Deerfield, IL Dermatologist
Deerfield Dermatology Associates
707 Lake Cook Road, Suite 280
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 480-0004
By Deerfield Dermatology Associates
August 09, 2017
Category: Skin Health
Tags: skin cancer  

Are you worried that skin cancer treatments will affect your appearance? Thanks to technological advancements, skin cancer surgery is skin cancermore precise than ever, resulting in smaller scars in many cases. The Deerfield, IL, dermatologists at Deerfield Dermatology Associates discuss skin cancer treatment options.

Skin cancer treatments

Treatment options vary depending on the type of severity of your cancer, but may include:

  • Cryosurgery: Freezing skin cells can be an effective way to destroy your cancer. During cryotherapy treatment, liquid nitrogen is applied to your skin. In the days after you leave our Deerfield office, the treated area will form a crust, which will eventually fall off, removing the cancerous cells.
  • Topical Medication: Applying strong topical medications to skin cancer can destroy more superficial types of cancer. The medication triggers the production of a natural body chemical that attacks and destroys cancerous cells. Topical medications are applied every day for several weeks.
  • Curettage and Electrodesiccation: After scraping away your tumor, your dermatologist heats the area with an electrocautery needle. The heat not only reduces bleeding but also destroys any cancerous cells that remain behind after the tumor is removed.
  • Excisional Surgery: During excisional surgery, your tumor is removed with a scalpel. Your doctor also removes a section of healthy skin surrounding the cancerous area. After the procedure, the tumor is sent to a laboratory. If cancer cells remain, you'll need to return for an additional excisional surgery procedure.
  • Mohs Surgery: Mohs surgery reduces scarring and the need for skin grafts by removing skin layer by layer. While you wait, the layer is examined under a microscope. If cancer cells remain, an additional layer will be removed. When there are no more signs of cancer, the surgery ends. Mohs surgery is most often used to treat squamous and basal cell skin cancers, although it may also be an effective treatment for melanoma, in some cases.
  • Radiation Therapy: No scalpels are needed with radiation therapy. Instead, cancerous cells are destroyed with high-energy radiation. If radiation therapy is recommended, you'll need multiple treatments to ensure that all cancer cells are destroyed.

Protect your health by obtaining prompt treatment for your skin cancer. Call the Deerfield, IL, dermatologists at Deerfield Dermatology Associates at (847) 480-0004 to schedule an appointment.

By Deerfield Dermatology Associates
June 05, 2017
Category: Skin Health
Tags: skin cancer   moles  

Are you concerned about a new or changing mole?moles

Summer can be an exciting time. The weather is beautiful and it’s time to enjoy days in the sunshine. Of course, sporting those summer clothes also means that you are more likely to notice some new moles that have cropped up. Our Deerfield, IL, dermatologists are here to provide a little insight into what warning signs to look out for and when you should come in for a checkup.

If you have a family history of melanoma or skin cancer, or if you are starting to notice new moles, then it’s a good idea to perform a self-exam every month on yourself. If you don’t have these risk factors then it may be safe to do this every other month. When performing these skin exams, be on the lookout for these warning signs:

  • Moles that have a blurry, uneven, jagged or poorly defined border (healthy males will have a clearly defined and circular border)
  • Moles that are asymmetrical (meaning that one-half is not the same size or shape as the other half)
  • Moles that have more than one color (suspicious moles may have specks of brown, black, white, blue or red)
  • Moles that are larger than the eraser tip of a pencil
  • Moles that bleed, or are itchy or painful
  • Moles that have suddenly appeared (as opposed to moles that you’ve had all of your life)

One great way to continue to monitor how a suspicious mole is evolving is to snap some photos of it when you perform your next self-exam. In a month, come back to the mole and take some more photos. Then compare the images to see if there have been any changes to the color, shape or size. If you notice any changes then it’s time to see our Deerfield, IL, skin doctor right away for an evaluation. When in doubt, give us a call.

Deerfield Dermatology is dedicated to making sure you have healthy skin for years to come. Skin cancer is serious and potentially fatal if ignored. By coming into our Deerfield, IL, dermatology office once a year for a skin exam, you could just protect yourself against melanoma.

By Deerfield Dermatology Associates
March 30, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne  

Acne is typically associated with teenagers, but the truth is that it can also be a problem for adults. Even if you have always had clear acneskin and never had to deal with acne in your teenage years, it can still become a problem later in life for a number of reasons, ranging from hormones to stress and other lifestyle factors. The dermatologists at Deerfield Dermatology Associates in Deerfield, IL offer a range of acne treatment and skin care options for adults and teenagers.

Adult Acne Treatment in Deerfield, IL

Acne breakouts range from mild to severe, and are most common on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders (but can technically occur anywhere on the body). Skin is covered in tiny pores. They are the openings to the hair follicles, and contain sebaceous glands that produce oils. Pores can become clogged and infected with bacteria, which causes outbreaks of pimples. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the most common types of pimples are:

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Papules
  • Nodules
  • Pustules
  • Cysts

What Causes Acne?

Although some people may be more prone than others, anyone can develop a break out at any time. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Hormones (puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, birth control pills, and menopause)
  • Genetics and family history
  • Side effects from certain medications
  • Skin irritation from make up or other products

How is Acne Treated?

Many acne break outs are temporary and resolve on their own without treatment. However some forms, like cysts, can lead to scarring and should always be treated by a dermatologist in order to avoid permanent scars. Treatments will vary from person to person depending on a number of factors like the type of acne, the cause, individual skin type, and lifestyle factors. A dermatologist may recommend self care and a personalized cleansing routine, over the counter or prescription oral or topical medications, and lifestyle modifications.

Find a Dermatologist in Deerfield, IL

For more information on acne prevention and treatment, and to maintain healthy, clear skin at any age, contact Deerfield Dermatology Associates by calling (847) 480-0004 to schedule an appointment with a board certified dermatologist today.

By Deerfield Dermatology Associates
February 07, 2017
Category: Skin Health
Tags: skin type  

Unfortunately, keeping your skin healthy and free of blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles can prove to be more difficult than it sounds. skin typeHowever, understanding the type of skin you have can help you find the best preventative skin routine for you. Find out how to determine your skin type with Deerfield Dermatology Associates in Deerfield, IL.

How can I tell what skin type I am? 
You most likely have one of four types of skin:

  • Normal: Normal skin does not show any signs of being too oily or too dry. Your skin itself will feel smooth and even to the touch. Normal skin usually has pores which are unnoticeable.
  • Oily: Oily skin produces too much oil, often in the t-zone or the area of the forehead and down the nose. Oily skin appears shiny and greasy. Oily skin produces large pores which become easily clogged to form blackheads.
  • Dry: Dry skin often produces flakes and feels tight or too dry. Dry skin is usually worse during the dry, cold months of winter.
  • Combination: The most common type of skin, combination skin is usually oily in the t-zone and dry or normal in other areas. If you notice that your skin has more than two textures, you have combination skin. Pores are normally large around the t-zone and small or unnoticeable on the rest of the face.

Caring For Your Skin Type
One of the most important ways to care for your skin is to keep it clean and moisturized. Oily skin normally requires less moisturizer than dry skin, which tends to need moisturizer applied to it several times throughout the day. Combination skin may require moisturizer in some places of the face rather than others. Your dermatologist can help you determine the best skin care routine for you and your skin.

Skin Treatments in Deerfield, IL 
Scheduling an appointment with your dermatologist can help you find the best routine to treat current blemishes, tighten the skin, or prevent future blemishes or wrinkles. Depending on your skin, your doctor may prescribe creams, cleansers or ointments to apply to your face. They may also recommend that you undergo procedures like microdermabrasion, Botox, facial rejuvenation or dermal fillers.

For more information on dermatological treatments to improve your skin, please contact your dermatologist at Deerfield Dermatology Associates in Deerfield, IL. Call (847) 480-0004 to schedule your appointment with your doctor today!

By Deerfield Dermatology Associates
November 09, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox   wrinkles  

Botox is a dermatological treatment that is used to create smoother, younger looking skin. It is commonly requested by patients who are botoxconcerned about the effects of sun damage and aging on their skin, namely the face. Discover the benefits of Botox, a treatment that you can have administered at Deerfield Dermatology in Deerfield, IL.

All About Botox
The use of Botox for skin problems became popular in the early 2000s. Today it is a top treatment offered in dermatology offices across the country. Botox is a brand name that is short for Botulinum toxin, a substance that paralyzes the muscles that cause wrinkles. It is injected at specific locations determined by your dermatologist to give you the best results. It’s estimate that over 6 million Botox treatments are administered every year.

Botox Benefits
Botox is used in a number of medical applications, but most patients request it for cosmetic reasons. Over time, wrinkles and lines can develop on the face due to exposure to the sun, poor skin care and aging. Laughing, squinting and other facial expressions can also cause lines to form after a while. If you’re looking for a solution to wrinkles, consider the benefits of Botox in advance of your consultation appointment in Deerfield:

- Minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, smile lines and crow’s feet.
- Fast results (see a noticeable difference in about 72 hours).
- Minimally invasive procedure compared to plastic surgery.
- Over time with repeated treatments, lines and wrinkles may permanent relax.

Getting Botox Injections
Expect your Botox visit to be relatively short—the procedure usually takes only a few minutes to complete and then you can go home. You’ll sit back and relax while your dermatologist carefully administers the injections. Depending on your cosmetic concern, you may have to schedule several visits to have Botox injections.

Call Deerfield Dermatology
A dermatologist at Deerfield Dermatology can administer Botox injections to give your face a smoother, wrinkle-free appearance. Call the office in Deerfield, IL at (847) 480-0004 today to set up your first appointment.





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