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DR. TONI BARK

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Skin Enhancement

What Patients Say About My Aestethic Skills

I have always taken pride in the natural looking results I achieve in the aesthetic work I perform on my patients. If you are someone who wants to look frozen in time and would rather have a bizarre looking upper lip than vertical lines, I am not your woman. However, if you just want to…

Filling with blunt tipped cannulas

Every now and then, I write about facial rejeuvenation techniques such as liquid facelifts, something that sets me apart from the average “filler”. What I’d like to write about today is the use of blunt tipped cannulas for facial filling. While this sounds technical (it is ), it can make a world of difference between…

Non-Surgical Facelifts Compared to Just Filling

Everyday, I notice women in the Chicago area who have had obvious facial filler jobs performed on them. They all look similar. Why is this and is it the only way to rejuvenate one’s face? The answer to the second question is, no. The answer to the first question is twofold: Most doctors use fillers…

My New Store

For all the readers out there familiar with my blog, you know that I have kept this site committed to being an informative, knowledge based site. It will stay that way. For those of you who are interested in what products I use in my personal skin and health care, I have started the online…

Glowing Beautiful Skin

One often hears how healthy someone looks. What prompts people to say that someone looks healthy? Most often, it is subtle cues such as texture of skin, even skin tone with a mild glow and bright eyes. Many of these features are interpreted unconsciously to be equivalent with health, vigor and youth. Proper skin care…

Why Winter is the Best TIme For an Aesthetic Treatment

Many patients rush into my Chicago area office for procedures like photofacial and lipodissolve once the weather gets nice. They realize they’re going to be showing more skin and want that skin to be smooth and beautiful. In reality, the best time for treatments is the middle of winter when it’s easy to either hide…

Skin As The Litmus For Health

In my Chicago area clinic, I see many people with dull or sagging, lifeless looking skin. There are many reasons for this; enlarged pore size, poor nutrition, disease, inflammatory processes, sun damage and hormonal changes. Whether we like it or not, first impressions are often the main reason we get chosen for a job, a…

Why Lipodissolve Over Liposuction

Why chose a non-surgical procedure involving many injections that might involve a few visits over a single surgical procedure? The answer is the risk/benefit ratio. Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or suction-assisted lipectomy, is cosmetic surgery performed to remove unwanted deposits of fat from under the skin. The doctor sculpts and recontours the patient’s body…

Keloid Scar Revision And Lipoma Removal Without Surgery

In my Chicago area office, I see many patients with thick unsightly scars and keloids. Many of the patients think they have to have a surgical procedure to remove them. And, if they make keloids, they often avoid the surgery because there is a good chance they’ll form another keloid. Another option for removing these…

The Benefit of Using Growth Factors in Mesotherapy

Growth factors are naturally occurring proteins that promote tissue growth. They are the hottest trend in upscale skin care lines. The growth factors that are being used have been shown in the lab to promote collagen generation and to decrease collagen degeneration. Skin is a wonderful impermeable protective organ. Water soluble topical applications to not…

Skin Rejeuvenation and Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy is not well known or frequently practiced in the states. However, it is a popular procedure in Europe where aesthetic medicine is a medical specialty. And, it is popular in my Chicago area office. Typically mesotherapy is performed with small needles attached to a syringe in order to inject growth factors and vitamins just…

The Benefits of Astaxanthin on Skin And Collagen

There are so many products out there professing to turn back the clock. And, the barrage of supplements you “must” take lest you fall apart is mind boggling. However, for improved collagen and young looking skin, there are not many supplements that compare to red micro algae or “astaxanthin“. This is a naturally occurring plant…

What Fillers And Botox Can’t do

Many prospective patients come to my Chicago area clinic asking for botox and fillers in the hope that their skin will look younger. The truth is that botox and filler can make a huge difference but not in enhancing the look of one’s skin. As we age, our skin becomes less reflective to light due…