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.

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.


BOTOX® and BOTOX® Alternatives

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a booming and continuously growing aesthetic treatment. BOTOX® is one of the most clinically studied drugs with treatments having being performed in the USA since 2002 with FDA approval for cosmetic use in 78 countries worldwide. BOTOX® Cosmetic is the most commonly heard of injectable treatment for relaxing muscles that cause facial wrinkles, but there are also two BOTOX® alternatives that act in a similar way to BOTOX®: Dysport and Xeomin®.


Common areas treated with these muscle relaxers are frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, mouth, forehead, and neck. Muscle relaxers are also used to treat medical conditions such as migraines, blepharospasm, excessive sweating, and overactive bladder. All 3 injectables are FDA approved for treatment of specific areas while commonly used off label for others.

The injections themselves are done with a tiny needle and only take a few minutes. The treatment is comfortable with no downtime and often referred to as a small pinch. The injections take approximately 7-14 days for full effect but can be seen as early as 2 days and then can last up to 4 months. The wrinkles will not appear worse once the treatment has worn off; in fact treatment is actually preventive and since those muscles were not contracting the areas to often appear softer.

More About BOTOX®

Made from a purified protein, BOTOX® injections block nerve impulses, weakening muscles to relax wrinkles and give the face a rejuvenated look. BOTOX® is commonly used to treat crow’s feet, worry and frown lines, and may also be useful for migraine headaches, excessive sweating, and eye and neck muscle spasms.

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More About BOTOX® Alternatives: Dysport & Xeomin®

What is Dysport?

Even though Dysport is very similar to BOTOX®, Dysport can diffuse muscles one to three centimeters from the injection point, while BOTOX® can only reach as far as one centimeter, allowing for results that reach further areas with just a single injection. For many patients this may be an excellent and preferred alternative.

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What is Xeomin®?

Xeomin® is the newest botulinum toxin type A injectable. It has just been approved by the FDA for use in patients with cervical dystonia and blepharospasm. It has not yet been approved for cosmetic use like BOTOX® and Dysport; however it is being used off label to also eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Unlike BOTOX® and Dysport, Xeomin® doesn’t contain additives. There are a small percentage of people who develop an antibody to BOTOX® and Dysport in which the treatment doesn’t take desired effect therefore Xeomin® can be an excellent alternative.

Which Botulinum Toxin is Right For You?

BOTOX® may be the most commonly heard of injectable, but Dysport and Xeomin® are also efficacious and can provide a great alternative. The injectables can be compared to Coke and Pepsi. They are similar but we often prefer one to the other. Based on results and longevity one injectable may get preferred while often there is little or no difference to be noticed. BOTOX® and Dysport offer rewards programs in which members can receive points redeemable for coupons to use at their next visit.

Where to Go for BOTOX® & BOTOX® Alternatives in North Chicago

Here at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa we are a national training center for Galderma and Allergan, the companies that manufacture Dysport and BOTOX®. We are in the top 2% volume of injections in the nation for Allergan. Results are not based on just the product but primarily on the experience of the injector. Be wary of inexperienced injectors and cheap deals as they are usually are too good to be true. Call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation today and learn more about BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin® with one of our highly experienced injectors (847)367-8815.