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Are You Ready for Plastic Surgery?

Posted on: August 26th, 2019
By: The Office of North Shore Aesthetics

Many men and women desire the results offered through plastic surgery; however, wanting cosmetic enhancement and actually preparing yourself for the procedure and the recovery period are two very different things.

Plastic surgery, especially invasive procedures, such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, body lift, and liposuction, are typically very well managed by the patient, but even under the best of circumstances, there are adjustments to your immediate routine as well as the emotional aspects of the procedure that must be taken into consideration.

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Patient preparing to undergo plastic surgery.

Plastic surgery affects both your physical appearance as well as your emotional state, and before you choose to go under the knife, you should feel confident that both are prepared for what is to come.

Why Are You Choosing Surgery?

The best way to determine if you are ready for plastic surgery is to examine the reason that you want the procedure. Just as there are good reasons to undergo surgery, there are also those that should raise a red flag.

Plastic surgery is deeply personal—it will affect no one but you—and therefore, the decision for surgery needs to come from you. Many patients turn to plastic surgery as a way to please their significant other. This is one of those reasons that deserve to be looked at further. Surgery will affect your appearance, and you will be the one to deal with the recovery period as well as the risks that accompany it. If you do not want the surgery for yourself, you should not want it to please someone else.

On the other hand, if surgery is something that you want and believe will better your confidence or physical comfort—then you may be an ideal candidate.  Some “right” reasons to undergo surgery include:

  • Considering facelift surgery to restore a youthful appearance after the natural aging process has left its unwanted marks.
  • Considering breast augmentation to gain the more feminine body contour that has eluded you.
  • Considering tummy tuck surgery and liposuction to restore your figure by removing the lower stomach pooch after pregnancy.
  • Considering a body lift after significant weight loss has left you with excess, sagging skin that is both uncomfortable and unsightly.

Is Your Body Prepared for Surgery?

Most surgical procedures by Dr. Schlechter are performed using IV sedation. Because of this, you need to make sure that your body is healthy enough to undergo the process safely. For body procedures, you should be at a healthy and stable weight—even if your procedure is designed to remove excess fat—and have no pre-existing conditions that would prevent or slow you from healing correctly. The same goes for facial procedures. It is vital that you are healthy enough to recover quickly and safely.

Patients who smoke or drink excessive amounts of alcohol should consider giving those up before and after the surgery. Smoking inhibits blood circulation and tissue oxygenation, and alcohol may react negatively with the pain medications prescribed. Smokers have a greater chance of having wound complications. The safest course of action is to halt both of these habits before the surgery and continue until you know that you are entirely healed.

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*Actual Patient* Results May Vary
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) 31-Year-Old 9 Months Post Op

Are Your Expectations Realistic?

Patients will often be advised to keep realistic expectations about their surgical results. But what does that mean? Having realistic expectations means that you understand that even surgery has its limits. Plastic surgery will not make you look like a different person—instead, it will highlight your natural beauty. Plastic surgery is also not a substitute for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle, no matter how many times you may undergo liposuction.

These procedures work best when they are combined with a healthy lifestyle and peace of mind. If you understand that, then there is no reason that you cannot achieve beautiful and desirable results.

How Can You Prepare Yourself?

During your surgical consultation, you will be asked why you are interested in your designated procedure and what you hope to gain from it. Be honest with your doctor and with yourself. Cosmetic enhancements provide physical aid and comfort as well as a boost in your confidence and self-image. You just need to make sure that you are ready for that.

 

For more information, or to set up a consultation with Dr. Schlechter, contact North Shore Aesthetics by calling (847) 737-5036 or by filling out our online contact form.


Is Facial Plastic Surgery Permanent?

Posted on: August 12th, 2019
By: The Office of North Shore Aesthetics

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Plastic surgery is a serious commitment, one that unfortunately involves surgical risk, cost, discomfort, and time away from work and some of your favorite activities. Because of this, everyone hopes that their treatment will offer permanent results. Sadly, this is not always true, especially when it comes to facial procedures. While facial plastic surgery can provide long-lasting results, they are not necessarily going to be with you forever.

 

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Portrait of a woman demonstrating potential results that can be achieved with facial plastic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic treatments.

Long Lasting, Not Permanent

Most men and women opt for facial plastic surgery and facial non-surgical procedures to turn back the hands of time. Anti-aging techniques make up the large subgroup of all facial cosmetic treatments. Wrinkles, skin laxity, and volume loss are all inevitable signs of aging that can be treated with a facelift, eyelid, and brow lift surgery. Procedures help to slow down the clock, not stop it.

Facelift

Facelift surgery targets wrinkles, skin laxity, and volume loss from the cheeks to the jawline. This procedure tightens and secures the underlying facial tissues that may have dropped, and it trims away any extra and unneeded skin on the region. Facelift surgery offers natural results that can help patients look years younger than they did before the procedure.

Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, targets the aging around the eyes. This procedure trims away excess skin and addresses fat pockets on the upper and lower eyelids to restore a more youthful facial appearance. This procedure not only targets natural aging but also the lines and wrinkles caused by repeated muscle movements.

Brow Lift

Brow lift surgery, or a forehead lift, enhances the area above the eyes. A brow lift raises brows that are drooping and contributing to a heavy appearance and reduces the depth of creases on the forehead.

Unfortunately, your skin and tissues will continue to break down with age and sun damage. That is why these anti-aging procedures are not permanent. Facelift, blepharoplasty, and brow lift can restore youthful contours, but it cannot stop the natural breakdown of skin and tissues.

Before and after photos of a patient who underwent facelift surgery in Northbrook, IL.

Before and after photos of a patient who underwent facelift surgery with Dr. Schlechter.

The Exceptions to the Rule

While many surgeries will not be permanent, there are exceptions to the rule. Facial augmentation like rhinoplasty, otoplasty, and chin implants should provide you with lifelong improvement. This is because these procedures alter your facial structure, which does not naturally change with time.

Are These Procedures Ever Temporary?

The only reason that you may encounter the need for additional surgery to the nose, ears, or chin is if a revision procedure is necessary. The need for revision is rare; however, it is not impossible. Occasionally, patients do not heal the way they are expected to, and sometimes additional complications may result in an outcome that is less than that anticipated. Revision procedures such as a revision rhinoplasty can repair or enhance a previous surgical procedure that may have left you with unsatisfactory results.

How to Maintain Your Results?

As the longevity of plastic surgery results is not guaranteed, it is up to you to prolong the quality of them. To lengthen your results, you need to prevent new signs of aging from quickly forming. This can be done with a few simple practices.

  1. Wear sunscreen every day (a broad-spectrum SPF 30 is usually sufficient).
  2. Avoid peak sun hours (between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.).
  3. Keep your skin hydrated (apply moisturizers and lotions and drink water).
  4. Do not smoke.
  5. Eat a healthy diet.
  6. Follow your surgical procedures with non-surgical injectable treatments, chemical peels, facials, and laser resurfacing.

 

To learn more about these procedures in the Northbrook or Chicago areas, contact Dr. Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics by calling (847) 737-5036 or by filling out our online contact form.


How to Minimize Plastic Surgery Scars

Posted on: June 28th, 2019
By: The Office of North Shore Aesthetics

Scars have the potential to develop whenever there is damage to the skin. This is common after plastic surgery, even in the hands of a highly skilled surgeon. While scars are an expected side effect of surgery, they are often not a welcome one. Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize the severity of scars.

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Apply Pressure to the Incision

One of the reasons patients wear compression garments after undergoing plastic surgery procedures like tummy tuck surgery, breast augmentation, and body lifts is to minimize scars. Compression garments place pressure on the incision and help to decrease scar formation. Fast-healing incisions usually look better than slow-healing wounds, so when it comes to scar management, the goal is to help your incision heal as quickly as possible.

Avoid Stress

Avoiding stress is a significant benefit to your healing process—and this does not only mean emotional stress. Physical stress is the act of putting any additional pressure or tension on the healing incisions. Bending, lifting, carrying, or exercising are all activities that place strain on the body. These activities can pull the healing incision apart, which can not only prolong the healing process but can also increase the width of your scar.

Stay Out of the Sun

Ultraviolet rays can permanently darken scars, so it is best to protect your incisions from the sun. While this may be easy to do with incisions that are usually covered by clothing, it can be more difficult when an incision is on the face, such as after a facelift or eyelid surgery. To protect facial incisions, wear a hat or scarf, and avoid peak hours whenever possible. Once the incision heals, be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day.

Drink Lots of Water

Water helps deliver nutrients and oxygen throughout the body, moisturizes the skin, and lubricates the tissues, allowing the body to heal quicker. While drinking water will not remove scars, it helps keep the skin looking healthy and provides additional health benefits.

Do Not Smoke

Smoking increases your risk of scars tenfold, which is one of the reasons you are asked to stop smoking both before and after your surgery. Smoking will delay the healing process, which can make the resulting scar more noticeable.

Use Silicone

Silicone scar sheets and silicone gel are effective in reducing the size and coloration of the scars. They are also useful in minimizing the risk of keloid or hypertrophic scars, which are raised or stretched markings. Silicone sheets and gel are applied to the incision once it has closed to help protect them from stress and contamination. These reusable bandages gently adhere to the skin but do not harm the surface when you remove them. You can find silicone sheets at most drug stores.

Follow Your Doctor’s Orders

Proper wound care will not only speed up the rate in which you heal but will also reduce your risk for infection. Dr. Schlechter will give you instructions on how to care for your wound after your procedure. By following these instructions diligently, you can have a quicker recovery and help minimize scarring.

To learn more on how you can minimize scars or to start your plastic surgery journey, schedule a consultation with Dr. Benjamin Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics. Call us today at (847) 737-5036 or fill out our online contact form.


My Rhinoplasty Results Changed Years Later

Posted on: May 29th, 2019
By: The Office of North Shore Aesthetics

Rhinoplasty is one of the most complex forms of plastic surgery. This is primarily due to the uncertainties of the healing process. There is no way to completely predict the way cartilage and bone will heal. Cartilage is tricky, and it does not always react the way that surgeons and patients would like. Whether the abnormalities show soon after surgery or wait several years to develop, the results of nasal surgery are never foolproof. Fortunately, even if your rhinoplasty results have changed, revision surgery can restore the nasal appearance you desire.

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When Is Revision Rhinoplasty Appropriate?

Rhinoplasty patients have the highest risk of revision surgery, and most of the time, this has nothing to do with the actions of the surgeon. Revision rhinoplasty may be appropriate for any patient who is dissatisfied by the appearance of their initial surgery, whether the surgery was performed one year or ten years ago. Revision rhinoplasty can also aid patients who have discovered that their procedure has caused or worsened breathing difficulties.

How Can Results Change Years Later?

Rhinoplasty is considered to be long lasting or permanent, but that does not mean that the results cannot change. The effects of your surgery change because your nose does. Many people do not realize that the nose is just as prone to aging as other facial features. Your nose is made out of cartilage, soft tissues, and fat. The soft tissues contain collagen, and collagen breaks down over time. This means that any nose will eventually droop, stretch, and change shape. These alterations may appear more significant on a nose that has previously undergone rhinoplasty, as the internal structure of the nose has already been compromised. Changes may be purely aesthetic, or they can affect the patient’s ability to breath. As the structure of the nose changes with age, the airflow changes as well, and sometimes, breathing abnormalities seem to develop out of nowhere.

How Is Revision Rhinoplasty Performed?

Revision rhinoplasty is often more complicated than the initial surgery, and not every surgeon feels comfortable attempting it. It is essential to find a revision surgeon with extensive knowledge, skill, and experience in revision cases. Often, the initial rhinoplasty procedure involves shaving down cartilage or bone to be more aesthetically appealing. While effective, this weakens the nose, and between this and the presence of scar tissue, additional complications are possible. Most revision rhinoplasty cases use the open approach, meaning that there will be an incision made along the columella (the strip of skin between the nostrils). The open technique allows your surgeon to see the inner structure of the nose better, giving them greater control over your results.

Revision rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure that is performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. The surgical techniques used will depend on the issue and the extent of correction being made. While revision surgery is never ideal, it is a wonderful option for patients who are dissatisfied with their results. There is nothing more disheartening than seeing the effects of your surgery fade or change with time. Revision surgery can fix that.

If your nasal appearance has altered after your rhinoplasty, revision surgery may be right for you. Contact Dr. Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics by calling (847) 737- 5036 or by filling out our online contact form.


Say Goodbye to Excessive Sweating

Posted on: April 26th, 2019
By: The Office of North Shore Aesthetics

A little sweat is nothing to fear, right? Unfortunately, a “little” sweat is not what worries individuals that have hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is characterized by excessive sweating of the underarms, hands, and feet, as these areas have a high concentration of sweat and odor glands. Sweating is our body’s natural way to regulate temperature, but for those with hyperhidrosis, this mechanism does not work, and the body produces more sweat than necessary. While hyperhidrosis may be a reaction to a more severe condition such as a tumor, diabetes, gout, hyperthyroidism, or obesity, it can also occur with no prerequisite and can cause lasting damage to an individual’s self-esteem and confidence. Instead of feeling as though you can only wear dark clothing year-round or cannot shake anyone’s hand for fear that your own will be clammy or wet, there are procedures available to help treat hyperhidrosis so that sweat is no longer a concern.

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BOTOX® Treats Excessive Sweating

While BOTOX® Cosmetic is more commonly known as the injectable treatment that minimizes the appearance of forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines, BOTOX® has another purpose: treating excessive sweating. This neuromodulator works by blocking the chemicals that activate the sweat glands. However, because the body eventually metabolizes BOTOX®, it is only a temporary solution. The effects of BOTOX® for excessive underarm sweating are known to last between six months to one year before the sweat glands reactivate. Additional treatments may be performed as often as necessary to maintain results.

To learn more about BOTOX® and how it can help control excessive underarm sweating, contact Dr. Benjamin Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics by calling (847) 737-5036 or by filling out our online contact form.


What Is the Best Treatment for My Aging Eyes?

Posted on: April 4th, 2019
By: The Office of North Shore Aesthetics

From blinking and squinting to sun damage and the loss of skin elasticity, many factors leave lasting marks on the eyes and upper face. The eyes and forehead are typically the first facial features to show the effects of age, time, and gravity. Unfortunately, they are also the facial features responsible for portraying youth and displaying emotions, leading many individuals to consider cosmetic procedures.

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What Causes Aging Eyes?

The skin around the eyes is the thinnest skin on the body, making it extra delicate. Factor in the thousands of blinks and eye movements per day, the damage caused by not protecting your skin from the sun, and the breakdown of collagen and elastin, and you are left with distinct lines and wrinkles around and between the eyes. Eye wrinkles fall into two categories, static and dynamic, and the ideal treatment depends on the type of wrinkle they are.

Dynamic Versus Static Lines

Dynamic lines are caused by repeated muscle movements, such as blinking, squinting, and any facial expression that causes the eyes, brows, or forehead to move. Static lines are those that are not caused by movement but instead develop due to other parts of the aging process. Men and women produce a significant amount of elastin and collagen when they are young, which allows the skin to remain taut and smooth. Unfortunately, the production of these proteins slows with age, and as this occurs your skin quality pays the price as you develop deep lines and creases.

Your Cosmetic Options

BOTOX® Cosmetic offers non-surgical relief from dynamic lines. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a neurotoxin that prohibits the chemical signals that allow for muscle contraction in the upper regions of the face and is, therefore, an effective treatment for crow’s feet, frown lines, and vertical forehead wrinkles. As the most popular injectable treatment, BOTOX® Cosmetic is minimally invasive, and patients can return to their normal activities immediately after. BOTOX® Cosmetic is only a temporary solution to dynamic lines, and treatments need to be repeated at three to four-month intervals.

Eyelid surgery and brow lift surgery can both address static and dynamic lines. Eyelid surgery improves heavy, drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags beneath the eyes. Eyelid surgery can also open up the eyes to improve your visual fields and your ability to convey a more extensive array of emotions. Brow lift surgery addresses lines and wrinkles on the forehead as well as those between the brows. A brow lift can also raise drooping eyebrows so that there is less pressure on the eyelids. While these surgical procedures do require some downtime, they provide long-lasting results that do not need to be repeated every few months.

To learn more about which eye procedure may be right for you, contact Dr. Benjamin Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics by calling (847) 737-5036 or by filling out our online contact form.


Can Fat Transfer Mimic Breast Implants?

Posted on: March 1st, 2019
By: The Office of North Shore Aesthetics

Plastic surgeons often hear that their patients have a desire to increase their breast size. This is why breast augmentation with implants is the most regularly performed cosmetic surgery in the country. While breast implants offer a guaranteed change in the size, shape, and projection of the breasts, not every woman likes the idea of placing a foreign object in their body. While implants are safe and reliable, they are not foolproof. Rupture, capsular contracture, and bottoming out are just some of the potential complications seen with breast implants, and for some women, these risks are just too high. Fortunately, there is another way to enhance the size of the breasts without the use of saline or silicone implants. The answer is fat transfer.

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What Is Breast Augmentation Fat Transfer?

Fat transfer is a surgical procedure that enhances multiple areas at the same time. Essentially, fat transfer is just what it sounds like: transferring fat from one area of your body to another. During a fat transfer, excess fat is taken from an area in which you do not want it, commonly the abdomen, hips, or thighs, and moved to an area that could use a little enhancement. Here, that area is the breasts. Fat transfer increases the size of the breasts in a completely natural and organic way. Since the fat is taken from you, there is nothing foreign being added to your body; therefore, there is a minimal chance of allergic reaction or rejection, and as fat is not a solid implant, there is no chance of implant-related complications.

Would Breast Augmentation Fat Transfer Work for You?

When hearing about breast augmentation with fat transfer, it may seem as though there would be no reason to offer breast implants because the benefits sound so appealing. While breast augmentation with fat transfer provides all of these, there are limitations, and it is only ideal for specific patients. The main problem that some women find when desiring breast augmentation with fat transfer is that they do not have enough fat to harvest for the transfer. The fat being added to the breasts needs to come from somewhere, and many petite women do not have enough excess fat on their body to take.

Are They Interchangeable?

Even if you do have the proper amount of fat to harvest, there is still a chance that breast augmentation with fat transfer may not work for you. The results of breast augmentation with fat transfer will look slightly different than the results provided through implants. Implants come in many sizes and shapes, allowing you to customize the final appearance and projection of your breasts. This is possible because implants are sturdy structures with a defined shape.

Fat does not have that same benefit. The results achieved through fat transfer will appear far more subtle than that of implants. For some women, this subtleness and natural appearance is a plus; for others, they want the more significant, defined breast appearance. Truthfully, it comes down to what kind of results interest you. Both implants and fat transfer will increase the size of the breasts; it is up to you to define what type of enlargement you are seeking. For women who desire larger breasts, multiple procedures may be necessary as only so much fat can be placed in the breasts during a single procedure.

To see if you are a candidate for breast augmentation with fat transfer or implants, contact Dr. Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics by calling (847) 737-5036 or by filling out our online contact form.


3 Ways to Your Best Neck

Posted on: February 18th, 2019
By: The Office of North Shore Aesthetics

When it comes down to facial aesthetics, balance is at the base of everything. Nothing is more noticeable than a facial appearance that is out of balance with its surrounding features, especially when that feature is the neck. Unfortunately, the neck does not receive the same amount of love and care as the face does. Combine that with sun damage and physical stress, and you may find yourself with vertical banding, loose skin, and unwanted lines to contrast an otherwise youthful-looking face. Fortunately, there are many cosmetic treatments available to restore balance and harmony to your facial appearance. North Shore Aesthetics offers three different treatment options that will bring back a youthful looking neck.

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1. Traditional Neck Lift

For years, the neck lift was the only way to reduce the most visible signs of aging on the neck. This surgical procedure addresses sagging skin, weakened muscles, and excess fat on the neck and jawline. During a neck lift, incisions are made under the chin and behind the ears where the deeper structures are tightened, and the remaining skin is re-draped. Neck lift surgery is often performed alongside a facelift to maintain proper balance and harmony between the features. Although this procedure can treat more severe forms of neck aging,

2. PrecisionTx™

The PrecisionTx™ is a minimally invasive alternative to a neck lift. This treatment uses laser contouring for men and women with mild to moderate skin laxity. It is an ideal option for patients who are just starting to notice the effects of neck aging and wish to postpone the more invasive surgical option. The PrecisionTx™ restores a defined and firm neck appearance through the use of three small incisions (one located under the chin, and the other two located just beneath each ear). Laser fibers are inserted through these small incisions, and a blend of laser wavelengths are dispersed to heat and tighten tissue by stimulating the production and formation of new collagen. This procedure requires less downtime and recovery compared to that of the traditional neck lift and results gradually begin to show over the course of three to four months.

3. Renuvion™

The Renuvion™ offers the best of both worlds: surgical-like results with a non-surgical procedure. Renuvion™ uses a unique combination of helium plasma and radiofrequency energy to treat moderate skin laxity on the neck. This non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure is one of the safest methods available to address unwanted skin laxity because of the low temperatures with which it heats the tissues. This low temperature allows for the most precise treatment possible and causes less trauma to the surrounding tissues. During this procedure, the Renuvion™ handpiece delivers cold helium plasma underneath the skin to tighten tissue and stimulate collagen production for extended results, and as Renuvion™ does not require large incisions, it is often considered to be a scarless neck lift. Renuvion™ can be combined with liposuction if excess fat and fullness on the neck is present.

To learn more about how neck treatments can revitalize your facial appearance, contact Dr. Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics by calling (847) 737-5036 or by filling out our online contact form.


The Scarless Arm Lift

Posted on: February 5th, 2019
By: The Office of North Shore Aesthetics

Your arms are one of your most exposed features, and no one wants to hide them under sweaters and jackets during the hot summer months. Unfortunately, many people are unsatisfied with the presence of jiggling upper arms. The upper arms are one of the most challenging areas to tone, and the skin there begins to show the effects of aging and weight fluctuations early. This combination leads many to desire cosmetic help. Traditionally, arm lift surgery is performed to address sagging on the upper arms. However, advances in minimally invasive procedures have allowed doctors the ability to provide their patients with alternatives to surgery. Dr. Schlechter offers Renuvion™ to his patients at North Shore Aesthetics.

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The Traditional Arm Lift

The traditional arm lift is a surgical procedure that tightens and sculpts the upper arms. An incision is typically made from the armpit to the elbow. Lax tissue is tightened, and excess skin is removed. Liposuction or Smartlipo™ is often used in combination with an arm lift to remove excess, unwanted fat. Although this procedure provides noticeable improvement, many prospective patients are interested in a less invasive option.

The Renuvion™ Alternative

For patients who do not wish to undergo an invasive procedure, which results in a long scar and an extended period of downtime, Renuvion™ may be something to consider. This revolutionary treatment combines the power of helium plasma and radiofrequency energy to tighten skin without the need for surgery. During this treatment, small incisions are made that are just large enough for the thin Renuvion™ cannula to be inserted. This handpiece delivers plasma energy to the underlying tissues in the upper arm. The tissues and skin cells are forced to contract due to the heat produced by the plasma. Collagen production is also stimulated. Renuvion™ offers noticeable skin tightening with minimal incisions, and therefore minimal scarring. As Renuvion™ only targets lax skin and tissues, it is commonly combined with liposuction to mimic the results of the more invasive arm lift. The incisions used during liposuction are the same as those made for Renuvion™ treatment, so no additional scarring will be present.

Renuvion™ skin tightening presents a less invasive treatment for men and women suffering insecurities from mild to moderate skin and tissue laxity on the upper arms. This treatment allows patients to gain the confidence to expose their toned arms.

 

For more information, or to set up a consultation, contact Dr. Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics by calling (847) 737-5036 or by filling out our online contact form.


Facelift or PrecisionTx™: Which Is Right For Me?

Posted on: January 18th, 2019
By: The Office of North Shore Aesthetics

Men and women who have skin laxity on their lower face and neck may assume that facelift and neck lift surgery are their only options for facial rejuvenation. While surgical procedures provide the most comprehensive level of skin tightening, they are no longer the only available treatments. Many individuals are now achieving youthful contours and definition with the PrecisionTx™ laser system.

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What is  PrecisionTx™?

Most people are aware of what facelift and neck lift surgeries are and what they can achieve. These procedures restore youthfulness and definition to the lower regions of the face and neck through incisions made along the hairline, around the ears, and occasionally under the chin. Excess skin is removed, and the underlying facial musculature is repositioned. Unlike surgery, the PrecisionTx™ is a minimally invasive laser contouring system that tightens tissue while stimulating collagen production. Laser wavelengths are administered through three tiny incisions to restore tightness to the lower face and neck.

PrecisionTx™ Candidates

Ideal candidates for the PrecisionTx™ are those that are dissatisfied with mild to moderate skin laxity along the lower face, jawline, and neck but are not ready to undergo invasive surgery. This is generally seen in younger patients that are trying to stay ahead of the game and target laxity that is just beginning to form.

Surgical Candidates

Candidates for facelift and neck lift surgery experience moderate to severe skin laxity along the lower face and neck as well as prominent jowls. Surgery is the big brother to laser contouring procedures like the PrecisionTx™. Facelift or neck lift surgery can be beneficial for patients of all ages and laxity concerns.

Which Procedure Is Right for Me?

Deciding which facial tightening procedure is best for you can be difficult. Both options can provide noticeable, long-lasting improvement for the right candidate. To determine which method might be suitable, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you emotionally ready for surgery?
  • How much downtime can you spare?
  • Are your facial lines and wrinkles just beginning to form or are they deeply set?
  • Do you have jowls, and to what extent?

If you are not ready for surgery, can’t spare a significant amount of downtime, and your facial aging is mild to moderate, the PrecisionTx™ may be the correct procedure for you. If your facial aging is more severe, the PrecisionTx™ may not provide the results that you are interested in. Facelift surgery is invasive and does require up to a few weeks of downtime and recovery; however, there is no better way to combat severe facial aging and skin laxity.

Set up a consultation with Dr. Schlechter today to see if you are a candidate for the PrecisionTx™ or a facelift. Contact our office by calling (847) 737-5036 or fill out our online contact form.


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