At Transcend MedSpa, Dr. Epstein offers a variety of anti-aging injectable treatments to help give his patients in Chicago, the Chicagoland area, Northbrook and the surrounding communities in Illinois a natural, more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. While some injectable procedures rely on filler materials to smooth out wrinkles, regain volume, improve the facial structure and create a younger look, others target the muscles that actually cause wrinkles and lines to appear on the face.

When it comes to injectables, there’s often confusion as to the role that each one plays.  Please click on the following links to help clarify which injectable treatment might be best for you. If you have further questions, please contact our office for a consultation.  We will be happy to assist you.


ArteFill is an injectable dermal filler that is effective at diminishing moderate to severe wrinkles in the face and provides relatively long-lasting effects when compared to other similar treatments. Unlike most other fillers, ArteFill® stimulates the natural production of collagen, which in turn provides firmer and smoother skin for up to 5 years after the injection is given.

Some improvement can be noticed within a few hours after having this treatment. Improvement will continue to happen over time, with the maximum results being noticed anywhere from three to six months after treatment. The results are expected to last for several years. Although the skin will continue to age, those who have ArteFill® treatments will nonetheless look younger than if they had not done so.


BOTOX® treats what are known as dynamic wrinkles – wrinkles caused by squinting or frowning, both which require muscle contraction. BOTOX® is injected under the skin to relax these muscles, which helps to soften facial lines and wrinkles (specifically, the creases across the forehead, the frown lines between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet around the eyes).  It can also help to diminish vertical lines that form above and below the lip. BOTOX® is one of our most popular injectables and is effective for approximately three to four months.  It has also been found to be quite successful in treating excessive underarm sweating.


Dysport is an injectable that is similar in nature to BOTOX®. It contains a toxin which works to paralyze the muscles in the forehead, thereby eliminating the appearance of wrinkles. It can be used to treat moderate to severe wrinkles in the facial area, and results of this procedure are only temporary.

Although it is similar to BOTOX®, most patients report noticing results much sooner with Dysport. Most people can expect to notice results in about three days. Improvement can continue for one to two weeks after the injection. Results can last anywhere from three to five months in most cases.

What are the benefits of Dysport when compared to other fillers?

Although Dysport is similar to BOTOX®, most patients report noticing results much sooner with Dysport, typically in about three days. Improvement can continue for one to two weeks after the injection. Results can last anywhere from three to four months in most cases.


First and Only Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Dermal Filler FDA Approved for the Correction of Moderate to Severe Wrinkles and Folds, such as Nasolabial Folds, That Lasts up to 18 months.


A member of the Juvéderm® family of products, Volbella is an FDA-approved injection used to increase lip fullness and soften the appearance of “smoker’s lines” around the mouth. It may also be used to fill pitted acne scarring in the face. Unlike other fillers, Volbella blends different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid, which allows it to create subtle volume that lasts for up to a year.


Juvéderm® is a gel filler that instantly diminishes the wrinkles and folds that look like parentheses along the side of the nose and mouth, as well as vertical lines above the upper lip.  It’s also ideal for lip augmentation and restoring volume and fullness to the face. The results are not only instant, but they are also extremely smooth and natural looking. Comprised of a substance that is found in all living cells, Juvéderm® can last for up to one year.

Restylane® and Perlane®

Restylane® and Perlane®, made by the same company, are both dermal fillers that replace lost volume and restore youthful contours to the skin.  The hyaluronic acid found in both products help smooth away moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds such as the lines from the nose to the corners of the moth (often called “puppet lines”). Restylane® has also been used to enhance the lip line by adding fullness and volume to the lips. Both products, which are FDA approved, have been found to last at least six months.

Restylane® Defyne

Crafted with XpresHAn Technology™, NEW Restylane® Defyne helps smooth out deep laugh lines (nasolabial folds and marionette lines). Using innovative cross-linking technology, Restylane® Defyne is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is able to help restore a more youthful, natural-looking appearance, while helping you maintain your natural expressions.

Restylane® Refyne

Restylane® Refyne is designed with XpresHAn Technology™ to help soften laugh lines (nasolabial folds and marionette lines). This can help you restore a more natural look to your face while maintaining your facial expressions.1,2 So, you always look like you.

Restylane® Silk

Finally, a filler that can help you achieve your ideal lips. Restylane® Silk is the first FDA-approved product specifically designed for lip augmentation and the smoothing
of wrinkles around the mouth in patients 21 years of age and older.


Radiesse® is an injectable filler unlike any other treatment on the market today.  Not only does it safely fill and correct nasolabial folds (smile lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth), but it also beautifully restores the natural contour of the cheeks and face. But, what makes this product so unique is that it actually works with the body to stimulate and grow new collagen.  Even more exciting…the results are natural, immediate and long lasting!  Radiesse® typically lasts a year, which is longer than any other fillers available today.


Sculptra® Aesthetic is a unique injectable filler that works by helping your body restore its lost collagen. This process not only helps to correct deeper lines and wrinkles, but also brings back facial fullness, which produces a younger and more natural appearance. Each Sculptra® treatment works gradually, and the natural results are seen after about one month. Further treatments may be done to improve the results if needed and the results last about two years. Sculptra® may be used alone or in combination with other fillers and BOTOX®.

Transcend Liquid Facelift

Using a variety of injectables the Transcend Facelift creates beautiful, natural results that are astounding! This “liquid facelift” is quite popular among Transcend clients who aren’t quite ready for a surgical facelift. Results have been shown to last for up to a year.

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