Facial Rejuvenation Chicago
It’s only natural that as our face ages, fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin start to appear. Whether aging skin is caused by your genetic make-up or factors such as environment, sun damage or lifestyle, there are many options available that provide younger, fresher looking skin for all ages.
Which face cosmetic treatments do I need?
Dr. Benjamin Caughlin and Dr. Memar perform a variety of aging skin treatments for patients in the Chicago area. To determine the appropriate treatment, he will first discuss your desired level of correction and then recommend the appropriate treatment.
Fine to moderate wrinkles, broken blood vessels, age spots, acne scars and mildly sagging skin respond well to many non-invasive procedures. For changes related to gravity and redistribution of facial fat, surgical procedures may be needed in addition to your ongoing non-invasive skin care treatments.
Cosmetic Facial Procedures
Botulinum toxin is one of the most recognized wrinkle fighters. It actually prevents wrinkles from appearing by relaxing the underlying muscles so they don’t contract. Botox or Xeomin blocks impulses from the nerve to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines.
After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing your normal facial expression to be unaffected.
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Known as “The Filler Specialist”
Filler correction wizard, corrects filler asymmetries, using cannulas
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Facial changes through the ages
Ages 20 - 30
Ages 30 - 40
Ages 40 - 50
Ages 50 - 60+
Wrinkle prevention treatments
Treatments for wrinkles, texture, and sagging skin
- Microdermabrasion removes only the outermost layer of dead skin to reveal softer, smoother and fresher looking skin.
- Liquid Facelift is a procedure using fillers to volumize areas with volume loss, reduce volume with Kybella in areas with excessive fullness like a double chin, and then relax muscles that cause wrinkles.
- Wrinkle Injections using soft tissue fillers can improve the appearance of facial wrinkles by injections under the skin that elevate wrinkles and give you a more youthful appearance.
- Tissue Tightening uses safe, infrared light to cause the collagen in the skin’s dermis to contract and tighten. Loose and sagging skin can be tightened, fine lines and wrinkles can be softened.
- Photo Rejuvenation is a system that uses intense pulsed light to treat age spots and broken capillaries, and to improve the appearance of fine lines.
- Light Chemical Peels gently exfoliate, smooth and soften the skin while they gently remove the outer skin cell layer. Light chemical peels can renew your skin’s texture and improve its clarity.
- Fractional Lasers send light pulses into the dermis while leaving the epidermis intact, stimulating your body’s own collagen which gradually improves your skin’s appearance. Controlled thermal energy will improve skin tone and pigmentation and tighten your facial skin to improve your wrinkles and fine lines.
What is recovery like?
After Dr. Memar performs your aging skin treatment, you may experience some redness and/or swelling at the treatment site. This can be covered with make-up and you can resume normal activities immediately.
Maintaining your results
For optimum results, it’s important to follow up your skin care rejuvenation treatments with the appropriate home skin care regimen. Your regimen may include the best prescriptive and nonprescriptive products to help you reach your goal. Our staff is trained to help you select the correct skin care products based on your skin type, your desired level of improvement, your tolerance to ingredients and your lifestyle.
Since prevention is so much more effective than correction of a problem, it is key to know four facts in skin health. First, sun is bad for the skin, causing dryness and scaling and ultimately skin cancer. Second, chronic inflammation (like acne, eczema, contact allergies) is bad for the skin. Inflammation can cause the breakdown of collagen, create pigmentary irregularities (splotchyness), and cause scarring. Third, smoking will lead to premature aging; that is a fact. Fourth, healthy inside is healthy outside, and a healthy diet translates to healthy skin.
Diet recommended by Dr. Memar for healthy skin:
* 40 to 60 grams of protein per day, depending on physical activity
* A multi-vitamin per day
* Diet rich in deeply pigmented vegetables and fruits
Like blueberries, dark leafy vegetables, tomato
* Diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids
Like flax-seed (freshly ground), caviar, sardines, or deep water fish like salmon
* Diet lacking inflammatory oils
Like hydrogenated oils (margarine), saturated fats
Different age groups have different concerns:
Most of the sun exposure in our lives is before the age of 20, however, the sooner you stop sun damage, the better, and this is the time to break habits of sun tanning.
Secondly, get in the habit of wearing sun blocks, with SPF 30 or more. I prefer the Neutrogena line, due to the large selection.
Third, all acne and inflammation on the face should be treated, because this leads to chronic inflammation and scarring. One new form of treatment is lasers for inflammatory acne.
Fourth, diet is key in healthy skin, and one should get in the habit of consuming a balanced diet. Diets rich in antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals that might be induced by sun exposure or chronic inflammation.
Sixth, men with a family history of hair loss might start showing the signs of male pattern hair loss. Stopping the cause of shedding and addressing the male pattern alopecia is best done at this stage.
Pores increase in size (especially in “T-Zone”)
Small capillaries appear around nose, and cheeks
At this point, sun blocks are key.
Second, you need to maintain a diet more rich in anti-oxidants, including Vitamin C, E, Selenium, Omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene.
Third, start seeing a dermatologist for a complete skin screening.
Fourth, if your acne is worst in the 30’s than when you were in your 20’s, then I find many such women actually have contact allergies, which only get worst with time, and not better. See your dermatologist.
Fifth, give yourself regular self exams. Monitor all your moles, and look for any changes. At this point in life, you should not be getting any new moles, and if you do, show it to a dermatologist.
Sixth, this is when our metabolism starts to change and fatty deposits start to show themselves. In men, the flanks (“love handles”), abdomen, and chin accumulate fatty deposits. In women, the thighs, legs, abdomen, arms and face accumulate fatty deposits. The newest technique in liposuction known as micro-cannular tumescent liposuction is a safe, effective, inexpensive procedure with minimal down time.
Fatty deposits on chest of men, abdomen, love-handles, thighs, back
Laser; Chemical Peel; Good Skin Care
Now is when you should be getting regular skin screenings.
Second, you should be continuing your self skin exams. If a sore is not healing or a new black mole appears, you must seek a dermatologist.
Third, skin imperfections, like benign keratoses and sun spots (solar lentigos) start forming. It is a good cosmetic measure to have your physician remove them.
Your metabolism can change and persistent fatty deposits can form in the jowels, abdomen, hips. It is very reasonable and safe to have liposuction. At the same time, fat from certain parts of the mid face can diminish. With microlipoinjection and collagen, one can easily recreate the contour of the face, and prevent the shrinking of the mid face.
Fifth, at this point, hair loss can become noticeable. Seek the help of a dermatologist in preventing progression and considering hair transplantation.
Sixth, with more worries and work at this stage of life, lines on the mid eyebrows increase due to over activity of frown-muscles, giving a tired look. With the advent of BOTOX®, one can safely remove these lines, and with touch-ups, prevent the deepening of these lines. Most of these can be done over a lunch time.
Jowl formation on face with excess fat under the chin
Redundant eyelid skin
Fine lines on face
Loose skin on face
Deepening laugh lines
Fifty somethings and plus:
This is the best time in our lives. Mentally we are mature, and no more burning the candle at both ends. However, we need to take care of our bodies.
You should know your skin at this point and take good care of it. Self esteem comes both from inside and outside. The beauty of this age is we have mastered the internal component, and with the help of a cosmetic surgeon, you can maintain the outside. You deserve the best.
Redundant skin on neck and jowls
Redundant skin and stretch-marks on abdomen
Aging is a stressful ongoing reality that usually does not end well. In the 21st century, we are living longer and medical breakthroughs happen weekly. The aging process will happen for now, but knowledge of what tools we have will help make the aging process less stressful and even pleasantly graceful.
Aging is caused by a combination of internal and external factors. Internal factors include your genes (DNA) that mom and dad gave you and the hormonal changes that occur during aging. The external factors can interplay with the internal factors, and they include damage to the skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun; chemicals from tobacco, air pollution, physical wear and tear, poor nutrition, etc.
Your skin has multiple layers, which are all affected by the aging process:
The top layer is your epidermis, which does not have a direct blood supply. It contains your surface skin cells (keratinocytes) and pigment cells (melanocytes). With aging, the keratinocyte layer becomes thinner, fragile, and develops growths. Some of these growths are benign but aging in appearance, while other growths are cancerous and makeup the most common type of cancer in the United States. Melanocytes can be damaged by UV rays, and other factors. This can produce age spots and at times melanoma, a deadly cancer on the rise. The epidermis is our armor and protects us from the elements. Please wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater, and use a retinoid like Retin A, which has been shown to stimulate new keratinocyte turn over and exfoliation of dark sun spots.
The second layer is the dermis, which contains a vast array of collagen, giving strength and thickness to the skin; elastin gives elasticity ; proteoglycans provide a scaffold for the dermis; and blood vessels and nerves. Collagen production is reduced with age. UV light from the sun can cause damage to the collagen, especially UVA which can travel through glass and car windows. Diets poor in protein and vitamin C lead to poor collagen formation, while diets rich in simple sugars lead to sugar molecules attaching to collagen and making the collagen more susceptible to breakdown. Inflammation in the form of rashes and acne can cause irreparable damage to the dermis. Therefore, eat a low sugar diet rich in protein (at least 40 grams of protein per day) and take a multivitamin daily. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater. Consider the use of retinoids, like Retin A or Tazorac in order to stimulate fresh collagen and elastin formation.
The third layer is the fatty and fascia layer, which stores energy and plays a hormonal role. With age, fat can accumulate in undesirable areas and be lost from wanted areas. It is important to eat balanced and prevent cycles of weight gain, which can stretch the skin. There are many surgical and non-surgical tools for reducing fatty tissue. Also, fillers can be used to put volume where volume is lost, restoring the youthful look. Underneath the fat layer can be muscle and bone, which