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Best Spots for Liposuction

As winter changes to spring, our thoughts turn to more outside activities, and you may notice that you gained a bit of extra padding during the colder months. Even though you may have stuck closely to your new year’s resolution of healthier eating and regular workouts, there might still be a few problem spots that refuse to respond to your best efforts. At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, we understand that even the fittest among us may have pockets of excess fat that keep you from the results you work so hard to achieve. That’s why we offer liposuction – to help put the finishing touches on the physique you are ready to show off in the heat of the summer.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that has been used successfully to contour millions of bodies for over 40 years. In fact, liposuction is consistently at the top of the list of most-performed cosmetic surgery procedures, with nearly half a million people choosing to undergo the treatment each year. It’s a tried-and-true method of body contouring that has stood the test of time – since its beginnings, there have been very few advancements or changes to the basic technology, because it works. At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, we offer two types of liposuction:

Traditional Liposuction – is a surgical procedure performed using general anesthesia, or local anesthesia with IV sedation. During the procedure, Dr. Terrasse marks the areas of your body targeted for liposuction, and makes small incisions at those target points. A thin, narrow tube, known as a cannula, is inserted into the incisions and moved around, gently loosening the fat from other tissues. The excess fat is then suctioned out of the treatment area and disposed of. Traditional liposuction requires a little downtime for recovery – most patients only need to rest and limit activity for a few days, and are able to return to all of their everyday activities within about two weeks following the procedure.


SmartLipo – is a minimally invasive, laser-assisted lipolysis body contouring procedure. It uses thermal energy to dissolve fat cells in problem areas, melting the fat for easy suctioning from your body. Besides the liposuction technology of SmartLipo, the laser energy used also provides additional benefits, including coagulating the blood vessels in the tissue around the treatment area to decrease bruising, as well as boosting your body’s natural production of the vital protein collagen and stimulating the tissue’s collagen to contract, which tightens the skin. The end result is better contours and more youth and smooth looking skin. SmartLipo is performed in our office using local anesthesia, and requires no significant downtime for recovery.

Keep in mind that liposuction is a body contouring procedure, not a method of weight loss. If you have a BMI of under 30, and maintain a healthy, stable weight, liposuction may be the right procedure to help you meet your goals.

What are the Best Spots for Liposuction?

Liposuction can address nearly any problem area on your body, from head to toe. While the “best spot” for liposuction is any area that you have stubborn pockets of excess fat, some of the most popular spots include:

Abdomen and Waist – if you have a “pooch” on the front of your abdomen that keeps you from the flat tummy you work so hard for, liposuction is an excellent option. It can also address that pesky muffin top that no amount of oblique exercises can diminish. Many women undergo liposuction in conjunction with a tummy tuck, as well as alone in order to achieve a smoother waistline and flatter stomach.


Back – when you put on a bra or swimsuit, do rolls of fat appear above and below the straps? It’s a frustrating problem to deal with, as it can ruin the smooth line of your clothes or cause you to feel self-conscious about the bulges around your back. Liposuction can eliminate those rolls in a short time-frame, giving you a streamlined back you’re happy to show off.


Hips and Thighs – No matter your diet or exercise regimen, sometimes you just can’t fight genetics. If you have thick thighs and padded hips that cardio and low carb diets won’t shrink, liposuction can help. Lumpy pockets of fat on your inner and outer thighs can be removed, as well as excess fat around your hips, leaving you with the slimmer lower body and more proportionate shape you’ve been looking for.
If you are ready to slip into your summer clothes, but want to look just a little more contoured, liposuction at Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery may be the answer. Call our office today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation.

4 months ago

Is a Breast Augmentation for Me

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If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, you’ve probably started your journey with research. There are so many things to consider, including size of implant, material, placement – the list is extensive. However, with the help of a board-certified plastic surgeon, you’ll have the best possible guidance through the process. At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Terrasse is the aesthetic surgery specialist you’re looking for, experienced in breast augmentation and ready to help you achieve the beautiful, natural looking breasts you’re looking for. Everyone has different reasons for choosing cosmetic surgery, and so below we’ll explore some of the factors you may consider when thinking about breast enhancement.

Creating a More Feminine Body Contour

As we all know, when it comes to the way our bodies look, it’s hard to fight genetics. If you have naturally small breasts, you may decide that breast augmentation is the procedure you need to help you feel more shapely and feminine. Or maybe you’re curvy in almost all the right places, and want to explore breast augmentation to bring more balance to your figure. By choosing an implant that is sized to fit your individual body shape, you can get the proportion and curves you’ve been missing without looking like you’ve had anything done. Advancements in shape and material of breast implants offer you augmentation that looks natural (for example, implants that are teardrop shaped, versus classic round shapes) and feels natural (viscous gel-filled implants that feel soft, just like the real thing).

Restoring Volume and Shape

Pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight loss are all factors that can affect the size and shape of your breasts. During pregnancy, weight gain and hormone changes can cause your breasts to enlarge, while breastfeeding can continue the size increase until you’ve completely weaned your baby. Once you’re no longer nursing, your breasts will go down in size, but in most cases, they won’t look like they did pre-baby. They may sag, and look a little like deflated balloons. While this is a natural occurrence, it doesn’t do a lot for your body image as a new mom. The same applies to weight loss – you may have worked hard to achieve the slender body you’ve always wanted, but you’re left with flat, shapeless breasts. Breast augmentation can give you back the volume you’ve lost, as well as restoring the shape of your breasts. And if sagging is an issue, Dr. Terrasse can give you a breast lift at the same time. Breast implants can be done at any time after the age of 18 – you want to ensure that your breast tissue has developed completely before augmenting the size. If you decide on augmentation before you’re done having children, getting implants won’t affect your ability to breastfeed. However, your augmentation results may suffer, and require you to get a touch up later on.

Correcting Breast Deformities or Reconstruction

For some women, small breasts are a result of congenital issues like tuberous breasts. Tuberous breasts not only cause the breasts to remain small, but the tissue constriction can cause them to be misshapen or asymmetrical. For other women, their breast size may be “normal,” but one breast is noticeably smaller than the other. And still other women may have had cysts or tumors removed (leaving volume loss and asymmetry) or even undergone a mastectomy due to cancer, and they are looking to regain the sense of femininity and wholeness that their breasts gave them. Women with breast cancer can undergo breast reconstruction either after their treatment is complete, or work with their surgeon during their cancer treatment. Dr. Terrasse is sensitive to these intimate issues, and can provide you with options for augmentation and reconstruction that can restore your confidence and give you the feminine contour you desire.
If you are unhappy with the size or shape of your breasts, it may be time to explore the breast augmentation and other enhancement options at Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery. Call our office today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation, including 3-D imaging to help you visualized the intended outcome, and discover how we can help you regain your confidence and feminine shape with the beautiful, natural looking breasts you’ve always wanted.

4 months ago

How to Get Rid of Your Stubborn Fat Without Surgery

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Even though you may have kept up your workout regimen through the holiday season and early winter, and are sticking to your resolutions to stay fit, there may be a few pudgy places on your body that won’t budge. If you’re sick of skipping muffins and still fighting a muffin top, or if you have love handles that are anything but lovely, it may be time to explore CoolSculpting at Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery & ERASE MediSpa.
In the past, your choices for dealing with stubborn pockets of excess fat were limited – you either covered them up the best you could, or underwent liposuction. However, because of the advancements in technology and more widely available options, you no longer have to choose between surgery or “living with” unsightly bumps and bulges. CoolSculpting offers a completely noninvasive way to eliminate fat and achieve that improved figure that you’ve been working towards, in just a few short treatments.

The Science Behind CoolSculpting

Once you reach your teen years, the number of fat cells in your body is usually fixed, meaning that while you may gain or lose weight, the actual number of fat cells isn’t affected; the existing cells simply grow or shrink. CoolSculpting relies on the science of cryolipolysis – freezing the fat cells – to completely eliminate the cells from your body.
CoolSculpting technology works through an applicator that provides precisely targeted cooling, freezing the unwanted fat cells while causing no damage to your skin or surrounding tissue. The frozen cells crystallize and die, and are gradually flushed out through the natural processes of your lymphatic system and the area from which they were, contracts.

What to Expect From Your CoolSculpting Sessions

At ERASE MediSpa, we offer several different sized and shaped CoolSculpting applicators designed to target the areas you are unhappy with and are looking to reduce. CoolSculpting has been proven to reduce fat in targeted areas by up to 25 percent, so the hourglass figure you’ve been chasing is well within your reach. The applicator we use to smooth and contour the area around your waist is the CoolAdvantage™. It features interchangeable applicator contours – the CoolCurve+ Advantage™ will diminish love handles and contour your waist, while the CoolCore Advantage™ will smooth your abdomen.
At your CoolSculpting appointment, you will get comfortable in one of our treatment rooms, and gel pads will be placed over the areas targeted for fat reduction. The pads are used for increased protection and comfort during your CoolSculpting session. The hollow-tipped vacuum applicator is then placed over the pads, and the unwanted pocket of fat is sucked into the tip. You may initially feel a tugging sensation, but as the temperature drops, the area becomes numb and the feeling subsides.
Your session is usually complete in under 45 minutes during which you can get work done or your laptop or iPad, read or take a nap, and you can immediately go back to your everyday activities. The CoolSculpting procedure is non-invasive, nearly painless, requires zero downtime, and leaves you with almost no side effects. You may have some mild redness, bruising or swelling after your treatment, but these are temporary and will resolve on their own.

Results of Your CoolSculpting Treatment

Once the fat cells have been frozen during your treatment, they die off and are gradually eliminated by your body. Because your results depend on how fast your body naturally processes the frozen cells, you won’t see your final results immediately. While you may see some results as soon as three weeks after treatment, it typically takes between three and six months for your full results to be visible. Depending on your individual needs, you will most likely need more than one treatment to get that improved contour, but that is something you will discuss with Dr. Terrasse and his medical aesthetician at your consultation.
CoolSculpting is a contouring procedure, not a weight loss procedure, so while you will most likely not see a change on the scale, you will notice a tighter, more toned figure. And because the targeted fat cells are gone for good, you will be able to maintain your results through a healthy diet and weight management.
If you are frustrated by unsightly bulges that ruin the contours you’ve worked so hard for, it may be time to explore CoolSculpting at Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery & ERASE MediSpa. Call our office today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation and take control of your shape.

6 months ago

Is a Liquid Facelift for Me?

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If you enjoy keeping up with the latest trends in skin care and anti-aging treatments, you may have heard the term “liquid facelift.” Liquid facelift is the term used for a combination of injectable procedures that can address some of the issues associated with aging – like loss of volume or wrinkles – without going through invasive surgery or recovery. At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, we offer liquid facelifts in a myriad of combinations available to combat the skin and soft tissue issues unique to your face, so that you leave our office looking and feeling refreshed and beautiful.

What is a Liquid Facelift?

Liquid facelifts feature a combination of injectables to address common problems that arise as your skin ages, including:

  • Lines on your forehead, as well as around your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Sagging brow lines, corners of your mouth or jaw line
  • Loss of volume in your temples, under your eyes, or in your cheeks or lips

At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, we offer several options for both wrinkle reducers and fillers, and will customize your treatment to address your specific concerns. The products we use include:

  • Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers
    • Juvederm Ultra XC
    • Juvederm XC Ultra Plus
    • Juvederm Voluma® XC
    • Juvederm Volbella® XC
    • Belotero Balance
  • Collagen-Boosting Fillers

The results of your liquid facelift are visible almost immediately, and depending on the injectables you choose, the effects can last for at least a year and longer. Dr. Terrasse will work with you to create an individualized treatment schedule to ensure that you continue to look refreshed and rejuvenated.

Am I a Candidate for a Liquid Facelift?

Ideal candidates for a liquid facelift include patients who:

  • Have mild signs of aging (fine lines and wrinkles or minimal volume loss)
  • Do not have excessively sagging skin or developed jowls

The thing to consider when thinking about a liquid facelift is that the treatments require maintenance, and are designed to give you a boost in volume or smooth out wrinkles. Keep in mind that there are limits to what fillers can do while still preserving your natural look. If you have jowls or loose excess skin on your face and neck, fillers can’t effectively address that completely. If you choose an untrained and less experienced individual to perform your procedure to use fillers to add volume to fill excess skin, the result may be a puffy, unnatural look that ends up distorting your natural facial definition. Dr. Terrasse has additional extensive training and has the experience and expertise your require.

Liquid Facelift Results and Recovery

Because liquid facelifts are non-invasive, Dr. Terrasse performs the procedure right in our office. Most of the time, it takes under an hour to complete, though you may choose to break up the process into more than one session. A liquid facelift is virtually painless, not only requiring no anesthesia, but most contain a numbing agent to make your experience more comfortable. There is minimal, if any, downtime required and minimally noticeable signs that you have undergone a cosmetic procedure that can be covered with light make-up. You may experience minor side effects, including mild swelling, bruising, redness or hardness at the injection sites, but they are temporary issues that will resolve themselves within a couple of days.

If you have tried injectables on an individual basis, but are ready to try a more complete approach to addressing signs of aging on your face, a liquid facelift may be the answer you’re looking for. Call Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Terrasse to discover the combination of injectable treatments that will leave you looking younger and more refreshed.

6 months ago

Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery of Lake Forest Among the First to Offer Newest FDA Approved Facial Filler, Juvederm Vollure XC

Dr. Terrasse is excited and proud to now offer Juvederm Vollure, the first and only hyaluronic acid dermal filler FDA approved for the correction of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds of the face that lasts up to 18 months. The new product among the Allergan Juvederm line of fillers is best suited for wrinkles around the mouth and cheeks, including the nasolabial fold which becomes more prominent as our faces lose volume with aging.

The clear gel blends different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid and contains lidocaine to minimize injection sensation and it features VYCROSS technology, which contributes to its longevity.

Treatment regimens, administered by Dr. Terrasse as an office procedure now frequently combine Volbella for line lines and improved lip fullness, Voluma for volume loss in the cheeks, and either Juvederm Ultra Plus or Vollure for wrinkles and folds of the cheek and mouth zone. Please call for an evaluation at Dr. Terrasse’s Lake Forest office and regain lost facial youth and balance with no down time.

1 year ago

Brachioplasty Chicago

A Brachioplasty is a cosmetic procedure aimed at improving the contour of the arms by removing excess, sagging skin and creating a tighter, more toned upper arm appearance. Many people struggle with their upper arms, especially as they get older or after a significant weight loss. When there is excess skin, it can be frustrating because unfortunately, no amount of disciplined healthy eating and exercise can resolve that issue. Brachioplasty, also called an Arm Lift, may be the just the procedure to fit your needs.

Brachioplasty procedures are performed as an outpatient  through an incision that, most frequently, runs along the skin of the upper/under arm between the elbow and the armpit. It is worth noting that this incision will leave a visible scar, though for many that is a worthwhile trade-off for the contouring results they seek. Sometimes liposuction may be performed in combination with the procedure to also remove stubborn fat in the area. If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, and to find out if it may be right for you, contact our office to schedule your consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Terrasse.

1 year ago

The Venus Freeze System for Rejuvenation, Anthony Terrasse, MD, Lake Forest and Chicago

An FDA-approved non-surgical procedure, Venus Freeze, is becoming one of the most preferred treatments for dealing with loose skin and cellulite changes on the body, face, and neck.

The Science

In Venus Freeze procedures, magnetic pulses and radio frequency waves are employed for stimulating the production of new elastin fibers and collagen. This happens over a series of sessions (usually 6 for the neck/face and 8 or 10 for the entire body).

Venus Freeze is a non-invasive and quick treatment proven highly effective in minimizing circumference, firming skin, and improving cellulite, as well as reducing wrinkle lines. The treatment helps increase the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients to your skin, offering you an instant glow.

The name of the treatment might be misleading. There is actually no “freezing” involved in the process. You could just think of it as freezing the undesirable effects of aging that tend to appear on your body, face, and other parts. A lot of those who have undergone the Venus Freeze treatment claim it is as relaxing as getting a hot-stone massage. There are no chemicals, no needles, and minimal discomfort experienced during the process.

Treatment Time

The treatment time will vary depending on whether you are opting for a face and neck procedure or one that covers different body areas. For the face and neck treatment, the time taken is approximately 30 minutes. Treatment for other body parts might take about 40 minutes. In either case, Venus Freeze is a very quick process that can literally be completed within your lunch break!

Schedule a convenient complimentary consultation in the offices of board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Anthony Terrasse, to find out more.

2 years ago

Brow Lift for Facial Rejuvenation Lake Forest and Chicago by Anthony Terrasse, MD, Plastic Surgeon

The Brow Lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is performed to rejuvenate the appearance of the forehead and upper eyelid areas. The forehead is often one of the first places that people notice lines, creases and sagging. Some individuals are genetically pre-disposed to a heavier brow that may create more severe appearance of aging than they may wish to project to the world.

Brow lifts performed by board certified plastic surgeon, Anthony Terrasse, MD, of Lake Forest and Chicago can help to reposition the eyebrows and forehead muscles and decrease the signs of aging between the eyes and the scalp. The specific technique used depends on the amount of rejuvenation required and the particular anatomical features of each patient. Sometimes the brow lift is performed in combination with other facial procedures like an eyelid lift or laser rejuvenation of the skin. If you are interested in learning more about this procedure and to find out if it may be right for you, please contact our Lake Forest office to schedule your consultation today.

2 years ago

Mommy Makeovers by Anthony Terrasse, MD of Lake Forest and Chicago

The term, Mommy Makeover, is used to describe a set of procedures commonly performed to rejuvenate a woman’s body after having children. Pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing can all cause changes in the skin and muscles of the body in ways that simple diet and exercise may not be able to reverse. The abdominal muscles can be stretched out and the skin can become loose and sagging. An abdominoplasty can tighten the stomach muscles and remove excess skin to create a more smoother, tighter, and more youthful looking mid-section. Liposuction can remove stubborn pockets of fat and breast lifting procedures can elevate and reshape the breasts that have become deflated and less attractive. The breast lift, or mastopexy, is sometimes paired with a breast augmentation to also enhance the breasts as well as lift them.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can rejuvenate and restore your body after having children, contact our Lake Forest office to schedule your confidential consultation with Dr. Terrasse today. During the consultation, we will take photographs to help plan your surgery and we will discuss your goals and concerns to determine the best timing, procedure or procedures for returning your form to the youthful feminine shape you desire and deserve.

2 years ago

Mastopexy Chicago

Mastopexy, or as it is more commonly referred to as a breast lift, is a cosmetic surgery procedure performed to rejuvenate and return sagging breasts to a more youthful and attractive position. Pregnancy, nursing, weight loss, and having large breasts can all contribute to accelerating the aging process of the breasts and can cause premature or more excessive sagging. Some women feel very self-conscious about the sagging of their breasts and wish to use mastopexy to restore their breasts to a more feminine and natural position. In some cases, the mastopexy procedure also repositions the nipple and areolar placement to enhance the new breast appearance.

The mastopexy procedure alone is not designed to enhance breast size, however, because in most cases only unneeded skin is removed and not breast tissue-the breasts appear more full and shapely. Many women want to both enhance their breast size as well as lift their breasts and so, in some cases, a combination breast augmentation with a mastopexy may be performed to achieve the desired results. If you are interested in learning more about breast lifting and breast augmentation procedures and to find out if it may be right for you, contact our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Terrasse today. His practice utilizes 3D photography by VECTRA to assist with surgical planning and to simulate your desired outcome.

2 years ago

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