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How Beneficial Are Facials?

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How Beneficial Are Facials?

Healthy skin is a reflection of overall wellness.

Facials are often looked at as a relaxing indulgence, a special treat. But our skin is the largest organ of the body and deserves to be pampered! Regular facials from a skilled and experienced Licensed Master Aesthetician, like Kaity Collins here at Fountain of You MD in Virginia Beach, can benefit the short-term and long-term health of your skin. Here’s how:

Stress can have an enormous impact on your overall well-being and your skin health. Stress is a negatively contributing factor to skin aging. Facials give you time to de-stress from everyday life, by reducing stress, anxiety, and tension. You’ll leave your facial appointment feeling happy and relaxed.

Those suffering from acne, breakouts, and blemishes understand how frustrating these skin concerns are. They can be painful and can negatively affect your self-confidence. Acne can pop up for a number of reasons: poor diet, hormonal imbalance, stress, hygiene issues, and sometimes the wrong skincare products. Regular facials cleanse and exfoliate your pores, helping your skin stay healthy and clear.

If you’re suffering from poor blood circulation, your skin may appear dull and pale due to lack of nutrients. Facial massages can help circulation improve by increasing your vascular function. A Healthy blood flow can instantly improve your skin.

When skin cells reach the top layer of the skin, they need to be removed so that your skin can absorb topical creams. Exfoliating your skin during a facial triggers cell turnover which helps keep your pores clear and clean. Dermaplaning and chemical peels are most often used by a Licensed Master Aesthetician during a facial.

Signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles, are much more pronounced if your skin is not hydrated. Your body (especially your skin) needs water! Thorough hydration, through proper water intake and applying hydrating topicals, ensures moisture retention inside and out.

You and your skin deserve to relax. Regular professional facials will help you look good and feel better! Here at Fountain of You MD in Virginia Beach, our Licensed Master Aesthetician Kaity Collins will create a facial customized to your skin concerns and goals. Call us and schedule your complimentary consultation today!

Low Testosterone Levels and Chronic Diseases in Men

Testosterone deficiency, also known as male hypogonadism, occurs when the body’s sex glands produce little to no hormones. This condition affects men of all ages. Hormonal imbalance has a direct effect on overall health. Many men are unaware that the symptoms they live with are related to hormone levels. You may be suffering from weight gain, irritability, problems in the bedroom, or loss of muscle mass. These common symptoms are associated with unbalanced hormones, although many people just chalk them up as age-related. Researchers are learning that declining levels of testosterone contribute to a decline in general health, as well as increases risk for chronic disease.

Recent studies have proven that low levels of testosterone in men could lead to increased risk of developing a number of chronic conditions, including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, arthritis, clinical depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and pulmonary disease. Scientists have found a direct correlation between low levels of testosterone and the resistance of insulin, which is the hormone that controls blood sugar levels. Low testosterone levels can be a marker of early mortality and can lead to the activation of genes linked to obesity and type 2 diabetes. The mortality rates of heart disease in men with low testosterone are nearly double compared to those with normal levels.

Restoring testosterone levels can help improve your overall health, with positive changes to your mood, sexual desire and function, metabolic function, exercise capacity, cognitive impairment, and increased energy levels. Results are showing testosterone replacement therapy has a substantial effect on obesity and body composition, especially muscle mass.

Here at Fountain of You MD in Virginia Beach, VA, we treat hormonal imbalance with a comprehensive combination of bioidentical hormones and lifestyle changes. Our program is specially formulated to help you lose weight, feel more energized, and regain your sense of vitality. We specialize in safe and effective therapies to help improve your performance and get you back to enjoying your life again.

Anti-Aging‌ ‌and‌ ‌Health‌ ‌Benefits‌ ‌of‌ ‌NAD+‌ ‌ IV‌ ‌Therapy‌

New research into aging is discovering ways to delay age-related conditions, prevent obesity and treat chronic inflammatory diseases that cause pain and dysfunction. Some of these treatments show promise in actually helping to reverse signs of aging, in turn helping us stay younger and healthier even as we live longer.

NAD+ IV therapy is one of the newest ways to fight the effects of aging. It works on a cellular level to improve your health and help you feel younger and more energetic. To understand how NAD+ IV therapy can help you, you need to understand how your cells change as you age.

The Role of Mitochondria in Aging

Mitochondria are organelles, small structures within almost every one of the cells in your body. Mitochondria power the many biochemical reactions our cells, and therefore our bodies, need to function correctly. Without properly working mitochondria, you may begin to have weaker muscles, weaker bones and less energy.

To work well, mitochondria need nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+). They also need Vitamin B3, which affects metabolism and the ability to create NAD+.

As we age and mitochondria begin to decay, levels of NAD+ also decline. In addition to aging, environmental pollution can also lower NAD+ levels. Common elements of the environment that affect NAD+ levels include:

  • Oil
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Car exhaust
  • UV rays

As your cells lose function due to age and environment, you’ll start to feel older, more tired and less strong than you were when you were young.

But if you restore NAD+ levels, mitochondria can work better, which helps counteract aging and its many effects on your health and wellbeing.

NAD+ IV Therapy

To help increase your levels of NAD+, you can undergo NAD+ IV therapy. During this therapy, you receive high levels of NAD+ intravenously (through a vein in your arm). Receiving NAD+ through an IV is more effective than ingesting it because it bypasses your digestive system. The NAD+ goes straight into your bloodstream, where it can be taken to cells all around your body.

NAD+ IV Therapy has numerous anti-aging benefits. Many patients have commonly reported:

  • Better mood
  • Reduced symptoms of depression
  • More energy and less fatigue
  • Improved cognition, memory and mental clarity
  • Better hearing and eyesight
  • Fewer cravings for unhealthy foods
  • A better overall sense of wellbeing

At Fountain of You MD, we believe NAD+ IV therapy can do so much more to help slow the effects of aging. On a cellular level, it can repair damaged cells. Overall, we believe it can also help treat and alleviate symptoms of:

  • Addiction
  • Brain injuries
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Lyme disease
  • Neurodegenerative disorders, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia

The expert care team at Fountain of You MD, offers several anti-aging treatments that can be personalized to fit your needs and lifestyle. Our comprehensive approach to your health and wellness in Virginia Beach gives you the options you need to achieve better health and wellbeing at any age. Contact us at 757-644-4615 to learn more about the anti-aging benefits of NAD+ IV therapy and to schedule your appointment today.

Vaginal Rejuvenation: Non-invasive Options

Women’s bodies can experience many changes through the years: from the stresses of childbirth to the hormonal changes brought on by menopause. These physical changes, such as weaker pelvic floor muscles or vaginal dryness, can contribute to lower self-esteem and lower sex drive (low libido)..

Though these changes are natural and happen to almost all women, many women are reluctant to talk to their doctors about ways to improve their intimacy issues. Fortunately, there are new non-invasive treatments that can help improve your sex drive and sexual satisfaction.

Types of Non-Invasive Vaginal Rejuvenation

At Fountain of You MD in Virginia Beach, we offer comprehensive, non-invasive vaginal rejuvenation options, including:

Votiva

Votiva which uses two radiofrequency devices (FormaV and FractoraV) to refresh and rejuvenate the vagina and vulva tissues. This treatment can have benefits such as:

  • Enhanced tightness
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Increased sensitivity
  • Improved appearance
  • Reduced vaginal dryness
  • Reduced sexual discomfort
  • Improve urinary control

Votiva also increases blood flow to your vaginal area, which can help alleviate pain and sensitivity if you have labia hypertrophy (large labia that cause discomfort).

FormaV applies radiofrequency energy to the vaginal canal, which can stimulate healing and blood flow. It can tighten the tissues and increase sensitivity so you have a more pleasurable sexual experience.

FractoraV is used on the labia, improving the appearance of your genital area. This can boost your self-esteem.

Most women are able to resume normal activities immediately after the Votiva procedure. You may notice results immediately and will continue to see improved results for weeks after your treatment as your body continues to heal.

For the best outcome, we recommend repeating the Votiva treatment once per month for three months, then maintenance appointments every 9 to 12 months after that.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

PRP injections, sometimes called the “O Shot”, can also help treat many aspects of dissatisfying sexual experiences, including:

  • Painful sex
  • Lack of orgasms
  • Lack of clitoral sensitivity
  • Loose vaginal canal
  • Wrinkled labia appearance
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Urinary incontinence

PRP injections use platelet-rich plasma from your own blood to stimulate healing, tissue repair, collagen production and improved blood flow. First, we will draw a small amount of your blood from your arm. Next, we will spin it in a centrifuge twice to separate the platelet-rich plasma from red blood cells. We then inject the plasma in strategic areas to improve vaginal health.

Because it is non-invasive, there is little pain or downtime after PRP injections. You can likely resume normal activity the same day as your treatment. You may begin to see results within a few days to weeks as your body uses the plasma to grow and heal. Repeat injections may lead to even better outcomes, depending on your individual needs.

At Fountain of You MD in Virginia Beach, we can help you overcome intimacy issues and take back your satisfying sex life with safe, non-invasive treatments. We offer compassionate care designed for your needs. Contact us at 757-644-4615 to learn more about vaginal rejuvenation and schedule your appointment today.

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