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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.

Judi’s Transition With Dr. Lori Is Almost Here!

· Judi Kirkpatrick is getting really close to her Transition with Dr. Lori. ·

Judi’s Transition With Dr. Lori Is Almost Here!

Wow. That went fast. We met Judi Kirkpatrick, a former small town Mayor originally from Texas, in January and here we are just a few days away from her daugther’s wedding in Texas on June 3rd.

And while we would love to show you some of Judi’s pictures from her pre-wedding makeover at Studio Mac Salon in Windsor, we can’t just yet. Sorry. We don’t want to ruin the surprise for Judi and her daughter. We are not trying to be cruel here but we can tell you, Judi looked amazing with her new hairstyle, highlights and make-over. Thanks to salon owner Cathy and her awesome daughter for doing Judi’s hair and make-up.

Judi reached out to Dr. Lori Greenwald of Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa back in January, looking for help with her transition as  Mother-of-the Bride.  However, dig a little deeper and you’ll see Judi’s transition with Dr. Lori is really so much more. Judi survived a rare form of cancer but her aggressive form of chemotherapy prematurely aged her. Her son Scott was married in 2015 and that’s when Judi realized she no longer looked liked the person she was before the biggest battle of her life.

“I am so grateful to be alive,” Judi said “but when I look at pictures of myself from my son’s wedding, I see a person who has been through a lot.”

Judi’s goal is to wipe the memories of her battle with cancer from her reflection. Thanks to Dr. Lori Greenwald, she is almost there! BE SURE to follow us on Facebook because we will be broadcasting live from Facebook at the Texas wedding on June 3rd for part one of Judi’s Transition with Dr. Lori! If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to LIKE US here. 

Judi will have her official reveal on Better Connecticut June 29th with Dr. Lori Greenwald. Until then, enjoy this playlist of Judi’s Journey including the first time we spoke with her about her battle to escape her past.

The Beauty Of Botox by Vivesse Med Spa.

· Judi gets Botox on her forehead and around her eyes! ·

The Beauty Of Botox by Vivesse Med Spa.

Feel free to contact us for a free consultation if you are interested in getting Botox. Our practitioners are the best and will  make sure you look like you, just better!

Microneedling, What It Is And How It Works?

· Microneedling is the new rage but does it really work? Short answer, YES! ·

Microneedling, What It Is And How It Works?

By Jodi Daniels, Paramedical Aesthetican Vivesse Med Spa

Judi is doing it and now Cynthia is too!

Microneedling skin is one of the most effectual methods to rejuvenate skin tissue. Microneedling has the ability to regenerate tissue and restore the collagen lattice in the dermal layer. Very few treatments can induce elastin production; however, microneedling has the ability to synthesize elastin, as well as, increase collagen. When the skin is wounded, normal growth factors are released from platelets, this in turn causes collagen induction. When needling is performed properly, there is a controlled state of inflammation which stimulates these growth factors to rapidly heal and build more collagen.  When the skin is immediately fed with growth factors or topical vitamins, e.g., vitamin A and Vitamin C, skin begins to thicken and rejuvenate rapidly.  When the skin is healing from open wounds, a type of collagen known as collagen III is produced, which can lead to scarring. However, when one needles, the type of collagen that is synthesized is collagen I, which causes regeneration rather than scar formation.

Vivesse Med Spa offers two forms of microneedling that complement each other for skin rejuvenation. The first is medical needling, which is done with an instrument that protrudes up to 2.5mm. The benefit of this treatment is a dramatic increase in collagen induction; it is also quite effective against pigmentation issues as well. This treatment done in a series is an effectual method for reducing wrinkles and skin laxity. Three to four treatments are recommended with a follow-up of twice a year for maintenance.

The second form of needling that Vivesse offers is cosmetic needling, which increases the efficacy of medical needling when done at home. This treatment can be incorporated with or without the medical needling procedure. The main purpose of cosmetic needling is for product penetration. When you use topical agents such as growth factors, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, peptides, etc., you are only getting 7% of that product into your skin. When you needle, you are getting 100 times that amount. Cosmetic needling creates micro-channels in the skin with a depth of 0.1 – .02mm. This allows products to bypass the top layer of the skin, thereby penetrating to the lower levels of the skin. The more holes that are created is much more important than the depth created by the needling device. When the top layer is breached, it is much easier for the molecules of the product to get into the dermis to cause cellular change. Collagen induction can only be achieved if the ingredients that are penetrated allow this. Vitamins A, C, and peptides have this ability to synthesize collagen.
Cosmetic microneedling is not injurious to the skin, nor is it painful. It can be done each night, but it is recommended to gradually work up to this amount.  Vivesse Med Spa offers a facial know as the Collagen Induction Treatment that includes the needling device and a peptide serum for the client to go home with.

 

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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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Transitions Featured On Better Connecticut

Transitions Featured On Better Connecticut

Better Connecticut’s Host Kara Sundlun caught up with Cynthia Washburn and Judi Kirkpatrick to see their transitions underway! Check out Cynthia getting the PRP Facial and Judi getting a HydraFacial MD.  Doctor Lori Greenwald also made painful veins in Judi’s legs virtually disappear.

 

Cynthia’s Video Playlist

Cynthia’s Video Playlist

Be sure to watch Cynthia’s Transition from beginning to end, with the big reveal date in June!

This former human resource executive searched for work for nearly a decade. Now in her 60s, Cynthia’s ready to launch her own business with her own products, and be her own product spokesperson. She wants to look and feel her best for this exciting career change. In work, in appearance, in life—Cynthia’s letting go of who she was to become who she now passionately wants to be.

Shelly Sindland reports on how Cynthia needed to let go in order to move on.

Judi’s Video Playlist

Judi’s Video Playlist

Watch Judi’s Transition right here from beginning to end with her big reveal set for June!

A 57-year-old former small town mayor, Judi can’t wait for her only daughter’s upcoming wedding but she hates seeing herself in pictures. Judi battled a rare form of cancer and won but her treatment prematurely aged her. She was fed arsenic, a poisonous substance, through a port in her chest for 28 days in order to save her life but the treatment caused both visible and emotional reminders. With Dr. Lori Greenwald’s help, this soon-to-be mother of the bride will get her groove back, and herself back, for her daughter’s wedding in June.

Shelly Sindland reports on Judi’s journey and how she hopes to escape the daily reminders of her battle with cancer from her reflection.

Monday Memory, Doctor Lori Greenwald Announces Transitions Winners Live On Better Connecticut

Monday Memory, Doctor Lori Greenwald Announces Transitions Winners Live On Better Connecticut

Spoiler alert! Chances are you’ve already seen this clip if you are here following Cynthia Washburn and Judi Kirkpatrick’s Transitions. But just incase you are just starting to follow their journeys, we wanted to rewind a little to February 10th! That’s when Dr. Lori Greenwald of Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa surprised both Cynthia and Judi that they both were going to move on as winners of our Transitions Medical Make-over. 🙂

Kybella Chin Treatment

While many cringe at the thought of needles, Cynthia Washburn was all smiles during her Kybella treatment at Vivesse Med Spa with nurse practitioner Amanda Scranton.  Kybella reduces the submental fat underneath your chin, for good!  As you will see in the video, it’s not so bad. As Cynthia says, it’s the price of beauty.

 

HOW KYBELLA® WORKS

The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA® destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal.
How is KYBELLA® administered?

Treatment can only be administered by a KYBELLA®-trained healthcare specialist. At each treatment, you will receive multiple small injections under your chin, and the injection process takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The exact number of injections will depend on the amount of fat you have under your chin and your desired profile.
How many KYBELLA® treatment sessions will I need?
Since everyone’s chin profile is different, the number of treatments varies from patient to patient. Your healthcare specialist will help determine how many treatment sessions you need based on the amount and distribution of your submental fat and your personal treatment goals. Each KYBELLA® treatment session is given at least 1 month apart, and you should not receive more than 6 treatments. In clinical studies, 59% of patients received 6 treatments.

 

After KYBELLA® treatment, you will likely have some swelling, bruising, or numbness under your chin. Be sure to inform your healthcare professional if you develop an uneven smile, facial muscle weakness, or difficulty swallowing.
What are the possible side effects of KYBELLA®?
KYBELLA® can cause serious side effects, including nerve injury in the jaw that can temporarily cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness (experienced by 4 out of 100 people in clinical studies) and trouble swallowing (experienced by 2 out of 100 people in clinical studies). In clinical studies, nerve injury in the jaw resolved on its own in a median of 44 days (range of 1 to 298 days), and trouble swallowing resolved on its own in a median of 3 days (range of 1 to 81 days).

The most common side effects occur in the treatment area and include:

Swelling Bruising Pain Numbness Redness Areas of hardness
Side effects are usually temporary and often resolve on their own.

What should I tell my doctor before treatment?

Before receiving KYBELLA®, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
Have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin
Have had cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin
Have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck area
Have had or have trouble swallowing
Have bleeding problems

Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if KYBELLA® will harm your unborn baby)
Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not known if KYBELLA® passes into your breast milk; talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you receive KYBELLA®)
Are taking any medications, especially blood thinners

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Approved Use and Important Safety Information

What is KYBELLA® (deoxycholic acid) injection 10 mg/mL ?

KYBELLA® is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.”

It is not known if KYBELLA® is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area or in children less than 18 years of age.

Who should not receive KYBELLA®?

You should not receive KYBELLA® if you have an infection in the treatment area.

Before receiving KYBELLA®, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you: Have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin; have had cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin; have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck area; have had or have trouble swallowing; have bleeding problems; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if KYBELLA® will harm your unborn baby); are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not known if KYBELLA® passes into your breast milk; talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you receive KYBELLA®).

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take a medicine that prevents the clotting of your blood (antiplatelet or anticoagulant medicine).

What are the possible side effects of KYBELLA®?

KYBELLA® can cause serious side effects, including nerve injury in the jaw (which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness), or trouble swallowing.

The most common side effects of KYBELLA® include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.
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