Cosmetic Surgery and Med Spa Services in Austin, TX

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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 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 sculpting, 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 is usually 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 that…

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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.

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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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Long-Term Treatment of Spider Veins

 

Spider veins typically show up as small, blue, purple or reddish blood vessels that are just beneath the skin’s surface primarily on the legs, ankles and face. These little aggravated veins can cause embarrassment and frustration by their presence and when not treated can become more apparent.

Though there is no absolute cause of spider veins, some factors that contribute to the appearance of spider veins include obesity, occupations where lots of standing is required (think teachers, hair stylists, those who work in a factory setting), a family history or spider veins and varicose veins, birth control pills, etc. Spider veins tend to happen to women more than men though both men and women experience spider veins.

Not only are spider veins unappealing to the wearer visually, they also come with bothersome symptoms and contribute to tingling, restlessness, cramping sensations an overall heaviness of the legs. Some of these symptoms can be alleviated by keeping the legs elevated when possible and by wearing support hose and taking the time for physical activity for improved circulation.
Not addressing spider veins can lead to swelling of the area, especially if the irritated veins are located in the ankles. Untreated varicose veins may lead to blood clots, inflammation and an overall darkening of the skin.

Treating spider veins and varicose veins can be done with the help of an experienced vein specialist doctor. A treatment known as “sclerotherapy” is frequently performed to treat spider veins and varicose veins and is done by injecting a sclerosant chemical into the affected vein which causes the vein to close completely and restrict blood to the affected area which eventually results in the disappearance of the aggravated vein.

The sclerotherapy injections are not without any discomfort, and the patient should expect to experience a slight burning sensations in the site of injection as the solution does its job, particularly if there are many veins present that require treatment. Each sclerotherapy session lasts from minutes to around half an hour total depending again on how many spider veins are present and how much surface of the skin they cover.

Post treatment the patient is able to walk normally though it’s recommended that strenuous exercise is avoided for at least a few days and the legs should not be exposed to direct sunlight for a least a couple of weeks. Compression hose may be recommended to help the healing process and should be worn according to doctor’s orders.
Those with spider veins should begin by contacting a vein specialist to discuss how sclerotherapy can be a benefit.…

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Are You Considering Eyelash And Brow Tinting?

Some women have naturally thick eyebrows and long eyelashes – long considered a standard of beauty.

If you’re like most however, you may want a few extras to boost your appearance. Thin eyelashes and brows are common in millions, but old time tested methods are now new again. Eyelash and brow tinting is an option, and this cosmetic procedure provides permanent and instant results.

Consider:

~Waking up each day looking gorgeous and without having to apply heavy makeup.
~Eliminating the extra monthly costs of over-the-counter cosmetic purchases.

What Is Eye Lash and Brow Tinting Exactly?

Have you ever got a new hair color? Eyelash and brow tinting is similar. In most spas, technicians will use safe and natural hair dyes, which are vegetable-based. With a few minutes of air drying you can enhance your appearance – and carry on with your day.

How It’s Done

To ensure there are no allergic reactions to the dye, the technician will first test it in an inconspicuous area of the skin. Many salons will also use a cotton pad under the eyes to prevent any hair dye getting into the eyes.

The entire procedure will take under half hour to complete.

Eyelash and brow tinting will have a lifespan of a month, and you can go back for touchups as often as you like. Clients can also select between temporary, semi-permanent and permanent dyes in most cases.

In addition, many women will use eyelash and brow tinting to match a new hair color.

The Top Benefits

Eye lash and brow tinting provides a range of benefits including:

~Immediate Results
~It’s Affordable
~It’s Long lasting
~No Recovery Time Needed
~You’ll Feel No Pain

Tips When Opting for Eyelash and Brow Tinting

~Ensure that an experienced hair color or esthetician is used.
~Remove contact lenses before the hair dye is applied.
~Saline drops can be used to rinse the eye after the procedure.
~Ask about keeping a toner handy to wipe away any residues safely.

What Are The Color Options?

These are limitless. Play with colors to enhance your beauty – and eyes, from brown, black, blue-black, chestnut and other neutral looking colors.

Eyelash and brow tinting dates back thousands of years, as women have always found ingenious ways to subtly enhance their eyes – the windows to their soul.

Search for a spa or cosmetic center near you to upgrade your look.…

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A Mini-Tummy Tuck for a Tighter Mid-Section

The stomach region continues to be one of the most common “trouble spots”
for people who are trying to lose weight, get in shape and tone up and it remains one of the most challenging areas to shrink. Women in particularly are prone to sagging tummies post-pregnancy after the skin has been stretched and the abdominal muscles have been separated causing a protruding appearance. As important as regular exercise and a diet high in fiber and low in sodium and sugars are to achieving and maintain a sleek stomach, these efforts don’t always yield the desired results and this can be very frustrating for those who are trying so hard to lose a few inches around their mid sections.

 

A “mini-tummy tuck” is a popular variation of the ever-popular tummy tuck which are looking to be rid of excess skin on their tummy and tighten their stomach region. A mini-tummy tuck is much like a traditional tummy tuck in that an incision is made to remove excess skin and pull the remaining skin down tighter for a more streamlined appearance. The perfect candidate for a mini-tummy tuck is someone whose main frustrations with their stomach rest just below their belly button and who are in generally good shape otherwise. These ideal patients may have been struggling with a weight loss plateau and are engaged in regular exercise and have a fairly healthy diet, but just can’t seem to get their lower stomach toned up.

The mini-tummy tuck can be performed easily with the help of a local anesthesia which is much less risky than traditional tummy tucks in which a general anesthesia is used. The belly button will not require relocation with a mini-tummy tuck as the loose skin below the belly button is removed and the edges are carefully sewn up.
 

A mini-tummy tuck provides long-lasting results and the procedure is usually completed within a 2-5 hour time frame depending on the patient’s individual circumstances. Recovery time varies as well but most patients can expect a 2-6 week recovery period before returning to work and a 12 week period in which all strenuous activity should be avoided while the region heals.
 

No draining is needed with a mini-tummy tuck which is a necessary part of the traditional tummy tuck process. The cost of a mini-tummy tuck is significantly less expensive than a traditional tummy tuck as well though the cost of the procedure will need to be discussed with your doctor beforehand.

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