Botox, Dysport and Xeomin injections are the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure used to reduce or eliminate the appearance of facial wrinkles through minimally invasive injections. These injections are made from botulinum toxin A, a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent approved by the FDA for several different uses. When injected into the skin, it can block the nerve muscles that are responsible for the repetitive actions that cause fine lines and wrinkles thus smoothing them for a younger and more refreshed appearance.
After treatment, the appearance of your wrinkles begins to improve within 1-7 days (depending on which product is used). Most patients achieve their desired results after just one injection, although additional treatment sessions may be required in the future. The results of botulinum toxin injections typically last three to four months, and are the most popular cosmetic procedure with the highest patient satisfaction.
Belotero® is an FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler that plumps up wrinkles by gently replacing the lost hyaluronic acid and restoring support in the skin. This product fills the niche of improving lines that are already creased, like the frown lines between your eyebrows (also known as the 11’s) and the creases above the lip (also known as smokers lines).
Restylane is an FDA-approved dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid that restores volume to the skin, lifting and smoothing out wrinkles and other fine lines. This procedure is most commonly used to treat the nasolabial folds and the marionette folds. It can also be used to add volume and shape to the lips.
Since Restylane is made from a natural substance found in the body, no pre-testing is required. Restylane produces results that last for months, through its unique ability to bind with water and remain in the skin. The results of this procedure are visible right away, and can last for several months, depending on the condition of the individual patient's skin.
Radiesse is a synthetic injectable filler that has been approved by the FDA to reduce moderate to severe wrinkles, folds and creases around the nose and mouth by stimulating the natural production of collagen in the skin. This product is made of microspheres composed of calcium hydroxylapatite within a water-based gel and is made from minerals similar to what makes up our bones. Radiesse can be injected directly into the skin with no need for pre-testing.
Radiesse is most effective in reducing the appearance of nasolabial folds, and marionette lines. Radiesse is excellent at adding volume to the cheek bone area, which is often lost as our skin ages. The results of this procedure are visible immediately after the injection and can last for up to a year or even longer. With continued treatment, patients will require fewer and fewer injections.
Juvederm Injectable Gel is a safe, effective hyaluronic acid filler that restores volume to the skin and smoothes away moderate facial wrinkles and folds. The Juvederm gel is made of hyaluronic acid with a smooth consistency, allowing for easy injections and instant, natural-looking results. There is no pre-testing needed for this procedure.
The results of this procedure are available right away and can usually last for up to a year. The nasolabial folds, smile lines, marionette lines, tear trough area can all benefit from Juvederm. Juvederm enhances lips beautifully.
Microdermabrasion is a painless, non-invasive, skin rejuvenation procedure using a combination of a fine abrasive tip and vacuum suction applied to the skin. Typically there are no needles or anesthetics required for microdermabrasion. The vacuum pressure and speed are adjusted depending on the sensitivity and tolerance of the skin. Microdermabrasion is often compared to the feeling of a cat licking the skin- a rough but gentle texture. Most patients can return to their regular daily activity after treatment. Microdermabrasion helps improve texture and pigment of the skin.
The Dermapen has very fine needles that pierce the skin, in a uniform manner to stimulate the collagen to improve shallow scarring, fine lines, and skin texture. Stretch marks have been shown to improve greatly from this procedure. Microchannels are produced in the skin allowing infusion of hyaluronic acid serum during the treatment. Discomfort is mimimal and the patient leaves the office with minimal pinkness of the skin. No peeling of the skin occurs after this procedure and it can be used on all skin types.
Chemical peels remove damaged outer layers of skin on the face, hands, neck and chest to smooth texture, reduce scarring and remove blemishes and pre-cancerous growths to produce healthy, glowing skin. Our office performs three types of chemical peels, alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), Salycilic acid and trichloroacetic acid (TCA).
A chemical peel can be used to effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines, age spots, freckles, scarring and blotchiness, as well as improve skin tone and texture by removing damaged layers of skin. This procedure is also now performed on younger patients looking to prevent the signs of aging from appearing too early.
Sculptra is an injectable filler that restores facial fat lost by the effects of lipoatrophy, including sunken cheeks, and other indentations. This filler is injected below the surface of the skin in the areas of fat loss. The Sculptra injection consists of an alpha hydroxyl acid called poly-L-lactic acid, or PLLA. This product is safe, synthetic, biocompatible, biodegradable and long-lasting. No pre-testing is required for Sculptra treatments. Several treatments are required to achieve optimal results.
Perlane® is an injectable filler used to treat deep facial lines, augment the lips and contour the cheeks and chin. Made by the same company that produces Restylane®, Perlane contains purified hyaluronic acid, a sugar found naturally in the body that works with collagen to keep the skin smooth and supple. It is hypoallergenic and so does not require a pre-treatment skin test.
Sclerotherapy is the standard treatment for varicose and spider veins. A special sclerosing solution is injected into the diseased vein, which then collapses and is gradually absorbed by the body. By the end of the treatment program, the veins are less visible on the skin surface. Sclerotherapy usually also relieves symptoms associated with enlarged veins and prevents further complications.
Iridex 532 Diode Laser
The Iridex 532 diode laser is a very affective nonablative treatment for vascular lesions. These include telangiectasias and red hemangiomas. Protective eyewear is worn throughout the procedure. The healing process is not long, but the skin cannot be tan and sun protection after the procedure is imperative. This procedure is done only in our Elmhurst office.
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