Amerejuve Insider, Vol. 2 No. 1

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Inside: Major Change, Mini Tuck on Page 5

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Insider Anniversary The Amerejuve Insider Turns One

The first Amerejuve Insider hit the stands in August 2013. Over the course of the year, we’ve covered growth and changes in the medspa industry and in Amerejuve itself. The past year has seen the addition of three locations, new services such as eMatrix and CoolSculpting on the thigh, and many new clients who have experienced Amerejuve’s “look good, feel good” credo for themselves. One of the best parts of writing and editing the newsletter has been meeting and talking to clients Kelsie who have had fantastic results. The men, women, and Cleboski, teens who have changed their lives through AmereEditor juve and Amerefit have been truly inspiring. More They have gained confidence, wellness, knowledge, and a new outlook on life. I’m grateful to them for sharing their stories, and I hope you’ve enjoyed them as well. The past year has also seen new FDA accolades for treatments such as Botox and CoolSculpting, reinforcing what we already knew – that

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Amerejuve Makes Birthdays Happier

Starting July 2014, Amerejuve has begun offering birthday gifts to all current clients.

To make birthdays extra special, Amerejuve will give existing clients a free facial during their birthday month. Facials involve cleansing, toning, and massaging the face to leave it clean and refreshed. Amerejuve encourages clients to use the facial to get ready for a special event or even to recover from busy birthday plans. Facials are beneficial for almost all skin types, and they provide a great opportunity to relax, refresh, and turn

the clock back a birthday or two. Amerejuve offers a broad menu of both corrective and preventative treatments for the signs of aging. Common goals are to reduce lines and wrinkles on the forehead and corner of the eyes, fill volume loss in the face, reshape the body to more youthful contours, and more. For a full, free consultation or to schedule a complimentary birthday facial, call (713) 960-6262. ■

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Brides Flock to Inspirational Amerejuve Booth

Brides and their loved ones win prizes at the Amerejuve booth at the July Bridal Extravaganza Show.

Fit Focus

The Bridal Extravaganza Show is all about inspiration. Many brides and their loved ones come looking for ideas to create their perfect day, from cakes and DJs to florists, photographers, and special little details like photo booths and favors. Everything is about customization and personalization, and brides who stopped by the Amerejuve Booth realized they can refine themselves as well. At the July 2014 show, the Amerejuve booth offered prizes to use toward laser hair removal, body contouring, and facials, plus Botox on site with experi-

enced nurse Pam Dunn behind a privacy screen. Hundreds of brides stopped by the booth to be inspired to look and feel their best on their wedding day. Erin B. is getting married in April 2015, and she said she’s excited to use her Amerejuve prize for body contouring. She visited the show with her best bridesmaid, Paige S., to locate ideas for her whimsical wedding. “I’m doing citrus colors,” she said. Other than her Amerejuve prize, she’s also inspired to add paper hearts to a


Is Your Child at Risk for Summer Weight Gain?

Many adults worry about gaining weight on vacation, but parents may not realize the same concern should apply to their kids. A recent report from the Center for Disease Control says certain young people are particularly prone to gaining weight during time off from school. The study found that Hispanic and African-American minors are the most likely to gain weight during vacation, along with children of any ethnicity who are already overweight. The CDC report analyzed data from a nationwide sample in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, and found that Hispanic, African-American, and already overweight children and teens had the most negative effects to their weight over the summer months. Amerefit Nutritionist and Wellness Coach Saba Umar said she sees two main factors that cause summer weight gain among teens: a drop in activity levels and a change in eating habits. “Kids sleep longer, stay up late, don’t walk to or inside the school, don’t have gym class anymore or actively participate in any activities. Being at home watching tv or playing video games does not burn even half the amount of calories they burn at school,” she said, and those leftover calories are converted into stored fat. Eating habits can also be negatively affected during summer break. “Waking up late and skipping breakfast, snacking at home due to boredom, and consuming more junk food only

For many teens and children, summer activities burn fewer calories than their regular school routines.

make matters worse. Ideally kids should use this time to learn how to prepare healthy home cooked meals,” Umar said. Amerefit offers programs designed specifically for teenagers and their unique nutritional needs. “Amerefit offers special teen programs at special rates during summers. We not only measure their metabolism and recommend the right amount of calories, but we also plan meals, have regular nutrition sessions, educate them about the


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BRIDAL SHOW, from Page 2 curvy walkway, creating a dreamy atmosphere. Bride Waliya L. plans to get married in Austin, but came to the Houston show to get ideas. “I knew it was going to be a big extravaganza, literally,” she said, and she planned a weekend trip specifically to visit the show. “We got some really good ideas.” Her maid of honor, Tanvir P., said their visit was a success. “My right brain’s real excited right now,” she said. And despite being a self-identified “non-wedding person,” Tanvir added with a laugh, “Maybe I’ll have a garden wedding.” Kelsie S. visited the show with her mother and is also planning an April wedding. Her word to describe her dream wedding is “Beautiful,” and she was getting ideas for decorations for the wedding. Since the show, she’s dreaming of adding a floral chandelier to her decorations. Amerejuve has been inspiring brides at the Bridal Extravaganza Show for years. The Amerejuve booth was named the top health and fitness booth at the January 2014 show, and it’s known for being a fun, interactive stop on the show floor. While the show is fun, the ultimate goal is to help brides look and feel their best on their wedding day, and the same goes for the entire wedding party. Popular services for brides include facials, microdermabrasion, and body contouring. To schedule a free consultation of Amerejuve services or to ask about Amerejuve’s wedding packages, call (713) 960-6262. ■

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Surgery Suite

Major Improvements with a Mini Tuck Procedure Targets Stubborn Fat and Flab on the Lower Abdomen For men and women with persistent, exercise-resistant fat or loose skin on the lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck may be just what the doctor ordered. A mini tummy tuck is also known as a partial abdominoplasty, and it is less complicated and invasive than a full tummy tuck. This procedure is a great option to make a small correction to the lower abdominal area that appears flabby or disproportionate compared to the rest of the body. In a mini tummy tuck, the navel position is unchanged, and usually the incisions are smaller than in a full tummy tuck. Like a full tummy tuck, it can also be paired with liposuction to create the desired results and contour to the body. In a mini tummy tuck, the loose, underlying muscle is tightened. Then, any excess skin or fat are removed to create a firm, smooth appearance. A good candidate for a mini tummy tuck is in good health, relatively fit, and is not planning any future pregnancies. Pregnancy after a tummy tuck procedure is likely to re-stretch the tightened area, undoing the results of the surgery. The incisions from the surgery are usually placed above the pubic area but low enough to be hidden by most bathing suits. However, as with any surgery, it’s A mini tummy tuck smooths and firms the lower abdominal area that is

stretched out by pregnancy or weight loss. The loose underlying muscle

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Cosmetic Tourism Surgery abroad can save up-front spending, but at what cost?

An unknown number of Americans travel abroad for cosmetic surgeries each year, seeking lower cost alternatives for their procedures. American surgeons warn that the lower cost may be outweighed by the possibility for complications caused by inexperienced surgeons, lax regulations, and lack of follow-up care. It’s important to remember that any surgery carries certain inherent risks to the body, such as scarring, asymmetry, nerve weakness, and other complications. Many traveling patients may assume that the cost of surgery abroad is low because of the low cost of living in other countries but the quality of care is the same. However, that may not always be the case, and the reduction in price may come from inferior materials or facilities, lack of certification, or lack of experience. “Prospective patients are not aware that the licensing conditions for plastic surgery abroad differ vastly from those in the United States,” Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj of New York told Epoch Times. “There is a consequent danger that customers will focus on the promised outcome and the apparent cost savings, rather than analyzing the medical facilities and surgical competence of the team conducting the procedure.” Another key factor for a successful, safe cosmetic procedure is follow-up care. Most surgeons follow up with patients for weeks and months following the surgery to determine whether the patient needs any slight adjustments and is healing properly. If the surgeon is in another country, however, these follow-up visits require additional travel, must be conducted over the phone, or don’t occur at all, and minor problems can quickly become worse. Some of the patients seeking a deal by having surgery outside of the U.S. end up having their procedures corrected by American surgeons. They end up spending as much or more than

Some of the patients seeking a deal by having surgery outside of the U.S. end up having their procedures corrected by American surgeons.

they would have spent by staying in the United Benefits of U.S. Cosmetic Surgery States, plus the added discomfort or compli• Accessible Information cations. Some health insurance also may not and Research cover procedures, hos• Strict Regulations pital stays, or other care • Face-to-face Followup outside of the United States. Care It’s important to note that, just as in any country, the United States also has inexperienced or lax surgeons or surgical facilities. With that in mind, it’s always important to research the credentials and experience of any surgeon you go to. Amerejuve offers free consultations with our board-certified plastic surgeons to ensure your goals, concerns, and questions are fully addressed. To schedule a free consultation, call (713) 960-6262. ■

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Smart Surgery Around the World No matter where you are in the world, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery makes the same recommendations for considering plastic surgery: research, research, research. The first step to deciding on plastic surgery is to consider what changes you want to make and which procedure will actually create those changes. For example, a man who wants to refresh his look may think he wants a full face lift, when really an eyelid lift would be the best option. It’s also important to understand all steps of the procedure, including possible complications. Complications with qualified surgeons are rare, but it’s important to know the risks. Consider the surgeon. Does she have strong credentials, experience, and education? Does she have respected certifications? Finally, look into the surgical site itself. Where will the surgery be conducted? Is it safe, clean, and wellstaffed? What emergency procedures does the facility have in place? All of these questions are vital, and often the best way to answer them is to meet the surgeon in a faceto-face consultation. This can be difficult in another country. As surgeons from the U.S. perform the highest number of surgeries in the world, the United States has rigorous education and training standards as well as well-respected credentialling. Amerejuve offers free surgical consultations with our board-certified surgeons in the Houston area. Schedule today by calling (713) 960-6262. ■

Top Countries for Plastic Surgery Procedures 1. United States - 1,094,146 Surgeries in 2011 2. Brazil - 905, 124 Surgeries in 2011 3. China - 415, 140 Surgeries in 2011 4. Japan - 372,7873 Surgeries in 2011 5. Mexico - 299, 835 Surgeries in 2011 Source: International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

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BIRTHDAY, from Page 1 these treatments are safe and effective for all kinds of applications. And of course, we wouldn’t be here at all without you, our loyal readers. Thanks for reading and sharing our articles, entering our contests, and being part of The Amerejuve family. Want to share your own story about Amerejuve or Amerefit? I’d love to hear from you – I’m only an e-mail away at Thanks for the past year, and we’re looking forward to what the next one has in store! Kelsie Cleboski Editor The Amerejuve Insider

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TEEN SUMMER, from Page 2 different foods and its effects,” she said. “They basically get a crash course in their own personal health, something that will stay with them throughout their lives.” Umar said the teens she works with respond well to the contact and accountability Amerefit wellness coaches provide by checking in on them daily, answering questions and monitoring their progress. Harvard researchers have also reported that one in three U.S. children are obese. Umar said obesity is usually determined by height and weight, but she said Amerefit takes additional factors into consideration as well, particularly age. “The ideal fat percentage varies according to the teen’s age, whether he’s in his early, mid or late teens,” she said. “Overall, fat percentage higher than 25 percent fat is too high for teen boys and 30-32 percent is too high for young teen girls.” Being overweight is associated with a number of health risks. In the studies, researchers also stressed the need to continue to study childhood obesity over time, looking at seasonal factors, ethnicities, and other variables. To schedule a free consultation with Amerefit, call (713) 781-7332. ■

MINI TUCK, from Page 5

important to note there will likely be some scarring at the incision site. The scarring will fade significantly over time, and products can be applied after the incision has fully healed to help fade the scarring further. Results will be best when paired with healthy diet and exercise, maintaining the flatter stomach for many years to come. As with any procedure, clear communication with the surgeon is vital to a successful surgery that achieves beautiful results. To schedule a free consultation with our board certified plastic surgeon, please call (713) 960-6262. ■

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Top Questions about LHR

What laser do I need to use for laser hair removal? The type of laser that will work best for you is based on your skin type. We use the Fitxpatrick Scale, which is commonly used among MedSpas and dermatologists. It takes into account the color of your skin, how it reacts to sun exposure, and your ethnic background. People who are on the darker end of the scale should be treated with an Nd: YAG laser. Roxy Those on the lighter end should be placed on Baldwin an Alexandrite laser, which uses a different wavelength better suited for lighter skin. Luckily, we have both, so after your skin is evaluated we can set you up with the right treatment for your personal skin type. I’ve had my 6 laser hair removal sessions, but I still have hair. What’s up with that? As much as we try to standardize our treatments, each person’s skin and hair are unique! Laser hair removal has been shown to permanently reduce hair growth by up to 90 percent, but there can still be some pesky hair hanging around. New hair growth is sometimes caused by underlying medical conditions that cause hormone changes or imbalances. It can also be caused by weight gain, pregnancy, or even simply aging. Because we recognize that some people will need additional treatments for reasons outside of their control, we offer a lifetime guarantee to clients who purchase 6 treatments from us. The guarantee provides touch-up treatments at a ridiculously low price, so you can tame any remaining hair. Have a question for Roxy? Ask her!

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Repair Sun Damage Fast Product Reverses Summer Damage Glo Lightening Serum works to fade the look of dark spots on the skin, also called hyperpigmentation. This product can be used on any skin type that has hyperpigmentation. The serum works by not only lightening the skin, but also by inhibiting melanin production and exfoliating the skin to help speed the lightening process. Key ingredients in the serum include Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, which is naturally derived from mushrooms, and Azeliac Acid. It also includes anti-oxidants and collagen-builders. For best results, it’s important to avoid sun exposure to the area being treated. Sun exposure can slow or even reverse skin brightening treatments and may make the hyperpigmentation worse. The serum can be applied once or twice daily for up to six months. Treatment can resume after a wait of about two months. To find the right product to prevent or repair sun damage, schedule a free skin consultation at (713) 960-6262. ■

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