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Hair Removal with the Palomar Vectus Laser

laser hair removalInnovative MedSpa is committed to providing the highest quality, most effective, skincare solutions for our clients. This is why we chose the Palomar Vectus Laser for permanent hair removal.

Laser hair removal means no more plucking, shaving, waxing, or threading, but not every laser is created equal. Our skincare experts at Innovative MedSpa researched a variety of hair removal devices in search for the most effective and efficient laser on the market….and we found it!


Lasers use both light and heat to achieve its desired results. The Vectus laser is designed with sapphire tips that shed their heat quickly and apply focused light only at the roots of the hair while leaving skin cool. An advanced cooling system means a more comfortable, skin-friendly session.


The Vectus laser has the MOST uniform beam profile, and it reaches hair follicles in every phase of growth for more thorough removal. This reduces the amount of treatments required to achieve smooth, hair-free skin. The large spot size allows us to treat even large areas in a very short amount of time.


Older laser removal systems had one major drawback: They could cause skin pigmentation changes around hair follicles. This meant that for people with deeper skin tones, laser hair removal might not be an option. The Vectus laser system features the only FDA approved melanin reader: the easy-to-use Skintel Melanin Reader. It analyzes skin tone and adjusts the light spectrum to automatically target melanin in hair, not in skin.


Almost every other form of hair removal needs to be repeated. Shaving regrowth appears after just a day or two. Depilation creams typically last three to five days. With waxing, and plucking, you could wait weeks to see new growth, but the hair still returns. The Vectus laser offers a permanent solution.


Valentine’s Day Botox at Innovative MedSpa

$50 off Botox now through Valentine’s Day along with 20% Off All Skinmedica products.

Every February it’s always the same: people going on and on about their schmoopies and the five pounds of rose petals forming a pathway to the bedroom and how the Mother of the Year baked individual heart-shaped cakes for all 27 kids in the kindergarten class and made sure every harried work-outside-the-home parent knew about it.

This Valentine’s Day, show yourself a little love with a visit to Innovative MedSpa! That’s right, no roses, no chocolate-covered strawberries, no Hallmark cards that cost how much? This year treat yo’ self to wrinkle-free skin and a relaxed look.

Starting today through Feb. 14, Innovative MedSpa is offering $50 off your BOTOX treatment. Space is limited so book now!

What is BOTOX®?

What is Botox, you might ask. It’s pretty much a miracle in a bottle, erasing fine lines with minimal discomfort. Sure, there’s a needle disarmingly close to your face, but once you see the results, you’ll forget all about that small detail.

BOTOX Cosmetic is a short and minimally invasive treatment that requires no downtime. During treatment, very low doses of BOTOX Cosmetic are administered by way of small injections directly into the muscles that cause frown lines between the brows and above the brows as well as the crow’s feet around the eyes. It can also reduce some lines on the lower lids, the bunny lines on the nose and the downward pull of the angles of the mouth.

Discomfort is minimal and brief and initial redness may occur near the injection sites. However, patients may return to their normal activities immediately following the treatment. Although individual results may vary, you can expect to see results just days after the treatment and the appearance of the area between your brows may continue to improve for up to one week. In fact, 89 percent of patients judged the appearance of their frown lines as improved one month after treatment. The effect of each treatment may last up to four months. After this time, repeat treatment may be necessary.

Winterize Package at Innovative MedSpa

With the cold weather quickly approaching, we often take the time to winterize our cars and our homes, but what about ourselves?

Winter can wreak havoc on our skin, bodies, and overall health, especially in Chicago’s blistering cold. Cold and flu season is at its peak and a myriad of other health problems and illnesses may be triggered or worsened by the winter weather.

The winter is also a dry time for our skin. The harsh dry air leaves skin devoid of moisture leaving it cracked, dull, and irritated.

Fortunately Innovative Express Care and Innovative MedSpa can help. Our “winterization package” has just what you need to ward off the flu and other winter viruses, boost your immune system, and promote healthy hydrated, radiant, skin!

Starting at $150, we are offering our patients a flu shot, a vitamin B12 shot, and a chemical peel with hydrating facial. You can also decide to amp it up even more and add on Botox and/or dermal fillers at a special rate to ensure that your skin is holiday party ready!

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Q & A with Ginger Lu

Lip augmentation is becoming an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure and is, in fact, the treatment that my clients at Innovative MedSpa in Chicago, request the most. I recently had the privilege of injecting Chicago blogger and fashion influencer Ginger Lu. (, @gingerlu)

Nearly 100,000 followers look forward to seeing Ginger’s style and her clothing choices on a daily basis, so she knew the importance of doing her research and only allowing the procedure to be done by a highly skilled, experienced injector, and she understandably had plenty of questions for me prior to getting injected.

She asked all the right questions and I wanted to share our Q&A to help prepare anyone considering lip augmentation and ease some of the fears that may come along with taking the next step.

GL: Am I a good candidate for lip fillers?

JJ: While you do have petite features, and I wouldn’t suggest much more than 1 ml of product, but a full syringe of Restylane Refyne is about 1/5 of a teaspoon, so it’s the perfect amount to accentuate your features and create a full beautiful pout, without going overboard.


GL: I am looking for lip fullness, but want them to look natural, is that possible?

JJ: Absolutely! The key is to make sure to maintain the top to bottom lip ratio. If the top lip appears too large in relation to the bottom, then that’s when they begin to look unnatural. We also want to be sure to preserve and accentuate your natural lip shape, rather than to create a new one. We can certainly enhance your lips by adding fullness and volume to create that perfect pout, while still appearing soft and natural.


GL: Will it hurt?

JJ: We are going to apply powerful numbing cream to your lips prior to starting, and the product itself also contains a numbing medicine, so it should be a relatively painless procedure.


GL: Are there any side effects?

JJ: Refyne is made from hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance found in your body, making them safe to use for injections. The lips are a very vascular area so there is always a risk for bruising. There will also be some initial swelling that will decrease over the next few days.


GL: This May sound crazy, but I read somewhere that this can cause blindness, it that true?

JJ: That is an excellent question, and because this product is composed of thick gel-like substance it could cause what is called a “vascular occlusion” if it were inadvertently injected into an artery. If the vessels that feed into the ocular artery became occluded, the result could be loss of vision in that eye. This is why it is extremely important for everyone performing these procedures to be specially trained medical professionals with an intimate understanding of the facial anatomy.


GL: What do I need to know as far as the aftercare?

JJ: Well, its important to know that swelling and some bruising are usually inevitable, but you can take some steps to help reduce both. Ice the area on and off throughout the day and apply a topical Arnica cream or gel. Avoid alcohol and over-the-counter anti inflammatories, such as Advil or Aleve. If possible, try to sleep on your back for the next couple days, with a couple pillows, to prop you upright a bit to prevent a lot of swelling overnight.


GL: What is your favorite procedure to do?

JJ: I love doing lips. Oh, and cheeks, a little volume added to the right areas of the face can make such a significant difference. I also love doing tear troughs (under-eye bags) the result is instant and dramatic, it’s just so satisfying. I don’t know, I guess I don’t have a favorite, I just love it all!