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Unfortunately, anytime a needle is used there is a risk of bruising afterwards.  When Botox and/or dermal fillers like Juvederm are injected, sometimes the needle may nick a small blood vessel.  This may produce a small bruise that will resolve on its own.  However, there are some things we can do to prevent this annoying side effect. Experienced Injectors Look for an injector that has a great deal of experience with injectables like Botox and Juvederm.  They have seen the complications like bruising and know how to avoid them.  But even the best injector will still sometimes get some bruising! Avoid Certain Medications Any medications that you are taking that interfere with your body’s ability to clot, can lead to bruising no matter how careful the injector is.  These include medications like Aspirin, Vitamin E, St. John’s Wort, Coumadin, Heparin, and Fish Oil.  If you are taking some of these supplements on your own, we would advise holding them for at least a week before your injections.  If your are taking them under the direction of a physician, please discuss holding them first with your provider. Supplements Certain supplements are commonly used to prevent bruising.  These include Arnica Montana and Bromelain.  They are both easy to find in your local pharmacy.  They can be taken before and after your injections to prevent bruising.  Bromelain is found naturally in pineapples! Avoid Trauma This means not rubbing or touching in any way your injection sites.  This also means not running or lifting weights for a few days.  If you do anything to increase your blood pressure, you can make any of those injection sites bleed and bruise. Elevation Do not immediately lay down after these injections.  This will increase blood flow to these areas and cause bruising. Cold Compresses Yes cold compresses work!  Not too hard though, as trauma will cause bruising.…

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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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Are You Curious about Facial Fillers or Dermal Fillers? Facial fillers originally evolved as collagen injections.  Fillers for the face focused on smoothing major lines like the laugh lines.  Since then, our understanding of facial anatomy and aging has progressed.  We now understand that aging is more than just lines and wrinkles, but a matter of overall facial volume loss.  As we age we begin to lose fat, muscle and bone in our faces.  This is in addition to the loss of elasticity of our skin.  As as result, not only do we lose volume in our brows and cheeks, but the remaining volume begins to shift downward. Looking at a youthful face, we see most of the volume is in the upper face in the brow and cheeks.  We call this the upside down triangle.  When we look at the aged face, we notice the volume has been lost in the brow and cheeks and has shifted towards the jawline with jowling.  The triangle has been turned right side up! Dermal Fillers So our goal in facial volume restoration with face fillers is to restore some of this upper face fullness.  This will give you far more bang for the buck than just smoothing lines and wrinkles.  Dermal fillers used to fill the brow and cheeks restore youthful appearance far more than filling smile lines. Juvederm We also have many facial fillers to choose from now.  They have progressed to safer and less painful forms with the addition of local anesthetics.  There are the hyaluronic fillers like Juvederm and Restylane which are based on a natural building block of the skin.  They can be used virtually anywhere on the face and can last up to a year.  There are stimulatory synthetic dermal fillers like Radiesse.  Radiesse actually stimulates your own collagen growth and can last over a year.  The ultimate filler for the face is your own fat!  Fat transfer now offers the ability to harvest live fat cells and transfer them to your face.  These are your own cells and are very safe.  Fat is also rich with stem cells that offer the potential for even more rejuvenation.  We can now couple fat transfer with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or Microneedling with PRP Facelift, to add growth factors that further stimulate stem cell growth and rejuvenation. Microcannulas The other limiting factor with facial fillers has been the need for multiple injections.  Not only is this painful, but each needle stick can cause bleeding and bruising.  We now possess new techniques with microcannulas.  These are blunt, long thin tubes that allow us to inject the dermal fillers through a single injection site.  The comfort and safety of these microcannulas is changing our use of facial fillers. The future of face fillers appears to be moving towards fat transfer and stem cells.  The dermal fillers offer a quicker alternative and are preferred for smoothing lines and wrinkles.  Fat doesn’t have the stiffness necessary to smooth most deep wrinkles, but it is great at overall volume replacement.  If you are interested in facial fillers please come in for a free consultation.  We can discuss your needs as well as all the options available. The injectors at Beleza Medspa are experts at all types of facial fillers.…

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