Category Archives: Treatment Reviews

My Before and After: My First Kybella Treatment


I’m so excited to share my photo from my first round of Kybella. This revolutionary treatment destroys fat under the chin via small injections of the Kybella product. It actually destroys the fat over the course of several weeks, leaving you with a streamlined jaw and neckline for a pretty profile. Best part is, it’s permanent!

HOW KYBELLA® WORKS

The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA® destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal.

Really, I wanted to do it for prevention of the dreaded turkey neck down the road, but I absolutely love what it did for my jawline now!

Despite how fabulous some turkeys can be, the truth is: NOBODY wants a turkey neck…

Most of our patients end up doing 2-4 treatments, but it depends on your goals and how much fat you have. You’ll need to space them out 4 or more weeks apart.

Dr. Daniel Danahey, board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon here in the Chicago area, did mine. You can check out the Kybella website here to find a doctor near you who offers it.

Prepare yourself for a good amount of swelling for a few days afterward which can happen, along with the possibility of a few little bruises (I had no bruising), but otherwise, it tends to be a really easy treatment!

Until next time: stay fabulous, my friends!

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Understatement of the day: Kybella is fabulous.

I wanted to share a quick video I put together of/for Dr. Erickson (amazing and fabulous board certified Chicago dermatologist) explaining and demonstrating the Kybella treatment during an event to introduce the procedure last week.

Watch as Dr Erickson explains the Kybella Procedure here

Watch as Dr Erickson explains the Kybella Procedure here

Kybella was recently FDA-approved for the treatment of the *dreaded* double chin, AKA ‘sub-mental fat’. Once injected, the product will actually destroy the fat cells under the chin, which can make for a much slimmer and younger appearance. Everyone is different, so the amount of treatment sessions you may need can vary, but are typically spaced one month apart.

Check out the Kybella procedure (and other neck treatments) on Erickson Dermatology’s website here,

…and until next time, stay fabulous my friends!

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Before and After: my Halo Laser Treatment Results!

While it’s a little embarrassing to reveal what my complexion looked like before, the results are TOO GOOD to not to share. Here are the before-and-after Visia Imager photos from my Halo Resurfacing. (no foundation/concealer, moisturizer, or anything on the skin in either pic). I’ve been meaning to share these for a while, I am SO happy with my results!

What is Halo? Halo laser is the first of it’s kind: a hybrid (ablative and non-ablative) fractionated laser. Translation: 2 different wavelengths of laser fire off at the exact same time. Down-time is a fraction of any other fractionated laser out there-  (you can wear makeup out the door) – and the results are exponentially better from my perspective. It’s almost like having double the treatment with amazingly little social downtime, if any.

If you are on the fence about this procedure, I would urge you to go for it.

My before and after: 6 months after 2 Halo Laser  Resurfacing Treatments at Erickson Dermatology in Chicago

My before and after: 6 months after 2 Halo Laser Resurfacing Treatments at Erickson Dermatology in Chicago

My Results: a reduction of pore size, almost no breakouts anymore, reduction in discoloration and hyperpigmentation, a tightening of the skin, improvement in texture and a noticeable glow or luminosity… probably why they called it Halo.

My before and after: 6 months after 2 Halo Laser  Resurfacing Treatments at Erickson Dermatology in Chicago

My before and after: 6 months after 2 Halo Laser Resurfacing Treatments at Erickson Dermatology in Chicago. Side note: That’s a little biopsy site on my upper cheek, I had it taken after my Halo Treatments.

My Plan: Moving forward, I plan to get a Halo once a year to maintain- now that my skin is so improved, I’m spoiled!

Check out Halo at Erickson Dermatology here

and click here to see more Halo Before and After’s

Until Next time, stay fabulous, my friends!

 

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Why I did miraDry

Have you heard of miraDry? It’s a device that microwaves your underarm sweat glands. Yes- literally microwaves them.
Cool, right?

Using heat to selectively seek and destroy is not a new concept. That’s how laser resurfacing works, among many other things. In this case, it’s seeking and destroying the sweat glands.

Here’s an interesting fact: there are two different types of glands in your underarms. One kind produces sweat (the wetness) and the other one produces the odor and whatever makes the underarm area of an old white t shirt yellow.

Miradry zaps both, and as a special bonus, the underarm hair too. I’m sold.

There are people out there who have hyperhidrosis, that’s when the sweat glands are stuck in overdrive mode. I don’t have that, but when I stood up in my best friend’s wedding a couple of years ago, the photos revealed that I must of been a little nervous presenting my maid of honor speech- my satin gown gave me away with some classy sweat marks. Nice.

Ok, it’s true that I’m not giving speeches in satin dresses all the time. So why did I do it, then?

I hate anti-perspirant. I’m actually allergic to almost every kind on the market. The only one I wasn’t allergic to became Discontinued, so I’ve been ordering it for the last couple of years on Amazon.

Another reason? The aluminum compounds in anti-perspirant have been rumored to add to breast cancer risk and/or contribute to the Alzheimer’s. (The evidence is inconclusive that it actually does that, so don’t freak out… here’s a link): http://www.m.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/antiperspirant-facts-safety

Whether or not that ends up being true, I think reducing how much chemical is on my skin on a daily basis is probably a good idea.

Miradry treatment can take 1 or 2 treatments to work. I ended up doing two, just to really nail it. I’ve been really really happy since then, and so have my underarms (no allergic reactions here)!

Satin dresses are no match for me now!

Here’s a link to my office’s page on miradry, check it out!

http://www.ericksondermatology.com/miradry/

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Here’s me with the miradry device at Erickson Dermatology in Chicago right after my treatment. It’s actually quite the relaxing experience!

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E Experiments: BOTOX in the Bands, aka The Nefertiti Lift

It’s about time I share my experience with ‘Botox in the bands’, aka the Nefertiti lift. My boss, Board certified dermatologist Dr. Quenby Erickson performed the procedure for me, which I love, love, love.

Side note: this use of Botox Cosmetic Is considered off-label, like many of the ways offices use it these days. But not every office offers this treatment. From my perspective, it’s more of an advanced technique, (so do your homework on your provider before trying)

Here’s the scoop:

What is it?
The Nefertiti lift is a non-surgical technique used to make the Neck, chin and “Gobbler” area look smoother and younger by injecting Botox into the platysmal bands. As it turns out, these bands are partly responsible for the downward pull on the lower face (Either side of the chin) and the development of the dreaded ‘turkey neck’.

Ok... it could be worse.

Ok… it could always be worse.

The Treatment:
this simple procedure was done in less than maybe five minutes. It didn’t hurt, and after it was done I went on with my day, not giving it another thought. Dr. Erickson used 30 units of Botox to treat me, but everyone will be different. As the Botox kicked in during the next week /10 days, I started to notice that the treatment made a surprising difference to me.

My Results:
I originally tried this for experience/learning and preventative purposes, But as the effect set in, I noticed a really nice change that I’m really excited about! To me, it looks like there is less tendency for any ‘pulling down’ by the corners of my mouth and chin, in addition to improvement in my neck, “gobbler” area ((technical term?? Ha)). My jawline is more defined in an elegant, pretty way. I’m liking that!

My Favorite Part:
I love the jawline definition I have now, (even though I would not have necessarily listed that as an area for improvement on myself before). Keep in mind, everyone is different, so depending on how many units (I had 30, but I regularly see 50 plus in the office) and how much lift you need, results will always vary. BUT if you have an open mind and would be satisfied with a nice, subtle improvement, this is worth a go!!

Until next time, Stay fabulous, my friends!

You gotta help me, doc! ...BOTOX my bands!

You gotta help me, doc! …BOTOX my bands!


Nefertiti lift with BOTOX Cosmetic by Dr Quenby Erickson in Chicago

Am I looking any more like Nefertiti yet??

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How To: Vinegar Soaks for Post-Procedure Skin

I thought it might be helpful to post a ‘How-To’ guide for a Vinegar Soak, a gentle way to care for delicate Post-Laser skin. White Vinegar’s not-too-acidic acidity can gently cleanse the skin without causing irritation, and the cool, gentle solution is great for calming and cooling the skin when you just feel, well, Post-Procedure.

Here I am after laser resurfacing. My skin is awesome now, but when I took this photo, I was in dire need of a vinegar soak and a weekend in the house! =)

Here I am the day after an aggressive dual (ablative/non-ablative) fractionated Halo laser resurfacing, SWOLLEN and looking TOASTY. My skin is awesome now, (in fact it’s amazing!) but when I took this photo I was in the mood for a vinegar soak and a night in! =)

Step 1: 

Measure out 1/3 cup of WHITE vinegar.

Step 1: Measure your white vinegar. I love to use my pyrex for this process.

Step 1: Measure your white vinegar. I love to use my pyrex for this process.

Step 2: Meanwhile, boil 4 cups water (to assure it’s clean)

How To: Vinegar Soak for Post Procedure Skin

Step 3: Combine and refrigerate until chilled.

How To: Vinegar Soak for Post Procedure Skin Tip: I love to use my pyrex measuring cups, especially for the last step. Once the solution is cooled, I will store it covered, pouring out small amounts for use when I need it. That way I never contaminate the batch.

Step 4: With clean hands, dip lint-free cotton pads or soft gauze into the solution and gently dab the skin. This feels great as a cool compress, too.

Once I cleanse the skin gently by dabbing, I’ll use new/fresh pads soaked in the solution to drape over the skin while I kick back for a while. It feels great to cool off and relax while you imagine how beautiful your skin is going to look. Ahhhhhh. 

Step 5: Apply your post-treatment skin care products as directed

Always follow the instructions given to you by your doctor’s office! And until next time, stay fabulous, my friends!

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Have you heard? HALO is the word!

Ok, I meant to post this a few weeks ago… time flies!! But I’m too excited about this technology to let this one sit in my ‘drafts’ folder any longer. Read on about our fabulous new laser technology!

Have you heard of HALO?

Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology is the first in the nation to receive this awesome new laser resurfacing technology!

Here is Dr. Erickson and Sciton laser platform, fully loaded with the new Halo

Here is Dr. Erickson and her Sciton laser platform, fully loaded with the new HALO


Halo at Erickson Dermatology

Here we are with Sonja from Sciton, who came out from San Francisco to to certify Jennifer and I on the new technology!

In a nutshell, it provides the results of an intense/major laser resurfacing, but without the downtime. I had one myself, and it was amazing! I will be posting more about it soon!

Check it out here:

http://www.ericksondermatology.com/new-halo-technology

And until next time, stay fabulous, my friends!

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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E Experiments: The Light Sheer Laser

I had the honor of experimenting with the Lumenis Duet LightSheer Diode Laser this week at my office, Erickson Dermatology. This nifty laser has a handpiece that gently suctions the skin as the laser is engaged. This makes things less painful (I would say pain free, almost!) for the patient during laser hair removal/reduction treatments- total win.

The spot size is humongous too, so treating a large area is a snap. Less stress on the practitioner, less stress on the patient: what’s not to love?

Interested in becoming a hairless cat? This handpiece is LARGE and in charge!

Interested in becoming a hairless cat? This handpiece is LARGE and in charge!

Just thought I’d share what I’m up to!
Until next time: Stay Fabulous, My friends!

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Playing With MicroLaserPeel

Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to experiment with Sciton’s Profractional Laser Technology, Sciton’s BBL, and Sciton’s MicroLaserPeel treatment. I was pretty excited about the versatility of the MicroLaserPeel. This  resurfacing laser treatment is fully customizable, and can fall anywhere in social downtime (ie, pinkness/sensitivity afterwards) between a REALLY effective microdermabrasion and a huge, intense laser treatment.

Here’s what can be treated with MicroLaserPeel:

• Wrinkles and Skin Texture

• Scars

• Keratosis

• Sun damage (including freckles)

• Pigment irregularities

Almost any skin areas can be treated, but the most popular treatment areas are the face, neck, chest and hands.

MicroLaserPeel (also sometimes called a NanoPeel, or a Weekend Peel) is an erbium laser treatment that removes a thin layer of damaged skin to improve texture and provide a more youthful appearance. It’s pretty great because it can be administered with great precision of depth, like if you only have one afternoon for social-downtime. The procedure is performed in your physician’s office and is pretty great because it can be custom tailored to your specific skin concerns, and most importantly: How much time you have to spare for social downtime. That, and it can be combined with other laser procedures at the same visit to maximize your results.

The depth is measured in microns, so a 10 Micron laser Peel is much lighter than a 20, which would require some social downtime. Here’s how you could look at it: A series of microdermabrasions (like maybe 6 treatments) can equal one treatment of a 10 micron MicroLaserPeel.

Here’s a great video of a demonstration.You’ll see the MicroLaserPeel’s beam being scanned over a treatment area to remove the very thin layer of the skin. As the skin heals, fresh cells grow and resurface the treated area. The result is healthier-looking skin, often with reduced wrinkles and improved tone. Patients often say that it looks like their skin went from looking ‘tired’ to fab.

 Here’s the same day before and after pictures of my hand after (from top to bottom) a 4 Micron Peel, an 8 Micron Peel, and a 10 Micron Peel. (translation: Super-Light to Light)

Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 8.34.34 PMI felt totally fine (no discomfort AT ALL), and the texture on my left hand actually looked and felt smoother and healthier than the right hand, almost right away.  I was surprised how audible the laser sound was, and how comfortable it was. I really didn’t feel much at all! Can’t wait to offer this treatment to our patients, I think they’ll love it!

Until Next time: Stay fabulous My Friends!

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