In-Office Procedures to up Your Skin Care Routine

You already know a good skin care routine is essential if you want to preserve younger-looking skin. But sometimes, you need to step up your game for even more dramatic anti-aging benefits. If your at-home regimen isn’t getting the job done the way it used to, you may be looking for ways to take things to the next level. 

At Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, we offer a wide variety of in-office options to help meet any skin care goal. Here are a few highlights from our extensive menu. 

Hydrafacial MD®

Go beyond the typical facial experience with Hydrafacial MD, a four-step process that leaves skin intensely cleansed, moisturized, and radiant. During your Hydrafacial, you will experience exfoliation and gentle extraction of surface impurities from your skin, while providing your skin with the essential hydration and nutrients it needs for a healthy glow. This unique treatment can address a variety of skin conditions, including acne, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage.

Injectable Treatments

There’s an excellent reason you have heard about injectables and fillers virtually everywhere for the past few years. These products have become many people’s secret weapon for minimizing wrinkles and fine lines and fighting back against volume loss, with zero need for sutures, scars, or recovery time. 

In an hour or less, injectables can have you looking naturally refreshed, providing long-lasting results. These options include the following.

  • BOTOX®® and Dysport®: These neuromodulators derive from a purified version of botulinum toxin, giving them the unique ability to stop wrinkles in their tracks. By blocking the chemical signals that cause muscles to contract, they relax existing wrinkles and prevent new ones from becoming a problem. BOTOX® and Dysport are ideal for lines like crow’s feet, forehead furrows, and the dreaded “eleven lines” between the eyebrows.
  • Juvéderm®®: Juvéderm® is a family of products that comes in formulations of various thicknesses, which are ideal for different treatment depths. These are excellent for minimizing wrinkles, as well as volumizing areas like the lips and mid-face.
  • Restylane®®: Like Juvéderm®, Restylane® is a hyaluronic acid-based filler that is available in different formulas. Since hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring compound in the human body, the side effects are minimal, and you can enjoy the effects of dramatically improved moisture and a noticeably smoother skin texture for months to come.    

Laser Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing can address a broad variety of complaints, including discoloration, sun damage, and freckles, while simultaneously encouraging the skin’s natural collagen production to create continued results after your treatment session. We recommend the South Beach Peel™, which combines the benefits of broadband laser light with a peel that targets the top layers of skin. 

Only one laser resurfacing session with the South Beach Peel provides outstanding results for the face, neck, décolletage, and hands. However, a series of in-office treatments can provide even more remarkable results. 


Microneedling is an innovative treatment that reduces wrinkles, stretch marks, and hyperpigmentation while improving the texture of the skin. The procedure relies on a unique device called the DermaPen®, which uses fine needles to create minuscule puncture wounds in the surface of the skin. 

As part of its natural healing response, your body will generate new collagen and elastin. Your result will be firmer, healthier, smoother skin with fewer wrinkles and a more even tone. As a bonus, your topical products will penetrate your skin better after getting microneedling, making them more effective.


If you’re looking for a way to reverse common effects of aging, but aren’t quite ready to commit to a surgical procedure such as a facelift, Ultherapy might be an ideal way to bring your skin care to new heights. It is a gentle, in-office technique that uses low levels of ultrasound energy to create new collagen in the face, neck, and décolletage. 

One treatment takes between 45 and 90 minutes, and you will begin to see gradual results developing over the next several months as your skin tightens in response to the new collagen growth. Many of our patients report a marked improvement in the firmness of their skin, as well as a reduction in trouble spots such as jowls and nasolabial folds. 

Reveal Your Best Skin Ever

If you are ready to learn more about minimally invasive procedures to boost your skin care routine, contact us anytime. We are proud to be a leading provider of aesthetic medicine in Vernon Hills, IL, offering a range of cutting-edge services in our well-appointed office.  

Revive Your Skin Post Winter with a HydraFacial

By March, your skin is just as sick of winter as you are: Months of cold weather and harsh winds take a toll on the body’s largest organ, creating problems that range from simple flaking to red, blistering rashes.

Though topical treatments can temporarily ease the symptoms of winter skin, they don’t really attack its root causes. To effectively hydrate and rejuvenate your skin, you’ll need to look beyond superficial solutions and try a medical-grade procedure like the HydraFacial. The HydraFacial painlessly exfoliates the skin before delivering healing, nourishing serums deep into the epidermis.

Why Does Winter Weather Damage Your Skin?

Winter skin is usually caused by a combination of outdoor conditions and lifestyle factors. Cold, dry air and high winds strip moisture from the skin, leaving it dry and fragile. Taking hot showers and turning up the thermostat to warm up compounds this initial damage. Both of these habits increase moisture loss and strip our skin of its natural oils. Even if you have naturally oily skin, this isn’t a good thing: Once the skin’s protective barrier has been eroded, it’s easier for acne-causing bacteria to penetrate its surface. Paradoxically, this kind of dry skin actually makes breakouts worse.

Cellular turnover (the rate at which dead and damaged skin cells are replaced by healthy cells) also slows down in the wintertime. As temperatures plummet, blood vessels in the skin contract, impeding the skin’s natural cycle of renewal. This causes layers of dead skin to build up, resulting in overall dullness. Wrinkles, fine lines, and areas of loose or thin “crepey” skin also typically worsen as regeneration slows down.

How the HydraFacial Can Help

Every HydraFacial starts with a gentle yet thorough exfoliation that stimulates the process of cellular renewal. First, the skin is cleansed with the HydraFacial system’s patented Activ-4 cleanser, then an acidic solution is applied to dissolve remaining debris. The HydraFacial system uses a very mild organic acid to break down dead and damaged skin cells, so this treatment won’t irritate your sensitive winter skin. Finally, vortex extraction technology is used to remove loosened particles and powerfully unclog pores and hair follicles. This process primes the skin for further treatment: Getting rid of built-up dead skin and toxins is necessary to facilitate serum absorption.

During the final stage of HydraFacial treatment, hydrating serums that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants are infused into the skin. Patients have the option of choosing from four “Booster” serums designed to address specific skin concerns, so the HydraFacial can be completely customized to meet your needs. Different serums are designed to combat skin discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles, signs of UV damage, and uneven skin tone and texture. These serums also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, setting the stage for firmer, younger-looking skin that can effectively retain moisture.

                This spring, let our skincare experts ensure that your outer glow matches your inner glow. To discover the benefits of the HydraFacial, contact the Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa for more information on this gentle restorative treatment.




HydraFacial is the Reset Your Skin Needs for Back to School

Problem skin often happens when we least expect it—like right in time for your first week back at school. There’s a reason for this though: Whether you’re prone to breakouts or dryness, summer heat and sun exposure can wreak havoc on your skin. By the time September rolls around, it’s had enough.

Unless you find a way to soothe your skin, you might be in for a bumpy ride of pimples, redness, enlarged pores, and irritation. This is why we frequently recommend the Hydrafacial system to our younger patients: If you have this treatment before the school year starts, you can heal and refresh your skin, preparing it to cope with late nights and stress.

Why Summertime Stresses Your Skin

Most of us blame dry winter air for our skincare struggles, but summer conditions are ultimately a lot more punishing. There’s UV damage from sun exposure, of course, which is hard to completely avoid even with the right precautions. Summer activities take a toll on our skin, too. Long days spent out in the hot sun cause us to sweat more than normal, and this sweat frequently mixes with oil, makeup, and dead skin cells. The resulting liquid clogs our pores, making us more prone to breakouts. Furthermore, when sweat (or water) evaporates, it takes some of the skin’s natural moisture with it. Together, these factors lead to the development of “combination skin” that’s both oily and dry. Treating combination skin with over the counter topical products can easily worsen either dryness or oiliness, depending on the products you’re using.

How a Hydrafacial Can Help

The Hydrafacial system creates noticeable results quickly while still being gentle enough for use on sensitive skin. Unlike other leading skin rejuvenation treatments, it won’t make your skin red or flaky while you recover. Most patients only experience a subtle rosy glow after having a Hydrafacial. It usually fades away after a few hours, revealing refreshed, radiant skin. Still, like more invasive procedures, the Hydrafacial is capable of treating a wide range of stubborn skin problems. It reduces the frequency and severity of acne breakouts, shrinks enlarged pores, and minimizes the appearance of acne scars. Likewise, those with dry skin notice that after having a Hydrafacial, their skin is smooth and hydrated. In mature patients, this procedure is often used to reverse the visible signs of aging.

The Hydrafacial system achieves this versatility by employing a unique multi-step approach to skincare: Every Hydrafacial starts with a form of deep exfoliation called “Vortex Extraction.” During this phase of treatment, a solution containing mild organic acids is used to dissolve excess oil, dead skin cells, and other pore-clogging debris. This debris is then sucked away with the aid of a powerful vacuum tool. Once the skin has been adequately prepared, another serum—this one containing powerful acne-fighting compounds, like salicylic acid—is applied to the skin. This serum eradicates acne-causing bacteria, penetrates into hair follicles to dislodge stubborn debris, and gently abrades the uppermost layer of the skin. This abrasion stimulates the production of a healing compound called collagen, while also removing blemishes and superficial scar tissue.

To encourage optimal healing, nourishing serums are worked deep into the skin during the final stages of Hydrafacial treatment. These serums contain a number of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant phenols—Everything your skin needs to bounce back, stronger and more lustrous than before.

Hydrafacial treatment doesn’t have side-effects, and it can be repeated at regular intervals to ensure consistent results. To learn more about how this treatment can refresh your skin, contact the skincare experts at Ritacca to arrange a consultation.




Specialized Skincare For Men

Let’s face it men and women have different skin that comes along with different skin care needs. Some of the differences between male skin and female skin are skin thickness, facial hair and different hormones which can all play a role in skin oil production, skin sensitivity and the aging process. While men can also benefit from many common female skincare products, the number of products on the market can be overwhelming or appear specifically targeted for women. For most men, a skin care regimen should be simplified and customized to specifically target male skin.

Here are some of our aesthetician recommended favorite products and treatments for better skincare for men.

Skincare for Men: Best Products for Men’s Skin


Cleansing daily is important for several reasons. Cleansing and exfoliating help remove bacteria, excess oil, dead skin cells, minimize pores, improve hydration, and decrease dullness. One of the perks of being a male is that face shaving can benefit the skin because it helps exfoliate. On the other hand this can be opposite with poor shaving techniques which can lead to skin irritations and razor burn. One of our favorite aesthetician picked cleansers for males is Revision Brightening Facial Wash. We love this product because it has Salicylic and Glycolic Acid which exfoliate to decrease breakouts and improve skin texture. It has Vitamin C which brightens the skin and also has antioxidants vitamin E and white tea which help protect the skin from free radical damage and pollution.


Sun damage is the leading cause of aging. Brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and broken capillaries can all be attributed to sun damage. Sun damage can also lead to skin cancer which can be serious. Wearing sunscreen daily is important and our favorite aesthetician picked sunscreen for men is Elta UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Untinted. It is formulated with Zinc Oxide and has UVA and UVB sun protection. It also helps calm acne prone skin and is oil and fragrance-free.


Keeping the skin moist and hydrated helps keep the skin balanced which decreases excess oil production or facial dryness which can lead to breakouts and skin sensitivity. Our favorite moisturizer which can be applied at night time opposite of sunscreen in the morning is Neocutis MicroNight. This is our aesthetician pick not only due to its moisturizing and hydrating lipids, but it is also rich with micro-proteins that improve skin elasticity and firmness.

The Next Level in Skincare for Men: Skin Treatments in our Medical Spa

Two treatments that men love at our practice are the BBL photo facial and the Hydrafacial. The BBL photo facial is a laser system that uses broadband light to target a number of skin concerns such as sun spots, uneven skin tone, facial redness, large pores, acne and acne scarring while also stimulating collagen to improve fine lines and wrinkles. The BBL is ultimately one of those best anti-aging treatments as it is reversing signs of aging and changing the gene expressions of cells that are responsible for aging. The Hydrafacial is a relaxing facial treatment that helps target dullness, hydrates, deep cleanses, exfoliates, and replenishes the skin with antioxidants and peptides. The Hydrafacial leaves the skin smooth and hydrated with no downtime. It is the perfect pick me up to look and feel your best before a business meeting or special event.

Better Skincare for Men in Chicago

Here at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, we offer a variety of services and skincare for men. We offer complimentary consultations with our experienced skin care experts that can help tailor a simple skincare regimen just for you. Schedule an appointment today.

Hydrafacial MD

Environmental conditions take a daily toll on our skin. Pollution, wind, frigid temperatures, humidity, and UV rays are just some of the factors that can leave our skin feeling dull, sensitive, dry, oily, acne prone, and damaged. Damaged skin enhances the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots, and redness. We offer a new technology called the Hydrafacial MD that helps restore balance to the skin while combating harsh environmental conditions. This system has been shown to improve fine lines, wrinkles, vibrance, elasticity, enlarged pores, acne, uneven texture, and advanced sun damage. The components of this system also improve hydration and leave the skin plumper by delivering core nutrients.


How does Hydrafacial MD work?


This multi-stage treatment uses a series of vortex technologies to exfoliate, extract impurities, and replenish the skin with antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. Antioxidants help prevent free radical damage and protect the skin as well as help as assist in cellular damage repair. Peptides are proteins composed of amino acids that help stimulate collagen and reduce damage as it’s inflicted on the skin. Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the body and correlated with volume. It’s what keeps the skin hydrated, plump, and youthful.

To keep the skin looking and feeling beautiful, it is recommended to repeat the treatment every four to six weeks.


Who can get Hydrafacial MD?

The Hydrafacial MD is great for all skin types whether sensitive, mature, oily, dry or combination. This treatment also offers gold standard results without discomfort or downtime. After having the treatment you are able to return to normal activities and apply makeup. The skin feels cleaner and more hydrated after a single treatment offering an immediate glow and radiance.


Hydrafacial in the Media

The Hydrafacial MD has been featured in Marie Claire, New Beauty, Allure, InStyle, and Elle, among other beauty publications. This popular treatment has also has won multiple awards due to its efficacy.   Celebrities also swear by this treatment, and it’s been featured in hit reality shows, such as Real Housewives, and on talk shows.


Ready to try Hydrafacial MD?

If you’re ready to try Hydrafacial, or you’re wondering if you’re a good candidate for this treatment, schedule a consultation with us today.  Our providers will assess your skin care needs and provide you with a recommended skin care treatment regimen and offer products they feel will work best for you.