Welcome to Dermatology + Aesthetics - Bucktown

Your leading source for general, cosmetic, pediatric and procedural dermatology, Dermatology + Aesthetics is conveniently located in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, IL.

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1765 N Elston Ave. Suite 110
Chicago, IL 60642

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Your Chicago Dermatologist

Located in Bucktown along the Chicago River, we have built our practice through the humbling referrals from our loyal community members of Wicker Park, Bucktown, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Ukranian Village, Logan Square, Humboldt Park, the Loop and the greater Chicagoland neighborhoods.

Monday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday: 7:30am – 7:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Thursday: 7:30am – 7:30pm
Friday: 7:30am – 3:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday: Closed

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and Cosmetic Care

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Meet Our Chicago, IL Providers


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

Keren Horn, MD

Board Certified Dermatologist

Dr. Keren Horn is a board-certified dermatologist, an assistant professor of clinical dermatology at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University and a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology. She has a special interest in cosmetic dermatology, including laser procedures and injectables.

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Meyer Horn, MD

Board Certified Dermatologist

Dr. Meyer Horn is a board-certified dermatologist, an assistant professor of clinical dermatology at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University and a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology. His special interests include inflammatory diseases of the skin, skin cancer screening, prevention and education, and surgical dermatology.

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Neha Robinson, MD

Board Certified Dermatologist

Dr. Robinson is a board-certified dermatologist, an assistant professor of clinical dermatology at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University and a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology. Dr. Robinson has a special interest in skin cancer prevention and treatment, acne and cosmetic dermatology, providing a customized plan for skin rejuvenation with topical products, laser procedures, tissue tightening and injectables.

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Samantha Gordon, MD, FAAD

Board Certified Dermatologist

Samantha Gordon, MD, FAAD is a board certified dermatologist. Dr. Gordon specializes in general and pediatric dermatology.

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Emily Keimig, MD, MS

Board Certified Dermatologist

Emily Keimig, MD, MS is a board certified dermatologist and specializes in general dermatology, addressing various skin concerns. She has a special focus in autoimmune skin disease. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, member of the Medical Dermatology Association, Chicago Dermatological Society and Chair of the Networking Committee of the Women’s Dermatologic Society.

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Emily L. Arch, MD

Board Certified Dermatologist

Emily L. Arch, MD is a board certified Dermatologist and Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology. She has been practicing in Chicago since 2009. Dr. Arch specializes in general, medical, and pediatric dermatology with an emphasis on skin cancer screening and prevention, acne/rosacea, inflammatory skin conditions, and dermatological procedures.

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Emily M. Stevenson, MD

Board Certified Dermatologist

We're excited to welcome Dr. Stevenson to our team! She is accepting new patients at both the Bucktown and Oak Park Dermatology + Aesthetics locations.

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Jessica Ackerman, PA-C

Dermatology Physician Assistant

Jessica Ackerman is a board certified Physician Assistant who comes to Dermatology and Aesthetics with over five years of experience in the field of dermatology. Jessica is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, as well as the Illinois Society of Physician Assistants.

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Shannon Driscoll, PA-C

Dermatology Physician Assistant

Shannon Driscoll is a board certified Physician Assistant who joined Dermatology and Aesthetics in 2018. Shannon practices general medical dermatology, treating both adults and children.. Shannon is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Dermatology, the Society for Dermatology Physician Assistants, and the Illinois Society for Dermatology Physician Assistants.

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Erin DeVita, CST

Laser Technician

Erin DeVita is a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with over 15 years medical dermatology experience. As a Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer (CMLSO), she provided cosmetic laser treatments including hair removal, photorejuvenation, tissue tightening, photodynamic therapy, fractional resurfacing and Botox injections in a busy North Suburban practice for 10 years.

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Cynthia Davila

Licensed Aesthetician

Cynthia Davila has been with Dermatology + Aesthetics since it opened in July 2007 and graduated from the University of Aesthetics in November 2007. She is currently a certified medical assistant and a licensed esthetician. Cynthia has worked directly with the physicians in clinic and carries over her years of clinical experience and knowledge into the aesthetics room. Cynthia specializes in all skin types and conditions ranging from acne to anti-aging.

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Sylwia Mlynarska

Licensed Aesthetician

Sylwia Mlynarska, Lic. Esth. began her aesthetics career in Poland where she gained knowledge and experience in skin care. After moving to the US, she followed her passion for helping people to look and feel their best. Sylwia received her esthetic license in 2009. Sylwia has experience in treating all skin types and conditions.

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Gretchen Minyard

Laser Technician

Gretchen holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s of Notre Dame. She is a certified laser technician and licensed medical aesthetician. She is passionate about performing results-driven cosmetic treatments for goal-oriented clients in dermatology.

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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. Check out a complete list of our services on our website.

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 advances 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 examples 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.

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.

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.

Below are important instructions and precautions that should be read prior to your procedure. If you have any questions please reach out to our office via text: (773)-832-5246 or phone: 773-276-1100.

BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT:

  • Avoid alcohol 2 days prior to treatment to minimize the risk of bruising.
  • Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen 14 days prior to Botox treatments to minimize the risk of bruising.  If you have been told to take aspirin daily by your doctor, please let us know before stopping it.  Other medications to avoid include Excedrin™, Motrin™, Naprosyn™, Aleve™, Gingko, garlic supplements, fish oil, and Vitamin E, Almonds/Almond Milk.
  • If you have a history of cold sores in the area we are treating, please let us know prior to the procedure so that medication can be prescribed to prevent a flare.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor, particularly any history of neurologic or muscular disease, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding and previous/recent cosmetic procedures.

As a practice, we will continue to follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC and IDPH to avoid transmission of influenza (flu) virus and coronavirus. 

Below are important instructions and precautions that should be read prior to your procedure. If you have any questions please reach out to our office via text: (773)-832-5246 or phone: 773-276-1100.

TREATMENT WILL NOT BE PERFORMED FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS: 

  • If you have had dental work/cleanings, surgical procedure, or any vaccination (ie. Flu Shot) in the prior 3 weeks before your filler appointment or scheduled in the upcoming 3 weeks after your filler appointment.
  • If you have an active cold sore or rash on the face, sinus infection, uncontrolled seasonal allergies, a common cold, any active illness or inflammation anywhere in the body. 

*All illnesses should have resolved at least 3 weeks prior to the treatment date. Please call the office immediately to reschedule your treatment if this applies to you.
**If you need to cancel or reschedule, please give us 24 business hours notice to avoid any late cancellation fees.

NEW CHANGES:

  • Plan to be in the practice for approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Feel free to bring small headphones/earbuds/AirPods to listen to music on your phone during your filler treatment which can often be relaxing and provide a nice distraction.
  •  Please come to your appt WELL HYDRATED, especially if you have a tendency to get light headed with procedures. 
  • A COVID rapid test will be performed in-office the same day as the filler appointment on the nurse schedule or you may choose to schedule a test in our office within 2 days prior to the filler appt.
  • Testing may be performed at an outside lab within 2 days prior to your appointment if you prefer but we must receive results 24 hours before your filler appointment.
  • The charge for in-office testing will be $50
  • If the results are positive, the filler appointment will be canceled. There will be a charge of a $100 cancellation fee + the $50 for the in-office test (unless canceled greater than 24 hrs. prior to filler appointment)

 

BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT:

  • Avoid alcohol 2 days prior to treatment to minimize the risk of bruising.
  • Avoid Aspirin and ibuprofen 14 days prior and 2 days post-treatment to minimize the risk of bruising.  If you have been told to take aspirin daily by your doctor, please let us know before stopping it.  Other medications to avoid include Excedrin™, Motrin™, Naprosyn™, Aleve™, Gingko, garlic supplements, fish oil, and Vitamin E, Almonds/Almond Milk.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores may be prescribed medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare.  Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.
  • Avoid dental work, including dental cleanings, 3 weeks prior to and 3 weeks post filler treatments.
  • We recommend Arnica Montana, a natural supplement that can help with bruising, which can be taken a few days before, the day of and a few days after your filler treatment. Should you experience bruising, it is likely to resolve within 1-2 weeks. Bruising can occur despite following all precautions and can be delayed, meaning that it may not appear until 1-2 days post-treatment.  Therefore, it is important that you plan accordingly and not schedule a treatment near an important event.

**Regarding filler and the COVID-19 vaccine: There have been 3 cases of transient facial swelling in over 15,000 participants in the Moderna trial in patients who have also had facial filler procedures, ranging from 2 weeks to 6 months before receiving the vaccine. All cases fully resolved with no sequelae or issues, however, they can also be treated with antihistamines, steroids or antibiotics if necessary. The recommendation from all professional medical societies is currently to receive the vaccine despite filler treatments given this small nuisance does not compare with the potential life saving intervention of the vaccine.

In general, we know that any situation that creates inflammation or an upregulated immune system (such as allergies, flu shots or other vaccines, dental work, active infections or rashes of any kind) can cause the immune system to react against fillers, resulting in swelling or delayed onset bumps. Although this is unlikely/relatively rare, it is not unheard of. This is why we counsel on these potential risks and try to control the timing of the procedure to the best of our abilities. We have always reviewed and asked about recent vaccinations long before the COVID vaccine (as you might recall from your consult, in the consent you signed or the pre-op information that was given to you) and specifically request scheduling your filler appointment at least 3 weeks before or 3 weeks after a vaccination. The recent information in the news is reflective of this risk of inflammation. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

AFTER TREATMENT:

  • Refrain from wearing a mask tightly fitted to the face for 48 hours after filler treatment (this may be relevant if you need to wear an N95 mask regularly).
  • Avoid makeup to the treated areas for 24 hours after filler treatment.
  • Refrain from exercise for 48 hours after treatment. Exercise during this time may increase the risk of bruising and swelling.
  • Please try to avoid taking a flight within 48 hours after your filler appointment (flying does not impact fillers, but we would like you to be in town in case you need to come in for an issue the next day).
  • Ice the treated areas for 10 minutes at a time for 1-2 hours after your treatment to minimize swelling and bruising.
  • Sleep with your head elevated and preferably on your back for 2 days after your treatment.
  • Do not massage for 48 hours and avoid getting a massage (face or body) for 1 week after your treatment.
  • Please be advised that the filler cost has slightly increased recently and a new quote may be provided at the time of your visit.

As a practice, we will continue to follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC and IDPH to avoid transmission of influenza (flu) virus and coronavirus.   

Below are important instructions and precautions that should be read prior to your procedure. If you have any questions please reach out to our office via text: (773)-832-5246 or phone: 773-276-1100.

LASER PROCEDURES

TISSUE TIGHTENING (PELLEVE AND VSHAPE)

Before Treatment:

  • Please try to drink at least 8-10 glasses a water per day in the 48 hours before your appointment.
  • You may continue all your skincare including retinols.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores may be prescribed medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare. Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.

After Treatment:

  • The skin may appear flushed for 10-30 mins after the treatment.
  • You may apply make-up and sunscreen immediately after the treatment.
  • There are no restrictions on activities or skincare post-treatment.

 

LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Before Treatment:

  • Please perform a close shave of the treatment area 2-3 days prior. Avoid tweezing, waxing and threading for 3-4 weeks prior to treatment.
  • We cannot safely perform treatment on skin that is tan, so avoid direct sun exposure 4 weeks and do not apply self-tanner to the treatment area for 2 weeks prior to your appointment.
  • Please discontinue the use of any retinol in the treatment area one week prior to your appointment.
  • To minimize discomfort, you may take up to 600mg of ibuprofen 30-60 mins prior to treatment. We also sell a topical anesthetic that can be purchased ahead of time and applied at home 30-60 mins prior to treatment.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores or genital herpes may be prescribed medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare.  Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores/herpes in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.

After Treatment:

  • The treatment area may have redness with mild swelling around the hair follicles.
  • You may apply make-up and sunscreen immediately after the treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 24 hours after the treatment.
  • Avoid the use of any retinol in the treatment area for 5 days after treatment.
  • It will take 7-30 days for treated hairs to shed. You may shave between treatments, but please refrain from any tweezing, waxing or threading.

 

PHOTOREJUVENATION

Before Treatment:

  • We cannot safely perform treatment on skin that is tan, so avoid direct sun exposure 4 weeks and do not apply self-tanner to the treatment area for 2 weeks prior to your appointment.
  • Please discontinue the use of any retinol and melatonik in the treatment area one week prior to your appointment.
  • To minimize discomfort, you may take up to 600mg of ibuprofen 30-60 mins prior to treatment. We also sell a topical anesthetic that can be purchased ahead of time and applied at home 30-60 mins prior to treatment for sunspots. An anesthetic cream can lessen the results when treating redness and blood vessels, therefore we recommend not using it if those are your concerns.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores may be prescribed medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare.  Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.

After Treatment:

  • The treatment area will be red, and you may have mild swelling for 1-2 days following the treatment. Sunspots may darken and develop a “peppering” appearance before sloughing away in about 1-2 weeks.
  • You may apply sunscreen immediately after the treatment. While makeup is not prohibited, it is discouraged for 1-2 days post-treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 24 hours after the treatment.
  • Avoid the use of any retinol in the treatment area for 5 days after treatment.

 

SKINPEN WITH PRP

Before Treatment:

  • You may continue all your skincare including retinols up to the treatment day.
  • Avoid any aspirin or ibuprofen for 1 week before your appointment as it may make the PRP less effective and increase bleeding/scabbing.
  • We will apply a topical numbing cream in the office prior to your treatment.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores may be prescribed medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare.  Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.

After Treatment:

  • The treatment area will be red and splotch for 24-48 hours and you may have pinpoint bleeding or scabs.
  • You will leave the office with PRP (platelet-rich plasma) on the treatment area, so it is advised that you go directly home. You may wash the PRP off 2 hours post-treatment.
  • For the first 48 hours post-treatment, you will be given a cream to use and may wash with a mild cleanser but should refrain from any other skincare unless otherwise directed by your provider.
  • You can return to all your normal skincare 48 hours post-treatment, except for retinol which should be avoided for 5-7 days post-treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 48 hours after the treatment.
  • Makeup is discouraged for as long as possible, ideally 1-2 days post-treatment.

  

VIVACE

Before Treatment:

  • You may continue all your skincare including retinols up to the treatment day.
  • We will apply a topical numbing cream in the office prior to your treatment.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores may be prescribed a medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare.  Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.

After Treatment:

  • The treatment area will be red, typically resolving within 6 hours.
  • You will be given a serum to use that day and may wash with a mild cleanser but refrain from any other skincare including sunscreen and makeup for the remainder of the treatment day.
  • You can return to all your normal skincare, including makeup, the following day, except for retinol which should be avoid for 5-7 days post treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 24 hours after the treatment.

 

COOLPEEL

Before Treatment:

  • Please discontinue the use of any retinol and melatonik in the treatment area one week prior to your appointment.
  • We will apply a topical numbing cream in the office prior to your treatment.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores may be prescribed a medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare.  Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.

After Treatment:

  • The treatment area will be red for 24-48 hours. After that period, it will turn brown with pinpoint darkening and be very dry for up to a week.
  • For the first 48 hours post-treatment, you will be given a cream to use and may wash with a mild cleanser but should refrain from any other skincare unless otherwise directed by your provider.
  • You can return to all your normal skincare 48 hours post-treatment, except for retinol which should be avoided for 5-7 days post-treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 48 hours after the treatment.
  • Makeup is discouraged for as long as possible, ideally 1-2 days post-treatment.

  

FRAXEL, WEEKEND DOT/TETRA

Before Treatment:

  • We cannot safely perform treatment on skin that is tan, so avoid direct sun exposure 4 weeks and do not apply self-tanner to the treatment area for 2 weeks prior to your appointment.
  • Please discontinue the use of any retinol and melatonik in the treatment area one week prior to your appointment.
  • If you are having PRP with your treatment, do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen for 1 week before your appointment as it may make the treatment less effective.
  • We will apply a topical numbing cream in the office prior to your treatment.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores may be prescribed medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare.  Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.

After Treatment:

  • You will want to go home right after your appointment.
  • If PRP is applied, you will leave the office with it on the treatment area and be instructed to wash it off in 2 hours.
  • The treatment area will be red with moderate swelling for 48-72 hours. After that period, it will turn brown with pinpoint darkening and be very dry for up to a week.
  • You may use ice and take ibuprofen and antihistamine to help alleviate swelling.
  • We recommend performing vinegar soaks in the days following the treatment. Directions will be provided at your treatment, but you may want to purchase white vinegar prior to your appointment.
  • For the first 48 hours post-treatment, you will be given a cream to use and may wash with a mild cleanser but should refrain from any other skincare unless otherwise directed by your provider.
  • You can return to all your normal skincare 48 hours post-treatment, except for retinol which should be avoided for 5-7 days post-treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 48 hours after the treatment.
  • Makeup is discouraged for as long as possible, ideally 1-2 days post-treatment.
  • You should avoid sun exposure for 4-6 weeks following the treatment.

 

“AGGRESSIVE” DOT/TETRA

Before Treatment:

  • We cannot safely perform treatment on skin that is tan, so avoid direct sun exposure 4 weeks and do not apply self-tanner to the treatment area for 2 weeks prior to your appointment.
  • Please discontinue the use of any retinol and melatonik in the treatment area one week prior to your appointment.
  • If you are having PRP with your treatment, do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen for 1 week before your appointment as it may make the treatment less effective.
  • We will apply a topical numbing cream in the office prior to your treatment.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Most patients will be required to take an oral antibiotic and antiviral medication starting the day before treatment and continuing for 1 week after. Please ensure you have discussed and received the prescriptions from your provider.

After Treatment:

  • You will want to go home right after your appointment.
  • If PRP is applied, you will leave the office with it on the treatment area and be instructed to wash it off in 2 hours.
  • The treatment area will be red with moderate swelling for 5-7 days. After that period, it will turn brown with pinpoint darkening and be very dry for up to another week.
  • You may use ice and take ibuprofen and antihistamine to help alleviate swelling.
  • We recommend performing vinegar soaks in the days following the treatment. Directions will be provided at your treatment, but you may want to purchase white vinegar prior to your appointment.
  • You will be provided a skincare kit containing cleanser, moisturizers, and sunscreen at your treatment appointment. These are the only products we want you to use for the first-week post-treatment.
  • You can return to all your normal skincare 7-10 days post-treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 48-72 hours after the treatment.
  • Makeup is discouraged for as long as possible, ideally 1-2 days post-treatment.
  • You should avoid sun exposure for 4-6 weeks following the treatment.

 

PRP INFRAORBITAL (UNDEREYE) INJECTIONS

Before Treatment:

  • Do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen for 1 week before your appointment as it may make the treatment less effective.
  • You may continue all your skincare including retinols up to the treatment day.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.

After Treatment:

  • You will want to go home right after your appointment.
  • The treatment area will be swollen puffy for up to 72 hours post-treatment. You may get a small bruise and if so, bruising can last a week.
  • You can return to all your normal skincare immediately following treatment and apply makeup.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 48-72 hours after the treatment.

 

PRP FOR ALOPECIA (HAIR LOSS)

Before Treatment:

  • Do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen for 1 week before your appointment as it may make the treatment less effective.
  • You may continue all your hair care up to the treatment day.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.

After Treatment:

  • You will want to go home right after your appointment.
  • We ask that you take a warm shower upon returning home. You can use shampoo/conditioner, but no leaving in styling products (hairspray, gel, etc) for the remainder of the treatment day.
  • You may return to all your normal styling products the day after treatment.
  • You should refrain from any chemical hair services, including color and highlights, for 48 hours after treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for the remainder of the treatment day.

 

PDT

Before Treatment:

  • We cannot safely perform treatment on skin that is tan, so avoid direct sun exposure 4 weeks and do not apply self-tanner to the treatment area for 2 weeks prior to your appointment.
  • Please discontinue the use of any retinol and melatonik in the treatment area one week prior to your appointment.
  • To minimize discomfort, you may take up to 600mg of ibuprofen 30-60 mins prior to treatment.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores may be prescribed medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare.  Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.

After Treatment:

  • The medication applied to your skin during the treatment will make you sensitized to light for 48 hours. Therefore, we ask you to bring a hat or scarf to wear home and go immediately home after the treatment and to remain indoors for the first two days.
  • The treatment area will be red, and you may have swelling, scabbing, peeling for 2-10 days following the treatment.
  • You may apply sunscreen immediately after the treatment. While make-up is not prohibited, it is discouraged for 1-2 days post-treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 24 hours after the treatment.
  • Avoid the use of any retinol in the treatment area for 1 week after treatment.

As a practice, we will continue to follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC and IDPH to avoid transmission of influenza (flu) virus and coronavirus.

Below are important instructions and precautions that should be read prior to your procedure. If you have any questions please reach out to our office via text: (773)-832-5246 or phone: 773-276-1100.

AESTHETIC SERVICES

BRIGHTENING PEELS AND VI PEELS

Before Treatment:

  • Please be advised that you cannot be sunburned or excessively tan for this appointment. You should also not apply self-tanner for at least 1 week prior to treatment.
  • You need to temporarily discontinue the use of all retinoid products and melatonik 5 days prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • Avoid waxing in the treatment area for 1 week prior
  • Treatment will not be performed if you have any rashes, inflammation, or skin irritation in the treatment area.
  • If possible, PLEASE REMOVE ANY MAKEUP PRIOR TO THE PROCEDURE in the event we need to take pre-treatment VISIA photos.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores may be prescribed medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare. Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.

After Treatment:

  • You will want to go home right after your appointment. The final layer of the peel will be left you your skin and you will be given instructions on when you should wash it off.
  • Your skin will be red for 2-7 days depending on the peel and level performed. You will also have dry, peeling skin for a week post-treatment. During this time, your skin may feel tight and itchy.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 72-96 hours after the treatment.
  • Makeup is discouraged for as long as possible, ideally 1-2 days post-treatment.
  • You will be provided a skincare kit containing cleanser, moisturizers, and sunscreen at your treatment appointment. Your provider will advise you when you can return to your normal skincare routine.
  • You should protect your skin with at least SPF 30 and frequent reapplication in the weeks following your treatment.

  

DERMAPEELS, DERMASWEEP, DERMAPLANING, CHEMICAL PEELS

Before Treatment:

  • Please be advised that you cannot be sunburned or excessively tan for this appointment. You should also not apply self-tanner for at least 1 week prior to treatment.
  • You need to temporarily discontinue the use of all retinoid products and melatonik 5 days prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • Avoid waxing in the treatment area for 1 week prior
  • Treatment will not be performed if you have any rashes, inflammation, or skin irritation in the treatment area.
  • If possible, PLEASE REMOVE ANY MAKEUP PRIOR TO THE PROCEDURE in the event we need to take pre-treatment VISIA photos.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores may be prescribed medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare. Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.

After Treatment:

  • Your skin may be red for a few hours, up to a day, and some patients may have flaky skin for a few days post-treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 24 hours after the treatment.
  • Refrain from using any exfoliating products or devices, including Clarisonic, glycolic acid, retinols for at least 5 days post-treatment.

 

As a practice, we will continue to follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC and IDPH to avoid transmission of the influenza (flu) virus and coronavirus.

Dermatology + Aesthetics Bucktown providers offer a variety of care for patients of all ages and skin care needs. Dermatology + Aesthetics: Bucktown areas of service include surgical and medical dermatology, with the addition of cosmetic consultation. Whether you suffer from acne, need an excision, or want to address a cosmetic skin issue, Dermatology + Aesthetics: Bucktown providers have you covered. Schedule your appointment today! 

One of our signature treatments, Dermapeel is a dual-action treatment that results in perfect, glowing skin. The treatment instantly provides smoother, more radiant skin by using chemical and physical exfoliation. Due to using two types of exfoliation, certain precautions should be taken to prepare for your treatment.  

  • Five days before treatment, discontinue the use of granular exfoliants and retinoids such as (Retin-A, Tazorac, Differin, Ziana, Epiduo, Tretinoin, Clear Plus, Avene Retrinal or Triacneal, Triluma, etc.) 
  • Avoid facial waxing for seven days before treatment 
  • Follow the recommended skin care regimen as directed by your provider for treatment 
  • Alert your provider to your history of cold sores as pretreatments may be recommended to prevent a flare-up  

After receiving Mohs surgery, your provider will discuss how to treat the wound left by removing cancerous skin cells. Some wounds can be left to heal on their own, while others may need special care. Most areas can be closed with stitches or using a skin flap to cover the wound. However, in some instances, where the removal area is large, reconstructive surgery may be required.  

Knowing how to care for the wound after receiving Mohs surgery can improve your results. If you experience swelling in the area, apply ice for 20 minutes at a time. If bleeding occurs, apply pressure and contact your provider if it does not cease. Avoid rigorous exercise or overexertion for at least a week. Recovery after Mohs surgery usually takes four to six weeks.  

PDL is used as a treatment for a variety of different conditions. However, PDL is mainly used to treat vascular conditions. The following are a few of the conditions treated by PDL: 

  • Port wine stains 
  • Warts 
  • Hemangiomas 
  • Telangiectasias 
  • Hypertrophic scars 
  • Spider veins 
  • Rosacea 

Sclerotherapy is extremely effective at treating the appearance and cosmetic symptoms of varicose and spider veins. For some patients, results can be seen after the first treatment. However, larger, more serious varicose veins may require several treatments. If you are interested in receiving sclerotherapy, speak with your D+A provider today! 

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