Articles Posted in Skin Enhancement

I have always taken pride in the natural looking results I achieve in the aesthetic work I perform on my patients.

If you are someone who wants to look frozen in time and would rather have a bizarre looking upper lip than vertical lines, I am not your woman. However, if you just want to look a little lifted and refreshed, with no obvious “work” done, I am, or should be, your first choice.

I don’t like using copious amounts of botox on my patients because I have seen what constant paralysis of muscles does to the shape of the face. I also prefer not to fill in smile lines in the midface as this creates distortion. I do like to rejuvenate the upper midface to give a lift to the cheeks, which reduces the smile lines without distortion.

Every now and then, I write about facial rejeuvenation techniques such as liquid facelifts, something that sets me apart from the average “filler”.

What I’d like to write about today is the use of blunt tipped cannulas for facial filling. While this sounds technical (it is ), it can make a world of difference between someone who leaves the office with downtime and someone who doesn’t.

By using a blunt tipped cannula, the risk of breaking blood vessels is diminished, so is the risk of bruising nerves. It allows the physician to make one needle insertion and use the cannula all over the face with the one insertion on either side. It also allows for a pain free experience.

Everyday, I notice women in the Chicago area who have had obvious facial filler jobs performed on them. They all look similar. Why is this and is it the only way to rejuvenate one’s face?

The answer to the second question is, no. The answer to the first question is twofold: Most doctors use fillers and botox to better their business model and bottom line. If the bottom line is the goal, then fillers are placed directly in the area of movement i.e. the wrinkles themselves, as this gives them the shortest lifespan and the patient will be back for more soon. However, their face is typically distorted and the laxity of the skin just moves backwards.

There are basic and advanced filler and botox techniques and most doctors use the basic techniques as they are faster and many more patients can be treated in a day. Typically, doctors never return for advanced training and are stuck with basic techniques.

For all the readers out there familiar with my blog, you know that I have kept this site committed to being an informative, knowledge based site. It will stay that way. For those of you who are interested in what products I use in my personal skin and health care, I have started the online store Skin and Chocolate.

The products I have chosen for my store are time tested, hand crafted an all are free of parabens, synthetic fragrances or other potential toxins. In addition to being free of toxins, the skin care is high performance. The chocolates are all raw and low glycemic, sweetened mostly with coconut nectar.

I’m offering dermal needle rollers along with growth factors, hyaluronic acid serums and botanical serums. While I use a 1mm needle in my office, I am offering a .25 mm length needle for home use. The .25 is safer to use at home as it does not require topical anaesthetic nor does it go into the dermis. However, the stimulation of the epidermis and creation of micropores will achieve greater results than simply applying expensive topical growth factors or hyaluronic acid serums topically. Without the use of microneedles, most water based products (serums) sit on top of the skin. Money is wasted and results are minimal. Creamy or fatty based products are much better absorbed and should not be needled into the skin.

One often hears how healthy someone looks. What prompts people to say that someone looks healthy?

Most often, it is subtle cues such as texture of skin, even skin tone with a mild glow and bright eyes. Many of these features are interpreted unconsciously to be equivalent with health, vigor and youth.

Proper skin care and true health promote this glow and great skin texture.

Many patients rush into my Chicago area office for procedures like photofacial and lipodissolve once the weather gets nice. They realize they’re going to be showing more skin and want that skin to be smooth and beautiful.

In reality, the best time for treatments is the middle of winter when it’s easy to either hide areas that are swollen as after a lipodissolve treatment, or avoid the sun on skin that has been treated with photofacial.

I have numerous patients that are sculpting their thighs or arms and winter makes it easy to hide them for the few days they are swollen. Saddle bags and muffin tops are easy to erase but there are a few days of swelling and it’s best to wear lose fitting clothes or a long sweater those first days of recovery.

Peyronies is a disorder of the connective tissue of the penis. It affects at least 5% of the male population, is disfiguring and can be painful or desensitizing in some cases.

I am writing about it in my blog as it pertains to aesthetics and lifestyle changes as well as overall health and wellbeing.

I have had male patients walk into my chicago area office complaining of many things they want to address, but one of the more difficult things for them to speak about are issues regarding sexuality and their genitalia.

In my Chicago area clinic, I see many people with dull or sagging, lifeless looking skin.

There are many reasons for this; enlarged pore size, poor nutrition, disease, inflammatory processes, sun damage and hormonal changes.

Whether we like it or not, first impressions are often the main reason we get chosen for a job, a date, or picked for a team.

Why chose a non-surgical procedure involving many injections that might involve a few visits over a single surgical procedure?

The answer is the risk/benefit ratio.

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or suction-assisted lipectomy, is cosmetic surgery performed to remove unwanted deposits of fat from under the skin. The doctor sculpts and recontours the patient’s body by removing excess fat deposits that have been resistant to reduction by diet or exercise. The fat is permanently removed from under the skin with a suction device. The patients is typically under general anesthesia.

In my Chicago area office, I see many patients with thick unsightly scars and keloids.

Many of the patients think they have to have a surgical procedure to remove them. And, if they make keloids, they often avoid the surgery because there is a good chance they’ll form another keloid.

Another option for removing these scars is to inject a naturally occurring enzyme called collagenase. This breaks down the peptide bonds in the scar and the scar levels out. Once the scar is flat, an intense pulsed light and radio frequency is used to reduce the abnormal pigment or redness.

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