Cosmetic Surgery and Med Spa Services in Austin, TX

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If you have thin or short eyelashes, and want longer, thicker, more beautiful lashes to accent your eyes, consider LATISSE. What is LATISSE? LATISSE is a prescription treatment for women experiencing inadequate or not enough lashes, a condition known as eyelash hypotrichosis. It is also the first and only FDA approved treatment for helping grow longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes. LATISSE requires a once daily treatment that you will apply yourself. You will be applying the LATISSE solution to an applicator brush, and sweep it across the upper eyelid margin—where you would apply eyeliner. You will not apply the solution to your lower lashes. If you wear contacts, you should remove them prior to LATISSE applications. You can reinsert your lenses just 15 minutes after application. While this new growth will not happen overnight, you will see great results after completing the entire treatment. During the LATISSE treatment, patients will see improved appearance of their lashes within eight weeks, with optimum results happening in about 16 weeks. While the treatment is completely painless, some patients have experienced common side effects include itching of the eyes, or eye redness. You may experience some eyelid skin darkening, which is reversible. About the Development of LATISSE The LATISSE solution was developed in 2001, when another product from Allergan (the manufacturer of LATISSE), a medicated eye drop was being used to treat intraocular pressure. It was discovered that patients using this product began to grow darker fuller lashes. Allergan then studied the active ingredient–bimatoprost—to create a new product from growing lashes. LATISSE received FDA approval in 2008. LATISSE is a by prescription only treatment, so you will need to consult a doctor about this product. Doctors, cosmetic surgeons, ophthalmologists, and primary care doctors can all prescribe this product; however, if you are interested in LATISSE, you should find a doctor who is very familiar with this product. With the ease of use and excellent results, this is the perfect solution if you want those thicker, more luxurious, natural eyelashes.…

Microdermabrasions at Home

The popularity of systems used to preform microdermabrasions at home is rising steadily due to the wealth of new systems on the market that claim to be spa quality. Although we support a comprehensive at home skin regimen as a key part of an overall skin health plan, machines used to complete microdermabrastions at home shouldn’t replace office visits, and here’s why. Your skin is the largest organism on your body and it is the organism most often exposed to the elements. Because of this, not only your appearance but your health depend on regular care and maintenance. Visiting a skin care specialist with consistency can ensure that you are not over or under treating your skin. At home microdermabrasions may feel effective but can easily lead to overtreatment, over drying and an improper PH balance in your skin. When you visit a Beleza location for your skincare routine, we can look at your overall treatment plan, including at home treatments, in office treatments and products to determine if your skin routine is at its best. Many patients, in an effort to save money, purchase machines designed for microdermabrasions at home, only to find that the effort leads to more troubling skin issues because their treatment plan is not consistent or monitored by a professional. As so many of us have experienced, skin is a tricky thing. We are encouraged to wash our faces regularly to prevent breakouts but too much washing can lead to overdrying, which can cause acne as our skin overproduces moisture to compensate. We are told to use products like sunscreen, vitamin c serums and more daily, but it can lead to an oversaturated, greasy feeling. So how do we determine what solutions will work for our skin? The answer is to visit a professional. Home microdermabrasion treatments can be great if balanced by regular office visits to keep skin healthy and, in the case that improvements are needed, to keep skin plans on track. Before you implement a new element or change a part of your at home skincare routine, be sure to speak with a specialist. Beleza offers free consultations so that we can help you determine the right steps for you to achieve your skincare goals. Your skin is what you show the world, and we know we can help you put your best skin forward.…

Do you struggle with lateral canthal lines, or crow’s feet around your eyes? If so, Botox may be a great solution for your concerns. Beleza has always offered Botox treatments for crow’s feet, but this application of Botox was recently approved by the FDA, meaning it is no longer an off-label use of the drug. Botox for crow’s feet is injected directly into the muscle around the eyes that causes the scrunching at the outer corners that ages our faces and causes us to look tired. Botox works to prevent those muscles from contracting, meaning that the lines caused by those muscles will not appear for 3 – 5 months after a Botox treatment. Regular use of Botox can extend the drugs’ period of efficacy. In many cases, the number of units of Botox needed to address a particular issue varies from patient to patient based on the depth of the wrinkle, the strength of the muscle and how regularly Botox is applied. As a general rule, and as approved by the FDA, Botox for crow’s feet can be expected to require 15 – 20 units per eye. If you’ve never had Botox before, it’s a great idea to come in for a free consultation to determine your ideal number of units and a final cost. There are still many areas of the face and neck that Botox can be used off-label. Off-label uses are completely safe if administered in normal doses and by an experienced professional injector. Beleza uses Botox in the neck to diminish lateral lines, at the arch in the brow to lessen the appearance of heavy eyelids, and above the lip to enhance the “pout” of the upper lip. Botox for crow’s feet is a long used off-label application and we expect that many more applications for Botox will be FDA approved in upcoming years. Botox is one of the most versatile drugs available in the aesthetic market and is even used to treat non-aesthetic needs like headaches, joint pain and anxiety. Botox for crow’s feet is an ideal treatment for anyone with concerns about the aging of the eye area, and as always, it is an extremely safe way to use Botox. But, with the new FDA approval of Botox for crow’s feet, patients can be even more sure of the drug’s safety and efficacy in the trouble area around the eyes.…

Chemical Peel Specials

Chemical Skin Peel Chemical peels, like many other aesthetic treatments, vary in price based on region, demand and competition in the area. In the Austin area, chemical peels can cost between $90 and $300, depending on the type and intensity of the peel. Many patients, in the search for a good deal on a chemical peel, turn to spas with which they are not familiar to get a lower price from popular deal sites like Groupon and Living Social. In addition to the daily low prices offered, chemical peel specials are offered regularly at Beleza Med Spa so there is no need to turn to an unfamiliar practice or spa to get a good deal. When patients purchase a package of three chemical peels, we offer a package price that can save a significant amount of money for the patient. In addition, during our popular open house events, we often offer chemical peel specials that reduce the price of the peel for those patients who only want to buy one at a time. Face Chemical Peels It is tempting to hop around from business to business to get a good deal, but the real value of visiting the same business and practitioner is that our team can understand your skin’s unique needs. Just like finding the perfect person to cut and color your hair, skin is a complicated organism that responds to even small changes in weather, moisture and chemical exposure. It is important to stay with a practitioner long enough for her to understand how your unique skin responds to treatments and the climate so she can perfect a skincare regimen for you. After Chemical Peel We recently had a patient return to Nancy in Round Rock after hopping from practice to practice. She described the “system” of appointments and skincare products Nancy developed for her and how she was pleased with the results but felt she could find a better deal somewhere else. Eventually, when the skin issue Nancy treated reoccurred, she called to see Nancy – the other practitioners were unable to find the right formula for her skin because they didn’t know her skin like Nancy did. It is good to get on a regular chemical peel routine, so the idea of package purchase chemical peel specials is very advantageous and can save money over the long run. Many patients prefer to get two – three chemical peels per year, making chemical peel specials so important in maintaining the “beauty” budget. We would love the opportunity to tell you about our current chemical peel specials. Call the location most convenient for you to get information on the best deal or visit our “deal” page and join us for our next event!…

If you’re looking for a new skincare routine, Revision skincare may be a great option for you. The line has some star products that are quite unique in the marketplace, making Revision skincare one of the most requested lines in our offices. Revision Skincare Teamine Revision skincare Teamine eye complex comes in both a concealer and a serum. The Teamine line is one of our best because it not only addresses the fine lines and wrinkles that are addressed by many eye creams, it also addresses the dark circles we see in patients struggling with lack of sleep, allergies or a genetic predisposition to dark circles. The ingredients in the serum, unique to Revision skincare, cause an immediate lightening of dark spotting through skin brightening and light diffusion. The concealer has the added benefit of a layer of skin-matching pigment to further disguise the look of dark circles. Revision Skincare Intellishade Offered in both SPF 45 and SPF 50, Revision skincare Intellishade comes in both original and matte forms. A three-in-one product, Intellishade is an anti-aging moisturizer, a sunscreen and a light layer of tint that helps to even skin tone and disguise skin discoloration. Great for day-to-day use, Revision Skincare Intellishade’s Matte finish is ideal for skin prone to oiliness, as it does not add any additional shine to the skin. The Original finish works better for normal to dry skin types, as it provides a slight shimmer and has a great light-reflection value. Another option popular with our patients is to mix a touch of the Original with a touch of the Matte. The easy-to-apply texture of the Original is maintained but the end product does not add any “shine” to the skin, as it is balanced with the Matte properties. Revision Skincare Nectifirm Revision skincare’s Nectifirm product is uniquely designed by the company to address the crinkled, crepe-y look associated with aging skin on the neck and decolletage. Because the skin on the face and neck age differently, it is important to dedicate a product to the neck that designed to tighten skin, help it appear more firm and lifted and provide the intense moisture that the neck needs to appear smooth and firm. The secret is in the product, which is ultra-packed with anti-oxidants which not only help to repair the sun damage the neck and chest already has, but helps to prevent future damage. While the product isn’t specifically designed for use on other surface areas besides the neck and chest, it has been shown to be effective on other areas where skin tightening is desired, like the legs and belly area. Beleza Medical Spa’s Texas Beauty Company carries these Revision skincare all-star products and many more, making your skincare routine only a few clicks away.  …

Whether it’s the name of an ex or just an image you don’t associate with anymore, tattoo removal in Austin is sought by many patients who need a trusted way to remove that unwanted ink. Tattoo removal can be a psychologically difficult decision to make because so many people who get tattoos do it because they identify deeply with the images inked. But, lifestyles, goals and preferences change so there really is no reason to feel bad about a decision to pursue laser tattoo removal options in Austin. The reasons you may want to remove a tattoo vary greatly, but the bottom line is the same – Beleza can help you find the best process and price for tattoo removal in Austin. There are a couple of important things to understand about Austin tattoo removal before you start the process. First, multiple sessions are required to fully remove a tattoo. Dependent upon the age, color and depth of the ink, the number of sessions required to reach a desired result varies greatly from person to person and tattoo to tattoo. The best way to determine how many sessions might be needed is to meet with a removal specialist at Beleza so that we can get more information about the tattoo and take a look at it. Although it will be difficult to tell until a session or two is complete, we should be able to give you a good idea of the number of sessions needed to remove your unwanted tattoo. Pricing on tattoo removal in Austin does vary, so you can shop around, but keep in mind that simply seeking the lowest price does not always lead to the best results. Beleza’s Austin tattoo removal is administered by a registered nurse at our downtown location, so a patient’s healing and after care is monitored closely by someone with the education and background needed to forsee, diagnose and treat any potential complications that may arise from tattoo removal. In many cases, tattoo removal is Austin is done by a tattoo artist who purchased a machine and read a manual. While these individuals may do a great job removing your tattoo, they do not have the ability to help you prevent and diagnose potential infection and other side effects. Removal is better left to someone who is familiar with skin, scarring and infection like Beleza’s registered nurses. If the time has come to take the next step and remove a tattoo, don’t hesitate to read more about the process online and contact us for a free consultation!…

The photofacial is the beauty craze that has some staying power, as the treatment rapidly gained popularity and is still utilized by many patients today because of the ease and efficacy of the treatment. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, which is the type of technology a photofacial machine uses. These machines repeatedly deliver an intense blast of broad-spectrum light that targets pigmentation and gradually brings it to the surface. In addition to helping remove hyperpigmentation, the light helps to stimulate collagen production, which helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles. It also kills p.acne, bacteria that causes and worsens acne. For patients who struggle with redness and rosacea, routine photofacials can help to diminish the appearance of redness and reduce the look of broken capillaries. Photofacials are extremely popular because they are very effective in treating a wide range of troublesome skin issues and can be used together with an at-home regimen to deliver long-term skin lightening and brightening. For patients who have a particular trouble spot or problem they want to treat, it is a good idea to come in for a photofacial every 4 – 6 weeks. For patients who are in a maintenance phase, photofacials are recommended once or twice a year to keep sun damage at bay. After a photofacial, you skin will feel slightly tight, somewhat like it was sunburned. You may have some dark spotting come to the surface immediately after the treatment, which will look like “peppering” or areas of darker skin pigmentation. In some cases, it takes several days for this dark spotting to appear. For patients with even deeper skin damage, a dark shadow will appear in some areas but will not make it all the way to the surface. This simply indicates that the photofacial worked; it brought discoloration closer to the surface. To get it to come up completely, another photofacial or two may be needed. For patients who get the dark speckling on the surface of the skin, it will take 7-10 days for the darker pigmented skin to slough off. It is not wise to pick at this skin, as it can increase the time of healing and can even scar if it is pulled off too soon. The best way to deal with the dark spotting is to cover it and wait for it to disappear on its own. Generally the second photofacial is more effective than the first, as it does take one sitting for an esthetician to find the ideal machine setting for each patient. Patient settings vary by skin tone so a more intense second treatment can be done if the first treatment does not cause any adverse effects. As for the treatment itself, photofacials feel similar to the snap of a rubber band and do not generally cause much pain. Some technicians use cooling gel or a cooling tip on the machine to minimize pain, and patients who feel they need to can take an over the counter pain killer before the appointment to further reduce the chance of pain.…

Dysport Vs Botox

Botox or Dysport? Thanks to the popularity of the product, the brand name Botox has become a lot like the brand name Kleenex – interchangeable with the product name itself. Because of this, we have many patients who wonder what the difference between Botox and Dysport is, and often assume that Dysport is comparable to the off-brand of the product. The truth is that Botox and Dysport work in the exact same way. Both are made of botulinum toxin A, a purified protein that works by relaxing targeted muscles. When the muscles in your forehead are relaxed, you are unable to make the expression that causes those troublesome “11s” and horizontal folds in the skin of the forehead. In this way, both Dysport and Botox help patients appear younger by smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles caused by muscle movement. Because the products are made of the same thing, they work in really similar ways and so  it is difficult for many patients to discern a difference between the two products. In many cases, the use of Botox or Dysport boils down to injector and patient preference; many providers offer both options to patients who can try each and decide what works best for them. By in large, Beleza uses Botox for most patients and is a Black Diamond level injector of Botox and other Allergan products, like Juvederm. However, we do offer Dysport for the patients who prefer it. One of the advantages we hear from Dysport users who have tried both products is that they feel Dysport sets in more quickly than Botox. The reason for this is that the Dysport protein is smaller so it is absorbed more quickly, and it is known to spread quicker, which may also contribute to the faster onset. Dysport Cost Another one of Dysports’ advantages can be deceiving. Dysport is offered at a much lower per unit price than Botox, which makes it seem much less expensive. The reason this is misleading is that Dysport often requires more units per area than Botox, because it is more highly diluted than Botox. The increase in number of units required makes the bottom line cost about the same for Botox and Dysport users. The bottom line is that Botox and Dysport last about the same about of time, 3-4 months. And, each product is about equally effective, with Dysport occasionally scoring higher in patient preference studies and Botox occasionally scoring higher. Dysport Side Effects Many patients prefer Botox because it is a household name (been around more than 10 years) and because it is so commonly used. They worry that the newer product to the market will come with unknown side effects. The truth is that neither substance has many negative side effects and a patient should always discuss the potential for side effects with the injector before the procedure begins. The differences between Botox and Dysport are few, so the best way to decide is to try both and figure out which you like best!…

Acne Scars

As teens, a lot of us dealt with acne. Some still deal with acne in the form of acne scars, which can cause extreme frustration. Difficult to treat, acne scars effect several layers of skin and often require extreme actions to address. At Beleza, we understand the confidence-busters acne scars can be for patients of all ages, so we offer several ways of treating them. Unfortunately, all treatments come with the caveat that while we can often minimize the appearance of scars, it is extremely difficult to eliminate them altogether, so combination treatments may be applied to get the best results possible. MTS-Roller Microneedle Rolling Our newest tool in the fight against acne scars is MTS-Roller Microneedle Rolling. A microneedle roller is a handheld roller covered in tiny needles. As the provider rolls the tool across a patients face, it makes tiny perforations in the surface of the skin. Because the body recognizes that the skin is damaged, it immediately sends repair functions to the area to build up the skin again. This repair-damage-repair sequence, when repeated 3-5 times, can stimulate collagen and cause the skin to repair itself starting from within, improving the appearance of scarring. In addition, a serum is applied to the just-rolled face which is packed with proteins that are vital building blocks in the skin. As it sinks into the deeper layers of the skin, now accessible because of the perforations of the roller, the serum aids in the healing process that happens after rolling is complete. In comparison to some of the other treatments we will discuss, microneedle rolling is on the very low side of the pain scale with some patients describing it as comfortable. It also has very little to no downtime; the skin will look slightly red after the treatment and patients may be advised not to apply makeup or other lotions to the skin for several hours after but the areas will look normal within hours of the treatment. Whisper Laser Another tool we can use on acne scars is the Whisper, a laser resurfacing treatment that, based on the same concept as the microneedle roller, damages the skin and thus promotes the body’s activation of healing mechanisms and a flood of collagen and vital proteins to the surface of the skin. Often prescribed in a series of three treatments, the downtime associated with the Whisper is more significant than with microneedle rolling but the treatments have a more significant effect on the appearance of scars. Within several days of the treatment, the patient will experience a day of redness, 1 – 2 days of peeling and a final day of healing before the skin looks normal again. DOT Therapy Our final tool in the fight against acne scars is the DOT therapy laser, which is associated with the most downtime, discomfort and efficacy of any of our acne scar treatments. In a 45 – 60 minute treatment, a fractional laser is applied to the skin, causing perforations is a DOT patter across the entire effected area. This treatment is the most effective in treating scarring because it reaches the deepest layers of skin to initiate the healing process. With 7 – 10 days of downtime, DOT therapy presents the most significant down time but in many cases, only requires one treatment to see significant results in the reduction of acne scars. Bottom line – acne scars are difficult to treat, but the fight is worth it for many patients!…

Found in the connective tissue of animals, especially vertebrates, collagen is a group of proteins that  are naturally found in the body. Collagen serves multiple functions for humans, including being the basis for connective and fibrous tissues. At Beleza, most of the focus on collagen is centered on its’ role in skin elasticity and firmness. Collagen serves as the structural support for skin, so as we age, this structure decreases. With time, age and collagen breakdown, skin looses firmness and the ability to bounce back when pulled or stretched. This loss of structure and elasticity allows gravity to take its toll and pull the fatty tissue and skin in the face downward. Wrinkles from expressions begin to linger after the expression is gone and both deep and fine lines appear. Collagen is almost 90% of our skin’s dermis, so the change in the appearance of skin can be dramatic when collagen starts to fade. Around the age of thirty, collagen production in the skin decreases at an average rate of 1% a year. During the next several decades, the slowdown is even more dramatic. So, what do we do to prevent or slow down this collagen breakdown? Some of the factors are environmental and genetic; if your parents and grandparents showed their ages prematurely, it is likely that you will, too. To delay the onset of wrinkles and loss of firmness as long as possible, a few steps can be taken. First, sunscreen. We probably sound like a broken record at this point, but there is nothing better you can do for your skin that slather on sunscreen every single day, and reapply when sweat or swimming is involved. Amp up your protection with sunglasses to shield the delicate skin around the eyes and a wide brimmed hat to provide shade on the face, neck and chest. Second, never forget your antioxidants. Vitamin C and E protect your skin against free radicals and help to rebuild collagen. When you apply skincare products to a clean and dry face, apply them thickest to thinnest; this usually means your Vitamin C and E (generally supplied in the form of a serum) will be applied underneath your thicker lotions and creams. Third, use a retinol. Beleza provides prescriptions for a personalized blend of hydraquinone and retinol, which can produce a drastic difference in skin pigmentation and help to increase collagen production when applied nightly.…

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