Last Minute Spa Treatments to Help You Wow This Holiday Season

The holidays are just around the corner, and we all want to look our best for parties, family dinners, and drinks with faraway friends we don’t see nearly enough. Though it may seem like the holidays will be here before you know it, there is still time to book some last-minute spa treatments that will help you look and feel your best no matter where your celebration takes you! The professional staff at Vernon Hills-based Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & MedSpa offers a number of treatments that are non-invasive, involve little to no recovery, and will ensure you wow everyone you see this Thanksgiving holiday. Here are just a few of the services offered that can be performed before the holiday season hits full steam.

Injectables

You’ve probably spent many holidays smiling and laughing with friends and family members. While you’d never want to give up those moments, you might want to give up the subsequent expression lines that are the result. With injectables such as BOTOX®, Dysport, and Xeomin®, you can! These anti-aging procedures involve a simple injection into the muscles that are responsible for expressions such as smiling and frowning. The injections prevent the muscles from contracting, resulting in a smoother appearance and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, and forehead. Though BOTOX® has been blamed for lending patients a ‘frozen’ look, new techniques have made these injectables more effective and natural-looking.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are an excellent choice if you want to smooth out wrinkles or scars or enhance your lips with virtually no downtime. These injectable substances can plump the skin and lend you a more youthful, glowing look that will impress all those you encounter. Dermal fillers are long-lasting and safe as they are eventually absorbed by your body with no lingering residue. The staff at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & MedSpa offers a number of different dermal fillers including Juvéderm®, Radiesse®, Restylane®, Sculptra®, and Belotero Balance, each with slightly different chemical makeups and results. During your consultation, the best dermal filler will be chosen to provide you with your desired outcome.

Sculpting and Tightening Treatments

Every holiday season is a joy, but each year that passes also has an effect on your skin tone and elasticity. If you want to fight the signs of aging this holiday season, you might be interested in a sculpting or tightening treatment on either your face or your body—or both! We offer a number of different treatments that can target excess fat deposits, sagging skin, or loss of volume that make you look older and less vibrant. Here are just a few of our many treatments:

Kybella®

Oh, the dreaded double chin! Whether you’ve developed new fat deposits under the chin this year or you’ve been dealing with them your entire life, now is the time to do something about it. Kybella® is a revolutionary new treatment that, when injected into the chin area, dissolves unwanted fat and makes for a more streamlined, youthful appearance. Kybella® is safe, virtually painless, and has been impressing patients since it was first introduced.

CoolSculpting

Want to look especially lovely in your holiday dress this year? Consider a CoolSculpting treatment to permanently remove stubborn fat. This procedure involves freezing fat off in hour-long treatment sessions and provides amazing results with no downtime or invasive surgery. If you have a trouble area such as love handles, bra bulge, or upper arm fat, CoolSculpting can create outstanding results.

The holidays are brighter when you feel good about your appearance. It’s not too late to book a spa treatment before the holidays hit so you can wow the whole family. If you’re interested in one of these or another treatment to boost your holiday spirit, contact the professional staff at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & MedSpa for a consultation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ultherapy: Will I See Results Before Family Gathering Season?

Non-surgical procedures like Ultherapy can produce beautiful results without requiring downtime. Still, patients need to be aware that non-surgical procedures function very differently than surgical ones. These gentle therapies work with the body’s natural healing processes to improve the condition of the skin—and this takes time. If you’re interested in having Ultherapy so that you look your best in time for the holidays, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with this treatment’s timeline first.

How Ultherapy Works

After age 30, our bodies start to produce less collagen. Typically, collagen production declines by about one percent per year, so this loss is hardly noticeable at first. Over time, however, the effects of collagen loss become apparent in the form of loose skin, creases, and fine lines. These changes occur because collagen keeps our skin strong and hydrated. Without an adequate supply of this essential compound, our skin becomes too fragile to withstand normal day-to-day exertions.

Ultherapy tightens the skin by improving collagen production. This procedure uses ultrasound energy to penetrate deep into the foundational layers of the skin. This energy gently warms the connective tissues within the dermis, triggering the body’s “healing response” without actually doing any damage. This causes a sudden surge in collagen production, because collagen is used to repair wounds.

Wound healing is, of course, not instant. Collagen does its job gradually, rebuilding weakened tissues over the course of multiple weeks. This is why Ultherapy requires some time to create visible improvements in skin condition.

Planning Your Ultherapy Procedure: When to Expect Results

Unlike many non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments, Ultherapy doesn’t usually require multiple treatment sessions. Most patients will only need one Ultherapy appointment; however, patients with severe skin laxity may need two appointments to ensure perfect results. If you’re over the age of 65, you should plan to have two Ultherapy treatments spaced six months apart.

Age also plays a role in how fast-acting Ultherapy is. Patients under the age of 40 often see results within just a few weeks, because their bodies are still producing a significant amount of collagen. Patients over 50, on the other hand, usually notice their results becoming apparent one to two months after treatment. Improvements continue to develop for about three months after treatment regardless of the age of the patient.

Those who wish to have markedly tighter skin in time for the holiday season should schedule their Ultherapy appointment no later than October 25th, with mid-September being the ideal time. We recommend taking a picture of the treatment area before your appointment, then taking more photos two weeks, four weeks, and two months post-treatment. This will allow you to accurately gauge how much your skin has improved. Because Ultherapy results manifest so gradually, some patients aren’t aware they’re happening, and this can cause them to underestimate the effectiveness of this procedure.

The good news is that, while Ultherapy takes time to create results, its results are long-lasting. Most patients enjoy smoother, firmer face and neck skin for one to two years after their initial treatment. Likewise, because Ultherapy is so safe and gentle, there’s no harm in having this treatment administered annually. If you would like to create a long-term non-surgical skin tightening plan, why not contact us to schedule a consultation? We’ll help you understand the non-surgical facelift process from beginning to end.

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.

Specialized Skincare For Men

Let’s face it men and women have different skin that comes along with different skin care needs. Some of the differences between male skin and female skin are skin thickness, facial hair and different hormones which can all play a role in skin oil production, skin sensitivity and the aging process. While men can also benefit from many common female skincare products, the number of products on the market can be overwhelming or appear specifically targeted for women. For most men, a skin care regimen should be simplified and customized to specifically target male skin.

Here are some of our aesthetician recommended favorite products and treatments for better skincare for men.

Skincare for Men: Best Products for Men’s Skin

Cleanser

Cleansing daily is important for several reasons. Cleansing and exfoliating help remove bacteria, excess oil, dead skin cells, minimize pores, improve hydration, and decrease dullness. One of the perks of being a male is that face shaving can benefit the skin because it helps exfoliate. On the other hand this can be opposite with poor shaving techniques which can lead to skin irritations and razor burn. One of our favorite aesthetician picked cleansers for males is Revision Brightening Facial Wash. We love this product because it has Salicylic and Glycolic Acid which exfoliate to decrease breakouts and improve skin texture. It has Vitamin C which brightens the skin and also has antioxidants vitamin E and white tea which help protect the skin from free radical damage and pollution.

Sunscreen

Sun damage is the leading cause of aging. Brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and broken capillaries can all be attributed to sun damage. Sun damage can also lead to skin cancer which can be serious. Wearing sunscreen daily is important and our favorite aesthetician picked sunscreen for men is Elta UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Untinted. It is formulated with Zinc Oxide and has UVA and UVB sun protection. It also helps calm acne prone skin and is oil and fragrance-free.

Moisturizer

Keeping the skin moist and hydrated helps keep the skin balanced which decreases excess oil production or facial dryness which can lead to breakouts and skin sensitivity. Our favorite moisturizer which can be applied at night time opposite of sunscreen in the morning is Neocutis MicroNight. This is our aesthetician pick not only due to its moisturizing and hydrating lipids, but it is also rich with micro-proteins that improve skin elasticity and firmness.

The Next Level in Skincare for Men: Skin Treatments in our Medical Spa

Two treatments that men love at our practice are the BBL photo facial and the Hydrafacial. The BBL photo facial is a laser system that uses broadband light to target a number of skin concerns such as sun spots, uneven skin tone, facial redness, large pores, acne and acne scarring while also stimulating collagen to improve fine lines and wrinkles. The BBL is ultimately one of those best anti-aging treatments as it is reversing signs of aging and changing the gene expressions of cells that are responsible for aging. The Hydrafacial is a relaxing facial treatment that helps target dullness, hydrates, deep cleanses, exfoliates, and replenishes the skin with antioxidants and peptides. The Hydrafacial leaves the skin smooth and hydrated with no downtime. It is the perfect pick me up to look and feel your best before a business meeting or special event.

Better Skincare for Men in Chicago

Here at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, we offer a variety of services and skincare for men. We offer complimentary consultations with our experienced skin care experts that can help tailor a simple skincare regimen just for you. Schedule an appointment 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!

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.

lips on fleek

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 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

turkey neck double chin treatment

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

before and after photofacial

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.