Posts for: December, 2014

By Dr. Mary Szatowski
December 22, 2014
Category: Dermatology

Acne is known to present itself to almost every person just after puberty, but the seldom few who may not experience acne during these early teenage years may still develop it much later in their life. Acne has been reported to flare up for some people well into their 50's. The face is the most afflicted region on the body by acne, second is the back, and third the chest.

Acne develops when a follicle or pore becomes clogged. When the pore is blocked, oil, or 'sebum,' cannot work its way out of the skin as it is meant to . Bacteria can then become trapped in the pore which creates inflammation.

Proper acne treatment, whether they are natural or pharmaceutical, can make improvements to people physically and psychologically. As mentioned before, acne is primarily targeted to the face. This can make it very hard to cover up with clothing, makeup, or hair, and it often affects our appearance. The way that we look at ourselves and the way we are perceived by others has a direct link to our mental health. Everyone wants to look their best, regardless of whether you are a pubescent teen or far into adulthood. Proper treatment not only prevents acne flare ups, but also helps minimize or prevent scarring from acne.

Many preventative methods also promote good overall health. The refined carbohydrates found in junk food don't cause acne, but research has proven a significant drop of acne lesions in people with a lower glycemic index. Some doctors have suspected salt to be a contributing factor in creating acne, as iodine may increase acne breakouts. Research has recently proven that Americans consume much more sodium than is healthy for the body. In decreasing your sodium intake, you may experience improvements in your acne as well as other health benefits.

For more information about what specific acne treatments could do for you, call Dr. Mary Szatowski at 312-332-4296.

By Dr. Mary Szatowski
December 19, 2014
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: Toric IOLs  

Toric IOLs are astigmatism correcting intraocular lenses. The benefit of these specific lenses is that they are used in cataract surgery to fix cataracts and astigmatism at the same time. Research has proven that Toric IOL's not only help people with both an astigmatism and cataracts but they help cataracts patients not develop an increased astigmatism post surgery. Other IOL lenses may help you see clearly at one or more distances, provide better contrast sensitivity, improve sight during certain weather conditions such as rain, fog, or snow, and filter ultraviolet lights.

Different Toric IOL lenses have their own specific benefits as well. The Staar Surgical Intraocular Lens has a full range of distance vision abilities. The AcrySof IQ Toric IOL can correct up to 3.00 diopters of asigmatism and is also available in an aspheric versions which allow crisper vision. The different models of the AcrySof can also filter potentially harmful UV or blue light. The Trulign Toric IOL also corrects astigmatism and offers clear vision in distance, intermediate, and near ranges without glasses.

The surgery required for Toric IOL's is essentially the same for cataract surgery using any other type of lens. There are two minor additional steps required in the process of performing a surgery utilizing a Toric IOL. The doctor will create a marking at the location for the surgery to assist the proper position of the lens during surgery. After implementation of the lens has occurred the lens will then be rotated to its proper position. The specific positioning of the lens is what allows it to have such a powerful effect in compensating for the astigmatism.

There are several different manufacturers of Toric IOLs on the market today. Contact Dr. Mary Szatowski at 312-332-4296 to talk about risks, benefits, and alternatives to surgery or any other questions you might have about Toric IOLs.

By Dr. Mary Szatowski
December 17, 2014
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: Cataracts  

As an eye doctor for the residents of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, Dr. Mary cares for patients with cataracts, a condition that causes your vision to become cloudy. While she treats cataracts, she greatly emphasizes the importance of preventive care and regular eye exams as a means to stop cataracts from developing.

While aging and family history of cataracts are risk factors for this vision problem that you cannot avoid, there are other risk factors you can. This includes excess sun exposure. Of particularly high risk are young people who are exposed to the sun at an early age. This means that wearing hats and ultraviolet-protective sunglasses are important, even for young people.

What Else Increases the Risk of Cataracts? 
Habits such as excessive drinking and smoking have been known to slightly increase the risk of developing cataracts. And medical conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes are also linked to cataracts. Dr. Mary can discuss these and other potential risks with you at your next eye appointment.

Medication may also be a factor to cataracts. Patients with autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus erythematosus, often take medications known as corticosteroids. These are anti-inflammatory medications that are necessary to reduce a condition’s symptoms, but are associated with increased risk for cataracts.

Schedule Your Regular Eye Exam 
Regular eye exams at Dr. Mary’s office are vital to early intervention of cataracts. And we also caution patients of early signs, such as:
·      Blurry vision
·      Night glares
·      Sensitivity to light

While cataract development is not considered a medical emergency, it is a serious condition that can lead to blindness if left untreated. If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, Dr. Mary can help determine the best course of treatment and potential intervention for cataracts. Early cataract symptoms are often treated with a new glasses prescription that will improve vision. If the cataracts gets worse over time, treatments can include cataract surgery, which removes the affected lens. Dr. Mary then replaces this damaged lens with an intraocular lens. The procedure does not require a hospital stay. 

If you suspect you may have a cataracts or it has been some time since you have visited an eye doctor in Chicago or surrounding Chicago suburbs, call our office at (312) 332-4296.

While feeling the warm sun on your skin may make you feel relaxed, it won’t help your appearance in the long run. In addition to aging and smoking, sun damage can cause unwanted skin wrinkling, making you appear older than your years. The sun damages your skin by stimulating excess production of melanin, a dark pigment that can lead to sun spots or dark spots on your skin. In addition, sun exposure can break down elastic fibers in your skin, causing premature skin wrinkling.

As much as you might like to, you can’t take back the sunburn you got on the Navy Pier when you were 5 or when you decided to Skin carebake yourself in baby oil at the beach on Spring Break. However, you can turn back the clock with non-surgical aesthetic treatments at
Dr. Mary Szatowski’s Chicago, IL office using the MicroLaserPeel®.

Using the Sciton laser,
Dr. Mary Szatowski can start the process for reversing the damage incurred due to excessive sun exposure. The treatment is described as a cross between microdermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing. Instead of taking off the deeper layers of your skin, the
MicroLaserPeel® removes the outermost skin, also known as the epidermis. This removes the outer layer of damaged skin cells, allowing your skin to grow new, healthy skin.

Side Effects of the Peel
The Sciton MicroLaserPeel® may cause minimal side effects, but they typically subside within three to four days. This includes skin redness—as if you have a sunburn—and what is known as a “frosty” appearance where dry areas of skin may peel away. The MicroLaserPeel® is effective at treating a number of skin conditions, including:
·       Fine lines and wrinkles
·       Sun spots
·       Scarring
·       Keratosis
·       Pigmentation irregularities

Getting the Best Results 
While a single treatment can refresh your skin, you can typically undergo the specialized treatments anywhere from every one to two months. Although you may not be able to take back those excess sun exposure times, you can work together with our practice to recapture a youthful appearance. 

Dr. Mary Szatowski also reminds her patients that it is never too late to practice good sun safety habits. This includes wearing sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater each time you step outside the house—even in the heart of Chicagoland’s winter. The sun can always cause damage, even when its rays are not as apparent. When you are outside in the sun (especially when sweating) for a prolonged time period, re-apply frequently and wear sweatproof sunscreen to ensure you are fully protected.

For more information on cosmetic skin treatments from
Dr. Mary Szatowski, including the Sciton MicroLaserPeel®, please call (312) 332-4296. Soon we will also be sending out more information about our new Halo™ laser from Sciton. Look forward to it!

By Dr. Mary Szatowski
December 15, 2014
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: Halo Laser  

The Halo laser treats a variety of skin conditions while offering a faster recovery time.


CHICAGO, IL—For patients looking for facial rejuvenation without the downtime, Sciton has created the Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser. This revolutionary new aesthetic procedure is now being offered by Chicago ophthalmologist, Dr. Mary Szatowskto treat common skin conditions.


The Halo laser improves the condition of wrinkles, pores, sun damage, age spots, uneven skin tone, and acne scars through the use of both non-ablative and ablative wavelengths. Ablative wavelengths are often used in aesthetic treatments such as dermabrasion and chemical peels, and are known for their effectiveness in reducing the signs of aging. Ablative treatments work by wounding the dermal level of the skin to remove the damaged regions, resulting in the stimulation of collagen production. Through this collagen production and restructuring, the skin appears more firm and tight. The one disadvantage these treatments have had in the past is the extensive recovery period, which often takes a couple weeks.


However, non-ablative treatments offer virtually no downtime. This procedure warms the top layers of the skin but doesn’t remove them like ablative lasers do. While this option can be effective over time, multiple treatments are often necessary before the patient sees optimal results.


The Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser promises the best of both treatments, acting on the deeper layer of the skin while leaving the surface alone. Simply, this laser treatment offers the results of ablative therapy with the recovery period of a non-ablative treatment.


The Halo laser treatment only takes about 30-45 minutes, with the whole process taking a little over two hours. Before treatment, a numbing cream will be applied to the face to eliminate any discomfort. Then the laser will be directed on the face to reduce wrinkles, improve skin tone and remove sun damage. This technology even measures the temperature of the patient’s skin during the procedure and will adjust the temperature accordingly to offer an even treatment.


To find out if you’re a candidate for Halo Laser Treatment, call Dr. Mary Szatowski office at (312) 332-4296 to schedule an appointment. For information on her practice, office hours, and location visit her website.


About Dr. Mary Szatowski: Dr. Mary Szatowski specializes in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery; however, she treats a variety of ocular conditions including tearing disorders, infections, injuries, and skin cancer. She also provides aesthetic services including blepharoplasty, brow lifts and correcting drooping eyelids. When not at the PritiSkin Treatment Center, Dr. Mary Szatowski is also an instructor at Rush University Medical Center.


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111 N. Wabash Ave., Suite 1810


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