Get your Photofacial in before Summer!

Welcome to spring in Chicago! The changing of the seasons is the perfect time to dedicate a little spring cleaning to your complexion with a laser facial. The photofacials that we offer especially target skin pigmentation caused by aging and sun damage. Our experienced servicers make individual recommendations for your skin type to best meet your needs. The laser treatments will tighten and brighten your skin in addition to making your brown spots fall off!


Be sure to call and schedule before the Chicago summer starts in full swing! You’ll want to keep your fresh face protected with SPF after the laser treatments! 708.479.4488

SouthWest Laser No. 5 for Kybella in the US

Whenever you’re considering an aesthetic treatment such as Kybella for the first time, it’s crucial that you are able to have confidence in who and what it is.

SouthWest Laser and MedSpa now ranks as the 5th medspa in the country for providing Kybella, the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that eliminates any sign of a double chin.

Quite literally, Kybella mimics the natural deoxycholic acid your body produces, and our servicers apply it to the under-chin area to physically destroy the fat under the chin for a beautiful jawline.

“Kybella has quickly gained popularity with our clients because it is an effective, no fuss, low-impact treatment that offers a sleeker neckline and profile, diminishing the appearance of a ‘double chin’,” said one of our RN Injectors, Pam Neitzel.

Climbing to the No. 5 slot gives our clients added confidence that they can trust us to get them the results they are looking for with minimal to no downtime for the procedure. We’re so proud of our team of injectors! They have undergone rigorous training to ensure our patients receive the best care and experience the best results!

How Kybella works

KYBELLA® is given during a series of in-office visits. The injection treatment may take roughly15 to 20 minutes. The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Fat cleared from the treatment area is processed through the body’s natural metabolic pathways.

For best results, clients may need 2 to 4 treatments, but we’ll give you a consultation to help you get a good idea of what your specific needs are.

Who is a candidate for Kybella?

If you experience submental fullness, a.k.a. the “double chin”. It’s a good fit for both men and women. The prescription treatment is available for those 18 and older. Some possible causes of submental fullness are genetics, weight gain and aging.

Why Kybella?

Even with diet or exercise, unwanted fullness beneath the chin may not go away, and it can make a person appear older or heavier than they actually are. Plus, this is one of the quickest, most low impact, and painless procedures available with outstanding results.

According to a 2015 survey by the American Cancer Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), more than two thirds of aesthetic oriented consumers are bothered by submental fullness — nearly as many as those bothered by lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

3 Questions with Dani

Many of our clients have been missing Dani in the month of January because she was on vacation with her husband and little munchkins! Now that she is back in the spa, I had the chance to ask her a few questions that I frequently hear, and also to catch up about her future plans!

1. What service is the most popular right now? Definitely micropens and photofacials because results are extremely noticeable.

2. What is the Skincare Diet? Skincare Diet is like fitness for your face. You use the proper ingredients and routine for optimal health. It’s how you treat your body as a whole. That’s how Dani customizes individual treatment plans for her clients to have young, glowing skin.

3. What’s next? After ten years working as a medical aesthetician, Dani is continuing her education to become a registered nurse injector!




By: Kat Walsh


5 habits to stop immediately

  1. Cut out the sugar: too much sugar can speed up skin aging in a process called glycation. Sugar attacks collagen elastin, which your skin needs for fullness and elasticity. The result: Your skin can wrinkle and sag.
  2. Stop smoking: This habit makes you more likely to get some skin cancers, leaves your skin sallow, and slows wound healing. It can make infections and scars, including acne scars, more likely, too. Do whatever it takes to quit.
  3. Stomach or side sleeping: This pushes your face forward and creates lines on your face and chest. It’s difficult to sleep on your back, but the less you sleep on your side or stomach, the better.
  4. Sleeping with make up on: This can lead to bacterial infections, clogged pores, and acne.
  5. Cut excessively hot showers: Extremely hot water strips your skin of the natural lipids leaving skin dry and itchy.


5 Habits to start immediately

  1. Daily SPF: even in the winter! UV radiation damages your skin, causing deep wrinkles, dry, rough skin, hyperpigmentation and skin cancer.
  2. Try for 7-8 hours of sleep/night: A good night’s sleep allows your skin to rejuvenate itself, repair free-radical damage, and build new collagen.
  3. Replace coffee with green tea: Coffee is dehydrating and processed. We suggest drinking green tea instead. It is high in antioxidants, which counteract free-radical damage throughout your system, including the skin.
  4. Exercise: By increasing circulation, your skin eliminates toxins. Exercise amps up detoxification, making your skin look brighter and healthier
  5. Take a fish oil supplement every day: The fatty acids in fish oil increase hydration, reduce inflammation, acne and also ward off wrinkles.

What makes us special

I love my job. So much so that I drive from downtown to the suburbs every day I come to work. Why? I love making people feel comfortable and welcome. I love my colleagues; it’s rare to find a workplace where so many girls can just get along. We’re all different, but driven by the same goal. We are all passionate about making others look good and feel better. Feeling good is more important than anything; it’s about confidence, comfort, and security.

After getting to know all of the servicers and support staff in Southwest Laser, I believe that what we do here is special. Love what you do. Believe in what you do. What we do is make a difference in the lives of everyone who comes in our doors. It doesn’t matter if our patient needs routine skin advice or a major life change. Not only are we confident in our ability to help, we have the tools, technology, and knowledge to make a difference.

I know because I’m also a customer. I’ll tell you more about that in the next post.


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!


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!

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