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Carolyn I Jacob MD

Carolyn I Jacob, MD FAAD | Dermatologist & Medical Director

Carolyn I. Jacob, M.D. is a Board-Certified Dermatologist, Harvard-Trained Cosmetic and Laser Surgeon, and an Associate Clinical Instructor 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 was 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 completed a prestigious Cosmetic and Laser Surgery Fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Jacob is a well-known expert on all cosmetic and laser skin therapies.  She trains other Dermatologists and Dermatology residents on injectable cosmetic aesthetics. She has performed research on excessive sweat reduction with MiraDry technology, cellulite treatments, and body shaping with High Frequency Electromagnetic Energy (HIFEM) Emsculpt treatments.  She is the author of over 25 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 Day Chicago, Windy City Live, NewBeauty Magazine and Online media including CBS, USA Today, ABC, FOX News, Chicago Tribune, Esquire, Allure, Forbes, and Self Magazine.

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

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.
  • Botulinum toxins, 2016, Cosmetic Boot Camp, Chicago, IL
  • Botulinum toxins, 2016, Essentials of Cosmetic Dermatology, Chicago, IL
  • Energy Sources for the Treatment of Hyperhidrosis, 2016, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Boston, MA
  • Botulinum toxins, 2015, Essentials of Cosmetic Dermatology, Chicago, IL
  • Live injectables demonstration, 2015, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Chicago, IL
  • Live injectables demonstration, 2015, American Academy of Dermatology Meeting, San Francisco, CA
  • Long-term Registry Follow-Up from a Microwave-based Treatment for Axillary Hyperhidrosis, 2015, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Kissimee, FL
  • Energy Sources for the Treatment of Hyperhidrosis, 2015, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Kissimee, FL
  • Live injectables demonstration, 2014, American Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting, Chicago, IL
  • Live injectables demonstration, 2013, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Chicago, IL
  • Treatments for Hyperhidrosis, 2013, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Boston, MA
  • Treatments for Hyperhidrosis, 2012, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Atlanta, GA
  • Live injectables demonstration, 2008, American Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting, Chicago, IL
  • LASER and Radiofrequency Update, 2008, Dermatology Foundation Symposium, Amelia Island, FL
  • Hyperhidrosis and treatment, 2008, Dermatology Foundation Symposium, Amelia Island, FL
  • Combining treatment approaches with fillers and botulinum toxin, 2008, American Academy of Dermatology Meeting, San Antonio, TX
  • Non Surgical Scar Revisions, 2007, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Meeting, Chicago, IL
  • Autologous Fat Transplantation, 2007, ASDS The Art and Science of Fillers and Injectables, Chicago, IL
  • Combining Treatment Approaches to Meet Patient Expectations, 2007, ASDS The Art and Science of Fillers and Injectables, Chicago, IL
  • The Latest in Cosmetic Dermatology, 2006, Northwestern Memorial Speaking of Women’s Health Conference, Rosemont, IL Cosmetic Surgery Update, 2006, Wisconsin Dermatologic Society, Sheboygan, WI
  • Botulinum Toxin Update, 2006, Caribbean Dermatology Meeting, Aruba
  • What’s new in Aesthetic Dermatology, 2005, American Academy of Dermatology, Academy 05’ Meeting, Chicago, IL
  • Lasers in Dermatologic Surgery, 2005, Dermatology Nurses Association Meeting, Chicago, IL
  • Acne and Rosacea: Diagnosis and Treatment Algorithms, 2004 Chicago Medical Society Meeting, Chicago, IL
  • Acne Scarring – Treatment Options, 2003, University of California, Irvine, Department of Dermatology, Irvine, CA
  • Radiofrequency skin tightening, 2003 – American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Meeting, Rancho Mirage, CA
  • Management of the Aged Neck, 2002, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Meeting, Chicago, IL
  • Myobloc Frontalis Study – Comparing Duration, Discomfort, and Efficacy between Injection with Preserved Saline vs. Non-Preserved Saline, 2002, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Meeting, Chicago, IL
  • Difficult, Interesting Cases in Liposuction, 2002, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Meeting, Chicago, IL
  • Onset of Menses after Liposuction – a Prospective Study, 2002, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Meeting, Chicago, IL
  • The Corset Platysma Repair, 2002, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, New Orleans,LA
  • Botulinum Toxin, an Overview, 2002, University of Chicago Dermatology Department, Chicago, IL
  • Dermatologic Surgery for the Boards, 2002, University of Chicago Dermatology Department, Chicago, IL
  • Liposuction Complications: Skin Puckering After Arm Liposuction, 2001, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Meeting, Dallas, TX
  • Liposuction and Surgical Recontouring of the Neck, 2000, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Meeting, Denver, CO
  • Acne scarring: A classification system and review of treatment Options, 2000, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Meeting, Denver, CO
  • Cutaneous Presentations of Churg-Strauss Syndrome, 1999, poster presentation, American Academy of Dermatology Meeting, New Orleans
  • Plantar Fibromatosis, 1999, Wisconsin Dermatologic Society Meeting
  • Pediatric Plantar Fibromatosis, 1999, Wisconsin Dermatologic Society Meeting
  • Pili Annulati, 1999, Wisconsin Dermatologic Society Meeting
  • Piebaldism, 1998, Wisconsin Dermatologic Society Meeting
  • Linear Scleroderma along the lines of Blaschko, 1998, Wisconsin Dermatologic Society Meeting
  • Primary Cutaneous B-cell Lymphoma, 1997, Marshifield Clinic Dermatology Grand Rounds
  • Cutaneous Polyarteritis Nodosa, 1997, Wisconsin Dermatologic Society Meeting