Bye-Bye Double Chin: Two Breakthrough Non-surgical Treatments That Will Amaze!

Double chins are notoriously hard to shed.  Thanks to their inconvenient location, exercising that part of the body is difficult, uncomfortable and at times, ridiculous-looking (bird-like, to be exact).  For some, the neck exercises can be painful due to prior injuries or age-related spinal ailments that restrict movement.  Even people with healthy diets are sometimes genetically prone to storing reserve fat underneath the chin first before storing it in other parts of the body.  For those, no amount of diet or exercise seems to be enough to get rid of that double-chin for good.

Thanks to recent advances in non-surgical fat reduction technology, it’s now possible to shed that double-chin without going under the knife.  We offer two great non-surgical double-chin treatments here at RVC Medical that effectively destroy the fat under the chin without the painful and inconvenient surgery prescribed of the past.

SculpSure by RVC Medical of IssaquahSculpSure

Some people recognize SculpSure as the latest non-invasive fat reduction treatment, but don’t realize that SculpSure is very effective for the chin and neck areas, in addition to other parts of the body.

SculpSure works by using breakthrough Laser technology that permanently destroys up to 24% of targeted fat cells.  The short, 25-minute treatment is painless, and requires no anesthesia or down-time.  Most patients schedule their treatments during lunch and have no problems returning back to work.  Click here to learn all about SculpSure at RVC Medical.

 

Kybella

Kybella is the first FDA-approved injectable treatment that is proven to permanently destroy the fat underneath the chin.  Kybella is made from a special acid that targets and eliminates fat cells from underneath the chin.  Kybella is applied through a tiny needle into targeted areas underneath the chin.  Patients typically experience results in 4-6 treatments, with most significant results visible after 6 treatments.  Visit our Kybella treatment page to learn all about Kybella at RVC Medical.

With all of these new non-surgical treatment options, it’s now possible to rid yourself of that stubborn double-chin once and for all!  Give us a call at 425-557-4227 and schedule your free consultation today, and get started on the new you!

How to Get the Most Out of Your SculpSure Treatment

SculpSure by RVC Medical of IssaquahWe are often asked, “How can I get the most out of my SculpSure treatment?  Are there any diet or exercise tips that will help me after my SculpSure treatment?”

The answer is, there are a number of things you can do to boost your results immediately following treatment.  SculpSure permanently destroys fat cells underneath the skin without any cuts or incisions.  There are a number of ways to help SculpSure flush these cells from your system:

  • Gently massage the treatment area for up to two weeks.
  • Drink lots of water after your treatment to flush out the dead fat cells from your body.  Try to drink at least 2 liters of water each day immediately following your treatment.
  • Try to elevate your heart-rate by engaging in physical activities, like running, hiking, walking, and bike riding.  These activities will help to mobilize the fat cells and assist in the elimination process.
  • Vitamin supplements like dandelion root, and green tea contain diuretic properties that assist in flushing out fluids and toxins from the body.
  • Take Vitamins like Vitamin B and Omega-3 to help metabolize fat cells.
  • Take liver supplements like Milk Thistle, Dandelion Root and Artichoke because the liver is one of the main organs responsible for metabolizing the damaged fat cells
  • Eat a diet high in antioxidants that eliminates free radicals on a cellular level, which is proven to be beneficial in targeting the fat cells that are to be eliminated by the body after SculpSure.

Three Anti-Aging Treatments for the Ages

Keeping your skin looking healthy and youthful can be quite the task in these cold winter months.  Cold temperatures can wreck havoc on our skin, leading to dry and cracked skin that makes wrinkles and fold lines more noticeable.  Luckily, there are a few options to combat the cold, and RVC Medical is here to help!  We’re going to go over a few options to keep you looking and feeling your best during the long, cold winter.

SENTE® Daily Soothing Cleaner
SENTE® Daily Soothing Cleaner

SENTE Daily Soothing Cleanser

This cleanser from SENTE represents the latest in moisturizing technology.  This cleanser removes environmental dirt and debris while gently removing makeup and moisturizing the skin at the same time.  This soothing cleanser does just that, deep cleans your skin and pores while creating a soothing sensation that lasts.  Safe and gentle enough for daily use, and your skin will love you for it!

SENTE products contain a patented formula revolving around their proprietary HSA technology.  To read more about all of the scientific benefits found in SENTE products, visit our Skin Care page.

 

BOTOX

Chances are, you’ve heard of this one before.  BOTOX Cosmetic has been around for quite some time, and for very good reason!  This treatment consists of small, precise injections into targeted areas of the face and neck to reduce the appearance of fold lines and wrinkles.

BOTOX has been proven to be very safe over the years, and works as a muscle relaxer to lessen the appearance of problematic wrinkles.  For more information on BOTOX at RVC Medical, visit our BOTOX page.

 

Dermal Fillers

This broad category of products covers many types of cosmetic treatments that roll back the effects of aging and improve the appearance of wrinkles and fold lines.  Unlike BOTOX, which relaxes the muscles underneath the skin, fillers add volume to the underlying dermal structure, which makes even the deepest wrinkles disappear right before the eyes.

RVC Medical offers the safe and effective cosmetic fillers Radiesse and Juvederm.  Click here to learn more about the dermal fillers offered at RVC Medical.

 

Not sure which Anti-Aging treatment is right for you?  Give us a call at 425-557-4227 for a complimentary consultation today!

Kick Your Diet into Overdrive with SculpSure®!

With those winter holidays right around the corner, now is usually the time we begin contemplating that holiday diet.

For many, the days after Thanksgiving are usually filled with thoughts of diet and exercise.  Perhaps it was the second helping of the delicious sweet-potato casserole your cousin always brings that spurred these thoughts.  Whatever that motivating factor is, staying motivated through the thick and thin of a diet is not easy.  But thanks to SculpSure®, help is here!

You might be asking, “What is SculpSure®, and how can it help?”  SculpSure® is a recent FDA-approved treatment for the non-surgical, permanent reduction of fat cells using innovative laser technology.  In just a few 25 minute treatments, SculpSure® can liquefy fat cells in those hard-to-burn fat deposits forever, giving that diet the extra boost you need to feel motivated to the finish!

SculpSure® is generally very well-tolerated, and some people prefer the warm feeling of SculpSure over the cold sensation of “coolsculpting.”  Clinical studies have shown that SculpSure can destroy up to 24% of targeted fat deposits in 25 minute treatments, compared to the hour-long cool sculpting treatments.

Looking to slim down for your winter beach vacation?  Those embarking on holiday diets are the perfect candidates for SculpSure, and can see maximum results from our laser body sculpting treatments.  It takes just a few treatments before results are noticeable.  For before and after photos of real patients, be sure to read through our SculpSure treatment page for more information.

When you are ready, RVC Medical is here to help you achieve your personal dieting and fat reduction goals.  Give us a call today at 425-445-5557 to schedule your complimentary consultation and get started on the new you!

Understanding the Power of Vegetables

Everyone has probably heard that you need to “eat your vegetables” because “vegetables are good for you,” at some point in life.  Most people also know they should probably eat more vegetables than they presently do.  For those that just love veggies and have no problem working them into your daily routine, keep at it!  For the rest of us that need that extra bump of motivation to get more veggies into your life, then this article is for you.

When people understand the actual benefits and ways that vegetables work to improve your health, the more likely they are to stick to a greener, healthier diet.  In this article, I want to introduce different ways of working vegetables into your diet, in hopes of motivating you to eat green.

The Power of Vegetables

A brief history lesson

Humans have understood the life-giving, nourishing power of vegetables for thousands of years.  The word “vegetable” comes from the Latin word “vegetare”, which means animating or to give life.  That’s exactly what veggies do, Give Life!

The history of vegetables goes back to the most distant reaches of humankind, back to when hunter-gatherers left Africa and began spreading across the earth.  Vegetables have long since been identified as the source of great medicinal and nutritional power.  The history of the tomato dates back 2500 years to the people of the ancient Aztec civilization, who understood the value in the plant and integrated it into their medicine and cuisines.  Now, this plant is regarded as one of the most popular vegetables on the planet.  The incredible history of the Carrot dates back over 5000 years to the fields of Iran and Afghanistan, before spreading through Asia, and eventually turned orange in the European scientific community.

 

Some Interesting Vegetable Facts

In Dr. William Li’s excellent, and highly worthwhile TEDTalk: Can We Eat to “Starve” Cancer, Dr. Li outlines a group of cancer-fighting dietary sources that contain Antiangiogenic inhibitors, naturally occurring properties that prevent and reduce the growth of blood cells that feed cancers and fat cells.  Many of the sources he lists are vegetables that contain naturally high levels of Anitangiogenic inhibitors.

Vegetables contain many beneficial properties that nourish, heal, and strengthen our bodies.  Here’s just a few interesting vegetable facts:

Asparagus is one of the best foods to eat for detoxification and can also help with arthritis and rheumatism.

Avocados are one of the healthiest sources of fat available.  They contain loads of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein.  Eating avocados can help improve blood cholesterol, and can even help you lose weight despite containing fat!

Beets are great for healing the liver and break down fat deposits.

Carrots contain beta-carotene which is converted into vitamin A by our bodies, and is non-toxic unlike the synthetic vitamin A.  They have also been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

Cooked tomatoes contain high amounts of phytonutrient lycopene which is a cancer fighting agent.

Cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, and radishes are powerful cancer fighters, help your body burn fat deposits, detoxify the liver, and keep high blood pressure in check.

Garlic has been shown to reduce risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, colon cancer, heart disease, and stroke.  Garlic also has antibacterial and antiviral abilities, so it is a great remedy for many common infections and colds.

Onions have been shown to significantly lower blood sugar levels in diabetics, and can also help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and prevent blood clots and strokes.  They have also been shown to stop tumor growth!

Red bell peppers are actually ripe green bell peppers, and contain high amounts of vitamin C, beta-caratene, B vitamins, and cancer-fighting lycopene.

How to Eat More Vegetables

There are other ways to eat veggies besides the usual raw or cooked.  With all the new juicing equipment out there, it’s easy and fun to watch veggies get pulverized into fresh, healthy and vitamin-rich juice.  Adding in fruits adds complex sugars and flavors that can help make your juicing concoctions more palatable.

When juicing, be sure to buy organic produce, especially when juicing fruit or veggies with the skin.  Washing vegetables is also important, especially when using non-organic produce.  There are some great natural vegetable washes available on Amazon that contain natural substances that do a good job at removing pesticides, chemicals, and dirt.

There are some dehydrated and powdered vegetable concentrates out there, that when mixed with water provide a quick and easy way to meet your daily veggie quota.  This is great for traveling and other times when bringing fresh veggies is not convenient or possible.  Just add water, and you have yourself a healthy, vitamin rich smoothie.  Be sure to look for the organic varieties, it makes a big difference.

Another great tip is to keep raw veggies sliced and available for eating.  I find that when veggies are washed and cut, I’m much more likely to grab a handful here and there throughout the day.  And really, I would much rather be snacking on some fresh veggies than potato chips or other junk food.  The easier I can make eating vegetables, the more likely I will choose veggies over other less-healthy options.

Hopefully I’ve inspired you to consider incorporating more vegetables into your diet.  With increasing cancer and obesity rates, it’s important for everyone to do what they can to defend their bodies from disease, and it all starts with the food you eat.  We’ll be posting some great recipes soon in an upcoming article, so stay posted!

Double-chin? This non-surgical treatment will surprise you!

We love staying on top of the latest trends and equipment here at RVC Medical.  Over the last couple weeks there has been some exciting news coming from CynoSure, makers of the wonderful, non-surgical laser fat reduction treatment.  CynoSure has a reputation of pushing the limits of technology, which is what makes this news so exciting!

Last week, CynoSure announced that SculpSure is now approved for use on the chin and neck areas!  This is wonderful news for those of us with unflattering chin-lines.  It seems like no matter how much you exercise, the double-chin just won’t go away!  The fat underneath the chin is some of the most difficult fat to burn, and those neck exercises never seem to make a difference!

Well, it might be time to raise the stakes a bit.  With SculpSure, YOU can gain the upper hand, and destroy the fat under your chin forever!  Yes, FOREVER!  SculpSure works by liquefying fat cells under the skin, allowing your body to flush the fat naturally from your system.  After SculpSure, the fat cells are destroyed, never to return!  There is no pain, no downtime, and treatment takes just 25 minutes!  Most people schedule treatments during their lunch-break, and go right back to work afterwards!

Wondering what to expect during your SculpSure treatment?  We’ve put together some helpful information in our recent blog post, “SculpSure: The New Alternative to Coolsculpting“, and “Is SculpSure Better Than Coolsculpting”.  We’ve also included detailed information about SculpSure on our website,  as well as information on all of our Body Sculpting services.

When you are ready, call us at 425-557-4227 to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Van Coevorden to develop your own personal fat reduction plan and get started on the body of your dreams!

Healthy Skin: The Secret of an Ageless Wonder

Most people overlook the important role that healthy skin plays in our overall well-being.  Skin is our body’s largest organ, and in addition to protecting our internal organs from harm, skin functions as a filter of sorts, taking in oxygen and expelling toxins in the form of sweat.

In fact, recent studies show that our skin breathes in oxygen, penetrating nearly half a millimeter under the skin, which is much farther than previously thought.  We all watch our fingers turn into prunes as we soak in the bathtub.  That same process happens to a much lower extent with air as well.  It’s this exchange of oxygen and toxins that promotes good overall health, and can help with skin conditions like rashes and eczema.

 

Sweating Is Good For The Skin

Over the years, sweat has been given a bad connotation, and products like antiperspirants physically block your pores from releasing sweat have gained popularity.  Yes, smelling like you just spent the last 2 days running a marathon is not very kind to those around you.  However, regularly working up a healthy natural sweat is very good in keeping your skin looking and feeling it’s best.  Saunas and Steam Rooms are great sweat inducers, but also getting out for a brisk walk can really open the pores and flush out those toxins.

What to Put On the Skin

With the millions of different skin care products available these days, it’s no wonder people are totally overwhelmed!  Well, we’ve done the hard work, and have teamed up with SENTE®, world reknown leaders in advanced skin care products.  SENTE® makes the fabulous Dermal Repair Cream, their flagship skin care product.  Dermal Repair works to moisturize the skin, while providing UV protection at the same time.  We absolutely love this cream, just ask one of us and we’ll tell you all about it!

Looking for more detailed information?  View our full selection of Skin Care products, and feel free to give us a call with any questions you might have.  We are more than happy to help you find the skin care product that’s right for you!

Eyelash Therapy: Latisse to the rescue!

Some people live their lives with thin, short eyelashes.  For others, as we age our eyelashes naturally begin to thin, leaving us lustful for those full, beautiful eyelashes of our youth.  Thankfully, there are now options!  Latissse is the first FDA-approved treatment for thinning eyelashes, and women are absolutely thrilled about it’s results!

Latisse is a prescription medicine that is applied like eyeliner, and helps grow your lashes longer and thicker.  Simple to apply, and the results are dramatic.  For many women, Latisse brings back those long, lush eyelashes of youth.  And now, Latisse is available from RVC Medical!

We get many questions about Latisse, so we put together this article that gives provides some clarity, and hopefully answers questions that you might have about Latisse.  Although a great source of information, this article is not meant as a substitute for a personal consultation by Dr. Reinier Van Coevorden.

For those with contacts, need not worry!  Latisse works just fine for those who wear contacts regularly.  Latisse is applied like eyeliner to the outside of the eye, not in the eye.  Contact users report no differences in treatment or results from non-contact wearers.

And in case you were wondering, Latisse works very well in conjunction with eyelash extensions.  Latisse increases the fullness of the natural lashes, making the extensions blend in more naturally.

Although Latisse is quite safe, do not use it if you are pregnant or planning to be pregnant.  In fact, you should not come in contact with Latisse if you are pregnant.  You can find more information regarding health considerations online.

Bottom line: Latisse has helped thousands of women around the world grow longer, fuller eyelashes.  When you are ready, give us a call at 425-557-4227 and schedule your consultation with Dr. Reinier Van Coevorden to see if Latisse is right for you.

The Secret to Staying Healthy: Eat Healthy!

It’s no wonder people consider “diet” to be among the worst four-letter words.  The truth is, what you take in for energy has a direct correlation to your overall health.  Quality of food is certainly important, but don’t think you can’t eat well on a budget.

In fact, healthy foods are becoming more and more accessible, through the advancements in supply-chain and shipping technologies.  Many people now have their groceries delivered to their doorsteps on a regular basis.  This includes fresh meats, produce, and all the ingredients that go into making a deliciously healthy home-cooked meal.

Even better is to start your own garden.  Although time – and labor – intensive, there is really nothing better for you than freshly cut vegetables.  And besides, spending quality time out in the garden with your heart-rate elevated is a great way to burn fat.  Although our growing season is somewhat short here in the Pacific Northwest, a bumper-crop of certain vegetables is still quite dependable year after year.  For example, in our garden we have had wonderful luck with Peppers, Cucumbers, Potatoes, Squash, Onions, Lettuce, and much more.  Tomatoes are notoriously iffy in the Pacific Northwest due to the time for them to vine-ripen.  But even still, green tomatoes can be used in a number of excellent recipes.  My favorite being Green Tomato Pie, which tastes very similar to Apple Pie, and was sometimes used as a substitute way back when.

Vegetables are a cornerstone of any well-balanced diet, and you probably remember that from your childhood.  But they are important for many reasons.  Unprocessed vegetables contain loads of anti-oxidants, vitamins, and other nutrients that support good digestive and internal health.  Vegetables contain Unsaturated Fats, which are generally healthier than Saturated Fat found in meat.

High-Protein, low-fat meats are a very important element of a well-balanced diet.  Saturated Fats found in red meat, chicken and pork, although harmful in large amounts, are essential to maintain proper health.  Too much saturated fat can result in high cholesterol and should be avoided.

There are many diet-related recipes out there that can get you on the right track with your diet.  It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before embarking on any major diet.  And don’t put too much faith in those short-term fad diets.  Unless you make a long-term change to the food you take in, don’t expect much in return.

When in doubt, schedule an appointment with a qualified health professional like Dr. Van Coevorden.  At RVC Medical, we will work with you to develop your long-term health plan to accomplish your personal goals.  Call us at 425-557-4227 and schedule your free consultation today!

The Real Beauty of Concierge Medicine

Concierge Medicine is an emerging trend as of late.  With the advancements in science and technology, longevity and life expectancy are increasing at an exponential rate, and achieving and maintaining great health is more possible than ever.  At RVC Medical, we pride ourselves in building meaningful relationships with our patients that enable us to provide unparalleled medical advice to help you achieve your personal health goals.  It is through your successes that we succeed ourselves.

For over 20 years, Dr. Van Coevorden has been providing knowledge and expert medical services to patients in and around the Issaquah area.  From High-Blood pressure management, to Thyroid Health, Dr. Van Coevorden monitors your health around the clock, and is available directly by phone or text when you need him.  Leveraging technology in a way that benefits our patients is a primary goal, and we aim to stay ahead of the curve by introducing innovating new treatments and forms of communication that directly benefit our members.

Concierge members receive unmatched medical attention when they need it.  For most, a simple phone call to Dr. Van Coevorden is enough to gain complete understanding of their medical questions.  When needed, an in-office visit is promptly arranged, and they enjoy not waiting in the waiting area to be seen.  It is a level of service comparable to a private personal on-call doctor.

Aside from the advantages outlined in this article, there are many other ways Concierge Medicine from RVC Medical can work for you and your family.  Read all about our Concierge Medicine service, and call us at 425-557-4227 to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Van Coevorden today!