Do you dedicate your time and energy to engaging in effective exercise but continue to see stubborn, lingering fat on your body? Do you cautiously eat a balanced and nutritious diet while still dealing with weight that just won’t come off? Do you feel frustrated with unwanted fat that seems to hang on eternally? If so, CoolSculpting at Spa Black in San Antonio, Texas can help you.
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment that targets and removes stubborn fat. Stubborn fat is classified as fat that seems to remain despite proper diet and exercise. Though it can be anywhere on the body, this type of fat is usually found around the chin, abdomen, and thighs. The process works by freezing unwanted fat cells, causing them to die. These fat cells are then reabsorbed back into the bloodstream.
Because this treatment is non-invasive and non-surgical, you can expect a comfortable and quick session. Before beginning, you’ll have a consultation with a member of our medical staff. The consultation is mainly held in order to determine if you’re suitable for treatment.
We’ll also discuss your goals and your target areas. Because we want you to have confident and realistic expectations about your treatment, we make sure to thoroughly evaluate your current medical condition and your desired results.
During the session, a special device is used to freeze fat deposits in specific areas of the body. We gently pass this device over targeted areas, effectively getting rid of those stubborn fat stores.
Treatment sessions usually last for about 35 minutes per area. If you would like to treat multiple areas during the same session, then treatment will take a bit longer. If you want to reduce fat stores in your abdomen and thigh area, it will generally take 70 minutes, with 35 minutes for each area.
The number of sessions needed depends largely on the area being treated and the amount of stored fat that is in that area. How many sessions you will need also depends on your individual goals. Every patient is different and will require different amounts of treatment in order to see results.
Most patients, however, benefit from one to three sessions for each targeted area. Our specialists can work with you to help you decide how many sessions you will need. We can help you create a realistic treatment schedule that will provide you with noticeable and realistic results.
We recommend that you wait at least 60 days or two months between each treatment session on the same part of the body. This will give the treated area adequate time to adjust between sessions. We can help you find a safe and comfortable treatment schedule that will help you reach your goals.
You can expect to see results immediately after your first session. Though all of your unwanted fat may not be gone, you will see a 25 to 30% reduction in the amount of fatty tissue. You can also expect to see progressive results in the treated area a few weeks after treatment. Because more than one session may be needed for each targeted area, many patients fully notice their desired results in about four months.
This treatment is non-surgical and non-invasive. There are no injectables, suctions, or fillers involved. This means that your results will look completely natural because nothing was added or removed from your body. Stubborn fat is simply frozen, killed, and naturally expelled from the body through a quick, safe, and comfortable session.
In addition, because this treatment is for those who are already living a healthy lifestyle, your newly sculpted areas will simply look like a result of all of your hard work. This treatment simply provides you with a helping hand along your fitness journey.
The length of your results significantly depends on you as the patient. It’s important to remember that this treatment is not a replacement for proper exercise and diet. Instead, this treatment works along with proper diet and exercise to remove stubborn fat from unwanted areas. Fat can return, however, if you fail to exercise and follow a healthy diet.
For patients who continue to live an active and healthy lifestyle, the results of CoolSculpting are long-lasting. Most patients who exercise consistently and eat a balanced diet often do not need to come back for more sessions after they have achieved their desired results.
Many patients require just one to three sessions in order to achieve their desired results. If you only have minimal unwanted body fat, it’s very likely that you will reach your desired results after only one or two sessions. Because most patients see a 25% to 30% reduction in body fat after their first session, you may only need one in order to achieve your desired goal.
During a consultation, our medical staff will help you determine how many sessions you will need. We will take into account your desired results and your current amount of unwanted body fat.
With more unwanted body fat, you will likely be required to have more than one session in order to achieve your desired results. You will most likely see an improvement after your first session, but you may need multiple treatments in order to reach your goals. During a consultation, we will help you accurately determine how many sessions you may need.
Understanding the science behind how this works involves first understanding why your body stores fat in problem areas. After learning why your body hangs on to fat, you can see how CoolSculpting effectively works to get rid of it.
No matter how strictly you follow your diet and exercise plan, your body will most likely hang on to fat in certain areas. The body stores fat in cells by adding more fat to these cells. It removes the fat from those cells when you need it for energy. But your body always stores some fat in places where it’s hardly ever drawn from. This is a survival mechanism, so you can access those fat cells in the event of starvation or severe trauma to the body.
The body views this stored fat as protection, and this is why even with proper exercise and diet, areas with stored fat are very difficult to get rid of. The body literally hangs on to these fat cells for your own protection.
CoolSculpting directly targets these fat cells by using a process known as controlled cooling. A specialized device passes over the surface of the skin and cools the cells beneath. This cooling process kills fat cells, getting rid of existing fat and preventing the body from storing additional fat there in the future. The dead fat cells are absorbed into the bloodstream and eventually naturally removed from the body.
This treatment reduces the number of stubborn fat cells in certain areas of the body. Even with diet and exercise, the body may hang on to unwanted fat, but with treatment, these fat cells can be frozen and destroyed, helping enhance the effects of your weight loss program.
This treatment is non-invasive, FDA-approved, and can be used in all areas of the body. Results appear quickly and are noticeable even after one treatment session. Most patients only require one to three sessions so get rid of their fat, so this is a fast and effective way to get rid of unwanted fat.
If you are struggling with unwanted fat in certain problem areas that diet and exercise can’t seem to touch, this treatment may be suitable for you. It’s ideal for patients who are already living a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating balanced and nutritious meals.
This effective body contouring procedure is also highly effective for people who struggle with a double chin. Even with adequate exercise and a healthy diet, you might still struggle to reduce the appearance of fat around the chin, which in many cases is a problem of genetics that you can’t control with lifestyle changes. Through this treatment, you can reduce the fatty appearance of a double chin, contouring it nicely to complement the rest of your body.
This treatment is safe and FDA-approved. Because it is non-invasive and non-surgical, there is no recovery time required after treatment. You can have a brief, 35-minute treatment for a specific area of your body and continue on with your regular activities right after. Because the treatment process bypasses the skin and targets fat cells directly, sessions involve absolutely no pain or discomfort.
Treatment is absolutely not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise. Suitable candidates for treatments are those who already live a healthy and active lifestyle. Treatment is used simply to assist with your body sculpting goals.
This treatment should not be used as your only method of weight loss and body sculpting. The purpose of treatment is to help you eliminate stubborn pockets of fat that remain despite proper exercise and a healthy diet. Many patients use this as a way to amplify the results from diet and exercise.
You can definitely exercise after treatment. Since there is virtually no recovery time required after sessions, you are free to go back to your usual fitness routine. In fact, we encourage you to continue to exercise and eat a balanced diet in order to maintain your results and enjoy your beautifully sculpted body.
There are other body sculpting treatments out there and many of them have their specific benefits. Though sometimes effective, these treatments and procedures often involve surgical liposuctions and injections. These treatments also require extensive recovery time. Treatment with CoolSculpting, however, is particularly advantageous because it’s non-surgical and non-invasive. In addition, it requires no downtown.
If you’re still struggling with stubborn, unwanted fat despite adequate exercise and a proper diet, it may be time to give CoolSculpting a try. Stop exercising and dieting without seeing complete results. Schedule a consultation with Spa Black in San Antonio, Texas to see if our CoolSculpting treatment can help you get the body of your dreams.
Do you struggle to lose weight with diet and exercise? Vanquish ME is a non-invasive and non-surgical method to remove stubborn fat from various parts of the body in quick and easy treatment sessions. You will not need to follow a strict weight loss plan after this treatment, and you’ll see spectacular results. If you have any questions about the treatment, contact Spa Black in San Antonio, TX for more information.
Vanquish ME, or Vanquish Maximum Energy, is a system designed by BTL Aesthetics to eliminate unwanted fat. The treatment uses radiofrequency energy to heat fat cells until they are destroyed. This device is unique as it is not limited to patients of a lower body mass index or BMI and can be used to treat patients with a BMI range higher than 30. It is also the only device of its kind that can treat a large area of the body without significantly increasing your treatment time.
The body contouring treatment does not involve a handheld tool and does not come in contact with the body. Instead, the treatment uses a harness system that wraps around the circumference of the midsection. During the treatment, you are kept comfortable, and the heat from the radiofrequency energy will not damage your skin and tissue.
Vanquish ME eliminates unwanted deposits of fat from your body and can eliminate up to 59% of fat cells. This means you can transform your body with this body contouring treatment to a greater degree than other contouring treatments can accomplish. The treatment can melt away inches of fat from your body, and help you reduce the size of your pants, dress, or belt. You will feel more comfortable in your clothing and more confident in your body.
The device uses radiofrequency energy to heat fat cells to a temperature of 120-degrees Fahrenheit and completely destroys the fat cells. The skin and tissue are monitored and kept at a comfortable 101-degrees Fahrenheit, so you will not be burned. The fat cells that are destroyed temporarily remain in your body until they are metabolized naturally. The lymphatic system works to eliminate the destroyed fat cells from the body as waste. This process will not be noticeable and will not cause any negative side effects.
Vanquish ME will result in weight loss, but the main goal of the treatment is fat elimination. If your goal is weight loss and not fat elimination, you may not see the results you expect. You will lose some weight from the treatment, and if you have a higher amount of fat eliminated, you may even lose a moderate amount of weight. Fat does not weigh much in comparison to other tissue like muscle. Our staff at our spa in San Antonio can help you understand what to expect in fat and weight loss.
Before you undergo treatment, you should be in good health and mentally prepared for a body contouring transformation. The device allows us to treat a wide variety of body sizes, so you may still be treated if you have a BMI above the average range. You can be treated and experience excellent results regardless of your age, gender, and skin tone. This non-invasive and non-surgical treatment minimizes risk and recovery time, so it is ideal if you are reluctant to undergo surgery or liposuction.
The treatment is safe for most patients, and we will ensure that the treatment will be beneficial for you personally through an initial consultation and evaluation. During this consultation, we will ask you about your medical history and health to find any allergies, recent surgeries, or pre-existing conditions that would interfere in your treatment. We do not recommend treatment if you are pregnant or nursing. Patients with metal implants or devices should also avoid treatment.
Getting ready for your body contouring experience will not result in significant changes to your normal routine. You will not need to follow a strict diet or workout routine to reach your ideal results. We recommend increasing your water intake the day before the treatment and drinking at least your recommended daily amount of water. A light meal before your session and some light exercise will also increase your preparation for the treatment. When you come to your treatment session, come in comfortable clothing with no jewelry or piercings.
Vanquish ME is not an ideal treatment for every area of the body, but the areas where stubborn fat is deposited are easily treated. These are problem areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. Typical areas where patients seek treatment for stubborn fat are the abdomen and flanks, which can be treated simultaneously, eliminating “love handles” and belly fat.
The back, upper arms, and bra strap area can also be treated. We can also eliminate fat from the inner and outer thighs. The treatment device can be used on any body size without touching the skin and provides consistent body contouring results.
You may only need a single session to reach your body contouring goals. On average, patients reach their desired results within four quick sessions, depending on the amount of fat being eliminated. Each session is completed in 30 to 45 minutes, and larger areas of the body can be treated without a significant increase in treatment time. If you need more than one session, you will need to wait at least one week between treatment sessions for the best results.
Your results will come in a natural time frame because the body naturally removes the destroyed fat cells as waste. You will notice a more lean figure after two to three weeks. This can be advantageous, because the results are not sudden, and most people will not notice you had a treatment. Your results will continue to improve for several months as the cells are metabolized and eliminated.
The fat cells that are eliminated through treatment are completely destroyed and will not regenerate or recover. Typically, patients do not have a problem preserving their body contouring results. It is not necessary to undergo regular treatments to maintain the results, so once your treatment is completed you will not need to return for a touch-up. For the best results and longevity of your treatment results, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential, but you will not need to follow a strict regimen.
Weight gain and fat growth is still a possibility after the treatment, but any fat will be much less noticeable. Gaining fat happens when fat cells become enlarged, so with fewer fat cells to enlarge, you will not see much fat in the treated areas of your body. Typically, the fat and weight stay off after the treatment, and you will likely be motivated to become more active and take better care of your health after body sculpting.
If you were embarrassed to go to the gym or the beach, body contouring can help improve your confidence. A light workout routine and a healthy diet are all you will need to keep fat off of your body. If you notice untreated areas of your body are becoming larger, an additional Vanquish session will quickly eliminate any stubborn pockets.
Vanquish ME is cleared by the FDA to eliminate fat with its unique circumferential radiofrequency treatment. The device will not touch your skin, and you can sit or lay down during the treatment and read or use a mobile device to pass the time. Tissue and skin will not be burned or scarred by the device and will remain at a comfortable temperature. Some patients describe the sensation from the radiofrequency device as being similar to a hot stone massage.
The treatment is completed at our Med Spa in San Antonio, and you will be able to return to work or your normal routine immediately after. Some patients even choose to undergo their treatment sessions during their lunch break, so it will not interfere in their workday or evening plans. You can get light exercise after the treatment and should continue to drink plenty of water the day of the treatment.
If you need to treat a large area of your body or many sections of the body, the Vanquish body contouring system is ideal. The treatment works faster than most non-invasive treatments thanks to its design that allows us to treat the entire circumference of the midsection simultaneously. Handheld treatment devices can take much longer to treat larger areas of the body or multiple sections of the body. The treatment is the only device that allows us to treat the entire midsection from the left flank to the right flank at one time.
Non-invasive and non-surgical treatment from Vanquish can be an excellent alternative to liposuction and surgery. It greatly reduces the risk and recovery time associated with surgery like a tummy tuck and liposuction. There is no need for anesthetics, sutures, incisions, and drainage with the treatment.
Because Vanquish can be used on patients with higher than average BMI ranges and can reduce fat by as much as 59%, it is more comparable to the results you can get from liposuction than the results of other radiofrequency fat elimination treatments. The treatment can be administered to a wide variety of patients and is also safer and more comfortable than liposuction and surgery.
Body contouring will probably not be covered by your health insurance provider, as it is a voluntary cosmetic treatment. You can find out more about the benefits and coverage provided by calling your insurance provider. The treatment is still affordable when compared to other treatments and procedures, and you will not lose wages due to time off for recovery.
Liposuction and surgery often result in an expensive overnight stay and several days of rest while you recover. You will need to miss several days of work with these procedures, but with non-surgical treatment, you can return to work immediately. The price of the treatment ranges, so contact us for a personalized pricing and treatment plan.
If you are ready to lose weight with Vanquish, visit Spa Black in San Antonio, TX for an initial consultation today. Find out what to expect from the treatment and see how you can reach a lean body with body contouring.
Are you looking for a fast, effective way to treat your fine lines and wrinkles? Belotero is a treatment that uses hyaluronic acid to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. How fast does this treatment work? At Spa Black in San Antonio, TX, we are skincare experts and your Med Spa in San Antonio: we can answer this and all your other questions about treatment.
The first thing many people want to know is when they can expect to see results. When it comes to the appearance of your skin, there’s nothing wrong with wanting instant gratification.
Many topical creams need to be applied every day before they start to work. When you do begin to notice results, they might disappoint you. What if there was a treatment that was more effective and worked a lot faster? That’s Belotero. When you get this treatment, you will see an instant improvement in your fine lines and wrinkles.
This treatment falls in the dermal filler category. Dermal fillers are injectables that add volume to your skin in places where it has thinned as a result of the aging process. By plumping the skin and replenishing it, they improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They can also be used to contour the face, improve the profile, and emphasize certain features like the lips.
Did you know that many of the visible signs of aging are caused
by the fact that our skin produces less hyaluronic acid as we get older? Many people recognize this substance as an ingredient in many anti-aging creams. What most people don’t know is that it is something that our bodies produce naturally. By restoring optimal levels of hyaluronic acid in your skin, Belotero restores your natural ability to remain smooth and wrinkle-free.
Patients use this treatment to address many different types of fine lines and wrinkles. Some of the most popular are:
Whether you have a few fine lines or more deeply etched wrinkles, you can benefit from this treatment. It is a versatile way to address your skincare concerns, even if they are more advanced. For that reason, it outperforms many other treatments that can only improve mild signs of aging.
The secret to the success of this injectable is the hyaluronic acid. This ingredient works naturally within your body to keep your skin hydrated and improve the appearance of wrinkles. Meanwhile, the gel itself restores volume to your face. By working in these two ways, this treatment can take years off your appearance.
The amount of hyaluronic acid your body produces, the volume of your skin, and your tendency to develop wrinkles are all interconnected. Young skin has plenty of natural fillers that keep it looking tight and smooth. Collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid are all important substances that maintain its structure and prevent wrinkles from forming. Of these, hyaluronic acid is one of the most important. It helps the skin retain moisture and keep its shape.
In our late 20s or early 30s, our skin starts to change. As we produce less hyaluronic acid, our skin thins and dries out, causing us to develop fine lines that progress into wrinkles. Without a strong structure, the skin starts to sag in certain places. Fortunately, by replacing the hyaluronic acid we lost, we can make a significant improvement in its appearance.
As soon as you receive this treatment, your skin will look smoother and healthier. The hyaluronic acid will go to work binding moisture to your skin, filling out your wrinkles and providing lift to the areas where you need it the most. One molecule of hyaluronic acid can help your skin retain over 1,000 times its weight in water.
Hydration is extremely important to your health. Since your skin is your body’s largest organ, it needs to be hydrated just as much as the rest of you. This treatment can address the gradual loss of your body’s ability to retain moisture by itself. It will give your skin the little boost it needs to stay healthy and attractive.
Not only are the results instant, but they also last a long time. You can expect to enjoy smooth, hydrated skin for at least six months after your appointment. Some patients report that their wrinkles continue to show improvement up to one year following their injections.
Yes: in fact, you can keep them up for as long as you want. Just make an appointment to renew this treatment when you see your fine lines and wrinkles start to come back. Touch-ups are easy to do, and they don’t need to be repeated too often because the initial results last a long time.
This treatment has been FDA approved since 2011, and it has been performed for thousands of patients. Numerous clinical studies have shown that it has virtually no chance of causing lasting side effects. Both men and women can have this treatment, and it is effective for all skin types.
No: in fact, it is very gentle on your skin. Many people opt for this treatment because it offers real, lasting results without requiring surgery. In the past, people who wanted to see professional results from their anti-aging treatments had to get facelifts and other intense procedures. Injectables offer an alternative that improves wrinkles and volume loss in a minimally invasive way. They are more effective than most topical creams, but they are less involved than surgery.
Another reason people choose this treatment is that it is straightforward and can be done without taking time off work. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately after receiving the injections. It is best to avoid strenuous exercise and rough massaging of the treated area for 24 hours after your appointment. This will ensure that the gel doesn’t move out of the targeted areas. However, you don’t have to try to keep your face still during this time. You can just relax and let the treatment work.
While this treatment makes a big difference in your appearance, the way it works is subtle. It does not freeze any parts of your face, and it uses an ingredient that occurs naturally in your skin. After this treatment, no one will know why your skin is so smooth unless you tell them.
These injections are designed to be as comfortable as possible, and most patients report no discomfort during their treatment. The gel is mixed with lidocaine, a local anesthetic. Usually, this alone is enough to make the process go easily. If you are still concerned, just let us know and we will apply an additional numbing agent topically.
Both Botox and dermal fillers can make a huge improvement in the signs of aging, however, they work differently. Botox is another injectable, but it is not considered a filler. It uses botulinum toxin to temporarily relax the muscle movements that cause wrinkles. Every time our skin creases to accommodate a facial expression, a line becomes etched on our skin. Botox keeps the lines away by preventing the movements themselves.
Dermal fillers do not address the muscle contractions. Instead, they restore the skin’s ability to move without wrinkling. Skin that has plenty of hyaluronic acid can smooth out after these movements. By delivering hyaluronic acid, this treatment hydrates the skin and allows it to remain uncreated even as you make facial expressions.
Both treatments are effective, so your preferences and the condition of your skin should determine which one you choose. Botox can work as a preventative measure, and it is especially effective on fine lines and more mild wrinkles. Belotero works on moderate and severe wrinkles, and the effects usually last longer.
Many people choose to get both treatments. Since they work in different ways, doing the two together will give you all the benefits at once.
We care about your results and will make sure they look great. The way your skin responds to this treatment will depend on its current condition and other factors that are unique to you. We will do a full assessment for you to determine exactly how much product you need and where the ideal injection sites are on your face.
This is a matter of personal preference. Most people start to feel their skin changing in their late 20s or early 30s. When you notice that your skin does not retain moisture the way it used to, it could be a good time to start this treatment. Another sign that you might be ready is when you are no longer satisfied with the results of your at-home regimen and the topical products you use.
We hope we’ve answered many of your questions about this treatment. However, you can get even more information by coming in for a free consultation. We will take this time to show you our practice and get to know you as a patient. Together, we will discuss your current skincare routine and talk about how you would like to benefit from our professional treatments. After taking a look at the condition of your skin, we can make a customized plan that will help you achieve your goals.
Why wait to achieve smooth, hydrated skin? Choosing this treatment is an excellent way to treat fine lines, wrinkles, thin skin, and moisture loss. It refreshes your skin, creating more lifted contours and rejuvenating your complexion. While the aging process occurs in everyone, you have a say in how much it affects your appearance. This treatment is clinically proven to treat the causes of fine lines and wrinkles. In today’s world of skincare, amazing results are possible.
Contact Spa Black in San Antonio, TX for more information on this treatment. We would love to help you improve your fine lines and wrinkles through the healthy benefits of hydration. Visit the best spa in San Antonio and get the results you’re looking for!
Aging not only does a number on our appearance, but it can affect our self-confidence and how we interact with the world around us. If you’re struggling with signs of aging like lines, wrinkles and loss of volume in the face and hands, you don’t have to resign yourself to them. Call Spa Black in San Antonio, TX and ask about the transformative results you can get from Radiesse.
As time goes by, all the things we took for granted about our youthful skin fade. Our plump and smooth skin is slowly replaced with wrinkles and folds. Our youthful contours and strong profile lose volume and flatten or hollow. What causes these dreaded signs of aging?
When we’re young, our skin has everything going for it. Each of our three layers of skin, the outer epidermis, middle dermis and deep hypodermis, are intact and functioning at full capacity. What keeps us looking young and our skin so smooth is an abundance of collagen.
This protein is the most abundant in our bodies, and particularly our skin. Underneath the surface, collagen is the healthy foundation of our appearance. This strong, fibrous protein tightly packs together to create a smooth scaffold that the epidermis lies on, keeping it wrinkle-free. That sturdy structure starts to change about the time we turn 20.
Our collagen production naturally slows down at a rate of about 1% each year. When we lose collagen, that solid layer of the skin deteriorates because the fibrous protein isn’t as tightly packed as it once was. Slowly, we develop areas where collagen can’t support our skin and it falls into crevices, creating lines, wrinkles and folds. Once there are weakened areas like this, our expressions and gravity continue to deepen those lines.
Another function of collagen is to hold all three of our layers together, including the fat pads of our deepest layer of skin. These pads give us the definition of high cheekbones and the youthful apples of our cheeks. There’s also a layer of fat that also keeps our hands looking young and hides the veins, bones and ligaments that inevitably appear with age.
When we lose collagen, its grip on that underlying layer of skin and the fat pads that lie there loosens. Gravity does the rest, and those pads slip, which is why the lower portion of our faces gain volume while the mid-to-upper regions seem to flatten and hollow. The dermis in our hands flattens when we lose collagen, and we are left with a bony appearance and thinning skin.
At our med spa in San Antonio, we offer Radiesse to our clients as a solution for both wrinkles and areas of lost volume. While this treatment falls into the dermal filler family of injectables, it acts very differently from other fillers you may be familiar with.
Most dermal fillers are made of a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid suspended in a smooth gel. These work well to instantly add plump volume to moderate-to-severe wrinkles and folds and even larger areas of lost volume, but they don’t affect collagen production. Radiesse is made from a very different substance and, while the aesthetic results are similar, what’s going on below the surface of the skin is very different.
Like any treatment, you want to know as much as you can before committing to having it performed. Here’s everything you need to know about this very different dermal filler.
Unlike the fillers made from hyaluronic acid, the active ingredient for this FDA-approved treatment is calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in a water-based gel. These microspheres are made of naturally occurring ions of phosphate and calcium.
These act very differently from hyaluronic acid when injected into the skin. Hyaluronic acid fills in space and is slowly absorbed by the body in 6-9 months. Microspheres change the structure of your skin.
When injected, the water-based gel gives immediate results by plumping up the targeted area. The microspheres stimulate the production of collagen. Your body reacts to the microsphere by building collagen around them until they’re completely surrounded. Once they are, they’re naturally metabolized by the body, but collagen production continues to increase.
Because it has a unique ability to stimulate collagen, this treatment is a great option for multiple areas of treatment, including:
With typical dermal fillers, you can expect results to last from 6 to 9 months depending on the area being treated, the condition of the skin and the patient’s own metabolism rate. Because Radiesse stimulates collagen, results continue long after the actual filler has been naturally absorbed. Results can last up to two years for many clients. This reduces the number of follow-up appointments needed to maintain continuous results.
Unlike other dermal fillers whose ingredients can be destroyed if you don’t like the results, this treatment is indestructible. A consultation will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed choice. Our clients love the results!
If you’ve noticed your cheekbones aren’t as prominent as they once were, or maybe you’ve never had the contours you’ve wanted, this treatment can restore or provide the volume necessary to achieve your desired look. When injected into the cheek area, the gel gives you an immediate lift, while the microspheres boost collagen to keep the more youthful contours in place for up to two years.
If you miss the apple of your cheeks, this treatment can add immediate volume and give you back the smile of your youth.
Often overlooked, our hands can betray our age just as quickly as our faces can. As time passes, our once plump and smooth hands will lose their layer of fat. When our hands lose volume, they can look bony, showing every ligament and vein and giving us an aged appearance.
Using Radiesse on the backs of the hands fills in the tissue between our bones and ligaments, reducing their appearance. The production of collagen strengthens and thickens our skin, reducing the appearance of unsightly veins. The result is younger-looking, smooth and opaque hands with a stronger structure and restored volume.
The first step to treatment is an in-depth consultation with our med spa in San Antonio specialists. We’ll examine your areas of concern and talk through the result you expect. If we both decide this is the right treatment for you, we’ll give you a few pre-treatment instructions. The first is to avoid any blood-thinning medications, supplements or substances. Avoiding these products will limit bruising:
Avoid unprotected exposure to the sun for a few weeks before treatment. Don’t use vitamin C, glycolic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids or strong retinoids before treatment. Avoid bleaching, waxing or tweezing the injection site.
When you arrive, we’ll apply a numbing cream to the injection area just to make sure you’re comfortable. We’ll then make a series of small injections to the treatment area. We’re able to see our progress as we go, so we’ll know exactly how and where it’s working.
When we’re done, you’ll have immediate results as the water-based gel fills in the targeted areas. There is no downtime with this minimally invasive treatment. Many clients visit our spa in San Antonio on their lunch breaks and go immediately back to work.
This is a low maintenance treatment, so there are very few post-treatment instructions. Don’t rub the injection sites and avoid makeup for about 12 hours. We ask that you stay out of the sun unprotected for a week and avoid harsh facial treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion for the same amount of time. Each client is different, so you’ll be given a unique set of instructions to follow to get the most out of your treatment.
Your results are immediate, and as collagen production is stimulated, your results will continue. Because the best results depend on collagen, there are some things to avoid if you want to maintain the best results. Collagen is broken down not just by time but by lifestyle choices. If you want your results to last as long as possible, avoid:
By making healthy choices, most clients can continue to see results for up to two years. All results vary and are specific to each client.
Most people who struggle with areas of lost volume or moderate-to-severe wrinkles and folds who don’t want the expense, risk or downtime of more invasive procedures are good candidates. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may not want this treatment, but only a consultation can truly determine the right course of treatment right for you.
If there are other areas you’d like to address that Radiesse isn’t the right option for, we offer other dermal fillers for all your aesthetic needs.
One of the most common requests we get is to restore volume to thinning lips or give clients the full lips they never had but always wanted. We offer Juvederm Ultra XC to provide full lip enhancement for our clients. This injectable is made of hyaluronic acid suspended is a smooth gel, so the results always look and feel natural. We can provide our clients with as soft or as dramatic a result as they want, and the results are immediate.
Our lip enhancement includes not just adding volume but eliminating the vertical, or smoker’s, lines that can blur the defined edges of your lips. These lines also make wearing lipstick and gloss frustrating because the color will bleed onto the surrounding skin. We can reverse down-turned corners of the mouth that can give you an unhappy expression even when you’re not. You can have the shape and volume you’ve always wanted.
If you’re frustrated and disheartened by the changes in your complexion and facial structure that age has brought, you don’t have to just grin and bear it. Our spa in San Antonio offers a comprehensive menu of treatments to address all of your concerns.
Don’t put off having the youthful appearance you dream of. Contact Spa Black in San Antonio, TX today for your free consultation. We are fully committed to providing each of our clients with exceptional care and service while helping them look and feel their absolute best.
SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Spa Black, San Antonio, TX’s unrivaled medical spa, has expanded and improved their aesthetic services with the Astanza ReSmooth diode laser. Founded by renowned Dr. Thomas Jeneby, Spa Black offers state-of-the-art medical spa services including long-lasting hair removal, facial rejuvenation, injectables, cellulite treatments, and much more. They’ve upgraded their hair removal technology to the ReSmooth to deliver faster hair removal sessions, painless treatments, and optimal vascular lesion removal.
“At Spa Black, we’re always looking for new technologies and innovative procedures to give our clients the best care and results possible. That’s how we’ve established ourselves as the leading medical spa in San Antonio,” said Dr. Jeneby, owner. “Adding the ReSmooth was a no-brainer. It delivers the fastest treatments and can treat a full back or full legs in as little as 4 to 6 minutes. The ReSmooth vascular handpiece specifically targets unwanted vascular lesions and spider veins for optimal results. I’m so excited to bring this powerful laser to Spa Black and enhance our clients’ treatment experience.”
The Astanza ReSmooth is a powerful diode laser that uses a unique combination of wavelengths for better penetration in order to destroy the deepest follicles for long-lasting hair removal. Featuring the largest spot size on the market at 9.1 cm2 and an interchangeable small tip at 3 cm2, the ReSmooth can treat both large and small hair removal areas precisely and faster than ever.
Furthermore, the ReSmooth is designed with an integrated skin cooling system that cools the skin immediately before each laser pulse for maximum patient comfort. Dr. Jeneby has also invested in the ReSmooth’s Vascular handpiece to deliver selective and efficient treatment for vascular lesion removal.
“We’re so excited to welcome Dr. Jeneby and the Spa Black team to the Astanza family. Their strong desire to deliver the best treatments and aesthetic results to San Antonio is displayed through their hard work ethic, strong client relationships, and investment in great technology,” said Garrett Rossero, Astanza Sales Representative. “We are proud to partner with Spa Black and can’t wait to see all the outstanding results they’ll deliver with the ReSmooth.”
About Spa Black
Spa Black is a leading medical spa in San Antonio, Texas that is owned and operated by Dr. Thomas Jeneby. Dr. Jeneby is an Ivy League Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He specializes in Cosmetic Surgery with a focus on noninvasive face and body rejuvenation.
Spa Black offers a multitude of cutting-edge aesthetic services ranging from laser hair removal, vascular lesion removal, injectables, cellulite treatments, microdermabrasion, facials, snoring reduction, and much more. For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit https://spablack.wpengine.com/ or call one of their two locations. Spa Black North is located at 19323 Stone Oak Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78258 and can be reached at (210) 890-2385. Spa Black
Wurzbach is located at 7272 Wurzbach Rd, Unit 804, San Antonio, TX 782540 and can be reached at (210) 682-8916.
About Astanza Laser
Astanza is the leader in lasers for tattoo removal, hair removal, and additional aesthetic procedures. In addition to developing cutting-edge medical laser devices such as the Etherea MX, Duality, Trinity, MeDioStar, and DermaBlate systems, Astanza offers its customers a complete range of training, marketing, and business consulting services specific to achieving success in this growing field.
Astanza Laser is headquartered in Dallas, TX with customers throughout North America and Europe. For product, investor, or press information, call (800) 364-9010, or visit https://astanzalaser.com/.
There are few things that can affect our self-confidence like the wrinkles and lines that form as we get older. They can form anywhere on our face, but those that appear on our upper face can give us the appearance of looking upset or unhappy when we aren’t. If you’re discouraged by the way lines and wrinkles are changing your appearance and have questions about treatment costs, call Spa Black in San Antonio, TX and discuss the average cost of Xeomin.
These are the lines we see on our upper face that result from a lifetime of repeated expressions. When you use the same muscles to make expressions, the skin attached to those muscles is always moving with them. Over time, this will create creases and wrinkles that will act as a map for those muscle movements.
Even when you think your face is at rest, those lines may still be visible. Lines like the frown lines between your eyebrows can have a negative effect on your perceived mood. People may think you’re angry or upset when you may feel the exact opposite. When you frown, concentrate or make micro-expressions throughout your day, you could etch these lines in even deeper.
You’ve probably heard of collagen and know that it’s particularly good for the skin. In actuality, this protein makes up 80% of our skin. It’s what holds our skin cells and layers together, making young skin tight and smooth. It works with elastin, the protein that gives our skin elasticity and the rest of our organs their flexibility.
As we age, we have a breakdown in our existing collagen, and we don’t produce as much to replace it. As a result, our skin doesn’t have a solid foundation to hold on to. As it loses its anchor to the other layers of our skin and soft tissues below, our elastin can’t snap our skin back to shape. For dynamic wrinkles, the cell regeneration collagen provides doesn’t happen quickly enough to keep the skin in place, and elastin can’t keep our skin looking smooth.
Younger faces have prominent features. Their cheekbones are high, their foreheads are soft and supple and the apples of their cheeks are perfectly placed when they smile. As we age, the collagen that held these fat pads in place weakens and gravity pulls everything downward. The fat of our faces gets redistributed.
What once kept our mid and upper faces proportional and looking youthful has fallen to the bottom part of our face. This creates extra volume in the mouth, jawline and neck areas. What this means for your forehead and those dynamic wrinkles is there’s not enough tissue underneath to buffer those lines, so they can look even more etched as time goes by.
There are several treatments available to address the appearance of movement-based or dynamic wrinkles, all of which belong to a class of injectables called neuromodulators. The most famous of these treatments is Botox. Botox is the number one requested and physician-administered cosmetic treatment in the world. There is an alternative to Botox many people may not know about: Xeomin.
Each one of these injectables is made from a prescription purified protein taken from the botulinum toxin. These injectables work by disrupting the nerve’s signal to the muscle, telling it to move. When these treatments are injected into the muscle responsible for the movement causing a specific wrinkle, it blocks the signal to that muscle, so the muscle relaxes and it allows the skin to smooth.
For as long as the muscle’s movement is reduced or prevented, the wrinkles etched in the skin will soften and their appearance will diminish. This often results in clients looking happier, friendlier and feeling that their new expressions match how they really feel.
Xeomin is a little different from Botox because it doesn’t include the accessory proteins Botox does in its formula, making it a purer form of treatment. What does this mean for you? Well, it could mean you’ll be able to use it longer and more successfully. It may also mean the average cost of Xeomin is lower.
Xeomin’s purified state means it does not need refrigeration, making it more appealing to some physicians. Botox needs to be refrigerated, and some clients report that warm injections of Xeomin are more comfortable than Botox, though both are well tolerated.
Xeomin has been approved for various medical uses, like the treatment of upper limb spasms, blepharospasm, and cervical dystonia. But for cosmetic purposes, it has been approved to treat the frown lines between your eyebrows.
Other common off-label uses are for crow’s feet and the horizontal lines on the forehead. Off-label means that it hasn’t been approved by the FDA for a specific use but that the medical community has found it to be a safe treatment of something other than what it was approved for.
Because Botox is formulated with accessory proteins, it’s more likely someone will develop antibodies to those proteins. If that happens, the effects of treatment will be diminished, and clients will need to seek treatment like Xeomin. This same resistance some clients have to Botox can also be found in another Botox competitor, Dysport.
Dysport also uses the accessory proteins, so resistance to it is possible too. This means Xeomin could be the right choice for the best effects.
Doses of this treatment are measured in units. A unit is a measure of an outlined amount of biological activity that corresponds to a set number of the treatment’s molecules. Your doctor is the only one who can decide how many units you’ll need for either treatment. There are some basic guidelines:
Each client’s treatment needs will vary, and so will the number of units they need. This number will be based on the condition of their skin, the strength of their muscles and the area to be treated.
There are a lot of factors that will determine what the average cost of Xeomin will be for you. In America, the average cost of Xeomin to the patient is $425. The range for that average cost of Xeomin is $75-$3000. Some factors that will go into the price you’ll pay for your treatment include:
The average cost of Botox is around $550, and this could be because there are more off-label uses for Botox than there are for Xeomin.
You know what it does and what it is. But did you also know that Xeomin is gaining ground on the leader in this injectable family? Botox still holds the number one spot, but it’s been around longer than its competitors Dysport and Xeomin, so it may not always hold the lead.
Many doctors aren’t yet using Xeomin in all the “off-label” ways they use Botox, but it may not be long until it’s used just as often as the pioneer of this family.
Botox is used on the common areas of dynamic wrinkles like frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles. There are some pretty amazing things doctors can do with Botox that are considered off label but that have people lining up. It won’t be long until Xeomin will be used in the same ways.
This could be and is often done with Xeomin, but Botox is just more well known for it. By manipulating the muscles around the eyebrows to minimize and relax frown and forehead lines, the muscles that pull the eyebrows down can also be relaxed. This leaves people with a nice curve and arch to their brows.
This can have a lifting effect on the droopy eyebrows we get as gravity pulls everything downward. Clients report feeling like their eye area is opened and more youthful-looking as a result.
With social media and everything we do ending up on someone’s Internet page, our smiles are more important than ever. If you feel you show more of your gums when you smile than you’d like, Botox can help. A skilled doctor can strategically inject part of the muscle that surrounds the mouth to relax the area that is over pulling your lips when you smile. The result can be transformative.
You’ll still be able to smile, but they’ll only see your pearly whites and not the parts of your gums you don’t want to show.
This is a new development in the Botox world. Instead of getting filler for their top lips, some clients are choosing to get what is called the Botox lip flip. This involves the doctor relaxing the muscles that keep your top lip taut. When that relaxes, your top lip does a little flip up.
This exposes the volume of your top lip you may not have known you had. As we age, our lips can thin, so if you feel like your top lip disappears when you smile, or you just wish you had more shape without necessarily adding volume, this could be a great alternative to getting a filler.
If you suffer from excessive underarm sweating, Botox could be a game-changer for you. Excessive sweating means you’re sweating every waking hour regardless of exercise, stress or external temperatures. Clients who suffer from this condition, called hyperhidrosis, always have a damp feeling under their arms and often only wear black or dark clothing to hide what can be an embarrassing issue.
Botox, when injected shallowly under the arm, will block the signal from the nerve telling the sweat gland to produce sweat. Clients report they see an 87% reduction in the amount of sweat they produce. This can be life-changing for them. The results last about six months and can be repeated as necessary.
Botox continues to be a comprehensive treatment for many cosmetic and medical uses. Anywhere changes can be made by softening the downward pull of some muscles to let others pull up or simply to relax a muscle altogether to get the desired result, Botox can usually get the results. Other uses of Botox are to treat:
Xeomin works in the same way as Botox, and for many people, it works more effectively. The future of Xeomin is the now of Botox treatments.
We know how discouraging seeing wrinkles and lines etched on your face can be. You deserve to look exactly how you want so you can feel exactly how you want. Call Spa Black in San Antonio, TX to schedule a consultation. We’re big believers in helping our clients look their best, and we want to help you, too!
Out of a desire to look their best, many people seek to eliminate the excess volume that can appear under the jaw commonly referred to as a double chin. But this is not always easy. People can maintain a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise yet still suffer from a double chin. Thankfully, a medication and treatment called Kybella, available at fine beauty spas like Med Spa in San Antonio, TX is now addressing this problem.
Kybella is the first treatment of its kind. It is a prescription medication with the chemical name deoxycholic acid. Medical professionals use this cytolytic medication during non-surgical treatments to improve appearance by reducing moderate to severe sagging below the chin.
It is not uncommon for people to report that even after losing several pounds of weight, they still cannot seem to rid themselves of a double chin. Kybella works by dissolving the extra fullness under the chin to improve the profile of people who desire a tighter contour of their jawline, including those previously unable to do so through diet and exercise.
Results are typically noticeable just a few weeks subsequent to starting treatment. Some patients recognize a change after only two to four sessions. Those who are looking for the maximum amount of correction may desire up to six treatments spaced no less than one month apart. A clinical study for Kybella showed that participants who received the full number of treatments noticed up to an 80% reduction in the size of their chins.
Kybella has gained widespread popularity because of its ease of use, which is a primary reason it is also popular among men. There are even several celebrities who have received the noninvasive treatment, such as Khloe Kardashian, who tried Kybella to help sculpt her jawline. The treatment is suitable for adults starting at age 19 and continuing up to age 65 and beyond.
To make the treatment more affordable, Allergan, the manufacturer of Kybella, offers a free rewards program called Brilliant Distinctions that allows patients to earn points during each treatment. Participants then redeem these points for savings on future treatments. They can also earn points when shopping at their favorite retailers who take part in the Brilliant Distinctions program. Brilliant Distinctions even has a free phone application for tracking, managing and redeeming points.
Treatment can be extremely tailored. It is not a one-size-fits-all service since no two chins are alike. For example, not everyone will need the same number of treatments, because the distribution of everyone’s excess cell tissue is not the same.
Both these treatments can remove pockets of unwanted tissue beneath the chin. However, CoolSculpting essentially freezes stubborn fat cells, which the body then disposes of through the lymphatic system; whereas Kybella dissolves fat cell membranes to kill them so they are once again removed through the body’s lymphatic system. The main advantage of Kybella is a shorter amount of time spent receiving treatment during each session.
Only a specially trained healthcare specialist can deliver treatment. The practitioner delivers the medicine through a series of small injections to the desired treatment area using an extremely thin needle. These injections will typically feel like tiny pinpricks. The end result is a leaner contour to the jawline due to the medication breaking down pockets of unwanted tissue into smaller components that the body can then carry away.
The medicine comes in a bottle technically known as a vial. Each vial typically treats an area about the size of two business cards. Normally a full chin will require one to four vials per treatment depending on the amount of fullness. People with larger pockets of tissue may require successive treatments spaced no less than one month apart.
The experience is virtually painless. During treatment, many say they feel no sensation at all since the practitioners use numbing agents during injection. Still, there might be a slight tingle, tenderness, or other sensations in the injected area after completing the treatment. This should subside within a day.
For those who do experience such discomfort, icing the area usually helps. Again, these sensations should be completely manageable and are unlikely to sideline those who receive treatment from their regular activities. Consequently, patients need not do anything extra post-treatment.
Given that this is an outpatient treatment, there is no downtime. Once treatment is completed, the individual receiving care should be able to return home and resume normal activities. However, some people might opt to refrain from certain social engagements if visible signs of treatment are present.
Kybella treats the area forever with just a few easy shots. The treatment destroys and removes the excess tissue in the targeted area. Anyone who evidences a double chin unrelated to being overweight can experience a dramatic improvement in appearance in just a few treatments. When treatment follows the correct protocols, the results look natural because the treatment gradually reduces excess cells. Results, therefore, simulate a weight loss type of outcome.
When planning multiple treatments, keep in mind that there must be a four-week interval between the delivery of treatment in the same area. Accordingly, if one intends to get treatment so that the results will be apparent by the time of a special event, it is necessary to schedule the sessions several months prior to when the results are needed. Also, it is not a good idea to schedule sessions just before a trip just in case any post-treatment conditions develop that might need attention.
The first step to receiving treatment is to schedule a consultation with a trained healthcare professional to discuss treatment details, address questions, and ensure the person considering treatment is a suitable candidate. The consultant might be a nurse, nurse practitioner or medical doctor.
To determine if someone is a proper candidate for the treatment, there are a number of standard steps a practitioner might take. One is to pinch and palpate the area under the candidate’s chin in the midline to ensure there is sufficient fat for treatment. The practitioner will want to rule out other potential causes of fullness under the chin, such as thyroid abnormality or cervical lymphadenopathy, a disease affecting the lymph nodes.
Another standard practice is to pull the skin under the chin. The practitioner must give careful consideration to the use of the treatment in patients with excessive skin laxity. In such cases, the reduction of fat under the chin could cause an aesthetically undesirable outcome.
And finally, the examiner is likely to have the treatment candidate tense the broad sheet of muscle fibers extending from the collarbone to the angle of the jaw. This will further define the fat within the target treatment area. This is necessary because the reduction of submental fat in individuals with prominent bands of muscle fibers in this area might also result in an outcome that is not aesthetically desirable.
During the actual treatment sessions, the practitioner will begin treatment by cleaning the lower face and the underside of the neck with an appropriate topical antiseptic. They might use an ice pack or cold pack and topical or injectable local anesthesia to enhance the patient’s comfort.
Using a skin-marking pen or pencil, the practitioner will then mark the anterior, posterior and lateral borders of the treatment area. The practitioner will also mark no-treatment zones to maximize safety. Following this, they will remove and discard a clear protective top sheet from the skin-marking grid transfer.
The professional will then press the skin-marking grid firmly into the clean, dry skin, with the printed grid pattern facing the skin, and follow this with a thoroughly wet cotton ball or pad with sterile water. The practitioner will press the cotton down to wet the entire paper backing while maintaining an even pressure, possibly protecting the patient’s clothing using a paper towel.
After waiting 15 seconds, the practitioner will peel off and discard the backing. The healthcare professional will then apply another ice or cold pack for five minutes prior to administering Kybella.
Practitioners determine the Kybella dose by counting the number of dots within the previously defined target treatment area and prepare a number of syringes based on these calculations.
The nurse, nurse practitioner, or medical doctor then pinches the excess tissue between two fingers and administers the injection perpendicular to the skin until the needle is midway into the underlying tissue. This introduces 0.2 mL of Kybella next to each grid marking, or dot, within the target treatment area. To avoid injury, the practitioner will avoid injection into any muscle fiber.
Afterward, the doctor, nurse, or nurse practitioner will apply an ice pack or a cold pack to the treatment area for 5 to 15 minutes and remove the grid and markings using cotton dampened with isopropyl alcohol. The professional will then assess smiling and swallowing and communicate posttreatment expectations.
The caregiver will probably encourage the patient to schedule their next treatment session before leaving the office. It is not unusual to recommend that those looking for an ideal amount of correction receive multiple vials and or treatments. The medical consultant will help determine the required number of sessions and/or treatment vials. Often people find each subsequent treatment session easier than the last because they know what to expect.
The facility may be taking photographs to document the results of treatment, using consistent lighting and equipment. To further maximize consistency between photos, the horizontal alignment between the eyes and the ears should remain the same. These photos will show the success of treatment and whether additional treatment might be necessary.
When choosing a treatment location, it is important to seek a facility with highly experienced nurses, nurse practitioners and/or doctors specifically trained on how to administer treatments, such as those at Spa San Antonio—a location committed to serving clients with the absolute best experiences and results. Excellence should be their standard, and what satisfies them should be nothing less than patients happy with their results.
With the availability of treatments like Kybella, there is no reason anyone should have to put up with a double chin any longer. Schedule a consultation to discuss your situation, get answers to your questions, and find out if a better-defined jawline is in your future. Take action by contacting the knowledgeable and caring professionals at Med Spa in San Antonio, TX today.
Are you unsatisfied with the appearance of your skin? Do you want a fast, painless, and effective treatment to combat lifeless skin and reveal smooth, glowing skin that will leave you looking and feeling your best? If so, microdermabrasion may be the perfect solution for your skin concerns. This treatment is proudly offered by Spa Black Laser Lipo and Cellulite Therapy Med Spa in San Antonio, TX. Microdermabrasion gently resurfaces your skin to clear away dead skin cells, promote cell growth, and leaves your skin looking brand new. In this article, you’ll also learn more about the best microdermabrasion after care activities.
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin resurfacing treatment that uses exfoliation to gently remove the top layer of your skin and reveal a new layer. It’s an excellent choice for those concerned about a dull complexion, uneven skin tone or texture, age or dark spots, melasma, and current acne. The treatment itself is completely painless and requires zero downtime, making it an option that’s not only perfect for almost every skin type, but every schedule as well.
Our skin naturally grows a new outer layer approximately every 30 days, completely shedding old skin cells in the process. This regular cell turnover means that new skin is always just around the corner, but sometimes it feels like it doesn’t arrive quickly enough. For those struggling with skin concerns like acne, dark spots, or dry skin, a little extra help may be required to rejuvenate your skin and encourage a healthy, even complexion.
That’s where microdermabrasion comes in. By manually exfoliating the top layer of your skin, your doctor can help you achieve the skin you’ve always wanted.
This treatment uses a handheld exfoliating device to completely buff away the top layer of your skin, which is comprised of the dead skin cells that can make your skin appear dull. It’s a safe and painless way to help your skin increase cell turnover, which can accelerate healing and promote healthier skin in the process.
Personal treatment plans vary from patient to patient, but most patients find that a series of appointments helps them achieve their ideal results. It’s common to have between 5-16 appointments in a plan with maintenance treatments scheduled every few weeks after the plan is completed.
Before you schedule your first appointment, you’ll sit down with your doctor to discuss the treatment, recovery instructions, and your ideal results. Your doctor will evaluate your skin to confirm that microdermabrasion will address your areas of concern. They’ll also recommend a personalized treatment plan, which usually consists of several appointments over a period of time to target issues like dark spots, age spots, and acne, which may take longer to resolve.
This is a perfect time to ask your doctor any questions you may have about this treatment. You should disclose any medications you take regularly as well as your normal skincare routine. Your doctor will let you know if you should plan to stop using any skincare products or medicines before and after your appointments to ensure the best results. Once your consultation is over, you’re ready to schedule your first appointment and prepare for better skin.
Because this treatment is designed to exfoliate your skin, you should avoid other exfoliating products like scrubs or Retin-A exfoliating cream for 2-3 days prior to your appointment. Clean your face with a gentle cleanser and keep it hydrated by applying a daily moisturizing cream and drinking a healthy amount of water.
You should refrain from hair removal treatments like waxing and threading, which can irritate your skin, for 3-4 weeks before your appointment. If you’ve recently taken Accutane or had laser surgery, your doctor may recommend that you wait a period of time before scheduling your first appointment.
Over 90% of skin-related concerns, like premature wrinkles and fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and skin cancer, can be attributed to harmful exposure to UV rays from the sun and tanning beds. Protect your skin by wearing sunscreen every day and foregoing traditional tanning methods for skin-friendly self-tanner creams or sprays.
You should avoid this treatment until your skin heals if you have a fresh tan or sunburn. You should also avoid this treatment directly after using self-tanning methods, as the exfoliation may result in a faded or uneven tan.
You should arrive to your appointment with a bare face. You may also choose to bring a headband to hold your hair out of your face. Your doctor will begin by cleaning your skin. They’ll use a handheld device to begin the process of buffing your skin. This may feel like sandpaper rubbing gently on your skin, but causes no discomfort. Exfoliation of your face generally takes between 30-40 minutes, while neck exfoliation takes about 20 minutes.
At the end of your appointment, your doctor will apply a moisturizer and give you any specific instructions to follow during recovery. You may notice that your skin is pink and more sensitive than usual directly after your appointment. These symptoms will fade over the next couple of days, and you’ll be able to return to your normal routine immediately after treatment.
Because you’ll have a brand new layer of skin at the end of your first appointment, it’s crucial that you follow your doctor’s instructions as your skin heals. This is the ideal microdermabrasion after care process. You’ll see the best results when you protect your new skin and encourage a quick and healthy healing process.
For the first 3 days after your appointment, plan to stay out of direct sunlight and wear plenty of sunscreen to shield your new skin from harmful UV rays. This step can promote healthier skin in the long run as it helps prevent signs of aging, uneven skin tone and spots, and even skin cancer. Always start your day with a layer of sunscreen and reapply every 4 hours if you’re spending an extended time outdoors.
As your skin heals, you should use gentle, non-irritating products. Don’t use any other exfoliating products for about three days after your appointment. You should avoid touching, rubbing, or picking your skin, which can slow the healing process. Finally, don’t use products with glycolic acid, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, or topical acne treatments for 24-48 hours. You should check with your doctor to confirm that your normal products are safe to use on your skin after treatment.
One of the best parts of this treatment is how it transforms your skin. You’ll walk out of your appointment with the softest skin of your life, and one way to keep it soft and smooth is by moisturizing often.
Your new layer of skin is more receptive to moisture and will need more moisturizer than normal to aid in the healing process. Failing to moisturize your skin can result in the recurrence of issues like dull patches or cracked, flaking skin. Moisturize your skin in the morning, at night, and throughout the day as needed if it begins to feel dry.
Coffee and tea are a staple in many busy lives, but the truth is that the caffeine they contain is one of the main offenders when it comes to dehydrated skin. The rule of thumb is to consume the same amount of water as your regular coffee or tea intake on top of the water you should drink daily. If you’re unable to drink more water, you should consider cutting down on caffeine to avoid drying out your skin.
During the first few days after your appointment, your skin will be more sensitive. You may want to avoid heavy workouts that cause you to sweat for 48 hours after treatment so as to prevent irritation. If you do choose to workout, it’s perfectly safe; you can wear a headband to soak up most of the sweat before it comes into contact with your skin and wash your face immediately after your workout is over.
Alcohol and blood-thinning pain relievers can prolong the healing process. Don’t drink any alcoholic beverages for 48 hours after your appointment and don’t take pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen for about a week after your appointment to promote quick healing.
Like any other skin-resurfacing treatment, this process can’t give you permanent results. Your skin naturally resurfaces itself about once a month, which means that no skin treatment will last forever. However, if you follow your doctor’s recommended treatment plan, you can see visible changes in your skin that can be maintained through a healthy skincare regimen and future appointments as needed.
After your first appointment, your skin should feel incredibly soft and have a healthy glow thanks to the new layer of skin the treatment revealed. You should care for this skin according to your doctor’s instructions until your next appointment, which is usually about a week later.
Most patients receive between 5-16 treatments to achieve their ideal results, which can include fading dark spots and age spots, combatting acne, and decreasing the appearance of dull skin. At the end of your treatment plan, your skin will be refreshed and look brighter, which will leave you feeling more confident in your appearance.
This treatment is effective on every skin type and skin color and is most often recommended for men and women between the ages of 12-65. It’s able to address common skin concerns like dull, lifeless skin, dry patches, dark spots, and acne by refreshing your top layer of skin. Best of all, it requires zero downtime and has an easy recovery process when compared to other facial treatment options.
This treatment may not be ideal for those with deep scarring in the sub-layers of the skin, which cannot be addressed by top layer resurfacing. It also cannot correct age-related wrinkles and fine lines. Finally, those with severe or cystic acne may not be ideal candidates. You should talk to your doctor to determine if this treatment is right for you and your unique skin concerns.
Living with skin that appears lifeless can make you feel self-conscious and wishing for a way to rejuvenate your skin. Microdermabrasion can help you correct common skin concerns by resurfacing your skin. It’s an excellent option for those wanting to reveal fresh, soft skin and promote overall health and healing. With a personalized treatment plan, you can see your skin come back to life, and, by maintaining results with regular appointments, you can continue to look your best for years to come.
If you’re ready to learn more about how this treatment can transform your skin, contact the professionals at Spa Black Laser Lipo and Cellulite Therapy Spa in San Antonio, TX to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve your skin goals!