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The Basics on Botox and Fillers

by Sara Snarr, Nurse Practitioner

You have unwanted lines and wrinkles, you say? We have options! Whether you are just starting to notice lines around the eyes in delightful photos, or you have been noticing deepening lines around your mouth that you seemed to inherit from your mother, we possibly have options! Now don’t get scared- I am referring to MINIMALLY invasive techniques with little downtime! BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers are widely used to help treat, and prevent, unwanted lines, wrinkles, and volume loss. Here are a few facts about BOTOX® and fillers to help you determine if one, or both, may be right for you.


First, let’s begin with neuromodulators. There are four types of neuromodulators: BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, Xeomin® and Jeuveau®. BOTOX®, the neuromodulator used for treatment at Soderstrom Skin Institute, is the first neurotoxin ever to be approved for treatment by the FDA.  BOTOX® is a purified protein that is injected into the target muscle, causing it to relax.  This relaxation gives a smoothing effect to the unwanted lines and wrinkles that are caused by that specific muscle contraction. Common areas of treatment are the glabella (lines between the eyes), forehead, and crow’s feet, though the list of BOTOX® treatment options is quite lengthy. BOTOX® takes anywhere from 4-14 days to fully set in, and will last approximately 3-4 months. The amount of BOTOX® needed is dependent on many factors, so treatment dosages and placement will be specific to each patient. Your injector will determine what is best for you.

Injection of BOTOX ® is virtually painless: a little poke with a tiny needle. There may be small bumps in the area after treatment that typically subside within a few hours. Though typically minimal, there is a small risk for bruising in the area of treatment. We really try to avoid this side effect if at all possible, but bruising is a risk of treatment.


Next up, we have fillers. The fillers used at Soderstrom Skin Institute are all made up of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance within the body. Fillers, to the human eye, look like a clear gel and are used to correct the signs of age-related volume loss. Common areas for treatment include the cheeks, lower face, and lips.  When injected, the results are seen immediately and will last 12-24 months, depending on the filler used. I like to think of fillers as in terms of structure. Each filler has a different way of plumping and smoothing the skin. Let’s use a bed as an example.  If the mattress is boggy, or the sheets loose, or the comforter not properly draped, the bed looks messy, right? You can have a nice comforter lying flat on the bed, but if the sheets are wadded up or the mattress is sloppy, the bed still looks unkempt.  All of the layers need the proper support to complete the look. 

I like to take this analogy and apply it to fillers as well. JUVEDERM VOLUMA® XC the thickest of our hyaluronic acid fillers, is like the mattress on the bed. It is the firm base, or the structure builder. The structure of JUVEDERM VOLUMA® XC makes it unique, in that it works best when placed on bone. JUVEDERM VOLUMA® XC is a beautiful, subtle filler that is built off of the patient’s natural structure: the cheek bone. It helps to rebuild the natural volume loss that we often seen with aging, and helps to lift the cheeks and lower face. My patients love this filler because it provides a subtle, but noticeable, improvement!

Other HA fillers can be placed in the upper layers of the dermis to correct volume loss. Examples include JUVEDERM® Ultra Plus XC, JUVEDERM® Ultra XC and JUVEDERM VOLLURE ™ XC. These fillers are most commonly used in the nasolabial folds, marionettes (puppet lines) and lips. They can even be used around the corners of the mouth to fix that downward turn as we age. This filler group is softer, and gives a beautiful, natural result when placed correctly by a skilled injector.

So whether it be unwanted wrinkles, or loss of volume: BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers may be just what the doctor, or injector, ordered! And remember, consultation is key to determine what products should be used to address your concerns! We can determine a course of action and devise a plan together based on your goals!

To schedule your consultation please call Soderstrom Skin Institute at 833-439-8613.

March 12th, 2020 by James M. Jeffries, MD, FASC


Another year of “New year, new me”? You have been watching your diet and exercising regularly but you may still be carrying some stubborn, unwanted fat after trying everything. Body contouring may be the next step to get rid of extra skin and stubborn pouches. There are a variety of procedures that can be performed alone or in combination with other methods to accomplish your desired goals.


Non-invasive Contouring 

Just like the title suggests this option is not-invasive and treats the fat through the skin. Some non-invasive methods used are radio-frequency, ultrasound (Liposonix®), heat (Sculpsure®) or cooling reduction (Coolsculpting®) treatments. There is no downtime or discomfort. In 2018, there were 376,962 of the non-invasive fat reduction procedures performed. 

Liposuction Methods

Liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure that uses a variety of options. These options allow for more targeted treatments that can provide a major change and extra contouring to help you achieve a specific look. In 2018, 258,558 liposuction procedures were performed, including, traditional, ultrasonic, and laser methods. These may be done under tumescent with oral sedation, twilight anesthesia, or general anesthesia. It is best for treatment of exercise resistant fat. It is not meant for weight loss or treatment of loose skin. 

Traditional Liposuction 

This is a surgical procedure that uses a suction cannula to remove fat from targeted areas of the body. This method is highly personalized to the patient’s goals and body so results vary from patient to patient. An initial consultation is required to decide if liposuction is right for you. Learn more about liposuction by visiting this link: http://soderstromskininstitute.com/diseases-treatments/cosmetic-plastic-surgery/liposuction/

Ultrasonic Liposuction

This method uses ultrasonic waves to dissolve fat through small incisions. The ultrasonic waves are emitted through a small tube inserted into the small incisions and the waves will liquefy or emulsify the fat so, it can be aspirated with a suction cannula.

Laser Liposuction

The laser method is much like the ultrasonic procedure. Instead of ultrasonic waves, this method uses focused low-energy waves that are delivered by a thin laser fiber. The fiber is inserted through an incision and the fat is melted and liquified to be suctioned out. At our institute, we offer SmartLipo Triplex, which is the most advanced laser-assisted lipolysis system available today. To learn more about this method schedule a consultation or visit this link: http://soderstromskininstitute.com/diseases-treatments/cosmetic-plastic-surgery/smartlipo-triplex/).

Tummy Tuck

In 2018, 130,081 tummy tuck, also known as Abdominoplasty, procedures, were performed. This method is a major procedure that removes both fat and excess skin from the lower abdominal wall. This method is perfect for those that have lost a significant amount of weight due to exercise, diet, or multiple pregnancies. This procedure can be used in addition to liposuction to provide a better body contour. Learn more about Tummy tucks by visiting this link: http://soderstromskininstitute.com/diseases-treatments/cosmetic-plastic-surgery/tummy-tuck/)

This is just a general overview of the options you have when you look at body contouring procedures. Body contouring procedures are personal to your body and current lifestyle and they all require an initial consultation to learn more about you and your goals. If you are ready for a “New You” this year schedule a consultation with our board certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. James M. Jeffries III MD FACS. 


American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

May 14th, 2019 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

A NEW Way to LIFT Sagging Facial Contours…

We have recently introduced Silhouette InstaLift™, the breakthrough facial rejuvenation procedure that lifts sagging facial skin without the need for surgery, or general anesthesia.

It is a minimally invasive, in-office procedure to re-contour your face by lifting the deeper layers of your skin. You will see immediate lifting with gradual volumization and regeneration of collagen, one of the building blocks of skin that diminishes with age.

The best thing about this treatment is the minimal downtime…and is available in all of our locations.

**individual results may vary

Contact us now to schedule a consultation to find out if Silhouette InstaLift™ is right for you at 888.970.7546.

August 29th, 2018 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

2018 Best of the Best Winner – Soderstrom Skin Institute & Skin Dimensions Day Spa

2018 Best of the Best Winner Badge

Winner of 6/6 Categories

Soderstrom Skin Institute and Skin Dimensions Day Spa placed first in 6 of the 6 nominated categories in Journal Star Media’s 2018 Best of the Best business listing: Best Dermatology Group, Best Cosmetic Surgeon (James M. Jeffries III, MD), Best Plastic Surgeon (J. Eric Lomax, MD), Best Spa/Medical Spa, Best Manicure and Best Cosmetics. Thank you to everyone who voted for Soderstrom Skin Institute and Skin Dimensions Day Spa!

Learn more about Soderstrom Skin Institute >>
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Free Skin Cancer Screening

July 6th, 2018 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Free Skin Cancer Screenings 

Carl W. Soderstrom, MD Board Certified Dermatologist

Soderstrom Skin Institute will offer Free Mole and Skin Cancer Screenings throughout May and June.

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

May 25th, 2018 by Soderstrom Skin Institute


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Soderstrom Skin Institute is proud to provide you with photos of our own patients after they have completed our laser tattoo removal program.
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*individual results may vary

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.



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.