Why January Is the Busiest Month of the Year for Cosmetic Treatments | Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa

Besides making diet and fitness resolutions in January, people are increasingly considering having cosmetic treatments to improve their appearance. Amid current social media trends, many of our younger patients have a celebrity-inspired “bucket list” of cosmetic procedures they want to have done.

Winter is an ideal time to undergo nearly any type of cosmetic surgery. Thanks to the cold Chicago-area weather, you can wear bulkier clothing to conceal any swelling and bruising resulting from your procedure.

Apart from the traditional and deeply psychological aspects of hoping to become a better person in the new year, your life may have started to revolve around online meetings, due to the pandemic. On these video calls, we’re not only glimpsing inside our colleagues’ homes, but for the first time ever, we are staring back at ourselves and seeing our unflattering facial movements and features!

As a result of this new experience, there is an increased demand for cosmetic surgery described as being “from the neck up.” Due to the upsurge over the past year in people working from home and making frequent video calls, you may even have scheduled an appointment months ago to take care of a bothersome facial flaw.

Popular Cosmetic Treatments at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa

Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Treatments

This January is the ideal time to undergo non-surgical treatments, with several weeks of winter still ahead of us. Here are some of the most sought-after minimally invasive cosmetic treatments available from our full-service Medical Spa.

  • Injectables: Treat fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing facial muscles.
  • Dermal fillers: Smooth facial lines, wrinkles, and scars with almost instant results.
  • Sculpting and tightening: Minimally invasive procedures that tighten loose skin, remove fat, and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Sculptra® Aesthetic: Corrects shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds by replacing lost collagen with progressive, long-term results.

Cosmetic Surgery Treatments

For people with less facial aging, other forms of cosmetic surgery can minimize the effects of aging and offer a fresher, more youthful look. These outpatient procedures typically require a 10- to 14-day recovery period. You may need to wear bandages or dressings for up to a week after the procedure.

Our patients express the most interest in these cosmetic surgery treatments.

  • Facelift: Tightens muscles under the skin, removes excess fat and skin, resulting in a younger, fresher look.
  • Eyelid enhancement: Removes loose, sagging skin from the eyelids that can make a person appear tired or unhappy and restores a youthful eye appearance.
  • Brow lift: Reduces wrinkles and creases in the forehead and makes patients look more youthful and feel better about their appearance.
  • Rhinoplasty: Reshapes the nose for greater self-confidence and a more balanced look in overall appearance.
  • Neck lift: Tightens loose neck muscles, removes excess, sagging skin, and creates a smoother, firmer, and better-defined appearance to the neck. Conceal swelling or bruising with a scarf, turtleneck, or crewneck sweater.

Ready for Your Next Step This January?

This January will be like no other. Despite the challenges posed by the global pandemic, 2021 can still be your best year for reaching for and achieving new goals, developing new virtual friendships, and looking and feeling your best!

To learn more about how we can help you on your journey, please reach out to our team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa by calling (847) 367-8815 or filling out this online form to arrange your one-on-one consultation today. We are also available for virtual consultations!

Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery: One or Both?


The delicate tissues around the eyes change greatly during the aging process. As collagen levels decline, the skin and muscles weaken, causing the eyelids to droop. At the same time, fat deposits around the eyes decrease in size and slide downwards. This can cause hollows and pockets of loose skin to form above the eyes. Below the eyes, as remaining fat deposits clump together, under-eye bags become puffier.

Not only do these changes cause cosmetic problems, but they can also worsen eye strain and lead to a loss of peripheral vision. In extreme cases, this vision loss can impair a person’s ability to drive. Because our eyelids are responsible for evenly distributing tear film, poor eyelid contours can lead to the development of either chronically dry or watery eyes. To ease this discomfort and create a more youthful-looking appearance, patients may be advised to have upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or both.

What is Upper Eyelid Surgery?

During upper eyelid surgery (formally known as upper blepharoplasty), a small incision is made within the crease of the upper eyelid. This type of incision creates a very thin scar that’s easily hidden within the fold of the lid after the patient has healed.

After making an incision, your surgeon will carefully remove loose skin from your upper eyelid. Sometimes, the levator muscle that supports the upper eyelid must also be shortened, as it tends to loosen with age. Making these corrections eliminates fine lines around the eyes, makes the folds above the eyes less “heavy” looking, and shapes the upper lid so that it sits evenly over the eye.

What is Lower Eyelid Surgery?

Lower eyelid surgery (lower blepharoplasty) is sometimes performed using different techniques than upper eyelid surgery. If your primary problem is under-eye bags, your surgeon may make a tiny incision on the interior of your lower eyelid, rather than the exterior. From there, he or she will remove a portion of fat from below your eyes in order to smooth out your under-eye bags. If you have drooping lower eyelids as well as pronounced eye bags, your surgeon may need to make an exterior incision instead to permit the removal of loose skin.

Most patients choose to have upper and lower eyelid surgery performed at the same time, but this isn’t always necessary. If you just want to have your under-eye bags removed, lower eyelid surgery is probably all you need. If, on the other hand, your upper and lower lids have both started to sag, you should consider having combined upper and lower blepharoplasty. Typically, younger patients (those between the ages of 35 and 50) make good candidates for eye-bag removal. Patients over the age of 55 usually require both types of eyelid surgery because they have more advanced skin laxity.

To learn more about eyelid surgery and determine what you need, contact Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa to arrange a personal consultation. We’ll be happy to help you restore your vision, your confidence, and your comfort with a personalized blepharoplasty procedure.



How to Get Younger Looking Eyes

Many of us know the feeling of getting told we look tired even when we aren’t. Under eye bags, wrinkles, and dark circles can give the eyes a tired and aged appearance. Rejuvenation treatments to the eyes are a commonly sought out treatment. We all have a desire to look rested and youthful. There are a variety of treatments in the toolbox that can offer you younger looking eyes in our North Chicago medical spa located in Vernon Hills.

Get Younger Looking Eyes with Injectable Fillers

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As we age we lose volume under the eyes and in the cheeks that can cause hollowness, bags, dark circles, and flat cheeks. Some are genetically prone to hollowness or bags. Hyaluronic acid injectable fillers are made of a gel substance we naturally have in our bodies and are commonly used to add volume to the under eye and cheek area. There are several different types of fillers that can be used such as Restylane® and Juvéderm® depending on the individual. The injections themselves are quick, virtually painless, and offer results you can see instantly. There is a risk of bruising and swelling that typically resides within one week. Results last approximately 1-2 years. The injectors at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa are national trainers for injectables. They also use the innovative microcannula technique which is a safer method and offers less risk of bruising.

Laser resurfacing and Microneedling for Eye Rejuvenation

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Microneedling is performed with a small portable device that uses tiny needles to painlessly puncture the skin. This stimulates collagen and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. DermaPen® microneedling is typically done in a series of 6 treatments spaced every 2 weeks and offers minimal downtime; often a mild sunburned appearance for a couple of days. Laser resurfacing also improves wrinkles and can be customized as a mild or aggressive treatment depending on individual need and goals. Laser resurfacing removes a layer of damaged skin leaving new rejuvenated skin in its place. Downtime can range anywhere from 1 day to 1 week depending on the treatment. Fractora skin resurfacing is another treatment that uses advanced radiofrequency to tighten the skin on a deeper level with ablated skin that heals very quickly. Fractora offers results comparable to laser resurfacing without the downtime. Fractora is typically performed in a series of 1-3 treatments depending on individual need. Growth factors can be added to any of these treatments to give the skin a boost in collagen stimulation, nutrients, and to speed up healing.

Glytone Eye & Lip Peel for Younger Looking Eyes

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This in office peel uses a combination of Lactic Acid and Trichloroacetic acid also known as TCA. This TCA peel benefits skin firmness, fine lines & wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and dark circles. It is typically done in a series of 3-4 treatments and offers minimal downtime vs standard peels.

ThermiSmooth and Ultherapy Skin Tightening for Non-Surgical Eye Rejuvenation

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ThermiSmooth and Ultherapy are both skin tightening treatments. They can be used to rejuvenate, lift, and tighten the lower and upper eyelids. The Thermismooth uses advanced radiofrequency technology that uses controlled heat for collagen remodel. Ultherapy uses advanced ultrasound technology to penetrate deep into the skin with precise heat and imaging. Thermismooth offers patients no downtime and typically a series of 3-6 treatments is recommended. Ultherapy is a single treatment with optimal results seen 3-6 months after treatment with long lasting results. Some individuals experience swelling or bruising after treatment that typically reside within 1 week.

Blepharoplasty Surgical Eye Lift

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A blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that offers the most dramatic results. A blepharoplasty can be done on the upper eyelids or lower eyelids to remove excess skin and fat. The treatment only takes about an hour and there is minimal downtime. It can be performed under IV sedation and local anesthesia. Sutures remain in the area for about 1 week so there may be some restrictions such as strenuous working out until the sutures come out. Post care is given by your physician based on individual need. Some blepharoplasty surgeries can be covered through insurance.

Ready to Get Younger Looking Eyes in North Chicago?

There is no shortage of eye rejuvenation treatments available. We offer complimentary consultations and based on individual need, goals, and result expectations one of these methods may be the perfect fit! Call us at (847)367-8815 to schedule your appointment.

What to Expect During an Eyelid Surgery

Whether it’s done for aesthetic reasons or to restore functionality, eyelid surgery is a simple, outpatient procedure with a relatively short, easy recovery period. Eyelid surgery, which is technically known as blepharoplasty, can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. If you’re interested in this type of surgery, you’re probably curious about what to expect. By learning the basics now, you’ll be more fully prepared for the procedure when the time comes.

The Surgery

To ensure that you stay comfortable throughout the procedure, anesthesia will be administered. While you may undergo general anesthesia, it’s more likely that IV sedation will be used.

During eyelid surgery, the surgeon may do one or more things to achieve the desired results. Before he can do anything, though, he must make an incision. For the upper eyelids, it’s usually made along the natural crease. For the lower eyelids, it’s typically made just below the lower lash line. Sometimes, a transconjuctival incision, which runs along the inside of the lower eyelid, is made.

From there, the surgeon may remove excess skin, reposition, redistribute or remove fatty deposits and/or tighten muscles. You will know exactly what will be done before your surgery begins.


Most patients recover quickly following eyelid surgery. You may experience bruising or swelling near the affected area. Your eyes may be dry or otherwise irritated. To keep you comfortable, your doctor may prescribe medications, ointments or cold compresses. You may have to briefly keep gauze loosely over your eyes, and you will need to shield your eyes from direct sunlight for several days.

Once recovery is complete, you will be the proud owner of more attractive, more functional eyes.