Posted on: December 27th, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics
Although many cosmetic insecurities can benefit from surgery, not all aesthetic concerns require invasive fixes. Many of the most annoying aesthetic concerns can be remedied with minimally-invasive procedures that don’t require general anesthesia, incisions, or lengthy downtime but leave you looking and feeling more confident.
We all have those pesky spots, dimples, or lines on our bodies that we wish that we could eliminate. At North Shore Aesthetics, some of our patients’ most commonly asked questions have to do with getting rid of cellulite, spider veins, and acne scars. Fortunately for our patients, we offer several non-surgical procedures that can combat and remedy all of these pesky cosmetic concerns.
Cellulite is one of the most frustrating cosmetic concerns because there is often nothing that you can do about it. Contrary to what many individuals believe, cellulite often does not correlate with weight. Any individual with any body shape can suffer from unwanted pockets of cellulite. Cellulite appears when fat cells get trapped between the connective tissues of your skin, forming those not-so-sweet dimples on your legs, buttocks, and abdomen. Once it develops, there’s not much that you can do about it on your own since at-home “fixes” are usually only short-term remedies. North Shore Aesthetics offers Cellulaze™, a minimally-invasive, FDA-approved treatment for cellulite. During the procedure, Dr. Schlechter inserts a small laser fiber under the skin. The fiber emits laser energy that heats the fat cells and liquifies them, and the laser then releases the fibrous bands that cause the dimpling. The laser energy also stimulates collagen production, which helps to increase your skin’s thickness and elasticity. Cellulaze™provides a smooth, healthy appearance to the treated areas and long-lasting relief from the annoyances of cellulite in just one treatment. Cellulaze treatments can take up to six months to see the final results.
Another common cosmetic concern that is out of your control is spider veins. Spider veins are the often blue, web-like veins that show through your skin. These veins commonly appear on the thighs and calves and often cause insecurity and the feeling that you need to hide your legs. Instead of letting spider veins get the best of your emotions, North Shore Aesthetics offers CUTERA® Excel V. This laser treatment reduces the appearance of spider veins by delivering laser energy pulses that constricts blood flow to the responsible vein. This lack of blood flow causes the vein to resorb, rendering it non-functional. Instead of hiding those “bruise-like” marks on your legs, you’ll want to flaunt your blemish-free legs with pride. Multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve the best results.
Although acne scars are common battle wounds from adolescence and young adulthood, they are not desirable ones, especially when they show up on the face. Microneedling is one of the many ways to reduce the appearance of acne scars. Microneedling is a treatment that inflicts a series of tiny wounds to the skin that stimulates a healing response, forming new collagen. This healing response does wonders by smoothing out your skin’s complexion and reducing the appearance of acne scars.
Although excessive sweating is not as visible as some of these other cosmetic concerns, it can be just as frustrating. Hyperhidrosis is a condition that results in the constant sweating from the armpits, hands, and feet. Although there are several causes of hyperhidrosis, one of the most common is the overly high number of sweat glands present in a specific area. To control excessive sweating, BOTOX ™ can be injected into the area of the sweat glands to decrease the production of sweat.
If you are tired of fighting against these pesky cosmetic concerns, contact North Shore Aesthetics by calling (847) 239-5286 to set up a consultation.
Posted on: December 10th, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics
Recently, social media has become so intertwined with everyday life that it is difficult to remember the way things once were–a time when women and men weren’t worried about whether or not they were “camera-ready.” Social media and selfies truly have reinvented the way we see and choose to present ourselves to others. This desire to look our best has led to a spike in facial cosmetic procedures across the board, especially ones that enhance a person’s profile. A common spot that patients desire to transform is the area beneath the chin.
The submental region is a common place for excess fat to accumulate. This submental fullness is often referred to as a “double chin.” While the presence of a double chin can be frustrating even without the pressure of a camera, the angles and proximity of the camera to the face certainly don’t do the double chin any favors. It is because for this reason that many are turning to cosmetic procedures.
What Are Your Options?
Removing the submental fat cells can significantly alter your selfie profile. At North Shore Aesthetics, we can address a double chin through a variety of cosmetic procedures.
KYBELLA® has flipped the switch for non-surgical treatment of moderate to severe fat under the chin. This FDA-approved injectable treatment permanently destroys submental fat cells to smooth and lessen the appearance of a double chin. Once KYBELLA® destroys the fat cells beneath the chin, they can no longer store fat or cause the appearance of a double chin.
Laser Fat Reduction
Non-surgical fat reduction with truSculpt® is a non-invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to destroy unwanted fat cells and tighten the skin under the chin. During this procedure, radiofrequency energy is pulsed through a handheld device directly to the chin area. These pulses destroy the fat cells before they are naturally eliminated from the body. In addition to the destruction of these cells, truSculpt® allows for non-invasive tightening of the skin. After this procedure, your selfie is sure to see a difference in the smoothness and tightness of your chin and jawline.
Liposuction with Renuvion™
For patients with a higher degree of unwanted fat and excess skin, liposuction with Renuvion™ can significantly aid their selfies and self-esteem. This minimally-invasive combination procedure uses liposuction to remove the unwanted excess fat under the chin and uses Renuvion™ to tighten the loose skin. Similar to truSculpt®, Renuvion™ relies on radiofrequency energy; however, unlike truSculpt®, this energy is combined with helium plasma for additional skin tightening and the added benefit of collagen stimulation.
Don’t let a double chin get in the way of your perfect selfie. Contact Dr. Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics by calling (847) 737-5036 to schedule your consultation.
Posted on: November 27th, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics
For years, tummy tuck surgery was the only cosmetic way to achieve a toned and sculpted abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery is so beneficial because it not only removes unwanted, excess abdominal fat but also treats skin laxity, something that most non-surgical or minimally-invasive procedures cannot do. Even liposuction, with its powerful ability to remove unwanted fat cells, cannot tighten skin adequately and, therefore, is not always a viable alternative to tummy tuck surgery. Fortunately, those days seem to be coming to a close.
For men and women who desire abdominal results that can be on-par with tummy tuck surgery but don’t have the time needed for recovery or are not ready for invasive surgery, Renuvion™ is available as a scar-less alternative to a tummy tuck.
What Can Renuvion™ Treat?
Abdominal laxity can occur in men and women for a variety of reasons. The abdomen is one of the most challenging areas to keep toned and trim, even with a healthy diet and routine exercise. Even for patients who have been able to lose unwanted abdominal fat successfully, excess skin may be present, especially after significant weight loss or pregnancy. Renuvion™ treats unwanted skin laxity in the abdomen and is an excellent combination procedure with liposuction if you are concerned about both excess fat and skin.
What is Renuvion™?
Renuvion™ is a non-invasive skin treatment that tightens skin with a combination of helium plasma and radiofrequency energy. This combination gets evenly administered to the abdominal region through tiny incisions (the same incisions used during liposuction) to gently heat the tissue and stimulate the production of collagen. By doing this, the skin is triggered and begins to tighten and shrink.
How Do the Recovery Periods Differ?
Tummy tuck surgery is an invasive surgical procedure that results in a large scar. The traditional tummy tuck incision runs from hip bone to hip bone, and it is through this incision that excess fat and skin are removed before the remaining skin is re-draped over your new abdominal contour. Traditionally, tummy tuck surgery takes between six weeks and a few months to completely get back to an exercise routine. Your movement will be limited during the first week or two, and you will experience some pain and discomfort during your recovery. Unlike the tummy tuck, Renuvion™ does not require that much downtime. Renuvion™ usually takes under a week or two for the bruising and swelling to dissipate. Results will be noticeable in a few weeks but will take up to six to eight months for the tissues to fully mature and your results to show. And unlike the hip to hip scar that a tummy tuck will bring, Renuvion™ offers little to no scarring as no extensive incisions are made.
To this day, the tummy tuck will provide the most significant amount of abdominal contouring; however, for patients who may have mild abdominal skin laxity that is unresponsive to diet and exercise, Renuvion™ is a viable alternative. A large amount of skin laxity may not respond adequately to a Renuvion™ treatment. Dr. Schlechter can determine if you are a good candidate for this less invasive treatment.
If you are interested in learning more about Renuvion™, contact Dr. Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics by calling (847) 737-5036 to set up a consultation.
Posted on: November 14th, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics
Over recent years, you may have heard about PRP injections. The medical industry has been using it for decades to treat injuries such as tendon problems, nerve damage, and sports injuries such as sprains and pulled muscles. Now, researchers have discovered that the same principles and benefits of PRP apply to cosmetic and other health-related concerns. At North Shore Aesthetics, the benefits of PRP injections are great for facial rejuvenation.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Plasma is an ingredient found naturally in your blood that contains an exceedingly large amount of growth factors and proteins that stimulate healthy cell production. At North Shore Aesthetics, we take a sample of blood from your arm and use the Magellan® TruPRP™ machine to centrifuge it, causing the platelets to separate from the rest of the blood. This process creates a significant concentration of platelet-rich plasma that is ready for injection.
What Can PRP Treat?
PRP has many benefits. At North Shore Aesthetics, we use PRP for facial rejuvenation. Facial rejuvenation treatments come in all forms, including surgical, minimally-invasive, and non-invasive. While all these treatments lead you toward looking younger and more refreshed, they go about them in very different ways. PRP is great for patients who are looking for a natural approach to improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, creases, hyperpigmentation, and thin skin. This treatment is one hundred percent natural, and it will provide you with natural-looking results. And because PRP injections use your own blood, there is absolutely no risk of infection or rejection. PRP for facial rejuvenation offers many benefits, including:
- Stimulating collagen production
- Smoothing facial lines and wrinkles
- Improving the skin’s tone and texture
- Reducing the appearance of facial scars
With PRP injections for facial rejuvenation, you can enjoy the improvement of your skin’s clarity, smoothness, and thickness. Younger looking skin is just a treatment away! PRP can also be used with microneedling to help with skin rejuvenation.
To learn about how platelet-rich plasma can help you, contact North Shore Aesthetics by calling (847) 737-5036 to set up a consultation.
Posted on: October 23rd, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics
Breast sagging is a common and expected part of aging; however, additional factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight loss can speed up and increase the substantialness of that sagging. Any level of breast sagging can have adverse effects on your self-esteem and self-image. It can affect the clothing styles you choose as well as impact your confidence in intimate settings. A breast lift is performed to restore sagging breasts to their previous elevation on the chest to restore confidence and a balanced aesthetic.
The extent of breast sagging can range from mild to severe. With mild sagging, you may experience a slight drop in the breasts (that is common with age or pregnancy) but retain some skin elasticity. With severe sagging, your breasts may become elongated and loose with nipples that point downward. Breast lift surgery can target any level of breast ptosis to restore youthfulness and perkiness to the breasts. During this procedure, Dr. Schlechter removes any excess breast tissue and skin, repositions the nipples higher on the breasts, and closes the incisions. The results are breasts that are firmer and more elevated on the chest.
Combination Procedures for Larger Transformation
While breast lift surgery can be a stand-alone procedure, it is often combined with either breast augmentation or a breast reduction. A breast lift does wonders in restoring a youthful appearance to the breasts, but it has very little to no effect on the volume of the breasts.
A breast lift removes excess skin and raises the position of the breasts on the chest. However, it adds no volume to the breasts, and the breasts may appear smaller than they were before the lift because removing the excess skin causes the breasts to be more compact. If you desire increased volume and size to the breasts, you may need to combine a breast augmentation with your lift to achieve your desired appearance. A breast augmentation/breast lift combination is ideal for women who’ve always wanted larger breasts and women whose breasts have deflated with pregnancy or weight loss. Breast implants are added at the time of your breast lift surgery to create enhancement in both size and youthfulness.
On the other hand, some women desire a breast lift due to the excess weight of overly-large or cumbersome breasts. Having ill-proportioned, large breasts puts extra strain on the thin breast skin and is one of the causes of premature sagging of the breasts. A breast reduction/breast lift combination is ideal for women suffering from the emotional and physical side effects of overly-large and sagging breasts. During this procedure, Dr. Schlechter removes excess breast tissue and skin. These two procedures are good combination procedures because they are performed through the same incisions.
If you are interested in learning about how a breast lift can help you, contact Dr. Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics by calling (847) 737-5036 to set up a consultation.
Posted on: October 18th, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics
Gynecomastia is a condition many men experience at some point in their life. Gynecomastia is the presence of enlarged breast tissue, more commonly referred to as “man boobs.” Gynecomastia can develop during puberty or be the result of taking prescription medications, steroids, or marijuana. Unfortunately for many men, excess breast tissue causes anxiety in one’s appearance, which can lead to lasting insecurities in a person’s self-image and confidence The presence of this overdeveloped breast tissue leads many men to shy away from social or intimate interactions and forces them to feel as though they need to hide the appearance of their breasts. For years, this condition has been treated through gynecomastia surgery; however, there is now a less-invasive option to combating this condition. At North Shore Aesthetics, Dr. Schlechter offers Renuvion™ to treat gynecomastia.
What Is the Difference Between Gynecomastia Surgery and Renuvion™?
Excess breast tissue and fat must be removed through either liposuction or surgical excision. The removal of this breast tissue and fat, especially for men who have a larger amount of it, can result in sagging skin. It’s the treatment of this excess skin that creates the difference between gynecomastia surgery and Renuvion™. Traditional gynecomastia surgery removes sagging skin through surgical excision. This excision of the skin makes treating gynecomastia more invasive and results.
Renuvion™ is a less-invasive option available to treat excess, sagging skin. Renuvion™ uses a combination of helium plasma and radiofrequency energy to tighten skin without additional incisions or longer recovery required with surgical skin excision. To undergo gynecomastia surgery with Renuvion™, liposuction is first used to remove the excess breast tissue and fat. Once the fat is gone, the Renuvion™ probe is inserted through the small liposuction incisions to deliver the plasma energy to the loose skin. This energy causes the skin to tighten while stimulating the production of collagen. Renuvion™ is one of the safest procedures available to tighten skin and does so with little downtime or discomfort.
Are You a Candidate for Renuvion™?
Renuvion™ is designed to treat mild to moderate skin laxity. Therefore, it is best suited for men who have mild to moderate cases of gynecomastia. If the degree of your excess skin is severe, Renuvion™ may not be able to provide the same level of correction that surgical excision can. For most men, however, Renuvion™ is a revolutionary new approach to making gynecomastia surgery less invasive and more comfortable. Enjoy you firmer and flatter chest with less scarring and a faster recovery with Renuvion™.
To learn more about Renuvion™ and how it can help with gynecomastia, contact Dr. Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics by calling (847) 737-5036 to set up a consultation.
Posted on: September 19th, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics
Lotions, creams, laser resurfacing, dermal fillers, surgery, and now blood? As unusual as it may sound, your blood is the newest way to revamp your facial skincare routine. A natural alternative to dermal fillers and a less invasive approach than cosmetic surgery or laser resurfacing, your blood contains the secret ingredient needed to achieve a more youthful-looking, rejuvenated complexion. This ingredient is platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Platelets are a component of your blood that is responsible for tissue healing and new cell growth. Separating these platelets from your blood and injecting a higher concentration of them can improve the quality of your facial skin and rejuvenate your appearance.
What’s the Secret to PRP?
PRP has been used for years by doctors to help expedite the healing of patient’s wounds by stimulating new cell growth. By using the same principles, these powerful platelets can be injected into your face where wrinkles, deep creases, and hollowed areas are present to stimulate the growth of collagen, form new blood cells, and enhance the smoothness of facial muscles. By using PRP for facial rejuvenation, patients can see improvement in:
- Facial wrinkles and fine lines
- Deep creases and hollowed areas
- Skin laxity
- Skin thickness
- Skin tone
- Facial scars
How Does PRP for Facial Rejuvenation Work?
After collecting a small vial of blood, Dr. Schlechter uses a machine called the Magellan® TruPRP™ to centrifuge the blood and separate the solids from the liquids. These solids are the platelet-rich plasma. Once the centrifugation process is complete, Dr. Schlechter strategically injects the PRP where needed. These injections are safe, quick, and require no downtime. There is also minimal risk since it’s the patient’s own blood that is doing all the hard work. Results can be seen in as little as two to three weeks with final results appearing at about 12 weeks. Repeated treatments may be necessary for more significant reversal of facial aging.
If you are looking for an all-natural alternative to fillers or laser treatments, you need not look any further because you already possess the needed ingredient for youthful skin.
To learn more about PRP and how it can help rejuvenate your appearance, contact Dr. Schlechter at North Shore Plastic Surgery by calling (847) 737-5036.
Posted on: August 9th, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics
Summer is a perfect time to rejuvenate ourselves in every sense of the word. It is a time to relax and separate ourselves from the stressful rigors of everyday life. It is also the season when you tend to see the friends and family closest to you. And whether it be for a family wedding or backyard barbeque, this relaxed state of mind deserves to be accompanied with a refreshed and glowing complexion. The HydraFacial MD® Elite with Perk™ is the perfect preparation for any special summer occasion, as it instantly brightens and hydrates your skin for a more youthful-looking you.
No Need to Plan Ahead
Many facials and skin treatments provide significant improvement to irritating and confidence-damaging skin concerns. The unfortunate truth to these skin treatments is that many of them require days of what is essentially downtime. Though there is usually little physical discomfort, you may discover that your skin is looking red, blotchy, and maybe even swollen. And all of those effects are certainly not what you want for your face the next time you see an old friend. The HydraFacial MD® Elite is different. This nourishing facial works instantly, with no downtime or irritation, and the hydration provided to your skin is proven to last for days. Feel confident in your appearance and your ability to look your best at a moment’s notice. There is no reason or excuse too little to desire a little skin pick-me-up.
Complete Skin Nourishment
The HydraFacial MD® Elite is a unique skin treatment that combines hydradermabrasion with impurity extractions with the introduction of antioxidant serums. Though this procedure, your pores will be cleaned, your skin exfoliated, and your tone and texture concerns eased with the delivery of antioxidant and peptide serums. The HydraFacial MD® Elite addresses enlarged pores, oily or congested skin, fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone and texture irregularities, and sun-damaged skin. But the most significant benefit to the HydraFacial MD® Elite is the intense hydration it provides to your skin, and hydrated skin is youthful skin. While this hydration will last for a few days, repeated treatments will begin to increase your natural skin health, allowing you to retain your glowing results longer. With the HydraFacial MD® Elite, your skin will look like you’ve just experienced a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation, and everyone will take notice.
Continue Your Treatment At Home
Perk™ is the perfect add-on to your HydraFacial MD® Elite treatment, offering both in-office and at-home skin rejuvenation. The Perk™ system takes the hydrating benefits of the HydraFacial MD® Elite and turns it into an at-home treatment for you to use whenever you desire that little touch-up. Perk™ uses a roller-flex technology that loosens dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that may build up after your facial. There are three options for Perk™ treatments depending on your desired area of improvement. You can use Perk™ to plump the lips, rejuvenate the eyes, or refresh the face. These at-home treatments make it possible for you to always look and feel your best.
Posted on: June 23rd, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics
Despite its growing popularity (there were over 1.7 million cosmetic surgery procedures and over 15 million minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in 2017), common misconceptions about plastic surgery still exist. Many people continue to see plastic surgery as something only for vain celebrities; yet in actuality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Over the years, cosmetic surgery and minimally invasive procedures have not only improved in technique and quality of results but also in increased popularity. Patients of all ages are finding themselves heading to their cosmetic surgeons for touch-up treatments and fixes of their most bothersome physical troubles. With plastic surgery hitting the mainstream, it’s time to clear up those lingering misconceptions.
1. It’s Only for Women
There is no denying that plastic surgery is more heavily marketed to women than it is to men. Social media and advertising companies often forget or ignore the fact that cosmetic procedures help men regain confidence in their appearance the same as they do for women. In fact, over 100,000 surgical procedures were performed on men last year. Facelift surgery, tummy tuck surgery, blepharoplasty, and liposuction are all common surgical procedures for men that allow them to shape and tone their bodies and revitalize their appearance while improving their level of self-esteem.
2. It’s Only for Vanity
It’s true that cosmetic surgery is designed to enhance physical appearances that are bothersome to patients; every person should be allowed to look and feel their best. That being said, many cosmetic surgery procedures go beyond aesthetics. Many rhinoplasty patients seek plastic surgery to improve breathing, and many blepharoplasty patients desire a lift in their eyelids to open their field of vision to help them see better. Additionally, many patients who have lost a significant amount of weight feel trapped by the excess amount of skin left over, which is not only aesthetically displeasing but also physically discomforting. Many women who have developed naturally large breasts understand the pain and physical limitations of their breast size. While some patients are led to plastic surgery for purely aesthetic reasons, this is a generalization that no longer applies.
3. It’s Only for People Who Are “Lazy”
Procedures like liposuction are often thought to be weight loss procedures for patients who are lazy; however, there is no truth in that statement. For starters, liposuction, along with every other form of cosmetic surgery, is not a weight loss procedure, nor is it a substitute for diet and exercise. Instead, it is a way to eliminate those final troublesome areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. With pregnancies, weight fluctuations, and aging comes stubborn fat pockets that cannot be toned, no matter how much sweat you put into it. Plastic surgery isn’t for people who are lazy; rather, it’s for people who have put in the effort but still need a little help.
4. The Expense Puts It Out of Reach
Cosmetic surgery is a substantial financial investment. It is something that many patients need to save and budget for; however, it isn’t out of reach. In 2017 alone, Americans spent over $8.5 billion on cosmetic procedures, and the majority of those patients were people just like you. No matter your age, gender, or financial situation, cosmetic procedures can be for you if you want them. There are no limitations when it comes to the desire to look and feel your best.
For more information about cosmetic procedures, contact Dr. Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics today by calling (847) 737-5036.
Posted on: May 30th, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics
While becoming a mother brings immeasurable joy and many beautiful experiences, the effect it has on your body is not always positive. Between the stubborn fat, sagging skin, drooping breasts, and stretch marks, pregnancy and nursing can often lead you to believe that you were given an entirely new body.
For years, women have been turning to plastic surgery to regain their pre-pregnancy physique through a set of procedures known as the Mommy Makeover.
A Mommy Makeover can address multiple areas of a woman’s body during one surgery. The most common procedures included in the Mommy Makeover are:
Although a Mommy Makeover can do wonders for a woman’s body, there are some common misconceptions about this procedure.
A Mommy Makeover Isn’t for Weight Loss
One of the most common misconceptions for the Mommy Makeover (and plastic surgery in general) is that it is an alternative to weight loss. Plastic surgery procedures, including liposuction and tummy tucks, will tone your body and sculpt your physique, but they are not a substitute for diet and exercise. The transformation you will get through a Mommy Makeover is not one that will be substantially noticeable on the scale; it will, however, improve your confidence by helping you to reclaim your ideal body.
A Mommy Makeover Isn’t Just for Moms
Although a Mommy Makeover focuses on problems caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding, this procedure can benefit any woman. Many women prefer the Mommy Makeover because it can target multiple areas of the body during one surgery and requires only one recovery.
A Mommy Makeover Can’t Turn Back Time
While the Mommy Makeover can provide stunning, natural-looking results, it can’t make you look like you are 20 again. There are limitations to what a Mommy Makeover can do. That said, as long as you go into surgery with realistic expectations, you can leave the journey feeling more rejuvenated and better than you could have ever imagined. Your procedures will result in tighter skin, sculpted contours, firmer and lifted breasts, and an overall increase in confidence.
If you are considering Mommy Makeover surgery, call Dr. Schlechter at 847-737-5036. Our team at North Shore Aesthetics look forward to guiding you on your cosmetic surgery journey.