Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions people have about Long Island Weight Loss Institute. Feel free to give us a call and we will be happy to provide any other information you need.


General FAQ's

Does insurance cover any of the weight loss program costs?

Insurance coverage is variable. First, it depends on which particular weight loss program is recommended for your particular weight loss needs. It can also depend on how much weight you have to lose. And, finally, it depends on the type of insurance coverage you have. When you come in for your initial consultation, we will determine, together, which program costs may be covered.

How much does a Long Island Weight Loss Institute program cost?

Again, costs vary depending on the weight loss program, the amount of weight loss involved, your medical diagnosis, and your insurance coverage. The initial consultation fee is only $400 – with many major insurers covering the initial consultation cost. We will cover subsequent program costs and other critical program facts during our consultation, you will be under no obligation to join a program.

Do I have to be extremely overweight to consider Long Island Weight Loss Institute? What if I only need to lose 10 -15 pounds?

Our weight loss programs are not simply for people who are extremely overweight, but are for anyone who is unhappy or feels unhealthy due to their weight. We will tell you if you shouldn’t, or don’t need to lose weight, or if you are not the right candidate for one of our weight loss programs for any reason. Our goal is your overall health.

Are your weight loss programs safe if I have diabetes or any other medical conditions?

Not only are the Long Island Weight Loss Institute programs safe for people with diabetes, hypertension, and other medical problems – they are helpful in controlling any further complications that result from these diseases. More than this, our weight loss programs can help alleviate many of the other conditions that result from obesity, including arthritis, coronary artery disease, sleep apnea, and persistent lymphedema, lower extremity edema, hypertension, and high cholesterol.

How many weight loss programs do you have?

The Long Island Weight Loss Institute offers three basic weight loss program options. Each weight loss program is individualized based on your needs and requirements and includes personal counseling and an exercise regimen recommendation.

How long do I have to stay on any of these weight loss programs?

The length of time you may stay on any weight loss program depends on which program you are on, how much weight you need to lose and – most important – how motivated you are. As you know, weight loss is not about a “quick fix!” When you move from the initial phase of any weight loss program to maintenance phases, your goal is to establish healthy eating habits you can follow your life long . The programs at Long Island Weight Loss Institute are comprehensive weight loss programs that include behavior modifying counseling, as well as an exercise recommendation, created to help you achieve on-going success.

How often do I have to visit your weight loss center?

Again, it depends on the weight loss program requirements. The Long Island Weight Loss Institute Diet Program usually requires a visit every one to two weeks. The Prescription Drug Program generally requires a monthly visit.

Do you see a lot of your patients losing weight?

Yes! Almost all of our patients lose weight. And, with on-going focus, they keep it off!

BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvéderm™ FAQ'S

Are aesthetic-injectable products such as BOTOX® Cosmetic (Botulinum Toxin Type A) and Juvéderm™ derma fillers safe?

BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvéderm™ derma fillers are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), meaning that clinical data on their safety and effectiveness were reviewed by the FDA prior to approval. BOTOX® is approved to treat 20 different conditions in more that 75 countries wordlwide and has been approved in the US for more than 17 years to treat a variety or medical conditions. The same formulation was approved in 2002 as BOTOX® Cosmetic for the temporary treatment of the stubborn vertical lines between the eyebrows, often referred to as the “11’s” in people ages 18 to 65.

How much do aesthetic-injectable treatments cost?

Cost varies across the country based on a number of factors. Talk to your healthcare provider about your specific situation.

As an example, BOTOX® Cosmetic typically ranges from $300 to $500 to treat the vertical lines between the eyebrows that often look like “11’s.” Since positive effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment can last up to 4 months, the cost is about $3 to $5 per day.

Will the results look natural?

Treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvéderm™ injectable gel dermal fillers can enhance the way you look. Physicians often will use multiple products, depending on the patients’ needs. BOTOX® Cosmetic is often used to relax the dominant frown muscles between the eyebrows, allowing the 2 vertcal lines between the brows, often referred to as the “11’s,” to temporarily diminish in appearance. Juvéderm™ dermal fillers work differently, by instantly filling in and smoothing out wrinkles and folds that look like the parentheses along the side of your nose and mouth, creating a smooth natural look and feel. In fact, the NWHRC survey found that for women who were treated with or considering aesthetic-injectable treatments, more than half (52%) reported that the treatments were appealing to them to obtain a “natural and refreshed” look.

How long do aesthetic-injectable treatments last?

Treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvéderm™ injectable gel dermal fillers are temporary. BOTOX® Cosmetic effects can last up to 4 months, while Juvéderm™ dermal fillers deliver sustained results for up to 1 year.

Will my insurance cover the cost of aesthetic-injectable treatments?

Insurance providers do not typically cover cosmetic procedures. However, it is important to note that treatment with BOTOX® for therapeutic purposes may be covered by some insurance carriers.

Are injectable treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvéderm™ injectable gel painful?

Injections may cause some discomfort during and after injection. Talk with your physician about pain-reducing options, such as a numbing cream, which can be applied prior to your injection.

Is there scarring?

No reports of scarring were documented in clinical studies evaluating treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvéderm™ dermal fillers. Additionally, studies with Juvéderm™ injectable gel demonstrated no increased risk of hyperpigmentation in patients of color.

How long do aesthetic-injectable procedures take?

Many procedures can be performed quickly and require minimal downtime. Following a facial analysis by your physician, as well as a discussion of your desired outcomes, procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvéderm™ dermal fillers require only a brief in-office visit and take an average of 15 minutes to perform.

Do aesthetic-injectable procedures cause bruising or other side effects?

Following treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic, some patients have reported minimal bruising around the injection-site area, while the most common side effects following injection are temporary droop and nausea. Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, sweilling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with the injection. Patients with certain neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk for side effects.

In clinical trials for Juvéderm™ injectable gel dermal fillers, most side effects were mild to moderate in nature and lasted 7 days or less. The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injection-site reactions such as redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration.

Full prescribing information has been provided to your doctor.

Will my face still have expression?

When administered by an experienced physician, you can still smile, frown, and look surprised without those lines – also known as the “11’s” – between your brows. Aesthetic-injectable treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvéderm™ dermal fillers are technique-sensitive procedures, so make sure to visit a well-trained aesthetic-specialty physician for your treatment and discuss the optimal results you would like to achieve.