Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Austin, TX

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Beleza MedSpa is pleased and proud to announce that Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Staci Hix-Hernandez, MD FACS, has joined the surgery team in Cedar Park . Formerly with Baylor Scott and White Health in Round Rock, Texas, Dr. Hix-Hernandez, MD brings over seven years of experience in cosmetic surgery to Beleza. Her specialties include advanced cosmetic and aesthetic surgeries with a primary emphasis on breast augmentation and reconstruction, breast reduction, tummy tucks, mommy makeovers and body contouring. Dr. Hix-Hernandez brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique skill set to Beleza and is committed to providing the highest level of personalized care to her patients. “I am beyond excited to join the Beleza practice and look forward to continuing to help patients meet their aesthetic goals,” said Dr. Hix-Hernandez. Dr. Hix-Hernandez will begin seeing patients  at the Cedar Park location. Prospective patients are encouraged to book their appointments now with Dr. Hix-Hernandez to avoid a delay in scheduling. To schedule a free consultation with Dr. Hix-Hernandez, patients may call or email a spa coordinator at 1.800.509.9785 or info@belezamedicalspa.com, or submit an appointment request online. About Plastic Surgeon Dr. Hix-Hernandez Staci Hix-Hernandez, MD studied at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, earning her doctorate of medicine in 2003. She was honored with the Humanities and Medicine Award in 2003 and also graduated with honors in OB/GYN and Surgery. Prior to receiving her doctorate, Hix-Hernandez, MD studied at Texas Tech University College of Arts and Sciences receiving a Bachelor of Science and Molecular Biology in 1999, Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Hix-Hernandez has received countless awards from 2008 – 2017, including Austin Monthly’s Top Doc in 2015 and 2017, Leading Physicians of the World in 2015, and most recently she was named American Institute of Plastic Surgeons “10 Best in Plastic Surgeons” for Texas in 2017. Furthering her practice, Dr. Hix-Hernandez is also a member of several prestigious professional organizations including the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Professional Wound Care Association, the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Texas Medical association. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has also been featured in several publications due to her outstanding work. When she’s not practicing, Dr. Hix-Hernandez enjoys a fitness-focused lifestyle and is extremely passionate about nutrition. For more information about Staci Hix-Hernandez, MD, please click here. READ DR. HIX-HERNANDEZ’S REVIEWS!

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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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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 Dr Lawrence Broder MD, medical director of Beleza Medspa. “Patients do not want to go under, pay exorbitant fees, have big scars and have artificial results,” he reports. 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 Dr Broder. 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 Laser 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 DOT therapy 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! Dr Broder 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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Wrinkles

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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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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CO2 Fractional Laser Reviews

co2 fractional laser reviews One of the most beneficial aspects of connecting online is the ability to read about other’s experiences at restaurants, entertainment venues and businesses. Like never before, we can make decisions about how to invest our money more wisely by learning from both other’s mistakes and good decisions.  The internet allows us to connect with other patients who are looking for or who have had the procedures we desire. A great way to learn about spa and medical spa services like the CO2 Fractional Laser, also known as SmartXide DOT Therapy, is to read the reviews about it on RealSelf.com, a community of contributors that post reviews, before and after photos and ask for expert advice on more than 250 cosmetic treatments.  Realself.com posts the reviews from actual patients and allows them to rate their experience and their surgeons.  Doctors can answer these reviews and questions. The site is simple; users can write an account of their experience with photos, details and updates and other users can read and ask questions about the information in the post. The community is supportive and the site is designed around establishing a ‘Worth It’ rating for a particular treatment. So, if you’re looking for CO2 Fractional Laser Reviews, try www.realself.com/smartxide/reviews.  One thing to remember is that realself.com was purchased by a plastic surgery organization.  As a result, they limit the doctors on the site to specialties they approve of.  Everyone else is excluded without exception.  Unfortunately, this does not help the patient as it gives a false sense of safety and hope for good results.  The surgeon’s specialty nor board certification guarantee your results or safety. Called the number one anti-aging breakthrough by WebMD (http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/features/top-6-antiaging-breakthroughs), SmartXide DOT Therapy can be the answer to many common skin and facial aging complaints.  Dot therapy uses a CO2 fractional laser to resurface the skin and stimulate skin tightening.  Visible sun damage like brown spots, roughness and fine lines are erased in 3-4 days.  The new skin is smooth and pink and heals within a week.  Heat is also introduced intot he lower layer of skin where the fibroblasts make collagen.  The collagen is the building block of the skin.  The fibroblasts stimulated by the heat start making new collagen and skin tightening results around 3-4 weeks after the procedure.  So Dot therapy provides skin resurfacing within on week and skin tightening starting at 3-4 weeks. Read more about it and watch a video of Dr. Broder describing the procedure on our website and call us for a free consultation to learn more!…

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Fractional Laser CO2

What is Fractional Laser CO2? The  gold standard of laser resurfacing, has been the CO2 laser for years.  Offering great results, the old CO2 laser required general anesthesia and had an extended recovery.  The problem with the procedure was that the laser would remove all the surface skin.  This was very effective at erasing signs of aging, but left the patient with an open burn wound to deal with.  This led to more than 2 weeks of difficult downtime.  The advance of the Fractional laser CO2 was to not remove all the skin.  A fractional pattern to the laser beam allowed only some of the skin to be removed while leaving untreated areas between the treatment zones.  The same amount of energy as the old CO2 was delivered, but the old skin remained intact.  This old skin acts as a natural band-aid to protect the new skin until it is ready.  There are no open wounds and recovery is much easier and quicker. The old skin containing the sun damage peels in 3-4 days, and a fresh, pink, shiny new skin is reveled.  There will be some redness for another 3-4 days that gradually subsides.  The exciting thing is that this is just the beginning of the results.  The resurfacing does cause a dramatic change in appearance alone.  However we also introduce a great deal of heat to the lower layer of skin where the collagen is made.  Around 3-4 weeks after the procedure, new collagen will begin to be made and lead to skin tightening.  So the fractional Laser CO2 offers both resurfacing and skin tightening in one procedure, with much less downtime. More about Fractional CO2 Laser here.…

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