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How to Get Rid of Double Chin.

The age of selfies is here and may of us are seeing a second chin!  Double chins can occur for many reasons including being overweight, loose skin with aging and genetics.  Whatever the cause, double chins are unsightly and can make you look older and tired.  The good thing is that there are now many possible treatments to lose double chins.
Double Chin Exercises
There are some easy to do exercises to tighten the chin and neck muscles.  They are designed to tone the muscles of the face, jaw, chin and neck.  They include the chin lift, neck roll, jaw release and platysma exercise.  They may help or they may not but they are free!
Kybella
Introduced in 2015, Kybella consists of s series of small injections into the chin and neck area.  This FDA approved, non-surgical treatment is easily administered in the office.  Kybella consists of deoxycholic acid, which naturally occurs in the body and aids in the digestion of fats.  When injected into the fat cells of a double chin, the Kybella causes the fat cells to dissolve. It usually takes 12-20 painless injections per visit.  Results can be seen in 4-6 weeks and 2-6 treatment sessions spaced one month apart may be required to see optimal results.  Swelling and redness is a common side effect of Kybella.
CoolMini
Another new entrant in the double chin treatment market is CoolMini.  CoolMini is a specialized applicator of the non-invasive fat reduction procedure, Coolsculpting.  The CoolMini applicator grabs the fat under the chin and freezes it for one hour in a controlled fashion.  Over the next several months, up to 25% of the fat cells will die.  83% of patients were satisfied with their results after 1-2 treatments.
Kybella Vs CoolMini
These 2 non-surgical FDA approved procedures both offer satisfaction rates in the 80% range.  They both offer simple, in-office treatments with little pain, risk or downtime.  Kybella does appear to produce redness, swelling and soreness in some patients after the injections.  CoolMini has a lower incidence of post procedure side effects.  So when it comes down to deciding about Kybella vs Coolmini, you have to look at several factors.  Do you just not like needles?  What happens if you have prolonged swelling?  How many times do you have to repeat the procedure and how much does each cost?  The great thing is that both work and you will see results no matter which you choose.
SmartLipo Chin
Kybella and CoolMini can do a great job reducing fat under the chin.  However, they require several treatment sessions and cannot tighten loose skin.  Smartlipo of the chin offers a safe and effective procedure that is easily performed under local anesthesia while…

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Juvederm Cost at Beleza Medspa

How much does Juvederm cost?
When you buy Juvederm, you are basically paying for the cost of the syringe.  The cost of injecting it is built into that price.  Juvederm comes in 1.0 cc syringes.  So each syringe you purchase will give you the equivalent of 1.0 cc of volume.
Why does Juvederm cost so much?
When you consider that you are purchasing a highly refined medical product and the skills and artistry of an injector, the Juvederm price is not really that bad.  Considering there is not really any other option besides surgery involving implants or fat transfer to restore facial volume, the Juvederm cost is a bargain.  Plus, if you take into account that Juvederm injections can be performed safely in office with little downtime, the cost of Juvederm is even more reasonable.
I have a tight budget, is Juvederm for me?
Yes and no.  Dermal fillers like Juvederm are all about adding volume.  If you do not put enough volume in, you will see little to no results.  So if you need 2 or more syringes of Juvederm and can only afford one, you are better off waiting.  Juvederm injections can be life-changing and are a worthy investment.  Plus, properly placed Juvederm, especially Voluma, can last for years.
How can I save on Juvederm Cost?
Many practices will discount the Juvederm syringes if you buy more than one.  It just makes sense to make it easier for you to purchase the right amount of Juvederm to get the best results.  There are many other discounts offered at Beleza Medspa including Beleza Babe Vip Program, Brilliant Distinctions and Dr Broder’s Essential packages where you can lower the Juvederm cost even more.

The other way to save on Juvederm, is to improve the overall condition of your skin.  If you work to increase collagen production and skin elasticity, the effects of Juvederm injections will be increased.  This can be accomplished with use of products like retinols and growth factors and procedures like microneedling and fractional laser resurfacing.

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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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