Dr. Heather Downes, MD

Dr. Heather Downes, MD


Dermatology | Female

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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.Read more

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Dr. Heather Downes is a Board Certified Dermatologist who has been practicing in Lake Forest since 2008. Born and raised...Read more

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Patient Reviews (8)
Chicago, IL |
Dr Downes has an informed point of view that is fact based. She is no nonsense but still makes you feel at ease. Have been willing to treat issues that I have avoided in the past given her confidence in the likely outcomes.
in Lake Forest, IL |
Dr. Downes is very knowledgeable. In particular, she has a wonderful bedside manner and never appears to be in a hurry. She listens well and explains everything in detail.
in Lake Bluff, IL |
Smart, nice and quick.
in Chicago, IL |
Dr. Downes was very knowledgeable, attentive, and empathetic during my visit. I recommend her.
Madison, WI |
100 percent would recommend. Cosmetic procedures on my face now healed just one week later and an amazing improvement.
in Lindenhurst, IL |
The office is very clean and comfortable. Dr. Downes is very thorough with my annual skin cancer screenings, and I've received excellent care with both medical and cosmetic procedures. I highly recommended Dr. Downes and her staff.
in Columbia, IL |
Dr. Downes is very professional. She explains the diagnosis and treatment in words that I can understand. I feel completely at ease when I enter her office. All treatments I have received from her have been very successful. Dr. Downes knows her field of medicine and I have 100% confidence in her.
in Las Vegas, NV |
Dr. Downes is thorough, easy to communicate with, and offers full explanations regarding all aspects of the exam and subsequent treatment.
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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.

Dr. Downes' Care Philosophy

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.

Dr. Downes' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Dermatology
  •  Board certified in Dermatology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • Cum Laude Honors, 2004
    • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honoros, 2004
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    Dr. Downes has no media or publications listed.

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Board Certifications

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  • Dermatology

Conditions Treated

  • Acne
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Aging Face
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoma in Situ of Skin
  • Cold Sore
  • Dermatitis
  • Dry Skin
  • Folliculitis
  • Fungal Nail Infection
  • Hair Loss
  • Herpes Simplex Infection
  • Hidradenitis
  • Impetigo
  • Intertrigo
  • Itchy Skin
  • Keloid Scar
  • Lipomas
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Premature Aging
  • Psoriasis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Shingles
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Skin Infections
  • Skin Laxity
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Third-Degree Burns
  • Warts
  • Wrinkles


  • Medical School
    Loyola University Of Chicago/Stritch School Of Medicine
  • Internship Hospital
    Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Residency Hospital
    Univ. Of Southern California (Usc) Medical Center
  • Undergraduate School
    University of Virginia / Main Campus

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Dermatology
  • Pediatric Dermatology
  • Procedural Dermatology

Procedures Performed

  • Acne Surgery
  • Belotero® Injection
  • Botox® Injection
  • Chemical Peel
  • 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
  • Hair Removal
  • Intense Pulse Light
  • Juvéderm® Injection
  • Kybella Treatment for Submental Fat
  • Laser Office Procedure
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Lash Enhancer
  • Melanoma Removal
  • Mole Evaluation
  • Mole Removal
  • Radiesse® Injections
  • Scar Revision Surgery
  • Shaving of Skin Lesion
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Cancer Removal
  • Skin Cancer Surgery With Reconstruction
  • Skin Resurfacing
  • Skin Screenings
  • Skin Surgery
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Ultherapy®
  • Vanquish® Fat Recontouring
  • Venous Sclerotherapy
  • Wart Removal
  • Wrinkle Removal