Look Good, Feel Good
With his newly opened Healthy Solutions Medspa, Dr. Michael Luciano helps patients “achieve their ultimate goal” in terms of health, wellness and beauty
by Jennifer Updike

Members of Horsham Athletic Club recently received a very good reason to extend their memberships: a new tenant by the name of Healthy Solutions Medspa, led by Michael C. Luciano, D.O. Even though Healthy Solutions Medspa is based within Horsham Athletic Club, the medspa is open to all prospective clients, not just members.

Just a short drive from Dr. Luciano’s primary-care office in Ivyland, Healthy Solutions Medspa comprises 1,000 square feet of ornately designed space that includes two treatment rooms, a lobby and a reception area. Here, he and his staff of aestheticians and other professionals—including the practice director, Inna, who is Dr. Luciano’s wife—offer various services to help patients improve their health, wellness and overall aesthetics.

Originally from Orange County, Calif., Dr. Luciano attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in Southern California. He completed his residency in family medicine at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in San Bernardino, Calif., and later moved to the East Coast with Inna, who is a native of the Philadelphia area. Dr. Luciano established a thriving family practice in Ivyland and quickly received high praise from patients and the likes of the Intelligencer, which several times recognized him as “Best Individual Physician” as part of its Best of Bucks-Mont Awards. He has also earned the “Patients’ Choice Award” multiple times, as well as “Compassionate Doctor” certification, from Vitals.com.

Over the years he noticed a steady increase in the number of patients who needed his help not only with everyday health concerns but also with lifestyle improvements, such as weight loss, so he began educating himself regarding new modalities that might help patients look and feel better. After seeing his patients experience significant positive results with weight loss, he wanted to offer them something more when diet and exercise alone would not suffice. It was then he decided to receive training and certification from leading service providers to enhance his offerings to include laser and body-contouring services.

With his established and successful weight loss program and aesthetic following, Dr. Luciano decided to accommodate demand by adding a new location in Horsham, which ultimately came to fruition earlier this month with the opening of Healthy Solutions Medspa. The location was a perfect choice for Dr. Luciano, as Horsham Athletic Club is a new, modern, state-of-the-art facility that shares a similar emphasis on healthy living. This is a health club like no other in the area, according to Dr. Luciano, catering to those with discriminating tastes and goals of overall health improvement. The location also offers weight loss patients the convenience of working toward their goals by having the option to join the club as a member to continue to live an active and healthy lifestyle. In addition, established members gain access to Dr. Luciano’s advanced aesthetic treatments.

“This is a division of the practice that has been well developed over time, and we have a model that has been proven to help people,” he says. “I have a veteran staff, and I now have this beautiful setting in which to provide an exceptional quality of care. I’m here to treat people with a comprehensive and compassionate approach, using the most up-to-date information in modern medicine and technological advances. I want patients to achieve their goals with the most effective and safest strategy by structuring an individual protocol based on their specific goals and health needs.”

Healthy Solutions Medspa offers many services, including IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments to reduce the appearance of broken blood vessels, repair sun damage and remove unwanted hair on the face and body; injectables, including Botox and dermal fillers such as Juvéderm, to rejuvenate the face; chemical peels to improve the texture and appearance of the skin; and innovative technologies such as CoolSculpting and Venus Freeze to help tighten the skin and contour the body.

Dr. Luciano describes CoolSculpting as a noninvasive technology that “provides the results of liposuction but without the surgery and with no downtime.” Based on research from two physicians affiliated with Harvard Medical School, CoolSculpting uses a precise and controlled cooling technology that targets fat cells beneath the skin and freezes them to the point of crystallization. Over time the fat cells die, and they are then metabolized and eliminated from the body. Patients typically see results—at least a 25 percent reduction in fat per area per treatment, according to Dr. Luciano—within three weeks of having the procedure done, with the maximum benefit being realized within three months. The procedure is particularly effective in targeting fat cells in the abdomen and other difficult-to-treat areas, such as love handles and muffin tops.

Venus Freeze treatments, meanwhile, are for anyone who feels that his or her appearance could be improved by skin tightening, cellulite reduction and body contouring. The technology delivers radiofrequency and pulsed magnetic fields to the skin, which causes collagen synthesis and contraction. Venus Freeze enables patients to experience a more youthful appearance, and Dr. Luciano advises multiple treatments—a full series of six treatments for the face and eight to 10 treatments for the body—for patients who wish to have optimal results.

In addition to his medical expertise, Dr. Luciano also possesses a deep understanding of how to put patients at ease—to provide a truly “spa-like” experience. From the moment a client walks through the double glass doors of Healthy Solutions Medspa and steps onto the opulent tile floor, he or she is exposed to a full-service experience in a modern, upscale and tranquil atmosphere. While patients relax in comfortable leather chairs, they are welcome to view their favorite films or TV shows on a Netflix-enabled flat-screen television or on one of several Samsung Galaxy Tabs. Also, Horsham Athletic Club’s complimentary daycare services extend to the practice, meaning clients can have minimally invasive procedures performed while their children are playing in a supervised environment. The staff will even bring in lunch for patients, offering true concierge service.

As part of its aesthetic services, Healthy Solutions Medspa’s medically supervised weight loss program helps patients achieve and maintain the permanency of their results in a safe and effective manner. This customized, physician-guided program begins with a comprehensive history and physical, and may include laboratory testing, an electrocardiogram, metabolic and/or body composition testing or other assessment tools. Based on these assessments and the patient’s overall health and personal wellness goals, Dr. Luciano presents a tailored and structured course of treatment which may include protein supplements, lipotropic injections, appetite suppressants, hCG (human chorionic gonadotripin) hormone protocol, nutritional supplements, exercise programs or other treatment options. Even after the patient completes the program, patients can return for complimentary follow-up visits to make sure they are maintaining their weight loss goals.

Research published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that 68.5 percent of Americans are overweight, while nearly 35 percent are obese. In other words, the majority of Americans are losing the so-called “battle of the bulge.” In addition to affecting one’s self-image and quality of life, however, being overweight puts one at risk of developing any number of life-threatening co-morbidities, ranging from heart disease and cancer to stroke and diabetes.

Many will attempt to reverse their habits solely through diet and exercise, only to meet with frustration when their efforts come up short. This is precisely where the expertise of a skilled medical professional such as Dr. Luciano comes into play. As a member of the American Society of Obesity Medicine, Dr. Luciano stays up to date with the latest information in the medical weight loss field, and he will be board eligible for obesity medicine certification this year.

Dr. Luciano welcomes patients to call for a complimentary consultation. While the new location in Horsham deals specifically with aesthetic procedures and weight loss, Dr. Luciano continues to operate his primary-care practice in Ivyland, which emphasizes preventive care for patients of all ages, from pediatrics to seniors. Regardless of the facility, however, he approaches each patient in the same professional, comprehensive and compassionate manner.

“My ultimate goal,” he says, “is to help patients achieve their ultimate goal.”

Healthy Solutions Medspa
400 Horsham Road (inside Horsham Athletic Club)
Horsham, PA 19044
267-388-0300 | www.healthysolutionsdr.com

Michael C. Luciano, D.O., Family Practice
882 Jacksonville Road, Suite 204
Ivyland, PA 18974
215-957-1100 |

On October 7, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Healthy Solutions Medspa will roll out the red carpet for a grand opening. The event will feature live demonstrations for all laser and body-contouring treatments, as well as a live raffle of a number of the practice’s products and treatments. Food and drinks will be provided, and all attendees will receive discounts and gift bags containing some of its signature skincare products. Space is limited, so anyone interested in attending should RSVP via the practice’s Facebook page
. Interested parties can also reserve their spots at the event by contacting the practice through its website (www.healthysolutionsdr.com) or by calling 267-388-0300.

Photograph by Jody Robinson