Anil Shah, MD, FACS specializes in several areas of advanced skin care including the treatment of acne scars, hyperpigmentation, redness of skin, acne, oily skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and Mohs reconstruction, as well as therapies tailored for ethnic skin.
Dr. Shah worked diligently to find the best skin care products on the market for in-office as well as at home use. He believes that a thorough home-care routine is essential to maintain the results of the treatments provided in-office. Since many of these products contain a medical grade therapeutic ingredients, they are only available in a cosmetic-medical setting. Dr. Shah is especially proud of the skin care line he has taken years to develop and finally debut in his office, Aesthetic Skin. Through careful listening of his patients concerns, as well as extensive research in the skin care field, Dr. Shah has created a skin care system that he believes will prolong the benefits of his in-office treatments and aggressively fight aging, in addition to dark spots, dullness, and blemishes.
Together with Dr. Shah, patients will leave with a knowledge of at home skin care and anti-aging solutions. Dr. Shah’s skin care line, Aesthetic Skin, uses heavy hitting ingredients such as Retinol, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, anti-oxidants, and hyaluronic acid: an ingredient naturally occurring in the body.
Until recently, there has been limited treatment available for improving acne scars. Many past treatments have posed serious risks such as the risks of permanent scarring and hyper and hypopigmentation. Dr. Shah has found Medical Roll CIT to be a very successful, safe solution for improving acne scarring using collagen deposition. Mrc is performed in the office setting at Dr. Shah’s Chicago, Illinois based office. There is approximately one week downtime and results are seen as early as two week. Other treatments for acne scarring include CROSS (chemical reconstruction of skin scars), dermabrasion, and subcision.
There are a wide range of skin types which comprise ethnic skin. Many patients of ethnicity, including those of African American, Asian, Middle Eastern and Hispanic descent, often have thicker skin which can present its own challenges, particularly in terms of results achieved with plastic surgery procedures. In addition, some ethnicities have certain sensitivities or are more prone to certain complications such as keloid scarring. Having an understanding of ethnic skin is essential to ensuring positive outcomes.
Mohs Reconstruction is a surgical procedure to repair defects resulting from the removal of cancerous tissue via Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery is one of the most advanced techniques for treating skin cancer but it can, in many instances, leave significant defects. Many patients choose to have these defects improved, particularly when they occur on visible areas like the face.
Hyperpigmentation occurs when pigment is darker in areas in relation to other areas of the face. Hyperpigmentation can be classified into many categories, but one simplier way of thinking about it is to think of hyperpigmented skin as either a result of epidermal or dermal causes. Epidermal hyperpigmentation and dermal pigmentation are typically treated differently both from skin care products and aesthetic light and lasers.
Acne is difficult to treat and has many different potential causes. Hormones can create surges in oil production and various treatments to combat this can be helpful. From a skin perspective, when systemic causes such as hormones, diet, and other lifestyle factors are examined, management of the skin itself is still important. Various skin topicals can help in treating acne as a first line treatment. Targeted acne peels and acne systems can be effective in treating both acne and inflammation. Botox therapy for acne can help some patients as a last resort.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is the proper way to clean my face?
In order to get the best out of your skin care products, all dirt and makeup should be removed completely. Click here to read about the proper steps needed to properly clean your face.
What is the proper way apply my skin care care products?
After a proper cleaning, the best way to apply the skin care products is to go from your thinnest product to your thickest. Click here to read a step-by-step guide on how to apply skin care products.
What are some skin care tips for me if I have oily skin?
Oily skin is both a blessing and a curse. Patient’s with oily skin tend to look younger longer than those with drier skin. One reason for this is that young skin tends to be thicker (think of a thick lush forest) versus older skin (dry barren forest). When oil is overproduced it can lead to issues such as acne and socially uncomfortable situations. Oily skin can be treated by both improving lifestyle factors as well as first trying skin care topicals and peels designed for oil. Perhaps one of the more effective treatments for oily skin is the use of intradermal botox.
Is melasma curable?
Melasma is not a curable condition and often requires persistent use of sunscreens and sometimes skin topicals. Patients with melasma can benefit from laser therapy and peels to help improve the dermal darkness and then attempt to maintain the improvement with sunscreen and topicals such as retinol.
Is all hyperpigmentation the same?
Hyperpigmentation varies from person to person. Causes can include freckles, melasma (chloasma), lentigo, solar lentigines, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and hormonal to name a few. Each type depends on the depth of hyperpigmentation and the underlying context of the patient’s surrounding skin.