HCG Diet – Common Questions Answered!

What is the HCG diet?

It’s a short 21-40 day eating plan where you give yourself HCG injections each morning, have a list of foods you can eat and times of day to eat them, and limit yourself to 500 calories. This is followed by a 6 week period of a maintenance diet.

How much weight can I lose?

Men lose more than women. But on average people lose 1/2-1lb per day they are on the diet. I am on day 16 and have lost 17lbs. If you have a lot of weight / fat to lose you usually lose weight faster.

Aren’t you starving only eating 500cal?

NO! That’s the best part. There HCG accesses your fat stores and uses it as fuel for your body. It’s a simple eating plan to follow. And there are very specific rules. And no cheating!

Can I exercise while on HCG?

Not really. Walking 20 minutes a Day is recommended but no intense lifting or other workouts. Exercise can actually slow weight loss due to water retention!

What’s my favorite meal on HCG?

Chicken burger with cilantro, homemade mustard, cayenne pepper and garlic with a tomato and lettuce bun. (1 protein, 1 fruit (tomato), 1 veggie).

3 Skin Tightening Treatments that Actually Work

There are a variety of treatment options out there that promise to tighten the skin. However, many of these are not effective and do not work as advertised. In this article, we are going to talk about a few skin tightening treatments (both surgical and non-surgical) that can actually be effective at tightening the skin.

Facial Plastic Surgery (Facelift, Neck Lift, etc.)

Facial plastic surgery is perhaps the most effective way of tightening your skin. The downside is that it’s also the most invasive. If you’re looking to tighten the skin on your neck, face, or another area of your body, a procedure by a skilled facial plastic surgeon may be your best option.

Radiofrequency Skin Tightening Treatments

Radiofrequency skin tightening treatments offer a great non-invasive alternative to surgery for patients who want to tighten their skin. This process involves heating up the skin to trigger collagen production, tightening the skin in the process. As an added bonus, it can also help with weight loss. At Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic, we use the Exilis Radiofrequency system.

Ultrasound Skin Tightening

Ultrasound is another non-surgical skin tightening treatment option. This procedure involves using ultrasound waves to firm the skin by inducing collagen production. Ultrasound skin tightening is very safe and results can last for up to a year.

St. Paul Facial Plastic Clinic

At Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic, we treat patients throughout the Twin Cities metro and surrounding suburbs, offering compassionate care to each and every patient who walks through our doors. As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Daniel Schneider is well equipped to help you meet your aesthetic goals. We offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Contact us today at our cosmetic clinic in St. Paul to set up your appointment with Dr. Schneider and the rest of the team at Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic.

Kim’s Journey with HCG Medical Weight Loss – Part 2

Note: this is part of a continuing guest blog series about Kim’s journey with HCG medical weight loss. Read Kim’s other entries here:

After an amazing showing in week one, week two has had a few bumps in the road. The losses are still coming but I have struggles with water retention. Saturday I was not feeling well and drank low sodium chicken broth – that was a no no. I didn’t lose weight for three days. Finally, on day four I’ve dropped 1.4 lbs. Lesson learned – no broth. Every person on their HCG journey has different things that will make them stall their weight loss. I’m just glad it’s heading in the right direction again!

Let’s talk about water – the best two ways I have found to consume more water is to put lemon in it and to get a new water bottle or cup that you love. I prefer one with a straw simply because I feel I can drink more water more quickly. I also make sure that when I’m drinking my black iced coffee I drink water at the same time. The HCG plan states you should consume 64oz of water a day. I try to consume 1oz per pound of body weight. And I always drink 16-24oz before a meal.

Some of my Food this Week!

After a stall last week I went really simple for a few days. Mixed greens with lemon juice, cayenne pepper, garlic grilled chicken and Melba toast.

Salad with grilled steak was a quick weeknight meal. Used one of my fruits and made strawberry-lemon dressing and put a few berries on top.

Blended iced coffee. Ice blended with concentrated-homemade cold brew. I highly recommend black iced coffee, I like it way better than hot black coffee.


Tomato Mexican chicken burger with homemade mustard (two different days). Farmers market tomatoes are so tasty this time of year. Minnesota produce is so great in the summer.

3 Benefits of CoolSculpting

We’ve talked before about what exactly CoolSculpting is and how it works. Since the treatment is relatively new, many patients are unaware of the many benefits of CoolSculpting. In this article, we are going to discuss a handful of the benefits of CoolSculpting and how it can help you tighten up areas of unwanted fat.

It’s Non-Invasive

Perhaps the most popular benefit of CoolSculpting among patients is the fact that it is non-invasive and non-surgical. This makes it a great alternative for patients who are either not good candidates for surgery or those who have a fear of going under the knife.

It’s FDA Approved

CoolSculpting is an FDA approved procedure, so you can rest assured that you are receiving a legitimate treatment.

It Helps You Lose Weight that You Otherwise Can’t

CoolSculpting freezes off unwanted fat in problem areas of the body. If you have been working to lose weight with diet and exercise, but you just can’t seem to lose weight in specific areas of your body (your stomach, for example) – CoolSculpting may be for you. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of CoolSculpting for losing weight, contact a qualified physician or clinic to see if you are a good candidate.

Twin Cities Cosmetic Clinic

At Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic, we offer a wide variety of aesthetic treatments all aimed at helping you reach your cosmetic goals! Dr. Daniel Schneider is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with years of experience working with patients throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. If you are unsatisfied with your weight or appearance, we have options that may help you! Contact us today at our clinic in St. Paul to learn more about our services and set up your appointment with one of our cosmetic specialists!

How Latisse Helps Improve Eyelash Growth

Are you unsatisfied with the look of your eyelashes? Latisse is an FDA-approved prescription treatment that works to thicken the eyelashes. In this article, we are going to discuss the benefits of Latisse for improving eyelash growth.


Many patients don’t know what Latisse is, so let’s start by talking a little be about the medication and how it works. Latisse is a prescription topical medication used to treat poor eyelash growth or hypotrichosis (a condition that causes patchy or abnormal hair growth of the eyelashes). Conveniently, the medication can be applied by the patient in the comfort of their own home.

One of the best things about Latisse is how easy it is to use. The treatment is applied daily to the upper eyelid (on the lash line) with the use of a special applicator. Results typically begin to appear within 6-8 weeks.

Benefits of Latisse

Latisse can be beneficial to many patients for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the many benefits of Latisse:

  • Gives you longer, thicker eyelashes
  • Provides a more natural look to your eyelashes
  • Can be applied in the comfort of your own home

If you’re interested in learning more about Latisse, contact a cosmetic doctor in your area to see if you are a good candidate.

Twin Cities Latisse Doctor

Dr. Daniel Schneider is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience treating patients in St. Paul, and the surrounding Twin Cities area. We offer a wide range of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments at Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic. Whether you’re interested in reducing your facial wrinkles, or losing weight, we’ve got you covered! Contact us today to learn more about our services and how our team of cosmetic and aesthetic professionals can help you achieve your goals!

Kim’s Journey with HCG Medical Weight Loss – Part 1

Note: this is part of a continuing guest blog series about Kim’s journey with HCG medical weight loss. Read Kim’s other entries here:

Hi! My name is Kim. I’m a 32 year old proud wife and mother. I work full time in healthcare and have let my weight creep up on me over the last 5 years (over 40 pounds of creeping)! Bad habits and lack of time for exercise have caught up with me. I want control over my eating habits, sugar addiction and weight! I need accountability and results! I met Dr. Schneider through work and he could not say enough about the results from HCG medical weight loss. Here, I’m going to document my journey with HCG medically supervised weight loss. My thoughts, feelings, challenges, meals, grocery shopping, the best and worst parts of this dietary change. Ask questions, and if you think this is for you reach out to Dr. Schneider and his amazing staff!

HCG Week 1 – Prepping 

Prepping for my first day P1D1 (phase 1, day 1). The first two days I get to eat whatever I want while the HCG starts to work.

I’m reviewing the “HCG bible” and prepping my shopping list.

Meal Prep

Today I went grocery shopping for the start of my low calorie phase. Fresh fruits and vegetables and natural/organic meats from HyVee. I portioned all of the meat into 100 g servings to make cooking easier.


Day 1

Day one of very low calorie lunch- halibut with lemon juice and approved spices. Baby romaine with Apple cider vinegar and garlic salt.

Spicy chicken – 100g per serving. Tip – prep several days so it’s easy to make a good choice. Grilling is a way to add flavor without calories! I used ancho chili powder to make these delicious!

Day 3

It’s low calorie day 3 and things are going well. I had a bridal shower to attend for a friend today and I ate before I left and didn’t go off protocol! I was very proud of myself. Dinner was talapia and asparagus on the grill 145cal for both – I’ve been using ancho chili powder to add some flavor to my food. It was surprisingly delicious!

Meal prep for lunches this week is chili – lemon chicken, baby romaine salad with dressing made from apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, spices and one tbsp of strawberry juice with a little stevia to cut the bitterness of the vinegar. Oh and can’t forget my “croutons”- Melba toast. Mmmm.


Week 1 in Review

I have successfully completed 7 low calorie days of the HCG diet. And lost 11 lbs! And have 16 lbs to my goal weight. CRAZY!!! It’s going really well. My hunger only creeps up on me when it’s time to eat. Otherwise I really don’t feel hungry. The biggest thing I have noticed is that I have so many bad eating habits, grabbing a handful of this or that, even when I’m not hungry. I also eat my son’s leftovers which are often carb-rich foods. Having to stay on the plan had made me aware of this and I will continue to not graze after this phase is done.

Strategies I have employed to help curb hunger and promote weight loss include drinking lots of lemon water and 2-3 cups of black iced coffee. I make my iced coffee myself with a cold brewer. Sooooo yummy!

Other thoughts: I had sugar withdrawal the first 3 days – taking ibuprofen and caffeine helped a lot.

Spices and a food scale are a must for the HCG diet. I like to add approved spices to meat and vegetables for variety. You can give a meal an Italian or Mexican flare by adding the right spices. Yummmmm.

The food scale is easy to use and keeps me honest with myself. It makes Meal prepping quick and easy.

Who is a Good Candidate for Reconstructive Facial Surgery?

Congenital defects and injuries to the face can result in aesthetic issues, as well as pain. Reconstructive surgery is focused on resolving both of these issues. In this article, we are going to discuss reconstructive facial surgery and the types of injuries it can address.

What is Reconstructive Surgery?

Reconstructive surgery addresses existing defects and distortions of the facial features. For example, an obtrusive scar on your face from a childhood bike accident, or a severely broken nose that results from an auto accident. These are just a few of the many issues that can be resolved with facial reconstructive surgery.

Reconstructive facial surgery is very patient-specific. The surgical techniques used will be tailored to address the specific patient concern. That’s why it’s important to seek help from an experienced facial reconstruction surgeon regarding your situation before moving forward with any sort of treatment.

Who Can Benefit from Reconstructive Surgery?

Reconstructive facial surgery can be beneficial to a variety of patients, including those who have experienced the following:

  • Facial injuries that impede function or distort features (for example, a broken nose caused by a car accident).
  • Scarring from skin cancer treatments
  • Congenital defects

Twin Cities Facial Plastic Surgeon

If you are searching for a facial plastic surgeon in the Twin Cities area, look no further than Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic. Our team of cosmetic professionals offers a wide variety of aesthetic treatment options – from chemical peels to facelifts. Whatever your situation, we’ve got a solution for you! Dr. Schneider has years of experience providing cosmetic care to his patients and has a board-certification to back up his credentials. Contact us at our cosmetic clinic in St. Paul to learn more about our offerings and see how we can help you look rejuvenated!

What are the Benefits of Neck Liposuction?

Neck liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in which fat deposits are removed from the neck in order to restore a more youthful definition. But many patients don’t know much about neck liposuction. This article is all about neck liposuction – how the procedure works and who can benefit.

Neck Liposuction Procedure

Neck liposuction is becoming a popular cosmetic option for patients struggling with fat deposits, contour issues, and other problems in the neck. Patients sometimes get neck liposuction and neck lift confused. The two procedures are in fact quite different. The neck lift involves surgically tightening the patient’s skin, while the neck liposuction procedure is less invasive and involves removing fat deposits from the neck region.

Benefits of Neck Liposuction

There are many benefits to getting neck liposuction. Here are some of the patient situations that neck liposuction can address:

  • A “double chin” caused by fat deposits below the chin
  • Excessive fat buildup around the jawline and neck that disrupt definition

Neck liposuction can be performed alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures. Patients who have good skin elasticity and isolated fat deposits can benefit from having the procedure on its own. However, patients with loose skin around the neck may benefit from combining the liposuction with another procedure like a neck lift or facelift.

MN Plastic Surgery Clinic

At Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic, we provide a wide range of cosmetic and aesthetic services to patients throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding area. Dr. Daniel Schneider is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with years of experience. We treat each and every patient that walks through our doors with the respect and care that they deserve. Give us a call today to set up an appointment at our St. Paul cosmetic clinic and learn more about our services and how we can help you look and feel better than ever!