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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.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
June 15, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Photofacial  

Are you looking for a facial rejuvenation treatment in South Barrington, IL?
Have all those years of relaxing in the sun left you with brown spots, broken blood vessels and damaged skin? Do you hate the sunspotsphotofacial and uneven skin tone and are looking for a way to improve the tone, texture and overall appearance of your skin? Then it’s time you talked to our South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL, dermatologists Dr. Jeffrey Berti and
Dr. Toula Romas Berti about an IPL Photofacial.

What is a photofacial?

This is non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses an advanced laser system, a Cutera laser system.  As part of a photofacial, an intense pulse light (IPL) is utilized, as well as, a non-ablative laser genesis portion.  Together, this procedure is used to stimulate the skin’s production of collagen, firming the skin, as well as, restricting broken blood vessels, which enhances the overall tone of one’s complexion.  Subsequently, the IPL decreases the unwanted brown pigment and sun damaged skin improves dramatically. These treatments, depending on the size of the treatment area, usually take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. IPL photofacial does not require any anesthesia. Plus, you can leave our office after treatment and immediately go back to your daily routine.  No broken skin or need for special post treatment creams and you can even wear make-up right away.

In most cases, patients will need at least 3 photofacial sessions to achieve noticeably vibrant skin.

Who should consider IPL photofacial treatment?

Those who are dealing with uneven skin tone, sun damage, age spots, broken blood vessels and other problems due to the sun may be great candidates for IPL photofacial treatment. IPL photofacial can also reduce the appearance of large pores and improve redness caused by rosacea. Since there is minimal recovery time associated with this procedure, this is a popular cosmetic treatment option in South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL.

This procedure is safe to do for most skin types, and also is safe to continue throughout the summer months, even on tanned skin.  Consultations are complementary, every person will be assessed by one of our physicians and an individualized treatment plan will be outlined. 
If you are interested in getting a photofacial treatment and want to find out if it is right for you, then please call Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd. in South Barrington (847.304.0303) and Willowbrook, IL (630.321.0303), and book a consultation with one of our dermatologists, Dr. Jeffrey Berti or Dr. Toula Berti.

By By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
May 25, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer   sunscreen  

With summer approaching, it's only fitting that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. With this in mind, our South Barrington and skin cancerWillowbrook, IL, dermatologists at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti, want to ensure everyone takes some necessary precautions before hitting the beach and enjoying the sun during their vacations.

It's important to protect yourself while you have fun because of the overwhelming number of skin cancer cases expected to be diagnosed this summer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “doctors will diagnose about 9,500 skin cancers a day in 2017.” While this statistic is shocking, the unfortunate truth is that many of these cases are avoidable.

To protect yourself and loved ones, your Willowbrook and South Barrington dermatologists have a few pointers and preventative measures you can take:

  • Try to avoid the sun when it is at its peak (hottest). This is usually around 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the best ways to do so is to stand in the shade.
  • Keep most of your skin covered by wearing long pants or skirts, long-sleeved shirts, hats and other such clothing. This will reduce the number of sunburns you may get, which is imperative to safeguarding yourself against melanoma. The risk of developing melanoma can triple by getting sunburned just once every two years, and it can be fatal if the cancer is not treated in its early stages.
  • Apply an ounce of sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours. It is also crucial that you use waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Examine yourself at home consistently for any changes in your skin, and, for a more thorough and professional examination, make sure you schedule an appointment with your dermatologist.

There is no doubt that the warm weather and cool activities are things you don’t want to miss out on this summer, but preventative measures and care are a must. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti, call either of their offices: Willowbrook, IL, (630) 321-0303; or South Barrington, IL, (847) 304-0303.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
February 13, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: TruSculpt  

Discover the amazing new body contouring treatment that you could get in Hinsdale and South Barrington, IL.

Perhaps this year you vowed to lose weight and keep it off.  It seems simple enough if you eat healthy and exercise regularly, however, trusculptthis isn’t always enough for some people. Sometimes, despite someone’s best efforts, it’s nearly impossible to lose stubborn fat from areas such as the stomach, sides or thighs. Of course, not everyone wants to go through surgeries or other invasive procedures in order to shed the unwanted fat.  In addition to CoolSculpting and Liposuction, our two Dermatology offices in Willowbrook and South Barrington, IL have the answer you’ve been looking for!  Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Berti now also perform TruSculpt.

What is TruSculpt?

This FDA- approved cosmetic treatment uses non-invasive radio frequency to gently and safely heat up deeper layers of fatty tissue to help dissolve unwanted fat and recontour these areas of the body,  while also providing skin tightening results. TruSculpt can be used on all skin types and is most often used to target excess fat around the stomach, back, thighs, neck and arm bulges.

What should I expect when I get TruSculpt?

The device is directed over the skin to painlessly target and heat up the target area. The device will direct pulses of energy to the area, with each pulse lasting about 4 minutes before we move on to the next area. The length of treatment will depend on the size of the area you wish to treat. It can take anywhere from 25 minutes to one hour to complete your treatment. There are many benefit to this, first and foremost, there is no downtime after your treatment!  Also, there are no restrictions for exercise or alterations needed to your diet.

Who is a good candidate for TruSculpt?

When you come in for a consultation with our Willowbrook and South Barrington, IL skin doctors, they will be able to determine whether you are right for this cosmetic procedure. Ideal candidates will want to remove excess bulges that are stubborn. 

Those with pacemakers, patients who are pregnant and those who have metal implants near the area they wish to treat are not ideal candidates.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

We will discuss how many treatment sessions are necessary but the average patient will need approximately 3 treatments to achieve the results they want.

When will I notice results?

It can take anywhere from one to three months for the adipose tissue to fully break down and be removed from the body. Once this happens you will start to see an ideal shape.

If you are tired of having a stomach that sticks out over your jeans or you’re embarrassed by your flabby arms, then it’s time you called Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd. with either Dr. Jeffrey Berti or Dr. Toula Berti in Willowbrook and South Barrington, IL, to schedule your complimentary consultation.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
February 07, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: fillers  

When patients come to a dermatologist’s office, frustrated with a line or fold, they often want to plump the offending crease with filler. fillersThey see a wrinkle, and want to directly fill in a wrinkle.  In his Willowbrook and S. Barrington practice, Dr. Jeffrey Berti, a board certified cosmetic dermatologist, sees many people for fillers every month. For some of those patients, his filler technique is surprising, yet very effective.

“One woman came to me with jowls,” Dr. Berti said. “I explained I’d start injecting the cheek area to correct the sagging in the lower face. She questioned me: ‘Why would you inject up there when the problem is down at my jawline?’ I asked, “How did you look when the last surgeon injected you with many syringes of product in your lower face?’ She answered, “Like a bulldog.”

He filled the cheeks and the area he discussed. She left happy.

Dr. Berti’s approach is sometimes called anatomic filling: replacing volume (with injectables like Restylane, Juvéderm, and Sculptra) where it has been lost to restore the overall youthfulness of the face. Doctors have stopped looking at wrinkles and sagging skin in isolation and are considering how volume loss in one area affects other.

A young face has the “triangle of youth,” meaning it is broadest at the cheeks just under the eyes and narrower at the chin. But over time, tissue and bone is lost midface. With a deflated support system, skin starts to sag, and the face slowly transforms from triangle to trapezoid. Jowls form.

Fillers counteract that aging process by adding fullness to the cheeks, which restores skin to its original position, softening nasolabial folds (smile lines), marionette lines (creases running from the corner of the mouth to the chin) and jowls.

“When you inject on top of the outer cheekbone, it has a lifting effect that tightens up the droopiness in the lower face. That’s how we do things now.”

Doctors will note that in some patients, nasolabial folds still require direct injections. “But I start in the midface,” Dr. Berti said. “That’s where most of the work happens.” Using the principles he learned in physics, Dr. Berti can utilize vectors within the skin to tighten skin beautifully.

Of course, there are limits to what fillers can do. Think of the neck as a litmus test. If it’s very loose or banded, fillers won’t help. Also prohibitive: inelastic skin. For fillers to work, they must have some structure to push against. Skin lacking collagen and elasticity, like severely sun-damaged skin, won’t lift.

“In my experience, using filler to correct drooping skin in somebody who already has prominent cheekbones is reasonable,” said Dr. Berti. “After that, the pocket where the filler was placed stretches. Then to achieve the same look, doctors will inject more product. You start seeing cheeks that are very prominent compared to the lower face and more youthful.”

If you would like to learn more, or if you would like to come in for a complimentary consultation contact Dr. Jeffrey Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd., in South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL. Call our Willowbrook office at 630.321.0303 and our South Barrington office at 847.304.0303.

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