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Anti Aging Lasers

Laser Skin Resurfacing

antiaging lasers from Illinois Dermatologist Laser skin resurfacing procedures are used in order to improve your skin's appearance, and to treat minor facial flaws. Laser resurfacing can be done with two different types of lasers: an ablative laser that removes thin layers of skin, and a non-ablative laser, which stimulates the collagen growth and tightens the underlying tissues. With laser resurfacing, you can decrease the appearance of fine lines, as well as treat your skin tone and improve your complexion, especially if you have any sun damage or scarring.
Our laser skin resurfacing treatments can help treat the following:
  • Sun Damaged Skin
  • Wrinkles
  • Liver/Sun Spots
  • Uneven Skin Tone
  • Scars

Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing

This often offers dramatic results in a single treatment, but may require 4-10 days off of work for healing. As with most treatments, there is a potential for side effects.
These side effects include:
  • Acne – It is common that you will develop tiny white bumps after your treatment. For this reason, it is best to avoid applying thick layers of creams and bandages to your face after your treatments. Doing this can make acne worse, making your laser treatment less effective.
  • Infections – This treatment can lead to bacterial, viral, or fungal infections. The most common infection experienced is the herpes virus, since this virus is already present, but is dormant in your skin.
  • Itching and Redness – Once your treatment is over, your skin can start to itch and swell. While these side effects will not last very long, the redness will depend on the depth of the resurfacing treatment. This redness may last for up to a couple of months.
  • Skin Color Changes – Ablative treatments can cause hyperpigmentation, causing your skin color to become lighter or darker than normal.
  • Scarring – The risk of permanent scarring is very slim.

Non-Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing

Non- ablative laser treatments are often a series of treatments scheduled every few months. These lasers offer gradual results that afford less (often no) time off of work.

As with ablative laser skin resurfacing, there is a potential for a few side effects with non-ablative laser treatments as well:
  • Skin Color Changes – With this type of treatment, your skin color may change and become darker.
  • Infections – With non-ablative treatments, the herpes virus has the potential to flare-up, causing a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection.
  • Mild Swelling and Redness – This will typically only last for a few hours or days.
  • Scarring – While this rarely happens with non-ablative laser resurfacing treatments, these treatments can cause blistering or scarring.
Laser skin resurfacing is not for everyone. Be sure to talk with your doctor in order to determine what your options are, and the best treatment for you and your needs. Patients that are experiencing any of the following may not be advised to receive laser skin resurfacing treatments:
  • Pregnant or breast feeding
  • Taking the acne medication isotretinoin
  • Has diabetes, a weak immune system, or has an autoimmune disease.
Please schedule a consultation at DSI to discuss whether either of these types of laser treatments would benefit your skin condition.

Call Dermatology Specialists of Illinois at (844) 307-7546 to schedule a consultation.
Dermatologist Specialists of Illinois Dr. Vikram
Dr. Lauren Boshnick Dr. Lauren
Dr. David Othman Dr. Othman

Dermatologist Specialists of Illinois
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With over 20 years of experience in dermatology, Dr. Vikram "Vic" Khanna began his education and training at Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University. He was the chief resident at the dermatology department at Case Western Reserve University and continues to update and refine his extensive skills with daily advances in the industry.

As a board-certified dermatologist, he continues to dedicate his time to serving his patients of all ages and provides general, cosmetic, and medical solutions for the skin, hair, nails, and body. He was also recently certified for Mohs Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery by the American Board of Dermatology.

Dr. Lauren Boshnick is committed to providing her patients the highest-quality medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatologic care. She is passionate about cosmetic dermatology and is also interested in diagnosing and treating skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis.

She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean. She pursued specialized training in dermatology at top medical centers worldwide, including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Mt. Sinai, and Oxford before completing her residency at Florida State University, where she served as chief resident.

After training, Dr. Boshnick worked in a private practice in Florida, performing complex skin cancer surgeries and providing cosmetic dermatology services. She is a member of the AAD.

A board certified dermatologist and micrographic dermatologic surgeon, Dr. David Othman has over 10 years of experience in medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology.

With a B.S. in Microbiology and an M.H.S.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.D. from Northeast Ohio Medical University, Dr. Othman completed his training at Indiana University. He is currently Program Director of the Cook County Hospital residency program, Assistant Professor at Rush University, Clinical Assistant Professor at Rosalind Franklin, and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Midwestern University. Having published numerous articles and presented at national conferences, he is a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.