5 Things to Know Before Considering CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is safe, effective, and here to stay. As of 2018, over two million CoolSculpting procedures have been performed globally, and patient reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Furthermore, CoolSculpting has been assessed by over 40 peer reviewed journals, all of which have agreed that this procedure substantially reduces the amount of fat in treated areas. Still, even with as popular as CoolSculpting has become, some misconceptions about it remain prevalent. As such, if you’re interested in having CoolSculpting, you should make sure you’re up to date with all of the facts outlined below:

5 Essential Facts About CoolSculpting

1. CoolSculpting is not intended for use on heavily overweight patients.

Many people are drawn to CoolSculpting because will provide a simple, painless way for them to lose weight—without surgery. However, while it’s true that CoolSculpting can help patients lose a small amount of weight, it’s not actually intended for use on patients with a BMI over 30. CoolSculpting won’t harm an overweight patient in any way, of course, but it doesn’t tend to produce dramatic results when applied to heavier people. CoolSculpting typically reduces the amount of fat in targeted areas by about 24%, which is not enough to create a marked difference in large deposits of fat. Indeed, there is no cosmetic procedure—surgical or nonsurgical—that can turn a heavy patient into a slim one.

What CoolSculpting can do, however, is sculpt the bodies of patients who are either a normal weight or just slightly overweight. CoolSculpting is often used to get rid of stubborn belly fat that does not respond to diet and exercise, for example. New moms also turn to CoolSculpting frequently in order to get rid of the additional fat deposits that sometimes “hang on” long after pregnancy, increasing the size of the flanks and thighs. In other words, if you’ve done the hard work of eating healthily and exercising but you still have a few “problem areas,” then this procedure can help you get rid of them—permanently.

2. CoolSculpting may be safe, but it’s still important to choose a highly trained, qualified practitioner when having this procedure.

Unfortunately, because it’s possible to purchase “knockoff” fat freezing machines, unscrupulous individuals sometimes promise to provide CoolSculpting to patients at a reduced rate… And the results can be disastrous. At best, treatment from an unqualified practitioner will simply yield no results; at worst, it could seriously compromise your health. It’s therefore incredibly important to make sure the person performing your CoolSculpting treatment is a fully certified medical professional, e.g., a board certified plastic surgeon. You should also ask to see “before and after” photographs showcasing successful CoolSculpting treatments your chosen practitioner has performed in the past.

3. CoolSculpting is completely noninvasive, but some patients still experience mild pain and discomfort after having this procedure.

The vast majority (about 90%) of CoolSculpting patients experience little to no pain, swelling, or discomfort either during or after CoolSculpting. The fact that no incisions are made during this procedure means that patients don’t have any surgical wounds to heal from, so they can return to their usual activities immediately. However, a small minority of patients (about 10%) have bodies that react to fat freezing by producing an inflammatory response—and this can result in several weeks of mild to moderate soreness and swelling. If this happens to you, you can manage it with over the counter pain relievers and the application of a cool compress.

4. CoolSculpting shows promise in treating mild skin laxity.

Fat freezing treatments activate the body’s healing response, which causes the body to send more of the growth factor known as collagen to treated areas. Because collagen is responsible for keeping our skin strong and hydrated, some CoolSculpting patients notice that the condition of their skin also improves after having this procedure. This aspect of CoolSculpting is especially useful for new mothers who are dealing with loose belly skin as a result of pregnancy.

5. The results of CoolSculpting don’t happen overnight.

CoolSculpting does not remove fat directly from the body like liposuction. Instead, it damages fat cells through the use of extreme cold, and this causes the body to gradually excrete those fat cells. While this process is as effective as surgical fat removal, it takes more time; most patients see the full results of their CoolSculpting treatment manifest after two to three months.

If you have any questions about CoolSculpting that were not covered in the points above, feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to share our knowledge about this revolutionary fat freezing treatment with you.

Sculpt Away Your Double Chin With CoolSculpting

If you have any interest in abdominal sculpting (and don’t we all?), then you’ve probably heard of the innovative “fat freezing” procedure known as CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting has become an incredibly popular way to remove unwanted fat since being approved by the FDA in 2010, and for good reason: This procedure is relatively painless, safe, convenient, and highly effective. CoolSculpting has been shown to remove about 25% of the fat from targeted areas, and once this fat is gone, it will never come back. Fat cells do not regenerate once they have been destroyed (though the body will sometimes produce new fat cells after significant weight gain, i.e., a gain of 30 pounds or more). Best of all, CoolSculpting accomplishes all of this without any incisions being made in the patient’s skin. As such, there is no risk of infection after having this procedure, no need for sutures, and no recovery period; the patient simply leaves the doctor’s office and returns to his or her normal routine.

However, while we all know that CoolSculpting can banish stubborn belly fat, few people realize quite how versatile fat freezing really is. In recent years, the FDA has expanded its approval of CoolSculpting, permitting cosmetic professionals to use it on multiple areas of the body. In addition to treating fat on the abdomen, CoolSculpting can be used to slim the back, flanks, thighs, arms, and even the area under the chin. Indeed, while we hear a lot about injectable treatments and liposuction for the removal of submental fat, CoolSculpting is actually the first nonsurgical treatment approved by the FDA for use in this area.

Why Choose CoolSculpting to Treat a Double Chin?

Most patients who exhibit a distinct double chin are actually facing two separate issues: First and foremost, they have a significant deposit of submental fat. It’s important to understand that this does not always occur because the patient is overweight. Some people who are a healthy weight, or even quite slim, have a deposit of submental fat owing to genetic factors. Unfortunately, over time, the weight of this fat deposit places stress on the skin. As such, most patients over the age of 35 also have a degree of skin laxity below the chin. This can worsen the appearance of a double chin and make the patient look much older and pounds heavier than he or she actually is.

CoolSculpting is unique in the fact that it tackles both of the issues described above. In addition to destroying fat cells via the use of extreme cold energy (don’t worry—the CoolSculpting applicator has been designed to keep your skin comfortably warm and safe), CoolSculpting also causes the skin to gradually become tighter. This makes it a star in the world of submental fat treatments; liposuction and injectable fat removal treatments target only fat cells, without treating skin laxity. They are therefore most suitable for use in younger patients who still have excellent skin flexibility, whereas CoolSculpting is ideal for use in patients of all ages.

While researchers are still investigating the origins of CoolSculpting’s skin firming effect, it is believed that CoolSculpting also destroys some of the collagen in treated areas. This sounds like a bad thing, given the fact that collagen is responsible for keeping our skin tight and supple, but it actually isn’t: Destroying the old collagen causes the body to initiate its healing response and produce a surge of fresh collagen in treated areas. This effectively “jump starts” the collagen production system, compensating for some of the age-related collagen loss in the affected area. As a result, the skin becomes firmer and the patient’s double chin shrinks more than it would if just fat removal had been performed.

The evidence for this double impact on submental cosmetic issues is far from just being anecdotal. According to an 18-week clinical study of patients undergoing treatment for a double chin, CoolSculpting was shown to reduce skin laxity in more than three quarters (77%) of the volunteers studied. This is, of course, in addition to the treatment providing a visible reduction in the patients’ amount of submental fat.

When it comes to double chin removal, CoolSculpting is cosmetic medicine’s best-kept secret. By targeting both loose skin and fat cells, CoolSculpting produces a gradual (results manifest over about two months) but profound change in the appearance of the chin. If you want to feel better and photograph better, this proven double chin treatment could therefore be just the thing you’re looking for.

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?

CoolSculpting for Men: Get Rid Of “Dad Bod”


Life as a dad is fun, rewarding, unpredictable, and above all else, busy. Alas, while running around after your family can help you maintain a healthy weight, most dads don’t have time to put in hours at the gym or work religiously with a nutritionist. As a result, just like many moms, they tend to have a few areas of “stubborn fat” that just won’t budge—no matter how hard they try to lead a healthy lifestyle.

A lot of older guys accept love handles, a beer belly, and “moobs” as just a fact of life. After all, if you’re in generally good shape, having cosmetic surgery can feel a bit excessive. Besides, most dads just don’t have time to spend weeks resting and recovering from intensive procedures… But what if there was a way to quickly, easily, and painlessly melt away stubborn fat, leaving you free to get back to your busy life?

Thanks to a revolutionary new technology called “CoolSculpting,” there is. Unlike liposuction, CoolSculpting is completely non-invasive and does not require any special preparation, injections, or after care. During a CoolSculpting appointment, a special cooling tool is applied to the skin, then the fat below the skin is cooled to a very low temperature (typically just above the freezing point). This causes fat cells to crystallize, prompting them to start breaking down. It’s not an immediate process—the results often take a couple of months to really manifest—but it’s permanent. CoolSculpting effectively destroys fat cells, just like liposuction, making the muscles below more evident. This results in a lean, toned appearance… All without dangerously extreme dieting or painful surgery.

Why Does CoolSculpting Work Better Than Diet And Exercise Alone?

When we lose weight via dieting and/or exercising, we shrink the size of our fat cells, but we can never completely eradicate them. They lie in wait, ready to expand again the moment we overdo it during the holidays or skip one too many gym sessions. This makes it very hard for some guys to achieve the body shape that they want: Even if they drop several inches off their waist, smaller pockets of fat remain in the same unsightly places they’ve always been.

CoolSculpting, on the other hand, actually destroys fat cells—forever. This gives guys total control over how their bodies are sculpted. Once you lose any excess weight you have, you can pick and choose which areas of your body need a bit of extra refinement, then you can effectively freeze away the fat there. As a result, cut abs emerge from beneath love handles and toned pecks replace “man boobs.” You get the body you want—rapidly, painlessly, and affordably—allowing you to get back to what matters. So, why not sit back, relax, and let us take care of that stubborn fat for you?

For more information, or to schedule a consultation, contact Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa today.

The Best Solutions for a Turkey Neck

There are many factors that can cause unwanted submental fat also known as the double chin as well as loose skin commonly referred to as a turkey neck. Weight gain, weight loss, genetics and the aging process can all play a role in submental fat and loose skin. Often diet and exercise alone are not enough, but the good news is that are a variety or surgical and non surgical treatments available to contour the lower face, reduce fat as well as tighten the skin. Say goodbye to your double chin or turkey neck with these solutions!

Turkey Neck Treatments near Chicago at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills

CoolMini by CoolSculpting for a Double Chin

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Coolsculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction treatment that uses the clinically proven method cryolipolysis. An applicator specially designed for the submental area called the Coolmini is applied under the chin. During the 45 minute treatment, the fat cells painlessly freeze and shatter to be naturally filtered out by the lymphatic system. A single treatment can eliminate up to 25% of the fat cells in the area treated. Often a series of 2 or more treatments is recommended for ideal results. There is no downtime with Coolsculpting and one can return to their normal activities immediately. It is possible to experience bruising or swelling to the area after treatment, but it often resolves within a few days. Some may see results from the treatment as early as 4 weeks but it can take 12-16 weeks to see optimal results. Coolsculpting can be an excellent option for those looking to treat submental fat with no downtime.

Kybella® for Double Chin

kybella double chin reduction for turkey neck

Kybella® is an FDA-approved injectable drug that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness. Kybella® is a substance identical to deoxycholic acid naturally produced in the body that will absorb fat in the double chin for good. Kybella® is often performed in a series of 2 to 4 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart. During the treatment, Kybella® is injected with a very small needle similar to a BOTOX® treatment and the procedure usually only takes about 15 minutes. Kybella® not only reduces submental fat but has been shown to help retract loose skin. It is possible to experience bruising or swelling to the area, but it often resolves within one week. Kybella® can be an excellent treatment option for those looking to contour their profile and reduce submental fat while also improving mild laxity.

Ultherapy for Turkey Neck

ultherapy turkey neck solution

Ultherapy uses advanced ultrasound technology with precise imaging to tighten and lift the skin. This is a unique non-invasive skin tightening treatment as it is the only non-surgical tissue tightening device that treats at a level as deep as a facelift, the muscle. It also bypasses the outer layer of the skin delivering the energy exactly and precisely where to stimulate the body’s own regenerative response. The treatment takes approximately 45-90 minutes. It is possible to experience swelling, but it often resolves within one week. Some may notice results immediately although collagen will continue to stimulate and improvements will continue over the next 6 months with optimal results at that time. Ultherapy can be an excellent treatment for those concerned with skin laxity and who are not ready for a facelift or for those that would like to extend their surgical results.

Surgical Options for Turkey Neck

turkey neck lift chicago

Signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin can be counteracted through a neck lift or face lift, which tightens the muscle, removes excess fat and skin and gives the face a younger, fresher look. It is not uncommon for patients to look 10 or 15 years younger following a neck or facelift procedure. Liposuction is also a very popular procedure that gives your body a sculpted look by getting rid of unwanted fat under the chin. Both surgical options offer a fast and more dramatic result then non-surgical treatments. Surgical treatments also offer longer term results than non-surgical treatments. Candidacy and downtime vary based on individual goals and anatomy, therefore our experienced board-certified plastic surgeons offer complimentary consultations for patients to learn more about the surgeries and if it is right for them.

Where to Find the Best Treatments for Turkey Neck in North Chicago

Whether your concern is submental fat, loose skin on the neck or both there are a variety of treatments available to help. This article features some of the most popular and well-known treatments but there are even more available! The physicians at Ritacca Cosmetic surgery & Medspa offer complimentary consultations to determine candidacy. Schedule your complimentary consultation today.

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

popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments in north chicago include botox

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

dermal fillers top non-surgical cosmetic treatments in north chicago

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

north chicago coolsculpting before and after

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

north chicago ultherapy nonsurgical cosmetic treatments

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.


Non Surgical Body Sculpting: Do CoolSculpting & Cellfina Really Work?

Many consumers have researched or seen ads for non surgical body sculpting treatments. Whether it be flatter abs, smaller thighs, or cellulite reduction, many feel that achieving these goals will improve confidence and self-esteem. Sometimes diet and exercise alone are not enough. There is a variety of surgical body contouring treatments available such as liposuction which is often gold standard, but there are also a variety of efficacious non-surgical treatments available for those not ready for surgery or who are not surgical candidates. Coolsculpting is one of the most popular non-surgical treatments for fat reduction and contouring as is Cellfina for cellulite reduction. But how do they work and what kind of results can one expect?

Freeze Away Fat with Coolsculpting Non Surgical Body Sculpting

non surgical body sculpting with coolsculpting

Coolsculpting has been clinically proven to contour and eliminate fat cells by painlessly freezing away fat in a process called cryolipolysis. An applicator is noninvasively applied to the area of treatment with a suctioning vacuum that draws in the tissue where a cooling system then freezes the fat cells. The frozen fat cells then shatter and are naturally eliminated by the lymphatic system. Common areas treated are the abdomen, love handles, bra bulge, inner & outer thighs, arms, and the submental area, also known as the double chin.

coolsculpting before and after

The treatment takes approximately 35 mins to 45 mins for each area. There is no downtime with Coolsculpting and one can return to their normal activities immediately post treatment. New applicators have been designed that make treatments more comfortable while also covering a large surface area. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa was one of the first centers in Illinois to offer these new CoolAdvantage applicators. A single session eliminates on average 20%-25% of the fat cells in the area treated. Some patients may start to see results as early as 4 weeks after treatment but it can take around 12 weeks to see optimal results. Additional treatments can be performed for further reduction and contouring. Coolsculpting has an 83% patient satisfaction rate on RealSelf which is a website dedicated to patient and physician feedback and questions. Once the fat cells are eliminated they are gone for good.

Cellfina Non Surgical Body Sculpting and Cellulite Removal

cellulite reduction cellfina before and after

Cellfina is the only FDA approved minimally invasive cellulite treatment that can reduce the appearance of cellulite with results that last at least 2 years making it the longest duration cleared by the FDA. Cellfina targets the structural cause of cellulite, which are the bands woven throughout the fat causing them to release and remove the dimpling. Cellfina only takes about 45 minutes to an hour depending on the amount of dimples being treated. During a treatment, the dimples are marked then pulled tight with suction putting the bands in an optimal position for treatment. A local anesthetic is injected and the bands are released leaving the skin smoother and tighter. There is minimal downtime after Cellfina. Your provider will go over post care instructions with you which may include wearing a compression garment after treatment and refraining from strenuous working out. Results can be apparent directly after treatment but will continue to improve over time. Cellfina has a high patient satisfaction rate on RealSelf of 89%. During a clinical study, 100% of Cellfina patients had noticeable improvement based on the global aesthetic improvement scale and also had a 96% patient satisfaction rate at 2 years.

Non Surgical Body Sculpting in North Chicago

Whether your goal is to reduce abdominal fat, love handles or decrease cellulite both Coolsculpting and Cellfina are non surgical body sculpting treatments with a high patient satisfaction rate. If you are looking to feel more comfortable in your clothes and confident in your body non surgical body sculpting could be right for you!

Schedule a consultation today!

Achieve the Elusive Thigh Gap

Having lean thighs is an ideal feminine body goal for many women. The thigh gap is the sought out look of having space between the inner thighs while standing with knees touching. The thigh gap has been very popular in social media and in Hollywood over the years but isn’t the easiest to achieve. Unfortunately many us were not blessed with the anatomy of a runway model and even those of us in great shape may struggle trying to achieve a thigh gap. Being in good shape is important for overall health, but trying to achieve a thigh gap by extreme diet and exercise can be harmful or even lead to an eating disorder. There are treatments available that can help contour and reduce fat in the inner thigh when healthy diet and exercise isn’t enough.


thigh gap coolsculpting before and after

Coolsculpting by Zeltiq is a popular and efficacious non surgical permanent fat reduction treatment. Coolsculpting is tried and true. It has been performed for over 10 years and over 2 million treatments have been performed worldwide. The treatment uses a cooling technology called cryolipolysis. The fat cells are frozen, broken down, and are then flushed out using the body’s own natural processes. The treatment only takes about 45 minutes on each side. An applicator with suction is placed over the inner thigh bulge and patients comfortably watch TV or nap while a cooling system non-invasively freezes their fat cells. There is no downtime and patients can return to their normal activities immediately after treatment. Some patients see results as early as 1 month but it can take 3-4 months to see optimal results which are typically around a 25% reduction in fat cells.


BodyFX uses a combination of advanced radiofrequency, deep tissue heating and suction coupled negative pressure. The radio-frequency energy distributes heat to the skin and underlying fat, causing the tissues to heat and contract. The vacuum and controlled energy pulses then work synergistically to provide beautiful body contouring results. BodyFX also uses short bursts of energy to dissolve targeted fat cells. The treatments are comfortable, non invasive, and there is no downtime. They are typically performed in a series of 6 to 8 treatments spaced 1 week apart. BodyFX contours, tightens, smooths, improves cellulite, and reduces fat. This is an excellent option for those concerned with loose skin and cellulite.


Liposuction is the gold standard method of fat reduction. Liposuction offers fast and dramatic results. For an area like inner thighs the procedure may be able to be performed under local anesthesia. The liposuction procedure is performed by the area being numbed with tumescent anesthesia by our board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Leonard Lu. He then uses a small cannula that is inserted through a very small inconspicuous incision and then fat cells are broken up and removed. The recovery is minimal and patients may experience bruising or swelling after treatment. Dr. Leonard Lu has extensive experience in performing liposuction over the past 9 years.

How to Achieve the Thigh Gap in North Chicago

Coolsculpting, BodyFX, and Liposuction are all permanent fat reduction treatments that may be perfect for those looking to reduce inner thigh fat to achieve the elusive thigh gap. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen are also important for long term results.

Call us to schedule your complimentary consultation today (847)367-8815.

Freeze Fat Cells Better and Faster with CoolAdvantage by CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a non surgical fat reduction treatment that has been around for over 10 years with over 2 million treatments having been performed worldwide. The unique technology behind CoolSculping is Cryolipolysis. With cryolipolysis, we can freeze fat cells which are then eliminated by the body in a safe and efficacious treatment. A single treatment can reduce up to 25% of the fat cells in the area treated for good.

CoolSculpting is one of the most popular non invasive fat reduction procedures to date. It works effectively to target small pockets of fat on common areas of concern with no downtime such as abdomen, love handles, back fat, bra bulge, inner & outer thighs, banana roll, and submental fat also known as the double chin. There are some exciting new advancements in the technology and we are excited to share them in our North Chicago Medical Spa located in Vernon Hills, IL.

Freeze Fat Cells With New CoolAdvantage Applicators

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Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is excited to be one of the first centers in Illinois to offer CoolSculpting’s newest CoolAdvantage applicators. There are some exciting clinical studies behind the new applicators efficacy and patient comfort.

In clinical trials patients found treatments with the new CoolAdvantage applicators to be 45% more effective than with the older applicators. There is cooling panel that runs along the entire interior of the applicator which allows a larger area to be treated then before specifically 22 square centimeters.

While rare some patients experience late onset nerve pain after treatment and pain during the application process. The new CoolAdvantage applicators are designed to be more comfortable during the application process, treatment, and there have also been no reports of late onset nerve pain.

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Another exciting feature with the new CoolAdvantage applicators is treatment time for body has been decreased to 35 minutes for most areas vs the 60 minutes with older applicators. With these advancements the treatments are actually being performed at a cooler temperature which is why treatment time has decreased.

Try CoolAdvantage to Freeze Fat Cells for Non-Surgical Liposuction in North Chicago

At Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa we pride ourselves on having the latest and greatest technology available to our patients. We have 2 CoolSculpting machines to give our patients the added benefit by treating bilateral areas at the same time for time efficiency. We are currently offering a loyalty savings program for CoolSculpting which allows patients to save big on treatments. If you have stubborn unwanted fat call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation and see if CoolSculpting is right for you.

Double Chin Causes and Solutions

A study performed by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery last year reported that 68% of people were concerned with the extra chin or neck fat. This common concern of many can lead to low self esteem and embarrassment. However, if you have a double chin, it may not be your fault. Among the many double chin causes are genetics and aging. And there’s more good news: there are a variety of solutions available to help improve the appearance of the chin, neck, and jaw line.

Most Common Double Chin Causes

As mentioned previously, aging is a big reason we develop double chins. As we age we lose muscle and the when the muscle under the chin weakens it can cause loose and sagging skin. Another of the numerous double chin causes is genetics. Some families have a hereditary predisposition. The primary culprit for double chins is excess fat. At the end of the day, the reason for excessive fat beneath the chin, known as submental fullness, does’t matter. What does matter is that your double chin causes you embarrassment, and you want to get rid of it. How do you get rid of that stubborn double chin? Find out below.

How to Get Rid of Your Double Chin

Kybella® Non-Surgical Double Chin Eliminator

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Kybella® is an FDA approved injectable drug identical to deoxycholic acid a substance naturally found in our body that, when injected into the double chin causes the fat to be absorbed and eliminated by the body. Kybella® is manufactured from Allergan the same company that produces BOTOX® and Juvéderm®. Kybella® is precisely administered with a fine needle to the excess fat under the chin in a quick treatment. After Kybella® most patients experience swelling to the area that can last about week. The treatment is typically performed in a series of 2-4 treatments repeated every 4 weeks. Kybella® is non invasive and permanent fat reduction method that offers the added benefit of skin retraction for mild laxity. For those with moderate laxity other treatments such as ThermiRF which uses radiofrequency and Ultherapy that uses advanced ultrasound technology can be used in conjunction with Kybella® for skin tightening.

CoolMini by CoolSculpting for Double Chin Reduction

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CoolSculpting is an efficacious treatment that has been around for over 10 years. Over 2 million treatments have been performed worldwide. CoolSculpting uses a technology called cryolipolysis in which fat cells are painlessly frozen, shattered, and permanently eliminated. The CoolMini applicator is placed directly under the chin suctioning in the tissue between cooling plates. The treatment in simple, painless, and only takes 45 minutes. There can be minor swelling after treatment which often resolves within a couple of days. A CoolMini treatment is typically performed in a series of 2 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart. Optimal results are seen a few months after treatment. CoolSculpting does not treat laxity so it can also be combined with skin tightening treatments if needed.


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Liposuction is the gold standard method for fat reduction. It offers fast and permanent results. Liposuction can be performed in several methods including tumescent, laser, and wet. With all types of a small incision is made and a cannula is then inserted to break up the fat and suction it out. Liposuction offers patients fast and dramatic results with minimal downtime. The cost of liposuction is comparable to doing a series of non surgical treatments.

Ready to Get Rid of Your Double Chin?

If you are looking to permanently get rid of stubborn submental fat there are several effective treatments available including Kybella®, CoolSculpting, and liposuction. Depending on individual need, goals, and result expectations one of these methods may be the perfect treatment. A healthy diet and exercise can also help prevent and reduce a double chin. Complimentary consultations can be scheduled at (847)367-8815.