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Healthy Advice For New & To-Be Moms

Having your hands full with a new baby often means your beauty routine takes a back seat. Between diaper changes, feeding, and the desperate need for sleep, you don’t have tons of time to invest in a skin-care and makeup regimen anymore, which means it’s easy to slip up and make some common beauty mistakes. Some are very blessed to have a handful of people to help them when their bundle of joy finally makes it home, but when grandma, tia, and dad all have to go back home and or work and your left alone, those overwhelming feelings of OMG what am I supposed to do NOW? First of all, woosah and take a deep breath. You can’t tackle it all at once, but you can take small steps toward helping yourself feel like you again. Here are a few tips to follow:

 

VITAMINS & MINERAL BALANCE:

You will most likely want to continue with your prenatal vitamins postpartum, and there may be other vitamins and minerals you can benefit from. Talk to your doctor to determine safe and beneficial supplements. If you’re feeling imbalanced, they can recommend safe, helpful option.

 

EAT A BALANCED DIET:

A good diet is important for you and your baby’s health, especially if you’re breastfeeding. The nutrients you consume will also go to your baby, so turn to easy, healthy meals (yes, it is possible). Try meals that you can grill ahead of time, cut up, and freeze for later in the week; fresh prewashed peas, carrots, and tomatoes for a salad; and frozen berries that you can turn into a delicious smoothie.

 

GET BACK  TO YOUR EXCERCISE ROUTINE:

It’s tempting to let exercise fall by the wayside with everything else you have to prioritize — but don’t let it. Exercise will not only help you maintain your weight, it will also lift your spirits and promote the production of hormones that keep you healthy.

 

MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF:

Whether it’s a relaxing and detoxifying facial massage or a yoga class, make sure you’re carving out a little bit of time each day for yourself. We know that it’s hard to leave your new baby, even for a little bit at first. But giving yourself “me time” and turning some focus inward can actually help you be a better mom.  Remember, you just went through an important, life changing event! Give yourself some time to celebrate that fact and care for yourself. You and your baby will be better for it.

These are 4 simple steps that can help you get your new routine in order and help you feel like you have it all under control.  Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor anything and remember your family is there to help!!  Just know that happy healthy mom is a happy healthy baby!!

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The Rejuvenating Benefits of the Vampire Facial

You’ve heard of the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, also called the Vampire Facial at licensed medical spas like Beautique, and you’ve even seen how effective it is for many celebrities seeking rejuvenated skin. But you still haven’t tried this age-defying treatment for a few reasons: Maybe you’re not sure if it works, or you’re wondering how it works. Maybe it’s a little scary. We’re here to help you understand how this revolutionary process produces stellar results and why it’s the must-try treatment of 2019.

How Does PRP Work?

Plasma has been widely used in the medical field to promote healing and wound care. Now the beauty industry has discovered its benefits. PRP utilizes the healing properties of plasma to rejuvenate and restore youthful skin through the promotion of collagen growth. Using a patient’s own plasma, we are able to strengthen the skin. To begin with, we take a blood sample from the patient and place it in a centrifuge, where plasma is separated from red blood cells. The concentrated, plasma-rich sample is then injected into the patient’s skin. The treatment is fairly quick, and because we use microneedling, there is little discomfort. It even causes less trauma to the skin than other fillers.

Benefits of PRP

PRP calls on the skin’s natural healing response to promote collagen growth. Think about the way your hands feel several weeks after you begin a workout program with weights: The skin is exposed to a tough surface, and it responds by naturally healing itself and becoming stronger by promoting new growth. We see this in the formation of calluses on our hands and feet. With PRP, you see the results in returned smoothness and elasticity to the skin with the use of plasma. Post-treatment, you can expect to see the softening of fine lines and wrinkles, smoother skin texture, and a reduction in the appearance of acne scars as long-term collagen growth is stimulated, When combined with LED light therapy and skin care products recommended by your esthetician, the benefits of PRP are clear to see and feel.

Choose a Licensed Provider

Only professionals licensed by the Cellular Medicine Association are allowed to advertise and perform this procedure, so know before you go whether your medical team is licensed to perform this effective PRP treatment. Receiving it from someone who is not licensed may not be effective and could even be dangerous. Dr. Sanchez is a licensed Vampire Facial provider under the Cellular Medicine Association. He is able to perform the Vampire Facial safely and effectively. Come try a PRP treatment this month from a licensed professional and let us reveal La Belleza in you!

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Fall Into Great Skin With Pumpkins

Fall may not start until Monday, but pumpkins have officially taken over. From the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks, to pumpkin baked goods, and all the pumpkin candles…there’s no escape. But don’t let the sweet fragrance of these cuties fool you; pumpkins are JAM PACKED with antioxidants as well as skin rejuvenating vitamins and enzymes to leaving skin glowing.  In fact, pumpkin has over 100 nutrients in it that can help restore & heal your skin! And with the fall season almost upon us and drier weather quickly approaching, now is a perfect time to give your skin a treat and refresh it’s natural glow by using one of the most popular ingredients of the season.

 

THE BEAUTY BENEFITS OF PUMPKIN:

Did you know that pumpkin can boost your collagen, increase cell turnover, reduce pore size, and smooth out the texture of your skin?  It’s true! Pumpkins have so many AMAZING benefits for our skin. One main benefit is natural occurring fruit acids known as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that sloughs away dead skin cells to exfoliate, allowing topical products to penetrate deeper into the skin.

It also contains antioxidants Vitamin A and C, which brightens sun spots and hyperpigmentation, as well as protects collagen from breaking down due to free radicals. The beta-carotene in pumpkin is a natural enzyme which helps to boost collagen production and reduce the signs of aging.  It can also help to reverse UV damage and improve your skin texture.

The zinc and potassium found in pumpkin combat redness naturally, exfoliates, which can help make your skin look more refined. Zinc also regulates excessive sebum, an oil production, which makes it great for those with Acne prone skin.

 

DID YOU KNOW PUMPKINS:

✓ Contain the highest content of naturally occurring Vitamin A and Beta Carotene over any other fruit (yes, it’s a fruit, not a vegetable).

✓ Are often referred to as “nature’s natural collagen”.

✓ Helps remove toxins that are stuck deep in pores and neutralize free radicals.

✓ Firms and tones skin for pro-youth results.

 

PUMPKIN SPICE MAKES YOUR SKIN LOOK OH SO NICE:

Ok, so maybe a pumpkin spice latte won’t transform your skin, but our pumpkin vitality facial DEFINITELY will! Come into Beautique Medical Spa for this season’s Pumpkin Vitality Facial designed to quench parched post-summer skin and rejuvenate your inner glow. Even those with sensitive skin will be able to tolerate this facial due to its gentle, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant-rich ingredients.

First, we’ll start you off with a Complimentary Visia Skin Complexion analysis which allows us to examine the depth of your skin making it possible for us at Beautique to cater your specific skin’s needs. Following your analysis, this treatment includes:

  • Pumpkin antioxidant facial to peel away those summer layers and help you fall into great skin.
  • A skin nourishing booster to protect your skin from free raticals.
  • An Available LED anti-aging light treatment (optional add-on)

 

And for post treatment care at home, come in and secure your very own at-home Pumpkin Skincare protocol by Rhonda Allison, which includes:

  • Pumpkin Cleanser: An intoxicating aroma that will have you dreaming of fall every time you wash your face. This natural, all-purpose daily cleanser removes surface residue and protects against free radical damage – gentle enough for ultra sensitive skin, but cleanses deeply for normal to oily skin types.
  • Pumpkin Lotion: A second phase toner made for all skin types, the Pumpkin Lotion helps to maintain a proper skin pH balance as well as providing antioxidants, humectants, and nourishing benefits to the skin.
  • Pumpkin E Serum: Contains a blend of flavonoids from wine extracts and essential oil for much needed nutrition and cell protection. Ideal for tired, lifeless, dehydrated skin since it provides oxygen respiration to the tissue, rejuvenating the skin to its natural glow.
  • Pumpkin Parfait Enzyme: the natural fruit-acid and enzyme is concentrated and enhanced to give the skin a smooth polish finish making it an excellent nutrient-based enzyme for home skin care routine.

 

We hope this article gives you a different perspective on our favorite orange fruit this year and start incorporating it into your anti-aging routine. If you’re interested in any of our fall services or products, give us a call at (956) 664-1234 and book your appointment today!

 

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Six Hacks to Achieve Beautiful Fall Skin

Can you believe that the first day of Fall is only a few days away? We’ve had our fun in the Sun, but now it’s time to get serious about restoring the moisture into our skin, reversing some of those new pesky wrinkles, and any new sunspots we may have picked up over the summer months. In this article one of our estheticians, Savannah, has put together a list of 6 hacks that you can use right away to achieve beautiful skin just in time for the holiday season.

  1. Try to implement anew facial oil in place of a serum to help nourish all skin types in the fall when more moisture is needed. The Cellular-Matrix Oil from Nelly De Vuyst is specifically formulated to help wrinkled, dry and devitalized skin, and works great on skin damaged by too much sun exposure. This product contains pure, natural Borage Oil, which has nourishing and regenerating properties that promotes cell renewal.

    The Sensitive Skin Extract from Nelly De Vuyst is specifically formulated for sensitive skin prone to redness, irritation or presenting symptoms of rosacea. Formulated with decongesting and soothing botanical ingredients, this oil helps reduce the appearance of redness and provides an immediate sensation of comfort.

    The Vitality Nourishing Facial Oil from Sonage is a natural serum oil which is very lightweight and won’t clog any pores. It leaves your skin with a silky feeling and contains ingredients that are used to combat the early signs of aging. Considered to be a mid-weight oil (not too heavy, not too light) with a spicy, floral scent this is a great beginning oil if you’re wanting to incorporate a new product to your routine.

  2. Try a foot peel. Wearing sandals and flip flops during summer can take a toll on your feet and doing a peel will help remove a lot of dead skin leaving your footsies nice and smooth. We Love the Patchology Posh Peel Pedicure. A foot mask for exclusively for your feet! All you need is 60-90 mins while catching up on some Netflix, and you can achieve smoother, brighter skin in just one use. This peel features a blend of alpha and beta hydroxy acids, including glycolic, salicylic, lactic and citric acids to gently exfoliate rough soles and heels.
  3. Try a new hand cream with a purpose. In case you didn’t know this, not all hand creams are made equal. Our hands are one of the most neglected areas and can instantly reveal a person’s true age. Achieve brighter, younger looking hands with the Jane Iredale HandDrink Hand Cream SPF 15. Treat your hands to some TLC. Hydrate and protect dry hands with this Jane Iredale hand cream. Recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation, this broad-spectrum, reef-safe sunscreen protects skin with antioxidant-rich white and green tea extracts. Featuring a refreshing scent of lemongrass, this moisturizing hand cream provides rich hydration without feeling greasy.
  4. Don’t neglect your lips. To avoid dry cracking and splitting lips this fall season, use a lip balm and exfoliator. Jane Iredale’s Sugar and Butter Lip Exfoliator features a lip treatment that refines the skin with organic brown sugar crystals for smooth, kissable lips. The lip plumper end stimulates circulation with ginger and cool mint as it delivers a sheer tint to complement lips. Peptides reduce lip wrinkles and creases while natural oils restore a soft, velvety feel. Forever in Pink, Peach, and Red allow you to look natural with a pop of color. Being kind to your lips is the cherry on top when it comes to preventing bleeding lip lines.
  5. It’s time to SMIZE- smiling with your eyes, and we couldn’t agree more. Smizing brings attention to your eyes, making the religious use of eye cream a necessity. If you aren’t using an eye cream then you need to START.

    We HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend Illumine Eye Cream by Sentè Labs. This Eye cream is revolutionary because it is powered by the patented Heparan Sulfate Analog (HSA) technology which improves the appearance of the skin around the eye in as early as 2 weeks. Clinically proven to diminish the appearance of dark circles, lines, wrinkles and puffiness around the eye area.

    DNA SKIN Eye Repair Cream is another favorite! This is a luxuriously rich eye crème for the delicate eye area and helps diminish signs of premature aging. Unscented (natural fragrances from botanicals removed) for even the most sensitive skins.

    Another favorite is by Rhonda Allison. We llove Peptide 3-in-1 as well as the Eye & Lip Repair serum that we have all of our clients use at night during the Fall and Winter months to help with restore moisture to eyes and lips.

  6. And, last, but not least…. Fall is the PERFECT time for a Peel to Reveal. Summer is gone, and the holidays are right around the corner. With all treatments that are designed to help reduce wrinkles, increase collagen, and eliminate dark spots require time. This is why we can’t stress the importance of using September as your month to start these series. Our most successful services are: Photo Facials, Fraxel, and Vi Peels. These are consistent and provide beautiful results each and every time.  Of course, we customize the protocols to each of our clients to provide the best results.

Remember, we’ve been doing this a LONG time. We’ve been helping McAllen area men and women turn back the hands of time for over 17 years, which means that we can help you achieve the results you are looking for. If you or someone you know would like any of these products or would like to learn about these services more in depth, please call us at (956) 664-1234 to reserve a Perfect Complexion Analysis. This is the first step to reaching your desired transformation.

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Sente: Light Years Ahead of Turning Back Time

A science-based beauty line, SENTÉ® combines grassroot biotechnology with pharmaceutical development to create breakthrough anti-aging products. A leading skincare with advanced technology, SENTÉ® is the first and only product line in the aesthetic market that contains patented Heparan Sulfate Analog (HSA) technology, a bioengineered low molecular weight heparan sulfate modified to improve the appearance of mature or prematurely aged skin.

What is HSA and why do I need it?
Heparan Sulfate Analog-HSA is a modified form of heparan sulfate, which is essential to skin health. It improves the appearance of mature, photo-aged and dehydrated skin. An essential glycosaminoglycan (GAG), heparan sulfate analog contributes to skin development and homeostasis which actively promotes skin health. GAGs such as HSA and hyaluronic acid are well known as endogenous super hydrators that bind and retain water, to keep your skin extra hydrated, as well as, preserve the structural integrity of collagen and elastin fibers which basically make your skin look younger and vibrant.

So, what does all of this mean in non-scientific terms?
Heparan sulfate plays a major role in tissue remodeling, cell adhesion, immune function, and growth factor responsiveness. With age, our levels of heparan sulfate decline, and our skin sags, collagen becomes less organized, and wounds heal more slowly.  Replenishing this vital molecule is likely to have a ton of marked benefits for aging skin. Specifically, HS and its protein-bound forms, plays an important role in collagen fiber development, membrane regeneration, and tissue related to wound healing. This results from their capacity to bind, store, present, degrade, and amplify growth factors. Heparan sulfate is present in all layers of skin and—due to its key actions in skin health and wound repair–has been termed a master molecule” for skin.

One of SENTÉ flagship products is their Dermal Repair Cream. This paraben-free, fragrance-free moisturizer improves the appearance of the skin’s texture, firmness, and helps to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. An 8-week study demonstrated that SENTÉ’s topical formulation significantly improved: skin hydration, barrier function, elasticity, and fine lines and wrinkles within 8 weeks.  The entire SENTÉ Line Features this Master molecule which is dramatically changing both our skin and our client’s skin.

Although we carry the full treatment line of SENTÉ, here are a couple of products we would like to tell you about:

  • The SENTÉ Bio Complete Serum is a lightweight nighttime formula that combines the benefits of patented HSA technology with sustained retinoids and other key ingredients for the look of firmer and smoother skin with minimal irritation. Retinoids increase cellular turnover to help reduce wrinkles and discoloration in your skin. Paired with HSA this is one of the safest retinoid products we have experienced.
  •  SENTÉ’s Pollution Shield™ SPF 46 is a full-physical broad spectrum sunscreen with innovative technologies to shield and detoxify the skin, it’s formulated with non-Nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, SENTÉ Pollution Shield receives the Skin Cancer Society Seal of Approval, and while this product shields you from the harmful effects of the sun you will love that is a tinted moisturizer! For most of us at Beautique we use this product on weekends without any other type of foundation or powder, and our faces look amazing!

SENTÉ products also have: soothing and wound-healing properties and antioxidant properties stronger than vitamin C, as well as anecdotal reports of skin lightening and brightening effects. SENTÉ‘s motto is: Firm. Elastic. Strong. Overtime, as you gradually use these core products and incorporate them in your skincare, that’s exactly how your skin is going to feel! Come check out the full line at Beautique Medical Spa and don’t forget to ask how you could win over $600 in SENTE products this month.

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The Magic Wand Of Skin Care

EVER WISH THERE WAS A TREATMENT THAT CAN DIMINISH WRINKLES, REVERSE SUN DAMAGE, ACNE SCARS, AND BROWN SPOTS SO YOU CAN REVEAL YOUNGER LOOKING SKIN WITH MINIMAL DOWNTIME? WELL THERE IS….AND IT’S CALLED FRAXEL…

Do you ever find yourself wishing that you could wave a magic wand and get one treatment that would transform your skin into a beautifully radiant complexion? Well, we like to think of Fraxel Dual as close to a magic wand as you can get. This treatment improves tone, texture and radiance for aging, sun damaged or scarred skin by peeling away all of the imperfections to reveal a new healthy layer of beautifully glowing skin. Fraxel is for people, like you, who want to look younger without dramatic changes or downtime caused by other more invasive options such as deeper lasers (with a month or more recovery time) or even surgery.

How does the Fraxel Dual Work? Two Wavelengths…One Beautiful Result.

 This safe, non-invasive procedure reveals the healthy skin of your “younger days” with results that you can see and feel. Beautique Medical Spa is the only practice in the McAllen area that offers the latest FRAXEL DUAL 1550/1927. This laser features two lasers with different wavelengths in one device: one wavelength targets pigment and sun damage while the other wavelength goes deeper to target wrinkles, texture, and acne scarring. Dr. Sanchez selected this laser because we know that as Latinos, we love to enjoy the all the outdoor activities that our beloved Rio Grande Valley has to offer, which also means we tend to get sunspots.

The Fraxel Dual allows our skin experts to target this sun-damaged or aging skin with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep layers of the skin to accelerate your body’s remodeling of collagen. And the best part is since the laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time, it leaves the surrounding tissue intact, which promotes very rapid healing. This means we are able to resurface your skin by stimulating the growth of new, healthy skin cells from the inside out.

  
Various ways to use the Fraxel/Dual:

Fraxel is Effective for both men and women for the following conditions:

  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles- like crow’s feet and brow lines
  • Surface Scarring- helping to erase effects of acne and other scarring
  • Pigmentation-diminishing the appearance of age spots
  • Sun Damage- helping improve the appearance of sun damaged skin
  • Actinic Keratosis (AK)- Common skin condition

In addition to treating the face, we also use the Fraxel/Dual to address the neck, chest, hands, legs…. pretty much anywhere. After a series of treatments, Fraxel can make the skin softer, smoother, more supple, youthful, and glowing. This laser is safe for all skin tones, however,  it’s not recommended for people with melasma, a complex form of hyperpigmentation. Like with any treatment, it is imperative that you follow your providers recommendations because they can anticipate how your skin will react on any program they have you on.

How to Prepare for a Fraxel/Dual Laser Treatment:

At Beautique, every client has a Perfect Complexion Analysis featuring our Visia. This allows our skin experts to really get to see the skin and its degrees of sun damage and wrinkles so that they can create your perfect protocol. To properly prepare for your Fraxel treatment you want to make sure that you don’t have any active acne breakouts, open wounds, or infections. You will need to stop using any products with retinoids for at least one week before your Fraxel treatment. The treatment takes about an hour and a half to two hours. The first 45 minutes will be spent numbing.  Fraxel isn’t as painful as CO2 lasers, you will most likely feel the sensation of “prickling”, but you will be heavily numbed, so you shouldn’t feel too much. We are always able to help you subside any discomfort you may have…. all you have to do is communicate clearly with us. Plan on having 3-5 days downtime afterwards, so we like to do schedule all of our Fraxel treatments for Wednesday so that clients have the entire weekend to relax and recover. It allows them for a big Monday Reveal.

How many Sessions are needed?

It depends. I know clients hate that answer, but just think, how can we give you a cookie – cutter answer when you are an original? There are no two “yous”. So, we follow guidelines. If we are treating pigment you will most likely see results in one to two sessions. Wrinkles and acne scarring need at least three to five sessions spaced out four weeks apart.  For photo damage we will space out your sessions six to eight weeks apart. It is crucial to commit to the plan by booking your appointments ahead of time and following the skincare regimen or else you will not be as satisfied with your results. You are spending good money and need to have the results you want. Speaking of money, Fraxel/Dual treatments cost about $1500 per treatment from the face and go up or down depending on the area. We always give special pricing when we bundle areas together, and purchasing a series is ALWAYS going to be your best option.

How long do the results last?

Results vary from person to person, but on average last about a year. Variables such as hair and eye color and complexion play a part on the result length, as well as, your use of SPF, lifestyle and how committed to skincare and other services you are.

If you feel that the Fraxel/Dual is the answer you’ve been looking for, call our office (956) 664-1234 to book your Perfect Complexion Analysis where we will analyze your skin to see if you are a candidate for this service.

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Back To School Skin Care Routine Hacks

Summer is winding down and school is just around the corner. School bells are beginning to ring all around the country and moms everywhere are getting everything together to ensure that their families have a smooth transition from summertime into school time.

As this time of year is usually filled with excitement and some anxiety as the new school year begins. You have to say goodbye to summer by starting a new routine and busy schedule. Keep your skin healthy and speed up your skincare routine with these few tips. We promise you won’t be spending more than 10 minutes in front of the mirror each morning.

Whether you’re heading to class or getting your kids ready, the time spent getting ready in the morning is shortened. Here are some of our favorite quick tips to get you ready fast, and still looking good throughout the day.

 

  1. Cleanse. Jane Iredale’s Beauty Prep Facial Cleanser will help you get out of the door faster with a lot less work. Optimize the benefits of the makeup you love with this high-performance daily micellar cleansing water, designed to help makeup go on smoother and last longer. When you’re crunched on time in the morning, this “all in one” product is the way to go. This micellar cleansing water uses an antioxidant and vitamin-rich formula to remove dirt, oil and impurities without drying out the skin. And the best part: you don’t have to rinse it off! It’s a makeup remover and moisturizing facial wash all in one.
  2.  Use an ultra-hydrating masque. Gone are the days of spending 30 minutes or more in front of your mirror now that school is back in session. Five minutes is all you need (and all you’ll usually get) when it comes to back to school morning routines. A nice ultra rich hydrating masque will leave you with a glow that will last all day long and have your skin looking ultra-hydrated. One of our top recommendations is Sonage’s Patagonia Berry Stem Cell mask; an antioxidant-rich hydrating face mask that also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This cream-textured stem cell technology will leave skin feeling invigorated, refreshed and full of hydration in just five minutes. With its easy rinse-off treatment, it’s perfect to use while you’re brushing your teeth or fixing your hair.
  3.  Exfoliate your skin. Speed up your skincare routine by tackling exfoliating while you take your morning shower (at least 2-3x a week) if you don’t have the time in the AM. Using a powerful anti-aging, resurfacing and smoothing exfoliant will help to improve the look of aging skin and minimize pore size. We personally love Nelly De Vuyst 3 Minute Gommage. It is an exfoliating cream suitable for all skin types and removes all traces of dead cells and impurities that accumulate on the surface of the skin. While the little microbeads are working their magic on your skin, you can be washing and conditioning your hair. After about 5 minutes of the enzymes penetrating your skin, you just simply rinse off and you are good to go!
  4. Goodbye dark circles and hello bright eyes. Need a little extra caffeine in the morning to wake you up? Now that school is back in session, you may be waking up much earlier that you are used to and sometimes that means you have some not-so-nice dark under eye circles. Say goodbye to those dark circles by using SENTÉ Illuminé Eye Cream. It helps to improve the appearance of the skin around the eye and is clinically proven to diminish the appearance of dark circles, lines, wrinkles and puffiness around the eye area. Just a few dabs under your eyes is all you need and within minutes, your eyes are looking brighter and more radiant than before.

We know it’s hard to say goodbye to summer but with these 4 tips on how to speed up your skincare routine and keep your skin in the best shape as we enter the fall season, you shouldn’t have to worry. Say hello to beautiful skin and a brand new season, and maybe, if you’re lucky, a little more time on your hands.

If you have any questions we’re always here to help reveal the belleza in you!

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My Botox Appointment is Set…Now What?

Congratulations! You have decided you are ready to OWN YOUR LOOK with Botox. Now what do you do? What will they do at the office?  Relax, we’ve got your covered, here is the lowdown on how a Botox Appointment works at Beautique Medical Spa.

How to Prepare for your Botox appointment and what to expect.

We need a clean canvas to work on so we will remove your makeup (for ladies) with a gentle cleanser and then wipe the area to be treated with a surgical soap. After that, we wipe the area down with alcohol. Your injector will confirm the areas to be treated and make any last-minute recommendations or adjustments. Your injector will ask you a series of questions such as:

  • When was your last Botox?
  • Where did you get it done?
  • What did you like about your last treatment?
  • What did you not like about your last treatment?
  • And the MOST important…. What did you get? Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Jeaveau etc.

We aren’t being nosey, it’s just that the more we know about your past treatments and how you responded, the more information we have to work with to give you the best results. Keep in mind that Botox does not correct skin issues, Botox is simply used to help stop expression wrinkles that can be treated, such as Crows Feet, Glabella, and Forehead. Botox can be used for other purposes (such as migraines and excessive sweating) but that can be discussed during your consultation.

The most common side effects of Botox injections are a slight “Botox headache” and some bruising and swelling at the site of injection. We have some post instructions that we ask you follow, such as not working out the day of your appointment, do NOT drink any alcohol before your appointment or the day of. We will give you complete post-appointment instruction sheet that has Dr. Sanchez’s personal cell phone. This way you can call him anytime no matter what. We want you to know that we are always available for you.

Buyer Beware

When considering services such as Botox it’s extremely important that you choose an expert. Over the last 17 years of serving Rio Grande Valley residents we’re surprised with what clients tell us is going on in other places. Did you know that it is illegal for a location to announce that they are using Botox when they actually use other brands. That can be considered a form of bait and switch. Great care is taken to protect the integrity of Botox. At our clinic you can ask to see the box where you will see the black label and hologram indicating that it is legal product and is in fact Botox Cosmetic. So, ask your provider to show you the vials before you get injected.

The Botox Website has this to say about unlawfully claiming that a place provides Botox when they actually use another product:

“BOTOX® Cosmetic is a biologic product that cannot be interchanged – or substituted – for another product. In fact, the FDA has stated BOTOX® Cosmetic is “non-interchangeable,” which means that its safety and effectiveness cannot be claimed by any other product. The potency – or strength – of BOTOX® Cosmetic is measured in scientifically defined units, and the FDA has concluded that a unit of BOTOX® Cosmetic does not equal a unit of any other product.”

When you get your Botox, Dermal Filler or any other service at Beautique Medical Spa, you can be 100% sure that Dr. Sanchez and his team of professionals is licensed & certified. In fact, we are proud to announce that we are now Diamond Partners with Allergan. We are the only non-plastic surgery practice south of Corpus Christi that is Diamond Status. That means to you, that we have reached this distinguished honor solely through the amount of Botox and Juvéderm product we inject.

How long will the results last?

Botox results can last between 3 to 4 months, in some cases more. To ensure optimal results we always schedule your next Botox appointment and offer a Botox Club that allows you to get Botox at a special price year-round as well many other perks. You won’t have to wait for another special Botox promotion. When you join the Club you always get first access to perks and get special promotions on a quarterly basis. Keep in mind you can always use your Brilliant Distinctions for those extra discounts!

Important information you want to share with us!

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. During the consultation and evaluation, we will ask you a series of questions so that we can assess the area and we can give you a proper cost and recommendation for this and any other treatment.

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How Much Is Too Much Botox or Dermal Filler?

One of the most common questions we get from our clients is: How much Botox do I need? We also get “I just want a teeny bit.” So apparently “Baby Botox” is a thing now but guess what? Proper dosing is essential if you want optimal results; you don’t want to cut corners when there is a standard of practice that should be followed.  Let me ask you a question, if you went to the doctor and he prescribed a pill for high blood pressure, are you going to say you just want a little bit and cut the dosage? Absolutely not! You will follow the doctor’s orders. Well that is what we as injectors need to do as well to make sure that you’re happy with your results. After all, you’re paying good money, it is your injectors responsibility to follow best practices to provide the best experience possible.

Botox Dosing 101

Facial aesthetics is an art. Not just any medical professional can hold up a syringe and inject a person’s face. Every client is unique when it comes to their both facial characteristics and desired result. Each individual facial muscle requires a different amount of Botox in order to achieve a fully relaxed look and prevent wrinkle formation. Which is why you want to make sure that your injector is trained to take your whole face into consideration to make sure that your facial structure is considered.

To further complicate matters there are a variety of other characteristics that influence how your body reacts to Botox injections. These can include your gender, size, and strength of your facial muscles, along with how your body metabolizes the product. This is why when clients call asking “How much do I need?” without a consultation prior, it is practically impossible to truly give an answer. Besides, only a professional is trained to take into consideration all of those details I mentioned that determine how much each particular client needs.  That’s why a consultation with your injector is KEY. Whenever you call a practice, the front desk specialist or patient coordinator can only give you a guestimate of how much Botox you’ll need based on protocols and guidelines, but it’s not until the face-to-face consultation with the expert that the exact amount of units needed will be known.

 

Following is a list of Botox Dosing Recommendations by area:

  • Frown or Glabellar Lines: 15-25 Botox units
  • Crow’s feet: 5-15 Botox units per side
  • Forehead lines: 10-30 Botox units
  • Eyebrows: 2-5 Botox units per side
  • Nasalis “Bunny” lines: 5-10 Botox units
  • Upper lip lines: 4-8 Botox units
  • Smile lift: 3-6 Botox units
  • Dimpled chin: 2-6 Botox units
  • Marionette lines: 2-8 Botox units
  • Gummy smile: 2-4 Botox units
  • Neck bands: 25-50 Botox units

Please note that the only treatments listed above that are FDA approved for Botox Cosmetic are glabellar lines and crow’s feet. The other treatments are considered off-label uses.

 

When consulting a client for Botox or Dermal Fillers, we always take the following into consideration:
  1. Differing Aesthetic Goals: Some people prefer a completely frozen result, while others like to maintain movement in a minimized capacity. For example, most women choose to have their foreheads completely motionless, while many men prefer to allow for slight movement.
  2. Different Muscle Strengths: If you have stronger forehead muscles, you’ll probably require more Botox to weaken the muscle movements than a person with weaker forehead muscles. This doesn’t necessarily mean that if you’re younger you’ll need less Botox.
  3. Dynamic v Static Wrinkles: The more prevalent and deep-set a patient’s current wrinkles are, the more product will be required to erase them. We consider both Dynamic and Static wrinkles when creating a recommendation plan. Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that show up when making facial expressions and gestures. Static wrinkles, on the other hand, are wrinkles that are visible even when a person is in resting state. That is why sometimes if a person has a lot of static wrinkles, we need to recommend a combination of Botox and Juvéderm. Botox to help relax further movement, and Juvéderm to fill in the lines that are visible during the resting stage.
  4. Different Face Shapes and Sizes: If you have a larger forehead you will most likely require more units of Botox to halt motion than a person with a smaller forehead. We can also use Botox to help minimize the jaw line, to soften a prominent chin etc.
  5. Metabolism: The length of time Botox last depend on how quickly each patient metabolizes the product, but in some cases, we’ve seen that some clients metabolize Botox faster and therefore needs Botox a bit more frequently. In our 17 years of practice, we’ve only had a handful of clients that found they needed to come in more often. In most cases, when treated with the recommended dose most will see Botox last from 3-4 months

When considering Botox, or any kind of dermal filler this is a very important to trust your injector because an expert injector will know how to take that product and turn back the clock, in some cases many clients say that they feel like they look at least 10 Years younger after receiving Dermal Fillers and Botox when injected correctly. Depending on your end goal, that is what your injector will use to base his recommendations. For example, do you just want to relax muscles in the upper half of your face? You want Botox. Do you want to add volume to lips, build up your cheeks, or brighten up your under eyes, you’ll need Dermal Fillers.

 

Okay, so that was the recommended Dosing Guidelines for Botox, but what about Dermal Fillers?

What are Dermal Fillers and what makes them so special? You’ve probably heard of Juvéderm. Juvéderm is a collection of dermal fillers composed of Ultra, Ultra Plus, Volbella, Vollure, and Voluma. The main ingredient behind most of these products is modified Hyaluronic acid or HA, a natural substance in your body that delivers volume to your skin. Getting treated with any of these Juvéderm family of fillers helps add volume to different areas of your face without surgery while also temporarily restoring volume loss beneath your skin’s surface.

The absolute beauty of Dermal Fillers is how we can lift, brighten, and plump your face when used correctly, and especially when combined with other treatments such as PRP, Peels, and Fraxel to address the tone and texture of your skin simultaneously.

Each and every one of these fillers has a special job. One of the most important things to know about filler is that one syringe of filler more than likely is not enough in most cases. Interesting fact, did you know that a McDonald’s ketchup bag is 5 mls, which is 5, 5 Syringes of any of these fillers. Now think about it this way, how many bags of those ketchups do you need to eat all your fries. One is really not nearly enough.

 

Following is a guideline to help identify which filler is used where upon proper consultation such as:
  • Vollure is more for balance with those lines that create more of shadow look like your smile lines
  • Volbella is a very soft product and is used to help fill small more superficial lines like smoker lines of the lips
  • Juvéderm Ultra is to PLUMP…most commonly your lips
  • Juvéderm Ultra Plus is to fill, we can use this on your cheek or the areas around your mouth.
  • Voluma is what I like to call the “mother of the fillers”. It lifts and used for mid-face to lift

Once an experienced injector is able to evaluate your face and your desired results, they should be able to give you an approximate idea of what your perfect treatment and amount should be. Surprisingly, Botox or Dermal Fillers may not be what you need to achieve your goals. That is why we always start with a consultation to identify your goals and expectations.

Should you choose Beautique Medical Spa for Botox, Dermal Fillers, or any other service you can be 100% confident that Dr. Sanchez and his team of professionals are licensed and certified injectors. In fact, we’re proud to announce that we’re now Diamond Partners with Allergen. For you, that means that we have reached this distinguished honor solely through the amount of Botox and Juvéderm product we inject.

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Lights, Camera, IPL

Do you battle with breakouts, hyperpigmentation fine lines and/or wrinkles? Do you want smoother, more even skin tone, but fear going under the knife? Then an IPL Photofacial might be for you! This innovative Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), also known as the “photofacial” you help you say goodbye to the effects of sun damage, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, and more in a few easy and painless treatments!  The photofacial uses intense pulses of light that penetrate deep below the dermis to even out imperfections such as freckles, broken blood vessels and birthmarks. Photorejuvenation has been in practive since the 1990’s and is still among the most effective treatments that men and women of all ages can undergo to rejuvenate the skin.

 

WHAT IS AN IPL:

IPL uses an intense pulse of light to penetrate the second layer of the skin, the dermis, targeting bacteria (helpful for acne) and pigmentation (helpful for dark spots, scarring, etc), without harming the top layer. The light is absorbed by the melanin–damaging only that specific lesion. The body then naturally removes the damaged tissue (aka your dark spots) leaving behind smoother, even skin tone. This treatment is ideal for people with large pores, blotchy or discolored skin, and especially for those on-the-go who don’t have time for a lengthy recovery.

IPL devices use multiple wavelengths of light to treat:

  • Sun-induced changes on the face, including brown pigmentation and age spots
  • Rosacea, including redness and broken blood vessels.
  • Acne

 

IPL can also treat the hands, chest and neck to diminish age spots or any other areas suffering from discoloration or broken blood vessels. Modern Family star, Sofia Vergara, underwent multiple treatments prior to her wedding to correct years of unprotected sun exposure. While you may experience a little bit of redness or darkening in the treated area immediately following your visit, this will diminish within a few days to a week.  After a targeted brown spot removal, there may be light flaking, which can be easily managed with moisturizer and a dab of concealer.

 

IPL FACIAL BENEFITS:

Unlike many laser techniques, the procedure is non ablative, meaning no skin is removed during treatment so recovery time is minimal. An IPL Photofacial is one of the safest light-based facial treatments available, and most patients experience little or no pain during the procedure. Depending on the level of correction needed, multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve desired results. An incredible added benefit to the IPL is that while the treatment corrects leasions, it also stimulates new collagen, and over several treatments, this new collagen smooths and softens the appearance of wrinkles, pores and textural irregularities resulting in smoother, healthier skin. Many clients incorporate IPL Photofacials into their regular beauty routine for it’s corrective and enhancing properties.

 

IS AN IPL THE OPTION FOR YOU:

Not everyone is a candidate for an IPL Photofacial. Some darker skin types are not suitable as they have too much melanin to treat safely. We cannot treat you if you’re taking medication that makes you sensitive to light, such as Accutane. The best way for you to find out if IPL is right for you is to book a consultation with one of our experienced Beautique estheticians. They will assess your skin, listen to your concerns and explain the best way to achieve your goals. If you are not a candidate for IPL, we have a variety of alternative treatments available.

 

REVEAL YOUR BELLEZA:

With any beauty treatment plan, one size does not fit all. Call us today to book your complimentary consultation today. You will receive a skin health assessment, along with an individualized treatment plan to help you look and feel your best.

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