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Dysport Anniversary Sweepstakes

Published by CCSD Marketing Team

Dysport is celebrating its 15th anniversary and to commemorate this milestone, they are introducing the Dysport Anniversary Sweepstakes! To make this anniversary truly unforgettable, patients who receive a Dysport treatment during the month of June will be automatically entered into the sweepstakes (click here for all the details).

  • 15 Grand Prize Winners will receive a Bright Eyes treatment (which can be redeemed via a $2,500 ASPIRE Gift Certificate that will be added to your ASPIRE account). Bright Eyes combines Dysport® to smooth glabellar lines and Restylane® fillers to treat infraorbital hollows (Restylane Eyelight) and lack of volume in the midface (Restylane Lyft or Restylane Contour).
  • 150 Runner-Up Winners will receive an Alastin Restorative Eye Treatment with TriHex Technology® mailed directly to their home.

Don’t forget you can also save on Dysport with our June monthly specials, so book your treatment before appointments fill up to also enter the sweepstakes!

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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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How young is “too young”, to use retinol? Interview w/ Dr. Solomiya Grushchak, MD, FAAD, FACMS

Particularly in the last couple years we have seen content creators on the mobile app TikTok inspire a number of cultural trends among all ages everywhere. Because of advancements in dermatology and the reach social media has, the beauty & aesthetic industry has exponentially grown. Beauty influencers can be attributed to this growth because they’ve built their followings reviewing everything from skincare products, to makeup, to the latest aesthetic treatments [ which then can become trendy ]. Many dermatologists and estheticians have also created followings on social media by reacting to product or aesthetic treatment reviews to state if what the original creator does is safe and effective, or not. Now, we are seeing children be influenced by this type of content to want whichever trendy product their favorite creator enjoys. Unfortunately, not all viral skincare is suitable for children or pre-teens. The office of Assemblymember Alex Lee states, “Young children exposed to this content are driven to buy trendy products, including anti-aging skincare, that are targeted to adult skin concerns, without receiving proper information about the effects or science behind the skincare.” No matter your age, it is important to cleanse & protect your skin with sunscreen. But how young is too young to be using anti-aging skincare? As people have studied dermatology and the importance of sunscreen, it has become cultural to incorporate a skincare regimen into their daily lives for healthy, clear skin. Traditionally the skincare industry created their products for adults to not only maintain & protect overall skin clarity, but to combat signs of aging, texture or discoloration. In recent years due to social media’s influence, the latest trend is the goal to have glowing glass skin. Ingredients in trending skincare which influencers claim to give glass skin can include many types of Vitamin A derivatives (AHA/BHA), Vitamin C, or Retinol. The ingredients mentioned can be harsh on sensitive skin - even for an adult. In most cases, a pre-teen using a product with one of these ingredients would be far too aggressive. Recent reports have detailed individuals under the age of 13 showing adverse effects to improperly using skincare with harsh ingredients suitable for adult skin. Media outlets such as ABC & BeautyMatter published news of a proposed bill, California AB 2491, authored by Assemblymember Alex Lee of San Jose. The bill, AB 2491, would effectively ban the sale of products that contain vitamin A or its derivatives, including retinol and retinoids, or an alpha hydroxy acid, including glycolic acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), or citric acid to be sold to anyone under the age of 13. Dr. Solomiya Grushchak, our Board-Certified Dermatologist & Fellowship-Trained Mohs Micrographic & Cosmetic & Laser Surgeon at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery & Dermatology shares her insight.  “Having an age restriction on topical vitamin A or AHA/BHA for young patients is a sensible approach to enhancing consumer safety and ensuring proper product use. These ingredients can cause significant irritation and sensitivity, especially in younger individuals with sensitive and delicate skin. Additionally, pre-teens often don’t need potent treatments as their skin naturally exfoliates and doesn’t show signs of aging. Age restrictions would ensure users are better informed and thus prevent misuse or overuse, and fostering responsible retail practices that prioritize long-term skin health.” Since, on May 16th the bill was denied. However, this effort does raise awareness that being a conscious consumer of skincare is important. Just because a certain product may work for one person, it may not work for you. [ & that’s okay!] Everyone’s skin is different. Which his why consulting with an esthetician or dermatologist is important when choosing the right products. In conclusion, if you are wanting clear and healthy skin, or need new strategies to combat acne. You should first, consult with a Board-Certified Dermatologist or a Licensed Esthetician to receive a skincare plan that’s right for your skin type! When it comes to choosing a regimen, it’s important to learn which products should be included, and the proper use for these products. Improper use of any product can result in adverse effects and is why it’s important to make sure you are properly educated. If you’re looking for the right recommendations from the experts - Come to Chicago Cosmetic Surgery & Dermatology to see one our our experienced providers, and shop at Chicago Skin Science afterward! Chicago Skin Science is located within our practice and sells our products online as well. We offer domestic shipping & same day delivery within 10 miles. All products available ChicagoSkinScience.com are selected by our Board Certified Dermatologists to guarantee you’re only getting the best. Chicago Cosmetic Surgery & Dermatology "Where our goal is to help you feel great in your own skin." Written by: Corey Lantz

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Gifts for the mother in your life

Whether they are your biological mom, your mother-in-law, a mom-like figure in your life or a dog mom, treat that special person with an extra-special gift from CCSD! Mother's Day is on May 12 – here are some great ideas to treat her this year!  OmniLux Contour LED At-Home Devices: Give the gift of glowing skin with an OmniLux LED device for the face, hands or neck & décolleté! Omnilux redefines skincare with medical-grade LED light therapy proven to enhance your natural skin. It helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, redness, and the appearance of pigmentation, while restoring a healthy, youthful glow.  EmSculpt NEO: Tighten abdominal muscles, reduce fat, and close the separation in abdomen between the muscles from childbirth with HIFEM energy (High-intensity focused electromagnetic technology). The perfect Push present for new moms!  CSS and CCSD Gift Certificates: Whether you need a last-minute gift or you’re buying for the mom that has EVERYTHING, a gift certificate is sure to please!  With a Chicago Skin Science gift certificate, she can stock up on her favorite skin care products. Or a Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology gift certificate lets her book a cosmetic treatment she’s always wanted!   EmSella: Helps strengthen the pelvic floor - great for ALL moms! Improves childbirth recovery, prevents pelvic floor laxity, decreases urinary incontinence and more.  EMFACE: Non-invasive Facial Lifting in as little as four 20-minute sessions- no downtime, no needles.  Resulting in up to 37% fewer wrinkles! In May, an EMFACE submentum package also receives a complimentary Alastin Neck Complex, while supplies last. A $119 value, Alastin Neck Complex tightens and smooths the neck/décolleté area.  EMFEMME 360: Whether it's a result of age, childbirth or simply a cosmetic insecurity, women are regularly asking about treatments to address urinary incontinence and other intimacy concerns. EFEMME 360 is the quickest radiofrequency (RF) non-invasive and no downtime treatment to address a wide range of women’s wellness concerns.   Call us today to purchase your Mother's Day present! 

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