Vectra 3D Imaging for Realistic Plastic Surgery Expectations

Developing realistic expectations is one of the most important parts of preparing for plastic surgery. Everyone’s face and body are different, so you cannot expect to achieve exactly the same results as someone else, regardless of how skilled your surgeon is. Your surgeon must still work within the limits of your bone structure and body type. Understanding this, and communicating effectively with your surgeon, is one of the best ways to ensure a satisfactory outcome and avoid the need for revision surgery.

In the past, relying on verbal communication made the process of developing realistic expectations inefficient. Visualizing exactly how you’ll look based on words alone is challenging, no matter how many “before and after” photos you look at. This is why Vectra 3D is so helpful for many of our patients: Vectra 3D utilizes the power of computer-generated imagery to show patients exactly what they’ll look like after having the procedure (or procedures) of their choice.

What is Vectra 3D Imaging?

Vectra 3D Imaging is a computer software program that’s capable of generating 3D models of individual patients. These models can be quickly and easily modified to reflect the results of various surgical procedures. This allows patients to accurately match their expectations with reality before they enter the operating room. Furthermore, it facilitates excellent doctor-patient communication: Once patients see their projected results, they can ask their surgeon to make adjustments to better reflect their wishes.

Every Vectra 3D Imaging session starts with a comprehensive full-body scan. Six high-definition cameras are placed around the patient so that they can capture his or her face and body from every angle. Then, the Vectra 3D program stitches these images together to create an accurate three-dimensional model of the patient. This model can be rotated freely in order to provide a complete picture of the changes the patient can expect after surgery. The program also automatically generates two models, one depicting the patient’s current appearance and one showing the projected alterations, to allow the patient to easily compare both states.

What Procedures Can be Used with Vectra 3D?

Patients having virtually any kind of plastic surgery can benefit from Vectra 3D Imaging. This program is powerful enough to compute the results of even very complex surgical procedures, like tummy tuck surgery.

Vectra 3D Imaging is particularly helpful for patients who plan to have either rhinoplasty or breast augmentation surgery. Rhinoplasty patients are prone to developing unrealistic expectations simply because they’re not aware of the need to work within their existing nasal structure. Breast augmentation patients, on the other hand, are frequently unsure of how implant volume (which is measured in CCs) will translate into real-world cup sizes. Vectra 3D Imaging can eliminate this confusion.

Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is one of the only plastic surgery practices in Illinois to offer Vectra 3D Imaging. If you would like to learn more about how this innovative technology can help you achieve your aesthetic goals, simply contact us to arrange a personal consultation.

Breast Reduction, Breast Lift, Or Both?

While many women desire larger, fuller breasts, this is not universally the case. Natural large breasts are associated with a range of potential problems, such as back pain, sagging of the breast tissue, and poor breast shape (large natural breasts have a tendency to be oblong rather than round). If you have large breasts and are experiencing any of the aforementioned issues, then you may be wondering if a breast lift or reduction is right for you.

During breast reduction surgery, both tissue and skin are removed from the breasts, often with the aid of liposuction. The breasts are made smaller in size and reshaped during this procedure, with the aim of producing rounder, perkier breasts. Sometimes the areolas are also reduced in size and/or repositioned so that they are kept properly in proportion with the new size and shape of the breasts. The end result is smaller, more shapely breasts.

How complex and invasive this procedure will be depends primarily on just how much breast tissue needs to be removed. Breast reduction surgery usually takes between 3-5 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Small reductions can, however, sometimes be done with just local anesthesia.

A breast lift, on the other hand, is not performed with the aim of significantly reducing total breast volume. Instead, it’s recommended to patients who want to retain the overall size of their breasts, but who have issues with sagging caused by loose skin. During a breast lift, excess skin is removed and the nipples and areolas are sometimes repositioned, creating a perky, youthful appearance.

In some cases, patients may require both breast reduction and breast lift surgery. This usually occurs when a large-breasted patient is older, has had multiple pregnancies, or has breast implants that she wants removed. Such patients often have significant stretching of the skin due to the weight of their breasts, so in addition to having breast volume reduced, they also need loose skin removed.

If you’re not sure whether you need a breast lift, a breast reduction, or both, feel free to book a consultation with us at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa. Our knowledgeable, caring staff will be happy to guide you through the process of selecting the right procedure (or procedures) for you.


Juvéderm® Vollure ™ XC

Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is excited to announce that we are among the first in the country to offer Allergan’s newest dermal filler: Juvéderm® Vollure ™ XC. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is a Black Diamond account with Allergan, ranking top 2% in the country by volume.

Juvéderm® Vollure™XC is the first and only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds for up to 18 months. Vollure uses a special technology named Vycross technology also used in other Juvéderm® fillers – Volbella and Voluma. This technology holds the hyaluronic acid together yielding a longer lasting, youthful appearance.

Facial filler has quickly become one of the most sought out non-surgical aesthetic treatments available. Facial filler restores lost volume in the face focusing on the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, cheeks, temples, and lips. Over time, we stop producing collagen and lose fat and bone which gives us a tired, sunken appearance. There are several facial fillers on the market depending upon patient goal and areas to be rejuvenated.

How do we inject Juvéderm® Vollure?

Vollure is injected with a very small needle directly into the wrinkles and folds while a smooth gel fills them in. The treatment only takes about 15 minutes and patients refer to it feeling like a pinch. After having the treatment the injector will go over post care. Common post care can be applying ice for swelling if needed and avoiding makeup to the area for about 12 hours. Bruising and swelling are a possible side effect of fillers and if they occur they typically reside within a week. Optimal treatment results are at 2 weeks with results lasting on average up to a year.

Try Juvéderm® Vollure in Northwest Chicago

Call us today at 847-367-8815 to learn if Juvéderm® Vollure or other facial filler will fit into your anti-aging regime. To view before and after photos of Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa’s patients, click here:

Tattoo Removal FAQ

Tattoos are a trendy and growing form of body art and self-expression. According to a Harris Poll taken a little over a year ago nearly half of Millennials (ages 18-35) and 1/3 of Gen Xers (ages 36-50) have at least one tattoo. Even older generations such as Baby Boomers make up a small percentage of the tattooed poll. However, it is not uncommon for people to change their mind about their body art. As high as ¼ of people who have a tattoo also have tattoo regret. Laser tattoo removal is one of the most popular and efficacious forms of tattoo removal, but often many are apprehensive since they do not know what to expect or are worried about pain or downtime. We wanted to provide some information regarding tattoo removal FAQ we often hear in our Chicago-area tattoo removal clinic. Here is the skinny:

Tattoo Removal FAQ: Most Common Questions & Answers About Tattoo Removal in Chicagoland Area

Technology Matters

There are many tattoo removal devices on the market that claim to be the best of the best. Laser tattoo removal has been around for almost 20 years so of course there have been advances in technology. Many tattoo removal providers still carry older laser systems such as the q-switched for example. While older laser systems do work they use older technology which can result in a higher number of treatments, tattoo resistance and an increased risk of scarring. The latest and gold standard technology available uses picosecond technology. Pico technology lasers use pressure instead of heat and break the ink down more microscopically making it easier for the body to absorb and ultimately eliminate. A good analogy would be that a qswitched laser breaks pigment down to pebble-size particles while a Pico laser breaks ink down to sand size particles.

Wavelengths also play an important role in the tattoo removal process. Certain ink colors respond best to certain wavelengths. Some lasers, even Pico lasers, only carry 1 wavelength, therefore are not designed to treat multi-color tattoos. Dr. Ritacca feels the best laser for tattoo removal is the PiQo4 laser which has 4 picosecond technology wavelengths making it possible to target 96% of ink in as little as 4-6 treatments whereas older laser systems can take as many as 10-15 treatments and still not be able to target certain ink colors.

What To Expect During Your Tattoo Removal Treatment

Many people have misconceptions about what the treatment is like and are scared because they have heard it is painful. While the treatments themselves can be uncomfortable, described as a hot snapping sensation, they are often very quick. While treatment time does vary based on the size and complexity of a tattoo often a small or standard tattoo can be treated in just a couple of minutes or less. Also, there are many things that can be done to help with the discomfort during treatment such as numbing the area prior and using a cooling device on the skin during treatment. Once the treatment is complete ointment is applied and the tattoo is bandaged. Tattoo removal sessions are typically repeated every 6 weeks.

Tattoo Removal After Care

The average healing time for a tattoo after laser tattoo removal is about 5-7 days. Common post care includes cleansing the tattoo, applying ointment, and keeping it bandaged while healing. There is no downtime in the aspect of returning to work and most day to day activities. There may be some activity restrictions based on the location of the tattoo so your provider will provide specific instructions individualized to you.

Get Started with Tattoo Removal in the Chicagoland Area

While there are many different factors that contribute to the speed of removal such as the sharpness of the ink, location of the tattoo, skin tone, and how quickly your body eliminates the ink, tattoo removal can be faster and safer with advanced technology. Dr. Ritacca has been practicing tattoo removal for almost 20 years. Not only is technology important but experience is key. We offer complimentary consultations for laser tattoo removal, pricing starting as low as $75, as well as a tattoo removal guarantee for qualifying tattoos. Do you have more questions that this tattoo removal FAQ didn’t address? Are you ready to get started with tattoo removal in Chicago? Call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation (847)367-8815.

Non-Surgical Kybella® for Double Chin Reduction: Does it Really Work?

Kybella® is an aesthetic treatment from Allergan, the makers of BOTOX® and Juvéderm® indicated for treating submental fat also known as the double chin without surgery. Kybella® for double chin reduction has been featured all over the media and even had Khloe Kardashian as a spokesperson for their live chin up campaign. The idea of having stubborn double chin fat reduced for good with just a few injections sounds too good to be true so does it really work? What is the downtime? Will it cause loose skin? Can Kybella® be used on other areas of the body to reduce fat? Here is the skinny on Kybella®, the treatment taking the aesthetic market by storm. 

What exactly is Kybella® for Double Chin Reduction and does it work?

Kybella® is an FDA-approved injectable drug that is identical to deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown of dietary fat. Once injected into the fat underneath the chin, Kybella® destroys fat cells for good. Kybella® is administered in a series of small injections as an outpatient treatment that takes only about 15 minutes. Often a series of 2-4 treatments are performed for the desired result. Treatments are spaced 6 weeks apart. There have been over 20 clinical trials on Kybella® showing its efficacy. It has been clinically shown to reduce submental fat and improve jawline contour. Kybella® also has a positive 85% rating on RealSelf, which is a website dedicated to physician and patient questions, answers and reviews.

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Will Kybella® cause loose skin?

During clinical trials, Kybella® has been shown to not only reduce fat and improve contour but also tighten the skin. While it is not an alternative to liposuction or a surgical neck or facelift, it has been shown to improve skin elasticity for those with mild to moderate laxity accompanied with submental fat. Having skin tightening as one of the side effects of Kybella® is a major perk – yes, please!

What is the downtime?

The most common downtime associated with Kybella® is a possible bruise or more commonly swelling at the injection site. Swelling typically subsides within about one week after treatment. While there is still downtime associated with Kybella®, it is minimal compared to surgery which may require longer downtime or discomfort.


Can Kybella® be used on other areas of the body?

In short, yes Kybella® has been used off-label to treat other areas of unwanted fat on the body. It is important to have an experienced Kybella® provider discuss the risks and benefits of using Kybella® off-label. There are a variety of other fat reduction treatments for the body available such as the popular Coolsculpting treatment that freezes off fat non-invasively as well as surgical liposuction that may be more effective depending on individual goals and candidacy.

Try Kybella® for Double Chin Reduction in North Chicago

A study performed by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery last year reported that 68% of people were concerned with the extra chin or neck fat. Kybella® is a clinically proven method of reducing unwanted fat and improving contour. If you would like to learn more about Kybella® for double chin reduction, contact us for a complimentary consultation.

Is BOTOX® Safe?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the most popular anti-aging treatments currently on the aesthetic market. BOTOX® was featured in Times Magazine this month and Times stated that in the 28 years BOTOX® has been approved, 12.2 billion doses have been administered. BOTOX® is featured as the drug that is treating everything. It is currently used on and off label for cosmetic use and to treat a variety of medical conditions such as migraines, excessive sweating, depression and even back pain. BOTOX® is one of the most clinically studied medical aesthetic treatments. There are over 400 clinical articles in scientific and medical journals about BOTOX®’s safety and effectiveness as well as clinical trials completed by Allergan, the makers of BOTOX®. However, patients still ask us, “Is BOTOX® safe?” We are here to answer some frequently asked questions about BOTOX® safety and effectiveness.

What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?

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BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine, a purified protein, which is injected into muscles to temporarily improve the look of crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows. It is often used off label for other cosmetic uses to soften forehead lines and more. The treatment is performed with a very fine needle for optimal comfort and only takes a couple of minutes. BOTOX® Cosmetic will take effect over the next 7-14 days after treatment with results lasting on average 3-4 months. When BOTOX® wears off often the area treated often appears more improved then it did prior to starting BOTOX® since the muscles that cause fine lines and wrinkles have been in a relaxed state. For that very reason many people start BOTOX® in their 20’s and 30’s as preventative treatment.

Will it look natural?

Key to having a beautiful and natural result to any procedure including BOTOX® is having an experienced provider. An experienced injector will be able to evaluate their patient to discuss an optimal treatment plan for their specific goals and natural anatomy. BOTOX® is not meant to take away expression, but simply relax the muscles and provide a softer appearance to frown and smile lines. The injectors at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa are national trainers for Allergan, the makers of BOTOX®. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is also in the top 2% of volume in the country for injectables through Allergan.

Is BOTOX® safe?

It is important to discuss your previous and current health history with your physician to make sure you are a good candidate to receive BOTOX® injections. While serious side effects are possible they are rare and side effects are often mild. Most experts agree BOTOX® is safe when used correctly. There has never been a confirmed case of a serious spread of toxin effects from using the indicated dose of BOTOX® for cosmetic treatment. You should ask your physician to review possible risks and side effects with you before your treatment. Post care instructions should also be provided at the time of treatment to ensure optimal results.

Interested in BOTOX® in North Chicago?

If you are concerned with fine lines and wrinkles in between the eyebrows, around the eyes or on the forehead, BOTOX® may be the perfect treatment to address your concerns and prevent wrinkles from becoming deeper. BOTOX® is one of the most clinically studied aesthetic medications in regards to safety and efficacy. Is BOTOX® safe and effective? In regards to a beautiful and natural result, it is important to see an experienced injector to ensure the best possible outcome. We offer complimentary consultations for BOTOX® at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL. Contact us for a BOTOX® consultation today.

How to get Lips on Fleek

Having full pouty lips is desired by many women as they represent both beauty and youth. Voluminous lips are also a common trend in Hollywood and on social media from celebrities to trendy makeup blogs and tutorials. Lips on fleek is a popular hashtag (#LipsonFleek) used on social media meaning lips on point. Yes we all want beautiful lips on point but few women are naturally blessed with Angelina Jolie lips. Fortunately Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills has treatments, tricks and tips to achieve youthful and beautiful lips.

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Lip Plumpers


Our favorite lip plumper is Jane Iredale’s Just Kissed Lip Plumper. It features a blend of spearmint, peppermint and ginger root extracts to stimulate blood flow to the lips causing a subtle temporary plumping effect. Lip plumpers are a great makeup must have to give that little extra boost of self confidence and they most often come in different colors , flavors and offer extra benefits like hydration which we all need this time of year. For an extra boost of hydration we also love Jane Iredale’s Lip Drink which is a balm that offers spf protection and as well as delivers much needed hydration for lips on fleek!

Glytone Eye and Lip Peel

This is one of our favorite anti-aging lip treatments. Aging certainly can affect the lips leaving them feel deflated, thin even displaying fine lines and wrinkles. The brightening eye and lip peel by Glytone is designed with lactic acid and tricholoracetic acid to increase skin firmness and reduces signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles as well as hyperpigmentation. It can even offer a subtle plumping effect!

Juvéderm® Volbella

Our favorite treatment for lip augmentation is Juvéderm® Volbella! Volbella is Allergan’s latest injectable filler for lip enhancement and we were one of the first practices in Illinois to offer it. Allergan is the same company that makes BOTOX® and Juvéderm®.
Hyaluronic acid injectable fillers are one of the most popular and effective treatments for increasing lip volume. With a series of a few injections in a quick appointment lips can appear fuller, smoother, softer and more youthful for up to a year. There are many great injectables on the market commonly used for lip enhancement such as Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Restylane® Silk and Volbella. What makes Volbella unique is its longevity and use of advanced vycross technology that offers a natural result with less swelling post treatment. Volbella also works great at smoothing fine lines around the lips which is a common sign of aging. For those looking to achieve significant volume enhancement we often combine Juvéderm® with Volbella for its extra plumping effects. The injectors at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa are national trainers for Allergan the makers of Volbella and BOTOX®.

Our Top Tip for Lips on Fleek

One of our favorite tips for beautiful lips is to prime them with foundation prior to putting on lipstick for all day color. Anyone woman knows having to touch up makeup throughout the day can be a real pain so we love any tip that helps our lips look fresher with longer lasting color!

Get Lips on Fleek in North Chicago at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa

From lip plumpers to peels to injectables, Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is a one stop spot for lips. We offer a variety of treatments and cosmetic products available to promote healthy, full and youthful lips. Whether its reverse signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation or plumping up the lips we have a treatment, tip or trick for you! Contact us today for your complimentary consultation.



The Best Solutions for a Turkey Neck

There are many factors that can cause unwanted submental fat also known as the double chin as well as loose skin commonly referred to as a turkey neck. Weight gain, weight loss, genetics and the aging process can all play a role in submental fat and loose skin. Often diet and exercise alone are not enough, but the good news is that are a variety or surgical and non surgical treatments available to contour the lower face, reduce fat as well as tighten the skin. Say goodbye to your double chin or turkey neck with these solutions!

Turkey Neck Treatments near Chicago at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills

CoolMini by CoolSculpting for a Double Chin

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.