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Here’s Your Invite to The CoolSculpting Revolution

Drag yourself away from your fifth straight episode of that Marie Kondo show and listen up. CoolSculpting has taken the world by storm, and it’s easy to understand why. It’s a nonsurgical procedure (known as cryolipolysis) that literally deletes fat cells from your body by freezing them. Here are a few more fun facts you should know about CoolSculpting:

It’s a Good Alternative to Liposuction

If you’ve been looking for a safe method to smooth down your love handles, but are afraid to go under the knife, CoolSculpting may be the right choice for you. Liposuction is somewhat invasive as far as fat reduction goes, while CoolSculpting is natural and has a cumulative “fat shedding” effect over a period of 9-12 weeks. Continue reading “Here’s Your Invite to The CoolSculpting Revolution”

CoolSculpting To Eliminate Cellulite

Cellulite is one of the most dreaded and hated skin imperfections. Women of all ages, sizes, and skin types are vulnerable to cellulite, and until recently no effective treatment was available for this condition. Fortunately, CoolSculpting has finally broken the barrier to offer a simple and non-invasive way to target unwanted cellulite. Here’s everything you need to know about CoolSculpting for cellulite.

Why Do You Have Cellulite?
Cellulite is caused by enlarged fat cells that become trapped right below the surface of the skin. Since the texture of the fat is visible through the skin, it causes the skin to look dimpled instead of smooth.

Connective tissue changes, hormonal fluctuations, and genetics all play a part in the formation of this condition. Cellulite creams and “miracle cures” have been on the market for years without delivering any substantial results, but CoolSculpting is scientifically proven to reverse and minimize unsightly cellulite.

What Is CoolSculpting?

During a CoolSculpting treatment, controlled cooling is applied to unwanted pockets of fat on your body. The thighs, stomach, back, and buttocks are just a few of the most popular areas that patients choose.

As the controlled cold is applied to your skin, it penetrates the fat cells under the skin without causing harm to the surface of your skin. When enough cold is applied, the targeted fat cells actually crystallize and die. Over the span of a few weeks and months, the fat is naturally filtered out of the body as a waste product, leaving your body slimmer and more contoured. Continue reading “CoolSculpting To Eliminate Cellulite”

Your Best Weight Loss Options

We all know that losing weight is the most popular New Year’s resolution made by men and women alike every year. However, achieving that slim, contoured body isn’t always easy. Many people find that cutting calories and hitting the gym don’t work as efficiently as they had hoped.

If you have been trying to lose weight through diet and exercise alone, there are other tools and techniques that you can leverage to reach your ideal body weight. HCG and vitamin B12 are both injections available at Bella MedSpa that will accelerate your weight loss and place your aesthetic goals within reach.

HCG: Kill Your Cravings

Are stress-eating and overeating the enemies of your weight loss efforts? It’s really challenging to control your portion sizes when all you want to do is eat, eat, eat. This is why HCG offers such a powerful weight loss solution.

HCG reduces feelings of hunger and cravings, so it supports a low-calorie meal plan that can lead to significant weight loss. Beyond killing cravings, HCG also places the body in an anabolic state that supports muscle-building and prevents muscle-breakdown.

This is critical because rapid weight loss often causes muscle loss as well. HCG can fix this problem by maintaining important muscle and forcing the body to burn pure fat instead. A body that sheds fat while retaining muscle will enjoy a stronger metabolism that further propels weight loss. Continue reading “Your Best Weight Loss Options”

Things You Need to Know about Fraxel Laser Treatment

Fraxel laser treatments are used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions, including acne scarring, wrinkles, and uneven skin texture. An FDA-approved fractional laser technology, it stimulates the growth of new skin cells in targeted areas to accelerate the skin’s natural healing process and leave you with a new layer of clear, smooth skin. If you’re considering Fraxel for natural, beautifully rejuvenated skin, here’s the rundown on what you need to know.

How Does It Work?

After a topical numbing cream is applied to the target areas, fractional resurfacing lasers are used to penetrate the skin in order to destroy damaged skin cells. This activates the skin’s natural healing process so you can abandon the scars, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines in favor of revitalized skin. Following the treatment, skin peels to reveal this new skin.

The number of sessions vary from person to person depending on their skin type and the condition being treated, but many people achieve their desired results within three to five sessions. Continue reading “Things You Need to Know about Fraxel Laser Treatment”

Hormone Replacement Therapy: How Hormones Affect Your Mood, Energy, Skin, and Hair

services-hormone-replacementWhat drives your body and mind? If you guessed hormones, you’re correct. Many different types of hormones stream through your body all day, every day, to influence everything from your metabolism to your mood.

When your hormones function normally, you feel great! However, the bad news is that hormones fluctuate more and more as you get older. It’s a natural side effect of aging that you really can’t control. Men and women alike experience the consequences of irregular hormone levels that affect mood, energy, skin, and hair.

If any of the following sound familiar, hormone replacement therapy may be able to restore your hormone levels and help you feel like yourself again.

Loss of Hair

Millions of men and women across America experience hair loss, often with thinning that begins in the 20s or 30s. DHT, a potent form of testosterone, is likely responsible for this. In high quantities, DHT weakens hair follicles and triggers unwanted hair loss.

Adult Acne

You expect to escape the threat of acne after your teenage years, but out of control hormones in your later years can cause those red pimples to return with a vengeance. Hormones known as androgens, which are closely related to testosterone, trigger the oily skin and clogged pores that hurt your skin and lead to acne. Continue reading “Hormone Replacement Therapy: How Hormones Affect Your Mood, Energy, Skin, and Hair”

CoolSculpting 101: What to Do Before and After Your Treatments

Even with a healthy diet and ample exercise, shedding those last few pounds of stubborn fat can be difficult. Believe it or not, you don’t need to go through an invasive procedure and suffer weeks of downtime to get toned. CoolSculpting is a noninvasive procedure that freezes and kills uncompromising fat cells in targeted areas to help you finally achieve the look you want.

If you’re considering CoolSculpting for fat-reduction, here’s what you need to know about the before and after of your treatments.

Before

Bella CoolSculpting Center offers Dual Sculpting, which allows us to treat two areas simultaneously and saves you some valuable time. Still, you’ll want to set out some comfortable clothes for the day of your procedure and pack something to keep you occupied, such as a good book or your laptop.

To minimize the odds of bruising, consult your doctor on ceasing any blood-thinning medications or supplements roughly a week prior to your procedure. Be sure to keep the skin of your target area clean and free of wounds, as this may delay your treatment.

Preparing the inside of your body for treatment is just as important as the outside. Eating healthy is always a good idea, but even more so in the days leading up to your CoolSculpting procedure. If your body is operating at its best, it makes it easier for results to show and contributes to the maintenance of these results. Continue reading “CoolSculpting 101: What to Do Before and After Your Treatments”

Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin Infusion Therapy

liquividaDo you track the vitamins and minerals you consume every day? Most of us don’t, and we aren’t aware of the serious lack of vital nutrients that affects our bodies. From migraines to mood swings and everything in-between, a vitamin deficiency could be the root cause of your health problems.

Instead of treating your symptoms with medications and Band-Aid solutions, it’s time to give vitamin infusion therapy a try. Also known as Liquivida IV Therapy, this quick and simple treatment nourishes the body with the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids needed for optimal health. Here’s everything you need to know!

Why Does Vitamin Infusion Therapy Help the Body?

Putting nutrients into your body is important, but stress, medications, caffeine, alcohol, unbalanced gut bacteria, and other factors often reduce the amount of vitamins and minerals absorbed by the body. It’s possible that you are only benefitting from as little as two to four percent of the vitamins you take orally!

When your body lacks the nutrients it needs to thrive, you start suffering from uncomfortable and painful symptoms like fatigue, chronic pain, digestive disorders, mental fog, depression, immune deficiency, irritability, and migraines. Vitamin infusion therapy actually delivers nutrients directly into the bloodstream to maximize results. Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin Infusion Therapy”

Banish Your Sunspots for Good: Exploring the Photofacial

Getting rid of years’ worth of sunspots and other UV damage isn’t easy. At-home treatments such as apple cider vinegar or green tea lack scientific backup, and many patients fail to find relief despite trying every topical remedy they can find. So, what can you do when you’re plagued with sunspots that just won’t quit?

The reason sunspots are so persistent is because they are caused by extra pigmentation in the skin. When you go outdoors without sunscreen, UV radiation makes melanocytes (or pigmentation-producing cells) multiply, resulting in these flat, dark spots on your skin. Topical remedies don’t necessarily do anything to remove that extra pigmentation. You need a solution that addresses pigmentation at the source, such as the IPL photofacial.

What is the IPL Photofacial?

Also known as photorejuvenation or the fotofacial, the IPL photofacial is a non-invasive outpatient cosmetic procedure that can minimize sun spots, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation. It can also address textural issues, such as light wrinkles or enlarged pores.

How an IPL Photofacial Works

IPL stands for intense pulsed light. An IPL handpiece applies concentrated light energy to damaged spots on your skin, heating and destroying the melanin that creates the sun spots.

This is different than other types of facial treatments, such as laser skin resurfacing. Laser treatments actually remove the top layer of skin, and accordingly, they have a healing process that’s longer and more uncomfortable. IPL targets melanin without damaging your skin, and most patients report that it’s pain-free.

What to Expect During Your IPL Photofacial

During your IPL photofacial, you’ll wear an eye mask to protect your vision from the pulsed light. Your care provider may apply a cooling gel to your skin to keep you comfortable during the procedure. After this preparation is finished, your care provider will apply targeted light to your skin using a small handpiece. You may feel a slight snapping sensation, like a rubber band being snapped against your skin.

The length of your treatment may be as little as 5 minutes, or it may take a half hour or longer. This depends on the size of the area being treated. Right after your IPL photofacial, you might experience some redness and visible capillaries on the treated area. This is temporary, and it usually goes away within hours. Some patients have post-procedure redness for longer, up to a week or so. This is common if you had a larger area treated, or if the skin damage you’re treating is more severe.

After Your IPL Photofacial

Make sure to avoid UV exposure and wear sunscreen for two weeks after an IPL photofacial. Your skin is more vulnerable than usual right after this procedure, and sun damage during the healing period can lessen your results. Other than that, there’s literally no downtime: you can schedule an appointment during your lunch hour and return to work right after your treatment.

You’ll probably return for two to four more treatments after the initial one, spaced two to four weeks apart. The number of treatments you need depends on your skin, so discuss your IPL photofacial with your care provider.

If you take good care of your skin post-procedure, you can expect the results of your IPL photofacial to potentially last for a year or more between touch-ups. The IPL photofacial is an excellent cosmetic tool for smoothing facial texture and reducing sun-related hyperpigmentation, including sunspots.

Ready for better, clearer skin? Schedule your appointment with Bella MedSpa now to take advantage of this innovative cosmetic technology for yourself. Call 813.773.1327 to speak with Dr. Yvette Suarez’ team today.

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Sparkle and Shine for the Holidays: The Ultimate Facial

The winter holidays are just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to add some dazzle to your look as you gear up to host friends and family. The ultimate facial includes a four-fold combination of Microderm, Botox®, Juvéderm™, and HydraFacial treatments to bring the skin of your dreams home for the holidays.

What makes each of these procedures so ideal for jazzing up before the holidays? The benefits of each include:

  • Non-invasive outpatient procedure
  • Short procedure time (sometimes under 30 minutes)
  • Fast results
  • Quick recovery (return to work right after)

Time is essential during the holiday season. You don’t have time to cover up and recover for weeks after a skin rejuvenation procedure when you’ve got Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, the office holiday party, Christmas, and New Year’s Day in quick succession.

Here’s what you need to know about each component of the ultimate holiday facial: Continue reading “Sparkle and Shine for the Holidays: The Ultimate Facial”

Restoring Contour to the Cheeks: What You Need to Know About Voluma

The natural aging process changes your face in many ways, including with deep wrinkles and reduced contour as your face gradually loses its natural volume.

You may notice that your cheeks are starting to look “deflated” with age. This is a phenomenon known as age-related midface volume loss. It creates a prematurely fatigued and sagging face, but you can fight back with Juvederm Voluma XC! Juvederm Voluma is an innovative dermal filler that uses hyaluronic acid to restore lost volume to your cheeks and help you once again feel youthful and radiant.

The Science of Juvederm Voluma XC

Juvederm Voluma XC uses hyaluronic acid to fill your cheeks with renewed volume. Hyaluronic acid also occurs naturally in your skin, tendons, and muscles, but it diminishes over time just like collagen and elastic.

As soon as smooth hyaluronic acid is injected into the apex, apple, and hollow of your cheeks, Voluma immediately goes to work to boost the skin with the volume it was previously lacking. This dermal filler creates results so quickly that you’ll see visible cheek volume before you even get to your car! Continue reading “Restoring Contour to the Cheeks: What You Need to Know About Voluma”