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Tummy Tuck Vs Lipo

Tummy Tuck Vs Lipo: Which Do I Need?

What is Liposuction?

Very simply, liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to remove fat from your body.  Performed under local anesthesia, a small cannula is used to suction fat cells away from the treated body area.  Its not jsut about removing the fat, but removing it in a way to produce a thinner fat layer with pleasing curves and contours.  As a result, there is a great deal of artistry and creativity required by the surgeon to produce great results.

The advantages of liposuction is that it is minimally invasive, is performed under local anesthesia, has minimal downtime and is relatively inexpensive.  The disadvantages of liposuction is that it does not address large amounts of excess skin and cannot repair separated abdominal muscles.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

As it name implies, a tummy tuck is designed to surgically address a loose abdomen typically produced after childbirth.  Requiring general anesthesia, a tummy tuck involves removal of excess abdominal skin as well as repairing loose abdominal muscles.  The desired effect is to produce a thinner and tighter abdomen and waist.

The advantages of a tummy tuck is that large amounts of excess skin including stretch marks are permanently removed…

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Sculptra Butt Lift

The Non-Surgical Sculptra Butt Lift or the Sculptra BBL.

What is Sculptra?

Sculptra is an FDA-cleared dermal filler used for treatment of volume loss. Made with poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), Sculptra replaces lost collagen and works well to reduce lost volume. PLLA stimulates the body’s own collagen production and is commonly used for volume restoration and skin rejuvenation. Sculptra is routinely known for its use for fat loss in the face (currently the only FDA-approved indication for Sculptra Aesthetic). Recently, an off-label application for use in the buttocks has become  popular with good results.

What is the Sculptra Butt Lift or Sculptra BBL?

The gold standard butt lift procedure is the Brazilian Butt Lift BBL.  Using liposuction to remove fat, and fat transfer to place fat in the buttocks, the BBL produces dramatic results.  However, not everyone has enough fat for the BBL nor do they desire to have a surgical procedure. The Sculptra BBL offers a non-surgical alternative that is office based without any downtime. Additionally, the Sculptra Butt Lift can help improve cellulite or dimpling and help with sagging skin.

How does the Sculptra Butt Lift work?

Its easy!  After discussing how many vials of sculptra you desire, your buttocks skin will be cleansed and…

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Plastic Surgery Near Me

Looking for Plastic Surgeons Near Me?

You have done your homework about cosmetic surgery procedures.  You are now ready to find the right plastic surgeon near me to talk to about the procedure.  But how do you find plastic surgery near me?  What should you look for in a plastic surgeon?

Board Certification & Surgical Training

Austin Plastic Surgeon Dr Staci Hix-Hernandez MD at Beleza Medspa is double board certified.  She not only possesses board certification in Plastic Surgery, but also in General Surgery.  This means that she has 7 years total of dedicated surgical training.

Plastic Surgery Experience

Dr Hix-Hernandez has been a physician for almost 17 years.  She has been a plastic surgeon for almost 10 years.  She spent 7 years at a major teaching hospital performing complex reconstructive surgeries before joining Beleza Medspa.

Surgical Membership

Dr Hix-Hernandez is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).


Dr Hix-Hernandez has been awarded multiple awards including Austin Monthly Top Doc 2020 and Texas Super Doctor.

Plastic Surgery Procedures

Dr Hix-Hernandez specializes in body contouring procedures including liposuction, tummy tucks, breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast reductions, Brazilian butt lifts, gynecomastia surgery and mommy makeovers.  As a female plastic…

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Tummy Tuck Cost

What does a Tummy Tuck Cost?

There are several components to a tummy tuck surgery that determines the tummy tuck cost.  First, there are fees associated with the facility and operating room.  These are fixed costs that cover where your surgery is actually performed.  Next, there is the anesthesia fee.  This fee covers the presence of your anesthesia professional, usually a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) to be present during your entire procedure while ensuring your comfort and safety.  The next fee is the surgeon’s fee.  This cost covers the plastic surgeon’s time in performing your procedure, as well as approving you for the procedure and taking care of you as you heal.  Finally, the last fee covers things like post-surgery garments, prescriptions for medication and laboratory tests before your procedure.  As you can see, there are many fees that determine the final tummy tuck price.

How much is a Tummy Tuck?

The average tummy tuck cost in 2018 according to was $8150.  This is an average fee that covers all types of patients from all over the country.  The other variable to consider is how difficult the procedure will be.  Patients with more skin, more fat and previous procedures will add…

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Butt Lift Near Me

Looking for a Butt Lift Near Me?

Have you decided the Brazilian Butt Lift is the procedure that will help improve your body?  Are you now looking for surgeons and practices to help you get the Butt Lift results you dream of?

Beleza Medspa has everything you need when looking for a Brazilian Butt Lift Near Me:

We have performed thousands of liposuction, fat transfer and Butt Lift or BBL procedures.
We own our own nationally accredited AAAHC   plastic surgery suite to insure your safety and to control costs.
Our Plastic Surgeon is highly experienced in body contouring procedures including Tummy Tucks and Mommy Makeovers.
We are experts at using Smartlipo Liposuction to remove fat from where you do not want it and moving it to where you do!
The fat we use for the Brazilian Butt Lift surgery is totally you-natural without fear of foreign bodies.
We are experts at tumescent anesthesia and perform the procedure safely while you are awake.
We fully understand the relationship between a slimmer waist and a bigger butt.
We offer multiple…

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Butt Lift Cost-BBL Cost Austin TX

What is the Butt Lift Cost or BBL Cost Austin TX?

A Butt Lift, or Butt Surgery, a Brazilian Butt Lift or BBL, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to enhance the size and shape of the buttocks.  The Butt Lift procedure has two main parts, liposuction and fat transfer.  The liposuction is necessary not only to collect fat, but to perform body sculpting that decreases the waist size.  Once the fat is collected by liposuction, it can then be used for fat transfer to the buttocks.  The goal of the Butt Lift is to produce a buttocks that is larger and more shapely.  The Butt Lift is an ideal add-on procedure to an abdominal and flanks liposuction procedure and the Butt Lift Cost is usually very reasonable.

The Butt Lift cost is determined by the two procedures that comprise it.  There is a cost for the liposuction procedure and a cost for the fat transfer procedure.  The good thing about the Butt Lift Cost, it that most of the expense is already contained in the liposuction procedure.  The anesthesia, facility fee and other fees are already covered by the initial liposuction fee.   The fat transfer fee just needs to cover the…

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BBL Surgery: Brazilian Butt Lift

What is BBL Surgery?

BBL stands for the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure.  Simply, the BBL is a plastic surgery procedure utilizing liposuction and fat transfer to increase the size and contours of the buttocks.  BBL surgery can be performed safely while awake using tumescent anesthesia.  Liposuction is performed first, specifically focusing on decreasing the size of the waist.  By producing a smaller waist, the buttocks naturally looks bigger.  The fat removed during the liposuction, is then carefully injected into the buttocks with the aim of increasing its size and improving its shape.  No other procedure can produce the figure altering effects of the Brazilian Butt Lift.

What is the BBL Cost?

Considering the results delivered by BBL surgery, the Butt Lift Cost is quite reasonable.  No amount of dieting, exercise or non surgical procedures, can deliver the results of BBL surgery.  In fact, one can waste tens of thousands of dollars trying to get Brazilian Butt Lift results, with nothing to show for it.  The BBL cost at Beleza Medspa starts at $5999 and requires a free consultation for individualized pricing.

Butt Implants vs BBL

Before BBL surgery was perfected, Butt Implants were the only procedure available for buttocks augmentation.  The problem with butt implants…

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People Also Ask: Coolsculpting

Here are some common people also ask questions about Coolsculpting and Coolsculpting FAQ.

How Many Coolsculpting Treatments are Needed?

Every Coolsculpting procedure can lead up to a 25% reduction in the size of the fatty area treated.  So, if you are seeking a more than 25% reduction, a Coolsculpting procedure would need to be repeated.  This can be done anywhere from 2-4 months after the initial treatment.

What are the Side Effects of Coolsculpting on the Stomach?

Normal side effects of Coolsculpting on the stomach include redness, numbness, swelling and occasionally some discomfort.  Usually, all of these side effects resolve in a few days to weeks.

Is Coolsculpting Covered by Insurance?

No.  Coolsculpting is considered a cosmetic procedure and would not be covered by traditional health insurance.  However, Beleza Medspa does offer no-interest financing through CareCredit.

What are Coolsculpting Pros and Cons?

The Pros of Coolsculpting are that it is noninvasive, performed in office, no anesthesia is required, can take as little as 35 minutes, and there is no downtime.  The Cons of Coolsculpting are that results are limited to a 25% reduction in the fatty layer, it can’t sculpt the fat layer or transfer the fat and it can only treat areas that the applicator can fit.


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Most Common Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures

ASDS Consumer Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedure Survey

Recently, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery released their consumer survey of Cosmetic Dermatologic procedures.   There were many interesting findings why patients were seeking such procedures and what procedures they were looking for.

Who influenced these consumers regarding their procedures?

Surprisingly, while 50% of these consumers listed their Dermatologist as the most important, more than 40% listed their friends and more than 30% listed their primary care physician.  This indicates the importance of referrals from friends and families as well as the importance of other physician specialties in the recommendation of cosmetic procedures.

Why are consumers exploring cosmetic dermatologic procedures?

These finding were very interesting and also not surprising.  Consumer comments included “I want to feel more confident”, “I want to appear more attractive”, and “I want to look as young as I feel or better than my age”.  These are common refrains that we hear from our patients at Beleza Medspa.  When asked for reasons why they are waiting for such procedures they commented “Cost”, “May be painful” and “May not get the results I am looking for”.  Beleza medspa tries to reduce such concerns by offering specials and deals, less invasive and painful procedures and by trying…

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Eye Wrinkles

What are the types of Eye Wrinkles?

Our eyes are constantly opening and closing every time we blink.  Plus, when we smile and make other facial expressions, our eyes have a role too.  All this movement eventually causes wrinkles in the skin around the eyes.  The eye is surrounded by a circular muscle that acts to open and close the eyelid.  The wrinkles that result from its movement, tend to form in lines radiating from the center of the eye.  These eye wrinkles can run up to the eyebrow and down to the cheek.  These under eye wrinkles are better known as Crows Feet.

What causes Eye Wrinkles?

Did you ever wonder why children don’t have eye wrinkles as they are constantly opening and closing their eyes too?  The answer is contained in the overall condition of the elasticity of the skin.  Children have a lot of elasticity and their skin easily and readily bounces back after movement.  However, as we age, we lose that elasticity and after a movement, the skin remains folded and an under eye wrinkle eventually forms.

What causes the loss of skin elasticity?

The easy answer is the sun.  Damaging UV rays from the sun, damage the two main components…

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