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Sun Damage and PhotoAging Most of the aging of our skin is caused by sun exposure.  The visible signs of photoaging include wrinkles, sun spots, roughness, redness and laxity.  Much of this damage can be prevented by avoiding the sun and using sunscreen.  However, once you have sun damage, it is important to understand how it happened.  Skin consists of two main layers, the epidermis and dermis.  The epidermis basically consists of a thin layer of dead cells.  It is the lower layer, the dermis where the main structure of the skin consists.  It is here the two main components of skin, collagen and elastin are located.  Collagen gives skin its toughness and elastin gives skin its elasticity. Its is the dermis where the majority of sun damage occurs.  Specifically, UVA rays penetrate into the dermis and cause damage to the collagen and elastin fibers.  Not only does the sun damage the collagen and elastin that is present, but it actually turns off new production leading to the sun damage we see. What does MicroNeedling do? Microneedling was specifically designed to allow medical professionals to access the skin’s dermal layer.  A series of small surgical needles are used to penetrate the dermis during an in-office visit.  The needles are designed to induce small wounds in the dermis that stimulate repair and production of collagen and elastin.  This is also called collagen induction therapy (CIT) and will produce skin rejuvenation.  The other advantage to microneedling is that the small channels that are produced allow the delivery of medications to the dermis.  Most anti-aging creams out there fail to penetrate the skin to the dermis and hence fail to have any effect.  With the microchannels from microneedling, we have direct access to the dermis for drug delivery. GloPro Microneedling or Microneedling at Home. GloPro microneedling is a device designed for home use.  It combines microneedling and LED light therapy.  Does it work?  The needles on GloPro are 0.3o mm.  The skin thickness on the face can range from 0.5mm to 1.5mm.  So as you can see, for the needles to reach the dermis where the sun damage is, they must be larger than 0.5mm and preferably 1.0-1.5mm.  The Glopro needles cannot reach the dermis to produce any real, long-term changes.  Use of longer needles at home is dangerous.  The possibility of infections, scarring and allergic reactions is increased.  Professional microneedling at medical offices uses longer needles under controlled conditions.  The Glopro microneedling can induce some changes to the epidermis and skin plumping and may produce some temporary effects. Microneedling Austin @Beleza MedSpa Beleza Medspa utilizes Eclipse Micropens for microneedling procedures.  The Micropen uses disposable tips that has twelve (12) stainless steel micro‐needles (32‐gauge) which can be adjusted from 0.25 to 2.75 mm, giving physicians and aestheticians an innovative skin therapy system that is designed to cater to individual patient needs.  The Micropen is motorized and the high speed (8500 rpm) automated needling motion minimizes pain and discomfort, while better promoting an even absorption of topicals, acids and peptides into the skin which enhances overall results.  Microneedling with PRP can provide even better results.…

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Microneedling with PRP Austin.

PRP Microneedling: What is it and why do I need it? What is Microneedling? Microneedling is a safe, office based  procedure that allows us to take anti-aging therapy to the next level.  Simply, a series of tiny needles are used to painlessly pierce your skin.  The purpose of the microneedles is to reach the lower layer of your skin, the dermis.  It is in the dermis where collagen is made, the building block of your skin.  It is also in the dermis where the signs of aging and sun damage show up.  So being able to get to the dermis is critical to produce results.  Unfortunately many procedures that are offered do not reach the dermis and have limited effectiveness. Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) The effect of the tiny microneedles entering the dermis is to cause small micro traumas.  Just like any other wound, these micro traumas stimulate the body’s repair mechanism.  As a result, new collagen formation is initiated.  When used for cosmetic purposes, microneedling stimulates collagen production for skin rejuvenation. Microneedling Microchannels A by-product of the microneedles piercing the skin is that they leave microchannels that lead to the dermis.  We can utilize these microchannels to infuse substances into the dermis to further enhance skin rejuvenation. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Our blood has cells called platelets that are involved in wound repair after injury.  They contain a host of growth factors that they release at injury sites to start repairs.  We can collect these cells from your blood (normal blood draw) and activate them to release these growth factors.  This part of your blood is called PRP.  We can use the growth factors in the PRP for cosmetic purposes to trigger your body’s repair mechanisms for skin rejuvenation.  PRP can also be used to improve fat transfer results and speed healing after laser resurfacing. Microneedling with PRP So we have these microneedles forming small channels to the dermis and inducing new collagen formation.  We also have PRP growth factors that can start tissue repair.  Why not combine them for even greater results?  Microneedling with PRP does just that.  After standard microneedling, your PRP is obtained and placed on those newly formed microchannels.  The PRP is drawn down to the dermis where it can further increase collagen production and skin rejuvenation.  This can all be done in-office using topical anesthesia.  It can be repeated every 4-6 weeks for even better results.  It can also be combined with Botox, Juvederm, laser resurfacing and Ultherapy for comprehensive rejuvenation. PRP Injections. PRP can also be injected directly into the body.  PRP Injection for face can be used to treat wrinkles or mixed with dermal fillers like Juvederm.  PRP injections to joints like the knee have also shown some promise. PRP for Hair Loss Hair loss is due to many factors but it commonly involves loss of hair follicles in the scalp.  The growth factors in PRP are thought to be able to stimulate remaining hair follicles into a growth phase.  This will produce notable hair growth.  The good thing is that PRP Hair Restoration is safe, relatively painless and can be repeated as often as needed. Microneedling for Acne Scars Acne scars tend to be located in the deep layers of the skin.  Microneedling is uniquely suited to reach acne scars and induce them to remodel.  Microneedling with PRP adds the growth factors to improve and prolong the collagen remodeling.  Multiple microneedling with PRP sessions will be needed and other modalities like dermal fillers and laser resurfacing may be required for best results. Microneedling Austin Beleza Medspa has been performing microneedling Austin procedures for more than 7 years.  We are experts at Microneedling, Microneedling with PRP, Microneedling Acne Scars, PRP Injections, PRP for Hair Loss and the Microneedling with PRP Facelift.  …

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Freshen Your Skin With the Microneedling with PRP Facial.

Skin that is losing its texture and glow and has become less smooth due to aging is often in need of treatment beyond any cream you can buy over the counter. If you’ve noticed your skin looking tired, gray in color instead of rosy and lively, it might be time to consider a real solution. This is where the “Microneedling with PRP Facial” comes in. Though many patients choose to go with a traditional facelift there are many patients who don’t feel the need to undergo a full surgical procedure to improve the look of their skin. The Blood Facial gets its name due to the blood sample that is drawn and used to help freshen the face of the skin. Platelet Rich Plasma Once a small blood sample is taken it is then spun to separate blood platelets from the remainder of the blood. Platelets are the cells in the blood stream that are responsible for healing cuts in the skin. When skin is injured or cut, platelets work to stop the bleeding and alert new cells to the area to repair the damage. These platelets, once drawn from the blood, are used to heal “injury” of facial skin due to aging. Once these platelets have been withdrawn from the blood sample, they are injected carefully into the face by the physician to help promote new growth of new cells stimulated younger, fresher tissue and an overall younger appearance. So what makes the Microneedling with PRP Facial (also referred to as “Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy) a good option over other skin rejuvenating procedures for some people? For one thing, the blood used is the patient’s own, so there are no foreign materials injected into the patient which run the risk of allergies and infections. This procedure doesn’t require dermal fillers or surgery or long period of healing time; instead patients will experience only minimal bruising and slight swelling as their only side effects. Microneedling with PRP Facial The Microneedling with PRP Facial can be administered in several ways. The procedure can be done alone to simply help rejuvenate the skin and restore volume and collagen formation or it can be combined with dermal fillers if desired to help stimulate a lifted look. Those looking to just promote skin rejuvenation can have the procedure done on their hands (which often show age sooner than any other area of the body), on the neck and chest, to the full facial area and specifically around the eyes to lessen the appearance of wrinkles.…

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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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