Expert Tips on How to Maintain Your Beauty Routine From Home

For many women, it takes coordinated treatments and routines to maintain a specific look. From your hairstylist to your manicurist to your esthetician and your dermatologist, the list goes on. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to keep your complexion bright and clear by using products easily found online or even at the pharmacy.

While you might be confined at home for a good reason, you might be wondering what you can do to get through this thing without looking like a hot mess. Here are some expert beauty tips to keep yourself together until you can get back into your favorite salon, self-care facility, or spa.

Maintain Your Skincare Routine

Just because you’re at home and maybe skipping makeup doesn’t mean you should be neglecting your skincare routine. There will be no better time to add even more pampering to your skincare regimen.

The key to keeping your skin the way you like it during this break from our regular routine is to stay consistent with your routine. In the morning, be sure to still apply those antioxidant serums that help to counteract damage from free radicals and environmental issues like pollution and UV rays.

Even though you might be staying inside for most of the day, a good SPF is still a great idea. Not only would this protect you if you go outdoors, it will also protect you from the harmful rays emitted through blue light (TV, computer, phone) as well as from indoor lighting.

At night, make sure you’re still cleansing correctly — even if you haven’t worn makeup or left the house. The skin produces oils throughout the day, and these can become trapped in the pores together with dried skin and cause breakouts.

Should you suffer from acne, try using some form of salicylic acid, along with some gentle cleansing and one of our retinol products at night. Anti-aging routines, which include specific products like antioxidants in the morning and retinol at night, can also be considered. Facial masks and massage help increase circulation. Keep in mind, too, that exercise is also great for the skin.

Try a DIY Facial

While you can’t fully replicate the treatment provided by a skincare professional while stuck at home, this is a great time to do an at-home facial and use a product that you may not normally consider trying. The results of this at-home facial once or twice a week to brighten the skin might surprise you!

Skip Makeup

You may have never heard of letting your skin ‘breathe.’ Well, there is something you can try to give your complexion a break from the application of daily makeup. Even if it’s for only a couple days a week, skipping foundation can improve the tone and texture of your skin.

A silver lining for your skin when staying home is that you’re giving your skin a break from potential pore-cloggers. Just remember, now you won’t have any UV protection from the sun’s damaging rays, so you’ll need to be extra diligent about wearing your regular sunscreen to keep your skin protected.

Should you need any professional, expert advice on at-home skincare, ask the team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery, and Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL (847)-367-8815 for their advice as well as about SkinMedica® and their other products which you can order online.

How to Get Rid of Acne Scars

Have you gone through a severe case of acne that left you with unsightly scars? Even long after the pimples cleared up and the redness and irritation disappeared, sometimes, unwanted reminders linger.

Acne scars are an especially challenging problem to treat and affect up to 50 million Americans annually. Usually beginning in puberty, the condition can affect people of all ages, with about 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 having outbreaks of the skin disorder at some point. And although many will see their acne go away by the time they reach their 30s, for others, acne persists into their 40s and 50s.

What Causes Acne Breakouts?

Acne results from inflammation of skin glands and tiny, narrow canals in the skin called hair follicles. Characteristics include pimples and other lesions on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders. While usually not a serious health condition, it can cause significant emotional distress and permanent scarring of skin tissue.

What’s the Best Way to Treat My Acne Scars?

Taking a multi-faceted approach where you include our team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa will pay off, resulting in shorter, less severe breakouts as well as the treatment of any acne scarring you might already have.

In this article, we’ll cover a small selection of available options from our expert team of plastic surgeons and fully trained medical spa staff. During your consultation, you’ll be able to discuss all your options, resulting in the perfect solution fully customized for you.

LaViv’s Natural Collagen Supplementation

Modern advancements in the field of skin rejuvenation have enabled physicians to treat patients with new technologies, producing more permanent results. LaViv has developed a process that uses your skin cells, naturally restoring your skin to its original youthfulness.

With LaViv’s Natural Collagen Supplementation, it is now possible to use your skin cells to activate your collagen development. This process naturally and subtly treats the dermal defects of the skin caused by acne scars and wrinkles, thinning lips, and other conditions such as chickenpox.

Chemical Peels

Used to even out the skin’s texture and discolorations, a chemical peel exfoliates the skin, resulting in the dead skin cells shedding more efficiently, and leading to a rejuvenated, glowing complexion. The process helps prevent pores from clogging with dead skin and oil, resulting in significantly reduced breakouts of acne.


In your struggle with deep acne scars, you might have heard about microneedling. During your consultation with the team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa, you will learn how microneedling can help improve the appearance of your acne scars. This exciting new skincare innovation promotes the growth of new collagen in your skin, encouraging your skin to heal itself, and reducing the appearance of ice pick, boxcar, and rolling acne scars.

Acne Scar Treatment in the Chicagoland Area

To learn more about your acne scar treatment options and our approach to using microneedling, chemical peels, or any other medical spa treatments, contact Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL, at 847-367-8815. Arrange a free consultation, where we will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the products and procedures we offer.

What to Expect: BOTOX® Injections for Migraines

Even if you don’t get migraine headaches, you probably know someone who does. And while you’ve probably heard of BOTOX® being used for generations to smooth foreheads in Hollywood, you might not have heard that starting in 2010, it has also brought relief to many people who suffer from chronic migraines.

You could well be finding that migraine headaches are disrupting your life and that the medications you are taking are just not working. Well, it could be time to learn more about the BOTOX® injection migraine relief offered by Dr. Daniel Ritacca and his team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL.

What Is BOTOX®, and How Does It Treat Migraines?

BOTOX® is a neurotoxin (botulinum toxin A) produced by the bacteria that causes botulism. When the BOTOX® toxin is purified and injected, it has been shown to decrease the number and severity of migraines significantly. BOTOX® enters the nerve endings at the injection site and blocks the neurotransmitters that carry the brain’s pain signals.

Over the course of up to three treatments, our team injects BOTOX® around the pain fibers of the head and neck involved in headaches. One treatment of between 30 and 40 injections lasts between 10 and 12 weeks, with results being experienced in 2 to 3 weeks.

What Type of Headache Responds Best to BOTOX®

BOTOX® is FDA-approved for adults aged 18 or over who suffer from migraines that occur on 15 or more days a month. BOTOX® is not recommended for patients who experience fewer than 15 headache days a month.

What is BOTOX® Treatment Like?

When you prepare for your first BOTOX® treatment, expect the appointment to take about 20 minutes. Our experts will use a tiny needle with each injection feeling like a pinprick. The most common side effect from the BOTOX® injections is a sore neck, but you can use an ice pack to reduce the discomfort.

BOTOX® and Migraine Myths

While you might come across several myths involving BOTOX® and migraines, these are the most common:

1. BOTOX® Works Immediately

The first injection of BOTOX® typically does not provide instant relief. However, for some people, it might reduce the severity and frequency of attacks.

2. BOTOX® Overrides Migraine Triggers

While on BOTOX®, some people might find they are less reactive to their migraine triggers. Each individual’s migraine triggers can differently affect how well BOTOX® works.

3. I Never Again Have to Take Acute Medications

Depending on one’s symptoms, it might still be necessary to take triptans or other acute medications.

Next Steps

For the treatment of your chronic migraine headaches, the team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa can probably help you regain a sense of normalcy and improve your quality of life. To learn more about a course of BOTOX® injections, contact Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL, or call (847) 367-8815 to arrange a free consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have about this treatment.

Skincare While Pregnant: What’s Safe for Your Face and Body

From stretch marks and itchiness to acne and rashes, your skin will go through as many changes during your pregnancy as the baby growing inside you! 

Most pregnant women understand that what they eat and drink, as well as the medicines they take during pregnancy may have a profound effect on their health and their baby. However, many don’t realize that what they put onto their skin can be just as significant.

You probably already have a daily routine that involves facial moisturizers, body lotions, shampoos, and conditioners, as well as deodorants and perfumes. Many of these products pass through your skin and are absorbed into your body, making it vital to understand which skincare products are safe to use when you are pregnant.

While many of the skincare products we use regularly are safe, you should be aware that some could be of concern to your developing baby. Even when you are nursing, you need to remain vigilant and avoid anything that could harm your little one until you have finished breastfeeding. 

Here, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions that many pregnant women have about skincare.

What Ingredients Should I Avoid?

There are several common ingredients you should exclude from your skincare routine while you’re pregnant. The following can be harmful to your developing fetus: Retin-A, salicylic acid, retinyl palmitate, hydroquinone, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, chemical peels with salicylic acid, BOTOX®, as well as laser treatments.

How Can I Treat Acne Breakouts?

During pregnancy, you need to avoid retinoids, vitamin A derivatives, and other products that can potentially harm your developing baby. Instead, look for products containing lactic acid or glycolic acid.

Can I Get a Facial While Pregnant?

A salon facial can be a fantastic treat when you’re dealing with skin issues that need some extra care. But before you make that appointment, make sure you know which treatments are pregnancy-safe!

Skin peels containing glycolic or beta-hydroxy acids (such as salicylic acid) are not safe while you are still pregnant, but are an excellent choice afterward. Instead, ask for a pregnancy-safe facial from the team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL.

Is Mineral Makeup Safe?

While most conventional makeup products, such as powders, foundations, mascaras, and eyeliners, are safe to use during pregnancy, mineral makeup is a good alternative, especially when your skin may react unexpectedly to fragrances or preservatives.

Mineral makeup also contains zinc and titanium, which together act as a natural SPF to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

What Kind of Moisturizer Should I Use?

It’s best to use moisturizers with ingredients such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, or shea butter.

Is Spray Tan or a Self-Tanner Safe to Use When Pregnant?

The active ingredient in DIY self-tanners and professional spray tans is dihydroxyacetone (DHA), the long-term effects of which have yet to be tested. So, it’s best to avoid them—and the potential side effects to you and your developing baby.

Can I Use Sunscreen?

Being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t hit the beach but remember to wear sunscreen. As an extra precaution, look for products that use titanium dioxide and zinc oxide—physical sunblocks that don’t penetrate the skin.

Can I Use Cellulite Creams While Pregnant?

Because these creams contain retinol, DMAE, and caffeine, we suggest that pregnant women stay away from them. Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is known to cause severe congenital disabilities, and as a stimulant, caffeine, should only be consumed in limited amounts during pregnancy.

When Should You Treat Pregnancy Stretch Marks?

Most doctors believe that those red, purple, blue, and brown stretch marks are largely hereditary and that most topical preparations won’t prevent them from occurring. However, if you are determined to try something, glycolic acid creams or those containing green tea are the most effective.

Is It Safe to Use Hair Removers?

Cream or gel depilatories (hair removing products) are generally considered safe. However, some women’s skin becomes extra sensitive during pregnancy, and there may be a slightly increased risk of allergy. We also offer laser hair removal services, though you’ll have to wait until your baby is here to enjoy their benefits. 

How Do I Treat Pregnancy Belly Itches?

Part of the problem causing annoying belly itches are hormones and stretching skin.

The most common belly itch is due to a hive-type reaction known as PUPPP—Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy, which commonly begins in the third trimester. First noticed near the belly button, it can quickly fan out over a wide area, including the breasts, thighs, and buttocks.

While PUPPP isn’t dangerous, it often resolves itself soon after the delivery of the baby. Before that happens, however, it can be most uncomfortable. Prescription-strength steroid creams can help as can a cloth dipped in some warm milk and applied it to the skin.

Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa Services

Should you need help in taking care of your skincare needs while pregnant, or if you want to learn more about cosmetic surgery, our medspa, or any of our other fantastic services, please contact us or call (847) 367-8815 and schedule an appointment.

Advantages of Getting Plastic Surgery in the Spring

Every year, as spring rolls around, the realization hits us that soon we will be getting out more, wearing less and that we want to look and feel our best. 

Spring is the time of renewal and rejuvenation. By taking care of that overdue plastic surgery now, you can look your best in time for summer! The weather is still cool enough to wear bulkier clothing to comfortably conceal the swelling and bruising from your surgery without becoming overheated. 

It’s often raining for days on end at this time of year, and you might be able to take this opportunity to have the procedure you’ve always promised yourself. What’s more, the long weekends and the kids still being in school will all help with a safe recovery. Your body will have time to heal before your summer starts. It will be easier to keep your procedure private before your sexy summer reveal!

Spring also allows you time to lose the extra weight you might have gained during the holidays. Some surgical procedures like liposuction or breast augmentation require you to be as close to your ideal weight as possible. Use the time before the end of spring to get back into shape before your procedure. Doing this will help you get your recovery out of the way before hitting those summer parties in your bikini. Can you imagine being out at the beach or pool, showing off your new body?

With just one office visit to Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa, you could be well on your way to your best summer ever!

Best Plastic Surgery Procedures During Spring Break

When it’s high season for swimwear and shorts, eliminating love handles, tightening tummies, and boosting busts are at the forefront of many minds. 

Are you feeling bold? Why not jump right into maximizing your plastic surgery results? Spring is a great time to consider breast augmentation, facelift, or liposuction surgery. If you are working on a timeline for a wedding, vacation, or another event, be sure to let your surgeon know during your consultation. Typically, a spring procedure will have you healed and ready for the summer.

In preparation for summer, we recommend the following procedures:

Breast augmentation. Allows women of all shapes and sizes to enhance their breasts.

Tummy tuck. Flatten and shape your abdomen and waist.

Liposuction. Give your body a sculpted look through the elimination of unwanted fat.

Facelift. Rejuvenate the skin on your mid-to-lower face and neck.

Gluteal (Butt) Implants. Consider these as an excellent option to enhance the appearance, size, as well as the shape of your buttocks.

Not Ready to Commit to Surgery? 

For something a little less invasive, you have these great options:

Photofacial. Restore your skin to its natural beauty with Sciton Forever Young BroadBand Light (BBL)™ light photofacial rejuvenation therapy, which can target a wide variety of skin conditions related to aging and sun damage.

Cellulite treatment. Using a revolutionary new cellulite FDA-approved treatment, Cellfina can virtually eliminate cellulite in the vast majority of patients. Better yet, this procedure involves no surgery whatsoever.

Skin rejuvenation. One of the first things you can do this spring is pamper yourself and your skin with a rejuvenation facial. Not only will this bring back a healthy glow to your skin, but it will also help to heal and repair skin that may have become damaged due to the cold and dry winter weather.

HydraFacial. Painlessly exfoliate your skin before delivering healing, nourishing serums, which ensure that your outer glow matches your inner glow.

Nonsurgical body sculpting and contouring, or dermal fillers and BOTOX®, could also be on your spring refresh checklist. Laser hair removal would eliminate shaving from your summer routine. Your summer self will thank you!

While you’ll be able to go out in public comfortably and confidently within a week or two after most procedures, for others, the results will continue to improve long after you’re back to normal activity. Check with your doctor on what to expect.

Why Choose Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills?

The Doctors at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa, in Austin, TX, will help you to fall in love with your rejuvenated appearance and surprise everyone with a new, younger you! For outstanding and natural-looking results, contact us today at 847-367-8815 or send an online request to schedule a consultation.

We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about any of these fantastic treatments!

3 Ways to Get Your Silkiest Legs for Spring

When it comes to your legs, all you want is smooth, soft skin without stubble, razor nicks, or pain. And to be honest, you also want your time back. Those hours spent tweezing, waxing, and shaving unwanted hair really add up. It seems that, for years, you have been trying to find the most effective method for achieving sexy, clean-shaven legs. After all, don’t you wish you could have the silky, smooth legs that celebrities always seem to flaunt?

Do You Really Need a Daily Shaving Routine?

Your current daily routine probably consists primarily of shaving your legs, followed by some exfoliation to buff away dead, dry skin. Then you might then follow this by dragging that razor over your legs one more time for a closer shave.

Next, you apply liberal amounts of moisturizer to soothe your legs from any itching, prevent razor burn or razor bumps, and, hopefully, prevent ingrown hairs as well. 

Each time you go through this routine, you suspect that it’s perhaps the least efficient method of hair removal, because the next morning, you’ll be repeating the process all over again to get rid of the prickly hair regrowth.

There Is a Better Way to Get Your Silkiest Legs for Spring!

You know it’s extremely unlikely that celebrities rely on a razor alone to keep their legs free of fuzz. After all, hair removal treatments like shaving, tweezing, and waxing can be incredibly painful and tedious. 

Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Ritacca can help you with a nonsurgical Candela GentleLase Laser treatment, shown in multiple clinical studies to be one of the most effective laser treatments on the market. You can find out more about this by contacting him at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Austin, TX.

Steps to Follow to Get Your Silkiest Legs

  1. Shave before your treatment. It is best to shave your hair the morning of your appointment, or at the latest, the night before. The laser’s energy needs some hair to damage the follicle. Of course, this means the treatment is more effective on darker hair with some pigment.
  2. Skip other maintenance. Make sure you avoid any other treatment that might affect the hair follicles. Waxing and threading, like plucking, removes the entire hair follicle, thus preventing the laser from being able to target them. It’s also essential to avoid tanning, as this can cause hypopigmentation.
  3. Set a schedule. You will need to set up a schedule of treatments to allow some hair growth between sessions. Since your hair doesn’t all grow at the same rate, you will need multiple treatments to reduce hair growth in each area permanently. With the different treatments, you are targeting different hair follicles in their growth cycle.

As you follow this advice, you’ll find it useful to know that most people experience very few side effects from this treatment. There is usually redness and some swelling, but this should only last for a couple of days.

To learn more about getting the silkiest legs by spring, make an appointment with Dr. Daniel Ritacca at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa, in Austin, TX, or by calling (847) 367-8815 to arrange a free consultation. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about hair removal laser treatment.

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.