Deciding Whether Liposuction is Right for You

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If you exercise regularly and follow a balanced diet but are not seeing the results you would like when you look into the mirror each day, then it's time to talk to your doctor about body shaping. Body shaping services range in technique and focus as well as in cost and recovery time. Here is a guide to deciding whether one of most popular types of body shaping, liposuction, is right for you:

Eligibility for the Procedure
The first step to take when asking yourself whether liposuction is right for you is to do some research on who is an ideal candidate for the procedure. Most dermatologists would agree that this treatment is the right choice for women or men who are at a goal weight and have pockets of bothersome fat still within specific areas., are healthy,, and who are looking to remove excess fat in the torso, hips, and thighs, but not to replace a healthy lifestyle

Possible Risks
When considering liposuction as a means of eliminating excess fat, ask your anti-aging and body shaping specialist about the risks involved. As he or she will assure you, it is a generally risk-free surgery done in the office under local anesthesia. However problems can occur if you, as the patient, are requesting the removal of an especially large amount of fat.

Time Commitment
Liposuction is a relatively quick procedure, which means you will be able to return home the same day and you can resume your everyday activities after about three days. If you lead a busy lifestyle between working, spending time with family, and focusing on personal commitments, then liposuction could be a good body sculpting option for you.

Long Term Results
If you are longing for long term results, then liposuction is a good procedure for you to consider. Once your dermatologist or plastic surgeon removes fat cells during liposuction, they won't be able to regenerate and any weight that you do gain will be distributed in a more fluid manner, instead of in certain areas.

Do you still have questions about liposuction or any other body shaping service? If so, then call Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology today at (877) 410-3027. Our dermatologists can schedule you an appointment to discuss liposuction as well as other treatments we offer such as Coolsculpting and anti-aging services.

Exploring Some Common Causes and Symptoms of Eczema

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Eczema affects about 15 million Americans. It’s most common in very young children, and about half of affected kids outgrow it. The remainder face periodic eczema outbreaks throughout their lives. If you have eczema, it’s important to work closely with your dermatologist to find a treatment plan the works for you. The right care can help keep your symptoms under control. What causes eczema and how can you recognize the symptoms? Here is what you need to know.

Dermatologists aren’t sure about exactly what causes eczema, but there are several known triggers. Eczema tends to run in families and is also more common in people who have a family history of allergies or asthma. Irritating skin products, including harsh soaps and fragranced skin care products, can cause eczema outbreaks in some people. Allergies to pollen, pet dander, and even food can lead to symptoms, as can wool fabric and tight clothing. People who live in low-humidity climates are more susceptible to eczema, since the dry air can irritate the skin. For some people, stress plays a major role in eczema symptoms. Stress can lead to flare-ups and can make it more difficult to care for your symptoms properly.

Eczema is characterized by dry, scaly, thick skin patches and small bumps and blisters that often ooze when they are scratched. Skin is also usually itchy, red, and irritated. Adult eczema sufferers tend to have outbreaks on their hands. In children, eczema often appears in areas that bend, including the backs of the knees and inner elbows. Babies may get eczema on their faces, backs, and scalps.

Let the dermatologists at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology help you beat your eczema symptoms. Our Chicago doctors are also anti-aging experts and offer treatments to help keep your face and body looking their best, including laser treatments and CoolSculpting. Learn more about our dermatology services and make an appointment by calling (877) 410-3027.

Tips for Managing Melasma

Melasma is a common condition marked by brown discolored patches on the face. Doctors aren’t sure exactly what causes it, but it’s common after sun exposure and during pregnancy. This video examines melasma triggers and explains how your dermatologist can help.

If you’re suffering from melasma, a few skin care steps can help you manage your symptoms. Wear sunscreen daily and avoid irritating skin products. Birth control pills and hormone therapy can increase your chances of having melasma, as can waxing. Talk to your dermatologist about melasma treatments to control your skin discoloration.

For more information about melasma treatments, make an appointment at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology. Our doctors provide general and cosmetic dermatology services, including anti-aging treatments. Find out more by calling our Chicago dermatology practice at (877) 410-3027.

5 Tips to Help Prevent Eczema

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The scaly, pink skin patches associated with an eczema outbreak can cause discomfort and embarrassment. The goods news for sufferers is that by working with your dermatologist and practicing a good home skin care regimen, you can control your eczema symptoms. Along with your dermatologist’s recommendations, put these eczema prevention tips into action.

Manage Your Baths and Showers
Showers and baths can have a positive effect on your eczema under the right circumstances. They can moisturize your skin, wash away skin irritants that may be inflaming your symptoms, and even help ease stress that can make outbreaks worse. However, limit yourself to 10-minute showers or baths and use lukewarm water. Longer sessions and water hot enough to redden your skin will strip away vital moisture.

Moisturize While Wet
Post-shower, you can further improve hydration by moisturizing your skin while it is still wet. Blot your skin to dry gently—don’t rub with your towel, as you’ll remove essential oils. Apply your moisturizer while your skin is damp to lock in some of the water from the shower. Aim for moisturizing within three minutes of showering or bathing.

Use Ointments
Although lotions can help people with mild eczema, people with severe cases should use ointments to soothe their skin. Ointments contain a high level of oil, which helps ease cracked, irritated skin. Keep in mind that ointments can be greasy, so use with caution on areas that get particularly sweaty.

Employ Application Smarts
Don’t irritate your eczema outbreaks by roughly rubbing your moisturizers into your skin. To properly moisturize, start by applying any topical medicines prescribed by your dermatologist. Then, apply your moisturizer in gentle, downward strokes, and allow to absorb completely before dressing.

Try a Humidifier
Humidifiers help create moist air, which eases eczema symptoms. Some systems release steam while others set off evaporated air.  Just be sure to clean your humidifier regularly to avoid the spread of bacteria and fungus.

Your Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology doctor can help you keep your eczema symptoms in check. Our dermatologist also offer cosmetic treatments, including laser treatments, Zeltiq, and anti-aging care. Make your Chicago dermatology appointment today by calling (877) 410-3027.

The Importance of Skin Cancer Screenings

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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

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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

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

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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?

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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

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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.

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