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Dr. Toral Patel at Dermatology + Aesthetics is your leading source for medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology services in Chicago.

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Your Streeterville Area Dermatologist

Previously D&A Dermatology, we’re located in the heart of Chicago, and our team brings full-service dermatology care to Streeterville, River North, The Loop, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and all surrounding neighborhoods. Our practice is working together to realize a shared vision of uncompromising excellence in dermatology. To fulfill this mission, we are committed to:

  • Listening to those we are privileged to serve.
  • Earn the trust and respect of patients, profession and community.
  • Exceed your expectations.
  • Ensure a creative, challenging and compassionate professional environment.
  • Strive for continuous improvement at all levels.

Professional Care for Your Personal Results

Here for All Your Dermatology Needs

We offer cosmetic dermatology and treat a wide variety of medical dermatology conditions for children and adults, with customized treatment plans based on your individual needs. Here are just a few examples of conditions we can help with.

Meet Our Dermatologist


Our local providers are top Chicago dermatologists and advanced practice providers with extensive experience in general and cosmetic dermatology care with your health and best interest in mind.

Toral Patel, MD

Board Certified Dermatologist

Dr. Patel is a board-certified dermatologist who has been in practice since 2008. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Economics, and then received her Master’s Degree in Biotechnology from Northwestern University. She graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin and went on to complete a clinical research fellowship in Dermatology and psoriasis at Loyola University, followed by residency training in Dermatology at Loyola, where she also served as chief resident.

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Dionne Martin

Licensed Aesthetician

After earning her aesthetics diploma from Dudley Beauty College, Dionne pursued additional education in advanced medical aesthetics and laser certification at TrueU University. She treats all skin types and conditions using the most advanced skin care systems available. Dionne is certified and experienced in hair removal, brow shaping, non-traumatic chemical peels, anti-aging treatments, and advanced exfoliation techniques such as ultrasonic peels and dermaplaning.

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Dermatology Treatments & Common Skin Conditions

Acne

Acne is a condition of the skin that results in pimples, whiteheads and blackheads.

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Acne Scars

Acne scars are the marks left on skin that has been affected by acne. They can be triggered by cystic lesions, picking and scratching.

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Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis, sometimes referred to as AK, is a precancerous growth on the skin.

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Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis, sometimes referred to as just contact dermatitis, is a red, itchy rash on the skin.

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Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss for both adults and children. This can cause hair loss on the scalp as well as on the body, such as eyebrows, eyelashes and facial hair.

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Anti-inflammatory Medication

We recommend consulting a specialist to help determine if Anti-Inflammatory Medications are the best treatment option for you.

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Antibiotics

Antibiotics are medicines used to stop infections created by the presence of bacteria.

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Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most diagnosed form of skin cancer, with millions of cases each year in the U.S. It appears on the skin in a variety of sizes and shapes, such as dome-shaped growth with visible blood vessels, shiny patches, brown/black growths, sores, or white/yellow scar-like growths. 

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Benign Skin Lesions

As we age, we often get different benign growths that may come about and that are completely harmless.

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Biologic Injections

Biologic injectables (Humira, Enbrel, Taltz, Stelara, Cosentyx) are biologics designed to be injected subcutaneously into the skin.

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Biopsy

A biopsy works by taking a small sample of tissue from a suspect area in the body so that it can be tested under lab conditions for certain diseases and disorders.

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Birthmarks

Birthmarks are congenital skin conditions that typically appear at birth or shortly thereafter.

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Blue Light Therapy

Blue light is a popular therapy used for treating acne. Blue light kills off bacteria on the skin and in the oil glands that cause acne.

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Botox

While produced by the microbe that causes botulism, Botox is safe for cosmetic use, especially in the upper parts of the face.

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Brightening Peels

Brightening peels are chemical peels formulated to target pigmentation, including stubborn melasma and sunspots.

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Bullous Disease

Bullous disease is a rare dermatological condition in which large, fluid-filled blisters appear in regions of the skin that are often flexed, such as the armpits.

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Canthacur

Canthacur is a substance applied topically to the skin that works as a vesicant, causing a blister to form on a growth.

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Chemical Peels

A chemical peel works to hasten this process, revealing newer and healthier cells below the skin’s surface.

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Common Skin Growths

There are a number of common, non-cancerous skin growths that are prevalent in our population.

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CoolSculpting®

CoolSculpting uses FDA-cleared, innovative technology which contours the body by freezing away unwanted body fat.

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Corticosteroids

A corticosteroid works by suppressing the activity of the immune system and reducing the production of chemicals that create inflammation.

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Cyclosporine

Cyclosporine is used in a number of conditions where the immune system behaves erratically.

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Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers work by imitating the hyaluronic acid that gives younger skin its fullness and buoyancy.

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Dermapeel

DermaPeel is our signature aesthetic treatment, which combines a chemical and physical exfoliation.

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Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a physical form of exfoliation which sloughs off dead skin cells on the surface and as an added bonus also removes most of the surface “peach fuzz.”

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Dermoscopy

Dermoscopy is a technique for evaluating the subsurface of the skin and diagnosing affected areas and lesions.

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Dilated Oil Glands

Sebaceous gland hyperplasia refers to benign enlarged and dilated oil glands. These appear as yellowish to pink bumps scattered on the face. They are more common in people with a history of oily skin.

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Dry Skin and Keratosis Pilaris

Dry skin is common for many and can happen at any age. Skin gets dry when it loses too much water or oil and typically becomes dryer as we age, in the winter and in low-humidity climates.

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Dupixent

Dupixent is a drug that when injected into the skin, works at blocking a specific protein known as an interleukin.

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Eczema

Atopic dermatitis, often referred to as eczema, is a common skin condition that appears most often in children, though it can occur in individuals of any age.

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Excess Hair

Excess hair involves having more hair that one is comfortable with in various areas of the body.

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Excessive Sweating/ Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis, commonly referred to as excessive sweating, is a condition in which someone sweats a good deal even when they are not hot or exercising.

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Excision

Excision is a minimally-invasive surgery technique used to remove moles, skin growths and lesions.

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Facials

The classic facial is our take on the classic spa facial. This pampering treatment includes cleanse and steam.

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Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Fine lines and wrinkles are a natural function of aging that can present at any age and on any type of skin.

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Fluorouracil (5FU)

Fluorouracil works to slow this growth by killing off the fast-growing cells in the affected region of the skin.

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Fraxel

A Fraxel laser is used primarily in the cosmetic treatment of the face.

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Freckles

Freckles are a common skin condition and non-life threatening that typically appear as small brown spots.

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Fungal Infections

A fungal infection, sometimes referred to as mycosis, is a condition of the skin in which it has been infected by a fungus.

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Genital Warts

Genital warts often occur around the genital and anal areas of the skin. They’re caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a sexually-transmitted infection

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Granuloma Annulare

Granuloma annulare is a skin condition that causes a round, smooth bump. This will become ring-shaped with a center of clear skin. The affected skin can be pink or purple.

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Hair Loss

Alopecia, commonly referred to as hair loss, is shedding of hair from the head that far exceeds the normal shedding humans experience on a regular basis.

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Herpes Simplex

For oral herpes (HSV-1), often signs or symptoms never occur for many people. Likewise for genital herpes (HSV-2), many people infected often don’t show any symptoms. Symptoms can include burning, itching or tingling skin, cold sores or fever blisters around the lips, mouth, tongue and elsewhere.

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Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hidradinitis supperrativa is a skin condition that typically starts after puberty but can last for many years and get worse over time.

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Hives

Hives are pink welts or swellings that can itch, burn or sting. They vary in size and typically go away within 24 hours.

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Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is a condition of the skin in which it appears darker than usual.

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Imiquimod

Imiquimod is a topical cream that stimulates the immune system.

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Immune System Suppressants

An immune system suppressant, such as Imuran or CellCept, steps in to address this by suppressing the activity of the immune system and reducing the production of chemicals that create inflammation.

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Injectable Wrinkle Fillers and Relaxer

Injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers are injected underneath the surface of the skin to either fill in wrinkles and furrows or relax particularly strong wrinkles and furrows.

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Intralesional Injection

Intralesional injection is a process whereby a corticosteroid is injected directly into a skin lesion or irregular growth.

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IPL

IPL is a light treatment used to affect and improve the appearance and condition of skin. IPL is different from a laser which uses only one wavelength of light.

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Juvederm®

Juvederm is the brand name for a collection of dermal fillers that are used to improve the signs of aging. These fillers contain hyaluronic acid and has a smooth, gel-like consistency.

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Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal utilizes specific wavelengths of light that are drawn to the pigment at the “root” or bulb of the hair.

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Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing is a dermatological procedure that uses lasers to smooth and refine the surface of the skin while also reinvigorating the layers of skin below.

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Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a dermatological procedure that uses lasers to smooth and refine the surface of the skin while also reinvigorating the layers of skin below.

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Lichen Planus

Lichen Planus is a condition characterized by swelling and irritation in the mucous membranes of the body, as well as the skin, hair and nails.

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Light Therapy

Originally developed for Navy seals to help wounds heal quicker, light therapy has been shown to be highly therapeutic for skin.

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Liquid Nitrogen Cryotherapy

Liquid nitrogen cryotherapy works by freezing and destroying the cells in a skin growth or lesion.

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Lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune disease (a condition where your immune system attacks healthy cells).

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Melanoma

Melanoma is the most serious kind of skin cancer. Melanin is created by cells called melanocytes and gives your skin its particular color.

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Melasma

Also known as chloasma faciei or the "mask of pregnancy," melasma is a condition that most commonly affects women.

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Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion, also known as microderm, uses tiny crystals that are sprayed onto the skin to gently remove the outer layer of the epidermis.

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Mole and Skin Cancer Screening

A mole and skin cancer screening is a full body review of all present lesions. Recommended frequency will be discussed based on your individual cancer risk.

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Moles

Moles are a common skin condition in which a cluster of pigmented cells create a distinct skin growth.

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Molluscum

Molluscum is a skin infection that stems from a virus known as molluscum contagiosum.

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Nail Disorders

A nail disorder can include any one of a number of conditions associated with the nails.

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Narrowband UVB

Narrowband UVB is a form of phototherapy widely used to treat skin diseases.

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Neoral

Neoral, also known as cyclosporine, is in the class of drugs known as immunosuppressants.

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Non-Surgical PRP Hair Restoration

PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is a high concentration of platelets surrounded in its own plasma.

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Oral and Topical Medications

Dermatologists are experts in bacterial, viral and fungal infections in the skin and have a deep knowledge of how to best use antibiotics, antiviral and antifungal medications.

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Otezla

Otezla is a prescription pharmaceutical that regulates inflammation within the cells of the body or the skin.

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Patch Testing TRUE-Test

The TRUE test, also known as patch testing, is a quick and easy way to check for and diagnose allergic contact dermatitis in patients.

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PDL

PDL, or pulse dye laser, is a laser treatment used in dermatology to treat blood vessels in the skin.

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Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral dermatitis is a rash that can form around the mouth. This often causes redness, swelling and acne-like bumps.

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Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy addresses pre-malignant growths, precancerous cells, and other skin conditions. This treatment works by using specialized drugs known as photosensitizing agents in tandem with light.

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Photofacials

Photofacials use IPL light treatment to affect and improve the appearance and condition of skin.

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Photofacials Photo Rejuvenation

Photofacials use IPL light treatment to affect and improve the appearance and condition of skin.

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Pityriasis Rosea

Pityriasis rosea causes a harmless pink or reddish rash that usually lasts six to eight weeks before fading. It can be itchy, but it’s not contagious. It can occur following a viral illness.

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Port Wine Stains

A port wine stain is a vascular birthmark that resembles wine spilled across the skin.

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PRP

PRP, also known as platelet rich plasma, is a treatment used as a dermatological remedy on the face.

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PRP Infraorbital Treatment

PRP, also known as platelet rich plasma, is a treatment used as a dermatological remedy on the face.

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Pruritus (Itch)

Typically, an itch is only short term, but if it continues for six weeks or more, it can be considered a chronic itch.

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Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin disorder in which the cells of the skin multiply much faster than normal.

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Rashes

Rash is a general term that covers a wide range of potential conditions.

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Restylane®

Restylane is a type of dermal filler composed of hyaluronic acid. Each injectable in this product line is designed to meet a specific skin need and can be used to soften and smooth wrinkles and add volume to your lips and cheeks, and target lines around your mouth.

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Rosacea

Rosacea is a condition of the skin that results in visible blood vessels and general redness in the face.

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Sagging or Fatty Skin

Sagging or fatty skin involves a loss of elasticity in the skin which causes the skin to droop or even hang in folds.

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Scabies

Scabies is caused by eight-legged bugs called mites, which are so small, they can’t be seen on your skin. These mites burrow into the skin and cause an itchy rash.

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Scars

Scars are permanent changes in the skin due to inflammation or injury such as a surgical procedure or even cystic acne.

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Seborrheic Keratoses

Seborrheic keratoses (SK) is a common skin growth that may look worrisome, but is actually harmless.

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Skin Cancer

There are many types of skin cancer but the most common are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

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Skin Laxity

Skin laxity is an age-related skin condition where the skin begins to lose some of its elasticity.

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Skin Resurfacing + Micro-Needling

Fractionated laser resurfacing and microneedling are used to decrease the appearance of sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scarring.

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Skin Tightening Treatments

Skin tightening procedures use targeted energy to heat the layers of the skin below the epidermis.

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second most commonly diagnosed form of skin cancer.

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Sunspots & Sun Damage

Sunspots and sun damage, sometimes referred to as liver spots or age spots, are small flat and dark areas on the skin.

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TCA Peels

A TCA peel works to hasten this process, revealing newer and healthier cells below the skin’s surface.

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Tinea Versicolor

Tinea versicolor is a condition that results when our skin experiences an overgrowth of a certain type of yeast.

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Topical Chemotherapy

Topical chemotherapy works by modifying the body’s immune response.

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Tretinoin

A derivative of vitamin A, Tretinoin is a topical retinoid solution that works by irritating the cells of the skin to stimulate growth and increase the turnover and shedding of old, dead cells in the skin.

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Unknown Rashes

A rash is a skin condition in which there is a visible or palpable change to your skin.

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Unwanted Hair

Unwanted hair involves the presence of hair or excess hair in areas of the body that are either visible or create discomfort.

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Vascular Conditions

In a vascular condition, the blood vessels of the body are either damaged or act in such a way to affect the appearance and condition of the skin.

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Vbeam® Laser

The Vbeam® laser is a world renowned, easy to use pulsed dye laser recognized as the gold standard technology for the treatment of vascular lesions.

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Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a condition of the skin in which the skin loses its melanocytes, or pigment cells, in certain areas.

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Volume Loss

Also known as soft tissue atrophy, volume loss is a condition in which the skin begins to lose its fullness and elasticity.

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Warts

Warts are a common condition that create small, granular skin growths on the surface of the skin.

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Patient Testimonials

"Friendly staff, they have great recommendations on products to use and I feel safe and comfortable coming here and being myself and asking questions. 10/10"

Angela T.

"Dr. Patel is fantastic. Kind, empathetic, thorough, and efficient - she makes the annual mole check a breeze. The new office space is very easy to navigate."

Stefanie W.

"I highly recommend Dr. Patel and her staff! I had such a wonderful experience there. From making my appointment over the phone, to check out, each experience was 5 stars! The atmosphere is friendly, helpful, and professional."

Katie B.

Frequently Asked Questions

We offer a variety of skin care services to help with issues like acne, rashes, lesions, rosacea, skin growths, eczema, skin cancer identification and treatment, and much more.

We offer a variety of cosmetic treatments to help with wrinkles, fine lines, scars, skin tightening, unwanted hair and more. Check out a complete list of our services on our website.

Trust your skin care to a professional. Board-certified dermatologists have completed medical school and three to four years of advanced medical training in diseases of the skin, hair and nails. They’ve passed rigorous exams in dermatology to specialize in treating over 3,000 conditions. They’ve also made the commitment to keep up on the latest advanced in dermatology.

Fellowship-trained cosmetic dermatologists spend an extra year of specialized training learning in-depth evaluation of the skin, performing specialized procedures, and managing patients to ensure excellent results. By choosing our practice, you can rest assured that you will receive the highest quality of cosmetic care with ideal outcomes.

Scheduling or updating an appointment is easy. Simply give us a call or you can make an appointment on our website.

If coming for your first visit, please bring your insurance card, if applicable, and a legal guardian if you are under the age of 18. Please come prepared to provide your health history on your new patient paperwork as well.

Your first visit begins with a consultation with your board-certified dermatologist. Prior to care, we will get your health history and perform a clinical evaluation of the skin to determine which treatment options are the best fit. We will customize both a treatment plan and a skin care regimen if desired. Important pre- and post-treatment instructions will also be provided to accompany most treatments.

We accept a variety of major insurances for your skin care. We have example of insurances we accept on our website. If you don’t see your insurance listed, please contact us and we will verify if we accept. Any cosmetic procedures or products purchased in our office are out-of-pocket expenses that will not be covered by insurance; our staff will ensure that you are fully informed of all of these expenses prior to obtaining your consent for the procedure. To avoid the unpleasant surprise of an unexpected medical bill, please ask to speak to a member of our billing department before your visit if you have any questions or concerns about insurance coverage of your scheduled procedure.

All three are medical charges you must pay out of your own pocket, even if you have insurance. Deductibles are a specific amount you must accumulate and pay each year of covered health services before benefits are provided by your carrier. Plans may also have separate individual and family deductibles and/or deductibles for separate services. Copayments are a set fee the member pays to providers at the time services are provided. Copays are applied to office visits, emergency room visits, hospital admissions, etc. Coinsurance is a form of cost sharing. After your deductible has been met, plan will begin paying a percentage of your bills. The remaining amount, known as co-insurance, is the portion due by the patient.

With our patient portal, you can access and manage your appointments, get test results, update your contact/patient information and pay your bills online. Speak with one of our team members for how to gain access to your patient portal.

Yes, we do carry select skin care items from industry-leading brands. Visit our practice for more information or give us a call for more information.

If you are driving to your appointment, our parking garage entrance is located on Huron St., in between McClurg Ct. and Lake Shore Dr. We do validate two hours for $12. Our building is bordered by Huron St., McClurg Ct., Lake Shore Dr. and Erie St.

We have street parking available. Again, we also have indoor covered parking in the building at a validated rate of $12 for two hours. Our practice is easily accessible by CTA buses and trains and by Metra.

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