BH’s Cutting-Edge Medical Practice Without the CuttingBy John L. Seitz – Courier Managing Editor
“We practice cutting-edge medicine without the cutting. Some techniques are ‘so new’, they only go back 5,000 years.” Words from Andre M. Berger, M.D., only partially describe what his Beverly Hills anti-aging, wellness and aesthetic medical practice, Rejuvalife Vitality Institute, 450 N. Bedford Dr., is all about.
Established in October 2003, this unique, non-surgical health practice is dedicated to treating the “whole” patient by teaching the secret of enhancing their mental and physical outlook.
“In practicing medicine for 31 years, I have yet to see two individuals exactly alike,” said Dr. Berger. “Everybody has their own fingerprints and DNA totally different from anyone else.”
In this youth conscious society, studies show graceful aging as more than just outer appearance but also to involve inner workings and vitality. Preaching health, beauty and wellness as inseparable elements, the institute’s team addresses every known factor such as hormonal, fitness, nutritional, metabolic, psychological, lifestyle and non-surgical cosmetic rejuvenation.
“We take a proactive, holistic approach by delving into one’s psyche to see what he or she is all about, where they’ve been, and what goals they hope to achieve in order to live a healthy life out of the hospital. That’s why they come to me in the first place so I’m a good listener,” explains Dr. Berger.
What follows is an in-depth physical, medical and diagnostic evaluation with comprehensive testing to determine a person’s biological internal aging, what disease risk factors may exist, and to ascertain their crucial hormone levels.
Once tests are reviewed, he spends one-on-one time with each patient discussing the results, educating them about the aging process or possible lifestyle strategies which could be adopted, and prescribing preventative, rejuvenating treatments as needed. These sessions may take up to two hours.
The Montreal native graduated with a degree in genetics from McGill University and received his MD at the University of Ottawa. He returned to McGill for his internship and residency in internal medicine, and directed the intensive care and emergency department at its Reddy Memorial Hospital.
Once Dr. Berger came to California, he became partner in California Primary Physicians Medical Group and served as director of emergency services at California Medical Center before launching a career in independent urgent care services for various hospitals.
As owner of Bayport Medical Group, he purchased an almost bankrupt multi-specialty clinic in Carson, completely revamped the operation, and sold it for a healthy profit. His healthcare business evolved as president/CEO of Managed Provider Networks, CEO of Managed Eye Care Centers of America; medical director of ProCare and Great America Health Plan; and as founder/medical advisor to Productive Living.
He moved to Beverly Hills in 2000, 11 years after marrying BHHS graduate Tracy Oswald, daughter of popular realtor Margie Oswald of Coldwell Banker’s BH South Office. With their sports-loving children, Adam, Josh and Gabrielle, they enjoy tennis and family outings.
Dr. Berger created Rejuvalife because he was “totally committed to a combination of prevention and wellness without surgery, and taking the best available therapies and remedies to achieve these needed results. One technique is use of a clinical hypnotherapist to harness an individual’s sub-conscious mind for multiple health problems and reach a deep form of relaxation.
With patients ranging from 18 to 93, the clinic’s aesthetic and therapeutic services focus on prevention rather than just the cure. Dr. Berger says personal self-esteem is a major part of a person’s mental outlook. His is one of the first to perform the non-surgical Thread Lift or ‘lunchtime face lift’ and ever since a TV segment on Oprah, his phone started ringing off the hook and hasn’t stopped yet.
As he explains, this simple 60-minute procedure is far less invasive and expensive than the traditional lift. Realizing that human skin by age 40 starts to sag from the eyes to the neck as tissue becomes weak, while facial fat and the underlying support structure get lax, it fights gravity by using suture threads inserted beneath the skin for support. These act as pulleys for the facial tissue and, with no anesthesia, this results in a natural look by filling out the contours of the face, restoring much of its youthful fullness.
“Though we suggest taking some time off, many go back to work a couple of days later with no scars and minimal side effects,” he said. “The results continue to improve the first six months as new collagen is formed, encapsulating and bunching around the threads. It should last two to five years and can be touched up or repeated as needed.”
Another anti-aging, painless procedure used newly popular in the US is Mesotherapy, a breakthrough, body-sculpting alternative to liposuction. In various forms, it is designed to shrink localized fat cells, thereby is extremely effective for weight loss as well as rejuvenating skin of the neck and face by ousting scars and wrinkles and spot weight reduction in hips, thighs, waist, stomach and back.
Regardless of age or weight, nine out of 10 women carry on a constant battle with cellulite, known as “cottage cheese thighs”.Through MesoCellulite, vitamins, other medications and amino acids are injected under the skin’s surface which reduce fat in desired areas, breaking the cell walls, and causing them to be released into the body. If the patients maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen, localized elimination of cellulite is often permanent.
MesoGlow is for facial rejuvenation as sun exposure and age take their toll on collagen levels and skin loses elasticity, resilience and fullness. This treatment infuses a dermis layer of skin with hyaluronic acid, collagen-stimulating anti-oxidants and minerals, causing a return to a firm, radiant and youthful glow.
“We do Botox, chemical peels, skin fillers, facial acupuncture and other proven anti-aging methods, but most patients come for more unique treatments,” stated Dr. Berger.
He pointed out the new, non-laser Intense Pulsed Light or “foto facial” using specific light parameters to treat and reduce sun damage, flushing, redness, broken capillaries, brown and age spots, dark circles, wrinkles and large pores. This achieves “smooth, glowing, youthful skin” with no down time from work or school.
Just as important is the internal spectrum in anti-aging. “Stress has to be managed because it may lead to depression and all sorts of eating disorders,” explained Dr. Berger. Other alarming signs like lethargy, weight-gain, lessening of sex drive, memory loss and osteoporosis are associated with the body’s hormonal changes which begin by age 35.
Bio-identical and human growth hormones are elements in a person’s ability to take control of the aging process and promote youthful vitality, fitness and overall well being. Hormone restoration is used for increasing memory and energy levels, libido, cardiac output, lean body mass, bone density, and the ability to exercise. Rejuvalife is conducting a seminar on the subject Wednesday (April 6) from 7 to 9 p.m.
Eating and drinking sensibly, and regular exercising are the most obvious keys to maintaining health in a busy life, but watching a person’s weight is every bit as important. Rejuvalife conducts a medical screening exam and lab tests, followed by a nutritional and fitness evaluation, suggestions on how to shop or eat out, personalized diet and meal planning, and finally, medication prescriptions, nutraceuticals, supplements, vitamins and minerals. They constantly monitor the individual’s progress and give on-going support. It is all part of an overall package of the clinic’s individual attention to detail.
“In our mind, we don’t treat a ‘wrinkle’ but a person with a ‘wrinkle’.” But whether Andre M. Berger ever becomes known as a Beverly Hills “Ponce de Leon” in his desire for his patients to find that elusive fountain of youth, it won’t be for lack of trying.
“I can’t claim Rejuvalife makes anybody’s life even one day longer but it will definitely make it healthier and happier.
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