Hate Your Double Chin? Get a FREE KYBELLA Treatment!

Sometimes it’s the little things. Like taking an absolutely amazing selfie.

(That’s happened like twice in my life.) Apparently twice is the average though, because most clients that walk through my door claim they rarely get a perfect selfie…and a lot of them (men and women alike) say their “double chin” is to blame.
Believe it or not, “double chin” is a real-life medical condition and it’s called submental fullness. Maybe it’s something you’ve had your whole life. Maybe it’s something you’ve developed over the years. It could be the result of weight gain—but it just won’t go away with diet or exercise. Anyway, it’s a “thing.” The good news is that it can be fixed. Without surgery. And I do that at Refresh Wellness.

Treatment happens with a first-of-its kind injectable called KYBELLA® and it’s FDA approved, it’s been used in over 1,600 people in 20 clinical studies, and I recommend it to my patients because it works. Essentially, KYBELLA destroys fat cells under the chin with synthe…

Tired? Irritable? Overweight? It's Probably Your Hormones

Not 10 minutes ago, I implanted a pellet into my backside. 
Why? Because two years ago, this 39-year-old started having symptoms of a hormonal imbalance: I was sleeping poorly, tired, had brain fog big time, couldn't lose weight, and experienced poor exercise recovery. Plus, I developed a ton of new food allergies after pregnancy. (Yes, all of those symptoms can be related to a hormonal imbalance! And yes, hormone decline starts in your 20s and 30s.) 
Enough was enough. So, I decided to be a guinea pig for my patients, testing out bio-identical hormone replacement (bioTE):plant-derived, all natural estrogen and testosterone, delivered by tiny pellets inserted just under the skin.
Within a few weeks, my symptoms improved drastically and I started recommending BioTE to many of my clients at Refresh Wellness, who also saw success. So is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy right for you? Here's what I tell new patients in my office when we discuss bioTE:
What is bio-identical …

Great Lifestyle Tips for Summer Weight Loss

The best weight loss programs offer a balanced approach that includes healthy eating, regular exercise, and small lifestyle changes. Try these tips to get in shape for summer. A good life coach with a health and wellness background can offer additional pointers.
Chew Food Thoroughly Adopting this one simple habit can make a huge difference in two major ways. First, taking the time to chew food slowly and thoroughly leads to feeling full faster, which in turn leads to consuming less. Second, digestion is improved, with nutrients being absorbed more effectively. Take the time to enjoy eating. Eat Quality Fats Bodies require proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Instead of eliminating all fat from one's diet, it's much healthier to select quality fats. These include avocados, nuts, and ground flaxseed. These foods are recommended in many weight loss programs, and they promote heart health, too. Drink Plenty of Water To burn calories efficiently, a person's metabolism needs …

How It Works: Laser Hair Removal

How It Works: Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is one of the most popular procedures I perform at Refresh Wellness. Because it’s also a cosmetic treatment on which I’m asked a lot of questions, I wanted to dedicate this blog to the ins-and-outs of laser hair removal. I’ll just start by saying that I love this procedure and have treated myself. Now, onto your questions!
How do you remove the hair? The hair is removed using the newest laser technology. I use an Alma Soprano laser that slides over the skin with the help of a warm gel. No more zapping or painful laser hair removal! The Alma Soprano gently heats the melanin pigment in the hair follicle so that it shuts down growth in about 10 days. Unlike older lasers where hair had to be grown above the skin for treatment and only worked on light skin tones, the Alma Soprano works when you’re clean shaven and on all skin types.
So the hair is gone in 10 days. Is that it? No, it takes approximately six sessions that are six weeks apar…
Sunscreen 101: What to Buy & Why
As soon as summer starts to heat up, my patients ask the million-dollar question: what kind of sunscreen do I recommend. I’m glad: it’s an important question. And, in the off chance a patient doesn’t ask, I make sure to bring it up in our consultation.
Not only does sunscreen help protect against skin cancer, but sunscreen is your best defense against aging. Sun damage is the number one cause of premature aging in women. Number one. And truth be told, UVA rays (the ones that cause aging and skin cancer) are constant throughout the year. So you should really be wearing sunscreen every day in every season—not just the summertime.
The best sunscreens for the face contain zinc or titanium dioxide which actually reflect the light off the skin and are better against the some UVA aging rays that other chemical sunscreen do not block. I recommend Intellishade, an anti-aging tinted moisturizer with broad-spectrum SPF 45 coverage that also works to reduce t…