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Most Common Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures

ASDS Consumer Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedure Survey Recently, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery released their consumer survey of Cosmetic Dermatologic procedures.   There were many interesting findings why patients were seeking such procedures and what procedures they were looking for. Who influenced these consumers regarding their procedures? Surprisingly, while 50% of these consumers listed their Dermatologist as the most important, more than 40% listed their friends and more than 30% listed their primary care physician.  This indicates the importance of referrals from friends and families as well as the importance of other physician specialties in the recommendation of cosmetic procedures. Why are consumers exploring cosmetic dermatologic procedures? These finding were very interesting and also not surprising.  Consumer comments included “I want to feel more confident”, “I want to appear more attractive”, and “I want to look as young as I feel or better than my age”.  These are common refrains that we hear from our patients at Beleza Medspa.  When asked for reasons why they are waiting for such procedures they commented “Cost”, “May be painful” and “May not get the results I am looking for”.  Beleza medspa tries to reduce such concerns by offering specials and deals, less invasive and painful procedures and by trying to offer only procedures that are proven to be clinically effective. What are consumers bothered by? Again, these findings were interesting and not surprising.  The top body concerns were: “Excess weight on any part of the body”, “Line and wrinkles under the eyes”, “Excess fat under the chin/neck” and “Skin texture and or discoloration”.  Beleza Medspa offers solutions for all of these concerns including to lose fat, for eye wrinkles, double chins and skin texture and pigment problems. What are the most common Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures? The most popular procedures included body sculpting, treatments to tighten skin or smooth wrinkles using ultrasound, laser, light, or radiofrequency, microdermabrasion and laser hair removal.  Beleza Medspa offers Liposuction and Coolsculpting, Ultherapy, Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing, ThermiVa and Hydrafacials (replacing microdermabrasion). Which procedures did consumers find the most satisfying? Consumers rated the following procedures as most satisfying: injectable wrinkle relaxers and fillers, body sculpting,  laser and light treatments for redness, tone or scars, laser tattoo removal, vein treatments and chemical peels.  Beleza Medspa offers many of these procedures including Botox, Xeomin and Juvederm, Coolsculpting and Liposuction, IPL Photofacials, Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing, Sclerotherapy and Chemical Peels. How much do consumers pay for skin care? Almost 80% of Consumers reported spending up to $100 a month on skin care products and more than half would prefer to pay more up front to lower their costs annually.  Beleza Medspa has several programs designed specifically to lower the costs for regular skin care including the Beleza Babe Vip Program and the Fresh Skin Club.…

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What exactly are Wrinkles? Well, wrinkles are creases, folds or lines in the skin.  They can form for many reasons but most are due to aging.  Ultraviolet radiation from sun exposure wreaks havoc on our skin.  It causes the production of the building block of our skin, collagen, to slow and breakdown.  This causes thinning of the skin and loss of elasticity and the appearance of fine lines.  Smoking further accelerates aging of the skin. Skin is also backed by a full layer of connective tissue, fat, muscle and bone.  It is this underlying support that further gives skin a youthful appearance.  As we age or after massive weight loss, we lose this underlying support which leads to wrinkling and sagging of the skin.  This tends to cause the deeper lines that we see on our faces. Wrinkles can also be defined whether they are static or dynamic.  Static wrinkles are present all the time while dynamic wrinkles occur only with facial movement.  Static wrinkles usually represent sign of aging and loss of collagen.  Dynamic wrinkles are normal as we express emotions.  However, repeated use of facial muscles can eventually convert dynamic wrinkles into permanent lines.  When we are younger the skin easily bounces back but as we age it loses that ability. Where do Wrinkles form? Wrinkles can form anywhere on the body where sun damage occurs.  The face receives a lot of sun exposure and has many facial muscle movements.  This makes face wrinkles very common.  The wrinkles tend to form in relation to the muscles of facial expression.  They form perpindicular to these muscles.  Eye wrinkles form across the eye muscles that close the eye.  Forehead wrinkles appear across the muscles that lift the brow.   Wrinkles around mouth form across the circular muscle that purses the lips. How do we Prevent Wrinkles? Generally what is good for your body is good for your skin.  Good nutrition, regular exercise, quality sleep and not smoking are essential for skin health. You can’t expect to lead an unhealthy lifestyle and have good skin.  Genetics does play a role in skin health and wrinkles but we have no control over it. Protecting ourselves from the sun is critical.  Sun block, hats, sunglasses and avoiding the sun are all good practices.  Mineral makeups and the regular use of antioxidants can also help prevent sun damage to the skin.  The best topical treatment prevent wrinkles is the prescription tretinoin cream (retin A).  Research has shown that retin a can stimulate skin cell turnover as well as collagen production. The easiest way to prevent dynamic wrinkles from becoming static wrinkles is with the regular use of neurotoxins like Botox and Dysport.   Relaxing the muscles of facial expression will smooth lines and prevent the conversion of these wrinkles into long-lasting facial features.  Dermal fillers like Juvederm and Radiesse can restore facial volume and further prevent wrinkle formation. What is Best for Wrinkles? Once they have formed, wrinkles are hard to remove.  Botox and dysport are used to relax the muscles that caused them and provide some smoothing.  However, if they are very deep, they will require filling and support.  Dermal fillers like Juvederm and Radiesse can be used to further fill these lines.  Fat transfer offers the ability to naturally restore facial volume and smooth wrinkles. Laser treatments like CO2 Laser Resurfacing can be used to resurface the skin as well as stimulate collagen production.  They are ideal for patients that have profound sun damage and signs of aging.  Chemical peels can treat superficial to deep wrinkles depending on their depth of penetration. What do I do for my Face Wrinkles? The best first step is to make a free consultation with one of our aestheticians or nurse injectors.  They will evaluate your skin and formulate a customized treatment plan to prevent and remove wrinkles.…

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