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Our Center in the Chicago downtown loop area is dedicated to the highest level of patient care. Chicago is a city known for dermatology, as there are many dermatologists in Chicago. We would like to play a part in making your experience with the specialty of dermatology a pleasant one. Dr. Memar is a board certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon with extensive training and experience in cosmetic surgery, serving the Chicago area.
We specialize in surgical dermatology, including skin cancer detection and treatment. We offer the latest techniques in dermatologic cosmetic surgery, including Mohs micrographic surgery, hair transplantation, scar correction, laser hair removal, fat injection (microlipoinjection or fat transfer), liposuction, weekend facelift, and eyelid lift (blepharoplasty). We treat a variety of dermatologic conditions, including alopecia, acne, rosacea, warts, moles, skin cancer, melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma.
Dermatology is a medical subspecialty that addresses the health and disease of skin, hair, nails, and mucosa. Dermatologists are experts in the anatomy, function, surgery and pathology of the skin. They are uniquely trained in clinical medicine, tissue pathology and surgery pertaining to the skin. Today, dermatologists are in the forefront of medical research, clinical practice, and surgical innovation having to do with the health and beauty of skin.
The following conditions are just some of the most common conditions treated by Dr. Memar:
We transfer fat uniquely
Recently, we have learned a great deal about the aging face. While before, it was thought that the skin becomes more flabby or loose, now we realize that the deep wrinkle formations and hollow areas of the face are greatly due to loss of facial tissue. As we age, fat disappears from the cheek bones, mid face, chin, and lips, and seems to accumulate in the jawline and neck. Read More
Our focus on liposuction in chicago is very uniqueThe new micro-cannular tumescent liposuction done in chicago has revolutionized liposuction surgery done in chicago. Most patients have localized fat deposits and some of our happiest patients are within twenty to thirty pounds of their ideal weight, and have been stable at that weight for years. Read More
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Our hair transplant practice in Chicago is very different
Each patient is treated as a unique individual. Dr. Memar personally conducts each consultation, and performs each hair transplant procedure. The result from this approach is extremely high patient satisfaction and an international reputation for excellence. Read More
Mohs micrographic surgery
Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized, highly effective technique for removing skin cancers. Mohs surgery differs from other skin cancer treatments in that it permits the immediate and complete microscopic examination of the removed cancer tissue so that all roots and extensions of the cancer can be eliminated. Mohs surgery has the highest reported cure rate of all treatments for skin cancer. Read More.
For many years, liposuction has been the only option for quickly reducing some unwanted fat and sculpting and refining areas of the body, which may not respond to those hours in the gym.However, within the last couple of years more and more media attention in the U.S. has been given to a procedure called Mesotherapy; also know as lipolysis and lipodissolve injections. My patients often inquire about this“fat-dissolving” procedure, so what exactly is mesotherapy and is it safe?
The term mesotherapy was first used in the French media in 1958 and the procedure has been performed widely in Europe and South America for more than 50 years. Mesotherapy has grown in popularity in the U.S. in the past few years. The procedure involves injecting different mixtures of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, detergents, and extracts, and other substances under the skin. This is meant to “melt” fat and “tighten” skin. A common ingredient is lecithin, which has fat-dissolving properties. Lecithin is found in human bile and is necessary for the digestion of dietary fats. Other substances which have been used include various enzymes,hormones, vasodilators and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents. The“detergent” action of some substances may account for any clinical cosmetic effects of fat cell removal; however, the true mechanism of action of mesotherapy remains largely unknown. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved the use of these agents for injection under the skin for mesotherapy. Further, there is a lack of scientific clinical trials and studies to support the safety and efficacy of mesotherapy. Finally, the compounds are usually mixed in compounding pharmacies, and not in larger and more regulated drug manufacturing companies.
One recent study in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery used CT scanning and thigh girth on 20 women who underwent mesotherapy with one of the common formulations. Using scientific methodology, the authors concluded this formulation had no statistical significance in melting thigh fat.
Some substances cause extreme inflammation and swelling and have left some patients with permanent, disfiguring wounds. Another safety concern is the fact that lipodissolve may be performed in spas or mesotherapy “clinics”, where a physician may not be present. Nurses or technicians without sufficient training may be administering the injections; and are not qualified or licensed to treat possible complications as is a physician. I have personally seen numerous problems with locally performed mesotherapy,including severe scarring, nodules under the skin, and the common complaint of pain and bruising for one week after each injection session.
In May 2007, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery issued a warning to patients against the use of fat loss injections citing the procedure as scientifically unproven and lacking the necessary objective data on safety and efficacy. They state the bottom line for patients is to not allow yourself to be injected with an unknown or untested substance. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery in 2005 issued a similar caution to its members, stating that “further study is warranted before this technique can be endorsed.
I suspect many patients pursue this “quick fix” as an alternative to liposuction due to fear of surgery or anesthesia, and possibly concerns about recovery time or discomfort. For now, liposuction remains the only proven method of eliminating unwanted fat cells and has a long track record of safety. Many patients may not be aware that liposuction can be safely and comfortably performed without general anesthesia. A combination of local anesthesia and oral medications make the procedure quite tolerable for most patients. There are other FDA-approved non-surgical methods, such as Thermage, which produces skin tightening and may improve cellulite.
While there one day may be a safe and proven injectable to dissolve fat, at this point in time, I encourage patients interested in the mesotherapy to consider the warnings issued by reputable medical associations and to research the many safe, FDA-approved alternatives.