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Laser Tattoo Removal

May 25th, 2018 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

WHAT TYPE OF LASER IS USED?

Different colors are absorbed by different wavelengths of light. Make sure the laser can target the specific colors in your tattoo. Soderstrom Skin Institute uses the Q-Switched Nd: YAG (black, blue, red, orange and yellow inks) and the Alexandrite (green inks). These lasers are gold standards in the industry and FDA approved for tattoo removal.

WHO WILL PROVIDE THE TREATMENT?

Laser tattoo removal at Soderstrom Skin Institute will be performed by highly-trained staff and board certified dermatologists.

HOW DOES THE LASER REMOVE THE TATTOO?

The laser penetrates the skin and vaporizes the ink, as a result, pigment in the tattoo is broken up. A scab forms over the treated area and pigment is released through the scab and absorbed by the body’s natural cleansing process.

WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT SO LONG BETWEEN TREATMENTS?

Time in between treatments is needed so the tattoo can heal and your body has enough time to process and flush the ink from your system naturally. The immune system breaks down the ink slowly, usually taking a few weeks to see the full results from each treatment.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

Each patient is unique. The number of treatments will vary depending on several factors including:

  • Amount of ink used by the tattoo artist.
  • Depth of the ink in the skin.
  • Type of ink used.
  • Location of the tattoo on the body.
  • Age of the tattoo.
  • Colors used.

Each session removes approximately 50% of the remaining pigment. Your treatment plan should be discussed during your initial consultation.

WILL THE TATTOO BE COMPLETELY GONE?

There are hundreds of tattoo ink colors, manufacturers and formulas – each tattoo fades at a different rate. For these reasons, it’s difficult to predict 100% removal. Black and red pigments are easier to remove. Light blues and greens are the most difficult. In many cases, more than one laser will be needed to treat a tattoo.

IS THE TREATMENT PAINFUL?

Every person has a different pain tolerance. Many compare it to the discomfort of getting the original tattoo. It is often compared to a rubber band snapping on your skin. A topical anesthetic is available if needed.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS?

There are risks with any medical procedure. All risks and benefits will be discussed during your initial consultation.

DO YOU HAVE PHOTOS OF PATIENT RESULTS?

Soderstrom Skin Institute is proud to provide you with photos of our own patients after they have completed our laser tattoo removal program.
View our Before and After Gallery >>

*individual results may vary

liquid-facelift

April 25th, 2018 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

J. Eric Lomax, MD and James M. Jeffries III, MD
Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery Member Surgeons of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

What Is a Liquid Facelift?

A liquid facelift is a combination of non-surgical treatments used to restore facial volume, lift cheeks, soften the appearance of wrinkles and contour unwanted facial features with the use of dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic.

At Soderstrom Skin Institute, we meet with patients to understand their desired goals and aesthetic outcomes and develop a custom, individually-tailored treatment plan. We learn about what they’re unhappy with and discuss the specific ways to treat problem areas to help them look rejuvenated and feel better about their appearance.

Which treatments are considered part of a liquid facelift?

The treatments used in a liquid facelift vary from patient to patient. At Soderstrom Skin Institute, our menu of liquid facelift treatments includes:

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic to treat wrinkles including smile lines, brow furrows and crow’s feet.
  • JUVÉDERM® XC to smooth out skin and fill in wrinkles for a more supple and youthful appearance.
  • JUVÉDERM Volbella® XC to diminish perioral lines (also known as vertical lip lines or smoker’s lines), enhance the Vermillion border (the outline of the lips), accentuate the Cupid’s Bow, improve lip symmetry and increase lip volume.
  • JUVÉDERM Voluma® XC to add volume to the cheek area for a subtle lift and more youthful, restored facial contour.
  • KYBELLA® to improve the appearance of moderate fat beneath the chin by physically destroying the fat cells.

Additionally, we offer other noninvasive treatments outside of the scope of a liquid facelift like advanced facial peels, and facial laser resurfacing to help enhance, replenish and restore a youthful appearance to the face and body.

Most procedures are performed in-office and typically take 30-90 minutes, though some treatments like KYBELLA® may require multiple office visits to complete the desired outcome. Other treatments, like BOTOX® Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM®, may require future visits for upkeep and maintenance.

Our Peoria Ambulatory Surgery Center provides surgical procedures and treatments for more permanent and advanced results like breast augmentation, tummy tucks, surgical facelifts and more in a discreet, private and intimate setting.

What areas are treated in a liquid facelift?

Liquid facelifts are individualized and customizable to meet the needs and goals of each patient. Popular treatment areas for liquid facelifts include:

  • Drooping eyebrows
  • Frown lines, crow’s feet and smoker’s lines
  • Furrowed brows/creases between brows (also known as eleven lines)
  • Hollowed or sunken areas around the eyes or temples
  • Laugh lines
  • Loss of cheek volume/sagging cheeks
  • Marionette lines
  • Sagging lip contours
  • Thin lips
  • Undefined jawline
  • Undefined/uneven nose or nasal tip
  • Wrinkled lips/lipstick lines

What are the differences between a surgical facelift and a liquid facelift?

The major differences between surgical facelifts and liquid facelifts are that liquid facelifts are nonsurgical and not permanent. Typically, the price of a liquid facelift treatment is less than a surgical facelift. Liquid facelifts also require little to no recovery time.

How much does a liquid facelift cost?

The cost of a liquid facelift varies from patient, depending on their individual facial musculature, areas of concern, desired outcomes and upkeep. Our Soderstrom VIP Club is the best way to save year-round on the procedures that comprise a liquid facelift. Learn more about our VIP Club Membership Levels.

Can I receive Brilliant Distinction Points for Liquid Facelift Treatments?

BOTOX® Cosmetic, KYBELLA®, JUVÉDERM®, and even non-liquid facelift treatments from Allergan (ex: Latisse® treatments), qualify for Brilliant Distinction points. If you aren’t already enrolled, ask your provider about signing up for Allergan’s Brilliant Distinctions rewards program.

 

INTERESTED? CONTACT US!

Give us a call at 1.888.970.7546 to schedule a consultation with our team!

 

*individual results may vary.

The administration of BOTOX® Cosmetic KYBELLA® and JUVÉDERM®, product constitutes medical procedures and, as with any medical procedure, some risks apply. During a consultation, patients and purchasers of these products will be fully informed and will be required to sign a Consent Waiver acknowledging the benefits, risks, and alternatives before the injectable product is administered. It is important to discuss your medical history during your consultation. Some restrictions apply. Brilliant Distinctions, BOTOX® Cosmetic, KYBELLA®, JUVÉDERM® and Latisse® are a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc. 

 

 

Free Skin Cancer Screening

April 11th, 2018 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Free Skin Cancer Screenings – May and June 2018 Dates

Carl W. Soderstrom, MD Board Certified Dermatologist

Soderstrom Skin Institute will offer 7 Free Mole and Skin Cancer Screenings throughout May and June. The first spring screening will take place in Peoria on Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. No appointment is needed.
Additional free screenings will take place in:

  • Galesburg on Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Davenport on Saturday,May 12 from 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.
  • Normal on Saturday, May 19 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Peru on Saturday, June 2 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Clinton on Thursday, June 14 from 2 – 6 p.m.
  • Morton on Saturday, June 16 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    No appointment is necessary. Attendees are seen on a first-come first-served basis.

National Statistics:

  • More than 5.4 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually.
  • Around 87,000 will be melanoma. Over 9,700 of these cases will be fatal.
  • There is a 98% survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected before it spreads.
  • People under 30 years old that use tanning beds increase their risk of skin cancer by 75%.
  • Skin cancer increased 800% in women 18-39 from 1970-2009.
  • Melanoma has been linked to tanning bed usage.

2018 Skin Cancer Facts:

  • 5.4 million new cases of skin cancer estimated this year.
  • 91,270 cases will be melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer.
  • 9,320 of these cases will be fatal.

    Don’t risk your life. Get checked!

Dr. Soderstrom recommends a monthly skin self exam. Remember the ABCDE’s of moles/spots:

  • A) Asymmetry – One half not like the other.
  • B) Borders Irregular – Poorly defined borders.
  • C) Color Varied – Difference shades of tan, brown, black, white, red or blue.
  • D) Diameter – Larger than the width of a pencil eraser.
  • E) Evolving – Changing in any way. Stinging, itching, burning, or bleeding.

“This is a disease that affects all ages and all backgrounds. The earlier melanoma is detected and removed, the better a patient’s chance for survival. If you can spot it, you can stop it, Soderstrom says.

Over the past 35 years, Soderstrom Skin Institute has provided this free skin cancer screening service to over 30,000 patients. To learn more, visit WeKnowSkinCancer.com

Public Education Program

The medical staff at Soderstrom Skin Institute is available for interviews and presentations on skin cancer, skin cancer surgery, plastic/cosmetic surgery, laser treatment, acne, psoriasis and all diseases of the skin.

Learn more about Skin Cancer >>
View more of our Free Skin Cancer Screening Dates >>

American Cancer Society, American Academy of Dermatology, Archives of Dermatology, International Agency for Research of Cancer, Skin Cancer Foundation

Questions To Ask Before Your Laser Treatment

February 28th, 2018 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Considering a laser treatment like laser vein treatment, laser hair removal, or laser tattoo removal? Here are 9 helpful questions to guide you in your search.

How many years has your center provided laser services?

Like many technologies, medical laser treatment has advanced rapidly. It is vitally important your provider has the necessary training and experience to provide safe patient care and desired aesthetic outcomes.
More than 25 years ago, Soderstrom Skin Institute started their laser treatment program and became one of the first providers of these services in the state.

Is there a medical doctor that oversees laser protocols and techniques?

In some states, medical training is NOT required to operate a laser treatment center. Keep in mind, operating a medical facility means a physician is required to meet certain guidelines set by the state medical board that optimize efficacy and patient safety.
The medical staff at the Soderstrom Skin Institute are leaders in the field of dermatology, plastic surgery and cosmetic services. Highly educated and board-certified, our physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners are the foundation upon which Soderstrom Skin Institute has been grounded since its inception 40 years ago. Our philosophy is simple: our patients come first.


Are your laser clinicians certified and trained?

Licensing and training requirements for laser operators can vary from state to state. Make sure your provider is properly trained prior to your treatment.
Our doctors are proud members of the ASLMS American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and follow their guidelines on laser safety and training.


What type of lasers do you use?

Some laser centers only have one or two lasers and try to provide multiple treatments with limited equipment. Make sure your provider has the right laser for your specific needs.
Soderstrom Skin Institute has ten different lasers providing multiple wavelengths for use in treating a variety of issues including brown spots, wrinkles, facial rejuvenation, unwanted  hair, leg and face veins, tattoos, birthmarks, scars, stretch marks, warts, psoriasis and rosacea.



Do you have Before and After treatment photos?

Make sure your laser provider has before and after photos of patients of who have received laser treatments at that facility.
Photos of our own patients are available here on our website. These will give you an idea of your potential results:

Is the laser treatment painful?

Everyone’s pain tolerance is different. Some people compare it to a rubber band snapping.
At Soderstrom Skin Institute, a topical anesthetic is provided if needed.

How many treatments will I need?

This will vary depending on the type of laser and the type of treatment being performed. Be sure you know up-front how many treatments will be needed for the results you desire.
During your laser consultation, your goals will be discussed and a treatment plan will be provided that includes number of visits and time frame needed to meet your goals.

Are there any risks to Laser Treatment?

There are risks with any medical procedure. Be sure these are explained to you prior to your treatment.
Our laser clinicians will explain benefits and risks during your laser consultation.

Do you provide financing options?

Many patients have difficulty paying a large lump sum out-of-pocket for these services.
We offer financing is offered through Care Credit. Ask for details during your consultation.


Interested in a Consultation?

Give us a call at 1.888.970.7546 to schedule a consultation with our team or visit weknowlasers.com.

Answering Your Questions About Eczema

November 16th, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Answering Your Questions About Eczema

Carl W. Soderstrom, MD
Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology

What is Eczema?

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a common skin disease that causes dry, itch skin. It may appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly appears on the cheeks, hands, elbows and knees.

What Does It Look Like?

While atopic dermatitis can look different from person to person, everyone shares one common symptom. The skin itches. In fact, atopic dermatitis usually begins with an itch and is often referred to as “the itch that rashes.”

What Parts of the Body Does It Affect?

In infants, the rash generally appears on the cheeks and around the mouth. By age 2, atopic dermatitis most commonly occurs on the hands, wrists, arms and legs. You will often see atopic dermatitis in the creases of the elbows and the bends of the knees by age 4. The most commonly affected areas in children and adults are the face, neck and the insides of the elbows, backs for the knees and ankles.

Which Irritants Can Trigger a Flare-Up?

Soap, chemicals, sweating, certain fabrics, food, weather changes and stress can cause a flare-up. In particular, winter weather can cause skin to become dry and itchy due to lower humidity levels.

Are There Treatments for Eczema?

Specific treatment measures and techniques vary from person to person – but these are a several ways to effectively treat and prevent severely dry skin*:

  • Use skin cream, like Skin Dimensions Moisturizing Skin Cream, to add moisture back into your dry skin.
  • Soaking in a bath with bath oil, like Skin Dimensions Bath Oil, for 15 to 20 minutes, is helpful because it adds moisture back into the skin. Showering tends to wash off your own body oil and makes you drier. Pat, don’t rub, yourself dry after the bath.
  • A prescription cortisone cream may reduce itching, redness and irritation.
  • Glycolic lotions (alpha hydroxyl acids), like Skin Dimensions Glycolic Body Lotion 15%, may be used to exfoliate and slough off the dead skin cells while hydrating and smoothing the skin.
  • An antihistamine may be prescribed for itching. These pills work internally by decreasing itchiness. Take them as directed.
  • A cortisone shot may be used to quickly help reduce severe redness, inflammation and itching.
  • The humidity in your home should be kept around 45 to 50 percent. The use of a humidifier often helps alleviate dry skin. A humidity gauge should be placed in your home to monitor the humidity; these can be purchased at a hardware store.

How Do I Know If I Have Eczema?

The best way to know, for certain, that you have Eczema is to schedule an appointment with a qualified physician.

Interested in a Consultation?

Give us a call at 1.888.970.7546 to schedule a consultation with our team.

Learn More About Eczema >>

 

*results may vary
Source: National Eczema Association – https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/treatment/

SmartLipoBlog

October 25th, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Answering Your Questions About Smartlipo® Laser Liposuction

J. Eric Lomax, MD and James M. Jeffries III, MD
Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Member Surgeons of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

What is Smartlipo®?

Smartlipo® is a medical device designed exclusively to perform laser liposuction. A very thin tube containing a laser fiber is inserted in targeted areas through a small incision. The laser fiber delivers thermal energy directly to fat cells for easy removal. The laser literally melts the fat, which is removed with gentle suction. At the same time, tissue around the area tightens through coagulation, contributing to a smoother shape overall.

Is Smartlipo® Right for Me?

The best candidates are non-smokers in good health who are not significantly overweight, but have fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise.

Which Areas Can be Treated with Smartlipo®?

The most popular areas are the face, neck, jawline, arms, abdomen, flanks (love handles) hips (saddlebags) buttocks, inner/outer thighs, knees, ankles and back.

HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?

On average, the procedure will take 1.5-2 hours.* This is dependent on the number of areas to be treated and the size of the areas.

WILL I NEED TO BE IN THE HOSPITAL?

Smartlipo® is an in-office procedure normally done with local or general anesthetic, depending what is best for the patient.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL BE NEEDED?

For most patients, results are achieved in just one Smartlipo® treatment.* According to Dr. Jeffries, “Most patients see immediate change, with continued improvement over the next 3-6 months* as swelling goes down and scar tissue heals. It’s important to be patient and know that some slight asymmetry and minor dimpling is normal.”

HOW LONG DO THE RESULTS LAST?

Smartlipo® destroys fat cells in the treated area. However, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen to enjoy long-lasting results.

WILL THERE BE ANY SCARRING?

The incision site will be very small. With proper care, any scars will be barely noticeable.*

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME?

Smartlipo® is a minimally invasive procedure which usually only requires local anesthesia. Some light bruising can occur, but you’ll be able to return to normal activities in a few days.* According to Dr. Lomax, this is one of the most frequent concerns that patients have. “Patients are anxious to get back to their lives and we want them to be able to, as well. Most find that they are back at work within 7-10 days* and back in the gym within a month.*”

WILL I NEED ANY POST-TREATMENT AFTER SURGERY?

You will need to wear a compression garment for around 3-4 weeks*, depending on the areas being treated. Most patients will rest for a few days post-surgery and resume activities as they feel more comfortable.*

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SMARTLIPO AND OTHER NON-INVASIVE METHODS OF FAT REDUCTION?

Smartlipo® provides an immediate measurable amount of fat removed during the procedure. In comparison, no measurable fat is actually removed during non-invasive methods such as radio frequency, ultrasound, heat or cooling fat reduction treatments.

Interested? Contact Us!

Give us a call at 1.888.970.7546 to schedule a consultation with our team!

See Real Results – View our Before and After Gallery >>

 

*results may vary

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October 18th, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Differences Between Functional and Cosmetic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

J. Eric Lomax, MD
Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Member Surgeon of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

In 2015, nearly 170,000 people in the US had eyelid surgery. The majority, nearly half were 51-64 years old.** Many of these procedures were done for cosmetic reasons, but others were done for medical reasons.

When most people think of blepharoplasty, they think of a cosmetic “eyelift” performed to tighten up droopy upper eyelid skin and create a more refreshed youthful appearance. You may be surprised to learn that droopy eyelids can actually impair your vision.

When is an “eyelift” considered functional?

When your eyelid falls too low and partially covers your pupil, it can impair your vision. This condition is called ptosis. Some people are born with ptosis and others experience ptosis as they age and the tendons that hold up the eyelid stretches. Either way, it is sometimes necessary to conduct a blepharoplasty to restore normal vision. In most cases, if your vision is being impaired, your insurance will likely cover some or all of the costs of a functional blepharoplasty.

According to Dr. John Eric Lomax, board certified Plastic Surgeon at Soderstrom Skin Institute. “Almost half of all blepharoplasties done at the practice qualify for insurance coverage. Before surgery, we test every patient’s field of vision—many don’t realize that their saggy eyelids are hindering their eyesight. “

When is an “eyelift” considered cosmetic?

As we age, our upper, and sometimes lower, eyelids can get saggy and appear weighed down. As the skin under the eye gets thinner and muscles weaken, bulges or dark shadows can become more prominent. Cosmetic blepharoplasty is performed to reduce these signs of aging and can leave the patient with a more rested and youthful appearance.*

Patients have different reasons for considering eyelid surgery. The best approach is to sit down with a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or an ophthalmologist and discuss your concerns. These professionals can help make sure your expectations are realistic and that you have a good understanding of the risk and benefits associated with the recommended treatment.

Interested? Contact Us!

Give us a call at 1.888.970.7546 to schedule a consultation with our team!

See Real Results – View our Before and After Gallery >>

 

**Source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
*results may vary