Dr. Cook and our entire team are well-known for their artistic and natural approach to facial fillers.
Why Choose The Whole Beauty® Institute For All Your Non-Surgical & Medical Aesthetic Needs.
Dr. Cook has a deep knowledge of facial volume restoration. He as worked with facial fat transfer for over 20 years and he and the team apply this knowledge to filler technique.
We offer extensive experience. Including a nurse who was selected by a major filler company to train doctors, mid-level clinicians, and other nurses about proper filler technique.
What sets us apart is our naturalistic technique. We provide each patient with an individualized analysis that builds upon your natural facial structure.
We offer a full spectrum of aesthetic solutions that complement our treatments with fillers.
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Boost Collagen Levels for Improved Contours and Skin Texture in Chicago and Winnetka at Whole Beauty® Institute
Collagen loss is a significant factor in the development of signs of aging, because the reduction in volume causes wrinkles and hollows to form while making the face and hands appear more gaunt. Radiesse® at Chicago and Winnetka’s Whole Beauty® Institute solves this problem quite elegantly and directly by focusing on creating more collagen.
Many dermal fillers make use of hyaluronic acid, which is an important element in healthy, well-moisturized, and pliable skin. These non-surgical treatment options add volume where injected, and then are gradually metabolized by the body. Radiesse® is in a different category of fillers, known as collagen stimulators. By encouraging production of the valuable protein, Radiesse® generates long-lasting results that appear natural because they are natural.
What Is Radiesse®?
Radiesse® is an injectable filler made up of tiny spheres of calcium hydroxylapatite floating in a gel carrier. The spheres and the gel together provide volume wherever injected. They also provide a scaffolding into which collagen-producing fibroblast cells migrate. The fibroblasts are stimulated to produce collagen, which gradually replaces the spheres and the gel.
We have found Radiesse® to be useful for restoring volume in the cheek, chin, and temples and for softening deep expression lines.
Radiesse® works very well in the hands. As people age, the skin on the back of the hands becomes thinner. This makes the deeper structures of the hands much more visible. If a patient has undergone facial rejuvenation surgery, her hands may look considerably older than her face. Injection under the skin of the hands leads to a more youthful and supple appearance of the skin of the hands. This allows the hands and face to have a similar look so that neither stands out from the other.
What Happens During a Radiesse® Injection Session?
Dr. John Q. Cook spent a significant portion of his career working with facial fat transfer to restore lost volume and developing injection techniques that make the process as comfortable as possible for patients while beautiful, customized, and naturalistic results. This intense work with fat grafting gives him—and his thoroughly trained team at Whole Beauty® Institute—particular insight into facial anatomy, aging, and restoration. This knowledge directly translates to the application of other treatments, including fillers like Radiesse®.
Discomfort during the injections process is typically limited to a slight pinching feeling when the filler is injected. How long a specific session takes will depend on which areas of the face, hands, or both are being treated.
What Happens After a Radiesse® Injection Session?
Radiesse® does add volume that is visible right away. Your appearance just after a session will include some initial swelling, as well as possible bruising, but both reactions should be expected to fade in the following hours and days. As they do, the improved contours will be readily apparent.
Over a course of weeks and months, as fibroblasts produce new collagen molecules, the look of the skin can continue to improve. Results typically last 12 to 18 months.
Volbella excels in two specific areas: restoration of a smooth surface to the lips, and a softening of fine lines that occur in the upper and lower lip.
Volbella has the same fundamental structure as a wide range of hyaluronic fillers, such as Voluma, Juvederm, Restylane, and Restylane lift. Our clinical team in our Chicago and Winnetka offices has been very pleased with the versatility of this filler.
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