Health & Aesthetics
In addition to providing gynecological, obstetric and weight loss services, Lady’s Care Center offers state-of-the-art treatments to improve your overall physical well-being and enhance your appearance. To learn more about each of these therapies and procedures, simply click below:
Intravenous (IV) therapy is a method of delivering vitamins, minerals, and amino acids directly into the bloodstream to correct intracellular nutrient deficiencies.
IV treatments are exceptionally powerful because they circumvent issues with oral administration, including stomach upset, minimal absorption, and lack of potency. Also, very large doses can be administered without gastrointestinal side effects. A good example is vitamin C, which can only be taken in small amounts orally to avoid stomach upset. In contrast, large doses of vitamin C can be administered intravenously, and can be highly beneficial for the immune system, without causing digestive side effects.
There are several types of IV therapy:
- CALM IV (aka the Myers Cocktail) is a well-known and highly effective formulation for anxiety and relaxation. It consists of high doses of B vitamins and magnesium, among other nutrients. It can result in immediate relaxation, the lowering of blood pressure, and the easing of anxiety.
- ANTIOX IV can consist if glutathione, alpha lipoic acid (ALA), or both. Glutathione is a naturally occurring antioxidant that dramatically improves your body’s detoxification and rebuilding process, especially in the brain and liver. ALA is also a powerful antioxidant shown in medical studies to reverse nerve damage. It is also useful for treating liver problems including hepatitis.
- IMMUNE IV provides a much-needed boost for anyone afflicted with an immune disorder. It consists of buffered vitamin C in an extremely high dose, which turns into a pro-oxidant against viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens.
- BOOST IV is a high dose vitamin C and multivitamin/mineral combination that reinvigorates those worn down by stress and illness. When followed by ANTIOX IV, the combination provides even more antioxidant protection during cold and flu season.
- CLEANSE I and II use specific chelators to remove toxic metals – such as aluminum, cadmium, lead – from your body. Many of these toxic metals are neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors, meaning they can adversely affect your brain and hormones.
So named because it involves the use of your own blood, the aesthetically enhancing Vampire Facelift is designed to improve skin texture by harvesting your body’s wound healing and regenerative growth factors and reinjecting them into your face.
First, blood is drawn just like in a regular blood test. The sample is then spun in a centrifugation system to separate the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from the other blood elements. It is then injected with tiny needles into the superficial layers of the skin.
The Vampire Facelift is best for those who want to treat fine lines and slight sagging on the lower part of the face. It can also be used to treat acne scars, divots, crow’s feet around the eye area, cellulite, and even hair loss.
This treatment is a gradual process, so you may not see any immediate results. However, within four weeks, results will start to become apparent, with improvements visible within six to 12 weeks. You’ll look more refreshed and youthful with noticeable improvement in skin tone and texture. Overall, results can last for 12 months or more.
Food Allergy Testing
Blood and skin tests can reliably identify (or rule out) a food allergy. Sometimes, despite a test indicating the presence of an allergy, a person may show no symptoms. If this is the case for you, Dr. Espinal may recommend a food modification test. It may be necessary to stop taking certain medications before undergoing food allergy testing. All food allergy testing should be conducted under the supervision of a physician.
Blood tests are used to identify the presence of food-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies, which trigger food allergy symptoms.
A sample of blood is taken in our offices and then sent to a laboratory where it is tested against a variety of foods.
The higher the level of IgE in the blood, the more likely you will have an allergic reaction after eating the food in question.
Food allergy blood tests are sometimes referred to as ImmunoCap, TurboMP, or Immunite tests. These tests are usually more costly than the skin tests, and results take longer (within a couple weeks for blood test results).
Usually performed on a patient's forearm or back, skin tests involve introducing the suspected allergen in a controlled manner. If raised, red spots (weals or hives) form, usually accompanied by itchiness, it indicates the presence of an allergy. This type of reaction typically occurs within 15 minutes of application. The size of the spot indicates the likelihood of an allergic reaction should you consume the substance (the larger the hives, the greater the likelihood).
In a skin-prick test (SPT or scratch test), a small drop of liquid food extract is placed on the skin, which is then lightly pricked with a needle (this should not hurt). If the suspect food is produce, fresh food may be used instead of a liquid solution.
Patients with skin conditions (such as eczema) may not be suitable candidates for a food allergy skin test.
It is important to conduct any food modification tests under medical supervision. These tests may not be appropriate for any foods you have had a severe reaction to in the past.
Food modification allergy tests may include:
This involves eating or drinking small amounts of the suspect food to see if you develop an allergic reaction. This test is conducted in the doctor's office.
Suspect foods are eliminated from your diet for a short period of time (a couple of weeks, for example), then added back into your diet one at a time. This can help narrow down which foods may be triggering your symptoms.