The Benefits of Cryotherapy

The Benefits of Cryotherapy

 

At the Ritacca Laser Center, we’re constantly looking for safe, minimally invasive ways to reverse the aging process. In doing so, we often turn to established medical technologies. Many of the methods doctors use to heal injuries and manage chronic health conditions can also encourage cosmetic rejuvenation. This overlap exists because compounds used during healing, like collagen and elastin, are also essential for the maintenance of firm, smooth, and youthful skin. 

 

Cryotherapy has been used for decades to provide pain relief and prompt tissue regeneration, but it’s only recently been adopted by plastic surgeons and dermatologists. Today, this procedure is used to quickly and painlessly improve the health and appearance of patients.

 

What is Cryotherapy?

 

Cryotherapy is a system wherein patients are exposed to hyper-cooled vapors for two to four minutes. This exposure time is sufficient to stimulate the healing process and metabolism, while being too short to induce cold-related injuries. 

 

Cryotherapy can be applied to the whole body or just specific areas, such as the face. When applied to the face, cryotherapy is often called a “cryofacial” or “frotox.”

 

What are the Benefits of Cryotherapy?

 

The primary advantages of cryotherapy over other skin rejuvenation treatments are safety and convenience. No harsh chemicals or injections are used during cryotherapy, and patients can resume their normal activities soon after treatment. Furthermore, cryofacials do not cause the skin to crack or peel. Cosmetically, cryotherapy can grant all of the following benefits: 

 

  1. Instantly tighter skin.

 

Extreme cold causes a wide variety of materials to contract, and human tissue is no exception. When cold vapors are applied to the skin, the blood vessels and connective tissues below the epidermis are immediately constricted. This instantly (and painlessly) firms the skin, lifting the face and reducing the visibility of wrinkles. 

 

  1. No-contact exfoliation.

 

Under the right conditions, cold air can act as a powerful exfoliant. Cryofacials open clogged pores, induce the natural shedding of dead skin cells, and reduce the production of sebum (skin oil). This creates a radiant, glowing look and helps control acne symptoms.

 

  1. Increased collagen production.

 

When the body is subjected to extreme cold, it instantly goes into “panic mode” because it assumes that the skin is being injured (e.g., by frostbite). In its rush to repair potential damage, the body sends a surge of collagen and elastin to the skin’s surface. This collagen and elastin then gets to work, rebuilding and strengthening the epidermis. 

 

This healing process, which is a fundamental part of how laser and chemical peels work, effectively combats age-related collagen loss. In the weeks following a cryofacial, the skin gradually becomes fuller and healthier. 

 

  1. Better fat burning.

 

Our bodies have to burn a lot of calories to stay warm in cold conditions. In fact, being exposed to temperatures cold enough to induce shivering can burn 100 calories in just 15 minutes. Some people therefore use whole-body cryotherapy to enhance their weight loss efforts. The deep cold used during this procedure may burn up to 500 calories per session. However, it’s important to remember that cryotherapy is not a feasible substitute for a healthy lifestyle. Caloric restriction and regular exercise are necessary for weight loss, with or without the assistance of cosmetic treatments. 

 

If you’re interested in skin rejuvenation but don’t want to deal with downtime or peeling, cryotherapy might be right for you. To learn more about this treatment, contact the Ritacca Laser Center at 847-367-8815.

The Secret to Tighter Skin is Now Minimally Invasive with J Plasma

skin tightening treatment

Traditionally, invasive procedures have always been the best choice for treating loose skin. Patients hoping to get rid of deep wrinkles, diffuse fine lines, and sagging jowls had to choose between facelift surgery and intensive laser or chemical peeling. For loose skin on the body, tummy tuck, thigh lift, and arm lift surgery were the only options. J Plasma, an innovative new skin strengthening procedure, promises to change all of this: J Plasma uses ionized gas to dramatically tighten and rejuvenate the skin, without significant discomfort or downtime.

How J Plasma Works

J Plasma shouldn’t be confused with skin treatments that use human plasma to stimulate collagen regeneration. The plasma employed by J Plasma is comprised of helium gas that’s energized with an electrode to form a low-current cold plasma. Cold plasma was originally pioneered for use in medical applications because it can destroy unwanted cells (like cancer cells and bacteria) without harming surrounding healthy cells.

In recent years, researchers discovered that combining helium gas with existing noninvasive skin-tightening technology could produce superior results. During J Plasma treatment, cold plasma is energized with radio frequency (RF) waves, the proven skin-firming agent used in procedures like Ultherapy. First, tiny incisions are made in the patient’s skin, then a device administers cold plasma directly into the dermis. The incisions used during J Plasma treatment are too small to cause significant discomfort or scarring, but they allow the applicator device to access the deeper connective tissues that support the epidermis. The cold plasma simultaneously heats and cools these tissues, causing them to contract. The result is instantly tighter, younger-looking skin.

Like other noninvasive skin rejuvenation systems, J Plasma treatment activates collagen-producing fibroblasts in treated areas. In the weeks and months following treatment, new collagen binds with the patient’s skin and connective tissues, creating further improvements in firmness, volume, and elasticity. The effects of J Plasma treatment are so profound that this procedure has been called the first truly non-surgical equivalent to facelift surgery.

Where can J-Plasma be Used?

The safe, gentle nature of J Plasma technology makes it suitable for use virtually anywhere on the body. Most people use J Plasma to eliminate facial wrinkles, jowls, and loose neck skin, but you can also tighten your stomach, arms, and thighs with this procedure. In some cases, J Plasma treatment makes a good alternative to tummy tuck surgery, provided that the patient isn’t suffering from abdominal muscle separation.

Does J-Plasma have any Side Effects?

J Plasma isn’t associated with any serious side effects. Sometimes, patients notice mild redness and bruising in treated areas, similar to the bruising that occurs after having an injectable treatment. These symptoms are generally minor and resolve on their own within a few days.

Learn More About J-Plasma

If you’re concerned about loose skin on your face or body but you don’t feel ready for surgery, J Plasma might be right for you. To learn more about this procedure, contact our team of board-certified plastic surgeons to arrange a personal 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.

 

What are people saying about the Ultherapy Procedure?

Ultherapy is a non-surgical tissue tightening treatment FDA-cleared to lift skin on the neck, under the chin, eyebrows, and improve lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. It is commonly used off-label to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). The Ultherapy procedure is not a facelift, but it the only tissue tightening modality that uses advanced ultrasound energy and precise imaging to deliver energy at a level as deep as a surgical facelift, the muscle. Laser and radio-frequency delivers the energy on a more superficial level. The precise imaging of the ultrasound technology allows the technician to see the tissue of the skin which helps the energy be delivered safely and to where it will be most beneficial. The treatment takes about 45 to 60 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated.

ultherapy procedure before and after photos

What do people love about the Ultherapy procedure?

Ultherapy is the only tissue tightening modality that bypasses the outer layer of the skin delivering the energy deeply and precisely where it is needed. Results from the treatment are gradual and natural. Some patients may see some lifting immediately after treatment but collagen will continue to stimulate over the next few months after treatment tightening and lifting the skin. Another benefit to Ultherapy is that it is just one treatment. There is no downtime after Ultherapy and one can return their normal activities immediately after treatment. Some patients may experience redness or swelling but it is temporary. Your provider will go over post care which may include washing with gentle cleanser and avoiding exfoliation for about a week after treatment.

Schedule an Ultherapy Procedure in North Chicago

Signs of aging can be greatly improved with technological advances in modern medicine and aesthetics. Ultherapy could be the perfect treatment option for those that are looking to stimulate collagen, combat or prevent signs of aging, those not ready for surgery, and for those that want to extend their surgery results. To determine candidacy we invite you for a complimentary consultation at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, one of the first practices in the country to carry this state of the art device.

 

Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Options in North Chicago

Many Americans are concerned with loose skin that can be caused by a number of factors such as age, weight fluctuation, and childbirth. Loose skin can be found just about anywhere on the body including the face, neck, arms, stomach, and legs. Surgical options such as facelifts, neck lifts, tummy tucks, and arm and thigh lifts are the gold standard method for tissue tightening and provide the fastest and most dramatic results. Not everyone is a candidate for surgery and some simply prefer only nonsurgical treatments so here’s the scoop on non-surgical skin tightening treatments available in the Chicago area in our North Chicago medical spa.

Non-Surgical Skin Tightening with Ultrasound Technology

 

Ultherapy

ultherapy-ba-1

Ultherapy isn’t a facelift but it is one of the most advanced non-surgical skin tightening treatments available. Ultherapy uses advanced ultrasound technology and imaging to allow the technician to precisely view and heat the skin to a level of cellular regeneration and collagen stimulation. Ulthera treats the tissue on a deeper level. The treatment usually takes 45 to 90 minutes depending on the area treated and is non invasive. Sometimes the area is numbed with a local anesthetic prior to treatment. Immediately after treatment patients may experience swelling and while rare, bruising form numbing injections. Some tightening may visible immediately but collagen continues to regenerate up to 6 months after treatment so results are gradual. Longevity of results are individualized based on one’s own aging process but results are often long lasting.

 

Non-Surgical Skin Tightening with Radiofrequency Technology

ThermiRF

radiofrequency skin tightening with thermirf

ThermiRF treatments use advanced radiofrequency to precisely heat the dermal or subdermal layer of skin to a temperature of collagen regeneration. The heating is controlled and monitored during treatment allowing the technician to target specific areas at target temperatures. ThermiRF technology can be performed minimally invasive with a cannula to deliver the heat to a deeper level and also non-invasively in a series of treatments. ThermiRF has several benefits including tissue tightening and fat reduction. There is minimal downtime with all of the Thermi procedures and many areas of the body can be targeted with ThermiRF technology including the face, neck, arms, legs, stomach, and vagina. ThermiVA is specifically designed application of ThermiRF technology to tighten the tissue of the vagina non invasively with no downtime and results are typically seen after a single treatment although a series of 3 treatments are recommended.

 

Fractora

non-surgical neck rejuvenation with Fractora

Fractora also uses advanced radiofrequency technology. Fractora creates small areas of affected skin that extend from the epidermis through the dermis provoking the bodies healing and regenerative powers. Fractora works on a deeper level to improve wrinkles, stretchmarks, scars, and tighten the skin. The ablated skin heals quickly with Fractora and offers less downtime than standard laser resurfacing. Fractora is typically performed in a series of 3 treatments. Fractora is an excellent option for texture improvement and tissue tightening of the face, neck, decollete, and more.

 

BodyFX

bodyfx skin tightening

BodyFX uses a combination of radiofrequency, suction coupled negative pressure, and deep tissue heating. Energy is distributed to the skin causing the tissue and fat to contract and heat. The BodyFX not only tightens skin it also contours, permanently reduces fat, and improves the appearance of cellulite. The treatment is completely noninvasive with no downtime and is performed in a series of 6-8 treatments. BodyFX is only indicated for the body not the face.

Non-Surgical Skin Tightening in North Chicago at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa

There is a variety of efficacious non-surgical skin tightening treatments available for those who are not surgical candidates or prefer to take the non surgical route. Candidacy for these treatments as well as the ideal treatment is determined at your complimentary consultation based on goals, individual need, health, and result expectations.

Call us to schedule your complimentary visit today.