Look and Feel Young Again With These Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Options

You have probably noticed that the skin on your face is starting to show visible signs of aging. While some of the factors that cause premature aging, if caught early, can be slowed down with healthy lifestyle choices and a good skincare regime, other characteristics of aging are a matter of genetics and out of our control.

Suppose you are concerned about the signs of facial aging you’re seeing in the mirror and are considering non-surgical facial rejuvenation. In that case, there’s never been a better time to seek advice from the experts at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL.

What Causes Your Skin to Age?

Beyond our family genetics, there is a range of natural environmental and lifestyle factors that cause our skin to age. Ultraviolet rays contribute significantly to skin aging in sunny climates. And the effects of smoking, alcohol, stress, and several others also cannot be ignored.

In summary, these are the main factors that age your facial skin:

  • Over-exposure to the sun
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Lack of sleep
  • Stress
  • Cold, dry weather

What Are the Signs Your Skin is Aging?

There are several signs of skin aging, and each one affects your face differently:

Fine lines and wrinkles: Fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet are the most disheartening signs of aging for all of us.

Dullness of the skin: The soft, glowing skin of youth fades with age, leaving a dull complexion with depleted moisture levels.

Uneven skin tone: Aging causes our skin to develop uneven skin due to melanin or variations in hormonal levels.

Dry skin: Younger, healthy skin has a fresh, dewy, and radiant appearance due to its high moisture content, whereas older skin is characterized by dryness and dehydration.

Blotchiness and age spots: Age spots or liver spots, which are reddish or brown in color, are caused mostly by over-exposure to UV rays that produce a blotchy look, contributing to an aged appearance.

Rough skin texture: As the skin matures, changes in its texture become noticeable. The skin loses its smoothness and becomes uneven due to the slowing of cellular turnover and the buildup of layers of dead cells.

Visible pores: Pores become enlarged or more visible with age due to loss of skin elasticity and the effects of gravity.

Let’s talk about some of the most popular facial rejuvenation treatments we offer at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa. These treatments can bring back your youthful glow, and your treatment plan can be fully customized to meet your specific needs.

Facial Treatments

Our Facial Treatments offer a range of medical-grade procedures designed to deliver healthier, more nourished skin with even tone and texture, helping you maintain a youthful appearance and feel your best. Our newest and highly sought-after Hydrafacial MD cleanses, exfoliates, and removes impurities and dead skin, leaving you with skin that is plump, firm, and completely replenished.

Chemical Peels

While the outer surface of our skin sheds naturally, this doesn’t happen evenly. The result is an uneven skin tone and texture with discoloration and dryness. Our Medical Grade Chemical Peel removes your skin’s outer dead layers, revealing healthy, new, glowing skin below. It also reduces the appearance of sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles and can be combined with other procedures such as facelifts for a more substantial rejuvenation.

Laser Treatments

At Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, we offer several state-of-the-art non-surgical Laser Treatment services to provide different levels and types of treatment, improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, injury scars, enlarged pores, discoloration, and more.

Injectables and Dermal Filler Treatments

Most visible signs of aging are caused by facial volume loss. As we age, facial tissues thin out, lines form around our nose and mouth, and our cheeks start to look hollow. Dermal Fillers which include Juvéderm®, Radiesse®™, and Restylane®, are gel-like substances injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, help smooth wrinkles, plump the lips, and restore a more youthful appearance.

Injectables, which include BOTOX®, Dysport, and Xeomin®, can significantly soften some of the most common signs of aging, also known as expression lines.


With our DermaPen® Microneedling procedure, we have a highly effective treatment to reduce scarring, hyperpigmentation, and the appearance of wrinkles and stretch marks. Collagen production is stimulated through this micro-needling technique, resulting in patients feeling more confident in their skin and happier with their overall appearance. The increase in collagen production helps fill in fine lines, scars, and wrinkles, leaving you with smooth, plump, youthful, and healthy skin.

Ready for Your Facial Rejuvenation?

To learn more about how we can help you reverse signs of premature aging, please reach out to our team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa by calling (847) 367-8815 or filling out our online form to arrange your one-on-one consultation. We are also available for virtual consultations!

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.

Common Acne Triggers and How to Avoid Them

If you are having a breakout, then chances are you have done something to help trigger the imperfection. To prevent further breakouts, it is important to understand common breakout triggers and learn how you can avoid them.

One good way to avoid breakouts is to watch your diet. If you eat a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables you are less likely to have acne breakouts than someone whose diet is high in fats and processed foods.

Another way to avoid a breakout is to watch your stress level. People who have a high stress level are more likely to have breakouts than people with very low stress levels.

Another great way to avoid having a breakout is by making sure you have a good cleansing routine. If you keep your face clean, then you are less likely to breakout. It is very important to have a regular cleansing routine for your face.

If all else fails, then you should visit a skin specialist / dermatologist. They will be able to treat your problem and provide ways to maintain healthy skin. You can call us to schedule an appointment and find out what your next skin step should be for your skin care regime.

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Why a skin care professional can help you fight acne faster

Acne is not solely problematic for teens. Half of all women in their twenties face sporadic bouts of acne, and a quarter of forty-somethings still fight acne while keeping up with their BOTOX® treatments according to a report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Topical drugstore preparations may shorten the lifespan of an isolated blemish, but such tools are very limited. Benzoyl peroxide and alcohol are the chief active ingredients in most over-the-counter spot treatments. For some troubled skin, these two ingredients cause as many skin problems as they solve. An oil-reducing skin treatment may work for a teen with oily skin, but these ingredients cause dryness and are a poor fit for more mature skin. It’s counterproductive to seek age-defying skin treatments while parching the skin in an attempt to reduce breakouts. Dry skin reveals all of the fine lines and therefore starts to age beyond its time.

Just as a mechanic with only two tools cannot hope to restore a car to perfect condition, over-the-counter acne products cannot restore healthy skin. Skin care professionals have a wealth of tools at their disposal. They combat acne with topical preparations, prescription medications and even injections of anti-inflammatory cortisone to end a painful pimple’s life quickly. Taking a multi-faceted approach to fighting acne pays off in the form of shorter, less severe breakouts.

A doctor can prescribe topical acne products that contain antibiotics to kill the bacteria that cause acne. Prescription creams are far more effective against treating acne than their drugstore counterparts. Oral medications help clear acne internally instead of topically. Painful cystic acne succumbs quickly to cortisone injections or by draining to relieve the painful pressure. Laser treatments and dermabrasion may help some cases of acne as well as restoring a smoother surface to previously troubled skin that has left scars. Skin care professionals can also work with other doctors to adjust medications that might worsen acne such as oral or injected steroids.

Other conditions such as rosacea or folliculitis mimic acne’s appearance but require different treatments. While a skin care professional can recommend appropriate treatments, only a qualified dermatologist can diagnose a skin condition, so it is vital to seek dermatological advice for any sudden rash or breakout. Trying an over-the-counter acne regimen to treat a skin problem other than acne could exacerbate the irritation and discomfort of the condition.

Healthy skin means more than simply being acne-free; a doctor’s/aesthetician’s care ensures that once the blemishes disappear, the skin remains vibrant and healthy. Injections of BOTOX® or cosmetic fillers reduce the appearance of deep acne scars, while laser resurfacing smooths away shallow imperfections left behind from previous bouts of acne.

Acne merits a doctor’s attention because it is a bacterium that needs treatment. Seek a specialist in healthy skin and end the cycle of dry skin and breakouts instead of those over-the-counter products.


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Try these simple tips to get rid of whiteheads

Whiteheads Comedones, blemishes, zits — these terms all describe the same unwelcome phenomenon. The good news is that there are some simple things that you can do at home to help fight these nasty imperfections.

Whiteheads are classic dome-shaped pimples, rising above the surrounding skin in a dramatic bulge of pimply majesty. Whether you’re prone to a small breakout of an occasional whitehead or cope with chronic bumper crops of pimples, a different skin care regimen may help.

Before you try to get rid of whiteheads on your own, seek your skin care professional’s advice. Pimples aren’t the only things that trouble your skin. Milia, tiny grain-like white bumps, do not result from bacterial overgrowth as whiteheads do. A dermatologist will tell you what’s really causing those bumps and help you eradicate them.

If you do have whiteheads, clean your face as gently as possible. Overzealous scrubbing will only make the problem worse. Harsh scrubbing breaks the skin and spreads bacteria elsewhere on your face, leading to future breakouts. Choose a cleanser formulated for troubled or acne-prone skin. Be wary of products that strip oil from your skin; overly drying products cause more trouble than they heal.

Whiteheads sometimes succumb to the same ingredients that give anti-dandruff shampoo its power. Try washing your face with a shampoo designed to combat dandruff; you may find that it works better than any commercial facial cleanser. This method is especially good if you have pimples with dry skin.

An aspirin mask can clear even the mightiest whitehead, but it can also dry your skin. Use this technique with caution. Dissolve two or three aspirin tablets in just enough water to form a paste. Apply the paste thinly to the affected areas of your skin and leave the mask until it dries. Rinse your face thoroughly in lukewarm water and pat your skin dry. Aspirin reduces inflammation, dries the whitehead and acts as an antibacterial agent.

As tempting as it is, do not pop, pick or squeeze. You run the risk of causing permanent scarring if a popped whitehead becomes infected, and scars are much harder to fix than whiteheads!

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Benefits of the new DermaPen®!

Launched last year in 2011 in Europe, Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa are thrilled to add DermaPen® to their menu of services. The DermaPen® is a device that helps to build collagen, re-texturize the skin and promote great product absorption. Because of the stamping technique, the DermaPen® is precise and effective with 1 treatment however, a series is recommended.

Laser resurfacing has been a popular treatment for people who experience fine lines or wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, forehead, shallow scars from acne and other tone & texture issues. If you have active acne, you may not be a candidate. Now, there are options for darker skin types.

DermaPen® mimics laser resurfacing treatments with less dermal damage therefore, less downtime and recovery with the same great results. The DermaPen® can also be used safely, on all skin types and ethnicities, and has shown great clinical results in addressing wrinkles and fine lines, acne scars, stretch marks, keloid scars as well as promoting wound healing and stimulation, skin tightening, lifting and rejuvenation.

Dr. Ritacca says, “The DermaPen® device is very effective when used alone, but can be combined with other popular treatments like BBL, profractional laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels.”

The DermaPen® is a convenient small pen that allows greater precision than an ablation type laser and “stamps” the skin which allows for greater depth in areas where you need it. The piercing is a vertical insertion rather than a rolling insertion and the higher speed offers more comfort, less trauma and quicker treatment times.

Because of the less ablative approach, the benefits go beyond surface level results, with almost no downtime. It has been proven to be just as effective as Fractional Laser Therapy or laser resurfacing, IPL or BBL, and chemical peels.

Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is seeing great results with this new skin technique and offers free consultations to learn if you are a candidate for the DermaPen®.