MedSpa Blog Posts

Skin Care Membership

Written by: Rebecca Marroquin, L.E. The beauty industry is forever growing with no signs of stopping anytime soon.  With skincare leading the way, it was only a matter of time before Med-spas would look to gyms and fitness studios  for adopting membership options for clients. And why not?? You can’t really lose if you’re looking …

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Vitamin C is more than just OJ

Written by: Kelsie Matthews, L.E As most people know, when you start to feel sick, vitamin C is often a way to boost your immune system. Typically we start drinking our orange juice and “Emergen-C”. But what else is vitamin C good for besides fighting off the common cold? In addition to wellness and immunity, …

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Botox vs. Dysport

Written by: Brielle Kirk, PA-C   Difference between Neuromodulators: Botox vs Dysport        I’m sure you have all heard about Dysport, but what exactly is the difference between Dysport and Botox? Read below to find out! First, let’s discuss Botox. Botox (OnabotulinumtoxinA) is the leading neuromodulator in the beauty industry and has been around …

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Lumivive Night

Written by: Mary Mireles   When you begin to think of all the factors aging your skin, it can be overwhelming. Some of the most obvious factors include sun, pollutants and other environmental factors. However, not only do you have to think of these outside factors, but your skin cells are constantly aging every second …

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Fitzpatrick Skin Scale

Written by: Melissa Miller   What is the Fitzpatrick skin scale and why is it important?   The Fitzpatrick scale is a numerical classification system for human skin color. It was developed in 1975 by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick as a way to estimate the response of different types of skin to ultraviolet (UV) light. The Fitzpatrick scale remains a recognized tool …

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Hyaluron Pen

Written by: Blaise Geyer PA-C   Just Say No: Why the Hyaluron Pen is Not a Good Option    Lately I’ve been getting a ton of questions from clients about the Hyaluron Pen. If you follow trends in the cosmetic world, you likely have seen this pop up on your various social media feeds. Hyaluron …

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Written by: Lauren Klein Agnes RF is a non-surgical radio frequency device that treats bags under the eyes using this new technique!   Agnes uses effective technology of radio frequency to target specific areas like under the eyes and jowls. The needle has an insulated coating which protects other structures in the skin as well …

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Lymphatic Draining

Written by Rebecca Marroquin, L.E System is a crucial part of out immune system.  It is a network made up of hundred of lymph nodes all throughout our body which transports lymph fluids back into our bloodstream. This is designed to remove toxins and bodily waste and carries white blood cells that help prevent infections. …

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All About Pores!

Written by: Kelsie Matthews, L.E   Since I’ve been an esthetician, one of the most common things my patients voice concerns about are their pores. Whether they’re big, small, oily, cloggedㅡno one likes them. It would be so nice if we could use a magic eraser and take them all away, but unfortunately that is something …

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Summer Skincare

Written by: Mary Mireles   Summer Skincare Summer months are finally upon us, and along with the longer days comes lots of heat. This heat means that our skincare routines and services need to adjust to account for this! Here are four tips to help you get on track with your summer skincare:    As …

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Strawberry Lipo Laser

Written by: Melissa Miller        Laser lipo, also known as laser liposuction or the strawberry laser, is an FDA-approved non-surgical, non-invasive cosmetic treatment that is an alternative to traditional liposuction. The procedure targets body fat through the application of a controlled laser to damage and shrink fat cells.        During the procedure, paddles are …

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Lumivive System Part One: Damage Defense Serum

By: Brielle Kirk, PA-C Do you ever wonder if the environment can affect your skin? If so, you’re not alone! Unfortunately we live in a polluted world where impurities can cause detrimental effects to the skin. Because of this, medical professionals and scientists have been working diligently together to create a product that delivers protection …

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Spot the Difference- Lumecca IPL Photofacial

Written by: Blaise Geyer PA-C Brown spots, red spots, Rosacea, ohh my! If you are like many and struggle with uneven skin tone, you know how challenging it is to improve this. At L Aesthetics, we have the answer — the Lumecca IPL device by InMode!  What is IPL? IPL, which stands for Intense Pulsed …

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My skincare Routine

Written by: Lauren Klein My Daily Skin Care Routine AM/PM I will tell you that before I started using medical grade skincare, that I was a Sephora junky! I would buy the next “best” product out there, even if it were just for the pretty packaging, so I have tons of stuff! However, once I …

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Liver Detox

Written by: Katherine Ehresman How to Naturally Detox Your Liver Things you can do at home… So, now that you’ve learned about some of the signs and symptoms that indicate you may have a toxic liver you’ve determined that perhaps it is time to put down the margarita and chips and queso and start paying …

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Metabolic Syndrome 

Written by: Dr. Natalie Ledbetter According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease control (CDC), 42.4% of all adult Americans suffer from obesity. Many patients with obesity at are at increased risk for serious health complications. Obesity, especially visceral obesity, which is concentrated around the midsection, is strongly associated with metabolic syndrome. This …

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Melasma Much??? Here’s how to Combat it!

By Rebecca Marroquin, L.E   Melasma is an aggressive form of hyperpigmentation that are medium to large light, medium or dark brown patches. This harmless, but burdensome condition has been found to target mostly women of ethnic backgrounds with more melanin production between the ages of 30-60. However, caucasian women have also been known to …

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“Mask-ne”

Written by: Kelsie Matthews, L.E   During these crazy times, one of the most important things we can do to protect ourselves and others from COVID19, is by wearing a mask. Since they are required just about anywhere you go right now, most of us find ourselves wearing a mask sometimes for 8-10+ hours per …

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How is L-Aesthetic different from other Med Spas

Written by: Katharine Ehresman   How is L-Aesthetics different than other Med Spas? Well, we have the most 5 star ratings, of course. Ok, I haven’t looked at every review, but our ratings are great. And those ratings mean a lot to us because not only do we want to provide our patients with the …

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Good Night, Skin Tight!

Written by: Rebecca Marroquin, L.E How much sleep are you getting? How important is it really? Consultation time with new patients can often turn into lament sessions on “why is my skin misbehaving when I’m living a healthy lifestyle!?” I go through the basic questions of skincare regiment, diet and exercise, water intake etc. All …

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The Importane Of Water Intake

Written by: Lauren Klein The Importance of water intake I know I need to get in the habit of drinking more water and keeping myself hydrated but exactly how much water should you drink per day? Our bodies are made up of about 60% water. With digestion, absorption, circulation, salvia creation, transporting nutrients and maintaining …

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Vitamin D

Written By: Dr Natalie Ledbetter The Amazing Vitamin that is Really a Hormone- Vitamin D Vitamin D has gotten a lot of press lately and for a good reason. It is an incredible substance that plays a huge role in many functions in our bodies. It is a fat-soluble vitamin that is also a hormone …

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Votiva

Written by: Melissa Miller Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation What is Votiva by InMode? Votiva is a treatment that helps provide rejuvenation for both external and internal vaginal issues. The Votiva system is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treatment of sexual dysfunction as well as in combination with Kegel exercises for tightening of …

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You Get What You Pay For…..

By Kelsie Matthews, L.E Why should I invest in my skin care products? One of the most common questions I hear as an Esthetician is “Why should I buy my products here instead of over the counter at the drugstore?” There is a long list of reasons why it is worth it to invest in …

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Sun Damage… Prevention and Correction

By Mary Mireles, L.E One of the most common skin conditions we see in office is pigmentation damage. Often times, these despised, dark spots are a result of enjoying a little too much of the sun. For years, laying out in the sun has been a common practice to achieve the desired tan look. Consequently, …

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Skin Gym

Written by: Rebecca Marroquin, L.E My years in the skincare industry has made me realize how much our skin is probably the most underrated organ we have. Yet we desire to have it looking forever flawless and youthful without ever putting much thought into how it works, often being led blindly into an abyss of …

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TNS Advanced + Serum

Written by: Lauren Klein The New and Improved: TNS Advanced Plus Serum We have loved this product and it is a fan favorite so Allergan had to make it just THAT much better… and they DID! Aging skin can be one of the most difficult concerns to address because it capitalizes on coarse wrinkles, fine …

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Botox vs Filler: Decoding the Differences

  Written by: Blaise Geyer PA-C   How does Botox differ from dermal fillers? The differences between the two are easy to understand in theory, however, the nuances in practice can be harder to grasp. Both Botox and dermal filler are extremely popular (thank you Kardashians), non-surgical cosmetic injectable treatments that are performed within the …

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Choosing Sunscreen

Written By: Brielle Kirk, P.A SPF & choosing sunscreen One of the most important factors in keeping your skin young and healthy is protecting it from the sun’s harmful rays, which can cause pre-mature aging, burns and skin cancer. Avoiding Texas sunlight and staying covered up in the summer months can seem unreasonable and difficult, …

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Skin Prep

Written by : Mary Mireles, L.E Morphues8, Halo and Neogen. What do these three procedures have in common? If at all familiar with these treatments, patients know to expect downtime and often see these as the treatments that work. However, what patient’s often don’t think of is how important it is to properly prepare the …

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Keep Calm And Ice On!

Written By: Blaise Geyer, PA-C The Do’s and Don’ts of Post Injectable Care So you made it through your first injectable appointment, congratulations! Understandably it’s a little scary leading up to that first appointment, but you nailed it. Now that you’re through the first appointment, let’s address some common side effects and post care do’s …

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Why starting skincare young is important

Written by: Kelsie Matthews, L.E. As a young adult in my early 20s, I often get asked why I am so committed to taking care of my skin. “You don’t even have wrinkles yet.” “You’re a baby, you don’t need to do all of that yet.” “Why would you ever get Botox so young?” These …

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Viracid

Written By Dr. Natalie Ledbetter An Excellent Supplement Formula to Support the Immune System Doing the Corona virus pandemic, I was looking for different nutritional supplements that would help to support my immune system and keep me healthy. I did a search of various products looking at their contents and anecdotal evidence as to their …

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Antioxidants

Written by Rebecca Marroquin, L.E. Ever wonder why that once delicious, vibrant avocado looks like it’s led a hard knock life only after 24 hours or less even? This is what we call oxidation! Or the aging process as we can all relate to. Much like the avocado we are living organisms that are in …

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IV Therapy

Written by: Lauren Klein IV THERAPY Here at L Aesthetics and Longevity we want to make sure you always feel your best! Whether you are not feeling well from a hangover or if it is just to add some extra vitamins into your system, we are here to help you! We have a wide variety …

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Strectch Marks

Written by: Melissa Miller What are stretch marks and can you get rid of them? Stretch marks (striae) are indented streaks that often appear on the abdomen, breasts, hips, buttocks and thighs. Not everyone develops these narrow bands on their skin. Fluctuating hormone levels seem to play a role and you may also have a …

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Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Aging

Written by: Mary Mireles, L.E Aging. A word that often causes dread in a patient’s heart. We are all familiar with the effects of aging including sun spots, wrinkles and jowls. However, not so many people are familiar with the actual aging process. When you begin to dive into the science behind aging, you are …

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Preparing for Your Botox or Filler Appointment like a Pro

  Written by: Blaise Geyer PA-C You’ve finally decided to pull the trigger and you’ve scheduled your Botox and/or dermal filler appointment. Yipee! But then panic sets in..what should you expect and how do you prepare for your appointment? Nerves are normal especially before your first visit, however, we want you to feel as comfortable …

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The Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

Written By: Dr. Natalie Ledbetter The Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy Health/Wellness Infrared therapy consists of short-term exposure to waves of light in the nonvisible spectrum to increase core body temperature. Infrared light has longer wavelengths than that of visible red light and can penetrate deeper into the tissues. Infrared warms by depositing energy directly …

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How men can benefit from medspa treatments!

Written by: Lauren Klein Are Med Spas for men? Typically you think med spa’s are just for women. WRONG! Here at L Aesthetics and Longevity we would like to break that stigma and I am here to tell you why men can benefit from med spa treatments as well! Though a lot of treatments typically …

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Cryotherapy

Written by: Melissa Miller  What is Cryotherapy Cryotherapy, which literally means “cold therapy,” is a technique where the body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures for several minutes. Cryotherapy can be delivered to just one area, or you can opt for whole-body cryotherapy. The theory for whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) is that by immersing the body …

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Why is my face sagging?

Written by Kelsie Matthews, L.E. We all have heard the term “collagen” and been told that it’s good for our bodies, but what does it do for our skin and why is it so important? Collagen is one of the main proteins in our bodies that is involved in providing structure and strength to your …

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Tips For Clear Skin with the World’s Newest Accessory

By Mary Mireles, L.E Tips For Clear Skin with the World’s Newest Accessory Although these past few months have been very strange, I have begun to settle into what seems to be our new normal (at least for the time being). Spending lots of time at home, limited gatherings, staying six feet apart and wearing …

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5 Skin Care Products No One Should Live Without

Written by: Blaise Geyer PA-C 5 Skin Care Products No One Should Live Without If you’ve ever been in Ulta or Sephora, you know how overwhelming it can be sorting through the plethora of available skin care products. There are cleansers and toners and exfoliators and eye creams and serums and moisturizers..EEK! How do you …

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Vices and Your Skin

Written by: Katharine Ehresman   Welcome back. Today’s topic is a serious one, but I will try to make it not so troubling that it becomes self-defeating. Previously we learned about the effects of the sun on your skin. Is the sun a vice? Not in of itself, but the “art of sunning”, which most …

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Probiotics

Written by: Natalie Ledbetter DAcOM, MSN, MSNA, CRNA   Probiotics: Should I use them and does the brand matter? There are more cells in our bodies that are not human than cells that are. We have microbes living on our skin, in our mouth and gastro-intestinal tract, and in our nose. There are mites that …

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Hormone Replacement Therapy

Written by: Lauren Klein, Office Coordinator Hormone Replacement Therapy Here at L Aesthetics and Longevity we want you to know the importance of hormones and how they play a major role in your health and how your body overall functions. It is known that as we age, both men and women produce less and less …

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EMSULPT

Written by: Melissa Miller BUILD MUSCLE AND SCULPT YOUR BODY NO SWEAT REQUIRED!   What is Emsculpt? This is the first device that removes fat by working out the underlying muscle. FDA-cleared for the strengthening, toning, and firming of the abdomen and butt, arms and legs, Emsculpt delivers superior contouring results that existing non-invasive body shaping …

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Brilliant Distinctions

Written by: Mary Mireles, Front Desk Supervisor Using Brilliant Distinctions to its Full Advantage One of the most powerful tools we have in our office is Allergan’s rewards program, Brilliant Distinctions. This program allows for patient’s to gain points for eligible procedures and products, and then use those points towards future treatments. When used to …

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The Effects of Blue Light on the Skin

By: Kelsie Matthews, L.E Nowadays, we are becoming more reliant on our smart devices. Although we have had some great advancements in technology, having access to so many screens comes with its downfalls as well. One of the main disadvantages of sitting in front of your computer or phone all day is blue light or …

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Why Choose Us? 4 Reasons that L-Aesthetics & Longevity is the Right Place for You

Written by: Blaise Geyer PA-C   Medical Spas seem to be popping up all over Texas, and Austin and the surrounding areas are no exception. Trying to choose the best Medical Spa from the immense list can be very overwhelming. While reviews online can be helpful, they come from sources that you don’t know and …

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Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy

By Dr. Billy Ledbetter, Jr. M.D Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy Health/ Wellness You may have heard about pulsed electromagnetic field therapy and how it is used by NASA to help mitigate muscle atrophy and bone loss in astronauts in space. What you may not know is that PEMF was used thousands of years ago …

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Your Skin and Aging

Written by: Katharine Ehresman Who’s this old lady in the mirror?? PART 1 We all know the songs, we’ve heard them over and over for years; Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days”, Toby Keith’s “As Good As I Once Was”, and Five for Fighting’s “ 100 Years” or of course Garth Brook’s “ Much Too Young (to …

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Turmeric- The Awesome Ancient Herb Most of us Need Today!

Written by: Natalie Ledbetter, DAcOM, MSN, MSNA, CRNA Turmeric Most people on our planet today are full of inflammation and inflammation is thought to be at the root of many diseases and many signs of aging. There is an ancient herb that has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries. This ancient herb …

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Invasive VS Non-Invasive Procedures

Written by: Lauren Klein, Office Coordinator Invasive VS Non-Invasive Procedures An invasive procedure is technically “going under the knife”. A medical procedure in which this skin is manipulated in some sort of way, typically leaving an incision or scar. • Face lift • Tummy tuck • Facial/body contouring Non-invasive procedures are those which leave the …

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Why should I invest in skin care products?

Written by: Kelsie Matthews, L.E Why should I invest in my skin care products? One of the most common questions I hear as an Esthetician is “Why should I buy my products here instead of over the counter at the drugstore?” There is a long list of reasons why it is worth it to invest …

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Retinols, Retinoids, Retinoic Acid… Oh my!

Written by: Mary Mireles, L.E “Front Desk Supervisor” Retinols, Retinoids, Retinoic Acid… Oh my! If you have ever ventured into the skincare side of the online world I am confident that you have heard some form of the word retinol. I know for myself I found this word to be one of the most confusing …

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SkinPen: The world’s first FDA approved Microneedling device!

Written by: Julia Westbrook, L.E “The Beautifier”   SkinPen: The world’s first FDA approved Microneedling device! The first recorded microneedling procedure was in 1905 performed by German Dermatologist, Ernst Kromayer, using various-sized dental burs powered by motor driven equipment to treat scars, birthmarks and hyperpigmentation. Microneedling as we now know it came to play by …

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BTL Emsella

Written by: Melissa Miller BTL EMSELLA™ is a new treatment procedure for incontinence that utilizes high-intensity focused electromagnetic technology, aka “HIFEM Technology”, to stimulate, strengthen, and restore neuromuscular control to deep pelvic floor muscles. This revolutionary non-surgical procedure takes on all the work and time out of strengthening pelvic floor muscles on your own, and …

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4 Steps to an Exceptional Aesthetic Consultation

Written by: Blaise Geyer PA-C 1. Let’s Take it from the Beginning The dreaded new patient paperwork. You can’t escape it even in Aesthetic Medicine! Although tedious, this paperwork is so important to us as your providers. Your medical and aesthetic history is like adding color to a black and white photo of you. This …

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Why I chose Morpheus8 and Neogen

By: Katharine Ehresman, Patient Coordinator Why I Chose Morpheus 8 and NeoGen Plasma Treatments There are some advantages of growing older and maturing. For instance, when I say, “Well, bless your heart” to someone now, it carries considerably more sting. Or, I suppose being called mam and knowing I’ve earned it.   However, there are the …

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Chemical Peel

By: Kelsie Matthews, L.E. What is a chemical peel? A chemical peel is an acid solution applied to the skin, which causes the top layer of the skin to dissolve and slough off in the following days-weeks after treatment (depending on the depth of the peel). Some of the most common types of acids used …

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Exosomes

By: Billy Ledbetter, Jr., M.D. What are exosomes? Exosomes are said to be the future of cellular medicine.  They have been found to have positive impacts on wellness, antiaging and longevity. Exosomes are tiny subcellular nanovesicles produced inside of cells, but released to the outside of cells.  They carry information to other cells that are …

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Elderberry: What is it?

By: Dr. Natalie Ledbetter CRNA, DAcOM Elderberry (most commonly Sambucus nigra, also known as European elderberry or black elderberry) has many health promoting properties.  In Chinese medicine it is known by the pinyan name, Jie Gu Mu.  Elderberry has been used for centuries in various traditional medicines as a home remedy to promote health and vitality and strengthen …

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Great Customer Service

Written by: Lauren Klein, Office Coordinator “The Beauty Bee”  What is Great Customer Service?          The definition according to google dictionary, is ‘the assistance and advice provided by a company to those people who buy or use its products or services.’ At a Medspa, I believe your brand is defined by service excellence and not just …

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CoolSculpting vs SculpSure

Written by: Melissa Miller “The Body Sculptress” What is CoolSculpting? The CoolSculpting fat-freezing treatment is the only FDA-cleared,* non-surgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that may be resistant to diet and exercise. The results are proven and noticeable. The CoolSculpting® procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges …

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Importance of Hyaluronic Acid: How is HA5 different from other HA products?

By: Mary Mireles, L.E, Front Desk Supervisor Importance of Hyaluronic Acid Hyaluronic acid is a term that is commonly heard in the skincare world. However, what exactly is hyaluronic acid? It is actually a substance found within our own bodies, providing lubrication to joints and eyes while also plumping the skin. A powerful humectant, this …

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DiamondGlow VS. Hydrafacial: “Same, same, but different.”

DiamondGlow and HydraFacial – both great treatments…which is right for me? By Julia Westbrook, L.E. Ready, Set, GLOW! You glow girl! GLOW UP! There’s a reason why there are so many “glow” slogans, it’s because EVERYONE wants to GLOW! When I’m asked, “What’s the best ‘Event-Ready’ treatment?” or “What can I do with minimal to …

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Which Juvederm Filler do I Need?

Written by Blaise Geyer, PA-C “The Beauty Blaiser” But They’re All Called Juvederm: Clearing up the Juvederm Filler Confusion You come in expecting to get Juvederm Ultra in your cheeks because we’re running a special, but then your injector tells you that we need to use Voluma instead. But why? They’re all Juvederm products so …

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TNS Essential Serum Review

TNS Essential Serum Skin Care TNS Essential Serum is your holy grail skin care product. It should be included in everyone’s regimen. Not only does it help reduce signs of aging, it also improves skin texture, increases collagen production, and increases cell regeneration. Why it works The Essential Serum is a combination of 2 separate …

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TOTAL DEFENSE AND REPAIR

SunScreen Season is Upon Us As Texas temperatures begin to rise, it is important to double down on diligently applying sunscreen. Wouldn’t it be great if your sunscreen doubled as an anti aging product? SkinMedica’s Total Defense and Repair does just that! With powerful antioxidants and Infrared protection, this sunscreen works to improve sun damaged …

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Deep Ablative Laser Resurfacing

Correcting saggy skin, wrinkles, and eye-bags used to require surgury. Face surgery is costly, dangerous, and sometimes ineffective. Thanks to recent technological advancements, however, tightening the saggy spots on your face and other areas can be done with modern lasers above the skin. No more surgeries! In fact, reducing skin laxity is a pretty fast …

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A Little Bit About B12 and B12 Shots

It is a water soluble vitamin that is necessary for health and life. Because it is water soluble, it is not stored in the body and we must consume it daily or almost daily in order to have enough for all the metabolic functions that rely on adequate levels. It is also known as cyanocobalamin, …

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3 Factors that Contribute to Aging

There are many factors that contribute to the aging process in humans. Some of the main factors contributing to aging have been studied and include telomere shortening, chronological age, oxidative stress, and glycation.

Welcome to Our MedSpa Blog!

Let’s Get Started with a Little Bit About Us We are L-Aesthetics & Longevity MedSpa, led by Natalie Ledbetter, MSN, MSNA, CRNA and Dr. Billy Ledbetter, Jr., M.D. Located in Austin, TX, our goal is to provide men and women of the surrounding areas with fully personalized MedSpa treatments and procedures to help them become …

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My Experience with Laser Resurfacing

Ok, so I am not really a vain person, but the day I turned 40, I cried. Literally. I suddenly looked so old, or maybe I had been looking old and just didn’t notice it. Whatever was up, I decided to fight like a girl and I wasn’t going to go down easy. I started …

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