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Category: Dermatology

Fraxel Laser Austin

What is Fraxel Laser? Fraxel Laser is a form of laser resurfacing and skin tightening using a fractional CO2 laser.   The laser beam is split into thousand of little dots that are used to perforate the skin (fractional laser).  This causes the upper layer of skin where discoloration, roughness and fine lines are present,  to peel off in 3-4 days.  This leaves a shiny, new fresh upper layer of skin that alone will take years off the face.  The fraxel laser also introduces a great deal of heat into the lower layer of skin where collagen is made.  Collagen is the building block of skin.  The heat stimulates the skin cells  to make new collagen and leads to skin tightening starting 3-4 weeks after the procedure.  This skin tightening will go for months and can be aided by the use of retinoids and growth factors. Is laser resurfacing safe? Does it hurt? By splitting the laser beam into scattered dots, the old, untreated skin is maintained between the dots.  This old skin acts as a natural band-aid that stays on until the new skin is ready to emerge.  As a result, the risks of infection and scarring is greatly reduced.  It is an intense procedure and we apply topical anesthetic cream 45 minutes before the procedure.  After the procedure your skin is cooled with cold, wet soaks.  You will continue a specific skin care regimen at home for several weeks. What is the laser resurfacing downtime? There will be several days of redness and swelling until the skin peels.  After the skin has peeled, the skin will be pink for up to a week .   It will be necessary to keep the skin moist with the products we provide as it heals.  We will also prescribe several oral medications including pain medication to help with your recovery.  Sun exposure must be strictly avoided after the procedure. Is fraxel laser the best choice for me? Bang for your buck, laser skin resurfacing is the best treatment to remove sun damage and tighten skin.  There are other procedures with less downtime like the Microneedling, chemical peels and photofacials.  A free consultation is required to determine which procedure is best for you. What else can Fraxel laser treat? Acne scars are very troubling for many people and difficult to treat.  They consist of damage in the deep, dermal layer of the skin.  Surface treatments are ineffective. Laser resurfacing offers the ability to remove the upper layers of skin and introduce heat into the dermal layer.  The heat stimulates skin cells in the dermis to make collagen and remodel the collagen present.   This can lead to softening of the acne scars and multiple treatments are often required.…

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IPL Photofacial

What is an IPL Photofacial?  IPL stands for intense pulsed light.  A photofacial uses intense pulsed light (not a laser) to remove brown and red lesions from the skin.  This includes pigmented lesions and small blood vessels caused by sun damage.  The energy contained in the IPL light is absorbed by these lesions causing them to be heated.  The heat breaks up the pigment and removes the small blood vessels. Does IPL work? Yes!-IPL has been around more than 20 years and is proven technology.  There is a no more effective and easy way to remove visible signs of sun damage on the skin.  In a quick 15 minute procedure, an entire Summer’s worth of visible sun damage can be erased. Does IPL hurt? IPL procedures feel like a snapping rubber band with some heat.  A topical anesthetic cream can be applied to make the procedure more comfortable.  Most patients tolerate the procedure just fine. What is the downtime after a photofacial? After the procedure, there will be some redness and the lesions may darken.  In a few days, the lesions will either break up or come to the surface and peel off.  It is important to protect the skin from the sun during this process.  Occasionally striping or blisters may occur, but these usually heal on their own.  It is important to get on a proper regimen of skin care after the procedure including sunscreen, antioxidants, growth factors and retinoids.  Unfortunately, sun exposure is an enemy to your skin! Is IPL good for everyone? No-IPL energy is absorbed by pigment and those with darker skin types or tanned skin should not have the procedure.   The background pigment will absorb the IPL energy and lead to overtreatment. There are safer procedures for dark skin types like chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Patients who tan or are tanned, should avoid sun exposure or tanning for 6 weeks prior to the procedure.  Retinoids must be stopped 5 days before the procedure. IPL is an ideal treatment for patients suffering from rosacea.  Rosacea consists of frequent dilation of small blood vessels on the face.  A photofacial can treat these blood vessels and place rosacea into extended remission. What does the IPL cost?  IPL is usually sold in packages of 3 and can be repeated every 1-2 months for desired effect.  It is best performed in the Fall and Winter as there is less background pigment in the skin at these times.  Photofacials are on sale at Beleza Med spa every photofacial Wednesday!…

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Microdermabrasions at Home

The popularity of systems used to preform microdermabrasions at home is rising steadily due to the wealth of new systems on the market that claim to be spa quality. Although we support a comprehensive at home skin regimen as a key part of an overall skin health plan, machines used to complete microdermabrastions at home shouldn’t replace office visits, and here’s why. Your skin is the largest organism on your body and it is the organism most often exposed to the elements. Because of this, not only your appearance but your health depend on regular care and maintenance. Visiting a skin care specialist with consistency can ensure that you are not over or under treating your skin. At home microdermabrasions may feel effective but can easily lead to overtreatment, over drying and an improper PH balance in your skin. When you visit a Beleza location for your skincare routine, we can look at your overall treatment plan, including at home treatments, in office treatments and products to determine if your skin routine is at its best. Many patients, in an effort to save money, purchase machines designed for microdermabrasions at home, only to find that the effort leads to more troubling skin issues because their treatment plan is not consistent or monitored by a professional. As so many of us have experienced, skin is a tricky thing. We are encouraged to wash our faces regularly to prevent breakouts but too much washing can lead to overdrying, which can cause acne as our skin overproduces moisture to compensate. We are told to use products like sunscreen, vitamin c serums and more daily, but it can lead to an oversaturated, greasy feeling. So how do we determine what solutions will work for our skin? The answer is to visit a professional. Home microdermabrasion treatments can be great if balanced by regular office visits to keep skin healthy and, in the case that improvements are needed, to keep skin plans on track. Before you implement a new element or change a part of your at home skincare routine, be sure to speak with a specialist. Beleza offers free consultations so that we can help you determine the right steps for you to achieve your skincare goals. Your skin is what you show the world, and we know we can help you put your best skin forward.…

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PRP Injections-PRP Treatment

The beauty term on everyone’s lips: PRP Treatment. The long form of the term is platelet-rich plasma, and it is the newest trend in anti-aging. There are many reasons PRP Injections are so popular right now. It’s natural. Despite the popularity of fillers like Juvederm and Radiesse, there are many people who don’t like to rely on an artificial substance to enhance their look. PRP treatment, unlike fillers, is actually you returning to you. The process is simple. Blood is drawn, spun down to separate, and treated to enhance the calcium content. Then, it is injected into the patient’s face, with a focus on deep wrinkles and trouble spots like the lines around the mouth and eyes. PRP is rich in the building blocks of your skin, and injecting it into the face provides a new base on which your skin can heal and rebuild. PRP Injections Cost: It’s affordable. Whether a patient wants PRP Injections alone or a combination of traditional fillers and PRP, the addition of a PRP does not add a significant amount of cost to the procedure. Because there are no external substances used, the price is not significant in comparison to the value. Although many famous men and women have credited PRP for their youthful look, you don’t have to be a star to be able to afford the treatment. PRP Treatment: It’s long-lasting. Although the effects of PRP are not notable until the 1-3 month point, the effects are extremely long lasting and easily outlast the effects of a traditional hyaluronic acid filler. The reason is simple: rather than just filling in lines with a gel substance, PRP helps your skin rebuild its base and produce collagen in the area. It’s versatile. PRP can be injected under the skin, like a filler. Or, it can be spread over skin that is already perforated, like after a laser resurfacing or microneedling. Either way, it can easily be fit into another procedure and it is beneficial for use during alternate procedures because it accelerates healing, reduces bruising and enhances the effects of other treatments. If your desire is to have a real improvement in the look and feel of your skin, PRP can be paired with multiple treatments, like in the NeoJuvenescence Lift. This procedure, created exclusively by Beleza Medical Spa, combines facial Smart Lipo, fat transfer, Laser Resurfacing and PRP to provide drastic improvement in the look of the face without the unnatural results of a traditional facelift. Often called the “natural” facelift option, patients turn to the NeoJuvenescence Lift for decreased downtime, decrease in scars, use of local over general anesthetic and the natural healing power of PRP. As the last step to the procedure, PRP aids in healing from the Smart Lipo and more importantly, the CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing. The truth is, we are only beginning to understand the benefits of PRP and how it can be used to preserve youth and enhance beauty. It is an incredible substance that will likely continue to benefit patients in many ways. PRP Injection Hair…

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Chemical Peel Specials

Chemical Skin Peel Chemical peels, like many other aesthetic treatments, vary in price based on region, demand and competition in the area. In the Austin area, chemical peels can cost between $90 and $300, depending on the type and intensity of the peel. Many patients, in the search for a good deal on a chemical peel, turn to spas with which they are not familiar to get a lower price from popular deal sites like Groupon and Living Social. In addition to the daily low prices offered, chemical peel specials are offered regularly at Beleza Med Spa so there is no need to turn to an unfamiliar practice or spa to get a good deal. When patients purchase a package of three chemical peels, we offer a package price that can save a significant amount of money for the patient. In addition, during our popular open house events, we often offer chemical peel specials that reduce the price of the peel for those patients who only want to buy one at a time. Face Chemical Peels It is tempting to hop around from business to business to get a good deal, but the real value of visiting the same business and practitioner is that our team can understand your skin’s unique needs. Just like finding the perfect person to cut and color your hair, skin is a complicated organism that responds to even small changes in weather, moisture and chemical exposure. It is important to stay with a practitioner long enough for her to understand how your unique skin responds to treatments and the climate so she can perfect a skincare regimen for you. After Chemical Peel We recently had a patient return to Nancy in Round Rock after hopping from practice to practice. She described the “system” of appointments and skincare products Nancy developed for her and how she was pleased with the results but felt she could find a better deal somewhere else. Eventually, when the skin issue Nancy treated reoccurred, she called to see Nancy – the other practitioners were unable to find the right formula for her skin because they didn’t know her skin like Nancy did. It is good to get on a regular chemical peel routine, so the idea of package purchase chemical peel specials is very advantageous and can save money over the long run. Many patients prefer to get two – three chemical peels per year, making chemical peel specials so important in maintaining the “beauty” budget. We would love the opportunity to tell you about our current chemical peel specials. Call the location most convenient for you to get information on the best deal or visit our “deal” page and join us for our next event!…

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If you’re looking for a new skincare routine, Revision skincare may be a great option for you. The line has some star products that are quite unique in the marketplace, making Revision skincare one of the most requested lines in our offices. Revision Skincare Teamine Revision skincare Teamine eye complex comes in both a concealer and a serum. The Teamine line is one of our best because it not only addresses the fine lines and wrinkles that are addressed by many eye creams, it also addresses the dark circles we see in patients struggling with lack of sleep, allergies or a genetic predisposition to dark circles. The ingredients in the serum, unique to Revision skincare, cause an immediate lightening of dark spotting through skin brightening and light diffusion. The concealer has the added benefit of a layer of skin-matching pigment to further disguise the look of dark circles. Revision Skincare Intellishade Offered in both SPF 45 and SPF 50, Revision skincare Intellishade comes in both original and matte forms. A three-in-one product, Intellishade is an anti-aging moisturizer, a sunscreen and a light layer of tint that helps to even skin tone and disguise skin discoloration. Great for day-to-day use, Revision Skincare Intellishade’s Matte finish is ideal for skin prone to oiliness, as it does not add any additional shine to the skin. The Original finish works better for normal to dry skin types, as it provides a slight shimmer and has a great light-reflection value. Another option popular with our patients is to mix a touch of the Original with a touch of the Matte. The easy-to-apply texture of the Original is maintained but the end product does not add any “shine” to the skin, as it is balanced with the Matte properties. Revision Skincare Nectifirm Revision skincare’s Nectifirm product is uniquely designed by the company to address the crinkled, crepe-y look associated with aging skin on the neck and decolletage. Because the skin on the face and neck age differently, it is important to dedicate a product to the neck that designed to tighten skin, help it appear more firm and lifted and provide the intense moisture that the neck needs to appear smooth and firm. The secret is in the product, which is ultra-packed with anti-oxidants which not only help to repair the sun damage the neck and chest already has, but helps to prevent future damage. While the product isn’t specifically designed for use on other surface areas besides the neck and chest, it has been shown to be effective on other areas where skin tightening is desired, like the legs and belly area. Beleza Medical Spa’s Texas Beauty Company carries these Revision skincare all-star products and many more, making your skincare routine only a few clicks away.  …

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Lytera: The Next Generation Skin Brightening Complex. Brown spots and uneven skin tone.  Everyone hate these common skin problems.  Multiple factors cause hyperpigmentation including hormones, gender, UV radiation, inflammation and aging.  Treatment of hyperpigmenation is long-term, frustrating and requires multiple treatment modalities.  Light based treatments like IPL photofacials and lasers are problematic as the results are typically short-lived and there are manny side-effects.  The current gold standard for topical treatment is prescription hydroquinone.  While very effective, hydroquinone is dogged by safety concerns and is only approved for short-term use.  Alternatives to hydroquinone have long been sought after. Lytera: Hydroquinone Free and Non-Prescription The SkinMedica Lytera Skin Brightening Complex has been developed as a hydroquinone free, non-prescription approach to skin lightening.  Lytera contains a patented blend of ingredients to that work together to help brighten and even skin tone by reducing the appearance of dark spots.  These ingredients work to regulate the production of skin pigment.  Four different steps of pigment creation are interfered with including activation of pigment cells, reduction of pigment synthesis, reduction of pigment transfer to skin and removal of pigment from skin surface.  Some of the Lytera components include Vitamin C, Vitamin B3, Vitamin A (retinol), Lipids and fatty acids, colorless carotenoids from algae, licorice root extract and skin brightening peptides.  These ingredients are blended to produce maximum skin brightening results. Similar Results to 4% Hydroquinone Clinical studies have confirmed similar results of the Lytera Skin Brightening System to 4% Hydroquinone for significant reductions in moderate to severe overall hyperpigmentation.  The results of Lytera were also comparable to the Obagi Nu-Derm system (contains Hydroquinone).  Studies have also shown accelerated results when combined with a Vitalize peel and continual improvements in hyperpigmentation over 6 months.  Lytera works beautifully for all skin types, contains highly effective antioxidants, and serves as a mild exfoliant. It is available without a prescription.  Its is very easy to use with application needed twice a day, in the morning and evening.  Significant results can be seen as early as 4 weeks and results improve with continued usage. Lytera Skin Brightening System SkinMedica has combined Lytera with several other critical products to give optimal results.  The system includes Lytera Skin Brightening Complex, Facial Cleanser, Tri-Retinol Complex ES, and Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+ Sunscreen.   These products have been carefully selected to give you everything you need to reduce hyperpigmentation and keep it away.  Even better, the price of the Lytera Skin Brightening Complex is almost half the price of leading Hydroquinone containing skin lightening system.  Buy Lytera Here.  …

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What is TNS Essential Serum? Inside the sleek bottle are two chambers.  The two chambers combine to give you a all-in-one rejuvenating product.  One chamber contains the TNS Recovery complex.  TNS is Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media which is a mixture of growth factors, cytokines, antioxidants and matrix proteins.  It is physiologically balanced, naturally secreted and stabilized growth factor blend.  These growth factors are naturally secreted proteins that are capable of stimulating a variety of cell functions.  Growth factors play a critical role in every stage of skin repair and remodeling.  As we age the production and amount of growth factors naturally decrease.  By replenishing growth factors in the skin we can induce remodeling and reverse some of the signs of aging.  SkinMedica TNS contains 110 growth factors that  are originally harvested from human foreskin skin cells!  Skin Medica TNS contains a very high concentration of growth factors at 93.6%.  They are stabilized to make them stable at room temperature for good shelf-life. Growth Factors So why do I need the growth factors contained in TNS Essential Serum?  Multiple studies have shown these growth factors address multiple pathways to enhance skin appearance.  They have been shown to help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and overall skin tone and texture.  These results have been confirmed by evidence of new collagen production by skin biopsy.  Patients also seem impressed: some 93% express the desire to continue TNS use during clinical trials! APS Corrective Complex The growth factors are available by themselves in the TNS Recovery Complex.  But TNS Essential Serum takes skin rejuvenation one step further.  The second chamber contains APS corrective complex which consists of various peptides and antioxidants. Peptides help support the foundation of skinPalmitoyl Tripeptide-5 helps to synthesize collagen.   Hydrolyzed Silk (Sericin) increases collagen and Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline suppresses skin enzymes that break collagen down.  APS Corrective Complex also contains antioxidants that fight free radical damage due to environmental aggressors like UV light from the sun: Ergothioneine (EGT)-  A super-antioxidant with free radical scavenging properties. Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10)- An antioxidant that helps to counteract free radical damage and works synergistically with vitamin E. Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract ? A natural antioxidant rich in polyphenols. Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate – A stable form of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), a proven antioxidant. Tocopheryl Acetate -A form of vitamin E considered one of the most important antioxidants and free-radical scavengers. Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Leaf Extract – A natural antioxidant rich in polyphenols. Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Filtrate -A bio-optimized yeast extract that helps protect against the detrimental effect of ozone, which has an ability to deplete antioxidants in the skin. APS Corrective complex also contains Specialty Ingredients: Alpha-Arbutin -Visibly brightens the skin. Hyaluronic Filling Spheres -Dehydrated filling spheres, containing hyaluronic acid, help trap water on the surface of the skin like a sponge. TNS Essential Serum So with every pump of the TNS Essential Serum bottle  (twice a day) you get a rich combination of human growth factors, peptides, antioxidants, and specialty ingredients, all designed and clinically proven to rejuvenate your skin.  Studies have shown statistically significant improvements in skin radiance, skin smoothness, skin tone, fine lines and overall sun damaged appearance.  TNS Essential Serum is well tolerated and no treatment problems have been observed.  The results are reproducible and initial results can be seen as early as 30 days and optimal results at 90 days.  Interested?  Purchase TNS Essential Serum here or in any of our offices.   …

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What is an IPL Photofacial?

The photofacial is the beauty craze that has some staying power, as the treatment rapidly gained popularity and is still utilized by many patients today because of the ease and efficacy of the treatment. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, which is the type of technology a photofacial machine uses. These machines repeatedly deliver an intense blast of broad-spectrum light that targets pigmentation and gradually brings it to the surface. In addition to helping remove hyperpigmentation, the light helps to stimulate collagen production, which helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles. It also kills p.acne, bacteria that causes and worsens acne. For patients who struggle with redness and rosacea, routine photofacials can help to diminish the appearance of redness and reduce the look of broken capillaries. Photofacials are extremely popular because they are very effective in treating a wide range of troublesome skin issues and can be used together with an at-home regimen to deliver long-term skin lightening and brightening. For patients who have a particular trouble spot or problem they want to treat, it is a good idea to come in for a photofacial every 4 – 6 weeks. For patients who are in a maintenance phase, photofacials are recommended once or twice a year to keep sun damage at bay. After a photofacial, you skin will feel slightly tight, somewhat like it was sunburned. You may have some dark spotting come to the surface immediately after the treatment, which will look like “peppering” or areas of darker skin pigmentation. In some cases, it takes several days for this dark spotting to appear. For patients with even deeper skin damage, a dark shadow will appear in some areas but will not make it all the way to the surface. This simply indicates that the photofacial worked; it brought discoloration closer to the surface. To get it to come up completely, another photofacial or two may be needed. For patients who get the dark speckling on the surface of the skin, it will take 7-10 days for the darker pigmented skin to slough off. It is not wise to pick at this skin, as it can increase the time of healing and can even scar if it is pulled off too soon. The best way to deal with the dark spotting is to cover it and wait for it to disappear on its own. Generally the second photofacial is more effective than the first, as it does take one sitting for an esthetician to find the ideal machine setting for each patient. Patient settings vary by skin tone so a more intense second treatment can be done if the first treatment does not cause any adverse effects. As for the treatment itself, photofacials feel similar to the snap of a rubber band and do not generally cause much pain. Some technicians use cooling gel or a cooling tip on the machine to minimize pain, and patients who feel they need to can take an over the counter pain killer before the appointment to further reduce the chance of pain.…

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Acne Scars Removal

How to Get Rid of Acne Scars. As teens, a lot of us dealt with acne. Some still deal with acne in the form of acne scars, which can cause extreme frustration. Difficult to treat, acne scars effect several layers of skin and often require extreme actions to address. At Beleza, we understand the confidence-busters acne scars can be for patients of all ages, so we offer several ways of treating them. Unfortunately, all treatments come with the caveat that while we can often minimize the appearance of scars, it is extremely difficult to eliminate acne scars altogether, so combination treatments may be applied to get the best results possible. Types of Acne Scars Three main subtypes of acne scars have been described to include rolling, ice-pick and box car.  Their appearance is self-explanatory and they can be found in various combinations.  Treatment for each type may require specific procedures for best results. Microneelding for Acne Scars Our newest tool in the fight against acne scars is Microneedling. A microneedle consists of an automated pen with tiny needles. As the provider rolls the pen across a patient’s face, it makes tiny perforations in the surface of the skin. Because the body recognizes that the skin is damaged, it immediately sends repair functions to the area to build up the skin again. This repair-damage-repair sequence, when repeated 3-5 times, can stimulate collagen and cause the skin to repair itself starting from within, improving the appearance of scarring. In addition, a serum from your blood (PRP) is applied to the just-rolled face which is packed with proteins that are vital building blocks in the skin. As it sinks into the deeper layers of the skin, now accessible because of the perforations of the roller, the serum aids in the healing process that happens after rolling is complete. In comparison to some of the other treatments we will discuss, microneedling is on the very low side of the pain scale with some patients describing it as comfortable. It also has very little to no downtime; the skin will look slightly red after the treatment and patients may be advised not to apply makeup or other lotions to the skin for several hours after but the areas will look normal within hours of the treatment. Dermal Fillers Acne scars typically leave noticeable divots in the skin.  One very effective acne scars removal method, is to inject dermal fillers into them.  A dermal filler like Juvederm is carefully injected into and under the skin to lift and fill them.  The effect from the dermal filler may be permanent or sometimes needs to be repeated.  Dermal fillers may be combined with subcision, where a needle or small blade is used to cut the scar tissue holding the acne scar open. Laser Resurfacing Our final tool in the fight against acne scars is CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing, which is associated with the most downtime, discomfort and efficacy of any of our acne scar treatments. In a 45 – 60 minute treatment, a fractional laser is applied to the skin, causing perforations is a DOT pattern across the entire affected area. This treatment is the most effective in treating scarring because it reaches the deepest layers of skin to initiate the healing process. With 7 – 10 days of downtime, laser resurfacing presents the most significant downtime but in many cases, only requires one treatment to see significant results in the reduction of acne scars. Bottom line – acne scars are difficult to treat, but the fight is worth it for many patients!  A combination of microneedling, laser resurfacing and dermal fillers may sometimes be required.  Make your free consultation to find out more.…

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