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Dr. Heather Downes is a Board Certified Dermatologist who has been practicing in Lake Forest since 2008. Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, she attended the University of Virginia and then earned her medical doctorate with honors from Loyola University. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University and her residency in Dermatology at the University of Southern California (USC) Medical Center. In Southern California, she trained under experts in the field of cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery. Dr. Downes believes that every person can achieve a healthy, glowing complexion and age gracefully at their own comfort level. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of anti-aging skin care products with her patients, and thinks it's important that after undergoing a cosmetic procedure that her patients still look like themselves, completely natural. Dr. Downes has had extensive training in Botox, dermal fillers, and Kybella, and continuously updates her knowledge of new developments and techniques in cosmetic dermatology. As a skin surgeon, she removes skin cancers and moles. Dr. Downes has performed over a thousand surgeries on the face and with her intricate knowledge of facial anatomy she performs all cosmetic procedures herself, never handing off patient care to a less-experienced associate. Additionally, she performs Ultherapy, which is focused ultrasound to tighten skin on the face, neck, and chest, and uses lasers to resurface skin and remove age spots, redness, acne scars, and unwanted hair. Dr. Downes also specializes in performing Full Body Skin Examinations to screen for skin cancer. She devotes 30 minutes to each of her patients in order to perform a thorough, non-rushed exam of all areas of the body. During these exams, she uses a powerful tool called a dermatoscope to better visualize moles and suspicious skin lesions up close. Dr. Downes is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Skin Cancer Foundation.
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This content was provided by Dr. Downes "Dr. Downes' goal is to give her patients more thorough, more individualized care. She performs thorough, non-rushed complete head to toe skin cancer screening exams. She strives to make her practice more personal and allow patients time to have all their skin concerns to be addressed. Regarding cosmetic treatments, her goal is to keep patients looking refreshed but natural."
Accredited by: American Board of Dermatology*
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Carcinoma in Situ of Skin
Fungal Nail Infection
Granuloma of Skin
Herpes Simplex Infection
Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
Destruction of Malignant Skin Lesion
Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
Excision of Cyst
Excision of Skin Cancer
Excision of Skin Lesion
Intense Pulse Light
Kybella Treatment for Submental Fat
Laser Office Procedure
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Scar Revision Surgery
Shaving of Skin Lesion
Skin Cancer Removal
Skin Cancer Surgery With Reconstruction
Skin Tag Removal
Vanquish® Fat Recontouring
0 Malpractice Claims
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University Of Virginia / Main Campus
Undergraduate School | Graduated
Loyola University Of Chicago/Stritch School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Internship Hospital | Completed
Univ. Of Southern California (Usc) Medical Center
Residency Hospital | Completed
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Cum Laude Honors, 2004
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honoros, 2004
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