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By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
June 25, 2018
Category: Coolsculpting
Tags: Coolsculpting  

Say goodbye to stubborn areas of fat with this painless non-surgical procedure.
 
Are you finding that despite eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly that it’s still not enough to tame those love handles or to achieve that perfectly flat stomach? There are countless men and women that still have trouble with those pesky pockets of fat regardless of how healthy their lifestyle may be. If this sounds like you, our South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL, dermatologists Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Berti are here to tell you how they could freeze away the fat and improve your figure.

What is CoolSculpting?
This non-invasive FDA approved cosmetic system uses a gentle and safe cooling system that is directed over the treatment area through the skin to target, freeze and safely destroy the fat cells. This procedure is able to reduce fat cells by about 20 to 25 percent per treatment area.

What happens during the CoolSculpting process?
The first step is to come in for a consultation so that our skin doctors can sit down with you and determine your treatment goals. This procedure can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Once we have created the proper treatment plan we will also determine if you require more than one CoolSculpting session in order to achieve the optimal results. Depending on your specific needs, we may be able to treat more than one area at a time.

During the actual treatment, a special pad will be placed over the area and the handheld CoolSculpting device will transmit the proper amount of cooling to the area to freeze and destroy unwanted fat cells. In most cases, patients are able to return to their normal activities immediately after treatment, as CoolSculpting boasts little to no downtime.

When will I notice results?
Many patients report seeing results around three weeks after their treatment; however, you won’t see significant changes until about 2 months. Even then, your body will still be removing those unwanted fat cells for up to 6 months after your cooling procedure.

Who is a good candidate for CoolSculpting?
It’s important to note that this treatment isn’t right for everyone. An ideal candidate will be someone who already has maintained a healthy diet and regular exercise and despite that continues to have problem pockets of unwanted fat. CoolSculpting should not be considered a weight loss treatment; however, some patients who are motivated to becoming more fit, will utilize the extra fat loss as a boost to keeping their commitment to a healthier lifestyle. CoolSculpting treatments will help to get you one step closer to the more ideal shape and form you want.

Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery is proud to provide both South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL, with comprehensive skin care to patients of all ages. If you want to learn more about CoolSculpting and whether it’s right for you, call (630) 321-0303 for Willowbrook and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington today to schedule your consultation.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
April 17, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne   acne treatments  

Find out the many ways in which we can help you address your acne issues.
 
As you might have already discovered from your own trial and error, there is no perfect solution for treating acne and unfortunately no acneknown cure.  However, there is good news!  There are many new medications that have been made to clear acne lesions and many procedures to help smooth and soften the skin.  Even though there are many reasons one may develop acne, the dermatologists Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Berti of South Barrington and Willowbrook are here to diagnose, guide and provide many options for reducing your acne flare-ups, ruddy skin and clogged pores.
 
While most people associate acne with those formidable teen years, adults into their 20s, 30s, 40s and even 50s can still deal with annoying flare-ups. It’s important to treat acne rather than ignore it, as leaving it untreated could lead to scarring and unsightly discolorations. Plus, reducing your acne symptoms could also greatly improve your self-image. Stop using cover-up, don’t conceal, reveal your healthy blemish free skin.
 
What acne treatments are available?
Many of us know that there are many different acne-fighting products that can be bought buy over-the-counter.   Very often it can feel rather daunting and embarrassing as store clerks provide advice to sell the products, but do not have a medical background to accurately assess which one is needed.  If you find that the acne products you are using are not providing you the results you want then it’s time to speak with our Willowbrook, IL, skin doctors to discover more effective approaches.
 
There are a variety of topical acne products that we can prescribe that have prescription strength and combination treatment. Some topical acne medications reduce oil to prevent acne from forming while others target and destroy acne-causing bacteria from the surface of the skin, and some do both.
 
Those with severe, nodule or cystic acne may require a more systemic evaluation and treatment. In this situation, we provide a complete exam with potential lab screening searching for potential reversible causes or issues.  We may also prescribe oral medications such as antibiotics to target those red, swollen forms of acne and reduce inflammation, or Isotretinoin.
 
There are also specific dermatological procedures that can help improve inflamed cysts, blackheads and scarring with discoloration. Glycolic, natural fruit acid peels, extractions, microdermabrasion and laser therapies can be useful in not only treating current breakouts, but also preventing future breakouts and improving old scars and marks.

Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd is proud to provide the ultimate acne treatment to both teens and adults in the South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL, areas. If you are dealing with acne that you can’t get under control don’t hesitate to reach out to us for help.

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.





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