5 Things to Know Before Considering CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is safe, effective, and here to stay. As of 2018, over two million CoolSculpting procedures have been performed globally, and patient reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Furthermore, CoolSculpting has been assessed by over 40 peer reviewed journals, all of which have agreed that this procedure substantially reduces the amount of fat in treated areas. Still, even with as popular as CoolSculpting has become, some misconceptions about it remain prevalent. As such, if you’re interested in having CoolSculpting, you should make sure you’re up to date with all of the facts outlined below:

5 Essential Facts About CoolSculpting

1. CoolSculpting is not intended for use on heavily overweight patients.

Many people are drawn to CoolSculpting because will provide a simple, painless way for them to lose weight—without surgery. However, while it’s true that CoolSculpting can help patients lose a small amount of weight, it’s not actually intended for use on patients with a BMI over 30. CoolSculpting won’t harm an overweight patient in any way, of course, but it doesn’t tend to produce dramatic results when applied to heavier people. CoolSculpting typically reduces the amount of fat in targeted areas by about 24%, which is not enough to create a marked difference in large deposits of fat. Indeed, there is no cosmetic procedure—surgical or nonsurgical—that can turn a heavy patient into a slim one.

What CoolSculpting can do, however, is sculpt the bodies of patients who are either a normal weight or just slightly overweight. CoolSculpting is often used to get rid of stubborn belly fat that does not respond to diet and exercise, for example. New moms also turn to CoolSculpting frequently in order to get rid of the additional fat deposits that sometimes “hang on” long after pregnancy, increasing the size of the flanks and thighs. In other words, if you’ve done the hard work of eating healthily and exercising but you still have a few “problem areas,” then this procedure can help you get rid of them—permanently.

2. CoolSculpting may be safe, but it’s still important to choose a highly trained, qualified practitioner when having this procedure.

Unfortunately, because it’s possible to purchase “knockoff” fat freezing machines, unscrupulous individuals sometimes promise to provide CoolSculpting to patients at a reduced rate… And the results can be disastrous. At best, treatment from an unqualified practitioner will simply yield no results; at worst, it could seriously compromise your health. It’s therefore incredibly important to make sure the person performing your CoolSculpting treatment is a fully certified medical professional, e.g., a board certified plastic surgeon. You should also ask to see “before and after” photographs showcasing successful CoolSculpting treatments your chosen practitioner has performed in the past.

3. CoolSculpting is completely noninvasive, but some patients still experience mild pain and discomfort after having this procedure.

The vast majority (about 90%) of CoolSculpting patients experience little to no pain, swelling, or discomfort either during or after CoolSculpting. The fact that no incisions are made during this procedure means that patients don’t have any surgical wounds to heal from, so they can return to their usual activities immediately. However, a small minority of patients (about 10%) have bodies that react to fat freezing by producing an inflammatory response—and this can result in several weeks of mild to moderate soreness and swelling. If this happens to you, you can manage it with over the counter pain relievers and the application of a cool compress.

4. CoolSculpting shows promise in treating mild skin laxity.

Fat freezing treatments activate the body’s healing response, which causes the body to send more of the growth factor known as collagen to treated areas. Because collagen is responsible for keeping our skin strong and hydrated, some CoolSculpting patients notice that the condition of their skin also improves after having this procedure. This aspect of CoolSculpting is especially useful for new mothers who are dealing with loose belly skin as a result of pregnancy.

5. The results of CoolSculpting don’t happen overnight.

CoolSculpting does not remove fat directly from the body like liposuction. Instead, it damages fat cells through the use of extreme cold, and this causes the body to gradually excrete those fat cells. While this process is as effective as surgical fat removal, it takes more time; most patients see the full results of their CoolSculpting treatment manifest after two to three months.

If you have any questions about CoolSculpting that were not covered in the points above, feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to share our knowledge about this revolutionary fat freezing treatment with you.

Sculpt Away Your Double Chin With CoolSculpting

If you have any interest in abdominal sculpting (and don’t we all?), then you’ve probably heard of the innovative “fat freezing” procedure known as CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting has become an incredibly popular way to remove unwanted fat since being approved by the FDA in 2010, and for good reason: This procedure is relatively painless, safe, convenient, and highly effective. CoolSculpting has been shown to remove about 25% of the fat from targeted areas, and once this fat is gone, it will never come back. Fat cells do not regenerate once they have been destroyed (though the body will sometimes produce new fat cells after significant weight gain, i.e., a gain of 30 pounds or more). Best of all, CoolSculpting accomplishes all of this without any incisions being made in the patient’s skin. As such, there is no risk of infection after having this procedure, no need for sutures, and no recovery period; the patient simply leaves the doctor’s office and returns to his or her normal routine.

However, while we all know that CoolSculpting can banish stubborn belly fat, few people realize quite how versatile fat freezing really is. In recent years, the FDA has expanded its approval of CoolSculpting, permitting cosmetic professionals to use it on multiple areas of the body. In addition to treating fat on the abdomen, CoolSculpting can be used to slim the back, flanks, thighs, arms, and even the area under the chin. Indeed, while we hear a lot about injectable treatments and liposuction for the removal of submental fat, CoolSculpting is actually the first nonsurgical treatment approved by the FDA for use in this area.

Why Choose CoolSculpting to Treat a Double Chin?

Most patients who exhibit a distinct double chin are actually facing two separate issues: First and foremost, they have a significant deposit of submental fat. It’s important to understand that this does not always occur because the patient is overweight. Some people who are a healthy weight, or even quite slim, have a deposit of submental fat owing to genetic factors. Unfortunately, over time, the weight of this fat deposit places stress on the skin. As such, most patients over the age of 35 also have a degree of skin laxity below the chin. This can worsen the appearance of a double chin and make the patient look much older and pounds heavier than he or she actually is.

CoolSculpting is unique in the fact that it tackles both of the issues described above. In addition to destroying fat cells via the use of extreme cold energy (don’t worry—the CoolSculpting applicator has been designed to keep your skin comfortably warm and safe), CoolSculpting also causes the skin to gradually become tighter. This makes it a star in the world of submental fat treatments; liposuction and injectable fat removal treatments target only fat cells, without treating skin laxity. They are therefore most suitable for use in younger patients who still have excellent skin flexibility, whereas CoolSculpting is ideal for use in patients of all ages.

While researchers are still investigating the origins of CoolSculpting’s skin firming effect, it is believed that CoolSculpting also destroys some of the collagen in treated areas. This sounds like a bad thing, given the fact that collagen is responsible for keeping our skin tight and supple, but it actually isn’t: Destroying the old collagen causes the body to initiate its healing response and produce a surge of fresh collagen in treated areas. This effectively “jump starts” the collagen production system, compensating for some of the age-related collagen loss in the affected area. As a result, the skin becomes firmer and the patient’s double chin shrinks more than it would if just fat removal had been performed.

The evidence for this double impact on submental cosmetic issues is far from just being anecdotal. According to an 18-week clinical study of patients undergoing treatment for a double chin, CoolSculpting was shown to reduce skin laxity in more than three quarters (77%) of the volunteers studied. This is, of course, in addition to the treatment providing a visible reduction in the patients’ amount of submental fat.

When it comes to double chin removal, CoolSculpting is cosmetic medicine’s best-kept secret. By targeting both loose skin and fat cells, CoolSculpting produces a gradual (results manifest over about two months) but profound change in the appearance of the chin. If you want to feel better and photograph better, this proven double chin treatment could therefore be just the thing you’re looking for.

Have Your Best Year Yet in 2018 With These Procedures

When we look great, we feel great—that’s why having cosmetic procedures can be the best way start a new year on the right foot. But with all of the options we have to choose from where skincare and anti-aging are concerned, it can be hard to know which treatments offer the best overall value. That’s why we’ve put together the following list of our favorite rejuvenation techniques; if you’re interested in overhauling your look, these four procedures are the perfect place to start.

The 4 Top Cosmetic Procedures for the New Year

  1. Cellfina.

Cellulite: Approximately 90% of us have it, but none of us like it. Fortunately, over the last decade, an extremely effective (and minimally invasive) cellulite treatment system known as Cellfina has been developed. During Cellfina, very thin needles (too thin to cause significant pain) are inserted below the dermis via a special applicator. A cosmetic surgeon uses these needles to separate and “release” the fibrous septae below the skin. Once these connective tissues are divided, they no longer have the ability to create puckers in the skin… And as a result, all of the patient’s unsightly pits and dimples dissapear.

Cellfina boasts a 96% satisfaction rate (based on reports gathered from patients two years after they had this procedure) and it’s ideal for treating moderate to severe cellulite. However, in cases of especially severe cellulite, Cellfina may not create a 100% reduction in visible symptoms. Patients can, however, have multiple Cellfina appointments and/or pair Cellfina with other complementary skin-firming procedures to enhance their results.

  1. CoolSculpting.

Once upon a time, the idea of being able to remove stubborn fat deposits without surgery would have sounded like a fantasy. Thankfully, technology has come a long way since those days, and today we can opt for noninvasive fat removal treatments like CoolSculpting. They’re convenient (as they require no healing time), usually relatively painless, and fairly affordable. What’s more, they work: CoolSculpting has been proven to remove 24% of the fat cells from treated areas.

During CoolSculpting, a special applicator is applied to the patient’s skin. While keeping the skin comfortably warm, it administers deep cold to the subcutaneous fat cells found below the dermis. This damages the fat cells enough that the body cannot repair them; instead, it gradually excretes them via the liver and lymphatic system. (This is a completely normal, natural process and you will not feel it happening.) As a result, the patient will notice areas where they had CoolSculpting applied getting progressively trimmer over the two months after they complete their treatment sessions.

Keep in mind, however, that no fat removal treatment (surgical or nonsurgical) is able to act as a total weight loss solution. You will need to use diet and exercise to get within 25-30 pounds of your goal weight before using cosmetic fat removal procedures. CoolSculpting and other fat removal treatments are ideal for patients who are a healthy weight, but who need “spot fat reduction” on their abdomen, back, flanks, arms, etc.

  1. BOTOX®.

BOTOX® is a cosmetic classic for a reason: It can quickly and painlessly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by temporarily relaxing the muscles that are responsible for creating “dynamic” wrinkles. (Dynamic wrinkles are caused directly by the creasing of the skin, whereas static wrinkles are imprinted lines in the skin that form over time due to collagen loss.) BOTOX® is very low-risk and unlikely to cause adverse reactions, and when it’s applied by a skilled clinician, it will not affect your ability to make facial expressions. What it will do, however, is make you look about five years younger.

  1. Dermal Fillers.

For all of those nasty static wrinkles that BOTOX® alone can’t get rid of, there are dermal fillers like Juvéderm®. Dermal fillers are made of viscous gel-like compounds (usually hyaluronic acid, a regenerative substance that’s naturally found in the human body) that can literally “fill in” facial lines. Dermal fillers can also be used to fill in hollows under the cheeks, correct imperfections in the nose, fill out the lips, and fill in acne scars. They are, in short, highly versatile—and very safe. If you want an effective anti-aging solution that doesn’t require going “under the knife,” then dermal fillers are probably for you.

Because the four procedures above require no “downtime” in which to heal, they provide a great way to start improving your appearance during the busy holiday season. So, what are you waiting for—why not book a consultation today?

CoolSculpting for Men: Get Rid Of “Dad Bod”


Life as a dad is fun, rewarding, unpredictable, and above all else, busy. Alas, while running around after your family can help you maintain a healthy weight, most dads don’t have time to put in hours at the gym or work religiously with a nutritionist. As a result, just like many moms, they tend to have a few areas of “stubborn fat” that just won’t budge—no matter how hard they try to lead a healthy lifestyle.

A lot of older guys accept love handles, a beer belly, and “moobs” as just a fact of life. After all, if you’re in generally good shape, having cosmetic surgery can feel a bit excessive. Besides, most dads just don’t have time to spend weeks resting and recovering from intensive procedures… But what if there was a way to quickly, easily, and painlessly melt away stubborn fat, leaving you free to get back to your busy life?

Thanks to a revolutionary new technology called “CoolSculpting,” there is. Unlike liposuction, CoolSculpting is completely non-invasive and does not require any special preparation, injections, or after care. During a CoolSculpting appointment, a special cooling tool is applied to the skin, then the fat below the skin is cooled to a very low temperature (typically just above the freezing point). This causes fat cells to crystallize, prompting them to start breaking down. It’s not an immediate process—the results often take a couple of months to really manifest—but it’s permanent. CoolSculpting effectively destroys fat cells, just like liposuction, making the muscles below more evident. This results in a lean, toned appearance… All without dangerously extreme dieting or painful surgery.

Why Does CoolSculpting Work Better Than Diet And Exercise Alone?

When we lose weight via dieting and/or exercising, we shrink the size of our fat cells, but we can never completely eradicate them. They lie in wait, ready to expand again the moment we overdo it during the holidays or skip one too many gym sessions. This makes it very hard for some guys to achieve the body shape that they want: Even if they drop several inches off their waist, smaller pockets of fat remain in the same unsightly places they’ve always been.

CoolSculpting, on the other hand, actually destroys fat cells—forever. This gives guys total control over how their bodies are sculpted. Once you lose any excess weight you have, you can pick and choose which areas of your body need a bit of extra refinement, then you can effectively freeze away the fat there. As a result, cut abs emerge from beneath love handles and toned pecks replace “man boobs.” You get the body you want—rapidly, painlessly, and affordably—allowing you to get back to what matters. So, why not sit back, relax, and let us take care of that stubborn fat for you?

For more information, or to schedule a consultation, contact Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa today.

Non Surgical Body Sculpting: Do CoolSculpting & Cellfina Really Work?

Many consumers have researched or seen ads for non surgical body sculpting treatments. Whether it be flatter abs, smaller thighs, or cellulite reduction, many feel that achieving these goals will improve confidence and self-esteem. Sometimes diet and exercise alone are not enough. There is a variety of surgical body contouring treatments available such as liposuction which is often gold standard, but there are also a variety of efficacious non-surgical treatments available for those not ready for surgery or who are not surgical candidates. Coolsculpting is one of the most popular non-surgical treatments for fat reduction and contouring as is Cellfina for cellulite reduction. But how do they work and what kind of results can one expect?

Freeze Away Fat with Coolsculpting Non Surgical Body Sculpting

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Coolsculpting has been clinically proven to contour and eliminate fat cells by painlessly freezing away fat in a process called cryolipolysis. An applicator is noninvasively applied to the area of treatment with a suctioning vacuum that draws in the tissue where a cooling system then freezes the fat cells. The frozen fat cells then shatter and are naturally eliminated by the lymphatic system. Common areas treated are the abdomen, love handles, bra bulge, inner & outer thighs, arms, and the submental area, also known as the double chin.

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The treatment takes approximately 35 mins to 45 mins for each area. There is no downtime with Coolsculpting and one can return to their normal activities immediately post treatment. New applicators have been designed that make treatments more comfortable while also covering a large surface area. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa was one of the first centers in Illinois to offer these new CoolAdvantage applicators. A single session eliminates on average 20%-25% of the fat cells in the area treated. Some patients may start to see results as early as 4 weeks after treatment but it can take around 12 weeks to see optimal results. Additional treatments can be performed for further reduction and contouring. Coolsculpting has an 83% patient satisfaction rate on RealSelf which is a website dedicated to patient and physician feedback and questions. Once the fat cells are eliminated they are gone for good.

Cellfina Non Surgical Body Sculpting and Cellulite Removal

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Cellfina is the only FDA approved minimally invasive cellulite treatment that can reduce the appearance of cellulite with results that last at least 2 years making it the longest duration cleared by the FDA. Cellfina targets the structural cause of cellulite, which are the bands woven throughout the fat causing them to release and remove the dimpling. Cellfina only takes about 45 minutes to an hour depending on the amount of dimples being treated. During a treatment, the dimples are marked then pulled tight with suction putting the bands in an optimal position for treatment. A local anesthetic is injected and the bands are released leaving the skin smoother and tighter. There is minimal downtime after Cellfina. Your provider will go over post care instructions with you which may include wearing a compression garment after treatment and refraining from strenuous working out. Results can be apparent directly after treatment but will continue to improve over time. Cellfina has a high patient satisfaction rate on RealSelf of 89%. During a clinical study, 100% of Cellfina patients had noticeable improvement based on the global aesthetic improvement scale and also had a 96% patient satisfaction rate at 2 years.

Non Surgical Body Sculpting in North Chicago

Whether your goal is to reduce abdominal fat, love handles or decrease cellulite both Coolsculpting and Cellfina are non surgical body sculpting treatments with a high patient satisfaction rate. If you are looking to feel more comfortable in your clothes and confident in your body non surgical body sculpting could be right for you!

Schedule a consultation 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.

Freeze Fat Cells Better and Faster with CoolAdvantage by CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a non surgical fat reduction treatment that has been around for over 10 years with over 2 million treatments having been performed worldwide. The unique technology behind CoolSculping is Cryolipolysis. With cryolipolysis, we can freeze fat cells which are then eliminated by the body in a safe and efficacious treatment. A single treatment can reduce up to 25% of the fat cells in the area treated for good.

CoolSculpting is one of the most popular non invasive fat reduction procedures to date. It works effectively to target small pockets of fat on common areas of concern with no downtime such as abdomen, love handles, back fat, bra bulge, inner & outer thighs, banana roll, and submental fat also known as the double chin. There are some exciting new advancements in the technology and we are excited to share them in our North Chicago Medical Spa located in Vernon Hills, IL.

Freeze Fat Cells With New CoolAdvantage Applicators

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Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is excited to be one of the first centers in Illinois to offer CoolSculpting’s newest CoolAdvantage applicators. There are some exciting clinical studies behind the new applicators efficacy and patient comfort.

In clinical trials patients found treatments with the new CoolAdvantage applicators to be 45% more effective than with the older applicators. There is cooling panel that runs along the entire interior of the applicator which allows a larger area to be treated then before specifically 22 square centimeters.

While rare some patients experience late onset nerve pain after treatment and pain during the application process. The new CoolAdvantage applicators are designed to be more comfortable during the application process, treatment, and there have also been no reports of late onset nerve pain.

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Another exciting feature with the new CoolAdvantage applicators is treatment time for body has been decreased to 35 minutes for most areas vs the 60 minutes with older applicators. With these advancements the treatments are actually being performed at a cooler temperature which is why treatment time has decreased.

Try CoolAdvantage to Freeze Fat Cells for Non-Surgical Liposuction in North Chicago

At Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa we pride ourselves on having the latest and greatest technology available to our patients. We have 2 CoolSculpting machines to give our patients the added benefit by treating bilateral areas at the same time for time efficiency. We are currently offering a loyalty savings program for CoolSculpting which allows patients to save big on treatments. If you have stubborn unwanted fat call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation and see if CoolSculpting is right for you.

Double Chin Reduction in North Chicago

Having unwanted submental fat also known as the “double chin” is a common concern that affects many. There are a variety of treatments on the market that promote getting rid of the double chin such as Kybella®, Coolsculpting, and Ultherapy skin tightening. This article provides information on these commonly researched treatments including effectiveness and downtime in double chin reduction in our medical spa conveniently located in the North Chicago suburbs.

Kybella® Injections for Double Chin Reduction

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Kybella® is an injectable medication identical to deoxycholic acid, a substance naturally found in out body that melts fat for good. Kybella® was established from the highly reputable company Allergan that also manufactures BOTOX® and Juvéderm®. Kybella® is injected virtually pain free with a tiny needle straight to the submental area that has been carefully marked with an injection grid by the provider. After Kybella® patients may experience swelling that typically can last about a week. Kybella® results can be seen at 4 weeks and if another session is recommend that is when it is typically retreated. The amount of treatments recommended varies based on individual need and on average ranges between 2-4 treatments.


Coolsculpting CoolMini to Freeze Away the Double Chin Fat


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Coolsculpting is a highly reputable treatment that has been around for over 10 years. The results are tried and true. There is a new treatment called the CoolMini that has an applicator specifically designed for the submental area. The applicator feels like a little suction cup vacuum while a cooling system painlessly freezes the fat cells. The treatment is non invasive and offers no downtime. Patients simply watch TV or relax during the 45 minute appointment. Once the treatment is performed the body naturally shatters and eliminates the unwanted fat cells. Few patients may experience some minor swelling or bruising for a few days but it is typically very mild. Results are seen in about 6 weeks and typically 2 treatments are recommended.


Ultherapy Skin Tightening for Double Chin & Neck Rejuvenation

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Ultherapy skin tightening does not melt fat but it treats skin laxity which is often confused or associated with unwanted fat. Ultherapy uses state of the art ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen. It is considered to be the gold standard non surgical tissue tightening. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa was one of the first facilities to offer this efficacious technology. The treatment itself takes about 45 minutes to an hour for the submental area. The treatment is non invasive and there is no downtime after Ultherapy other than some swelling that can last about a week. The full tightening affects of a single Ultherapy treatment can be seen in about 3 to 6 months. This is a great option for someone concerned with laxity.


Double Chin Reduction in the North Chicago Suburbs


In conclusion there are several efficacious treatments available for the submental area. All 3 treatments have a high patient satisfaction rate. Pricing is dependent on the procedure, number of treatments, and individual need. During a complimentary consultation a treatment specialist will help determine which treatment is ideal based on individual goals, need, and overall health. Some factors that determine the ideal treatment are the quantity of fat, laxity, age, and overall health. Schedule your complimentary consultation today at (847)367-8815.

Freeze Away Fat: CoolSculpting for Arms, Abs and more

CoolSculpting is one of the most popular and efficacious non surgical liposuction alternatives available. Over 2 million treatments have been performed worldwide over the past 10 years. Fat cells are permanently eliminated by a cooling technology known as Cryolipolysis. During a treatment the fat cells are gently frozen then once frozen the fat cells shatter and are naturally flushed through the lymphatic system. On average one can expect at least a 20% reduction of fat cells in the area treated. These areas include CoolSculpting for arms, belly fat, obliques (love handles), back/bra fat, double chin and inner & outer thighs.


What Can I Expect from a CoolSculpting Treatment?

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The treatment itself only takes about an hour per area. An applicator with cooling panels is placed on the area of treatment and it firmly suctions in the tissue. Patients can watch tv, read, or nap until the treatment is complete. There can be mild swelling and cramping after, but one can return to their normal activities immediately. There is no downtime with CoolSculpting and any discomfort after the procedure is usually very mild. Results can be noticed for some after a few weeks, but it can take 12-16 weeks to reach optimal results. The body continues to flush out fat cells even up to 6 months after treatment. A treatment can be repeated for additional fat reduction to the area if desired. We also offer Dualsculpting which is the convenience of treating 2 bilateral areas such as flanks at once with 2 machines.

CoolSculpting FAQ

A commonly asked question is how long will the results last and will the fat cells come back if weight is gained. That fat cells treated are permanently eliminated but weight gain can cause surrounding cells to expand therefore a healthy diet and exercise regimen is recommended to maintain results.

Am I a Candidate?

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CoolSculpting is currently FDA cleared to treat bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks, abdomen, double chin fat, thighs, and flanks. It is also commonly used off label to treat arms. Arms are an area that with weight gain and age can be stubborn. Often arm exercises, weight lifting, and eating a healthy diet aren’t enough, in which case a CoolSculpting for arms treatment may be recommended. CoolSculpting is only clinically indicated for fat reduction so if laxity is a concern then tissue tightening treatments can provide improvement. We offer ThermiRF treatments, Ultherapy and BodyFX non surgical tissue tightening treatments.


Get CoolSculpting for Arms, Abs and More at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa

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The gold standard method for fat reduction and skin laxity is cosmetic surgery for those that are looking to get dramatic and fast results. As discussed in this article there are also excellent alternatives available for non surgical candidates or for those who prefer the non surgical route. CoolSculpting is an efficacious method for fat reduction while Bodyfx, ThermiRF technology, and Ultherapy are excellent options for non surgical tissue tightening. Call us to schedule your complimentary consultation at (847)367-8815 to learn which treatment can help you look and feel your best.

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.