New Year…New You!

For many, New Years is a transformative time of the year in which we all make promises in an effort to better our lives and ourselves.  Southwest Laser offers a variety of services that do just that!  In the spirit of the New Year, we asked our staff to share some treatments they would recommend to kick off 2015…

For those looking to ADD to their appearance, here are a couple of ideas!

*Longer Lashes!!!  Since the eyes are a major focal point, extenuating your lashes will draw attention to what many consider a favorite feature of the face.  Long, thick lashes give the face a youthful, innocent look and make the eyes naturally appear larger.

*Add some volume to those lips!!!  Your lips are another feature that draw in attention!  Cosmetic dermal fillers can redefine the mouth and create a natural looking balance between the upper and lower lip. 

While some may like to ADD to their looks, others may want something REDUCED!

*Slim & Tighten!!!  Try Venus!  Our newest body contouring/tightening device uses RF technology to reduce fat, cellulite  and stretch marks, while tightening the skin and reducing wrinkles.  Also consider a weight-loss steam tent to boost your results!

*Reduce unwanted hair and age/sun spots!!!  We offer the latest technology when it comes to laser skin care!  Our Sciton laser is an excellent solution to reduce undesirable hair and pigmentation issues.

Try something new, to create a healthier you!

*3 Day Detox!!!  Commit to 3 consecutive days at the spa!  How hard can that be?  Our Detox Steam Tent is designed to remove unwanted toxins that have been absorbed through the skin and accumulating in the body.   This is truly a fresh start to a new year!

Introducing Venus Legacy

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No matter your body shape, skin tone, diet or exercise plan, over time our skin loses elasticity, collagen weakens and it becomes harder to lose certain pockets of fat.  As we age, we develop wrinkles, fine lines and have a genetic predisposition to cellulite. Thanks to Venus Legacy, we now have a long term solution to combat the effects of aging!

The Venus Legacy™ is the latest FDA-cleared technology for non-surgical body contouring, cellulite reduction and skin tightening using a combination of radiofrequency and pulsed magnetic energy.  South West Laser & Medspa is proud to be one of the first in the area to offer this breakthrough technology.

  Finally, there is a non-invasive and pain free solution for you!

Book a consultation today!

   photo-venus       *Non-Invasive Body Contouring

          *Cellulite Reduction

          *Stretch Mark Reduction

          *Wrinkle Reduction

          *Skin Tightening

          For the Face and Body!


Massage Therapy: Get in touch with its many benefits

A soothing massage can help you unwind, but that’s not all!  Explore the possible benefits of massage and what to expect…

relaxed-massageBeyond the benefits of pain management for a specific ailment, most people enjoy massage because it feels good and involves taking time out to care for oneself.  There’s no denying the power of bodywork!  Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (stress, pain, headaches), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.

Experts estimate that stress is one of the causes/contributing factors of nearly 75% of all modern diseases… And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress.  While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether may be unrealistic, massage can without a doubt help manage stress.   Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage.  The emotional balancing that bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.  In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body with profound effects.

Massage helps keep the body in good working order.  It strengthens the body to be able to heal itself, as it is designed to.  Bodywork can improve circulation by increasing nutrition to the cells of your body, also assisting with the removal of cellular and metabolic wastes, and improving oxygen delivery to the soft tissues.  It can aid in deeper/more relaxing sleep, enhance immunity and breaks up pain cycles.  And that’s just to name a few of its many benefits!

Getting a massage frequently can play a huge part in your health and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year.  Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health.  And remember, just because massage feels like a pampering treat, that doesn’t mean it’s any less therapeutic!  Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.

Mention this blog article and receive $10 off your next massage at SW Laser!

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Summer Skin Care

imagesYou change your wardrobe come summer; it only makes sense to do the same with your skin care!  As our body acclimates to the climate change, it may be necessary to alter our skin care regiment to adjust to humidity, sun, and heat. Even the smallest switch-ups in your routine can make a difference with how your skin looks and feels.

CLEANSE.  For the face, try NeoStrata Foaming Cleanser, it gently exfoliates and removes all makeup and excess oils.  For the body, we recommend Green Envee Body Wash.  While some cleansers dry out the skin, this one actually  prevents dryness and flaking , enhances skin flexibility and  prevents premature aging.

TONE. If you’re starting to see  breakouts on your face and chest (typically a result of warmer weather), treat affected areas with either Neostrata Oil Control Gel or Image Clarifying Tonic.  Both will balance and clarify the skin by removing any excess oils/dirt.

EXFOLIATE.  For bright/smooth/soft skin, exfoliate the body  1-3 times a week. For the face we recommend trying Glo Brightening Polish, this gently removes any dead skin cells that have accumulated over time.   For the body, use Green Envee Body Scrub to polish the skin’s surface without disrupting its delicate balance.

MOISTURIZE. Sun exposure and temperature extremes (sweltering outdoors, then air conditioning once you’re inside) can leave skin tight and dry. Your usual lotion may feel a little too rich and heavy in the heat, so exchange it for a lighter formula. Try Image Hydrating Serum for the face and Green Envee’s Body Lotion for the body.  Both are non-greasy, lightweight, and absorbs easily into the skin.

SPF. You hear it time and time again for good reason!  Sunscreen will slow down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin and protect against discoloration of the skin.  Our recommendation is to use Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 for the face and Elta MD UV SPF 45 Aero Spray for the body.

GET A SUNLESS TAN.  Instead of exposing yourself to damaging UV rays, get a spray tan!  We use top of the line Norvell products and our staff has advanced training, ensuring that you will leave with a flawless tan.  We also carry Norvell sunless tanning products for at home use to maintain your spray tan!

INDULGE. Come in once a month for a custom facial, or try a Microderm or (my favorite )Ultrasonic Facial.  We also recommend doing  a full body scrub with hydrating massage!   These are great ways to enhance all the work you’ve put into your new skin care regiment at home.  You can also check out our monthly specials throughout the summer.. we always customize our specials to the changing seasons!

Is Juvederm Voluma an alternative to other volumizing fillers?





Cosmetic fillers are one of the most commonly used procedures to eliminate visible signs of aging with immediate results.  We are fortunate that there are now so many great injectable options to chose from!  Given the vast array of filler products currently available, the decision of which facial filler to use can be confusing.

Newly released JUVEDERM VOLUMA®  is an excellent alternative for those who are looking for a subtle, natural lift to the central cheek and cheekbone area.  In fact, it is the first and only FDA-approved filler to instantly add volume to the midface!  Compared to other volumizing fillers, the unique cross-linking of Juvederm VOLUMA® causes it to be a thicker, plumper gel than other hyaluronic acid fillers.  This allows for more of a lifting effect, making it ideal for adding fullness to the mid-face, and regaining the youthful curve to the cheeks that enhances the overall shape of the face.

Additionally, Juvederm VOLUMA®  is unique because it is less hydrophilic than other  JUVÉDERM® products.  This means it pulls less water to itself after injection. What does this mean for you? Less swelling!  Another advantage of Juvederm VOLUMA®  is that it comes with lidocaine anesthetic already in it! This helps numb the treatment area, improving patient comfort.

For most patients, Juvederm VOLUMA®  has been shown to last up to two years, although in some cases and areas, the duration of the effect may be shorter or longer. Supplemental treatments may be required to achieve and maintain optimal results. Juvederm VOLUMA®  will often be combined with other fillers, like JUVÉDERM® for the nasal labial folds or Restylane® for the tear troughs and lips.

Botox Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Botox?

Botox is a purified form of Botulinum Toxin Type A. This is a neurotoxin that causes a temporary paralysis of the muscles being treated.

2. How does Botox works?

Botox blocks acetylcholine from binding with its receptor. This prevents the nerve impulse from signaling a muscle to contract. When the muscle can’t contract, it prevents lines from forming on the skin.

3. What is the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?

Botox is a neurotoxin; its target is a muscle. The ending result is the relaxation of a muscle, preventing it from contracting. Dermal fillers are used to fill areas that lack volume. There are several FDA approved dermal fillers in the U.S. Depending on the area to be treated, dermal fillers can help fill fine lines, moderate to deep folds in the skin, and even mid face cheek volume.

4. How long does Botox last?

Botox typically last 3-4 months. Some clients report a 2 month duration where some feel the effects last closer to 6 months.

5. Are Botox injections painful?

Botox is injected with a very fine and very short needle. Most practices use an insulin needle. It is not painless, but many would report very little discomfort.

6. What areas on my face can I get Botox injected?

Botox is FDA approved for glabellar lines and crow’s feet lines. There are several off label uses for Botox in the face. You can treat horizontal forehead lines, vertical lip lines, gummy smile, overactive DAO and mentalis muscles.

7. How long until I can see the final results after my first treatment?

Most patients start to see results in 3-5 days after treatment. It takes a full 2 weeks for the Botox product to be fully effective. If the lines being treated are deep, it can take several weeks for the lines to smooth completely even if there isn’t a muscle contraction causing the lines to crease.

8. Will I still be able to make facial expressions?

Absolutely! There is a natural way to treat with Botox. Some patients like the frozen look, but if you desire some movement of the muscles being treated it is possible.

9. Can facial muscles become weaker after Botox?

Overtime, the muscles being treated by Botox can atrophy. This means if you aren’t contracting or using the muscle, naturally it will weaken.

10. Can I have an allergic reaction to Botox?

There have been cases of allergic reaction to Botox. If you have several and/or severe allergies, it is important to compare your allergy list with the ingredients used to make Botox. Some reported cases have included symptoms such as itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint.

11. What are the risks and side effects?

Botox may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice (dysphonia), trouble saying words clearly (dysarthria), loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities. If you have nerve or muscle conditions, you may be at increased risk for these side effects.

12. How often will I need Botox treatment?

Most patients repeat their treatment about every 3-4 months. As often as you need to keep up your desired result.

13. How is the recovery time?

You may have small raised red bumps on the skin immediately following injection. These bumps look like little mosquito bites. This typically goes away within 10-15 minutes post injection. Some patients experience a small bruise at the site of injection. This may take several days to heal.

14. Can I have Botox along with other skin care cosmetic treatments?

Yes. If you are getting a facial or other cosmetic treatment on the same day, you should have your facial/massage first and Botox last.

15. How do I know whether Botox or a dermal filler is right for me?

Gathering information online is a great start to your search, but you should meet with a medical professional that administers the treatments so they can assess your face and recommend appropriate treatments for you. This is also an opportunity for you to ask questions or voice concerns that you may have.


What’s new in the Bling Boutique…


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For all you Bling junkies who love to accessorize, we have the Mighty PURSE!  This purse is great for those of you who forget to charge your phone  before leaving the house!  It works with all micro-usb Smartphones and iPhones.  We also have cute Drusy Quartz rings/earrings and new clothing!   Stop by and see what’s new!

What to expect in 2014 at SW Laser & Medspa!!


138_CE_053113At South West Laser & Medspa, our goal this year is the same as always!  To provide excellent service with the most advanced and up-to-date cosmetic procedures & skin/bodycare treatments available today. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We are proud to be the first medical spa in the Southwest Suburbs to offer JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™                                                                                                                                                                                 Newly released Juvederm VolumaTM is the first and only Hyaluronic Acid (HA) filler FDA-approved to instantly add volume to the central cheek and cheekbone area, resulting in a subtle lift.  Voluma is clinically proven to last up to 2 years!!  Common areas include the cheeks, cheekbones, and chin.

Ladies night, as always, we’ll offer special discounts, raffles, entertainment, food and drinks.  Our theme for our March event is Viva Las Vegas.  Our grand prize raffle will be a two night stay in Las Vegas for two (including airfare.)  Our September theme is Paris in the Fall!  Stay tuned for more info. on our events!

Listen for us on Star 96.7!!  We have new radio commercials starting in February featuring Pam!

Exciting news from Pam!  Our sister spa down in Florida, Naples Laser & Medspa, will be opening February 17 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  We are so excited for Pam!!  Lots of us here at the spa look forward to visiting soon!  If you vacation near Naples, stop by and see what Pam’s been up to!

danis paytonBabies, Babies and more Babies! Congrats to Dani & Pete on the birth of their daughter Payton Nicole, born January 21st!  It doesn’t end there though!!  We are expecting 3 more babies…Congrats to Christine, Melissa and Amie who are also expecting this year!

We also have two weddings to look forward to!  Congrats to Jeff & his fiancé Jenny and Megan & her groom to be Kyle.

We look forward to seeing you throughout the year!


Southwest Laser’s Advanced Hair Growth System

untitleduntitled dd Fight hair loss with our clinically proven & FDA cleared hair growth system.  This is ideal for those who have genetic hair loss such as pattern baldness or thinning hair.  With the combination of two different types of therapies, the Igrow helmet and our pharmaceutical grade hair growth serum, our system effectively suspends hair loss and ultimately returns thinning  hair to a fuller, thicker state.

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What kind of hair growth can I expect?

Clients report thicker, fuller and healthier hair.  Studies show more than 85% see results and the average hair growth is 35%, which is more than any other FDA approved device or topical serum on the market.   Those with receding hair lines not only state they see no further hair loss,  but are also seeing re-growth in the receded areas.

How does the system work?

Our system includes an Igrow helmet which effectively unclogs, stimulates, and nourishes unhealthy hair follicles, while generating cellular growth & skin cell turn over.  A pharmaceutical grade serum  is applies with a MicroRoller which penetrates the pores allowing the ingredients to absorb deeper.  Our serum contains a higher percentage of Minoxidil than other over-the-counter products, and has been proven clinically effective in both the prevention of hair loss and in establishing varying degrees of hair re-growth.

What type of technology does the Igrow helmet use?  How long has it been around for?

Igrow uses low level light therapy, which is a combination of LED and red laser light therapy.  The technology has been around for over 20 years.

Is the system easy to use?

Yes!  The Igrow helmet is yours to keep and should be used at home every other day for 6 months (25 mins per day.)  The pharmaceutical grade serum will be applied at our spa by a trained professional once a week for 6 weeks with a Microroller (which is also yours to keep.)

Do I have to buy the whole system?

No, we also sell the Igrow helmet separate.  Although we highly recommend using the full system.  Studies found that using laser light therapy  in conjunction with a hair growth serum gives greater results.

Please contact us with further questions.  708 479-4488


Natural Body Oils for Massage

Massage-oil-300x199Aside from the massage itself, other factors that can leave a lasting impression are the products used and the atmosphere provided during your session.        

At SouthWest Laser we are committed to providing you with an exceptional massage!   To enhance your experience, we incorporate Green Envee Organics natural body oils and aromatic essential oils (which are diffused into the air throughout your treatment.) When 100% natural products are used, along with therapeutic grade essential oils, your entire experience will be amplified.  The properties of the oils not only rejuvenate the skin and stimulate your senses, but allow you to deeply relax into your massage.

We also carry a full line of Green Envee products for those of you who would like to bring this spa experience home with you!  My personal favorite is the lavender/chamomile scrub and body oil.  It truly has a calming effect on the body that allows for a restful night of sleep.

Make an appointment today or stop by to sample what Green Envee has to offer!