ULTHERAPY: NON-INVASIVE SKIN TIGHTENING
As you may have seen in the news last October, Christie Brinkley came forward to People Magazine about her experience with two anti-aging procedures: Ultherapy and Xeomin. While this news may have come as a shock to most people, for me, I was relieved! For years Brinkley, 63, has claimed her anti-aging secrets include a strict vegetarian diet, an intense fitness schedule, and an over-the-top skin care regimen with the occasional filler and laser treatment. I always thought there might be more to the story and I praise her for her honesty.
I personally underwent Ultherapy for the first time almost three weeks ago on my crow’s-feet and under my eyes. For years I have battled fine lines under my eyes and they have always bothered me. I have almost tried every noninvasive procedure (except filler) and I am not interested going under the knife at this point. To be clear, I receive regular Botox treatments, I have consistently used of top-of-the-line eye creams and gels since I was 19, I have had Microneedling with PRP, and I also had PRP injections under my eyes last July. I still have fine lines under my eyes. I realize we are all our own worst…
I’ve decided on a procedure, but how much does plastic surgery cost?
Unlike many medical procedures we have performed, plastic surgery procedures are usually not covered by insurance. As a result, we have to pay out of pocket for them. The good thing is that there is healthy competition for these procedures and the pricing is much more transparent. Realself.com compiles lists of not only the average cost of plastic surgery procedures, but the satisfaction rate for each procedure too. Here is some of the latest Realself.com cost of plastic surgery procedures:
Plastic Surgery Procedure | Satisfaction Rate | Average Cost | Number Reviews
97% WORTH IT
Average cost: $6,450 | 26,021 reviews
96% WORTH IT
Average cost: $8,150 | 22,912 reviews
Brazilian Butt Lift
91% WORTH IT
Average cost: $6,525 | 20,724 reviews
97% WORTH IT
Average cost: $12,375 | 10,601 reviews
97% WORTH IT
Average cost: $6,325 | 9,540 reviews
97% WORTH IT
Average cost: $7,225 | 9,174 reviews
93% WORTH IT
Average cost: $550 | 8,289 reviews
89% WORTH IT
Average cost: $6,050 | 6,334 reviews
94% WORTH IT
Average cost: $12,075 | 5,690 reviews
Breast Lift with Implants
95% WORTH IT
Average cost: $8,750 | 5,630 reviews
93% WORTH IT
Average cost: $4,525 | 5,116 reviews
Breast Implant Revision
94% WORTH IT
Average cost: $7,900 | 4,553 reviews
Kylie Jenner: Puberty or Plastic Surgery?
Kylie Jenner has grown up in front of the world. Starting at age 11, the reality star has now transformed herself into a glamorous business woman with millions of fans around the world. Being around a family that embraces plastic surgery, Kylie Jenner admitted to the use of lip fillers at age 16. It is obvious now that the further changes in her appearance are not just due to puberty, but to a combination of plastic surgery procedures. Although Kylie is a naturally pretty woman, she has further enhanced her beauty.
Kylie Jenner Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures.
Kylie has admitted to the use of lip fillers due to her small lips. Seeking poutier lips, she has had lip injections with a filler like Juvederm. Performed in-office, lip injections are safe but have a limited lifespan of around 4-6 months. Those seeking longer term results, can try fat transfer to the lips.
Kylie also appears to be using Botox to alter her facial muscles. She appears to have a Botox Brow Lift and a Botox Lip Flip. She has also most likely had microneedling with PRP to improve her skin texture.
Kylie Jenner Breast Surgery.
Kylie appears to have a dramatic…
BraBella: Kybella on the Bra Line
Ladies: let’s be honest. We all have that insanely bothersome “bulge” next to the armpits. There have been several nicknames for this extremely undesirable, but very common, condition: The Pit Pooch, Armpit Fat, Bra Bulge, Armpit Vagina.. the list goes on and on. Even celebrities are suffering! It’s time we put an end to this era and stop suffering in silence. Say goodbye to that unwanted bra bulge!
What is BraBella?
Say hello to your new best friend at Beleza: BraBella. BraBella is the newest procedure to hit the pits and we’re blown away by the results. Kybella (deoxycholic acid) is a FDA approved injectable that kills and destroys fat cells under the chin. While it is only FDA approved under the chin, practices around the country are performing “off-label” Kybella procedures and seeing amazing results. When Kybella is injected into the bra line to dissolve the unwanted bra bulge, we now have what the kids on the streets are calling “BraBella.”
Unlike most injectables, Kybella is sold by the vial. One vial of Kybella retails for $600. While consultations are required for all Kybella or BraBella procedures, we have found most patients require at least 2 vials for their…
Breast Lift Surgery
When addressing breast concerns I feel there are two keys question that must be answered up front.
1. are you happy with the breast volume?
2 are you happy with the breast position/shape?
These are two very different issues and should be addressed separately. For example – I have seen many women over the years who wanted a lifted breast and instead received a large implant – yes the implant will fill out the extra skin – however if extra volume is the primary desire she will not be happy with the outcome. It is important to understand what a breast augmentation and/or a breast lift can do for you.
When addressing volume we have techniques to both reduce the amount (reduction) and well as augmentation with Breast Implants or Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation.
Breast Lift Surgery
Only after the volume issue is addressed can you address the position of the breast, which is just as important. Ptosis, or sagging of the breast, must be addressed if an implant is being placed. Excess skin could allow the breast to hang off the implant creating a significant deformity. Breast lift procedures can be done with or without volume augmentation. Breast lift with an implant…
Mommy Makeover Surgery: Staci Hix-Hernandez MD Approach.
>Traditionally a mommy makeover is thought to be a tummy tuck with a breast augmentation +/- lift. however, no two women are alike, and certainly no two pregnancies are alike. Some women gain more weight and lose more weight than others. Some women are blessed with great genetics and end up with no body changes after pregnancy. However, many women suffer loose skin, relaxed muscles and stretch marks. There is a lot to say about going into pregnancy as healthy as you can as a way to avoid these problems. But once you have them, what can you do about them?
What’s a Mommy Makeover?
>I view a mommy makeover as addressing the concerns that arose as a result of pregnancies. For each individual this will be different. There are certain anatomical changes that occur as a result of pregnancy that diet and exercise alone cannot fix. Its not always the breast and stomach. Maybe the primary concern is her neck or arms, perhaps the thighs.
>The most important thing is to sit and listen. I need to discover what each patient is concerned about as well as what her outcome goals are. I don’t try to…
At Beleza, we pride ourselves on having the top providers and procedures in Central Texas. What is even more humbling to us is having an actual patient want to give testimony about their experience with us. For someone to be so satisfied with their results and their experience, and want to share it with the world, well, we are beyond pleased by this.
Meet Keith, an actual Neograft Hair Transplant patient of Beleza MedSpa. Keith came to us over a year ago in hopes of undergoing NeoGraft in the next year or so. He shopped around and eventually decided to have his procedure with us, which we were thrilled about. After 9 months since his procedure, Keith was ready to speak out about his experience and share it with the world. Like any medical spa, this is music to our ears. Please watch his Neograft Review below.
Keith also gave the following Neograft review:
“I had three issues:
1.) Does it work? Based on years of research and my own experience, I’d say it seems to work on everybody. They have figured out that if you take hairs from your head, they can successfully be transplanted to another part of your head. I…
How Does Coolsculpting Work?
Coolsculpting is a non-invasive fat freezing technology used for body contouring. It is done in-office without any need for anesthesia. It utilizes a procedure called cryolipolysis, basically freezing fat to make it go away. Different types of applicators are used to grasp fat in problem body areas. The Coolsculpting machine then gradually lowers the temperature of the fat while protecting the skin and surrounding structures. The fat is frozen for 30-60 minutes and the applicator is removed. Over the next several months, the treated fat cells will die and the area will get smaller.
Does Coolsculpting Work?
Yes, Coolsculpting does really work! Coolsculpting is one of those procedures with a proven track record and millions of patients already treated. The concept of Coolsculpting was discovered when pediatricians noted that children who constantly had popsicles in their mouths developed dents in their cheeks. The popsicles were freezing the fat and causing cryolipolysis! Coolsculpting is ideal for patients who are at or near their ideal body weight and have small fatty areas they would like reduced. Common areas include love handles, bellies, thighs and double chins. Due to its non-invasive nature and lack of downtime, it is ideal for healthy patients…
Botox is a purified protein that has been used for cosmetic purposes for more than 10 years now. It is injected into the muscles of facial expression to prevent and soften wrinkles and lines. It is also used to alter the shape of the face such as lifting the brow or making the lips poutier. It is very safe and relatively painless to inject. Botox side effects are very rare. It takes 1-2 days to see some effect and up to 2 weeks for full effect. When injected properly in the right amounts, the effects of Botox can last 3-4 months.
How many units of Botox is normal?
The amount of Botox used is measured in Botox Units. Each vial of Botox comes with 100 units of Botox. Generalized amounts of Botox required for different facial areas has been determined. For example: Botox for frown lines usually needs 25 units, Botox Forehead 10-15 units, Botox eyes 10-15 units per side and Botox lips 2-6 units. These units of Botox vary from person to person. So these numbers would be considered the units of botox that are considered normal. However, what is normal for one person may not work in another.
I had the pleasure of having my first ever Microneedling with PRP procedure this summer. I wanted to take a moment to harp on how amazing this experience was for my skin care goals. If you’re curious about having this procedure, take a moment to read about my experience. I was blown away by the results and truly believe this procedure can do wonders on almost every skin type.
Microneedling with PRP Preparation
I have to say, I was pretty nervous going into this procedure. I have filmed Microneedling with PRP over a dozen times, so I felt like I had a pretty good grasp on how it works. The only thing I wasn’t sure about was the pain level. Every patient I had ever filmed remained calm while filming and all looked as though they were actually enjoying the procedure. I started to wonder if it hurt at all. I recruited Beleza expert injector and aesthetician, Emily Stimson, to administer my procedure who, in my humble opinion, is a MicroPen Master. When I arrived at Beleza in Cedar Park to undergo this procedure, Emily immediately began applying numbing cream to my face and explained how important the numbing cream is for microneedling…