Gut health, Supplements and Probiotics

 

The Importance of Food for Maintaining Good Health

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said, ‘Let food be they medicine and medicine be thy food.’ In modern times, we have paraphrased this aphorism as You are what you eat.

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However, since the era of the Madmen in advertising, we have allowed ourselves to be fooled into thinking that prepackaged, fast, or otherwise adulterated food is actually good for us. Nothing can be further from the truth. While improvements in hygiene and waste disposal, along with powerful antibiotics, have contributed to lengthening our collective lifespans, we are entering old age more debilitated than our counterparts did in previous eras.

Partly due to our sedentary lifestyles, or indulgence in excessive sports, we are ever more reliant on technologies and surgeries to help us retain mobility. Some of us resort to hair color, plastic surgeries, or injections to look younger. We go on diets to remain slim and sexy, following every fad from low fat to low gluten.

However, we rarely think about the impact our actions have on our long-term health. True, most of the health conscious have stopped smoking, but have replaced that indulgence by guzzling supersized glasses of wine, focusing on the heart healthy benefits of Resveratrol while ignoring the effects of carbohydrates and sugars on their bodies. Additionally we indulge in so-called whole grains and healthy carbs, while wondering why our waistlines never seem to shrink.

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Some people, on the other hand, believe our cave ancestors ate nothing but meat, which could not be further from the truth, and err on the other side of dietary spectrum. Others follow the Okinawa diet or the Mediterranean diet ignoring that the less stressful lifestyles and general contentment of those populations relative to our own culture might be the real clue to their good health.

Organic Food, Soil Depletion and Supplements

Now you might say, that’s not me, I eat an organic and balanced diet. The only trouble with that is that the organic label doesn’t always mean food is entirely raised or initially sourced organically. Even grass fed cows spend the last portions of their lives in feedlots, thus undoing most of the benefits beef eaters hope to derive from consuming ‘organic’ meat.

The most disturbing aspect about agriculture in the United States is that our soils have been leeched of vital nutrients and minerals and poisoned by pesticides and petrochemical fertilizers for decades. We think we are getting the fuel and vitamins we need to maintain a healthy body, but we are not.

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We then resort to supplements. However, we might not realize that not all vitamin and mineral formulas are of the same quality. Those on sale at our local drugstores, or even in stores that specialize in vitamins, have been found to be full of additives, fillers and contaminants.

If you are going to supplement, it is advisable to purchase physician/pharmaceutical grade supplements available from holistic health practitioners. These supplements will be the ones most able to deliver benefits without any additional fillers or contaminants.

While we carry a wide range of supplements manufactured by Metagenics and Xymogen, Dr. Vulich recommends that almost everyone can begin to improve overall health by taking probiotics. As Hippocrates also said, Health begins in the gut.

Gut Bacteria and Well-being

What do we actually mean by the gut? The gastrointestinal system, also referred to as the gastrointestinal tract, digestive system, digestive tract, or gut, is a group of organs that includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestine, colon, and rectum.

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What then is gut bacteria?  There are three to five hundred different kinds of bacteria within the digestive tract. Along with other tiny organisms like viruses and fungi, they make up the unique microbiota that is different in each human being. One’s microbiota is determined by the mother’s microbiota, the environment that the body is exposed to at birth, and from diet and lifestyle.

Bacteria lives in the entire body, but the bacteria in the gut may have the biggest impact on well-being. Though they line the entire digestive system, the majority live in the intestines and colon.

Chronic stress, antibiotics, poor overall health, C-section births, and environmental toxins can all deplete the beneficial flora found in the gut. Symptoms can present as heartburn, constipation, bloating and excess gas while having far-reaching and damaging consequences for overall health.

Chronic inflammation can cause the body to seek to protect itself, launching an immune response and damaging its own tissues and organs in the process.  Studies indicate that poor gut health may be responsible for depression, headaches, fatigue, fibromyalgia, autism, Parkinson’s Disease, Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, dermatitis, obesity and diabetes.

We also have to consider the fact that our entire system works symbiotically and that the metabolism and thyroid cannot function properly without good gut health. Some physicians suggest that those with subnormal thyroid function need to improve their gut health in order for thyroid medications to be completely utilized by the body.

Certainly, gut health can be improved by eating fermented foods, such as sauerkraut or Kimchee, consuming bone broth, oinions and garlic, while avoiding sugars and limiting gluten or processed carbohydrates. However, supplementation can help the body get a jump-start in creating good gut fauna and eliminating a host of underlying health problems.

Dr. Bonnie Vulich will be happy to discuss your symptoms and goals with you and suggest a nutritional program along with the proper supplementation to improve your overall health. Please call today 312.867-0600.

Non-Surgical Body Contouring with Fire and Ice Body Treatments

With our busy schedules, few of us can afford to devote hours to physical fitness, but even if we do, we can still have pockets of unsightly fat that are completely resistant to our efforts.

Liposuction was the old way of treating this areas, but not only is it expensive, it also carries risks such as any surgical procedure might do.

That’s where CoolSculpting comes in. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, risk free treatment with no downtime that melts fat away naturally. Fat cells are frozen with the CoolSculpting device, painlessly, and then eliminated by the body’s natural processes.

Protective gel is placed on the area and then the device is utilized to freeze the fat cells, while the skin and muscles remain undamaged. The most amazing part of CoolSculpting is that those cells die off and leave the body permanently. Generally, when a person gains or loses weight, the fat cells either expand or contract, but they remain in the body. In other words, with CoolSculpting the fat cells that were frozen will never return.

Patients will see improvements within three weeks, though it can take up to three months to see the full results, which can be dramatic.

CoolSculpting can be used on the abdomen, flanks, inner or outer thighs, chin, and upper arms.

However, CoolSculpting cannot improve the quality of skin. When we are older, our skin doesn’t bounce back as quickly after weight loss. That’s where Venus Legacy, the fire portion of the treatment comes in. Venus Legacy is a device that delivers radio frequencies is used to heat the collagen below the skin, causing it to tighten and then regenerate. Venus is often used to treat cellulite eliminating the dimples found on the thighs and buttocks, smoothing skin and tightening sagging.

After both treatments are applied, you will experience fat reduction and the skin, where the fat loss occurred, will be firm and not saggy.

Come in for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Vulich, who will explain both procedures in depth and devise an individualized treatment protocol specifically for you, no matter where your problem areas may be occurring. Do remember that CoolSculpting and Venus Legacy aren’t a short cut to weight loss if you are obese.

To get you into shape this summer, we are now offering  20% off the total package, which combines both treatments. Call us today 312.867-0600.

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Fat Reduction with CoolSculpting meets tightening and toning with Venus Legacy

Effective Cellulite Treatments

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is a term for the dimpled appearance of thighs and buttocks, which will affect 80-90% of all women.

The cause of cellulite is unknown, but it is thought to result from an interaction between the connective tissue below the surface of the skin and the layer of fat that is just below it. In women, fat cells and connective tissue in this layer are arranged vertically. When fat cells protrude into the layer of skin, the appearance of cellulite is created. In men, tissues have a fish net structure, which may explain why men are less likely to have cellulite than women.

Ageing, genetics, dietary choices, an inactive lifestyle, metabolic speed, and hormones all play a part in the formation of cellulite.

What you can  do to improve the appearance of cellulite.

  • Eat a diet that is low on processed food and carbohydrates
  • Eat fresh vegetables
  • Try to avoid standing or sitting for long periods
  • Walk and take the stairs whenever you can.
  • Add squats to your exercise routine to build muscle
  • Stop smoking. Smoking disrupts blood flow and the formation of new collagen

Do creams and topical applications work?

Retinol and body creams which contain ingredients such as caffeine have been shown to improve the appearance of cellulite. Caffeine dehydrates the cells, while retinol over a period of months thickens the skin. Dieting and liposuction are completely ineffective since they do not alter the structure of connective tissue.

What can you do if those treatments fail to bring about the changes you desire?

Venus Legacy™ delivers safe and effective treatments that smooth cellulite, improve the appearance of sagging skin, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the face and body comfortably with no downtime. Venus Legacy™ uses heat to naturally boost collagen production and break down fat cells, which smooths cellulite, improves the look of sagging skin, and diminishes wrinkles on the face and body.

How it works

Venus Legacy™ uses Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields to produce heat under the skin’s surface. This process helps to naturally increase collagen and elastin fibers, while also shrinking the volume of fat cells. At the same time, an adjustable pulsed suction (called VariPulse™) gently works to pull the skin upward, allowing the energy to travel deeper and providing more comfortable and effective treatment. The result is a body that looks slimmer and more sculpted, skin that looks tighter, and cellulite that almost disappears.

What you should know:

  • Venus is safe for all skin tones.
  • The treatments are cumulative. After your final treatment, your results will continue to improve for up to 3-4 months. After that, your face and body continue to age, so maintenance is recommended once a month or every 3-4 months, depending on the person.
  • No downtime. The treatment area may look a little flushed and warm to the touch, but this will go away within 1-2 hours. You can return to your daily schedule immediately after your treatment.
  • Most patients receive 6-8 treatments per area. The exact number will depend on each individual person and the area being treated. Treatments are done once a week. Each session lasts 15-30 minutes, depending on the area being treated
  • Venus Legacy™ treatments are comfortable. The level of heat and suction can easily be adjusted to suit you. The applicator will slowly get warmer until your skin reaches the needed temperature and stays within that temperature range. If you do feel it is too hot, let the operator know and they can easily lower the temperature a bit. If the technician is using the VariPulse™ feature, you will also feel a gentle suction on your skin, like a very low-power vacuum, as the applicator moves around the area. This can also be lowered if needed. Afterward the area may feel warm to the touch, but other than that, you will feel perfectly normal.

Before and After

If you think you are a candidate for the Venus Legacy treatment, please call us for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Bonnie Vulich at 312.867-0600.

The Many Uses of Botox

Beyond erasing wrinkles Botox® has many medical applications from easing migraines and excessive sweating to helping control premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction.

Cosmetic use of Botox®

You may think of Botox® as something utilized by expressionless Hollywood actresses and spoiled trophy wives to keep foreheads preternaturally smooth, and ageing at bay. It is true that many of our celebrities have suffered at the hands of overzealous doctors. But the in the right hands, that is to say a physician who has a profound sense of aesthetics and anatomy, Botox® can freshen and rejuvenate without altering one’s expression  for the worse.

What is Botox®?

Botox® is made from a purified, mostly harmless neurotoxin that causes Botulism. It was developed in the 1980s by Dr. Alan Scott, a San Francisco ophthalmologist, who was looking for a cure for crossed eyes. His incidental discovery was that it made wrinkles dissipate.

Since 2002, Botox® has been FDA-approved for all kinds of therapeutic applications, including migraines, severe sweating, muscle stiffness, and urinary incontinence.

Chronic migraines 

In 1992, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. William Binder noticed his Botox® patients reported fewer headaches. Allergan tested the drug on people suffering from chronic migraines, and Botox® was FDA approved  for the disorder in 2010.

Neck spasms/ Vaginal spasms/ Facial spasms

In 2000, Botox® was approved by the FDA in treating severe neck spasms and pain. Though not yet approved, some women use Botox® injections to treat spasmodic vaginal muscles, thus easing pain and making intercourse possible.

Botox to halt excessive perspiration

When doctors noticed that their patients being treated for facial spasms were sweating less, scientists at Allergan and outside of the company began studying whether Botox® could be a successful therapy for people with who sweated profusely. Botox® was approved for the treatment in 2004. Today,  Botox® is used to treat overly sweaty hands and feet.

Depression

In 2014, Dr Norman Rosenthal, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and Dr. Eric Finzi, an assistant professor of psychiatry at George Washington School of Medicine, published a study showing that when people with major depression got Botox®, they reported fewer symptoms six weeks later than people who had been given placebo injections. Scientists have since determined that Botox can influence the central nervous system beyond the areas in which it is injected.

Other applications:

Botox® is being tested for its ability to halt premature ejaculation and to help with erectile dysfunction, prevent abnormal heartbeat patterns, treat excessively cold hands and scar tissue in babies with cleft palates.

Further unapproved uses of Botox® injections include:

Writer’s cramp –  Injections are also helpful for “musician’s cramp,” in which the musician’s fingers contract while playing.

Hand tremors The injections probably improve tremor severity but may also result in finger weakness.

Spasticity – Shown to be beneficial for lower-limb spasticity associated with cerebral palsy in children and for upper-limb spasticity associated with strokes in adults. The injections particuarly improve the gait of children with tightened calf muscles.

Esophageal spasms -The injections appear to reduce such symptoms as regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, and accompanying upper chest pain.

Drooling -Evidence suggests that the shots may control excess salivation in people with Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Voice abnormalities– For vocal cord palsy, or spasms that produce a strained or tremulous voice.

Gummy Smile –  Injecting Botox into the upper lip weakens the retractor muscles, lowering the lip line to produce a more aesthetically balanced smile.

Jaw Softening – Botox can be used to perform jaw line softening. Injecting Botox into the masseter muscle (the primary muscle used in chewing actions) reduces its overall size; transforming an overly square and masculine appearing jawline into a more feminine oval or heart shape.

Jaw Tension, Lock Jaw, and TMJ Disorder – Experimental-stage research has shown Botox to be effective in treating a variety of jaw disorders including severe tension, TMJ Disorder, and lock jaw. When injected into the jaw Botox relaxes the facial muscles; both reducing occurrences and minimizing symptoms.

 Anal fissures -Botox® seems to have a better healing rate and side-effect profile than nitroglycerin ointment for persistent tears caused by spasms of the anal sphincter.

Botox® may yet to demonstrate other uses for medical conditions, so far it seems to be a wonder drug.

Side effects of Botox® may include:

Allergic reactions, rash, itching, headache, neck pain, muscle stiffness, shortness of breath, nausea, diarrhea, muscle weakness, cold and flu symptoms, and drowsiness.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting vs Liposuction

Do you remember liposuction? It is a surgical procedure to remove pockets of unwanted fat. The limitations are that you must be within 30% of your ideal bodyweight, healthy, and a nonsmoker with elastic skin. More importantly, it is a surgical procedure carried out under general anesthesia that carries with it risk, such as infections and uneven fat removal. You should expect bruising, swelling, and soreness for at least a few weeks, and you will be required to wear a compression garment for one to two months after surgery to control swelling. Additionally, you will have to take antibiotics to prevent infection.

What if there were any easier and far less costly non -surgical alternative with little risk and no downtime.

Now there is with the FDA approved CoolSculpting procedure.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a non -invasive procedure for eliminating pockets of fat bulges in the submental area, thigh, abdomen and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll), upper arm and chin.

How does it work?

Years ago, scientists at Harvard University observed that some children who ate popsicles got dimples in their cheeks. The scientists realized that the popsicles were freezing and eliminating small pockets of fat cells.

The idea that cold can target fat cells—without damaging the skin or surrounding tissue—was the insight behind cryolipolysis, the proven science on which the CoolSculpting procedure is based.

The treatment precisely delivers controlled cooling to targets fat cells under the skin. Over time the fat cells crystalize and gradually die off and leave the body through the body’s natural elimination processes leaving a sculpted appearance. Those cells will never return, resulting in permanent results. Untreated areas will have no change in fat cell distribution.

What does the procedure involve?

During the preparation, the clinician applies a gel pad on the body part that the procedure will be done. Then, a roll of fat is placed between two panels that cool the fat to a freezing temperature

As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you typically feel intense cold. This soon dissipates. With some applicators, you’ll feel some pulling as suction is applied. The area generally goes numb within 5 to 10 minutes of treatment. Many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or nap during their CoolSculpting treatment.

What to expect after the treatment:

You may feel some tingling as the area is massaged for 2 or 3 minutes. Patients are usually able to return to normal activities following their appointment. You might feel uncomfortable as the area treated may feel a little sore and appears reddish. You may also feel some stiffness, but this is normal and will last for less than 15 minutes after the procedure. However, you may resume your normal activities.

What results can you expect?

Frozen, dead fat cells are excreted out of the body within several weeks of treatment. You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after 2 months. Your body will continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4 to 6 months after treatment.

Are you a candidate for CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is not for everyone. It is not a treatment for obesity. Instead, the technique is appropriate for helping to remove small amounts of extra fat resistant to other weight-loss attempts such as diet and exercise

CoolSculpting is a safe and effective treatment for reducing body fat in many people. There are some people who should not try CoolSculpting. People who have the following conditions should not do this treatment because of the risk of dangerous complications. These conditions include:

  • cryoglobulinemia
  • cold agglutinin disease
  • paroxysmal cold hemoglobuinuria (PCH)

What Happens if You Gain Weight After CoolSculpting?

The treated fat cells are destroyed and flushed out of your system for good, but weight gain is still a possibility.

The process of gaining or losing weight is different from the process of destroying fat. When you lose weight, your fat cells shrink, making you thinner. When you add more pounds, the cells you do have become larger so you become larger.

If you end up gaining weight after CoolSculpting, the fat that remained in the treated area can increase in size. The same is true of the fat in other areas of the body. Since you have less fat in the treated areas, you might notice that you gain more weight or fat in other areas of the body instead.

Are there side effects?

Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity These effects are temporary and generally resolve within days or weeks. Though rare, some additional side effects may occur. As with any medical procedure, ask your physician if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.

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How to improve your chances of finding a job when you are over 50.

Congratulations, you’ve made it past H.R. to the first round of interviews. Your resume is impressive; you’ve upgraded your skills and added new ones consistently, and you’re no slouch when it comes to mastering computer technology.

You know there are two or three other candidates for the position, yet you still feel that you have a great chance-after all you are at the top of your game –you’ve mastered your ego, and you don’t get fazed by office politics or engage in petty personal vendettas. You’ve got your powerful body language, your firm handshake, and your eye contact down pat. You ask the right questions, and your answers are fluid and intelligent.

You wait for that call- and then, nothing. What gives?

Here’s the real truth. People make up their minds about you within seconds. They base their opinion on your body language and facial characteristics. Traits like likeability, trustworthiness, and competence are determined solely by a fleeting impression. Sadly, that impression, according to several psychological studies, and not your skills, is the deciding factor to whether or not you will be hired.

Sadly, our society discriminates heavily against older women. For some reason, we are seen as less attractive and less desirable than younger women or men our age, despite the fact that we are at our best, our wisest, and our most competent.

So what can we do to sell ourselves? We’ve all seen the blissed out whippet slender grey haired yogini in fabulous over fifty advertising. I can guarantee that those women have husbands who manage hedge funds-thus their level of contentment. Forget the grey hair, you’ve got to color it and get a chic youthful cut. The second thing you must do is to remain in shape. Nothing says mumsy or post-menopause more than a few extra pounds. How are you going to do this-especially when you are stressed and don’t have perfect control over your adrenals and thyroid gland? To keep from packing on the pounds, you are going to have to take some serious steps. First, stop drinking coffee or caffeinated beverages. Nothing will over stimulate your already taxed adrenal glands more. Secondly, cut out booze. Ouch, I know it hurts! We love our glass –ok, goblet, of wine in the evenings.  However, it’s too sugary and it inhibits the fat burning process. Three, cut down on carbs. Let’s face it, you’re not a triathlete, and your body can’t burn those useless calories anymore. Get rid of grains, and especially gluten. Yeah, it’s too trendy for words-but so what? Sugar too, no more of those comforting sweet treats. Cut down on nuts ( four are healthy,  forty are overkill)  and eliminate dairy. So what are you left with? Primarily vegetables, fish, and grass fed meats. Boring, it’s true, but you will look and feel better. Knock those pounds off, and later you can reintroduce an occasional treat. Learn about vitamins and supplements and purchase only quality brands that will support your body.

For now, forget the gym and get out and walk in nature, the park, or by the lake. Nature is the greatest de-stressor available. Later you can add weights for shape and other sports for fun.

Lastly, you have to learn to control your negative thoughts. Whether or not you believe in new thought-i.e: that thoughts shape our reality-you can certainly raise your happiness vibe by focusing on the positive things in your life and doing what makes you happy. There is nothing worse for your health and outlook and the energy you are giving out than to be stuck in fear and despair.

There are tons of free guided mediation videos, along with tapping, and talks on new thought on YouTube to help you learn those skills.

Now that you have your body and mind on track, we turn to your face. I can anticipate your thoughts already-you’re a feminist and you have utter contempt for the desperate wives of Beverly Hills. You’d never get a facelift, or two, like Jane Fonda, Diane Sawyer or Barbara Walters, and you’d never be caught dead with those giant duck lips, either. Well, you don’t have to. A skilled doctor can restore lost volume to your face with injectable fillers. Shot into your cheekbones, your sagging face is lifted in a matter of minutes-no more jowls!  Deposited into your marionette lines-ten years are instantaneously reversed. The sockets under your eyes that have gotten hollower with age are another great place where dermal fillers prove their efficaciousness.

Botox lifts your forehead and eliminates the lines on it, softens your crow’s feet and is the most marvelous antidote to the formation of migraines.

CoolSculpt Mini melts away double chins, creating a more youthful and chiseled appearance, while facials and cutting edge peels restore a smooth, plumped appearance to skin and eliminate dark spots, acne, and rosacea.

It would be lovely if we loved in a world that was fair and equitable, but we don’t, unfortunately. You can give yourself an edge over the competition by looking more youthful and beautiful. That, in itself, works wonders for your confidence levels-and that always attracts people and, consequently opportunities, to you.

 

In the following weeks, we will examine different therapies for the body and face and the benefits of each. Join us!

Urinary Incontinence in Women

Do you believe that urinary incontinence is normal to the ageing process? Do you think that you must practice Kegel exercises multiple times daily? Has your doctor told you that you should take prescription drugs or undergo surgery to manage your condition?

You are not alone. Millions of women experience the embarrassing symptoms of urinary incontinence in their life time.

There are two primary types of incontinence:

Stress incontinence occurs when pelvic floor muscles weaken. Common to both young and old women this type of incontinence can be triggered by exercise, walking, stretching, bending, laughing, coughing, sneezing, or lifting.

Urge incontinence occurs due to overactivity of the detrusor muscle. The primary symptom of urge incontinence is a sudden, overwhelming urge to urinate. Frequent urination and nighttime urination often occur with this type of urinary incontinence. The leading causes are diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and neurological conditions like stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or spinal cord damage. Infections or inflammation can also irritate the bladder and damage nerves. Additionally, prescription drugs, caffeine, alcohol can contribute to urge incontinence.

Up until now, doctors have recommended lifestyle changes such as weight loss, caffeine reduction, and Kegel exercises, in addition to biofeedback, medications and surgery to control incontinence. However, innovative research has provided a faster, safer, more convenient, and non-invasive method for treating urinary incontinence.

Dr. Bonnie Vulich, founder of Refine Medical Spa, Chicago’s premier alternative to plastic surgery, now offers Votiva Vaginal Rejuventation, a comfortable procedure that reduces symptoms of urinary incontinence, and consists of three twenty to thirty minute sessions, with no downtime. Patients have reported improvement in symptoms of incontinence after one session.

For a demonstration of this procedure, please watch the video.

Dr Vulich would be happy to meet with you for a complimentary consultation and answer any further questions you may have.

Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation

Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation

Would you like relief from embarrassing incontinence, painful sex, dryness and itchiness without surgical intervention or dangerous hormone treatments today?

Refine Medical Spa in Chicago offering Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation, an amazing, fast acting treatment developed to help urinary incontinence, strengthen the pelvic  floor, and tighten and tone lax muscles, especially after childbirth.

Doctor Bonnie Vulich, founder of Refine Medical Spa, is a caring medical professional dedicated to the well-being of her patients. She takes a holistic and comprehensive approach in her practice. Doctor Vulich regards the body as an integrated whole, focusing on patient-oriented versus disease-oriented health care.

Dr. Bonnie Vulich understands that one in four women will experience urinary incontinence in their lifetime. Even more women will experience multiple symptoms of post- menopausal vaginal discomfort. By featuring Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation at Chicago’s Refine Medical Spa, Dr. Vulich would like to help women experience relief from their symptoms.

Dr. Vulich specializes in the Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation treatment in the privacy of the relaxing surroundings at Refine Medical Spa, where you can be confident that your concerns, whether aesthetic or functional, will personally be treated with the latest in cutting- edge technology.

Take this short quiz to see if you are a candidate for Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation:

 Do you notice vaginal discomfort symptoms on a regular basis?

 Are you experiencing menopause or perimenopause symptoms?

 Have you had multiple births?

 Have you been through cancer treatment?

 Do you choose not to (or cannot) use estrogen/hormone therapies?

 Have you been told you have low estrogen?

 Are you experiencing urinary problems?

 Do your symptoms affect: sleep, activity, athletics, travel and social activities?

 Would you like to be able to have sexual relations without discomfort?

 Are you experiencing dryness, itching, discharge, odor, irritation, tenderness?

 Are you experiencing loss of elasticity and wrinkled appearance of the labia and vulva?

 Would you like to revitalize your vaginal area?

What you can expect:

Typically, Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation consists of a series of three 20-minute sessions. Most patients notice good results after the first session. The results get better as you complete the series and become longer lasting if you complete the entire series of three treatments.

 Vaginal Canal and Exterior Labia

▪ Tightening and Toning Internally and Externally

▪ Thickening Skin with collagen production creating healthier mucosa

▪ Improvement vaginal laxity

▪ Improves urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction

▪ Improvement moisture level of vaginal skin

▪ Alternative to surgical or hormonal treatment

▪ Only 3 treatments over 3 to 4 months

▪ Sessions that last less than 30 minutes

▪ Comfortable, non-invasive sessions

▪ Improvement that will show internally and externally with the FormaV sessions

▪ Collagen stimulation and increased elasticity

▪ Zero downtime

▪ Customized treatment packages

▪ Add  FractoraV for more dramatic external aesthetic results

 

FractoraV

Radio Frequency, Micro-Needling, Min- Invasive, External Vaginal Only

▪ 2 Treatments in 1

▪ C02 like results without the downtime, Micro-Needling, Radio Frequency

▪ Fast healing with dramatic aesthetic results

▪ Safe, effective and dramatic tightening, toning, pigment correction

▪ Exterior Vaginal treatment only, not intra- vaginal

▪ 1 Session, in addition to the 3 internal FormaV sessions

▪ Alternatively, it can be an external treatment of only 1-3 Sessions

If you would like to learn more about what Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation can do to alleviate your symptoms, call Refine Medical Spa at 312.867-0600 to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Bonnie Vulich.

Feel Vibrant At Any Age

At Refine Medical Spa our philosophy is that a person can and should feel vibrant at any age. Our goal is to make our clients look natural and refreshed and feel positive about their appearance.

Our founder, Doctor Bonnie Vulich, has had a long standing interest in anti-ageing medicine. In addition to her degree from The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, she has completed a fellowship at The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, focusing on innovative cutting-edge science, research, and treatment modalities which are designed to prolong and enhance the human life span.

We don’t believe that attractiveness is confined to a certain age or ethnic group, but should be recognized in all people. In conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise, our services are geared towards creating a youthful appearance, which would enhance our clients’ unique lifestyles.

In the United States, baby boomers, a population of seventy million plus, are now seniors. Many are still in the workforce and find it necessary to present a fresh look in addition to their credentials to remain competitive.

The so- called Silent Generation, those born between 1925 and 1945, are currently twenty million strong. With innovations in medicine they, too, enjoy longer lifespans.  We have clients in their seventies and eighties who still feel youthful and lead active lives. At Refine Medical Spa, we understand you are just as deserving of beauty enhancing treatments.

Whatever your age, we welcome the opportunity to tailor a specific treatment to address your concerns and help you meet your goals, because an attractive appearance is not the exclusive province of the young.