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.
Common Signs of Aging
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?
Lines, Wrinkles and Folds
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.
Areas of Lost Volume
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.
What Is Radiesse?
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.
Everything You Need to Know About Radiesse
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.
It’s Made of Microspheres
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.
It Boosts Collagen Production
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:
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Volume issues in chin, cheeks and hands
- Softening harsh or angled features
- Facial contouring
- Neck rejuvenation
- Nose re-contouring
Its Results Last Longer
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!
It Can Restore Contours
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.
It Works Wonders for Aging Hands
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.
What to Expect From Treatment
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:
- Vitamin E
- Fish oil
- Gingko Biloba
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:
- Unprotected time in the sun
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Overconsumption of sugar or processed foods
- Long-term unmanaged stress
- Lack of sleep
- Poor hydration
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.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
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.
Other Dermal Fillers
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.
Restore Youthful Contours and Smooth Skin
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.
What Causes Expression Lines?
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 Lose Collagen
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.
How Do Neuromodulators Work?
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.
What Is Xeomin?
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.
Where is Xeomin Used?
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.
The Botox Resistance
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.
How Many Units of Xeomin Do I Need?
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:
- 20-40 units for the horizontal lines found on the forehead
- 5-20 units to treat crow’s feet around the eyes
- 15-30 units for frown lines between the eyebrows
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.
What Is the Average Cost of Xeomin?
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:
- What you’re having treated
- The condition of your skin
- Your desired ultimate outcomes
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.
Xeomin Can Be Used Like Botox
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: the Future of Xeomin
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.
The Botox Lip Flip
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.
Other Botox Uses
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:
- Chin dimples
- Neck banding
- Chin wrinkles
- Neck wrinkles
- Hand and finger stiffness
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.
Call for Your Consultation
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.
What Is Kybella?
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.
How Soon Does Kybella Work?
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.
What Makes Kybella Unique?
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.
The Difference Between CoolSculpting and Kybella
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.
About the Treatment
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.
Length of Results
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.
Where to Go for Treatment
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.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin resurfacing treatment which 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.
How Does It Work?
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.
How Does It Work?
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.
Avoiding the Sun
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.
How to Care for Your Skin After a Microdermabrasion
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. You’ll see the best results when you protect your new skin and encourage a quick and healthy healing process.
Don’t Forget Sunscreen
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.
Cut Down on Caffeine
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.
Wait to Workout
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.
Avoid Alcohol and Blood-Thinning Pain Relievers
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.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
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.
Get Skin You Love
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!
You likely want skin that is radiant, free of blemishes, and looks as young as possible. One way to get fantastic-looking skin is by taking advantage of aesthetic treatments. These are designed to give users clear, beautiful skin. Most people can expect to see results after a series of regular treatments.
Professional aesthetic treatments are going to give you optimal cleansing. This is especially the case when compared to just using OTC products in order to cleanse your skin.
Many individuals who have used these treatments have seen an improvement in their acne. Some people had acne for several years before trying professional treatments. Many of the individuals who use aesthetic treatments had tried other acne treatments in the past. Professional treatments work to get rid of acne because they help to eliminate the bacteria that cause acne.
Are you interested in keeping your skin looking as young as possible? If so, aesthetic treatments are for you. Treatments can improve the appearance of individuals who have mature skin. Many who have used them for a long period of time say that their skin looks years younger than it would have if they hadn’t used the treatments. They say that most people think they are younger than they really are.
Another benefit of using aesthetic treatments is the fact that they can help to reduce the appearance of pores. Large pores, especially ones that are clogged, are anything but attractive. Getting regular aesthetic treatments is going to help to reduce the size of your pores and give you a much more attractive appearance.
If you are dealing with oily skin, the aesthetic treatments at our med spa in San Antonio can help you as well. Since they can provide a deep cleansing of the pores, they can reduce the appearance of oil on your skin. Many who once had very oily skin used professional treatments like facials and then reported that their skin looked radiant. They now get positive comments all the time on their complexion.
These are not the only benefits that individuals can experience when using aesthetic treatments. If you are dealing with an uneven skin tone, sensitive skin, and other skin issues, an aesthetic treatment at Spa Black may be right for you. We invite you to contact us today in order to book an appointment at our office in San Antonio and learn more about how our treatments can help you get radiant, gorgeous skin. We look forward to hearing from you!
Bravo, you’ve done it. You have worked so hard to get the body that you want. You have been disciplined with exercise, diet and hydration, and you are down to that last bit of unwanted body fat. You are close to achieving your goals, but you can’t seem to get rid of that bulge, and it’s driving you crazy. You don’t need a complicated weight loss program or a surgical intervention. Instead, the professionals at Spa Black can put the finishing touches on your job well done with CoolSculpting®.
How CoolSculpting® Helps
CoolSculpting® puts the polish on the results of your hard work by removing small to moderate amounts of fat in target areas that are identified and predetermined by you and the professionals at our med spa in San Antonio. CoolSculpting® is not a weight loss procedure; it is a non-surgical body contouring treatment option.
CoolSculpting® works by exploiting the fact that fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than the surrounding tissue. Once fat cells safely achieve the predetermined temperature, they crystallize and die. Over a period of weeks, the body gradually eliminates the dead cells through reabsorption and elimination. Results are noticeable in the weeks and months that follow treatment and continue to develop for multiple months. Once the fat cells are frozen and gone, they will not regenerate.
A Safe and Effective Option
CoolSculpting® has several positive characteristics that make it the perfect non-surgical option to shape and tone those stubborn areas that you can’t seem to get rid of no matter what you do. These benefits include:
• Eliminates targeted body fat permanently
• No incisions
• Clinically proven technology
• Little or no side effects
• Quick, convenient process
• No prolonged recovery time
• Treats multiple targeted areas
• Provides natural-looking results
Just as your journey towards health and fitness has been gradual, so does CoolSculpting® have gradual and permanent results. By taking advantage of the simple relationship between fat cells and temperature, CoolSculpting® is designed to remove the last bit of stubborn body fat to put the finishing touches on your job well done. CoolSculpting® has many positive characteristics that make it an ideal option to help you look and feel your best ever, and it’s readily available right here at Spa Black in San Antonio. Contact us today to book an appointment and get started. We look forward to hearing from you!
Many people look in the mirror and think to themselves, “I wish my lips were fuller.” If this sounds like your situation, then it may be time for you to look into lip injections. Making an appointment to receive lip injections that will give you fuller lips may be just what you need to boost your confidence. Many women have come to our office to achieve perfectly puckered lips.
Who is a Candidate?
Lip injections are done to enhance your natural beauty and give you fuller and shapely lips, but you may be wondering if lip injections are a good option for you. There are many people who are looking for a trusted medical spa that performs lip injections; however, it is important to find a med spa that is not simply trying to sell you their product and that will go over the procedure in detail.
Patients Who Will Benefit the Most
- Patients looking for anti-aging treatments
- Patients with thinning lips
- Patients with wrinkled lips
- Patients who want their overall appearance to change for the better
While getting lip injections will definitely enhance your look, it is important to consider your needs before a cosmetic procedure is performed. Here are some questions to ask yourself before getting lip injections:
- Are my lips easily irritated?
- Do I have any allergies that may affect my results?
- Have my lips lost shape or volume?
- Do I want my facial structure to change?
- Do I trust the medical spa administering the injections?
How Lip Injections are Performed
It is essential to find a med spa that administers lip injections that offers an initial consultation. This will be an introduction appointment that will go over all of the details before your actual procedure is performed. We will also go over your needs and ask several questions about what you are looking for in your results. We will then do a brief examination of your upper and lower lips and be able to explain what your results will look like. During the actual treatment, the filler of choice is skillfully injected into the lip area.
Make an Appointment
Here at Spa Black in San Antonio, we vow to always listen to the needs of our patients and inform them fully of the procedures we perform. If you are interested in learning more about lip injections or even have questions and concerns, we welcome you to contact us today to book a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!