Weight Loss and Anti-Aging Services
The Youth Fountain also offers aesthetic procedures such as laser hair reduction, injectable fillers, Botox cosmetic and Xeomin, PRP, microneedling, chemical peels, truSculpt, cosmetic laser, Ultherapy and general surgery. Additional information about these services include:
The HCG Diet
HCG can be used either by putting drops under the tongue or by self-administering daily injections. In either case, the dietary restrictions are necessary to gain the full effect of the plan. Dr. Shakov uses both methods, although he finds the injection method to be more effective and to have less risk of error. HCG is the pregnancy hormone found in the human body. When used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet it has been shown to aid in the burning of fat, reduction of inches and a more sustainable weight loss than with the reduced diet alone.
Lipotropic injections are an injection of a group of compounds that are safe and boost your metabolism, give energy when reducing caloric intake, and when used in diet plans it initiates and enhances additional weight loss. They can help your body prevent the buildup of excess fat in the liver. These compounds can be delivered via oral drops, but Dr. Shakov prefers the injections.
The word “diet” does not just refer to that thing we do when we want to lose weight. For us here at The Youth Fountain, “diet” refers simply to what you eat. So when we offer dietary modification as an anti-aging method, what we really mean is offering you a healthy, sustainable, life-long change to better your overall wellness. Hippocrates was quoted as saying “Let Your Food Be Your Medicine, and Your Medicine Be Your Food.” Dr. Shakov embraces the idea of food as medicine wholeheartedly. As we digest, our food releases vitamins and nutrients into our bloodstream for our body to make use of. Those vitamins and nutrients vary based on what we are eating. Believe it or not, it is those vitamins and nutrients that will do the most towards helping you look and feel your best! Let Dr. Shakov show you how to use your diet to your advantage for longer lasting youth, health, and vitality.
Nutraceutical is a term that applies to products isolated or purified from food that is generally sold in medicinal forms. Nutraceuticals have been used for centuries, but the modern market really began to blossom in the mid 1980s. Here at The Youth Fountain, we offer nutraceuticals to help guard against chronic disease, to help supplement your diet and more! Think of them as prescription-strength vitamins and minerals. After an initial consultation, during which Dr. Shakov will discuss things like your energy level, your sleep habits, your dietary habits, your work schedule, your family life etc., you will be given the doctor’s recommendations for your ideal individual nutraceutical intake.
Dermal fillers are injectable medications used to plump up areas of treatment. Commonly, they are used on the face to help enhance shallow contours, plump the lips, soften facial creases, remove wrinkles and improve the look of recessed scars.
Botox and Xeomin
Botox and Xeomin are prescription medications that can be used to treat a variety of conditions. When used for wrinkle reduction, Dr. Shakov will inject appropriate amounts of the medications under the skin to partially and temporarily relax the underlying muscle. That relaxation prevents you from the squinting or scrunching that are the cause of the wrinkles while still allowing you facial expressiveness!
Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used for years to treat injuries to musculoskeletal conditions. It works by taking advantage of the healing power found in the platelets in your own blood. Platelets contain “Platelet Derived Growth Factors” (PDGF) that stimulate the production of collagen and keratin. PRP therapy helps intensify the body’s natural healing ability by initiating repair and making use of the stem cells you create. Our cosmetic PRP therapy sessions are used to treat wrinkling on the face, neck, chest and décolleté. It is also wonderful for reducing puffiness and dark circles around the eyes, helping with acne scars and stretch marks, adding volume to the face, helping reduce signs of aging in the hands, and even to regrow hair!
Micro-Needling (also referred to as collagen induction therapy or CIT) is a skin therapy that involves puncturing the skin using a grouping of tiny sterile needles. The purpose of micro-needling is to promote healing with-out scars and encourage new collagen production similar to fractional laser treatments. Unlike the laser, there are minimal side effects or down-time micro-needling
Dr. Shakov is proud to use the Cutera truSculpt ™ system to provide you with the latest in non-invasive RF technology. The truSculpt™ system allows for deep heating of the fatty tissue beneath the skin, which encourages the body to reabsorb those pockets of fat and/or cellulite, giving you a smoother more contoured look. truSculpt™ can be used with equal effectiveness on men or women, and can be used on numerous areas of the body. Some of the more common areas of treatment include the submental region (under the chin), abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and back.
Ultherapy™ uses ultrasound technology to stimulate the skins structural tissues and the formation of new collagen therein by delivering short bursts of focused ultrasound energy. Just like an ultrasound you might get to look at an injury or to check on a pregnancy, a small hand-piece is glided over the skin. The hand-piece will show an image of the sub-layers of the skin. Dr. Shakov will view those images as he works, pausing to deliver treatment in the necessary areas.
The appendix is a small organ about the size of a finger that hangs down from the lower right of the large intestine. It is thought to be a vestigial organ, meaning that it is a sort of evolutionary “holdover”. In other large vertebrates that eat a plant-based diet, it is a much larger organ that helps to digest such large amounts of plant matter. In adult humans it doesn’t seem to serve any purpose at all. Even though the appendix doesn’t seem to do anything in humans – it is still very capable of getting infected, inflamed or otherwise diseased. Appendicitis is a sudden and very painful inflammation of the appendix. It can happen as a result of a viral infection or by a blockage of the opening of the appendix into the intestine. Inflammation can eventually lead to a rupture of the appendix, which can be very dangerous or even fatal.
Colon and Rectal Disorders
The colon serves an important role in fluid balance within the body while the rectum acts as a reservoir for stool. Unfortunately there are many diseases and disorders that may require the need for surgical intervention. Diseases such as infection, irritable bowel (IBS/IBD), Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, chronic constipation or diverticulitis, benign tumors and cancer can all cause situations that require surgical intervention.
The gallbladder is a small organ located near the stomach and the pancreas. Its job is to store bile before it is released into the small intestine to help with fat digestion. Normally, the removal of the gallbladder (called a cholecystectomy) is tolerated well and with few side effects. There are typically three main reasons that a gallbladder would need to be removed. Gallstones, Biliary Dyskinesia (dysfunctional gallbladder contractions) and inflammation of the gallbladder may all lead to a removal. Any of these three may cause pain (especially after eating), nausea, vomiting, painful passing of gas, bloating and loose unpredictable stool. These symptoms are especially intense if the meal was too large or overly fatty/greasy. Gallstones can be passed if they are small enough, but larger stones (or multiple stones) may get stuck in the narrow “neck” of the gallbladder, leading to intense pain and possible rupture.
A hernia is a defect or weakness in the muscle or abdominal wall that allows fat or organs to protrude through and bulge. Most commonly, hernias occur at the inner groin (called inguinal hernia), the outer groin (called femoral hernias, at the belly button (called umbilical hernia), the abdomen (called ventral hernia), or at the upper stomach (called hiatal hernia). Normally hernias don’t bother you, but there are some cases where they can be quite painful. There is also a risk of intestinal strangulation, a situation in which the intestine becomes stuck in the hole and begins to die off, and this can be life threatening if not treated.
Lipoma and Cyst Removal
Lipomas are benign fatty tumors. They are relatively common, occurring in people between the ages of 40-60 but can happen to anyone, including children. They are also common in adult dogs! Usually they are painless, soft to the touch, and easy to move about under the skin. While most lipomas are small, they can sometimes grow large enough to be bothersome – in extremely abnormal cases they can grow to be upwards of 40 lbs. Lipomas on the scalp have been known to cause hair loss in the surrounding areas. While there are several different types of lipoma, the superficial subcutaneous lipoma is the most common and occurs just below the surface of the skin and can be found anywhere that fat is located. A cyst is a closed sac with a distinct membrane that may contain air, fluid, semi-solid material or a combination thereof. Cysts are often confused with abscesses, which are pockets of pus. There are numerous different types of cysts, typically based on their location in the body as well as their contents. Most cysts in the body are benign and are the result of plugged ducts, pores or other natural bodily outlets.
Heartburn (also called pyrosis) is a burning sensation in the upper chest or abdomen, which is caused by acid reflux from the stomach into the esophagus. Heartburn is the main symptom of Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). GERD can be debilitating and expensive – sometimes requiring medication for life. Patients who suffer with reflux disease and GERD may have to sleep propped up on pillows and cannot eat things like coffee, chocolate or anything spicy. Acid reflux and GERD typically stem from two main causes. The first is the patient has an incompetent gastro-esophageal sphincter, which means that the “door” between the stomach and the esophagus isn’t strong enough to keep the stomach acid from coming back up from time to time. The second is the patient is suffering with a hiatal hernia causing the symptoms.
Surgical Ports and Access
Certain types of chemotherapy or dialysis may necessitate the insertion of a port or a catheter placed directly into the abdomen. Dr. Shakov is an expert in the placement of these life-saving devices. A surgical port is a device that is inserted under the skin and connected to a vein. It allows medication to be delivered directly into the bloodstream and for blood to be drawn without the discomfort of repeated venous needle-sticks. It is normally placed just below the collarbone or up near the neck. Dr. Shakov normally inserts ports using a combination of IV sedation, which prevents the patient from moving and injuring themselves, and using local anesthetic for pain control. Dr. Shakov then carefully inserts the port either via the subclavian vein or into the jugular using Echo guidance, depending on the patients needs. Ports can be used almost immediately after insertion.