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The NEED TO KNOW Summer Tips for flawless & radiant skin

Going into summer 2024, everyone wants the best skincare advice and tips to combat summer heat, prolonged sun exposure, and how to get that glow! CCSD asks Alexis Jawny, our License Esthetician here at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery & Dermatology. Q: What are your top summer skincare tips? A: HYDRATION! Especially in the summer due to our bodies losing more water from sweating. We need to replenish that water loss by staying hydrated. Best way is to apply a Hyaluronic Acid serum. My favorite is the Alastin HA Immerse because it helps the skin’s ability to naturally increase its own high-molecular hyaluronic acid production. Giving the skin an instant boost of hydration and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.   A: SUNSCREEN! We must protect our skin from harmful UV rays even on cloudy days. Too much unprotected sun exposure can lead to sunburns, pigmentation, premature aging and potential skin cancer. I always recommend using a mineral based sunscreen because it reflects UVA and UVB rays. Tinted sunscreens are extra beneficial to melasma patients or patients with more hyperpigmentation. The iron oxide helps block visible light and blue light which also contributes to pigmentation forming. I love the Elta MD Elements Tinted SPF. It is an all mineral sunscreen that is tinted to eliminate the white cast most mineral sunscreens leave. A: ANTIOXIDANTS! The sun can cause unstable molecules, called free radicals, to damage cells in your skin. Applying a topical antioxidant can help neutralize the unstable molecule, reducing its capacity to damage the skin. Your skin will have a more even skin tone and summertime glow. I LOVE the Alastin C Radical Defense serum. This Vitamin C uses Sodium Ascorbate which defends against free radical damage and conserves elastin production. The only Vitamin C on the market to do so! Plus, it has a creamy texture that is nonirritating on the skin! Q: What is the best treatment for summer? A:  I highly recommend getting a Diamond Glow Microdermabrasion! It is the perfect summertime treatment because there is zero downtime and no interference with sun exposure. In these hot months it is important to exfoliate, have a deep cleanse and enhance hydration. The Diamond Glow can provide all three of those concerns in one treatment. Your skin will feel soft, plump and hydrated. Perfect before a vacation or wedding! I even like to combine it with a dermaplaning for better product penetration, make-up application and removal of peach fuzz. The treatments complement each other very well! Q: What is the best product to have with you this summer? A:  My favorite summertime product is the SkinBetter Science Sunbetter TONE SMART SPF 68 Sunscreen Compact. This sunscreen uses its tone smart technology to match any skin tone and blend well into the skin. I use it has my make-up coverage for the summer. It provides beautiful coverage without feeling heavy or greasy while still being protected from the sun! The compact case makes it very easy to carry around and convenient for reapplication throughout the day! For more information, connect with us for a personalized skincare consultation. Our office is located downtown Chicago, IL on the corner of Grand/State. 515 N State Street, Floor 9 - Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60654 Call 312-245-9965 opt 2 to schedule.  View our very now skincare store located at the office, ChicagoSkinScience.com. 

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Get glowing skin with our new CCSD Specialty Treatments!

Our Licensed Estheticians are experts in advanced skin care treatments and medical grade skin care products. Our commitment to every patient is to help them feel great in their own skin. Check out our newest CCSD Specialty Treatments, great for any patient! CCSD Signature Treatment includes Dermaplaning – DiamondGlow Microdermabrasion – Treatment Mask – Red Light Therapy This treatment provides a double exfoliation that allows for deeper penetration of skincare products to enhance skin health. A customized treatment mask is then applied to further accelerate results and the treatment is finished with Omnilux red LED therapy to promote circulation as well as stimulate collagen and elastin production while reducing inflammation. CCSD Revitalize Treatment includes Dermaplaning – DiamondGlow Microdermabrasion – Treatment Mask – PCA Skin Chemical Peel This treatment provides a double exfoliation for ultimate skin rejuvenation to improve skin discoloration and texture, minimize pores, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, while enhancing skin hydration. CCSD Luxe Treatment includes DiamondGlow Microdermabrasion – Superficial Chemical Exfoliation – Red Light Therapy This red carpet treatment combines a DiamondGlow Microdermabrasion exfoliation with a gentle superficial chemical exfoliation for the smoothest, glowing skin. The treatment is finished with Omnilux Red LED therapy which promotes circulation, stimulates collagen and elastin production, and reduces inflammation with little to no downtime. Call our office to schedule your CCSD Specialty Treatment with one of our Licensed Estheticians, 312-245-9965

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Get your brows and lashes ready for the upcoming holiday season!

Book your appointment with our Permanent Makeup Artist, Sarah Post! Sarah was raised in the southwest Chicago suburbs and has recently moved to Vernon Hills. She received her Esthetics License from Hair Professionals in Palos Hills, IL and has been a Licensed Esthetician since 2010. Sarah received her Microblading Certification from Esthetic World Beauty in Norridge, IL. Prior to that, she worked as a Teacher Assistant at a Special Education school. Sarah has been performing microblading since 2017 and has done over 200 microblading treatments and counting! Since finding her passion in the art of lashes and brows, she believes in “customizing lashes and brows to a person’s face and personality, rather than a one size fits all approach”. Her greatest achievement and favorite part of what she does is being able to see how happy a patient is after she’s transformed their brows! Her patients love her warm, genuine, calming, and friendly personality. As a Certified Permanent Makeup Artist, Sarah Post will be available for the following services: Microblading, Ombre powder and Combo brow treatments Eyelash and Eyebrow tinting Eyebrow waxing & shaping Lash lifts & tints Eyelash extensions Eyebrow lamination Call/text us at 312-245-9965 or book your appointment online!

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Discover our NEW Specialty Esthetic Treatments

Since updating our pricing at the beginning of October, we have also added some new specialty treatments, check them out below! CCSD Signature Treatment includes Dermaplaning, DiamondGlow Microdermabrasion, Treatment mask & Red light therapy. This treatment provides a double exfoliation that allows for deeper penetration of skincare products to enhance skin health. A customized treatment mask is then applied to further accelerate results and the treatment is finished with Omnilux red LED therapy to promote circulation as well as stimulate collagen and elastin production while reducing inflammation. CCSD Revitalize Treatment includes Dermaplaning, DiamondGlow Microdermabrasion, Treatment mask & a PCA Chemical Peel. This treatment provides a double exfoliation for ultimate skin rejuvenation to improve skin discoloration and texture, minimize pores, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, while enhancing skin hydration. CCSD Luxe Treatment includes a DiamondGlow Microdermabrasion, Superficial chemical exfoliation & Red light therapy. This red carpet treatment combines a DiamondGlow Microdermabrasion exfoliation with a gentle superficial chemical exfoliation for the smoothest, glowing skin. The treatment is finished with Omnilux Red LED therapy which promotes circulation, stimulates collagen and elastin production, and reduces inflammation with little to no downtime. Call, text or book your appointment online to experience these new specialty treatments yourself! When you do, you can receive 10% OFF an Omnilux phototherapy at-home device, until November 30th, 2021!

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Esthetic Treatments Makeover

CCSD will be refreshing our Esthetic services menu starting Friday, October 1st, 2021. We’re adding BRAND NEW offerings such as CCSD signature treatments, Red LED therapy, lash extensions and brow lamination on top of our popular esthetic services you know and love! Due to updated supplier consumable pricing, a few services will receive a modest price increase. Also, esthetic consultations for new patients (no same-day treatment) will now be $50. It’s our mission to continue providing our patients with the most expert and personalized esthetic care! Visit our website to see our new esthetic, brow bar and permanent makeup services. Call/text us at 312-245-9965, or book your appointment online with one of our talented Licensed Estheticians to experience these exciting new services - starting October 1st, 2021!

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Please welcome our new Licensed Esthetician Coordinator!

Please welcome our new Licensed Esthetician Coordinator! Angela "Angie" Nesci, LE is an experienced Licensed Esthetician and is joining CCSD as our Esthetic Coordinator! Angie has worked in the specialty field of Dermatology since 2007, after certifying as a Medical Assistant in 2006. With a passion for skin health and a desire to do more to help people look and feel their best, she graduated from The Aveda Institute as a Licensed Esthetician in 2011. Prior to joining CCSD, Angie practiced expert medical aesthetician under the umbrella of Northwestern Medicine for over 10 years! She loves continuing education, staying up-to-date on the latest skincare and greatest treatments and brings years of skin wisdom to our team. Angie Nesci, LE believes that combination esthetic treatments along with properly educating patients through every step of their journey, is the key to achieving skin goals! Call or text us at 312-245-9965 or book online to schedule your next esthetic appointment with Angie!

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What Is The Difference Between Each Microblading Appointment?

What Is The Difference Between Each Microblading Appointment? When going through information with each patient, it is important to explain the expectations of each appointment. In this blog, I’m going to be talking about what you should be prepared for at each microblading session. In my last blog post, I talked about the purpose of a consultation, which is to discuss the procedure with the client, along with their personal beauty goals. If you do not book a separate appointment for a consultation and feel ready, your artist can go over that portion at your first session. In doing this, we will talk about your options and what technique would be best for you. The initial microblading appointment should take approximately 2-3 hours. I will take photos of your bare brows for your medical records, sanitize the brow region and map your brows to your desired shape using an eyebrow pencil and ruler. Numbing cream will then be applied for about 25-30 minutes. Lastly I will color match the pigment to your hair and then begin the microblading procedure. When completed, after photos of your new brows will be taken for your patient records, we'll go over microblading aftercare, and you'll be on your way! One thing people may not realize is that in permanent cosmetics, touch ups are normal and simply part of the process. Microblading requires two sessions - the initial appointment and the touch up appointment. About 6-12 weeks after your initial appointment, you should come back to see me for the second session, or as I like to call it “the perfecting appointment”. During this time, we take a look to see how your brows have healed and make any adjustments in terms of color or shape to PERFECT your brows! The duration of microbladed brows varies from person to person, so it is recommended that each patient returns 12-18 months after their “perfecting appointment” for a “color refresh”. A “color refresh” is basically a yearly microblading appointment to go over all of the brow hair strokes and restore the color, bringing eyebrows back to life! Call our office to schedule your microblading consultation, touch-up or color refresh appointment, at 312-245-9965 option 2.

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What Should You Expect at a Microblading Consultation?

A consultation is a very important aspect of a microblading procedure – actually a consultation is vital with ANY treatment. Think about it…when someone goes to a salon to get their hair done by a new stylist, the first thing the hairstylist will do is chit chat with the client about what he or she is hoping to achieve from the appointment. I approach a new microblading patient consultation the same way! What is discussed during a microblading consultation? The purpose of a microblading consultation is to have an open dialogue with my patient in a professional manner about the process, along with any concerns or beauty needs. Most patients are either interested and want to learn more about microblading, or are not too familiar with the service but are intrigued to find out more. It’s my job and goal as the provider to make them comfortable and educate in a positive, warm environment. During a microblading consultation, I'll start with explaining the details of a microblading procedure, while learning more about my patient and their desired goals – in regards to skin type, eyebrow shape, hair color, and stroke pattern. This way I can understand more about them and finalize the treatment plan of action. The goal of our microblading consultation By learning more about my patient during a consultation, I am able to gage if they are an ideal candidate for microblading. Those who are not a good fit for microblading may include patients who are: under the age of 18; pregnant or nursing; skin conditions like rosacea; currently under chemo treatment or radiation; immunocompromised; taking medications such as blood thinners and Accutane. Certain treatments such as Botox, filler, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, glycolics, AHA products, Retin-A, brow or lash serums may also need to be discontinued 2 weeks before the initial microblading appointment. Lastly, it is crucial to cover pre-care and post-care with my patients during a consultation so they get the best outcome possible! I believe a consultation should be a fun and interactive process! So it is key for you, the patient, to ask any questions you may have to feel comfortable, excited, and ready to move forward with scheduling your first microblading appointment with me! – Anna Tassi.

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Peel Deal Week – March 9th – 13th

Are you ready for #NationalPeelDay on March 10th? If not, schedule your Chemical Peel during our Peel Deal Week, March 9th through 13th with our experienced  Licensed Estheticians! There’s so many different deals to choose from that work with your skin concerns, schedule, and budget. If you can’t make it in that week, you can also save if you call and prepay for a future peel during event office hours! Angela Preski, LE will also be available on Wednesday in our store if you have any questions about your personal skincare routine or which chemical peel is right for you!  Make sure to visit our event page for all the details on the week’s specials. There’s only a few appointments still left, so call our office at 312-245-9965 option 2 to book yours before they run out!

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Client Reviews

Thank you to the friendly staff at CCSD for always making my visits pleasant and efficient! An even bigger thank you to Dr. Jacob for the phenomenal job she did all but erasing a scar on my face from skin cancer, and the amazing job she always does defying Mother Nature keeping my face looking young and alert!

— Christopher

Dr. Ibrahim is AMAZING. He has such a wonderful “bed side manner” and his experience is multifaceted. I go to him for both regular skin concerns and cosmetic reasons and he has been able to help with every issue I have! He is by far the best dermatologist I have been to and I recommend him 100%!

— Maddy

Loved results..and my daughter had microdermabrasion and beautiful results..they r so professional and very organized..appointment times right on schedule..no waiting. I would say this is the best place in Chicago..for any needs of the face. They are the experts..

— Rosalina

What a great experience! I love this office, every time I come everyone has a great smile, and the office is always bright and clean. Dr. Pritzker is awesome, she is so fast and efficient and knows exactly how to combat those pesky wrinkles.

— Valarie

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