Posts for tag: photofacials

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
February 20, 2018
Category: Dermatology

 Would you like a smoother, less wrinkled skin on your face, neck or hands?

Change your skin's texture

When you come to Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd., either Dr. Jeffrey Berti or Dr. Toula Berti will carefully inspect your skin in thechemical peels typical problem areas: your face, neck, chest, and hands. Both men and women experience noticeable signs of aging on these parts of their body, including sun damage, brown/red freckling, acne scarring and wrinkling.

Once the areas of concern are identified, the various treatment options will be discussed.

Chemical Peels

You may well be a candidate for a glycolic chemical peel, a natural fruit acid which is a truly gentle and effective way to exfoliate the topmost layer of skin with minimal to no downtime time afterwards. The skin to be treated is cleansed gently. Then, the glycolic peel, the strength of which is decided by the physician, is applied and then neutralized.
Noticeable results take one to three weeks. Some patients benefit from multiple treatments as determined by your dermatologist.
Some of you may need a deeper peel for more dramatic results. These different types of peels, some of which are called trichloroacetic acid peels (TCA) are also applied to the cleansed skin, however, these stronger peels have a few days of skin peeling and the area treated may scab, all of which would be reviewed at your visit.

Another choice for facial rejuvenation at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in Willowbrook and South Barrington is a procedure called a microdermabrasion. Painless and quick, a microdermabrasion gently buffs and polishes the skin with fine sterile crystals and a diamond etched tip. The procedure helps to smooth fine lines and unclog pores creating a refined surface for your skin and over time if done more often, will help stimulate collagen and treat acne scars.

Most people experience mild redness that can last a few hours, sometimes until morning. The best part about this procedure is that the treated skin feels smoother right away.

The doctors at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery may also combine the chemical peel with the microdermabrasion for an additive effect culminating in even smoother and softer skin.
Laser Treatments/Photofacials
For more dramatic results, the physicians will review the various laser options available. The photofacial treatments gently and effectively utilize laser and intense pulse light technology to stimulate collagen and eradicate broken blood vessels and sun damaged spots to reveal a more even skin tone. There is minimal downtime with some redness that may last a few days to longer depending on the strength of treatment as discussed with Dr. Berti.
The deepest laser treatment, called the Pearl, can smooth areas of skin after just one or treatments. With this treatment, there is approximately one week in which your skin looks like there is a sunburn with some peeling of skin and slight swelling. Most people are instructed to wear a healing ointment for the first three days and then can resume wearing their routine products in a week.

Facial rejuvenation in Willowbrook & South Barrington

Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti will help you determine which skin care plan is right for your particular skin needs and aesthetic goals. To learn more about chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and lasers, please call Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd. and schedule a personal consultation with one of our dermatologists. For the Willowbrook office, phone (630) 321-0303, and in South Barrington, call (847) 304-0304.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
October 10, 2016
Category: Skin Care

Brown spots, also called age or lentigenes, often have more to do with sun damage than age, although they do tend to occur after years sun spotsof exposure to the sun. Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti, your South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL dermatologists at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd., share information about several dermatological treatments that will help you get rid of your 'spots'.

An exam with our office should be performed initially to diagnose that the 'spots' are not skin cancer.

Topical medications

Some people prefer to initiate their treatment with a topical medication.  Prescription-strength hydroquinone cream offers a gradual way to reduce the appearance of age spots. You'll need to use the bleaching cream for approximately 3 months to experience the full effects of the treatment. Hydroquinone cream is often combined with topical tretinoin, a form of vitamin A that improves the turnover of your skin cells.

Photofacial using lasers and intense pulse light

Lasers and IPL treatments offer a simple, relatively painless way to treat many cosmetic issues, ranging from lines and wrinkles to dark spots, with minimal down-time. The laser light can be precisely targeted, making it an ideal treatment for small spots. Both the Cutera laser or Intense pulse light (IPL) therapy can be used to treat brown spots. You may feel a little stinging during the procedure, but there is minimal redness and mild discoloration for the first day or two. Your brown spots will gradually begin to fade over the course of the next several days after treatment, revealing a brighter more youthful complexion-- one that is more uniform and less blotchy. these procedures also stimulate collagen and help skin to look tighter and smoother.   You may need between three to six treatments for optimal results.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels not only remove brown spots but may also get rid of blemishes, scars, and fine lines. During the treatment, your South Barrington and Willowbrook dermatologist typically applies a glycolic peel solution (varying strengths depending on the area of skin) to exfoliate the top layers of the skin, leaving skin smoother and clearer.  The glycolic peels do not have any peeling afterwards-- making it easy to have done mid-week or before events!   Over time your spots will look lighter and smoother. Several treatments may be needed to lighten dark spots, depending on the type of peel used. There are various types of peels with varying downtime for deeper peels. 

It's important to limit sun exposure directly after any of the above treatments, as your skin may be a little more sensitive to the sun.  Sunscreens are also recommended to keep your skin looking its very best!

Would you like to get rid of your brown spots? Call Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti, your South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL dermatologists at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd., at (630) 321-0303 or (847) 304-0303 to schedule an appointment.  Check them out at