It’s no secret that full lips give the face a sexier and more youthful appearance. But with age, the mouth tends to look thinner because our bodies produce less collagen. At the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas in San Antonio, we offer the latest and perhaps most modern of dermal fillers: Revanesse Versa, a treatment that can be used to give your lips the smooth, plump look you desire.
This treatment option is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that occurs naturally in the body and holds water to keep skin plump and hydrated. But environmental stressors, diet, and age can cause hyaluronic acid levels to drop. The results are a thinner, smaller-looking mouth.
As a cosmetic filler, Versa takes advantage of first-class ingredients, state-of-the-art production methods, and extensive quality testing. It was approved by the FDA in 2017 for the treatment of creases and wrinkles and to restore volume loss. This means that in addition to helping aging lips look more youthful, this therapy can also enhance the fullness of naturally thin lips.
Versa is a homogenous filler. The company that manufactures it combines its proprietary formula with an advanced wet milling technology. This produces filler particles that are uniform in shape and size and possess the ideal balance between smoothness and volume. These particles, when compared to those of other fillers, reveal a visible advantage – the others tend to appear more jagged and less consistent in shape.
Dr. Jeneby uses a very fine needle during the injection process. This allows for less disturbance to tissues, which can potentially mean less swelling and quicker recovery times. The premium nature of the hyaluronic acid in this filler also means it has a higher molecular weight, so it can break down more slowly over time and provide you with longer-lasting results. In addition, this particular therapy does not require test injections, so you can begin treatment quickly.
Here’s a little science for you: one gram of hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold a thousand times its own weight in water. Equally important, this substance has the uncanny ability to regulate moisture within cells. Thanks to such intelligence, cells receive just the right amount of hydration – not too much, not too little.
You should also know hyaluronic acid works for any skin type, so Versa is considered to be very safe. We already know it restores that pillowy look so crucial to the mouth, but here’s another fact: lines and wrinkles are diminished in hydrated tissues. This, then, is how we’ll help you achieve a smoother and more voluptuous mouth.
Before your treatment begins, one of our patient care coordinators will discuss your health history with you. You’ll also be placed into a gown, and Dr. Jeneby will then come into your private exam room and explore your cosmetic desires and options. Together, the two of you will decide on the perfect therapy plan.
On the day of your treatment, Versa – a crystal clear gel – will be carefully injected into your lip tissues. It does not produce a paralyzing effect, and any swelling or tenderness you might experience tends to be mild because of the hyaluronic acid. The best part is that you can expect to see immediate results that will last between six months and a year.
We recommend easing yourself into Versa injections to maintain facial balance. You are encouraged to speak openly with our office about the look you want to achieve, but erring on the side of caution will allow you to enjoy a more youthful appearance and keep your natural symmetry.
Dr. Jeneby is committed to making your experience as comfortable as possible. Before you leave, he’ll review your follow-up steps and when you should plan to return for a second treatment. At that time, he and our staff will also ensure you’re pleased with your new look.
Patients often wonder if their lips will feel different after treatment. In general, they may feel stiff initially but will quickly soften to feel more natural again. For patients asking about pain, we remind them Dr. Jeneby has more than 20 years of experience and has received great recognition for his work. Your comfort is of utmost importance to our office.
We already mentioned results can last up to a year, but activities like tanning and smoking may influence this timeline. When patients ask if they’ll look natural after Versa, we tell them that before starting treatment, Dr. Jeneby will discuss the number of injection fillers within the treatment plan. This ensures that we enhance your appearance and also adequately match your facial proportions.
Those who should avoid this treatment include:
The rapid answer to this is yes. You already know hyaluronic acid is a natural substance in the body. It therefore dissolves naturally over time and is amalgamated with your tissues. The molecules eventually turn into water as they depart your body, all without leaving behind a trace.
After treatment, you’ll likely be able to resume normal activities within one or two days. Dental work is not recommended for at least three weeks. Last but not least, we will re-evaluate your need for future treatments as your face changes, which is a continuing process for all of us.
Your best friend from high school sent you a last-minute invitation to her wedding just a few short months away. You’re in a panic because you’ve let your workout routine fall by the wayside in favor of watching TV and eating midnight snacks. You don’t have time to tone your upper arms so you look stunning in your dress. You need EmSculpt at Spa Black in San Antonio, TX. Here’s everything you need to know about treatment.
You will see the initial results of your EmSculpt treatments two to six weeks after your first session at the most comfortable, welcoming med spa in San Antonio. However, your results will continue to improve over the course of six months after your final session. Don’t worry if you have a major event planned in just three or four months. Even the initial results of treatment will boost your self-confidence dramatically.
The number of sessions you’ll need to tone your body and shred white fat cells depends primarily on your existing muscle tone in the desired treatment area and how much excess fat is stored in the targeted area. We’ll assess your muscle tone and body fat distribution during your initial consultation, but we’ve found that most people need two sessions weekly spaced two to three days apart for two weeks to achieve the contours they desire.
Each EmSculpt treatment session lasts only 30 minutes. During this 30-minute session, two panels administer high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy to contract your muscles 20,000 times. If you’re targeting your abs, your abdominal muscles are getting the same workout as if you took the time to do 20,000 situps. If you’re targeting your buttocks, your glutes get the same “workout” as doing 20,000 squats.
To understand how incredibly efficient this treatment is, have your partner time how long it takes you to do 20 squats, situps or tricep dips depending on what region you’d like to target for treatment. Then, multiply that time by 4,000. That’s how long it would take you to get the same benefit as four 30-minute sessions with this device. Now, think about what you could do with all that extra time, like playing with your kids.
There are a couple of things you can do to speed up the final results of your treatment. To speed along the muscle toning results, you can minimize your carb intake. For every gram of carbohydrates your body stores as glucose, it also stores two to three grams of water. You can eat enough carbs to avoid going into ketosis, just make sure your calorie count for the day is at or under what your body needs for fuel. Excess fuel will be stored as glucose or fat.
To calculate accurately how many calories your body needs for fuel, use an online BMR (basal metabolic rate) calculator. Your BMR represents how many calories your body would burn if you were fasting and completely immobile. From there, you can add in calories that you burn through exercise. Ignoring the calories your body burns while digesting food negates the underestimation of calories consumed without weighing everything you put in your mouth.
Your body can burn up to 60 grams of glucose per hour, a type of carbohydrate that is carried from your gut to your blood with the transporter known as SGLT1, during exercise. If you consume any more than this, you will experience severe gastrointestinal distress. Since there are four calories per gram of carbohydrates, your body can only use 240 calories from glucose per hour of exercise.
However, fructose is transported from the gut to the blood for fuel by GLUT5 carriers at a rate of 30 grams, or 120 calories per hour. Therefore, at most, your body can burn 90 grams of carbs, when consumed as a 2:1 ratio of glucose to fructose, per hour during exercise. If you don’t exercise, only 45% of your daily calories should come from carbohydrates. If you need 1,800 calories daily, eat roughly 202.5 grams of carbs.
Besides minimizing your carbohydrate intake to mitigate the risk of looking puffy due to excess water storage, you can walk an hour per day. Particularly if you use this device to target your glutes or abdomen, your muscles may be too tired to go for a jog or run. However, you should be able to walk at a moderate pace with no trouble.
The great thing about walking is that it is accessible to everyone. You can walk anywhere and every step adds up, even if you only walk 20 minutes when you wake up, on your lunch break and when you get home from work. Particularly if you don’t eat too many carbs throughout the day, your body will burn stored glucose for fuel, releasing both the stored carbohydrates and water. This helps you look leaner as you wait for your results.
If you don’t have time to walk for an hour per day, you can still speed up the final results of your treatment. Commit to drinking a gallon of water daily. This doesn’t flush out the water stored with the carbohydrates in the form of glucose. Nevertheless, dehydration causes water retention, so if you were dehydrated before your treatment, hydrating tells your body it’s okay to flush out excess retained water.
Don’t be surprised if you are so satisfied with your appearance when you’re not bloated that you never go back to drinking under a gallon of water per day. However, we find it’s important to note that you may not need to drink a full gallon of water daily to be hydrated. Foods and drinks that count towards your daily hydration goal include fruits, vegetables, soups, coffee and tea. Therefore, only half a gallon of water daily may hydrate you.
One of the most important things you can do to prepare for your treatment session is to not drink alcohol in the 72 hours leading up to your treatment. Alcohol is a toxin, and your body prioritizes flushing it out over any other function. Your metabolism stops processing any carbs for fuel. Instead, your pancreas, liver and kidneys go into overdrive to flush out the ethanol, flushing out a great deal of water and nutrients along with it.
In other words, alcohol dehydrates you, makes you hold onto carbs as your body processes the seven calories per gram of alcohol for fuel and slows your lymphatic system to a crawl. Your lymphatic system is the system that sweeps up the fat cells that are damaged during your treatment session, processes them and flushes them out. Abstaining from alcohol will support the efficiency of this system and hasten results.
It is also advisable that you wear comfortable clothes to your treatment session. If your clothes are too tight, we can’t get the pads positioned appropriately for the most effective results. We recommend that you wear a loose-fitting t-shirt and basketball shorts if your appointment is on a Saturday or fairly loose business casual clothes if you come on your lunch break.
We strongly recommend taking a magnesium supplement the night before your scheduled treatment session. Magnesium is a crucial mineral that allows your body to perform dozens of functions, including the relaxation of your muscles. Talk to your primary care physician about your diet and ask what dose would be appropriate for you to avoid DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).
DOMS is a phenomenon that occurs after intense workout sessions, and 20,000 muscle contractions in 30 minutes certainly counts as an intense workout. As the name suggests, delayed onset muscle soreness is not painful, but the targeted muscles may feel sore temporarily starting 24 to 72 hours after treatment if you are deficient in magnesium at the time of treatment.
You should also make a point to get a good night’s sleep before your treatment session. During the third stage of non-rapid eye movement sleep, a stage that occurs between when you fall asleep and when you start dreaming, your body sends more blood to your muscles and tissue growth and repair occurs. This is crucial if you worked out the muscles you’re targeting for treatment. The stronger they are, the better your results will be.
Getting plenty of REM sleep the night before your scheduled session is also crucial. During REM sleep, your muscles go into paralysis, a perfectly safe bodily function that exists to prevent you from acting out your dreams. The muscle relaxation that occurs during this phase of the sleep cycle increases the likelihood that your targeted muscles won’t be hurt, sore or tired before your treatment even begins.
Again, the muscles targeted during your Emsculpt session will be contracted 20,000 times. If you don’t eat shortly before your session, you may feel ravenous afterward and overeat. However, if you eat too much, you will feel bloated and uncomfortable. We strongly encourage you to eat a small-to-medium healthy meal before you come in for treatment.
Over half a dozen independent, multi-center studies have been performed measuring the efficacy of this treatment. Using several testing methods, including histology, CT scans and MRIs, treatment with this device has been shown to reduce localized fat stores by 19%, increase muscle by 16% and reduce diastasis recti by 11%. Nevertheless, only 96% of people who received this treatment were satisfied with their results.
To avoid being among the 4% of people who receive treatment and are less-than-satisfied, it is important to have realistic expectations about the results. During your initial consultation, we will advise you regarding the results you can realistically expect and how many sessions you will need to achieve your goals. Realistically, you can expect toned calves or triceps, a loss of 1.5” in your waist (2” is a pants size) or visible buttock lifting.
If you have a major event coming up quickly and you don’t have time to tone your upper arms, core or buttocks, don’t panic. Schedule an initial consultation at Spa Black in San Antonio, TX to learn if EmSculpt can help you tone your muscles and shred fat so you can rock your cutest outfit at your major event. This body contouring device is so safe it’s FDA-approved, so there’s an excellent chance that you’re the perfect candidate.
When you use social media platforms to stay connected to family and friends, you don’t want to worry about the double-chin showing up in your selfies. Looking for a med spa San Antonio residents have come to love and trust? At Spa Black in San Antonio, TX, we can show you what happens during a Kybella® treatment that gives you a firm and beautifully contoured chin.
If you are interested in transforming your chin with lean contours and lines, call us or visit us online to schedule a consultation. You can also fill out all of your paperwork online.
You may also want to check with your personal healthcare provider before you schedule an appointment. Your doctor knows you and your situation and may be able to recommend the best aesthetic procedure for you.
During your first visit, a qualified esthetician will consult with you to make sure you are a good candidate for the treatment. If you are in general good health and haven’t had complications like recent neck surgery, you are likely to be a great candidate.
Before you start Kybella or any cosmetic treatment, you should tell your esthetician if you have had any of the following:
In addition, let us know if you are:
Once you are given the green light, we will schedule an appointment with you for this simple and convenient treatment. Because we recommend rest after your treatment is finished, you may want to take an afternoon off work or have a treatment done right before the weekend.
To prepare for your treatment, be sure to wash your face and neck thoroughly to reduce any risk of infection. You should also avoid ibuprofen or acetaminophen before your visit, though you may take these medications afterward.
After you come in for your scheduled appointment, we do everything we can to make you feel comfortable. A staff member will clean the chin area and prepare the site for the injections, marking the affected area.
We then administer local anesthesia to help you relax throughout your treatment. Once you feel nice and numb we begin the injection process. Very small needles are used to apply the serum. Patients generally receive two to four injections per treatment, and the process is quick and painless.
The esthetician may then use ice compresses to reduce swelling and double-check that the treatment site looks clean and healthy. You should be able to be in and out of the office in just under an hour!
Once you leave our office, you may want to take some time to rest. Allowing your body to heal can help the process move quickly and without complications. Be sure to follow all the instructions you are given and allow yourself some time to recover.
You may also use ice to help reduce swelling or if it makes yourself feel more comfortable. We may also recommend anti-inflammatory medication.
However, your treatments aren’t quite finished yet. For the injections to really start making a difference, up to five more injections may be needed. You should start noticing results after about two treatments.
Depending on your specific situation, you may need one to five more appointments, often spaced about a month apart on average. Each session is about the same, so you can expect to spend about the same amount of time in our office for each visit.
You should also feel comfortable during each appointment. If you ever feel uncomfortable, please let your esthetician know right away. A team of trained staff members can assist you with your needs.
To ensure a treatment that is efficient and effective, you want a surgeon, esthetician, and injection specialist with experience and expertise. Our practitioners are all trained and have had amazing results with their treatments and practices.
We will ask you about the goals you have for aesthetic improvement, complete a thorough medical history, and perform a medical exam. Our team won’t do anything without your approval and consent, and our goal is to help you feel better about your appearance.
Each injection is designed to dissolve fat that gathers under your chin or protrudes from the top of your neck. Although the injections may start working right away, the progress is gradual for your safety. We won’t put our patients at risk, but instead, encourage results that last and that benefit the patient.
The process is also more effective with each treatment. For more severe cases, you may visit the office once a month for six months, or once every six weeks for six months. Some patients only need two treatments, and they may even be spaced as far apart as three months.
A friendly and helpful staff member ensures you feel comfortable and relaxed during your appointment. A topical numbing cream may be used to make each injection easier. We also administer a local anesthetic to numb the entire treatment area.
These steps help you by making your treatment essentially painless. We also check on you throughout your appointment to ensure you are doing okay and that the treatment is running smoothly.
The injections go to work, tracking down fat and dissolving problem areas. You may not notice the difference after one treatment, but most patients start noticing a marked difference after the second treatment is finished.
This serum is also known as deoxycholic acid, which is given in controlled amounts to ensure the safety of the patient. Our FDA-approved treatment works continually over several weeks to give your face an entirely new shape. You can get your confidence back with this incredible new treatment!
While this treatment is a great option for most of our patients, you may want to hold off for a short time if:
Fortunately, we’ll still be here when you’re done. If you want to make an appointment, simply schedule a time for after your event is over. We’re ready to help you feel amazing at any time of the year!
Each of our staff members is trained to attend to you with care. An esthetician will talk to you throughout your appointment to ensure you feel safe, secure and comfortable. A day at the spa should be enjoyable, not the opposite.
Dr. Jeneby, our plastic surgeon and resident expert, is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Jeneby has seen thousands of patients and has been featured in the local media, including The Best of San Antonio Magazine.
Juan Ramos is our medical assistant and will be helping you with anything you need. Our injection specialist is Patricia Zarate, L.M.E., L.M.T. She has 18 years of experience to bring to the table. Come see how our treatments can give you beautiful results!
Trusting your specialist can help you have a more comfortable and fulfilling treatment. Each of our estheticians is trained to help you look your best, no matter which cosmetic treatment you decide to do. If you feel:
Then come by our office for a consultation. Our treatments are designed to work as quickly as possible while keeping you safe and healthy.
Our treatments are designed to help you feel safe. Each staff member makes every effort to help you feel welcome at our office. Any time you receive medical treatment, you should feel secure throughout your appointment.
A spa should be all about rejuvenation. Feel and look younger with our chin-contouring treatment that will have you looking twice in the mirror at your beautiful new profile!
We know you are busy. You have important things to do. The truth is, we want you to take care of yourself so you can take care of everyone else. We are a spa San Antonio patients can trust to give you great results.
Confidence goes a long way. A few ways that an appointment can help you include:
Did you know that increasing your confidence can save you time? The reason is that confident people tend to make informed decisions more quickly than people who suffer from low self-esteem. If your confidence level is up, you will feel better about creating a great presentation rather than spending time worrying about how you might mess it up.
Our team works efficiently so you don’t spend any more time in our office than necessary. You don’t need to be here long to enjoy the effects of a Kybella treatment. Get in and get out and get on with your day.
We take care of you from the second you walk in the door. You should feel at home in our office, even if you are only going to be here for less than an hour. If you need to talk, we love to talk! If you want to relax, we have a mask to cover your eyes.
Any time a patient goes through a cosmetic treatment, that patient sees life-changing improvement. Gaining confidence, receiving your treatment from experienced technicians, and taking care of yourself can make you a happier person. Taking away worry about yourself can help you focus on helping others, including your family and your co-workers.
Are you ready to discover a whole new you? Call us today at Spa Black in San Antonio, TX to schedule an appointment. We can show you how re-contouring your chin can give your face a beautiful new shape. Feel and look your best with our cosmetic treatments designed to reshape and redefine your stunning new look!
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.