Last Minute Spa Treatments to Help You Wow This Holiday Season

The holidays are just around the corner, and we all want to look our best for parties, family dinners, and drinks with faraway friends we don’t see nearly enough. Though it may seem like the holidays will be here before you know it, there is still time to book some last-minute spa treatments that will help you look and feel your best no matter where your celebration takes you! The professional staff at Vernon Hills-based Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & MedSpa offers a number of treatments that are non-invasive, involve little to no recovery, and will ensure you wow everyone you see this Thanksgiving holiday. Here are just a few of the services offered that can be performed before the holiday season hits full steam.


You’ve probably spent many holidays smiling and laughing with friends and family members. While you’d never want to give up those moments, you might want to give up the subsequent expression lines that are the result. With injectables such as BOTOX®, Dysport, and Xeomin®, you can! These anti-aging procedures involve a simple injection into the muscles that are responsible for expressions such as smiling and frowning. The injections prevent the muscles from contracting, resulting in a smoother appearance and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, and forehead. Though BOTOX® has been blamed for lending patients a ‘frozen’ look, new techniques have made these injectables more effective and natural-looking.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are an excellent choice if you want to smooth out wrinkles or scars or enhance your lips with virtually no downtime. These injectable substances can plump the skin and lend you a more youthful, glowing look that will impress all those you encounter. Dermal fillers are long-lasting and safe as they are eventually absorbed by your body with no lingering residue. The staff at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & MedSpa offers a number of different dermal fillers including Juvéderm®, Radiesse®, Restylane®, Sculptra®, and Belotero Balance, each with slightly different chemical makeups and results. During your consultation, the best dermal filler will be chosen to provide you with your desired outcome.

Sculpting and Tightening Treatments

Every holiday season is a joy, but each year that passes also has an effect on your skin tone and elasticity. If you want to fight the signs of aging this holiday season, you might be interested in a sculpting or tightening treatment on either your face or your body—or both! We offer a number of different treatments that can target excess fat deposits, sagging skin, or loss of volume that make you look older and less vibrant. Here are just a few of our many treatments:


Oh, the dreaded double chin! Whether you’ve developed new fat deposits under the chin this year or you’ve been dealing with them your entire life, now is the time to do something about it. Kybella® is a revolutionary new treatment that, when injected into the chin area, dissolves unwanted fat and makes for a more streamlined, youthful appearance. Kybella® is safe, virtually painless, and has been impressing patients since it was first introduced.


Want to look especially lovely in your holiday dress this year? Consider a CoolSculpting treatment to permanently remove stubborn fat. This procedure involves freezing fat off in hour-long treatment sessions and provides amazing results with no downtime or invasive surgery. If you have a trouble area such as love handles, bra bulge, or upper arm fat, CoolSculpting can create outstanding results.

The holidays are brighter when you feel good about your appearance. It’s not too late to book a spa treatment before the holidays hit so you can wow the whole family. If you’re interested in one of these or another treatment to boost your holiday spirit, contact the professional staff at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & MedSpa for a consultation.









The Most Popular Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments for the Holidays

The holidays are a time of year to spend quality time with family and friends. Along with comfort food, gift giving, family get-togethers, and holiday parties, it is a time of year we want to look and feel our absolute personal best. Whether your concern is fat reduction, wrinkles, or sagging skin, there is a variety of non-surgical holiday pick me ups that are perfect for feeling your best in time for the holidays. Here are the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments our patients request during the holidays.

Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments for a Happy Holiday Season

BOTOX® Cosmetic

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BOTOX® is a purified protein that relaxes muscles that are responsible for forming wrinkles between the eyebrows, forehead and crow’s feet with movement also known as dynamic lines. BOTOX® is one of the popular anti-aging treatments on the market! Over 10.9 million vials of BOTOX® have been sold in the United States since 2002 and it is one of the most clinically studied drugs. BOTOX® softens fine lines and wrinkles while giving the skin a rejuvenated, lifted and smooth appearance. The treatment itself is quick and there is virtually no downtime. Some may experience a bruise at the injection site and if so that typically resides within one week. BOTOX® takes about 7-14 days to take full effect and lasts approximately 3-4 months. It is the perfect holiday pick me up to look and feel refreshed.

Injectable Fillers

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Injectable fillers are composed of a gel substance that gently reverses the signs of aging in the face, including fine lines and wrinkles, facial volume loss, thinning lips and loosening skin. It can also “plump up” the lips, sculpt the cheeks and restore a youthful shape to the face. Common fillers such as Restylane®, Juvéderm® and Voluma are made with hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the body that works with collagen and elastin to increase volume. Injectable fillers are quick procedures with minimal downtime. Some may experience swelling or bruising after treatment which often subsides within one week. It takes about two weeks to get the full effect from injectable fillers with average results lasting 6 months to 2 years. Another great treatment to look and feel rejuvenated for the holidays!

Coolsculpting Fat Reduction

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Many can relate to having an area, or 2 or 3, that we wouldn’t mind getting rid of some unwanted fat. Coolsculpting is a noninvasive fat reduction treatment that can do just that! Coolsculpting freezes the fat cells in a clinically proven method called cryolipolysis. During the treatment which takes about 30-60 minutes per area, an applicator is placed over the bulge of fat drawing it in with tight suction. The fat cells then painlessly freeze and naturally shatter and get absorbed and eliminated by the lymphatic system. During treatment, one can comfortably watch television or work on their laptop during treatment. There is no downtime and one can resume their normal activities immediately. The average person permanently loses up to 25% of the fat cells in the area treated. Some see results in as little as 4 weeks but it can up to 16 weeks to see optimal results. Common areas treated are the abdomen, love handles, thighs, back, arms and under the chin. Coolsculpting is an excellent alternative for those who are not ready for surgery or those that are not surgical liposuction candidates. This is the perfect pick me up to feel great in your holiday attire.

Ultherapy Skin Tightening

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Ultherapy is a nonsurgical tissue tightening treatment that uses advanced ultrasound technology and imaging to stimulate collagen and tighten the skin. While Ultherapy is not a facelift it is a gold standard nonsurgical alternative as it is the only treatment other than a facelift that treats at a deeper level, the muscle. It also bypasses the outer layer of the skin and precisely delivers the energy where it is needed to stimulate collagen. New collagen will grow over time. When the new collagen grows it will gradually tighten and lift the skin, resulting in a natural lift of the brows, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and neck. The treatment takes approximately 45 to 90 minutes and there is minimal downtime. Some may experience swelling that often resides within 1 week. Some notice an immediate lifting however results are gradual and will continue to build over the next 6 months. This is the perfect treatment to get ready for the holidays for those not ready for surgery or looking to extend their surgical results!

Forever Young BBL Photo-rejuvenation

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As we age our skin gets damaged. Signs of damage can appear as fine lines, freckles, age spots, acne scarring, enlarged pores, and redness caused by broken capillaries and rosacea. Photo-rejuvenation reduces these signs of aging using non-invasive, painless pulses of light. The Sciton Forever Young BBL device is the only photofacial system that also stimulates collagen and changes the expressions of the genes that are responsible for aging. The treatment is a quick painless treatment that has minimal downtime. Sunspots often get darker over the next few days after treatment which often resolve within in 1 week. Makeup can be applied directly after treatment. A series of 4 treatments is recommended for optimal results spaced 4 weeks apart. This is a great treatment for almost everyone whether you are a male, female, in your 20’s or in your 70’s. This is the perfect pick me up for a beautiful complexion during the holidays.

Try Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments in North Chicago for the Holidays at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa

Whether your concern is unwanted fat, wrinkles, volume loss, sagging skin, age spots or acne there are a wide variety of non-surgical cosmetic treatments with minimal downtime available. Often time gets away from us so with the holidays approaching now is the time to start getting ready for those holiday parties and events. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa offers complimentary consultations to determine your candidacy. Contact us today to find out which of our most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments will help you look and feel your personal best for the holidays.


Vaginal Rejuvenation: Drying & Tightening Methods

Over the course of history and throughout many different cultures, virginity and sexual purity/beauty has been an ancient standard by which women were weighed and sold. Vaginal tightness is often associated with virginity; so many women have taken to ‘Vaginal Drying’ to encourage the shrinking and shriveling of the vagina to simulate their virginity.

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These often painful and dangerous vaginal tightening methods are used in many cultures today and range widely in severity. Methods can include inserting dry rags, chalk, sand, stones and leaves to keep the vagina dry; some will go as far to even douche with potentially fatal chemicals like detergent, antiseptic, alcohol and even bleach!
These methods are dangerous and have not been proven to produce their desired effect, but one treatment that has been proven to tighten vaginal walls and skin is the new ThermiVa Treatment by ThermiHealth!
ThermiVa is a great non-invasive option for patients who have been considering vaginal rejuvenation surgery to correct vaginal laxity. The vagina is a very flexible organ that will stretch and contract to accommodate for childbirth and some women will notice a difference in their anatomy because of that. Some patients might even develop mild stress incontinence due to childbirth or other causes. And some women are just not satisfied with the overall appearance of their labia.
Clinically proven, and FDA-approved, ThermiVa is the safest way to achieve that desired look and effect. Using a small radiofrequency applicator and the power of heat, ThermiVa quickly, safely and painlessly tightens the inner and outer vaginal skin and muscles to give the desired tightness without any danger of infection or permanent damage.
If you or someone you know would be interested in ThermiVa, please contact our office at (847) 367-8815 to schedule a complimentary consultation.