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April 11th, 2018 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Free Skin Cancer Screenings – May and June 2018 Dates

Carl W. Soderstrom, MD Board Certified Dermatologist

Soderstrom Skin Institute will offer 7 Free Mole and Skin Cancer Screenings throughout May and June. The first spring screening will take place in Peoria on Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. No appointment is needed.
Additional free screenings will take place in:

  • Galesburg on Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Davenport on Saturday,May 12 from 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.
  • Normal on Saturday, May 19 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Peru on Saturday, June 2 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Clinton on Thursday, June 14 from 2 – 6 p.m.
  • Morton on Saturday, June 16 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    No appointment is necessary. Attendees are seen on a first-come first-served basis.

National Statistics:

  • More than 5.4 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually.
  • Around 87,000 will be melanoma. Over 9,700 of these cases will be fatal.
  • There is a 98% survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected before it spreads.
  • People under 30 years old that use tanning beds increase their risk of skin cancer by 75%.
  • Skin cancer increased 800% in women 18-39 from 1970-2009.
  • Melanoma has been linked to tanning bed usage.

2018 Skin Cancer Facts:

  • 5.4 million new cases of skin cancer estimated this year.
  • 91,270 cases will be melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer.
  • 9,320 of these cases will be fatal.

    Don’t risk your life. Get checked!

Dr. Soderstrom recommends a monthly skin self exam. Remember the ABCDE’s of moles/spots:

  • A) Asymmetry – One half not like the other.
  • B) Borders Irregular – Poorly defined borders.
  • C) Color Varied – Difference shades of tan, brown, black, white, red or blue.
  • D) Diameter – Larger than the width of a pencil eraser.
  • E) Evolving – Changing in any way. Stinging, itching, burning, or bleeding.

“This is a disease that affects all ages and all backgrounds. The earlier melanoma is detected and removed, the better a patient’s chance for survival. If you can spot it, you can stop it, Soderstrom says.

Over the past 35 years, Soderstrom Skin Institute has provided this free skin cancer screening service to over 30,000 patients. To learn more, visit WeKnowSkinCancer.com

Public Education Program

The medical staff at Soderstrom Skin Institute is available for interviews and presentations on skin cancer, skin cancer surgery, plastic/cosmetic surgery, laser treatment, acne, psoriasis and all diseases of the skin.

Learn more about Skin Cancer >>
View more of our Free Skin Cancer Screening Dates >>

American Cancer Society, American Academy of Dermatology, Archives of Dermatology, International Agency for Research of Cancer, Skin Cancer Foundation

Questions To Ask Before Your Laser Treatment

February 28th, 2018 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Considering a laser treatment like laser vein treatment, laser hair removal, or laser tattoo removal? Here are 9 helpful questions to guide you in your search.

How many years has your center provided laser services?

Like many technologies, medical laser treatment has advanced rapidly. It is vitally important your provider has the necessary training and experience to provide safe patient care and desired aesthetic outcomes.
More than 25 years ago, Soderstrom Skin Institute started their laser treatment program and became one of the first providers of these services in the state.

Is there a medical doctor that oversees laser protocols and techniques?

In some states, medical training is NOT required to operate a laser treatment center. Keep in mind, operating a medical facility means a physician is required to meet certain guidelines set by the state medical board that optimize efficacy and patient safety.
The medical staff at the Soderstrom Skin Institute are leaders in the field of dermatology, plastic surgery and cosmetic services. Highly educated and board-certified, our physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners are the foundation upon which Soderstrom Skin Institute has been grounded since its inception 40 years ago. Our philosophy is simple: our patients come first.


Are your laser clinicians certified and trained?

Licensing and training requirements for laser operators can vary from state to state. Make sure your provider is properly trained prior to your treatment.
Our doctors are proud members of the ASLMS American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and follow their guidelines on laser safety and training.


What type of lasers do you use?

Some laser centers only have one or two lasers and try to provide multiple treatments with limited equipment. Make sure your provider has the right laser for your specific needs.
Soderstrom Skin Institute has ten different lasers providing multiple wavelengths for use in treating a variety of issues including brown spots, wrinkles, facial rejuvenation, unwanted  hair, leg and face veins, tattoos, birthmarks, scars, stretch marks, warts, psoriasis and rosacea.



Do you have Before and After treatment photos?

Make sure your laser provider has before and after photos of patients of who have received laser treatments at that facility.
Photos of our own patients are available here on our website. These will give you an idea of your potential results:

Is the laser treatment painful?

Everyone’s pain tolerance is different. Some people compare it to a rubber band snapping.
At Soderstrom Skin Institute, a topical anesthetic is provided if needed.

How many treatments will I need?

This will vary depending on the type of laser and the type of treatment being performed. Be sure you know up-front how many treatments will be needed for the results you desire.
During your laser consultation, your goals will be discussed and a treatment plan will be provided that includes number of visits and time frame needed to meet your goals.

Are there any risks to Laser Treatment?

There are risks with any medical procedure. Be sure these are explained to you prior to your treatment.
Our laser clinicians will explain benefits and risks during your laser consultation.

Do you provide financing options?

Many patients have difficulty paying a large lump sum out-of-pocket for these services.
We offer financing is offered through Care Credit. Ask for details during your consultation.


Interested in a Consultation?

Give us a call at 1.888.970.7546 to schedule a consultation with our team or visit weknowlasers.com.

Answering Your Questions About Eczema

November 16th, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Answering Your Questions About Eczema

Carl W. Soderstrom, MD
Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology

What is Eczema?

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a common skin disease that causes dry, itch skin. It may appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly appears on the cheeks, hands, elbows and knees.

What Does It Look Like?

While atopic dermatitis can look different from person to person, everyone shares one common symptom. The skin itches. In fact, atopic dermatitis usually begins with an itch and is often referred to as “the itch that rashes.”

What Parts of the Body Does It Affect?

In infants, the rash generally appears on the cheeks and around the mouth. By age 2, atopic dermatitis most commonly occurs on the hands, wrists, arms and legs. You will often see atopic dermatitis in the creases of the elbows and the bends of the knees by age 4. The most commonly affected areas in children and adults are the face, neck and the insides of the elbows, backs for the knees and ankles.

Which Irritants Can Trigger a Flare-Up?

Soap, chemicals, sweating, certain fabrics, food, weather changes and stress can cause a flare-up. In particular, winter weather can cause skin to become dry and itchy due to lower humidity levels.

Are There Treatments for Eczema?

Specific treatment measures and techniques vary from person to person – but these are a several ways to effectively treat and prevent severely dry skin*:

  • Use skin cream, like Skin Dimensions Moisturizing Skin Cream, to add moisture back into your dry skin.
  • Soaking in a bath with bath oil, like Skin Dimensions Bath Oil, for 15 to 20 minutes, is helpful because it adds moisture back into the skin. Showering tends to wash off your own body oil and makes you drier. Pat, don’t rub, yourself dry after the bath.
  • A prescription cortisone cream may reduce itching, redness and irritation.
  • Glycolic lotions (alpha hydroxyl acids), like Skin Dimensions Glycolic Body Lotion 15%, may be used to exfoliate and slough off the dead skin cells while hydrating and smoothing the skin.
  • An antihistamine may be prescribed for itching. These pills work internally by decreasing itchiness. Take them as directed.
  • A cortisone shot may be used to quickly help reduce severe redness, inflammation and itching.
  • The humidity in your home should be kept around 45 to 50 percent. The use of a humidifier often helps alleviate dry skin. A humidity gauge should be placed in your home to monitor the humidity; these can be purchased at a hardware store.

How Do I Know If I Have Eczema?

The best way to know, for certain, that you have Eczema is to schedule an appointment with a qualified physician.

Interested in a Consultation?

Give us a call at 1.888.970.7546 to schedule a consultation with our team.

Learn More About Eczema >>

 

*results may vary
Source: National Eczema Association – https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/treatment/

SmartLipoBlog

October 25th, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Answering Your Questions About Smartlipo® Laser Liposuction

J. Eric Lomax, MD and James M. Jeffries III, MD
Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Member Surgeons of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

What is Smartlipo®?

Smartlipo® is a medical device designed exclusively to perform laser liposuction. A very thin tube containing a laser fiber is inserted in targeted areas through a small incision. The laser fiber delivers thermal energy directly to fat cells for easy removal. The laser literally melts the fat, which is removed with gentle suction. At the same time, tissue around the area tightens through coagulation, contributing to a smoother shape overall.

Is Smartlipo® Right for Me?

The best candidates are non-smokers in good health who are not significantly overweight, but have fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise.

Which Areas Can be Treated with Smartlipo®?

The most popular areas are the face, neck, jawline, arms, abdomen, flanks (love handles) hips (saddlebags) buttocks, inner/outer thighs, knees, ankles and back.

HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?

On average, the procedure will take 1.5-2 hours.* This is dependent on the number of areas to be treated and the size of the areas.

WILL I NEED TO BE IN THE HOSPITAL?

Smartlipo® is an in-office procedure normally done with local or general anesthetic, depending what is best for the patient.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL BE NEEDED?

For most patients, results are achieved in just one Smartlipo® treatment.* According to Dr. Jeffries, “Most patients see immediate change, with continued improvement over the next 3-6 months* as swelling goes down and scar tissue heals. It’s important to be patient and know that some slight asymmetry and minor dimpling is normal.”

HOW LONG DO THE RESULTS LAST?

Smartlipo® destroys fat cells in the treated area. However, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen to enjoy long-lasting results.

WILL THERE BE ANY SCARRING?

The incision site will be very small. With proper care, any scars will be barely noticeable.*

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME?

Smartlipo® is a minimally invasive procedure which usually only requires local anesthesia. Some light bruising can occur, but you’ll be able to return to normal activities in a few days.* According to Dr. Lomax, this is one of the most frequent concerns that patients have. “Patients are anxious to get back to their lives and we want them to be able to, as well. Most find that they are back at work within 7-10 days* and back in the gym within a month.*”

WILL I NEED ANY POST-TREATMENT AFTER SURGERY?

You will need to wear a compression garment for around 3-4 weeks*, depending on the areas being treated. Most patients will rest for a few days post-surgery and resume activities as they feel more comfortable.*

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SMARTLIPO AND OTHER NON-INVASIVE METHODS OF FAT REDUCTION?

Smartlipo® provides an immediate measurable amount of fat removed during the procedure. In comparison, no measurable fat is actually removed during non-invasive methods such as radio frequency, ultrasound, heat or cooling fat reduction treatments.

Interested? Contact Us!

Give us a call at 1.888.970.7546 to schedule a consultation with our team!

See Real Results – View our Before and After Gallery >>

 

*results may vary

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October 18th, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Differences Between Functional and Cosmetic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

J. Eric Lomax, MD
Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Member Surgeon of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

In 2015, nearly 170,000 people in the US had eyelid surgery. The majority, nearly half were 51-64 years old.** Many of these procedures were done for cosmetic reasons, but others were done for medical reasons.

When most people think of blepharoplasty, they think of a cosmetic “eyelift” performed to tighten up droopy upper eyelid skin and create a more refreshed youthful appearance. You may be surprised to learn that droopy eyelids can actually impair your vision.

When is an “eyelift” considered functional?

When your eyelid falls too low and partially covers your pupil, it can impair your vision. This condition is called ptosis. Some people are born with ptosis and others experience ptosis as they age and the tendons that hold up the eyelid stretches. Either way, it is sometimes necessary to conduct a blepharoplasty to restore normal vision. In most cases, if your vision is being impaired, your insurance will likely cover some or all of the costs of a functional blepharoplasty.

According to Dr. John Eric Lomax, board certified Plastic Surgeon at Soderstrom Skin Institute. “Almost half of all blepharoplasties done at the practice qualify for insurance coverage. Before surgery, we test every patient’s field of vision—many don’t realize that their saggy eyelids are hindering their eyesight. “

When is an “eyelift” considered cosmetic?

As we age, our upper, and sometimes lower, eyelids can get saggy and appear weighed down. As the skin under the eye gets thinner and muscles weaken, bulges or dark shadows can become more prominent. Cosmetic blepharoplasty is performed to reduce these signs of aging and can leave the patient with a more rested and youthful appearance.*

Patients have different reasons for considering eyelid surgery. The best approach is to sit down with a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or an ophthalmologist and discuss your concerns. These professionals can help make sure your expectations are realistic and that you have a good understanding of the risk and benefits associated with the recommended treatment.

Interested? Contact Us!

Give us a call at 1.888.970.7546 to schedule a consultation with our team!

See Real Results – View our Before and After Gallery >>

 

**Source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
*results may vary

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October 10th, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

What Is a Mommy Makeover?

James M. Jeffries III, MD
Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Member Surgeon of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)


Motherhood is full of ups and downs – that is to be expected, but for some women their post pregnancy body is somewhat unexpected and can leave them feeling down and insecure. Pregnancy can negatively affect the size and shape of a women’s breasts, leave her with a sagging tummy and stretch marks or pockets of fat on the waist, abdomen and thighs that often do not improve with diet and exercise. Fortunately, there are options in cosmetic and plastic surgery to help boost a mother’s self-confidence and body image.

What is A Mommy Makeover?

The term, “Mommy Makeover” has been coined to describe any combination of cosmetic procedures to restore a woman’s before-pregnancy appearance, typically focusing on the breasts and abdomen. The first step is a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to determine what the best treatment course will be, taking into consideration the desired results.

According to Dr. James M. Jeffries III, board certified Plastic Surgeon at Soderstrom Skin Institute, “Mommy Makeovers can be done as soon as 9 months after giving birth, once a woman has lost most of the weight gained during pregnancy and her body has stabilized. If done too soon, and a woman continues to lose weight after cosmetic surgery, body shape and contour can be negatively effected.”

Which Areas of the Body are Treated in a Mommy Makeover?

Obviously the tummy area is where most women notice the biggest change after pregnancy. Sometimes, no matter how much you diet and exercise the tissue, muscle and skin on the abdomen can be too weak and stretched out to tighten on its own. A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, removes fat and excess skin from the middle to lower abdomen, and restores weakened or separated muscles for a smoother and firmer profile.

A tummy tuck may narrow your waist, but not your hips; liposuction can improve the contour of the hips, thighs, buttocks and stomach. A surgical procedure that utilizes a suction technique to remove fat, liposuction is often used in conjunction with other procedures to help contour body shape.

During pregnancy, breasts usually swell – sometimes they remain larger which could be a welcome change unless they are uneven or disproportionately large. Every woman’s breasts are different and in some cases a breast lift to treat sagging or uneven breasts may be the answer, other women may require a breast reduction. Some women may choose a breast augmentation where an implant is surgically placed to increase or restore breast size. And if a woman’s breasts are droopy they may consider a breast lift combined with an augmentation.

Who Performs Mommy Makeover Procedures?

Undoubtedly, the most important decision a woman will make regarding her Mommy Makeover will be selecting the surgeon. It is important to choose a board certified surgeon who has education, and experience with all of the Mommy Makeover procedures; they may also be trained in nonsurgical facial treatments and even skin care.

Try this interactive tool by Allergan, designed to help you learn about available surgeries and treatments. You can also create a list of treatment options to bring to your consultation for discussion with your surgeon: https://www.itsmyturn.com/interactive-tool.

Interested? Contact Us!

Give us a call at 1.888.970.7546 to schedule a consultation with our team!

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October 5th, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Soderstrom Skin Institute Welcomes Dermatologist Dr. Bradley

Soderstrom Skin Institute is proud to welcome Laurence M. Bradley, MD to our medical practice. A native Illinoisan, Dr. Bradley joined Soderstrom Skin Institute in 2017 and will provide medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology services for patients in our Illinois offices.

EDUCATION & AFFILIATIONS
Dr. Bradley is board certified in dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northern Illinois University, and received his medical degree with the highest honors (Alpha Omega Alpha) in 2013 from Howard University College of Medicine (HUCM). Dr. Bradley received training in Internal medicine and dermatology at Howard University. In 2017, he completed his dermatology residency where he served as Chief Resident.

He has published and presented many dermatology articles and participated in the tutoring and educating HUCM students and residents. Dr. Bradley is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and Skin of Color Society.

SPECIALTY SERVICES
Dr. Bradley practices general dermatology with extensive training and experience in cutaneous oncology, pigmentation disorders, chemical peels, BOTOX Cosmetic, laser, soft tissue augmentation and hair loss. He is very interested in furthering his research into keloids, cutaneous oncology and pigmentation disorders.

When Dr. Bradley isn’t in the office caring for patients he enjoys spending time with his three children and wife. His hobbies include kayaking and fishing.

To make an appointment with Dr. Bradley at our Peoria, Morton, Normal, Galesburg or Peru office, please call 888.970.7546.
We are a participating provider in most insurance plans. For additional information on medical staff and services, please call 888.970.7546.

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