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By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
February 20, 2018
Category: Dermatology

 Would you like a smoother, less wrinkled skin on your face, neck or hands?

Change your skin's texture

When you come to Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd., either Dr. Jeffrey Berti or Dr. Toula Berti will carefully inspect your skin in thechemical peels typical problem areas: your face, neck, chest, and hands. Both men and women experience noticeable signs of aging on these parts of their body, including sun damage, brown/red freckling, acne scarring and wrinkling.

Once the areas of concern are identified, the various treatment options will be discussed.

Chemical Peels

You may well be a candidate for a glycolic chemical peel, a natural fruit acid which is a truly gentle and effective way to exfoliate the topmost layer of skin with minimal to no downtime time afterwards. The skin to be treated is cleansed gently. Then, the glycolic peel, the strength of which is decided by the physician, is applied and then neutralized.
Noticeable results take one to three weeks. Some patients benefit from multiple treatments as determined by your dermatologist.
 
Some of you may need a deeper peel for more dramatic results. These different types of peels, some of which are called trichloroacetic acid peels (TCA) are also applied to the cleansed skin, however, these stronger peels have a few days of skin peeling and the area treated may scab, all of which would be reviewed at your visit.
 
Microdermabrasion

Another choice for facial rejuvenation at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in Willowbrook and South Barrington is a procedure called a microdermabrasion. Painless and quick, a microdermabrasion gently buffs and polishes the skin with fine sterile crystals and a diamond etched tip. The procedure helps to smooth fine lines and unclog pores creating a refined surface for your skin and over time if done more often, will help stimulate collagen and treat acne scars.

Most people experience mild redness that can last a few hours, sometimes until morning. The best part about this procedure is that the treated skin feels smoother right away.

The doctors at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery may also combine the chemical peel with the microdermabrasion for an additive effect culminating in even smoother and softer skin.
 
Laser Treatments/Photofacials
 
For more dramatic results, the physicians will review the various laser options available. The photofacial treatments gently and effectively utilize laser and intense pulse light technology to stimulate collagen and eradicate broken blood vessels and sun damaged spots to reveal a more even skin tone. There is minimal downtime with some redness that may last a few days to longer depending on the strength of treatment as discussed with Dr. Berti.
 
The deepest laser treatment, called the Pearl, can smooth areas of skin after just one or treatments. With this treatment, there is approximately one week in which your skin looks like there is a sunburn with some peeling of skin and slight swelling. Most people are instructed to wear a healing ointment for the first three days and then can resume wearing their routine products in a week.

Facial rejuvenation in Willowbrook & South Barrington

Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti will help you determine which skin care plan is right for your particular skin needs and aesthetic goals. To learn more about chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and lasers, please call Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd. and schedule a personal consultation with one of our dermatologists. For the Willowbrook office, phone (630) 321-0303, and in South Barrington, call (847) 304-0304.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
February 08, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: dermal fillers   Restylane   Juvéderm  

Youthful cheeks, smooth skin, plump lips: Some people have them naturally, while others get a little help from their dermatologists with dermal fillersdermal fillers. If you can't quite tell which category a celebrity or someone you know fits into, well, that's the point. The latest injectable treatments are easy to get, long lasting, and designed for subtlety.  They're also perfectly safe and experienced dermatologists, such as Dr. Jeffrey Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, perform these procedures routinely with outstanding results.

If you're curious about fillers, these are the things to know before getting pumped up.

1. Fillers now are made from hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin, so no need for any allergy concerns.  Collagen used to be a common filler, but the risk for allergy and inconsistent results lead to the use of the hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvéderm.  Thanks to its ability to store moisture, hyaluronic acid is responsible for giving skin a plump, hydrated looks

2. Dermal fillers aren't the same as neurotoxins like Botox or Dysport. The latter type "freezes" muscles to reduce wrinkles, while fillers smooth out skin by filling wrinkles or lips helping people look like themselves, only younger.  One injection can make skin look plumper and smoother for several months, and maybe longer.

3. Good filler is simply restorative.

Trout pout and duck lips are a surefire sign of filler. But when expertly injected, filler should look natural, not unusual. "The changes that we can make are simply restorative, replacing what used to be there when younger or perhaps if you have always wanted fuller, softer lips, we can create them,” says Dr. Jeffrey Berti, M.D., a dermatologist in the Hinsdale and Barrington area.

4. Filler techniques have improved tremendously.

Take the lines around your mouth, for example. A decade or so ago, filler was often injected into the nasolabial folds, or laugh lines, to literally fill the wrinkles themselves. These days, the goal is to plump and lift in other parts of the face for a more natural-looking result. As you age, your bones get thinner, and the cheeks fat pads droop, which makes the skin sag lower, causing deeper folds at the bottoms of your cheeks. Dr. Jeffrey Berti, M.D., often injects Restylane Lyft right near the cheekbone and precisely along the face, as well as in the nasolabial lines to restore fullness, which lifts the face, reducing the look of smile lines and sag in the process.  “It’s you, but you 10 years ago,” states Dr. Berti.

5. It matters who does your filler.

Injection is an art, so you want to find an artist whose work you like. That's why it is important to ask around and discuss your treatment with the physician before having the procedure done. Every physician has different philosophies, techniques, and levels of experience. Be sure you and your physician communicate about realistic results and your expectations—it's your face, after all.  Don't be afraid to ask about training and certification, too. Even though dermal fillers may be available at Medspas, you should see only licensed and trained physicians.

6. Fillers can be used for prevention as well as to treat lines you already have.

Though there is absolutely no need to go running out for fillers before you even see your first wrinkle, people are starting treatments younger than ever before. Many dermatologists say that starting relatively young may have benefits. "It depends on the person, but I think earlier is better," Berti says. "Looking at my patient population, there's no question that those who started earlier with small amounts are aging differently than people who didn’t. It’s much better to play the game of prevention than the game of correction." But keep in mind, there are other—cheaper—ways to prevent aging, including wearing sunscreen or avoiding peak sun hours.

7. Different fillers do different things.

While the bulk of filler is made with hyaluronic acid, different particle sizes will deliver different results. "Restylane Lyft has larger particle sizes—think of them like the bricks of a foundation," Berti says. Those larger particles have the heft to "rebuild" thinned cheekbones, while a smaller particle size, as in Restylane Silk, works better for addressing fine lines and plumping lips. A good dermatologist will explain the ideal treatment plan for you, but know that the most natural-looking results may require more than one weight of filler.

8. Bad filler can happen, but it doesn't have to stay that way.

If you're unhappy with the way filler looks, don't panic—in most cases, you can have it adjusted. A dermatologist might inject additional filler for balance, or she can dissolve it altogether. "The wonderful thing about hyaluronic acid fillers is that there's an enzyme that can be injected into the area to dissolve the product," Dr. Berti adds. "It just goes away."

9. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.

If you see a deal for inexpensive filler, be skeptical. "You have to be careful," Dr. Berti says, adding that “counterfeit and diluted filler do exist.” The price of these fillers varies depending on the amount of product needed—at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, all consultations for these cosmetic procedures are complementary, so there should be no confusion regarding the price as well as the expectation.

10. If you love the look of your fillers, you'll have to keep going back for more.

After about six months, the body naturally breaks down the hyaluronic acid fillers. So, you have to get touchups once or twice a year to maintain the look. However, this is good news if you're just want to try fillers once or twice, since the effects will fade away without any long-term risks. It's important to note that getting filler doesn't stop your skin from aging completely, so you could need more filler to get the same results over time.

Please visit our jbderm.com for more information or contact one of our office locations to schedule a complementary consultation. Call Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd. in South Barrington (847.304.0303) and Willowbrook, IL (630.321.0303).

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
September 27, 2017
Category: Skin Care

Having spider or varicose veins can affect more than your appearance. These veins can cause serious discomfort. Some varicose veins leg veinsput you at risk for a complication like a blood clot or open sores on your legs.

Minimally invasive treatment can get rid of or fade leg veins. Treatment from our South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL, dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey Berti can also diminish symptoms like pain and fatigue and prevent complications.

Why we get visible leg veins

Varicose and spider veins are damaged veins. We develop them when tiny, one-way valves inside the veins weaken. In healthy veins, these valves push blood in one direction — back to our heart. When these valves weaken, some blood flows backward and accumulates in the vein. Extra blood in the vein puts pressure on the walls of the vein.

With continual pressure, the vein walls weaken and bulge. In time, we see a varicose or spider vein.

Some people have a higher risk of developing these veins. If blood relatives have them, you have a higher risk. Many people get them because they sit or stand for long periods most days of the week. These veins also become more common with age and during pregnancy.

Spider veins can also be caused by sunlight, hormonal changes, or an injury.

How dermatologists treat leg veins

Treatment options range from self-care to minor surgery. Dr. Jeffrey Berti may use one or more of these treatments:

Self-care: Your dermatologist can give you tips to improve your circulation.

These tips include:

  • Exercise
  • Elevate your legs
  • Sit for long periods? Get up and walk around every 30 minutes
  • Stand for long periods? Take a break every 30 minutes
  • Avoid soaking in hot baths for long periods of time

Self-care tips can help prevent new varicose and spider veins but cannot get rid of existing ones.

Sclerotherapy: This is the most common treatment for leg veins. Over the years, dermatologists have improved sclerotherapy to make it safer and give patients better results. Today, dermatologists use it to treat spider and small varicose veins.

If you have sclerotherapy, this is what happens during treatment:

  • Your dermatologist injects an FDA approved non-toxic substance into the spider or varicose vein, which irritates the wall of the vein. Different areas of the vein are injected.
  • After the injections, your dermatologist may massage the area.
  • A compression stocking is then placed on each leg.
  • To help prevent possible side effects, you will need to take daily walks and wear the compression stockings as directed. Most patients wear the compression stockings for 1-2 weeks.
  • You can return to work and most activities that day.

Sclerotherapy causes the walls of the vein to stick together, so the blood cannot flow through it anymore. This improves circulation in the treated leg and reduces swelling.

Spider veins usually disappear in 3 to 6 weeks. Varicose veins take 3 to 4 months.

To get the best results, you may need 2 or 3 treatments. Our dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey Berti can perform these treatments during an office visit. No anesthesia is needed and there is minimal down-time. Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery offers two convenient locations in Willowbrook, IL, and South Barrington, IL. Call (630) 321-0303 today or visit their website www.jbderm.com.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
August 17, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer   skin exams  

Find out why regular skin exams are necessary for everyone


Skin cancer is the most common cancer. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.  In fact, each year there skin examsare more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. While some people may be more prone to skin cancer, it can happen to anyone. Perhaps you were someone who loved basking in the sun as a teenager and had some sunburns, or you have a significant family history of skin cancer. 

Even if you were someone who tried to stay in the shade and only spent a limited amount of time in the sun during your lifetime, you may develop skin cancer. No matter what the case might be, your skin deserves the very best in care. This means turning to our South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL, dermatologists Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti for skin cancer screenings.

How often should I perform self-exams on myself?
It’s a good idea to give your skin a thorough examination once a month. If there are any changes, you will be aware of them right away so you can visit one of our South Barrington or Willowbrook, IL, skin doctors for a proper screening and evaluation.  When examining your skin make sure to remove all articles of clothing. Examine all areas of your body, including very discreet areas such as between toes, the scalp or even under your fingernails. Skin cancer can happen anywhere.

How often should I come in for a skin cancer screening?
Most skin cancers can be treated and cured if caught early; however, if allowed to progress, skin cancer can result in disfigurement and even death. Having a skin cancer screening is as easy as coming into the office. All adults should come in at least once a year for a routine screening. Of course, if you have any skin cancer risk factors, then you may want to talk to us about whether or not you could benefit from more regular screenings.

What are the symptoms of skin cancer?
If you have any new moles or growths, it’s always a good idea to be safe and schedule an exam with us. You should also visit us if you notice changes in your moles. Signs of skin cancer include moles that may bleed, itch, or have become painful and have changed color, multiple colors or have an asymmetrical border.

If you are concerned about any new changes on your skin or new growths then call Dr. Jeffrey Berti or Dr. Toula Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery (630) 321-0303 today or visit their website www.jbderm.com. We offer two convenient locations in Willowbrook, IL, and South Barrington, IL, to provide you and your family with the best professional skin care.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
June 15, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: sunscreen  

When it comes to protecting skin from the sun, frequency is the first thing to consider. “Sunscreen isn’t glue. It’s not going to stay on sunscreenforever,” said Dr. Jeffrey Berti, a Hinsdale dermatologist with offices in Willowbrook and South Barrington, IL. "While it’s important to protect skin every day of the year, sunscreen and hydration become even more vital in summer, when the skin is more exposed to potentially damaging elements," Dr. Berti said. But a trip to the store to pick up a bottle of sunscreen or moisturizer isn’t as simple as it might seem.

“There are hundreds, maybe thousands of choices out there,” Dr. Berti said. Products vary in form, thickness, scent, and of course, sun protection. A product’s sun protection factor, or SPF, measures its ability to block the sun’s harmful rays. The SPF can range from 2 to beyond 100, with higher numbers often correlating with higher prices. But there’s little reason to invest in a lotion with a high SPF. A product with an SPF of 15 blocks 93 percent of harmful rays. One with a 30 SPF blocks 97 percent.

The newest products on the sunscreen market boast a low viscosity rather than a high SPF. “Ultralight products are about as thin as water,” Dr. Berti said, and feel more comfortable to many people than the thick, sticky sunscreens of previous summers. Ultralight products don’t clog pores like other sunscreens and are especially good for people who tend to break out. Many of these ultralight products are available in spray form. And while the products are effective, they must be used properly to work correctly. You have to rub it in. You can miss a spot easily if you don’t. And because the products don’t stick like thicker lotions, they must be reapplied more frequently.

Second to summer sun protection is hydration.  Dr. Berti suggests hydrating from the inside by drinking plenty of water and from the outside with a moisture-rich lotion applied right after a bath or shower. When choosing a lotion, it’s suggested to read labels to find products that don’t have artificial colors, scents or other potentially irritating or harmful additives. “Chemical-free is the way to be,” he said. Chemicals in lotions and other products can and do seep into the body. “They go right through your skin and into your system,” Berti said.

The dermatologists at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in Willowbrook and South Barrington, IL, Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Berti, provide various sunscreens for purchase at their office, La Roche-Posay as well as the Vanicream products.

Also of note, anyone who notices something new on their skin or something that isn’t healing should see a dermatologist, not only to rule out or catch potentially deadly skin cancer but to restore any damage that previous summers might have caused.





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