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Get Glowing Skin Before Summer’s End

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.

Woman with beautiful skin

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.

To get a glowing complexion or for more information about the HydraFacial MD® Elite with Perk™, contact North Shore Aesthetics at (847) 737-5026.

How to Lose a Double Chin

Close up of woman with beautiful neckExercise doesn’t always work when you are trying to tone a specific area. So-called “spot reduction” through a healthy lifestyle is a myth, and no amount of dieting or exercises are guaranteed to successfully eliminate a double chin. The following four cosmetic procedures can help you achieve a slender and defined neckline once and for all with long-lasting results.

KYBELLA®

KYBELLA® is one of the newest injectables on the market. This prescription medicine is specially formulated for the treatment of submental fullness (a double chin). The active ingredient in this non-surgical treatment is deoxycholic acid, which aids in the breakdown and absorption of fat. After KYBELLA® is injected, patients return to their typical daily activities, and the deoxycholic acid begins to destroy the fat cells under the chin. As the weeks and months pass, the body will flush away the destroyed cells, leading to a noticeable reduction in submental fullness. Depending on the amount of fat distribution under their chin, patients may need between one and six treatment sessions with KYBELLA® to achieve their desired results.

Liposuction

Liposuction is a popular body contouring procedure that removes fat from targeted areas. If you have stubborn fat under your chin, liposuction can help. There are several different surgical techniques, but they all require small incisions, the insertion of a thin tube, and the extraction of fat through the tube via suction. There is typically a short period of recovery with some swelling and bruising, after which you can return to normal life. Many patients need only one treatment session with liposuction to remove their double chin.

PrecisionTx™

PrecisionTx™ is a laser contouring and skin tightening system for the neck and lower face. If you have mild to moderate skin laxity and desire better definition along the jawline and neck, PrecisionTx™ can help. This one-hour, minimally invasive treatment is performed under either local anesthesia or IV sedation. Dr. Schlechter makes small incisions under the chin and below each ear. He then inserts the PrecisionTx™ laser fiber through a tube just under the skin, where it delivers laser energy wavelengths. This laser energy disrupts the underlying tissue, causing collagen formation and tissue contraction. After a short recovery period, patients can return to work and will see the results gradually improve over the next three to six months. PrecisionTx™ is a one-time treatment that offers lasting results for tightening and toning the skin beneath the chin.

truSculpt®

truSculpt® is an optimized radio frequency fat reduction and skin tightening system that can target stubborn fat without invasive surgery. Safe for use on numerous areas of the body, including the neck and chin area, truSculpt® can improve skin tone and get rid of unwanted fat. Anesthesia is not required. The truSculpt® device is held to the target area, and pulses of radio-frequency energy are transmitted through the skin. This energy destroys the fat cells, and the body gets rid of them naturally. There is no downtime with truSculpt®. The results become noticeable within a few weeks and improve for a few months. Two or more treatments may be needed to achieve your desired results. This non-invasive procedure can help those who wish to get rid of stubborn fat on the neck or other areas but are not good candidates for surgical procedures.

Dr. Benjamin Schlechter, M.D., F.A.C.S. has over 20 years of experience as a board-certified plastic surgeon. Having performed tens of thousands of procedures as a plastic surgeon, Dr. Schlechter can help you determine which treatment is best for your needs and will help you eliminate your double chin for good. To request your appointment, please call (847) 737-5036 or complete our online contact form today.

Spider Vein Treatment With Laser Therapy

Spider veins are spiky and thin veins that may form on the face and legs. While generally harmless, these unsightly veins can tarnish your complexion. If your skin is marked by noticeable spider veins, laser vein treatment with the Cutera® excel V™ laser can eliminate your spider veins and produce a more even skin tone.

Before & After Photos of Laser Treatments for Spider Veins

What Causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins form when vein valves weaken, causing blood to back up instead of flowing naturally through the vein. The most common causes of spider veins are aging, weight gain, hormones, sun exposure, pregnancy, injuries, prolonged standing or sitting, and genetics. Though usually harmless, these veins may itch or burn. Most people consider them a nuisance and an embarrassment. Without treatment, spider veins are permanent. People who are not aware of the Cutera® excel V™ laser may feel forced to conceal their spider veins by wearing pants or applying makeup concealer.

How Can the Cutera® excel V™ Laser Help?

The Cutera® excel V™ laser is a simple treatment that can permanently eliminate spider veins and restore evenly toned skin. This laser can treat a wide range of veins from small spider veins to deep blue reticular veins with nice results.

Your treatment may begin with the application of a topical anesthetic if desired, after which the laser will be applied. The laser will deliver short pulses of light energy into the skin. This laser energy causes the blood vessels to constrict and collapse. Over the following weeks, the blood will reroute to new, healthy veins, and the destroyed vein will fade away. For small or minor spider veins, only one or two treatments may be needed to achieve the desired results. This quick and easy treatment with the Cutera® excel V™ laser can resolve spider veins with minimal or no downtime and permanent results.

Spider vein treatment with the Cutera® excel V™ laser can permanently eliminate spider veins and restore a balanced and even skin tone. To learn more about this treatment, request your personal consultation with Dr. Benjamin Schlechter, our board-certified plastic surgeon. Call (847) 737-5036 or complete our online contact form to schedule your appointment with us today.