Non-Surgical Procedures in Chicago Illinois

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Aesthetic Injectables and Dermal Fillers

Injectables, such as Botox, Juvederm, Radiesse, offer an excellent, non-invasive alternative to surgery. At the Center for Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Johnson uses wide range of products to best treat the vertical lines between your eyebrows, frown lines, horizontal lines on the forehead, or crow’s feet, the wrinkling along the sides of the eyes. The bands or strings along the neck may also respond to an injectable treatment. Read More about these treatments on our website or call our office at 847-296-5470 for a personalized consultation with Dr. Johnson.

Soft Tissue Fillers

Tissue enhancement with a fat transfer is a semi-permanent treatment to restore natural volume for a more youthful appearance. This is a procedure that many celebrities are choosing these days. By injecting your own fat into the soft tissue layers, Dr. Johnson is able to artistically erase and smooth facial lines. Fat transfer is also very effective in creating a luscious, fuller lip line and in filling hollows in the upper or lower eyelid. Other injectable fillers can stop wrinkles in their tracks. Dermal fillers are innovative, non-surgical treatments to help rejuvenate and re-shape the face by reducing fine lines and creases. Hyaluronic-acid-based fillers, like Radiesse, Restylane, and Juvederm, or collagen-replacement fillers, like Sculptra, can help turn back the clock and provide limitless benefits.

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Microdermabrasion is a clarifying treatment that can reduce the signs of aging while turning a dull complexion into one that glows. Tiny medical grade aluminum oxide crystals polish and exfoliate the skin, while a vacuum setting removes the dead skin cells. Microdermabrasion leaves your skin silky smooth and refreshed. Our estheticians will provide you with a skin care regime customized for your skin’s needs.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

Years of sun exposure can drastically take its toll by imprinting your skin with aging brown spots. Intense Pulse Light, or IPL, zones in on the effects of sun damage, leaving you with a clean, more even and youthful looking complexion. IPL photo facial treatments are designed to define skin tone and are a compliment to other facial rejuvenating procedures.

Intense Pulse Light hair reduction uses a broad-spectrum filtered light source to permanently disable the cells responsible for hair growth. IPL hair removal system successfully treats the upper lip, face, neck, underarms, bikini line, legs, chest and back with proven, long-lasting results. A series of treatments may be recommended because laser is only effective on hairs in certain stages of the growth cycle. At the Center for Aesthetic Surgery, our estheticians receive advanced level training to offer you the optimal treatment experience.

Chemical Peels

Prolong your skin’s youthful appearance with our chemical skin peels and medical grade facial treatments. Facial peels exfoliate the non-regenerative layers of skin to stimulate collagen and elastin, leaving you with a refreshed, healthy glow. Salicylic based peels are highly effective in controlling acne and calming blemishes. TCA, or trichloroacetic acid, peels are highly effective in promoting skin smoothness, improving solar discoloration and in reducing the appearance of fine lines. All treatments are graduated and matched to your skin type.


  • What is the best solution for my lower lid hollow appearance?

    The hollow appearance in the lower lid can be an inherited shape. As we age, we also tend to lose volume within the inner cheek which accentuates the line called a tear trough. Hyaluronic filler material, like Juvederm or Restylane, may be helpful in small volumes. A more lasting correction can be seen with fat transfer, also referred to as tissue enhancement. In a fat transfer, a vial of fat is extracted from the hip or abdomen and injected into the inner cheek and lid hollow. The results with fat transfer are natural even with larger volume and lasts far longer.
  • What is used for a liquid facelift?

    It has long been recognized that facial aging is not simply about increasing skin laxity. Changes occur under the skin as well, with thinning of the fatty layer under the skin producing a hollow look. Hyaluronic acid fillers when first introduced were perhaps over rated with the promise of non-surgical rejuvenation by means of a “liquid” facelift. Fat transfer is the alternative, minimally invasive technique that can restore substantial volume and rejuvenation without a facelift with greater longevity and a lower cost. Fat transfer is an important part of rejuvenation during facelift as well.
  • Why fat? Aren’t fillers better?

    Fillers are indeed good at smoothing folds, fine lines and modest lid hollows and can be completed rapidly and comfortably. When larger volumes are required, or for sensitive areas such as the lower lid, fat grafts are clearly superior with longer lasting and smoother results. While fat transfers are a bit more time-consuming the advantages are well worth the effort in facial rejuvenation.
  • Will I have lumps after fat transfer?

    Fat transfer is carried out with specially prepared fat grafts that are placed in small droplets just under the skin, or deeper in the case of lower lids, to provide an even fill and contour and to stay in contact with the surrounding tissue. In this way, the fat tissue survives and a small tissue grafts to provide lasting contour and rejuvenation. Unlike other fill materials, lumps called granulomas do not occur in fat transfer.
  • How much fat will I need?

    The advantage of fat in rejuvenation is that we can obtain relatively large volumes to work with, as compared to the average treatment with hyaluronic acids. We are able to transfer several syringes and distribute it to the lower lid and cheek, mid-cheek, nasolabial fold, chin, and marionette lines. The fat taken from the tummy is still relatively small and we are able to place the fat where it is most needed.
  • Does fat transfer hurt more than filler?

    Fat transfer is most often performed under local anesthesia, though some do prefer sedation. The local anesthetic used in fat transfer is similar to that used in the injection of hyaluronic acid filler. You should be very comfortable throughout the transfer. Just like application of a HA filler, the fat injection will carry lidocaine to keep the area numb for a short period of time afterwards.
  • How much bruising will I have after fat transfer?

    Bruising can vary depending on skin type and the area of fat transfer. When we do see bruising, it is most common in the lower eyelid though it will clear quickly after the procedure. Bruising is managed easily by applying ice, concealers, and/or Arnica gel.
  • Does a fat transfer cost more than an HA filler?

    HA fillers are fine for small corrections; however the advantage of fat transfer is that the volume is available at a lower cost. During a typical fat transfer procedure we will use two syringes under lower lids, one or two in smile lines or folds, and two in the corner of the mouth and jowl area. Such rejuvenation with HA fillers can become very expensive. The permanence with fat transfer is longer lasting, perhaps by years.
  • Where will I need fat transfers?

    Fat transfers are excellent for correcting inherited hollows such as in the lower lids, and in facial rejuvenation. The placement and volume will be matched to the problem areas, when and where they occur.
  • Can I have fat transfer in my lip for fullness?

    Fat transfer for lip enhancement seems like a perfect solution, and indeed we tried for several years. However, we discovered that the lip is rather unique, as there is actually no natural fat in the tissue at all. HA filler is simply better in the lips.