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University Dermatology and Vein Clinic is a full-service dermatology center in Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana, with 5 locations to serve you. As reputable and caring dermatologists, we want to make sure you feel the best in your skin, which is why we utilize only the most advanced technology and techniques.

Whether you are interested in medical or cosmetic dermatology, our highly qualified team will give you the personalized expert care that you deserve. Our team is highly qualified and trained to diagnose and treat any skin, nail, or hair condition.

Darien
IL
Skokie
IL
Chicago
IL
St. Joseph
MI
Michigan City
IN

Medical Dermatology

The skin is the largest organ of the body and essential to our overall health. Full body skin exams are recommended annually to screen for skin cancer or atypical moles. Our team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all medical conditions involving the skin, hair, and nails including conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, mole removal, warts, and hair loss among others.

Skin Specialist in St. Joseph, MI & Chicago, IL

Conditions We Can Treat

  • Acne
  • Actinic keratoses
  • Age spots
  • Alopecia areata
  • Anti-aging
  • Athlete′s foot
  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Cold sores/Herpes simplex
  • Dandruff
  • Dry skin
  • Eczema/Atopic dermatitis
  • Genital Warts
  • Hair disorders
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Impetigo
  • Keloids
  • Keratosis pilaris
  • Melanoma
  • Melasma
  • Moles
  • Molluscum contagiosum
  • Nail fungus
  • Poison ivy
  • Psoriasis
  • Rashes
  • Red spots
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea
  • Seborrheic keratoses
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Shingles
  • Skin cancer
  • Skincare
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Sunscreen
  • Telangiectasias
  • Tinea versicolor
  • Vitiligo
  • Warts
Cosmetic dermatology Skin Specialist in St. Joseph, MI & Chicago, IL

What We Can Do

  • Botox injections
  • Restylane
  • Radiesse
  • Chemical Peels
  • Juvederm
  • E-needle
  • Scar Revision
  • Dermabrasion

Cosmetic Dermatology

We are happy to offer various cosmetic dermatology procedures to have your skin feeling beautiful and visually appealing. Our providers are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to customize your treatment to have you feeling refreshed and new. We can create a skin plan for you to maintain your results and keep your skin feeling rejuvenated.

Skin Cancers

Skin cancer is a type of cancer that can be easily treated or severely detrimental, depending on what type of skin cancer it is. Generally, skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells, which can develop in any area of the skin. Most commonly, it grows in the regions that are often exposed to the sun.

Skin cancer can affect individuals of any color and race. However, if you have fair skin, you are more prone to sunburn, putting you at higher risk for developing skin cancer. We have listed the types of skin cancer here:

Types of Skin Cancer

Actinic Keratoses (AK)

Actinic Keratoses consists of scaly or dry patches on the skin that are recognized as precancerous growths.

  • This occurs most often in individuals with fair skin and those over 40 years old.
  • These patches usually form on areas that receive lots of sun exposure, such as the head, neck, hands, and forearms.
  • It can progress to a type of skin cancer called Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), where treatment is essential.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer.

  • It develops most often in individuals with fair skin but can grow in darker skin.
  • It resembles a flesh-colored, pearl-like bump or a pinkish patch of skin.
  • This develops after years of excessive sun exposure or indoor tanning.
  • It can form anywhere on the body, but most often on the neck, arms, and head.

It is important to receive early diagnosis and treat BCC immediately because it can invade the surrounding tissue and expand growth, resulting in more extensive damage.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

The second most common type of skin cancer is Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

  • It often occurs in individuals with light skin but can develop in darker skin.
  • It often resembles a red firm bump, scaly patch, or a sore that heals and reopens.
  • Usually forms on skin areas that receive a lot of sun exposure (rim of the ear, face, neck, arms, chest, back)
  • It can grow deep in the skin and cause damage and disfigurement.

If you catch SCC early enough, treatment can prevent it from spreading through the body.

Melanoma

Melanoma is the rarest form of skin cancer but also the deadliest.

  • It usually develops in a mole or suddenly appears as a new dark spot on the skin.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to stop possible spreading to other parts of the body.

To learn more about skin cancer, check out our brochure here.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Dr. Frederick Mohs developed Mohs Micrographic Surgery (MMS) in the 1930s. Due to advances in technology, specially trained Mohs surgeons can examine fresh tissue layers immediately, allowing immediate reconstruction of the wound.

Serving as surgeon, pathologist, and reconstructive surgeon, Mohs-trained dermatologist, Dr. Dimitropoulos, traces the skin cancer down to its roots, ensuring complete removal. He can see beyond the visible disease and precisely identify and remove the entire tumor, leaving healthy tissue intact and undamaged.

Advantages of Mohs Micrographic Surgery

  • Performed in the surgeon’s office
  • Pathologic examinations conducted immediately
  • Surgery completed in a single day
  • Highest cure rate of any existing procedure
  • Preserves the maximum amount of skin
  • Involves fewer reconstructive procedures
  • Minimizes risk of recurrence

Indicators for Mohs Micrographic Surgery

  • Cancer is large.
  • Cancer is growing quickly.
  • Cancer has indistinct borders.
  • Cancer was treated and has reoccurred.
  • Cancer in extensive scar tissue area
  • Cancer is in a difficult area where it is important to preserve healthy tissue for maximum functional and cosmetic results.

Mohs Treatment Technique

The Mohs treatment technique addresses what is below the surface by removing the apparent tumor first. A thin tissue layer is then removed, and a map is created as a guide to the exact location of any remaining cancer cells.

The tissue that is removed is microscopically examined for any remaining cancer cells. If there are remaining cancer cells, the Mohs surgeon will return to the area and remove another thin tissue layer. This process is repeated until the surgeon is confident all cancer has been removed.

The Mohs surgeon is also trained in reconstructive techniques and will perform the best repair procedure necessary to minimize the wound.

To learn more about Mohs Micrographic Surgery, check out our brochure here.

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Clinical Research

At our offices, we provide clinical research opportunities to our patients for various skin diseases. Clinical trials are key to the advancement in modern medicine as they help determine the safety and efficacy of new drugs and therapies before they can receive FDA approval.

A clinical trial follows a detailed protocol consisting of multiple safety visits with the Physician, a structured treatment plan, and often collection of blood and/or tissue.For more information about current clinical trials being conducted at our offices, please contact one of our offices and ask for the Clinical Research Coordinator.

Contact one of our offices today to schedule an appointment for your dermatology needs.

University Dermatology and Vein Clinic
Darien, IL

8110 Cass Ave
Darien, IL 60561

Skokie, IL

4605 Golf Rd,
Skokie, IL 60076

Chicago, IL

4700 N. Marine Dr, Suite 220
Chicago, IL 60640

St. Joseph, MI

2900 Niles Rd
St Joseph, MI 49085

Michigan City, IN

10282 W 400 N
Michigan City, IN 46360

All Location Hours:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM