Frequently Asked Questions

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

What is a bioidentical hormone?


A bio-identical hormone is exactly the same, atom for atom and molecule for molecule, as the hormone your own body makes. They are produced from plants to create hormones that are exact replicas of human hormones. Patients who use them generally feel much better than when they are on the synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormones are often created in a lab or extracted from the urine of pregnant horses. Synthetic hormones are not identical to human hormone molecules. Why are bioidentical hormones better than synthetic hormones? Unlike synthetic hormones manufactured by big pharmaceutical companies, bioidentical hormones are created just for you with the exact dose that your doctor recommends to meet your individual needs. And unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are made at the time they are prescribed right in a compounding lab. There is no need to include unnecessary additives or preservatives.




How do I know if I need BHRT (BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy)?


Do you experience any of the following: Mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, weight gain, hot flashes, anxiety, low libido, fatigue, depression, PMS? If any of these symptoms are effecting your ability to be happy and function normally through life, then you might want to consider bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.




How do you test my hormone level?


We perform a comprehensive blood panel designed to measure the inactive and active forms of hormones in your body. This testing is much more involved than your usual primary care annual blood testing. After beginning the therapy, we retest your hormone levels to ensure safe and optimal levels are obtained. Testing will continue at specific intervals and adjustments to your program will be made to assure levels remain optimized.




Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy the only thing I should do to improve my symptoms?


No- getting regular exercise, reducing carbohydrate intake, increasing vegetables in your diet, limiting red meat, moderating use of alcohol, quitting smoking and taking needed supplements all play a role.




How would I take bioidentical hormone therapy?


There are a variety of options. These include creams, gels, oral medications, lozenges, injectables, or implantable pellets. Your provider will explain the different types of hormone delivery and determine which is best for you.




Are bioidentical hormones safe?


There is a body of research that shows that bioidentical hormones are not the same as synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional (synthetic) hormone replacement therapy. Many doctors and others have turned away from providing hormone replacement to women as a result of the U.S. government-sponsored Women’s Health Initiative study in 2002. The study showed that traditional, synthetic hormone therapy increases a women’s risk of breast cancer, heart attack, blood clots and stroke. This is not the case for bioidentical hormones. When it comes to bioidentical hormones, there is a large body of evidence that supports the safety of natural bioidentical hormones. They have been linked with lowering a patient’s baseline risks for breast cancer, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. There is other research that has found that bioidentical hormones have favorable action on blood vessels and are associated with a decreasing risk of dementia. Studies of both bioidentical estrogens and progesterone show that they are not associated with an increased risk of blood clots.




Does Testosterone Therapy increase risk of heart disease?


In early 2014 the media cited a flawed study that was retrospective, poorly designed, and implied that testosterone therapy had negative cardiovascular effects. Numerous physicians including leading urologists have criticized these studies, and they point out that there are many, many studies documenting the beneficial cardiovascular effects from testosterone optimization.




Does Testosterone Therapy increase risk of prostate cancer?


There have been numerous studies documenting no increased risk of prostate cancer with testosterone therapy. Dr. Abraham Morgentaler is a well known and respected Harvard urologist who has devoted a much of his career to studying this issue. He has written extensively on the safety of testosterone replacement therapy. He has shown that testosterone replacement is safe to give even in patients who have a history of having had prostate cancer in the past.




Is pellet therapy safe?


Yes, the minimally invasive procedure to implant the pellets is carried out through a very small incision in the buttocks area. Most patients state that the area is mildly sore for several days following implantation. You will enjoy the benefit of a steady reliable release of hormones to achieve optimal blood levels 24 hours a day.




What do patients experience after starting bioidentical hormone therapy?


Most patients experience an increase in energy, improved libido and a greater sense of well-being soon after beginning their BHRT regimen.





Low T

What is a bioidentical hormone?


A bio-identical hormone is exactly the same, atom for atom and molecule for molecule, as the hormone your own body makes. They are produced from plants to create hormones that are exact replicas of human hormones. Patients who use them generally feel much better than when they are on the synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormones are often created in a lab or extracted from the urine of pregnant horses. Synthetic hormones are not identical to human hormone molecules. Why are bioidentical hormones better than synthetic hormones? Unlike synthetic hormones manufactured by big pharmaceutical companies, bioidentical hormones are created just for you with the exact dose that your doctor recommends to meet your individual needs. And unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are made at the time they are prescribed right in a compounding lab. There is no need to include unnecessary additives or preservatives.




How do I know if I need BHRT (BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy)?


Do you experience any of the following: Mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, weight gain, hot flashes, anxiety, low libido, fatigue, depression, PMS? If any of these symptoms are effecting your ability to be happy and function normally through life, then you might want to consider bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.




How do you test my hormone level?


We perform a comprehensive blood panel designed to measure the inactive and active forms of hormones in your body. This testing is much more involved than your usual primary care annual blood testing. After beginning the therapy, we retest your hormone levels to ensure safe and optimal levels are obtained. Testing will continue at specific intervals and adjustments to your program will be made to assure levels remain optimized.




Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy the only thing I should do to improve my symptoms?


No- getting regular exercise, reducing carbohydrate intake, increasing vegetables in your diet, limiting red meat, moderating use of alcohol, quitting smoking and taking needed supplements all play a role.




How would I take bioidentical hormone therapy?


There are a variety of options. These include creams, gels, oral medications, lozenges, injectables, or implantable pellets. Your provider will explain the different types of hormone delivery and determine which is best for you.




Are bioidentical hormones safe?


There is a body of research that shows that bioidentical hormones are not the same as synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional (synthetic) hormone replacement therapy. Many doctors and others have turned away from providing hormone replacement to women as a result of the U.S. government-sponsored Women’s Health Initiative study in 2002. The study showed that traditional, synthetic hormone therapy increases a women’s risk of breast cancer, heart attack, blood clots and stroke. This is not the case for bioidentical hormones. When it comes to bioidentical hormones, there is a large body of evidence that supports the safety of natural bioidentical hormones. They have been linked with lowering a patient’s baseline risks for breast cancer, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. There is other research that has found that bioidentical hormones have favorable action on blood vessels and are associated with a decreasing risk of dementia. Studies of both bioidentical estrogens and progesterone show that they are not associated with an increased risk of blood clots.




Does Testosterone Therapy increase risk of heart disease?


In early 2014 the media cited a flawed study that was retrospective, poorly designed, and implied that testosterone therapy had negative cardiovascular effects. Numerous physicians including leading urologists have criticized these studies, and they point out that there are many, many studies documenting the beneficial cardiovascular effects from testosterone optimization.




Does Testosterone Therapy increase risk of prostate cancer?


There have been numerous studies documenting no increased risk of prostate cancer with testosterone therapy. Dr. Abraham Morgentaler is a well known and respected Harvard urologist who has devoted a much of his career to studying this issue. He has written extensively on the safety of testosterone replacement therapy. He has shown that testosterone replacement is safe to give even in patients who have a history of having had prostate cancer in the past.




Is pellet therapy safe?


Yes, the minimally invasive procedure to implant the pellets is carried out through a very small incision in the buttocks area. Most patients state that the area is mildly sore for several days following implantation. You will enjoy the benefit of a steady reliable release of hormones to achieve optimal blood levels 24 hours a day.




What do patients experience after starting bioidentical hormone therapy?


Most patients experience an increase in energy, improved libido and a greater sense of well-being soon after beginning their BHRT regimen.





Weight Loss

What is a bioidentical hormone?


A bio-identical hormone is exactly the same, atom for atom and molecule for molecule, as the hormone your own body makes. They are produced from plants to create hormones that are exact replicas of human hormones. Patients who use them generally feel much better than when they are on the synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormones are often created in a lab or extracted from the urine of pregnant horses. Synthetic hormones are not identical to human hormone molecules. Why are bioidentical hormones better than synthetic hormones? Unlike synthetic hormones manufactured by big pharmaceutical companies, bioidentical hormones are created just for you with the exact dose that your doctor recommends to meet your individual needs. And unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are made at the time they are prescribed right in a compounding lab. There is no need to include unnecessary additives or preservatives.




How do I know if I need BHRT (BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy)?


Do you experience any of the following: Mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, weight gain, hot flashes, anxiety, low libido, fatigue, depression, PMS? If any of these symptoms are effecting your ability to be happy and function normally through life, then you might want to consider bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.




How do you test my hormone level?


We perform a comprehensive blood panel designed to measure the inactive and active forms of hormones in your body. This testing is much more involved than your usual primary care annual blood testing. After beginning the therapy, we retest your hormone levels to ensure safe and optimal levels are obtained. Testing will continue at specific intervals and adjustments to your program will be made to assure levels remain optimized.




Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy the only thing I should do to improve my symptoms?


No- getting regular exercise, reducing carbohydrate intake, increasing vegetables in your diet, limiting red meat, moderating use of alcohol, quitting smoking and taking needed supplements all play a role.




How would I take bioidentical hormone therapy?


There are a variety of options. These include creams, gels, oral medications, lozenges, injectables, or implantable pellets. Your provider will explain the different types of hormone delivery and determine which is best for you.




Are bioidentical hormones safe?


There is a body of research that shows that bioidentical hormones are not the same as synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional (synthetic) hormone replacement therapy. Many doctors and others have turned away from providing hormone replacement to women as a result of the U.S. government-sponsored Women’s Health Initiative study in 2002. The study showed that traditional, synthetic hormone therapy increases a women’s risk of breast cancer, heart attack, blood clots and stroke. This is not the case for bioidentical hormones. When it comes to bioidentical hormones, there is a large body of evidence that supports the safety of natural bioidentical hormones. They have been linked with lowering a patient’s baseline risks for breast cancer, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. There is other research that has found that bioidentical hormones have favorable action on blood vessels and are associated with a decreasing risk of dementia. Studies of both bioidentical estrogens and progesterone show that they are not associated with an increased risk of blood clots.




Does Testosterone Therapy increase risk of heart disease?


In early 2014 the media cited a flawed study that was retrospective, poorly designed, and implied that testosterone therapy had negative cardiovascular effects. Numerous physicians including leading urologists have criticized these studies, and they point out that there are many, many studies documenting the beneficial cardiovascular effects from testosterone optimization.




Does Testosterone Therapy increase risk of prostate cancer?


There have been numerous studies documenting no increased risk of prostate cancer with testosterone therapy. Dr. Abraham Morgentaler is a well known and respected Harvard urologist who has devoted a much of his career to studying this issue. He has written extensively on the safety of testosterone replacement therapy. He has shown that testosterone replacement is safe to give even in patients who have a history of having had prostate cancer in the past.




Is pellet therapy safe?


Yes, the minimally invasive procedure to implant the pellets is carried out through a very small incision in the buttocks area. Most patients state that the area is mildly sore for several days following implantation. You will enjoy the benefit of a steady reliable release of hormones to achieve optimal blood levels 24 hours a day.




What do patients experience after starting bioidentical hormone therapy?


Most patients experience an increase in energy, improved libido and a greater sense of well-being soon after beginning their BHRT regimen.





Lipo Shot

How often can I get a lipo shot?


You can come in once a week or every 5 days!




Will these shots make me lose weight?


No. These shots will not make you lose weight. However, they do add in your weight loss efforts to help the body speed up the breakdown of fat. On average, our patients who do our weight loss plans with shots lose 11.2 lbs more than those who do not.




What is the difference between B12 and Lipo?


B12 shots are primarily used to increase vitamin B deficiency, resulting in a boost of energy. The lipotropic injections have multiple benefits including both fat burning and energy boosting.




How do the lipotropic injections help with fat burning?


These injections are made up of three amino acids, Methionine, Inositol and Choline. They work as catalyst to speed up the fat burning process and aid in weight loss.





Botox / Fillers

What is a bioidentical hormone?


A bio-identical hormone is exactly the same, atom for atom and molecule for molecule, as the hormone your own body makes. They are produced from plants to create hormones that are exact replicas of human hormones. Patients who use them generally feel much better than when they are on the synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormones are often created in a lab or extracted from the urine of pregnant horses. Synthetic hormones are not identical to human hormone molecules. Why are bioidentical hormones better than synthetic hormones? Unlike synthetic hormones manufactured by big pharmaceutical companies, bioidentical hormones are created just for you with the exact dose that your doctor recommends to meet your individual needs. And unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are made at the time they are prescribed right in a compounding lab. There is no need to include unnecessary additives or preservatives.




How do I know if I need BHRT (BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy)?


Do you experience any of the following: Mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, weight gain, hot flashes, anxiety, low libido, fatigue, depression, PMS? If any of these symptoms are effecting your ability to be happy and function normally through life, then you might want to consider bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.




How do you test my hormone level?


We perform a comprehensive blood panel designed to measure the inactive and active forms of hormones in your body. This testing is much more involved than your usual primary care annual blood testing. After beginning the therapy, we retest your hormone levels to ensure safe and optimal levels are obtained. Testing will continue at specific intervals and adjustments to your program will be made to assure levels remain optimized.




Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy the only thing I should do to improve my symptoms?


No- getting regular exercise, reducing carbohydrate intake, increasing vegetables in your diet, limiting red meat, moderating use of alcohol, quitting smoking and taking needed supplements all play a role.




How would I take bioidentical hormone therapy?


There are a variety of options. These include creams, gels, oral medications, lozenges, injectables, or implantable pellets. Your provider will explain the different types of hormone delivery and determine which is best for you.




Are bioidentical hormones safe?


There is a body of research that shows that bioidentical hormones are not the same as synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional (synthetic) hormone replacement therapy. Many doctors and others have turned away from providing hormone replacement to women as a result of the U.S. government-sponsored Women’s Health Initiative study in 2002. The study showed that traditional, synthetic hormone therapy increases a women’s risk of breast cancer, heart attack, blood clots and stroke. This is not the case for bioidentical hormones. When it comes to bioidentical hormones, there is a large body of evidence that supports the safety of natural bioidentical hormones. They have been linked with lowering a patient’s baseline risks for breast cancer, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. There is other research that has found that bioidentical hormones have favorable action on blood vessels and are associated with a decreasing risk of dementia. Studies of both bioidentical estrogens and progesterone show that they are not associated with an increased risk of blood clots.




Does Testosterone Therapy increase risk of heart disease?


In early 2014 the media cited a flawed study that was retrospective, poorly designed, and implied that testosterone therapy had negative cardiovascular effects. Numerous physicians including leading urologists have criticized these studies, and they point out that there are many, many studies documenting the beneficial cardiovascular effects from testosterone optimization.




Does Testosterone Therapy increase risk of prostate cancer?


There have been numerous studies documenting no increased risk of prostate cancer with testosterone therapy. Dr. Abraham Morgentaler is a well known and respected Harvard urologist who has devoted a much of his career to studying this issue. He has written extensively on the safety of testosterone replacement therapy. He has shown that testosterone replacement is safe to give even in patients who have a history of having had prostate cancer in the past.




Is pellet therapy safe?


Yes, the minimally invasive procedure to implant the pellets is carried out through a very small incision in the buttocks area. Most patients state that the area is mildly sore for several days following implantation. You will enjoy the benefit of a steady reliable release of hormones to achieve optimal blood levels 24 hours a day.




What do patients experience after starting bioidentical hormone therapy?


Most patients experience an increase in energy, improved libido and a greater sense of well-being soon after beginning their BHRT regimen.





Infrared Sauna

What are SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products?


SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products are an innovative skin care line featuring stabilized Lascorbic acid at a low pH. Originally developed as a preventative skin care treatment to protect skin from environmental damage, SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products, over time, visibly improve skin clarity, tone and texture and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin with a firmer, smoother, younger looking appearance.




What is the science supporting SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products and how do they help the skin?


Everyday skin is exposed to environmental elements like sunlight, smoke and air pollution which cause oxy radicals to form in the skin. These oxy radicals attack the skin's collagen layer and break it down, causing lines and wrinkles to appear.




What is SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C High Potency Serum 15?


SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C High Potency Serum 15 contains fifteen percent concentration of stabilized L-ascorbic acid at an acid pH in a cosmetically elegant formulation. The specific ingredients in SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C High Potency Serum 15 are L-ascorbic acid (vitamin-C) and zinc sulfate, an antioxidant that aids in tissue repair. Other ingredients include purified water, bioflavinoids, and sodium hyaluronate




What products are included in the SkinCeuticals family of Topical Vitamin-C products and how do I know which products are best for my skin type?


In addition to Topical Vitamin-C High Potency Serum 15 which contains a fifteen percent concentration of L-ascorbic acid, the SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C skin care line includes Topical Vitamin-C High Potency Serum 10 with a ten percent concentration of L-ascorbic acid, and Topical Vitamin-C Eye Gel with a five percent concentration of L-ascorbic acid. The higher concentrations are for use on the face, neck, hands, chest and problem spots and the lower concentrations are for use around the delicate eye area. The serum and the gel products are suitable for most skin types. For dry, sensitive or mature skin, SkinCeuticals also offers their Topical Vitamin-C in a cream version. Topical Vitamin-C Skin Firming Cream contains a ten percent concentration of L-ascorbic acid and Topical Vitamin-C Eye Cream contains a five percent concentration of L-ascorbic acid. All five SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C formulations work optimally with SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, which contains hyaluronic acid - - the skin's natural moisturizer - - to help replenish moisture lost during any topical vitamin-C treatment.




Rather than use SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products, can't I just rub oranges on my skin or take more vitamin-C tablets?


No. SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products contain vitamin-C in the form of L-ascorbic acid at a precise acid pH which allows it to be absorbed by the skin. No matter how much vitamin-C one ingests, body control mechanisms tightly limit the amount of vitamin-C that can enter the skin through ingestion. Until Dr. Pinnell and his colleagues at Duke proved that L-ascorbic acid at low pH is necessary for vitamin-C to be absorbed by the skin, the only way to feed the skin vitamin-C was through diet or vitamin supplements. Duke University research shows that stabilized L-ascorbic acid at low pH delivers 20 to 40 times more vitamin-C to the skin than can be achieved by diet or by supplement. Research also shows that Vitamin-C is necessary to stimulate collagen synthesis.




What is the difference between SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products and other skincare products which feature vitamin-C as an ingredient?


SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products contain stable L-ascorbic acid at a low pH, which allows vitamin-C to be absorbed by the skin. Most commonly marketed products utilize vitamin-C derivatives such as ascorbyl palmitate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, which must be converted to L-ascorbic acid in order to be used by the skin. To be effective, vitamin-C derivatives must first get into the skin and then must be chemically converted by the skin's cells into L-ascorbic acid. Because the skin is difficult to penetrate and the enzymes necessary to convert these derivatives into L-ascorbic acid are not always available, derivatives are not very effective in delivering vitamin-C into the skin. It is the Duke patented technology and the stability technique developed by Dr. Sheldon R. Pinnell and his colleagues which renders the SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products effective. In addition, SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products are designed to reduce the temporary stinging sensation that was inherent in early topical vitamin-C formulations.




Can I use SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products with alpha and beta hydroxy acids, retinoids (including Retin A and Renova) and other popular skin care products?


Generally, yes, although it is recommended that you consult your doctor or skin care professional to be certain. SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products should not be used at the same time of day as these other products. The recommended regimen is an application of SkinCeuticals Topical VitaminC products in the morning and use of other acid or retinoid based products at night.




How often should SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products be applied?


Like daily vitamins, the recommended regimen for SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products is one application per day to help diminish the appearance of fine lines. Using the products more than once a day may cause irritation. Therefore, they should only be applied more frequently if directed by a skin care professional. Because topical vitamin-C photo protects the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, daytime application is ideal. Duke University research shows that once topical vitamin-C gets into skin, it cannot be washed, rubbed, or perspired off and it remains active for up to 72 hours. Therefore, SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products are ideal for active individuals and athletes who spend a good amount of time outdoors.




How soon does an average user see results?


SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products will start to be absorbed by the skin almost immediately. Because these vitamin-C products were developed as a preventative treatment with the goal of protecting the skin from further environmental damage, the skin should benefit the moment the vitamin-C is applied. Vitamin-C is necessary for the production of collagen, the major structural protein of the skin and although visible differences will not be seen for approximately two months, you may notice a visible difference in skin texture, color and tone in as early as a few days. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles should become less noticeable within three to eight months. Individual results may vary, depending upon the condition of the skin at the time of initial use




Do I need to change my skin care regimen and how do I use the products?


No. This is what makes SkinCeuticals topical vitamin-C formulations so unique. SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products can be used in conjunction with any skin care regimen. Given the precise formulation of SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products, it is important to apply them only onto clean, dry skin. Do not mix immediately with other products; simply wait a few minutes for the SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C product to be absorbed, then proceed with the rest of your skin care regimen. SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products are not moisturizers, so a water-based moisturizer should be applied afterwards to prevent dryness. Since the SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C High Potency Cream and Eye Cream already contain moisturizing ingredients, it may not be necessary to use an additional moisturizer with these products. However, to further protect skin from the harmful effects of the sun, a sunblock such as SkinCeuticals Daily Sun Defense or Ultimate UV Defense should be used with any vitamin-C product. Daily Sun Defense SPF 20 is a state-of-the-art sunblock and lightweight daily moisturizer. Formulated with two of the most innovative and effective sunscreen ingredients available, it features a five percent concentration of Z-Cote® , a transparent, micronized form of the proven broad spectrum physical sunscreen ingredient, zinc oxide and sunCaps®, a patented micro-encapsulated form of the sunscreen ingredient octyl methoxycinnamate for true broad spectrum protection against harmful UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) radiation, including long range UVA which is now proven to cause photoaging and is linked to skin cancers. Specially formulated for photo-sensitive skin, Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30 combines a never before available seven percent concentration of Z-Cote with sunCaps to provide the ultimate defense against UV radiation. Ultimate UV Defense is ideal for individuals with conditions of increased photosensitivity, as well as for individuals exposed to tropical climates, high altitudes or prolonged sun exposure.




To what extent have SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products been used by the public?


Today, there is a network of thousands of dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and licensed estheticians that recommend SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C to their patients daily. Many individuals now benefit from the stabilized L-ascorbic acid technology. SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products are physician recommended and patient preferred, with the number of satisfied users continuing to grow.




Are there any side effects associated with SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products?


Less than one-tenth of one percent of all people using SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products has had any difficulties. Some individuals experience a mild stinging when the product is first applied, which is attributable to the high acidic concentration necessary to get the L-ascorbic acid (vitamin-C) into the skin. Many individuals find this sensation subsides with continued use, specifically as the skin begins its natural healing process. SkinCeuticals' extraordinary Topical Vitamin-C products are specially formulated to benefit the skin with less discomfort. This unique stabilization process provides higher concentrations with minimized irritation.




Are there precautions to be taken when using SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products?


Yes. Due to a high concentration of vitamin-C and the acidic nature of the product, it is important to follow the instructions carefully. Products should be applied only to clean, dry skin and users should avoid placing the product directly on the eyelids. It also is recommended that contact lens wearers insert their contacts before application, or that they apply the product at night after their contacts have been removed.




Is this product suitable for use on all skin types and colours?


Yes.




Is it safe to go out into the sun with SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products?


Yes. As a matter of fact, research shows that topical vitamin-C offers photoprotective qualities. However, it is important to note that topical vitamin-C is not a sunscreen, so additional sun protection is still necessary. Most individuals find the ideal time to apply vitamin-C is in the morning, because during the day you are more susceptible to sun exposure and L-ascorbic acid provides photoprotection from UVA/UVB radiation. The best combination to prevent photoaging is to use SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C in conjunction with a true broad spectrum sunblock such as SkinCeuticals Daily Sun Defense SPF 20 or Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30.




What should consumers look for when choosing a topical vitamin-C product?


Consumers should look for a product that lists L-ascorbic acid as the leading ingredient, in either a fifteen or ten percent concentration for the face and a five percent concentration for the eyes. In evaluating any topical vitamin C skin care product, the following questions should be asked: • Is the vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid (the only true form of vitamin C the body can use)? • If yes, is the L-ascorbic acid at low pH so it penetrates skin? • If yes, is the L-ascorbic acid at high enough concentration to have an effect? • Is the preparation both color and L-ascorbic acid stable (the color should never be brown)? • Finally, is the product backed by science All SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products feature the Duke patented technology for stable Lascorbic acid at an acid pH, in concentrations ranging from five to fifteen percent, in cosmeticallyelegant formulations. All SkinCeuticals products are backed by science.





Chemical Peels

How often can I get a lipo shot?


You can come in once a week or every 5 days!




Will these shots make me lose weight?


No. These shots will not make you lose weight. However, they do add in your weight loss efforts to help the body speed up the breakdown of fat. On average, our patients who do our weight loss plans with shots lose 11.2 lbs more than those who do not.




What is the difference between B12 and Lipo?


B12 shots are primarily used to increase vitamin B deficiency, resulting in a boost of energy. The lipotropic injections have multiple benefits including both fat burning and energy boosting.




How do the lipotropic injections help with fat burning?


These injections are made up of three amino acids, Methionine, Inositol and Choline. They work as catalyst to speed up the fat burning process and aid in weight loss.





Skinceutical Skin Care

What are SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products?


SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products are an innovative skin care line featuring stabilized Lascorbic acid at a low pH. Originally developed as a preventative skin care treatment to protect skin from environmental damage, SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products, over time, visibly improve skin clarity, tone and texture and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin with a firmer, smoother, younger looking appearance.




What is the science supporting SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products and how do they help the skin?


Everyday skin is exposed to environmental elements like sunlight, smoke and air pollution which cause oxy radicals to form in the skin. These oxy radicals attack the skin's collagen layer and break it down, causing lines and wrinkles to appear.




What is SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C High Potency Serum 15?


SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C High Potency Serum 15 contains fifteen percent concentration of stabilized L-ascorbic acid at an acid pH in a cosmetically elegant formulation. The specific ingredients in SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C High Potency Serum 15 are L-ascorbic acid (vitamin-C) and zinc sulfate, an antioxidant that aids in tissue repair. Other ingredients include purified water, bioflavinoids, and sodium hyaluronate




What products are included in the SkinCeuticals family of Topical Vitamin-C products and how do I know which products are best for my skin type?


In addition to Topical Vitamin-C High Potency Serum 15 which contains a fifteen percent concentration of L-ascorbic acid, the SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C skin care line includes Topical Vitamin-C High Potency Serum 10 with a ten percent concentration of L-ascorbic acid, and Topical Vitamin-C Eye Gel with a five percent concentration of L-ascorbic acid. The higher concentrations are for use on the face, neck, hands, chest and problem spots and the lower concentrations are for use around the delicate eye area. The serum and the gel products are suitable for most skin types. For dry, sensitive or mature skin, SkinCeuticals also offers their Topical Vitamin-C in a cream version. Topical Vitamin-C Skin Firming Cream contains a ten percent concentration of L-ascorbic acid and Topical Vitamin-C Eye Cream contains a five percent concentration of L-ascorbic acid. All five SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C formulations work optimally with SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, which contains hyaluronic acid - - the skin's natural moisturizer - - to help replenish moisture lost during any topical vitamin-C treatment.




Rather than use SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products, can't I just rub oranges on my skin or take more vitamin-C tablets?


No. SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products contain vitamin-C in the form of L-ascorbic acid at a precise acid pH which allows it to be absorbed by the skin. No matter how much vitamin-C one ingests, body control mechanisms tightly limit the amount of vitamin-C that can enter the skin through ingestion. Until Dr. Pinnell and his colleagues at Duke proved that L-ascorbic acid at low pH is necessary for vitamin-C to be absorbed by the skin, the only way to feed the skin vitamin-C was through diet or vitamin supplements. Duke University research shows that stabilized L-ascorbic acid at low pH delivers 20 to 40 times more vitamin-C to the skin than can be achieved by diet or by supplement. Research also shows that Vitamin-C is necessary to stimulate collagen synthesis.




What is the difference between SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products and other skincare products which feature vitamin-C as an ingredient?


SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products contain stable L-ascorbic acid at a low pH, which allows vitamin-C to be absorbed by the skin. Most commonly marketed products utilize vitamin-C derivatives such as ascorbyl palmitate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, which must be converted to L-ascorbic acid in order to be used by the skin. To be effective, vitamin-C derivatives must first get into the skin and then must be chemically converted by the skin's cells into L-ascorbic acid. Because the skin is difficult to penetrate and the enzymes necessary to convert these derivatives into L-ascorbic acid are not always available, derivatives are not very effective in delivering vitamin-C into the skin. It is the Duke patented technology and the stability technique developed by Dr. Sheldon R. Pinnell and his colleagues which renders the SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products effective. In addition, SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products are designed to reduce the temporary stinging sensation that was inherent in early topical vitamin-C formulations.




Can I use SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products with alpha and beta hydroxy acids, retinoids (including Retin A and Renova) and other popular skin care products?


Generally, yes, although it is recommended that you consult your doctor or skin care professional to be certain. SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products should not be used at the same time of day as these other products. The recommended regimen is an application of SkinCeuticals Topical VitaminC products in the morning and use of other acid or retinoid based products at night.




How often should SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products be applied?


Like daily vitamins, the recommended regimen for SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products is one application per day to help diminish the appearance of fine lines. Using the products more than once a day may cause irritation. Therefore, they should only be applied more frequently if directed by a skin care professional. Because topical vitamin-C photo protects the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, daytime application is ideal. Duke University research shows that once topical vitamin-C gets into skin, it cannot be washed, rubbed, or perspired off and it remains active for up to 72 hours. Therefore, SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products are ideal for active individuals and athletes who spend a good amount of time outdoors.




How soon does an average user see results?


SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products will start to be absorbed by the skin almost immediately. Because these vitamin-C products were developed as a preventative treatment with the goal of protecting the skin from further environmental damage, the skin should benefit the moment the vitamin-C is applied. Vitamin-C is necessary for the production of collagen, the major structural protein of the skin and although visible differences will not be seen for approximately two months, you may notice a visible difference in skin texture, color and tone in as early as a few days. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles should become less noticeable within three to eight months. Individual results may vary, depending upon the condition of the skin at the time of initial use




Do I need to change my skin care regimen and how do I use the products?


No. This is what makes SkinCeuticals topical vitamin-C formulations so unique. SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products can be used in conjunction with any skin care regimen. Given the precise formulation of SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products, it is important to apply them only onto clean, dry skin. Do not mix immediately with other products; simply wait a few minutes for the SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C product to be absorbed, then proceed with the rest of your skin care regimen. SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products are not moisturizers, so a water-based moisturizer should be applied afterwards to prevent dryness. Since the SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C High Potency Cream and Eye Cream already contain moisturizing ingredients, it may not be necessary to use an additional moisturizer with these products. However, to further protect skin from the harmful effects of the sun, a sunblock such as SkinCeuticals Daily Sun Defense or Ultimate UV Defense should be used with any vitamin-C product. Daily Sun Defense SPF 20 is a state-of-the-art sunblock and lightweight daily moisturizer. Formulated with two of the most innovative and effective sunscreen ingredients available, it features a five percent concentration of Z-Cote® , a transparent, micronized form of the proven broad spectrum physical sunscreen ingredient, zinc oxide and sunCaps®, a patented micro-encapsulated form of the sunscreen ingredient octyl methoxycinnamate for true broad spectrum protection against harmful UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) radiation, including long range UVA which is now proven to cause photoaging and is linked to skin cancers. Specially formulated for photo-sensitive skin, Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30 combines a never before available seven percent concentration of Z-Cote with sunCaps to provide the ultimate defense against UV radiation. Ultimate UV Defense is ideal for individuals with conditions of increased photosensitivity, as well as for individuals exposed to tropical climates, high altitudes or prolonged sun exposure.




To what extent have SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products been used by the public?


Today, there is a network of thousands of dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and licensed estheticians that recommend SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C to their patients daily. Many individuals now benefit from the stabilized L-ascorbic acid technology. SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products are physician recommended and patient preferred, with the number of satisfied users continuing to grow.




Are there any side effects associated with SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products?


Less than one-tenth of one percent of all people using SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products has had any difficulties. Some individuals experience a mild stinging when the product is first applied, which is attributable to the high acidic concentration necessary to get the L-ascorbic acid (vitamin-C) into the skin. Many individuals find this sensation subsides with continued use, specifically as the skin begins its natural healing process. SkinCeuticals' extraordinary Topical Vitamin-C products are specially formulated to benefit the skin with less discomfort. This unique stabilization process provides higher concentrations with minimized irritation.




Are there precautions to be taken when using SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products?


Yes. Due to a high concentration of vitamin-C and the acidic nature of the product, it is important to follow the instructions carefully. Products should be applied only to clean, dry skin and users should avoid placing the product directly on the eyelids. It also is recommended that contact lens wearers insert their contacts before application, or that they apply the product at night after their contacts have been removed.




Is this product suitable for use on all skin types and colours?


Yes.




Is it safe to go out into the sun with SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products?


Yes. As a matter of fact, research shows that topical vitamin-C offers photoprotective qualities. However, it is important to note that topical vitamin-C is not a sunscreen, so additional sun protection is still necessary. Most individuals find the ideal time to apply vitamin-C is in the morning, because during the day you are more susceptible to sun exposure and L-ascorbic acid provides photoprotection from UVA/UVB radiation. The best combination to prevent photoaging is to use SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C in conjunction with a true broad spectrum sunblock such as SkinCeuticals Daily Sun Defense SPF 20 or Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30.




What should consumers look for when choosing a topical vitamin-C product?


Consumers should look for a product that lists L-ascorbic acid as the leading ingredient, in either a fifteen or ten percent concentration for the face and a five percent concentration for the eyes. In evaluating any topical vitamin C skin care product, the following questions should be asked: • Is the vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid (the only true form of vitamin C the body can use)? • If yes, is the L-ascorbic acid at low pH so it penetrates skin? • If yes, is the L-ascorbic acid at high enough concentration to have an effect? • Is the preparation both color and L-ascorbic acid stable (the color should never be brown)? • Finally, is the product backed by science All SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin-C products feature the Duke patented technology for stable Lascorbic acid at an acid pH, in concentrations ranging from five to fifteen percent, in cosmeticallyelegant formulations. All SkinCeuticals products are backed by science.