Couri Girl Spring 2018

At the Couri Center, we specialize in women’s health.  With years of advanced medical training and decades of experience, our success is easily measured in volumes of patient praise.  From traditional gynecology & surgical procedures, integrative health programs & aesthetics, take comfort in knowing you can trust the Couri Center with:

  • Well-Woman Exams
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Menopausal Management
  • Family Planning
  • Contraception
  • Pap Smears
  • Pelvic Ultrasounds
  • Treatment of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding and/or Fibroids
  • Treatment of Abnormal Pap Smears
  • da vinci® Robotic Surgery
  • MonaLisa Touch™ Vaginal Laser
  • harmonié Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Food Sensitivity Testing
  • Customized Nutritional Supplements
  • TLC™ Integrative Lifestyle Programs
  • Weight Loss Programs
  • Infrared Sauna Therapy
  • Aesthetic Studio:  Laser Hair Removal, Wrinkle/Age Spot Removal, Scar & Stretch Mark Removal, Rosacea & More
  • Injectables:  BOTOX®  & KYBELLA®
  • LATISSE®
  • Pro-Niacin® Skincare by NIA24®

New patients welcome!  Schedule today: 692-6838  

Laser Hair Removal

February:  Buy 1 Get 1 50% off!  Purchase any Bikini Hair Removal Package: Get any second laser package of equal or lesser value 50% off.  Packages must be used together during same visit.  Ends 2-28-18.  Plus earn Studio Reward dollars with purchase!

Tired of constantly shaving and waxing unwanted facial and body hair?

Unwanted facial and body hair is a common problem. Frequent hair removal techniques include shaving, depilatories, plucking, and waxing can be time-consuming, inconvenient and often painful. At best, these methods offer only temporary results – for some only a few hours.

Free yourself from the constant need to shave and wax unwanted facial and body hair and feel your best! Our state of the art laser technology gives you safe, effective, permanent hair reduction anywhere on your body including the face, legs, underarms and bikini areas. Treatments are fast, easy, and practically pain-free.

During laser hair removal, energy is used to target and destroy hair follicles responsible for hair growth. The follicle absorbs the energy and is destroyed, unable to produce hair again.  According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, laser hair removal is the 3rd most performed non-surgical cosmetic treatments in the US. Isn’t it time your life got a little smoother?

Benefits of our state of the art laser hair removal:

  • Convenience (no more shaving/waxing/tweezing!)
  • Fast
  • Easy
  • No more unsightly ingrown hairs or bumps
  • Safe
  • Amazing, smooth results

For more information on our latest promotions, please schedule your FREE 15-minute consultation with one of our providers here: info@couricenter.com or call 692-6838.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

The device emits powerful light energy that targets and heats hair follicles. After the treatment, the follicles are damaged and permanently unable to produce new hairs, or can produce only very thin, tiny hairs that are virtually invisible.

Am I a good candidate for this hair removal?

Our laser hair removal can be safely used on all skin types from very light skin to very dark skin. It is most effective on individuals with dark hair. Candidates with very light or gray hair are not ideal. However, we will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on a variety of factors during your consultation.

What areas can be treated?

Hair on most areas of the body can be treated including face, underarms, bikini areas, legs and arms. We do not treat eyebrows.

What results can I expect?

You can expect to see a gradual decrease in hair thickness and the amount of hair in the treated area. Since this treatment only targets hair in the active phase of growth, multiple treatments are needed for maximum reduction.

How long does the treatment take?

The treatment takes just minutes for small areas and about 30 minutes for larger areas.

Can this technology get rid of all of my unwanted hair?

Hair follicles are continually cycling through three phases: anlagen or growth phase, catagen or transitional phase, and telogen or resting phase. Hair is most susceptible to this treatment while in the anagen phase. Because of this timing, it’s not possible for any laser treatment to achieve 100% hair removal, but it is possible to significantly reduce the number of growing hairs by as much as 85%. Multiple treatments can be administered for maximum results.

Is hair removal permanent?

Laser hair removal is permanent. After treatment, the hair follicles within the anagen phase that were damaged are permanently unable to produce new hairs, or can produce only very thin, tiny hairs that are virtually invisible.

What will the treatment feel like?

Most people feel only a slight momentary “snap” like a rubber band at the treatment site during the procedure.

How many treatments will I need?

Since your hair grows in 3 stages, several treatments are needed to affect all of the unwanted hair. The number of treatments can vary between individuals, depending on the amount of hair, the area to be treated, skin color, hair color and hair coarseness. Typically 4 – 6 treatments are needed but this will depend on a number of factors including your type of hair. One of our providers can give you a more specific treatment plan during your consultation.

How far apart are treatment sessions?

It depends on which area is being treated. In general, face, underarms, arms, and bikini are about 4-6 weeks apart. Back and legs are about 8-10 weeks apart.

Can I shave in between sessions?

Yes. In fact, the area needs to be freshly shaved before your treatment session. You may shave the area the day before the treatment or the day of the treatment before coming in for your session. You should not wax or pluck the hairs between treatments.

How quickly will I recover?

You can resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Typically, most people experience a mild, sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor redness and/or swelling immediately following the treatment. This usually lasts 2-24 hours. Ask your provider to discuss other possible side effects and the necessary post-treatment care with you.

For more information on our latest promotions, please schedule your FREE 15-minute consultation with one of our providers here: info@couricenter.com or call 692-6838.

NIA24®: Why Vitamin B3 is Vital for Healthy Skin By Leslie A. Gilstrap, Licensed Esthetician

Here at the Couri Center, we are excited to launch our new skincare line: NIA24®, which is based on over 25 years of research. NIA24® is packed full of Pro-Niacin!  Vitamin B3 (Niacin) can have significant improvements to the skin. The main targets of this line are sun and age damage.  Vitamin B3 has been proven to assist the upper layer of the skin’s ability to hold moisture.  When the skin is properly hydrated, you’re less likely to experience dry, flaky patches and fine lines will be less prominent.

For those patients suffering from sun and age damage, NIA24® can be highly beneficial in assisting your skin needs:  Vitamin B3 will:

  • Help stimulate DNA repair so your skin can undo some sun damage
  • Enhance cell turnover, which in turn aids to healthier skin and deeper penetration of products
  • Promote hormones that help repair hyperpigmentation

In a study conducted with 140 patients, the results were very successful.

90% Experienced reduction in hyperpigmentation

82% Saw improvement in skin texture

81% Saw improvement in skin tone

80% Noticed increased skin smoothness

68% Noted reduction in their fine lines

53% Saw improvement in skin firmness

 

After using NIA24® for several weeks now, I have found two new favorite products: Intensive Retinol Repair and the Neck Sculpting Complex. The Intensive Retinol Repair increases cell turnover and collagen production.  This is a very gentle formula and can be used on all skin types.  Just be careful not to apply in the eye area or corners of the mouth.   Everyone should be using a Retinol for anti-aging, preventative, and reparative benefits. The Neck Sculpting Complex lifts, tightens, and firms the neck area.  This can be used from the décolleté all the way up to the chin and back to the ears.  It’s important to not forget your neck and treat it with just as much care as your face.

If you are interested in NIA24® or have questions, please call or email for a skin consultation.  I will be happy to help address all your skin concerns with NIA24®!  Additionally, I invite you and your friends (they don’t have to be patients of the Couri Center) to stop by our  NIA24® OPEN HOUSE Friday, April 27 from 11-5:30 and see what all the hypes about.  We’ll be offering complimentary skin consultations, product sampling, snacks, drinks and product give-a-ways!

 

To Healthy Skin,

Leslie A. Gilstrap, Licensed Esthetician

ThreeforMe 20% OFF New Year’s 2018

Say goodbye to tired, dull skin – and hello to a brighter, younger-looking you!  Now 20% off thru 1-31-18

Three Things I’ve learned:

  1. Champagne gives me a hangover.
  2. Only 8% of people sustain their New Year’s Resolution.
  3. Just because another year has gone by, doesn’t mean I have to look another year older.

Only ThreeForMe laser treatments address three common skin concerns – wrinkles, sun damage and facial veins – all within one procedure. The procedure is only 30 minutes and has minimal downtime, getting you the best results possible while still fitting within your busy schedule.

Schedule your FREE consultation with us today: info@couricenter.com or call 692-6838.

How it works

ThreeForMe is exclusive to the clinically-proven Icon laser and is performed in two steps.

  1. The first step addresses discoloration and facial veins using an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology.
  2. The second step addresses wrinkles and fine lines using a “microbeam” laser technology to stimulate collagen and elastin production – the keys to the support structure of our skin.

Combining these technologies provides the benefits of both in less time – giving you the younger-looking skin you want, only sooner!
What to expect

You will see continued improvement in the skin’s appearance during and after a course of 1-3 treatments with visible results after each individual treatment. You may see results in facial veins immediately after the treatment along with a darkening of the brown spots. These spots will flake off over the next one to three weeks leaving you with a glowing appearance. Lastly, you will see progressive results on any fine lines, wrinkles or scarring over the next six months as your skin naturally responds to the treatment.

It’s as easy as one, two, ThreeForMe. Schedule your FREE consultation with us today: info@couricenter.com or call 692-6838.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Am I a candidate?
ThreeForMe laser treatments can be safely used on most skin types and for common aging and sun-related skin conditions including wrinkles, sun spots and facial vessels. During your consultation, your physician will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on a variety of personal factors.

How many treatments will I need?
A typical course of treatment involves 1-3 sessions at one-month intervals, however, everyone’s skin conditions are different so your physician will customize the treatment for optimal results on your skin. They will discuss your specific treatment plan during the consultation.

How will the treatment feel?
During ThreeForMe treatments most people feel only minimal discomfort. During the treatment you may feel some mild cooling as the laser is guided over the treatment area along with a slight sensation similar to the snapping of a rubber band. Immediately after, the treatment area will feel warm for an hour or so. You may also experience some minor redness and swelling similar to mild sunburn which should resolve in a few days.

How long does the treatment take?
Treatments are quick and typically take about 30 minutes. The length of time being in the office will depend on your physician’s techniques and pre-procedure protocol. During the consultation, ask your physician how long you should expect to be at the office.

How long before I can resume normal activities?
Typically, you can resume regular daily activities the same day as your treatment although due to some redness and swelling you may experience a day or two of “social downtime”.

Is the treatment safe?
ThreeForMe laser treatments are clinically proven to be safe and effective. The use of the Skintel® Melanin Reader adds even more safety to the treatment – allowing your provider to offer you the safest treatment possible while still providing dramatic results.

To learn more, schedule your FREE consultation today:  info@couricenter.com or call 692-6838.

 

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KYBELLA® NOW YOU SEE IT. NOW YOU DON’T.


KYBELLA® may be right for you if:

  • You’re bothered (unhappy, self-conscious, embarrassed) by fat under the chin, also known as submental fullness
  • You feel the condition makes you look older or heavier than you actually are
  • You don’t want to have surgery
  • You eat well and exercise, but submental fullness does not go away

SCHEDULE YOUR FREE CONSULTATION:  INFO@COURICENTER.COM

What is submental fullness?

Submental fullness is a gathering of excess fat beneath the chin, commonly known as “double chin.” It can be something you’ve had your whole life due to genetics, or start to appear as you get older or if you gain weight.

What is KYBELLA®?

KYBELLA® is a prescription medicine and is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.”

How KYBELLA® works:

The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA® destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal.

How many treatments will I need?

 Your specialist will create a tailored treatment plan based on your chin profile. At each treatment, you will be given multiple small injections under your chin. You may receive up to 6 treatment sessions, spaced at least 1 month apart. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 KYBELLA® treatments. 59% of patients received 6 treatments in clinical studies.

What are the possible side effects?

 KYBELLA® can cause serious side effects, including trouble swallowing and nerve injury in the jaw that can temporarily cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness. In clinical studies, nerve injury in the jaw resolved on its own in a median of 44 days (range of 1 to 298 days), and trouble swallowing resolved on its own in a median of 3 days (range of 1 to 81 days).

The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness around the treatment area. These are not all of the possible side effects of KYBELLA®. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.       FIND OUT IF KYBELLA® IS RIGHT FOR YOU  »

How long will treatments last?

When injected into fat under the chin, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After reaching your desired aesthetic, further treatment is not expected.

Yes! We offer Brilliant Distinctions®. Yes, you may redeem any earned points here at the Couri Center!    

Enroll in Brilliant Distinctions® here

Schedule your free consultation today: 309-692-6838. 

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Approved Use and Important Safety Information

What is KYBELLA® (deoxycholic acid) injection 10 mg/mL ?

KYBELLA® is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.”

It is not known if KYBELLA® is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area or in children less than 18 years of age.

Who should not receive KYBELLA®?

You should not receive KYBELLA® if you have an infection in the treatment area.

Before receiving KYBELLA®, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you: Have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin; have had cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin; have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck area; have had or have trouble swallowing; have bleeding problems; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if KYBELLA® will harm your unborn baby); are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not known if KYBELLA® passes into your breast milk; talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you receive KYBELLA®).

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take a medicine that prevents the clotting of your blood (antiplatelet or anticoagulant medicine).

What are the possible side effects of KYBELLA®?

KYBELLA® can cause serious side effects, including nerve injury in the jaw (which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness), or trouble swallowing.

The most common side effects of KYBELLA® include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.

These are not all of the possible side effects of KYBELLA®. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.

Please see KYBELLA® full Prescribing Information.

 

 

$50 OFF Botox

You’ll look like yourself—only with less noticeable frown lines and crow’s feet


$50 OFF
BOTOX® TREATMENT now thru 2-28-2018. New BOTOX® patients only!  CLAIM YOUR VOUCHER.

Schedule your free consultation today: 309-692-6838

What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is the first and only FDA-approved product to temporarily improve both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines around the sides of the eyes in adults.

Derived from sources that exist in nature: 
BOTOX® Cosmetic contains tiny amounts of a highly purified protein refined from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum.

A well-studied treatment:

  • BOTOX®Cosmetic is one of the most extensively studied medical aesthetic treatments and is approved for cosmetic use in 78 countries. *
  • BOTOX®Cosmetic is FDA approved for moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines.
  • BOTOX®Cosmetic is the #1 selling product of its kind in the world.
  • 11 million treatments for moderate to severe frown lines have been performed since 2002. **

*VISTABEL® outside of North America. Data collected through June 2014.   **Allergan, 2009.

How does BOTOX® work?                                                                                                                         

BOTOX® Cosmetic targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. Your provider will inject these muscles with BOTOX® Cosmetic to temporarily reduce muscle activity. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows.

How many BOTOX® injections will I receive?                                                                                              

The number of injections you will receive varies. Some patients do require slightly more units and some require slightly less depending on muscle mass, movement, treatment goals, etc. This, and pricing will be discussed during your private consultation.

How long is the recovery time?                                                                                                                            

After your treatment, you can resume your day. There is minimal downtime making this treatment easy to perform over a lunch hour.

How long does the BOTOX® treatment take?                                                                                                

Your provider will discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate treatments for you. The actual injection process takes about 10 minutes.

When will I see results?                                                                                                                                          

Botox results will not appear instantly. You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines. It takes 2 weeks to see the full expression of the treatment, with results lasting up to 4 months.

I am enrolled in the Brilliant Distinctions® rewards program. Do you offer Brilliant Distinctions® ?   Can I redeem my previously earned points at the Couri Center?

Yes! We offer Brilliant Distinctions®. Yes, you may redeem any earned points here at the Couri Center!    

Enroll in Brilliant Distinctions® here

 

Schedule your free consultation today: 309-692-6838.

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Approved Uses

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe forehead lines, crow’s feet lines, and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Get medical help right away if you have any of these problems any time (hours to weeks) after injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic:

 

  • Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months.
  • Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing.

BOTOX® Cosmetic dosing units are not the same as, or comparable to, any other botulinum toxin product.

There has not been a confirmed serious case of spread of toxin effect when BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used at the recommended dose to treat frown lines, crow’s feet lines, and/or forehead lines.

BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause loss of strength or general muscle weakness, vision problems, or dizziness within hours to weeks of taking BOTOX® Cosmetic. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities.

Serious and/or immediate allergic reactions have been reported. They include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint.

Do not receive BOTOX® Cosmetic if you: are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® Cosmetic (see Medication Guide for ingredients); had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), or Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA); have a skin infection at the planned injection site.

Tell your doctor about all your muscle or nerve conditions, such as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome, as you may be at increased risk of serious side effects including difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing from typical doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic.

Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including: plans to have surgery; had surgery on your face; have trouble raising your eyebrows; drooping eyelids; any other abnormal facial change; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic can harm your unborn baby); are breast-feeding or plan to (it is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic passes into breast milk).

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Using BOTOX® Cosmetic with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received BOTOX® Cosmetic in the past.

Tell your doctor if you have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last 4 months; have received injections of botulinum toxin such as Myobloc®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® in the past (tell your doctor exactly which product you received); have recently received an antibiotic by injection; take muscle relaxants; take an allergy or cold medicine; take a sleep medicine; take aspirin-like products or blood thinners.

Other side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic include: discomfort or pain at the injection site; headache; and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids and eyebrows, and swelling of your eyelids.

For more information refer to the Medication Guide or talk with your doctor.

To report a side effect, please call Allergan at 1-800-433-8871.

Please see BOTOX® Cosmetic full Product Information including Boxed Warning and Medication Guide. BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) Important Information

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Cheers to 2018! By Dr. Michele Couri, MD, FACOG, ABIHM

With the beginning of a new year, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for allowing the Couri Center for Gynecology and Integrative Women’s Health the opportunity to be your women’s healthcare provider. It truly is an honor to have the privilege of caring for such wonderful and kind-hearted women as all of you. For me, my job becomes more rewarding and enjoyable with each passing year. I feel as if I am one of the most fortunate physicians around by being able to practice what I am most passionate about and still being able to do so as an independently owned practice. It is such a beautiful feeling to be able to achieve so much satisfaction and fulfillment doing what one loves.

There is no doubt that women’s healthcare is my passion. For those of you who know me well, know that I am always yearning to learn new treatments or procedures to help enhance the lives of my patients. 2018 will be an exciting year at the Couri Center. We are continuing to expand our Aesthetic Studio services at the request of many of our patients. We have added BOTOX® and KYBELLA® treatments to our menu of services provided. It has been an honor to get trained in both of these procedures, and we are seeing very exciting results in those patients already treated.

BOTOX® needs no introduction. BOTOX® Cosmetic is probably best known for temporarily improving the appearance of unwanted wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet. I recently had the opportunity to receive BOTOX®, and I am more than thrilled with the results. I no longer have frown lines that made me look angry or worried, even when I wasn’t. Gone are my forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet as well. I am very well aware that I earned every single line and wrinkle, and for that I am proud, but the empowering part of the whole thing is that it is in my control to treat them and allow me to look my best and boost my self-confidence.

KYBELLA® is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment that destroys fat cells under the chin to permanently get rid of the unwanted “double chin”. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA® eliminates fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal. Imagine eliminating your “double chin” without surgery or liposuction. KYBELLA® is a series of injections into the fat under the chin, is performed in the office without the need for an anesthetic, and has no down time. The procedure typically is performed within 15 minutes, and most patients can expect to need two to four treatments to achieve optimal results.

For those interested in any of our Aesthetic Studio services, KYBELLA®, BOTOX®, laser hair reduction, or laser skin rejuvenation, please call and schedule an appointment for a free consultation. Make this YOUR year to invest in you and feel good about yourself again.