Best Aesthetic Treatments for Summer

Time passes so quickly and summer is upon us before we know it. We look down and realize that we’re not prepared for revealing clothes or the events we have been invited to over the summer. We begin to panic. Our advice is not to worry! Refine Medical Spa in Chicago has a ton of beauty hacks that are guaranteed to get you to your personal best this summer.


CoolSculpting is a procedure whereby fat is frozen. An applicator ( we have large, medium and small) is attached to the area. Carefully regulated cooling plates to bring fat cells down to a temperature at which they are irreversibly damaged. The cells are excreted by the body as waste products. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and results can bee seen in as little as three weeks, although full results usually manifest in three months. Please click on the link to read more.


Cellulite Reduction

Dr. Bonnie Vulich uses Venus Legacy to reduce cellulite non -surgically. Venus Legacy’s multi-polar radio frequency and pulsed magnetic fields create a therapeutic heat matrix over the skin. This causes a thermal reaction under the tissue that stimulates the body’s natural healing response, increasing blood circulation and skin contraction.The results are a reduction of cellulite, noticeable tightening of the skin, and  a decrease in localized fat deposits. The treated area will immediately look smoother and firmer. Treatments last 30-40 minutes. Six to ten sessions are recommended for best results. The procedure is painless and there is no downtime. Please click on the link to read more.

Effective Cellulite Treatments

Fire & Ice

As we get older, our skin loses much of its former elasticity. After CoolSculpting, Dr. Vulich uses Venus Legacy to tighten and tone lax skin for a smooth, youthful appearance. Please click on the link to read more.

Non-Surgical Body Contouring with Fire and Ice Body Treatments

Dermal Filler

Dermal fillers, such as the Juvederm family, instantly restore volume to the face for a youthful appearance. Cheekbones are discreetly filled in to restore their shape, thus lifting sagging skin. Naso-labial folds, a tell tell giveaway of age are filled in as are deep wrinkles. Lip shape volume can be enhanced or restored with Juvederm Volbella. We use a topical anesthetic on your skin to numb it for a painless experience. Please click on the link to read more.



Botox relaxes muscles and erases lines on the forehead as well as crow’s feet. It takes three days to see results and up to three weeks to see the full benefit. Dr. Vulich numbs the area with topical anesthetic for a pain free experience. Please click on the link to read more.

The Many Uses of Botox

Foot Renewals

Silk peel is a fantastic skin treatment for dry, cracked feet. Silkpeel Dermalinfusion or hydrodermabrasion skin treatments combine non-invasive exfoliation with the infusion of skin-specific topical solutions to improve and revitalize the skin. An advanced form of microdermabrasion, Silkpeel does not utilize crystal based technology. Please click on the link to read more about SilkPeel.

Silk Peel

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is painless, fast and much more convenient than shaving, waxing, or electrolysis. Beloved by men and women, Refine Medical Spa treats intimate areas as well as legs, backs, faces, chests, bikini lines and any where else where you have unsightly hair growth. Please click on the link to read more.

Permanent Hair Removal

Hydrating Facials

From Aqua Gold to PRP to IPL Photofacials to Silk Peel, we are sure that we offer the right treatment for your face and body to keep your skin in the best shape possible. Please take a look at all of our treatments by clicking on the link to read more.

Facial Treatments

 Facial Peels

chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel. The new, regenerated skin will be smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. We also feature the all natural Green Peel and Silk Peel.

Green Peel

Silk Peel

We hope that this has been a helpful guide to summer beauty hacks and we wish you the best summer ever!

Non-Surgical Body Contouring with Fire and Ice Body Treatments

With our busy schedules, few of us can afford to devote hours to physical fitness, but even if we do, we can still have pockets of unsightly fat that are completely resistant to our efforts.

Liposuction was the old way of treating this areas, but not only is it expensive, it also carries risks such as any surgical procedure might do.

That’s where CoolSculpting comes in. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, risk free treatment with no downtime that melts fat away naturally. Fat cells are frozen with the CoolSculpting device, painlessly, and then eliminated by the body’s natural processes.

Protective gel is placed on the area and then the device is utilized to freeze the fat cells, while the skin and muscles remain undamaged. The most amazing part of CoolSculpting is that those cells die off and leave the body permanently. Generally, when a person gains or loses weight, the fat cells either expand or contract, but they remain in the body. In other words, with CoolSculpting the fat cells that were frozen will never return.

Patients will see improvements within three weeks, though it can take up to three months to see the full results, which can be dramatic.

CoolSculpting can be used on the abdomen, flanks, inner or outer thighs, chin, and upper arms.

However, CoolSculpting cannot improve the quality of skin. When we are older, our skin doesn’t bounce back as quickly after weight loss. That’s where Venus Legacy, the fire portion of the treatment comes in. Venus Legacy is a device that delivers radio frequencies is used to heat the collagen below the skin, causing it to tighten and then regenerate. Venus is often used to treat cellulite eliminating the dimples found on the thighs and buttocks, smoothing skin and tightening sagging.

After both treatments are applied, you will experience fat reduction and the skin, where the fat loss occurred, will be firm and not saggy.

Come in for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Vulich, who will explain both procedures in depth and devise an individualized treatment protocol specifically for you, no matter where your problem areas may be occurring. Do remember that CoolSculpting and Venus Legacy aren’t a short cut to weight loss if you are obese.

To get you into shape this summer, we are now offering  20% off the total package, which combines both treatments. Call us today 312.867-0600.

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Fat Reduction with CoolSculpting meets tightening and toning with Venus Legacy

Effective Cellulite Treatments

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is a term for the dimpled appearance of thighs and buttocks, which will affect 80-90% of all women.

The cause of cellulite is unknown, but it is thought to result from an interaction between the connective tissue below the surface of the skin and the layer of fat that is just below it. In women, fat cells and connective tissue in this layer are arranged vertically. When fat cells protrude into the layer of skin, the appearance of cellulite is created. In men, tissues have a fish net structure, which may explain why men are less likely to have cellulite than women.

Ageing, genetics, dietary choices, an inactive lifestyle, metabolic speed, and hormones all play a part in the formation of cellulite.

What you can  do to improve the appearance of cellulite.

  • Eat a diet that is low on processed food and carbohydrates
  • Eat fresh vegetables
  • Try to avoid standing or sitting for long periods
  • Walk and take the stairs whenever you can.
  • Add squats to your exercise routine to build muscle
  • Stop smoking. Smoking disrupts blood flow and the formation of new collagen

Do creams and topical applications work?

Retinol and body creams which contain ingredients such as caffeine have been shown to improve the appearance of cellulite. Caffeine dehydrates the cells, while retinol over a period of months thickens the skin. Dieting and liposuction are completely ineffective since they do not alter the structure of connective tissue.

What can you do if those treatments fail to bring about the changes you desire?

Venus Legacy™ delivers safe and effective treatments that smooth cellulite, improve the appearance of sagging skin, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the face and body comfortably with no downtime. Venus Legacy™ uses heat to naturally boost collagen production and break down fat cells, which smooths cellulite, improves the look of sagging skin, and diminishes wrinkles on the face and body.

How it works

Venus Legacy™ uses Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields to produce heat under the skin’s surface. This process helps to naturally increase collagen and elastin fibers, while also shrinking the volume of fat cells. At the same time, an adjustable pulsed suction (called VariPulse™) gently works to pull the skin upward, allowing the energy to travel deeper and providing more comfortable and effective treatment. The result is a body that looks slimmer and more sculpted, skin that looks tighter, and cellulite that almost disappears.

What you should know:

  • Venus is safe for all skin tones.
  • The treatments are cumulative. After your final treatment, your results will continue to improve for up to 3-4 months. After that, your face and body continue to age, so maintenance is recommended once a month or every 3-4 months, depending on the person.
  • No downtime. The treatment area may look a little flushed and warm to the touch, but this will go away within 1-2 hours. You can return to your daily schedule immediately after your treatment.
  • Most patients receive 6-8 treatments per area. The exact number will depend on each individual person and the area being treated. Treatments are done once a week. Each session lasts 15-30 minutes, depending on the area being treated
  • Venus Legacy™ treatments are comfortable. The level of heat and suction can easily be adjusted to suit you. The applicator will slowly get warmer until your skin reaches the needed temperature and stays within that temperature range. If you do feel it is too hot, let the operator know and they can easily lower the temperature a bit. If the technician is using the VariPulse™ feature, you will also feel a gentle suction on your skin, like a very low-power vacuum, as the applicator moves around the area. This can also be lowered if needed. Afterward the area may feel warm to the touch, but other than that, you will feel perfectly normal.

Before and After

If you think you are a candidate for the Venus Legacy treatment, please call us for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Bonnie Vulich at 312.867-0600.