By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
May 07, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Manicure   Pedicure  

Proper nail care is the key to keeping your nails looking their best. Following safety guidelines for manicures and pedicures and visiting Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, the Willowbrook, IL, dermatology office of dermatologists Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti, will help you protect your skin and nails.

7 manicure and pedicure tips

Whether you visit a manicurist or perform your own mani/pedis, keep these dos and don'ts in mind:

  • Do use clean equipment: If you and another family member share manicure equipment, cleaning it after every use will reduce the risk of infection. When you visit a nail salon, ask how often the employees clean the equipment. If they don't clean every piece of equipment after every customer, or you notice unhygienic practices, it's time to find a new salon.
  • Do bring your own tools: You won't have to worry about contamination with bacteria or fungus when you bring your own manicure tools to your appointment.
  • Don't forget to moisturize your nails: Nails benefit from daily moisturizing. If they become too dry, they're more likely to split, crack and break. Apply moisturizer every day and after you remove nail polish.
  • Don't hide your nail problems: Concealing your problem nails under artificial nails may only worsen your nail issues.
  • Do use a gentle touch with your cuticles: Never cut your cuticles. Use a gentle touch if you prefer to push back your cuticles. Pushing cuticles back too hard can damage them and could cause an infection. Call the Willowbrook dermatology office if you notice signs and symptoms of an infection, which can include red skin, pain, blisters filled with pus, loose nail, or a change in the color or shape of the nail.
  • Don't shave before your pedicure appointment: It's best to wait until after your pedicure appointment to shave your lower legs. Shaving can cause tiny nicks or cuts in your skin, making it easier for bacteria or fungi in the footbath water to enter your skin.
  • Do apply a base coat: Applying a base coat of nail polish can prevent temporary nail discoloration that may occur after you remove red, orange, or brightly colored polish.

Are you concerned about a nail infection or another dermatology issue? Call your dermatologists in Willowbrook, IL, Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, at (630) 321-0303 to schedule an appointment.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
May 03, 2021
Category: Coolsculpting

Discover for yourself the amazing benefits of our different body contouring treatment options.

Spring is here and we’re already getting to enjoy a few seasonally warm, sunny days. It also reminds us that summer is almost here. If you want to feel confident wearing your favorite summer apparel, swim trunks or bikinis, our Willowbrook, IL, dermatologists Dr. Jeffrey & Toula Berti offer a variety of body contouring options that could help you get ready for summer.


Target Fat!

One of the biggest benefits of the body contouring treatment options we offer our Willowbrook, IL, patients is that it can easily spot treat and reduce fat in areas where diet and exercise alone just aren’t cutting it. We know that some trouble areas like the stomach or love handles may not respond to your daily sweat sessions and a plant-based diet, but body contouring can help to get rid of fat in these stubborn areas to give you the ideal figure you deserve.


No Need to Change Your Routine

You have a routine that works for you. Maybe you love going to the gym four days a week. We understand how difficult it can be to disrupt your routine. That’s why many people decide against cosmetic surgery because they don’t want to have to wait weeks to drive comfortably, go back to their boxing class or just do the things they love to do. This is another reason to consider body contouring. Procedures like tissue augmentation and Coolsculpting offer safe, effective ways to reshape and contour your body without the downtime.


If you’re planning a vacation this summer and you want to feel confident in your skin, our Willowbrook, IL, dermatologists offer a variety of cosmetic dermatology treatment options to help you look and feel your best. To schedule a consultation with us, call Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery today at (630) 321-0303.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
January 22, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: rejuvenation  

It’s a brand-new year and that means turning your attention to your health and appearance.

Like the beginning of most years, 2021 might have you thinking about ways to improve your appearance or tackling those issues that rejuvenationhave you feeling less than confident in your own skin. This is where our dermatologists Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti come in. We offer a variety of rejuvenating and cosmetic dermatology options here in Willowbrook, IL, to help you achieve the look you want in 2021.

Brighten and Tighten

Just like our favorite clothes, we also notice our skin starting to stretch, sag, and fade over the years. Luckily, we offer a variety of cosmetic options that can help to tighten and firm skin. We offer dermal fillers to help plump up the skin and contour areas of the face that have lost their volume. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion can also provide skin resurfacing results that can give you glowing, radiant skin.

Target Early Signs of Aging

Many people are looking to hide those signs of aging such as crow’s feet around the eyes, those deep furrow lines of the forehead, and laugh lines around the nose and mouth. It’s never too early to find skin rejuvenating solutions to help combat and slow these signs of aging. We offer Botox, Xeomin (an injectable treatment designed to smooth away moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows), and Pearl Laser, a skin resurfacing treatment that stimulates collagen production for younger, supple skin.

Say Goodbye to Stubborn Fat

The new year brings vows to exercise and eat healthier to shed that unwanted fat around the midsection, thighs, and back; however, if this is already something you’ve been doing for a while but you still aren’t satisfied with the results, then you may be interested in CoolSculpting, a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that freezes and permanently destroys fat cells in areas that are more difficult to shed that excess fat. Get shapelier thighs, a more defined back, and a flatter midsection this year.

Have Unsightly Growths and Moles Removed

While some people find moles to be distinguishing marks, you may have one that’s rather large or in an awkward location (think, along the bra line or on your face). If so, our Willowbrook, IL, dermatology team can easily remove these moles through a simple excision. Of course, it’s also important that you are coming in every year for an annual skin cancer screening so we can examine these moles to spot early signs of skin cancer. Start 2021 with your skin health in mind.

If you are interested in sitting down with our Willowbrook, IL, dermatology team to discuss cosmetic options to help rejuvenate and improve your appearance, then call Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery today at (630) 321-0303.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
December 14, 2020
Category: Skin Care

Your body may respond to stress, whether or physical or psychological, including depression and anxiety with new skin issues that stress and skindevelop or existing skin issues that flare-up. When you feel stressed, your sympathetic nervous system releases stress hormones like cortisol into your body. Cortisol causes increased oil production in your skin glands, which can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts. Chronic stress leads to constant increased levels of these hormones and can have a negative effect on your skin health. Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery offer a wide range of dermatology services including ways to keep your skin healthy. They have two convenient office locations in South Barrington and Willowbrook IL.

In addition, certain psychological conditions may cause increased inflammation. When your body perceives a threat, the immune system sends out a response to handle it – that response is inflammation. Usually, inflammation helps protect and heal our bodies from microbes and wounds, but a body under stress causes the immune system to overreact and send out an inflammatory response.

Stress can also cause inflammation through the gut-skin connection. Stress impacts the balance of bacteria in your gut, which leads to a release of inflammation. Internal inflammation can manifest externally as skin conditions like acne, or eczema and psoriasis flare-ups. People with chronic inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea are more sensitive to flare-ups when they are stressed.

There are many ways stress physically affects your skin:


  • The stress hormone cortisol leads to an overproduction of sebum (oil) in your skin glands, which causes acne breakouts.


  • Stress impacts your immune system, causes your skin to be more reactive and sensitive, and triggers rashes, hives, and redness.


  • Stress exacerbates existing inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea, leading to flare-ups.


  • Stress may cause you to feel nervous or anxious, and pick at scabs or acne, or scratch your skin until it becomes red or breaks.


To find out more about how stress can affect your skin and other anti-aging and skincare services, call Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery. To reach the South Barrington location call (847) 304-0303, and for Willowbrook IL at (630) 321-0303. Call today.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
December 14, 2020
Category: Dermatology

The aging process, an underlying health condition, stress, and other negative factors drain the skin of its moisture and result in fatigue. facial rejuvenationWhen a person compromises their body with bad habits like smoking and lack of physical activity, it can exhaust the skin's appearance, on the legs, arms, and face. Fortunately, facial rejuvenation exists to revitalize the surface of your dermis and improve its overall texture and quality. When patients visit Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd., they'll get the option of receiving treatment in one of two locations. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti in the South Barrington, IL, or Willowbrook office to get started.

What is Facial Rejuvenation?

Facial rejuvenation procedures incorporate a series of resurfacing treatments that address a broad range of skin concerns. These typically include Botox, Juvederm, microdermabrasion, and a few others, which Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti will discuss in detail during your initial visit. Our dermatologists will develop a personalized treatment plan based on an evaluation of your skin.

Benefits of Facial Rejuvenation

Patients who have achieved facial rejuvenation success in our South Barrington, IL or Willowbrook offices, often report the improvement of:

  • Skin elasticity
  • Natural collagen levels
  • Reduced inflammation

Other advantages also include youthful-looking skin, the disappearance of scars, and increased self-confidence.

When to Visit a Dermatologist

When makeup isn't doing the trick and surgery isn't an option, Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti recommend non-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures. These will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, premature aging signs, dark eye circles, and a dry or dull complexion.

For more information about facial rejuvenation, other conditions we treat, and services provided at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd., visit our website. If you want to start looking a little more like yourself, please call (847) 304-0303 to schedule your appointment in our South Barrington, IL office, or (630) 321-0303 for our Willowbrook location.

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