Chicago BOTOX® at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa

BOTOX® Overview

After years of domination in the cosmetic industry, BOTOX® has cemented its reputation as one of the safest and most effective anti-aging procedures in the world. Using an advanced formula, BOTOX® can significantly soften some of the most common signs of aging.

Over the years, repeated facial muscle movements eventually lead to the development of wrinkles in the parts of our faces that express emotion, aka “expression lines.” BOTOX® is a neuromodulator, meaning it can block nerve impulses, which relax the facial muscles that cause the development of crow’s feet, laugh lines, frown lines, and more, creating a more youthful and smoother appearance. BOTOX® can also work as a treatment for migraine headaches, excessive sweating, and eye and neck muscle spasms.

As an injectable, BOTOX® requires one quick treatment with results that can last for multiple months. Decades of use by millions of patients around the world and multiple clinical trials have shown that BOTOX® is safe and reliable for long-term, repeated use.

Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is a Black Diamond account with Allergan, the makers of BOTOX®. Practices earn this status after achieving the top 2% in the country in terms of volume. Dr. Kathleen Morno and Dawn Davidson, RN, are Allergan trainers who train other physicians on how to inject Allergan products such as BOTOX®Juvéderm®Juvéderm® Voluma, and Juvéderm® Volbella.

Your Consultation for Chicago BOTOX®

Your BOTOX® treatment requires skill and artistry to create the most natural, long-lasting results. That’s why your consultation at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is so essential for planning the right treatment; during your consultation with our experienced patient coordinator, we will discuss your aesthetic goals, the risks and benefits of the procedure, your medical history, examine before-and-after photos, and answer any questions you might have about the procedure.

Your consultation will go a long way toward helping us plan the perfect BOTOX® treatment, so we can give you the rejuvenated look you’ve always wanted.

What Happens During a Chicago BOTOX® Treatment

Your BOTOX® procedure will be incredibly quick, simple, and relatively painless — the procedure takes less than a half an hour to complete and no anesthesia is necessary. Our practitioners usually inject BOTOX®  into areas like around the eyes, forehead, and mouth to specifically target expression areas.

Patients receive several small injections during a typical treatment. Your provider will carefully place each injection to maximize its effect and create the natural-looking results that characterize our practice. The average treatment takes less than 30 minutes, but if you’re receiving BOTOX® at the same time as a facial or microneedling treatment, plan for additional time.

Recovery After BOTOX® Cosmetic

Some patients may experience mild bruising at the injection sites, but in general, BOTOX® does not require any downtime or recovery period.

Common side effects after BOTOX® include redness, tenderness, bruising, and swelling. Most patients find these resolve within a few days. Minimal care is necessary after your treatment, and our team will provide detailed recovery instructions during your visit.

Am I a Good Candidate for BOTOX® in Chicago?

BOTOX® is one of the top cosmetic treatments in the U.S. Its exceptional safety record and versatility make this treatment an ideal option for men and women throughout the Chicago area.

You may be a good candidate for BOTOX® if you have expression lines and wrinkles and want to refresh your skin’s appearance.

Before-and-After Pictures of BOTOX® at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa

Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is proud to illustrate our exquisite BOTOX® results; remember, these are real patients with real results.

Frequently Asked Questions About Chicago BOTOX®


How do I find a top provider for BOTOX® near me?

We recommend choosing a highly experienced provider for your BOTOX® treatment. If you live in the Chicago area, Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is a top choice. We are one of the leading practices for BOTOX® injections in the U.S.

How much does BOTOX® cost in Chicago?

Your treatment cost will depend on the number of trouble spots we’re addressing and the amount of BOTOX® needed to achieve your desired results. We’ll provide a detailed estimate before your procedure. Since BOTOX® is non-surgical, this procedure is generally a more affordable option for rejuvenating when compared to options like a facelift or brow lift.

How long do BOTOX® results last?

Most of our patients enjoy their younger, refreshed look for three to six months before they need to return for a touch-up treatment.

What areas of the face does BOTOX® treat?

BOTOX® addresses expression lines and wrinkles like brow furrows and crow’s feet. We commonly use this medication to relax wrinkles on the brows and around the eye area.

Call Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, Vernon Hills, at 847-367-8815 for more information on BOTOX® Cosmetic, or click here to email us. Serving Libertyville, Gurnee, Mundelein, and all surrounding areas.

4 Steps to Glowing Holiday Skin

The holiday season brings with it joy and excitement, but we all secretly grow increasingly anxious as it approaches. You could be heading back to your hometown to visit with loved ones and old friends, which means seeing many people you haven’t seen in quite a while.

Of course, you want to look your best and to make the most of every photo-op these holidays, so here are four easy steps to get beautiful, glowing skin:

1.     Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

The weather in winter can do a lot of damage to your skin. Moving from the outside cold into your warm home or office can seriously dry out your skin and give you an unattractive, tired look.

Your skin tends to hold more moisture in spring and summer, and although you won’t need as much protection from the sun in winter, make sure your skin is always adequately hydrated. Avoid a greasy look by using a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer—even better, one with an SPF of at least 15, which blocks 94% of the sun’s UVB rays.

2.     Exfoliate Weekly

Harsh winter weather can damage your skin, giving it a weathered appearance. Exfoliating is an essential step in your process of getting glowing holiday-ready skin. Make time to buff away dead skin and unblock pores with a gentle exfoliating cleanser. Adding exfoliation into your weekly beauty routine will reveal the vibrant skin underneath.

Should you have extra dry and rough skin, exfoliating 2—3 times a week could be the perfect remedy, leaving you with soft and glowing holiday skin.

3.     Skip the Hot Shower

You might love those long, hot showers on a cold winter’s eve, but unfortunately, this could be stripping your skin of its natural oils, leaving you with dry and uneven skin. To help get that glowing holiday skin, skip the long shower and shorten it with a warm or even cool shower if you can tolerate it. Cold water will improve circulation and leave your hair looking shiny and healthy too.

Incorporate this simple switch into your beauty regime, and before you know it, you will have holiday-ready glowing skin and improved vitality.

4.     How About a Spa Treatment?

At Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, we offer a range of non-invasive spa treatments that involve little or no recovery and will ensure you impress everyone you see this over the holidays. Here are just a few of our services:

  • Injectables
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Sculpting and Tightening Treatments

It only takes a few steps to get your skin into the holiday spirit and ready for all the celebrations. Give yourself the gift of healthy glowing skin this holiday season and impress your friends and family with how young and vibrant you look!

Contact Us For More Info.

To learn all about getting that glowing skin for the holidays, for skin rejuvenation, or advice about our other cosmetic surgery options, contact us online to schedule a free cosmetic consultation or call us on (847) 367-8815. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have or help you book a consultation.

Caring for Your Skin Beneath Your Face Mask

Those of us who have worked in healthcare and surgical environments are familiar with the types of irritation and outbreaks that face masks can cause. However, we know that many people are wearing masks for the first time.

That’s why we thought we’d get our heads together at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa to share some of our top tips for better skin care and to help you heal beneath your face mask.

Make Sure Your Mask Fits Properly

The pain and visible irritation from wearing a face mask are mostly caused by friction and debris. One of the simplest ways to guard yourself against the friction you experience while wearing a mask throughout your day is to make sure it fits correctly. This will help you avoid bruised, discolored, irritated skin around the bridge of the nose, sides of your mouth, and chin. There are even some handy devices you can get for yourself to make sure your mask is tight, but not too tight. These “sizers” are also great for kids who often have problems with their face masks shifting.

Stay Hydrated

One reason why you see hyaluronic acid as an ingredient in skin care products and soft- tissue fillers is because of its ability to draw in and retain moisture. HA’s hydrating effects keep the skin looking refreshed and healthy naturally. There are a million reasons to make sure you’re drinking more water throughout the day. If you experience skin irritation from wearing a face mask, consider it a physical reminder to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.

Wash Your Face at Least Twice Daily

Johns Hopkins recommends using a mild soap and water to wash your face twice daily to avoid breakouts—the consequence of wearing a face mask they’ve cleverly labeled “maskne.” They also recommend avoiding scented or antibacterial soaps when washing your face.

Seek Professional In-Office Skin Care Services

If you’ve been experiencing irritation and damage from wearing your mask, you can also consider turning to a medical spa to seek out professional skincare treatments from the experts. A good medical spa will offer a wide range of all the technology and treatments available on a per treatment basis, or as part of an entire skin rejuvenation treatment plan. These types of treatment plans are unique to you and designed to treat you conservatively. We focus on the services you actually need to regain your healthy, youthful-looking skin.

At our practice, we offer many minimally-invasive skincare treatments that require minimal downtime. We also ensure our patients get more out of the investment and time they’re putting into a skin rejuvenation by providing practical information they can use in their home care routine. Professional skincare services are a great way to quit wasting money on products that aren’t quite calibrated to your skin conditions.

Interested in a professional skin care consultation to heal from COVID-19 mask damage or to address other concerns? Please contact our team of skin care experts and board-certified plastic surgeons at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL by calling (847) 367-8815. You can also contact us for more information or general inquires through our website.

How to Get Rid of Acne Scars

Have you gone through a severe case of acne that left you with unsightly scars? Even long after the pimples cleared up and the redness and irritation disappeared, sometimes, unwanted reminders linger.

Acne scars are an especially challenging problem to treat and affect up to 50 million Americans annually. Usually beginning in puberty, the condition can affect people of all ages, with about 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 having outbreaks of the skin disorder at some point. And although many will see their acne go away by the time they reach their 30s, for others, acne persists into their 40s and 50s.

What Causes Acne Breakouts?

Acne results from inflammation of skin glands and tiny, narrow canals in the skin called hair follicles. Characteristics include pimples and other lesions on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders. While usually not a serious health condition, it can cause significant emotional distress and permanent scarring of skin tissue.

What’s the Best Way to Treat My Acne Scars?

Taking a multi-faceted approach where you include our team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa will pay off, resulting in shorter, less severe breakouts as well as the treatment of any acne scarring you might already have.

In this article, we’ll cover a small selection of available options from our expert team of plastic surgeons and fully trained medical spa staff. During your consultation, you’ll be able to discuss all your options, resulting in the perfect solution fully customized for you.

LaViv’s Natural Collagen Supplementation

Modern advancements in the field of skin rejuvenation have enabled physicians to treat patients with new technologies, producing more permanent results. LaViv has developed a process that uses your skin cells, naturally restoring your skin to its original youthfulness.

With LaViv’s Natural Collagen Supplementation, it is now possible to use your skin cells to activate your collagen development. This process naturally and subtly treats the dermal defects of the skin caused by acne scars and wrinkles, thinning lips, and other conditions such as chickenpox.

Chemical Peels

Used to even out the skin’s texture and discolorations, a chemical peel exfoliates the skin, resulting in the dead skin cells shedding more efficiently, and leading to a rejuvenated, glowing complexion. The process helps prevent pores from clogging with dead skin and oil, resulting in significantly reduced breakouts of acne.


In your struggle with deep acne scars, you might have heard about microneedling. During your consultation with the team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa, you will learn how microneedling can help improve the appearance of your acne scars. This exciting new skincare innovation promotes the growth of new collagen in your skin, encouraging your skin to heal itself, and reducing the appearance of ice pick, boxcar, and rolling acne scars.

Acne Scar Treatment in the Chicagoland Area

To learn more about your acne scar treatment options and our approach to using microneedling, chemical peels, or any other medical spa treatments, contact Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL, at 847-367-8815. Arrange a free consultation, where we will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the products and procedures we offer.

Skincare While Pregnant: What’s Safe for Your Face and Body

From stretch marks and itchiness to acne and rashes, your skin will go through as many changes during your pregnancy as the baby growing inside you! 

Most pregnant women understand that what they eat and drink, as well as the medicines they take during pregnancy may have a profound effect on their health and their baby. However, many don’t realize that what they put onto their skin can be just as significant.

You probably already have a daily routine that involves facial moisturizers, body lotions, shampoos, and conditioners, as well as deodorants and perfumes. Many of these products pass through your skin and are absorbed into your body, making it vital to understand which skincare products are safe to use when you are pregnant.

While many of the skincare products we use regularly are safe, you should be aware that some could be of concern to your developing baby. Even when you are nursing, you need to remain vigilant and avoid anything that could harm your little one until you have finished breastfeeding. 

Here, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions that many pregnant women have about skincare.

What Ingredients Should I Avoid?

There are several common ingredients you should exclude from your skincare routine while you’re pregnant. The following can be harmful to your developing fetus: Retin-A, salicylic acid, retinyl palmitate, hydroquinone, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, chemical peels with salicylic acid, BOTOX®, as well as laser treatments.

How Can I Treat Acne Breakouts?

During pregnancy, you need to avoid retinoids, vitamin A derivatives, and other products that can potentially harm your developing baby. Instead, look for products containing lactic acid or glycolic acid.

Can I Get a Facial While Pregnant?

A salon facial can be a fantastic treat when you’re dealing with skin issues that need some extra care. But before you make that appointment, make sure you know which treatments are pregnancy-safe!

Skin peels containing glycolic or beta-hydroxy acids (such as salicylic acid) are not safe while you are still pregnant, but are an excellent choice afterward. Instead, ask for a pregnancy-safe facial from the team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL.

Is Mineral Makeup Safe?

While most conventional makeup products, such as powders, foundations, mascaras, and eyeliners, are safe to use during pregnancy, mineral makeup is a good alternative, especially when your skin may react unexpectedly to fragrances or preservatives.

Mineral makeup also contains zinc and titanium, which together act as a natural SPF to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

What Kind of Moisturizer Should I Use?

It’s best to use moisturizers with ingredients such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, or shea butter.

Is Spray Tan or a Self-Tanner Safe to Use When Pregnant?

The active ingredient in DIY self-tanners and professional spray tans is dihydroxyacetone (DHA), the long-term effects of which have yet to be tested. So, it’s best to avoid them—and the potential side effects to you and your developing baby.

Can I Use Sunscreen?

Being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t hit the beach but remember to wear sunscreen. As an extra precaution, look for products that use titanium dioxide and zinc oxide—physical sunblocks that don’t penetrate the skin.

Can I Use Cellulite Creams While Pregnant?

Because these creams contain retinol, DMAE, and caffeine, we suggest that pregnant women stay away from them. Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is known to cause severe congenital disabilities, and as a stimulant, caffeine, should only be consumed in limited amounts during pregnancy.

When Should You Treat Pregnancy Stretch Marks?

Most doctors believe that those red, purple, blue, and brown stretch marks are largely hereditary and that most topical preparations won’t prevent them from occurring. However, if you are determined to try something, glycolic acid creams or those containing green tea are the most effective.

Is It Safe to Use Hair Removers?

Cream or gel depilatories (hair removing products) are generally considered safe. However, some women’s skin becomes extra sensitive during pregnancy, and there may be a slightly increased risk of allergy. We also offer laser hair removal services, though you’ll have to wait until your baby is here to enjoy their benefits. 

How Do I Treat Pregnancy Belly Itches?

Part of the problem causing annoying belly itches are hormones and stretching skin.

The most common belly itch is due to a hive-type reaction known as PUPPP—Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy, which commonly begins in the third trimester. First noticed near the belly button, it can quickly fan out over a wide area, including the breasts, thighs, and buttocks.

While PUPPP isn’t dangerous, it often resolves itself soon after the delivery of the baby. Before that happens, however, it can be most uncomfortable. Prescription-strength steroid creams can help as can a cloth dipped in some warm milk and applied it to the skin.

Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa Services

Should you need help in taking care of your skincare needs while pregnant, or if you want to learn more about cosmetic surgery, our medspa, or any of our other fantastic services, please contact us or call (847) 367-8815 and schedule an appointment.

Types of Scars and Their Treatments

As we progress through life, we all have encounters and experiences that injure our skin, leaving behind blemishes and scars. Any burn, injury, surgery, or other trauma can cause lasting marks, some of which can be severe. How your skin develops scars depends on multiple factors: the depth and size of the wound, your heredity, your age, and even your ethnicity and gender. 

Since scar tissue is more fragile than normal skin tissue, it is more vulnerable to damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Other characteristics are that sweat glands and hair follicles do not grow back after the wound heals.

If you find scarring is affecting your self-confidence and quality of life, you can learn more about the scar revision techniques offered by Dr. Daniel Ritacca and his team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL, by contacting him online

What Causes Scars?

When an injury damages the layer of connective tissue below the epidermis, your body closes the wound with fibrous bands of collagen. These fibrous bands are different from normal skin in that they have a different texture and are stronger than the skin around them. 

The difference in appearance between these two types of skin may be minimal, as many scars gradually fade with time. They may smooth out or become pale and easy to conceal with cosmetics. However, scars that are discolored, raised, pitted, or even sunken may be challenging to hide and become a source of embarrassment.

Raised scars, also known as keloid or hypertrophic scars, can form when the body produces too much collagen during the healing process. Pitted scars can result from a loss of sub-dermal muscle tissue or fat due to injury.

Superficial scars often disappear on their own with the normal shedding and regrowth of the dermis. However, when a scar extends into the dermis, normal cellular renewal may not reach its deeper layers; this is where scar revision therapies can play a role in rejuvenating severely damaged skin.

What Are the Different Types of Scars?

Scar tissue consists of collagen, which is the same tissue found in normal skin. However, it typically differs in appearance from healthy skin because the scar tissue collagen fibers form into a “cross-stitch” pattern, whereas normal collagen has more of a woven pattern.

Despite the typical characteristics of scars, they also take on different forms, each requiring specialized treatment techniques.

  • Hypertrophic scars: These result from the body producing too much collagen in the form of red bumps in the scarred area. They typically form in shape and size a month or two after the wound has healed.
  • Contracture scars: Often associated with burned skin, these scars tighten the skin, which can impair a person’s ability to move. These scars may also extend deeper, even affecting muscles and nerves.
  • Atrophic scars: Making the skin appear sunken, this type of scar is generally the result of losing muscle or fat from an area of the body, causing the skin to sink. Acne scarring, burns, or surgical scars are examples of these.
  • Keloid scars: A type of hypertrophic scar, not always forming as a result of a wound, these not only show as red bumps on the skin. They can extend beyond the original wound site and do not diminish in size over time. 
  • Acne scars: Almost type of acne can leave behind scars that vary in depth.
  • Stretch marks: Caused by rapid weight gain or loss, which could be the result of pregnancy or growth spurts, these stretch marks are more of a cosmetic concern than a medical one.

If you are uncomfortable with a scar or have any concerns about treatment with a cosmetic scar revision, Dr. Daniel Ritacca would be happy to answer any questions you might have. You can contact him at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa.

Can I Prevent Scars?

Not every wound will form a scar, especially if it is only a simple knee scrape or a scratch. However, a deeper wound, especially one that takes longer to heal, will be more likely to form scar tissue. As a general rule, the longer it takes your skin to heal, the more likely it is to develop a scar at the site of an injury. 

After an injury or surgical procedure, the correct treatment of the wound is vital in preventing the formation of raised, darkened, uneven scar tissue. After sustaining a deep wound, you should seek immediate medical attention to make sure a doctor can treat the injury, closing it with stitches as necessary. Scar prevention measures are most effective when a wound is still fresh.

During cosmetic surgery such as that performed by Dr. Ritacca, small incisions, laser, and endoscopic surgical methods minimize the risk of scarring. In the unlikely event that scarring does occur, scar revision treatment is available to rejuvenate the skin and restore a smooth, unblemished surface.

What Are the Best Ways to Treat Scars?

You can consider a variety of options for addressing unwanted scars, some of which might be more effective.

  • Over-the-counter solutions: Typically, these are topical creams, ointments, or gels, some of which might be available through a prescription. They may reduce scars caused by burns, surgical incisions or other injuries and wounds. Treatment options could include corticosteroids or antihistamine creams if your scars are sensitive and cause itching. Pressure dressings or silicone gel sheeting can prevent acne scars and to treat existing ones.
  • Surgery: Many options exist in this category, and these include skin grafts and scar removal surgery. 
  • Injections: In cases involving protruding scars such as hypertrophic scars or keloids, steroid injections can flatten the scars. These injections can be a stand-alone treatment or in combination with other therapies.
  • Laser surgery: During laser scar revision, Dr. Ritacca uses light energy to treat the fibrous bands of collagen and to stimulate the healing of the scar within the dermis. This treatment encourages the skin to start regenerating. In the weeks that follow treatment, healthy skin cells gradually replace damaged cells, and the distribution of collagen evens out. The pro-fractional laser Dr. Ritacca uses is a specialized medical laser for cosmetic purposes, including scar revision.
  • Exfoliation, chemical peels, or dermabrasion: Removal of the scarred layer of skin can often lighten the appearance of a scar. However, during your consultation with Dr. Ritacca, you’ll be able to discuss whether this type of procedure can help you.
  • Fillers: While not permanent, fillers can introduce normal collagen into an atrophic scar. You may need to repeat the procedure every few months to maintain your desired results.

For your cosmetic scar revision, Dr. Daniel Ritacca can help you improve your confidence and quality of life. To learn more about the outstanding scar revision techniques he offers, contact him at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa, in Vernon Hills, IL, or by calling  (847) 367-8815 to arrange a free consultation. He’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about scar treatment.

In-Office Procedures to up Your Skin Care Routine

You already know a good skin care routine is essential if you want to preserve younger-looking skin. But sometimes, you need to step up your game for even more dramatic anti-aging benefits. If your at-home regimen isn’t getting the job done the way it used to, you may be looking for ways to take things to the next level. 

At Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, we offer a wide variety of in-office options to help meet any skin care goal. Here are a few highlights from our extensive menu. 

Hydrafacial MD®

Go beyond the typical facial experience with Hydrafacial MD, a four-step process that leaves skin intensely cleansed, moisturized, and radiant. During your Hydrafacial, you will experience exfoliation and gentle extraction of surface impurities from your skin, while providing your skin with the essential hydration and nutrients it needs for a healthy glow. This unique treatment can address a variety of skin conditions, including acne, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage.

Injectable Treatments

There’s an excellent reason you have heard about injectables and fillers virtually everywhere for the past few years. These products have become many people’s secret weapon for minimizing wrinkles and fine lines and fighting back against volume loss, with zero need for sutures, scars, or recovery time. 

In an hour or less, injectables can have you looking naturally refreshed, providing long-lasting results. These options include the following.

  • BOTOX®® and Dysport®: These neuromodulators derive from a purified version of botulinum toxin, giving them the unique ability to stop wrinkles in their tracks. By blocking the chemical signals that cause muscles to contract, they relax existing wrinkles and prevent new ones from becoming a problem. BOTOX® and Dysport are ideal for lines like crow’s feet, forehead furrows, and the dreaded “eleven lines” between the eyebrows.
  • Juvéderm®®: Juvéderm® is a family of products that comes in formulations of various thicknesses, which are ideal for different treatment depths. These are excellent for minimizing wrinkles, as well as volumizing areas like the lips and mid-face.
  • Restylane®®: Like Juvéderm®, Restylane® is a hyaluronic acid-based filler that is available in different formulas. Since hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring compound in the human body, the side effects are minimal, and you can enjoy the effects of dramatically improved moisture and a noticeably smoother skin texture for months to come.    

Laser Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing can address a broad variety of complaints, including discoloration, sun damage, and freckles, while simultaneously encouraging the skin’s natural collagen production to create continued results after your treatment session. We recommend the South Beach Peel™, which combines the benefits of broadband laser light with a peel that targets the top layers of skin. 

Only one laser resurfacing session with the South Beach Peel provides outstanding results for the face, neck, décolletage, and hands. However, a series of in-office treatments can provide even more remarkable results. 


Microneedling is an innovative treatment that reduces wrinkles, stretch marks, and hyperpigmentation while improving the texture of the skin. The procedure relies on a unique device called the DermaPen®, which uses fine needles to create minuscule puncture wounds in the surface of the skin. 

As part of its natural healing response, your body will generate new collagen and elastin. Your result will be firmer, healthier, smoother skin with fewer wrinkles and a more even tone. As a bonus, your topical products will penetrate your skin better after getting microneedling, making them more effective.


If you’re looking for a way to reverse common effects of aging, but aren’t quite ready to commit to a surgical procedure such as a facelift, Ultherapy might be an ideal way to bring your skin care to new heights. It is a gentle, in-office technique that uses low levels of ultrasound energy to create new collagen in the face, neck, and décolletage. 

One treatment takes between 45 and 90 minutes, and you will begin to see gradual results developing over the next several months as your skin tightens in response to the new collagen growth. Many of our patients report a marked improvement in the firmness of their skin, as well as a reduction in trouble spots such as jowls and nasolabial folds. 

Reveal Your Best Skin Ever

If you are ready to learn more about minimally invasive procedures to boost your skin care routine, contact us anytime. We are proud to be a leading provider of aesthetic medicine in Vernon Hills, IL, offering a range of cutting-edge services in our well-appointed office.  

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.

Skincare Habits to Adopt in the New Year for a Glowing 2019

Adopting better habits can be hard, but changing how you look after your skin has never been easier. Over the last decade, a number of cosmetic treatments have been developed to treat acne, sun damage, and the signs of aging—without discomfort or downtime. We also know more about how the skin works than ever before, so we can develop targeted, effective skincare habits. For radiant skin throughout 2019, check out the tips below:

Three Essential Skincare Tips for 2019

1. Diet Matters

When it comes to cultivating glowing skin, what you put into your body matters as much as the external treatments you choose. Though it’s a myth that specific foods (like chocolate) cause breakouts, research has shown that eating a diet high in processed foods and low in essential nutrients degrades overall skin health. A bad diet increases inflammation, which can in turn worsen acne. Likewise, when the skin is deprived of vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids, it can’t repair itself as effectively. This allows UV damage and environmental stress to accumulate, causing premature aging. To keep your glow gorgeous, eat a diet rich in whole foods, especially plant-based whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

2. Professional Exfoliation is a Must

We now know that exfoliating at home can, unfortunately, do more harm than good. Home-based exfoliation techniques, like scrubbing with abrasive crystals or cloths, can create tiny tears in the skin, allowing acne-causing bacteria to do more damage. These methods also tend to dry out the skin, without replenishing vital oils and nutrients. To really get the full benefits of exfoliation, you’ll need to try a professional treatment like the HydraFacial. The HydraFacial system uses hydrating serums and a special vortex extraction system to vacuum away dead skin cells without damaging the skin. Then, a series of nourishing serums are applied to the skin. These serums contain a number of antioxidants designed to help the skin repair itself and resist the effects of UV radiation and environmental toxins.

3. Schedule Regular Laser Treatments

Laser skin rejuvenation treatments, like the BBL laser, use targeted pulses of light to painlessly dissolve skin cells. The laser essentially “peels away” the uppermost layer of the skin—much like a chemical peel does, but without the same potential for flaking, redness, or discomfort. Over a series of treatments, this process gradually smooths out lines and wrinkles while fading sun spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation.
Laser skin treatments also stimulate the production of collagen, a protein that’s necessary to build strong, healthy skin cells. Because declining collagen levels are to blame for many of the visible signs of aging, having laser treatments repeated each year can potentially delay the need for facelift surgery.

With winter in full swing, many of us are experiencing a range of skin woes, from dryness and dullness to acne (and everything in between). If you’re ready to take charge of your skin health, let us help you make 2019 a glowing year. Contact us today to arrange a consultation with our team of certified skincare experts.

HydraFacial is the Reset Your Skin Needs for Back to School

Problem skin often happens when we least expect it—like right in time for your first week back at school. There’s a reason for this though: Whether you’re prone to breakouts or dryness, summer heat and sun exposure can wreak havoc on your skin. By the time September rolls around, it’s had enough.

Unless you find a way to soothe your skin, you might be in for a bumpy ride of pimples, redness, enlarged pores, and irritation. This is why we frequently recommend the Hydrafacial system to our younger patients: If you have this treatment before the school year starts, you can heal and refresh your skin, preparing it to cope with late nights and stress.

Why Summertime Stresses Your Skin

Most of us blame dry winter air for our skincare struggles, but summer conditions are ultimately a lot more punishing. There’s UV damage from sun exposure, of course, which is hard to completely avoid even with the right precautions. Summer activities take a toll on our skin, too. Long days spent out in the hot sun cause us to sweat more than normal, and this sweat frequently mixes with oil, makeup, and dead skin cells. The resulting liquid clogs our pores, making us more prone to breakouts. Furthermore, when sweat (or water) evaporates, it takes some of the skin’s natural moisture with it. Together, these factors lead to the development of “combination skin” that’s both oily and dry. Treating combination skin with over the counter topical products can easily worsen either dryness or oiliness, depending on the products you’re using.

How a Hydrafacial Can Help

The Hydrafacial system creates noticeable results quickly while still being gentle enough for use on sensitive skin. Unlike other leading skin rejuvenation treatments, it won’t make your skin red or flaky while you recover. Most patients only experience a subtle rosy glow after having a Hydrafacial. It usually fades away after a few hours, revealing refreshed, radiant skin. Still, like more invasive procedures, the Hydrafacial is capable of treating a wide range of stubborn skin problems. It reduces the frequency and severity of acne breakouts, shrinks enlarged pores, and minimizes the appearance of acne scars. Likewise, those with dry skin notice that after having a Hydrafacial, their skin is smooth and hydrated. In mature patients, this procedure is often used to reverse the visible signs of aging.

The Hydrafacial system achieves this versatility by employing a unique multi-step approach to skincare: Every Hydrafacial starts with a form of deep exfoliation called “Vortex Extraction.” During this phase of treatment, a solution containing mild organic acids is used to dissolve excess oil, dead skin cells, and other pore-clogging debris. This debris is then sucked away with the aid of a powerful vacuum tool. Once the skin has been adequately prepared, another serum—this one containing powerful acne-fighting compounds, like salicylic acid—is applied to the skin. This serum eradicates acne-causing bacteria, penetrates into hair follicles to dislodge stubborn debris, and gently abrades the uppermost layer of the skin. This abrasion stimulates the production of a healing compound called collagen, while also removing blemishes and superficial scar tissue.

To encourage optimal healing, nourishing serums are worked deep into the skin during the final stages of Hydrafacial treatment. These serums contain a number of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant phenols—Everything your skin needs to bounce back, stronger and more lustrous than before.

Hydrafacial treatment doesn’t have side-effects, and it can be repeated at regular intervals to ensure consistent results. To learn more about how this treatment can refresh your skin, contact the skincare experts at Ritacca to arrange a consultation.