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Michael Sinclair, MD



Q. Wouldn't it be easier if I just took a diet pill to lose weight?

Perscripiton diet pills have their place in helping patients lose weight but they have several shortcomings. They can make the blood pressure go too high and the effect of the diet pills wears off after a few months. The most common problem is that if the patient does not change their lifestyle (diet and exercise), when the diet pills stop working, all the weight comes back plus a few extra pounds. If the patient then restarts the diet pills, the cycle tends to be repeated, each time causing more weight gain! This problem is sometimes called yo-yo dieting, and it is worse than just being overweight.

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Q. Do I need to do anything differently before I get injected with Juvederm?

Juvederm® requires no pretesting, but you should take a few precautions before being treated. Avoid using St. John's Wort, high doses of Vitamin E supplements, aspirin, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen prior to treatment with Juvederm, because these may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Also, if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, discuss this with your physician. He or she may consider prescribing a medication to minimize recurrence.

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Q. What is Juvederm?

Juvéderm™ is a cosmetic dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that already exists in the human body. The hyaluronic acid in Juvederm is a crystal-clear gel called NASHA™ or Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid. NASHA is completely biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid which means that Juvederm injections are very safe.

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Q. How do I know if I am getting real BOTOX®?

Before you are injected, ask to see the vial of BOTOX® before the doctor puts it into the syringe. The vial should have an Allergan label with a holographic image. There should also be an expiration date on the vial. Then have the doctor load the syringe from the vial you have inspected while you watch. If the doctor gets offended that you are taking these precautions, find a new doctor.

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Q. Why is squeezing pimples a bad idea?

When you squeeze a pimple you tend to spread at least some of the bacteria under the skin which can lead to an acne cyst and a permanent scar. If you want to try to treat a single pimple at home we can teach you how to do it safely without squeezing!

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