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Microneedling Before and After.

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 microneedling results and truly believe this procedure can do wonders on almost every skin type.  Check out my microneedling before and afters! 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 — my nerves definitely grew stronger at this point. The numbing cream needs about 20-25 minutes to kick in (and we weren’t starting even 1 minute early). During that time, Emily drew my blood for the PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma. If you have a tendency to get queasy from having your blood drawn, rest assured this is a cakewalk compared to most vials. This is a TINY vial. It takes about 30 seconds for it to fill up. From there, the vial is placed into a centrifuge where it spins for 30 minutes. The centrifuge is a vital part of this procedure because it activates your blood cells and forces them to separate and release growth factors. This part of your blood is called PRP. We can use the growth factors in the PRP for cosmetic purposes to trigger your body’s repair mechanisms for skin rejuvenation. MICRONEEDLING PROCEDURE Once Emily had the syringes loaded with my body’s PRP, it was time to remove the numbing cream (gulp). By this time, I was definitely numb, but of course still nervous about the pain. Emily cleaned my face to remove the numbing cream and then applied the MicroGlide Hyaluronic Acid and the PRP to the skin. Here we go, time to microneedle! I was pleasantly surprised at the low about of pain for this procedure. You definitely can feel it, and some areas are more sensitive than others, but this procedure was a piece of cake! Anyone should be able to tolerate the pain from microneedling, if you even want to call it “pain”. Emily worked in small 1-2 inch sections. She would apply the MicroGlide and PRP on to each section and then microneedle over the 1-2 inch sections. The PRP dries so fast, so she was careful to not microneedle over a dry area. She started with my cheeks, then my chin, then the nose (which tickled SO much), then forehead, and then finished on my neck. It was over before I knew it. On a scale of 1-10, (10 being the most amount of pain), I would say there were a few areas that got up to a 6 on the pain level, but they only lasted for about a minute. The majority of the time I felt like the pain level was between a 3-4. Injections during a Microneedling with PRP treatment? The biggest myth about this procedure is that your own blood is injected into your skin. This is so false! There are no injections during this procedure. Should you want to go with a Microneedling with PRP (which includes a syringe of Voluma), or should you want to inject your PRP into the dermis of your skin, then yes, there would be injections. But, for a standard Microneedling with PRP) there are no injections. The PRP is simply applied onto your skin and then your provider performs microneedling over the PRP. After Microneedling with PRP Following my procedure, I followed Emily’s instructions very carefully to ensure I would have the best results. Beleza also provides take-home instructions for every patient, so you don’t have to worry about your post care. I was instructed to wait at least 4 hours before washing the PRP off my face, I ended up waiting 6 hours just because I didn’t have any reason to wash my face. I applied Hyaluronic Acid every hour during that 6 hours. After 6 hours, I washed my face using Elta MD’s Foaming Facial Cleanser with cool  water and then applied more Hyaluronic Acid and went to bed. It is important not to use sunscreen for at least 48 hours following your procedure. If you need to be outdoors, be sure to bring a hat or scarf. I continued this regime night and day for 2 days. At the end of the second day, I began to use SkinMedica’s TNS Recovery Complex, SkinMedica’s HA5, and Elta MD facial sunscreen, only…

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Beleza Launches New HydraFacial Menu

Beleza Medspa is pleased to announce the launch of a new HydraFacial MD specialty menu. It is Beleza’s mission to constantly find ways to cater to our client’s skin care needs, and the launch of this menu will support that effort. Whether you are looking to brighten, treat or rejuvenate your skin, our new HydraFacial menu has something for everyone. With the addition of three specialty HydraFacial options and four add-on options, we just completely upped your facial game (and your skin won’t know what hit it!).   “It was essential for us to adjust our HydraFacial options at Beleza. We have such a broad spectrum of clients, all with individual needs. I am thrilled to be able to offer the new specialty options to my clients.”   The new menu is available at all four Beleza locations. Ready to book? Check out the menu below! HydraFacial MD (45 min)  A customizable, rejuvenating skin resurfacing treatment that immediately reduces the look of lines, wrinkles, acne, hyper-pigmentation, congested pores and uneven skin tone. Nourish, protect and maintain your skin with this multi-step process starting with exfoliation and glycolic/salicylic acids that deliver the benefits of a peel without post peeling scaling. This is followed by painless extractions with vortex suction to clean out pores with Beta HD serum. Lastly, the vortex fusion delivers antioxidants and peptides to nourish and protect the skin. Anti-Aging HydraFacial (60 min) The anti-aging HydraFacial MD treatment includes the added benefits of Derma Builder and LED light therapy to dramatically restore the skin. DermaBuilder minimizes signs of aging and recharges skin with a patented combination of peptides will will enhance your skin’s elasticity, improve its texture and tone, and give your skin a firmer appearance. Adding the LED helps reduce the appearance of redness/sensitive skin and the signs of aging. Skin Brightening HydraFacial (60 min)  Enjoy a HydraFacial MD® with the added benefits of a proprietary brightening agent, Britenol serum, Vitamin C, and Alpha-Arbutin, followed by LED light therapy. This enhancement paired with the HydraFacial MD® helps minimize the appearance of dark spots, sun spots, and hyper-pigmentation. Advanced Acne Treatment HydraFacial (60 min) Enjoy a HydraFacial MD with the added benefits of BetaHD serum and glycolic/salicylic acid. Extended time spent on extractions followed by blue LED light therapy to improve the appearance of oily/congested skin and treat inflammatory acne. This facial leaves you to experience truly exquisite results. Hydrafacial MD Upper Back (60 min) A full 50 minute focus on the upper back. Includes separate patented OnG tip for back use only. ADD ON’S: Britenol Boost Minimizes the appearance of dark spots and sunspots for an even complexion and reduces hyper-pigmentation. DermaBuilder Boost Minimizes signs of aging and recharges skin with a patented combination of peptides will will enhance your skin’s elasticity, improve its texture and tone, and give your skin a firmer appearance. LED Light Therapy LED helps reduce the appearance of redness/sensitive skin and the signs of aging. It also improves the appearance of oily/congested skin, and treats moderate inflammatory acne. 15% or 30% Glycolic/Salicylic treatment This advancement in skin resurfacing technology combines the benefits of aggressive exfoliation and chemical peels into a one-step resurfacing procedure. It blends the HydraFacial MD® Vortex-Fusion™ with dislodging dead skin cell capabilities to deeply cleanse and exfoliate the skin. HydraFacial In a Nutshell The HydraFacial uses 4 patented technologies to cleanse, peel, extract and hydrate the skin.  A combination of water, antioxidants and skin nourishers (including peptides and hyaluronic acid) are vortex infused into the skin while a vacuum removes toxins, dead skin and impurities. The Hydrafacial includes 4-in-1 technology of Vortex-Cleansing™, HydroPeel® Exfoliation, Vortex-Extraction™, and Vortex-Fusion®. Backed by clinical studies, the Hydrafacial treatment shows better facial rejuvenation results than other rejuvenation procedures, including microdermabrasion and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photofacials. Specifically, the Hydrafacial treatment was found to stimulate collagen synthesis, decrease inflammation and increase skin antioxidants. Even better, the addition of HydraFacial to other treatments, like IPL Photofacials, improved their results as well! What are you waiting for? All Beleza MedSpa professionals receive the highest level of training from HydraFacial MD directly and are highly experienced in administering HydraFacials. Your nurse or aesthetician can answer any questions you may have about the procedure, help you decide which HydraFacial is best for you, and will customize a treatment plan to meet your needs and desired goals. To add to the fun, Beleza is also offering 25% off all facial services* for students and teachers during the month of August, so don’t miss your chance to save on a HydraFacial this month. To learn more about our August specials, please click here. Certain restrictions apply. Give us a call to book your HydraFacial today, your skin will thank you. 1.800.509.9785 or email  …

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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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