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Innovative Directions in Health
We help men and women reclaim their lives with Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Anti-Aging Medicine.
We help men and women reclaim their lives with Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Anti-Aging Medicine.

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Best Technique for Volumizing the Aging Face

Why My Technique is Different
The aging face experiences volume loss, we look tired, cranky and feel like our faces have dropped. Looking in the mirror becomes an unpleasant experience. I hear patients all the time say: “I didn’t used to look like this, people always ask me if I am tired!”

The combination of sun exposure, genetics, gravity and aging leads to the loss of fat, collagen, muscle and bone. Returning volume to the face can make us look refreshed and less tired, without looking like we’ve had something “done”.

My injection technique differs from many other cosmetic injectors. I prefer to use a blunt cannula when injecting volumizing fillers such as Bellafill and some Hyaluronic Acid fillers. A blunt cannula is a technique using a blunt, rounded, needle instead of a sharp needle to inject. The filler is still placed in the same locations; however, a blunt cannula is used to reach the areas needed to be treated.

What is the advantage of using a blunt cannula?
One insertion point treats multiple areas which to the patient equals less needle pokes for a more comfortable procedure.
Safety is increased – cannulas don’t enter blood vessels as easily as a sharp needle. Bruising and swelling is decreased by over 90%.
Areas around the eyes and around the lips that are known for bruising or swelling are able to be injected without any visible signs.
Most people have less healing time and are more comfortable during the procedure.
So why don’t all Injectors use a blunt cannula? Most Injectors are not trained on the technique or lack experience to be able to handle a cannula in their treatments. Cannulas are also much more expensive than the needle that comes packaged with the syringe of filler.

My injection technique using the blunt cannula allows my patients to come in for injection and have a good chance leaving without any signs of the injection. Injectables, like medicine are a combination of art and science. The science is in the product and how it will respond in where it is placed. The art is in the skill and talent of your artist, the injector.

I love being able to use my art degree daily in the work I love, sculpting faces. I enjoy showing clients my before and after pictures and talking about how fillers could help refresh a face. Reach out to me if you are interested in a consultation.

Jill Porter, RN @ Innovative Directions in Health in Edina, MN

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There are many benefits of having a healthy body composition. By reducing your overall amount of body fat, you can improve your body composition and overall quality of life, as well as extend your lifespan.

Here are just some of the benefits of having a healthy body composition:
* Normal blood pressure level
* Improved quality of sleep
* Improved mood and self-confidence
* Increased energy and endurance throughout the day
* Reduced pain in joints, hips, and lower back
* Improved blood circulation — leading to lower risk for heart disease
* Improved breathing, respiration, and lung function
* Improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity

In our office, we measure Body Composition by Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA). Our body composition analyzer provides an estimated measurement based on body type for the values below:
* Weight

* Body Fat % – Fat % is amount of body fat as a proportion of body weight.

* Fat Mass – Total weight of fat mass in the body.

* Fat Free Mass (FFM) – Fat Free Mass is comprised of muscle, bone, tissue, water and all other fat free mass in the body.

* Water Mass – The amount of water retained by the body. Water plays a vital role in many of the body’s processes and is found in every cell, tissue and organ. Maintaining a healthy total body water percentage will ensure the body functions efficiently. It is important to look for long-term changes in total body water percentage and maintain a consistent, healthy total body water percentage. Average ranges for healthy adults are: Female 45 – 60%; Male 50 – 65%.

* Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) – The minimum level of energy (i.e. calories) your body needs when at rest to function effectively including your respiratory and circulatory organs, neural system, liver, kidneys and other organs. About 70% of calories consumed every day are used for your basal metabolism. Having a higher basal metabolism will increase the number of calories used and help to decrease the amount of body fat. A low basal metabolic rate will make it harder to lose body fat and overall weight. BMR is the first step in getting an idea of how much fuel you need to keep your engine roaring all day long – It is the minimum number of calories you should eat on a daily basis.

* Body Mass Index (BMI) – BMI can be used to indicate if you are overweight, obese, underweight or normal. A healthy BMI score is between 18.5 and 25.Use this Online BMI calculator.

How can a machine measure all of this Information?
The machine is able to get this information by measuring bioelectrical impedance in the body. Fat within the body allows almost no electricity to pass through, while electricity passes rather easily though water, much of which is found in muscles. The degree of difficulty with which electricity passes through a substance is known as the electrical resistance, and the percentage of fat and other body constituents can be inferred from measurements of this resistance.

Recheck your Body Composition
Remember — when it comes to health, every little bit counts, and even a modest weight loss of 5 to 10% of your body weight significantly lowers your obesity-related disease risk. If you’re not sure where to begin, consult nutrition and fitness professionals for help with your diet and exercise regimens.

We would be happy to recheck your body composition at any time, stop in or call to set up an appointment with our Nurse to monitor your progress.

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Did you know that a main cause of hormone-related health problems in women is not due to the deficiency of estrogen or progesterone but rather the ratio of estrogen to progesterone?

BioIdentical Hormone replacement therapy with estrogen alone without an opposing progesterone should be avoided.

It is important to have both your estrogen and progesterone levels tested at the same time.

Some Symptoms of Estrogen dominance are:

Decreased sex drive
Irregular / abnormal menstrual periods
Breast swelling and tenderness
Fibrocystic breasts
Headaches (especially during PMS)
Mood swings
Weight and/or fat gain (around the hips)
Sluggish metabolism
Trouble sleeping/insomnia

If you are interested in exploring your options to decrease estrogen dominance or would like a second opinion if you are being treated with only estrogen, contact our clinic at (952)922-2345 to set up a consultation with Dr. Sinda. 

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A new product just came to the market for restoring the lips! It is called Juvederm Volbella XC and it is unlike any other product I have used for enhancing the lips.

Vobella contains an advanced formula of hyaluronic acid. It is a smooth gel that has been specifically made to give the lips a soft, natural, hydrated feel while smoothing the lines in the body of the lip. The fill can last up to a year and contains lidocaine as an ingredient making treatment more comfortable.

My personal experience with Vobella:
I have naturally fuller lips and did not want to add more volume to them. However, I do have etched lines in my lips that peel and crack even with numerous application of lip balms. I injected Vobella into both my upper and lower lips. I was very impressed with the outcome. My lips do not look bigger or pouty, they look smoother and restored. I was very happy to notice when I wore lip color it did not gather in my lip lines! In addition, I did not have swelling the first day as I have seen in my clients with the other lip fillers! (Please keep in mind every person's inflammation response if different).

I am very excited about this product! It is FDA approved to last up to a year and can also be used in the lines around the lip.
If you want a subtle smoothing of lip lines and softer more hydrated lips, this is the product for you! Make an appointment to come see me and together we can take a look and see if Vobella would be a good option for you!

Jill Porter, RN / Injection Specialist at Innovative Directions in Health | 952.922.2345

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According to a survey conducted by the America Society for Dermatologic Surgery in 2014: “68% of people say they are bothered by submental fullness “chin fat”.

Sometimes, no matter how much you diet or exercise, a double chin or jowls may not go away, and can make you look older and heavier than you actually are.

We have a non-surgical solution for you – LipoSculpture!

What is LipoSculpture?
LipoSculpture is a soy formulation of phosphatidyl choline and deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of fat.

When injected is causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.

Is LipoSculpture right for me?
LipoSculpture may be right for you if:

You’re bothered by fullness in your lower face and chin area
You prefer not to have a surgical treatment
You eat well and exercise, but the jowls and neck fat do not go away
How is LipoSculpture Administered?
LipoSculpture is typically a 30 minute in-office treatment. After a soothing ultrasound treatment to the area to improve the liquefaction of the fat cells, our nurse injector gives a series of injections into the fat under your chin and/or in the jowling areas. Most of our patients only need 1 treatment to achieve desired results.

Is There Downtime?
There is a significant amount of swelling that occurs the first few days after the treatment and some tenderness. Often, patients have the treatment on a Wednesday or Thursday and return to work by Monday. After the swelling subsides, the fat gradually breaks down and is excreted out of your body creating a smoother jawline, a slimmer chin and more youthful look. Patients frequently tell us that their friends and family keep asking them if they have lost weight. Patients return to our clinic 10-12 weeks later to review the slimming results.

For more information about LipoSculpture and how you can schedule your appointment, call our office at (952)922-2345 or email

You can also view more information on our website at

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Bellafill, Fountain of Youth, KSTP TV Twin Cities Live News Report

Are you in search of the "fountain of youth?" This anti-aging treatment can erase fine lines and wrinkles by growing your own collagen. The big difference between Bellafill and other dermal fillers is that the results are long lasting!

Twin Cities Live Reporter Kelli Hanson shows there is a spot in the Twin Cities offering what they call the longest lasting and most natural treatment on the market for wrinkles and replacing volume, Innovative Directions in Health based in Edina, MN.

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The Longest Lasting Collagen Infused Filler – Bellafill

Belladiamond IDHBellafill is the newest revolutionary dermal filler that grows your own collagen naturally replacing volume, treating smile lines, wrinkles and acne scars.

Jill Porter, RN is a bella Diamond injector. She is 1 of 30 providers across the Nation to achieve this elite status.

What does bella Diamond mean for you? It means Jill is a recognized Bellafill leader among physicians and other Bellafill providers. She performs significant volume of Bellafill treatments so has the experience to deliver beautiful, natural and long lasting results.

Jill is also a Bellafill Trainer and trains physicians as well as other injectors on the best placement of Bellafill to help to avoid complications and achieve optimal results.

Unique Collagen Filler with Immediate Results lasting for up to 5 Years
** Bellafill is made up of 80% purified Bovine Collagen gel which gives immediate lifting and filling results and 20% PMMA microspheres which provides structural support for collagen growth and smoother-looking skin. The results can last up to 5 years.

Long Safety Record
** The microspheres are made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), a biocompatible material that has been used in medical implants for 65 years. Bellafill has been proven safe through 5 years in the largest and longest dermal filler study ever conducted.

FDA-Approved for Acne Scars
** Acne scars are very difficult to treat. Bellafill stimulates collagen at the site of scars, filling them in. Small scars can also be released using our subcision technique. This helps free the root of the scar allowing the depressed area to be released. We often recommend combining the treatment with MicroNeedling to restore the skin’s texture from the inside and out.

Finally a Beautiful Option for Difficult Areas (under the eyes and lip lines)
** One of the most difficult areas to treat is under the eyes and the vertical lip lines above the mouth. With Bellafill, we are able to inject in those areas and grow your own collagen. The results are smooth and natural! The new layer of collagen not only gives you volume but improves your skin tone, firmness and texture brightening complexion.

Discover the benefits of Bellafill, attend one of our informational sessions or call (952)922-2345 to schedule a consultation with Jill.

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Innovative Directions in Health has achieved bella Diamond status, placing our clinic among the top 1% of Bellafill providers in the United States.

CELEBRATE with us as we receive our Elite bella Diamond Award at our Bellafill Transformations Open House.

Bellafill is a natural, 5 Year FDA approved wrinkle filler with results that last and actually improve over time. This type of filler corrects smile lines, wrinkles, acne scars, volume restoration and more.

Our Nurse Injector, Jill Porter, attributes this award to her clients...“Client satisfaction is what drives our clinic. I always strive to provide my clients with the best possible treatment option according to their needs. That’s why I love using Bellafill — it creates elegant, natural-looking results that our clients love. Clients look refreshed and not done. They love coming back for follow-up visits to show me their continued improvement and how their skin has changed with the new collagen.”

Enjoy Refreshments, discover Bellafill, watch a live Bellafill treatment & take advantage of Event Only Pricing!

Be sure to RSVP via the link to enter the Raffle for your chance to WIN a Bellafill Syringe ($800 value), Regenica Skincare & More!


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Should I get a Bellafill skin test? Before your first Bellafill treatment, you will receive a skin test.

A very small amount of Bellafill will be injected into the skin of your forearm with very minimal discomfort. This test is to confirm that you are not sensitive to lidocaine or the collagen in Bellafill. If you see any redness, swelling, hardness and or itching to the injection site, you should contact your Injector. If it is negative and you do not notice any reaction symptoms, you may receive your Bellafill treatment. Risk is less than 1% for possible reactions. This video shows how simple a Bellafill skin test injection / treatment is.

Innovative Directions in Health offers a free Bellafill skin test injection to all patients interested in receiving a Bellafill treatment. Our Injector, Jill Porter, is very experienced in injecting a wide variety of dermal fillers. As a very advanced injector, Jill trains only experienced providers nationwide on how to inject Bellafill. Since Bellafill is an advanced filler it is not advised for beginner injectors.

Innovative Directions in health is a Bella Diamond Bellafill Provider which is awarded to the top 1% of Bellafill providers in the USA.

To schedule with Jill, call (952)922-2345 or visit us at

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Innovative Directions in Health and Flo Hoxie from Pretty Woman Permanent Makeup are pleased to offer a public open-house to discuss the latest beauty techniques and procedures.

Learn about topics such as Botox, Bellafill, Face and Body Sculpting, Permanent Makeup and more. Hear first-hand from our staff and invited Industry Experts about the most successful procedures and which ones you could be a candidate for.

We all know women who have or are reaching the age of menopause not only experience a rapid change in hormone levels, but also suffer from other unwanted side-effects such as facial volume loss, wrinkles and hair loss.

Hormonal diseases such as a compromised thyroid (hypothyroidism) can also impact the appearance of the skin and hair, especially the eyebrows.

Explore your options to get back the youthful face you remember. All attendees will receive Event Only Specials and be entered to WIN Awesome Raffle Prizes.

Join us for our Beautiful YOU Open House – RSVP BELOW
Thursday, July 21 from 10am – 5pm
Innovative Directions in Health Clinic | 7550 France Ave S, #215, Edina

** Educational Presentations, Before and After Pictures, One on One Consultations, Free Bellafill Skin Tests

** Refreshments & Event Pricing

** Skincare Swap – Have you tried a new product and it didn’t do what the label said it would do. Bring it in! Exchange it for HALF OFF one of our results driven medical grade skincare products. It’s okay even if the product is almost gone. We would love to help you get the results you are looking for! Offer good for up to 2 products.

** Raffle Prizes – WIN a Bellafill Syringe ($800 value), Natural Brows with Permanent Makeup ($450 value), Regenica Skincare Products

Meet the Experts
** Jill Porter, Innovative Directions in Health’s Nurse Injector
Jill has over 10 years of experience obtaining natural-looking results for a youthful appearance by relaxing wrinkles with Botox & Dysport and adding volume with fillers such as Bellafill, Radiesse, Juvederm, Voluma and Restylane. She is one of the best Nurse Injectors in the Twin Cities, Edina area. Jill is a national Trainer for Bellafill and is proud to hold a Bellafill BellaDiamond status which places our clinic among the top 1% of Bellafill providers in the United States and Canada. She has an eye for beauty and can sculpt the face to give the right balance without looking as if “work” had been done.

** Flo Hoxie from Pretty Women Permanent Makeup
Meet Flo between 10am – 12pm and from 4 – 5pm
Flo is a highly skilled permanent cosmetic specialist. She gently and artistically creates amazingly beautiful and natural eyebrows, eyeliner and lash enhancement, lip reshaping and color. The most notorious of all menopausal side-effects is hot flashes and sweats. Perspiration on the face and forehead is especially unfortunate for those who pencil in their brows with makeup because those brows just sweat right off. This can be fixed with beautiful, natural looking eyebrow hair strokes. More information and pictures of her work can be found on her website. You can also see first-hand by looking at Jill’s eyebrows and Sarah’s lips. Flo does fantastic work!

** Carolyn KirchoffCarolyn Kirchoff-Leddy – Bellafill Industry Expert
Carolyn is a Bellafill Industry Expert and an expert in the cosmetic industry. She a vast knowledge of multiple dermal fillers, Botulinum toxins, and pharmaceutical grade skincare lines.

** Lisa Rhodes, Innovative Directions in Health’s Esthetician
Lisa provides a wide variety of non-surgical treatments including; peels, micro-needling, photo-facial skin rejuvenation, etc. She also helps clients achieve their personal skincare goals by customizing a pharmaceutical grade skincare routine designed for delivering results.

Questions? Call our office (952)922-2345.

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