Phototherapy (Light Treatment)
Skin Cancer Screening, Treatment, and Mole Removal
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in humans, and fortunately most skin cancers can be cured with early diagnosis and treatment. We utilize a special instrument called a Dermatoscope that allows us to see a mole’s pigment pattern inside your skin, and helps us to determine whether a mole is benign or malignant. You should watch for changes in your moles (such as growth, color change, or bleeding). If you see any changes in your moles, immediately report them to us. We can remove atypical, unsightly, or irritating moles with minimal scarring. If you are unfortunately diagnosed with skin cancer, you can rest assured that we employ state-of-the-art treatment methods for skin cancers. We also monitor and treat precancerous lesions utilizing surgery, therapeutic creams, and specialized light therapy.
Acne and Rosacea Treatment:
We are experts in the treatment of acne and rosacea that have not responded to over-the-counter treatments or medications given to you by other physicians. We individualize your treatment to your specific skin type. Our customized therapies often include topical medications, oral antibiotics, and even isotretinoin (Accutane®) for the most difficult-to-treat cases. We also utilize cutting-edge Blue Light therapy for acne.
We commonly treat warts that have not responded to over-the-counter treatments and treatments given to you by other doctors. Our treatments include liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy), topical medications, and Bleomycin injections. Other dermatologists and podiatrists in the area frequently refer their patients to us for Bleomycin injections, because we are one of the few offices to perform this highly effective treatment.
Molluscum Contagiosum Treatment
We take special care to make sure that your child is comfortable with Dr. Goldin and our staff. Our painless treatment involves painting a medication on the molluscum spots. Many Pediatricians throughout the area refer children to our office for this treatment.
We can help you when your psoriasis is not controlled with common over-the-counter medications and those prescribed to you by other doctors. There are several advanced options for treatment of psoriasis and we are experienced with all. We offer state-of-art light treatments with narrow-band ultraviolet B (UVB) light, hand and foot PUVA, and Excimer Laser. We routinely prescribe Methotrexate, CellCept®, Cyclosporine (Neoral®) and the new biologic therapies like Enbrel® (Etanercept), Humira® (Adalimumab), Amevive® (Alefacept), Remicade® (Infliximab), and Stelara® (Ustekinumab).
Skin Ulcer Management
We treat many skin ulcers, including pressure sores and leg ulcers. Dr. Goldin was a founding member of the Cook County Hospital Wound Healing Task Force and is especially interested and experienced in difficult-to-heal wounds.
Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis) Treatment
We employ several treatment options for excessive sweating, including topical solutions and pills. We offer iontophoresis, an extremely effective therapy that uses a mild electric current to reduce the sweating of the palms and soles. We also perform botulinum toxin injections (Botox® and Dysport®) to the armpits and palms to turn off sweating.
Vitiligo is a condition where skin color (pigment) is lost, causing white spots. It can be particularly devastating to people of color. We treat this condition with topical medications as well as narrow band ultraviolet B (UVB) light and the highly effective, state-of-the-art Excimer Laser. Dermatologists routinely refer their patients to us for treatment of this disfiguring skin ailment.
PHOTOTHERAPY (LIGHT TREATMENT):
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a cutting-edge treatment option for patients with many pre-cancerous skin lesions (actinic keratoses). This treatment involves the application of a cream to the scalp, face, or arms, followed by brief exposure to blue light emitted from a special machine. The therapy is very well-tolerated, and is usually covered by insurance.
Blue Light Therapy for Acne
For moderate-to-severe acne, a new option for treatment is Blue Light therapy. This treatment involves brief exposure to a safe, specialized light source. For severe acne, we may use a topical cream to make this light treatment more effective. If you do not want to take oral medications for you acne or if you are pregnant, this treatment may be right for you.
Narrow-Band Ultraviolet Light Therapy
We utilize this specialized light therapy to treat moderate-to-severe psoriasis, widespread eczema, vitiligo, itching, and a skin cancer called cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (Mycosis Fungoides). Patients are referred to us from doctors throughout the Chicagoland area for this therapy in our conveniently located office.
Excimer Laser (308 nm)
The Excimer Laser is a state-of-the-art method of phototherapy. The Excimer Laser delivers high doses of a narrow-band of ultraviolet light using a focused beam of light through a fiber optic device. We use this fast and effective treatment to treat difficult cases of psoriasis and vitiligo.
PUVA Light Therapy
Moderate-to-severe psoriasis and eczema of the hands and feet can be treated with PUVA, a phototherapy regimen that uses ultraviolet A (UVA) light in conjunction with a photosensitizing medicine called Psoralen®. PUVA is delivered either with Psoralen® pills prior to light exposure or by soaking the hands and feet in a solution of Psoralen®.
Botulinum Toxin Injections
We are experienced at injecting Botulinum Toxin (Botox® and Dysport® for wrinkles. These injections relax the underlying muscles that cause frown lines, forehead creases, and crows feet with minimal discomfort and virtually no recovery time. Patients return to us over and over and refer their family and friends to us because of the excellent results we are able to achieve with this therapy.
Dermal Filler Injections
We are experts in injecting Restylane® and Perlane® for wrinkles. These fillers are employed to reduce the lines and wrinkles in your nose-to-mouth lines, at the corners of your mouth, on your forehead, and across the top of your lips. These fillers also can add volume to your lips. They are made from hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in your body and does not cause allergic reactions. We also inject longer lasting fillers such as Sculptra®.
We offer both Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid peels to treat a variety of skin conditions. Glycolic Acid peels are helpful to minimize skin discoloration (such as sun spots and melasma), to improve the appearance of skin tone and texture, and to reduce signs of aging. Salicylic Acid peels are useful to treat mild-to-severe acne and to improve skin texture.
Sclerotherapy (Leg Vein Treatment)
Sclerotherapy involves using a very small needle to inject solutions into unsightly veins on the legs. Our excellent results and patient satisfaction are due to our outstanding skill at injecting the tiny blood vessels in your skin and the painless solution we employ.