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.

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.

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 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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Dr Erickson is featured in the Valparaiso University President’s Report!

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Dr Erickson is featured in the Valparaiso University President’s Report!

Check it out here:
http://www.valpo.edu/presidents-repor…/character-commitment/

As Valparaiso University says, “A commitment to the arts, excellence in the classroom and in competition, ethical and ambitious leaders, and extraordinary alumni- these are just a few of the things that make the Valpo community rich and vibrant”.

Dr Quenby Erickson is a featured Alumni in the Valparaiso University President's Report

Dr Quenby Erickson is a featured Alumni in the Valparaiso University President’s Report

We think this alumna is pretty extraordinary, too.

Congrats on the Alumni Spotlight, Dr Erickson!

Ask Dr Erickson: Q & A

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We’ve received some really good skin-related questions from our patients and friends, and thought we’d like to share Dr. Quenby Erickson’s comments and thoughts in response.

Here’s a great summer-related question from one of our fantastic clients:

Q: “What sunscreen products are safe to use on a baby?”

A: Gentle products with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide (physical sunscreen elements which reflect and scatter UVA/UVB). Products that contain these ingredients include SkinMedica Daily Physical Defense, Neutrogena PureScreen, and Obagi Nu-Derm Physical UV Block (which contains a whopping 18.5% zinc oxide!)”. 

Dr Erickson cautions parents though, adding that “Direct and prolonged sun exposure is always to be avoided, and in infants especially. Their skin is much more delicate. Some people may have the misguided thought that if the baby has sun block on, that being out in direct sun is “OK”. It’s very important to understand that these sunscreen products are only a recommendation to add to the rest of the safe sun practices: seek shade, cover anything you can with UPF clothing, and avoid the mid day hours when the sun is hottest.” (This means you too, adults!)

So, no matter what your age, play it safe out there this summer!

 

'Mom, I am WAY too cool to be out in the sun like this!' Get the Kiddos indoors during the midday when the sun is the hottest.

‘Mom, I am WAY too cool to be out in the sun like this!’ Get the Kiddos indoors during the midday when the sun is the hottest.

 

 

Interested UPF clothing? Click here to check out Coolibar, one of Dr. Erickson’s favorite UPF brands. 

 

Treatments that are a Treat: Botox in the Bands, A.K.A. the ‘Nefertiti Lift’

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Nefertiti was arguably one of the most famous and beautiful women of the ancient world,  and perhaps one of the very first icons of beauty. One very notable feature is her elegant and long neck, which is complemented by a beautifully defined jawline.

Nefertiti demonstrates a beautiful neck and jawline

Nefertiti demonstrates a beautiful neck and jawline

The WHAT: Enter the present-day Nefertiti Lift technique, a contemporary treatment focused on relaxing the depressor action of the platysmal bands (the pulling-down on the neck) and other muscles to re-contour the jawline without surgery.

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.

The WHY: In short, the platysma basically spreads from the chest up the neck, and to the jaw.  When we age, (and due to genetics) the platysma separates into ropey bands, which can pull downward, exaggerating the jowls and creating the ‘turkey neck’ or ‘gobbler’ effect.

The HOW: During the Nefertiti Lift treatment, Botox Cosmetic is used to relax those bands, and sometimes the muscles that pull the corners of the mouth/chin down.  Dr. Quenby Erickson uses this advanced, non-invasive (and pretty much painless) technique to smooth and lift without surgery or downtime. The result is a beautiful and elegant jawline and smooth neck.  The results last up to 3-4 months, and usually take at least 20-25 units of Botox (increasing from there, depending on your individual needs).

Nefertiti Lift with BOTOX Cosmetic, performed by Dr Quenby Erickson

Nefertiti Lift with BOTOX Cosmetic, performed by Dr Quenby Erickson

In or Around Chicago and need a bit of a lift? Call Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology today to schedule your consultation!

Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser & MedSpa

312-300-6858

http://www.EricksonDermatology.com

E’s 3 Current Faves: a Sunscreen for Everyone

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Hi, Elizabeth for Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology here!
I think many of us thought it would never happen, but Spring is upon us… and the sun is out Chicago! Well, it’s THINKING about it. =)
Though it’s important to be aware of daily sunlight exposure all year-round, the thought of daylight in Chicago after this winter is suddenly inspiring! So, I thought I would take a moment to share some of my favorite daily-use facial sunscreen products.

My favorite for a smooth, powdery finish (AND there’s bonus Vitamin C!!!):
Obagi Medical Products Gentle Rejuvenation Fortified Sunscreen. 

This awesome makeup primer-consistency Sunscreen is fortified with Vit C. This is like winning the  multitasking skin care lotto!

This awesome makeup primer-consistency Sunscreen is fortified with Vit C. This is like winning the multitasking skin care lotto!

This is sunscreen is unique because it features the ever-important antioxidant Vitamin C in its broad spectrum, matte finish sunscreen formulation.I love this one for it’s fresh, almost citrusy (yet subtle) scent. This line rocks, by the way, and so does the Obagi 360 system, but I digress…

My favorite for a tinted sunscreen:
Revision Skin Care Intellishade Original SPF 45

Yes, I took this photo myself. Impressive, eh?

Yes, I took this photo myself. Impressive, eh?

This anti-aging tinted moisturizer with sunscreen is a New Beauty  Magazine “Beauty Choice Product Winner”, likely due to its ability to blend naturally with almost every skin tone.Peptides in this formulation, along with hydrators and antioxidants make this broad-spectrum protection a MUST! Available in two finishes, Matte (clean, shine-free) and Original (dewey, hydrated-looking), there is a finish for everyone.

My favorite for sensitive skin:
SkinMedica Daily Physical Defense SPF 30

SkinMedica's SPF won't make your skin angry... AND it's Dermatologist Approved! =)

SkinMedica’s SPF won’t make your skin angry… AND it’s Dermatologist Approved! =)

This oil-free, fragrance-free SPF offers fairly-creamy-yet-sheer broad spectrum defense against UVA/UVB for even the most reactive or sensitive skin types. (If you despise coconut-scented, greasy SPF that makes your eyes water, this might be good for you)
The “physical” part of the title means that this is product features non-chemical SPF ingredients (Dr. Erickson’s favorite sunscreen elements) titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

Not sure what type of sunscreen is best for you? We have tons of other options too, and can help you incorporate new and fun goodies into your existing regimen, too. Give us a call anytime: 312-300-6858, the girls here at Erickson Dermatology will help steer you in the right direction! Jennifer and I are both licensed Aestheticians, so we LOVE chatting about this kind of thing.
…Oh, and there’s free shipping for our clients within the US, so give us a ring even if you’re busy enjoying the Spring!

Dr. Danny Vleggaar visits Erickson Dermatology

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Hi!

Elizabeth here, Practice Manager and Licensed Aesthetician at Erickson Dermatology.

This week, Erickson Dermatology was excited to host Dr. Danny Vleggaar, (Head of Cosmetic Dermatology in private practice in Geneva) from Switzerland.

A meeting of the minds: Dr. Quenby Erickson and Dr. Danny Vleggaar

A meeting of the minds: Dr. Quenby Erickson and Dr. Danny Vleggaar

Dr. Vleggaar is renown in the aesthetic industry for his work with Soft Tissue Augmentation for facial volumization.  Dr. Erickson and Dr. Vleggar used Sculptra Aesthetic to create beautiful changes using super advanced techniques! The staff here was astounded by this creativity- it was fascinating for us to watch!

Thank you for visiting us in Chicago, Dr. Vleggaar!