Posts for category: Dermatology

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.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
February 14, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Eczema  

Spring is just around the corner! If you’re like most people, you’re looking forward to wearing less and exposing your skin in the warmereczema weather. But if you suffer from eczema this may seem like a far-off achievement. An eczema flare-up can cause dry, rough patches of skin that can be difficult to clear up let alone cover up. However, knowledge is power! The first step towards treating eczema is understanding how lifestyle choices can impact this skin disorder and what changes and treatments can help give the best possible improvement.
 
At Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in South Barrington, and Willowbrook, Illinois, we know that eczema can be uncomfortable and even embarrassing. Not only can eczema affect your mood, but may also affect your social life or work as well. Trust your skin to Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Berti who are committed to providing you with the latest information and cutting-edge treatments proven to help reduce the uncomfortable and unsightly effects of eczema.
 
What is Eczema?
While the exact causes of most cases of eczema are unknown, many researchers believe that there is a genetic autoimmune component and that external triggers worsen the symptoms. Not only will triggers exacerbate this skin condition, but they will also cause some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Rashes
  • Dryness
  • Flakiness
  • Bumps
  • Fissures or cracking skin
  • Peeling
  • Redness

To keep these symptoms under control, it’s essential to stay healthy and understand your body’s eczema triggers and to try to keep them to a minimum. Unfortunately, eczema triggers can vary from person to person, so understanding what exactly causes your flare-ups will help you to avoid them.

Common triggers are included below.
 
Dryness
Dry skin can become scaly, rough or tight, which often leads to a flare-up of eczema. Maintaining a daily skincare regimen with moisturizing creams or soaps for sensitive skin will help protect the skin. Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery also offers an array of sensitive skin, fragrance and paraben free cleansers and lotions.
 
Irritants
While irritant is a broad category, it includes everyday products or substances that can cause the skin to burn or itch and become red and dry. Irritants can vary greatly from cleaning products to cigarette smoking, both of which can cause eczema symptoms to worsen.

Some of the most common irritants include:

  • Soaps and household cleansers
  • Fragrances
  • Cigarettes
  • Certain Fabrics

 Lifestyle changes, wearing natural fabrics and working with mild household chemicals will help to lower our patient’s risk of an eczema flare.
 
Diet
Many people with eczema also have food allergies. Some of the common food allergies associated with eczema may include eggs, dairy, soy, nuts, shellfish or gluten.  Since eczema is an inflammatory skin condition, maintaining a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods, like blueberries or cherries, as well as avoiding potential allergens will help patients circumvent a worsening of symptoms. Following an anti-inflammatory diet also includes minimizing processed foods, as well as decreasing the sugar and salt intake.
 
While there isn’t a cure for eczema, patients can be empowered with lifestyle choices and access to the most effective treatments, including topical medication, steroids, antibiotics as well as a new FDA-approved biologic medicine, Dupixent. Working with the doctors at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, will help keep your skin clear and provide you with peace of mind. Learn more about potential itchy skin triggers and make an appointment today.
 
Contact Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in Willowbrook or South Barrington. Call (630) 321-0303 for Willowbrook and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
January 03, 2019
Category: Dermatology

Wrinkles, sun spots, uneven skin tone—could these possibly happen to you? Perhaps you can even now look in the mirror and realize that the signs of aging and sun exposure already show on your face. At Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery Ltd. in Willowbrook and South Barrington, IL, Dr. Jeff Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti offer the latest in facial rejuvenation and restoration techniques to recreate and refresh your skin. Learn here about some of the state-of-the-art treatments these skilled doctors offer.
 
Medical dermatology meets cosmetic dermatology
That's really what facial rejuvenation is—a melding of safe, minimally invasive medical treatments with aesthetic skills, designed to achieve a rejuvenated look. A one-on-one consultation with Dr. Berti will clarify your cosmetic goals and needs as well as outline the procedures most suited to your skin, age, gender, and overall health.
Common cosmetic goals include:

  • Tightening loose and sagging skin in the jaw area, neck, and around the eyes
  • Smoothing static and dynamic (caused by facial movement) wrinkles and fine lines
  • Evening skin tone
  • Lightening sun spots
  • Softening scars
  • Fading spider veins
  • Removing unwanted facial hair

At our Willowbrook & South Barrington offices, we deliver a varied array of aesthetic treatments, which may be used singly or in combination with each other to render that just right look to boost your self-confidence!
 
Here are details on the most common and effective treatments:

  • Botox: An injectable protein, this safe, FDA-approved medication is widely used to limit muscular contractions along the forehead, around the eyes, at the sides of the mouth, and wherever else "dynamic" wrinkling occurs. With only mild and temporary side effects, Botox lasts for several months, erasing fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Microdermabrasion: The in-office application of a gentle buffing tool which improves skin texture and skin tone while unclogging pores, revealing soft radiant skin.
  • Soft-tissue fillers: Possessing a natural ingredient called hyaluronic acid, soft-tissue fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are utilized to fill out facial areas which have lost volume and have developed sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles. It immediately creates a younger ‘you.’ 

Easier than you may think
Facial rejuvenation from Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery Ltd. Helps many adults just like you feel and look their very best! Plus, treatments do not interfere with your everyday routines. For more information or to arrange a consultation on your makeover options, contact one of our convenient offices in either Willowbrook or South Barrington. Call (630) 321-0303 for Willowbrook, and phone (847) 304-0303 for the Barrington office.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
November 02, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: fillers  

As technology and products develop , conventional surgical procedures are increasingly being replaced by non-invasive techniques that fillersprovide amazing results, erasing years in just one appointment.  Dermatologists now have the tools to help our patients meet aesthetic goals with minimal downtime. Dermatologist  Dr. Jeffrey Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery can help you discover the benefits of Fillers. He has two office locations in South Barrington, and Willowbrook, Illinois to help you look your best.
 
You may have heard about these procedures, the ‘Fillers’ (Restylane, Juvederm, and Sculptra ) come in various formulations and are safe, FDA approved treatments that provide beautiful results!
 
Many people think of a filler as something added to erase wrinkles in our skin, but fillers injected strategically along the jawline, sides of face and chin can add structure, contour and lift the skin to look more youthful, without losing your personal look.  In essence, it is you, but you 5-10 years ago.
 
Utilizing a filler is one of the most effective ways people, both women and men, can reverse signs of their aging, sagging face.
 
Dr. Jeffrey Berti, M.D. is a board-certified Dermatologist who performs such procedures daily and has pioneered the use of fillers to provide truly radiant results.
 
Please do not hesitate to discuss this procedure or any other cosmetic procedure at one of our personal and professional Dermatology offices either in Willowbrook or South Barrington locations. Call (630) 321-0303 for Willowbrook and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington.



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