Laser Technology and Beauty

Remaining youthful with Botox and Injectables

The pursuit of beauty and youth seems to be prevalent in our society. We live longer, are healthier and more active, and we want to look it as well. Some of us are fortunate enough to be wealthy but others must remain in the workforce –  and appearing youthful is a necessity in a competitive economy.

To that end, we work out, color our hair, and maintain good eating habits. In years past, rich women and celebrities resorted to painful face lifts to achieve a youthful appearance but in most cases, such radical intervention is not necessary to build volume and prevent wrinkles.

We now have Botox, which lifts and erases lines on our foreheads and crow’s feet; and facial fillers, such as the Juvederm family of injectables, which replace lost volume. People as young as their twenties have embraced these modalities as preventatives and to subtly reshape their own features, e.g: fuller lips or more prominent cheekbones.

Nevertheless, the quality of our skin is a telltale giveaway to our age and that is where the use of aesthetic technologies, such as cosmetic lasers come into play.

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What do Lasers do?

Lasers have the ability to treat almost every skin condition from rosacea to broken capillaries and can remove unwanted hair, undo sun damage, and remove age spots and hyper-pigmentation. Some can tighten skin and reduce cellulite.

How do Lasers work?

Aesthetic lasers work by directing heat to targeted parts of the body that need to be treated while other parts remain unaffected. Various laser beams (light frequencies) are used to correct underlying issues or to create new collagen growth.

Types of laser technologies

We have a variety of lasers and applicators at Refine Medical Spa. Dr. Bonnie Vulich, our founder, specializes in aesthetic procedures and anti-ageing medicine. She can direct you to the best treatment or combination of treatments for your specific problems.

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Our Lasers

InMode Diolaze hair removal targets the root of the hair follicle. A diode laser beam passes through your skin to penetrate the hair follicles. The laser energy heats up the root of the hair follicle causing it to die off, which in turn prevents future hair growth. In this way, Diolaze reduces the number of sessions necessary to get hair free skin. Diolaze has a built in skin cooling effect, which makes the procedure comfortable and painless.

Diolaze can be safely used on most areas of the body with unwanted hair growth, including:

  • Bikini area
  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Shoulders
  • Stomach
  • Neck
  • Chin
  • Hairline

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Inmode Lumecca

Lumecca is a revolutionary IPL (intense pulsed light) device that delivers photo-rejuvenation in one to two treatments rather than the standard four to six.  Lumecca photorejuvenation treats a range of issues such as sun damage, wrinkles, age spots, freckles, spider veins, vascular lesions, and rosacea. It can improve overall skin texture and be used on all areas of the body.

Your skin might appear redder for a couple of days but it can be covered up by make-up. Avoid strenuous activity, exercising, or hot showers for forty-eight hours after your treatment, as heating the skin could affect the efficacy of the treatment.

InMode Fractora is the most advanced fractional radio-frequency treatment providing anti-aging improvements to skin tone and texture for a more radiant appearance through ablation and skin resurfacing. Fractora can be used in areas that have fine or deep wrinkles, on acne scars, scars, or discolored red and brown areas. It can be used on eyelids, smile lines, neck, mouth, cheeks, and forehead, among other areas. Results will be apparent immediately but will be best after two weeks.

Fractora is minimally invasive and uses micropins, much like microneedeling, to resurface and rejuvenate the skin, while heat penetrates deep layers in the skin to boost collagen growth resulting in a youthful appearance.

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Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation

Votiva delivers vaginal rejuvenation that works on the internal and external tissue of the vagina without the need for painful surgery or significant downtime. Votiva increases blood flow and sensitivity, increases elasticity, and tightens sagging tissues of the labia and vulva.

Please click here to read more about Votiva.

Venus Legacy

Venus Legacy is a cutting-edge FDA approved technology that utilizes multi-polar radio frequencies and pulsed magnetic fields that cause a thermal reaction in the tissue that stimulates the body’s natural healing response.

Venus Legacy is used for two specific purposes:

  • tightening loose and sagging skin, common during the aging process and after weight loss or childbirth.
  • reducing cellulite, which is caused by underlying fat deposits that give the skin a dimpled or lumpy appearance.

To read more about cellulite reduction, please click here.

To read more about skin tightening, please click here.

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When you come in to Refine Medical Spa in Chicago’s vibrant Streeterville, Dr. Bonnie Vulich will offer you a complimentary consultation to determine which treatment or combination of treatments would be best to address your needs and goals. Call today to make an appointment 312.867-0600.

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