Microdermabrasion is a procedure we offer at our spa in San Antonio to exfoliate your skin. The treatment uses tiny crystals for exfoliation, then pulls out impurities and debris. The process is non-invasive and does not require any chemicals. Once the dry and dead top layers of your skin have been removed, the healthy and fresh skin beneath will be revealed. The surface of your skin is rejuvenated for a brighter complexion. The procedure has two steps. This first is the gentle exfoliation of your skin’s surface. This is accomplished with a machine using tiny crystals to eliminate dead skin cells. The debris and skin cells are then removed using vacuum suction.
Microdermabrasion is appropriate for every color and type of skin without triggering changes in color or scarring. The procedure was designed to be less aggressive than standard dermabrasion. The results are excellent, the recovery time is faster and medications and needles to numb your skin are unnecessary. Dermatologists have been using this treatment for years, but the process did not gain popularity in the salons until the 1990’s. This procedure is much safer than many of the current skin procedures available. This treatment is extremely effective if you have any of the following skin issues:
• Brown spots, age spots and hyperpigmentation
• Acne scars and acne
• Wrinkles and fine lines
• Stretch marks
• Uneven skin texture and tone
• Sun damage
• Blackheads and enlarged pores
• A dull complexion
You do not have much to do to prepare for your treatment because the procedure is minimally-invasive. You should talk to your skin care professional about your concerns prior to your procedure. This includes discussing any medical conditions, allergies, surgeries or cosmetic procedures you have had in the past. The most common recommendations are avoiding waxing, tanning creams and exposure to the sun for approximately seven days before your treatment. You should also avoid exfoliating masks and creams about three days before your procedure. Your face should be cleansed and all cosmetics removed prior to starting your treatment.
Your procedure will be performed in the office. In most cases approximately 30 to 40 minutes are required for the entire face. You should be comfortable and relaxed during your treatment because it is not painful. No numbing creams or anesthesia are necessary. The United States Food and Drug Administration originally approved this procedure in 1996. A large number of individuals have since had the procedure performed.
The Microdermabrasion Treatment
You will be sitting in a reclining chair during your treatment. A handheld device will be used by a professional to spray the particles on your skin. The surface layers of your skin in the targeted areas will be gently sanded away. Once you have completed the procedure, a moisturized will be used on your skin. There are several different options for the treatment. These are dependent on which type of device is used. Every device has two key functions. The first is a gentle exfoliation of your skin. This is accomplished with the method chosen by our skin care professional.
Some techniques use tiny crystals to achieve a highly pressurized flow on your skin. This type of crystal can be constructed using numerous different substances. Aluminum oxide is the most commonly used. The others may include diamond, sodium chloride and magnesium oxide. The second key function of the machine is the removal of your dead skin cells. The crystals have already exfoliated all of these skin cells. This process uses a vacuum built right into the machine to suction away all of the dead skin cells.
In the majority of these devices, the pressure of the suction can be adjusted for the sensitivity level of each individual. In the majority of cases, the treatment is performed as part of a series to help ensure optimal results. Most individuals require six to ten sessions scheduled apart by one to two weeks. This is dependent on the areas being treated, the way your skin reacts to the procedure and the experienced opinion of the skin professional.
Once you have completed your treatment, you should not experience any downtime. You should be able to immediately resume your regular daily routine. It is important to use gentle and high-quality skin products to be certain your skin remains hydrated. Wait one day after you have had your treatment before using any topical medications for acne. It is incredibly important to use a good sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun for several weeks after completing your treatment. This is because your skin will be more sensitive during this period of time. You should see results as soon as you have completed your treatment. It is important to keep your expectations reasonable after your first treatment. Your results should improve with each additional session.
Your skin care professional will provide you with a plan for the additional sessions needed including your treatments for periodic maintenance. One of the main reasons most individuals choose microdermabrasion as opposed to the other treatments available is safety. The treatment provides excellent results, and is safer than chemical peels or laser procedures. This is one of the safest procedures available, does not require surgery, a long period of recovery or any medications. Some individuals choose to have the treatment during their lunch break. The treatment is effective for numerous skin issues including wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, acne scars, acne, dull skin and hyperpigmentation.
The Benefits of Microdermabrasion
The treatment offers numerous additional benefits including a potential improvement in your circulation. The procedure can improve your lymphatic and blood circulation through the deepest layers of your skin. This often results in an improvement of your skin’s internal health because your cells receive additional nutrients and oxygen. As your cell processes improve, your skin elasticity increases. The treatment promotes circulation by eliminating your dead skin cells. This has been shown to increase your skin’s ability to absorb skin care products. This is especially important if you are using products for acne. Your results may improve because your skin will be more receptive.
The treatment decreases the size of your pores and unclogs them. Every person is born with a specific pore size. Unfortunately, they are often enlarged due to numerous external factors. This can be caused by skin inflammation, clogged pores and hygiene. The procedure assists in removing the blockage to improve the natural hygiene of your skin. The majority of individuals choose to use this treatment for their faces. Many people are unaware that this procedure can also be used on the neck.
This procedure is popular for decreasing acne by eliminating most of the impurities and dead skin cells often responsible for blocking the pores. This is what causes both spots and inflammation. Your cells are also provided with additional oxygen and nutrients. This enables them to turnover faster. Your production of collagen is stimulated to provide the appearance of more supple and softer skin. This is extremely effective for decreasing blackheads. The exfoliation often removes the tip of the blackhead. The hardened oil remaining can then be suctioned away with the vacuum. Your pore size may be reduced because the clogs holding them open have been removed.
This treatment is popular among individuals interested in decreasing the appearance of acne scars so often accumulated from numerous acne breakouts. The procedure has the highest rate of success on the superficial scars. This is due to the promotion of the production of collagen, the improvement in circulation and the enhanced healing of the procedure. The process can also lighten the look of hyperpigmentation in numerous areas. This is because your damaged cells are being replaced by faster turnover of new cells. The process helps even your skin tone, boosts your collagen production, and lowers the incidences of hyperpigmentation.
Wrinkles and fine lines are very common skin concerns. They usually show a marked improvement from this treatment. This is especially true due to the natural promotion of your production of collagen. Collagen is responsible for stimulating your skin renewal process. As people begin to age, their production of collagen starts to decrease. Once this process has been increased, the result is often a delay in wrinkles and fine lines forming in addition to a reduction in the appearance of these issues. Wrinkles and fine lines are caused by damage from the sun and repetitive expressions.
The procedure reduces the look of numerous scar types including accidents and surgery. It is important to understand scars will require more treatments than any other issue to achieve optimal results. The majority of scars have an irregular shape with increased superficial pigmentation in the surrounding areas. This is why scars are so easy to see. This treatment can lessen the irregular edges while decreasing the look of hyperpigmentation. Your collagen production stimulation and improved circulation helps promote healing. Your treatments must be scheduled far enough apart to allow enough time for your skin to recover.
Another kind of scar is a stretch mark. These originate in your dermis skin layer. This type of scar is often extremely hard to treat. This procedure has been shown to be helpful at decreasing the look of stretch marks. The promotion of elastin and collagen improves your circulation and helps your skin remain supple. This helps your skin heal and provides essential nutrients. This is why microdermabrasion can stop your stretch marks from becoming even worse. Your skin care products can also penetrate much more effectively. Combining high quality topical skin care products and microdermabrasion may enable your stretch marks to fade.
The results you may notice right after your first procedure are dependent on the specific issues you are having treated. This is especially true if you are having a treatment to help eliminate blackheads or brighten your skin. The majority of other skin conditions usually require additional sessions before you start to see the difference. With the exception of deeper scarring, you should be able to achieve optimal results within five to eight sessions. You may want to consider the occasional maintenance treatment to help ensure the longevity of your results. In most cases, you will not need to have the entire area treated again. Treating just a small area is generally sufficient.
One of the top benefits is the procedure is fast. This is dependent on the size and location of the targeted area. The best reasons to have this treatment include:
• The treatment offers excellent results
• The procedure can improve the effectiveness of skin care products by fifty percent
• Surgery is not necessary
• There is no downtime
• Needles and numbing agents are not required
• The procedure is fast
• Safer than other treatments such as chemical peels
• The treatment is painless
• Extremely effective for a wide variety of skin issues
• Appropriate for everyone
If you are interested in microdermabrasion, feel free to reach out to the educated professionals at Spa Black. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have at our med spa in San Antonio. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!
For those struggling with excess body fat, it can be a daunting task to get rid of it all and tone down through conventional means such as dieting and exercising. The good news is, for the stubborn areas in the body where fat deposits don’t seem to budge, aesthetic procedures like non-surgical body contouring at our med spa in San Antonio are offering relief.
A Closer Look at Non-Surgical Body Contouring
Both surgical and non-surgical body contouring procedures intervene when a fitness routine and dieting fail to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat. The good thing about advancements in aesthetic medicine is that you no longer need an invasive procedure to bring your body back into shape. There are minimally-invasive and even non-invasive alternatives such as CoolSculpting®, which get the job done without you having to worry about extensive recovery periods.
A non-invasive procedure like CoolSculpting® is an innovative body contouring system that literally freezes fat deposits away. The treatment targets fat cells and applies a certain amount of cooling that freezes the fat cells without tampering with your bodily functions. The treatments are performed in the comfort of our med spa and don’t require an actual recovery period.
Is Non-Invasive Body Contouring for You?
You might be wondering whether you are a good candidate for non-invasive body contouring. Well, generally, the treatments are ideal for individuals who are at or very close to a healthy weight. Those who are somewhere close to the kind of body they are looking for but still need help to get rid of stubborn fat deposits make ideal candidates.
The procedures are not weight loss regimens. They only address areas of unwanted stubborn fat. If you are an overweight person, there are other avenues you can look into, such as a weight loss program or weight loss surgery.
What to Expect
The results of non-surgical body contouring will vary depending on the type of treatment. Additionally, every patient has unique wants and needs, and the treatment may be customized to accommodate these needs. However, it is typical to start seeing a difference in the weeks and months following the treatment. This helps the results to look natural.
If you’re a cycling enthusiast, you’ve probably seen how professional cyclists improve their performance. Perhaps you’ve even emulated them by wearing the same kits, riding similar bikes and following their training regimen. But have you tried the same technique they use to address the hair on their legs? If not, here’s why you should laser hair removal.
Makes Everything Easier
If you cycle regularly or competitively, then you know that you might crash at some point. The resulting injuries are easier to treat when the skin is hair-free. Medical experts agree that scrubbing abrasions to eliminate dirt particles can hinder the skin’s natural ability to repair.
Look and Feel Good
After training, you will want to display your achievements. No one can easily spot toned muscles beneath a layer of hair. And a feel-good factor is very important in any competitive sport. So addressing the hair on your legs is a great way to feel good and display your achievements.
Downsides of Shaving and Waxing
Shaving and waxing are common hair removal options for cyclists. They’re both easy to access and inexpensive in the short-term, but the results are not long-lasting. In addition, you have to make sure that you’re using the right shaving or waxing cream to avoid unsatisfactory results, such as razor burns and irritation.
Laser Hair Removal to the Rescue
Laser hair removal involves destroying follicles or roots with light. This is a long-term technique that can sometimes produce permanent results. Apart from reducing the amount of hair, it also makes it lighter and finer.
When you choose laser hair removal, you reduce the amount of money you spend regularly on expensive razors, depilatory creams, and waxing. You can use this time to enjoy cycling. Although it may cost more upfront, you will also save time and money in the long-run.
No Ingrown Hairs
Ingrown hairs are painful and unattractive pimple-like conditions that form on the skin. Waxing can cause ingrown hairs to develop and razors can cause irritation. Laser hair removal, on the other hand, doesn’t result in any of these adverse effects. In fact, the treatment can even reduce ingrown hairs.
Laser hair removal accurately targets your hair follicles. This means you can get great results faster than from waxing and shaving.
Laser hair removal is a successful treatment. After a series of treatment session, you can achieve permanent or long-lasting hair loss, helping you to focus on your cycling career. Of course, laser hair removal at Spa Black is also a great option for anyone who wishes to get rid of unwanted hair in various places. Contact our med spa in San Antonio today to book a consultation and learn more!
We can sometimes find ourselves looking into the mirror and not totally loving what we see. Whether you would love to erase the fine lines around your eyes, or you have nasolabial folds, sometimes you just want a little pick-me-up to give your appearance a youthful boost. The team at Spa Black, a med spa in San Antonio, understands this frustration and has worked with many clients who are looking for a small tweak that can have a huge impact on their look. Even for people who don’t mind a few laughter lines, the loss of a sharply defined jawline can be frustrating. If you would love to see your double chin eradicated and enjoy the jawline that you had in your younger years, Kybella® may be exactly what you’re looking for.
What Exactly Is Kybella®?
This treatment permanently destroys fat cells, meaning that you will only need it once, and removes double chins and collected fat around the jawline. The course of treatment typically includes a series of injections to the treated area. The number of required shots will vary based on the look that you want and how much fat has collected under your chin. If you are tired of a less-than-perfect profile, Kybella® is a safe and effective option that you may want to explore. This treatment is effective in the destruction and removal of stubborn fat cells that have lodged themselves under your chin.
About Double Chins
The chin is one of those unfortunate areas of the body affected by gravity. It’s also an area where fat cells can deposit and stay. Many women find that once they reach middle age their chin takes on a life of its own! This is the stage of your life when changes to your diet and an increase in your activity and exercise levels don’t help, making the issue more of a worry. There can also be genetic factors at play, making the removal of a double chin more difficult. Even if you are happy with your overall appearance and weight, the collection of fat cells beneath your chin and jaw can start to bother you. It is amazing how much a taut jawline can help make you look as young as you feel!
Ready to learn more about the fantastic benefits of Kybella® at our spa in San Antonio? The team at Spa Black would be more than happy to help. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!
Thanks to BOTOX®, active people in their late 30s, 40s or beyond can easily fight wrinkles and any other signs of aging without undergoing surgery. This revolutionary non-surgical treatment is one of the most popular alternatives for cosmetic surgery because it gives impressive results. At Spa Black, we take pride in offering one-of-a-kind BOTOX® treatment procedure at our med spa in San Antonio.
What Is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is a cosmetic injectable medicine that helps soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or prevent future wrinkles from forming. BOTOX® is a purified protein solution that helps block any signals between your muscles and nerves, thereby allowing them to relax. Along with Xeomin® and Dysport®, BOTOX® helps to relax facial muscles and other parts of the body.
How Does BOTOX® Work?
This treatment prevents a neuron known as presynaptic from releasing, acetylcholine, a messenger molecule that causes contraction of muscles of the face; which results in fine lines and wrinkles. Through the reduction of acetylcholine in a given area, your face muscles relax thus minimize the appearance of the fine lines and wrinkles.
What Kind of Results Should I Expect?
Most patients experience results within a few days after treatment. However, some patients take up to three months to see the full effects of the BOTOX® injection. The good news is that you can repeat the medical injection as long as you aren’t experiencing any problems with the injection and you’re responding positively to the previous injection.
Different patients have different lengths of time between their injections. As such, you’ll really help the doctor determine your best dose and interval by keeping track of your symptoms and improvements.
What Is the Recovery Time?
BOTOX® has little to no recovery time. Immediately after treatment, you can resume your normal daily activities. However, you are advised to stay away from the sun and avoid pushing the treated spot for a few hours.
Am I a Good Candidate?
The best time to start BOTOX® treatment at our spa in San Antonio varies from one patient to another. Research has shown that timely and early use of this treatment can help prevent wrinkles and fine line pretty easily. Some patients begin their treatment as early as when they are in their 20s. Nonetheless, most of our patients prefer starting treatment in their 30s and beyond. This is because most wrinkles and laugh lines, crow’s feet, & other fines lines start to crop at this age.
The experts at Spa Black in San Antonio are always ready to help. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!
The physical signs of aging are a result of the skin losing its natural ability to rejuvenate. Our bodies have these naturally-occurring components called elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid, which heal and rejuvenate the skin making it look youthful. And as time goes by, our bodies produce less and less of these vital components. At Spa Black we understand the need to reclaim your youthful look, and that is why we offer Belotero Balance® for the stubborn dark circles at our med spa in San Antonio.
Aging and Dark Circles
Nobody likes going about with dark, hollow circles around their eyes, but unfortunately, it is a common concern. It is traditionally believed that exhaustion and lack of sleep are what cause dark circles, after all, dark circles make you appear tired and sleep-deprived. But it’s certainly not uncommon to turn in a good eight hours of sleep and still wake up looking groggy with dark, hollow eyes.
Dark circles as a result of aging occur when we lose fullness under the eyes. So, the next time you notice the hollowness that doesn’t seem to have an apparent reason such as fatigue, lack of sleep, stress, dehydration or too much sun, then aging is probably the cause.
How Can Belotero Balance® Help?
Belotero Balance® is a type of injectable filler with a light or thin consistency specially designed to tackle areas like the upper lip and under the eyes. The hyaluronic acid filler is a perfect choice for treating orbital hollowing. The thin consistency of the filler makes it one of the safest options out there for adding volume to hollowed-out areas. The consistency of the filler makes it effective for superficial application in a delicate area like around the eyes.
What to Expect
First of all, injectable fillers are our spa in San Antonio are non-invasive and typically take about 15 to 30 minutes of your time. You can definitely come in for your session in the middle of a working day, get things done and get back to work without any concerns. The only things to keep in mind is avoiding alcohol and blood thinning medications like Motrin prior to the treatment. With Belotero Balance®, you should start noticing a difference almost immediately.
Dark circles don’t just make you appear tired and sleep-deprived, they also make you look older. However, you do not have to worry about it anymore. Get rid of persistent dark circles with Belotero Balance® at Spa Black in San Antonio, TX. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Dysport® is a cosmetic procedure that involves the injection of a purified protein solution in the skin’s epidermis to remove moderate to severe frown lines that appear between the eyebrows and crow’s feet. This FDA-approved injectable is also administered by Spa Black, our med spa San Antonio, to remove wrinkles on the forehead. The injection works beneath the skin to block the transmission of nerve signals to the muscle while improving moderate to severe frown lines.
How Dysport® works
As you age and your facial muscles begin to contract, your skin tends to move along with them. This results in contours, or wrinkles if the muscles are returned to resting position. These are referred to as “dynamic” lines or wrinkles since they happen as a result of the way you move your facial muscles. Over time, and after several movements, these lines or creases can significantly deepen. This, combined with the natural reduction in collagen as you age, results in severe facial wrinkles and lines.
This injectable treatment at our spa San Antonio aims to block the nerve signals from reaching the muscles. Eventually, this results in a temporary reduction of muscle activity and prevents the contraction of the muscles that cause wrinkles and frown lines. With a single Dysport® injection into each of the target spots, this procedure can help reduce wrinkles and help restore your youthful look. If the frown lines on your forehead are giving you sleepless nights, then this might just be the best temporary solution for your condition.
How Long Does It Last?
The result of a single Dysport® injection may last for up to four months. The treatment is quick and safe and can be performed during your lunch break. A Dysport® session can last 10 to 20 minutes.
Dysport® may not be for you if:
• You have weak muscles in the area under treatment
• You have inflammation on the treatment site
• You have a thick and oily skin
• You have droopy or sagging eyelids
Dysport® injectable is administered to clear the skin around the eyes as well as the forehead of wrinkles. The procedure works by relaxing muscles around the treatment area so they cannot move to form wrinkles. It also softens existing lines over time.
If you are interested in this treatment, or any of the other cosmetic treatments we offer at Spa Black in San Antonio, feel free to speak with our educated staff to learn more. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!
The team at Spa Black is proud to offer a variety of minimally-invasive treatments and procedures for rejuvenating the skin. One such treatment is Belotero Balance®. In this article, we’ll explain just what Belotero Balance® is and highlight who is the right type of candidate for this dermal filler.
What Is Belotero Balance®?
Belotero Balance® is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face. After undergoing your treatment, you will be able to achieve a younger, smoother look with fewer facial wrinkles and lines. This treatment requires no downtime, meaning you can return to your regular activities after your treatment. Treatment results typically last up to six months depending on where you had the injections done. Lines around the mouth, lips, chin, and forehead can all be treated with this injectable filler.
The Qualities of a Good Belotero Balance® Candidate
1. You must have deep lines and wrinkles on your face
You are a good candidate for this dermal filler if you have deep lines and wrinkles on your face. The treatment is safe for all skin types and ethnicities, but you should not undergo this treatment if you have active skin conditions such as cysts, rashes, cold sores, pimples, and hives. Besides having these problematic skin issues, it’s also important for you to have realistic expectations about Belotero Balance® and what you can achieve.
2. You should be in good overall health
You should also be in good overall health to undergo this non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment. This means you should not be suffering from any medical condition or taking prescription medications and supplements that might cause some complications.
3. You should not be allergic to hyaluronic acid
You are a good candidate if you are not allergic to hyaluronic acid, the main ingredient in Belotero Balance®. As part of the consultation process, our team at our spa San Antonio will look at your medical history and screen your body for potential allergic reactions. If you are allergic to this treatment, our doctor will recommend a different injectable dermal filler.
Find out Today if You Are a Good Candidate
The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for Belotero Balance® is to schedule an initial consultation with our skin care experts at our med spa San Antonio. If you live in San Antonio, our skin care experts at Spa Black would be more than happy to help achieve your cosmetic goals. Feel free to contact us today to schedule your initial consultation with our team!
Spa Black offers Kybella® at our med spa San Antonio as a non-surgical treatment that improves the appearance of a double chin. This FDA approved, non-invasive treatment works by eliminating stubborn fat. In this article, we have provided more information about the cost of this treatment to help you make an informed decision. Our educated staff would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about this treatment as well.
How Much Does Kybella® Cost?
The average cost of Kybella® in San Antonio varies widely depending on many factors, such as:
1. The amount of stubborn fat under your chin
The cost of this treatment varies based on the severity of your condition. You will pay more if you have more deposits of unwanted fat below your chin.
2. The number of treatment sessions
Most patients typically require a series of three treatments spaced three to five weeks apart to get optimal results. Some require more, some require less, which is why your personalized treatment plan will be worked out at your consultation.
3. The location of the treatment center
Treatment centers located in high end areas such as New York and California tend to charge more for Kybella® and other cosmetic treatments.
4. The experience of the Kybella® doctor
You’ll pay more for cosmetic treatments if you are working with experienced dermatologists and plastic surgeons because they guarantee safety and less complications.
Does Health Insurance Cover Kybella® Treatments?
In most cases, health insurance does not cover the cost of Kybella® because it’s considered a cosmetic treatment. Before you begin your cosmetic treatment, you should contact your insurer to find out whether they have an insurance policy for cosmetic treatments.
Financing Your Treatments
Don’t worry if you don’t have enough money upfront to cover the cost of your cosmetic treatments. Some treatment centers offer flexible financing options to cover the cost of cosmetic treatments. For instance, at Spa Black, we offer affordable financing through CareCredit healthcare financing and LendingUSA.com. All these financing options come with low-interest payment plans for a pre-determined amount of time. Our staff at our spa San Antonio can provide you with more information if you are interested in learning more about these options.
Start Your Kybella® Journey Today
Now is the perfect time to learn more about how this treatment can improve the appearance of your double chin. To find out more information about the cost of the cosmetic treatment, the experts at Spa Black in San Antonio would be more than happy to help. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation!