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Gaining Weight? Here Are 8 Hidden Factors That Could Be the Culprit

Your body operates with a delicate balance of chemicals — specifically hormones, neurotransmitters and a few weird chemicals that still baffle scientists. When you put yourself on a diet, you risk disrupting that chemical balance, which in turn negates any effect your diet might have had. In addition, genetic material passed down by your great-great-great-great […]

01.18.2017
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Weight loss

Holiday Weight Gain: A Global Revolution

  Americans participating in a holiday weight gain study discovered just how much their weight increased over the holidays — 0.4 percent during Christmas and 0.2 percent over Thanksgiving. However, Americans should take solace in the fact that holiday weight gain statistics like these are not exclusive to U.S. citizens. Germans participating in the same […]

01.04.2017
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Weight loss

The Physical and Emotional Benefits of Body Shaping and Fat Reduction Procedures

Body shaping and fat reduction procedures can have a bigger impact on your body than you may realize, and it’s one that goes way deeper than the skin. In fact, the benefits for your health and your mental state often make cosmetic body shaping, fat reduction and cellulite reducing procedures an investment in your total […]

11.11.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Weight loss

21 Weight Loss Tips for New Moms

Being a new mom or a mom with young children is an exciting and rewarding time of life. It can be a busy and overwhelming time, too. With such a huge lifestyle shift and added responsibilities, it’s easy to become fatigued, skip physical exercise or eat foods that are more convenient than they are healthy. […]

11.10.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Weight loss

5 Reasons Why It’s Hard for Women to Lose Weight

If you’re a woman who had struggled to lose weight, you may have wondered what it is that makes weight loss for women so difficult. As it turns out, there are several reasons why losing weight for women can be challenging. Metabolism and Muscles It’s an indisputable, biological fact that men are stronger than women […]

10.19.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Weight loss

Fighting the Love Handles: The Rise of Smart Lipo for Men

Fighting the Love Handles: The Rise of Smart Lipo for Men No matter how hard you try, you can’t get your body into the shape you want. Exercising and dieting have made an impact, but it’s just not enough. Certain areas of your body just won’t let go of the fat, and those extra lumps […]

08.11.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Weight loss

Is the Paleo Diet Right for You?

Way, way before food became a mass-produced commodity and McDonald’s offered one-minute cheeseburgers dripping with processed cheese and grease, we ate only what we could find in nature — leaves, tree nuts, berries, root vegetables, fruits, insects and freshly killed animal meat. We consumed nothing artificial — no preservatives, additives, excess sodium, food colorings or […]

07.06.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Weight loss

How to Avoid Gaining Weight While on Vacation

Vacation is a time when you’re not supposed to worry about anything but having a great time, right? Well, that’s mostly true, except when you return home, routinely step on your bathroom scale after showering and let out a bloodcurdling scream when you see you’ve gained 10 pounds in just one week! Don’t feel bad, […]

06.15.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Weight loss

Nonsurgical Tweaks for a Fierce Summer Bod

It’s not to soon to start thinking about making your 2016 New Year’s resolution to get that perfect summer body. Only this year, why not take your summer body challenge to a whole new level? Instead of spending hundreds of boring hours at the gym, depriving yourself of food and fighting hunger pains, Synergy Lifestyle […]

06.01.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Weight loss

6 Amazing Blogger Transformations You Have to See to Believe

Inspiring and motivational, pictures of before-and-after weight loss transformations make us realize that it is possible for anyone to shed the pounds by dieting, exercising and adopting healthy lifestyle habits. Even more uplifting are the stories behind these amazing weight loss transformations as told by the ones who are experiencing such a life-changing event. Here […]

04.06.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Weight loss

Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck or liposuction? Although both procedures give you a more attractive figure, they differ significantly in how they are conducted. For example, surgeons specializing in tummy tucks focus on removing excess skin and fat around your abdominal area, and then contouring that area. In addition, a tummy tuck may help firm up weakened muscles […]

03.16.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Weight loss

The Ultimate Guide to Anti-Aging Super Foods

Superfoods are ultra-healthy, low-caloric, anti-aging foods containing high amounts of nutrients and antioxidants. All fresh fruits and vegetables are superfoods that support weight management and help prevent the onset of chronic diseases associated with aging. Superfoods also counteract the damaging effects of free radicals, or unstable molecules that attack proteins, DNA and other cellular material. […]

02.17.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Weight loss

New Year’s Resolution: Make You a Better You

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is a resolve to lose weight. However, since the resolution involves curbing one of our favorite pastimes, it’s usually one of the hardest resolutions to manage successfully. After all, who isn’t at least a little addicted to food? How do some people stick like super glue to […]

01.18.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Weight loss

Using Phentermine for Weight Loss

The most commonly used weight loss medication at Synergy Lifestyle Center and other medical weight loss clinics is Phentermine. I took it myself in the past and have a pretty good idea how it works.

03.25.2015
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Weight loss

It’s You Not Them

I often hear weight loss patients blame outside factors as the reason why they gained weight in first place or why it is so hard for them to lose weight. Examples: “I cannot lose weight because…

03.25.2015
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Weight loss

Size Matters!

One of the main reasons for gaining weight or having a problem with losing weight are the portion sizes in today’s society. A lot of people with overweight or obesity have a problem with the fact that

03.25.2015
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Age management

5 Reasons Why It’s Hard for Women to Lose Weight

If you’re a woman who had struggled to lose weight, you may have wondered what it is that makes weight loss for women so difficult. As it turns out, there are several reasons why losing weight for women can be challenging. Metabolism and Muscles It’s an indisputable, biological fact that men are stronger than women […]

10.19.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Age management

The Ultimate Guide to Anti-Aging Super Foods

Superfoods are ultra-healthy, low-caloric, anti-aging foods containing high amounts of nutrients and antioxidants. All fresh fruits and vegetables are superfoods that support weight management and help prevent the onset of chronic diseases associated with aging. Superfoods also counteract the damaging effects of free radicals, or unstable molecules that attack proteins, DNA and other cellular material. […]

02.17.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Age management

It’s a New Age: The Anti-Age

All living things age at vastly different rates. Some organisms age incredibly rapidly, dying within one or two days of being born. Others live well beyond 150 years, like the bowhead whale and vestimentiferan tubeworms. When humans age without suffering diseases or chronic illnesses, they tend to live well into their 90s and often reach […]

02.03.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Age management

Hormones: Normal vs Optimal

I went to medical school and residency training and learned my share about hormones. From what I learned in “traditional” school medicine is to look at “reference ranges” (aka “normal ranges”) on laboratory forms when deciding if a test result is normal or abnormal. Since learning about bio-identical hormone replacements my thinking about lab testing […]

03.26.2015
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Age management

A Matter of Balance

I became first interested in age management (bio-identical hormone replacement) when a few patients asked me if I do “hormones”. I admit that my knowledge about hormones at that time mainly came from what I learned in medical school and during residency training and could be summarized with the following words: “if it’s low, replace […]

03.26.2015
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

Xanax: Anxiety to Addiction

Though it is a highly addictive drug, Xanax is easy to get hold of, as doctors routinely prescribe it, and it’s also readily available on the streets. Worryingly, addiction to the drug often given to you by a medical professional if you’re suffering from anxiety or a panic disorder has become increasingly widespread over the […]

11.10.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

The Benefits of Medication Assisted Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Addiction is a serious problem that affects 40 million Americans, according to a recent study. Although societies have struggled with addictions for more than a century, in recent decades, medical science has helped us to understand the problem and find various ways of treating it. There was a time when addicts were considered lost souls. […]

11.04.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

5 Tips for Preventing Relapse

Addiction is a not a mental or behavioral disorder but a systemic disease that medical experts now believe is chronic and relapsing. Similar to other chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, a substance addiction demands counseling, intensive psychotherapy, lifestyle changes and medication to help the addict learn how to cope with strong emotions, cravings […]

11.02.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

Why is Spice (K2) so Dangerous?

Spice, or K2 weed substitute, is a synthetic cannabinoid and designer drug that is supposed to mimic the psychoactive effects marijuana has on certain THC brain receptors. Synthetic cannabinoids such as cannabicyclohexanol, JWH-073 and HU-210 are sprayed on various herbs that are sold as spice, or “legal pot.” Marketed as herbal blends or herbal incense, […]

10.05.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

Anabolic Steroid Abuse and Risk of Addiction

The illegal use of anabolic steroids has become a widespread problem. Originally thought to only be abused by professional athletes or body builders, anabolic steroids are now being used by typical fitness enthusiasts both male and female, as well as even some school-aged children. This proliferation of steroid use is concerning because of the lack […]

09.15.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

Vivitrol®: A Better Way to Sobriety

Opioid and alcohol abuse and the related consequences are the subject of some of the most pervasive public health problems across the entire United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prescription opioid overdose-related deaths have quadrupled since 1999. Between 1999 and 2014, more than 165,000 people in the US have […]

08.23.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

Are You a Social Drinker or an Alcoholic?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, men considered “heavy drinkers” have two drinks per day, while female “heavy drinkers” have one drink per day. True alcoholics typically drink four or more drinks each day and will suffer withdrawal symptoms if they cannot access alcohol. This tolerance that builds over time demands that the […]

08.17.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

Helping Your Drug-Addicted Spouse in Recovery

Individuals with spouses in addiction recovery experience a roller coaster of emotions ranging from hope and optimism to resentment, anger and a deep sense of powerlessness. With the constant threat of their spouse relapsing always on their minds, it can be incredibly difficult for spouses of addicts to commit themselves to dealing with addiction recovery […]

08.03.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

The Benefits of Integrating Suboxone into Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) Programs

Suboxone is a prescription drug that is approved to treat opiate withdrawal. When utilized in conjunction with Intensive Outpatient Treatment Programs, also referred to as Intensive Outpatient Programs, or IOP, the success rate is very promising. The medication binds itself to the opioid receptor in the brain and works as a partial agonist. This means […]

07.13.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

What to Expect During Treatment for Opioid Addiction at Synergy Lifestyle Center

Taking that first steps toward recovery can be the most frightening and difficult action an addict will ever take. If you have a substance addiction, acknowledging to yourself that you have a serious problem means that you do possess the courage and determination to confront an emotionally painful past and an uncertain future. Just making […]

06.30.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

Can Using Prescription Opioids Lead to a Heroin Addiction?

Your brain cannot tell the difference between prescription opioids and heroin. In fact, two highly addicting prescription painkillers, Percocet and OxyContin, contain oxycodone — a powerful pain reliever that targets and stimulates the same opioid brain receptors targeted by heroin. Even the molecular structure of oxycodone and street-grade heroin are nearly identical. Moreover, the opioid […]

05.26.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

What Ever Happened to D.A.R.E?

What Ever Happened to D.A.R.E? Established in 1983 by the Los Angeles Unified School District and one-time LAPD police chief Daryl Gates, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program endeavored to end America’s War on Drugs by encouraging kids to sign pledges not to use drugs or become gang members. In addition, D.A.R.E. kids were […]

05.18.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

Deadlier Than Ever: America’s Addiction to Painkillers

Why Do People Get Addicted to Painkillers? Many prescription drug addicts previously never had problems with drug abuse. It isn’t until the heroin-like effects of painkillers dramatically disturb the user’s brain chemistry that addiction develops. However, the risk of becoming addicted to painkillers does depend on a variety of factors involving genetics, socioeconomic status, existing […]

05.04.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

Jobs, Stress and Addiction

Jobs, Stress and Addiction If you’re like most people, your job is your livelihood. Whether or not it’s a position you enjoy, it’s one you need to keep the bills paid, have enough to eat and hopefully have a little bit of fun at the end of the day. While the dream is to have […]

04.28.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

Women and Prescription Painkiller Addiction

  Over the past 15 years, death rates attributed to prescription painkiller overdoses in women have increased by 400 percent. In comparison, rates of men dying from overdosing on prescription painkillers have increased by a much smaller margin — 265 percent. Another staggering statistic reveals that nearly 20 women die each day due to prescription […]

04.28.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

Addiction and Genetics

Chronic substance abuse is something that affects a huge portion of the American population, even though addiction is something our society doesn’t usually like to talk about. In the United States, 23.5 million people meet the criteria for addiction to drugs or alcohol and the requirements for addiction treatment. That means almost one tenth of […]

04.06.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

The Truth About Heroin Addiction

Heroin is a powerful narcotic opioid that, upon inhalation or injection, gives users an exhilarating “rush” followed by intensely pleasurable feelings. Heroin’s highly-addictive properties makes it one of the most difficult drugs from which to recover. Often referred to as “the point of no return,” heroin addiction can decrease an addict’s life expectancy by as […]

03.02.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

Dear Cocaine, Goodbye Forever

We asked our patients to write a farewell letter to their addiction and would like to share some of the best ones in this series. Here is another great example:

02.10.2016
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Synergy Patient

Addiction Treatment

Adolescent Drug Use: Identifying and Helping Teens With Drug Problems

Teenagers are known to explore and push the boundaries of nearly every facet of their lives. As they form their identity as adults, they may experiment with new personas and try new experiences. While some of those experiences are positive, some, such as dabbling in drugs and alcohol, are not. Adolescent drug use causes a […]

01.25.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Addiction Treatment

A Patient Story

Read this story about one of our IOP patients. Like for many others, it was difficult to stay sober at the beginning.

07.17.2015
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Synergy Patient

Medical Aesthetics

What All Can Facial Fillers Do?

Aging, sun damage, reduced collagen levels and many other factors contribute to skin becoming wrinkled, thin and dry as you enter your mid-30s. In the “old” days, the only way to erase wrinkling and firm sagging skin was to undergo facelift surgery, which are expensive and require lengthy downtime. Fortunately, facelifts no longer represent your […]

03.01.2017
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Medical Aesthetics

5 Celebrities Who Use Botox and Look Amazing

5 Celebrities Who Use Botox and Look Amazing For over 20 years, Botox has been helping celebrities look years younger than their true age without suffering the downtime and sometimes less-than-satisfactory effects of a traditional facelift. As one of the more affordable wrinkle erasers, Botox is also the most popular cosmetic injectable among non-celebrity people […]

02.15.2017
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Medical Aesthetics

How SmartLipo Is a Safer and More Effective Way to Get Rid of Problem Areas

SmartLipo uses advanced laser lipolysis technology for dissolving condensed fat cells enough to allow your physician to remove liquefied fat with a small, thin tube called a cannula. It’s a minimally invasive method of removing unwanted fat pockets that often accumulate on your thighs, hips and waistline. SmartLipo also offers the added advantage of stimulating […]

02.01.2017
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Medical Aesthetics

How to Make Botox Last Longer

Botox is one of the oldest and most popular FDA-approved wrinkle reducers that works by paralyzing nerves responsible for contracting facial muscles. Botox injections can smooth away your wrinkles and fine lines for about three to four months before you need to revisit your doctor for more injections.** However, you may be able to extend […]

11.16.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Medical Aesthetics

How to Have Summer Ready Legs All Year Long — A Laser Hair Removal FAQ

You made it through another long summer full of tweezing, waxing, plucking or shaving — but as the pants start to come back on, and the legs become increasingly neglected as temperatures begin to drop, it may be the right time to start thinking about whether laser hair removal is right for you. We know […]

11.10.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Medical Aesthetics

More Than Just a Wrinkle Remover: Other Uses for Botox

An FDA-approved drug containing the bacterial toxin botulin, Botox rids the face of fine lines and wrinkles by paralyzing nerve actions, or contractions, within facial muscles. Wrinkles are primarily caused by repeated facial expressions that produce wrinkling of the skin — smiling, frowning, laughing, etc. As we age, these constant contractions result in the development […]

09.21.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Medical Aesthetics

Diolaze: What to Expect From Laser Hair-Removal Process

Diolaze is one of the latest high-speed, laser hair-removal techniques that gently and safely eliminates unwanted body hair over larger treatment areas. Using diode-scanning technology combined with built-in safeguards to prevent side effects common to older laser hair-removal devices, Diolaze is safe, quick and virtually painless, performed in a physician’s office and taking less than […]

09.07.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Medical Aesthetics

SmartLipo Recovery Process

SmartLipo is a minimal invasive fat-reduction technique utilizing laser technology to dissolve fat deposits before suctioning them out with a small cannula. Since the SmartLipo cannula is much smaller than the one used in a surgical liposuction procedure, the incisions needed to insert a SmartLipo cannula into fat deposits are tiny and cause minimal to […]

07.20.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Medical Aesthetics

Nonsurgical Tweaks for a Fierce Summer Bod

It’s not to soon to start thinking about making your 2016 New Year’s resolution to get that perfect summer body. Only this year, why not take your summer body challenge to a whole new level? Instead of spending hundreds of boring hours at the gym, depriving yourself of food and fighting hunger pains, Synergy Lifestyle […]

06.01.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Medical Aesthetics

Battle Royale: Laser Liposuction vs. Traditional Liposuction

Liposuction, also referred to as suction-assisted lipectomy (SAL), is a process where a surgeon contours the shape of your body and addresses the areas resistant to exercise and diet. Patients who choose to have this procedure usually have a body weight that is stable, but are looking to remove specific body fat deposits in certain […]

05.25.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Medical Aesthetics

What to Expect From Your Medical Aesthetic Procedure

BOTOX® Cosmetic Results BOTOX® Cosmetic temporarily suppresses muscle activity involved in squinting and frowning to reduce the appearance of moderate to severe crow’s feet and frown lines. Botox is not a dermal filler but a nerve activity blocker that may offer noticeable results in 24 to 48 hours. Botox is also approved to treat cervical dystonia, […]

04.20.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Medical Aesthetics

Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck or liposuction? Although both procedures give you a more attractive figure, they differ significantly in how they are conducted. For example, surgeons specializing in tummy tucks focus on removing excess skin and fat around your abdominal area, and then contouring that area. In addition, a tummy tuck may help firm up weakened muscles […]

03.16.2016
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Medical Aesthetics

Fillers: Needle vs Cannula

The “traditional” way to inject dermal fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse or Perlane has been with a (sharp) needle. The problem with needles is that the injection causes more pain and has a much higher risk of complications compared to blunt tip cannulas. Complications include bruising (common) as well as injection of filler material into […]

03.26.2015
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Medical Aesthetics

Cosmetic Services at Synergy

Synergy Lifestyle Center is proud to announce our cosmetic services program. Cosmetic procedures like laser hair removal, botox and filler injections have been the most requested feature by our valued patients. The Downside of Weight Loss With all the benefits of weight loss success on self esteem, energy levels and – most importantly – health, […]

03.26.2015
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Jan Trobisch

Jan Trobisch

Medical Aesthetics

Botox in the Twenties?

I often get asked at what age Botox treatments should start. There is no easy answer but the general trend I see in my office is that new Botox patients are starting to get younger and younger with many in their 20’s. I personally think it’s a good idea to start early(ish) because it will […]

03.26.2015
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