Drooping upper eyelids and puffy under eye bags can be improved with blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery. Dr. Shah recreates a more youthful eye appearance by removing an exacting amount of skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids. Surgery may be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both.
For a more youthful and refreshed appearance, the brow lift, or forehead lift, improves drooping eyebrows, forehead creases, frown lines, furrowed forehead lines, and hooding over the eyes. The endoscopic browlift has become the most common technique for rejuvenating the brow for long term results with minimal incision length and less risk.
The facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure to rejuvenate the face by improving sagging facial skin, jowls and loose neck skin. There are a variety of facelift techniques and each procedure is tailored to the individual patient’s needs. Dr. Shah is careful to create a natural appearance without an obvious “wind tunnel” or “windblown” look.
Lips are the most sensual feature of the face. Patients seeking lip augmentation can be as young as in their twenties to much older patients. Younger patients are often seeking a more seductive look to their face and more volume. Older patients seeking lip augmentation often want to restore the lip volume that they once had. As we age the white portion of the lip becomes longer and the red lip becomes shorter. An improved balance is the key to striking a chord between facial harmony and natural youthful rejuvenation.
Lip reduction is where the lips are reduced to help correct lips which are too prominent for the face. In lip reduction, the lips are reduced so that they are not the focus of the face and its features. The goal is not to change the ethnic facial features but rather make the lips less prominent.
Mohs Reconstruction is a surgical procedure to repair defects resulting from the removal of cancerous tissue via Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery is one of the most advanced techniques for treating skin cancer but it can, in many instances, leave significant defects. Many patients choose to have these defects improved, particularly when they occur on visible areas like the face.
Endoscopic forehead osteoma removal is done on an outpatient basis. Due to Dr. Shah’s technique of selectively blocking nerves with local anesthesia, most patients only need minimal anesthetic, allowing for a relatively pain free experience. Many patients are able to return to work either the next day or in a few days.
Ear reshaping requires a surgeon who not only specializes in facial anatomy, but has a keen eye in facial aesthetics. Approximately 5% of the population have overly prominent ears. Otoplasty is the name of the procedure where a part or parts of the ear are reshaped so that the ear looks less prominent.
A parotidectomy is the removal of the parotid gland, which is located on the sides of the face. This is a gland, which is bilateral (you have 2 of them), that is located in the upper area of the neck and lower border of the face, just below the ears. It is the largest and major of the salivary glands, that secretes saliva through a duct inside each cheek from each gland.
Revision rhinoplasty, also known as redo rhinoplasty, is when additional surgery is required after a previous rhinoplasty has been performed. Patients seeking revision rhinoplasty may be looking for improved breathing, a change similar to their previous nose, or improvement on their existing rhinoplasty result. Many advances have been made in revision rhinoplasty over the past five years. Many persons with nasal deformities thought to be “unoperable” in years past by surgeons from other decades may be able to be addressed by newer techniques and better understanding of nasal dynamics.
Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is performed to reshape the nose for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Some breathing problems may also be addressed. Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of the nose, remove a hump on the nose, narrow the nostrils, reshape the tip or bridge, or change the angle between the nose and upper lip. Dr. Shah has a particular passion for rhinoplasty and is equally trained in both open and closed techniques. At his Chicago, Illinois based clinic, he creates each nose based on the individual patient’s goals and facial characteristics.
Dr. Shah has subdivided ethnic rhinoplasty into a few backgrounds because the differences between the nasal characteristics can be quite large. Even within specific ethnicities, there is a very wide range of what an unoperated nose will look like. Dr. Shah is an expert in ethnic rhinoplasty and has performed over 3000 rhinoplasty procedures.
Septoplasty is the alteration of the nasal septum to straighten the airway and/or remove cartilage for cartilage grafting. The nasal septum is a structure composed of cartilage in bone in the middle of your nose. Ideally, the septum divides the nose in half so that equal and symmetric airflow can occur. In 80% of the population, the septum is deviated, meaning a portion of the septum goes into the airway. One third of those patients are symptomatic with signs such as mouth breathing with sleep, exercise,snoring, and a a dry mouth.
Acne scars are a notoriously difficult problem to treat. Many older therapies relied on deep removal of layers of skin, long healing times, and potential pigmentation (skin color) difficulites. In addition, many of the older therapies could not be used in darker pigmented patients. Luckily, over the last several years, some new and exciting acne scar therapies have come to fruition. Dr. Shah offers the latest in acne scar treatments.
Botox is a popular, non-surgical injection which softens muscular movement in order to improve dynamic wrinkles. Botox is commonly used to soften or eliminate the lines between the brows, on the forehead, and around the eyes. Dr. Shah is careful to create a natural appearance with minimal swelling and bruising.
Hyperpigmentation and Brownspots skin are a common concern for patients and can represent a variety of skin conditions. The most common cause of hyperpigmentation include melasma (chloasma), lentigines, cafe-au-lait macules as well as a variety of other causes. Since not all brownspots are the same, therefore not all treatment options are the same.
There are different types of peels available through Dr. Shah’s office for most skin types to help rejuvenate your skin to a healthier look and feel. Chemical peels are a deeper form of skincare treatment that penetrates the superficial layers of skin allowing healthier skin to appear.
Injectable fillers are used to restore a younger, more balanced and refreshed appearance to the face by filling in facial wrinkles and folds like the nasolabial folds, restoring volume to hollowed areas or other areas of volume loss, and augmenting facial features like the cheekbones. While there are a variety of fillers available today, Dr. Shah only uses those fillers which have a proven track record.
IPL stands for intense pulsed light, and it is a type of treatment that is used to help reduce certain skin problems of the face and neck. The results are usually almost immediate and quite obvious. Here, you will find some basic information about IPL and what it can offer. It may be the right treatment for you.
Juvederm is a facial filler made up of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in skin that’s helps to keep skin looking plump and youthful. As we age, hyaluronic acid diminishes, helping to contribute to formation of wrinkles and folds. The hyaluronic acid is cross linked which makes hyaluronic into a gel that can be injected into the skin and makes it last longer than it would in its liquid state.
Kybella is a noninvasive method of contouring the neck in patients. Kybella is designed to treat the superficial tissues in the neck by using a product called deoxycholic acid. The use of the product has been shown in multiple clinical studies to be effective in destroying fat.
Hair removal has been in practice, whether be for hygiene or fashionable purposes, for many years; even going as far back as the Ancient Egyptians. And as civilizations advanced, so has the science and tools in which they use, some of which are still being used today. However, society still yearned for better techniques to help achieve that “flawless” appearance. Laser Hair Removal is that step towards that smoother skin.
Today you have a variety of options when it comes to rejuvenating your appearance, one of the pioneering techniques is laser resurfacing, which reduces facial wrinkles, scars and blemishes. Advanced laser technologies give Dr. Shah a new level of control in laser surfacing, permitting extreme precision, especially in delicate areas.
Latisse solution is a pharmaceutical compound called Bimatoprost Ophthalmic Solution 0.03%. It has been shown to treat eyelashes to make them grow longer, thicker and darker. The solution was originally used for patients with glaucoma in the form of an eyedrop. Eye doctors and their patients, however, noticed that one of the side effects of the eyedrops was lusher, fuller and longer eyelashes as the patients continued to use the medication.
Masseter Reduction is where the lower muscle of the face, termed the masseter muscle, is reduced. The benefits of this can be two fold. First of all, patients can improve facial balance and change the shape of an overly square face. Second of all, some patients will experience pain and discomfort as a result of an overly large masseter muscle. Botox can help shrink the muscle and both reduce its appearance and lessen the amount of discomfort the muscle exerts on the surrounding tissues.
The goal of non-invasive body contouring is not to replace surgical procedures, but provide a real alternative option for patients seeking changes without the risks, downtime as surgery. Non-invasive body contouring involves the use of non-surgical means to reshape the body, abdomen, legs, arms, and neck.
One of the most requested demands from patients is the non-surgical facelift. There are a myriad of approaches to this and with time surgical results and medical evidence have shown some winners and losers in this demand. The current and final evolution of the non-surgical facelift involves the use of a bottom up approach. Here a probe is placed underneath the skin and used to contour and contract the skin.
Picosure is the latest laser for treatment of tattoos and unwanted pigment. Picosure is a type of technology used to treat tattoos. Traditional lasers such as q-switched lasers use heat to treat the tattoo using nanosecond technology. A picosecond is much shorter than a nanosecond and uses the force of the laser light to mechanically separate the pigment.
Restylane is the first hyaluronic acid derivative approved in the United States. As such, it has a long standing history of use here. It works similarly to other HA derivatives in creating a voluminous effect. Restylane can be used almost anywhere in the face including nasolabial folds, under the eyes, lips, cheeks and even the nose.
Sculptra Aesthetic works within the deep dermis and subcutaneous tissues of the body. Within the deep dermis, your skin’s structure is reinforced as Sculptra Aesthetic helps to replace lost collagen. This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness of your shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds* that has been depleted over time. The result? Sculptra Aesthetic is different because it gradually and subtly corrects these facial wrinkles. This can provide a refined, more youthful looking appearance that can last more than two years!
Laser resurfacing improves cosmetic flaws – such as wrinkles, acne scars, and aging or sun-damaged skin – is the latest scientific breakthrough in skin rejuvenation. Using a wand-like laser hand piece, undesired skin cells and wrinkles literally disappear in a puff of mist and are replaced by fresh skin cells.
Tempormandibular Joint disorders (TMJ disorders) can occur for a variety of reasons. One of the most common causes is excessive force exerted by the chewing muscles of the face. The primary chewing muscle is the masseter muscle which is located along the bottom portion of the jaw. In some patients, the temporalis muscle, located in and around the temple, can also contribute. Reducing the force these muscles exert by the use of Botox can help relieve discomfort.
One of the first tell-tale signs of aging is the eyes. Many patients will note that their friends always ask if they feel tired or had a bad night of sleep, and this can be be cause their under eyes have lost volume, creating darker circles. While many patients think of an eyelid lift as the only treatment, in some cases, adding volume with under eye filler may be the answer.
Voluma is the latest injectable product designed for lasting up to 2 years. It is a type of hyaluronic acid injectable made from Allergan, the makers of Botox. Voluma is FDA approved for use along the midface however can be used off-label in other locations including the following: cheekbones, midface, temples, lips, nasolabial folds.
Volbella is a newer injectable product which is used and FDA approved for perioral lines and rhytids. This filler is hyaluronic acid based filler is crosslinked with a similar process like Juvederm Voluma using Vycross technology. Volbella was first approved in Europe in 2011 and was recently FDA approved in 2016.