Choosing Your Dermatologist
Dermatology relieves anxiety and depression, boosts self-confidence, and saves lives.
If that sounds hyperbolic, take into account that skin is the largest organ in the human body. Despite the skin’s status as the first line of defense, it contains vulnerabilities. Those vulnerabilities range from mild cases of acne to life-threatening cancers.
Forbes correlated anxiety and depression with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. An experienced dermatologist eliminates or mitigates skin disorders, restoring the patient’s self-confidence and alleviating depressing and anxious feelings about the skin.
While some of dermatology deals in the cosmetic aesthetic, the practice often saves lives as skin diseases often go unnoticed by the untrained eye.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) reported a rise in home skin treatments during the pandemic. Do-it-yourself procedures could lead to spreading cancer, causing serious infection, or creating unstoppable blood loss.
Skin cancer apps make home treatments more dangerous. Studies prove the apps give different results for the same spot, can’t identify colorless melanoma, and can’t detect skin cancers other than melanoma.
The AAD recommends dermatologists for the following reasons:
- Find and treat skin cancer
- Control infection risks
- Minimize scarring
- Prevent loss of movement due to scarring
- Avoid unstoppable blood loss
Finding a dermatologist may seem daunting, but the Chicagoland area possesses 14 pristine Derick Dermatology locations to serve you.
Type “search dermatology near me” into your browser of choice to find the nearest location for medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatological services.
In our 14-year adult and pediatric practice, we’ve conducted more than 680,000 patient visits and racked up more than 30,000 five-star reviews. Once you’ve searched dermatology near me, you’ll find readily-available appointments with on-time service. We operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
We make finding a dermatologist to fit your specific needs convenient and effective.
Derick’s medical dermatology treats newborn to elderly patients for moderate to severe skin disorders.
Our board-certified medical director, Amy Derick, M.D., remains active on national dermatological committees and boards to stay on the cusp of new developments in the field.
The surgical aspects of the Derick range from minimal procedures to Mohs micrographic surgery. We perform most surgeries in office sending the patient home the same day. Our customized surgical care comes complete with secured, electronic medical records we can easily access when needed.
For some of the more severe issues, we utilize our Mohs micrographic surgical training. This method allows us to resolve skin issues while removing the least amount of skin tissue possible.
Once the anesthesia sets in, we remove the skin cancer layer by layer, leaving healthy skin in place, minimizing scarring. Mohs proves more effective than other procedures when applicable.
Through Botox, we can smooth frown lines and crow’s feet to remove the effects of aging safely.
We use customized filler injections like Juvederm to plump lips and smooth forehead wrinkles.
Our Zeltiq CoolSculpting provides a noninvasive, FDA-approved fat reduction to treat bulges unaffected by proper diet and exercise. CoolSculpting has zero serious side effects and proven results verified by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and other regulatory agencies.
For those tired of wasting time on unwanted hair removal at home, we offer low-risk, noninvasive laser treatments for permanent removal of hair.
Derick’s laser treatments extend to resurfacing, which removes damaged skin one layer at a time to smooth lines, wrinkles, and other skin imperfections. We also remove tattoos with low-risk lasers.
Other laser treatments include:
- Skin discoloration
- Facial veins
- Age spots
Dermatology in America
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated 37 million Americans visited dermatologists in 2014. Of those visits, 33% presented new problems while 32% came for routine check-ups of chronic problems. Preventative care made up 17% of visits with 10% reporting a flare up of a chronic problem.
The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey from the CDC reported the top diagnoses as:
- Actinic keratosis
- Seborrheic keratosis
- Viral warts, unspecified
Patients’ top five reasons for visits were:
- Skin lesion
- Special examination
- Progress visit
- Acne or pimples
- Skin rash
The top services ordered and provided were:
- Skin examination
- Excision of tissue
This CDC survey showed part of the range of dermatological services and reported that 95% of visits and procedures qualified for insurance coverage.
Reasons to Visit a Dermatologist
With ample insurance coverage and the success rate of diagnoses, everyone should maintain routine appointments with a dermatologist. The skin’s existence on the outside of the body, allows physicians the ability to successfully diagnose many skin conditions visually without the need for x-rays or MRIs.
Some conditions require immediate attention. Sudden skin blistering, itching that disturbs sleep, and suddenly-appearing rashes all qualify as dermatological emergencies that require immediate medical attention.
The NIH created an entire branch to help advance dermatological research called the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).
As one of the busiest clinical services in the NIH Clinical Research Center, NIAMS is responsible for outpatient dermatologic patient care. It researches the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of skin disease.
Finding a Dermatologist – Derick Dermatology
Whether you have unusual or changing moles, sensitive skin, rashes, a bluish tinge to the skin, yellow skin coloring, itchy plaques, or no discernible skin disorders, go to the Derick Dermatology and schedule your appointment today.
Derick earned Patients’ Choice, Top 10 Dermatology Practice in Illinois, On-Time, and Compassionate Doctor awards from Vitals. The Northwest Herald tacked on Derick’s praise with a Best of Fox Valley award. Derick also earned a spot among the Top 10 Dermatology Practices in the country.
We win awards because we treat our patients with dignity while continually seeking to heal. We’ll customize your treatment to ensure you have the healthiest skin possible.
DERMATOLOGY NEAR ME
Derick Dermatology is a leading authority in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatological services with 18 stunning Chicagoland dermatology locations. Our dedicated dermatologists offer exceptional dermatological services for both adult and pediatric patients. Please complete our online form or call our main number at (847) 381-8899 to schedule a consultation.