Frequently Asked Questions:

Whether genetics or age have given you thin lips, you can increase their volume at our Chicago practice. Now more than ever, scores of people are craving plump, gorgeous lips. Just like any other area of the face and body, our lips can reveal our age by appearing  thinner and more creased over time.

Options for enhancing the appearance of your lips range from fillers like Restylane® and JUVÉDERM®, to collagen, or various implants. Dr. Makhlouf, has the expertise required to invision the right solution for you.

A discussion with your board-certified plastic surgeon is the first step toward full, sensual lips. Contact us today for more information or request your consultation online.

In “20 Things You Never Knew About Botox”, the author defines the origins of Botilinum Toxin, commonly known as Botox.  Apparently, it was initially used to treat a muscle-related eye condition.  The patients were pleas

ed that their wrinkles were less apparent.  They then realized that it could potentially have multiple applications – face and neck spasms, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), and for treating migraines.

The Numbers Speak…

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) has recently reported that the number of cosmetic procedures are on the rise.  It is the statistics (2017) report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) that shows:

  • Botilinum Toxin Type A procedures increased a mere 2% from 2016
    • Their total number of procedures in 2017 was 7.2 Million.
    • This figure (2017) is up 819% since the year 2000.

Surprisingly, more and more men are getting Botox treatments.  According to ASPS, that number has increased 337% since 2000.

Some Tidbits…   

What is all the hubbub about?…  This type of procedure can be done on any skin tone.  It is pigmentation agnostic, one could say.  Unlike other procedures that may result in some minor bruising or scarring, this procedure is applicable universally.  All ethnicities can benefit.

Perhaps you’re considering getting an injection of Botilinum Toxin, and not sure where to go?  One should be weary of getting this procedure done at any run of the mill office or other non-related center.  For your benefit, it would be prudent to consult with a dermatologist, or a plastic surgeon.  A board-certified plastic surgeon has had proper training and licensing and would be your best bet over a non certified plastic surgeon.


Common applications are around the frown lines between the eyebrows, in the crow’s feet area, and sometimes in the forehead.  Occasionally it is used for the neck bands and for corners of the mouth.  Perhaps you’re looking for fuller lips? This, too, is attainable.  Join us for injectables, on Fridays.

Dr. Makhlouf can help you find the best solution for your aesthetic injectable needs.  He has over 30 years of extensive experience.  

Skin Care

It’s been found that adult acne in the United States is on the rise. As per Obagi Medical, in a study of 1013 adults aged 20 years and older**:

  • 62.2% of women noted that their acne worsened around the time of menstruation
  • 13.3% of women noted that their acne worsened post adolescence


The statistics of acne in adult women:

  • 51%: 20-29 years of age
  • 35%: 30-39 years of age
  • 26%: 40-49 years of age
  • 15%: 50 years and older


Obagi CLENZIderm is a great system that’s a clinically proven acne treatment, from Obagi Medical.

Results usually appear within 1 week.

There are 2 systems to choose from:

  • Normal Dry
  • Normal Oily

The Obagi Nu-Derm System plus 1.0% retinol helps to improve these signs of visible skin aging:

• Hyperpigmentation and sun spots

• Rough, uneven skin

• Unwanted lax-looking or loose-looking skin

• The look of fine lines and wrinkles

Treating Aging Skin with Obagi Nu-Derm®

Aging skin has many symptoms. It ranges from dark spots, rough or uneven skin, sun spots, loose-looking skin and/or fine lines and wrinkles. The good news is that they can be treated with the Obagi Nu-Derm System. The system includes 1.0% retinol to improve the visible signs of skin aging. According to Obagi Medical, “sun exposure and genetics contribute to photoaging, which results in aging of the skin".

Obagi Statistics

At 24 weeks, at least 94% of patients were satisfied with the overall effectiveness of the Obagi Nu-Derm System plus retinol.

In a 24 week evaluation, patients improved in the following categories:

  • 97% Melasma (brown patches on the skin) severity score
  • 97% Overall photodamage
  • 90% Look of laxity
  • 87% Mottled hyperpigmentation (irregular skin color, patchiness)
  • 81% Look of fine wrinkling


Why Obagi?

  • The Obagi Nu-Derm system is really easy to follow and is effective.
  • It has a numbering system to clearly indicate which bottle goes first, and next, etc.
  • It includes a cleanser, toner, exfoliant and a sun shield.

Obagi is physician dispensed and does require a visit. There are a slew of reasons as to why it’s beneficial to have physician dispensed skin care, as per below.

Laser Hair Reduction

The embarrassment of unwanted facial, and body hair is a common complaint. In Chicago, we use advanced laser systems to treat all skin types and hair colors on the face and body.

Want to relax by the pool this summer without feeling self-conscious? Laser treatment can create lasting, beautiful result without the pain and hassle of shaving or waxing. With Dr. Makhlouf this procedure is rapid, safe and gentle. A series of treatments are required to reduce unwanted hair but luckily there is no downtime.

Depending on the area, treatments may be spaced 4-6 weeks apart, to accommodate hair growth cycles. Don’t wait to start experiencing the benefits of this safe and effective treatment!  


If you want to project an appearance that’s youthful and fresh, Botox may be the answer. More than ever men and women are excited to learn they can revitalize their reflection with this simple non-invasive treatment. Botox injections relax those worry lines, and crow’s feet and allow you to indulge in a natural and refreshed look.

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