As we age, our lips tend to drop and thin. The pink portion of the lip and the border of the lip lose their fullness and voluptuous shape. A full, well defined lip is a signal of youthfulness and fertility. It is a calling signal to the male and found to be attractive. A thinning upper lip can give an appearance of anger or old age. If your lips are thinning, then you may be a candidate for augmentation. Materials used to enhance the lips include Restylane®, Juvederm®, and fat transfer. Today's treatments are softer and create a more natural look.
Temporary treatments take minutes to perform and can be done in an office visit. On average, results can be expected to last between six months and a year. Although some people may have effects lasting well beyond a year. The procedure takes minutes to perform. Either topical or nerve block anesthesia can be first used to prevent discomfort from the procedure. With the advent of the blunt tip cannulas, sharp needles are no longer required for injections. Most patients leave the office with little to no bruising or swelling, and they can immediately return to their normal routine. Permanent enhancement uses filler agents, which are of medical grade quality and have a proven safety record. There is very little associated discomfort, and some patients may benefit from cold compresses and prescribed medicines to hasten the healing process. Whichever path you choose, lip augmentation restores the gentle curves and supple appearance characteristic of attractive, youthful lips.
The best candidate for lip augmentation is a physically healthy man or woman who has realistic expectations and is looking to improve the appearance of their lips by restoring the shape and/or adding fullness. Lip injection procedures often require only a topical anesthetic.
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When you look in the mirror and evaluate the mouth areas, you're actually looking at several components, including laugh lines and the appearance of the lips.
The folds from the side of your nose to the side of your mouth are called the nasolabial folds or the melolabial folds, although we usually know them simply as "smile lines" or "laugh lines."
These folds have attachments to deeper tissues and as we age the cheeks start to descend, thanks to gravity and the reduced elasticity in our skin and soft tissues. As the cheek falls, it folds over, much like a belly over a belt; if you pull your cheek skin to the side, the fold may go away or you may still see a visible crease.
Unfortunately, we don't currently have ways to prevent the deepening of the smile/laugh lines.
No topical or oral treatments exist to improve the smile/laugh lines. Over-the-counter creams are ineffective and electrical facial toners used to tighten the skin do nothing to prevent the deepening of the folds.
In terms of treatment, consider that many face-lifting surgical procedures don't address this area well, but this is an area very easily improved with filler products and one of the rather easy signs of aging to reverse.
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The lower eyelid has three fatty pockets, all about equal in size, that are involved in any puffiness you see. If you look up to the sky these fatty pockets become temporarily accentuated. After reclining for an extended period of time you may see them more prominently because fluid can accumulate in tissues of the lower eyelid.
Puffy eyelids are most often caused by herniation (bulging) of orbital fat (the fat from within the eye socket) that pushes up against the lower eyelid. As we age, the muscle in the lower eyelid weakens, as does the septum (the "net" holding back the fat) and the fat starts to push out against the weaker lower eyelid.
In addition, the fat of the upper cheek atrophies and the muscles in that upper area weaken, which causes the cheek to sag. This leaves a concave area between the lower eyelid and the falling cheek, which looks like a line or hollow, above which is the lower eyelid. The convex curve of the lower eyelid, because of the bulging of the fat, becomes accentuated and that makes the eyes look puffy and tired. Finally, some people are born with excess lower eyelid fat - it's a trait that runs in families.
While puffy eyelids also can be caused by water retention, allergies, or sinus infections, these are temporary situations that go away when we address the cause. More rarely, we identify an underlying kidney or heart disorder that can cause the eyelids to be puffy. This is why it's important to be evaluated by a physician if what you believe is temporary eyelid puffiness doesn't resolve.
No good way exists to prevent puffy eyelids caused by aging and genetics. Losing weight doesn't seem to have any bearing on this fat, but a reduced-salt diet may prevent puffiness related to water retention. Some people find that sleeping with the head elevated on two pillows as opposed to lying flat may help. This will allow the fluid to drain instead of accumulating in the eyelids.
Puffy eyelids caused by infections or allergies need medical treatments such as antibiotics or allergy medications. In the case of water retention, measures that constrict the blood vessels and reduce swelling may help; these include cold compresses and the cold cucumber "eye pads" we sometimes see in movies. I've known people who swear by hemorrhoid creams. While hemorrhoid creams are not a normal indicated topical agent for puffy eyelids, some of these creams may contain an agent called phenylepherine, which is known to constrict blood vessels. These creams may then reduce fluid in the area and in turn reduce the puffy appearance.
I do not recommend taking powerful diuretic medications; they can cause havoc, because they upset the electrolyte balance, i.e., the balance of sodium and potassium in the body, a potentially dangerous situation.
Excess puffiness around the eyes from fatty pockets requires a surgical procedure (blepharoplasty) to resolve. However, fillers such as hyaluronics (like Restylane and Juvederm) can often be used to improve the appearance of puffy lower eyelids, which is often the result of fat bulging from behind the eyes in combination with sagging or falling of the cheek fat, which leaves a depression or hollow between the cheek and the eyelid. (See Fillers, Part IV.) Sometimes, as mentioned above, this condition is made worse by allergies, sinusitis, or salty foods. Caution:Restylane / Juvederm correction in the eye area is technically complex and you will want to find an expert, experienced injector to treat this area.
Dark circles are the common term we use for what appear to be unevenly darkened skin beneath the eyes.
What we commonly call "dark circles," or what look like dark circles, can come from bulging fat pockets in combination with a hollow below the eye, which together create shadows around the eyes. Excess skin pigmentation or thin skin with the blood vessels visible may also make the skin appear darker.
Sun screens are a must in this area especially if the dark circles are caused by excess pigmentation, which worsens with sun exposure. If the circles are secondary to allergies or sinusitis these conditions need to be treated with antihistamines or antibiotics. If the circles are due to shadows then no real preventive measures exist.
We don't have any good oral or topical treatments for dark circles linked with aging or shadows. For the most part, camouflaging makeup products are the only viable option.
Dark circles are a difficult problem to treat. However, if the dark circles appear to be caused by bulging fat pockets, then a nonsurgical option, such as a filler, may be an option. (See Part IV.) Surgery (blephroplasty) to remove the fatty pocket may also be an option.
Dark circles resulting from tiny blood vessels are also difficult to treat and no good option currently exists. I may offer surgery or a laser procedure if I believe that I can remove the vessels. If the dark circles are due to excess pigmentation, I have found that a chemical peel containing TCA best reduces lower eyelid pigmentation. (See Part IV, Chemical Peels, specifically TCA.)
Caution: Although a nonsurgical mesotherapy injection of a chemical into the fat pocket is being touted by some physicians, this method of treatment is very new and its safety has yet to be confirmed. Likewise, although a laser can be used effectively to treat dark pigmentation elsewhere, it is often hard to get the laser into a good position near the eye to treat this area effectively.
See also Wrinkling for further discussion of the eye area.
Over a certain age, we know what sagging facial skin is because we see it every time we look in the mirror. Do you see a crease that starts from the corner of the mouth and extends down to the jaw line? This line is called an oral commissure groove, drool line, or marionette line. As we age we sometimes look like we are sad when we are not. In some people, these lines can become very deep. The line extends down to the jaw where there often is a depression we call the pre-jowl depression. This depression sits right in front of the jowl (an extension of fat and soft tissue from the cheek that has fallen over the jaw line).
Sagging skin is an inevitable byproduct of aging and gravity.
We can't really prevent the aging process and we can't change our genetic influences, so we're left with a healthy diet and reducing sun exposure. Of course, as you may have noticed, those who are significantly overweight have full, round faces, and they don't have the hanging jowls or loose skin so common to very thin people. This is the case because facial fat fills out the face much like air in a balloon. However, in no way are we suggesting that we all gain weight! The risks of obesity and fat around the midsection and the behind far exceed any benefit that comes from reducing sagging skin. I only mention this because women on starvation or very restrictive diets may begin seeing sagging skin in their cheeks and neck earlier than others. In other words, any extreme doesn't help slow aging or improve overall health.
We don't have effective topical or oral treatments to prevent reduced elasticity in the skin. Eventually skin sagging happens to all of us. However, a good diet rich in antioxidants (see Chapter 2), using sunscreen, and not smoking will help prevent an acceleration of the aging process. Gimmicky facial toners and exercises really are a waste of money.
If the jowl lifts and disappears when the cheek skin is pulled to the side, then this area will respond to facial lifting surgical procedures. (See Appendix A, Plastic Surgery.) Many in their forties, fifties and older begin asking about facial tightening treatments, and surgical facelifting procedures certainly provide the best and most reliable results. The techniques used today are very good and many surgeons perform minimally invasive facelifting procedures that will allow you great results and a quick recovery. Sagging facial skin also can be treated with fillers such as Radiesse, Restylane/Perlane and Juvederm/Juvederm Ultraplus. These filler agents are much like pumping a balloon with air and fill up the deflated face, which provide the appearance of youth. The face also appears lifted.
Today many people avoid or postpone surgical procedures by using fillers often, and the results are very good.
While most nonsurgical facelift procedures using lasers and lightbased devices improve the skin's tone, the procedures rarely significantly lift the skin.
Although some of these nonsurgical procedures have received considerable attention, none have brought predictably good results. In other words, we can't guarantee a good result; while some people get a great result, others see no difference at all. If you decide to undergo one of these no–downtime, nonsurgical facelift procedures, you may be one of the fortunate ones for whom the results are great. But most people find the result subtle and barely noticeable—and disappointing.
Finally, we expect that over the next five to ten years, we'll learn more about the best ways to harness heat and energy emitted from these nonsurgical facelift devices such as RF/Thermage and thread lift.
We are in the relatively early stages of using these devices to lift the skin and in the near future it's likely we'll see a nonsurgical method that predictably and reliably tightens the skin. However, it's unlikely that the results will ever really come close to what we see with a surgical facial lifting procedure.
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If you are looking for a more permanent solution to filling facial wrinkles, Artefill® may be right for you. Artefill® is a long lasting filler with unique microspheres that are not absorbed by the body and is perfect for someone who wants the same wrinkle correction you get from temporary fillers but without the repeat treatments.
To insure you are not allergic to the collagen or anesthetic in Artefill® , a skin test must be administered prior to the initial treatment or approximately four (4) weeks ahead of time.
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Juvederm® is an injectable filler which can improve the appearance of deep facial wrinkles, folds, lines, and acne scars, enhance the lips, and contour facial features like the chin and cheeks. Juvederm® is made of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in all species which is highly attracted to water and has the ability to bind to it. The results are very natural and long-lasting, with the effect remaining for six months or longer.
Dr. Steven H. Dayan performs the Juvederm ® injection in his office. Depending on the area being treated, the procedure can take as little as five minutes to as much as thirty minutes to complete. A topical anesthetic, local anesthetic, or nerve block may first be administered for the patient's comfort before injecting Juvederm® directly into the skin with a very fine needle.
Juvederm® has very few side effects. Some patients may experience redness or swelling at the injection site which can last for a few days. Nevertheless, work and other normal activities can be resumed right after treatment. Juvederm® is a safe and effective injectable that can be used for all skin types and colors and does not require prior testing.
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Perlane is a dermal filler created by the creators of Restylane. This clear gel is created from a hyaluronic acid base. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that is already in your body, and it is naturally stimulated during the wound-healing process. The difference between Perlane and Restylane is the size of the particle. Perlane contains larger particle Hyaluronic Acid and ideal for filling deeper lines and wrinkles.
According to clinical studies, the majority of patients who use Perlane maintained their results for at least 6 months.
Perlane is a good choice for those who are seeking to reduce the evidence of volume loss in areas such as the nasal labial folds (the frown lines around the mouth) and the corners of the mouth.
Radiesse® is an injectable filler which can be used to fill in lines and wrinkles and reshape the facial contours. Radiesse® can improve the appearance of a variety of wrinkles, including nasolabial folds and marionette lines, and it can augment the cheeks, chin, and jaw line.
This is a unique injectable in that it stimulates collagen growth, providing an initial plumping along with extended correction for one to two years as the new tissue regenerates. Individuals interested in improving the signs of facial aging may be good candidates for Radiesse®.
Dr. Steven H. Dayan performs the Radiesse® injection in his office, a process that may take fifteen to forty minutes to complete. A local or topical anesthetic may be administered for the patient's comfort before injecting the Radiesse® beneath the skin using a very fine needle. Radiesse® is associated with few side effects, though mild swelling or redness may occur during the first day or two for some patients. Work and other normal activities can be resumed right after treatment.
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A lot of excitement surrounds the December 2003 it approval of the hylauronic products. Hylauronic acid is a natural substance found in all species that is highly attracted to water with an ability to bind to it. In this way, it fills the wrinkles or lips by attracting water to the site and allowing for a soft, supple correction that looks very natural. Most patients appreciate its long lasting effects, with many experiencing 8 months to a year of correction from a single treatment.
Additionally, it has a very low side effect profile. In our experience, a very small percentage of patients will develop bruising or swelling at the treatment site lasting beyond 24 hours. The majority of people treated are thrilled with the results and appreciate the immediate return to their busy schedule. There have been a few reports of hypersensitivity reactions, but because it is so unlikely, the it does not require skin testing of patients.
The hylauronics are now the filler treatment of choice for correcting the aging changes around the mouth.
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Injected Sculptra® can replace deep hollows of the cheeks. In Europe, New-fill is a very popular treatment option to cosmetically fill in deep creases and wrinkles of the face, and U.S. physicians are also using it. Sculptra® is made up of Poly L lactic acid, which is broken down by the body to carbon dioxide and lactic acid. It comes as a powder in a vial that has to be mixed 3 to 36 hours before being injected into the face, below the skin's surface. Immediately following the treatment, most people are elated to see their crease and wrinkles gone. Initial improvement is mostly due to mild swelling, but the product delivers a lasting result.
Over the days following injection, the swelling comes down significantly and most patients will require another treatment in a few weeks. Patients who continue with the product will take 2 to 3 treatments in order to gain significant correction. The results appear to get better over time, and weeks after the treatment, tiny bumps might be felt under their skin, but they shouldn't be visible. Over the last year the recommendations for preparing the product have changed and the occurrence of the bumps has decreased.
The European experience has shown the correction should last approximately 2 years and possibly even longer. There is also evidence that the body will stimulate collagen formation at the treatment site, perhaps providing for some permanent correction. The disadvantages to Sculptra® include the treatment price, and the results are not immediate. If you want to look good by the weekend, we recommend a hylauronic product, but if you have deep hollows around your eyes, cheeks or mouth, Sculptra® may be the best non-surgical alternative.
Dr. Steven H. Dayan is one of the country's foremost experts on Botox and cosmetic surgery. He has accomplished significant research and numerous published articles, including a "how to" manual for medical professionals about the injectable treatments BOTOX® and Restylane. Dr. Steven H. Dayan is also recognized by his peers as an educator and leader in the field of injectables; he is one of the few physicians selected nationwide as a National Education Faculty member by Allergan, the manufacturer of BOTOX®. If you are interested in BOTOX® or just want to learn more, we invite you to contact us.
Botulinum exotoxin, BOTOX® Cosmetic, is an inhibitor of neuromuscular activity. It blocks the communication between the nerve fiber and the muscle preventing contraction and temporally relaxing the muscle. Botulinum toxin is a safe, effective, and proven method for treating fine lines and wrinkles. Its safety is well established, as it has been used therapeutically for over 20 years.
If you desire a slight improvement in your look or a "cleaning up" of age-related wrinkles, BOTOX® Cosmetic may be for you. It has become a superb option for the patient hesitant to undergo surgery, yet wants to erase the deep creases and furrows of the face. By relaxing the muscles that cause these wrinkles, you can rid yourself of the heavy tension look or remove a misrepresented, tired and angry appearance. Patients appreciate its subtle improvement and are pleased when their acquaintances are not quite sure why they look better. Following treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic, you can expect to appear more relaxed and rested. BOTOX® Cosmetic is also commonly used to reduce the heavy vertical creases between the eyebrows, flatten deep forehead wrinkles, and smooth out the crow's feet area of the eyes. Newer areas that are being treated include the age-defining wrinkles around the mouth, nose and the thick muscle bands of the neck.
You can generally expect to see results in 3-5 days, although it may take as long as two weeks. Most people can expect to enjoy the benefits for 3-4 months, and some people will see results lasting up to 6 months.
BOTOX® Cosmetic's indication continues to expand. Currently BOTOX® is used to reduce excessive underarm and palm sweating, and is it also being used in adjunction to surgical and laser procedures.
Relief from migraine headaches is a new and interesting indication for BOTOX® Cosmetic, as several innovative ideas continue to be developed for BOTOX® Cosmetic use. Its safety and convenience assures it is here to stay.
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For years there has been only one option for those seeking a botulinum toxin to help erase wrinkles from the top third of their face, Botox®. Recently though, Medicis has joined the market with its new product, Dysport®.
Dysport®, like Botox® can be used to treat the glabellar lines to help create a smoother and more uniform appearance to the forehead. Dr.Dayan was the only physician in Chicago to be involved in Dysport's clinical trials.
The introduction of Dysport® to the market means more options for patients and hopefully a lower price point for botulinum with the addition of competition into the marketplace. Time will tell if patients find the effects of Dysport® more satisfying or longer lasting than those of Botox.
Why you should feel comfortable getting Botox® and Dysport® from Dr. Dayan:
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Dr. Steven H. Dayan is now offering the latest in neuromuscular inhibitors. As Chicagoland's leader in dermal filler injectables, the Chicago Center for Facial Plastic Surgery is proud to introduce Xeomin – the "naked" botulinum toxin. You can trust expert injector Dr. Dayan to use his perfected skills to give you the results you are looking for. The staff at the Chicago Center for Facial Plastic Surgery would be happy to tell you more. Simply contact Dr. Dayan's office with any questions.
Just like Botox, this injection paralyzes wrinkles, blocking the signal from the nerve to the muscle. As a result, the targeted muscle cannot contract. Xeomin offers yet another option for achieving a smoother, fresher, and younger appearance, without undergoing surgery. Under the expert care of leading Illinois Facial Plastic Surgeon, Steven H. Dayan, you can expect natural, effortless results.
Xeomin is considered the "Naked" neurotoxin because it does not use "complexing protiens" unlike its competitors. When a foreign substance enters the body, the body can resist the substance and react by releasing antibodies. The absence of additives lessens the possibility of an adverse reaction from a patient. In all other regards, Xeomin is quite comparable to Botox. It is administered in the same manner, uses a similar dosage and offers all of the same benefits of relieving fine lines and wrinkles.
Dr. Dayan's patients can expect to see results in about one week. As soon as results appear, the effects will last anywhere from three to six months.
Xeomin has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the use of fine lines and wrinkles. It has been used by more than 84,000 people worldwide and approved for use in 20 countries. Xeomin should only be administered by skilled injectors in sterile environments. As a Xeomin patient of the leading Gold Coast facial plastic surgery practice, you can feel comfortable and safe in the hands of double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven H. Dayan.
Skin tightening procedures are able to tighten and smooth the skin for a healthier, more youthful glow. These procedures promote new collagen growth deep within the skin in order to decrease the appearance of wrinkles and provide an overall refreshed look to the skin.
At the office of Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Steven H. Dayan of Chicago, Illinois, we use two technologies for tightening the skin: Pelleve™ and Harmony®. These two technologies can improve mild to moderate fine lines and wrinkles occurring around the eyes and mouth, as well as mild to moderate skin laxity, or sagging. They are a good option for individuals in need of more limited lifting who are not yet ready for a facelift, and for those who have already had a facelift and need a little touch-up.
Pelleve™ and Harmony® are both minimally invasive skin tightening procedures that are performed in the office setting. They do not require anesthesia and involve minimal risk. Treatment times average thirty minutes to one hour depending on the area being treated. It is important to remember that these are progressive treatments. Results are not seen immediately but rather improve with time.
The Pelleve™ system by Ellman International, Inc, uses radiofrequency energy as opposed to laser energy. During this simple, non-invasive procedure, the radiofrequency device is applied to the treatment area to evenly heat the tissue deep beneath the skin to promote new collagen growth over time. The result is smoother, firmer skin. While there may be some slight swelling or redness for a few hours after treatment, there is no downtime and patients are able to immediately return to their normal routine. Results can be seen four to eight weeks after treatment as the new collagen is produced. For optimal results, a series of two to three treatments spaced four to six weeks apart is recommended, followed by maintenance treatments every year or two thereafter.
The Harmony® system by Alma Lasers uses near-infrared pulsed light technology to heat the deepest layers of the skin and stimulate the production of new collagen. This improves wrinkles and skin laxity over time. Harmony® can produce moderate results when used alone or it can be combined with Pixel and IPL for more dramatic results.
Dr. Dayan uses the Harmony® system in conjunction with a Laser 360 Skin Rejuvenation Program to improve skin tone, texture, color and laxity. The face, neck, chest and hands are commonly treated areas, though any area of skin showing the signs of aging and photodamage can be treated. There is no downtime following treatment and patients are able to immediately return to work and other normal activities. Results are gradual and occur over time.
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Laser technology has advanced greatly over the past several years and laser therapy is now used to treat everything from acne scarring and brown spots to hair and tattoo removal. Dr. Steven H. Dayan is one of the fore-most leading experts on laser technology, heading research studies on pixel and intense pulsed light treatments, laser hair removal and the use of lasers as a treatment for severe acne. Dr.Dayan also assisted in obtaining it approval for the KTP laser as a dermal remodeling treatment. Currently Dr. Steven H. Dayan is involved in a ground breaking study that is being conducted on the use of lasers to treat cellulite and is an invited lecturer and instructor around the country to speak about his expertise in the laser field.
A laser is a single beam of focused light that is attracted to a specific color or target. When a laser light hits its target, energy is released often in the form of heat. If it hits the wrong target then no energy is released. Much like wearing a dark shirt on a hot sunny day, sunlight is attracted to a dark shirt and will get hot but if you wear a white shirt which is more reflective of sunlight, it doesnt get as hot. Lasers work in a similar manner, using heat energy to erase out the specific intended target without harming the surrounding tissues.
There are many lasers available and each one is attracted to a different type of target. Some lasers are best suited to target tiny red spider veins; others for dark deep blue veins and still others are better equipped to remove dark or light hair. It is important to realize that no one laser does it all, and that many times, multiple laser lights have to be used to obtain the best results.
The offices of Dr. Steven H. Dayan offer the latest in laser treatments to help keep your skin looking young and refreshed (including the Harmony, Accent, Lightsheer, Gemini and Venus laser systems). Call 312.335.2070 or e-mailthe office of Dr. Steven H. Dayan to schedule a consult to determine which laser therapy will suit your specific skin needs best.
What laser treatments are available?
ActiveFX offers patients a method for eliminating moderate to deep lines and creases due to aging, sun damage, acne scars and more. CO2 laser resurfacing allows for dramatic, long-lasting results with only minimal downtime. Learn more about Active F
Similar to ActiveFX, DeepFX offers spot treatment going deeper into the skin to correct more prominent wrinkles and scars while ActiveFX offers a large, superficial spot treatment. Aging leads to visible signs deep in the dermis that include fine lines, deep wrinkles, and texture irregularities. To treat these problems, it is necessary to reach the deep layers of the skin, DeepFX has this capacity. Learn more about Deep FX
One of the most popular laser treatments today, IPL uses pulses of light to lessen the appearance of vascular and pigmented lesions in the skin. Because this technology is able to target only the undesirable blood vessels and melanin within the skin, the surrounding area remains unharmed following the treatment. If you are looking to give your skin a healthier appearance and lessen the appearance of unwanted skin irregularities, IPL may be a positive treatment choice for you. Learn more about IPL
This particular system uses fractional ablative skin resurfacing to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in the face. Because the targeted area is only fractional, there is a significant decrease in the amount of healing time required but with exemplary results. If you are looking to help diminish the effects of aging on your skin, but without an extended recovery time, this may be a good treatment for you. Learn more about Pixel
This erbium laser uses light technology to resurface the skin and greatly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scars. Unlike a fractional laser this form of resurfacing covers the entire targeted area and thus requires a longer healing period. A topical anesthetic may be used, but the laser can still be used as an in-office treatment. Learn more about Erbium Laser Resurfaciong
Skin tightening technology uses radiofrequency energy to promote the growth of collagen and proteins in the skin. This helps to smooth out the skins appearance, making it seem healthier and younger than before. If you are looking to decrease the appearance of wrinkles and give your skin a fresh look, skin tightening may an option for you. Learn more about Skin Tightening
Using laser energy, this system is able to reach deep into the hair follicle to target the melanin and achieve permanent hair reduction. Laser hair removal is non-invasive and a cooling mechanism is used that keeps patient discomfort to a bare minimum Because laser hair technology is able to specifically target the follicle itself, the tissues around the affected area are left unharmed. It is a safe and effective way of removing unwanted hair with virtually no downtime needed after treatment. A series of treatments is recommended to achieve optimal results. Learn more about Laser Hair Removal
Laser energy goes into the blood stream and causes the unwanted veins to give way thus greatly reducing their appearance on the skins surface. A certain amount of redness following treatment is to be expected, but it will continue to subside as time passes. Learn more about Vascular Pigmented Lesion Removal
In combination with a topical skin treatment, laser technology can be used to help treat those afflicted with severe acne. The treatment is able to reduce the appearance of acne lesions and helps to prevent further break outs with minimal discomfort. Learn more about Severe Acne
Using YAG technology specific wavelengths of light are used to attract dark pigments out of the skin. Darker skin tones may take longer to show results than lighter skin types but great results have been seen with tattoos consisting of black, blue and green dyes especially. The colors and placement of your tattoo, in addition to your specific skin type will also have an impact on your results. If you have an unwanted tattoo that you are looking to decrease the appearance of, this laser therapy may be a great choice for you. Learn more about Tattoo Removal
For some, a scar can represent a badge of courage or a source of pride; to others, scars are blemishes or even reminders of traumatic events. If you are concerned about the appearance of your scars, you may have more options than you realized - including new and exciting treatments. Our clinical team, including Michelle Whitehall, MS, PA-C uses an exclusive therapeutic combination developed by Steven, H. Dayan, MD, FACS to treat scars that have a "raised" skin texture. Other treatment options include injection therapy, laser treatments and IPL.
Schedule a consultation today to see if the advanced techniques offered by Dr. Dayan and his clinical team can help treat your scar.
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While our cosmetic procedures can help reverse the effects of aging, in order to maintain your results, we highly recommend a quality skin care routine. The Office of Steven H. Dayan, MD, FACS offers not only medical grade skin care products for purchase but also has exclusive access to an on-site team of estheticians at True Skin Care Center. Services that can only be provided under the guidance of a physician. These include:
In addition to these services, True Skin Care Center also provides more traditional spa and skin care services such as:
True Skin Care Center combines the relaxing, gentle spa experience with medical-grade results. True Skin Care Center is home to Chicago's most highly trained estheticians who not only serve as nurturing esthetic providers but also act as experts in their field. True estheticians have written for numerous spa and skin care magazines, lectured across the country, and teach advanced courses to licensed estheticians on providing these services in a medical setting. Conveniently located within the same space as Dr. Dayan's practice, you now have the opportunity to address all of your beauty needs in one location.
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Microdermabrasion, a technology of European origin, is designed to rejuvenate and refresh your skin without the extended recovery periods common to laser and deep chemical peel resurfacing.
Microdermabrasion is a method of mechanically exfoliating the upper layers of non-viable skin cells. Abrasive particle are directed out through a handpiece and at the skin. As the handpiece is gently advanced the abrasive particles are guided out and suctioned back into the machine. This combination of abrasion and suction removes upper layers of dead skin and seems to stimulate lower layers of healthy skin to reproduce.
Each person is an individual with different needs and desires. However, microdermabrasion is reported to:
When combined with a superficial chemical peel the depth of treatment can be extended providing for a more complete treatment.
One of the greatest benefits to microdermabrasion is that there is little to no downtime. Following treatment you will feel relaxed, your face should feel refreshed and you can expect a healthy glow to your skin.
The Chicago Center for Facial Plastic Surgery offers microdermabrasion through True Skin Care Center. If you are on the go and want the maximum improvement in your skin's appearance without the extended recovery period associated with other traditional resurfacing methods, microdermabrasion may be the safe and effective answer for you. We encourage you to contact us for more information.