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FDA Approves New Breast Implant

Every day  Austin Breast Implant patients are bombarded with the latest Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner or other celebrity bikini pictures. How (and why) did they pick that size?  What kind of implants did they get? Now there are even more choices than before.

Allergan has announced  today announced that the approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market NATRELLE INSPIRA™ round gel-filled smooth breast implants. Inspira is different from other available breast implant styles as it has a higher fill ratio (90%) that is designed to provide an additional breast shaping option for women undergoing reconstruction, augmentation or revision surgery.



Inspira has been available in Europe and Canada for over 10 years, however the implant is new for United States costumers. The breast implant cost may be slightly higher for this new implant

The FDA has approved a number of new implant styles in the last several years. The one that has received the greatest attention is the highly-cohesive “Gummy Bear” implants that maintain their shape even if the outer shell is compromised. “While these implants have received a lot of attention, they are best suited for specific cases, such as breast reconstruction or other specific applications.”

In fact the number and kinds of implants can be overwhelming to many patients, which is why you should seek the services of an experienced breast surgeon. At Beleza Medical Spa, we have over 18 years and thousands of patients’ experience to help guide you on your path to breast enhancement.

The main choices a patient needs to consider are Size, Silicon or Saline and Shape (or Profile)

Size is just that, the number of cc’s or ml’s in the implant. You implant size selection needs to be made on what looks good on your frame. A 5’2″ woman may see a large increase in size with a 350cc implant, but in order to see the same increase in breast size, a 5’8″ woman may need a 450cc or greater. Our advice is to “Pick what looks good for you. Don’t worry about cup sizes or cc’s. If you pick what you like, you’ll make the best choice.”

Silicone or Saline. In our practice, more that 95% of patient’s choose Silicone over Saline due to the significantly improved texture and feel of Silicone over Saline. Remember the Silicone Controversy of the 1980’s and 90’s? Today’s 5th generation implants are vastly superior to older implants in terms of safety and reliability. Also it has been scientifically proven that silicone implants to not cause cancer or connective tissue diseases.

Shape (Profile) Every implant comes in as many as 4 versions of the the same size. For example a 400cc  implant comes in  Moderate Profile, Moderate…

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Fresh Skin Club Only at Beleza Medspa!

Botox Forehead Lines

What are Forehead lines?

We all have them, some more than others.  Those pesky forehead wrinkles can really age you and make you look sad, tired and worried.  Where do they come from?  The horizontal creases seen on the forehead skin are due to the actions of the underlying muscle, the frontalis.  The frontalis muscle runs up and down from your brow to your scalp.  It serves to raise the brow to open up the eyes.  It is this action that causes the forehead lines.  When it contracts, the overlying skin bunches up and forms a crease perpendicular to the up down action of the muscle.  When you are younger, the skin is in good shape and once the muscle relaxes, the skin snaps back and the line disappears.  These are called dynamic lines.  As we age, the skin loses elasticity due to loss of collagen from sun damage.  All of a sudden, those lines don’t go away when the muscle relaxes.  As a result, the forehead lines are there all the time or become static wrinkles.

How do I get rid of forehead wrinkles?
So as you can see, the frontalis muscle has to be relaxed to do anything about forehead lines.  Botox is ideal for this purposes.  Botox is a purified protein that is injected to relax the muscles of facial expression.  Anywhere from 10-20 units of Botox can relax the muscle just enough to diminish or even erase the wrinkles.  The good thing is that by relaxing the muscle, the wrinkles will not get worse.  So Botox acts as a preventative treatment.  The effect will last 3-4 months and with regular use, it can last even longer.
If the forehead lines are deep and have been there for a long period of time, dermal fillers may be necessary.  Relaxing the forehead with Botox can only do so much.  Dermal fillers like Juvederm can fill these deep ridges and in combination with the Botox, make the lines go away forever!
But as we mentioned earlier, the loss of collagen and skin elasticity is also a factor.  To begin to reverse the signs of sun damage we can use products like SkinMedica retinol, laser resurfacing, microneedling and radiofrequency treatments.  These are all designed to stimulate collagen production and restore skin elasticity.  Sunscreen and a hat to prevent further damage is critical!

Do forehead lines indicate other problems?

Remember that the frontalis muscle lifts the brow to open the eyes.  Some people have hooding or excess skin of their upper eyelids (ptosis).  The droopy upper eyelids actually decrease their field of vision. As a result, these people continually contract their frontalis muscle to open their eyes up.  If they Botox their foreheads,…

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Aging Gracefully with Kelly Rutherford

Kelly Rutherford is like many American moms.  She is has a professional career (movie and TV actress), has been divorced and is a single mom.  At age 46, she has kept herself looking fresh and young to match her active lifestyle. She looks natural and her age and is aging gracefully!  What are her secrets?

A recent interview gave us some insight on Kelly’s thoughts about her skin care regimen:
“Hilary Sheinbaum: What does your beauty regimen consist of?
Kelly Rutherford: A lot of it has to do with eating healthy. I’ve noticed over the years – that has helped a lot, whether it’s juices or eating all organic at home.
That’s a lot of sunscreen!
I think a lot of it is preventing everything. Otherwise you have to go in and pay a lot of money to have it all fixed later.
Speaking of which, what are your thoughts on cosmetic enhancements?
At a certain age, there’s only so much you can do, even if you take care of yourself. If you want that look, you have to get Botox or fillers as you get older. It’s a bigger price to pay. We all just do the best we can with what we have. There’s nothing wrong with it. I get Botox. I think it’s great – a little here, there. Preventative.
When did you start getting Botox?
I didn’t get it until I was 40. I kind of waited. I really felt like I was starting to see some deep lines and really just wanted to prevent them from getting worse/deeper. You can use it in a light way, a light touch. Everyone’s different. Everyone likes a different look. It’s what makes people feel good about themselves. I do a little bit here and there.”
(quote from Yahoo Beauty)
Kelly represents our typical Beleza Medspa patient.  Busy and active with a lot of responsibility.  She wants to maintain her looks but not try to look 25 again.  She does not want to look plastic or like someone else, just a rested version of herself. At Beleza Medspa we are experts at skin rejuvenation and aging.  Our goal is always to let you age gracefully but help you maintain a fresh and youthful appearance.  This involves judicious use of injectables like Botox and Juvederm, skin resurfacing like lasers and chemical peels, skin maintenance like photofacials and hydrafacials and regular use of medical grade skin care products like SkinMedica.  Occasionally, cosmetic surgery has its place too.
Beleza Medspa makes regular maintenance of your appearance convenient and affordable with our Beleza Babe VIP Program and our New Fresh Skin Club.  Contact us now for your free consultation!…

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Liposuction Recovery

What affects liposuction recovery?
The good news is that recovery from liposuction surgery has markedly improved over the years.  The widespread use of local, tumescent anesthesia has not only decreased liposuction recovery time, but has also made it safer, faster and less expensive.  Tumescent anesthesia involves the injection of a dilute saline lidocaine solution into the fat layer before the procedure.  This solution provides anesthesia and prevents bleeding.   As the solution expands the fat layer, it also moves nerves, blood vessels and other tissues out-of-the-way.  As a result, there is less trauma to these structures as the fat is removed and liposuction recovery is improved.  Plus, at the end of the procedure you are numb and back on your feet immediately.

Other factors affecting liposuction recovery include overall health prior to the procedure, duration and intensity of the procedure and individual variations in pain tolerance.  Some of these factors can be controlled, like being in good shape, but some are out of your control.

So what is liposuction recovery time?
The great thing about liposuction is that at the end of the case you will see the fat that has been removed from your body.  You know that your results are going to eventually be there.  It is at this point that the liposuction recovery period begins.  The areas where the fat has been removed now have empty space.  Your body doesn’t like empty space and begins to fill them with fluid, causing swelling.  This swelling begins in the first 48 hours after the procedure and will last for weeks to months.  The good news is that your body will remove this swelling on its own.  While we wait for this, we help the process by wearing a compression garment, doing daily massage and moving our muscles with exercise.  We also allow you to drain the anesthesia from your body for several days to further speed your recovery.  Everyday the swelling will resolve and your new sleeker shape will become evident.
The other concern after liposuction is pain.  The tumescent anesthesia will provide from 8-12 hours of anesthesia after the procedure.  It also wears off gradually and most patients report a mild to moderate soreness at this point.   Pain medication is provided in case it’s needed, but the need for refills is rare.  Bruising is another concern.  Tumescent anesthesia contains epinephrine that constricts blood vessels and prevents bleeding.  The combination of the epinephrine and moving the blood vessels out-of-the-way, makes bruising relatively rare.  However some patients tend to bruise more than others.   The good thing is that bruising always resolves on its own.

Liposuction recovery timeline.
During the first 1-2 days after surgery you…

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Liposuction Vs Tummy Tuck

Do I Need a Tummy Tuck?
This is an age-old plastic surgery question that both patients and surgeons have struggled with.  In except the most obvious cases, there is no one right answer for everyone.  There are many individualized factors that come in to play. Both liposuction and tummy tucks have their advantages and certain downsides.

What is Liposuction?
Simply put, liposuction is suctioning fat from the body.  Now it’s more complicated than that, as liposuction technique approaches an art form.  Removing fat in the right amount from the right areas to achieve body contouring, requires an artistic eye.   So liposuction is ideally suited to remove fatty deposits from around the body. The other lesser known effect of liposuction is skin tightening.  We routinely see at least 50% skin tightening after a liposuction procedure.  This is important as the fat layer gets smaller, we want the skin to follow along.  This is the basis of shrink-wrap liposuction.  There are several advanced liposuction techniques to try to achieve even more skin tightening.  They involve performing superficial liposuction, right under the skin to maximize the post-procedure skin retraction.  Laser Liposuction using Smartlipo can also be used to introduce heat which further tightens the skin.
The best thing about liposuction is that it can be safely performed under local anesthesia.  There are no big incisions, just multiple 3-4mm entrance points.  The patient can resume normal activity almost immediately and downtime is minimal.

What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure mainly indicated to deal with loose skin on the abdomen.  In many women, the weight gain during pregnancy stretches out both the abdominal wall and skin.  This leads to droopy, protuberant belly.  The tummy tuck deals with this by removing the loose skin and tightening the abdominal wall if necessary.   The tummy tuck procedure requires a rather large incision in the bikini area.   The loose skin is then pulled down and the excess removed.  Sometimes this requires the belly button to be repositioned.  Deep stitches are then placed on the abdominal muscles to tighten them.   Liposuction can be combined with a tummy tuck for best results.
The advantages of a tummy tuck is that it will leave you with a flat abdomen, remove stretch marks and tighten your muscles.  It can be performed under local anesthesia, but many times, general anesthesia is required.  The downside includes the large scar, higher rate of complications, more downtime and limitations, a ‘surgical’ looking abdomen and added cost.

So Liposuction Vs Tummy Tuck, which is right for me?
If you have excess abdominal fat and no loose skin, liposuction is your best bet.  If you have mild loose skin…

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How Much Botox Do I Need?

We are asked this question frequently by our patients.  There is no set amount of Botox that is right for everyone.  Differences between gender, size of facial muscles, metabolism of Botox, frequency of repeat injections and desired cosmetic effect, alter the amount of Botox needed for each individual.  Generally accepted guidelines have been published that list amount of Botox in units to treat the most common areas.  Most Botox providers use this as a starting point and customize the treatment plan for each patient.  Some of these guidelines include 25 units for the frown lines, 15-20 units for the forehead, and 15 units for the lines around each eye.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is a purified protein that we use to relax the muscles of facial expression.  It affects the nerves that supply the muscle and temporarily blocks them.  Botox is measured in units.  These units are measured on their ability to block these nerves.  The good and bad thing about Botox is that these nerves repair themselves after 3-4 months and the muscles return to normal.
Botox and Gender
Men have bigger muscles than woman.  This applies to facial muscles too.  As a result, men require more Botox per area than an average female.
Size of Facial Muscles
Some people just use certain facial muscles more than others.  Some of us are frowners and we develop bigger frown muscles.  Some of us are big smilers or squinters and we develop bigger muscles around our eyes.  Some of us purse our lips a lot and develop bigger muscles around our mouth.  Since Botox works to relax these muscles, bigger muscles will require more Botox.
Metabolism of Botox
Once injected, the effect of Botox typically lasts 3-4 months in most people.  However, there are a few where Botox will only last 2 months or sometimes more than 6 months.  We cannot predict who will metabolize their Botox faster or slower than average.
Frequency of Repeat Botox Injections
Our advice to most of our patients is to repeat your Botox when 50% of the muscle action returns.  We find that when this advice is followed, the length between Botox Injections can be increased.  This is because the muscle is kept in a weakened state and doesn’t have a chance to recover.   If the Botox effect is completely allowed to wear off, most patients start from square one.
Desired Cosmetic Effect
Our goal for most patients is to obtain a natural look with Botox injections.   We want our patients to look rested, fresher and younger without a frozen appearance.  Some patients want to have a more dramatic look and this naturally requires more Botox.

Find out more about Botox Injections at Beleza Medspa…

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Laser Lipo at Beleza Medspa Austin TX

What is Laser Liposuction?
Liposuction has been around a long time.  It basically involves the use of vacuum cannulas to suction fat from the body.  It has been refined over the years and now is mostly performed while awake using local anesthesia.   The size of the cannulas used has decreased and the emphasis has shifted to body sculpting and contouring.  Loose skin has always been an issue with liposuction.  Typically, you can see at least 50% skin retraction with aggressive liposuction.  But with areas with very loose skin, an excision of skin like a tummy tuck may be necessary.

Lasers have been used on the outside of the skin for more than 20 years.  It is well known that when heat is introduced to the skin, it causes tightening and stimulates new collagen formation.  Around 8 years ago, Smartlipo (Smart Liposuction) was introduced to the market.  This was a laser specifically dedicated to laser liposuction.  The laser was used for 3 main effects:

skin tightening
fat melting
cauterization of bleeding

The Smartlipo laser was found to be able to help provide better liposuction results.  Patients showed smoother results and tighter skin as well as less downtime and bruising.  Smartlipo didn’t replace liposuction, but made it better.  It is just another tool in the surgeon’s bag.
Does Laser Lipo work?
The short answer is yes!  Since the introduction of Smartlipo, many other lasers have been introduced.  The power and wavelengths of these lasers has also evolved.   Stronger power allows more energy to be introduced into the tissues in a shorter time.  The wavelength of light used is important due to what tissues they affect.  The original Smartlipo used 1064nm that mainly affected fat and blood vessels.  1064 is generally considered to be inefficient in melting fat and tightening skin.  Since then, Smartlipo now has the Smartlipo Triplex which adds 1320nm and 1440nm wavelengths.  1320nm is highly absorbed by the skin and connective tissue leading to skin tightening.  The 1440nm wavelength is highly absorbed by fat, making it ideal for melting fat.  So the Smartlipo Triplex combines the laser wavelengths to give the best fat melting, skin tightening and less downtime.

Laser Lipo at Beleza Medspa
We have performed over 1000 cases of laser liposuction.  We have gone from the original Smartlipo to the powerful Smartlipo Triplex.  We know the limitations of Smartlipo as well as its strengths.   We have found Smartlipo Laser Liposuction ideal for liposuction of the chin and neck.  This area is defined by a small amount of fat and usually some loose skin.  Laser lipo is the ideal tool to melt this fat while causing skin tightening.   We also routinely use the Smartlipo Laser

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Best Botox In Austin

How do you Judge who has the Best Botox in Austin?
There are a multitude of Dermatologists, Plastic Surgeons, Ophthalmologists and Med Spas who are injecting Botox in Austin.  How can we choose the Best Botox in Austin? Lets look at some measures of Botox Injection quality:
1. Botox Injection Volume
Allergan, the producer  of Botox anks practices by volume of Botox and Juvederm purchased (authentic Botox only).  Beleza Medspa is a Black Diamond practice, making it one of the top injectors of Botox and Juvederm in the US.
2. Injector Quality and Experience
Dr Broder has been injecting Botox and Juvederm for more than 7 years. He personally trains all of his injectors to administer Botox.  Beleza Medspa injectors also receive advanced training through Allergan and by attending continuing education seminars.  Due to our high volume, Beleza Injectors have far more experience than most Austin Botox injectors.  Dr Broder supervises and backs up all his injectors.
3. Botox Specials
Beleza Medspa pioneered Botox Tuesdays that offers Botox at a discount every Tuesday.  We have many specials and events that further discount Botox and Juvederm prices.
4. Juvederm
Beleza Medspa is a high volume Juvederm practice and has much experience with dermal fillers.  Botox is only one piece of the facial rejuvenation puzzle.  Juvederm perfectly complements Botox to soften wrinkles and restore youthful volume.  Beleza Medspa injectors are also experts at advanced microcannula injection techniques.
5. Brilliant Distinctions
All Beleza Medspa office participate in the Brilliant Distinctions program which offers cash back for your Botox and Juvederm injections.
6. Facial Rejuvenation Procedures
Beleza Medspa offers a full range of complementary services from IPL photofacials, Hydrafacials, Laser resurfacing, Micropen Microneedling to the new Time Machine Procedure.
7. SkinMedica Skin Care Products
There is no use in getting the Best Botox in Austin if you do not use the best products!  Beleza Medspa is one of the largest Skinmedica practices in the country.  From TNS Essential Serum to Retinol to Lytera, Beleza Medspa has the skin care products necessary to prolong your Botox and Juvederm results.
8. TMJ & Hyperhidrosis Treatment
Beleza Medspa injectors are trained in the therapeutic use of Botox to treat excessive sweating and TMJ pain.  We offer special pricing for these services
9. Skin Care Packages
To give you better results and save you more money, we bundle many services.  You can buy a package of Botox and Juvederm, with SkinMedica, IPL Photofacials and Laser Resurfacing, MicroPen Microneedling, Platelet Rich Plasma PRP and Hydrafacials.  Our packages are specifically designed to work together and give you the most bang for the buck!
10. Multiple Locations
We offer more than 5 offices and we bring the Botox closer to where you live and work!  No reason to sit in Austin traffic!

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What Are Microcannula Filler Injections?

When clients think of fillers like Botox and Juvederm, they often shudder at the thought of being repeatedly stuck with a needle. Is it painful? Will it leave scars? Will there be swelling? These are some of the top questions asked.

But Does Beauty Have to Mean Pain?

In the past, many of us have heard the term “no pain no gain”. Now this doesn’t have to be the case with new and improved methods to maintain beauty. Microcannula filler injections promise a less painful approach to getting noninvasive cosmetic procedures done, like fillers in the form of Juvederm, Restylane, Botox and others.

What Is It And How Does It Work?

The pain we feel from needles doesn’t necessarily occur from the surface point. This pain surfaces when needles penetrate deep into the layers of the skin. To counteract this, experts now make a small entryway from the surface, and then insert a smaller, duller and hollowed microcannula needle to inject the filler.

The cannulas are characterized by fine and flexible tubes that can be inserted at the puncture marks of traditional needles. Each target area for fillers will require between one and five entryways to get the best results. These results usually mean plump and more youthful looking skin.

Microcannulas are furthermore adapted for processes like Liposuction to minimize the risks of scarring and pain.

Benefits of Microcannula Injections:

~Lowered risk of bleeding and more rapid recovery times.
~Lowered risk of pain and discomfort during and after the filler injections.
~Lowered risk of rupturing blood vessels in the face.
~Lowered risk of surrounding tissues becoming damaged from repeat injections.
~No local anesthesia is required before or during the process.

Benefits of Fillers

Most popular fillers provide the following benefits:

~Increase cheek volume
~Remove fine lines and wrinkles
~Remove under eye circles
~Reverse other signs of aging

Fillers can be painful nevertheless, due to the areas usually targeted. The lips for instance are more delicate than other areas of the body due to thin skin. Microcannulas nevertheless, revolutionize the process, and to ensure no pain, the surgeon may still prescribe medicines for relief.

When it comes to noninvasive methods of reversing and/or preventing the signs of aging, fillers come in on the top tier of effective lists – even though injections are administered.

Ultimately, microcannula fillers are considered to be a more sane and practical method to look beautiful – in the least invasive way possible.

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