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Why SculpSure® Has Such a High Satisfaction Rate

April 15, 2020

Achieving a healthy weight is a huge accomplishment, but the numbers on the scale don’t always reflect the body you imagined. Your body has its own pattern of weight loss – some areas slim more readily than others. 

With SculpSure, you have greater control over the process.

Here at Artius Medical Clinic, we want our patients in Great Falls, Virginia, to look and feel their best. When you feel confident on the outside, you radiate health: It’s the ultimate win-win scenario, and we can help with SculpSure.

Read on to learn how nonsurgical SculpSure system works to boost your body confidence.

Stubborn fat

Your body likes to hold onto fat, which it views as a reliable source of energy if food becomes scarce. Where you carry, and lose, fat is dictated by forces that are well beyond your control, which is what can make any weight loss journey so frustrating.

Men and women operate differently when it comes to body fat, as the genders are under entirely different biological directives. Women’s hormones make it so the carry fat in the lower body, particularly the pelvis, thighs, abdomen, and buttocks.

Men, however, are more likely to have slim legs and store most extra fat in their tummies.

This means that when you embark on a weight loss program, you don’t choose where to shed the pounds; your body does. No matter what you eat or how much you spot train with exercise, you cannot tell your body where to lose fat.

Controlled fat loss

SculpSure bypasses your body’s natural proclivity to hold fat in specific areas. You decide where you want treatment and our team directs the laser energy of SculpSure to those sections to destroy unwanted fat cells.

SculpSure energy penetrates your outer layer of skin and disrupts the integrity of the fat cells that lie beneath. The fat cells cannot survive and, as a result, are evacuated through your body’s natural processes.

You endure no incisions, injections, or blood loss.

With SculpSure, once the technology destroys the fat cells in your target area, they’re gone for good. As an adult, you have a set number of fat cells, which expand and contract according to your diet and exercise habits. When you gain weight, the number of fat cells don’t increase; the existing ones simply swell.

With SculpSure, we can destroy up to 24% of fat cells in your treatment areas, and they don’t regenerate. You maintain slimming SculpSure results as long as you don’t gain notable weight causing other fat cells to plump.

Simple process

For most of our patients, we recommend 2-5 SculpSure treatments, which we space out by several weeks to allow time for your body to flush out the destroyed fat cells and for your skin to resettle itself. Our expert team develops a customized plan that meets your aesthetic goals.

The treatments themselves take only 30 minutes or so, and there’s no downtime afterward. This means you can go back to work, school, or even workouts following SculpSure sessions.

SculpSure brings about gradual results, you notice a change within 6 weeks and optimal results 12 weeks after your final treatment.

We don’t recommend SculpSure for comprehensive weight loss, however. The best candidates are those that are already close to their normal weight, with a body mass index of 30 or below. 

SculpSure refines your body most effectively when you have pockets of stubborn fat to lose.

To get started on a physique you can’t wait to show off, call our office or book an appointment using this website.

How Prolotherapy Can Help Alleviate Chronic Muscle and Joint Pain

March 15, 2020

As the baby boomer generation proceeds into retirement in better health than their ancestors, it’s only natural that wear-and-tear health issues like osteoarthritis become a more frequent concern. Chronic pain resulting from joint deterioration and sore muscles can rob the mobility that active adults expect.

Since there’s often no cure for degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis, pain management can include drugs that carry side effects and dependency issues, yet you may be years away from joint replacement or other surgical interventions. Artius Medical Clinic offers a natural, drug-free injection treatment called prolotherapy that can be customized to your condition, providing risk-free pain relief for many chronic conditions.

Prolotherapy defined

Usually, the best treatment for any injury and disease is your body’s own natural healing mechanisms. In the case of a degenerative condition, the rate of decline proceeds faster than your body can repair the damage. The term “prolotherapy” is short for “proliferative therapy,” revealing the intent of the treatment. These injections are meant to aid and assist your body’s healing systems to work more quickly, to proliferate new tissue needed for healing.

Prolotherapy and inflammatory response

Ligaments, tendons, and cartilage all suffer through degenerative conditions, destabilizing joints, and irritating muscles — factors that contribute to chronic pain. The basis of prolotherapy is twofold, to both aid a healing inflammatory response and to add necessary resources so that your body’s healing systems can work faster. As damaged connective tissue recovers, joints become more stable and muscles less irritated, reducing the amount of pain you experience.

Components of a prolotherapy treatment

Unlike treatments such as corticosteroid injections, prolotherapy isn’t comprised of a single active ingredient. In fact, your injection can be formulated specifically for you by the prolotherapy experts at Artius Medical Clinic. Common components of prolotherapy injections include saline solution, dextrose, and sarapin.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells are also finding increased acceptance throughout the regenerative therapy field, since these are vital components of natural healing, and each can be sourced from your own body, eliminating any chance of biocompatibility complications. Finally, common and safe anesthetics like lidocaine and procaine may be added to increase short-term pain relief.

Prolotherapy treatment targets

Prolotherapy may be a suitable treatment for you if you have chronic pain in any of the following areas:

Back or neck pain such as that due to degenerative disc disease

Knee pain from osteoarthritis, meniscal tears, and more

Wrist and hand pain, such as from carpal tunnel syndrome

Shoulder pain, including rotator cuff issues

Elbow problems like tennis or golfers’ elbow

Plantar fasciitis and other foot pain

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD)

General musculoskeletal and connective tissue pain

Every patient can respond differently to prolotherapy, so the frequency and length of treatment can vary widely. Some patients see reductions in pain, rather than complete elimination, reducing the amount of analgesic drugs necessary to manage their condition. Since maintaining activity levels is often critical to slow or stop the progression of conditions such as osteoarthritis, managing pain with prolotherapy is part of a healthy arthritis management plan.

Contact Artius Medical Clinic today, by phone or online, to schedule your initial consultation to learn more about prolotherapy, its options, and how it can help you with a chronic pain condition. 

Newbie's Guide to BOTOX®: 5 Steps to Prevent Bruising

February 14, 2020

Since its introduction in 2002 as an anti-aging weapon, millions of people in the United States, and around the world, have availed themselves of this minimally invasive cosmetic injectable to dial back the years. Not only is BOTOX effective, there’s no downtime afterward and very few complications. In fact, one of the only concerns is bruising at the site of the injections, which can be avoided with a few easy steps.

Here at Artius Integrative Medicine, our team of healthcare providers and aestheticians believes that our Great Falls, Virginia, clients should have the tools they need to feel and look great, inside and out. To that end, we offer BOTOX as part of our suite of cosmetic injectables, which is FDA-approved to temporarily improve the appearance of your moderate-to-severe frown lines, crow's feet, and forehead lines.

If you’re envious of your friends who look years younger thanks to BOTOX and want to try it for yourself, the following tips to avoid bruising will help you enjoy your results to their fullest.

1. Mind your meds

If you routinely take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, like Advil® or Motrin®, or aspirin, these medications can thin your blood, making you more susceptible to bruising. A week before your scheduled BOTOX treatment with us, steer clear of these products if you can (and for a day or two afterward).

If you’re on blood thinners for heart problems, please stick to your regimen and always talk to your doctor before making any changes in these important medications.

2. Mind your supplements

If you’re taking supplements like vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, or garlic, these, too, have blood-thinning effects. To avoid bruising after BOTOX, perhaps curtail your use of these supplements for a week before your appointment.

3. Ice it up

Immediately after your BOTOX treatments, we recommend that you apply ice to the injection sites. This cooling therapy constricts your blood vessels, which can help prevent bruising. The icing will also take care of any minor discomfort you may be feeling.

4. Try arnica

Arnica, which comes from the arnica herb, has been used for centuries as a natural pain reliever and it also does wonders with bruising. Arnica comes in tablets or an ointment and can be found in most pharmacies or natural supplements stores.

5. Skip the booze

The night before your BOTOX treatment, you may want to skip that glass of wine or cocktail since alcohol can interfere with the platelets in your blood. By avoiding alcohol before your treatment, you’ll have something to really toast afterward.

While these five tips will serve you well in avoiding bruising after BOTOX injections, enough can’t be said about finding the right professionals to administer your BOTOX. Our highly qualified team understands where and how to inject BOTOX for best effect, and how to keep your skin in the pink of health.

To schedule your BOTOX appointment, give us a call at (844) 927-8487 or use our convenient online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

Need a Health Boost? Learn about IV Therapy

January 15, 2020

Do you often feel sluggish, possibly due to lack of nutrition? Do you wish there was an easier way to get all the nutrients your body needs to thrive and help you focus and function at peak performance? IV therapy at Artius Integrative Medicine, located in Great Falls, Virginia, may be the ideal solution for you. The team of holistic staff can customize a special “cocktail” of vitamins and nutrients based on your body’s unique needs.

How IV therapy works

IV therapy is a safe and efficient way to optimize your health and performance by providing nutrients and minerals depleted by stress, poor sleep, an unbalanced diet, or sickness. While IV therapy is not meant to replace a healthy diet and exercise, it can complement good lifestyle habits. The IV is inserted into a vein, and the solution is infused into your bloodstream.

Benefits of IV therapy

IV therapy is known for boosting energy, decreasing brain fog, boosting your immune system, healing wounds faster, decreasing tissue and nerve-related pain, detoxifying the body, clearing your skin, increasing hydration, decreasing recovery times for athletes training for events, reducing inflammation, decreasing anxiety, and decreasing opioid dependency. IV therapy is also beneficial to migraine patients who are lacking essential nutrients, as well as people with acute muscle spasms; chronic muscle and joint pain; and viral, bacterial, and fungal infections.

What to expect during IV therapy

Your IV therapy session can last 30 minutes to an hour. You may require a custom blend infusion, depending on what your body needs. You can relax in a comfortable chair while the nutrient solution restores and promotes healing. During this time, you are free to read a book, work on your laptop, listen to music, or take a nap if you desire. The relaxing, rejuvenating, and energizing effect of the infusion can be felt almost immediately.

You can choose from different types of fluids

If you don’t require a customized blend, you can choose from any of the following types that are available:

Ozone infusion

Decreases brain fog, improves overall body’s performance, boosts your immune system, and helps prevent and fight infections.

NAD infusion

Depending on the dose, this infusion rejuvenates and repairs your body while slowing the effects of aging, reduces anxiety, and helps decrease opioid dependence.

Glutathione Infusion

Great for detox and clearing your skin.

ALA infusion

This IV helps repair damaged nerves and neuropathic pain.

Anti-inflammatory infusion

Helps decrease migraine pain, muscle spasms, and joint pain.

Meyer’s cocktail

This popular fluid assists with a combination of conditions, such as fatigue, flu symptoms, and inflammation.

Learn more about IV therapy

If you want to learn more about IV therapy, you can schedule an appointment by calling Artius Integrative Medicine at 844-927-8487. You can also request an appointment online. We look forward to serving you.