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Anatomy of a Makeover – Ellen’s 2018 Journey

After careful planning, Amanda walks Ellen through the entire makeover, and explains every step of the way in detail. Ellen’s journey to becoming a stronger, great looking and more empowered woman will take her through the following procedures:

  • Botox / Dysport,
  • Fillers,
  • Kybella,
  • Skin tightening,
  • Intense Pulse Light Therapy (IPL),
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Facial, and
  • Microneedling.

All these put together are a powerful combination, designed to transform every bit of Ellen’s look, and most importantly, make her feel her absolute best. We will be updating you about every procedure as she goes through it.

This is so so exciting, we can’t wait to show you everything! Stay tuned.

Donna Goulette’s Story – In Her Own Words

· Donna Goulette tells us her story, and how she decided to apply for Transitions With Dr. Lori ·

Donna Goulette’s Story – In Her Own Words

Our second selected candidate for the 2018 season of Transitions With Dr. Lori,

Donna Goulette - 2018 Selected Candidate for Transitions With Dr. Lori

Donna Goulette – one of the first photos we took for the 2018 season of Transitions with Dr. Lori

Donna Goulette, is from Berlin, CT, and her story is equally unique and touching as Ellen’s. Here’s what she said to us in December:

“I was married for 37 years to a wonderful man who passed away in 2015 after spending 12 years in a wheelchair after a year in the hospital. In order to make his life as good as it could be I left my job to care for him. In those years I put him first and sort of let myself go.

I recently met a man and I want to start a new chapter in my life and would like to look the best that I can. I will also be welcoming my second grandchild in June.”

Donna has very painful varicose veins which are a serious burden for her – she can barely walk at times, and the cramps she gets at night are unbearable, not to mention the unsightly look on her left leg. She is really hoping that she would be able to play with her grand child – with no pain in her legs – and we certainly hope so too!

In addition, we are strongly encouraging Donna to quit smoking, and have decided to sponsor her Chantix prescription – completely free of charge. We can’t wait to see her transitioning to a strong, beautiful, happy and healthy woman, able to enjoy life, her new boyfriend, and her future grand child to the very fullest. Go Donna!

Stay tuned, more about Donna is on the way very soon!

Ellen Levenson’s Story – In Her Own Words

· Ellen Levenson's life journey, and what led to her application for Transitions With Dr. Lori ·

Ellen Levenson’s Story – In Her Own Words

Hi everyone,

Donna Goulette - selected candidate for Transitions with Dr. Lori

Ellen Levenson – one of the first photos we took for the 2018 season of Transitions with Dr. Lori

It is a genuine pleasure to introduce to you the first selected candidate for this year’s Transitions With Dr. Lori – Ellen Levenson. Ellen is an actress, lives in Manchester, CT, and came to us with a very moving story. The following is what she told us when she applied for Transitions:

“Even at 4 years old, I knew I wanted to be an actress. I still remember the applause from my family after my stirring rendition of “I’m a Little Teapot.”

Fast forward college, marriage, motherhood, divorce and a practical career.  I raised a beautiful intelligent daughter who recently received her Master’s degree and is settled into her first real job. 

While I enjoy my career, I’d be lying if i said I left my dream behind. When my mother passed away a few years ago, I enrolled in acting classes and had some success in a couple of commercials, an off-off-off Broadway play and a led in a successful web series. Unfortunately, job demands afforded less and less ability to audition and accept roles.

Fast forward again..I realize none of us is guaranteed a “do over” and I want to make the most of my opportunity. I’ve started working out with a trainer, eating healthier and ready to resume my pursuit of acting.

I still have the enthusiasm of my 4 year old self but I’d like the outside to match the inside.

Thank you for letting me tell my story. This makeover would be just the beginning of a continuing journey to have a shot at my dream…who knows, I might even start dating again!”

…And we certainly hope she does! We can’t wait to see Ellen’s journey as we help her transform herself inside and out.

Stay tuned – more about Ellen is coming up the next couple of days!

New Transitions Candidates Announced Today

· Dr. Greenwald Talks About the Two Women Selected For the 2018 Transitions Season ·

Hello everyone! We are excited to announce the names of the chosen candidates for the 2018 Transitions With Dr. Lori Season. The Big Reveal took place earlier today at Better CT, where Dr. Greenwald talked about our winners:

Ellen Levenson – from Manchester, CT, and

Donna Goulette – from Berlin, CT – two amazing women with incredibly touching and heartbreaking stories.

We can’t say how thrilled we are to have them with us, and we are so looking forward to helping them look younger and feel better.

Stay tuned – in the next couple of days we will be posting more details.

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 Gallery

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 Dress Fiasco

· With her daughter's wedding only days away, Judi finds herself scrambling to find a dress. ·

As Mother-of-the-Bride, I should be calming my daughter down in these final days before the wedding, but my daughter had to calm ME down because the dress I had shipped to Texas didn’t fit!!!!! It was the third dress I ordered online from the same company and I thought for sure that number three would be the charm. That’s not what happened. The first dress I ordered was too small; the second one, too big (and it couldn’t be altered); and this one was too small – again! I freaked out. But my daughter Hillary took control, driving me to David’s Bridal on Friday and – thank God – I found the perfect dress. Not what you want to be dealing with when you are in charge of the wedding!

I do take great comfort in knowing how much better I look heading into this wedding versus my son’s wedding a year and a half ago. The cancer really ravaged me, making me look a decade older; I didn’t recognize the woman in those wedding pictures. Now, I feel so relaxed and confident about my appearance thanks to Dr. Lori. I actually look forward to seeing the pictures! It also helps that everyone down here keeps telling me how great I look. My future son-in-law Charlie told me he’s seen a dramatic difference in my appearance since April when I came for the shower. Not surprising because I’ve had multiple treatments in the past seven weeks: Botox; filler in my chin, cheeks, and lips; multiple HydraFacials and an IPL treatment on my neck. I feel completely rejuvenated, as if the 10-years that cancer added to my appearance have magically melted away in the past six months. I’ve also been given some great make-up tips for the wedding so I know I will be looking my absolute best. I’m sure the tears I shed when I look at these photos will be tears of joy, not tears of pain.

The truth is I still have so much to do before Saturday that I really haven’t focused too much on my appearance! My big worry is getting the room ready for the reception. We have five hours on Friday afternoon to transform a conference room at The Bravos Center into a magical ballroom. I’ve designed most of the decorations myself: we’ll be covering the white walls with sheers and twinkling white lights, adorning all of the chairs with bows, and setting up the photo booth – a lot of work for our crew of six people! Once that’s finished, it’s on to the rehearsal dinner! I’m so excited and anxious; it’s hard for me to settle down. I am so excited for my daughter’s wedding. She says she is gladly sharing the day with me but all eyes will be on her. She is so beautiful inside and out; and I’m just so proud to be her mother. I just want to look and feel my best for her. I want her to be proud of me.

Thank-you Dr. Lori Greenwald, Amanda, and Jodi for helping me get back to who I was before I had cancer. I’m so excited for Saturday on so many different levels.

BE sure to follow us on Facebook Saturday for live updates and pictures.

Cynthia’s Competing Themes

· Overseas Communication Delays Impacting Cynthia's Business. ·

I feel like my life has two competing themes right now: Everything All at Once versus Patience is a Virtue. Between moving out of my house and hurtling back into a 40-hour a week schedule, I’ve been straight out. But, I’m forced to have the patience of a saint as I wait for the next step of my business. I’m supposed to get the first samples of my Bunnuku toothbrush by Friday but I’m not so sure that’s going to happen. The communication delay with the manufacturing company in China is really frustrating : I send an email (middle of the night in China) and they respond (middle of the night in Middletown). So there’s a day and half lag time before I get an update. I’m forced to wait and it’s backing up my marketing plans to approach stores like Stop and Shop and Whole Foods. I can’t record my video for YouTube because I need my product in hand- so that’s on hold, too. I just need to be patient; something I’m not so good at. I just heard from my Business Coach Kim Kasparian this week so I need to update her on the delays. I’m glad she’s just checking in on me because it keeps me on task.

I realize just how brave I am with this business venture when I compare myself to my classmates and where they are at this stage of their lives. After catching up with them at my 45th Reunion, it’s obvious most of them are in retirement mode, while I’m sort of in overdrive, consumed with reinventing myself. When I told them about Bunnuku, they were really taken aback: “Toothbrushes, really?” I got that a lot. But when I explained the biodegradable aspect, they understood the appeal and told me they were happy for me. I explained that once I get the business off the ground, I will also be easing into retirement. My plan is to meet up with my brother Glenn and sister-in-law Sharon in Florida by October.  Definitely one of the ‘bennies” of having a website business: you can do it while you’re constantly on the move!