What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting vs Liposuction

Do you remember liposuction? It is a surgical procedure to remove pockets of unwanted fat. The limitations are that you must be within 30% of your ideal bodyweight, healthy, and a nonsmoker with elastic skin. More importantly, it is a surgical procedure carried out under general anesthesia that carries with it risk, such as infections and uneven fat removal. You should expect bruising, swelling, and soreness for at least a few weeks, and you will be required to wear a compression garment for one to two months after surgery to control swelling. Additionally, you will have to take antibiotics to prevent infection.

What if there were any easier and far less costly non -surgical alternative with little risk and no downtime.

Now there is with the FDA approved CoolSculpting procedure.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a non -invasive procedure for eliminating pockets of fat bulges in the submental area, thigh, abdomen and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll), upper arm and chin.

How does it work?

Years ago, scientists at Harvard University observed that some children who ate popsicles got dimples in their cheeks. The scientists realized that the popsicles were freezing and eliminating small pockets of fat cells.

The idea that cold can target fat cells—without damaging the skin or surrounding tissue—was the insight behind cryolipolysis, the proven science on which the CoolSculpting procedure is based.

The treatment precisely delivers controlled cooling to targets fat cells under the skin. Over time the fat cells crystalize and gradually die off and leave the body through the body’s natural elimination processes leaving a sculpted appearance. Those cells will never return, resulting in permanent results. Untreated areas will have no change in fat cell distribution.

What does the procedure involve?

During the preparation, the clinician applies a gel pad on the body part that the procedure will be done. Then, a roll of fat is placed between two panels that cool the fat to a freezing temperature

As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you typically feel intense cold. This soon dissipates. With some applicators, you’ll feel some pulling as suction is applied. The area generally goes numb within 5 to 10 minutes of treatment. Many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or nap during their CoolSculpting treatment.

What to expect after the treatment:

You may feel some tingling as the area is massaged for 2 or 3 minutes. Patients are usually able to return to normal activities following their appointment. You might feel uncomfortable as the area treated may feel a little sore and appears reddish. You may also feel some stiffness, but this is normal and will last for less than 15 minutes after the procedure. However, you may resume your normal activities.

What results can you expect?

Frozen, dead fat cells are excreted out of the body within several weeks of treatment. You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after 2 months. Your body will continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4 to 6 months after treatment.

Are you a candidate for CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is not for everyone. It is not a treatment for obesity. Instead, the technique is appropriate for helping to remove small amounts of extra fat resistant to other weight-loss attempts such as diet and exercise

CoolSculpting is a safe and effective treatment for reducing body fat in many people. There are some people who should not try CoolSculpting. People who have the following conditions should not do this treatment because of the risk of dangerous complications. These conditions include:

  • cryoglobulinemia
  • cold agglutinin disease
  • paroxysmal cold hemoglobuinuria (PCH)

What Happens if You Gain Weight After CoolSculpting?

The treated fat cells are destroyed and flushed out of your system for good, but weight gain is still a possibility.

The process of gaining or losing weight is different from the process of destroying fat. When you lose weight, your fat cells shrink, making you thinner. When you add more pounds, the cells you do have become larger so you become larger.

If you end up gaining weight after CoolSculpting, the fat that remained in the treated area can increase in size. The same is true of the fat in other areas of the body. Since you have less fat in the treated areas, you might notice that you gain more weight or fat in other areas of the body instead.

Are there side effects?

Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity These effects are temporary and generally resolve within days or weeks. Though rare, some additional side effects may occur. As with any medical procedure, ask your physician if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.

Before and after patient results:

 

 

 

 

How to improve your chances of finding a job when you are over 50.

Congratulations, you’ve made it past H.R. to the first round of interviews. Your resume is impressive; you’ve upgraded your skills and added new ones consistently, and you’re no slouch when it comes to mastering computer technology.

You know there are two or three other candidates for the position, yet you still feel that you have a great chance-after all you are at the top of your game –you’ve mastered your ego, and you don’t get fazed by office politics or engage in petty personal vendettas. You’ve got your powerful body language, your firm handshake, and your eye contact down pat. You ask the right questions, and your answers are fluid and intelligent.

You wait for that call- and then, nothing. What gives?

Here’s the real truth. People make up their minds about you within seconds. They base their opinion on your body language and facial characteristics. Traits like likeability, trustworthiness, and competence are determined solely by a fleeting impression. Sadly, that impression, according to several psychological studies, and not your skills, is the deciding factor to whether or not you will be hired.

Sadly, our society discriminates heavily against older women. For some reason, we are seen as less attractive and less desirable than younger women or men our age, despite the fact that we are at our best, our wisest, and our most competent.

So what can we do to sell ourselves? We’ve all seen the blissed out whippet slender grey haired yogini in fabulous over fifty advertising. I can guarantee that those women have husbands who manage hedge funds-thus their level of contentment. Forget the grey hair, you’ve got to color it and get a chic youthful cut. The second thing you must do is to remain in shape. Nothing says mumsy or post-menopause more than a few extra pounds. How are you going to do this-especially when you are stressed and don’t have perfect control over your adrenals and thyroid gland? To keep from packing on the pounds, you are going to have to take some serious steps. First, stop drinking coffee or caffeinated beverages. Nothing will over stimulate your already taxed adrenal glands more. Secondly, cut out booze. Ouch, I know it hurts! We love our glass –ok, goblet, of wine in the evenings.  However, it’s too sugary and it inhibits the fat burning process. Three, cut down on carbs. Let’s face it, you’re not a triathlete, and your body can’t burn those useless calories anymore. Get rid of grains, and especially gluten. Yeah, it’s too trendy for words-but so what? Sugar too, no more of those comforting sweet treats. Cut down on nuts ( four are healthy,  forty are overkill)  and eliminate dairy. So what are you left with? Primarily vegetables, fish, and grass fed meats. Boring, it’s true, but you will look and feel better. Knock those pounds off, and later you can reintroduce an occasional treat. Learn about vitamins and supplements and purchase only quality brands that will support your body.

For now, forget the gym and get out and walk in nature, the park, or by the lake. Nature is the greatest de-stressor available. Later you can add weights for shape and other sports for fun.

Lastly, you have to learn to control your negative thoughts. Whether or not you believe in new thought-i.e: that thoughts shape our reality-you can certainly raise your happiness vibe by focusing on the positive things in your life and doing what makes you happy. There is nothing worse for your health and outlook and the energy you are giving out than to be stuck in fear and despair.

There are tons of free guided mediation videos, along with tapping, and talks on new thought on YouTube to help you learn those skills.

Now that you have your body and mind on track, we turn to your face. I can anticipate your thoughts already-you’re a feminist and you have utter contempt for the desperate wives of Beverly Hills. You’d never get a facelift, or two, like Jane Fonda, Diane Sawyer or Barbara Walters, and you’d never be caught dead with those giant duck lips, either. Well, you don’t have to. A skilled doctor can restore lost volume to your face with injectable fillers. Shot into your cheekbones, your sagging face is lifted in a matter of minutes-no more jowls!  Deposited into your marionette lines-ten years are instantaneously reversed. The sockets under your eyes that have gotten hollower with age are another great place where dermal fillers prove their efficaciousness.

Botox lifts your forehead and eliminates the lines on it, softens your crow’s feet and is the most marvelous antidote to the formation of migraines.

CoolSculpt Mini melts away double chins, creating a more youthful and chiseled appearance, while facials and cutting edge peels restore a smooth, plumped appearance to skin and eliminate dark spots, acne, and rosacea.

It would be lovely if we loved in a world that was fair and equitable, but we don’t, unfortunately. You can give yourself an edge over the competition by looking more youthful and beautiful. That, in itself, works wonders for your confidence levels-and that always attracts people and, consequently opportunities, to you.

 

In the following weeks, we will examine different therapies for the body and face and the benefits of each. Join us!

Urinary Incontinence in Women

Do you believe that urinary incontinence is normal to the ageing process? Do you think that you must practice Kegel exercises multiple times daily? Has your doctor told you that you should take prescription drugs or undergo surgery to manage your condition?

You are not alone. Millions of women experience the embarrassing symptoms of urinary incontinence in their life time.

There are two primary types of incontinence:

Stress incontinence occurs when pelvic floor muscles weaken. Common to both young and old women this type of incontinence can be triggered by exercise, walking, stretching, bending, laughing, coughing, sneezing, or lifting.

Urge incontinence occurs due to overactivity of the detrusor muscle. The primary symptom of urge incontinence is a sudden, overwhelming urge to urinate. Frequent urination and nighttime urination often occur with this type of urinary incontinence. The leading causes are diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and neurological conditions like stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or spinal cord damage. Infections or inflammation can also irritate the bladder and damage nerves. Additionally, prescription drugs, caffeine, alcohol can contribute to urge incontinence.

Up until now, doctors have recommended lifestyle changes such as weight loss, caffeine reduction, and Kegel exercises, in addition to biofeedback, medications and surgery to control incontinence. However, innovative research has provided a faster, safer, more convenient, and non-invasive method for treating urinary incontinence.

Dr. Bonnie Vulich, founder of Refine Medical Spa, Chicago’s premier alternative to plastic surgery, now offers Votiva Vaginal Rejuventation, a comfortable procedure that reduces symptoms of urinary incontinence, and consists of three twenty to thirty minute sessions, with no downtime. Patients have reported improvement in symptoms of incontinence after one session.

For a demonstration of this procedure, please watch the video.

Dr Vulich would be happy to meet with you for a complimentary consultation and answer any further questions you may have.

Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation

Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation

Would you like relief from embarrassing incontinence, painful sex, dryness and itchiness without surgical intervention or dangerous hormone treatments today?

Refine Medical Spa in Chicago offering Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation, an amazing, fast acting treatment developed to help urinary incontinence, strengthen the pelvic  floor, and tighten and tone lax muscles, especially after childbirth.

Doctor Bonnie Vulich, founder of Refine Medical Spa, is a caring medical professional dedicated to the well-being of her patients. She takes a holistic and comprehensive approach in her practice. Doctor Vulich regards the body as an integrated whole, focusing on patient-oriented versus disease-oriented health care.

Dr. Bonnie Vulich understands that one in four women will experience urinary incontinence in their lifetime. Even more women will experience multiple symptoms of post- menopausal vaginal discomfort. By featuring Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation at Chicago’s Refine Medical Spa, Dr. Vulich would like to help women experience relief from their symptoms.

Dr. Vulich specializes in the Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation treatment in the privacy of the relaxing surroundings at Refine Medical Spa, where you can be confident that your concerns, whether aesthetic or functional, will personally be treated with the latest in cutting- edge technology.

Take this short quiz to see if you are a candidate for Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation:

 Do you notice vaginal discomfort symptoms on a regular basis?

 Are you experiencing menopause or perimenopause symptoms?

 Have you had multiple births?

 Have you been through cancer treatment?

 Do you choose not to (or cannot) use estrogen/hormone therapies?

 Have you been told you have low estrogen?

 Are you experiencing urinary problems?

 Do your symptoms affect: sleep, activity, athletics, travel and social activities?

 Would you like to be able to have sexual relations without discomfort?

 Are you experiencing dryness, itching, discharge, odor, irritation, tenderness?

 Are you experiencing loss of elasticity and wrinkled appearance of the labia and vulva?

 Would you like to revitalize your vaginal area?

What you can expect:

Typically, Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation consists of a series of three 20-minute sessions. Most patients notice good results after the first session. The results get better as you complete the series and become longer lasting if you complete the entire series of three treatments.

 Vaginal Canal and Exterior Labia

▪ Tightening and Toning Internally and Externally

▪ Thickening Skin with collagen production creating healthier mucosa

▪ Improvement vaginal laxity

▪ Improves urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction

▪ Improvement moisture level of vaginal skin

▪ Alternative to surgical or hormonal treatment

▪ Only 3 treatments over 3 to 4 months

▪ Sessions that last less than 30 minutes

▪ Comfortable, non-invasive sessions

▪ Improvement that will show internally and externally with the FormaV sessions

▪ Collagen stimulation and increased elasticity

▪ Zero downtime

▪ Customized treatment packages

▪ Add  FractoraV for more dramatic external aesthetic results

 

FractoraV

Radio Frequency, Micro-Needling, Min- Invasive, External Vaginal Only

▪ 2 Treatments in 1

▪ C02 like results without the downtime, Micro-Needling, Radio Frequency

▪ Fast healing with dramatic aesthetic results

▪ Safe, effective and dramatic tightening, toning, pigment correction

▪ Exterior Vaginal treatment only, not intra- vaginal

▪ 1 Session, in addition to the 3 internal FormaV sessions

▪ Alternatively, it can be an external treatment of only 1-3 Sessions

If you would like to learn more about what Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation can do to alleviate your symptoms, call Refine Medical Spa at 312.867-0600 to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Bonnie Vulich.

Feel Vibrant At Any Age

At Refine Medical Spa our philosophy is that a person can and should feel vibrant at any age. Our goal is to make our clients look natural and refreshed and feel positive about their appearance.

Our founder, Doctor Bonnie Vulich, has had a long standing interest in anti-ageing medicine. In addition to her degree from The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, she has completed a fellowship at The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, focusing on innovative cutting-edge science, research, and treatment modalities which are designed to prolong and enhance the human life span.

We don’t believe that attractiveness is confined to a certain age or ethnic group, but should be recognized in all people. In conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise, our services are geared towards creating a youthful appearance, which would enhance our clients’ unique lifestyles.

In the United States, baby boomers, a population of seventy million plus, are now seniors. Many are still in the workforce and find it necessary to present a fresh look in addition to their credentials to remain competitive.

The so- called Silent Generation, those born between 1925 and 1945, are currently twenty million strong. With innovations in medicine they, too, enjoy longer lifespans.  We have clients in their seventies and eighties who still feel youthful and lead active lives. At Refine Medical Spa, we understand you are just as deserving of beauty enhancing treatments.

Whatever your age, we welcome the opportunity to tailor a specific treatment to address your concerns and help you meet your goals, because an attractive appearance is not the exclusive province of the young.

Body Sculpting

You exercise. You eat healthy foods. But you still have pockets of stubborn fat or unsightly cellulite no matter what you do.

In the age of social media where so many of our life events and celebrations are constantly being scrutinized and documented by others, we can become self -conscious about our appearance to an inhibiting degree.

Sometimes, because of our  embarrassment we limit our activities and even the way we respond to our love lives.

With modern innovations in body sculpting, such as fat freezing and various laser based therapies, we no longer have to suffer that which we can’t change through our own efforts.  Neither do we need to subject ourselves to expensive and potentially dangerous surgical solutions since non-surgical therapies are continually being improved to broaden and enhance their range of effectiveness.

We welcome you to come in for a complimentary consultation with Doctor Bonnie Vulich, who will address your concerns in a non-judgmental and receptive environment. Doctor Vulich will happily explain the range of options and possible combinations of therapies which will yield the most desirable non- surgical alternatives to combat your problem areas.

Injectables

Gone are the days when wealthy women would disappear to their exclusive addresses for weeks to recover from expensive facial surgeries.

Scientists have since discovered that pulling skin tighter is not the ideal solution for the actual culprit, which is the loss of volume in underlying facial structures, such as soft tissue, fat, and bone.

Today’s cutting edge technologies offer multiple and complimentary solutions to prevent ageing and correct problems when they do occur.

  • Sunscreen prevents skin damage from occurring by blocking the sun’s damaging rays. Creams, serums, and lotions moisturize and hydrate the skin, while retinols can improve its surface appearance.
  • Facials remove skin impurities and further hydrate the skin, while peels cause the upper layer of the dermis to flake off, leaving new fresh skin exposed, thus minimizing the appearance of lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
  • Neurotoxins such as Botox® immobilize the muscles in the forehead, smoothing creases along with the furrows between the brows.
  • Dermal Fillers are successful in replacing lost volume in the cheeks, naso-labial folds ( smile lines), and marionette lines, that is, the lines extending from the mouth down to the chin.
  • Laser treatments resurface the skin, minimizing sun damage and wrinkles, and stimulate the growth of collagen, producing a smoother more youthful appearance.
  • Additionally, Kybella® and Coolsculpt Mini® are used to destroy fat cells at the jaw line, resulting in a sculpted contour.
  • Tooth whitening, along with dental care, which minimizes tooth loss and preserves underlying bone structure, aids in presenting a younger look.

In conjunction with a proper diet, supplementation, and not smoking, these therapies can work wonders to maintain a youthful and refreshed appearance.

At Refine Medical Spa, Chicago’s alternative to plastic surgery, Doctor Bonnie Vulich will explain the most effective treatments to achieve your desired results.

Our Skin Products

Are expensive skin creams better than drug store brands? Dermatologist agree that it is not the price that counts but the quality of the ingredients which make up the product.

At Refine Medical Spa, we feature top of the line botanical and natural creams which have been specially formulated to refine and rejuvenate skin. Our products go beyond hydration to actually improve the texture and tone of skin.

Neocutis offers cutting edge Swiss based technology, which address a wide variety of concerns from rosacea to discoloration. Neocutis BioCream has been shown to rejuvenate skin by reducing the visible signs of ageing when applied twice daily for a period of sixty days. Subjects reported an improvement in cheek and chin texture as well as crow’s feet.

Neocutis products feature potent blends of green tea extract, vitamin C and E extract, while day formulations contain sunscreens to prevent photo-damage. Other products within the line add moisture and offer Hyaluronic Acid to plump and moisturize skin, or Wild Yam extract to combat the signs of ageing.  Neocutis retinol correction cream reduces fine lines for a younger smoother appearance.

Neocutis under eye products with caffeine alleviate puffiness and eliminate dark under eye circles. Bio-restorative body creams transform rough dry skin, while Neo-cleanse offers a variety of cleansers and exfoliators to address all skin types.

Whatever your skin concerns, Doctor Vulich will recommend the best NeoCutis skin care products for you.

 

We also carry iS, Innovative Skin products, which address a number of skin conditions such as:

  • Acne
  • Aging
  • Dry/Dehydrated
  • Hyper-pigmentation
  • Rosacea
  • Uneven Texture
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Dark Puffy Eyes
  • Sunburn
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Scar Tissue
  • Post-Procedure Sensitivity

Through a four pronged regimen consisting of:

  • 1 – Cleansing
  • 2 – Treating
  • 3 – Hydrating
  • 4 – Protecting

Please call us for a complimentary consultation or more information about our products. All products are available for sale at Refine Medical Spa