Posts for: February, 2020
Are you disappointed with facial lines and wrinkles? Would you like to look younger and feel more like yourself? Here at North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, IL, Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach provides qualified patients BOTOX Cosmetic, an aesthetic wrinkle treatment that provides excellent results. Read on to discover the many benefits of this well-respected medication.
When our faces age...
Lines and wrinkles form in the skin as collagen content decreases. Collagen is a protein that provides youthful elasticity and plumpness. Without collagen, facial muscles crease our faces at strategic points every time we smile, laugh, or frown. Noticeable areas that exhibit these effects include:
- At the corners of the eyes (crow's feet)
- Between the nose and mouth
- Across the chin
- Between the eyebrows (characteristic double vertical lines)
- Upper lip lines
Make-up and moisturizers help hide these lines, but they're still mostly noticeable. What else could you do?
Discover the benefits of BOTOX
At North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, your dermatologist offers BOTOX Cosmetic injectables. Placed directly under the skin with a fine needle, BOTOX contains a highly refined botulism protein. It successfully limits the movement of facial muscles so your skin is not constantly creased and relaxed, creased, and relaxed. Lines formed by this repetitive motion are called dynamic wrinkles, but with BOTOX, the motion stops.
Dr. Fahrenbach will tell you if BOTOX Cosmetic treatments are right for you. Best results come to patients under the age of 65; plus your overall health must be good.
If you do begin BOTOX, expect a comfortable treatment (just a little needle prick), no downtime and only some minor redness and tenderness afterwards. You'll see some immediate smoothing of your lines and wrinkles, and results optimize in about a week. In four to six months, you likely will repeat your treatment so your face stays smooth and youthful.
Other uses for BOTOX
BOTOX Injectables have other therapeutic uses. Physicians often recommend it for:
- Migraine headache pain
- Strabismus (cross-eyed)
- Jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ)
- Muscle twitching
- Hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating)
- Overactive bladder
Find out more
Why not pursue the refreshed facial appearance you desire? Dr. Fahrenbach will tell you all about BOTOX Cosmetic and other available aesthetic treatments. Call the Chicago office of North Branch Dermatology for a consultation: (773) 763-6000.
Do you have a new mole or a long-standing one that suddenly looks different or acts oddly? If so, contact Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach of North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, IL, for a mole check, for changes in moles may indicate cancer—even deadly malignant melanoma.
What is a mole?
A mole is a slightly raised round or oval area of hyperpigmentation on the skin. While people may acquire moles in their later years, most moles appear by early adulthood, fade over time, or stay unchanged for a lifetime. Although moles can initially appear in clusters, healthy moles do not spread beyond their well-defined borders or multiply in number.
What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer is the most frequently occurring cancer in the United States, reports Healthline. It typically falls into three categories: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma.
Sadly, malignant melanoma is deadly when undetected until later stages. Moles can evolve into melanoma, and melanoma can easily be mistaken for a healthy mole. That's why Dr. Fahrenbach recommends people over the age of 40 get yearly skin exams in her Chicago office, including checks of moles.
Your skin doctor in Chicago also advises monthly exams at home, too. Inspect all areas of your skin, including scalp, back and between the toes, looking for areas of change. Enlist the help of a family member for more hidden parts of the body.
To check moles, employ this mnemonic for cancer:
- A is for asymmetry. If you bisect a mole, each side should be equal in size and shape.
- B is for border. A healthy mole has a smooth border with no scallops or notches.
- C means color. Most benign moles are brown to black. Some are even pink or tan. A cancerous mole has variegated color, or the color may change over time.
- D stands for diameter. Benign moles are no larger than a pencil eraser.
- E means evolution. Moles should not grow in size, shape, color, or texture. A mole which begins to itch or bleed must be checked immediately. The American Cancer Society says if a mole begins to look different from other moles you have, see your dermatologist.
Be safe: get your mole checked
Know your skin. If you question the health of a mole or any other area, contact North Branch Dermatology in Chicago for a mole check. Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach and her team will help you and your skin stay healthy. Contact the office for an appointment: (773) 763-6000.