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See some of the procdures Cynthia and Judi are under going weekly for their Transitions at Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa

I Feel Like Cinderella

· And Dr. Lori is my fairy godmother. ·

Transitions with Dr. Lori co-winner Judi Kirkpatrick.

Wallingford, Connecticut: Dr. Lori Greenwald visits Judi’s home to see the amazing results in person, all this while cameras are rolling.

Dr. Lori Greenwald tells Transitions co-winner Judi Kirkpatrick, “I can see the confidence in you is back. I see the person you were before you had cancer, before your life changed in an instant. I see Judi, not cancer-survivor Judi, but Mayor Judi, Mother Judi, Just Judi.  I am so honored to have played a role in your Transition with me.  You are such a good person, down to your core, and you deserved this pick-me-up, and I am a better person for knowing you. 

Judi’s Transition with Dr. Lori started five months ago when she asked for Dr. Lori’s help to erase the painful reminders from her battle with cancer. Judi survived a rare form of cancer but ultimately, the chemotherapy which saved her life (arsenic) prematurely aged her. She wanted Dr. Lori’s help to look and feel her best for her daughter’s wedding in June.

“You’ve changed my life and I will never forget what you did for me,” Judi said. “I feel like I’m Cinderella at the ball and you are my fairy godmother.”

Dr. Lori Greenwald Of Vanishing Veins And Vivesse Med Spa, talks with Judi about “Life After Transitions” –The Journey To Today.

Judi underwent several procedures to soften the impact from her chemotherapy including Pixel Laser Skin Resurfacing, Juvashape, IPL, Botox,  Filler, a series of anti-aging facials and the best skin care available. Judi also had her painful veins taken care of by Dr. Lori Greenwald, voted one of Connecticut’s most trusted vascular surgeons. Follow her journey and see photos from her procedures below. Schedule a free consultation for Med Spa services by filling out this form here.  Dr. Greenwald would also like to thank Dr. Bradley Daar, who owns dental practices in Manchester and Old Saybrook, for giving Judi something even more to smile about with new veneers. Judi, whose teeth were badly stained from medicine, says she feels even younger now with her brighter smile and her Transitions medical makeover. 

Watch Judi’s Transition from beginning to end.

 

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Cynthia’s Dramatic Transition With Dr. Lori

· Dr. Lori Greenwald helped to reinstate my self-esteem. ·

How Cynthia Got Her Groove Back.

Dr. Lori helped to reinstate my self-esteem.

Cynthia Washburn had her big reveal today on Better Connecticut. This unemployed human resource manager wanted Dr. Lori’s help to launch a new career and transition into a new phase in her life. Cynthia will soon be pitching her own products on YouTube and wanted Dr. Lori’s help to look and feel her best in front of the camera. After dozens of medical aesthetic and vein procedures, Cynthia’s got her groove back, thanks to Dr. Lori. Greenwald.

Cynthia had it all done, as far as aesthetic medical procedures go.  Dr. Lori Greenwald’s Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa gave her the five-star treatment and we had a lot of fun doing it.  🙂  However, by no means do you need all these procedures to look and feel your best. Our practitioners start with your biggest concerns first and address your needs with a plan that is comfortable and affordable for you.

Cynthia started off with IPL photorejuvenation therapy, then she had a series of PRP facials with plasma growth factors and microneedling. Cynthia also had  Kybella for the submental fat underneath her chin, Juvashape to tighten the skin on her neck, Botox, Fillers  and sclerotherapy to treat her spider veins in her legs. She also had several hydrafacials, chemical peels and started a new skin care regiment!

 Watch Cynthia’s journey from beginning to end.

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Want To Get Lush Lashes? Here’s how.

· How to get dramatic results like Judi. ·

Want To Get Lush Lashes? Here’s how.

Luxurious lashes are all the rage right now and Transitions Co-winner Judi Kirkpatrick is batting her eyelashes and getting a lot of attention.“People ask me all the time if I have on extensions or fake eyelashes,” Kirkpatrick says, “I tell them, no; my eyelashes are courtesy of Latisse.”

Kirkpatrick has been using Latisse since January when she won Transitions with Dr. Lori, a medical make-over journey that helps women transition into a new stage in their lives. For Judi, her “Transition” is from cancer survivor to Mother-of-The-Bride.

“I’m amazed at just how much my eyelashes have grown,” Kirkpatrick said. “I just use my favorite drug-store mascara. The wow-factor really comes from using Latisse during the last few months.”

Judi’s dramatic eyelash transformation brings up a good question: what’s the best and most cost-effective way to enhance your natural eye lashes? As we mentioned, eye lash extensions seem to be the rage but they do come with some unpleasant side effects. The extensions are fibers that are glued to your existing lashes; a process that takes at least two hours for a full set. Or you can opt for an FDA-approved prescription – Latisse – that stimulates lash growth. Jodi, the Medical Aesthetician at Vivesse Med Spa, says a lot of clients come to her in search of Latisse after they’ve had a bad experience with the extensions, “We see people who are sick of the maintenance and the glue can weaken the lashes and sometimes make them fall out.”

That’s exactly what happened to Julia, a professional in the beauty business: “I had the extensions for seven months straight. When all of the lashes fell off, I felt like I had lost a lot of my natural lashes.” But Julia admits, “I absolutely loved every minute of them.” For her, the major drawback was price: $300 for a full set and $75 for a refill. Beauty websites recommend a touch-up every six weeks because in a month, half of the extensions fall out along with the natural lash – the normal growth cycle.

The glue used in the extension process can also cause discomfort for people because it contains formaldehyde or other chemicals. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there’s a list of potential side effects: swollen lids, eyelid or cornea infection, and temporary or permanent loss of eyelashes. At Vivesse Med Spa, Jodi has treated clients who’ve suffered some of these symptoms, “Most of my patients who’ve used the extensions, the glue has harmed their lashes.” Ashley- another lash aficionado who works in the beauty industry- says the glue started to burn her eyes and she eventually became allergic to it. So now she opts for the drug-store falsies when she wants a dramatic look for a special event. Ashley says her daughter freaked out the first time she came home with the extensions because they were so long, “She thought it looked like I had spiders on my eyelids!”

Many beauty fashionistas love that spider look; if they can’t accomplish it with extensions, they opt for Latisse. “My clients swear by it,” says Jodi. Her typical client has sparse eyelashes that are very fair.

The active ingredient in Latisse is bimatoprost, which was initially approved by the FDA in 2001 to treat glaucoma. Patients started noticing longer, thicker, darker eyelashes as a side effect. Seven years later, the drug was marketed as a beauty product, promoting lash growth for people who lost their lashes, such as chemo patients.

Jodi does caution that not everyone can use Latisse and recommends women book a free consultation first to see if the product is right for them. Jodi says the product is very easy to use: a nightly application to the top of the lid for three months. It takes about one to two months for patients to start seeing results and they are usually dramatic: “ Lashes are luscious, dramatic, long and thick!”

Fill out this contact form for a free consultation to see if Latisse is right for your or call  Vivess Med Spa at 860-761-6666

 

 

Judi’s Dramatic Transition With Dr. Lori In Progress!

· Judi Kirkpatrick's Transition is coming into the final stretch. ·

Judi’s Dramatic Transition With Dr. Lori In Progress!

Judi Kirkpatrick’s Transition is coming into the final stretch. She had her Botox injections last week and is already seeing huge results.

“The results are dramatic,” Kirkpatrick said. “The lines in my foreheads are either gone or almost gone! Also, the lines at the corners of my eyes are greatly diminished!”

Kirkpatrick, a cancer survivor and a former small town mayor originally from Texas, asked for Dr. Lori Greenwald’s help with her transition to become Mother-of-The Bride. Judi survived a rare form of cancer and the treatments that saved her life, prematurely aged her. When Judi’s son was married, she looked at the pictures of herself  and cried.

“I looked like a person who had been through a lot,” Kirkpatrick said in a previous interview. “I looked at that picture of myself and said, is that really me?” Judi’s daughter gets married in Texas on June 3rd. Judi leaves for the wedding on May 20th! We will be at the wedding in Texas with Judi and her family. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for the dramatic transition that will no doubt, be a real tear-jerker! Judi looks amazing already but she still has a few weeks left to go in her Transition with Dr. Lori, including a make-over  at the Mac Studio Salon in Windsor. That’s next week. We will give you a preview of Judi’s new look as it unfolds!

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL)

· Both our Transition Winners LOVE this treatment and say it really works! ·

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL)

Cynthia Washburn and Judi Kirkpatrick have both undergone this treatment and saw huge results with it!

As we age our skin accumulates damage from the sun, the elements and the wear-and-tear of daily life. Skin Rejuvenation can repair signs of aging and “turn back the clock” by removing age spots, most brown pigmentation and redness due to broken capillaries. Thus, it improves the appearance of rosacea, flushing and sun damaged skin while improving skin texture and a dull complexion. The treatment also improves mild acne scars, reduces large pores, corrects dark circles around the eyes, and reduces fine lines.

HOW IT WORKS: Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a non-laser therapy that involves shining highly concentrated and intense pulses of light on the skin. At Vivesse we use the Harmony XL system from Alma Lasers, utilizing Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFT™). It employs an advanced algorithm that stabilizes each pulse to ensure predictable, reproducible treatments that are safe and effective. An intense light is produced that is applied in a series of gentle pulses over the treatment area. The light penetrates the skin and is absorbed by and heats the pigmentation and/or abnormally dilated vessels, causing remarkably little or no skin damage. Clinical trials conducted by leading authorities on pulsed light document its safety and effectiveness.

Who is a good candidate? IPL is an excellent treatment for age spots, most brown pigmentation and redness, rosacea, flushing and sun damaged skin while improving skin texture and a dull complexion.  For patients with more serious conditions including deep wrinkles and scarring other treatments may be more applicable.  Dark or tanned skin individuals may experience an increase in pigmentation after IPL and are not ideal candidates for this treatment.

To learn more, visit our website.

Six things to look for in evaluating vein centers – Part 2

· Both Judi Kirkpatrick and Cynthia Washburn are having vein treatments as part of their Transitions medical make-over with Dr. Lori Greenwald. ·

Six things to look for in evaluating vein centers – Part 2

Not all vein centers are created equal. In my last blog post I told you three things to look for when evaluating vein centers. I was going to write about the other three today but the information on ultrasound competence took up a lot more space than I anticipated. So the last two things to look for will have to wait until next week.

Vein centers live and die on the basis of how good the ultrasound data is. Sure, physical examination is important, but a vein specialist (phlebologist) needs to know the exact anatomy of the veins to decide what to do. Ultrasound is the test that phlebologists use to see the anatomy. Imagine an orthopedist evaluating knee pain without a knee x-ray. It would be the same for a phlebologist to evaluate vein disease without an ultrasound.

Did you know that just because you have varicose veins it doesn’t mean that you need a procedure? Or that all patients who need a procedure don’t need the same procedure. How about that if a patient stands for a long time during an ultrasound, the technician can make the vein disease look worse. These are only a few of the subtle issues that a good ultrasound test of the legs can address. So, how can you be certain that you are getting an adequate evaluation? Look for the following:

  1. Does the ultrasound technician devote herself to vein disease or is she a jack of all trades? After all, you don’t want a carpenter telling you what’s wrong with your car. And you don’t want a technician that spends her time doing abdominal and gynecological ultrasounds looking at your leg veins. That technician doesn’t have the specialized knowledge that is required to know what, if anything, is wrong with your legs.
  2. Is the ultrasound lab accredited? Accreditation of the lab by ICAVL (Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories) is a sign of excellence. Vein centers have to meet rigorous requirements to obtain accreditation. These include the number of studies performed and the number of false positives or false negatives that are found. You can find a list of accredited labs at this link: http://www.intersocietal.org/vascular/main/lab_list.htm.
  3. Is the technician an RVT (registered vascular technologist)? The RVT certification is a true symbol of excellence. To qualify for this prestigious certification a technologist must have performed many vascular examinations. He or she must pass a rigorous written examination, one that has a large failure rate. Only then can an ultrasound tech receive the RVT designation. You can find whether an ultrasound tech has the RVT designation at this link: http://www.ardms.org/registrant_resources/id_cards_status_verification1/status_verification/ardms_directory_of_registrants. Don’t be afraid to ask these tough questions when you are evaluating vein centers. If the office hesitates to answer them you should move on. Next week, I really will finish this article with the last two things to look for when evaluating vein centers

To read part one, click here!

 

The Facts About Fillers

· Botox and Fillers both fight wrinkles but in different areas of the face. ·

The Facts About Fillers

The fillers on the market today really can be considered the fountain of youth when it comes to restoring a youthful appearance to the face.

“My patients are usually super excited about the results,” says Vivesse Med Spa’s aesthetic nurse practitioner Amanda Scranton, an expert in injectables. “With Botox, it can take seven to ten days to see the full impact of the treatment, but with filler, the results are immediate.” Scranton also points out that it’s important for patients to realize Botox is used from the “eyes up,” while fillers are used from the “nose down.”

At Dr. Lori Greewald’s Vivesse Med Spa, Scranton works with 15 different types of fillers, including Juvederm and Restylane. Scranton says there are so many different types of filler because the product has been fine-tuned to address different areas of the face. Some of the Juvederm products (Voluma and Juvederm XC) alleviate deeper wrinkles and help restore volume while others smooth out the fine lines that form near the lips (Volbella). “It’s really hard for patients to keep track of every single product that’s out there,” says Scranton, “ I ask people what bothers them and make recommendations based on that.”

The most widely used fillers on the market are made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin that helps retain moisture and elasticity and adds volume to the face. As we age, we lose collagen which causes our skin to sag, creating wrinkles and folds. Fillers “plump up” those areas, filling in the furrows that make us look old or tired. Scranton says the difference between the types of fillers is how big that molecule of hyaluronic acid is and how much it’s going to plump out. “Some fillers are smoother and thinner. Those are really good for “smoker’s lines” above the lips. Some are really thick and will hold up much longer and that’s better for the cheeks.”

The most commonly-requested areas that Scranton treats are the nasolabial folds and marionette lines – also known as “laugh lines” – which run from corners of the nose down past the mouth This is consistent with the national trend. According to a representative from Allergan, the maker of Juvederm, nearly half of their product is used to address this area of the face. The next most commonly treated area is the cheeks.

One of the great selling points about fillers made from hyaluronic acid is they look natural and last one to two years. Side effects are minimal. Most people have some swelling, which subsides in a few days. In some cases, Scranton says there’s slight bruising.

Fillers are really catching on. Nationally, Allergan sales for injectable fillers grew 20-percent last year. One of the largest areas of growth in popularity is among Millenials, who want to stave off the signs of aging. Bottom line: everyone’s taking a lot more selfies these days and fillers are a proven and safe way to recapture that youthful look.

Schedule a FREE consultation and find out what would work best for you.

Check Out Those Eyelashes!

· Those are Judi's Lashes With Her Favorite Mascara. ·

Check Out Those Eyelashes! 1 Photos

Those baby blue eyes are sure getting a lot of attention these days! Judi is using Latisse to grow back her eyelashes and boy is it working! Judi says she lost some of her eyelashes from her cancer treatments and they grew back much thinner. She’s been on Latisse now for about four weeks and is seeing amazing results. If you are interested in trying Latisse, stop by our med spa for a free consultation or REGISTER for our open house and save 30% ON LATISSE and anything else you buy that night!

 

Watch Cynthia’s Transition At Four Weeks!

· WARNING! What you are about to see is very cool! ·

Cynthia Washburn’s Transition with Dr. Lori Greenwald’s Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa  is still on-going but you can see by this video just how much her skin tone has changed in four weeks! Her complextion is  much brighter; a lot of her sun spots are gone and the overall tone and texture is more youthful and vibrant! Cynthia has already undergone a series of PRP Facials, Kybella double chin treatment (which is still in progress) VI Peels, HydraFacials, IPL light therapy and is using only our finest and most effective skin care products including SkinMedica and Environ. She has also had a series of spider vein treatments by Dr. Greenwald as well. Cynthia has not had any Botox of Fillers yet but will in the next few weeks. Then, you will see a much more dramatic impact in her appearance. We love Cynthia for who she is but want to help boost her self-esteem for her new career as a business owner and on-camera spokesperson! Go Cynthia! Be sure to check in next week and to see cancer survivor Judi’s Kirkpatrick’s transformation at 4 weeks!

Vein Disease Is One Of The Most Common Reasons Why People Miss Work.

· Featured Treatment This Week: Treating Vein Disease. ·

Vein Disease Is One Of The Most Common Reasons Why People Miss Work.

Dr. Lori Greenwald Talks About Treating Vein Disease While Treating Spider Veins On Judi Kirkpatrick’s Legs.

Dr. Greenwald: I pretty much took away the whole cluster. I like to move the medicine around a little.

Reporter Question: What does this do in laymen’s terms?

Dr. Lori Greenwald: It essentially collapses the veins and then they are absorbed through the body. So, these are not veins that serve any function. They are not doing anything important. Sometimes people say they throb a little bit; sometimes people say they can itch. Sometimes people say they feel like something is crawling on their leg; it’s actually a burst of spider veins that open up.

On the spectrum of veins sizes

 Dr. Greenwald: Dealing with spider veins. you are dealing with small veins, and then after that, the names of the veins change based on the size of the veins. Anything less than four millimeters is considered more of a spider vein. Anything, four millimeters or greater, that by definition, is a varicose vein.

Most people say spider veins itch and can cause some discomfort. Spider veins are considered cosmetic. Nothing will happen to you if you don’t take care of them. When it comes to varicose veins, then you are dealing with a true quality of life issue. If you have a job where you are standing all day and you have broken veins or broken valves, then you are going to be in a lot of discomfort.

Aching, throbbing, fatigue–it clearly impacts your quality of life.

And veins, venous disease—happens to be the number one condition that is responsible for the most days lost from work. It impacts old and young and think of all the people who stand during the days, nurses, chiefs, hairstylists…So, it makes more sense to treat the people, who are losing days from work with some very simple office-based procedures then putting them on short-term disability so they can’t go to work.

Do you know what to look for when looking for a vein specialist?

Don’t be fooled by all the others who claim to be the best. Read the first part in a series of informative blogs written by  Dr. Bruce Stein on what to look for when evaluating veins centers.

 

The HydraFacial MD by Vivesse Med Spa

· VORTEX THERAPY TO VACUUM AWAY AGING ·

The HydraFacial MD by Vivesse Med Spa

Jodi Daniels has more than 20 years experience in the skincare industry. She explains what the HydraFacial MD is and how it wil help to transform Judi’s skin and erase her daily reminders from her battle with cancer from her reflection. The HydraFacial MD improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, oily and congested skin.

What is the fastest way to get your skin on track?—The HydraFacial MD of course! Clients rave about the HydraFacial MD and
feel that it is the best treatment to exfoliate, extract, and deeply hydrate the skin.

“What I love about the HydraFacial MD is that it is the quickest way to resurface and invigorate your skin,” said Jodi Daniels paramedical aesthetician at Dr. Lori Greenwald’s Vivesse Med Spa.  “There is no downtime. It is non-invasive. And, it just leaves you with more radiantly beautiful skin.”

Judi has already received two Pixel Laser treatments, a VI Peel, IPL Therapy and now will undergo a series of HydraFacials.

“It’s like Botox in a bottle,” said Daniels. “One of the serums used in an advanced form of the HydraFacial can help to relax muscles in the face. Judi is an amazing woman and a survivor. We want to make sure she is red-carpet ready for her daughter’s wedding in June.”

HOW IT WORKS

A HydraFacial treatment consists of gently moving the HydraFacial tip across the face.  As it rubs the skin, the unique Vortex-Fusion serum delivery system is applied to your face. The multi-step treatment cleanses, evenly exfoliates and extracts to remove impurities and dead skin cells while at the same time replenishing vital nutrients including Antioxidants, Peptides, Growth Factors and Hyaluronic Acid. Thanks to the device’s unique delivery system, these ingredients are able to more effectively penetrate the skin.  LED light therapy can also be applied to enhance absorption of these skin renewal factors.

What is HydraFacial useful for?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brightening for dull skin
  • Oily/congested skin
  • Age reversal
  • General skin maintenance

To learn more about the HydraFacial MD click here or schedule a free consultation with our highly skilled paramedical aesthetician Jodi Daniels.

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Fractional Resurfacing for Dramatically Younger Skin

Fractional Resurfacing for Dramatically Younger Skin

 

The Pixel laser treatment is a procedure and does require some down-time. Two days after Judi’s second Pixel laser treatment, her skin is still red. However, after five days, she says the red is usually completely gone.

One of the important treatments that Judi is receiving is Fractional Resurfacing performed with a machine called Pixel.  We want to give you more information on this revolutionary treatment. Be sure to follow us on Instagram for all the behind-the-scene transition videos.

Fractional resurfacing is a laser treatment.  It works by creating thousands of microscopic perforations in the skin. These microchannels are only as deep as a few sheets of paper but they cause micro-injury deeper in the skin than is seen with most cosmetic medical treatments.  The skin is affected all the way down to the deep layers.

Your skin reacts to this injury by initiating a healing process.  The healing process causes collagen to regrow and remodel.  It also helps strip away the top most layer of the skin (the epidermis).  The new collagen tightens the skin so it sags less.  Additionally, a whole new layer of more youthful skin is laid down.  This combined effect leads to truly dramatic effects that are hard to achieve with any other non-surgical technique.

To see video from Judi’s first Pixel click here. 

Fractional resurfacing improves your skin’s texture and tone to fight fine lines, wrinkles, and even acne scars. It has the following effects:

  • Clears sun-damaged skin
  • Smooths fine lines and wrinkles
  • Shrinks the appearance of pores
  • Fills in acne scars
  • Blends uneven pigmentation

Pixel is a deep treatment, deeper than most.  So, it can be more uncomfortable than many of the other treatments at Vivesse.  We use numbing cream prior to the procedure and it is tolerable for almost all patients.  After the treatment, your skin will probably appear red as if you had a sunburn.

There is no downtime that is necessary after the treatment but some clients like to take a few days off from work because of the redness and peeling.  That’s why it’s a good treatment to have at the end of the week so these few days will include the weekend when most people don’t work.

If you would like to read some more about the treatment and see some before and after pictures click here.  It truly provides a whole new you, with much more youthful skin.  To make an appointment to see if this revolutionary treatment is right for you click here.