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    The Importance of Skin Cancer Screenings

    Last updated 17 hours ago

    As with most forms of cancer, early detection saves lives when it comes to skin cancer. This is especially true of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, which is the cause of a majority of skin cancer deaths. However, catching all types of skin cancer in their earliest stages can improve treatment outcomes and allow for less invasive treatments.

    Dermatologists and patients have to work in partnership when it comes to finding skin cancer. Patients should be alert to changes in their skin and report them to their dermatologists. Patients should also talk to their dermatologists about performing home skin checks to monitor for skin cancer symptoms. In the office, dermatologists can perform regular skin cancer screenings to catch any abnormal growths.

    At Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, our doctors recommend annual skin cancer screenings for most of our patients. To make your appointment for a screening or to learn more about our dermatology services, call our Chicago office at (877) 410-3027.

    Inside the Laser Hair Removal Process

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Between waxing, shaving, and even using hair removal creams, many women and men find themselves resorting to exhausting and less-than-effective hair removal remedies week after week. Thanks to modern laser treatment technology, however, dermatology clients no longer have to feel like a slave to their razor or at-home wax kit. Today's effective laser hair removal process works by permanently removing hairs by exposing them to a strong flash of light. Maximum results are achieved in just five to ten sessions.

    Those who have elected to undergo laser hair removal quickly realize just how much time they've wasted over the years using temporary treatments. All of our providers are experienced in performing laser treatments for hair removal and can help you achieve smooth, stubble-free skin. Call Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology at (877) 410-3027 to learn more about laser treatment.

    What You Can Expect from a Skin Cancer Screening

    Last updated 14 days ago

    The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that every dermatology patient undergo a skin cancer screening once per year. If your first annual screening is approaching, then you may be curious to learn that the entire procedure is done visually, with your dermatologist scanning the whole body for skin irregularities. If he or she finds something that is worrisome or that could be indicative of cancer, then it is likely that you will need to have a small biopsy taken.

    You can also take an active role in the skin cancer screening process by alerting your dermatologist to any lesions or moles that you are particularly concerned about. For even more information on what to expect during this procedure, check out this video.

    If you have a worrisome skin problem that has you feeling concerned, then schedule an appointment with the dermatologists here at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology. Visit us online or call (877) 410-3027 to learn more about our dermatology services.

    Tips for Choosing a Dermatologist

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Your skin is your largest organ—and the most visible. Your Chicago dermatologist is here to help you care for your skin properly to ensure it stays healthy, supple, and smooth. Choosing the right dermatologist for your needs will help you to address your specific skin care concerns.

    Decide Cosmetic or General
    There are two types of dermatologists: cosmetic dermatologists and general dermatologists. General dermatologists treat diseases and disorders of the skin, including acne, allergies, skin discoloration, and even hair loss. A general dermatologist can also monitor the health of your skin and perform regular exams to detect abnormalities, including signs of skin cancer. Cosmetic dermatologists treat imperfections and signs of aging on the skin. You may see a cosmetic dermatologist to address scars, wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. A cosmetic dermatologist can also offer skin treatment for discoloration and sun damage.  With additional fellowship training, a general dermatologist can also be a cosmetic dermatologist, thus providing both aspects for you as a patient from the same physician.

    Schedule a Consultation
    Scheduling a time to talk honestly about your concerns and possible treatments can help you decide if a given dermatologist is right for you. You should feel comfortable with your dermatologist’s personality and treatment methods. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the treatments that interest you and how much experience your dermatologist has with treating your specific skin care concerns. Choosing a dermatologist experienced in the areas of treatment that matter most to you will ensure you are pleased with the results.

    Look at Qualifications
    In addition to a personality that meshes with yours, your dermatologist should have the experience and qualifications to provide the treatments you need. Ask whether your dermatologist is board certified in dermatology and whether she holds any other memberships or qualifications. You should also ask whether your dermatologist seeks continuing education about the newest skin care treatment information and options.

    The board certified dermatologists of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology are here to help you maintain beautiful, healthy skin. We are all board certified in dermatology and fellowship trained in cosmetic dermatology, thus providing all aspects of care very well. We are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art skin care treatment in Chicago, including laser skin resurfacing and Zeltiq Coolsculpting. Please call (877) 410-3027 or contact us online to learn more.

    How Does Microdermabrasion Work?

    Last updated 4 days ago

    If you have visible skin imperfections that you would like to erase without downtime, then be sure to ask your Chicago dermatologist about microdermabrasion. This procedure, which is penned by some as a quick facelift rejuvenates the skin and leaves you looking younger and feeling more confident. Here is a look at how microdermabrasion works:

    Targets Skin Cells in the Epidermis
    As your Chicago dermatology team will explain to you, your skin is made up of several different layers, with the top layer being the epidermis. The epidermis has its own layers, including the topmost, the stratum corneum, which is targeted during microdermabrasion treatments. The abrasion tool targets this layer by essentially irritating it with numerous rough grains.

    Promotes New Cell Growth
    As the microdermabrasion tool breaks down the skin cells of the stratum corneum, the body responds by regenerating new skin cells, much as it would if you were to incur an injury such as a cut or scrape. This process takes anywhere from an hour to several days. Once the new skin cells have been produced, you will notice that your skin is smoother and any former imperfections are no longer present.

    Long Term Benefits
    Your Chicago dermatologist may recommend that you undergo microdermabrasion treatments over the course of several intervals in order to maximize their positive effects on the skin. Some researchers have found that repeating this treatment over time will actually encourage the skin to grow in a healthier manner, thereby leaving patients with more youthful looking skin in the long run.

    If you think that microdermabrasion could be the right treatment for you, then schedule a visit to Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology today. Our dermatologists are also trained and experienced in offering other anti-aging services as well as body treatments like Coolsculpting. Call us at (877) 410-3027 to book a consultation with us.

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