Posts for category: Dermatology

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
July 06, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox   Wrinkles  

How Botox from your dermatologists in South Barrington and Willowbrook IL can help you look younger.

If you are starting to form wrinkles, they can make you look older or more tired than you are. If you are frustrated with your wrinkles and botoxwant to appear more refreshed, your dermatologist can help with a Botox treatment.
Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery offer a wide range of dermatology services including Botox treatment. They have two convenient office locations in South Barrington and Willowbrook IL.
Info About Botox

You’ve probably heard a lot about Botox South Barrington. It’s been a mainstay of anti-aging treatments, helping people look younger and better for decades. Now it’s time for Botox to help you too.
Wrinkles are the lines and creases that form in your skin. Some wrinkles can become deep crevices or furrows and may be especially noticeable around your eyes, mouth and neck. Depending on your face shape, skin tightness, genetics, and how often you make certain expressions, you may notice wrinkles that look like wavy lines beginning to develop. The wrinkles between your eyes are typically noticed first and are commonly referred to as the “11s.” Then we get the lines across our forehead and the crow's feet around our eyes.

The muscles in your forehead and around your eyes contract more over time…. These lines get deeper over time, causing deeper wrinkles. So the earlier these lines are addressed the smoother your skin will be over the years, as the lines were not there for years and left to get deeper.
Botox South Barrington works by temporarily “softening” the muscles ability to contract near the injection site, making your skin look smooth and youthful. It’s the perfect choice to minimize the appearance of:

  • Crow’s feet: the wrinkles at the corners of your eyes
  • Furrows: the lines running across your forehead
  • Glabella: the lines between your eyebrows

Botox South Barrington is injected using a tiny needle. The procedure is tolerated very well, with no downtime. The number of injections you will need may vary, depending on the area being treated. You will see results in three to seven days, and your results can last up to 3-4 months.
If you are tired of wrinkles, your dermatologists can help. To find out more about Botox and other anti-aging and skin care services, call Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery. You can reach them in South Barrington at (847) 304-0303, and Willowbrook IL at (630) 321-0303. Call today and enjoy the summer looking refreshed and like your younger self!

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
April 27, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: coronavirus   skin changes   rashes  

Many dermatologists across multiple countries are noting skin manifestations associated with a positive Covid-19 diagnosis. Italy noted skin rashes occurred approximately 20% of the time in one study and thankfully also noted that the presence of a skin rash did not correlate to the severity of the disease.

“The skin changes are similar to the ones we typically see with viral infections,” states Dr. Jeffrey Berti, however, he adds “there are some atypical presentations such as bluish-colored toes and little red dots (petechiae) or some have a ‘livedo style’ transient red vessel looking rash with bruising,”

These findings are very significant, as the first sign of infection may be one of these skin changes. Dr. Berti urges anyone who has a new onset rash or skin changes to contact our office and schedule a visit either via telemedicine or by phone.

We are committed to maintaining the highest level of safety and professionalism during these unusual times of the Coronavirus Pandemic as we continue to see patients either in office or via video/phone call visits.

The physicians and staff at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery are here to help you and keep you well. Call (630) 321-0303 for the Willowbrook office and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
January 21, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox  

As you probably know, relaxing our frown lines with Botox and all of the FDA approved similar medications, such as Dysport, have becomebotox one of the most popular ways to cosmetically enhance your skin. This non-invasive, injectable treatment offers a subtle, yet noticeable, difference in your skin, giving you a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Read on to learn more, and contact Dr. Jeffery Berti or Dr. Toula Berti of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd, in South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL, to schedule a consultation.

How does Botox work?
Botox is made from a protein that naturally occurs in the environment. The substance is sterilized and FDA approved to inject small amounts into certain muscles to safely and temporarily weaken them from contracting so hard. When this happens, the wrinkles that have formed from constant muscular activity begin to smooth out. It takes about one week for the mechanism of Botox to take full effect and it lasts about 3 to 4 months.

Where can I have Botox placed?
Botox is approved for cosmetic use in the muscles on the forehead, between the eyebrows known as the “11’s” (glabellar lines), and the outer corners of the eyes ("crows' feet"). Your dermatologist in South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL, will examine the muscles and determine how Botox can help enhance your appearance.

Does Botox hurt?
Being an injectable, Botox does require the use of a very fine needle for placement. However, most patients do not report much, if any, discomfort during the brief procedure. There may be a slight pinch and a warm sensation during the application. After your Botox treatment, you may experience a slight headache or some localized bruising where the solution was injected. This is typically minor and shouldn't interfere with your daily activities.

If you want to learn more about Botox and if your skin could improve from its use please see Dr. Jeffery Berti or Dr. Toula Berti, contact Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd at either of our office locations: (630) 321-0303 (Willowbrook) or (847) 304-0303 (South Barrington).

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
December 12, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: dermal fillers  

How can fillers make me look younger?

Dermal fillers are an FDA approved gel-like solution that your dermatologist injects into areas of your face that have lost volume or dermal fillersdeveloped wrinkles due to the natural aging process. As you get older, your skin naturally loses some of its elasticity and suppleness. We also have bone loss that exacerbates the aging face.

You also produce less collagen and elastin than you did in your younger years. Fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane utilize hyaluronic acid, a natural substance already found in your body, to enhance and tighten our skin so it appears smoother and more youthful. Some of the fillers, such as Sculptra, also stimulate your cells to produce new collagen and elastin, which together help to sustain the appearance of tighter, firmer skin.

How does Restylane specifically treat the signs of aging?
Restylane is another family of hyaluronic fillers that your doctor injects in several areas of your face and the back of your hands to restore volume and smooth wrinkles and lines. Depending on your areas of concern, Restylane fillers can:

  • Plump, add volume, and lift cheeks
  • Provide subtle lip enhancements and smooth out lines around your mouth
  • Reduce the appearance of laugh lines
  • Reduce the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds around your nose and mouth
  • Correct marionette lines
  • Tighten the look of a sagging face

Each of the Restylane products is FDA-approved for specific treatment areas. Results typically last anywhere from 6-18 months, depending on the product and your skin condition.

Dr. Jeffrey Berti, M.D. is a board-certified Dermatologist at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery who is well known and highly respected for his masterful use of the fillers. He creates a customized treatment plan that helps you achieve the long-lasting, natural results you desire.

Call either location. Call (630) 321-0303 for Willowbrook and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington, for an appointment or request a convenient time online or via Zocdoc.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
October 24, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Eczema  

Let’s dispel the myths, raise awareness and eradicate the stigma surrounding eczema. 

Did you know that October is National Eczema Awareness Month? Therefore, it’s the perfect time for the dermatological team of Dr. Jeffrey eczemaBerti and Dr. Toula Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in South Barrington, and Willowbrook, Illinois, to shed light on eczema, a common skin disorder that affects approximately 31.6 million Americans.

What is eczema?

Eczema is an autoimmune disorder that produces patches of red, scaly and itchy skin that may come and go. Eczema flare-ups can make people feel self-conscious or avoid social engagements. This problem alone is one of the main reasons people seek care from our skin doctors. It is important to know that eczema is not contagious.

What are the symptoms? 

Symptoms can vary in intensity and appearance from person to person. You could have eczema if you are dealing patches of skin that are,

  • Dry
  • Red and inflamed
  • Very itchy
  • Rough and scaly
  • Crusty or weeping

The skin around these patches may also be red and swollen. Some people experience all of these symptoms while others may experience only one or two. Flare-ups can happen regularly or maybe you’ve only had one flare-up to date; however, the only way to tell whether you actually have eczema is to see your dermatologist.

What can trigger a flare-up? 

There are many things that can trigger an eczema flare-up including,

  • Stress
  • Allergies (e.g. pollen; dust mites; dander)
  • Irritants (e.g. soaps; detergents)
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Hot, humid weather

Is eczema curable? 

There is currently no cure for eczema; however, your dermatologist can help you control your symptoms through lifestyle changes and medication.

How is eczema treated? 

The goal of treatment is to reduce both the frequency and severity of a patient’s eczema symptoms. This can be done through simple lifestyle modifications and home care, as well as medication. Home care includes,

  • Using a humidifier in cold, dry weather
  • Using fragrance-free, gentle soaps and detergents
  • Using lukewarm water instead of hot water for bathing
  • Moisturizing with a cream skin every day
  • Avoiding triggers, such as inflammatory foods
  • Wearing light, soft fabrics
  • Not scratching patches of skin

Medications used to treat eczema include,

  • Topical medications, including steroids and more advanced newer non-steroid topicals
  • Antibiotics (when eczema and a bacterial skin infection coincide)
  • Now biologic treatment exists, Dupixent

Phototherapy, a treatment that briefly exposes the skin to UVA or UVB light, may also be effective for treating moderate eczema.

Whether you are experiencing symptoms of eczema or you’re looking for a dermatologist in South Barrington, and Willowbrook, Illinois, that can help you get your flare-ups under control, call Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery today. Call (630) 321-0303 for Willowbrook and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington.