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Botox Brow Lift

What is the Botox Brow Lift? The position of the eyebrows are critical to how are faces are perceived by others. “A younger brow has a lower central brow (near your nose), the arch is lateral (at the edge of your pupil), and the tail is elevated. An older brow has less of an arch and tends to be straighter and less curved throughout,”explains NYC-based plastic surgeon Dr. Melissa Doft.  As we age, the lateral or tail-end of the brow tends to droop making the face appear older.  The Botox Brow Lift can change this. A surgical brow lift aims to lift the brow, opening the eye and giving a more youthful appearance.  Non surgically, Botox injections can be used to produce the same effect without the expense, downtime and risks of surgery.  Specifically, Botox can be carefully placed to relax some of the muscles of the forehead that depress the brow.  This allows the muscles that elevate the brow to produce a brow lift. The great thing about the Botox Brow Lift is that it is very easy to perform, has no downtime and it will go away if you don’t like it.  It is even adjustable if you get too much lift or arching of your eyebrow! Botox Brow Lift Before and After The effects of Botox on the forehead and brow are very pleasing.  There should be a relaxation of the forehead lines or wrinkles and a slight arching of the tail-end of the brow, producing an opened, youthful eye. Botox Brow Lift Units So how many units of Botox does it take to produce a brow lift?  The great thing, is not many.  To relax the frown lines it may require 20-25 units and to relax the forehead it may take 10-15 units. Botox Brow Lift Cost As not may units of Botox are required for the brow lift, the cost is not excessive.  A typical Botox Brow Lift Cost can run from $300-$400, but is different for every individual. How Long Does a Botox Brow Lift Last? The typical effects of Botox will last 3 -4 months.  If the Botox injections are repeated before the full effect goes away, sometimes the results can last longer. Botox Brow Lift Near Me Beleza Medspa offers trained and experienced Botox injectors at all of its locations in Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park and Killeen Texas.  Contacts us now for your free Botox Brow Lift consultation!                    …

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Allure Magazine announced their highly-anticipated Best of Beauty Breakthrough Awards this week recognizing the best-of-the-best in various beauty categories. Beleza was especially pleased to see that Allure awarded the 2017 Best of Beauty Breakthrough Award to three of our top-selling (and personal favorite) products: Juvéderm Volbella® XC, SkinBetter Science Alto Defense Serum, and SkinMedica® Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum. What is  Juvéderm Volbella® XC? Juvéderm Volbella® XC (Volbella) is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler used for lip augmentation and for the correction of perioral lines, often called “lipstick lines” in adults. The lidocaine gel improves the comfort of the injection by reducing sensitivity to pain. Allergan’s new formulation in the product, the Vycross technology, separates this filler from other dermal fillers. It produces natural, softer lips and patients experience less swelling after the injections. “It’s made with a lower concentration of hyaluronic acid than any other filler out there, so it has a soft consistency and is the best option for anyone who wants a very natural look,” says Jessica Wu, a dermatologist in Los Angeles. (Allure). Where can I buy Volbella? As an added convenience to our patients, Beleza offers Volbella at all four locations making it easy on your commute to finally get those lips done. I might be a little biased, but Beleza truly does have some of the top injectors in Austin (and maybe even Texas!). As a Top 25 Allergan Aesthetic Practice in the country, (AKA Black Diamond Practice), all Beleza MedSpa injectors receive the highest level of training from Allergan directly on all injectables, including Volbella. Taking the plunge to get your lips done is nerve racking enough as it is, so it’s best to avoid the added stress of worrying about your injector’s experience. Take a seat at the big kids table and let us take care of your new perfect pout. Call or email us to book your FREE consultation: 1.800.509.9785. Click here to check out some of our before and after photos! What is Skinbetter Science Alto Defense Serum? Let’s just put it this way: Alto is THE antioxidant to buy. We all know antioxidants are a key player in a skin care routine because they protect against damage caused by free radicals (pollution, sun, and stress etc). Alto Defense literally takes being an antioxidant to a new level. It is a lightweight, powerful, innovative serum that contains 19 different antioxidants to protect your skin from nasty cell-damaging, wrinkle-causing free radicals. Yes, we said 19! Where can I buy Skinbetter Science Alto Defense? From Beleza MedSpa, of course! Skinbetter Science has put the lock-down on all 3rd party online retailers, so unfortunately we are unable to sell their products from our online store. That said, we are happy to ship to you directly. To purchase this amazing product (or any Skinbetter Science products), please visit us in-store at one of our four store locations, or please give our sister store, Texas Beauty Company, a call at 512.953.0512 or email (PSST – they ship nationwide FOR FREE when you spend $50!) What is SkinMedica® Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum? Lytera 2.0 is a pigment correcting serum used to treat hyper-pigmentation skin. The best part about Lytera 2.0 is that it is clinically proven to address pigment discoloration, regardless of your genetics or skin tone. And, it’s ideal for ALL skin types? Unheard of! Another highlight of this brightening serum is that it complements the use of other skin care treatments such as laser therapy, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and other skin care products. We have had clients see results in as little as two weeks and then even better results after 12 weeks! It contains five key ingredients to help lighten dark skin splotches, even out your skin tone, and diminish dark spots. And, the cherry on top? Lytera 2.0 will fit in seamlessly with your other skin care products. Again, unheard of! Where can you buy SkinMedica® Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum? You’re in luck! You can purchase Lytera 2.0 directly from our online store, Texas Beauty Company, (FREE shipping over $50!), or please visit us in-store at one of our four store locations to purchase. BUY NOW: SkinMedica® Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum All in all, we are thrilled Allure Magazine confirmed what we already knew was true: these three top selling products truly are leaders in their field. Please call or email us to book your free consultation if you would like more information: info@belezamedicalspa.com or 1.800.509.9785.…

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Sun Damage and PhotoAging Most of the aging of our skin is caused by sun exposure.  The visible signs of photoaging include wrinkles, sun spots, roughness, redness and laxity.  Much of this damage can be prevented by avoiding the sun and using sunscreen.  However, once you have sun damage, it is important to understand how it happened.  Skin consists of two main layers, the epidermis and dermis.  The epidermis basically consists of a thin layer of dead cells.  It is the lower layer, the dermis where the main structure of the skin consists.  It is here the two main components of skin, collagen and elastin are located.  Collagen gives skin its toughness and elastin gives skin its elasticity. Its is the dermis where the majority of sun damage occurs.  Specifically, UVA rays penetrate into the dermis and cause damage to the collagen and elastin fibers.  Not only does the sun damage the collagen and elastin that is present, but it actually turns off new production leading to the sun damage we see. What does MicroNeedling do? Microneedling was specifically designed to allow medical professionals to access the skin’s dermal layer.  A series of small surgical needles are used to penetrate the dermis during an in-office visit.  The needles are designed to induce small wounds in the dermis that stimulate repair and production of collagen and elastin.  This is also called collagen induction therapy (CIT) and will produce skin rejuvenation.  The other advantage to microneedling is that the small channels that are produced allow the delivery of medications to the dermis.  Most anti-aging creams out there fail to penetrate the skin to the dermis and hence fail to have any effect.  With the microchannels from microneedling, we have direct access to the dermis for drug delivery. GloPro Microneedling or Microneedling at Home. GloPro microneedling is a device designed for home use.  It combines microneedling and LED light therapy.  Does it work?  The needles on GloPro are 0.3o mm.  The skin thickness on the face can range from 0.5mm to 1.5mm.  So as you can see, for the needles to reach the dermis where the sun damage is, they must be larger than 0.5mm and preferably 1.0-1.5mm.  The Glopro needles cannot reach the dermis to produce any real, long-term changes.  Use of longer needles at home is dangerous.  The possibility of infections, scarring and allergic reactions is increased.  Professional microneedling at medical offices uses longer needles under controlled conditions.  The Glopro microneedling can induce some changes to the epidermis and skin plumping and may produce some temporary effects. Microneedling Austin @Beleza MedSpa Beleza Medspa utilizes Eclipse Micropens for microneedling procedures.  The Micropen uses disposable tips that has twelve (12) stainless steel micro‐needles (32‐gauge) which can be adjusted from 0.25 to 2.75 mm, giving physicians and aestheticians an innovative skin therapy system that is designed to cater to individual patient needs.  The Micropen is motorized and the high speed (8500 rpm) automated needling motion minimizes pain and discomfort, while better promoting an even absorption of topicals, acids and peptides into the skin which enhances overall results.  Microneedling with PRP can provide even better results.…

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Botox Injections

Looking for Botox Injections in Austin TX? There are many things to consider when you are looking for Botox injections in Austin.  There are many choices including med spas, dermatologists and plastic surgeons.  Some things to keep in mind include Botox cost, Botox side effects and safety and Botox alternatives. Botox Injections. Botox cosmetic is a purified protein that has been injected for more than 10 years to relax the muscles of facial expression that cause wrinkles.  The Botox is carefully injected using very small needles during a 15 minute office visit.  There is now downtime and you can return to normal activities immediately.  Genuine Botox Cosmetic only comes from Allergan in the U.S.  It’s important that the Botox practice is certified by Allergan and not using black market and illegal Botox. Botox Side Effects & Safety Botox has a remarkable safety record.  If injected by well-trained and experienced injectors, Botox side effects are extremely rare.  Common side effects are due to the needle itself to include occasional bruising and swelling. Botox Injections Cost. When looking for Botox injections, shop around for the Botox cost by price per unit.  This allows you to make direct comparisons and ensures you are getting the amount of Botox you paid for.  Do not buy Botox by the area or the volume.  How much does Botox cost? Botox Alternatives. There are several other neurotoxins on the market that work similar to Botox.  Dysport is the most popular one.   However, none of the Botox alternatives rival Botox Cosmetic for safety, price or effectiveness. Botox vs Dysport Botox Injections at Beleza Medspa Dr Lawrence Broder MD has been injection Botox Cosmetic for more than 9 years.  He personally selects, trains and supervises his staff of expert injectors.  Beleza Medspa has multiple locations to make getting your Botox injections more convenient.  Beleza offers many Botox specials to include Dr Broder’s Essential packages and the Beleza Babe VIP club.  Beleza also participates in Allergan’s Brilliant Distinctions program to save you even more.  Beleza is a very high volume practice achieving Black Diamond status.  Beleza offers many other procedures to enhance your Botox injections to include Juvederm injections, microneedling, hydrafacials, laser resurfacing, IPL photofacials and Skinmedica skin care products. How much Botox do I need? How long does Botox last? Best Botox in Austin?…

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Botox Side Effects

What are the side effects of Botox? Botox has been injected for cosmetic and medical reasons for more than 10 years. Tens of millions of people have been safely and successfully treated with Botox. It has a remarkable safety record.  But like any prescription drug there are complications and side effects. Common Botox Side Effects. The most common Botox side effects actually arise from the injection technique. When a needle is inserted into the skin, there is always a chance of bleeding and bruising.  This should occur rarely but there is always a chance.  The good thing is that bruises clear on their own.  Sometimes there is also a few days of injection site pain. Rare Botox Side Effects. The most dreaded Botox side effect is the droopy eyelid.  This occurs when Botox injections are too close to the upper eyelid.  This relaxes the upper eyelid and causes it to droop.  Though unsightly and annoying, this effect is harmless and resolves on its own in a few months.  Sometimes we can speed up the process using eye drops.  This Botox side effect is very rare with well-trained injectors. Other rare Botox side effects include headaches and double vision that resolve on their own.  There are also chances of allergic reaction and Botox is to be avoided during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Botox side effects long-term. There have been no reported long-term side effects of Botox.  Botox injections are intended to just work where they are injected.  There are no signs of Botox traveling throughout your body (unless injected into a blood vessel). How do I avoid Botox side effects? The best way to avoid Botox side effects is choose a practice that does a high volume of authentic Botox and that has well-trained and experienced injectors. Beleza Medspa is such a practice and has injected Botox for thousands of Austin patients for more than 12 years. Side effects of Botox on the forehead. Some patients have redundant skin on their upper eyelids or heavy brows that can make it harder for them to see.  To compensate for this, they continually contract their forehead muscles to raise their brows and upper eyelids.  Using Botox to relax these patient’s forehead wrinkles results in them having a decreased field of vision. If you are one of these patients, avoid using Botox to relax your forehead. After Botox  How much Botox do I need? How long does Botox last? How much does Botox cost?  …

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Botox for Migraines

Botox Migraines Botox Cosmetic has been successfully used for more than 10 years to relax the muscles of facial expression that cause wrinkles.  In 2010, the FDA approved Botox as a preventative treatment for patients with chronic migraine headaches.  Chronic migraine patients are those who experience headaches more than 15 days a month and lasting for more than 4 hours.  Botox does not cure migraine headaches but decreases their frequency. How does Botox work? Botox is a purified protein that is used to relax muscles.  The Botox blocks nerve impulses to muscles so they cannot contract.  It is a temporary effect that lasts 3-4 months and eventually wears off.  This is the same Botox used for cosmetic reasons. How does Botox help migraines? It is really not known how Botox helps to prevent migraine headaches.  It is possible that relaxing certain muscles prevents the triggering of migraines.  It is also possible that Botox blocks the transmission of nerve impulses that directly cause the migraine headaches. How is Botox used to prevent migraines? Botox is injected using very small needle during an office visit.  The skin is prepped with alcohol before each injection.  There are a total of 31 Botox injections in 7 sites scattered around the head and neck.  These include the forehead, temples, and the back of neck and head as well as the shoulders.  A total of 155 units of Botox is injected.  A typical session should take 15-20 minutes. When will I see effects from the Botox? It is possible to see effects as early as 2 weeks after being injected.  However most patients will require 2-3 treatment sessions spaced 12 weeks apart to determine if the Botox is effective. What are the side effects of Botox injections for migraines? Botox has a remarkable safety record.  The most common side effects are neck pain and headache which usually resolve on their own. How do I get Botox for Migraines? Call or email us for a free consultation.…

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So How Much Should Botox Cost? There is only one maker of genuine Botox in the world: Allergan.  The price that doctors pay for Botox is the same.  Some high volume practice like Beleza Medspa receive discounts that allow them to offer many Botox specials.  The cost of the Botox and the overhead to inject it determines the Botox Price.  This includes the salaries of the staff, facility costs, supplies, insurance and marketing.  So as you can see the profit margin for Botox Injections is not great. However, there is a black market for Botox Cosmetic and many practices can obtain it from Canada, China, etc.  This is illegal and the authenticity and safety of illegally obtained Botox is not guaranteed.  Botox deals that look too good to be true is a way to spot such practices.  If the Botox price is more than 50% less than usual Botox Austin prices, it is likely that the Botox they are offering is from an illegal source. Botox Price List. You should shop for your Botox by the price per unit.   The effectiveness and longevity of Botox Injections depends on the units of Botox injected.  If you buy Botox by the area, you have no idea how many units you received.  Remember a full half of the Botox Price is set by Allergan.  The other half of the price is determined by who is injecting it and the facility where it is injected.  So shopping for Botox prices should take into account the experience and training of the injectors and what else the practice has to offer you. Botox Cost at Beleza Medspa Dr Lawrence Broder MD has injected Botox and Juvederm for 10 years and has advanced knowledge of facial aesthetics and cosmetic dermatology.  He and his staff are skilled in microcannula injections, facial fat transfers, CO2 Laser Resurfacing and advanced injection techniques.  Dr Broder personally trains, certifies and supervises all of his injectors.  All Beleza injectors receive monthly advanced injection training.  Dr Broder and his nurse practitioner are always available to handle any Botox side effects. The Botox Cost at Beleza Medspa doesn’t only include a well-trained and experienced injector, but access to many other procedures to enhance your Botox injections. This includes dermal fillers like Juvederm Voluma to restore facial volume, microneedling, Hydrafacials, IPL photofacials, Time Machine, Microneedling, Ultherapy, and skin care products to improve your overall skin health.  You also have access to the Fresh Skin Club, Dr Broder’s Essential Packages and Beleza Babe VIP membership.  So your Botox Cost at Beleza Medspa has much added value! How Much Botox Do I Need?…

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What is Anti Aging? We age for several reasons.  There are external factors like the sun, pollution, cigarettes and bad diets that cause us to age.  There are also internal factors that effect aging which mainly involve our genes and their expression.  Many of the external factors influence the expression of genes.  It is the external factors that we mainly have control of.  So anti aging involves lessening these external factors as well as their effect on our genes and their expression. What is the Best Anti Aging? Simply put the best anti aging is healthy living.  Good nutrition and regular exercise will probably make more of a difference than anything else.  What you put into your mouth has more to do with how you age than anything else.  Maintaining a normal weight and eating more of a plant based diet has been proven to extend life and prevent disease.  Exercise has so many positive effects throughout the body that would make a drug company envious.  Even better, exercise has no cost, and makes you feel and look better! How about Anti Aging Creams? The market is flooded with anti aging creams.  What works?  Unfortunately most anti aging creams do not work.  They are mostly overpriced moisturizers buoyed by advertising.   However there are many anti aging creams with proven anti aging benefit.  They consist of retinoids, growth factors and antioxidants.  Retinoids have proven ability to stimulate skin cells to make new collagen, the building block of skin.  Growth factors are proteins that stimulate a multitude of effects in many other cells.  Antioxidants are natural substances that absorb the damaging free radicals produced by pollution and sun exposure.  So looking for medical grade anti aging creams with these ingredients is most effective. How about Anti Aging Skin? Besides the anti aging creams we already mentioned, there are many other anti aging skin treatments.  The first  and most effective anti aging skin treatment is protection.  Liberal use of sun blocks prevents the sun damage from occurring.  Once there are visible signs of aging, there are many treatments to not only improve its appearance but to actually reverse some of the damage.  IPL photofacials utilize broad band light to remove any brown spots or small blood vessels.   CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing can remove the upper layer of damaged skin and heat the lower layer to induce skin tightening.   Radiofrequency treatments like Thermage and Venus Freeze use radio waves to heat the lower skin layers to cause tightening.  Chemical peels can remove layers of damaged skin while stimulating some tightening.  A consultation with a skin care specialist can determine which anti aging skin treatments are best for you.…

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What is a Non Surgical Facelift? We all know the signs of the aging face. Drooping skin, deep wrinkles, sunken cheeks and rough skin. Traditionally, we have been taught that the surgical facelift was the only answer.   Driven by the plastic surgery community, expensive and painful facelift operations have been the norm.   Requiring general anesthesia, patients were faced with the risks of having their breathing taken over by a machine.  Coupled with a painful recovery and high prices, the artificial facelift results hardly seem worth it. This has led many doctors and patients to seek non surgical facelift alternatives.   The goal is to address many of the signs of the aging face without the risk, pain, downtime and expense of the traditional facelift.  As a result, the market has been flooded with many treatments and procedures with dubious claims.  Miracle creams, microcurrent treatments, and facials just don’t work.  The good thing is that there are new non surgical facelift treatments that are proven to work. The Best Non Surgical Facelift Alternatives. There exists a great deal of medical knowledge about aging skin and how to treat it.  We know that many of the changes in aging skin are due to breakdown of the main building block of skin, collagen.  As we age our collagen production decreases and our existing collagen breaks down.  This leads to the drooping skin, wrinkles and loss of elasticity we see.   So many of the effective anti aging skin treatments revolve around collagen stimulation.   To induce skin cells to make new collagen and tighten existing collagen is the real fountain of youth. Retinoids The retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A and are used topically.  They actually have been shown to induce skin cells to make new collagen and turnover existing collagen at a faster rate.  They range from over the counter retinols to prescription grade retin-a (tretinoin).  They need to be part of any anti aging regimen and are a cheap and easy to use facelift alternative.  Results take several months, but retinoids are safe to use indefinitely. Heat The other proven method to induce new collagen formation is the use of heat.  Heat has been shown to tighten existing collagen and induce skin cells to make new collagen.  The new collagen appears at least a month after the application of heat.  The trick with the use of heat is to apply it at the right level of the skin, in the right amount without causing burns.  There are many ways to due this.  There are lasers that use light energy to apply heat at different levels like CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing.  Radiofrequency uses radio waves to penetrate the skin and heat the lower layers.  Examples of this include Thermage and Venus Freeze.  There are also now procedures that use ultrasound energy to heat the skin like Ultherapy.  All of these machines are just tools that require appropriate patient selection and application for best results. NeoJuvenescence Lift Studies have shown that the best results come from combination treatments.  Beleza Medspa Austin TX has developed the NeoJuvenescence Lift, a combination non surgical facelift alternative. The NeoJuvenescence Lift involves the proven procedures CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing, SmartLipo Laser liposuction, Platelet Rich Plasma and Fat Transfer for maximum results.  The NeoJuvenescence Lift provides a fresh new skin, restores facial volumes, removes jowls and and tightens the face and neck overall.  It provides the latest non surgical facelift procedures in one treatment. …

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Restore Lost Cheek Volume with Juvederm Voluma. The Aging Face As we age, we tend to focus on the easily visible signs of aging like wrinkles and brown spots. However, we tend to overlook the most tell-tale sign of aging, loss of facial volume.  Not only does the skin thin and sag with time, but we actually start to lose fat, muscle and bone in our faces.  This leads to dramatic changes in the appearance of our brows and temples, cheeks and chins.  This loss of volume, more than anything else causes us to have an older looking face. Restoring Facial Volume Thankfully, rejuvenation of the aging face has progressed from more than filling in wrinkles.  We have known for years that restoration of facial volume in the cheeks, brow and chin is the key to facial rejuvenation.   Our tool box currently includes dermal fillers like the hyaluronic acid Juvederm and Radiesse and facial fat transfer.  We are now introducing Juvederm Voluma for such purposes.  JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is indicated for deep  injection for cheek augmentation to correct age-related volume deficit in the mid-face in adults over the age of 21. What is Juvederm Voluma XC? You may be familiar with Juvederm XC which is a very popular dermal filler.  It consists of hyaluronic acid which is a natural building block of skin.  It has a great safety record and is used to smooth lines and restore volume throughout the face.  Juvederm Voluma is a hyaluronic acid filler treated with Vycross technology.  This cross links the hyaluronic acid particles which make the filler smoother and longer lasting.  In fact it has been shown to last up to two years! How is Juvederm Voluma Used? Like other dermal fillers, Juvederm Voluma is injected using a small needle.  The site is numbed before the injection with a topical anesthetic.  Juvederm Voluma also contains the local anesthetic lidocaine which will produce a relatively painless procedure.  Every patient is different and your injector will indicate where on your cheeks the volume loss is most evident.  The Juvederm Voluma is injected deeply below the skin, close to the bone.  It then can be shaped to match the contours of your face using gentle massage. How Long Does Juvederm Voluma Last? The initial studies have indicated that most of the Juvederm Voluma Cheeks patients will require a touch up at the one month mark.  After this touch up, the cross linked hyaluronic acid produced by the Vycross technology has been shown to still be evident up to two years.  During this time the hyaluronic acid is gradually broken down by the body.  It is important to note, that during this time we will continue to age and further lose more volume.  So volume replacement is a procedure that requires occasional maintenance. More Juvederm Austin Info Microcannula Technique at Beleza Medspa…

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