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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
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
October 13, 2016
Category: Skin Health
Tags: skin care   skin protection  

Summer isn’t the only time you need to focus on skin protection. Learn more from your Deerfield dermatologist.

Even though summer is over and fall weather is here, this doesn’t mean that it’s time to put away the sunscreen or that you can now beskin care more relaxed when it comes to your skincare regime. Every season brings with it some challenges that could affect the health of your skin so find out what our Deerfield, IL dermatologists recommend doing to keep skin looking its best throughout the year.


As the heat of summer gives way to drier and cooler weather, skin may start to lose moisture. But there is one benefit to the fall season: you now get the chance to try and repair some of the skin damage left over by the sun, water and pool chemicals of the summer:

  • Use an exfoliant and a moisturizer to remove dead skin cells and to rehydrate the skin. It’s always a great idea to apply moisturizer after your shower, when pores are open and best able to drink in more of the moisturizing ingredients.
  • You should also be moisturizing your lips. Use chapstick with an SPF everyday to prevent dry, cracked lips.
  • As air gets drier and colder it’s important that your skincare products reflect the change. Maybe you could get away with thin gels or lotions to moisturize your skin during the summer but with the fall air zapping your skin of moisture it’s a good idea to opt for a thicker cream.
  • Don’t forget about sunscreen. It may no longer be summer but you need to be applying this before going outside.


Old Man Winter can be pretty harsh and unyielding during these cold months. Now it’s more important than ever to wear layers to protect skin from the harsh frigid winds. Skin is more likely to become dry or cracked and beg for moisture. Wearing hats, gloves and long layers will help keep skin protected when going outdoors but it’s also important to find a thick, creamy moisturizer that will help replenish your dry skin after a shower.


It feels like forever since you were able to go outside and revel in the warmer weather. Now that spring is here it’s easy to want to spend more time outside, but this could spell trouble for your skin if you aren’t careful. Check your expiration date on your sunscreen. If it’s time to replace your old sunscreen look for one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Make sure to apply sunscreen about 20 minutes before going outside. Of course, one of the most popular questions is, “What SPF should I get?” We recommend an SPF of at least 20. Of course, those who are fair-skinned or burn easily may want to consider a higher SPF. But remember: it’s how you use it and reapply it that matters more than the number.

Make sure you are giving your skin the best care possible. Turn to our Deerfield, IL dermatology office today if you have questions about how to care for your skin or if you need to schedule an appointment.

October 27, 2015
Category: Skin Health
Tags: Aging Skin  

As you age, you may find that you need to alter habits like exercise or sleep to better accommodate your body's needs. Your skin care regimen will also likely need to change. The dermatology staff at Deerfield Dermatology Associates in Deerfield, Illinois have compiled a list of tips that they give their patients who want to maintain their skin's health while staving off the effects of aging at the same time.Aging Skin

Consider your diet

"You are what you eat" is a well-known cliche, but in the case of your skin, it couldn't be more true. Eating foods high in antioxidants can neutralize the effects of free radical molecules; these unstable molecules can damage tissues all over the body, including the skin. Since free radical damage increases with age, it's important to take steps to counteract this "attack" on your body. Foods like blueberries, grapes, walnuts, broccoli, kale, and sweet potatoes all pack a healthy dose of antioxidants; green tea is also packed with free radical-fighting nutrients called polyphenols. These foods can be eaten alone or included in recipes; as your Deerfield dermatologist will tell you, you'll find what works - and tastes - best for you.

Moisturize with vitamins

Although there's no "miracle cream" to erase wrinkles for good, there are many dermatologist-recommended products that can help fight the effects of aging by evening your skin tone and plumping out the surface of the skin. Creams that contain retinol, Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid are known to be effective, but ask your Deerfield dermatologist before spending money on a product that may not be right for your skin type.

Cosmetic treatments

For more complex cases, your Deerfield dermatologist may recommend having a cosmetic dermatology treatment done at our office. This can include dermal fillers for wrinkles, laser treatments for "age spots" or chemical peels to rejuvenate your skin. All of the medical staff at Deerfield Dermatology Associates have had the training and certification necessary to perform these treatments safely and effectively.

To learn more about combating the effects of aging, contact Deerfield Dermatology Associates to schedule a consultation with one of our dedicated and professional medical staff members!


Board Certified Dermatologists

Dr. Burton E. Silver, M.D., Emeritus
Marcia E. Johnson, M.D.
Jonathan A. Dalton, M.D.
Divya Singh-Behl, M.D.
Madhuri V. Konanahalli, M.D.

Stefanie Kadolph, MMS, PA-C

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