Monthly Archives: May 2014

Whew, that was a close one: The Valeant/Allergan Saga

Allergan Pharmaceuticals’ products (including Botox, Juvederm and Skinmedica, to name a few), their loyalty/partnership programs and their customer service standards are all impeccable. They are truly a class-act company.

Allergan to Valeant:  'Uh, no. We're good, thanks'

Allergan to Valeant:
’46 Billion? Uh, no. We’re good, thanks’

Even though being acquired by Valeant (or anybody else) does not necessarily mean that these things would change… I think everybody has been sighing with relief after the news that things will be staying put as-is (for now).

Read the Chicago Sun Times article about the would-be Valeant takeover here:

http://www.suntimes.com/business/27394525-420/botox-maker-turns-down-valeant-takeover-offer.html#.U3srwaa9LCQ

Until next time, stay fabulous my friends!

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

Here is a post I wrote for the office on one of our more popular treatments =) If you haven’t tried it yet, get ready to be impressed!

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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…

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Obagi Inservice today at Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology Chicago

Thanks, Laura (our fabulous Obagi rep/expert)

We always LOVE hearing about the most current updates and developments in the skin care science realm!

Yours Truly,

The skin care pro’s at Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser & MedSpa

=)

 

PS: we’re crazy about the Gentle Rejuvenation products!

(For more on Obagi Gentle Rejuvenation, here’s a link: http://obagi.com/patients/product-line/gentle-rejuvenation/results and here’s a link to another post about the Gentle Rejuvenation Vitamin C fortified SPF (click to follow the link)!

Jennifer and Elizabeth at Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology

E and Jennifer say: Thanks Laura (our fabulous Obagi rep/expert)! We always learn a ton! And we’re crazy about the Gentle Rejuvenation products!

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Mad About Mac Retro Matte

I’ve been rocking a couple of Mac Retro Matte Lip Colors lately. It occurred to me that I haven’t accepted so many compliments or ‘where-did-you-get-that?’s on my lip color in… I don’t know, a long time. This collection is not that new (Sept 13, I believe) but I’m having some fun and thought I’d share!

After much positive reinforcement on the color, along with a slow and passive realization that it does not smudge off during the day, I had to go grab some additional ‘flavors’

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Here’s what I grabbed: Retro Matte Colors
(From Left)
Relentlessly Red
Ruby Woo
All Fired Up
Not pictured: Flat Out Fabulous

“All Fired Up” is my total fave… but Ruby Woo is the original crowd pleaser of this collection, known for it’s Vampy Hollywood True red with its (visually teeth-whitening) flattering blue undertones.

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I was told by a Mac Pro that the Retro matte collection features some of the usual, pre-existing Mac Mattes, now made with the same formula that made Ruby Woo popular back in like,1999 or so.
Legend has it that these bad boys are made with kaolin clay, which undoubtedly provide its lasting, mattefying effect. My fave features here are how light it feels, it’s very vibrant colors, and it’s lasting effect without drying you out (like a stain)*

*That last part seems to vary slightly between formulas… Ruby Woo and All Fired Up seem the creamiest to me… While Flat Out Fabulous (Fuschia) and Fixed on Drama (wine) seem to go on drier.
For official info on the collection: http://www.maccosmetics.com/whats_new/11605/New-Collections/Retro-Matte/index.tmpl

and until next time- Stay Fabulous My Friends!

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AmSpa, Environ, and Cutera host Chicago Aesthetic Industry Friends at POPS

Last week I had the honor of joining a number of Chicago area pros at the American Medical Spa Association, Environ Skin Care and Cutera Laser Industry Networking Reception at Pops for Champagne.  A great time was had by all! Thanks to Nealy Skeldon with Environ and Ryan Hotchkiss with Cutera for hosting!

With a Bunch of Beauties at the AmSpa, Environ and Cutera Chicago Industry Networking Reception

With a Bunch of the Beauties at the AmSpa, Environ and Cutera Chicago Industry Networking Reception

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E’s 3 Current Faves: a Sunscreen for Everyone

Here’s a blog post I wrote for work, Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology. Enjoy! =)

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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…

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