Start Forever Young Photofacial in Winter for a Stunning Spring Reveal

Have fine lines, wrinkles, and exposure to the sun prematurely aged your skin? Have you lost your glow, youthful radiance, and notice changes whenever you look at yourself in the mirror? Age spots, blemishes, and sun damage are some of the first factors that add years to your appearance. Years of unprotected exposure to the sun and lack of a skincare regimen, along with the natural process of aging, can leave your skin looking blemished, unhealthy, wrinkled, and prematurely old.

The good news is that help is at hand! Dr. Daniel Ritacca and his team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa are experts at using Sciton Forever Young BroadBand Light (BBL)™ light photofacial rejuvenation therapy to target a wide variety of skin conditions related to aging and sun damage. 

With this technology, you can achieve a more refreshed, rejuvenated, and youthful appearance. You will restore your skin to its natural beauty, making it clearer, smoother, and more vibrant.

When Is the Best Time of Year for My BBL Photofacial?

In winter, we naturally receive less sun exposure on our skin, making it the ideal time to have your BBL photofacial and achieve a brighter skin tone and a more even complexion. With a course of up to four treatments, this winter means you’ll be ready to surprise your family and friends for an exciting spring reveal!

What is Forever Young BBL Photofacial?

Sciton’s Forever Young BBL ™ is an innovative technology proven to be most effective when it comes to treating signs of aging. It is a noninvasive treatment that delivers broadband light to the epidermis and dermis. 

With no surgery or downtime, and a minimal amount of discomfort, it delivers light therapy targeting the deeper layers of your skin where most signs of aging occur.

What Conditions Does BBL Photofacial Treat?

BBL photofacial uses light energy to heat the upper layers of your skin, which gently stimulates collagen growth as well as the growth of new skin cells. You can achieve smoother skin with fewer wrinkles. A BBL photofacial can eliminate brown pigmentation such as age spots and freckles, along with other conditions such as acne, sagging skin, rosacea, small blood vessels, aging skin, uneven skin texture, loss of firmness, and even unwanted hair.

Other conditions targeted for treatment may include the following.

  • Age spots: Not only do these give away your age, but they also make you look older than you are. Age spots show on your skin as rounded or flat patches, black or brown in color. BBL photofacial is a powerful treatment that will remove these spots, penetrating deep into the layers of your skin, giving beautiful results.
  • Sun damage: The sun’s ultraviolet light damages your skin. Over time, you end up with wrinkles and dark spots. Forever Young BBL treatments can erase early signs of aging and help reverse sun damage. 
  • Blemishes: BBL treatments will penetrate the skin and get rid of unsightly facial blemishes, leading to dramatic results and leaving you with a smoother appearance.

What How Does BBL Photofacial Work?

The light energy delivered by BBL photofacial treatments will precisely target the selected areas in your skin, gently heating the upper layers. The heat absorbed by these selected areas will stimulate your skin cells to regenerate. Over several weeks and several treatments, this process will continue.

BBL Photofacial FAQs

What Will I Feel During My BBL Photofacial?

After your technician applies a coating of cooling gel to the target area, a chilled applicator device delivers precise amounts of light therapy over the skin. You might experience a warm popping sensation and some discomfort in more sensitive areas.

Is There Any Downtime Associated With BBL Photofacial?

Immediately following treatment, expect to see some redness in the treated area, which may feel like a slight sunburn. You may also have some swelling for a day or two following your treatment.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Dr. Ritacca will personalize a treatment plan for you over multiple sessions with one every two to six weeks until you achieve the desired result. It typically takes up to four treatments to reach the final results.

What Aftercare Do I Need?

The skin on the treated areas may be sensitive to sunlight, and you should apply sunscreen and other skincare products as directed by Dr. Ritacca.

Is There Any Downtime Associated With Forever Young BBL?

In most cases, there is no downtime. You should be able to apply makeup immediately afterward and return to your regular routine.

What Can I Expect During My Treatment Consultation?

During your treatment consultation, Dr. Ritacca will carefully examine your face, neck, chest, and hands to check for the kind of sun damage, vascular issues, and pigment irregularities commonly treated with a BBL photofacial.

  • Before treatment: We will ask you to stay out of sunlight before receiving the treatment. If you’ve tanned recently, you might need to wait a while and come back later for treatments. You might also need to avoid medications that make you more sensitive to light.
  • During treatment: Appointments are quick and usually take less than an hour. During the procedure, your skin may appear slightly red and swollen with a slight warming sensation, as well as some mild discomfort.
  • After treatment: You’ll need to avoid scented lotions, exfoliants, and aggressive scrubbing. It’s normal for freckles and sunspots to get darker initially, and they usually flake off within one to three weeks. You might feel something resembling sunburn after the treatment, and applying an ice pack should help.

Fall in Love With the New You This Winter

As spring approaches, fall in love with your rejuvenated appearance and surprise everyone with a new, younger you! Dr. Daniel Ritacca and his team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills and Chicago, IL, have developed an impeccable reputation for their outstanding and natural-looking results. 

Contact us today at 847-367-8815 or send an online request to schedule a consultation. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Types of Scars and Their Treatments

As we progress through life, we all have encounters and experiences that injure our skin, leaving behind blemishes and scars. Any burn, injury, surgery, or other trauma can cause lasting marks, some of which can be severe. How your skin develops scars depends on multiple factors: the depth and size of the wound, your heredity, your age, and even your ethnicity and gender. 

Since scar tissue is more fragile than normal skin tissue, it is more vulnerable to damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Other characteristics are that sweat glands and hair follicles do not grow back after the wound heals.

If you find scarring is affecting your self-confidence and quality of life, you can learn more about the scar revision techniques offered by Dr. Daniel Ritacca and his team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL, by contacting him online

What Causes Scars?

When an injury damages the layer of connective tissue below the epidermis, your body closes the wound with fibrous bands of collagen. These fibrous bands are different from normal skin in that they have a different texture and are stronger than the skin around them. 

The difference in appearance between these two types of skin may be minimal, as many scars gradually fade with time. They may smooth out or become pale and easy to conceal with cosmetics. However, scars that are discolored, raised, pitted, or even sunken may be challenging to hide and become a source of embarrassment.

Raised scars, also known as keloid or hypertrophic scars, can form when the body produces too much collagen during the healing process. Pitted scars can result from a loss of sub-dermal muscle tissue or fat due to injury.

Superficial scars often disappear on their own with the normal shedding and regrowth of the dermis. However, when a scar extends into the dermis, normal cellular renewal may not reach its deeper layers; this is where scar revision therapies can play a role in rejuvenating severely damaged skin.

What Are the Different Types of Scars?

Scar tissue consists of collagen, which is the same tissue found in normal skin. However, it typically differs in appearance from healthy skin because the scar tissue collagen fibers form into a “cross-stitch” pattern, whereas normal collagen has more of a woven pattern.

Despite the typical characteristics of scars, they also take on different forms, each requiring specialized treatment techniques.

  • Hypertrophic scars: These result from the body producing too much collagen in the form of red bumps in the scarred area. They typically form in shape and size a month or two after the wound has healed.
  • Contracture scars: Often associated with burned skin, these scars tighten the skin, which can impair a person’s ability to move. These scars may also extend deeper, even affecting muscles and nerves.
  • Atrophic scars: Making the skin appear sunken, this type of scar is generally the result of losing muscle or fat from an area of the body, causing the skin to sink. Acne scarring, burns, or surgical scars are examples of these.
  • Keloid scars: A type of hypertrophic scar, not always forming as a result of a wound, these not only show as red bumps on the skin. They can extend beyond the original wound site and do not diminish in size over time. 
  • Acne scars: Almost type of acne can leave behind scars that vary in depth.
  • Stretch marks: Caused by rapid weight gain or loss, which could be the result of pregnancy or growth spurts, these stretch marks are more of a cosmetic concern than a medical one.

If you are uncomfortable with a scar or have any concerns about treatment with a cosmetic scar revision, Dr. Daniel Ritacca would be happy to answer any questions you might have. You can contact him at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa.

Can I Prevent Scars?

Not every wound will form a scar, especially if it is only a simple knee scrape or a scratch. However, a deeper wound, especially one that takes longer to heal, will be more likely to form scar tissue. As a general rule, the longer it takes your skin to heal, the more likely it is to develop a scar at the site of an injury. 

After an injury or surgical procedure, the correct treatment of the wound is vital in preventing the formation of raised, darkened, uneven scar tissue. After sustaining a deep wound, you should seek immediate medical attention to make sure a doctor can treat the injury, closing it with stitches as necessary. Scar prevention measures are most effective when a wound is still fresh.

During cosmetic surgery such as that performed by Dr. Ritacca, small incisions, laser, and endoscopic surgical methods minimize the risk of scarring. In the unlikely event that scarring does occur, scar revision treatment is available to rejuvenate the skin and restore a smooth, unblemished surface.

What Are the Best Ways to Treat Scars?

You can consider a variety of options for addressing unwanted scars, some of which might be more effective.

  • Over-the-counter solutions: Typically, these are topical creams, ointments, or gels, some of which might be available through a prescription. They may reduce scars caused by burns, surgical incisions or other injuries and wounds. Treatment options could include corticosteroids or antihistamine creams if your scars are sensitive and cause itching. Pressure dressings or silicone gel sheeting can prevent acne scars and to treat existing ones.
  • Surgery: Many options exist in this category, and these include skin grafts and scar removal surgery. 
  • Injections: In cases involving protruding scars such as hypertrophic scars or keloids, steroid injections can flatten the scars. These injections can be a stand-alone treatment or in combination with other therapies.
  • Laser surgery: During laser scar revision, Dr. Ritacca uses light energy to treat the fibrous bands of collagen and to stimulate the healing of the scar within the dermis. This treatment encourages the skin to start regenerating. In the weeks that follow treatment, healthy skin cells gradually replace damaged cells, and the distribution of collagen evens out. The pro-fractional laser Dr. Ritacca uses is a specialized medical laser for cosmetic purposes, including scar revision.
  • Exfoliation, chemical peels, or dermabrasion: Removal of the scarred layer of skin can often lighten the appearance of a scar. However, during your consultation with Dr. Ritacca, you’ll be able to discuss whether this type of procedure can help you.
  • Fillers: While not permanent, fillers can introduce normal collagen into an atrophic scar. You may need to repeat the procedure every few months to maintain your desired results.

For your cosmetic scar revision, Dr. Daniel Ritacca can help you improve your confidence and quality of life. To learn more about the outstanding scar revision techniques he offers, contact him at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa, in Vernon Hills, IL, or by calling  (847) 367-8815 to arrange a free consultation. He’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about scar treatment.

Smart Steps for Hair Loss Prevention

Waking up with a few broken hairs on your pillow or finding a few stray hairs at the bottom of your shower is perfectly normal. It’s a fact of life: We all shed.
Luckily, there are many things you can do in your day-to-day routine to help maintain your flowing locks.

Improve Your Diet

Getting the right vitamins and nutrients in your diet can help keep your hair healthy. Some nutrients that you might want that can help improve hair strength include:

  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B3 (also known as Niacin)
  • Omega 3’s
  • L-lysine
  • Biotin
  • Iron
  • Zinc

As with most healthy diet recommendations, choices with an abundance of these nutrients include fish, nuts, and vegetables. While it’s always ideal to get nutrients through a healthy diet when you can, there are many supplements that can also help you get your daily dose of these essential vitamins and minerals.

Be Mindful of Your Hairstyles

Certain hairstyles may look great, but they can also put unnecessary strain on your hair and cause excessive breakage. Some tight braids and ponytails (or any other style that pulls on the scalp) can lead to shedding. If you have longer hair, consider leaving it down a few days a week or opt for looser styles when possible. Replacing hair elastics with large hair clips can also help you pull hair away from your face without damaging the hair shaft.

Use Gentle Hair Products

Shampoos and conditioners with harsh ingredients, like sulfates, can dry out your hair and cause breakage. Be mindful of the hair care products that you use. Chemical treatments can also be highly damaging to your hair and ultimately lead to excessive loss. If you dye or color-treat your hair regularly, consider opting for a more subtle style, or asking your hairstylist to use organic or gentler products.

Skip the Heat

Do you regularly use a hairdryer, hair straightener, curling iron, or other styling tools in your day-to-day routine? Heat styling can weaken the hair shaft and cause breakage. Consider going au naturale more regularly. When you do want to use a hairdryer, apply a heat-protecting product that coats the hair shaft in a protective layer.

You should also consider using the cool setting to finish off your style after your hair is around 85% dry. This will reduce the amount of time that you’re exposing your hair to damaging heat.

Silk Pillowcase

There are many anecdotal accounts of silk pillowcases reducing the hair loss that occurs when sleeping. When you’re tossing and turning in your bed, hair can get caught and break off on your pillowcase. Silk pillowcases have some slip and allow your scalp to slide around, preventing the catching that can occur on normal pillowcases. It also has the extra benefit of reducing post-sleep wrinkles that remain on your face in the morning.

Relax

Being stressed for extended periods of time has been shown to lead to increased hair loss. To help yourself loosen up, consider adopting some healthy habits like attending yoga classes, meditating, or adopting a regular exercise routine.

Need Power Procedures for Thinning Hair?

While there are many measures you can take to prevent hair loss, no number of lifestyle changes can prevent baldness or more dramatic forms of hair thinning. Luckily, there are many surgical and non-surgical solutions to help restore your hair, including hair transplants, home laser caps, injections, or topical solutions.

To learn more about our hair restoration services, contact us today.

The Top Vitamins and Foods that Support Healthy Hair Growth

In the last 20 years, researchers have come to a unanimous consensus that a diet rich in vegetables, lean proteins, and some supplements prompts a wide range of robust health benefits. A healthy diet has proven to suppress chronic inflammation, lower blood cholesterol levels, reverse type 2 diabetes and even heart disease. Heart disease!

Recent research from the American Academy of Dermatology has associated certain nutrients with an abundance of shiny, thick hair as well. Keep these in mind when selecting what’s on your dinner plate every night.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3’s are a set of fatty acids that boast a wide range of health benefits for the heart, eyes, and skin. They also have a positive effect on hair, nurturing the skin of the scalp and hair follicles, and helping to prevent hair breakage.

Here is what you can eat to get substantial levels of omega-3 fatty acids:

  • Fatty fish, like salmon and tuna
  • Oysters
  • Seeds, like chia and flaxseed
  • Plant oils, like soybean and canola oils
  • Walnuts

Vitamin D

Having low levels of vitamin D disturbs the hair follicle renewal process, resulting in hair loss. Vitamin D deficiency is also correlated with low bone density, heart disease, and cancer. Studies show that as many as 40% of American adults are vitamin D deficient.

While the bulk of our vitamin D accumulation comes through sun exposure, there are also foods you can eat to boost your vitamin D levels. Check to make sure that many of these foods are fortified with vitamin D:

  • Fatty fish, like salmon and tuna
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Orange juice
  • Milk
  • Yogurt

L-lysine

L-lysine, also known as lysine, is a type of amino acid found in the hair’s root and can be used to promote hair growth. L-lysine has been shown to help reduce hair breakage in some studies. It can also help the body better absorb other hair-nourishing vitamins and minerals, such as iron and zinc. This nutrient isn’t produced by the body, so it is important to get adequate amounts through diet and supplementation.

Here are some foods you can eat that are rich in L-lysine:

  • Red meats
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Some fish, like cod and sardines
  • Eggs
  • Soy products

Biotin (B7)

Biotin is a core component of many common hair, skin, and nail supplements. While biotin supplementation hasn’t conclusively proven to help with hair growth, the converse is true: biotin deficiencies can lead to hair loss. The current research shows that biotin is most helpful for increasing hair strength, ensuring that less hair will be lost when sleeping, brushing, or showering.

Here are foods you can eat to get your dose of biotin:

  • Egg yolk
  • Kidney or liver
  • Nuts
  • Soybeans and legumes
  • Whole grains

A Little Help in Keeping Your Hair

Thinning hair is a challenge that many men and women face, especially as they age. According to the American Hair Loss Association, by the age of 50, approximately 85% of men will experience hair loss. Women actually make up 40% of American hair loss sufferers. These numbers don’t account for the many Americans who have health conditions that impact hair thickness, strength, and overall growth.

While taking the right supplements and incorporating the right nutrients into your diet can help you maintain healthy hair, it’s important to keep your expectations realistic. You can improve your hair quality with supplements, but ultimately, you may need more aggressive measures to get the results that you’re looking for. Most of these nutrients have been shown to improve hair breakage, but their impact on hair growth is still unproven.

Our hair restoration services can help you restore your luscious locks to their original glory. Whether you are considering a hair transplant, a home laser cap, or topical solutions, Ritacca offers a wide range of surgical and non-surgical treatments to help you with hair loss.

To learn more about our hair restoration services, contact us.

Scientific Balding Breakthroughs for 2020

With mounting evidence stating that hair loss decreases self-esteem, there has never been more pressure to have a full head of hair. Whether it’s for dating app photos, corporate headshots for LinkedIn, or Instagram selfies, maintaining a luscious, youthful hairline is critical for the modern life that is emerging. 

Think of Andre Agassi, who said his hair loss as a young man was like losing a part of his identity. If you magnify his woes to the digital age, it’s not hard to imagine why hair loss has such a devastating effect on self-confidence. 

It’s becoming evident that young people are more distressed about a receding hairline or thinning hair. With significant relationships initiated later in life than ever before, single men and women see pattern baldness as a lifestyle issue when they reach their 30s and 40s. Although hair loss affects one in two men over 50 and half of all women after 65, science has yet to discover a convenient, low-risk drug to resolve baldness.

Looking Back

Medical history dating back to 1550 BCE reveals ancient Egyptians tried rubbing ground donkey hooves or hippo fat into their scalps to treat a balding head. Today, two prominent drugs, finasteride and minoxidil, are marginally effective at stopping hair loss. Also, these drugs come with unpleasant side effects like erectile dysfunction, and finasteride is not suitable for women.

Combating Hair Loss

A critical factor in our ineffectiveness at preventing hair loss is that we understand so little about the molecular structures that underpin hair growth in humans. A single hair follicle is an individual organ that operates on a unique growth cycle during a person’s lifetime. As we age, some follicles become sensitive to hormonal changes, which can bind some until they can’t produce visible hair. Because hair loss is largely an aesthetic issue, funding to correct this problem has little academic or industry funding. Although patient demand is high, scant research to produce a drug to resolve hair loss is available. Nor is it likely anytime soon, because insurance companies don’t cover this cosmetic concern.

What Can You Do Today?

With no drug to prevent hair loss, cosmetic medicine is working to fill the void. Although optimal treatments may take some time, some hair loss treatments are earning outstanding reviews.

PRP Injection

Because PRP (platelet-rich plasma) has incredible restorative powers, it is an effective treatment for hair loss. This procedure will promote hair growth while strengthening hair follicles. It does not require surgery, only extracting a small amount of blood, separating the platelets, and injecting the resulting PRP into the treatment site. Benefits include no downtime or recovery, with little to no discomfort and an increase in hair volume.

Capillus Laser Cap

This groundbreaking technology allows men and women to use low-level light to stimulate growth cells in their hair follicles. It is convenient because you can conceal the device inside any cap or hat, is FDA-cleared, and has no side effects.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

This minimally invasive procedure extracts donor hair in a transplant operation. It is less invasive and offers minimal recovery than strip harvesting, and Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery uses advanced technology to provide exceptional outcomes. It provides benefits including permanent results, no visible scarring, natural appearance, and an outpatient procedure.

Strip Method

This method is for patients who need plenty of follicles at once. It grafts follicles into the balding areas by cutting out a strip of the scalp and positioning it in the recipient area. A wound will result that requires sutures or staples for the shortest linear scar possible.

Learn More

If you would like more information about medical-grade hair restoration, contact Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and MedSpa for a consultation today.

Areas on the Face Where Ultherapy Works Anti-Aging Magic

When considering anti-aging treatments, some are better for one area of the body and others better suited for another. BOTOX® is undoubtedly an excellent choice for crow’s feet and forehead lines, while Ultherapy is a fantastic solution for loose skin in certain spots. Here are the areas on the face where Ultherapy works its anti-aging magic.

Ultherapy for the Brows

For many, with age comes a sagging brow. This flaccidity can make you look tired and worn. It can add years to your appearance that do not correlate with your age or how you feel. Although surgery has been the go-to approach to resolve a drooping brow, now there’s a non-invasive solution to lift brows that may hang a bit.

Ultherapy minimizes a sagging brow. It is the ideal option for patients who are looking to add non-surgical treatments that address loose skin to their anti-aging regimen.

Ultherapy for the Chin and Neck

When a turkey neck, double chin, or jowls begin to emerge, and you want to take action immediately without resorting to a facelift, Ultherapy is worth consideration. It offers relief to mild sagging in the neck and chin area through ultrasound energy that stimulates the production of dermal collagen. Results are a smoother, tighter skin texture.

Is Ultherapy for Me?

With so many aesthetic skin tightening treatments available, how can you be sure it’s the best treatment for your cosmetic concerns? For men and women who prefer to avoid surgery for the time being, but want to retain their youthful radiance, Ultherapy will address emerging skin laxity in the brow and chin area. It can also deliver a tighter skin presence on the upper chest area.

Essential Info on Ultherapy

Ultherapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that avoids incisions, needles, and the risk of complications from general anesthesia. We may offer you a topical anesthetic to maximize your comfort during treatment. 

The procedure is typically less than 90 minutes, and we perform Ultherapy in the confines of our stress-free office environment. You may experience visible results after one session, or we may recommend up to four treatments for optimal results. Once you experience your desired outcome, it will last about one year, after which follow-up treatments are possible.

First Step

To get the ball rolling on a firm, youthful skin texture on your face, neck, or chest, call for a consultation today. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa focuses on treating each patient with compassion and empathy, striving to provide the best cosmetic procedures in the Vernon Hills community. Whether it’s plastic surgery or Medspa treatments, our professional team is here for you. 

Schedule your consultation by calling 847-367-8815 or contacting us today.

How to Gift Hair Restoration the Right Way This Holiday

Hair loss is a sensitive subject, so it’s tricky to know exactly when and how to broach the topic of hair restoration. Even if you have the best intentions, gifting a hair transplant can cause hurt feelings if you don’t go about it the right way. Before you purchase a hair restoration procedure for someone else, review the tips below or call us at 847-367-8815 to discuss your options.

3 Things to Consider When Gifting Hair Restoration

What should you keep in mind to create the perfect present this holiday season? Here are the top three things we recommend taking into account.

1. Has Your Loved One Expressed an Interest in Hair Restoration?

Gifting any cosmetic treatment out of the blue usually constitutes a major faux pas. Before you even consider purchasing a hair restoration procedure for someone else, make sure they’re seriously interested in pursuing this kind of treatment. Either wait for your loved one to mention hair restoration on their own, or find a way to tactfully broach the subject yourself. You might mention you’ve considered hair restoration, for example, or discuss an article highlighting recent advances in hair restoration techniques.

2. Have You Thought About Aftercare?

Most hair restoration techniques, including PRP injections and follicular unit extraction (FUE), require little to no downtime. However, more invasive methods, like strip hair transplants, usually have a healing period of at least three days. Before you purchase hair restoration for someone else, make sure you’re ready to either provide care during their recovery or arrange for someone else to provide assistance. 

You should also consider your loved one’s schedule before contacting us. For example, do they have a lot of commitments that will make it challenging to recover from hair restoration or limit their ability to come in for multiple treatment sessions?

3. Are You Aware That All Cosmetic Procedures Begin With a Consultation?

There is no “one-size-fits-all” method of hair restoration. We offer multiple hair restoration methods that are ideally suited to different patients. Some, like FUE, are best for treating male pattern baldness, while others (including PRP injections and the Capillus272 cap) can successfully treat mild hair loss in both sexes. Before you can purchase a hair restoration treatment for someone else, they will need to have a consultation to determine the correct approach.

To make sure treatment proceeds smoothly, we recommend giving the gift of a consultation with our experts, along with a promise to pay for the treatment your loved one chooses. To make financing easier, we offer in-house hair restoration financing plans through CareCredit.

Need More Information Before Gifting a Hair Restoration Procedure in Vernon Hills?

If you want to learn how different hair restoration procedures work, or you’re still not sure how to broach the topic of hair restoration with a loved one, we can help. Contact our caring team of experts in Vernon Hills, Illinois, for advice on giving the gift of fuller, healthier hair.

Does Any Hair Restoration Help When You’re Almost Bald?

Treating subtle all-over hair loss is usually fairly straightforward, but advanced male pattern baldness can be challenging to correct. Many hair restoration methods transfer active hair follicles to places where follicles have grown dormant, so eligible candidates must have at least some remaining hair cover. If you have only a small amount of hair around the sides of your head, you may need to combine multiple treatments to achieve optimal results. 

To learn more about how we treat advanced hair loss at the Ritacca Laser Center, contact us at 847-367-8815 with your questions or consult the guide below.

Follicular Unit Extraction: The Best Treatment for Male Pattern Baldness

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a good alternative to conventional hair strip transplantation for most people with advanced hair loss. Rather than removing a complete section of scalp, FUE involves harvesting and transplanting individual follicular units, usually from the back of the head, to cover bald patches. Once in place, these units function exactly like any other healthy hair follicle, continually producing new hair. Furthermore, because hair from the back of the head is genetically “programmed” to remain active, transplanted hairs are highly resistant to hair loss.

Unlike the strip method, FUE will not create a visible scar, so it’s ideal for patients with hair too sparse to hide scar tissue. Each follicular unit contains just one to four hairs, along with supportive tissue, like collagen and blood vessels, so excising them doesn’t cause noticeable skin damage. The minimally invasive nature of FUE hair transplantation also prevents swelling and discomfort during recovery.

Complementary Therapies for More Complete Hair Restoration

FUE hair restoration works best on patients who still have a full “fringe” of hair extending around and behind their ears. If your remaining hair is sparse, we may recommend a combined approach to treatment. Having platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections before or after your hair transplant can encourage dormant hair follicles to become active again, thereby increasing total hair cover. (PRP is rich in human growth factors, which stimulate new hair growth.) Some of our patients also achieve excellent results after wearing a Capillus272 laser cap at least three times per week for six months. 

Using these complementary therapies won’t extend your total recovery time, and they may greatly enhance your results. To help our patients manage the cost of combined treatment plans, we offer hair restoration financing through CareCredit.

Ask Us About Hair Restoration Procedures in Vernon Hills, Illinois

If you’re experiencing advanced hair loss, we can help. Our experts can create a personalized, comprehensive hair restoration plan that addresses your concerns safely, effectively, and affordably. For more information on the hair restoration procedures we offer, contact our clinic in Vernon Hills to arrange a one-on-one consultation.

Babyboomers Back to Dating Turn to Favorite Facial Procedures to Up Their Game

You’re never too old to reinvent yourself. Whether you’re thinking of changing your career or re-energizing your romantic life, overhauling your look – and your mindset – can help you take the next step.

For baby boomers re-entering the dating scene, cosmetic procedures often provide an integral confidence boost that makes it easier to network with potential partners. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, doctors performed 50,000 more cosmetic procedures on patients over 55 in 2018 than the previous year, and this trend shows no sign of slowing down.

What’s Driving the Popularity of Cosmetic Procedures Among Baby Boomers?

Baby boomers differ from the generations before them in one key area: They’ve experienced a very high rate of divorce, even in middle age. Since the 1990s, the number of baby boomers seeking divorce has doubled, going from five people out of every 1000 in 1990 to ten people out of every 1000 in 2015, according to the Pew Research Center. As a result, more older Americans are dating now than at possibly any other time in history.

The primary reason baby boomers decide to divorce also sheds some light on the increasing popularity of cosmetic procedures: most boomers divorce because they want the best possible life for themselves. With human life spans increasing every year, those born between 1946-1964 know they can expect to live another two to three decades, and they want to spend the second half of their lives with someone that truly makes them happy. “What’s pushing gray divorce is people are living longer and they feel more entitled to living fully,” says Lili Vasileff, president of Divorce and Money Matters. “They’ve contributed to raising children, they want an emotional journey, it’s their time now.” Boomers are, in other words, embracing change; altering their appearance is a natural extension of their vitality.

During the same time period that relationship dynamics have been changing for those over 55, cosmetic procedures have become much safer. Today, older people have access to a range of minimally invasive treatments, including BOTOX® injections, dermal fillers, Ultherapy skin tightening, and numerous “mini lifts,” like the Silhouette InstaLift. Unlike surgery, many minimally invasive treatments can be performed on patients with mild cardiovascular disease and other common age-related health conditions because they don’t require the use of general anesthesia. These procedures also produce immediate results with very little downtime, making them ideal for mature adults who want to jump back into dating quickly.

Surgery has become safer and more precise, too. Modern facelift methods avoid heavily scarring or distorting the skin; instead, they gently adjust the patient’s facial muscles for a naturally rejuvenated look. Better infection control and the widespread availability of experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons have further reduced complications following cosmetic surgery.

Learn More About the Best Cosmetic Procedures for Baby Boomers

Today, it’s possible for patients of all ages to find cosmetic treatments that will work for them. If you’re one of the many baby boomers hoping to start dating again, our experts can help you find safe, effective ways to look your best. For more information, contact the Ritacca Laser Center in Vernon Hills at 847-367-8815.