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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.

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.
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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.





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