Weight Loss Specialist

Refined Image -  - Medical Spa

Refined Image

Medical Spa located in Naples, FL

Carrying excess weight is a common problem many people struggle with, but finding effective, long-lasting ways to reduce your weight can be a challenge. Andrea Bickerton, MD, of Refined Image in Naples, Florida, provides a range of services for people who wish to lose weight, from nutritional advice to diet plans and medical treatments. Find out how Dr. Bickerton can help you reach your ideal weight by calling Refined Image or booking an appointment online today.

Weight Loss

We offer a Free Consultation so you can discuss what the best options for you are.

Why do I need to lose weight?

Being overweight affects your ability to engage in physical activities and puts stress on your joints and internal organs. Being overweight can also cause serious health problems such as:

  • Pulmonary disease (obstructive sleep apnea, hypoventilation syndrome)
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Dyslipidemia/high cholesterol
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Depression
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer (breast, colon, kidney, prostate, uterine, pancreatic)
  • Infertility, PCOS
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis

Losing weight can prevent and in some cases reverse the effects of these conditions, improving your quality of life and increasing your life expectancy.

Why do I struggle with weight loss?

There can be many factors that contribute to weight gain and the inability to lose weight. It is often assumed that people who are overweight must just eat too much and not get enough exercise, and while this is true in some cases, it is not always so simple and straightforward.

There are many things beyond diet and exercise alone that can contribute to weight gain or difficulty losing weight such as genetics, certain medical conditions (i.e. hypothyroidism, PCOS, menopause/andropause, dysthymia, etc.), or medications (i.e. mood stabilizers, anti-depressants, steroids, beta-blockers, and many more).

If you’re struggling to lose weight, Dr. Bickerton will check whether you have any health problems that may be affecting your ability to lose weight as well as review your medications with you. Once you know if there’s a medical reason for why you’re finding it hard to lose weight, you can start treatment, which enables you to shed pounds more successfully.

What’s the best way to achieve weight loss?

Everyone is different when it comes to the most effective method of losing weight, so you may need to try several approaches before you find the one that works for you. The important thing is to find balance in your diet and lifestyle and develop habits that you can sustain long term.

Dr. Bickerton offers several helpful aids in clinic to evaluate your body type, weight composition and distribution, and to determine your resting metabolic rate. She also utilizes several tools to help you track your progress including 3D body scans, photographs, and body composition analyzers so that you can visualize and track your progress.  

Dr. Bickerton also provides nutritional counseling to help you make healthy eating choices and ensure you’re receiving all the nutrients you need.She can prescribe weight loss medications to help you lose weight safely and may incorporate the hCG diet into your treatment. This is a low-calorie program suitable for people who are obese and at risk due to certain health conditions. In addition to an ultra-low-calorie diet, you receive regular doses of HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, which may boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories.

If you need to lose weight, don’t struggle alone. Refined Image can help you regain your health and vitality. Call or book an appointment online.

Dr. Bickerton also offers nutritional supplements/injections to help your metabolism and energy levels. This can be used in conjunction with a diet plan or alone in anyone looking to burn calories more efficiently or supplement their already healthy lifestyle. Contact Refined Image today to find out more information