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January 29, 2013
Skip the tanning bed, Keep up with skin exams, Ignore the myths, and Never skimp on sun protection
With an easy to remember acronym, S.K.I.N., The Skin Cancer Foundation is proposing four simple steps for keeping skin cancer prevention and skin health top of mind in 2013 and beyond: Skip the tanning bed, Keep up with skin exams, Ignore the myths, and Never skimp on sun protection.
Click here to read the full article from the Skin Cancer Foundation
In the 9/14/12 issue of Skin and Allergy News
Dr. Ashish Bhatia and Dr. Jeffrey Hsu discuss how dermatologists embrace technology and incorporate it into their practices.
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Belotero Balance the new dermal filler
We now have Belotero Balance the new dermal filler that is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Once injected it immediately plumps the skin smoothing lines and wrinkles on your face. Make an appointment to see if Belotero is right for you.
Join us for our Annual Summer Soiree: Girls Night Out. Spend an evening with the girls and learn about the latest in cosmetic treatments and sking care with Dr. Kelly Stankiewicz and our estheticians.
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Going to the baseball game? Little league or the big leagues, be sun safe. Follow these guidelines from the Skin Cancer Foundation on what to bring to the game...
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Our Excel V laser expands the treatment options for veins and pigmented lesions.
Dr. Bhatia and Dr. Hsu discuss it here - Click to Download Article (pdf)
Join us for our annual patient Open House on Thursday, May 10th from 3:30 - 6:30. Lectures, demonstrations, raffles and goody bags. Call and reserve your spot 630-547-8040
LaViv is here! LAVIV™ (azficel-T) is the first and only FDA-approved therapy that uses your own collagen-producing cells (fibroblasts) to improve the look of your smile lines—for results that are totally you. Call for a consultation today!
Dr. Jeffrey Hsu is featured in the Fall Issue of New Beauty Magazine discussing leg veins and sclerotherapy. Click here to read the full article
Get Your Burger on for Charity
The DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund is proud to be the recipient of DMK Burger’s 365 Days of Charity in October. Stop in their Lombard location (next to Dick’s Sporting Goods on Butterfield) and try one of their great burgers. The chef has created a special seasonal bison burger topped with butternut squash and a carrot/zucchini slaw. Order one October 25 – October 30th and proceeds for the $10 burger go to the DMG Charitable Fund.
Great burgers, beer and it all benefits charity! Did I mention that they have 6 kinds of tasty fries?!
DMK Burger Bar
2370 Fountain Square Drive
Look for the Grand Opening of Belleza, our medical spa, opening street level in December! Follow us on Facebook and this website for grand opening details and specials! We hope you will join us!
Pumpkin peels are back for fall!
It is a three step treatment that includes our GloPumpkin enzyme scrub, pumpkin exfoliating peel and pumpkin facial mask. A perfect way to soothe,hydrate, and revive dull skin. Call 630-547-5040 and schedule with one of our aestheticians.
BOTOX Beauty Day!
One day only Friday, November 11th. Spaces are limited, schedule your appointment today!
We are pleased to announce the addition of physician Dr. Kelly J. Stankiewicz to our practice!
We are pleased to announce the addition of physician Dr. Kelly J. Stankiewicz to our practice as of September 1, 2011. Dr. Stankiewicz did her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan with a major in Chemistry, and attended medical school at Indiana University. Her dermatology residency was done at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, (Dartmouth Medical School). She completed her fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School, Boston MA) Dr. Stankiewicz is happy to be back in the Midwest with her fiancé. She enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family all over the world. She will be seeing dermatology patients of all ages and says her doctoring style is centered on patient education. We are thrilled to have her join us!
Soak up the Sun - Safely - Click here to read the published article Naperville Magazine
Dr. Ashish Bhatia received the prestigious award of Contributory Service Faculty Teacher of the Year from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dermatology Department for lecturing to dermatology residents on topics such as Mohs Surgery, Grafts, laser physics, and advanced lasers.
Good News! All the sunscreens we carry here at The Dermatology Institute follow the new FDA sunscreen rules! To learn more about these new FDA guidelines on sunscreens Click Here
For most of us, one major goal of the summer is to avoid a sunburn while outside enjoying the warm weather. While it’s obvious that a burn from the sun is damaging to skin, it’s important to note that even a sun tan can do harm to skin cells and should be avoided. Taking the time to protect yourself from the sun is essential because even a small amount of sun exposure can contribute to many harmful skin conditions, such as skin cancer and even premature aging.
However, there are a few steps you can take if you do happen to get a sunburn. First, increasing fluid intake by drinking plenty of water can help speed up the healing process. Over the counter ibuprofen and topical hydrocortisone cream can lessen inflammation and decrease discomfort. Also, keeping the skin moisturized with heavy creams and lotions can ease a sun burn quickly. If these measures are not enough to calm burned skin, you can contact your healthcare provider to determine if a prescription strength steroid cream, or even oral medications, is necessary to treat the burn. If your sunburn is severe and has blister formation, medical attention should be obtained as soon as possible.
Although these are great ways to treat a sunburn, the ideal situation is to prevent a sunburn in the first place. It is recommended to wear SPF 30 or higher sunscreen every day, even in cloudy weather, and reapply sunscreen every 1.5 - 2 hours when outside. There are so many different formulations of sunscreen on the market, such as creams, lotions, sprays, and sticks, that there is a perfect one for every situation. There is even a new sunscreen in a powder formula for no-mess application and less irritation to sensitive skin that is sold only at dermatology offices. Ask any staff member about it at your next office visit!
It's that time of year again where the weather is finally warmer and we can send our kids outdoors to play. As Chicagoans this is something to celebrate, but we have to remember to protect our most important assets, our kids. Children's fragile skin and rapidly dividing cells are much more vulnerable to the harmful rays of the sun. We know that bad sunburns during childhood can lead to skin cancer, wrinkles, and age spots when they are older.
I often hear parents say "we wear sunscreen, but my child just gets brown in the summer". The fact is that there is no such thing as a safe tan, so any change in color is a sign of damage. This means you could be doing better with the sun protection and avoidance you provide to your child.
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of an SPF 30 or higher, apply 30 min prior to going outside, and reapply more frequently (every 60 - 90 minutes, especially if the child is swimming). Provide sun protective hats and shirts, as well as shaded areas to play. It is also important to try to avoid the peak hours of sunlight, from 10 AM to 3 PM.
As for the really little ones, keep children under 6 months completely protected from the sun . It is not recommended that sunscreen be used on babies this young. If they have to be outside with you, consider investing in a mesh sun protective cover for your stroller.
We want you to enjoy the few months of warm weather with your family, but remember to be safe while you have "fun in the sun".
Dr. Jeffrey appeared May 5th on ABC Channel 7's Healthbeat at 10 p.m. In this episode Dr. Hsu discussed the benefits of Sclerotherapy and discussed the latest advances in this vein-reducing procedure. Watch Dr. Hsu perform this procedure on a patient and answer questions about Sclerotherapy and Asclera. Click here to watch video
The Dermatology Institute now offers - CoolSculpting™ by ZELTIQ™
CoolSculpting™ by ZELTIQ™is a new, non-invasive way to gently and effectively reduce fat in targeted areas of the body that results in a noticeable, natural-looking fat reduction in the treated areas. What makes the CoolSculpting procedure different is that it uses advanced cooling technology to selectively target fat bulges and eliminate fat cells through a gradual process that does not harm the surrounding tissues. This procedure can reduce unwanted abdominal fat, love handles (flanks), and back fat. Click here to learn more about CoolSculpting™ by ZELTIQ™
Winterize Your Skin
By Jeffrey Hsu, M.D.
You winterize your home, your car and even your wardrobe, why not your skin? The Midwest winter poses unique challenges to maintaining healthy skin. Constantly switching between heated dry indoor air and the harsh and cold winds of outdoor air removes moisture from the skin. While moisturizers are helpful, it's better to prevent the moisture loss in the first place. Skin that's dry, cracked, or irritated is vulnerable to infection, while a good skin care regimen that improves skin health can to boost your body's natural defenses.
Here are a few ways to winterize your skin:
Use a humidifier in the bedroom or living room once the relative humidity inside drops below 60 percent.
Hot showers can dry out your skin. Instead take lukewarm showers,patting gently afterward with a towel and applying a moisturizer within three minutes of stepping out of the shower to lock in moisture.
Look for lotions or creams with any of the following ingredients: petrolatum, mineral oil, linoleic acid, ceramides, dimethicone or glycerin.
Keep well hydrated by drinking lots of water.
Use lip balms and lipsticks with moisturizers.
Use sun block. Although the skin is less exposed in the winter, ultraviolet rays can be particularly intense on a clear winter day. Even when cloudy, UV rays still penetrate.
Brittle nails can be helped by using Vaseline to moisturize and a nail polish with nail protein.-Moisturizing is especially effective at night.
On January 27th, 2011 Dr. Ashish Bhatia will be speaking at a CME training program for residents and fellows on Injectables and Facial Aesthetics. This course is designed to increase physician understanding of anatomy, injection technique, and how to attain optimal patient satisfaction. http://www.aestheticcare.org/events/event025.shtml
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) presented Dr. Ashish Bhatia, with the Excellence in Education Award for his significant commitment of time and energy to teach dermatologic surgery and promote the advancement of the specialty.
Dr. Jeffrey Hsu co-authored "Lippincott's Primary Care Dermatology" which is a book to help understand, diagnose, and treat dermatologic problems in the primary care field. Family practitioners, internists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants will utilize this book. Click here to purchase this book
Newsletter - Summer Greetings from the Dermatology Institute - Naperville
Dr. Ashish Bhatia and Dr. Jeffrey Hsu participated in the American Academy of Dermatology’s Play Sun Smart™ skin cancer screening program for the Chicago Cubs organization. The Play Sun Smart program helps to educate players and fans about how to prevent and detect skin cancer.
Dr. Jeffrey Hsu participated in the Road to Healthy Skin Tour that made a stop at the Oak Brook Family Recreation Center last Monday, June 21st. Dr. Hsu provided free skin screenings to people in the community!
We now carry Renova! As part of a comprehensive skincare and sun avoidance program, RENOVA 0.02% can reduce the signs of photodamage, helping to smooth out fine facial wrinkles. Call to schedule your appointment today. 630-547-5040.
Dr. Ashish Bhatia was selected to be on the American Board of Dermatology's question writing committee. He is a member of the committee responsible for reviewing and writing questions for the Board Certification Exam in Dermatology. All Dermatology residents must pass this national exam to become Board Certified.
Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Hsu for receiving The President's Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama. This award is in recognition and appreciation for his commitment to servicing needs in the community.
We have NEW JUVEDERM XC!
You Asked-We Responded!
New! After school acne clinic-Tuesday/Wednesday appointments 4-5:30pm. (Acne only)
Spaces are filling up fast...call to schedule your appointment today! 630-547-5040.
Daily appointments available also.
Those Pesky Red Bumps
By Laura Collins, APN DCNP
Have you ever wondered what those little red bumps with the dry skin on the backs of your arms or on your thighs were?
This is a condition known as Keratosis Pilaris,or KP,and it is completely harmless. About 50% of the general adult population experiences it at some point during their lives. The condition can also be chronic. It has been described as a feeling like goosebumps or sand paper on dry skin. The condition may in fact worsen during the dry winter months and even during pregnancy.
How would I know it is KP?
Some of the most common symptoms include: small, painless acne-like bumps with or without dry skin, most notably experienced on the upper outer arms and thighs.
Are there any treatments available to treat KP?
Unfortunately there is no cure, however there are a few things that you can do to minimize the appearance of the lesions, cut down on redness, and sometimes even clear the condition. We recommend keeping showers to less than ten minutes, using lukewarm to cool water only. We prefer a gentle soap such as the Dove Nutrium Body Wash or Cetaphil cleanser. You may gently exfoliate the affected areas with a loofah sponge two to three times weekly to assist with clearing. Finally, it is important to moisturize one to two times daily with a cream, such as Cerave Moisturizing Cream.
If the above recommendations aren’t enough to clear the condition, you may try over the counter Amlactin cream or lotion, available at most drugstores. If this is still not enough to improve the condition, you may consider making an appointment with us to determine if more aggressive, prescription treatment is needed.
Have you ever gone to a tanning bed to get a base tan before a trip or to look good for a dance? Do you go weekly because it makes you feel good or for the vitamin D?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are among the millions of people who still expose themselves to this known carcinogen. Just like with smoking, we now know so much more about the effects of tanning on our skin. There is no such thing as a safe tan, and indoor tanning is even worse than tanning outdoors. Recent studies now suggest that indoor tanning, especially while you are young may increase your risk of developing a melanoma by as much as 75%.
Melanoma is a skin cancer that can potentially spread through your body and could be fatal. Tanning also increases your risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancers.
Tanning can also prematurely age the skin, leading to age spots, lines, and wrinkles as well as thinning of the skin. This happens because the ultraviolet light from both tanning beds and sunlight damage the collagen and elastin. The American Academy of Dermatology advises that if Vitamin D deficiency is a concern you should seek other ways rather than sun exposure to correct it. We recommend speaking to your primary care physician about having your Vitamin D levels checked and starting a supplement. If you still desire the look of a tan, a safe alternative to consider is spray tanning.
Jeffrey Hsu, M.D. - BOTOX Bonuses Publication
Ashish Bhatia, M.D. and Jeffrey Hsu, M.D. - Practical Dermatology (A resource to address the needs of Dermatology Residents)
Understanding the Biochemistry of Dermal Fillers
Learning how the biochemistry of the product can enhance patient outcomes is an important step in setting and managing proper patient expectations.
Download Article - Published Article in the Practical Dermatology Journal April 2009
By Diane M. Hanna MSN, ARNP-c, Sarah A. Yuhas, RN, BSN, and Ashish C. Bhatia, MD, FAAD.
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A Simple Solution for Facial Rejuvenation
Download Article - Nip and Tuck no more - Needles are taking place as people seek the restoration of a youthful appearance
Worth a thousand words? Pictures can speak volumes; make sure you like what they're saying.
Chicago — Clinical photography for dermatology goes far beyond creating a pretty picture to convince the viewer of the efficacy of a treatment or product — it is an unparalleled tool that, when used properly, is invaluable in any dermatology practice. Click here to read full article