It’s been amazing to me how much my profession has changed in the last decade. Things that could only be done through surgery are now happening in an hour, with little or no anesthesia. Liposuction in one of our Chicago procedure suites was once our only choice when it came to fat removal, but today we can remove fat cells permanently with Cool Sculpting.
This cryolipolysis fat removal treatment takes about one hour while the patients pass the time on their iPads. When they are done, they stand up, leave and return to their everyday lives (back to the office, working out, being a mother, whatever it may be)… absolutely no downtime.
Innovations in non-surgical skin tightening technology have evolved more than any other aspect of non-surgical cosmetic medicine during the last ten years. The most impressive of the new minimally invasive technologies is undoubtedly Thermi RF. This radio frequency/fat elimination treatment targets loose, wrinkled skin under the chin and neck area, as well as skin in need of tightening in the abdominal region. The patient remains awake and alert during this procedure and takes only about an hour. We’ve seen amazing results in both men and women. See the photo below as an example of an excellent Thermi RF result.
Stave off the signs of aging with a non-surgical liquid facelift
When Botox was introduced as a cosmetic procedure almost two decades ago, no one would have predicted it would become the most popular cosmetic procedure in the world (it now is). Effective and affordable for the masses, Botox successfully smooths out wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes. Dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse and Sculptra have proved to be perfect complements to Botox injections. These fillers have been proven to address the signs of aging in the frown lines, crow’s feet, tear troughs, lips, marionette lines, cheeks, jawline and more. By customizing the perfect combination of any or all of these treatments, we can effectively provide our patients with a non-surgical liquid facelift.
An exciting new, FDA approved treatment to eliminate the double chin
Now that it has been recently approved by the FDA for treatment of excess fat under the chin, expect Kybella to become a household brand in the field of cosmetic medicine. For now, you’re probably wondering exactly what the Kybella treatment is. Here’s the deal: we apply a small sticker to the area beneath your chin or jawline where excess fat has bulged and created sagging skin. The sticker acts as a template we use to guide us in the proper injection technique. But what do we inject and how does it work? We inject deoxycholic acid (branded as Kybella), which naturally seeks out and eliminates fat, similar to your body’s own natural fat dissolving process.
After two clinical trials involving thousands of patients that lasted years, the FDA has acknowledged that Kybella actively reduces submental fat in the area beneath the chin. The treatment takes about fifteen minutes. For optimal results, patients should know that several treatments spaced about a month apart may be necessary.
All women have cellulite, but we can help with anti-cellulite treatments
More than 85 percent of the women in the U.S. over the age of 30 suffer from cellulite. They don’t want it, don’t need it, it does nothing and looks terrible. Woman have been trying to remove it with potions and lotions and various other products for years, and now we have a non-surgical procedure that has women confidently sporting their shorts, skirts and swimsuits this summer. CelluPulse is an impressive treatment that attacks the fibrous sub-dermal material responsible for cellulite. One to five treatments are usually needed for effective cellulite elimination. The majority of patients surveyed one year post treatment are either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their CelluPulse treatment plan. Legend has it Madonna takes a CelluPulse machine on tour with her because she simply can’t live without it.
The future is looking great…
We are providing our patients with many more non-surgical procedures at all four of our locations in Chicago on the Gold Coast, Oak Brook, Arlington Heights and Naperville. Changes in how people are improving their looks have changed dramatically in so many areas, including the amount of time in the procedure room, downtime, discomfort, affordability and much more.
Yes, we still do magnificent surgical procedures, but now we can treat many more people with many more comfortable procedures. Who knows what the coming years will bring to our cosmetic medicine industry? If the past few were any indication, the future really is looking beautiful.