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69 Sugar Aliases Food Manufactures Use to Hide It from You

69 Sugar Aliases Food Manufactures Use to Hide It from You

69 Sugar Aliases Food Manufactures Use to Hide It from You

Okay so you just got, or are thinking of getting a body contouring procedure done, what’s next? We at Find A Better You are dedicated to keeping you looking your best for years to come. Our health and wellness plan will guide you not just to a diet plan but a lifestyle change. With that being said there is a lot of products that include sugar aliases without using the word sugar. The Duke University Medical Center’s Lifestyle Medicine Clinic says to avoid food items where sugar (or any form of starch) is listed in the first 5 ingredients.


Agave Nectar


Barbados Sugar
Barley Malt
Beet Sugar
Brown Rice Syrup
Brown Sugar
Buttered Syrup


Cane Crystals
Cane Juice
Cane Sugar
Cane Syrup
Carob Syrup
Castor Sugar
Confectioner’s Sugar
Corn Sweetener
Corn Syrup
Corn Syrup Solids
Crystalline Fructose


Date Sugar
Dehydrated Cane Juice
Demerara Sugar
Diastatic Malt


Ethyl Maltol
Evaporated Cane Juice


Free Flowing Brown Sugars
Fruit Juices
Fruit Juice Concentrates


Glucose Solids
Golden Sugar
Golden Syrup
Granulated Sugar
Grape Sugar


High Fructose Corn Syrup or HFCS

Hydrolyzed Starch


Icing Sugar
Invert Sugar




Malt Syrup
Maple Syrup


Palm Syrup
Powder Sugar


Raw Sugar
Refiner’s Syrup
Rice Syrup


Sorghum Syrup


Table Sugar
Turinado Sugar


Yellow Sugar

Check out our Health Planning page to take charge of you your health!

*References: Duke University Medical Center Lifestyle Medicine Clinic, The Health Sciences Academy, The Obesity Code.

Adding CBD To Your Skincare Routine

Adding CBD To Your Skincare Routine

CBD Oil for your skin

Lately there has been an absolute uproar of CBD and other cannabis products in every market imaginable. According to studies and doctors and your local retail worker, it seems it is the new miracle medicine for any ailment you could possible have. And if that’s the case; couldn’t you also argue that it could also help problems like acne and wrinkles?

Well; actually yes. CBD has many anti-inflammatory properties which can help with: joint pain, muscle pain, stomach issues, and so much more. But one thing people don’t really think about is that acne is in fact considered an inflammatory condition. CBD and it’s soothing powers have been known to help acne ridden skin, and even reduce rosacea and dark spots. Recent studies are even showing that CBD can also decrease the amount of oils made in your skin. Which can help prevent future acne breakouts.

More Than Just CBD?
But that’s not all it is good for. As it turns out; it is a powerful antioxidant, even more so than Vitamin C and E! When applied to the skin it can actually counteract free-radicals, which are elements that can damage your skin’s DNA causing skin to age and wrinkle faster. By adding this right antioxidant to your skin you can reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles over time and slow down the aging process of your skin.

It’s already well known that an antioxidant rich diet can reduce inflammation overall and prevent cellular damage. So adding a daily dose of CBD to your diet and skincare regimen seems like a good idea. This definitely is not a replacement for your skincare routine, and should not be used as a supplement for other vitamins your body needs. But maybe try adding it to your coffee, use a CBD anti-aging cream, or replace your daily serum every once in a while; and see how this amazing cannabinoid works for you! If you have any other questions about cannabinoid or where the best place to get it is; give us a call at (636) 205-4070

The Secret is Out Ladies…Its Vaginal Rejuvenation

The Secret is Out Ladies…Its Vaginal Rejuvenation

Shows how happy a woman can be with vaginal rejuvenation.

Are you tired of crossing your legs when you sneeze or laugh?

Well, if you answered yes to this then I have the treatment for you, vaginal rejuvenation. So I am here opening the door and telling patients about my experience. And who better than someone who not only has had it done, but preforms the procedure in our office. 

So what is vaginal rejuvenation? Good question, I am very glad you asked. Vaginal rejuvenation’s goal is to enhance collagen, blood vessels, tightness, and lubrication. A non-surgical, painless treatment during which the vagina is tightened. This procedure is done by a CO2 fractional laser (Core2) in three easy treatments.

This can make immense differences in women’s quality of life to solve age-related problems such as: laxity of vagina (lack of tightness), stress urinary incontinence, and lack of lubrication. There are also “Kegels exercises” every woman has done at some point in our lives. 3 times a day: Make sure your bladder is empty, then sit or lie down. Tighten your pelvic floor muscles. Hold tight and count 3 to 5 seconds. Relax the muscles and count 3 to 5 seconds. Repeat 10 times, 3 times a day (morning, afternoon, and night). But never got the result you were looking for.

I can also speak from experience that this truly works.

3 easy, quick treatments can change everything in your life including sex ladies. It will last about a year; and then you just pop in at lunch, and have one done just to keep things happy. It actually takes longer to get undressed and redressed than the actual procedure. It is that quick. I have been certified to operate the laser and I am happy to show you the documentation. After the procedure, I could not tell anything was done. The down side is you cannot have sex for five days; but if your married, 5 days is nothing...just kidding.

Let’s answer some more questions. So what is a CO2 laser treatment?

The laser heats up the upper layers of the tissue, causing the tissue in the lower layers to make more collagen. This makes the skin firmer and tighter. You could have a vaginoplasty done, however this is surgical and who would want a surgical procedure if you can get the same result without a surgery.

The next question I get is what does it feel like? You may feel some warmth during the procedure or you may feel nothing. Most patients notice a difference after the second treatment, but do not forget you have one more. We also have “Big Bang" lubrication which has CBD in it to enhance the pleasure during sex. We do require a copy of your recent report from your OBGYN before performing this.

So what is stopping you from having it done? Who doesn’t want to enhance their sex life?

-Jodie Uhlemeyer

Inside Information

Inside Information

Inside Information - Medspa

Hi, it’s Jodie. I know almost everyone; but I know patients come and go every day in our office, and may not see me unless you’re sedated in the morning for an injection. But I am still here running things from the back, when I do see patients from time to time I always joke stating “I have escaped from my room”. LOL 

I know we have some new faces in the office; but one small detail I require is for everyone to work, and not short cut.

If you have been in our office lately, I am sure you have seen all the information about the new business Dr. Sturm has opened. Dr. James Sturm is dedicated to helping everyone he is always learning from reading studies to books. If you have been with Dr. Sturm you know his dedication to his patients. Dr. Sturm gradated second in his medical class but he has a heart of gold. He has not let this go to his head like most doctors. He chooses to educate his patients, so he is not afraid of telling someone NO, if something is not being done for the right reason or purpose. He believes he has a moral obligation to do the right thing for his patients. Dr. Sturm is Board Certified in Aesthetics by the American Academy of Aesthetics Medicine on top of being trained by Dr. Jeffrey Kline the inventor of Tumescent Liposuction.

Dr. Sturm has been trained by Inmode and Candela for all the lasers in the office. He went about it in a different way to purchase his lasers. He went to RealSelf.com and saw what was getting the best results for the patients versus listening to all the sales representatives telling how great every laser on the market was better than the next. 

“I want to give the patients what they want, but at a reasonable price. I am not into gouging my patients."

- Dr. James Sturm -

Most people do not understand how or why Dr. Sturm got involved with aesthetics to begin with, so let me tell you a little story. Dr. Sturm and I went to a course in Utah. (I’m sure most of you remember us being out of the office for training in 2017). We went to a PRP (Plasma Rich Platelet) course and Stem Cell when across the hall, was someone telling us how you can get stem cell from fat. (This is true)Dr. Sturm said you can’t just pull a small amount out and leave someone with a davit. So this is when he started researching liposuction. He was reading anything he could find, because again he wants the right thing for his patients. As he was researching and reading study after study, he realized the best stem cell is from bone marrow. Meanwhile, he still decided to do more research on liposuction, and came across fat transfers. Finally, you can move the unwanted fat to an area you want enlarged such as breast or butt. Again, he did more research reading more studies and finding every book he could read. We went on several training adventures: from New York to Florida to California to Texas to Utah. The one thing Dr. Sturm prides himself on is learning. A Lot of doctors go into this business for the money. Well, Dr. Sturm doesn’t mind the money however he does put almost all of it back into the business. He takes home probably as much as I do running two practices for him. He said I want to give the patients what they want, but at a reasonable price, “I am not into gouging my patients”. So yes, our prices are lower than most doctors and that is one of the reasons. Yes, we have the same lasers as our competitors but we believe in charging for service. We have made sure that anyone who runs one of our lasers is trained and certified. You will find spas and other medical spas letting staff run lasers and call themselves laser technician without being professionally trained, this goes from your upscale to the most advertised spas. So please ask to see the certification, it should be posted. 

So with all of that knowledge now I want to tell you about what Find A Better You has to offer you. We do everything from: Friday Facials, age spot removal, sunspot removal, scar removal, we can help with acne, laser hair removal that’s right ladies and men no more shaving, bridal spa parties, IPL get your glow on before you take the next family photos, we can help with: the double chins, the wobbly arms, and even that little fat pocket you can’t seem to lose no matter what you do, and so much more. So please check out our website for not just Arch Advanced Pain Management but also "Find A Better You" both links are attached. We offer care credit for any of the services. So come check us out and if interested call and set up a consultation, we do ask for 50 dollar deposit which is applied to your service. You deserve to be pampered and who better than the doctor you already know and trust.

Jodie Uhlemeyer



Are your Medical Assistants certified to work a laser?

Are your Medical Assistants certified to work a laser?

Even the best doctor’s office or Medical Spa in St. Louis may have laser technician/medical assistant that may not be certified. This is something most people do not think about, we assume the medical spa is running a legitimate business!

Laser Technicians Certified - Saint Peters MedSpa

There is a large cost in providing laser services in a Spa. Every laser is over $100,000 to buy new, adding on the training cost, and $10,000 dollar warranty per machine for a one year increases that cost to own. In St. Louis the nicest and most expensive spas will cut cost somewhere. Question is: Are you willing to take the chance?

You have the right to ask questions:

  • Is the staff running the laser trained? 
  • Are they trained on that laser, and by whom?
  • Was it someone in house? If so, that is not a certified laser technician.

This is how spas cut cost. Even if they went to a school to become a laser technician does not mean they have been trained correctly to run the laser they are using. All laser companies employ staff that travel around the USA to train doctors and staff how to work and maintain that laser.

Think of this way, we have all played telephone with cans and a string. If they are trained in house more than likely they learned from someone who learned from someone else. Was the message the same by the time it reached the last person? Probably not!

A Medical Spas that are run correctly will not do this. They will post the certification for everyone to see. They are proud of it. When scheduling an appointment for laser, ask good questions about the machines being used on you.

So ask the questions, don’t assume because you’re in a Clayton, Ballwin, Chesterfield, high class expensive Medical spa that they know what they are doing. If you’re at a Medical Spa you have to be seen by the doctor in Missouri. So ask yourself this, if you go to a spa and there is no doctor in house who is supervising the laser technician or medical assistant?
Is the spa really on the up and up??

Ways to Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles

Ways to Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles

Aging is a fact of life. But just because you grow older chronologically, your skin doesn’t have to show the signs of aging. There are procedures available that are non- or minimally-invasive that can reduce the appearance of wrinkles on your face and body.

What Causes Wrinkles

Wrinkles are a natural result of the aging process. As we age, our skin gets thinner and dryer, making it less able to spring back from exposure or activities that crease our skin. Several factors come into play to create permanent wrinkles:

  1. Facial expressions, like frowning, smiling or squinting.
  2. Exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun and tanning booths.
  3. Smoking decreases the blood supply to the skin.
  4. Excessive alcohol dehydrates the skin.

Treatments for Reducing Wrinkles

You can use creams and other products to help prevent and lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; however, deeper wrinkles need additional treatment. Professional procedures can be effective in reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles. Three very effective treatments offered by Find A Better You include the Sublative, INNOPen microneedling therapy and CO2RE.

Sublative Skin Rejuvenation

Another effective and non-invasive method for reducing fine lines and wrinkles is the Sublative Skin Rejuvenation treatment. This procedure is also successful in treating acne scars, reducing pore size, and improving the overall texture of the skin’s surface. Another advantage over some other treatments is that Sublative works on virtually all skin types.

This process uses fractionated bipolar radio frequency directed at the skin in the form of a matrix. It stimulates the growth of new collagen and healthy skin cells, which improves the overall elasticity and texture of the skin.

Ways to Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles

No injections are involved in the Sublative process, so aftereffects and downtime following the procedure are minimal. You may experience a warm, tingly sensation during the process. Afterward, you may have a flushing on the treatment area that resembles a minor sunburn. Anesthetic and cooling ointments can be used to lessen these effects.

The treatment typically takes approximately one hour. In general, it is recommended to get 3 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart; however, your specific treatment plan will depend on your skin’s condition.

INNOPen Microneedling  

Most of us are familiar with the Botox procedure, which smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When injected, Botox partially paralyzes the underlying muscles, which reduces and prevents future wrinkling from facial expressions. Botox is effective mainly on wrinkles with facial muscle movement and not the wrinkles at rest.

Microneedling - St. Peters, MO

INNOPen goes even further, because it actually stimulates the production of new, healthy skin cells. This process not only reduces the appearance of wrinkles, it produces skin that is smoother and more radiant. In addition to treating wrinkles, it can also be used to successfully improve acne scars, stretch marks and other skin imperfections.

INNOPen uses a wireless, hand-held device that contains tiny needles to create microscopic punctures in the skin. It forms new capillaries to increase blood flow, collagen and elastin in the skin. It can be used on all areas of the face and body. The procedure is virtually pain-free and can be highly targeted to smaller areas, like around the nose.

Because microneedling is a gentle procedure, there is no downtime required afterward. In fact, it can be easily performed over a lunch period, after which you can return to your normal everyday functions.

Depending on the depth and extent of the areas to be treated, you may need multiple procedures. These are usually scheduled about a month apart to allow the skin to heal in between treatments.

CO2RE Skin Resurfacing

CO2RE treats the skin with a matrix of laser pulses. The treatment varies in intensity, depending on your skin type and desired results.

CO2RE can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, as well as reduce the effects of sun damage, acne scars and skin discoloration.

Ways to Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles

The CO2RE treatments are safe with minimal discomfort. A topical anesthetic is applied to the area to be treated. After treatments, your skin may be red and sensitive for several hours, similar to extended exposure to the sun. Your skin may peel as a natural part of the exfoliation process for 7-10 days.

You’ll notice results after the very first treatment. Your skin will gradually improve over time. These results can last weeks or months, depending on factors like health, age and skin care regime. CO2RE Fractional CO2 laser treatments give some of the most dramatic results, short of actual surgery.

Reducing the Appearance of Wrinkles Is Readily Available

You can look younger and more radiant in a very short timeframe by choosing one of the non-surgical wrinkle-removing procedures we’ve discussed here. Contact Find A Better You today to learn how you can get smoother looking skin with minimal downtime.

Cellulite Reduction and Body Shaping

Cellulite Reduction and Body Shaping

Finally, a Non-Invasive Solution to Unsightly Cellulite

Dimples are cute if they are in your facial cheeks. But when they start appearing in your buttocks, thighs, abdomen or other unwanted areas of your body, they are definitely not attractive nor desirable. There are now very effective methods for reducing the appearance of cellulite that don’t require surgery or downtime.

Cellulite Reduction and Body Shaping

What Is Cellulite?

Cellulite is not a disease, but a cosmetic skin condition that is quite common, especially among women. Cellulite is a puckering or dimpling of the skin’s surface. Its bumpy texture is often described as that of an “orange peel” or “cottage cheese”.

Cellulite develops when fat cells beneath the skin expand and create bulges that build up and appear on the skin’s surface. The bumps and dimples may appear as small and scattered or larger indentations with peaks and valleys. The lumps are from the fat cells pushing against the connective tissue beneath the skin. Cellulite does not discriminate--you can have it whether you’re overweight, average or underweight.

What Causes Cellulite

Although not much is known on specific causes of cellulite, there are conditions and events that can possibly affect and create its appearance. Heredity, skin thickness and pigmentation, the amount of body fat and age are some of the factors that can affect the existence and extent of cellulite.

There are other things that can trigger the appearance of cellulite.

  • Poor diet
  • Fad dieting
  • Slow metabolism
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Hormone changes
  • Dehydration
  • Pregnancy
Cellulite Reduction and Body Shaping

But, even if these conditions exist, they may contribute to cellulite in some individuals, but not others. Regardless, cellulite is a very common issue, especially for women. It is estimated that 80-90% of post-pubescent women will get cellulite, with the likelihood increasing with age. That’s because the skin gets thinner and looser, so cellulite will be more visible.

The good news is that the existence of cellulite does not affect your overall health. It can, however, be an embarrassment, especially during the warmer months, when swimsuits, shorts and crop tops can expose those areas. More good news: you can get rid of that cellulite before you start wearing your summer clothes!

Treatments for Cellulite Reduction

There are several treatments that can be used for reducing the appearance of cellulite. Some are more effective than others, but none will get rid of it entirely. Beware of any claims saying they “cure” or “permanently remove” your cellulite.

Radiofrequency Solutions

One of the most effective solutions to reduce the appearance of cellulite is to treat it with radiofrequency energy. This procedure is a relatively new and promising technology for non-surgical body contouring, fat and cellulite reduction.

Radiofrequency is widely accepted as being the most effective cellulite reduction and skin tightening technology available today, for both face and body. It is far superior to lasers, which do not penetrate anywhere near as deep as radiofrequency does. By applying intensive heat on collagen and fat cells, radiofrequency helps increase skin tightness and reduce fat, thereby improving the contour and texture of body and face.

There are several manufacturers of radiofrequency equipment technology. Some are more effective than others.


BodyFX by Inmode is a premier procedure that is FDA approved for treating cellulite and improving your skin’s elasticity. BodyFX was one of the initial pioneers to use the radiofrequency technology to destroy fat cells causing the appearance of cellulite. It also tightens the skin in the process, making it smoother looking.

Cellulite Reduction

BodyFX is an alternative to the more invasive liposuction procedure sometimes used for cellulite reduction and body shaping. It is a completely non-invasive process that produces long-lasting results. It uses radiofrequency energy, deep tissue heating and suctioning, coupled with negative pressure to improve the look and feel of your skin.

During the procedure, thermal monitoring measures your body temperature i to indicate the treatment’s effectiveness. You will experience warming and gentle pulsing sensations during the process, caused by the radiofrequency and vacuuming removes the pockets of fat. Most people experience no pain and find the treatment very comfortable.

It is recommended to have one session per week for 8 weeks. You will see a gradual improvement during the treatment period. No downtime is needed; in fact, the procedure can be accomplished during your lunch period and you can return to work immediately afterwards. You may feel a warm sensation similar to that felt after a deep tissue massage. The treated area may be red, but not painful. You may resume normal activities immediately.


MiniFX uses the same radiofrequency energy as BodyFX to treat cellulite and tighten the skin, except for smaller areas of the body. MiniFX is ideal for the neck, arms and knees. Just as with BodyFX, it is non-invasive, safe and comfortable. Eight weekly sessions are recommended and can be done over a lunch hour. You will have no residual discomfort or require any downtime after treatments.

Schedule Your Consultation Today to Learn More

Find a Better You offers BodyFX and MiniFX for cellulite reduction and body shaping, as well as a myriad of other skin treatments. Contact us today to learn how you can get the beautiful skin you want and deserve!

Skin Tightening Treatments without Surgery

Skin Tightening Treatments without Surgery

Skin Tightening Treatment - St Peters

Don’t Risk Surgery to Get the Skin Improvement You Want

As you age, your skin loses its elasticity because of the increased reduction of collagen production. This results in the skin sagging and wrinkling with a general loss of contouring. There are surgical procedures that can correct these issues, but they come at a price, not only monetarily, but in recovery time and scarring.

Now you can get the effects of a facelift without having to go under the knife! There are several options available for skin tightening treatments, which we will discuss here.


One option that has garnered a lot of attention in recent years is Fractora. It’s a scientifically-proven method where fractionated radiofrequency energy is used to restore your skin’s elastis and slow down the effects of aging. It is a skin resurfacing method that basically is a bridge between fractional lasers and surgical procedures. Fractora is a minimally invasive procedure that can improve your skin’s appearance, reducing wrinkles, redness and other facial irregularities.

The treatment uses the radiofrequency energy to heat the deep layers of the skin which increases the collagen production. You may see improvements after your first treatment, but everyone’s situation is different. Typically, results will be most visible about two weeks after treatment and will continue for up to 3 months. You can expect 1-6 treatment sessions in all, based on your provider’s recommendations.

Fractora is typically used on the facial area, but can be used on any areas of the body where there is sagging or wrinkling skin. Common areas include upper and lower eyelids, crows feet and other smile lines, forehead, cheeks, mouth, neck, chest and hands. The technology works on all skin types, regardless of pigmentation.

Fractora can be combined with other energy treatments or injectables. For example, FracTotal is a combination of the powerful technologies of Lumecca, Fractora, CO2, and Forma. This is a total facial rejuvenation that treats multiple issues, like tone, texture, pigment, laxity, brightness, pore size, fine lines, deep wrinkles, and crepe skin.

There may be some bruising or redness after treatment that will decrease and disappear over time (one week maximum). It is recommended to use a good moisturizer and broad spectrum sunscreen on the treatment area. Avoid direct sun exposure during your treatment. You may apply makeup within 1-2 days following treatment.


Another procedure used to improve skin elasticity is Forma. It is a thermal skin treatment that is completely non-invasive and reaches deep into the bottom layers of the skin in order to stimulate the tissue. It is a painless procedure that also uses radiofrequency technology to increase collagen production and rejuvenate and tighten the skin.

Forma is based on the A.C.E system, used in a variety of radiofrequency skin treatments. This stands for:

  • Acquire - The Forma sensors work with software to immediately read the skin temperatures. This allows the physician to monitor and adjust application for maximum effectiveness and comfort.
  • Control - Forma combines the information with the physician’s guidelines to make instant adjustments to the healing energy.
  • Extend - Forma will re-calibrate itself to adjust the temperatures to maximize the skin’s exposure and treatment effectiveness.

Forma is typically used on facial areas like the forehead, crows feet, upper and lower eyelids, nasolabial folds, jowls, smile lines and neck. It can also be used on the upper arms, abdomen and other areas needing contraction. Six weekly sessions are recommended for maximum effectiveness, but as always, each case is different. Your treatment plan may be shortened or lengthened, based on your evaluation.

As with Fractora, Forma may be combined with other laser treatments, facials and fillers, including the FracTotal Facial skin rejuvenation extensive treatment.


FaceTite is a relatively new minimally invasive procedure that provides the results of a surgical facelift without the scars. It works by applying radiofrequency to melt fat and tighten skin. In fact, your skin will tighten by 40% during the first treatment! During the course of the next several weeks, the appearance will improve continuously.

The FaceTite hand-piece is designed to be minimally invasive creating skin tightening with virtually no scarring and no stitches required, this makes the recovery process even quicker. FaceTite can be used to treat a double chin, jowls and other facial areas with loose skin and deep lines. One treatment is usually enough to successfully address the targeted areas.

The FaceTite procedure requires local anesthesia. The post-procedure effects are greatly reduced when compared with a surgical facelift. Afterward, there may be some minor swelling and wearing a compression garment is necessary. However, patients may return to normal activity shortly thereafter. Results are visible immediately, with optimal results appearing 6 months after and continuing up to 12 months.


Profound, by Candela  is an FDA-approved treatment that can help tighten, lift and contour skin in the face and neck. The non-surgical, minimally-invasive procedure uses a hand-piece that has 5 micro-needles connected to electrodes. These needles deliver radiofrequency deep into the dermis, promoting production of elastin and collagen, which is what rejuvenates the skin.

The Profound procedure requires only one treatment, usually lasting 45 minutes or less. The physician will administer a local anesthetic to increase the patient’s comfort level. Patients may experience a tingling or warm sensation during the procedure.

Results can last up to 9 months and is effective for all skin types. After-effects can include a sunburn-like redness or rash. These effects should diminish gradually over a few weeks.

Schedule Your Consultation Today to Learn More

Find a Better You offers all of the non-surgical skin tightening treatments discussed in this article. Contact us today to learn how you can get smoother looking skin without the discomfort and scars of surgical facelifts.

Popular Types of Fat Transfer

Popular Types of Fat Transfer

What is fat transfer?

Have you ever heard the term "fat transfer" and wondered what it meant?

If you've ever felt unhappy with your body, then there's a good chance you've already researched a few options that could give you a body you'd be proud to show off. And if that sounds like you, then maybe you have come across terms like Brazilian butt lift and breast enhancement and wondered what they were and how they managed to achieve such incredible results. Both of these procedures are known as fat transfers, and today we’re going to tell you what they are and what incredible results you can expect with such a procedure. However, we’ll also tell you about other options you can explore if you want to eliminate fat from your body, including liposuction and some newer and more technologically advanced treatments, like BodyFX, BodyTite, and FaceTite.

Understanding the Fat Transfer Process 

The idea behind a fat transfer is pretty straightforward. You take fat from one area of your body and move it to another. A fat transfer, however, has two simultaneous goals: to remove unwanted fat from one part of the body and redistribute it to sculpt another part. Here's an explanation of the basic process:

  • First, an anesthesiologist will administer either a general or local anesthetic
  • Then, the surgeon will make small incisions in the skin
  • Next, the surgeon will insert a thin tube into the area and remove excess fat
  • After removal, the fat will be processed to separate blood, fluid, and other tissues
  • When the fat is ready, the surgeon will use a syringe to inject it into the area you want to augment

The Most Popular Types of Fat Transfer Options 

When people have fat redistributed in their body, the fat that was removed can be used anywhere on the body. However, there are some common destinations where people want the fat to end up, including:

Breasts: When you have fat transferred to your breasts, it's known as breast enhancement or augmentation. The results of this process can be transformative, but it's important to be aware that this procedure is really only suitable if you're looking for natural results and a smaller increase in size (compared to implants, which can make your breasts much larger with a single treatment).

Buttocks: When fat is redistributed to the buttocks, it’s called a Brazilian butt lift. Once the fat is removed, it can be transferred to the buttocks to increase the size, sculpt the shape, or fill out sagging skin in the area to give you a firmer backside.

Preparing for Recovery and Knowing What to Expect Post-Op

A fat transfer is a relatively minor procedure. The incisions made to remove the fat are quite small, and the injection points from where the fat is redistributed rarely require attention. You can expect bruising and swelling to appear in the days and weeks following the procedure, but you can also expect your body to heal within ten days to three weeks. Nonetheless, you might want to take some time off work to give the bruising and swelling time to subside. Finally, it's important to have realistic expectations for the procedure, since it can take as long as six months for the results to really take effect.

Liposuction: An Ideal Method for Removing Unwanted Fat 

Liposuction is the general method surgeons use to remove unwanted fat from your body, and the process involves making small incisions in the skin, inserting a tube into the incision point, and then loosening and sucking out excess fat with a special tube. Once the fat has been removed, it can either be used to sculpt your body (fat transfer), or it can be discarded, leaving you with a firmer and more toned body. There are common areas people want to be treated with liposuction, and those are the areas where stubborn fat tends to accumulate, such as:

  • Belly fat and love handles from the abdomen
  • Fat from around the thighs that gives you that pear shape
  • Back fat that can make wearing a bra uncomfortable
  • Fat under the arms that hangs and wiggles
  • Neck and chin fat that give you a double chin

For some women who want smaller breasts, liposuction may be a viable alternative to breast reduction surgery, but your surgeon can assess your situation and tell you if liposuction is the right choice to remove excess fat from your chest. 

Non-Surgical and Non-Invasive Body Contouring and Sculpting Options

Liposuction and fat transfer are relatively safe, but they are both considered surgical procedures. When you're looking for a safe, effective, and totally non-invasive body sculpting technique, then BodyFX is the latest and greatest of these technologies.

BodyFX uses a special machine to target areas of the body with heat generated by radiofrequency. This technology heats the treatment area to a specific temperature. When the optimal temperature is reached, the fat cells will then contract and can be killed with energy pulses. This technique is combined with negative pressure massage to stimulate fat store's in the body and allow the machine to penetrate deeper. BodyFX has many positive results, including:

  • Reduced fat deposits
  • Tighter skin
  • Shapelier body
  • Less visible cellulite

How Long Does the BodyFX Process Take?

BodyFX starts with eight treatments over the course of eight weeks, with each session typically lasting 15 to 30 minutes. Following the initial procedure, you can follow up a few times a year for maintenance sessions. You'll see the most drastic results within six months to a year.

Exploring Minimally Invasive Body Contouring and Sculpting Options

Two other options for body sculpting include FaceTite and BodyTite, both of which are minimally invasive procedures that work similarly to liposuction and BodyFX combined. At the start of the process, a surgeon will make tiny incisions in the skin (only local anesthetic is required) and insert a tube, just like with liposuction. The difference, however, is that FaceTite and BodyTite also use the power of radiofrequency to heat and liquefy fat cells. At the same time, the procedure liquefies the cells, and it also removes them from the body through suction. Like BodyFX, these procedures typically require a few sessions over several weeks to achieve the best results, which include:

  • Tighter and younger looking skin
  • Fat is removed from the body
  • Cellulite is treated and minimized
  • Your body can be sculpted and contoured at the same time

Because there is an incision site with FaceTite and BodyTite, you can expect minor bruising and swelling in the days following treatment, but this will subside within a few weeks or months following the procedure. Otherwise, recovery is minimal and fast, especially when compared to other surgical fat removal procedures. 

What's the difference between FaceTite and BodyTite? The only real difference is the scope of the area targeted with the treatment. FaceTite is designed for small areas like the face and neck, whereas BodyTite can target larger areas like the abdomen.

Why We Have Problem Areas

Everybody has problem areas that they immediately notice when they look in the mirror. You might often grab the flab and wonder why it seems impossible to get rid of the fat. Even people who exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and are fit will have problem areas that can really only be treated with fat transfer and removal techniques.

But before you blame yourself for these problem areas, it can help to understand why we have them in the first place. The answer, at least in part, is hormones. While your diet and lifestyle will determine how much body fat you have, it’s sex hormones (namely testosterone and estrogen) that determine how that fat gets deposited around your body. For women, our bodies tell us to accumulate fat around our breasts, hips, and thighs. However, genetic and environmental factors may also be telling your body to store fat in other places. All of these factors and the pressures inside your head can be addressed with procedures like fat transfer, liposuction, and other fat reduction techniques.

Although you might not be able to alter how and where fat is naturally distributed throughout your body, there are effective procedures available today that can harness the power of technology to accomplish what your body cannot do on its own. With a fat transfer procedure, you can remove unwanted fat from one area of your body and successfully transfer it to another, effectively using your own fat stores to reshape and augment other parts of your body. Two of the most common areas people augment with fat transfer are the breasts and buttocks, but you could have fat redistributed however you like within your body. There are other options you can explore as well, including non-invasive procedures like BodyFX and minimally invasive treatments such as FaceTite and BodyTite, all of which can reduce fat in your body, reduce the appearance of cellulite, give you tighter and younger looking skin, and sculpt and tone your body. Schedule a consultation to see how fat transfer and removal techniques can transform your body and your life.

Popular Types of Skin Treatments

Popular Types of Skin Treatments

Popular Types of Skin Treatments

Everywhere you go these days, one company or another is advertising revolutionary new skin treatments that promise to give you back the skin of your youth. But while many of these treatments and procedures are fads that fade quickly when people realize they don't deliver on the promises they make, there are others that enjoy enduring popularity because they do work and they are able to produce the desired results. These include procedures like laser hair removal, the treatment of scars and spider veins, and even body contouring and sculpting techniques that can give you a body you will love looking at in the mirror. If you've recently noticed some things about yourself that you'd like to change, here's a breakdown of the most popular skin treatments people use to achieve younger looking, healthier, and flawless skin. 

Fat and Cellulite Reduction with BodyFX

BodyFX is a cutting-edge fat reduction and body contouring treatment that combines the power of radiofrequency and massage to eliminate fat from your body. Here's a brief primer on how it works: radiofrequency is used to target and heat fat, while negative pressure is used to massage the area at the same time, which results in reduced and contracted fat cells.

This treatment is ideal for those stubborn areas of the body where fat likes to accumulate. You know the ones—like the stomach and thighs—where it seems impossible to get rid of the fat with diet and exercise. Although BodyFX is a popular fat reduction technique, it can also be used as a skin treatment because you can target the effects to specifically reduce cellulite and give you smoother and younger looking skin than you’ve had in years. And one of the best things about BodyFX is that it’s a completely non-invasive procedure, so there are no severe complications to worry about ahead of the appointment and recovery time is almost non-existent.

BodyFX Can Also Promote Skin Tightening 

Along with reducing cellulite and giving you smoother skin, BodyFX is also commonly used as a skin treatment because it can produce tighter and more youthful skin. The BodyFX machine generates heat that it then uses to melt fat, and this heat also stimulates collagen production in your body. Collagen is a specific protein that is present in your body's connective tissue, and it helps to keep skin strong, elastic, and hydrated. When your body produces less collagen as you get older, the result is wrinkled dry, and even sagging skin. By promoting collagen production, therefore, BodyFX treatments will promote younger looking and smoother skin.

Skin Treatments for Acne Scars, Facial and Spider Veins, and More

Most of the popular skin treatments on the market are ones that are designed to fight the visible signs of aging but also treatments that are meant to give you softer and more even skin, such as:

  • Wrinkle removal
  • Treatment of spider veins
  • Removal of conspicuous veins in the face
  • Treatment of acne scars
  • Elimination of pigmented and vascular lesions

The three most advanced skincare technologies on the market that can address all of these issues and more are:

Lumecca: This breakthrough technology uses intense pulsed light that treats vascular and pigmented lesions by improving your skin's tone and pigmentation. It's a highly efficient treatment that rejuvenates skin in one to two sessions, as opposed to the four to six required with similar technologies. 

Fractora: This non-surgical device uses fractional lasers to accomplish many common goals of popular skin treatments, including tightening skin and providing a more youthful appearance, improving complexion, treating acne scars, and reducing skin irregularities.

Forma: This is another non-surgical treatment that uses thermal technology to achieve deep tissue stimulation. The result of this is a tightening of the skin that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and takes years off your face.

Important Maintenance and Recovery Information About Skin Treatments

Even non-invasive and non-surgical procedures require some preparation and recovery, even if you're able to return to your normal life immediately following treatment. For instance, some treatments will leave your skin slightly red or swollen, and this could last for a couple of hours once the procedure is complete. Other treatments, on the other hand, will have no negative side effects at all.

Similarly, while some procedures will produce results immediately after a single treatment, others like Lumecca will sometimes require multiple treatments over the course of several weeks or months before you'll see the results you were looking to achieve. Other procedures again may only require a single treatment, but it could take two to four weeks before you begin to notice a difference in the appearance of your skin. To prepare yourself, talk to your skin care professional about what you can expect after your treatment in terms of maintenance, recovery, and results.

Keeping Your Skin Young and Healthy with Lifestyle Choices

Getting younger looking skin is a goal that most women share, which is why so many of the popular skin treatments have the goal of producing smoother, plumper, and fresher skin. And while these treatments are effective, there are also habits you can adopt in your daily life to help you maintain your youthful appearance before and after the procedure. Here are a few tips:

  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Quit smoking if you do smoke cigarettes or other tobacco products
  • Avoid the sun as much as possible, and wear sun protection 365 days a year (just because it's cold or winter time, that doesn't mean the sun isn't out and UV rays can't affect you)
  • Avoid alcohol, which can dehydrate your skin
  • Wash your face each day with a gentle cleanser
  • Moisturize your skin after bathing and washing

Treatment Options to Get Rid of Unwanted Hair 

How many times have you found yourself in the shower shaving your armpits or legs and thinking you'd give just about anything to never have to go through this again? If this sounds familiar—and it most likely does—then it’ll come as no surprise that another hugely popular skin treatment is laser hair removal.

As the name implies, laser hair removal uses a laser to target and kill individual hair follicles. Not only are laser treatments highly targeted (so you don’t lose hair in places where you actually want it), but they're also highly effective. Plus, newer technologies have drastically reduced the redness, skin irritation, and discomfort associated with these treatments, and fewer sessions are typically required to achieve the same results as with older technologies. However, the number of treatments you may require will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • Hair color
  • Skin tone
  • Area of the body where hair is being removed
  • Personal hair removal goals

How to Prepare for a Laser Treatment 

There are some key things you will need to do to prepare for a laser hair removal treatment; otherwise, you risk damaging your skin. The most crucial thing is to avoid the sun for at least two weeks before the procedure date because this could result in severe burns. Similarly, avoid plucking, waxing, and bleaching your hair for about six weeks leading up to the treatment, because this could reduce the effectiveness of the procedure. To avoid damaging your skin afterward, don’t pluck or bleach your hair for another four to six weeks.

Less Popular Hair Removal Alternatives

Shaving has already been mentioned as one of the least popular hair removal options out there, but is it really the worst? Sure, you have to do it every day or every few days, but at least it’s a pain-free process (mind you there are ingrown hairs and razor burn to contend with) that doesn’t require hair to be ripped from your body.

Other common hair removal techniques that women have tried involve a measure of pain, and these include plucking and waxing. Plucking is acceptable if you want to shape hair in an area or only need to remove a few errant hairs, but it’s definitely painful. Waxing is similarly unpleasant, but it's good at removing larger portions of hair at once. The major benefit of these two methods is that your hair won't grow back as quickly as with shaving. Another option is hair removal creams, but while these are pain-free, they use harsh chemicals that can cause major burns if used improperly. When compared to these alternatives, you can see why laser hair removal is the preferred course of action for many women.

These common skin treatments are among the most popular because they are safe, they are effective, and they make women look and feel more beautiful by giving them the skin they deserve. Whether you're battling dark spots, unsightly patches of hair, acne scars, or other problems that often affect your skin, these treatments can correct the problem and give you more youthful and more vibrant skin. To learn more about the procedures that could benefit your skin and complexion, schedule a consultation with Find A Better You today.