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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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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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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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Natalie Theriault, FNP-BC

Dermatology Nurse Practitioner

Natalie Theriault is a Family Nurse Practitioner who joined Dermatology + Aesthetics with a background in dermatology and plastic surgery in 2012. She has over 10 years of healthcare experience with a special focus on medical and cosmetic dermatology and cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

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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 Minyard has four years’ experience in aesthetics, three years in dermatology and has completed a one-year plastic surgery internship. She is passionate about working in both dermatology and aesthetics for restoration and beautification.

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Molly Spencer

Licensed Aesthetician

Molly Spencer graduated from the University of Aesthetics in March 2015. She then worked at Oxygen Spa Studio from 2015 to 2022. She is passionate about aesthetics, as it gives her the opportunity to help patients feel confident in their own skin.

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Conditions and Treatments Covered at Chicago, IL

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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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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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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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Dry Skin

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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Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone works to lighten the skin by reducing the number of melanocytes present.

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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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Infini Treatments

Infini treatments use a combination of micro needling and radiofrequency to energize and reinvigorate the skin.

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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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Kybella®

Kybella is a non-surgical intervention used to address this fat beneath the chin.

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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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Mohs

Mohs, or Mohs surgery, is a surgical technique used to treat skin cancer through the removal of skin lesions and growths.

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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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Otezla

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

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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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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 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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PUVA

PUVA is a treatment for the skin that combines ultraviolet light and specific medications.

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Rashes

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

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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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Scar Removal

Scar removal, sometimes referred to as surgical revision, is a treatment option for those who wish to reverse the appearance of scars on the body.

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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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Sclerotherapy

Spider veins can be a frustrating vascular condition while varicose veins can become swollen and even painful.

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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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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 Tightening Treatment

Skin laxity and the loosening of the structure of the skin on the face is one of the most frustrating parts of aging for many individuals.

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Spider Veins

Spider veins are a condition of the skin in which small “spidery” veins appear under the surface of the skin.

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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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Sunetics Hair Growth Laser

The Sunetics laser is a safe and effective hair growth treatment option.

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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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Surgical Removal Excursion

Surgical removal excursion is a minor surgical procedure used in the treatment of lower risk skin cancers.

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Surgical Scar Revision

Surgical revision is a treatment option for those who wish to reverse the appearance of scars on the body.

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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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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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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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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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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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Waxing

Waxing is a method of removing unwanted hair on your body. It is an efficient and effective treatment.

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Wrinkle Relaxers

Wrinkle Relaxers, such as Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport®, are prescription medications that are injected into muscles of expression.

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Please contact us to verify that we are in network with your specific insurance plan.

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.

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