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The Perfect Season for Laser Hair Removal Start Now to Ensure a Hair-Free, Care Free Spring and Summer When the temperature drops, leaves fall and stores start selling pumpkin-themed everything, it signals that autumn is finally here. These changes also signal that it’s the perfect time to start laser hair removal to get maximum results come spring time. One of the key safety instructions for laser hair removal is to avoid sun exposure. Sunlight sensitizes the skin to the energy from the lasers, making possible side effects more likely. The sunshine of spring and summer can be too tempting for some, so autumn is an ideal season to begin laser hair removal treatments. Staying out of the sun can be tricky in summer, but it becomes much easier in the fall. People cover up more as the temperature cools off, and they spend less time outdoors in direct sunlight. This makes it much easier to follow laser hair


Laser hair removal in the fall means a stubble-free spring and summer. Patients also often have an easier time following safety guidelines during the cooler months.

Amerejuve Anniversaries River Oaks, Woodlands Celebrate Milestones

Inside: Photos and Story from the 2014 Bayou City Step Challenge 5k, Page 6

Amerejuve River Oaks will celebrate their one-year anniversary on Nov. 8th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring complimentary massages, prizes, refreshments, and exclusive pricing on popular treatments. Injection appointments are also available during the party by calling (713) 960-6262. Amerejuve River Oaks is located inside the Chase Bank building at 1934 West Gray Street, in Suite 201. River Oaks Manager Alda Patino’s advancement has matched the growth of the company. She first started with Amerejuve as an esthetician and laser hair removal

technician. “I loved how I was able to change a person’s appearance and self confidence,” she said. When Amerejuve expanded, she was tapped to take on the manager role, where her experience has been valuable in meeting client needs. She says her background as an esthetician has also helped her lead by example and challenge her staff to take on new responsibilities. “I train my team to have confidence in themselves, and I like to pass all the knowl-

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MedSpa Treatment Squashes Spider Veins

Spider veins are most often found on the legs and face, and they can be treated with an Nd: YAG laser.

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As men and women age, they may find spider veins creeping into their skin, making them feel self-conscious. However, these spider veins don’t have to be permanent. Houston’s Amerejuve MedSpa is offers spider veing removal to help do away with those pesky lines. Spider Veins are the small, dark veins that appear under the skin. They can be blue, purple, or red, and they often have a jagged shape. Spider veins are really venules that have become enlarged and visible beneath the skin. Spider veins can occur almost anywhere on the body, but they are

particularly common on the legs, ankles, and face. “Many people don’t realize that they have treatment options to take care of spider veins,” said Graciela Vargas, Manager of Amerejuve’s Galleria location. “Once they aren’t worried about the veins, they begin to feel more confident. That’s always gratifying for us, to see that internal transformation alongside the visible change.” Amerejuve’s spider vein treatment uses an Nd: YAG laser to treat the veins, causing them to fade over the weeks following


Be a Health-Conscious Host This Holiday Season

As a holiday host, the responsibility for picking out holiday food falls on you. With tips from Amerefit, it’s easy to keep your guests both healthy and happy during this holiday season and set a good example. “Holiday season is not a time to let go. If anything, it’s the time to show yourself and your family how fun and family doesn’t and shouldn’t mean letting your health suffer,” said Saba Umar, Nutritionist Saba Umar, and Wellness Coach at Amerefit. “Amerefit has Amerefit Nutritionist seen clients lose weight during the holiday season year after year.” Umar says the key to healthy holiday entertaining is variety. “The host should have a variety of different and fun salads, instead of just one. Have some fruit salads, some with protein, some colorful and fun salads with low fat dressings, and everyone will

Healthy hosting is easy by keeping a few key focuses in mind: variety, fruits and vegetables, and low-fat options.

find something they like,” she said. For snacks and finger foods, Umar said hosts have many options available. She cites unsalted nuts, fruits, low-fat string cheese, and vegetables with interesting,

healthy dips such as hummus or low-fat peanut butter are great options to offer hungry guests. Baked vegetable chips and even popcorn are also good options


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LASER HAIR REMOVAL, from Page 1 removal safety guidelines by protecting treated areas from sun exposure. “Cool weather clothing helps clients better protect their skin from the sun, so fall is an excellent time to begin treatments,” said Graciela Vargas, Manager of Amerejuve’s Galleria location. “Timing your sessions to begin this time of year helps you get the most out of your laser hair removal and reduces that risk that you’ll forget to protect treated skin from the sun.” Starting a series of laser hair removal sessions in the autumn also times the completion of the treatments perfectly. Most packages of laser hair removal include six treatments, spaced every 6-8 weeks depending on the areas. By beginning in the fall, many clients finish up their final sessions in the early spring. This finishes their package in time to shed those long sleeves, pants, and skirts for warmer weather and not have to worry about sun exposure on recently treated skin. This timing also means men and women have reached maximum hair reduction, so they can begin reaping the rewards of laser hair removal. That first major shaving or waxing session of the spring is a thing of the past for those who have gotten laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal can be performed on the legs, underarms, face, back, or nearly anywhere on the body. Both men and women enjoy the benefits of significant hair reduction.

Amerejuve MedSpa and Cosmetic Surgery’s 10 Houston locations offer highly trained staff, FDA approved equipment, and competitive pricing. To schedule a free consultation for laser hair removal or any other Medspa or Cosmetic Surgery procedures, please call (713) 960-6262. ■

How to Cook Edamame

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1. Bring water to boil in a pot, then add the edamame (pod still on). 2. Cook pods for about 5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook, which will make the Cooked edemame, or soybean. Photo by Joy of beans mushy. Joyosity. 3. Drain and cool. 4. Edameme can be shelled by gently squeezing the pods, or you can pop the beans out with your teeth. 5. Cooked edamame tastes great lightly salted or with soy sauce for dipping. It can also be served cold. 6. These beans taste great right away, can be stored for several days in the refrigerator, or can be frozen either shelled or unshelled. Cooked edamame is also a popular ingredient in lots of great recipes. Source: Better Homes and Gardens

for providing the flavors your guests love while keeping an eye on nutrition. When cooking up appetizers or other snacks, vegetable based foods are a great option. Edamame is one option that Umar recommends. Edamame is a variety of soy bean that is eaten while the beans are unripe, so they are soft, green, and easy to cook. The beans come in a fibrous outer pod that is not eaten. Inside, the tender beans are a great snack food that’s low in fat and high in protein and fiber. The proteins in these beans are also called complete proteins, meaning they have all essential amino acids. They are popular alone as snacks or in a number of recipes. Amerefit Weight and Wellness builds healthy lifestyles based on medical testing, personalized coaching, and smart nutrition. Services include metabolism testing, food sensitivity testing, meal planning, fitness tracking, B-12 injections, and e-coaching. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call (713) 781-7332. ■

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Surgery Suite

I’m All Ears

Ear Surgery, or Otoplasty, Can Reshape or Repair Tissue Certain high profile plastic surgeries tend to get all the attention, such as breast augmentation, tummy tucks, and liposuction. However, plastic surgeons are also well-versed in a number of lesser-known plastic surgeries, including Otoplasty, or ear surgery. Patients may seek out ear surgery for a number of reasons. For some, ear surgery is about changing the size or shape of their ears. This can include adjusting ears that the patient believes are too large or protrude too much from their head. Ear surgery may also be performed to repair ear injuries, or in extreme circumstances, to replace lost ears. Ear surgery has also become increasingly popular for repairing what’s left behind by youthful fads. The practice of ear “gauging” became popular in the United States in the 1990s as a counterculture trend. In gauging, a tube or cone is inserted into a pierced ear to expand the size of the piercing. Over time, the gauge is replaced with larger and larger versions to gradually stretch the lobe of the ear. This type of body modification has a long history. Depictions of Buddha often have similarly stretched ear lobes, and even King Tut’s funeral mask appears to have large pierced holes through the ears. However, some patients find themselves with stretched ear lobes to accommodate a look they


Cosmetic ear surgery may be a good option for those who believe their ears are too large or protrude too far.

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Houston Takes the Bayou City Challenge Fun Run and Walk Emphasizes Awareness, Support, Celebration

Above, walkers take to the paths around the Houston Downtown Aquarium. Beneath, Amerejuve managers Alda Patino and Natalie Morales help support PCOS Awareness.

The Amerejuve-sponsored 2014 Bayou City Step Challenge 5k was truly about the challenge: the goal to spread awareness about PCOS, the mission to support women who have it, and even simply the challenge of the course. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition that affects an estimated 10 percent of women, many of whom go undiagnosed. The condition is often characterized by cysts on the ovaries and hormonal imbalances that can cause a wide array of symptoms, including infertility, weight gain, skin conditions, excessive hair growth, hair loss, and others. The condition has also been linked to increased risk of stroke, diabetes, and heart attack. Among the hundreds of participants at the Bayou City Step Challenge was Karen Smith, for whom the event carries significant personal meaning. “My daughter deals with PCOS, so we’re big supporters,” she said. In learning about PCOS, Smith has gained a unique perspective, including the importance of nutrition. As a high school teacher, she says she’s also seen more young women being diagnosed with the condition. Her advice to those who find out they or a loved one have PCOS is to get involved. “Do the research, be a part of anything that supports it,” she said, and she particularly emphasized the importance of nutrition in helping to manage PCOS as well as community support. Smith attended the 5k last year in support of her daughter, but she did not walk because of her knees. This year, she walked alongside her daughter on two artificial knees which have allowed her to become more mobile and active again, making the event a major milestone for both mother and daughter. “I’m going to send my doctor a card with pictures,” she said. The overall winner of the 5k Run was 12-year-old Heather Welsch. Welsch said she had never heard of PCOS before the event, but she had learned more about it. An avid runner, she was drawn to the unusual “Step” portion of the 5k, which begins

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Clockwise, from Above: Runners and walkers line up for the chance to win prizes at the Amerejuve tent. The annual event is organized by The PCOS Foundation, which provides resources and support for women with PCOS, and Amerejuve Medspa is one of the sponsors. A family walks together during the walking portion of the event, which seeks to raise PCOS Awareness. PCOS affects an estimated 10 percent of women. Part of the Amerejuve team gathers in at their tent after the 5k. Amerejuve has sponsored the event for the past three years.

at the Houston Downtown Aquarium and includes stairs as part of the course. “It sounded fun,” she said. “I’ll come back next year.” Welsch, who has been running for four years, said she’s drawn to running because “It’s a big adventure. I like the scenery. It’s really fun.” Amerejuve MedSpa and Cosmetic Surgery, a sponsor for the event, also brought a team to the run and walk. Elena Frost, an esthetician and laser hair removal technician at Amerejuve’s Galleria location, was one of the top runners in her age category. This year was her first time attending the event, and she was impressed by the fun atmosphere and sense of community, including group dancing and stretching. “It brings everyone together,” she said. “It was fun. I liked that it was up and down for the stairs.” For Frost, the event also taught her about PCOS. “I learned a lot of women have that. It’s not being diagnosed,

and this even is going to help bring awareness,” she said. Hundreds participated in the event on October 12th, which was the rescheduled date for the event after concerns about flooding on the course prompted event organizers to cancel the original September date. “Despite that we had to cancel, we had a good turn out,” said Lisa Benjamini-Allon, founder and president of the PCOS Foundation, which puts on the event. “The event went really well. … I’m looking forward to next year.” The PCOS Foundation’s mission is to provide resources and support for women with PCOS as well as raise awareness about the condition, both among the general public and the medical community. In addition to the annual 5k, the PCOS Foundation also organizes an annual free information symposium and monthly support groups. For more information about PCOS, visit To schedule a consultation at Amerejuve MedSpa for laser hair removal or other services, call (713) 960-6262. ■

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EAR SURGERY, from Page 5 no longer desire. Some even believe their stretched lobes can hurt their options for career advancement or professional memberships. Once the lobe is stretched around a hole greater than 1.5 cm, the ear cannot return to its original shape on its own, Metro reported. Once the lobe reaches a certain size, surgery is required to repair the modified tissue. Plastic surgery can repair the stretched ear lobe, restoring it to a more natural shape. This procedure may be done under local anesthetic, but it’s important to discuss all options with a cosmetic surgeon. Cosmetic ear surgery is not designed to affect hearing, only to change the aesthetic appearance of the ear. To schedule a free consultation with an Amerejuve board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss ear surgery or any other procedure, call (713) 960-6262. ■

“Gauging” involves stretching the ear lobe using rings, tubes, or cones. Otoplasty can repair the stretched lobe.

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SPIDER VEIN REMOVAL, from Page 2 treatment. One to three treatments may be recommended for desired results, depending on the number and size of the spider veins to be treated. During treatment, the energy from the laser causes blood in the vein to coagulate. This coagulation seals off the vein so it ceases to function. Once the body recognizes the vein has stopped functioning, it will naturally break up the vein and absorb the cells. As the cells are absorbed, the veins begin to fade. While spider vein treatment reduces or completely removes existing spider veins, it does not prevent new ones from forming. However, any new veins that form can be treated through the same process. Amerejuve MedSpa and Cosmetic Surgery offers spider vein removal among a number of other treatments, including laser hair removal and body contouring. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your treatment options, please call (713) 960-6262. ■

ANNIVERSARY, from Page 1 edge and experience that I have on to them so we can all grow together,” she said. Amerejuve Woodlands, led by Tammye Drewery, celebrated its second anniversary on October 25th with demos and prizes. Nestled among the tree-lined shopping areas on Research Forest Drive, Amerejuve at The Woodlands isn’t the most visible location, but manager Tammye Drewery says clients who find this hidden treasure fall in love with it. “We have highly trained, very professional technicians who will go above and beyond to ensure that their clients are raving fans of Amerejuve at The Woodlands,” she said. For more information about upcoming events, call (713) 960-6262. ■

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Treated Skin Needs Protection Post-Care for eMatrix, Go Glo Peptide + Defense eMatrix works to resurface skin by promoting new collagen and tissue production. The device causes the skin to renew itself by putting a “matrix” of energy into the skin, which does leave very small wounds in the area. As the treated area heals, the skin produces new collagen to create a smoother surface. While the skin will heal naturally over time, good postcare will help you get the most from their results. Glo Peptide + Defense jumpstarts the healing process and helps protect skin from environmental damage, helping your skin get the most from the benefits of eMatrix. This product includes Venuceane and Ubiquinone to protect against environmental damage, DN-AGE to protect against UV damage, copper to encourage wound healing, Vitamin B for skin health, and other ingredients to support healthy, protected skin. This product helps strengthen skin and protect it from stressors that cause it to age. This product is recommended for all skin types except for oily skin. It is especially recommended for recovery from skin re-surfacing, aging, environmental damage, or dullness. Schedule a free consultation today to see if this product is right for you by calling (713) 960-6262. ■

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The Amerejuve Insider Vol. 2 No. 4  

Autumn is the perfect time for laser hair removal, Amerejuve celebrates two anniversaries, tips for healthy holiday hosting, photos and stor...

The Amerejuve Insider Vol. 2 No. 4  

Autumn is the perfect time for laser hair removal, Amerejuve celebrates two anniversaries, tips for healthy holiday hosting, photos and stor...