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!

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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.”

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! 

You’re Invited to an Erickson Dermatology Event: THIS THURSDAY

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Ever wonder what your ‘after’ would look like?


Learn How to Rid Yourself of Unwanted Fat

at an Erickson Dermatology Educational Event:

Thursday, August 6th

Choose your topic and start time:

4PM: Say Goodbye to a Double-Chin with the Kybella Treatment

5PM: Body Contouring with Coolsculpting

 6PM: Body Contouring with Coolsculpting

Call to RSVP today: Space is limited! 312-300-6858


Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology

737 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 905

Chicago, IL 60611

Rid Yourself of unwanted fat at Erickson Dermatology

Rid Yourself of unwanted fat at Erickson Dermatology

Does Coolsculpting Work? An interview with Dr. Erickson

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It’s a burning question that many who are considering the Coolsculpting procedure have: “Does Coolsculpting work?

Also known as cryo- lipolysis, Coolsculpting is a non-surgical procedure that freezes fat cells. The surrounding tissue stays healthy, and the fat cells (now damaged from being frozen during the procedure) slowly die off, leaving your body newly-contoured.

But does it really work?

“Of course it works,” says Dr. Quenby Erickson, board-certified dermatologist. “You can spend hours in the gym and lose weight, only to see those stubborn trouble areas stick around.”

Recalling her own personal experience with Coolsculpting, Dr Erickson noted that no matter how big or small she had gotten in the past, her inner thighs still always rubbed together. “That is, until Coolsculpting,” she says, smiling. “Now I feel better in my clothes, in dresses, shorts, even while I’m working out.”

So, what if you have multiple pesky pockets of fat? Where do you start?
“It’s that one trouble area; no matter how hard you work, that’s always a disappointment… That’s often the first area you’d treat with coolsculpting.”

Why? “Because it really makes you realize the difference. You see the changes,” says Dr. Erickson. “Our patients love it. I think it really makes them feel good. I think for many people, it makes them feel better in (and out!) of their clothes.”

…And really, who wouldn’t want that?

For more information, check out Coolsculpting here

For More information on Dr. Erickson, or to read more about her practice in Chicago, IL, click here.

 

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