Facial Rejuvenation: The Key to Your Youth

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Feeling self-conscious about the signs of aging is more than an inconvenience. Poor self-esteem can cause you to withdraw from friends and miss opportunities; it can also diminish your energy and dampen your youthful, vital spirit. Solving this issue, rather than trying to ignore it, can empower you socially, emotionally, and professionally.

As the stigma surrounding cosmetic medicine lessens, researchers are discovering that both plastic surgery and non-invasive facial rejuvenation have significant mood-boosting benefits. According to a study published in Clinical Psychological Science, those who elect to have cosmetic surgery typically have higher self-esteem, suffer from less anxiety, and even report feeling healthier overall as they get older (when compared to people who don’t undergo any aesthetic procedures). This study also revealed that those who have cosmetic surgery almost always have a better body image: Having just one area of the face or body modified seems to improve how people view themselves as a whole.

Though this research shouldn’t be taken to mean that plastic surgery is right for everyone, it does indicate that looking younger is a valid and vital part of feeling younger. If you’re mentally and physically healthy and have an interest in facial rejuvenation, it’s worthwhile to book a consultation and explore your options.

What is Facial Rejuvenation?

Facial rejuvenation can take the form of facelift surgery or it can be conducted solely via noninvasive treatments like facial peels and injectables. Many patients choose to combine both surgical and nonsurgical procedures to achieve comprehensive results, but this isn’t always necessary. A good surgeon will personalize your treatment plan to reflect your aesthetic needs, your schedule, and your budget. Some of the most popular facial rejuvenation procedures are outlined below:

Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery is the most effective option for patients who have visible jowls, hanging neck skin, or other signs of advanced skin laxity. Modern facelift methods don’t stretch or pull the skin tight; instead, your surgeon will carefully lift the muscles and connective tissues that support your face, restoring your features to a more youthful position. Then, if necessary, he or she will remove any excess skin. These advanced techniques create graceful, natural results that remain visible for ten or more years.

Fractora Laser Skin Resurfacing

During Fractora laser skin resurfacing, a precisely calibrated medical laser is used to dissolve damaged skin cells and stimulate the production of skin-firming collagen. This treatment is a great way to get rid of the signs of cumulative UV damage (i.e., age spots, diffuse fine lines, and areas of leathery or “crepey” looking skin). It can also smooth out pitted scars and eliminate vascular abnormalities, like broken capillaries and spider veins.

Injectables

Injectable fillers, like Juvéderm® and Restylane®, can safely restore facial volume that’s been lost over time. Fillers are often employed after facelift surgery to “fill in” any remaining facial hollows or creases. They can also be used to occupy loose skin and elevate the facial features of patients who don’t want surgery.

Non-surgical patients are often advised to combine fillers with a neuromodulator (like BOTOX® or Dysport) for more dramatic results. BOTOX® targets dynamic wrinkles on the upper face (e.g., crow’s feet and frown lines), whereas fillers primarily target sagging and volume loss on the lower face.

Though the treatments above form the backbone of most facial rejuvenation plans, they’re just a small part of what we offer at the Ritacca Laser Center. To learn more about the many ways our experts can help you look (and feel) your best, contact us to arrange a personal consultation.

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

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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

ThermiRF

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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.

 

Fractora

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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.

 

BodyFX

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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.