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    Frequently Asked Questions
    Get answers to frequently asked questions about:
    • Persona Doctors
    • Medical Weight Loss
    • B12 Energy Injections
    • Natural Hormone Therapy
    • Liposonix Spot Fat Reduction

About Persona Doctors

It’s simple: we know that a program which requires you to change your life will not work.The Persona Doctors program is flexible, so it adapts to fit into your unique lifestyle.

Persona Doctors offers medically supervised weight loss and hormone therapies on a very personal level. Our programs are custom tailored to your blood, metabolism and genetic profiles and all your office visits are with licensed physicians.

Along with individualized nutritional and exercise counseling, another of the real benefits of our program is the opportunity to talk to our doctor about the option of using FDA-approved prescription appetite suppressant to decrease your appetite and eliminate cravings for salts and sugars - giving you the jump start you've been looking for.

Yes. When you come into one of our five state-of-the-art medical clinics for your medical evaluation, you will actually sit down with one of our licensed physicians, with years of experience treating people with weight management and hormone.

All of your subsequent visits will also be administered by licensed physicians and healthcare providers.

It is highly encouraged that you inform your family doctor or primary care physician of any treatment options you plan to pursue. Though your family doctor may not have the knowledge of medical weight loss or hormone therapies as our physicians, his or her insight could be useful in your treatment and overall medical welfare

Our programs include everything for your treatment, so there are no hidden charges and no long-term contracts.

Many patients find that our fees are surprisingly affordable.

Please refer to the Pricing Section of this website for more information on fees.

The physicians at Persona Doctors have developed an exclusive line of pharmaceutical injections, diet and hormone medications that are not available on the open market. These prescriptions are prepared by licensed pharmacists who custom compound each medication or hormone to fit your specific treatment requirement.

Persona Doctors has partnered with CGS Pharmacy LLC.

About Medical Weight Loss

Also known as Bariatric Medicine, Medical Weight Loss is the field of medicine that offers treatment for the person who is overweight with comprehensive programs including diet and nutrition, exercise, behavior modification, lifestyle changes and, when indicated, the prescription of appetite suppressants and other appropriate medications.

Bariatrics also includes research into obesity, its causes, prevention, and treatment. It is important to note that Medical Weight Loss is not surgery.

They are diet aids to help you lose weight. They will help you lose weight by allowing you to eat less without feeling hungry. Diet medications and supplements have also been known to be beneficial to the health of people with obesity problems by lowering their risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and blood fats.

By taking weight loss medications such as appetite suppressants, patients are able to lose weight and get their blood pressure and cholesterol under control; thus eliminating the need to take other medications for those ailments.

Before deciding on a weight loss program, or your choice of diet medications, you should always consult with your doctor, and be checked out first. Also be sure to let your doctor know of any other types of medication you may be on, including diet related, in case of any interactions that may occur.

Several weight loss medications are available that, in general, are modestly effective, leading to an average weight loss of 5 to 22 pounds above that expected with non-drug treatments. People respond differently to weight loss medications, and some people experience more weight loss than others.

Some patients using medication lose more than 10 percent of their starting body weight—an amount of weight loss that may reduce risk factors for obesity-related diseases, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

Maximum weight loss usually occurs within 6 months of starting medication treatment. Weight then tends to level off or increase during the remainder of treatment. Studies suggest that if a patient does not lose at least 4 pounds over 4 weeks on a particular medication, then that medication is unlikely to help the patient achieve significant weight loss.

NOTE: Amphetamines and closely related compounds are not recommended for use in the treatment of obesity due to their potential for abuse and dependence.

No. We'll create a custom program just for you based on your unique metabolism. Your personalized meal plans with grocery lists will be based on regular foods that you can buy at the supermarket. Your plan will be low in fat or low in carbs, high in protein and nutritionally balanced for healthy, productive weight loss

Since the majority of people have the most difficult time with eating later in the day we would like you to take your medication at time intervals that maximize their benefits to you.

No. Recent research has proven that patients who took the medication as prescribed everyday did much better than those who took them only on holidays and/or when they felt like they needed them.

No, of course not. There is no magic pill, and you should be wary of any diet supplement that claims otherwise.

Your body weight is a function of what you eat and what you burn through your body's metabolism.

Appetite Suppressants can help you lose weight by learning to control your food portions, reducing your food and caloric intake without making you feel hungry, and increasing your fat burning capacity by increasing your metabolism.

Recent research has proven that patients can safely take Appetite Suppressants until their desired level of weight has been achieved. Some patients continue the medication at a reduced dosage, for a long time during maintenance if necessary. You cannot continue with the medication if weight is gained while taking it. However, after a three-month period, the medication may be resumed.

Your initial testing and visit establish you as a patient with our office for approximately 6 months. Therefore, for your safety and the effectiveness of the programs, if you discontinue your visits for more than 6 months, you will have to re-enroll and undergo all of the testing again.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please consult with one of our physicians.

REMEMBER, KEEP ALL MEDICINES OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN, NEVER SHARE YOUR MEDICINES WITH OTHERS, AND USE YOUR MEDICATIONS ONLY FOR THE INDICATION PRESCRIBED.

There is no requirement for exercise, but research consistently shows that exercise increases the likelihood of maintaining a healthy weight (and not regaining weight lost). Should you decide to pursue an exercise routine, with your doctor’s permission, the program will offer activity recommendations based on your body composition and physical abilities.

About B12 Energy Injections

The shots are administered using a very fine needle with an automatic injection device. As a result, they are quite painless.

It depends on which substances are in the injection and whether the substance is water-soluble.

For example, Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, which means it easily dissolves in water and is NOT stored in the body.

All of the Vitamin B12 in the body is eliminated through the urine, typically between 24 and 72 hours, depending on how active a person is and the amount of fluids they take in.

As with any other medical therapy, the best way to determine which injection combination is right for you is to have one of our expert medical doctors determine what is most appropriate for your current goals and medical situation.

Yes! We offer a service called Persona Doctors “@Home”.

If you choose this service, you will be trained by one of our doctors on how to self-administer the diet injections in the convenience and privacy of your home.

You will receive an “@Home” Kit that will contain a Self-Injector and all of the supplies that you will need.

The stomach acids that aid in the natural breakdown of food also breakdown vitamin and supplement pills. The body will only absorb a small amount of the nutrient from a pill. In addition, as you get older your body's ability to absorb nutrients through digestion continually decreases. In fact, many adults are unable to absorb Vitamin B12 into their bodies at all!

Injections provide a direct method of supplying your body with the necessary Vitamin B12.

The purpose of the Vitamin B12 injections is to improve energy levels, boost the metabolism and help burn fat.

In addition, Vitamin B12 injections may help you detoxify your body, increase red blood cell production and maintain a healthy liver.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the Food and Nutrition Board did not establish a UL for Vitamin B12 because of its low potential for toxicity. In Dietary Reference Intakes: Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline, the IOM states that "no adverse effects have been associated with excess vitamin B12 intake from food and supplements in healthy individuals".

Furthermore, the findings from intervention trials support these conclusions. Vitamin B12 supplementation (in combination with folic acid and vitamin B6) did not cause any serious adverse events.

About Liposonix Spot Fat ReductionLiposonix Fat Reduction

The Liposonix treatment uses non-invasive, high-intensity focused ultrasound to get rid of fat around your waistline (abdomen and love handles) without surgery.

The Liposonix treatment is a nonsurgical, non-invasive fat reduction procedure that uses high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) energy to permanently destroy targeted subcutaneous adipose tissue in the abdomen, flanks, hips and thighs.

A single treatment may result in an average waist circumference reduction of 1 inch (2.5 cm) or about one dress or pant size. Individual results may vary and are typically seen in 8 to 12 weeks.

The Liposonix treatment has a well-defined safety profile for patients who meet the treatment criteria. More than 10 years of research have been completed on the Liposonix system, including international multicenter clinical studies.

Monitoring of over 40 blood analytes, including lipid panels, in over 200 subjects in clinical studies has shown in general no evidence of clinically significant changes after treatment. No serious or unanticipated adverse events related to the treatment have been observed or reported in clinical studies of the Liposonix system.

During treatment, patients may experience discomfort (pain), cold, prickling, tingling, or warmth. The most common post-treatment side effects include discomfort, ecchymosis, erythema, and edema, which are generally described (or rated) as mild.

High-intensity ultrasound energy is focused on the targeted fat. Skin is not damaged as targeted fat beneath the skin is permanently destroyed by the ultrasound energy.

The body naturally removes the destroyed fat from the treatment area, which may leave you with a thinner, more contoured waistline.

The Liposonix treatment destroys targeted fat in the treatment areas of the abdomen and flanks.

The adipocytes (fat cells) that are destroyed in the treated areas are no longer available to store fat, and are permanently removed over a period of 8 to 12 weeks through the body's natural healing process.

During treatment as recommended, patients may experience discomfort, cold, prickling, tingling, or warmth. The most common post-treatment side effects include discomfort (pain), ecchymosis, erythema, and edema, which are generally described (or rated) as mild. Pain management is at the discretion of the physician.

In clinical studies, subjects have described different levels of discomfort depending on the treatment area, fluence (intensity) level selected and the number of sites treated.

A Liposonix treatment of the abdomen and love handles is completed in about one hour.

However, office visit time may vary. Your expert Persona Doctor can give you a better estimate after evaluating you.

Your doctor will decide if the Liposonix treatment is right for you based on an evaluation of a number of factors, including the amount of fat in the area to be treated and your overall health.

Unlike some other fat reduction procedures that often require multiple treatments to see results, with the Liposonix treatment, you can reduce your waistline by an average of 1 inch (2.5 cm), or about one dress or pant size, with a single one-hour treatment.

Office visit time and individual results may vary. Results are typically seen in 8 to 12 weeks.

A patient is ineligible for treatment with the Liposonix system if any of the following criteria are met:

  • The patient is a female who is pregnant, may be pregnant, or is lactating. Female patients of child bearing age should have a negative pregnancy test before being treated with the Liposonix system.
  • The patient has less than 1 cm of subcutaneous adipose tissue greater than the depth setting of the system in the treatment area.
  • The patient has a Hernia in the area to be treated.
  • The Liposonix treatment is not a replacement for liposuction surgery or a healthy lifestyle, or a way to lose weight. For a full list of patient criteria and contraindications see the Liposonix System User Manual.

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