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

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: