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Dr. Omer Ibrahim, board-certified, fellowship trained Dermatologist, completed his undergraduate training at the University of Cincinnati, graduating summa cum laude with dual degrees in Spanish and Chemistry. He received his medical education at Yale University School of Medicine, after which he completed his dermatology residency at Cleveland Clinic where he served as Chief Resident during his final year.
Following his completion of a prestigious fellowship in cosmetic, laser and dermatologic surgery at SkinCare Physicians in Boston, Dr. Ibrahim joined Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology team.
Dr. Ibrahim is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, Women’s Dermatology Society, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. He focuses his practice on both general and cosmetic dermatology while placing a strong emphasis on patient education and mapping comprehensive treatment plans for each individual patient.
BITB spoke with Dr. Ibrahim about his passion for dermatology and new skin care treatments.
1. Who or what inspired you to become a dermatologist?
In medical school, I noticed early on the power and impact the skin has on every aspect of an individual’s life. The skin is a reflection of our internal health and well-being. So, what drew me to dermatology was the ability to treat anything from debilitating eczema to wrinkles and photoaging, and in turn, truly impact someone’s psychological well-being, self-esteem, and overall quality of life. There is no reward more gratifying than helping a person truly transform and emanate forth with pride as a result of fixing their skin!
2. For someone just starting to think about how not to age, what is the best advice you can offer in terms of maintenance and prevention?
My guide to early anti-aging involves three easy-to-follow steps. Step one: sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. Sunlight may be the single most important factor in aging of the skin. Therefore, protection from harmful ultraviolet rays using SPF 30 or higher every day is paramount. Step two: antioxidants in the morning, before applying sunscreen. These include vitamin C, vitamin E, and ferulic acid, among many others. They help quench the free radicals that form on the skin from the sun and environment and thereby prevent future damage. Step 3: retinol or retinoid cream or serum at bedtime. Retinoids have been proven to help reverse existing damage, by building new collagen and improving fine lines and wrinkles.
3. What innovative or new treatments are coming soon?
The hot topic these days is stem cells. Whether they’re harvested from your own body or bio-engineered in a lab, stem cells are being used to effectively and safely rejuvenate hair, skin, and deeper collagen and fat. We have only begun to learn how to harvest and use stem cells in medical and aesthetic dermatology, but the future is bright and boundless.