Carolyn I Jacob, MD

Dermatologist & Medical Director

Carolyn I. Jacob, M.D. is a Board-Certified Dermatologist, Harvard-Trained Cosmetic and Laser Surgeon, and Clinical Assistant Professor at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She is the Founder and Medical Director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

Carolyn I. Jacob, M.D. is a Board-Certified Dermatologist, Harvard-Trained Cosmetic and Laser Surgeon, and an Associate Clinical Professor at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She is the Founder and Medical Director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

Dr. Jacob is a High Honors graduate of Indiana University with a B.S. In Biology, and attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine where she graduated in the top 10 of her class. After completing an internship in internal medicine at Northwestern’s Evanston Hospital, she was Chief Resident of Dermatology at University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, and then completed a prestigious Cosmetic and Laser Surgery Fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Skin Care Physicians.

Dr. Jacob is a well-known expert in cosmetic and laser treatments.  She trains other Dermatologists and Dermatology residents nationally and internationally on injectable cosmetic aesthetics as well as energy-based devices. She has performed research on excessive sweat reduction with MiraDry technology, cellulite treatments, injectable aesthetics, body shaping with High Frequency Electromagnetic Energy (HIFEM) and radiofrequency (EMSCULPT/EMSCULPT NEO) treatments and more.  She is the author of over 45 peer reviewed journal articles and 12 book chapters on cosmetic and laser surgery. She lectures nationally and internationally on the latest devices and treatments in cosmetic dermatology. Her expertise has been featured on Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, Good Day Chicago, WGN Chicago, ABC Chicago, CBS Chicago, Fox News Chicago, Windy City Live, NewBeauty Magazine and Print and Online media including CBS, USA Today, ABC, FOX News, Chicago Tribune, Esquire, Allure, Forbes, Women’s Health and Self Magazine.

When she is not working or lecturing, she enjoys spending time with her three children and very understanding husband.

Carolyn I Jacob, MD

Client Testimonials

Dr. Carolyn Jacob is a master. I trust her. I reached a certain age and the corners of my mouth disappeared! I don’t know why but this truly bothered me. Dr. Jacob, has restored my lips in a completely natural looking way. She is worth every cent she charges. She is a highly educated, trained and compassionate Doctor."

— Maddy V.


1,000+ reviews

Journal Articles:

  • Jacob CI, Paskova K. Safety and efficacy of a novel high‐intensity focused electromagnetic technology device for noninvasive abdominal body shaping. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2018;00:1–5.
  • Jacob CI, Patten SF. Nail bed dyschromia secondary to docetaxel therapy. Arch Derm.1998;134:1167-1169.
  • Jacob CI, Patten SF. Strongyloides Stercoralis infection presenting as prurigo nodularis and lichen simplex chronicus. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1999:41(2, part 2);357-361.
  • Jacob CI, Arndt KA, Dover JS. Advances in laser surgery: An editorial comment. Arch Derm, Spanish edition. 1999;10:192-193.
  • Jacob CI, Berkes BJ, Kaminer MS. Liposuction and surgical recontouring of the neck: A retrospective analysis. Dermatol Surg. 2000;26(7):625-632.
  • Jacob CI, Kumm RC. Benign anteromedial plantar nodules of childhood: A distinct form of plantar fibromatosis. Pediatric Dermatology. 2000;17(6):472-474.
  • Jacob CI, Kaminer MS. Book and new media reviews: Surgical techniques for cutaneous scar revision. Editor, Marwali Harahap. Arch Derm. 2000;136:1574.
  • Jacob CI, Dover JS. Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome: Treatment of cutaneous manifestations with laser skin resurfacing. Arch Derm. 2001;137:98-99.
  • Jacob CI, Kaminer MS. Regarding surgical recontouring of the neck. Dermatol Surg.2001;27(2):220-221.
  • Jacob CI, Dover JS, Kaminer MS. Acne scarring: A classification system and review of treatment options. J Am Acad Dermatol 2001;(45):109-117.
  • Batra RS, Ort RJ, Jacob CI, Hobbs L, Arndt KA, Dover JS. Evaluation of a silicone occlusive dressing after laser skin resurfacing. Arch Derm 2001;137:1317-1321
  • Jacob CI, Kaminer MS. The corset platysma repair: A technique revisited. Dermatol Surg2002;28(3):257-262.
  • Kaminer MS, Jacob CI. Letters to the Editor: The corset platysma repair. Dermatol Surg, 2002:28;869-870.
  • Jacob CI, Kaminer MS. Liposuction: A review of techniques and evolving trends. Dermatol Surg – on line CME 2002.
  • Jacob CI. Tattoo associated dermatoses: A case report and review of the literature. Dermatol Surg2002:28(10):962-965.
  • Jacob CI. Preventing and treating acne scars. Acne and Rosacea Briefs 2002;1(6):1-7.
  • Jacob CI. Botulinum toxin B – Onset, duration, and efficacy: Comparing dilution with preserved versus non-preserved saline. Cosmetic Dermatol 2003;16(7):25-30.
  • Jacob CI. Botulinum neurotoxin type B – A rapid wrinkle reducer. Semin Cut Med Surg2003;22(2):131-135.
  • Batra RS, Jacob CI, Hobbs L, Arndt KA, Dover JS. A prospective survey of patient experiences after laser skin resurfacing: Results from 2 ½ years of follow up. Arch Dermatol 2003;139:1295-1299.
  • Yuraitis M, Jacob CI. Botulinum toxin for the treatment of facial flushing. Dermatol Surg2004;30(1):102-104.
  • Jacob CI. Weisenborn, EJ. Liposuction Council Bulletin: Liposuction and menstrual irregularities. Dermatol Surg 2004;30(7):343.
  • Jacob CI. Regarding botulinum toxin for the treatment of facial flushing. Dermatol Surg2005;31:492.
  • Alam M, DesJardin J, Arndt KA, Dover JS, Hodapp RM, Baumann L, Brody HJ, Carruthers JB, Coleman WP 3rd Garden JM, Geronemus RG, Glogau RG, Jacob CI, Katz BE, Klein AO, Krauss MC, Lawrence N, Moy RL, Narins RS, Sadick NS, Kaminer MS. A quality rating scale for aesthetic surgical procedures. J Am Acad Dermatol 2006 54(2):272-81.
  • Svedman KJ, Coldiron B, Coleman WP, Cox SE, Jacob C, Lawrence N, Kaminer M, Narins RS. ASDS guidelines of care for tumescent liposuction. Dermatol Surg 2006;32:709-716.
  • Coldiron B, Coleman WP, Cox SE, Jacob CI, Lawrence, N, Kaminer MS, Narins RS : ASDS Guidelines of Liposuction, Dermatol Surg 2006;32:709-716.
  • Douse-Dean T, Jacob CI. Fast and easy treatment for the reduction of the Tyndall effect due to hyaluronic acid. J Drugs in Derm, March 2008;281-283.
  • Taub AF, Sarnoff D, Gold M, Jacob C. Effect of multisyringe hyaluronic acid facial rejuvenation on perceived age. Dermatol Surg, March 2010.
  • Jacob CI. Treatment of hyperhidrosis with microwave therapy. Seminars Cut Med Surg, March 2013;32;2-8.

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