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Eye Wrinkles

What are the types of Eye Wrinkles? Our eyes are constantly opening and closing every time we blink.  Plus, when we smile and make other facial expressions, our eyes have a role too.  All this movement eventually causes wrinkles in the skin around the eyes.  The eye is surrounded by a circular muscle that acts to open and close the eyelid.  The wrinkles that result from its movement, tend to form in lines radiating from the center of the eye.  These eye wrinkles can run up to the eyebrow and down to the cheek.  These under eye wrinkles are better known as Crows Feet. What causes Eye Wrinkles? Did you ever wonder why children don’t have eye wrinkles as they are constantly opening and closing their eyes too?  The answer is contained in the overall condition of the elasticity of the skin.  Children have a lot of elasticity and their skin easily and readily bounces back after movement.  However, as we age, we lose that elasticity and after a movement, the skin remains folded and an under eye wrinkle eventually forms. What causes the loss of skin elasticity? The easy answer is the sun.  Damaging UV rays from the sun, damage the two main components of the skin, collagen and elastin.  These proteins are the building blocks of skin and are critical for healthy, youthful appearing skin.   Sun damage not only damages collagen and elastin in the skin, but also decreases their production.  The result of the loss of collagen and elastin is skin that loses its elasticity and allows eye wrinkles to form. What can we do to treat eye wrinkles? There are several approaches to treat eye wrinkles.  The first involves relaxing the circular eye muscle around the eye that causes them.  Our goal is to relax the muscle’s movement, not paralyze it.  Botox and Xeomin, are well known neuromodulators that can serve this purpose.  A few relatively painless injections of Botox or Xeomin placed around the eye can help to reduce eye wrinkles and more importantly, prevent new eye wrinkles.  Botox and Xeomin last around 3-4 months, and continued maintenance is required.  If the wrinkles are real deep, then a dermal filler like Juvederm may be required.  Fillers like Juvederm can fill in the wrinkles and also replace lost under eye volume.  Botox and Juvederm work the best together to completely erase eye wrinkles. The other treatment for eye wrinkles is to improve the elasticity of the skin around the eye.  The easiest first step is to use an eye cream.  The most effective eye cream is a retinol or retinoid based product.  Retinol and retinoids actually activate the skin cells to produce new collagen and elastin, actually rejuvenating the skin.  There are many other products that are complementary to retinols and retinoids like Vitamin C, peptides, etc.  Of course none of these products are useful if you do not prevent more sun damage with a sunscreen. More advanced cases of sun damage and eye wrinkles, require procedures that can stimulate even more collagen production.  These procedures include chemical peels, microneedling and laser resurfacing.  Chemical peels can remove several layers of skin and sun damage, replacing it with new skin.  Microneedling involves the use of tiny needles that penetrate the lower layer of skin, the dermis.  The dermis is where collagen and elastin are produced, and the trauma from the microneedles induces the skin cells to produce more.  When the wrinkles and sun damage are severe, laser resurfacing may be needed.  Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing uses tiny laser beams to not only stimulate collagen and elastic production in the dermis, but to also remove the upper layers of the skin.  Each of these procedures have varying levels of discomfort and downtime, and a free consultation can help you decide on the best procedure for your needs.…

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What Botox will do to your expression?

What is Botox? Botox has been around for cosmetic purposes more than 10 years.  It has safely been injected in millions of patients.  Botox is a purified protein that used to relax the muscles of facial expression that cause wrinkles.  Repeated activity of facial muscles will eventually causes lines and wrinkles in the skin.  Botox injected into these muscles causes these wrinkles to not only smooth out, but also to prevent them.  But what will Botox do to your facial expression? What Botox will do to your facial expression. The goal of Botox injections is not to completely freeze the muscles, but to relax them enough to smooth and prevent wrinkles.  So what Botox does to your facial expression is usually good. Relaxing frown lines can make you look less angry and tired.  Botox forehead is used to perform a brow lift.  Botox crow’s-feet can make your eyes look wider.  Botox lips can make your lips poutier.  All of these effects from Botox will make you look younger and more refreshed but still have normal facial expressions. How to get rid of facial wrinkles. The first thing to remember is those wrinkles didn’t form overnight and will not go away overnight either.  Getting rid of wrinkles takes a multi-faceted approach coupled with continued maintenance.  There is no miracle cure that will take care of every wrinkle.  A general understanding of why wrinkles form is needed to properly treat them. What is Collagen? The building block of skin is collagen.  When we are younger we make plenty of collagen and its all in good shape.  As we age, mostly due to sun exposure, our collagen production slows down even to the point of losing collagen.  This loss of collagen causes wrinkles, sagging and generally older looking skin.  The key to treating wrinkles is to identify the factors contributing to loss of collagen and restarting collagen production. A great way to look at getting rid of wrinkles is to imagine the face as a canvas.  The canvas itself is your facial skin.  Things like Botox and Juvederm are the paint.   With a fresh, new canvas, an artist can paint a beautiful picture.  However, starting with a damaged canvas, even the best artist will have difficulty painting on it.  So trying to use Botox and Juvederm to fix wrinkles on sun damaged skin will also not be very effective.  The best first step is to rebuild the canvas, the facial skin, so that Botox and Juvederm can do what they are designed to do. Collagen Stimulation. So how do we restart collagen production?  The cells that produce collagen are in the deep layer of the skin, the dermis.  We must reach them and stimulate them to produce new collagen. There are several ways to do this.  Laser resurfacing is the gold standard and involves a Fractional CO2 laser.  The laser beam penetrates the dermis and directly stimulates the collagen cells.  The heat generated by the laser also causes the upper sun-damaged layer of skin to peel while causing the collagen already present to tighten.  Laser resurfacing produces great results but does have 7 days of recovery. An easier, less aggressive method to stimulate collagen production is microneedling.  Microneedling uses multiple small needles to penetrate into the dermis and directly stimulate the collagen cells.  Performed in-office under local anesthesia and has much less recovery than laser resurfacing.  It is repeated every 6 weeks to get maximum collagen stimulation. Skin Care. Skin care products are also key to stimulate collagen production and keeping it going.  No reason to spend money on expensive procedures and not protect you investment with the right skin care products.  Retin A and other retinols directly stimulates collagen cells to make collagen.  If one product is used, it is Retin a for its anti-aging properties.  There are many other growth factors, peptides and antioxidants that are able to promote and prolong collagen production. Botox and Juvederm. So we have now rebuilt the canvas with collagen stimulation procedures and we are maintaining it with skin care products.  This is a great time to add Botox and Juvederm to our regimen. Botox injections, as we previously discussed, relax the muscles of facial expression causing facial wrinkles.  Juvederm allows us to fix the other major sign of facial aging, volume loss.  Cheeks are refilled, lines smoothed and lips plumped.  The combination of collagen stimulation with Botox and Juvederm, gives you long-lasting results.…

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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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What are Fraxel Laser Treatments? Fraxel is a brand name for a new type of laser technology developed in 2001.  The technology involved the refinement of the CO2 laser.  The Co2 laser had been the gold standard for laser resurfacing treatments.   The light generated by the CO2 laser is highly absorbed by water, which is what skin is mostly made of.  As a result, the CO2 laser would vaporize the outer layer of skin it treated.  This would remove all signs of visible sun damage and aging.  The results were great but the patient was left with an open, burn-type wound to deal with after the procedure.  Healing took weeks and patients were prone to infections and complications.  The procedure required general anesthesia and pain was significant. Fraxel brought a new wrinkle to the CO2 laser.  It fractionated the laser beam, breaking it into millions of tiny beams in a grid.  The point of the Fraxel laser was that these microscopic pulses of light treated small volumes of the skin, leaving untreated areas between them.  The advantages of this approach were many.  By leaving untreated skin between the treatment zone, the outer layer of skin remained intact.  This skin acts as a natural dressing, protecting the underlying structures until the new skin is ready. The untouched cells in the intact skin could also participate in healing.  This decreased pain, downtime and complications. How do Fraxel Laser Treatments Work? The treatment zones of the fraxel laser actually vaporize the skin.  These areas allow the skin to refill them with new collagen, the building block of the skin.  The areas surrounding the treatment zones absorbs a lot of heat too.  This causes their collagen to eventually  be rebuilt and tighten.  The results are a new outer layer of skin within 3-4 days of the treatment.  The new skin is a shiny, pink that eventually resolves into a smooth surface.  The even more exciting part of the Fraxel laser is the skin tightening.  The fractionated laser beams penetrate deep into the lower layer of the skin, the dermis.  This is where the collagen is made and the heat stimulates new collagen and tightening which starts 3-4 weeks after the procedure. What is an ablative laser? An ablative laser remove skin during the treatment.  The skin is usually vaporized into smoke.  This allows for removal of sun damage and signs of aging and maximal results.  A nonablative laser does not remove skin.  The heat is delivered into the skin to cause coagulation of the collagen as well as stimulation of new collagen.   A new skin surface is not produced, but skin tightening is. What is Laser Resurfacing? DOT therapy is the brand name of the Fractional CO2 laser like Fraxel, that Beleza Med Spa uses.  Patients with acne scars, wrinkles, rough skin, brown spots and loose skin are are perfect candidates for this laser resurfacing procedure.  If you are looking for bang for your buck, a Fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing with Fraxel or DOT Therapy in unrivaled.…

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What is Collagen Protein & Collagen Peptides Found in the connective tissue of animals, especially vertebrates, collagen is a group of proteins that  are naturally found in the body. Collagen protein serves multiple functions for humans, including being the basis for connective and fibrous tissues. At Beleza, most of the focus on collagen is centered on its’ role in skin elasticity and firmness. Collagen serves as the structural support for skin, so as we age, this structure decreases. With time, age and collagen breakdown, skin looses firmness and the ability to bounce back when pulled or stretched. This loss of structure and elasticity allows gravity to take its toll and pull the fatty tissue and skin in the face downward. Wrinkles from expressions begin to linger after the expression is gone and both deep and fine lines appear. Skin Collagen Collagen is almost 90% of our skin’s dermis, so the change in the appearance of skin can be dramatic when collagen starts to fade. Around the age of thirty, collagen production in the skin decreases at an average rate of 1% a year. During the next several decades, the slowdown is even more dramatic. So, what do we do to prevent or slow down this collagen breakdown? Some of the factors are environmental and genetic; if your parents and grandparents showed their ages prematurely, it is likely that you will, too. Collagen & Sunscreen To delay the onset of wrinkles and loss of firmness as long as possible, a few steps can be taken. First, sunscreen. We probably sound like a broken record at this point, but there is nothing better you can do for your skin that slather on sunscreen every single day, and reapply when sweat or swimming is involved. Amp up your protection with sunglasses to shield the delicate skin around the eyes and a wide brimmed hat to provide shade on the face, neck and chest. Skin Antioxidants Second, never forget your antioxidants. Vitamin C and E protect your skin against free radicals and help to rebuild collagen. When you apply skincare products to a clean and dry face, apply them thickest to thinnest; this usually means your Vitamin C and E (generally supplied in the form of a serum) will be applied underneath your thicker lotions and creams. Retinols Third, use a retinol. Beleza provides prescriptions for a personalized blend of hydroquinone and retinol, which can produce a drastic difference in skin pigmentation and help to increase collagen production when applied nightly. Collagen Peptides Recent research has shown that taking collagen supplements may have many health benefits.  There are many types of collagen each composed of different collagen peptides.  These collagen peptides can be found in collagen powders & collagen pills. Collagen supplements may improve skin health by reducing wrinkles and dryness and they may also help increase muscle mass, prevent bone loss, and relieve joint pain. Collagen Induction Therapy The basis of many skin rejuvenation and skin tightening procedures involve collagen stimulation by collagen induction therapy or CIT.  CIT basically involves wounding the skin cells that produce collagen to stimulate them to make new collagen.  This can be done with needles like Microneedling, lasers like CO2 Laser Resurfacing and ultrasound like Ultherapy.…

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What exactly are Face Wrinkles? Well, face 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.  Lets look at wrinkles treatment for face wrinkles & eye wrinkles, as well as wrinkles creams. Deep Wrinkles 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 wrinkles and lines that we see on our faces. Types of Wrinkles 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.  Eye wrinkles are one form of dynamic wrinkles. Where do Face 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 perpendicular to these muscles.  Under 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. Wrinkle Creams 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 wrinkle cream to  prevent wrinkles is the prescription tretinoin cream (retin A). Research has shown that the cream for wrinkles, retin a can stimulate skin cell turnover as well as collagen production.  Other effective wrinkle creams include antioxidants, vitamin C, and peptides. 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 the Best Wrinkles Treatment? 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, especially eye wrinkles and forehead wrinkles.  However, if they are very deep, wrinkle treatment 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. How to Remove 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 also treat superficial to deep wrinkles depending on their depth of penetration. What do I begin Face Wrinkles Treatment? 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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