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.

Have Your Best Year Yet in 2018 With These Procedures

When we look great, we feel great—that’s why having cosmetic procedures can be the best way start a new year on the right foot. But with all of the options we have to choose from where skincare and anti-aging are concerned, it can be hard to know which treatments offer the best overall value. That’s why we’ve put together the following list of our favorite rejuvenation techniques; if you’re interested in overhauling your look, these four procedures are the perfect place to start.

The 4 Top Cosmetic Procedures for the New Year

  1. Cellfina.

Cellulite: Approximately 90% of us have it, but none of us like it. Fortunately, over the last decade, an extremely effective (and minimally invasive) cellulite treatment system known as Cellfina has been developed. During Cellfina, very thin needles (too thin to cause significant pain) are inserted below the dermis via a special applicator. A cosmetic surgeon uses these needles to separate and “release” the fibrous septae below the skin. Once these connective tissues are divided, they no longer have the ability to create puckers in the skin… And as a result, all of the patient’s unsightly pits and dimples dissapear.

Cellfina boasts a 96% satisfaction rate (based on reports gathered from patients two years after they had this procedure) and it’s ideal for treating moderate to severe cellulite. However, in cases of especially severe cellulite, Cellfina may not create a 100% reduction in visible symptoms. Patients can, however, have multiple Cellfina appointments and/or pair Cellfina with other complementary skin-firming procedures to enhance their results.

  1. CoolSculpting.

Once upon a time, the idea of being able to remove stubborn fat deposits without surgery would have sounded like a fantasy. Thankfully, technology has come a long way since those days, and today we can opt for noninvasive fat removal treatments like CoolSculpting. They’re convenient (as they require no healing time), usually relatively painless, and fairly affordable. What’s more, they work: CoolSculpting has been proven to remove 24% of the fat cells from treated areas.

During CoolSculpting, a special applicator is applied to the patient’s skin. While keeping the skin comfortably warm, it administers deep cold to the subcutaneous fat cells found below the dermis. This damages the fat cells enough that the body cannot repair them; instead, it gradually excretes them via the liver and lymphatic system. (This is a completely normal, natural process and you will not feel it happening.) As a result, the patient will notice areas where they had CoolSculpting applied getting progressively trimmer over the two months after they complete their treatment sessions.

Keep in mind, however, that no fat removal treatment (surgical or nonsurgical) is able to act as a total weight loss solution. You will need to use diet and exercise to get within 25-30 pounds of your goal weight before using cosmetic fat removal procedures. CoolSculpting and other fat removal treatments are ideal for patients who are a healthy weight, but who need “spot fat reduction” on their abdomen, back, flanks, arms, etc.

  1. BOTOX®.

BOTOX® is a cosmetic classic for a reason: It can quickly and painlessly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by temporarily relaxing the muscles that are responsible for creating “dynamic” wrinkles. (Dynamic wrinkles are caused directly by the creasing of the skin, whereas static wrinkles are imprinted lines in the skin that form over time due to collagen loss.) BOTOX® is very low-risk and unlikely to cause adverse reactions, and when it’s applied by a skilled clinician, it will not affect your ability to make facial expressions. What it will do, however, is make you look about five years younger.

  1. Dermal Fillers.

For all of those nasty static wrinkles that BOTOX® alone can’t get rid of, there are dermal fillers like Juvéderm®. Dermal fillers are made of viscous gel-like compounds (usually hyaluronic acid, a regenerative substance that’s naturally found in the human body) that can literally “fill in” facial lines. Dermal fillers can also be used to fill in hollows under the cheeks, correct imperfections in the nose, fill out the lips, and fill in acne scars. They are, in short, highly versatile—and very safe. If you want an effective anti-aging solution that doesn’t require going “under the knife,” then dermal fillers are probably for you.

Because the four procedures above require no “downtime” in which to heal, they provide a great way to start improving your appearance during the busy holiday season. So, what are you waiting for—why not book a consultation today?

NEW Restylane® Refyne and Defyne in Chicago

We are excited to be one of the first practices to offer new injectable fillers Restylane® Refyne and Defyne!

Facial volume loss, wrinkles and sagging skin are very common signs of aging. These signs of aging can be caused by a variety of factors such as genetics, sun damage, repetitive facial expression, and the natural aging process. Sadly every day we are losing collagen and elastin.

Injectable filler is one of the most popular non-surgical aesthetic treatments that increases facial volume, lifts the face, and decreases the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles. Injectable filler is not only popular but a quick and simple outpatient procedure with minimal downtime that can last up to several years. An injectable filler treatment is sometimes referred to as a liquid facelift. We are excited to introduce and offer 2 new injectable fillers to our repertoire of already popular injectables such as Juvéderm® and Restylane®.

Restylane® Refyne and Defyne

While Restylane® Refyne and Defyne have been practiced in Europe since 2010, they are newer injectables to the United States aesthetic market. They are manufactured by Galderma the makers of Dysport and other popular Restylane® fillers. What makes Restylane® Refyne and Defyne unique is the hyaluronic acid technology called XpresHAn which provides a smooth and natural result with specially designed stability and support for expression lines and folds. Refyne is designed for moderate folds and expression lines while Defyne is designed for deeper lines that require more plumping. These new fillers are a game changer and can benefit almost anyone concerned with facial folds, wrinkles and volume loss!

Try Restylane® Refyne and Defyne in Chicago

For the past 20 years Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa has mastered the art of injectable fillers and even has national trainers on staff for Allergan and Galderma, the makers of BOTOX® and Restylane® injectable products. Having an experienced injector is key in providing a natural and desired outcome. Here at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa we understand it is important for our patients to leave not looking different but a more beautiful or handsome, natural, refreshed and youthful version of themselves. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa offers the latest and greatest treatments as well as some of the best injectors in the country on staff. Contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation today to learn more about injectable fillers. Restylane® Refyne and Defyne could be just the anti-aging refresher needed to look and feel your best!

Is BOTOX® Safe?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the most popular anti-aging treatments currently on the aesthetic market. BOTOX® was featured in Times Magazine this month and Times stated that in the 28 years BOTOX® has been approved, 12.2 billion doses have been administered. BOTOX® is featured as the drug that is treating everything. It is currently used on and off label for cosmetic use and to treat a variety of medical conditions such as migraines, excessive sweating, depression and even back pain. BOTOX® is one of the most clinically studied medical aesthetic treatments. There are over 400 clinical articles in scientific and medical journals about BOTOX®’s safety and effectiveness as well as clinical trials completed by Allergan, the makers of BOTOX®. However, patients still ask us, “Is BOTOX® safe?” We are here to answer some frequently asked questions about BOTOX® safety and effectiveness.

What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?

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BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine, a purified protein, which is injected into muscles to temporarily improve the look of crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows. It is often used off label for other cosmetic uses to soften forehead lines and more. The treatment is performed with a very fine needle for optimal comfort and only takes a couple of minutes. BOTOX® Cosmetic will take effect over the next 7-14 days after treatment with results lasting on average 3-4 months. When BOTOX® wears off often the area treated often appears more improved then it did prior to starting BOTOX® since the muscles that cause fine lines and wrinkles have been in a relaxed state. For that very reason many people start BOTOX® in their 20’s and 30’s as preventative treatment.

Will it look natural?

Key to having a beautiful and natural result to any procedure including BOTOX® is having an experienced provider. An experienced injector will be able to evaluate their patient to discuss an optimal treatment plan for their specific goals and natural anatomy. BOTOX® is not meant to take away expression, but simply relax the muscles and provide a softer appearance to frown and smile lines. The injectors at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa are national trainers for Allergan, the makers of BOTOX®. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is also in the top 2% of volume in the country for injectables through Allergan.

Is BOTOX® safe?

It is important to discuss your previous and current health history with your physician to make sure you are a good candidate to receive BOTOX® injections. While serious side effects are possible they are rare and side effects are often mild. Most experts agree BOTOX® is safe when used correctly. There has never been a confirmed case of a serious spread of toxin effects from using the indicated dose of BOTOX® for cosmetic treatment. You should ask your physician to review possible risks and side effects with you before your treatment. Post care instructions should also be provided at the time of treatment to ensure optimal results.

Interested in BOTOX® in North Chicago?

If you are concerned with fine lines and wrinkles in between the eyebrows, around the eyes or on the forehead, BOTOX® may be the perfect treatment to address your concerns and prevent wrinkles from becoming deeper. BOTOX® is one of the most clinically studied aesthetic medications in regards to safety and efficacy. Is BOTOX® safe and effective? In regards to a beautiful and natural result, it is important to see an experienced injector to ensure the best possible outcome. We offer complimentary consultations for BOTOX® at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL. Contact us for a BOTOX® consultation today.

How to get Lips on Fleek

Having full pouty lips is desired by many women as they represent both beauty and youth. Voluminous lips are also a common trend in Hollywood and on social media from celebrities to trendy makeup blogs and tutorials. Lips on fleek is a popular hashtag (#LipsonFleek) used on social media meaning lips on point. Yes we all want beautiful lips on point but few women are naturally blessed with Angelina Jolie lips. Fortunately Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills has treatments, tricks and tips to achieve youthful and beautiful lips.

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Lip Plumpers

 

Our favorite lip plumper is Jane Iredale’s Just Kissed Lip Plumper. It features a blend of spearmint, peppermint and ginger root extracts to stimulate blood flow to the lips causing a subtle temporary plumping effect. Lip plumpers are a great makeup must have to give that little extra boost of self confidence and they most often come in different colors , flavors and offer extra benefits like hydration which we all need this time of year. For an extra boost of hydration we also love Jane Iredale’s Lip Drink which is a balm that offers spf protection and as well as delivers much needed hydration for lips on fleek!

Glytone Eye and Lip Peel

This is one of our favorite anti-aging lip treatments. Aging certainly can affect the lips leaving them feel deflated, thin even displaying fine lines and wrinkles. The brightening eye and lip peel by Glytone is designed with lactic acid and tricholoracetic acid to increase skin firmness and reduces signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles as well as hyperpigmentation. It can even offer a subtle plumping effect!

Juvéderm® Volbella

Our favorite treatment for lip augmentation is Juvéderm® Volbella! Volbella is Allergan’s latest injectable filler for lip enhancement and we were one of the first practices in Illinois to offer it. Allergan is the same company that makes BOTOX® and Juvéderm®.
Hyaluronic acid injectable fillers are one of the most popular and effective treatments for increasing lip volume. With a series of a few injections in a quick appointment lips can appear fuller, smoother, softer and more youthful for up to a year. There are many great injectables on the market commonly used for lip enhancement such as Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Restylane® Silk and Volbella. What makes Volbella unique is its longevity and use of advanced vycross technology that offers a natural result with less swelling post treatment. Volbella also works great at smoothing fine lines around the lips which is a common sign of aging. For those looking to achieve significant volume enhancement we often combine Juvéderm® with Volbella for its extra plumping effects. The injectors at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa are national trainers for Allergan the makers of Volbella and BOTOX®.

Our Top Tip for Lips on Fleek

One of our favorite tips for beautiful lips is to prime them with foundation prior to putting on lipstick for all day color. Anyone woman knows having to touch up makeup throughout the day can be a real pain so we love any tip that helps our lips look fresher with longer lasting color!

Get Lips on Fleek in North Chicago at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa

From lip plumpers to peels to injectables, Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is a one stop spot for lips. We offer a variety of treatments and cosmetic products available to promote healthy, full and youthful lips. Whether its reverse signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation or plumping up the lips we have a treatment, tip or trick for you! Contact us today for your complimentary consultation.

 

 

The Most Popular Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments for the Holidays

The holidays are a time of year to spend quality time with family and friends. Along with comfort food, gift giving, family get-togethers, and holiday parties, it is a time of year we want to look and feel our absolute personal best. Whether your concern is fat reduction, wrinkles, or sagging skin, there is a variety of non-surgical holiday pick me ups that are perfect for feeling your best in time for the holidays. Here are the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments our patients request during the holidays.

Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments for a Happy Holiday Season

BOTOX® Cosmetic

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BOTOX® is a purified protein that relaxes muscles that are responsible for forming wrinkles between the eyebrows, forehead and crow’s feet with movement also known as dynamic lines. BOTOX® is one of the popular anti-aging treatments on the market! Over 10.9 million vials of BOTOX® have been sold in the United States since 2002 and it is one of the most clinically studied drugs. BOTOX® softens fine lines and wrinkles while giving the skin a rejuvenated, lifted and smooth appearance. The treatment itself is quick and there is virtually no downtime. Some may experience a bruise at the injection site and if so that typically resides within one week. BOTOX® takes about 7-14 days to take full effect and lasts approximately 3-4 months. It is the perfect holiday pick me up to look and feel refreshed.

Injectable Fillers

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Injectable fillers are composed of a gel substance that gently reverses the signs of aging in the face, including fine lines and wrinkles, facial volume loss, thinning lips and loosening skin. It can also “plump up” the lips, sculpt the cheeks and restore a youthful shape to the face. Common fillers such as Restylane®, Juvéderm® and Voluma are made with hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the body that works with collagen and elastin to increase volume. Injectable fillers are quick procedures with minimal downtime. Some may experience swelling or bruising after treatment which often subsides within one week. It takes about two weeks to get the full effect from injectable fillers with average results lasting 6 months to 2 years. Another great treatment to look and feel rejuvenated for the holidays!

Coolsculpting Fat Reduction

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Many can relate to having an area, or 2 or 3, that we wouldn’t mind getting rid of some unwanted fat. Coolsculpting is a noninvasive fat reduction treatment that can do just that! Coolsculpting freezes the fat cells in a clinically proven method called cryolipolysis. During the treatment which takes about 30-60 minutes per area, an applicator is placed over the bulge of fat drawing it in with tight suction. The fat cells then painlessly freeze and naturally shatter and get absorbed and eliminated by the lymphatic system. During treatment, one can comfortably watch television or work on their laptop during treatment. There is no downtime and one can resume their normal activities immediately. The average person permanently loses up to 25% of the fat cells in the area treated. Some see results in as little as 4 weeks but it can up to 16 weeks to see optimal results. Common areas treated are the abdomen, love handles, thighs, back, arms and under the chin. Coolsculpting is an excellent alternative for those who are not ready for surgery or those that are not surgical liposuction candidates. This is the perfect pick me up to feel great in your holiday attire.

Ultherapy Skin Tightening

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Ultherapy is a nonsurgical tissue tightening treatment that uses advanced ultrasound technology and imaging to stimulate collagen and tighten the skin. While Ultherapy is not a facelift it is a gold standard nonsurgical alternative as it is the only treatment other than a facelift that treats at a deeper level, the muscle. It also bypasses the outer layer of the skin and precisely delivers the energy where it is needed to stimulate collagen. New collagen will grow over time. When the new collagen grows it will gradually tighten and lift the skin, resulting in a natural lift of the brows, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and neck. The treatment takes approximately 45 to 90 minutes and there is minimal downtime. Some may experience swelling that often resides within 1 week. Some notice an immediate lifting however results are gradual and will continue to build over the next 6 months. This is the perfect treatment to get ready for the holidays for those not ready for surgery or looking to extend their surgical results!

Forever Young BBL Photo-rejuvenation

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As we age our skin gets damaged. Signs of damage can appear as fine lines, freckles, age spots, acne scarring, enlarged pores, and redness caused by broken capillaries and rosacea. Photo-rejuvenation reduces these signs of aging using non-invasive, painless pulses of light. The Sciton Forever Young BBL device is the only photofacial system that also stimulates collagen and changes the expressions of the genes that are responsible for aging. The treatment is a quick painless treatment that has minimal downtime. Sunspots often get darker over the next few days after treatment which often resolve within in 1 week. Makeup can be applied directly after treatment. A series of 4 treatments is recommended for optimal results spaced 4 weeks apart. This is a great treatment for almost everyone whether you are a male, female, in your 20’s or in your 70’s. This is the perfect pick me up for a beautiful complexion during the holidays.

Try Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments in North Chicago for the Holidays at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa

Whether your concern is unwanted fat, wrinkles, volume loss, sagging skin, age spots or acne there are a wide variety of non-surgical cosmetic treatments with minimal downtime available. Often time gets away from us so with the holidays approaching now is the time to start getting ready for those holiday parties and events. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa offers complimentary consultations to determine your candidacy. Contact us today to find out which of our most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments will help you look and feel your personal best for the holidays.

 

Get Younger Looking Lips: Lip Enhancement Options in the Chicago Area

Who doesn’t want full and youthful lips? Unfortunately as we age we lose collagen and elasticity which can lead to thin lips, sagging skin, and fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. The good news is there are many lip enhancement options available that can reverse and prevent signs of aging in the lips and around the mouth. Learn how to get younger looking lips in the Greater Chicago area below.

Lip Enhancement Options in our Northern Chicago Medspa

Injectable Fillers

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Common injectable fillers used for lip rejuvenation are comprised of hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in the body. These include:

Injectable fillers are a quick procedure that offers safe and effective results with minimal downtime. Having an experienced injector is key to help provide a natural and beautiful result. Topical anesthetic is applied to the lips or lip lines prior to injection. The injections themselves are quick and they can be administered to the lip for volume and into the lip lines to improve wrinkles. Your injector will go over post-care with you which may include applying ice and avoiding makeup that day. Lips often appear swollen the first few days after treatment and there is a small risk of bruising which typically resolves within one week. Optimal results are seen about 2 weeks after treatment and last approximately 1 year. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is an Allergan and Galderma training facility, the makers or Juvéderm® and Restylane®. Our injectors are highly experienced national trainers.

Laser Resurfacing/DermaPen®/Fractora

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Textural irregularities such as fine lines and wrinkles can be improved with a series of DermaPen® microneedling or laser treatments. Laser resurfacing offers dramatic improvement to wrinkles by removing a layer of damaged skin leaving behind softer and smoother skin. Downtime varies based on the aggressiveness of the procedure and can range anywhere from a few days to a week. Laser resurfacing is an efficacious option for moderate to severe wrinkles. DermaPen® microneedling uses tiny virtually painless needles to precisely stimulate collagen in a gentle manner and offers downtime of only a mild sun burnt appearance. It is typically performed in a series of 6 treatments spaced 2 weeks apart. DermaPen® is a great option for those looking to treat mild textural irregularities and to stimulate collagen as an anti-aging preventative. Fractora is also an efficacious laser treatment for improving texture and stimulating collagen and it uses the latest radiofrequency technology. Fractora tightens and improve texture offering results comparable to laser resurfacing without the downtime. Fractora can be a great lip enhancement option for mild to severe wrinkles.

Glytone Eye and Lip Peel

The Glytone eye and lip peel is formulated with lactic acid and trichloroacetic acid. This unique peel is specifically designed to improve the appearance of pigmentation as well as fine lines and wrinkles. There is minimal downtime with this peel unlike other standard peels. The glytone eye and lip peel is usually performed in a series of 4 treatments.

ThermiSmooth and Ultherapy

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ThermiSmooth and Ultherapy are designed to tighten sagging skin. Thermismooth uses radiofrequency to precisely heat the skin to a temperature that stimulates collagen for a firming and lifted appearance. Thermismooth is done is a series of 3 to 6 treatments and there is no downtime or discomfort with the procedure. Ultherapy uses advanced ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen on a deeper level with a precise imaging system. With Ulthera there may be some swelling that typically resides within one week. Both treatments work gradually as the body builds new collagen and tightens in the months post treatment. Both ThermiSmooth and Ultherapy offer long lasting results.

Explore Your Lip Enhancement Options with Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL

There are a variety of lip enhancement options available to rejuvenate the lips and mouth. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa offers complimentary consultations to find the perfect treatment for you based on individual need, goals, and candidacy. Call us at (847)367-8815 today to schedule your appointment.

How to Get Younger Looking Eyes

Many of us know the feeling of getting told we look tired even when we aren’t. Under eye bags, wrinkles, and dark circles can give the eyes a tired and aged appearance. Rejuvenation treatments to the eyes are a commonly sought out treatment. We all have a desire to look rested and youthful. There are a variety of treatments in the toolbox that can offer you younger looking eyes in our North Chicago medical spa located in Vernon Hills.

Get Younger Looking Eyes with Injectable Fillers

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As we age we lose volume under the eyes and in the cheeks that can cause hollowness, bags, dark circles, and flat cheeks. Some are genetically prone to hollowness or bags. Hyaluronic acid injectable fillers are made of a gel substance we naturally have in our bodies and are commonly used to add volume to the under eye and cheek area. There are several different types of fillers that can be used such as Restylane® and Juvéderm® depending on the individual. The injections themselves are quick, virtually painless, and offer results you can see instantly. There is a risk of bruising and swelling that typically resides within one week. Results last approximately 1-2 years. The injectors at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa are national trainers for injectables. They also use the innovative microcannula technique which is a safer method and offers less risk of bruising.

Laser resurfacing and Microneedling for Eye Rejuvenation

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Microneedling is performed with a small portable device that uses tiny needles to painlessly puncture the skin. This stimulates collagen and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. DermaPen® microneedling is typically done in a series of 6 treatments spaced every 2 weeks and offers minimal downtime; often a mild sunburned appearance for a couple of days. Laser resurfacing also improves wrinkles and can be customized as a mild or aggressive treatment depending on individual need and goals. Laser resurfacing removes a layer of damaged skin leaving new rejuvenated skin in its place. Downtime can range anywhere from 1 day to 1 week depending on the treatment. Fractora skin resurfacing is another treatment that uses advanced radiofrequency to tighten the skin on a deeper level with ablated skin that heals very quickly. Fractora offers results comparable to laser resurfacing without the downtime. Fractora is typically performed in a series of 1-3 treatments depending on individual need. Growth factors can be added to any of these treatments to give the skin a boost in collagen stimulation, nutrients, and to speed up healing.

Glytone Eye & Lip Peel for Younger Looking Eyes

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This in office peel uses a combination of Lactic Acid and Trichloroacetic acid also known as TCA. This TCA peel benefits skin firmness, fine lines & wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and dark circles. It is typically done in a series of 3-4 treatments and offers minimal downtime vs standard peels.

ThermiSmooth and Ultherapy Skin Tightening for Non-Surgical Eye Rejuvenation

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ThermiSmooth and Ultherapy are both skin tightening treatments. They can be used to rejuvenate, lift, and tighten the lower and upper eyelids. The Thermismooth uses advanced radiofrequency technology that uses controlled heat for collagen remodel. Ultherapy uses advanced ultrasound technology to penetrate deep into the skin with precise heat and imaging. Thermismooth offers patients no downtime and typically a series of 3-6 treatments is recommended. Ultherapy is a single treatment with optimal results seen 3-6 months after treatment with long lasting results. Some individuals experience swelling or bruising after treatment that typically reside within 1 week.

Blepharoplasty Surgical Eye Lift

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A blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that offers the most dramatic results. A blepharoplasty can be done on the upper eyelids or lower eyelids to remove excess skin and fat. The treatment only takes about an hour and there is minimal downtime. It can be performed under IV sedation and local anesthesia. Sutures remain in the area for about 1 week so there may be some restrictions such as strenuous working out until the sutures come out. Post care is given by your physician based on individual need. Some blepharoplasty surgeries can be covered through insurance.

Ready to Get Younger Looking Eyes in North Chicago?

There is no shortage of eye rejuvenation treatments available. We offer complimentary consultations and based on individual need, goals, and result expectations one of these methods may be the perfect fit! Call us at (847)367-8815 to schedule your appointment.

NEW: Juvéderm® Volbella for Lips

We are excited to be the first center to offer Juvéderm® Volbella in Illinois. Allergan, the makers of Juvéderm® Volbella XC is the same reputable company that also manufactures BOTOX® and other well known Juvéderm® products including Voluma. Volbella is a dermal filler designed to soften wrinkles around the mouth and enhance volume in the lips. The mouth often shows signs of aging in the form of thin lips, fine lines, and volume loss. Not only is Volbella a treatment for aging lips but for those looking to aesthetically enhance their lips.

What can be expected during and after a Juvéderm® Volbella treatment?

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Volbella is injected with a very small needle directly into the lines and lips while a smooth gel fills them in. The treatment only takes about 15 minutes and patients refer to it feeling like a pinch. After having the treatment the injector will go over post care. Common post care can be applying ice for swelling if needed and avoiding makeup to the area for about 12 hours. Bruising and swelling are a possible side effect of fillers and if they occur they typically reside within a week. Optimal treatment results are at 2 weeks with results lasting on average up to a year.

What is unique about Juvéderm® Volbella?

The newly FDA approved Juvéderm® Volbella uses an efficient crosslinking technique; VyCross. Vycross technology uses hyalruonic acid a natural substance in our skin that works to produce collagen and elastin differently than other fillers. 90% of the hyaluronic acid is a lower molecular weight causing it to be less hydrophilic which reduces swelling and creates a soft natural look. It also is easier to inject which reduces discomfort for patients during the procedure. Volbella has a high patient satisfaction rate. A clinical study through Allergan cited 98% of patients treated had their goals achieved with results lasting up to a year. Volbella also has a high rating on real self with positive feedback regarding ease of the procedure and natural looking results.

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Get your treatment at the FIRST clinic to offer Juvéderm® Volbella in Illinois — Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Spa!

Dermal fillers are a hot aesthetic trend and why wouldn’t they be offering a safe and effective method to look and feel your best. Aging lips and wanting fuller lips are a common concern of many. Here at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa we perform a high volume of injectable fillers. The practice falls in the top 2% for volume in the nation for Allergan and injectors Dawn Davidson, RN and Dr. Kathleen Morno are national trainers for Allergan. An experienced injector is key in delivering natural and wonderful results. Complimentary consultations can be scheduled at (847)367-8815.

BOTOX® and BOTOX® Alternatives

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a booming and continuously growing aesthetic treatment. BOTOX® is one of the most clinically studied drugs with treatments having being performed in the USA since 2002 with FDA approval for cosmetic use in 78 countries worldwide. BOTOX® Cosmetic is the most commonly heard of injectable treatment for relaxing muscles that cause facial wrinkles, but there are also two BOTOX® alternatives that act in a similar way to BOTOX®: Dysport and Xeomin®.

 

Common areas treated with these muscle relaxers are frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, mouth, forehead, and neck. Muscle relaxers are also used to treat medical conditions such as migraines, blepharospasm, excessive sweating, and overactive bladder. All 3 injectables are FDA approved for treatment of specific areas while commonly used off label for others.

The injections themselves are done with a tiny needle and only take a few minutes. The treatment is comfortable with no downtime and often referred to as a small pinch. The injections take approximately 7-14 days for full effect but can be seen as early as 2 days and then can last up to 4 months. The wrinkles will not appear worse once the treatment has worn off; in fact treatment is actually preventive and since those muscles were not contracting the areas to often appear softer.

More About BOTOX®

Made from a purified protein, BOTOX® injections block nerve impulses, weakening muscles to relax wrinkles and give the face a rejuvenated look. BOTOX® is commonly used to treat crow’s feet, worry and frown lines, and may also be useful for migraine headaches, excessive sweating, and eye and neck muscle spasms.

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More About BOTOX® Alternatives: Dysport & Xeomin®

What is Dysport?

Even though Dysport is very similar to BOTOX®, Dysport can diffuse muscles one to three centimeters from the injection point, while BOTOX® can only reach as far as one centimeter, allowing for results that reach further areas with just a single injection. For many patients this may be an excellent and preferred alternative.

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What is Xeomin®?

Xeomin® is the newest botulinum toxin type A injectable. It has just been approved by the FDA for use in patients with cervical dystonia and blepharospasm. It has not yet been approved for cosmetic use like BOTOX® and Dysport; however it is being used off label to also eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Unlike BOTOX® and Dysport, Xeomin® doesn’t contain additives. There are a small percentage of people who develop an antibody to BOTOX® and Dysport in which the treatment doesn’t take desired effect therefore Xeomin® can be an excellent alternative.

Which Botulinum Toxin is Right For You?

BOTOX® may be the most commonly heard of injectable, but Dysport and Xeomin® are also efficacious and can provide a great alternative. The injectables can be compared to Coke and Pepsi. They are similar but we often prefer one to the other. Based on results and longevity one injectable may get preferred while often there is little or no difference to be noticed. BOTOX® and Dysport offer rewards programs in which members can receive points redeemable for coupons to use at their next visit.

Where to Go for BOTOX® & BOTOX® Alternatives in North Chicago

Here at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa we are a national training center for Galderma and Allergan, the companies that manufacture Dysport and BOTOX®. We are in the top 2% volume of injections in the nation for Allergan. Results are not based on just the product but primarily on the experience of the injector. Be wary of inexperienced injectors and cheap deals as they are usually are too good to be true. Call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation today and learn more about BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin® with one of our highly experienced injectors (847)367-8815.