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I had the pleasure of having my first ever Microneedling with PRP procedure this summer. I wanted to take a moment to harp on how amazing this experience was for my skin care goals. If you’re curious about having this procedure, take a moment to read about my experience. I was blown away by the microneedling results and truly believe this procedure can do wonders on almost every skin type.  Check out my microneedling before and afters!Microneedling with PRP PreparationI have to say, I was pretty nervous going into this procedure. I have filmed Microneedling with PRP over a dozen times, so I felt like I had a pretty good grasp on how it works. The only thing I wasn’t sure about was the pain level. Every patient I had ever filmed remained calm while filming and all looked as though they were actually enjoying the procedure. I started to wonder if it hurt at all. I recruited Beleza expert injector and aesthetician, Emily Stimson, to administer my procedure who, in my humble opinion, is a MicroPen Master. When I arrived at Beleza in Cedar Park to undergo this procedure, Emily immediately began applying numbing cream to my face and explained how important the numbing cream is for microneedling — my nerves definitely grew stronger at this point.The numbing cream needs about 20-25 minutes to kick in (and we weren’t starting even 1 minute early). During that time, Emily drew my blood for the PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma. If you have a tendency to get queasy from having your blood drawn, rest assured this is a cakewalk compared to most vials. This is a TINY vial. It takes about 30 seconds for it to fill up. From there, the vial is placed into a centrifuge where it spins for 30 minutes. The centrifuge is a vital part of this procedure because it activates your blood cells and forces them to separate and release 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.MICRONEEDLING PROCEDUREOnce Emily had the syringes loaded with my body’s PRP, it was time to remove the numbing cream (gulp). By this time, I was definitely numb, but of course still nervous about the pain. Emily cleaned my face to remove the numbing cream and then applied the MicroGlide Hyaluronic Acid and the PRP to the skin. Here we go, time to microneedle!I was pleasantly surprised at the low about of pain for this procedure. You definitely can feel it, and some areas are more sensitive than others, but this procedure was a piece of cake! Anyone should be able to tolerate the pain from microneedling, if you even want to call it “pain”.Emily worked in small 1-2 inch sections. She would apply the MicroGlide and PRP on to each section and then microneedle over the 1-2 inch sections. The PRP dries so fast, so she was careful to not microneedle over a dry area. She started with my cheeks, then my chin, then the nose (which tickled SO much), then forehead, and then finished on my neck. It was over before I knew it. On a scale of 1-10, (10 being the most amount of pain), I would say there were a few areas that got up to a 6 on the pain level, but they only lasted for about a minute. The majority of the time I felt like the pain level was between a 3-4.Injections during a Microneedling with PRP treatment?The biggest myth about this procedure is that your own blood is injected into your skin. This is so false! There are no injections during this procedure. Should you want to go with a Microneedling with PRP (which includes a syringe of Voluma), or should you want to inject your PRP into the dermis of your skin, then yes, there would be injections. But, for a standard Microneedling with PRP) there are no injections. The PRP is simply applied onto your skin and then your provider performs microneedling over the PRP.After Microneedling with PRPFollowing my procedure, I followed Emily’s instructions very carefully to ensure I would have the best results. Beleza also provides take-home instructions for every patient, so you don’t have to worry about your post care. I was instructed to wait at least 4 hours before washing the PRP off my face, I ended up waiting 6 hours just because I didn’t have any reason to wash my face. I applied Hyaluronic Acid every hour during that 6 hours. After 6 hours, I washed my face using Elta MD’s Foaming Facial Cleanser with cool  water and then applied more Hyaluronic Acid and went to bed.It is important not to use sunscreen for at least 48 hours following your procedure. If you need to be outdoors, be sure to bring a hat or scarf. I continued this regime night and day for 2 days. At the end of the second day, I began to use SkinMedica’s TNS Recovery Complex, SkinMedica’s HA5, and Elta MD facial sunscreen, only…

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October MedSpa Specials Announced!

         October is always such a great month. There’s a nip in the air (well, sort of), bikini season is over, Pumpkin Spice Latte’s are in full bloom… and most importantly, IT’S LASER SEASON!! Now that summer is over, it’s time to get serious with your skin care goals. Those occasional facials aren’t going to cut it forever. If you really want to make a change in your skin, it’s time to pull out the big guns: LASER TREATMENTS. Well, you’re in luck. We just might have a laser deal in our October specials because, well, it’s laser season! We are pleased to announce we are offering 20% off all laser resurfacing the entire month of October – yes, 20%!! This is an excellent time to finally turn back the hands of time and erasing years of sun damage. Beleza as two options for laser resurfacing: CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing (SmartXide) and Skinfinity RF Resurfacing. Both are excellent choices, but are used for different reasons depending on the patient’s skin needs. We also love to add PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) to our laser treatments to reduce your downtime and maximize your results. We know adding PRP can be a pricey added cost for most people, but with the 20% off, it’s like you’re getting the PRP for FREE! Beleza is also offering two other product specials to go with your favorite facials (and maximize your results!): Purchase (2) IPL Photofacials (face only, $179 ea.) and receive a SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 Brightening Serum FREE ($154 value), and/or purchase any (2) specialty HydraFacials and receive a SkinMedica HA5 FREE! ($179 value). Hence, if you’re already planning to buy these facials, why wouldn’t you buy them now and get the products for FREE??Beleza October 2017 MedSpa Deals: 20% OFF ALL LASER RESURFACING * Receive 20% off when you purchase CO2 Laser Resurfacing or Skinfinity RF resurfacing on any area (full-face, neck, chest or hands).* Consultation required for exact pricing. IPL PHOTOFACIAL + LYTERA 2.0 SPECIAL * Purchase (2) IPL Photofacials (face only, $179 ea.) and receive a SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 Brightening Serum FREE ($154 value). Total Sale Cost: $358 | Total Savings: $154 HYDRAFACIAL + HA5 SPECIAL * Purchase any (2) specialty HydraFacials and receive a SkinMedica HA5 FREE! ($179 value). Specialty HydraFacials include: Advanced Acne • Anti-Aging • Skin Brightening • Upper Back. Total Sale Cost: $378 | Total Savings: $178To purchase and/or book your appointments, please call or email us: 1-800-509-9785 or info@belezamedicalspa.com. *All purchases must be made by 10.31.17 and cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Consultations required for laser resurfacing pricing. CO2 only available in Cedar Park and Skinfinity RF only available in Round Rock. Purchases do not expire and can be used at any location.…

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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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PRP Injections

The beauty term on everyone’s lips: PRP. The long form of the term is platelet-rich plasma, and it is the newest trend in anti-aging. There are many reasons PRP Injections are so popular right now.It’s natural.Despite the popularity of fillers like Juvederm and Radiesse, there are many people who don’t like to rely on an artificial substance to enhance their look. PRP, unlike fillers, is actually you returning to you. The process is simple. Blood is drawn, spun down to separate, and treated to enhance the calcium content. Then, it is injected into the patient’s face, with a focus on deep wrinkles and trouble spots like the lines around the mouth and eyes. PRP is rich in the building blocks of your skin, and injecting it into the face provides a new base on which your skin can heal and rebuild.It’s affordable.Whether a patient wants PRP alone or a combination of traditional fillers and PRP, the addition of a PRP does not add a significant amount of cost to the procedure. Because there are no external substances used, the price is not significant in comparison to the value. Although many famous men and women have credited PRP for their youthful look, you don’t have to be a star to be able to afford the treatment.It’s long-lasting.Although the effects of PRP are not notable until the 1-3 month point, the effects are extremely long lasing and easily outlast the effects of a traditional hyaluronic acid filler. The reason is simple: rather than just filling in lines with a gel substance, PRP helps your skin rebuild its base and produce collagen in the area.It’s versatile.PRP can be injected under the skin, like a filler. Or, it can be spread over skin that is already perforated, like after a DOT treatment. Either way, it can easily be fit into another procedure and it is beneficial for use during alternate procedures because it accelerates healing, reduces bruising and enhances the effects of other treatments.If your desire is to have a real improvement in the look and feel of your skin, PRP can be paired with multiple treatments, like in the NeoJuvenescence Lift. This procedure, created for Dr. Lawrence Broder exclusively for Beleza Medical Spa, combines facial Smart Lipo, fat transfer, DOT and PRP to provide drastic improvement in the look of the face without the unnatural results of a traditional facelift.Often called the “natural” facelift option, patients turn to the NeoJuvenescence Lift for decreased downtime, decrease in scars, use of local over general anesthetic and the natural healing power of PRP. As the last step to the procedure, PRP aids in healing from the Smart Lipo and more importantly, the DOT.The truth is, we are only beginning to understand the benefits of PRP and how it can be used to preserve youth and enhance beauty. It is an incredible substance that will likely continue to benefit patients in many ways.…

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Did you see Kim Kardashian have the Microneedling with PRP Facelift? Recently on her reality show, Kim Kardashian had a Microneedling with PRP Facelift performed.  The pictures she released were dramatic and caused quite a stir.  Reactions ranged from shock to curiosity.  So what exactly did Kim have done?  What is Microneedling with PRP Facelift?  Why did her face look like that?The Microneedling with PRP Facelift. The Microneedling with PRP Facelift is a cosmetic dermatology procedure that combines a dermal filler with platelet rich plasma (PRP).   PRP is prepared by obtaining a blood sample and separating the platelets from the blood.  The platelets are then activated to release their growth factors.  These growth factors attract new cells, repair damage and stimulate new tissue growth.  A dermal filler like Juvederm or Radiesse is combined with PRP to provide volume. The combination of the facial filler and PRP leads to rejuvenation of the skin and improved appearance.  Although it has a scary name, the Microneedling with PRP Facelift, is a safe and natural treatment.Why does her face look like that? The Microneedling with PRP Facelift is usually administered with several injections.  It has the same side effects of any cosmetic injections like swelling, redness and bruising.   Kim had another type of PRP injection performed.  She had microneedling or Dermapen used to make small perforations in the skin. The PRP was then placed on the surface of her skin to be absorbed through the perforations. This gave Kim’s face the bloody appearance you see in the pictures!So who is the Microneedling with PRP Facelift for? Kim is young at 32 and appears to have good skin.  Since it is a rejuvenation procedure, the Microneedling with PRP Facelift is ideal for aging skin and/or those with advanced sun damage.  The PRP injections can be performed alone, added to a filler as in the Microneedling with PRP Facelift, added to a fat transfer procedure or added after DOT laser therapy.  These procedures can be combined depending on the individualized needs of the patient.What is Microneedling with PRP Facelift Cost? The Microneedling with PRP Facelift not only uses your own PRP, but includes a syringe of dermal filler. Depending on the filler used and the amount of PRP prepared, the Microneedling with PRP Facelift cost runs between $1200-$1500. Make your Free Consultation now to discuss the Microneedling with PRP Facelift or learn more here. …

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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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