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Black Friday Specials at Lakeview Dermatology

Forget the Black Friday Madness and Pamper Yourself with Botox!
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a short and minimally invasive treatment that requires no downtime. During treatment, very low doses of botox are administered by way of small injections directly into the muscles that cause the frown lines between the brows and above the brows as well as the crow’s feet around the eyes. It can also reduce some lines on the lower lids, the bunny lines on the nose and the downward pull of the angles of the mouth.

BOTOX $12/unit  (reg. $15/unit) with
Jang Mi Johnson, PA-C in Chicago Lakeview Location

Botox Special with Jang Mi Johnson at Lakeview Dermatology, Lakeview Location this Black Friday
Jang Mi Johnson, PA-C graduated from the Cook County Hospital/ Malcolm X College Physician Assistant Program in 2002, the oldest and one of the most competitive programs in Illinois. She is nationally certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and licensed by the state of Illinois. Her interests include Multicultural hair and skin, pediatric dermatology, psoriasis, acne, cosmetic skin treatments, and many other common skin conditions.
Please call 773-281-9200 to book your BOTOX treatment with Jang Mi Johnson, PA-C.

BOTOX $12/unit  (reg. $15/unit) with
Tracee Blackburn, PA-C in Palos Heights Location
Tracee Blackburn, PA-C is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant, nationally certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and licensed by the state of Illinois. She has specialized as a PA in Dermatology since 2005. Tracee graduated from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois in 2005. She has worked in several entities of healthcare, but found her passion in Dermatology where she has extensive experience in general, surgical, and aesthetic dermatology. She diagnoses and treats common dermatologic conditions, is proficient in detecting and treating skin cancers, performs basic and intermediate surgical procedures, and performs cosmetic and laser services. Her special interests are acne, eczema, psoriasis, benign skin lesions, and skin cancer. Tracee likes to focus her attention on patient education, as she believes it is a vital part to every patient’s recovery.
Please call 708-671-1374 to book your BOTOX treatment with Tracee Blackburn, PA-C.

BOTOX $12/unit  (reg. $15/unit) with
Susan Heemstra, RN in Palos Heights

Susan Heemstra, RN has been in dermatology for over 35 years, working side by side with Dr. Eugene Mandrea, and performing lasers for more than 13 years. She has attended numerous laser training events, including Harvard University’s laser convention. Sue provides laser treatments for many conditions including acne and acne scars, rosacea, wrinkles, age spots, skin laxity, tattoo removal, spider veins, and hair removal. She enjoys working with our medical staff to develop laser plans that address medical as well as cosmetic concerns. In addition to laser treatments, Sue is also experienced at Botox injections, Coolsculpting, tumescent liposuction anesthesia and assisting with skin cancer surgery.
Please call 708-671-1374 to book your BOTOX treatment with Sue Heemstra, RN.

BOTOX $12/unit  (reg. $15/unit) with
Brittany Scurto in LVD Park Ridge Location

Brittany Scurto, PA-C is a board-certified Physician Assistant, nationally certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and licensed by the state of Illinois. She graduated from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2003 and from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science with a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2006. She has practiced medicine in a number of different fields as a Physician Assistant since 2006 and has specialized in dermatology since 2015. Brittany’s goal is to provide the highest quality care while still maintaining a compassionate and caring demeanor. She strives to help patients understand their medical conditions and improve their well-being through partnership and education. She states, “It is important that my patients are not only healthy on the inside but confident about their outside as well.“ Her interests include: General Dermatology, Pediatric Dermatology, Acne, Eczema and performing surgical and cosmetic procedures. She also speaks fluent conversational and medical Spanish.
Please call 847-298-1831 to book your BOTOX treatment with Brittany Scurto, PA-C.

All Cosmeceutical Products 25% Off

Please call 773-281-9200 for more information or visit our Skin Store.

Janae Wesby, Esthetician at LVD Hyde Park

Janae Wesby, Exthetician at Lakeview Dermatology Hyde Park

Please join us in welcoming the esthetician Janae Wesby to the Hyde Park Lakeview Dermatology! Janae will start seeing patients in our Hyde Park location next month.

Skincare first; make-up second, the philosophy of Janae Wesby. Hard to believe that this youthful looking woman has been in the business of beauty and esthetics for over 20 years. As a Make-up artist, beauty expert and the founder of Changing Faces, Inc., Janae has perfected the art of change as a leading expert in consumer beauty goods. She has earned the respect of her clients, emerging artists and peers. As a veteran in the field of cosmetics, skincare and beauty, Janae serves as an educator, speaker, brand advocate and influencer. A self-proclaimed product junkie, Janae is one of the most sought after product testers and consultant. If Janae is talking about it, you should buy it! Her hands have graced the faces of countless celebrities including the hosts and guests of Chicago’s very own Windy City Live Show in her hometown of Chicago. Creating her own lane in this industry did not come easy and her hard-work has brought her well-deserved recognition with features and awards including, Image Skincare Awards-Esthetician of the Year Award (2017).

Also known as the Brow Whisperer, Janae has mastered the art of perfecting a balanced shape for each client. Her in-depth understanding and knowledge of the 3 phases of hair growth have given her the blueprint to restore over-serviced and damaged brows. She has worked with the most prestigious brow brands – from Benefit and Senna Cosmetics to Anastasia Beverly Hills to having a one on one experience with famed brow stylist Kelly Baker Brows – as well as a long list of celebrity clientele. She has taken all of her wonderful years of experience to craft her very own brow shaping style.

With an intense background in skincare therapy, Janae not only practices her philosophy, skincare first; make up second with her clientele but she lives by it. It has been proven that the better your skincare regime, the more flawless the application. Janae continues her service in this industry as the resident esthetician at Lakeview Dermatology a Division of Illinois Dermatology Institute, LLC

LVD Hyde Park Office is located at 1304 E 47th St, Ste 200, Chicago Hyde Park, IL 60653.
Phone: 773-831-9190

How Much Sweat Is Too Much?

miraDry at Lakeview Dermatology

Article published in SELF Magazine | November 1, 2019 | By Angela Ballard, R.N.

What experts want you to know about sweat and when to see a doctor.

This article was created in collaboration with the International Hyperhidrosis Society.

Embarrassingly clammy handshakes, feet that slip-slide off even the tackiest of yoga mats, cute shoes ruined, smeared makeup, damped-down hair, and armpits that soak shirts like a leaky faucet. Sometimes there’s too much of a good thing.

And, yes, sweating is actually a good thing…usually.

Like it or not, sweating is human, necessary, and natural. Sweating helps the body to maintain a healthy internal temperature so we can function and survive. Think of sweating as a personal air conditioning system; it kicks in when you need it most—like on hot, humid days or when you’re in the midst of a butt-kicking workout (and, uh, yeah, butt sweat is a thing). There’s also, of course, the stress sweat that emerges during job interviews, presentations, and other now-I’m-in-the-hot-seat situations.

So, sweat is normal. But yes, it can be annoying at times.

But what if you sweat a lot. Like a lot, a lot? Like, four or five times more than your friends are sweating, regardless of stress, exercise, or the weather? Such extreme, uncontrollable sweating is actually a medical condition called hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. Hyperhidrosis can soak, drip on, smear, saturate, and ruin many things in a person’s life—from clothing, shoes, makeup, hair, and technology tools to self-confidence and well-being. Living with excessive sweating can take a hefty toll. In fact, one study published in 2016 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology looked at the rates of anxiety and depression in a sample of dermatology patients and found that both mental health conditions were much more common in patients with hyperhidrosis than in patients without it.

But if you’ve never heard of hyperhidrosis before, you’re not alone. Even though it’s a relatively common health condition (affecting approximately 4.8% of the population and 8.8% of people ages 18 to 39) many people—even doctors—still don’t know much about it, nor its life-damaging impacts, how it’s diagnosed, and the many ways to treat it.

It’s time to change that.

An important thing to understand is that there are actually two different types of hyperhidrosis: primary hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis.

  • Primary hyperhidrosis is a medical condition unto itself. It’s sometimes called idiopathic hyperhidrosis because it’s excessive sweating with no discernible cause. It is its own thing.
  • Secondary hyperhidrosis is extreme, unwanted sweating that’s being caused by another medical condition or by a medication that a person is taking. Some common causes of secondary hyperhidrosis include serious medical conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart failure, rheumatoid arthritis, and even pregnancy. So, yeah, you want to get your sweating problem checked out. Medications that can cause secondary hyperhidrosis include: certain antidepressants, some beta blockers (used to treat high blood pressure and heart problems), some treatments for schizophrenia, cancer treatments, and many more (the International Hyperhidrosis Society lists at least 240 meds that can cause excessive sweating along with more than 70 medical conditions.)

Key takeaway? Before you start trying to manage your sweating so that it’s less embarrassing and debilitating, please see a knowledgeable health care provider for a thorough checkup and review of your medical history and any medications you’re taking to rule out other potentially more serious conditions and to figure out whether adjusting any medications you’re on may be able to help. Of course, never stop taking any of your medications or change their dosages without talking to your prescriber first.

Okay, so your doctor has ruled out other medical problems and you’re not taking any medications that can cause extreme sweating as a side effect. What else might be considered before making a primary hyperhidrosis (often just called hyperhidrosis) diagnosis? Here are some things that providers typically look for (which can also be thought of as the ABCDEFG’s of hyperhidrosis):

  • Age of onset: 55% of people with hyperhidrosis say their condition started at or before the age of 10 years.
  • Bilateral. Hyperhidrosis sufferers often experience symmetric symptoms on both sides of their body, centered around hands, feet, and/or underarms (or other specific body areas or body area combinations—think face, scalp, groin, and under the breasts).
  • Cessation during sleeping. Primary hyperhidrosis typically doesn’t bring on episodes during sleep. Oddly enough, night sweats aren’t considered a symptom of primary hyperhidrosis.
  • Duration. Your health care provider will likely look for symptoms that have been going on for more than six months.
  • Episodes. Extreme, uncontrollable sweating isn’t usually constant. Most people with hyperhidrosis will experience episodes of varying length and degree. Your doctor may ask about the number of episodes per week and the effects those episodes have on your daily life and mental well-being.
  • Family history. Nearly two thirds of hyperhidrosis sufferers say they have other family members with the problem too.
  • Gets in the way. Hyperhidrosis gets in the way of sufferers’ ability to function, work, have fun, pursue dreams, develop relationships, and more. Tell your doctor about what excessive sweating means to your life.

You might be thinking, Okay, yeah, sometimes I get really sweaty and it’s super embarrassing and inconvenient. Could I have hyperhidrosis? Great question. Here are some examples of what we mean by hyperhidrosis that gets in the way of your life:

  • You can’t use your smartphone because of your sweaty hands.
  • You’re afraid to be touched because of your sweat.
  • You seem prone to skin infections.
  • You find yourself constantly worrying about your next sweating episode.
  • You’ve had to choose a different career path because your sweating would have made your real dream impossible.
  • You’ve had sweat-related slips, falls, or other accidents.

If any of this sounds like you, it’s a great idea to talk to a health provider about your symptoms.

Hyperhidrosis is treatable. Your doctor can tell you about all the various options, like stronger antiperspirants (and how to apply them for maximum benefit), a medical device that uses electricity to address sweating called iontophoresis, injections, electromagnetic treatment, prescription skin wipes, oral medications, and individualized combinations of these treatments. A drier life is possible, but it can take some patience to get it right.

Just remember that if you’re consistently dealing with excessive sweat, you have options. And if your sweat attacks are mostly relegated to your high-intensity workouts, just know that as annoying as that is, it’s totally normal.