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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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A Natural Facelift Alternative Beleza Medspa Austin TX is proud to introduce a new facelift alternative procedure, the NeoJuvenescence Lift. Utilizing the body’s own ability to heal itself, the NeoJuvenescence Lift combines both surgical and nonsurgical procedures to produce natural results. Online PR News – 30-April-2013 – The results of traditional facelift surgery are well known. It’s not hard to figure out who had a facelift, with the unnatural, pulled-back appearance it produces. Even worse, facelifts leave big scars, are expensive and require general anesthesia. Considering the cost, risks and results, the facelift is a procedure that has seen better times. “The traditional facelift like many cosmetic surgery procedures, is out of sync with what patients want in 2013,” reports Beleza Medspa. “Patients do not want to go under, pay exorbitant fees, have big scars and have artificial results,” they report. What if it’s possible to harness the body’s unique ability to heal itself to produce a more natural facelift? The NeoJuvenescence Lift just does that. The Neojuvenescence Lift combines a series of rejuvenation procedures that are on the cutting edge of cosmetic surgery. It utilizes your own fat, stem cells, growth factors and skin cells to do all the work. Combining a series of cutting edge surgical and non-surgical procedures, the NeoJuvenescence Lift restores youthful facial volume and contours while draping freshened and tighter skin over it. “What we noticed over the years performing each of these procedures, is that when we combined them, results were multiplied”, reports Beleza. Performed entirely under local anesthesia with minimal sedation, the NeoJuvenescence Lift is safe and effective. The procedure begins with fat transfer that harvests stem cell rich fat from a donor site. Attention is then turned to the chin and neck area where Smartlipo Liposuction is performed. This phase of the treatment removes double chins, tightens neck skin and reduces the jowls. A blood sample is then drawn to isolate platelet rich plasma (PRP). PRP contains a wealth of natural growth factors that can stimulate stem cells and induce tissue repair. The final phase of the procedure involves  laser resurfacing and facial fat transfer. A CO2 fractional laser is used to remove the upper layer of skin containing visible sun damage as well as providing overall skin tightening. The previously harvested fat is then transferred to the face to rebuild cheek and brow volume and youthful contours. Finally, the PRP is applied throughout the face to stimulate the stem cell differentiation into new cells and induce tissue repair. The results of the NeoJuvenescence Lift are nothing but dramatic. The skin looks tighter and fresher, the cheeks and brow appear fuller while the jawline and chin are better defined. This is all accomplished by using only the body’s ability to repair itself. No artificial fillers, large incisions or general anesthesia is necessary. Just natural results with natural face lift alternative! Beleza Medspa adds, “The Neojuvenescence Lift combines a series of rejuvenation procedures that are on the cutting edge of cosmetic surgery. It utilizes your own fat, stem cells, growth factors and skin cells to do all the work. Our goal is to restore youthful upper facial volume while removing the excess lower facial volume of aging. We also stimulate the skin to rebuild collagen and tighten so it drape better over the new facial contours,” he reports. “Unlike the facelift that just treats the symptoms, the Neojuvenescence Lift actually treats the underlying problems that we see as aging.” The name NeoJuvenescence Lift was chosen quite deliberately to reflect the nature of the procedure. Juvenescence means growing young and Neo is defined as new. So the Neojuvenescence Lift reflect a new ability to grow young! See the Press Release here!…

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Did you see Kim Kardashian have the Microneedling with PRP Facelift? Recently on her reality show, Kim Kardashian had a Microneedling with PRP Facelift performed.  The pictures she released were dramatic and caused quite a stir.  Reactions ranged from shock to curiosity.  So what exactly did Kim have done?  What is Microneedling with PRP Facelift?  Why did her face look like that? The Microneedling with PRP Facelift. The Microneedling with PRP Facelift is a cosmetic dermatology procedure that combines a dermal filler with platelet rich plasma (PRP).   PRP is prepared by obtaining a blood sample and separating the platelets from the blood.  The platelets are then activated to release their growth factors.  These growth factors attract new cells, repair damage and stimulate new tissue growth.  A dermal filler like Juvederm or Radiesse is combined with PRP to provide volume. The combination of the facial filler and PRP leads to rejuvenation of the skin and improved appearance.  Although it has a scary name, the Microneedling with PRP Facelift, is a safe and natural treatment. Why does her face look like that? The Microneedling with PRP Facelift is usually administered with several injections.  It has the same side effects of any cosmetic injections like swelling, redness and bruising.   Kim had another type of PRP injection performed.  She had microneedling or Dermapen used to make small perforations in the skin. The PRP was then placed on the surface of her skin to be absorbed through the perforations. This gave Kim’s face the bloody appearance you see in the pictures! So who is the Microneedling with PRP Facelift for? Kim is young at 32 and appears to have good skin.  Since it is a rejuvenation procedure, the Microneedling with PRP Facelift is ideal for aging skin and/or those with advanced sun damage.  The PRP injections can be performed alone, added to a filler as in the Microneedling with PRP Facelift, added to a fat transfer procedure or added after DOT laser therapy.  These procedures can be combined depending on the individualized needs of the patient. What is Microneedling with PRP Facelift Cost? The Microneedling with PRP Facelift not only uses your own PRP, but includes a syringe of dermal filler. Depending on the filler used and the amount of PRP prepared, the Microneedling with PRP Facelift cost runs between $1200-$1500. Make your Free Consultation now to discuss the Microneedling with PRP Facelift or learn more here. …

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The Other Male Sex Hormones. Many men are now focused on low testosterone or low T levels in their bodies. Testosterone is the critical male sex hormone.  It is what makes a ‘man a man.’  Testosterone levels do decrease with age and testosterone and testosterone treatment and testosterone boosters are now commonly used. Estrogen in Men However the 2 other sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone play crucial roles in men’s health.  Men have small amounts of these female hormones.  As they age, testosterone and progesterone levels decline and estrogen levels rise.  Estrogen is produced in men by a process called aromatization.  The enzyme aromatase  is found in high levels in fat.  Aromatase converts testosterone into estrogen.  So the more fat, the more conversion to estrogen in men.  As men age, fat deposits increase and explain the gradual rise of estrogen levels.  Estrogen also causes a rise in the level of binding proteins in the blood.  These proteins bind testosterone and leave even less available free hormone, further worsening low testosterone levels. Xenoestrogens Besides testosterone conversion, men are also exposed to many other sources of estrogen.  Xenoestrogens are estrogen like compounds found in our foods and environment.  There are tens of thousands of these compounds including many plastics, pesticides and hormones given to animals. Estrogen Dominance Testosterone and progesterone balance the effects of estrogen in men.  As testosterone and progesterone decline and estrogens increase, a hormone imbalance known as estrogen dominance results.   Estrogen dominance has many deleterious effects on the male body.  Estrogen dominance can cause prostate and breast tissue growth, increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and dementia.  Estrogen induced  prostate growth leads to the symptoms of prostate hypertrophy like decreased flow and nocturia. To treat estrogen dominance, the goal is to rebalance hormone levels as well as decrease estrogen levels.   Progesterone, estrogen and testosterone levels should be measured via salivary testing.  This allows us to see the actual levels of free hormone the tissues are seeing.  Low testosterone can be replaced with testosterone supplementation.  If progesterone is low, supplementation with a progesterone cream is also warranted. Progesterone has protective effects to balance the estrogen effects. Progesterone decrease prostate size and has been shown to decrease risk of cardiovascular disease and dementia. Decreasing estrogen levels involves lowering environmental intake as well as lowering aromatase activity. Diet and exercise and decrease fat deposits and will lower estrogen.   Some aromatase inhibitors include chrysin, resveratrol, arimidex and DIM.  Protection from xenoestrogens Buy organic meat, fish and poultry as they are not supplemented with any hormones, antibiotics or other growth stimulants. Buy organic vegetables, fruit and other foods, grown without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. Avoid fried processed foods, which sometimes contain trans fats that perpetuate the production of estrogen. Avoid recycled drinking water. Synthetic hormones are not filtered out of municipal water, so the level of estrogens recycled tap water are rising all the time.   Our drinking water is filled with the metabolites of prescription drug users. Use glass, high quality stainless steel or ceramics to store food and drink. If you must use plastics, do not heat them or leave them in the sun. Throughout your home and garden, try to avoid all chemical cleaners, deodorants, dyes, personal products, garden products, stationery and anything that gives off chemical smells. Try to use as few chemicals as possible, stick to products made with natural ingredients that you understand. A new car, new furniture, curtains (drapes), clothes, carpets, products made from chipboard and whatever all give off toxic gas for a time. Try to keep the windows open and minimize your exposure until the “new” smell goes. Lose weight, exercise, and drink plenty of pure water. Read more about testosterone and Bioidentical Hormones or get a free hormone evaluation by clicking here.…

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Adipocyte Derived Stem Cells: The Future is here. Beleza Medspa Austin TX By now we have all heard of stem cells.  Stem cells are unspecialized cells that have two important characteristics.  First they have the ability to self-renew by dividing.  They appear to have an almost unlimited ability to form new stem cells or other cells.  It is this ability to form other cells that is their other distinguishing characteristic.  Under special conditions they can differentiate into specialized cells   These specialized cells can then repair or replace cells in tissues and organs.   They serve as a sort of repair bank, awaiting the signal to divide and become new cells. There are two main sources of stem cells: embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells.  Embryonic stem cells come from embryos fertilized in the laboratory.  Adult stem cells are found throughout the tissues and organs of the body.  Adult stem cells are fewer in number and harder to grow in the lab.  Embryonic cells posses the ability to become any cell while adult cells appear to be limited to cell types related to their tissue of origin.  It also appears that adult stem cells are less likely to be rejected by the body. A well known source of adult stem cells is bone marrow.  These stem cells are specialized to become blood cells.  Harvesting stem cells from bone marrow is difficult and painful.  Recently, a new source of adult stem cells have been identified in our own adipose or fat.  In fact 1 gram of fat has been found to contain 500x as much stem cells as 1 gram of bone marrow.  Adipose derived stem cells (ADSC) also appear to be easy to isolate and grow.  Plus we all have an abundance of fat that is ready and easy to harvest.  Liposuction techniques are now routinely performed safely under local anesthesia. Adipose derived stem cells have been experimentally found to be able to differentiate into fat, bone, cartilage, skin, liver, nerve and blood cells.   So these ADSCs appear to have great potential for future stem cell based therapies.  Currently the only approved stem cell therapies involve the use of bone marrow transplants to replenish blood cells.  Current research is looking at repair of heart tissue, treating Chron’s disease, wound healing, and suppressing transplant rejection with adipocyte derived stem cells. So how can we use ADSCs now?  There are currently many ways to take advantage of the rich supply of ADSCs.  The field of fat transfer has become very popular with augmentation of the breast and buttocks as well as facial volume.   The fat we transfer is rich with these stem cells.  Some studies have already shown the longevity of the transfer effect is due to the stem cells and not the fat.  So we are now looking at ways to isolate these stem cells and induce them to differentiate.  Platelet rich plasma (PRP) contains many growth factors that may be able to stimulate the stem cells.  We are now beginning to add PRP to  transferred fat to improve the longevity of the fat transfer effect.  The combination of the fat stem cells and the PRP appears to also have a rejuvenating effect on the transplanted area. The other promising use of adipose derived stem cells is tissue banking.  There are numerous studies that support the ability of these ADSCs to grow and differentiate is better in younger patients.  It is now possible to harvest fat with liposuction and bank these cells indefinitely.  So as more stem cells therapies are developed, you will have a supply of younger stem cells ready to treat future disease.  This may be a real ‘fountain of youth’ that is available today!  …

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How can PRP help me? Platelets are tiny cells that circulate in our blood.  Their sole mission in life is to respond to injuries throughout the body.  They work to stop the bleeding and begin repairs.  When an injury occurs, multiple factors such as blood vessel damage induce the platelets to activate.  They will change their shape and clump together, forming a plug or blood clot.  This works to  stop the bleeding. The blood clot is only a temporary solution to stop bleeding; vessel and tissue repair is  needed. The aggregated platelets help this process by secreting growth factors that promote the invasion of specialized cells from surrounding connective tissue.  These cells migrate into the wounded area to completely heal the wound and form a scar. Platelet-derived growth factors (PDGF) are biologically active substances that enhance tissue repair mechanisms, such as cell movement, cell growth, cell activation, new blood vessel formation, and rebuilding of connective tissue. So where does PRP come from?  It is these platelet derived growth factors that we seek to exploit with PRP.   Can you imagine a drug that can mimic what these growth factors can do?  There is none.  However we have plenty of our own platelets available containing all of these growth factors.  We can take a blood sample and spin it to separate the platelets.  The platelets remain in the plasma fraction of the spun blood.  We then use a calcium solution to activate the platelets.  The platelets then release their growth factors into the plasma.  We can then use this platelet rich plasma (PRP) anywhere we want to initiate cell repair and growth. PRP therapy is currently showing promising results in many fields of medicine.  PRP is being used for tendon and ligament injuries, chronic wounds, arthritis, burns, and oral surgery.  It has been shown to speed healing and induce new tissue growth.  It is an evolving treatment and new indications  are currently under investigation. So how do we use PRP at Beleza Medspa?  We are using PRP as stand alone treatment known as the Microneedling with PRP Facelift and also in combination with DOT therapy and fat transfer. Microneedling with PRP Facelift in conjunction with a dermal filler for facial rejuvenation.  The PRP attracts new cells to the area, induces cell repair and blood vessel growth. Dot therapy or fractional CO2 laser resurfacing, makes millions of perforations in the skin.  These perforations or ‘dots’ lead to the resurfacing and skin tightening effects of the treatment.  PRP can actually be applied topically to the skin surface after DOT therapy.  The dots may allow the growth factors to be absorbed into the deep layers of the skin and speed healing and repair.  The use of PRP with fat transfer is most exciting.  Our understanding of fat transfer is  evolving with the realization of it’s stem cell content.  The pairing of the PRP growth factors to activate these stem cells may give us unlimited rejuvenation possibilities. …

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