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 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


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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.



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.



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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.

Achieve the Elusive Thigh Gap

Having lean thighs is an ideal feminine body goal for many women. The thigh gap is the sought out look of having space between the inner thighs while standing with knees touching. The thigh gap has been very popular in social media and in Hollywood over the years but isn’t the easiest to achieve. Unfortunately many us were not blessed with the anatomy of a runway model and even those of us in great shape may struggle trying to achieve a thigh gap. Being in good shape is important for overall health, but trying to achieve a thigh gap by extreme diet and exercise can be harmful or even lead to an eating disorder. There are treatments available that can help contour and reduce fat in the inner thigh when healthy diet and exercise isn’t enough.


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Coolsculpting by Zeltiq is a popular and efficacious non surgical permanent fat reduction treatment. Coolsculpting is tried and true. It has been performed for over 10 years and over 2 million treatments have been performed worldwide. The treatment uses a cooling technology called cryolipolysis. The fat cells are frozen, broken down, and are then flushed out using the body’s own natural processes. The treatment only takes about 45 minutes on each side. An applicator with suction is placed over the inner thigh bulge and patients comfortably watch TV or nap while a cooling system non-invasively freezes their fat cells. There is no downtime and patients can return to their normal activities immediately after treatment. Some patients see results as early as 1 month but it can take 3-4 months to see optimal results which are typically around a 25% reduction in fat cells.


BodyFX uses a combination of advanced radiofrequency, deep tissue heating and suction coupled negative pressure. The radio-frequency energy distributes heat to the skin and underlying fat, causing the tissues to heat and contract. The vacuum and controlled energy pulses then work synergistically to provide beautiful body contouring results. BodyFX also uses short bursts of energy to dissolve targeted fat cells. The treatments are comfortable, non invasive, and there is no downtime. They are typically performed in a series of 6 to 8 treatments spaced 1 week apart. BodyFX contours, tightens, smooths, improves cellulite, and reduces fat. This is an excellent option for those concerned with loose skin and cellulite.


Liposuction is the gold standard method of fat reduction. Liposuction offers fast and dramatic results. For an area like inner thighs the procedure may be able to be performed under local anesthesia. The liposuction procedure is performed by the area being numbed with tumescent anesthesia by our board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Leonard Lu. He then uses a small cannula that is inserted through a very small inconspicuous incision and then fat cells are broken up and removed. The recovery is minimal and patients may experience bruising or swelling after treatment. Dr. Leonard Lu has extensive experience in performing liposuction over the past 9 years.

How to Achieve the Thigh Gap in North Chicago

Coolsculpting, BodyFX, and Liposuction are all permanent fat reduction treatments that may be perfect for those looking to reduce inner thigh fat to achieve the elusive thigh gap. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen are also important for long term results.

Call us to schedule your complimentary consultation today (847)367-8815.

Non Surgical Liposuction Alternatives: BodyFX vs CoolSculpting

Whether it’s a desire for flatter abs, contoured hips, or smaller thighs unwanted fat is a common concern of many. Fat can be stubborn and not always respond to diet and exercise. The good news it there are many non surgical liposuction methods available. The difficulty as a consumer with multiple treatments on the market is picking the one that will provide the best results. There are two non surgical liposuction alternatives on the market that are commonly researched by consumers and offered here at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa: CoolSculpting and BodyFX.

Comparing BodyFX vs CoolSculpting Non Surgical Liposuction Treatments


Freeze the Fat Away with CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a non surgical liposuction alternative treatment that works by a cooling system permanently eliminating the fat cells. A suctioning applicator is placed precisely over the area of treatment and over the course of an hour the fat cells freeze. The frozen fat cells then naturally shatter and are naturally flushed out through the lymphatic system. Patients often experience numbness to the area after treatment but there is no downtime and they are able to return to normal activities. Results can be seen in as little as a few weeks or take up to twelve weeks. A single treatment typically eliminates at least twenty five percent of fat cells in the area treated. CoolSculpting has been around for about ten years and over two million treatments in the USA have been performed.

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Radio-frequency Fat Reduction with BodyFX

BodyFX treatment also eliminates unwanted fat cells for good by using gold standard RF technology which is a heat method instead of cooling. A vacuum is precisely and manually maneuvered over the area of unwanted fat and patients feel a warm massaging sensation. Short bursts of high voltage energy disrupt the wall of the fat cell resulting in their eventual death and natural removal through the lymphatic system. BodyFX is also non invasive with no downtime. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately. BodyFX is done in a series of eight treatments spaced approximately one to two weeks apart and results can typically start being seen after a few treatments.

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Which Non Surgical Liposuction Alternative is Right for Me?

Both treatments have positive patient feedback and are clinically shown methods for fat reduction. BodyFX may be better suited for those who have laxity or treating an area with cellulite since the heat method that is BodyFX also tightens. BodyFX also may be better suited for circumferential areas. CoolSculpting may be better suited for those wanting to do a single treatment to target a stubborn area of fat versus committing to a series. Both BodyFX and CoolSculpting can treat common areas of unwanted fat such as abdomen, love handles, thighs, back, and arms. CoolSculpting also has a new indication for submental fullness also known as double chin.

Both treatments are comparable in pricing and offer patients fat reduction with no surgery or downtime. In a complimentary consultation an experienced patient coordinator will help decide with you which method would be ideal for you based on your surgical history, goals, and individualized anatomical concerns.

Complimentary consultations can be scheduled in our medical spa located in the North Chicago suburb of Vernon Hills at (847)367-8815.

Cellulite Reduction: Destroying Those Dreaded Dimples

According to an article in Scientific American, 90% of women and 10% of men are affected by cellulite, the appearance of dimpling and fat pockets that can be found along the knees, thighs and butt region.  It is sometimes referred to as a cottage cheese or orange peel syndrome. Cellulite is thought to be caused by a number of factors such as diet, genetics, hormones, and lifestyle factors such as lack of physical activity and tight clothing that constrict circulation.

Many of us dread bathing suit season and have tried endless home remedies, creams, and treatments to improve the appearance of cellulite.  This article takes a look into treatments that are offered and how well they hold up against one another.

How to Get Rid of Cellulite:  What works and what doesn’t?



Some cellulite treatments are based on massage targeted to increase blood flow and promote lymphatic flow. There are a number of handheld cellulite massaging devices and rollers available at most major beauty stores.  According to the Mayo Clinic, the results may offer some improvement but the results are typically short lived.


Cellulite Cream

There are countless numbers of creams on the market containing different herbs, vitamins, and ingredients that are said to reduce cellulite. Creams that contain caffeine may produce a temporary tightening effect and some that contain vitamin A may help thicken the outer layer of skin over time. According to Web MD, there is no scientific evidence that creams are effective and pose a risk for skin reactions and a danger to people with circulatory problems.


Lasers and Radiofrequency systems

Body FX delivers radiofrequency energy at deep and superficial levels in conjunction with a vacuum system to treat the fibrous attachments that cause cellulite. This treatment is non-invasive and has no downtime. Typically a series of treatments is required and with this method results may last up to 6 months.

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This new minimally invasive procedure is clinically shown and FDA cleared to treat and keep away cellulite for 2 years.  This single outpatient procedure offers minimal downtime and is performed in about an hour by a physician.  Cellfina treats the structural cause of cellulite, the bands woven throughout the fat.  The bands are injected with a numbing agent then treated providing results in as little as 3 days. In Cellfina’s clinical trials the procedure had a 96% patient satisfaction rate at 2 years.

The Mayo Clinic, Web MD, and Medical News today all commonly reported that eating a healthy and balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising regularly are important in the prevention of cellulite. Medical News Today also suggested wearing looser fitting undergarments that do not constrict circulation for prevention.

                         cellfina before and after cellulite reduction


At Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills, we offer the most innovative and efficacious treatments available to our patients for cosmetic enhancements and aesthetic rejuvenation. The latest technology provides the best results, and we’re dedicated to providing these results to you. If you are interested in Cellfina or BodyFX for cellulite reduction, we invite you to join us for a complimentary consultation in our medical spa serving the greater Chicago area.  We can’t wait to meet you!