pores, or freckles? Have you ever wanted to try a laser to eliminate those issues? Right now at VanderVeer Center, you can treat any of those, plus more! 3 treatments of our Gold-Standard laser IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) for only $1,200. That's a savings of over 33%. Everyone loves IPL so hurry and call today.

Introducing to VanderVeer Center is SkinMedica skin care line. For the month of April, Buy 1 Lytera Skin Brightening System and get the 2nd system 50% off. You will save $125 instantly! 85% of patients saw greater improvements in overall skin condition after 12 weeks of treatments! Each system includes: Facial Cleanser, Lytera Skin Brightening Complex, Tri-Retinol Complex, & SPF 30+ Sun Screen.

all of these specials cannot be combined with any other offer; not applicable to prior purchase; additional restrictions may apply; and expire 4/30/13


Diamond Level Botox Provider VanderVeer Center is a Diamond-Level BOTOX® Cosmetic Provider 

and uses only FDA approved, genuine Botox®, directly from Allergan - the maker of Botox® Cosmetic. We are proud to be in the top 1% nationwide of all Allergan accounts and #1 in Dysport®, Radiesse®, Perlane® and Juvederm®.  At VanderVeer Center, we will work with you to develop your own VanderVeer Lift®, a personalized restoration and rejuvenation plan to help you Look Years Younger and Pounds Thinner®!

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