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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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SYNERON ELOS VERSUS LIGHTSHEER AND OTHER LASER HAIR REMOVAL TECHNOLOGY With so many laser hair removal machines available, it is sometimes difficult to wade through all the technical information and get to the facts you need most to make the best choice for your unwanted hair. At Beleza Medspa, we are asked regularly about the criteria for laser hair removal. There is a general understanding that laser hair removal technology like Lightsheer and the Syneron Elos work better when the skin color and hair color are at high contrast and that laser hair removal, in general, works better on hair that is coarse over hair that is fine. Although these things are still , to some degree, true, hair removal technology has improved drastically in recent years. The improvement is so  significant that people who once might not have been candidates for laser hair removal can now see moderate to considerable improvement in decreasing the amount of hair growing in an area. So if you’ve made the decision to move forward with laser hair removal, you’re probably doing your research and it’s likely that you’ve wondered which technology is better: Syneron Elos vs. Lightsheer. One of Beleza’s Medial Estheticians, Ashley, recommends the Lightsheer over the Syneron because of the way the laser moves over the skin. In the case of the Lightsheer, the laser machine is equipped with a gliding technology which makes sessions quicker. The gliding allows the esthetician to create a more seamless experience vs. the Syneron, which uses a pulsing technology and requires more time to treat large surface areas. Additionally, Ashley is a proponent of Lightsheer because it actually forces the hair out of the follicle during treatment, which makes it easier to track what areas have been treated. Beleza sells laser hair removal in both single sessions and five session packages with an expected reduction of approximately 80% of hair at the five treatment mark. The recommendation is to plan for six weeks between sessions for body hair removal and four weeks for facial hair removal. The most important thing to keep in mind? Tanned skin reduces the effectiveness of the laser and hair that is not closely shaven can burn so it is best to come to each session without prior sun exposure and with a recently shaved treatment area. The makers of Syneron tout its combined use of laser frequency and laser energy and say it is safer because it uses less light energy. But, in the Syneron Elos vs. Lightsheer debate, Beleza is on the side of Lightsheer. We believe it is faster, more effective and less painful than the alternatives so several Beleza locations offer Lightsheer to Austin patients. More about laser hair removal in Austin here.…

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