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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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 Smartlipo is simply a smarter way to fat removal through popular liposuction techniques.How Smartlipo Works:Smartlipo essentially uses laser devices to assist with liposuction. It is otherwise known as laser lipo, or laser assisted lipolysis. Rather than aggressively suctioning fat from dedicated areas, the laser releases thermal energy to melt the fat, which is then gently suctioned.Smartlipo Laser LiposuctionDue to fat coagulation triggered by thermal energy, the skin tightens, and specialists are able to contour the area at the same time.During Smartlipo, patients will remain awake, however tumescent solutions are used to numb the area, and relatively no pain is experienced. After the technique, there’s no recovery time required, so you can go back to everyday activities – with a better body and shape.Smartlipo can be used in a number of areas including the abdomen, thighs, chin, arms, back, knees and more.Laser LiposuctionSome added facts regarding Smartlipo include that it’s been approved by the FDA, making it one of the safest cosmetic procedures today. This is furthermore backed by eight years of rigorous clinical studies.Benefits of Smartlipo:Long-lasting Fat Removal – the results lasts, which means no need to complete repeat sessions. It’s the patient’s duty however to maintain an ideal weight. Sculpt The Body’s Shape – not only are patients losing fat, the body can be sculpted too. Skin Tightening – all too often patients lose weight, only to be left with sagging skin. How would handling two cosmetic issues at the same time sound? Smartlipo allows specialists to remove fat, mold the area, and tighten skin – all at the same time. Multi-Spot Treatment – unlike other types of lipo that require different sessions to complete, many patients are able to lose fat in several sections – simultaneously, and without harm. No Recovery Time – get back to a new normal, meaning the best shape of your life – within a matter of hours. Non-Invasive and Pain Free – there are no incisions, and instead micro-punctures are used to get into the area to suction excess fat. Cost-Friendly – if you’ve ever wanted to transform your look but have been unable to do so due to the expenses involved, Smartlipo presents the above benefits, and many others, at a low and accessible cost to you.Ready to get in shape? Smartlipo enjoys a high success rate among patients, so what are you waiting for? Get the body you’ve yearned for in no time.…

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Smart Lipo

What is Smart Liposuction?Smart Lipo is a form of liposuction combining tumescent anesthesia and laser liposuction.  The ‘smart’ part comes from the brand of laser assisted liposuction used.   The advantage of smart liposuction is that it is performed totally under local anesthesia, avoiding the risks of general anesthesia.  As a result, patients are back on their feet immediately and go home numb.  The anesthesia wears off gradually, leading to a more comfortable recovery.  In addition, as the quick return to activity reduces chances of postoperative complications as well as speeds recovery.Laser LiposuctionOne of the important aspects of Smart Lipo is the laser liposuction.  Introduced at various times during the procedure, laser liposuction can improve results.  The laser is transmitted through a small fiber introduced into the fat layer.  The light is absorbed and generates heat.  It is the heat that causes the positive effects.  Fat cells absorb some of this heat and melt away.  So the laser Smart Lipo can be used to totally melt away small fatty areas and smooth out the fat layer in larger areas.  Even more important, the heat from laser liposuction tightens skin and stimulates new collagen formation.   As a results, Laser Smart Lipo can produce smoother and tighter liposuction results.Smart Lipo CostSo does Smart Lipo cost more than traditional liposuction?  Actually it costs less!  Since general anesthesia and an anesthesiologist are not needed, the cost of smart lipo is dramatically reduced.   The cost of the laser liposuction should be included in the surgeon’s fee so the overall fee is the same.   So not only is smart lipo safer than traditional liposuction, it is actually much more economical!After Smart LipoSo what happens after the smart liposuction procedure?  As we discussed previously, patients are back on their feet immediately and can resume normal activities as tolerated.   The main issue that patients deal with after smart lipo is swelling.  The areas where fat has been removed begin to accumulate lymphatic fluids and swell.  This swelling will resolve on its own over the next several weeks to months.  Patients can assist the resolution of the swelling by wearing a compression garment, getting lymphatic massage and exercising.  Skin tightening after smart lipo can take several months.I Want Laser Smart Lipo!If you have decided that smart lipo can give you the results you desire as well as the safety you demand, the next step is a free consultation.  During the consultation, we can address your needs as well as how smart lipo can help you and give you an all-inclusive smart lipo quote.…

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Tummy Tuck SurgeryTummy tucks are popular procedures for patients who recently lost weight or went through childbirth only to find a pack of excess skin in the tummy area. There are several treatments designed to produce skin tightening, but when there is a drastic need like in many tummy tuck patients, non-surgical treatments are not enough to resolve the issue.There are some serious downsides to the traditional tummy tuck. The procedure is designed to reduce excess fat and skin as well as tighten the underlying muscles in the area. It is a procedure that addresses several issues but in doing so, produces a significant scar that generally spans from hip to hip and many patients are not comfortable with the size of the scar.Mini Tummy TuckThe mini tummy tuck, offered at Beleza Medspa, is a good alternative for patients who are not candidates for a full tummy tuck but need the skin tightening that comes with it. Generally, mini tummy tuck candidates have less skin to remove and do not need the structural work that is done in conjunction with a full tummy tuck. The benefits of the mini tummy tuck include a smaller, less noticeable and often lower scar. Another benefit is that the procedure can be done without a general anesthetic using an injected numbing solution and a mild oral sedative. Because only the skin is affected and the muscle under is left alone, most mini tummy tuck patients do not report high levels of pain during recovery.Liposuction Tummy TuckMany SmartLipo patients are opting in to a mini tummy tuck to enhance the effects of the SmartLipo procedure. Because SmartLipo addresses some skin laxity but cannot improve the look of drastically saggy skin, the mini tummy tuck is added to fill that need.Laser Tummy TuckHowever, many patients can have their loose skin addressed alone with a Laser Tummy Tuck.  The heat produced form the Smartlipo Laser can lead to a great deal of skin tightening.  The procedure can be repeated for even greater results.  The tummy tuck scar can be avoided altogether.When added to a SmartLipo procedure, the mini tummy tuck does not drastically raise the price and is a great option for moms who want to improve the look of saggy skin left over from pregnancy or patients who lost weight and want to show it off.Some patients are not ideal candidates for the mini tummy tuck and would benefit from Smart Lipo or a full tummy tuck. The best way to determine if the mini tummy tuck is right for you is to come in for a free consultation so our staff can examine the area and make the best recommendation for your needs.Tummy Tuck Surgery CostLiposuction vs. Tummy Tuck…

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Stomach Fat

Stress, over availability of fatty foods and lack of sleep or exercise can all contribute to the development of stomach fat, concentrated on the abdomen and frustrating to eliminate. For many, stomach fat is the “stubborn” fat that even a good diet and exercise can’t remove. Some face the issue later in life when the metabolism suddenly slows and some face it sooner, when a stressful lifestyle contributes to a physical change in the body.Stomach fat can be an indication of a dangerous underlying condition that stores fat around the vital organs when the normal fat cells are full and stretched to the max. Even if a patient is not experiencing this visceral fat buildup, it can be aesthetically displeasing to have an excess of stomach fat, especially for individuals who lead an otherwise active and fit lifestyle.One option for dealing with this excess in stomach fat is Smart Lipo, which utilizes a local anesthetic and a light sedative to eliminate the chance of discomfort during surgery but allows the patient to remain awake during the surgery and recover in the comfort of his or her own home.Smart Lipo is considered by many to be a better option than traditional liposuction because it not only removes fat, the laser tip of the device heats an additional layer of fat, causing it to melt. The melted fat is also removed and skin tightening is promoted by the heat under the skin.The downtime is also very favorable; many patients get the surgery on Friday afternoon and return to work the following Monday. For patients of traditional liposuction, the time out can be much more extensive.With very few non-invasive options, patients with stomach fat who don’t want to “go under the knife” are pretty limited. The best option for dealing with stubborn stomach fat without incisions, stitches or downtime is Coolsculpting, a fat freezing technology that freezes fat cells, causing them to die. After the treatment and for the next 8-12 months, you body naturally processes the dead cells, leading to a reduction in fat in the treated area.Stomach fat is treatable and there is no need to live with it, regardless of whether or not it is affecting your health. Both Smart Lipo and Coolsculpting allow us to help you get your ideal shape by strategically eliminating fat in undesirable areas. Plus, patients often find themselves more motivated to adopt a healthier lifestyle after an investment in their appearance, only adding to the success of the surgery.…

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Laser Lipo

What is Laser Lipo? Laser lipo is short for laser liposuction.   Liposuction as we all know is the cosmetic surgery procedure to remove fat from the body.  Common liposuction areas include the belly, love handles, muffin tops, thighs, arms and chin.   Popular for more than 30 years, liposuction is traditionally performed using blunt cannulas.  A cannula is nothing more than a hollow tube with small holes at the end.   The cannula is connected to suction and as it moves through the fat, it actually vacuums fat from the area.  The trick is to remove the right amount of fat to improve the body area while not showing any signs of the procedure.In recent years, laser assisted liposuction was introduced.  The concept of laser lipo was the heat generated from the light energy absorbed would improve liposuction results.   The laser was found to melt fat, cauterize blood vessels and tighten skin.   The laser gave the surgeon new capabilities beyond just fat removal.  It also offered decreased downtime and the ability to perform finer body sculpting. What is Smartlipo? Smartlipo (also known as Smart Lipo or Smart Liposuction) was the first laser lipo machine introduced by Cynosure in 2006.  It utilized a 1064 nm wavelength laser via a small flexible laser fiber.  The laser fiber was introduced into the fat layer during the liposuction procedure.  The laser energy was absorbed by the tissues and the heat generated caused its effects.  The heat would melt fat cells, cauterize small blood vessels and cause the surrounding connective tissue and skin to tighten.Smartlipo has evolved tremendously since it’s introduction.  Power has progressed from 12 watts to 64 watts and several new wavelengths of light have been added with Smartlipo MPX and Smartlipo Triplex.  Devices for laser liposuction now target various frequencies for either fat (approximately 915 nm, 1,210 nm and 1,720 nm) or water (1,064 nm and 1,320 nm and 1440 nm).   Other companies introduced competing lasers like SlimLipo, CoolLipo and Lipolite.   All of these lasers use different wavelengths and energy levels to achieve similar results. So why choose Laser Lipo? Laser liposuction gives your surgeon an extra instrument to give you better results.  The heat generated from the laser will melt fat.  In smaller areas like the chin, it can be used alone to liquify most of the fat.  In larger areas like the belly, the laser is used after removing most of the fat with liposuction cannulas.  This leaves a smaller fat layer that the laser can be used to smooth and finely sculpt.The heat delivered by the laser liposuction fiber has also been shown to cause skin retraction and tightening.  Heat has been proven repeatedly to be able to cause skin tightening throughout the body.  Laser lipo allows for the targeted introduction of heat in higher levels than possible from the surface.  This gives the surgeon the added ability to tighten loose skin without large incisions.The other advantage of laser liposuction is the possibility of reduced downtime.  The melted fat from the laser allows easier fat removal and less trauma.  The heat can also cauterizes small blood vessels which leads to less bleeding and bruising. Which Laser Lipo device do I choose? There are a dizzying array of laser lipo devices out there with the accompanying hype.  It is confusing for the surgeon as well as the patient!  Studies have shown that it is not the laser, wavelength or power that influences the final results.  These are just the bells and whistles.  It was the actual amount of energy that was delivered to the treatment area.  When the right amount of energy was introduced, the results were similar.   So the most important deciding factor should be the surgeon’s skill and experience with laser liposuction, not the type of laser. What is the Laser Lipo Cost? The great thing about laser liposuction cost is that it doesn’t add to the price.  The cost of the equipment and the use of the laser is already included in the liposuction cost.  So you get all added benefits of the laser without any extra cost. How do I find out more about Laser Liposuction? Dr Lawrence Broder MD  at Beleza Medspa Austin TX have been performing laser lipo for more than 8 years on more than 3000 patients.  He has tremendous experience with Smartlipo laser liposuction and can expertly sculpt your new body contours.  Make a free consultation to discuss your needs and how laser lipo can help you!  …

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Austin Smart Lipo

Interested in Smart Liposuction? Liposuction has certainly come a long way.  It used to require being put under with general anesthesia.  The surgeons would use large cannulas to suction the fat.  The patients were left with painful recoveries and suspect results.  The advent of tumescent anesthesia in the 80’s allowed liposuction to be performed safely, in the office under local anesthesia.  The large cannulas were replaced with much smaller, microcannulas.  These allowed for finer body sculpting an contouring.  In 2006, Smart Lipo laser lipo was introduced.  This gave the surgeon the ability to use the laser to melt fat and more importantly, tighten the skin.  This is why it was called smart liposuction, because it provided an additional tool to improve liposuction results.Previous to smart lipo, the only way to tighten the skin was with a tummy tuck.  This involves a large excision of skin and results in long recovery and scarring.  Smart Lipo laser lipo allowed a way to avoid a tummy tuck in some patients.  Since 2006, the laser technology has evolved.  We now have more power as well as different laser wavelengths to choose from.  This has enhanced our ability to provide even better laser liposuction results. So how does laser lipo work? A small laser fiber is introduced into the fat layer usually after some of the fat has already been removed.  The light of the laser is absorbed by various tissues including the fat, blood vessels and connective tissues.  The heat introduced into the fat melts it and allows more for more fat removal and smoothing.  Blood vessels are cauterized by the heat and reduces bleeding and bruising.  Finally, the connective tissue heating causes skin retraction and tightening.  Overall, we are seeing better results with less complications. What does Smart Lipo cost? The great thing is that laser lipo does not add to the cost of liposuction.  It is just an additional step during the procedure.  You get the extra results without the extra cost!  You should be quoted an all-inclusive fee for your surgery with the anesthesia, laser and follow-up costs included. Where do I find Austin Smart Lipo? Cosmetic surgeon Dr Lawrence Broder MD  at Beleza Medspa, Austin TX, has performed more than 3000 individual laser lipo procedures.  He is an expert at laser body sculpting under tumescent anesthesia.  He is also tremendously experienced at vaser ultrasonic liposuction and fat transfer.  if you are looking for Austin Smart Lipo or SmartLipo in Texas,  the cosmetic surgeons at Beleza Medspa may be able to help you. …

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LIPOSUCTION REVIEWS HELP PATIENTS CHOOSE SURGERY AND PRACTICE No matter how “smart” the surgery, the decision to make a drastic change to your body using surgery is one most patients consider for an extended period of time. They weigh the pros and cons, investigate various techniques and evaluate multiple physicians and offices to determine which is the right choice for them. With the social and technological evolution of the internet, potential patients have become more and more focused on using the experiences of others to influence their own decisions.This is where liposuction reviews become vital to potential patients as they ‘shop around’ for a procedure, a physician, and an office. Many patients rely on these reviews to guide them in the right direction, especially in the early stages of research and planning for the right type of surgery.With patient safety in mind, Beleza Medspa offers laser-assisted Smart Lipo, or liposuction for which the patient remains awake and feels no pain with the assistance of local anesthetic and a sedative. Liposuction reviews discuss how this procedure is a clear choice over traditional liposuction because of the increased safety, decreased downtime and relatively low cost.If you’ve already decided on Smart Lipo, the next step is to choose the physician that is right for you. In the Austin area, Dr. Lawrence Broder MD of Beleza Medical Spa is a fantastic choice. With more than six years of experience with Smart Lipo and more than 1,000 surgeries performed, as well as a background in trauma surgery and general practice, Dr. Broder brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and experience about general medicine, surgery and cosmetic procedures, and his liposuction reviews speak for his skill and technical expertise.You can watch a video of his Smart Lipo procedure online here, as well as a liposuction review video testimonial of an actual Beleza patient who discusses how her procedure made her look and feel better about herself.The cost of Smart Lipo varies between patients based on the number of areas to be treated and so the best way to determine the cost for you would be to come in for a free consultation. The best part? Combining the technology of Smart Lipo with the innovation of fat transfer allows patients to utilize the fat they want removed in a more desirable place. Moving belly fat to breasts or buttocks allows Beleza patients to shape the whole body, not just remove fat.For more liposuction reviews and reviews of other products and services offered by Beleza, look no further than your internet connection; our liposuction reviews speak for themselves.When you’re ready to take the plunge and talk to us about your liposuction experience, contact us at info@belezamedicalspa.com or at 800.509.9785.…

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What is Smartlipo?

Smartlipo Laser Liposuction So what is Smartlipo?  Why exactly is it smart?  Smartlipo refers to a laser that was developed by Cynosure in 2006.  It was designed to assist liposuction procedures by allowing the surgeon to use laser (light) energy to treat the fatty layer during the procedure.  Studies showed that the laser energy is absorbed by the fat and surrounding tissues.  The energy creates heat which causes fat to melt into oil.  This allows more fat to be removed and lets the surgeon produce a smoother  fatty layer.  It has also been known for a long time, that heat causes skin to tighten and stimulates production of collagen, the building block of the skin.  So for the first time, the surgeon had a tool to offer skin tightening without removing skin.Since then Smartlipo has progressed through several upgrades including Smartlipo MPX and Smartlipo Triplex.  These new versions added more power and new wavelengths of laser light.  The goal was to add more energy to the fat and surrounding tissues in shorter times.  Smartlipo was also joined by multiple competitors like Cool lipo, Prolipo, Slimlipo, etc.   However multiple studies have shown that it is not the laser, power or wavelength of light that gives the best results.  It is the total energy to delivered to the tissues that need it.  It really didn’t matter which laser was used. You can deliver the same amount of energy to the tissues with any of these lasers.  It is where the energy is applied and at what point of the procedure.  So it is the skill and experience of the surgeon performing the procedure that determines your results, not the laser used.   Dr Broder knows how much laser energy to introduce and which tissues will respond to the heating. His goal is not only to give you a better body contour, but to to produce smooth results with tighter skin.So the smart of Smartlipo is the ability to melt fat and tighten skin.  Cosmetic surgeon Lawrence Broder MD at Beleza Medspa has performed more than 1000 individual Smartlipo patient procedures.  He has the skills and experience to give you the results you want while ensuring your safety.  Don’t choose a surgeon by the laser he uses but rather his skills and experience.  Dr Broder also combines Vaser ultrasonic liposuction and Power Assisted liposuction along with Smartlipo to give you optimal results.  Get your free consultation now to find out more about Smartlipo at Beleza Medspa.…

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