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.


Volumizing and the Lifting- Face and Jawline


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.

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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.

RENOVA

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.

Why is everyone talking about Kybella? An Interview with Dr. Erickson

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We all know it -and fear it- the presence of fat on the upper neck or under the chin, commonly known as (the dreaded) double-chin. Pockets of fat can be genetic, and can form despite weight or healthy eating. This contributes to an older and heavier overall look, and nobody wants that!
Recently FDA-approved Kybella is a new way to treat it. Made up of a naturally-occurring molecule, the treatment consists of a series of small injections to destroy the fat cells and tighten the neck.
Dr. Quenby Erickson demonstrates the Kybella injection for the sub-mental fat - aka the dreaded double-chin.

Dr. Quenby Erickson demonstrates the Kybella injection for the sub-mental fat – aka the dreaded double-chin.

Why is everyone talking about Kybella? 
It’s a really exciting time for the neck,” says Dr. Quenby Erickson, board-certified dermatologist. “Over the last 20 years, we’ve gotten really great at nonsurgical rejuvenation of the face… But you can always tell when a face has been treated and a neck hasn’t. People want to keep the neck looking as just good as the face, and with the new advances in technology we can – without surgery.”
What makes Kybella unique?
“We’ve never had a nonsurgical treatment for the sub-mental fat -aka double chin- before. It’s exciting because it’s an injectable, whereas before we had to resort to surgery.  It’s a fantastic alternative to liposuction and neck lift surgery.”
Who is Kybella good for?

“Kybella can be great for anyone with sub-mental fullness who wants to improve the appearance of their jawline,” says Dr. Erickson. “It can result in a more youthful, slimmed-out look.”

Dr. Erickson explains that women can start to notice age-related changes in their neck as early as the 20’s and 30’s. These patients already tend to love the ever-popular Nefertiti Lift (Botox in the neck). “But they might be bothered by a little extra fat,” says Dr Erickson. “Now there’s an injectable for that, too.”
Dr. Erickson explains that men of various ages can benefit from Kybella “In fact, men love the result of a slimmer, more defined jawline.”
But if the fat is dissolved (essentially ’emptied out’) from a double chin, would that cause any loose skin? 
 “In general, we’re not appreciating a loose skin issue with Kybella. Of course, in the case that a patient comes in with predominantly more of a loose skin issue, we’d need to do some tightening,” says Dr. Erickson.
“But with Kybella, we’re actually seeing that there seems to be a retraction of the skin, that there is some neocollagenisis (new collagen formation). In many cases, the skin gets tighter.”
Double chins of the world beware! 

Spring Cleaning at Erickson Dermatology

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Let’s Get Spring Cleaning!

Refresh your skin after this LONG winter with a chemical exfoliation treatment. This refining and refreshing facial is complimentary when you purchase a Day, a Night, and an Eye product during your visit! (while supplies last)

Call for your appointment today: 312-300-6858

It's a Peel Party, Chicago! Call Today!

It’s a Peel Party, Chicago! Call Today!

Don’t Sweat It… there’s a treatment for that

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I think everyone has been there: their deodorant has failed at some point, only to realize it sometime later in the day. You think, ‘Uh-oh, did anyone else notice?’

Probably just about everyone has also ruined a favorite white top over time because of the yellow stains that form in the underarm area. Then there’s the lovely ‘nervous sweat’: Your body might instinctively think that you’re running from a threat in that pre-historic fight-or-flight way, but you’re really just trying to give a presentation at the office or a maid-of-honor speech.

Then there’s actual hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes sweat glands to go into an overactive state. According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, about 3% of the world’s population have hyperhidrosis. That’s about 211 million people! People with hyperhidrosis will often suffer from such excessive sweating that they must change clothing multiple times in a day, and even sweat through suit jackets. This can be terribly hard in social or work situations.

Are you sick of your antiperspirant failing you? Check our miraDry at Erickson Dermatology Chicago!

Are you sick of your antiperspirant failing you? Check out miraDry at Erickson Dermatology Chicago.

For people with hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating can effect your daily life. But I think for people who are simply ‘sweat-bothered’, sweat can also be a huge hassle on a daily basis, too.

Sweat: in a lot of ways, it can be embarrassing for everyone.  In our office, we treat underarm sweating with the miraDry procedure.

MiraDry is a procedure that selectively heats the sweat glands in the underarms. This damages the overactive glands, and they do not regenerate. The result is dramatic and lasting sweat reduction. MiraDry is great for people with hyperhidrosis and those who are just sweat-bothered, too.  As an added bonus, miraDry also treats the apocrine glands. Those are the ones that cause the odor and the yellow stains… buh-bye, antiperspirant, deodorant AND stained T-shirts! Hello, miraDry!

Check out miraDry here: http://www.ericksondermatology.com/miradry/

Questions about miraDry? Call us at the office today:

Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser & MedSpa

312-300-6858

Our Sculptra Soiree: A Great Success!

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Thank You to everyone who came out to our Evening with Erickson Educational Event: A Sculptra Soiree! We had a blast!

If you missed the fun, be sure to save the date for our two upcoming events: Wine on Nine (October 9th) and ‘Scare the Crows Away’, A Botox Party (October 30)

Hope to see you then!

Thanks to all who came out for our Sculptra Soiree Event!

Thanks to all who came out for our Sculptra Soiree Event!

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Friends don’t let Friends have Frown Lines

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Do you love BOTOX? Have a friend who would too?

Starting now, The BOTOX® For Friends (BFF) Program rewards YOU for inviting your BFF to try your fave anti-aging treatment.*

BFF BOTOX at Erickson Dermatology is a win/win!

BFF BOTOX at Erickson Dermatology is a win/win!

After your Botox treatment, refer a friend to Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser & MedSpa to receive:

  • Your choice of 600 bonus Brilliant Distinctions points ($60 off your next treatment). WOW! Normally 200 points
  • OR a SkinMedica AHA/BHA Kit, which includes the popular AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser!
  • AND a $100 gift card to use towards Juvederm, laser, or spa facial treatments at Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology!

Your friend will enjoy a complimentary BOTOX® treatment… it’s a win/win!

BFF BOTOX is a win/win at Erickson Dermatology

Friends Don’t Let Friends have Frown Lines! Call Today!

*Current Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology Chicago patients will be eligible for treatment now through September 2014. Referred friend will be eligible for treatment now through October 2014. While supplies last, limited-time offer. Patients must be determined an appropriate candidate for treatment by Dr. Quenby Erickson. Complimentary Botox treatment is up to 50 units, treatment amount will be determined by Dr. Quenby Erickson. Limit one friend referral per patient.

 

Call us today to book an appointment to see if Botox Cosmetic is right for you, and remember: friends don’t let friends have frown lines!

Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser & Medspa: 312-300-6858