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About You: Article written by Elizabeth VanderVeer

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Q: How do I determine if and when to start Botox injections? 

A: I get asked this question often. Botox is the number-one cosmetic procedure performed in the US. It is approved for the treatment of facial wrinkles, excessive sweating, and migraine headaches. Botox is approved for people ages 18 to 65, but only because that was the age range of the patients used in the FDA studies. I have personally treated patients from ages 12 to 88.Men and women of any age can have wrinkles and lines as a result of dynamic muscle movement in-between the brows, on the forehead, and around the eyes. This can make us look tired, mad, or sad, even when we are feeling just fine. Botox was the first of three drugs approved in the US to treat lines by temporarily relaxing the muscles underneath the skin. This “Valium for the face” leaves you visibly refreshed for up to four months.

The best time to start getting treatment can be when the wrinkles you want to treat are minimally visible, thereby preventing a deep line from forming. If you start treatment after a wrinkle is fully formed, you can still decrease the age of your appearance while preventing further lines. The decision regarding when to start Botox treatment is a very personal one. Done correctly, everyone will notice how great you look, but no one will know you have had Botox injections. Consult your physician or go to

Most of us lead busy lives and want to make healthy snack choices to give our bodies the nutrients and energy we need to keep us going. Reaching for an energy bar is an attractive choice for its portability and convenience, and bars can contain fiber and protein to keep us feeling full. Some bars are so tasty they may satisfy our chocolate cravings. An energy bar may seem like a quick and wise choice, however, this may be just the kind of fix to avoid. So what is the problem? Energy bars can be full of sugar and some give us over half of the maximum daily limit of dietary sugar. This is comparable to eating a candy bar and may not be the best dietary choice. So if you are looking to find a sustainable snack to satisfy your hunger throughout the day, grab almonds and walnuts. Eating fresh is the best way to give your body the nutrients it needs for peak performance throughout the day.


Do you dream of full, luscious lips? Lip augmentation is a very effective way to give your lips the smoothness and plumpness you may have lost or always wanted. The injectable dermal fillers, made out of an all-natural sugar, are the most common method of lip augmentation. Restylane is the only FDA-approved injection for the lips, but Juvéderm is another popular option. Both products can give a beautiful, natural look to the mouth when injected in an artful way, and these fillers dramatically improve the appearance of your lips by adding the shape, structure and volume you want. Worried about ending up with “duck lips?” I think the best approach is to find a picture from a magazine or the Internet of the lips you want. Take the picture to your appointment with your physician and discuss your personal options. Results last up to one year.


Living an active lifestyle is something we all desire to achieve, but our constant activity can do damage to our toes. Running, hiking and even walking, all contribute to constant friction on our toes, which can result in toenail trauma. No one wants to sport a sandal or open-toe shoe only to reveal such an injury. Signs of trouble in the toenail include splitting, thickening, looseness, white spots, and bleeding beneath the nail bed. It takes about four months for an injured toenail to regrow, if it does at all, so prevention is key. Keep your nails trimmed short and file the edges smooth so as to prevent ingrown toenails. It is important to wear properly fitting shoes and thick cotton socks to prevent trauma to the nail bed, especially when performing activities downhill.

Finding the perfect concealer can be difficult. When you are looking for redness coverage, under eye lightener, and long-lasting wear, it may seem unrealistic to find an affordable, “all-in-one” product. Boi-ing concealer by Benefit Cosmetics is called the “world’s best concealer,” and truly does it all. This award-winning concealer comes in five easy-to-match shades, imparts a seamless, natural finish—and won’t break your bank. Available at Sephora. $20

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

Successful VanderVeer Center Open House 2012

VanderVeer Center just had their annual Open House in Portland, Oregon. This year VanderVeer Center had over 100 people in attendance. There were live demonstrations, special one day only discounts, practice tours, raffles, wine, and hors d'oeuvres.

Every person who attended had an amazing time and learned a lot about VanderVeer Center and all of the treatments available at VanderVeer Center.

Here are a few pictures from the event. To view more photos from the event click here

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Welcome: Dr. Jason Sherbondy

VanderVeer Center is proud to introduce Doctor Jason Sherbondy, Board Certified Physician.

Dr. Jason comes to us from Arizona and has been in the Aesthetic medical business for the last 5 years. He has trained with some of the best in the industry and has also trained some of the best himself.

Dr. Jason is now accepting new patients at VanderVeer Center, to book your appointment with Dr. Jason, call 503-443-2250 today. You will not be disappointed with your results. Call today!

Dr. VanderVeer Saved a Life!

VanderVeer in right place at right time to save life

Lake Oswego doctor takes charge on plane to help heart attack victim

By Cliff Newell

The Lake Oswego Review, May 31, 2012

Dr. Elizabeth VanderVeer proved she could still practice "real medicine" when she was faced with an emergency situation on an airplane.

How much value does a human life have?

For Dr. Elizabeth VanderVeer of Lake Oswego it was worth a crumpled certificate and a $50 discount on her next air flight trip.

But more important, her deed of saving a man's life gave her an affirmation of her skills as a doctor, that she could still perform "real medicine" and could have an answer for colleagues who criticized her for leaving regular practice and establishing an image enhancement center. Saving a life is about real as medicine gets.

"They called me 'Barbie,'" said VanderVeer, who is licensed to practice internal medicine, a graduate of OHSU and a staff member at St. Vincent's Hospital. "They said I wasn't practicing real medicine and that I was selling out. I was catching a lot of flack. It was pretty embarrassing."

In a way, VanderVeer could laugh all the way to the bank. Over the past eight years she has developed VanderVeer Center into a tremendously successful practice with 25 employees. They turn out a nonstop line of people with improved faces, bodies and self-esteem. In addition, VanderVeer is widely recognized as an expert in her field and is in great demand at conventions. As her operations officer Shannon Monihan said, "Elizabeth is a phenomenal public speaker."

Still, the carping stung. Despite her blonde good looks, VanderVeer did not like being classified as a "Barbie" doctor.

But being the great communicator that she is, VanderVeer got on a flight to Las Vegas on April 11 to speak at a convention. She settled into her seat on the second row of coach and ordered not one but two cups of coffee because she needed the extra caffeine jolt to get her going on a big day. So far, so normal. VanderVeer was in a jovial mood. Viva Las Vegas.

That is until she heard someone call out, "Oh my! Is there a doctor on the plane?"

"I perked up into doctor mode," VanderVeer said.

Then she heard, "This man looks dead."

"I saw this gray figure slumped over," VanderVeer said. "I climbed over the guy who was sitting next to me and grabbed the man's wrist. There was no response, and he was as gray as gray could be. He was drenched in sweat. He was dripping. He was having a massive heart attack."

Everyone was stunned. She looked around and saw only frozen faces.

"It was a surreal moment," VanderVeer said. "No one was doing anything. No one was doing anything and this was a good-sized guy. I needed help."

Finally, the shock wore off a bit and some passengers helped carry the victim to the back row and laid him down, with his feet slightly elevated. They were already a half hour into their flight and VanderVeer said, "There was no question of going back."

The stricken man opened his eyes, but he still had no pulse, was sweating profusely and had trouble breathing. VanderVeer gave him some oxygen and placed an aspirin under his tongue.

"Every minute I was asking, 'How are we going to keep this man alive?'" VanderVeer said. "But we had no drugs to revive him. There was no crash cart on the plane. I had a limited tool box."

She took his blood pressure. It was 60 over 40. He was barely alive. He was suffering chest pains. Then his blood pressure weakly climbed upward to 80 over 60, and VanderVeer put a nitroglycerine tablet under his tongue. No one was sure what to do, but they asked VanderVeer and she said, "If it was me, I would proceed to Vegas. We've done everything we can to stabilize him."

The man clung to life. His blood pressure rose to 100 over 60 and his pulse went up to 55 as the plane began its descent.

"I was hunched down next to him in a space that was much more narrow than my hips," VanderVeer said.

This was extremely painful for her since she is scheduled to have hip replacement surgery.

She was also covered with the man's sweat ... "and here I was going to speak at a cosmetics conference."

Blessedly, the plane finally landed in Las Vegas, and VanderVeer stayed with the victim until an ambulance arrived to transport him to a hospital. The grateful flight attendant asked her what she wanted.

"I told her I would still like my coffee," VanderVeer said. "She said, 'The coffee has all been put away. Is there anything else I can get you?' I told her, 'No, I still want my coffee.'"

While VanderVeer's coffee craving went unanswered, the airline did give her a certificate that said "Good Samaritan Award."

Monihan soon arrived on a flight that had seen much less action.

"When I got to Las Vegas, Elizabeth was all amped up," Monihan said. "She said, 'Oh my god, Shannon, I just saved a man's life!' I saw this crumpled certificate where she was given the choice of getting $50 or an air mile credit."

Then a passenger came up to VanderVeer and gushed, "I don't know what we'd do without nurses like you!"

"I said 'Thank you,'" VanderVeer said. "But I had been doing things only a doctor could do. I had been calling the shots for two hours and giving instructions on emergency treatment. I finally got to put to use all of the training I'd received."

After after all this, the sweat-soaked doctor went to deliver her inspirational speech to the cosmetics convention. If her heroism did not pay off in big rewards, it did give a great boost to VanderVeer's morale.

"I showed that I had not lost my skills," she said. "I can still save a life. The experience was very validating."

And one more special thing.

"My kids are proud of me."

For more about VanderVeer, go to Her center is located at 6650 S.W. Redwood Lane in Portland.

 To read the actual article from Lake Oswego review, Click Here

Ageless Advice By: Elizabeth VanderVeer, M.D.

Have you ever looked in the mirror and noticed the "ponem" (face) your "bubbe" used to pinch has drastically changed? Gone is the clear skin atop apple-shaped cheeks, replaced by dull, dry skin peppered with age spots and melasma (that beautiful "mask of pregnancy!")

Many of us wake up one morning later in life and feel like our skin has changed overnight. Brown spots and age spots seemingly appear out of nowhere. What may seem like it is the result of a recent sun tan is actually the appearance of deep sun damage accumulated over decades of exposure - starting when we were tots playing at the Bronx Zoo; to the teen years of baby oil and iodine, (wonder no more how I know about that combo!) and on to our use of tanning beds and our need to come back from any sunny vacation with a tan.

The brown damage we see on our skin is the result of repeated exposure to the sun and stimulation of the cells that make melanin - thus producing a brown spot. These spots can be prevented, managed and cured.

FIRST: Prevention. The truth hurts: There is no such thing as "safe" sun, including tanning beds. The only sunscreen I use and recommend is clear zinc oxide (such as Epionce® SPF 30 or 50). Zinc is the only ingredient in sunscreen that provides 100% protection against UVA and UVB rays. The good news is that we can now get clear zinc oxide - we no longer have to look like the Jones Beach lifeguard with the white stripes. Zinc reflects the sun off our skin rather than absorbing the sunlight. Even a baby can safely wear zinc sunscreen. I recently took my own "babies" now 14 and 17, on a sunny vacation and despite the protests, I slathered them with zinc sunscreen before they ventured outside. It was well worth the complaining to avoid the agony of a teenage burn!

SECOND: Management. Once damage has occurred, you have several options to manage mild sun damage (don't forget to use zinc sunscreen daily to prevent future damage.) You can lighten some melasma and brown spots with a variety of prescription and over-the-counter products. You also can use medical peels and medical microdermabraision to keep the discoloration at a minimum. I recommend wearing a liquid foundation daily to give your face an even tone and protect your face from further UV radiation (my personal favorite is Lancome® - it makes your skin look and feel like velvet).

FINALLY: "Cure." The definitive treatment for removing sun damage is a variety of devices including non-invasive, no downtime lasers such as Intense Pulsed Light, which lifts the damage in a safe, effective wa, leaving you with dewy, spotless skin. You can also get more aggressive treatment of sun damage with an ablative laser, such as the Erbium Pixel Laser or the CO2 Fractionated Laser, which involves downtime. Lasers are highly effective, but have associated risks that need to be discussed with your health care provider.

In summary, the sun and it's damage should be taken very seriously. It is the number one cause of skin aging, and melanoma is sharply on the rise each year. Always get an annual skin check up with your doctor, and use the above tips to keep damage to a minimum. Even if you envy the deep, brown tan of another, you will be the envy of all when you age gracefully with creamy, spotless skin!


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 non-surgical cosmetic medicine. Dr. VanderVeer is a published author and a sought after international lecturer as well as a national trainer for numerous industry leaders.

THE Aesthetic Show 2012

Recently Dr Elizabeth VanderVeer & some of her staff attended THE Aesthetic Show 2012 in Las Vegas. This is the largest trade-show and event for the Aesthetic Medical business. During the weekend long event, Dr VanderVeer, Board Certified Medical Doctor and Medical Director of VanderVeer Center in Portland, Oregon, was invited to teach a very large group of attendees about her patented V-Neck Procedure. This Procedure helps to eliminate wrinkles, lines, excess skin, and help the neck with texture and tone. She was overwhelmed by the response of attendees that wanted a copy of her video of this procedure, and how many people would like to do a 1 on 1 training day with her in her office in Portland, Oregon. In response to this, she has posted her video for accredited Doctors, and specialists to view online. If you attended TAS 2012 or are interested in viewing the V-Neck Procedure video, please email your credentials and specialty to . Once that is received, We will send you a link to the video as well as a password to view it. Along with that, if you are interested, we will send you a form for a 1 on 1 day training with Dr Elizabeth VanderVeer.

This amazing procedure will help change peoples lives and how they see themselves in the mirror. Take advantage of this training and procedure today! Here are some photos of THE Aesthetic Show 2012.

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