• Your Body’s Tissue Self-Repair, Tomorrow Botox Day, Tuesday, August 21! Micropeels 3 for $235, Usually $98 each! Only This Month! Patient Appreciation: Liposuction discounts up to 30%!

    Botox Day is Tuesday August 21 with discounts on Botox and fillers such as Juvederm.  Botox is $13/unit or $195/syringe (normally $16/unit and $240/syringe) and fillers are 10% off.  Voluma is an injectable filler that augments and lifts the cheeks and Volbella subtly augments the lips and improves perioral wrinkles.  A new product, Vollure, is for fine lines and wrinkles.

     Patient Appreciation:  For the month of August, anyone coming in for a micropeel will receive a free mask during the peel.  Also, anyone scheduling a micropeel in July or August will be put in a drawing for a free micropeel and products.

     Liposuction  Special:  One site (eg. tummy, lateral thighs, or neck) will be 10% off, two sites 20% and three or more sites, 30% off of the surgeon’s fee.  Consultation appointments must occur between now and August 31, 2018 and surgery performed before September 30, 2018.  Liposuction recuperation in most cases is modest allowing you to continue to enjoy your summer!  Some restrictions apply.

     Mused after watching the men’s and women’s ATP tennis finals on TV.  We are fortunate to have a national event every year that brings in people from across the country.  The smaller venue allows viewers to get close to their favorite tennis players unlike almost any other tournament.  If you haven’t been there, make it a priority next August and you’ll be amazed.

    Your Body’s Self-Repair

    One of the most controversial topics in medicine is the use of your own body products to induce better, faster or healing in ways that cannot be done otherwise.  This is being used for facelifts, facial peels, joint repair, chronic tendon injuries, in-utero congenital anomalies, and many other disorders and injuries.  We are talking about platelet-rich plasma, stem cells, cartilage implants, and enhanced ACL repair.

    Platelet-rich plasma contains proteins called growth factors that promote healing.  In PRP your docs draws your blood, spins it to separate and concentrate the platelets and then injects or uses it hoping to help the healing process.  Thus far respected studies have shown it to be most effective for chronic tendon injuries especially tennis elbow.  It has not been shown to improve the results of facial peels or facelift results.  It does add an extra cost however.

    Stem cells are harvested from bone marrow (new research is looking into extracting them from fat) and have the potential to grow into other types of cells.  The idea is to grow new tissues like cartilage and ligaments.  It has been promising in animal studies but is controversial in humans.

    (Did You Know?   The bottom line with all these techniques is that while they hold promise, most have not been proven to be completely successful to be replicated by serious scientific studies nor do most insurance companies cover them for this reason.)

    Cartilage implants start by taking cartilage from an unaffected joint, growing new cells from it in a lab and then “glue” them to damaged joint cartilage.  They act like a scaffolding that accelerates repair.  Most helpful for young and middle-aged patients.

    Enhanced ACL repair is placing a patient’s blood between the ends of a torn ACL before they are sutured.  Called bridge-enhanced ACL repair or BEAR.  Again it stimulates healing of the ligament and initial reports are promising.

    -Men’s Health


    Just returned from visiting one my daughters in Chicago.  The weather was perfect and we sat outside for most meals.  We went kayaking on the Chicago River, something I had never done.  Saw the airshow and Blue Angels. Toured Goose Island Brewery.  Ate lots of good food.  And had cocktails at a hidden bar that required a key to get inside. Oh, and of course, Michigan Avenue shopping.



    Cellfina, www.cellfina.com, is the only FDA-cleared minimally invasive procedure clinically proven to improve the appearance of cellulite for at least three years.  The best candidate has dimpling that is not caused by loose skin.  The benefits are a long-lasting, single, in-office treatment that usually takes under an hour.  No general anesthesia is needed and downtime is limited in most cases to the day of treatment.  96% of patients were satisfied after two years.

     Facial Wrinkles?

    Vollure is the newest filler for fine wrinkles.  It doesn’t project as much as Juvederm but is smoother and lasts up to 18 months.  Volbella is a lip filler that DOES NOT exaggerate the lips but improves wrinkles and creases in the lips and the skin just above the lips.  Studies show it lasts for about a year.  Come in and see what it has done for Diane, Crystal and Dianna.  Voluma augments the cheeks and lifts some of the lower tissues.

    Neck Bands or Hypersweating under Arms?

                Botox can help with both.  Come in for a free consult.

      Weak Chin, Nasal Imperfections, Aging or Thin Earlobes?

                Juvederm plumps chins and earlobes and sometimes nasal imperfections.

    Fat under Chin?

    Kybella is an injected solution that melts the fat under your chin.

     Permanent Makeup?

    Micro-blading is a technique of applying permanent makeup to your eyebrows with individual strokes simulating individual hairs.  We also do permanent eyeliner and lips.

     Lax Skin or Brown Spots?

    Collagen Induction Therapy or microneedling reduces facial pigmentation and improves wrinkles.

    Do you have unsightly brown spots on your face, hands or body?

    SkinCeuticals (many of you use their skincare products) has developed a “pen” that uses cryotherapy or freezes age and sun spots as well as skin tags.  It uses carbon dioxide which freezes the superficial part of the skin at -79 degrees C.  The technique is similar to when family physicians and dermatologists use liquid nitrogen to treat skin cancers.

    The procedure takes just a few minutes.  The area is cleansed then sprayed with CO2 to freeze the spot.  There is very little if any temporary discomfort.  Immediately after, Vitamin C is applied and so can makeup.  Vitamin C and a sunscreen are encouraged and should be applied while healing.

    The lesion will get darker and possibly scab before it sheds.  It can take 7-21 days to shed completely.  Healthy pink skin or lightening of the dark spot will appear.  Maturation of the skin then follows the normal skin cycle of 6 weeks.

    If the spot is appropriate, we charge $150 for the first three spots then $30 for each thereafter.

     Leg Veins?

    Sclerotherapy improves spider veins in your legs.


    Micropeels 3 for $235.  Micropeels are individually $98.  Limit one package of three per patient.


    Healthy living,


    Peter McKenna, M.D.


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