About You Winter 2014


Lately, we have seen a resurgence of the famous rice cake snack. We have been conditioned to believe rice cakes are a healthy and calorie-conscious snack. In fact, rice cakes have a glycemic index (GI) of about 91, which is almost as high as pure glucose sugar, which has a GI of 100. Foods with a high glycemic index are absorbed quickly by your body resulting in a spike in blood sugar. Foods that rapidly spike your blood sugar have been linked to heart disease, type 2 Diabetes and weight gain. Instead, look for foods with a glycemic index less than 70. Roasted vegetables such as broccoli, zucchini and carrots are packed with low-glycemic nutrients and fiber, which cause a slower rise in blood sugar, making you feel fuller, longer and are less likely to cause a post-snack slump. Your body will thank you, trust me.


I’d like to get rid of a few lines and add natural-looking volume to my face and lips. I need help navigating all of the options for dermal fillers.

There are many FDA-approved options for adding volume to your face. Dermal fillers, when administered by an experienced and highly trained injector, provide you with a natural, rejuvenated, and enhanced appearance.

There are many types of injectable fillers that are ideal for solving a wide variety of aesthetic needs. Whether you want to smooth and fill fine lines and wrinkles, add volume to thin or uneven lips, add structure to the cheekbones or define the jawline there is a dermal filler to accommodate.

Dermal fillers are easiest understood by breaking them into three categories: short term, long term and semi-permanent. Short-term fillers are made of an all-natural sugar called hyaluronic acid, and include Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane & Belotero. As we age, our body loses volume due to the breakdown of collagen, so by injecting a natural HA filler into our skin we can replace lost volume and smooth away wrinkles and folds.

Long-term fillers are HA or calcium-based, and provide more volume and structure to our face. They are also proven to stimulate the growth of your own natural collagen and are ideal for adding structure to the mid-face and smoothing away deep wrinkles and folds. Examples of long-term dermal fillers are Radiesse and Voluma.

Artefill is a bio-stimulator which is made of unique microspheres in a collagen gel that are not absorbed by the body resulting in the longest-lasting dermal filler on the market. Artefill is ideal for patients who have previously been injected with a dermal filler and desire a longer lasting result that can last five years or more.

There are many different types of filler. It is a matter of where you want your filler; what results you want to achieve; and how long you want it to last. The best way to determine which filler is right for you is to schedule a complementary consultation with an experienced consultant at a medical office.


Cold, crisp weather brings out the loveliest of Portland winter fashion. Look good while fighting off the freeze with grey and black wool coats, leather boots, and knit scarves. But what happens when you enter a warm restaurant and there is no longer a need for outerwear? Will you take off your scarf to reveal a tight, lifted neck or would you rather keep your neck covered?

An Ultherapy lifting treatment may be just what you need to confidently unveil and unwrap a visibly improved neck this winter. Ultherapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that uses the power of ultrasound technology and the body’s own collagen repair to lift, tone and tighten the skin of your eyes, face, neck and even your body. The Ultherapy procedure stimulates the production of collagen resulting in a continuous improvement of the tone and tightness of your skin over a period of six to eight months. Ultherapy is a single, lunchtime treatment without any downtime.


Winter is the best time of year to sport oversized knits and cozy sweaters making it easy to hide and sometimes forget about our problem areas. As holiday parties and New Year’s Eve events call us to pull out our form-fitting dresses and suits, we are quickly reminded of the stubborn fat we just can’t get rid of no matter how hard we try. Countless sit-ups and core training are not enough to target problem areas around the mid-section and love-handles. Cool-Sculpting is a non-invasive, FDA approved, patented procedure that targets and eliminates fat cells by freezing them. This is done without pain, downtime or harming other parts of the body. The results are incredible with the average patient seeing a 20 percent reduction in fat on the treated area after only one visit. Patients will continue to see improvement over the next four months which means clothes fit better and new confidence is gained!


Restore hope this winter by gaining the moist, refreshed skin you’ve always wanted with Philosophy’s award winning moisturizer, Hope in a Jar. Whether you are skiing in the mountains or simply walking into work, cold winter weather can dry out your skin. This high-performance moisturizer includes powerful antioxidants that protect your skin while improving texture and tone. Using an effective moisturizer does not have to break the bank. Hope in a Jar is available at Sephora; $15.


About The Author: Dr Elizabeth VanderVeer MD