Hyaluronic acid is the key to instantly plumping fine lines and making skin look glowy. It can be found in everything from serums to sheet masks and even injectables—but what exactly is it?
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar found naturally in our skin that holds water and helps keep it hydrated and plump. Just like collagen and elastin, the amount of naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid in our bodies decreases as we get older.
When used in skin care products like creams and serums, hyaluronic acid brings moisture to the surface of your skin. Because of its ability to draw and hold water, it can be used in your skin care regimen to continually keep skin moisturized and dewy looking throughout the day.
Give this Hydrating Complex a try and see the results for yourself. For more info and to purchase click here.
Exfoliation is the removal of dry/dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and is one of the most important aspects of your home skincare routine for face and body. Exfoliation not only helps many skin problems, it also increases blood circulation, which in turn helps you to achieve healthy and glowing skin.
Cold weather, too much sun exposure and the natural aging process can cause skin to look dull. Add this beneficial scrub to your skin regiment and see the difference. Manolis MD Polishing Facial Scrub is medical grade to give you the highest concentration of active ingredients and naturally derived to nurture your skin. Fragrance, parben and propylene free, no animal testing on any of our products.
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Feeling good about ourselves is a multi-dimensional process. Diet and exercise along with proper skin care and nutrition is the first step in feeling good. Often times though, due to age, dry weather conditions and other factors, our outside appearance does not match how we feel on the inside or present the look we want to show the world.
Whether it’s a small tweak such as Botox or fillers or you’re interested in a cosmetic procedure, Orland Park Plastic Surgery is here to meet your needs and help you achieve your desired look.
Join us for our Red Carpet Event on Wednesday, May 15th and learn more about all of our services. Meet Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Evan Manolis and get answers to questions you may have regarding cosmetic procedures. Learn about Botox and fillers from our reps and see live demonstrations. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served along with an incredible raffle to win services. Exclusive event only pricing. RSVP now and join us for this special event. www.orlandparkplasticsurgery.com/red-carpet-event.html
Orland Park Plastic Surgery is pleased to announce our newest technology. We are one of the few medical practices in the midwest to carry this laser specifically for skin tightening. No toxins, fillers or surgery. A single treatment that creates elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid - building blocks to keep your skin smooth and elastic.
Profound is a radio frequency treatment using the Profound laser to tighten the skin but also create more volume and elastic tissue especially in the area around the jowls. Profound stimulates the reproduction of hyaluronic acid, new collagen and elastin.
Good candidates for the Profound procedure are people who have sagging skin, especially in the cheeks or jowls, wrinkles along the cheeks and loss of volume around the mouth and cheeks, as well as upper lip wrinkles. Profound is good for all skin types as the radio frequency energy is color-blind, allowing this to be a safe treatment for persons with Asian, Hispanic, African-American or Indian skin.
One of the best features of Profound is that it is only one treatment and little, if any, downtime. As an introductory offer you will receive 36 units of botox and a microdermabrasion treatment FREE when you book your appointment for Profound. For more details check out our before and after pictures on our specials page and see if the Profound treatment is right for you.
Does it seem like some of your skincare products are reading more like a food label these days? With ingredients like enzymes, vitamins, probiotics, soy and more, the line between food and personal care is becoming blurry. The question is, do these ingredients do anything for your skin?
While there are many types of facials, enzyme facials have become very popular. Enzymes have two primary uses in skin care, for exfoliation and anti-inflammation. Certain enzymes are effective exfoliants and can be a gentler option than other methods such as scrubs and microdermabrasion. The upper layer of your skin is mostly made of dead skin cells containing keratin protein. The enzymes work by specifically breaking down the keratin protein, resulting in smoother skin.
Our exclusive Enzyme Facial Treatment is designed to energize the skin cells with a unique rejuvenating enzyme process. The Enzyme Facial Treatment uses a blend of digestive enzymes, fruit acids, resorcinol, hydroxyacetic acid, herbal extracts and distillates. Call for your FREE cosmetic consultation and find out more about Enzyme Facials. $59 dollars now through August 15th.
Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) is a skin-rejuvenating procedure in which tiny needles create punctures in the top layer of skin with the goal of improving overall texture and appearance. Once an old-school beauty treatment, microneedling is making a comeback among both the skincare-obsessed and A-listers alike.
The treatment works well and is long-lasting which is why some use it proactively to combat wrinkles and fine lines as they first appear. Another noticeable benefit of microneelding is that It can help reduce pore size and improve texture adding a more even tone to the skin. By promoting collagen growth, microneedling may help reverse signs of aging (such as fine lines), fade acne scars, and make skin look refreshed.
Until the end of May Orland Park Plastic Surgery is running a special on Microneedling - $199. Call for your FREE cosmetic consultation and see how microneedling can improve the look of your skin. For more information check out our webpage. You can also find an article on the benefits of Microneedling by clicking this link.
Botox has been getting a lot of press in the last few years. We all know someone who has had “a little touch up.” It could be the elevens in between your eyebrows or those pesky wrinkles on the forehead but it turns out that Botox is more than just a pretty face.
Botox is FDA-approved for excessive armpit sweating," says Dr. Manolis of Orland Park Plastic Surgery. "It’s something that for most patients antiperspirant or even prescription grade antiperspirant doesn’t do the job.” Botox minimizes and blocks out the body’s sweat glands, anywhere from six months to one year and can be a life changer for those suffering from Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). "We have seen great results" says Dr. Manolis and we often hear patients say that it was one of the best decisions that they made.
Hyperhidrosis is the official term for those who sweat constantly out of the underarms, hands, feet, groin, and face. You know if you are a sufferer — you sweat in everyday situations; when you are stressed or anxious, in a new situation, or when meeting new people. And you ruin all of your clothes. For some people it is only those special occasions, when they are dressed in their finest clothes or have a day of high anxiety that the sweating becomes a nuisance but for others it is a issue that plagues them on a daily basis. Excessive sweating is a medical condition and there is a solution, Botox can help. Take advantage of this great offer. Now until September 15th. $350 per underarm. Call for your FREE consultation.
Now you can improve the appearance of your aging hands with RADIESSE®, the only dermal filler proven to immediately restore volume loss in hands for smooth, natural-looking results that won’t give away your age.
In just one treatment, RADIESSE® for hands provides immediate volume restoration to enhance the appearance of your hands, and it continues to work stimulating the body to produce its own natural collagen.
• Helps restore a more youthful appearance to hands
• Quick, in-office treatment
• Reduces the appearance of tendons and veins
• Delivers smooth, natural-looking results that last up to a year in most patients
• Immediate results that last
More than 86% of patients reported an improvement in the appearance of their hands 12 months after treatment with RADIESSE®, according to a recent clinical study. RADIESSE® is the only filler currently used in the face that is also approved for use in the hands.
This is a quick in-office procedure, less than 15 minutes. Can be done as an add-on to your existing appointment or on a lunch time break. Mention this blog and receive $100 off RADIESSE® for hands now until July 31st.
Being a mom is one of the most challenging, frustrating, yet rewarding experiences a woman can have. You put forth blood, sweat and tears, not to mention an untold strain on your whole body during pregnancy. It really boils down to the genetics of your skin and fascia as to how well you can bounce back after the weight gain and abdominal stretching from your baby. Many women lament that despite dieting, exercising and lots and lots of willpower your body is never the same as it was prior to child bearing. Fortunately, for the masses of dissatisfied women, there are options in Plastic Surgery to boost your self-confidence and your body image.
Here is a list of body corrections (Mommy Makeover) that can be performed in tandem or separately to improve the shape and how you feel about your physique.
BREAST - During pregnancy, the glandular component of the breast must enlarge to ready for the enhanced production of milk. Additionally, weight gain with fat storage all governed by the hormonal changes can increase the breast size immensely. Unfortunately, fetal regulation also makes skin "stretchy" to accommodate the increased girth of the breast and abdomen. After the resumption of normal non-pregnant hormones and the lack of need for lactation, the breast volume will revert back to baseline and can even reduce in overall size compared to the original baseline. Unfortunately, many times the skin does not have the ability to shrink to the original size and will stay expanded resulting in a larger skin brazier with same or even less fill than before resulting in "saggy" breast shape. With increased skin length from the breast fold to the nipple it moves the breast mound lower on the chest with less upper pole fullness. I hear many women call their breasts "sad" in appearance when they come in for consultation. Okay, enough depressing thoughts... what can be done? If the skin is not excessively enlarged, the nipple-areolar complex is correct and the fold to nipple distance is not greatly elongated, the solution can be to place a silicone gel implant to act as a shaper and a filler of the breast envelope restoring a pleasing breast shape. If the breast has a low positioned nipple-areolar complex, with or without increase skin length from the fold to the nipple-areolar complex, then a mastopexy (breast lift) is required. Often times tissue volume might need to be enhanced to provide better shape and upper pole fullness, thus an implant or fat grafting can be incorporated at the same time. Sometimes upper pole fullness can be accomplished by transposing extra breast tissue in the lower pole and positioning it on the chest wall deep to the rest of the breast to enhance fullness.
ABDOMEN - Hormones during pregnancy direct adaptive body changes that allow healthy growth of the baby, but unfortunately create lasting changes to a women's body. The abdominal skin stretches and often can result in stretch marks (tears in the dermis with intact epidermis). Excess skin rarely retracts in these cases, leading to hanging skin that drapes over the pelvis. Next, the abdominal wall is distorted to accommodate the growing fetus resulting in separation of the paired rectus muscles leading to increased abdominal circumference with permanent bulges in the abdominal wall both above and below the umbilicus. This unfortunately cannot be reduced with abdominal exercise because the stretched fascia between the muscles is not contractile and will not respond to muscle strengthening. Additional weight changes with aging often can be manifested with increased abdominal girth from excess fatty tissue. So what can a Mommy Makeover achieve in the abdomen?
If skin quality is excellent and the abdominal wall is only minimally distorted often liposuction with the addition of additional energy sources such as ultrasonic energy (VASER), oscillating power hand-piece (PAL), or hydraulic power can result in removal of excess fat and create skin retraction/redistribution to improve contour. However, many women will need a full abdominoplasty with correction of excess fat with liposuction, removal of excess lower abdominal skin with tissue resection, and abdominal wall restoration by returning the rectus muscles together with a permanent suturing technique. This can result in excellent contour of the abdomen but you will trade the contour for a scar. Most people are surprised how long the scar has to be to create the contouring necessary. Once acquainted with the results, most women will gladly trade a scar for the results of a flat smooth abdomen.
BACK AND FLANKS - Some women can realize their goals by correcting the anterior abdomen by itself. However, many women if given the opportunity would love to three dimensionally correct their torso by sculpting their midback (bra line folds) and flanks (muffin tops) at the same time as their abdomens to circumferentially adjust their shape. This can make a tremendous change on how clothing can be worn and how the individual feels about themselves. Liposuction makes a great deal of improvement by releasing all the ligamentous attachments between the back and flanks and the superficial skin (which results in rolls on the back) and allows even removal of fat and the skin to re-drape much smoother.
LEGS - Some women naturally store adipose tissue in their lateral or medial thighs. Depending on the skin quality and the potential for the tissue to re-drape or tighten, fatty tissue can be sculpted just as on the back.
BUTTOCK - Popular trends in body shape can change just like in fashion over time. The introduction of the Latin culture into the United States in conjunction with pop culture personalities have made the appearance of a full contour buttock something to aspire to. My preference for buttock augmentation is with fat grafting and not with a prosthesis. Utilizing concepts of tissue equilibration and liposculpturing we can remove unwanted fatty tissue, harvest it as a graft, and utilize the fat as a volumizer of the buttock, all while improving the contour of the rest of the body. Women who have gained and lost weight may have loose sagging skin of the buttock and restoring volume can shape and lift the buttock with little or no scarring.
Women who are unhappy with their physical appearance after giving birth to one or multiple children can restore the body to a better place with a Mommy Makeover. To me this represents more than one area of the body to be rejuvenated simultaneously to make the woman feel refreshed and erase some of the "battle scars" of pregnancy so she can feel more confident in her appearance.
For more information please visit our before and after photo gallery of our Mommy Makeovers. Ask about our Mommy Makeover Special going on now. $1000 dollars off. Call for your FREE consultation. 708.873.9600