Filed under Hormone Replacement Therapy, Weight-Loss.

What are B12 and Slim Shots?

Vitamin B12 is a B-complex vitamin found naturally occurring in the foods that we eat. It helps to restore and maintain healthy blood cell production. B12 does this by absorbing the fats and carbohydrates we consume and transforming them into energy and protein. It also helps to detoxify and rid the body of useless fatty deposits. When taking supplemental B vitamins, however, patients have reported having more energy and a better time losing weight.



Elan Medical offers slim shots which incorporate B12 as well as other B vitamins.

-B1 acts as a co-enzyme in oxidizing sugar to produce energy for the organs

-B2 breaks down fats and carbs to regulate thyroid energy

-B3 helps to lower bad cholesterol while keeping nervous system and digestive system functioning and healthy

-B6 maintains healthy brain function, tissue repair, cell production and boosts metabolism

-B12 regulates health and reduces stress and depression while strengthening hair, skin and nails

-L-Carnitine is an amino acid that increases athletic performance and transports fats into the cells to be used for energy. It has been shown to speed recovery after workouts and fights visceral body fat.

Being overweight can make you restless, stressed or anxious without even realizing it. Diet and exercise alone might not be the answer to ridding your body of stubborn excess fat areas. Learn more.

To schedule a consultation and pick the plan that works for you, call 925-480-6481 or email today.


Filed under Aesthetic Treatments, Beauty, Men's Health.

Kybella for MenKybella is a revolutionary, non-invasive procedure to treat “selfie chin” – the stubborn fat on our upper-necks. Kybella is proving not only to be popular with women, but with men as well.

From Men’s Fitness:

Men’s Fitness: What kind of guys are asking about it (Kybella)? 

TK: There are two basic categories: There’s the 30-to-40-year-old guy who’s let himself go a little bit, and his double chin is really bothering him. The treatment shifts his health perspective. He’s like, “I’m gonna make sure this treatment lasts. I’m gonna make sure the rest of my body reflects that change.”

Then there’s the active guy—he goes to the gym, he watches his diet and exercise, he’s in pretty good shape—but the submental area is his trouble spot and it drives him crazy. Then he turns to Kybella.

Men’s Fitness: What’s their top concern? 

TK: Guys are afraid they’ll look feminine. But with Kybella, we get rid of the double chin and make the jawline look more defined, prominent, and chiseled. The jawline is probably the most masculine area of the male face, and Kybella is creating a more masculine facial structure.

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Learn more about Kybella here and call us today in San Ramon or Fairfield to schedule a consultation.

Filed under Live Your Best Life, Testimonials, Weight-Loss.


Hi Dr. Madeline,

I wanted to follow up with you both to let you know that I am doing great!! I have been able to maintain my weight at 138 for 3.5 weeks now and have been following the eating clean meals to this day. Of course a once in a while treat, but only if I crave it….  funny thing is, I don’t.  lol  🙂


I feel amazing and thanks to my new start on my balanced life (hormones/weight).  I have no need for any probiotics, gas  and heartburn relievers.


I am so glad that I came to you guys for help.  My friends are finally interested in what I have done.  🙂  I guess I got the last laugh in what I originally believed in.  I know it’s not just a diet to lose weight and feel good but a balanced/healthy lifestyle that completes a persons well being.  Elan Med has helped me realign my way of life and bring me back my feeling of youth and vitality.  🙂


I will talk to you in the near future, but wanted to keep you posted on how I have been.


Take Care,


Tamara Brikovich  🙂

Fabulous, Fit, and Fifty 🙂

Filed under Live Your Best Life, Men's Health, Testimonials.

Dear Paul Kivela,M.D.

I am nearly at a loss for words concerning the help you have given to me concerning the Prolotherapy treatment you administered to me on February 21,2014.I also appreciate the

way that you explained the treatment and how it works. Your friendly open manner is something I haven’t experienced in the other doctor’s I went to in the past 12 years. Many physicians seem to merely follow the protocol that they have been taught or that their place of employment insists upon.

On the other hand you listened to my symptoms, asked me questions and based your treatment on what you learned from me. I am 74 and one orthopedic doctor took one look at me and stated that when we get older we get arthritis. He wanted to prescribe a strong pain medication,and said that when the pills no longer gave adequate pain relief I could have cortizone injections up to three times every six months. Then, he would consider knee replacements. None of these solutions set well with me. Next,I tried a Physiologist/Reflecologist who manually pushed my knee’s into proper place with his assistant holding me down on a massage table – it really hurt! I also tried acupuncture and chiropractic treatments. While I enjoyed the latter two methods, they didn’t help my knee pain.

Dr. Kivela, I guess what I am saying is that as a retired nurse, I am aware of side effects of medications, the risks of surgery and doctors not listening to patients. You , on the other hand, explained the history of Prolotherapy and told me where I could do research. One month later at the follow up appointment; It was very pleasing to me for both of us to smile while I walked up and down stair as easily  as I had 15 years ago. You can count on me to tell my friends and family the success of Prolotherapy and you. Thank you for helping me walk and sleep without pain.


Danielle W
Vacaville, CA

Thanks Danielle!

About Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment which stimulates healing. Short for “proliferation therapy,” Prolotherapy is also known as nonsurgical ligament and tendon reconstruction, or regenerative injection therapy. Prolotherapy works by stimulating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to repair injured musculoskeletal tissue. The treatment originated in the 1930’s and has helped many patients ever since. Prolotherapy works by getting the body to use its own natural healing mechanisms to repair injured and painful joint areas.

Learn more about Prolo-therapy or call  707.863.9400 to schedule a consultation.

Filed under Aesthetic Treatments.

“Double chin”, “turkey neck”, “neck waddle” or “baggy neck” and otherwise known as submental fullness is one of the most common anesthetic complaints. It doesn’t matter if you a guy or a gal, this solution is effective approximately two thirds of people said they are bothered by submental fullness. This can be enforced by multiple factors including genetics, aging, weight gain and often is resistant to diet and exercise.

kybella chin treatment

Until recently there were really no great treatments for this other then plastic surgery and we all know that some of those turn out very badly.  But there is some exciting news.

kybella double chin

Allergan, the makers of Botox™ have come out with a new product called Kybella™ which causes the destruction of fat cells. The active ingredient, deoxycholic acid, is a natural occurring molecule that precipitates the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.

The interesting thing about treatment with Kybella is that since it isn’t a temporary solution because it actually causes the destruction of fat cells. This is therefore likely a permanent treatment. The treatment is relatively safe but nerve injuries could occur. Some rare side effects include voice hoarseness, swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and hardness in the area treated so it is important that you go to a well trained injector.

Most patients experience visible results in 2-4 treatments at up to 6 Kybella treatments may be administered usually at least 1 month apart.

Get Started With Kybella

Kybella treatments were approved by the FDA and released June 15, 2015 and has proved to be a very popular and successful treatment. An article in the New York Post talks about how particularly men are taking advantage of this procedure.

To schedule an appointment with an experienced injector, call Elan Medical at 707-863-9400

Learn more…

Source: Medically Sound

Filed under Beauty.

Elan Medical Spa is proud to care PCA Skin Products – Oprah’s choice for a renewing nightly treatment!


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PCA Intensive Age-Refining Treatment

The ultimate retinol nighttime treatment for those concerned with aging skin, including fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone.

  • Minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and firm the skin with retinopeptide and stem cell extract technology
  • Strengthen skin with minimal irritation using stabilized retinol
  • Reduce age-related skin yellowing and redness with niacinamide
  • Uses the patented OmniSome delivery system to carry ingredients deeper into the skin for superior results

Visit Elan in San Ramon or Fairfield to learn more!

Filed under Live Your Best Life, Weight-Loss.

Sweet blueberries with leaves close up .Healthy foods are nutrient-rich and packed with protein and minerals to help you stay healthy and strong. Plus, healthy snacking throughout the day is an easy way to lose weight. Here are 10, 100-calorie, healthy snacks.

  1. Greek Yogurt with Blueberries – Measure ½ cup low-fat Greek yogurt (no sugar added) and top with 1/3 cup blueberries for a satisfying snack anytime.
  2. Hummus and Raw Veggies – Adding vegetables provides a super combo meal of essential nutrients and fiber all vital for heart health and reduced risk of disease.  Stick to 100 calories by eating 2 tablespoons of hummus with 1 cup raw vegetables.
  3. Hard Boiled Eggs – Coming in at about 75 calories per serving including the yolk, eggs make a smart snack choice for a quick pick-me-up!

  4. Whole Grain Toast with Almond Butter – Maintain a 100 calorie serving size by enjoying one slice of whole grain bread and top with ½ tablespoon almond butter.  This high in fiber, rich in protein and healthy fat snack will satisfy any hunger pang!

  5. Raw Nuts – A handful of raw almonds (about 13) per serving are approximately 75 nutrient-dense calories and a perfect on-the-go superfood! 

  6. Whole Grain Toast with Avocado – Avocados are full of essential vitamins and healthy fats promoting healthy lipid profiles (cholesterol) and weight loss.  Enjoy 1/4 fresh avocado on your toast for a nutrient-dense quick superfood meal and under 100 calories!

  7. Fresh Fruit – Fruit is quick, easy, and a great low-calorie snack anytime.  Fruits like apples are high in quercetin, a natural anti-inflammatory and excellent for post-workout muscle recovery. Apples are also high in fiber and probably one of the best grab and go snacks around coming in well under 100 calories.
  8. Green Protein Smoothie – Simply combine 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 sliced apple or 1/4 chopped banana, 1/4 cup kale or spinach, and 1/4 scoop whey powder and blend for a 100 calorie powerhouse drink full of essential nutrients.
  9. Peanut Butter on Celery – Spreading 1 tablespoon on a long stalk of celery will keep the calories at 100 and provide satiety for hours!

  10. Oats – Cook 1/4 cup dry oats for approximately 75 calories which allows wiggle room to top with 1/4 cup of your favorite berries or 1/4 sliced banana!


Filed under Beauty, Live Your Best Life.

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Protecting your skin is critical for both your beauty and your long-term health.

In fact, women over 39 have a higher risk of developing

Introducing Sunforgettable® Mineral Sunscreen – The perfect way to protect your skin this summer.


Sunscreen for Kids

Sunforgettable® is also the perfect sunscreen for kids. It’s SPF30 and SPF50, safe, and non-irritating. Learn more about Sunforgettable® for Kids.

The Best Sunscreen For Your Face

Sunforgettable® will be your new favorite sunscreen for so many reasons:

  1. Carry it everywhere. It’s a loyal travel companion.
  2. It protects your skin 365 days a year.
  3. Your hands stay clean with no oily residue.
  4. It won’t mess up your makeup.
  5. It’s water-resistant for up to 80-minutes.
  6. Re-apply throughout the day for on-the-go coverage.
  7. It matches your skin tone.
  8. Perfect to share with your kids or husband!

Try Sunforgettable®

Sunforgettable mineral sunscreen is available at Èlan’s San Ramon and Fairfield clinics. Call us for availability or to learn more.

HRT For Men

Filed under Hormone Replacement Therapy, Men's Health.

Studies show that to feel more energetic, vibrant, and at our best, we need to restore our bodies to optimum functioning. One way to do this is through hormone replacement therapy which helps us regain youthful levels of vital hormones. This therapy modulates hormonal and metabolic balance to optimal level, so our bodies can operate at their strongest, healthiest and most efficient levels. Among others, here are some of the benefits:


  • Improved energy and psychological well being
  • Decreased fat and increased lean muscle mass
  • Decreased blood pressure and improved cholesterol profile
  • Improved bone-mineral density and skin tone
  • Enhanced memory and brain responsiveness
  • Improved Sex Drive


Men experience andropause which is an age-related decline in testosterone. It is a medical condition and treatment is available. This testosterone decline occurs gradually over a thirty year period. The symptoms become more apparent and they include increased fatigue both in the morning and at night, decreased interest in sex, increased irritability, and increased risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and prostate cancer.

It’s not stress. It’s hormone imbalance.

Often men chalk these changes up to stress at work or financial pressures at home, but the fact is an age-related decline in testosterone is a medical condition and treatment is available. Common symptoms include: negative attitudes about life in general, a loss of focus and drive, questioning one’s values and accomplishments, decreased libido, depression, and even cognitive impairments. Physical changes can also occur and are characterized by thinning hair, a decline in lean muscle tissue and an increase in body fat. A decrease in bone mass is another major problem associated with declining levels of testosterone. In fact recent studies have shown that up to 30% of men over 6o have problems with osteoporosis, and one out of every six men will fracture a hip as a result of decreased bone density.

At Elan, we specialize in hormone replacement for men and we can help you feel 25 again. Don’t forget to check out all of our mens’ health services. Call us today to schedule a consultation at 707.863.9400 or 925-480-6481.