Start Forever Young Photofacial in Winter for a Stunning Spring Reveal

Have fine lines, wrinkles, and exposure to the sun prematurely aged your skin? Have you lost your glow, youthful radiance, and notice changes whenever you look at yourself in the mirror? Age spots, blemishes, and sun damage are some of the first factors that add years to your appearance. Years of unprotected exposure to the sun and lack of a skincare regimen, along with the natural process of aging, can leave your skin looking blemished, unhealthy, wrinkled, and prematurely old.

The good news is that help is at hand! Dr. Daniel Ritacca and his team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa are experts at using Sciton Forever Young BroadBand Light (BBL)™ light photofacial rejuvenation therapy to target a wide variety of skin conditions related to aging and sun damage. 

With this technology, you can achieve a more refreshed, rejuvenated, and youthful appearance. You will restore your skin to its natural beauty, making it clearer, smoother, and more vibrant.

When Is the Best Time of Year for My BBL Photofacial?

In winter, we naturally receive less sun exposure on our skin, making it the ideal time to have your BBL photofacial and achieve a brighter skin tone and a more even complexion. With a course of up to four treatments, this winter means you’ll be ready to surprise your family and friends for an exciting spring reveal!

What is Forever Young BBL Photofacial?

Sciton’s Forever Young BBL ™ is an innovative technology proven to be most effective when it comes to treating signs of aging. It is a noninvasive treatment that delivers broadband light to the epidermis and dermis. 

With no surgery or downtime, and a minimal amount of discomfort, it delivers light therapy targeting the deeper layers of your skin where most signs of aging occur.

What Conditions Does BBL Photofacial Treat?

BBL photofacial uses light energy to heat the upper layers of your skin, which gently stimulates collagen growth as well as the growth of new skin cells. You can achieve smoother skin with fewer wrinkles. A BBL photofacial can eliminate brown pigmentation such as age spots and freckles, along with other conditions such as acne, sagging skin, rosacea, small blood vessels, aging skin, uneven skin texture, loss of firmness, and even unwanted hair.

Other conditions targeted for treatment may include the following.

  • Age spots: Not only do these give away your age, but they also make you look older than you are. Age spots show on your skin as rounded or flat patches, black or brown in color. BBL photofacial is a powerful treatment that will remove these spots, penetrating deep into the layers of your skin, giving beautiful results.
  • Sun damage: The sun’s ultraviolet light damages your skin. Over time, you end up with wrinkles and dark spots. Forever Young BBL treatments can erase early signs of aging and help reverse sun damage. 
  • Blemishes: BBL treatments will penetrate the skin and get rid of unsightly facial blemishes, leading to dramatic results and leaving you with a smoother appearance.

What How Does BBL Photofacial Work?

The light energy delivered by BBL photofacial treatments will precisely target the selected areas in your skin, gently heating the upper layers. The heat absorbed by these selected areas will stimulate your skin cells to regenerate. Over several weeks and several treatments, this process will continue.

BBL Photofacial FAQs

What Will I Feel During My BBL Photofacial?

After your technician applies a coating of cooling gel to the target area, a chilled applicator device delivers precise amounts of light therapy over the skin. You might experience a warm popping sensation and some discomfort in more sensitive areas.

Is There Any Downtime Associated With BBL Photofacial?

Immediately following treatment, expect to see some redness in the treated area, which may feel like a slight sunburn. You may also have some swelling for a day or two following your treatment.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Dr. Ritacca will personalize a treatment plan for you over multiple sessions with one every two to six weeks until you achieve the desired result. It typically takes up to four treatments to reach the final results.

What Aftercare Do I Need?

The skin on the treated areas may be sensitive to sunlight, and you should apply sunscreen and other skincare products as directed by Dr. Ritacca.

Is There Any Downtime Associated With Forever Young BBL?

In most cases, there is no downtime. You should be able to apply makeup immediately afterward and return to your regular routine.

What Can I Expect During My Treatment Consultation?

During your treatment consultation, Dr. Ritacca will carefully examine your face, neck, chest, and hands to check for the kind of sun damage, vascular issues, and pigment irregularities commonly treated with a BBL photofacial.

  • Before treatment: We will ask you to stay out of sunlight before receiving the treatment. If you’ve tanned recently, you might need to wait a while and come back later for treatments. You might also need to avoid medications that make you more sensitive to light.
  • During treatment: Appointments are quick and usually take less than an hour. During the procedure, your skin may appear slightly red and swollen with a slight warming sensation, as well as some mild discomfort.
  • After treatment: You’ll need to avoid scented lotions, exfoliants, and aggressive scrubbing. It’s normal for freckles and sunspots to get darker initially, and they usually flake off within one to three weeks. You might feel something resembling sunburn after the treatment, and applying an ice pack should help.

Fall in Love With the New You This Winter

As spring approaches, fall in love with your rejuvenated appearance and surprise everyone with a new, younger you! Dr. Daniel Ritacca and his team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills and Chicago, IL, have developed an impeccable reputation for their outstanding and natural-looking results. 

Contact us today at 847-367-8815 or send an online request to schedule a consultation. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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


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.


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.


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.

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.


Stay Forever Young with a BBL, Photofacial

At Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, we have witnessed amazing transformations with our Sciton BBL, Photofacial.  With a series of treatments, our patients have experienced; less brown/red spots, tighter skin, less fine lines & wrinkles, collagen development and an overall more youthful appearance. You ask how?  View the BBL video below:

Stay Forever Young with a BBL, Photofacial

Call Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa to schedule your free consultation with a patient coordinator.  Photofacial packages are now on sale!

We now introduce the Ultimate Photofacial!

Photofacials, also known as BBL or IPL, are laser skin rejuvenation facials that decrease hyperpigmentation from sun spots, age spots, freckles, rosacea and more.  The most typical areas treated are the face, hands, neck and decollete.

Lead aesthetician, Susie of Ritacca Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Center, has experienced fabulous results with our patients by evening out skin tone and texture with our BBL (BroadBand Light).  However, there is always room for improvement for results ( I think our patients would agree). 

The Ultimate Photofacial was designed to leave your skin exfoliated, cleansed and re-textured in just ONE treatment! How?  First, a dermasweep is performed.  A dermasweep safely exfoliates the dead skin that lies on our surface of our skin leaving a dull appearance.  Second, a propeelMD or chemical peel is applied for deep cleansing in the pores.  Lastly, a photofacial is performed for pigment correction and decreased fine lines – who doesn’t need the Ultimate Photofacial!?

Are you interested? Call Ritacca Laser Center today to schedule your appointment and learn how you can achieve amazing skin before summer!