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We found 1 surgical dermatologists who accepts Humana HMO near Crest Hill, IL.

Dr. Paula Kaye Lapinski, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1124 Essington Road
Joliet, IL

Dr. Paula Lapinski's specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Lapinski average 3.5 stars out of 5. She has a special interest in cancer screening, mohs surgery, and botox injection. Dr. Lapinski accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and CIGNA HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Lapinski is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Cancer Screening, Botox Injection, Mohs Surgery


What is Surgical Dermatology?

Dermatologic surgery is skin surgery to correct medical issues or improve appearance. Specialists in dermatologic surgery are called surgical dermatologists.

One of the most important procedures performed by surgical dermatologists is called Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery is an extremely precise type of cancer removal that leaves healthy tissue behind. It has the highest success rate of all skin cancer surgeries.

Beyond Mohs surgery, dermatologic surgeons may perform reconstructive surgery to restore function and appearance to skin damaged by trauma or a previous surgery. They can treat or remove growths and marks on the surface of the skin, including scars, moles, skin tags, and birthmarks. Most dermatologic surgeons also offer cosmetic treatments, which may include:
  • Hair transplants
  • Laser hair removal
  • Laser resurfacing to treat sun damage, age spots, or wrinkles
  • Tattoo removal
  • Sclerotherapy to treat varicose veins
  • Liposuction to remove unwanted fat
  • Anti-aging treatments such as Botox, injectable fillers, or chemical peels

There is a great deal of overlap between surgical dermatology, medical dermatology, and cosmetic dermatology. Some procedures apply to more than one subspecialty. For instance, mole removal can be medically necessary to lower the risk of skin cancer, but it also may improve appearance, especially if the mole is large or in a prominent position. Most dermatologists offer services in all areas.