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    Tips for Choosing a Dermatologist

    Last updated 6 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 13 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.

    Common Causes of Psoriasis

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Psoriasis is a skin condition in which skin cells multiply faster than normal. An overabundance of dead skin cells produces scaly “plaques” on the skin. Dermatologists believe that issues with the immune system are the major underlying cause of most psoriasis. Episodes of psoriasis can be triggered by stress and other illnesses, such as infections, which can affect the immune system and thus allow psoriasis symptoms to worsen. Other common triggers of psoriasis include skin injuries, certain medications, and changes in the weather—particularly temperature and humidity. Psoriasis is also believed to be genetic; this condition runs in families, though it may skip generations. Although psoriasis has no long-term cure, working with your dermatologist to determine your personal triggers and developing treatments to address the symptoms when they do occur can help you manage the health of your skin.  

    Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology offers diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis and other skin conditions that include melasma, warts, rashes, and acne. You can learn more about our treatment options in Chicago by calling (877) 410-3027 or clicking through our comprehensive website.

    A Look at Some Popular Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedures

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Laser skin resurfacing uses laser light to improve the look of small imperfections in the skin. This technique can be used to address scarring, skin discoloration, and signs of aging on the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands. Keep reading to learn more about some of the most popular laser skin resurfacing procedures offered by your Chicago cosmetic dermatologist. 

    CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
    Carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers are a time-tested treatment for many skin concerns. These lasers can be used to improve a variety of skin issues, including warts, enlarged pores or oil glands, acne scars, and more. The newest type of CO2 laser resurfacing procedure, called CO2 fractional laser therapy, is considered an anti-aging breakthrough. CO2 fractional laser therapy offers better treatment of wrinkles and other signs of aging with less discomfort and downtime. This type of laser therapy is often used to address signs of premature aging caused by sun damage to the skin. Recovery after a CO2 laser resurfacing procedure typically takes two weeks.

    Are you interested in seeking anti-aging skin treatment in the Chicago area? Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology offers laser rejuvenation, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and more to help you love the look and feel of your skin. Our dermatologists are trained in general and cosmetic dermatology. You can schedule an appointment with us by calling (877) 410-3027. We also invite you to check out our blog for additional skin care and anti-aging information.

    The Importance of Protecting Your Skin from the Sun

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Although many women tan for the “healthy glow” it lends their skin, tanning is a dangerous activity. Extended exposure to the sun’s radiation can lead to premature signs of aging, including wrinkles and age spots. Solar radiation is also the leading cause of skin cancer, including melanoma. Protecting your skin will help to prevent signs of aging and reduce your risk of cancer. You can find out more about the dangers of indoor and outdoor tanning by watching this short video.

    Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Regular visits to your dermatologist can spot early signs of skin cancer for more effective treatment. Contact Chicago Cosmetic Surgery And Dermatology by calling (877) 410-3027 to learn more about our general and cosmetic dermatology services. You can also find out more about protecting your skin from the sun on our blog.

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