The Secret to Beautiful Contouring – without using makeup

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The makeup contouring trend is all the rage, but wouldn’t you prefer to have the look without the daily routine? 

Restoring your youthful contours or augmenting your cheeks has become a very popular treatment. If you’re interested in natural-looking results that can make your makeup contouring routine obsolete, talk to your dermatologist about trying one or more of these treatments. 


 

Replacing Lost Collagen – Face and Jawline

Sculptra Aesthetic

Sculptra Aesthetic is an injectable treatment that gradually stimulates growth of your own collagen!

In the months after your treatment, Sculptra can restore more youthful skin and contours, lifting and creating definition where you may have lost it over the years. On average, three sessions over a few months can last for more than two years – so you can skip all the daily bronzers and highlighters.


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Soft Tissue Fillers 

Soft Tissue Fillers, like RADIESSE Volumizing Filler, Juvéderm, and Restylane provide immediate volume and correction in places like:

  • The deep lines between the nose and mouth, sometimes called “smile lines”
  • Lines framing the mouth, also known as “marionette lines” or “parentheses”
  • Hollow temples
  • Deeper contours or lines under the eyes, also known as the “tear troughs”
  • The lip line, the lips, the chin, and the jowls

Voluma 

Voluma, also a soft tissue filler, is a unique injectable gel specifically made for instantly volumizing the cheek area – which can lift the mid and lower face, including the jowls and jawline! A treatment with Voluma can help restore contour and a more youthful profile, and can last for up to two years!img_2123img_2124


 

Slimming and Defining- Neck and Jawline

Kybella 

Kybella is an injectable treatment for contouring and improving the appearance of submental fullness, frequently referred to as ‘the double chin’. Made up of a naturally occurring molecule in the body, this treatment actually aids in the breakdown and absorption of fat for a more defined, younger-looking jawline. img_2127img_2121
BOTOX Cosmetic 

During what is called “the Nefertiti Lift” procedure, BOTOX Cosmetic is injected into the vertical bands in the neck, resulting in a more defined jawline, a smoother neck, and prevention of the pull-down that leads to the turkey neck look.


Board certified Dermatologist, Dr. Quenby Erickson, sometimes uses one or more combinations of these treatments to achieve significant, yet natural-looking results.

“It’s like having all the crayons in the box to work with, not just one color,” says Dr. Erickson. “With the availability of these cutting-edge injectables, we can address multiple areas to achieve beautiful contours and lift,”

…without spending all morning in your makeup mirror.

What’s the celebrity procedure that keeps the stars looking “unaged” for years? Find out at our Sculptra Soirée!

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It’s the celebrity procedure that keeps the stars looking ‘ageless’!

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Join Us for an Educational Event:

A Sculptra Soirée


Learn how Sculptra Aesthetic can reduce your wrinkles, reinforce your skin’s structure, replace lost volume, and help to refresh your appearance!

Enjoy Hors d’oeuvres, Champagne, and

Personalized Sculptra Aesthetic Consultations!


Call to RSVP Today!

312-300-6858


Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser & MedSpa

737 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 905

Chicago, IL 60611

Tonight! Get ‘Gifted & Gorgeous’

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Please Join Us Tonight for our Annual Holiday Celebration Event:

Gifted & Gorgeous

Sip Champagne while we Celebrate the Season in Style with a Holiday Trunk Show from Alexis Bittar

Enjoy Exclusive offers on Gift Cards for your Favorite Treatments

and More!

Tonight: Thursday, December 10

4:30-7:30pm

At Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser & MedSpa

737 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 905, Chicago, IL 60611

312-300-6858

Holiday Party Prep

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It’s that time of year again: Holiday party season is upon us! To get soiree-ready, a party-goer’s objective is always a dewey, hydrated complexion and worry-free flawlessness.
Whether you’re getting gala-ready or simply wanting to look your best (because, why not?) while enjoying time with family and friends, here are our Party Prep must-haves for the season:


 

Invest in a Good Facial

A brightening and clarifying treatment will smooth the texture of the skin, plump, and hydrate, making for perfect makeup prep!

The Illuminize Peel This smoothing and exfoliating peel is sometimes referred to in our office as “the red carpet peel”, as it’s a great no-downtime option for those with upcoming special occasions. Utilizing gentle blends of acids combined with anti-irritants, this hydrating and brightening peel can Increase skin radiance and glow, and improve clarity, color, and texture. Perfect for an immediate enhancement of your skin’s appearance!

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A Chicago Beauty Blogger tries a Hydrafacial at our office – and loves it!

Hydrafacial An event-prep favorite of celebs like Whitney Port, Gabrielle Union and Kate Winslet, HydraFacial is the perfect last minute, no-downtime radiance-booster. HydraFacial procedures are customized for you, but typically involve exfoliation with cell-sloughing serums; a pore-clearing extraction (with a gentle-yet-effective suction) and an infusion of skin-hydrating hyaluronic acid and antioxidants.


 

Make Your Appointment to Smooth Out Wrinkles

Botox If you’d love to scratch “younger looking skin” off your Christmas Wish List, or just look flawless at your upcoming Christmas party, try a quick Botox treatment. A few (almost painless) tiny injections into wrinkled areas will smooth down deep wrinkles and potentially eliminate fine lines. Perfect for party-prep season, Botox does not require any downtime, so you can get in, get out, and get to holiday partying! Just be sure to schedule your appointment at least a week before your special event, Botox will take about that long to ‘kick in’.


Don’t Sweat It

miraDry Would you love to enjoy a silky or colorful dress without the worry of underarm sweat marks? How about jumping into that killer little black dress without getting white deodorant marks all over it?

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miradry treatments mean no more white deodorant marks on your dress this party season!

miraDry is an in-office procedure that involves using targeted heat to destroy overactive sweat glands. After the procedure, sweat glands are permanently reduced, making embarrassing wetness a thing of the past. Another great perk? Hair follicles in the underarm are permanently reduced, too. Schedule your miraDry appointment at least a week or two before your event in case you have any mild swelling, but in most cases you can return to work or holiday shopping right after your treatment!

 

 


Let it Glo        

Glo Minerals Makeup Achieve makeup perfection with this easy 3-step makeup action plan:
1) Start with a prep mist like GloMinerals Moist Hydration Mist. With ingredients like plumping and hydrating Hylauronic Acid, this moisturizing mist sets the scene for long lasting, natural-looking foundation.

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2) Next, apply a satin-like primer to glide makeup over. We love the skin-healthy ingredients and velvety texture of Glo Minerals Face Primer to fill in fine lines and glide over pores.IMG_1568
3) Dust on a mineral powder foundation, followed by a blush and bronzer to contour and highlight. Glo Minerals Pressed Powder foundation features triple-milled minerals and concentrated pigment that makes your complexion look perfect, never ‘powdery’. Optional: mist Glo Minerals Moist Hydration Mist over the top to refresh, further hydrate, and set your holiday makeup. IMG_1569

Have a Safe and Merry Holiday Season from Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser & MedSpa!

You’re Invited to Get Gifted and Gorgeous!

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You’re Invited to the Shopping & Beauty Event of the Season:

Gifted and Gorgeous

at Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology Gifted 2 2015

Join Us For Champagne, Shopping,

Light Bites, & Exclusive One-Night-Only

Pricing on Gift Cards!

 

Featuring A Holiday Jewelry Trunk Show by Alex Bittar


Thursday, December 10th

4:30-7:30PM


Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology

737 N. Michigan Avenue

Suite 905

Chicago, IL 60611

Call Today to RSVP: 312-300-6858

 

The Best Products for Winterizing Your Skin Care Routine

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There’s Cold Weather Ahead: Is your ‘skin care wardrobe’ winter-ready?

You may have already taken your sweaters out, and moved the winter coats to the front of the closet. It’s that time of year again. Just like your clothing wardrobe changes to make the seasons tolerable and enjoyable, changes in your skin care routine can help you transition through changes in climate.

An arid, dry atmosphere can cause the skin to lose moisture quickly, resulting in irritation, roughness, or flaking. To treat and prevent Winter Skin, consider changing up your products’ consistency and potency. Here are some tips for winterizing your skin care wardrobe:

Consider a switch to a richer moisturizer in the winter months.

Dr. Erickson’s winter favorite, Obagi Hydrate Luxe, consistently delivers moisture for 8 hours after application! In addition to it’s hydration-boosting qualities, its luxurious and velvet-like texture makes it a joy to use.

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Obagi Hydrate Luxe

Don’t give up on your anti-wrinkle treatment, swap it out!

Even if you’re a seasoned tretinoin pro, extremely dry winter months can cause even your usual products to dry out the skin. Avoid ditching your evening exfoliant (for fear of excessive dryness) by swapping your Tretinoin cream for Renova.

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Renova Cream

Renova is a gentle –yet still prescription strength- wrinkle-fighting tretinoin in a creamy, emollient base. With Renova’s moisturizer-like qualities, you won’t miss a beat of your anti-aging routine, no matter how cold and dry it gets!

Upgrade your anti-aging products.

Winter sun is just as harmful as the sun all year ‘round. Be sure to keep up on your antioxidants and sunscreens to prevent damage to your skin.

To boost hydration, brighten, and protect, we love TNS Essential Serum. Hylauronic Acid plumping spheres smooth fine lines for instant gratification during party season, while a creamy blend of peptides and antioxidants protect and nourish.

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TNS Essential Serum

All products mentioned above are available at Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology.
Regimen assessments and consultations are complimentary.

The Best Treatments For Undoing Summer Fun-Damage

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The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter, and photos of that summer vacation are getting pushed further back in your camera roll as new photos of Fall activities are taken. Summer is over -*sigh*- but if you’re like many, the memories of summer are still are easy to see in your skin on the face and body.

If new or darkened freckles, age spots, dull or dry skin, or broken capillaries are not the kind of summer memory you’d like to keep, read on for the best treatments and products to undo that Summer Fun-Damage.


Obagi Nu-Derm System

Clinically proven to help correct and improve signs of skin aging. One of the most popular treatment product systems at our office and worldwide, this skin care system is utilizes prescription products to transform your complexion for beautiful, healthy-looking skin.

“Many of our patients find it to be very convenient because it’s a treatment you can do every day in your home!” says Dr. Quenby Erickson, board certified dermatologist. “It’s skin care that really works,” agrees Christina, licensed esthetician at Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology.

This regimen of prescription products resurfaces the skin gently everyday. It’s a great tool because you can use it as a standalone treatment, or to enhance an in office treatment for even better results! “Six easy steps can transform your skin for life,” says Jennifer, licensed esthetician at Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology.


Sciton Forever Young BBL™

Forever Young BBL™, a quick in-office treatment, offers multiple benefits. From the immediate treatment of freckles and age spots, broken capillaries, and redness to the improvement of skin texture, this rejuvenating light-based treatment instantly gratifies.

“This is a patient favorite because of the visible changes that occur almost right away. If you want to look great this time next week, you will! But it’s not just a quick-fix,” Says Dr. Erickson. “Stanford University shows that Forever Young BBL™ can restore gene expression in the skin to resemble that of much younger skin. The long-term anti-aging benefits of BBL treatments are proven.”


Halo Laser Resurfacing

The first and only hybrid fractional laser, this treatment is tunable and fully customizable to maximize results and reduce downtime. Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser & MedSpa was the first in the country to offer the Halo treatment!

“Patients want great results from their anti-aging treatments, but they don’t have time for downtime. Halo is capable of removing years of sun damage and wrinkles in the deeper layers of the skin, but with minimal downtime.

So, our patients can have their cake and eat it too; great results with little to no downtime. This technology is novel, new, and exciting, and is revolutionizing the treatment of wrinkles and UV damage.” says Dr. Erickson.

One of the best aspects of Halo? The “halo glow”, as we call it in the office. Not only does it treat pore size, texture, and discoloration, but there is a noticeable sheen and luminosity to the skin after treatment with Halo.Halo at Erickson Dermatology


“The fall is a very popular time to rejuvenate the skin,” says Dr. Quenby Erickson.

“Some patients have found that they have been lax on their skin care routines over the summer. Others have had a good deal of sun exposure, causing damage to the skin. This most commonly presents as brown spots or freckles, which can create an even tone. But you don’t have to live with it!”

Visit our website for more information on our treatments, and as always, consultations are always complimentary. Call us today to schedule yours, and be on the way to fabulous skin this fall!

You’re Invited! Don’t Miss Out on Wine On Nine

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Join Us THIS Thursday, October 15th from 4:30-7:30 for an annual event for Clients and Friends, Neighbors, and Fun!

We’re partnering with our neighbors at Dr. Neal Nealis’ office on the Ninth Floor to mingle, offer many fabulous raffle prizes, & enjoy (you guessed it!) wine & hors d’oeuvres.

While you’re here, watch live demonstrations, including BOTOX Cosmetic and Coolsculpting, enter to win amazing raffle prizes, and enjoy exclusive event pricing on Coolsculpting treatments!

 



We would love to see you there!

Wine On Nine

October 15, 2015

4:30-7:30pm

737 N. Michigan Avenue, 9th Floor

Chicago, IL 60611

Join Us for Wine, Demonstrations, Raffles, and Fun on Nine!

Join Us for Wine, Demonstrations, Raffles, and Fun on Nine!

www.EricksonDermatology.com


You’re Invited to Wine on Nine!

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Please Be Our Guest:

October 15th from 4:30-7:30pm


Please be our guest at “Wine on Nine”, an annual event for Friends, Clients, & Neighbors!

We’re partnering with our neighbors at Dr. Neal Nealis’ office on the Ninth Floor to mingle, offer many fabulous raffle prizes, & enjoy (you guessed it!) wine & hors d’oeuvres.

While you’re here, watch a live Coolsculpting demonstration and enjoy exclusive event pricing on Coolsculpting treatments!

We would love to see you there!
Call Today to RSVP: 312-300-6858



Wine On Nine

October 15, 2015

4:30-7:30pm

737 N. Michigan Avenue, 9th Floor

Chicago, IL 60611

Rejuvenation Through the Generations: The Best Ways to Treat Your Neck For Your Age

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Even dating back to Nefertiti – who was known for her elegant profile – a long, smooth, young-looking neck has been a gold standard symbol of youth and beauty. Contemporary women are now availing themselves to early intervention and corrective, high-tech procedures to tighten, plump, smooth and slim with little or no downtime – and neck treatments are more popular than ever.

Neck Treatment Popularity: Why Now?

Since injectables (fillers and BOTOX) and laser treatments (like Halo and BBL) became popular and accessible, many women found that having facial wrinkles or discoloration was no longer inevitable. But while the facial skin may look beautiful, the untreated neck can reveal years of sun damage, hereditary sagging and drooping, spotty skin and lumpy fat pockets.

The numerous options for non-surgical treatment, paired with the thought of having a wattle or a falling chin is enough to make younger women jump into prevention – and women of many ages to seek correction.

Dr Quenby Erickson, board certified Chicago Dermatologist, gives us her take on which treatments to consider for your age:


What to do in your 20s:

Maintain, Maintain, Maintain

Maintaining the skin in earlier stages will potentially set you up for less correction later. “The benefit of starting young is that you will need less drastic treatments in the future,” says Dr. Erickson.

SPF, Retinol, and the Nefertiti Lift

“Women in their 20s should use an SPF on the neck daily, as well as a gentle retinol product to maintain the quality of the skin” says Dr. Erickson. “The Nefertiti Lift (Botox in the rope-like platysmal cords under the jaw and the chin) can help to keep the neck and jowls from sagging, which is a great preventative technique,”


What to do in your 30s:

Maintain

“Again, if you start when you’re in your 20s or 30s, there’s a chance you’ll need fewer and less-corrective treatments later..”

The Nefertiti Lift

Dr. Erickson goes on to explain that “Most people in their 30s are still in the ‘prevention’ category. Botox in the platysmal bands (Nefertiti Lift) becomes essential to maintain the youthfulness of the neck”

Dr Quenby Erickson injected BOTOX Cosmetic into the platysmal bands to recontour the neck and jawline without surgery.

Dr Quenby Erickson injected BOTOX Cosmetic into the platysmal bands to recontour the neck and jawline without surgery.

Light Chemical Peels and Gentle Laser

“Periodic chemical peel treatments, or light laser treatments to tighten the skin can also be great options for people in their 30s”

Kybella

Many people (men and women) who are most troubled by the dreaded double chin are not yet at the midcentury mark. “Some people were born with submental fullness (fat under the jaw). Kybella is a great tool to slim and smooth for anyone who notices a little extra fat,” says Dr. Erickson.


What to do in your 40s:

In the 40s, gravity kicks in, resulting in laxity, sagging, looser skin, and free-falling fat. “The element of correction starts in the 40s” says Dr. Erickson. “By the time you’re 40, you have some sun damage that needs to be reversed.

Laser Treatments and Pelleve

“Since collagen and elastin production slows down as we get older, laser treatments like Halo, MicrolaserPeel and BBL become important to stimulate collagen, improve texture and tone, and improve color. In addition, Pelleve treatments deliver radiofrequency energy into the skin to stimulate new collagen to smooth and tighten.”

The Nefertiti Lift

Those thin and ropey cords under the chin can get stronger and tend to protrude while contracting in the 40s. “This causes a softening of the curve between the neck and the chin – softening into a curve that used to be more like a right angle when you’re younger” Botox can relax this, making the jawline more defined and prevent the cords from becoming even stronger.

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The Nefertiti Lift procedure results in a more defined jawline, a smoother neck, and prevention of the 'pull-down' that contributes to turkey neck.

The Nefertiti Lift procedure results in a more defined jawline, a smoother neck, and prevention of the ‘pull-down’ that contributes to turkey neck.

Kybella

While double chins can occur at many ages, they can also come along with age as the skin becomes less taught, sagging sets in, and we naturally gain some fat. Kybella is injected into the subcutaneous fat (fat under the skin) to destroy the fat cells and smooth the area.

Fillers

“If you have horizontal lines, then you want to get a filler sooner than later to prevent them from getting deeper” says Dr. Erickson.

Nectifirm

Nectifirm is a powerful antioxidant and peptide-based treatment cream formulated to address the changes that occur as the skin on your neck ages. My patients love it.” says Dr. Erickson.


What to do in your 50s, 60s, and Beyond:

As skin loses more of its tautness, muscles continue to weaken, and gravity rears its ugly head, “It’s important to tailor treatments to the patient. At this point, the types and frequency of treatments can depend on how much prevention has been done,”

The skin on the neck is so delicate, treatments need to be gentle and numerous to be effective when you haven’t maintained over the years”

Dr Erickson goes on to explain, “ Typically patients in this age group can be candidates for lower neck lifts, but now that we have non-surgical options that can make a significant improvement, we can sometimes stave off the knife. …That being said, surgery won’t correct the skin. For this reason, (whether you’re a candidate for a surgery or not) Botox, Kybella, laser, and filling neck creases are very common treatments for this age group.”

The Nefertiti Lift

Yes, The Nefertiti Lift –again. In the 50’s and throughout the years, the continuous pull-down by these ropey bands gets stronger. Dr. Erickson explains that generally at this age range, “Often prevention has not been done with Botox in the neck – so there is a need for more frequent correction.”

These platysmal bands continue to cause a softening of the curve between the neck and the chin – an area that’s more like a right angle when you’re younger” Botox can relax this, making the jawline more defined and preventing the cords from becoming even stronger over time.

Laser Treatments and Pelleve

As skin loses more of its tautness, treatments like Halo laser and MicrolaserPeel are essential to correct and stimulate new collagen. “Crepey, thin skin becomes more taught and smooth with numerous, gentle treatments,” says Dr. Erickson.

Dr. Erickson goes on to explain that Pelleve treatments are often used to stimulate collagen to firm and help to make skin tighter and more plump.

Fillers

In addition to filling horizontal lines, fillers can be used to boost temples, lift cheeks, and fill the hollows below the mouth. Fillers can also help to uplift and fill jowling-areas, contributing to a smoother and more elegant look.

Kybella

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Turkey Necks or "wattles" can occur at many ages, but can be common in the 50's, 60's and 70's. Kybella is injected into the subcutaneous fat (fat under the skin) to destroy the fat cells and smooth the area.

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Turkey Necks or “wattles” can occur at many ages, but can be common in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Kybella is injected into the subcutaneous fat (fat under the skin) to destroy the fat cells and smooth the area.

Nectifirm

Nectifirm contains powerful ingredients designed to rejuvenate your neck area by treating it differently than the skin on your face. Continuous use of this product really seems to make a difference in the skin.” Says Dr. Erickson.


“Well, there’s no cookbook” concludes Dr. Erickson. “Everyone is different. Although some women may just start to notice changes in their necks in their 40s and 50s, others may have significant sun damage and need for correction in the 20s and 30s. In fact, more and more women in their 20s and 30s are asking for neck-treatments than ever.”

The Recipe for Correction: Gentle and Frequent

In the non-surgical world, ‘quick-fix’ is a term that goes hand-in-hand with ‘magic wand’.

“That doesn’t mean that we can’t correct skin that’s more advanced in the aging process,’ Dr Erickson explains “It just means there may be more treatments to achieve the desired results. Again, because of the delicate nature of the skin, treatments must be gentle. Just be patient and consistent. You’ll tend to see a great result if you do.”