Flap Reconstruction after Skin Cancer Removal

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, making up about 40 percent of overall cases. It also has the distinction of having higher survival rates than most of its peers. Symptoms of skin cancer are clearly visible as they present themselves in the form of ulcers, discolored moles, bumps, and scales […]

Social Media in Plastic Surgery

Recent increased exposure to medical procedures through social media has not escaped the plastic surgery world. In fact, plastic surgeons were among the first group of physicians to create websites for their practices. But, as the desire to have access to this kind of information grows among our patient population, the questions regarding what constitutes […]

Jan Marini Love Letter

My name is Christal Walstead, I am a licensed aesthetician and laser technician at Northwestern Specialist in Plastic Surgery in Chicago, Illinois. I was first introduced to Jan Marini Skin Research five years ago while working at Paradise MedSpa in Phoenix, Arizona. At the time our MedSpa was carrying Skin Medica, Obagi, and PCA all […]

IDEAL Implant – Feels like silicone, safe like saline

At NSPS, we strive to stay at the forefront of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.  In doing so, we continually look for ways to improve and provide the best patient experience.  This philosophy brought about the idea of writing this blog about the new IDEAL implant. The idea of the IDEAL implant was actually first […]

The Breast Cancer Journey: Treating the Whole Patient

When patients embark on breast reconstruction, it can often be an overwhelming process. There are oftentimes many steps involved in the breast reconstruction process, so we, as providers, tend to become very close with our patients as they progress throughout their journey. This is something I love about my job, as I feel I am […]

Will my breast reduction be covered by insurance?

When you work in the field of surgery, people always want to ask you questions.  More specifically, they want to ask you questions about plastic surgery.  This phenomenon prompted this month’s blog discussion.  I recently was visiting a friend and she brought up the discussion of breast reduction {I didn’t know we were that close […]

Resources You’ve Always Wanted, But Didn’t Know It

Recently, an email came into my inbox from a group of librarians putting together an educational website.  It’s unfortunate that I somewhat disregarded it for almost a week (I get many “spam” emails related to business), but I finally got to it, and what a gem! Despite the fact that most resources are usually put […]

FemTouch – Rejuvenation You’ll Love

FemTouch is a method of treating conditions related to a patient’s vaginal health. It uses a CO2 fractional laser to remodel the mucous epithelium layer of the vagina, addressing the effects of aging and childbirth on the vagina. This laser treatment is a convenient and hassle-free procedure with long-lasting benefits. The process of FemTouch is […]

CO2 Laser 101 with Amber Cruth

The CO2 Laser has long been considered the “gold standard” device for laser skin resurfacing of the skin, an effort to correct wrinkles, laxity, scars and pigment problems. How the CO2 works : Rather than affecting the entire skin, the Lumenis AcuPulse CO2 laser ablates only a fraction of the skin surface, allowing bridges of […]

The Creation of The Chicago Breast Center

  Each year I’ve worked at Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery (NSPS), I’ve learned more. As a clinician, it is obvious to me that my continued involvement and growth has helped me learn how to better support our patients, not only in clinical decision making, but also in understanding the needs of our patients outside […]