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By LEE INSTITUTE OF SKIN & LASER
July 11, 2017
Category: Skin care
Tags: Skin care   Sun damage  
There are several ways that the sun can affect the skin, both favorable and unfavorable. Dr. Francis C. Lee is a dermatologist at Skincare and the sunLee Institute of Skin & Laser in Decatur, IL who is committed to helping patients manage their skin health and how it relates to UV rays. Learn more about sun exposure and the various skin conditions that can develop from either sitting in the sun's rays for too long or from not getting enough sun.

Vitamin D from the Sun 
There is one significant benefit that you get from exposure to the sun. The sun's rays help stimulate the production of Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” in your body. You need Vitamin D for overall good health. It has been shown to help everything from your heart health to the strength of your immune system. Vitamin D can also help with depression and mood disorders. However, it’s important to seek sunshine in moderation—especially if you have fair skin or are at risk for certain skin conditions.

Rashes & Rosacea
Sun rash or heat rash can form when you get too much sun. It causes spots on the skin to become red and itchy. Sometimes this type of rash forms when you’re outside in the sun and come in contact with certain plants. The sun is also a trigger for some rosacea flare-ups, which can be managed by your Decatur, IL dermatologist.

Skin Cancer Risks 
If you are at high risk for skin cancer, your Decatur, IL dermatologist will warn you of the dangers of prolonged exposure to the sun. The UV rays can stimulate the formation of precancerous cells. Here are some other risk factors:

- Fair skin.
- Presence of moles on the skin.
- Heredity (family history).
- Aged 50 or older.
- Use of tanning beds or living in a hot, sunny area for long periods of time.

Skin Fungus 
Certain skin fungi can grow due to exposure to the sun's rays. A condition called tinea versicolor, also called sun fungus, causes a rash-like overgrowth of yeast on the skin. In other cases, the sun may have antimicrobial healing properties that can help control fungal infections. 

Hyperpigmentation Concerns
Hyperpigmentation is a darkening of the skin in some places—usually on the face. It is caused by an excess of melanin in certain areas and it can worsen when you’re exposed to the sun. The sun stimulates melanin, causing the spots to tan or darken, while the rest of the face is lighter in appearance.

Consult Your Dermatologist
If you are suffering from any of the aforementioned skin conditions, it's important that you see a dermatologist for treatment. Call Lee Institute of Skin & Laser in Decatur, IL today at 217-877-7171 to set up a visit with Dr. Lee.
By LEE INSTITUTE OF SKIN & LASER
April 03, 2017
Category: Dermatologist
Tags: aesthetic procedures   botox   fillers  

How Dr. Francis C. Lee, your Decatur, IL dermatologist can help you look your best!

If you don’t like the way your skin looks, chances are there is an aesthetic procedure that can help. Modern advances in dermatology aesthetic procedureshave provided state-of-the-art technology and innovative materials to enhance the way you look. Dr. Francis C. Lee at Lee Institute of Skin and Laser in Decatur, Illinois wants to help you discover aesthetic procedures and what they can do for you.

Neurotoxin Injections

If you are experiencing fine lines and wrinkles, Neurotoxin injections, which include Botox, Dysport and Xeomin might be the answer you are looking for. Most commonly, these are frown lines and crow's feet have become the standard to which any cosmetic procedure should measure up by using safe neurotoxins. The underlying muscles are relaxed and within seven days, there is a more rested look. These treatments may last up to three months. You should consider Neurotoxin injections to diminish the look of:

  • Laugh and smile lines around your nose and mouth
  • Frown lines in your forehead
  • Lines in between your eyebrows
  • Crow’s feet surrounding your eyes

Injectables Fillers

Restylane, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Silk and other hyaluronic acid fillers have proven to be effective and safe in helping patients address common signs of aging. Particularly, these injectables help to replace a naturally made substance, which when injected properly can replace and enhance facial wrinkles, and areas of volume loss. Common areas that may be treated include cheeks, smile lines, lips, and other areas.

Laser Resurfacing Treatment

A laser resurfacing treatment can smooth and revitalize your skin. It works by penetrating the layers of your skin and stimulating your body’s natural healing ability. The light from the laser enhances collagen production which rejuvenates your skin, making it more youthful and smooth. You should consider laser resurfacing to help with:

  • Acne scarring or scars from surgery or injuries
  • Age spots, uneven skin tone and sun damage
  • Early signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles

Chemical Peels

If you want to have smooth, youthful skin, another beneficial aesthetic treatment you might consider is a chemical peel. This minimally invasive treatment uses a solution containing vitamins, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and other good-for-your-skin ingredients to exfoliate the top layers of your skin. The result is smoother, brighter skin. You should consider a chemical peel to correct:

  • Uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation
  • Rough, thickened, scaly skin
  • Sun damage, age or liver spots
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne and acne-related scarring

Microneedling

Microneedling treatment allows for controlled induction of the skin's self-repair mechanism by creating micro- "injuries" in the skin, which triggers new collagen synthesis, yet does not pose the risk of permanent scarring. The result is smoother, firmer and younger-looking skin. Microneedling procedures are performed in a safe and precise manner with the use of a sterile needle head. The procedure is normally completed with 30-60 minutes, depending on the required treatment and anatomical site.

These are just a few of the aesthetic procedures available at Lee Institute of Skin and Laser. For a complete listing of available aesthetic treatments please visit the aesthetic procedures page on the website at http://www.leeskincare.com/aesthetic-procedures.html

If you are ready to start looking younger and better than you ever thought possible, it’s time to call Dr. Francis C. Lee at Lee Institute of Skin and Laser in Decatur, Illinois. Call today!

By LEE INSTITUTE OF SKIN & LASER
March 02, 2017
Category: Dermatologist

Discover the wonders of Neurotoxins & Injectable Fillers and how they can improve your appearance.Injectables fillers

Age isn’t always kind to our skin. Even if you’ve taken the proper measures to wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun, everything from smiling to frowning to squinting while outside can lead to visible lines and wrinkles on your face. If you want an effective way to get rid of these signs of aging then turn to our Decatur, IL, dermatologist, Dr. Francis C. Lee, for treatment.

What are Neurotoxins?

Chances are pretty good that you’ve seen commercials or read articles on this cosmetic treatment, but it’s important that you actually know what it entails. Neurotoxin injections, which include Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin help with relaxations of active muscles that create dynamic lines and wrinkles. Most commonly, these are frown lines and crow’s feet have become the standard to which any cosmetic procedure should measure up by using safe neurotoxins.

Neurotoxin injections are used to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate-to-severe lines and wrinkles of the face. It’s great for tackling common wrinkles like crow’s feet and frown lines.

Will it look like I had work done?

A lot of patients worry that they will look emotionless or like they’ve had too much work done, but what makes getting neurotoxin injections such as Botox from our trained Decatur skin doctor so great is that you will always get safe and effective cosmetic treatments with natural results. While this treatment will help to smooth out the skin it should never leave you expressionless. Talk to us during your consultation to let us know what kind of results you want to achieve.

Does it hurt?

People hear needles and immediately get nervous. We understand that no one likes needles but the needles are extremely thin. Most patients say they feel no more than a slight pinch when the injections are administered. And if this isn’t enough to calm your nerves, we can apply a topical numbing gel to the areas prior to treating them so that you won’t feel any discomfort during your very short treatment.

How long do results last?

If you don’t see results after immediately leaving our office, don’t fret! The underlying muscles are relaxed and within seven days, there’s a more rested look. These treatments may last up to three months, and if you’re happy with how you look you can opt for follow-up treatments to maintain your appearance.

What are Injectables fillers?

Restylane, Restylane Lyft, Restyland Silk, and other hyaluronic acid filler have proven to be effective and safe in helping patient addressing common signs of aging.  Particularly, these injectables help to replace a naturally made substance, which when injected properly can replace and enhance facial wrinkles, and areas of volume loss. Common areas that may be treated include: cheeks, smile lines, lips and other areas.

Neurotoxin injections and injectable fillers could finally give you the results you want. We recommend coming in for a consultation and see our board certified dermatologist to find a solution for your aging concerns. If you are ready to find out if this is the treatment for you then call Dr. Francis C. Lee, your Decatur, IL, dermatologist at (217) 877-7171 today.

By LEE INSTITUTE OF SKIN & LASER
February 09, 2017
Category: Dermatologist
Tags: acne  

How your Decatur, IL skin doctor can help reduce your acne symptomsacne

Does your skin break out no matter what over-the-counter skin care products and medications you use? There's no need to suffer from acne when dermatologists offer effective treatments. Dr. Francis C. Lee, your Decatur, IL, dermatologist shares information on several acne treatments that can help you control stubborn acne.
Topical treatments

Topical treatments are creams, ointments and gels that are applied directly to your skin. They may contain benzoyl peroxide. This is used for mild cases of acne, and it is used to kill bacteria, reduce inflammation and unclog your pores to prevent them from becoming blocked. Other topical treatments may work to reduce the oil on your skin which will also prevent blocked pores.

Extraction
Your dermatologist may recommend an extraction to remove a large cyst that hasn't responded to medicine or treatment. Your doctor might also recommend an extraction of whiteheads and blackheads. This can also help reduce the chance of scarring. 

Antibiotics
You may have tried over the counter topical treatments, but your skin just doesn't clear up. If your acne doesn't improve, your skin doctor may recommend prescription-strength topical or oral medications. Prescription topical medications typically contain tazarotene, tretinoin or adapalene. Oral and topical antibiotics work to improve your skin by killing the bacteria that causes acne, reducing the number of pimples and reducing the redness of your skin.

Dr. Francis C. Lee can work with you to determine which type of treatment is most appropriate for your skin condition. Would you like to find an effective acne treatment in Decatur, IL? Call Dr. Francis C. Lee, your Decatur, IL, dermatologist at (217) 877-7171 to schedule an appointment.

By LEE INSTITUTE OF SKIN & LASER
February 09, 2017
Category: Dermatologist
Tags: Laser Treatments  

How laser treatments in Decatur can help your skin

If you’ve heard about laser treatments, you probably wonder what laser treatment procedure can benefit you. A laser laser treatmentstreatment has become a state-of-the-art procedure with many benefits to your skin and to your self-esteem. Dr. Francis C. Lee, your dermatologist at the Lee Institute of Skin and Laser in Decatur, IL, wants to help you discover the magic of laser treatments.
Laser treatment is the go-to treatment for hair removal. It is much more effective and much more comfortable than electrolysis because the laser doesn’t damage the tissue around the hair follicle, only the hair follicle itself. Laser treatment also allows you to remove hair from large sections of your body, unlike electrolysis. Your dermatologist can remove hair from your back, legs, bikini line, underarms, upper lip and chin. Imagine not plucking or shaving ever again!

Dr. Francis C. Lee, MD FAAD is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Pathology in the field of Dermatopathology. He has also served the needs of residents in Central Illinois for over 30 years. To look your best, you should see the best, so call Dr. Lee, your dermatologist at the Lee Institute of Skin and Laser in Decatur, IL today!





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