Get Ready for the Holidays with Injectables

Looking for a little pre-Christmas pick-me-up? Worried about facing old friends at an upcoming New Year’s Eve party? Just ready for a change? If you are, then injectables might be the perfect thing to add to your holiday shopping list. These innovative compounds can do a lot to enhance your look—and all without the inconveniences posed by surgery.

How Can Injectables Improve Your Appearance?

Injectable treatments are used to meet a wide array of different cosmetic goals. They can minimize the signs of aging, such as wrinkles and hollows under the eyes and cheeks, and they can correct acne scars. They can also be used to improve the shape of your facial features. For example, many people get fillers injected into their lips in order to make them fuller and rounder. Some of the most popular injectable treatments include:

  • BOTOX®: A purified protein derived from botulinum, BOTOX® is singularly effective at relaxing the muscles of the face. By doing so, it can effectively reduce the appearance of “dynamic” wrinkles (wrinkles created by the expansion and contraction of the facial muscles). BOTOX® is most frequently applied to the forehead and the area between the brows, where dynamic wrinkles often make their earliest appearance. BOTOX® is used in a preventative manner, too. Younger people (those between the ages of 25-30) are increasingly turning to BOTOX® before wrinkles appear. Research shows that relaxing the muscles prior to the formation of wrinkles may delay their appearance by reducing the amount of stress put on the skin.


  • Juvéderm®: Juvéderm® is an injectable gel that contains a synthesized form of hyaluronic acid, a compound that is naturally produced by the human body. When Juvéderm® is injected into the skin, it bonds with the water molecules there and prompts the body to start producing more collagen. Juvéderm® therefore both adds volume directly (i.e., the gel fills in wrinkles and hollows) and improves the skin’s overall condition.


  • Restylane®: Like Juvéderm®, Restylane® is made from synthetic hyaluronic acid. Restylane® differs from Juvéderm® in its composition, however. Restylane® diffuses into surrounding tissues less readily, meaning that it is more well-suited to applications where feature shaping is necessary. For this reason, Restylane® is a popular option for adding volume to the lips and filling in small areas, such as the lower eyelid.


  • Sculptra®: This dermal filler is composed of poly-L-lactic acid, also known as PLLA. Sculptra® is unique because, in addition to providing an instant volume boost, the PLLA actually stimulates collagen production in the skin. This allows for a gradual rejuvenation effect that can last for years.


  • Allofill: This unique filler uses ready-to-use fat grafts to help restore volume and fullness in the face. Since fat moves and feels like natural tissue (because it is natural tissue), patients can look forward to some of the most long-lasting, natural-looking rejuvenation possible.

Why Injectables are the Perfect Choice for the Holidays

No matter how you celebrate, the holidays are probably a busy time for you. (Unless you’re planning to jet off to a secluded island with a private getaway, of course—in which case, we envy you!) As such, you don’t necessarily have time for surgery and the recovery period in order to give yourself the gift of better confidence… But you still want to look your very best as you navigate your way through various gatherings. Nonsurgical solutions like injectable fillers and BOTOX® present a perfect compromise for people in this situation: None of the injectables discussed in this guide require any “down time.” Because they don’t require the making of any incisions or the use of general anesthetic, you won’t have to take time off work in order to rest and heal. In fact, injectable treatments are often called “lunchtime procedures” because you can literally have them administered during lunch hour and return to work immediately afterwards. You won’t have to worry about scarring or significant swelling, either.

Injectable treatments are also highly affordable (as compared to more invasive procedures, like facelift surgery). Therefore, they won’t take a huge chunk out of your holiday budget or spoil your vacation plans.

The only caveat to be aware of when it comes to injectable treatments is the fact that results are not always immediate. The full effect of dermal fillers is usually observed several weeks after they are injected. (Some volume will be seen immediately thanks to the thickness of the filler’s gel, but it takes the body time to generate fresh collagen.) Even BOTOX® takes about seven days to kick in! If you want to reap the full rewards of your chosen injectable treatment (or treatments) by December, you should therefore act now. Book a consultation with us and start your journey to better skin health today.

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.