Posts for category: Dermatology

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.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
October 08, 2018
Category: Dermatology

How your dermatologists can help you look younger.

Are you suffering from dull-looking skin? Perhaps your skin is showing signs of aging? Or maybe your skin tone looks uneven from many facial rejuvenationhours spent in the sun? If so, it’s time for a facial rejuvenation treatment to help you look younger and better! Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery want to introduce you to just a few of the cosmetic treatments that can help renew your skin. They have two convenient office locations in South Barrington, and Willowbrook, Illinois to serve your dermatologic needs.

One of the most popular services is a photofacial treatment using a combination of laser and pulsed-light system which is non-invasive, comfortable and has no downtime. Photofacial treatment stimulates collagen production, which is an essential component of healthy, younger-looking skin. This treatment is an excellent solution to minimize the look of:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Facial scarring from acne
  • Hyperpigmentation and sun damage
  • Rosacea and broken capillaries

Botox treatment is another sought-after solution to smooth out skin and reduce the look of wrinkles and lines. Botox temporarily weakens the muscles associated with the wrinkles. It is carefully placed with an individual touch maintaining the most natural results. It’s the perfect treatment for minimizing the look of:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead frown lines
  • Lines between your eyebrows
  • Smile lines around your mouth and nose

Chemical peels are another type of treatment that may address various problems. They work by resurfacing and renewing your skin cells. You eliminate the top layer of dead, dull skin and reveal a new layer of beautiful, smooth, dewy skin. Consider a chemical peel if you want to minimize the look of:

  • Blotchy skin tone
  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Acne and Acne scarring
  • Rough skin

These are just three of the many facial rejuvenation services available at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery. For a complete list of services, please visit the Services section on the website at https://www.jbderm.com/services.html

It’s time to take back what the years have done to your skin and regain your beautiful face and healthy skin! The answer is a facial rejuvenation treatment. Restore your youthful look and boost your self-esteem by calling Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, with offices in South Barrington, and Willowbrook, Illinois. Call (630) 321-0303 for Willowbrook and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington.

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.



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