The Functional Benefits of Vaginal Plastic Surgery

Whether enlarged or oddly shaped labia are causing you physical or emotional discomfort, you will be interested to learn that there are significant functional and psychological benefits of receiving vaginal plastic surgery. Not only could this surgery result in increased sexual satisfaction, but it could also address other troubling problems, including:

  • Enlarged labia majora
  • Enlarged labia minora
  • Oversized clitoral hood
  • Changes to the labia caused by childbirth
  • Excessive amounts of fat above the pubic bone

Labiaplasty, the reshaping of the vulva or labia (outer and inner lips of the vagina), has become an increasingly popular option for many women who seek a boost in confidence and comfort after childbirth, aging, significant weight loss, or injury to the genital structures.

When to Consider Vaginal Plastic Surgery

Women often consider vaginal plastic surgery for a number of reasons, including:

  • If the contours of your vaginal structures have stretched or altered and over time, you may be experiencing discomfort or pain with sexual activity, exercise, or everyday activities
  • If multiple vaginal child deliveries have stretched the labia and affected intimacy
  • If your self-esteem could benefit from a labiaplasty procedure

Are You a Good Candidate for Vaginal Plastic Surgery?

Factors that may make you a good candidate for labiaplasty include:

  • You have vaginal structures that sag due to aging, pregnancy, or weight loss
  • You have discomfort from scarring resulting from childbirth or previous genital surgeries
  • You would like a sexy, refined contour to your labia and vulva
  • You are in good general health

Other Considerations

Some women may also consider having a clitoral hood reduction with their labiaplasty, which reduces the amount of tissue covering the clitoris. Not only does this improve the appearance of the clitoris, but it’s also a means of increasing clitoral sensation.

To learn more about the functional benefits of vaginal plastic surgery, contact the experts at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL, at 847-367-8815. Arrange a consultation where we will be happy to answer any questions you might have about your procedure.

Advantages of Getting Plastic Surgery in the Spring

Every year, as spring rolls around, the realization hits us that soon we will be getting out more, wearing less and that we want to look and feel our best. 

Spring is the time of renewal and rejuvenation. By taking care of that overdue plastic surgery now, you can look your best in time for summer! The weather is still cool enough to wear bulkier clothing to comfortably conceal the swelling and bruising from your surgery without becoming overheated. 

It’s often raining for days on end at this time of year, and you might be able to take this opportunity to have the procedure you’ve always promised yourself. What’s more, the long weekends and the kids still being in school will all help with a safe recovery. Your body will have time to heal before your summer starts. It will be easier to keep your procedure private before your sexy summer reveal!

Spring also allows you time to lose the extra weight you might have gained during the holidays. Some surgical procedures like liposuction or breast augmentation require you to be as close to your ideal weight as possible. Use the time before the end of spring to get back into shape before your procedure. Doing this will help you get your recovery out of the way before hitting those summer parties in your bikini. Can you imagine being out at the beach or pool, showing off your new body?

With just one office visit to Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa, you could be well on your way to your best summer ever!

Best Plastic Surgery Procedures During Spring Break

When it’s high season for swimwear and shorts, eliminating love handles, tightening tummies, and boosting busts are at the forefront of many minds. 

Are you feeling bold? Why not jump right into maximizing your plastic surgery results? Spring is a great time to consider breast augmentation, facelift, or liposuction surgery. If you are working on a timeline for a wedding, vacation, or another event, be sure to let your surgeon know during your consultation. Typically, a spring procedure will have you healed and ready for the summer.

In preparation for summer, we recommend the following procedures:

Breast augmentation. Allows women of all shapes and sizes to enhance their breasts.

Tummy tuck. Flatten and shape your abdomen and waist.

Liposuction. Give your body a sculpted look through the elimination of unwanted fat.

Facelift. Rejuvenate the skin on your mid-to-lower face and neck.

Gluteal (Butt) Implants. Consider these as an excellent option to enhance the appearance, size, as well as the shape of your buttocks.

Not Ready to Commit to Surgery? 

For something a little less invasive, you have these great options:

Photofacial. Restore your skin to its natural beauty with Sciton Forever Young BroadBand Light (BBL)™ light photofacial rejuvenation therapy, which can target a wide variety of skin conditions related to aging and sun damage.

Cellulite treatment. Using a revolutionary new cellulite FDA-approved treatment, Cellfina can virtually eliminate cellulite in the vast majority of patients. Better yet, this procedure involves no surgery whatsoever.

Skin rejuvenation. One of the first things you can do this spring is pamper yourself and your skin with a rejuvenation facial. Not only will this bring back a healthy glow to your skin, but it will also help to heal and repair skin that may have become damaged due to the cold and dry winter weather.

HydraFacial. Painlessly exfoliate your skin before delivering healing, nourishing serums, which ensure that your outer glow matches your inner glow.

Nonsurgical body sculpting and contouring, or dermal fillers and BOTOX®, could also be on your spring refresh checklist. Laser hair removal would eliminate shaving from your summer routine. Your summer self will thank you!

While you’ll be able to go out in public comfortably and confidently within a week or two after most procedures, for others, the results will continue to improve long after you’re back to normal activity. Check with your doctor on what to expect.

Why Choose Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills?

The Doctors at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa, in Austin, TX, will help you to fall in love with your rejuvenated appearance and surprise everyone with a new, younger you! For outstanding and natural-looking results, contact us today at 847-367-8815 or send an online request to schedule a consultation.

We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about any of these fantastic treatments!

How Young Is Too Young For Rhinoplasty?

Cosmetic surgery is only growing more popular as surgical techniques and technology advance. The popularity of social media platforms like Instagram, filled with people showing off aesthetic changes, opens up trends to younger segments of the population. 

A rhinoplasty, or nose job, is the most common plastic surgery performed among teenagers. The teen years are a favorite time for the procedure since abnormalities on the nose usually arise during the early teenage years – while the nose usually stops growing between the ages of 14-17. 

Physical appearance is a vital aspect of self-image for many teenagers, but some question if teenagers have the emotional maturity to handle cosmetic surgery. Others worry adjusting the nose could lead to a face that later appears abnormal as a young person continues to grow and experience changes to their body. 

There are no one-size-fits-all answers for an age that is too young for a rhinoplasty. Keep reading to get an understanding of discussion considerations before deciding on the procedure. 

Consider The Physical Development Of The Person

Rhinoplasty should only be carried out on a nose that has finished growing. One performed while growth is occurring might open up the need for a revision down the road to re-balance the nose to present a natural look. 

Nasal bone growth usually stops after puberty, which often comes around one to two years after menstruation for girls. Since every girl starts menstruating at a different age, the decision for rhinoplasty should only occur once a surgeon examines a girl’s (or boy’s nose) to see if they have stopped growing.   

Emotional Preparation Is Essential Before A Rhinoplasty 

Even if a teenager’s nose has stopped growing, it does not mean they are the right candidate for a rhinoplasty.

It is essential to carefully consider if a young person desires a rhinoplasty to correct a legitimate abnormality to the nose, or if they are feeling peer pressure that cultivates a desire for a nose job.

An impulsive rhinoplasty will not be effective and could lead to complications down the road. Teenagers who express interest in rhinoplasty should be prepared and mature enough to understand what the procedure can achieve. 

The results of a rhinoplasty last a lifetime unless there is a revision rhinoplasty down the road. Other facial rejuvenation surgeries that address the signs of aging usually need follow-up treatment to maintain results. 

For a nose job, alternations to structure and appearance will be permanent. Young patients and their parents need to be prepared for their new nose to stay the same for life, even as other areas of the face start to age and change in appearance.  

Rhinoplasty will not lead to a completely transformed body, but it can help cultivate a sense of greater self-confidence to help teenagers naturally engage with friends and family. 

The question of emotional maturity varies for each teenager and is a point that should be brought up with a surgeon when deciding about the proper time. 

Can Post-Surgical Instructions Be Followed?

While rhinoplasty is a relatively non-invasive form of cosmetic surgery, it does come with a recovery period. Most surgeons ask for six to eight weeks of abstention from contact sports after a rhinoplasty. The recovery process can be a significant lifestyle change to a teenager who is active with friends. 

Swelling, bruising, and other discomforts also accompany rhinoplasties. Patients need to be prepared to manage their pain and carefully follow instructions from the surgeon to minimize swelling. Some teenagers, no matter their age, might not be ready to take care of their nose or temporarily adopt a more sedentary lifestyle after a rhinoplasty. 

Help With Finding The ‘Perfect Age’ For A Rhinoplasty 

Rhinoplasty is not a magic solution for younger patients, but it can help address breathing problems and other aesthetic issues safely and effectively. The decision-making process between a teenager, their parents, and a cosmetic surgeon are important to hash out during discussions about a rhinoplasty. 

During a free consultation at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, our team corresponds closely with parents to decide an appropriate age for rhinoplasty based on emotional and physical maturity. We take special care when speaking with teenagers so they can safely articulate their feelings about a rhinoplasty. 

Reach out to the office of Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL to learn more about rhinoplasty and how to guarantee optimal results from the procedure. 

Contact us today or call 847-367-8815

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.


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:


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.


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.









Show Off Smooth, Vein-Free Legs this Holiday Season with Sclerotherapy

Are you going to avoid wearing your favorite dresses this holiday season because you are embarrassed about unsightly leg veins? Spider or varicose veins can be unattractive or even downright painful and can put a damper on your seasonal gatherings with friends and family. Fortunately, vein problems are not something you have to live with as a normal part of aging. The talented team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa can perform a treatment called sclerotherapy that reduces the appearance and symptoms of spider and varicose veins in the legs. If you want to have smooth, vein-free legs just in time for the holidays, you should consider sclerotherapy.

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a minor, non-invasive procedure that involves injecting a salt solution directly into the vein that the patient wants to treat with a very fine needle. The solution works by irritating the lining of the blood vessel, which then causes it to collapse and the blood inside it to clot. The vessel then turns into scar tissue that will eventually fade to the point where it is nearly invisible. The procedure may cause mild cramping or discomfort in the area of injection for a few minutes, though it is usually not painful. The treatment, which takes place in our specialist’s office, generally takes around fifteen minutes to half an hour to perform. Multiple veins can be treated in one procedure. The number treated and follow-up treatments will be determined by the specialist during the consultation.

Recovery time is minor after a sclerotherapy procedure. The patient will usually be told to take it easy and not engage in vigorous activity for a few days after treatment, but most return to their normal lifestyles within a week.

Who are Good Candidates for Sclerotherapy?

Those with unsightly or painful spider or varicose veins are good candidates for sclerotherapy. Spider veins usually appear as small red, blue, or purple veins while varicose veins are normally ropy, large, and bulging. Varicose veins are usually the types of veins that cause pain in most patients. Vein issues can be a normal symptom of aging, and they can be worsened by obesity, sitting or standing too much, childbirth, a history of blood clots, or genetics. Those who experience swelling, leg cramps, pinching sensations, or ulcers in their legs are particularly good candidates for sclerotherapy as they will experience physical relief as well as an improved appearance.

If you are pregnant, take birth control pills, or have had a history of blood clots, you may not make a good candidate for sclerotherapy. Our specialist will perform a complete health history check during your consultation to determine general health and identify any possible complications before you are approved for the treatment.

What is the Recovery Time for Sclerotherapy?

You may experience mild discomfort such as cramping or pinching during your sclerotherapy treatment. You may also have more symptoms for the day or two after your treatment that can include itching or irritation near the injection sites. These symptoms should disappear within a few days, though bruising near the injection site could last for several weeks. Most of those who have sclerotherapy can return to normal activity shortly after their procedure.

You can expect to see results after the first treatment, though most experience the best results after several therapies performed over the period of several months. This means you can show off your improved look at your holiday parties and have smooth, vein-free legs for the new year.

How do I Choose the Right Doctor to Perform My Sclerotherapy?

It’s important to choose a qualified specialist to perform your sclerotherapy treatment. If you live in the Chicago area, visit Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa. Drs. Leonard Lu and Daniel Ritacca specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins and have successfully performed hundreds of these treatments. Once they determine that sclerotherapy is a viable option, they will walk you through the procedure and answer any questions you have before scheduling the treatment.

Don’t let varicose or spider veins dampen your holiday celebrations! Show off your vein-free legs and alleviate nagging pain this year with a professional vein treatment. Schedule a consultation to determine if sclerotherapy is right for you.
































Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery: One or Both?


The delicate tissues around the eyes change greatly during the aging process. As collagen levels decline, the skin and muscles weaken, causing the eyelids to droop. At the same time, fat deposits around the eyes decrease in size and slide downwards. This can cause hollows and pockets of loose skin to form above the eyes. Below the eyes, as remaining fat deposits clump together, under-eye bags become puffier.

Not only do these changes cause cosmetic problems, but they can also worsen eye strain and lead to a loss of peripheral vision. In extreme cases, this vision loss can impair a person’s ability to drive. Because our eyelids are responsible for evenly distributing tear film, poor eyelid contours can lead to the development of either chronically dry or watery eyes. To ease this discomfort and create a more youthful-looking appearance, patients may be advised to have upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or both.

What is Upper Eyelid Surgery?

During upper eyelid surgery (formally known as upper blepharoplasty), a small incision is made within the crease of the upper eyelid. This type of incision creates a very thin scar that’s easily hidden within the fold of the lid after the patient has healed.

After making an incision, your surgeon will carefully remove loose skin from your upper eyelid. Sometimes, the levator muscle that supports the upper eyelid must also be shortened, as it tends to loosen with age. Making these corrections eliminates fine lines around the eyes, makes the folds above the eyes less “heavy” looking, and shapes the upper lid so that it sits evenly over the eye.

What is Lower Eyelid Surgery?

Lower eyelid surgery (lower blepharoplasty) is sometimes performed using different techniques than upper eyelid surgery. If your primary problem is under-eye bags, your surgeon may make a tiny incision on the interior of your lower eyelid, rather than the exterior. From there, he or she will remove a portion of fat from below your eyes in order to smooth out your under-eye bags. If you have drooping lower eyelids as well as pronounced eye bags, your surgeon may need to make an exterior incision instead to permit the removal of loose skin.

Most patients choose to have upper and lower eyelid surgery performed at the same time, but this isn’t always necessary. If you just want to have your under-eye bags removed, lower eyelid surgery is probably all you need. If, on the other hand, your upper and lower lids have both started to sag, you should consider having combined upper and lower blepharoplasty. Typically, younger patients (those between the ages of 35 and 50) make good candidates for eye-bag removal. Patients over the age of 55 usually require both types of eyelid surgery because they have more advanced skin laxity.

To learn more about eyelid surgery and determine what you need, contact Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa to arrange a personal consultation. We’ll be happy to help you restore your vision, your confidence, and your comfort with a personalized blepharoplasty procedure.



Jump Start Your Fitness Journey with Liposuction

All too often, liposuction is unfairly stereotyped as being the procedure people turn to when they don’t want to diet or exercise. It may therefore surprise you to learn that liposuction has never been used for this purpose; in fact, it’s not possible to surgically remove more than about ten pounds of fat at a time. Instead, liposuction is frequently employed to help people who are already a healthy weight sculpt their bodies. Having liposuction can “jump start” your fitness efforts in several different ways. Here’s what you need to know:

3 Ways Liposuction Can Help You Get (and Stay) Fit

1. The motivation factor.

If you’ve ever been trapped in a cycle of yo-yo dieting (and/or exercising), then you’re probably already familiar with the following problem: You work hard for weeks or even months, restricting calories and sticking to your fitness plan, only to discover that it’s impossible to “spot reduce” fat. Sure, you might lose weight overall, but if you’re like most people over the age of 30, you’re left with a distinct belly bulge that won’t budge—no matter what you do. This situation isn’t your fault; as we get older, our bodies “centralize” their fat stores. That is to say, fat that used to be evenly distributed over your arms, legs, hips, and face, will progressively gather around your midsection instead. The result of this process is a deposit of stubborn fat around your stomach that makes you look heavier than you are and prevents you from developing visible abs. There is no nonsurgical way to get rid of this fat that doesn’t involve extreme dieting or over-exercising—two solutions that are neither healthy nor sustainable.

When confronted with this reality, many people (understandably) feel deflated. They think that no matter how hard they work, they’ll never have the body they want. Furthermore, because our brains are hardwired to respond to reward, when we don’t experience profound visible rewards after dieting and exercising, we lose the motivation to keep trying. Our brains also start to “default” back to craving familiar sources of reward, like comfort foods. This leads to weight gain, and soon enough, we need to begin the cycle all over again.

Liposuction has the power to short-circuit this process. By getting rid of the stubborn fat (usually abdominal fat, but liposuction can be used virtually anywhere) that’s left over once you reach a healthy weight, this procedure can reveal your toned muscles and give you the flat stomach you’ve been working so hard to achieve. Once this has been accomplished and you can see the rewards of all your hard work, you’ll be inspired to keep them. In other words, you’ll naturally want to keep working out and eating healthily because you won’t want to sabotage your new physique.

2. Liposuction can remove emotional barriers that hold you back from exercising.

We’ve been inundated with images of what “fit” people are supposed to look like: Completely sleek, fabulously toned, and overall rock-hard. As such, when we slip into tight exercise gear and discover that it reveals every lump and bulge we have, our confidence tends to evaporate. We feel like we “look” out of shape, even if we’re actually very fit.

For most people, this feeling leads to a great deal of self-consciousness. It prevents them from wanting to work out anywhere other people are present, especially other people who already look flawlessly fit. Alas, unless you live out in the middle of nowhere, your only viable exercise areas are probably public parks and gyms.

Having liposuction can take care of those unsightly lumps and bumps and give you the confidence you need to hit the trail or the track, without worrying about anything jiggling. Additionally, once you get the perfect body, you’re going to want to show it off.

3. Liposuction may improve your health.

Research has shown that removing abdominal fat is associated with several positive health outcomes. It lowers levels of blood triglycerides, increases your energy levels, and improves your cardiovascular health. All these benefits hold true even if you lose the last bit of your belly fat via surgery rather than exercise. This is the case because it’s the metabolic and hormonal effects of belly fat itself that negatively impact our health, not just being “out of shape.” And of course, the healthier and more energetic you are, the easier it’s going to be to exercise regularly.

Liposuction isn’t a replacement for diet and exercise, but it is the perfect companion to any healthy fitness plan. Don’t let stigma about this procedure hold you back; when approached correctly, it can be good for your mind, body, and spirit.