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Botox vs Dysport vs Xeomin

Runny nose? Let me get you a kleenex. Headache? Take an aspirin. Cut yourself shaving? Put a band-aid on it. Sore? Take a soak in the jacuzzi.

Like Kleenex, Jacuzzis and Aspirin, Botox® is a brand name that’s become indistinguishable from the product. Forehead wrinkles? Need a little lift? Botox it. We know what you mean, but there are alternatives to Botox and their names are just as important. I mean, just ask anyone who asked for a Coke and got a Pepsi instead. Definitely not the same.

“One of the most common questions we get is: What is the difference between Botox, Dysport and Xeomin?” says Dana Martinez, owner of Lecada Medical Artistry. “Quickly followed by, ‘Which is better?’ There’s no good answer to that because it really depends on the person and what outcome they are looking for.”

Botox, Dysport® and Xeomin® are part of the family of neurotoxins called Botulinum Toxin type A. Botox was the first to receive FDA approval in 1989, for the treatment of misaligned eyes, facial spasms and uncontrollable blinking. It wasn’t until 2002 when Botox Cosmetic® was approved as a cosmetic treatment for improving facial frown lines and wrinkles. Dysport followed in 2009, and Xeomin in November 2011.

All three are effective treatments that originate from the same source bacterium, clostridium botulinum, and each injectable temporarily paralyzes the targeted muscle areas on the face to relax and ease out the appearance of wrinkles. Because of their proven abilities, each is often paired with a dermal filler like Juverderm, Restylane or Sculptra that results in dramatic facial rejuvenation, also know as a liquid facelift.

Despite such similarities, the nuances of each brand can make an extraordinary difference to certain patients.

Xeomin is a purified, a.k.a. naked, neurotoxin, meaning there are no additive surface proteins, just the botulinum toxin. This solitary agent migrates further and faster to effectively work upon all facial areas upon injection. There is less risk of an allergic reaction or rejection for the client from the absence of protein additives.

Comparatively, Botox and Dysport are considered ‘heavier’ because they contain added proteins. These proteins are for protection and are clustered around the botulinum for greater longevity.

One of the key benefits of Dysport is it's higher diffusion rate, which means it spreads slightly more than Botox. It is also injected at a different strength and affects a slightly larger area than Botox and Xeomin. It has been reported that Dysport typically takes two to three days until the effects of the treatment are seen. Botox takes seven to 10 days while Xeomin takes five to six days. Dysport may be the best option in areas where several injections are needed because of its easy spreading to cover a greater area on the face. In the areas where the spread needs to be minimized, Botox may be the best option to concentrate on deeper wrinkling.

"One solution does not fit everyone", cautions Martinez. "We offer all three brands at Lecada and some patients may even use more than one type to achieve the best result. Choices help both the patient and the injector."

Ultimately, WHO is injecting the product is the most important aspect of using a neurotoxin. The injector's experience and technique are more vital factors than the product being used. Prior to treatment, be sure to consult with an experienced medical professional in determining what choice is right for you.

Smooth as Silk – Restylane Silk

Lip enhancement isn't anything new, but a new addition to the filler category is set to change how lips are treated. Bye-bye duck lips. Arrevedici smokers' lines. Adios bar codes or other pesky mouth wrinkles that make us look like our grandmothers. Meet Restylane Silk, the first FDA approved filler for lip enhancement and the smoothing of wrinkles and lines around the mouth.

At first glance, Restylane Silk appears very similar to other hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers—specifically, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, and Voluma. And they are similar in that they are all clear gel formulations of hyaluronic acid—a sugar that is naturally present in your skin.

So, how is Restylane Silk different from the rest? Fillers can be manufactured with different viscosities and Silk is composed of smaller and smoother particles than the above-mentioned fillers. The smaller particles allow practitioners to use an ultra-fine needle, making it ideal for smooth contouring and filling in fine lines.

"Thicker fillers require deeper injections, commonly resulting in over-correction," explains Dana Martinez, owner of Lecada Medical Artistry. "We've all seen that look, especially with inexperienced injectors. Silk is placed very superficially in lip or skin, not in muscle, eliminating the chance of lumpiness or excess fullness."

Restylane and Restylane Silk | Lecada Medical Artistry, Tampa

Additionally, Silk's formula includes the anesthetic, lidocaine. The lip is one of the most sensitive areas of the body, and the combination of the tiny needle and the inclusion of lidocaine alleviates any pain or discomfort during injection. Depending on the treatment area, the procedure takes 5-30 min with minimal downtime. Any swelling or redness typically fades within a few hours.

Because the lips are in constant motion, longevity has always been a problem for fillers in that area. Previous products often lasted only three to four months in lips versus six months in smile lines. In the FDA clinical trial of Restylane Silk, which involves 221 mostly female patients, 98 percent had visible improvement 14 days after injection, and 76 percent still had lip improvement at six months. Silk's safe, subtle, long-lasting results earned it the FDA's first and only approval for lip enhancement and the treatment of perioral (around the mouth) lines.

Notice, that's lip "enhancement", not augmentation. Martinez said, "Our patients are asking for more natural looking fillers and Silk delivers. It's the perfect tool for gentle refining, lip-shaping, and smoothing lines. Silk allows for actually restoring the volume lost over time—restoring YOUR natural lip, NOT someone else's."


This post first appeared in Panache Vue Magazine, March 2015. If you're interested in trying the latest technology in lip enhancement or augmentation, contact Lecada Medical Artistry for a complimentary consultation at 813-874-2332.

Get To Know Sculptra

Sagging Skin. Flattened Contours. Deep crevasses. Inevitably, we will all experience the classic signs of aging simply because our bodies slow down the production of collagen as we get older.

While this process happens to everyone, there are some environmental and lifestyle influences that can speed up the degradation of collagen. The most likely culprits are sun-damage and smoking cigarettes. The defense is pretty straight-forward: wear sunscreen every day of the year and quit smoking by any means possible.

You can also promote collagen stimulation in the foods you eat. Processed foods that are loaded with sugar will cause inter-nal inflammation that inhibits collagen formation, so instead opt for lots of greens and omega-3 fatty acid foods like fish and nuts to reduce inflammation.

That said, all the kale and sunscreen in the world can’t stop the body’s natural decrease of collagen. That’s where science comes in.

We’re not talking Botox or Dysport or Juvederm. While those “liquid miracles” may have originally made their mark as wrinkle eliminators, the effects are tempo- rary and they don’t stop the body’s breakdown of collagen. There is, however, one filler that does – Sculptra Aesthetic.

Sculptra (generic name is “poly-L- lactic acid” or PLLA) is a synthetic form of lactic acid, the same lactic acid made by our muscles after exercise. Though it is made in a laboratory, Sculptra contains no animal products, and because the body recognizes it as lactic acid, it very gradually disappears by the action of your own cell enzymes.

“Let’s be clear,” says Dana Martinez, founder and CEO of Lecada Medical Artistry. “Sculptra is not a wrinkle filler. It’s a volumizer. It replaces the natural volume loss that occurs as we age by stimulating the production of collagen.”

She goes on to say that while Sculptra may add volume to areas of the face, creat- ing a soft, natural, more youthful recontouring, it really works over time to stimulate the body’s natural anti-aging process for longer lasting fullness.

The optimum results from each treatment are typically visible over the course of 4-6 weeks, with each successive treatment

requiring less and less Sculptra. With maintenance treatments, the dramatic rejuvenation Sculptra provides has been known to last 2 years or more. Additionally, it doesn’t have that “overstuffed” look that is all too common when Juvederm, Restylane or Radiesse is used improperly.

Sculptra requires a high level of training, skill, and experience on the part of the physician to competently analyze the face for a successful result. Be sure your Sculptra injector is properly qualified and that you follow all office recommendations regarding any post-care.

And remember, collagen renewal takes patience. “This is not a miracle, quick-fix filler,” Martinez says. “Imagine you’re planting a garden. You plant the Sculptra and then watch the beauty unfold, naturally over time. It’s worth the wait.”


Questions about Sculptra? Contact us at 813.874.2332 for a complimentary consultation with our experienced, Sculptra-certified medical staff.


Originally published in Panache Vue Magazine Get to Know Sculptra via Lecada Medical Artistry

Holiday Beauty Survival Guide

The countdown to the ho-ho-holidays has officially begun. Make sure you’re fully prepared with a pre-holiday beauty blitz that will not only ramp up the glow factor in your holiday photos, but have you feeling ultra-healthy going into the busiest time of the year.

Because the holidays are a busy time, many women don’t pay as much close attention to their skin as they do normally. That, coupled with in- flammation, is a surefire way to get unexpected breakouts. Advanced planning is the key to keeping your skin on track! Treat your skin to a light and flaky enzyme peel early in the month, or a deep-cleansing facial and microdermabrasion to reboot your skin and clear out your pores.

Alcohol, salty foods and holiday parties may be fun, but they wreak havoc on your skin, making everything seem puffier than usual, especially the eyes. To deflate, flush your body with anti-inflammatory foods — think fruits, vegetables, salmon and unsalted nuts — and drink plenty of water. And be diligent about applying a serum like Revision Retinol Eye Repair or a moisturizer like DEJ or Teamine Eye Complex, both of which are loaded with skin-plumping anti-oxidants and much-needed hydration. Finally, to help prevent fluid retention in the eye area, try to sleep with your head slightly elevated.

Though wrinkles are primarily caused by age and sun damage, other factors make them more noticeable like sweets, stress and drinking. Of course, eating clean and flushing your body with water is the first step to rehydrate your skin and lessen the appearance of wrinkles, but what’s the fun of that?? Never underestimate the power of Botox! Botox smooths away lines, crow’s feet, even stubborn mid-brow fur- rows to create a smoother, more relaxed look almost instantly. Coupled with fillers like Juvederm and Radiesse, you can restore your youthful complexion in minutes. As a bonus, dermal fillers trigger your body to create more of its own natural collagen, so each subsequent treatment has an additive effect to slow the steady march of time.

If you haven’t quite reached your target tone in time to don that gorgeous sequin party dress, why not supplement your exercise regime with a last minute body sculpting treatment? Exilis’s targeted fat reduction and skin tightening treatment can help you tighten and tone, shed a few inches off your key areas and reduce the appearance of stubborn fat.

Make sure your lashes are fabulously flirty and lustrous by treating them with Latisse. It’s a luxe lash treatment guaranteed to get your peepers in tip-top shape, but you have to act quickly! It takes 4-6 weeks to see the longer, fuller, fabulous results, but standing under the mistletoe will be that much more fun.

Cooking. Shopping. Parties. Travel. Family. Work. Kids. What does that spell?? Stress!! If just thinking about it makes you tired and cranky, consider ramping up the B vitamins this season. Weekly Vitamin B12 and B Complex injections rev up the metabolism, increase energy, and keep your mood in check, making it a completely natural, healthy way to feel better, from the inside out.

Sleep is your beauty best friend, but if she goes on vacation — or a holiday bender — try Belotero to fill out those under-eye circles and bags. Unlike other dermal fillers that remain separate from the dermis, Belotero is actually absorbed by the skin. This process allows the filler to adjust to unique facial features and delivers a natural look. Beside treating dark circles, it’s also highly effective for those hard to reach ar- eas like the corners of the mouth like upper lip ‘smoker lines,’ and nasolabial folds.

Though time may heal all wounds, the leftover scars serve as ugly reminders to something we’d rather forget. Which makes the following news particularly appealing — Trinity Medical Pharmacy’s new, prescription-only, ScarGelRx is the perfect fix for new and old scars alike. Not only does this custom-compounded topical treatment reduce the appearance of scars, including those pesky hypertrophic or keloid scars, but it virtually eliminates them all together.

The secret to a younger, sexier, more kissable lip?? Two words — hyaluronic acid. Fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm provide permanent or temporary lip enhancement solutions. Each has its own pros and cons, so be sure to discuss your options with a medical professional.

Sometimes a lady needs to take something off before she can put something special on. From the latest “cheeky” styles to classic waxing treatments, skip the razor this December and try something a lot smoother.

If losing weight during the holidays sounds like the impossible dream, think again! Now may just be the perfect time to jump start those New Years’ Resolutions. Why? Because studies show that the most significant weight loss occurs in the first month of any new program. So... start today and lose 10 pounds before Hannukah, or 20 pounds before Christmas. Increased confidence and a shapelier waist? That’s the perfect gift to give yourself.

Putting yourself at the top of your holiday to-do list means making an investment in your own well-being. It will not only having you feeling good about yourself, but enlarge your capacity to be there for others. And that leads to a joyous holiday for you and yours.


Originally published in Panache Vue December 2014/January 2015.
Lecada's Holiday Beauty Survival Guide | Lecada Medical Artistry Tampa Florida

Juvederm Trifecta

Juvederm. No doubt, you’ve already heard about its effectiveness in restoring a younger, refreshed appearance in just a single treatment. However, chances are you’re probably confused by the various options this marvel offers. Is it Juvederm Ultra, or maybe Juvederm Plus? When is Voluma preferable? And what exactly does XC mean? Let’s break it down, shall we?

An attractive "youthful face is characterized by round contours, high cheekbones and a well-defined jaw line. These features comprise what is known as the ‘triangle of beauty’. As we age, facial fat loss, gravity and loss of the skin’s natural elasticity slowly reverse this triangle, leading to a narrower, less youthful forehead and temple area, and a heavy, droopy jaw line. Over time, deep wrinkles develop, making you look older, sad, angry or just plain tired.

With Juvederm Treatments in Tampa, you don’t have to sit back and let it happen. The Juvéderm family, as a whole, is an FDA-approved gel capable of restoring volume to the skin while smoothing away moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds. This injection is made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin that adds volume and hydration. But unlike other hyaluronic acid fillers, which usually have granular consistencies, Juvéderm smooth formula is easily injected into the skin and produces immediate, natural-looking results.

What kind of results? Well, that’s where the three main Juvéderm products truly diversify themselves.

Juvéderm Ultra Works Well For:

• Moderate wrinkles – If you have slight to moderate wrinkles Juvederm Ultra is the better bet as it has a good consistency for handling these issues and won’t be overkill.

• Scar Correction – Its thinner consistency makes Juvederm Ultra better equipped at correcting the look of scars.

• Slight Lip Enhancement– If you only want a slight lip enhancement, Juvederm Ultra is an excellent option. Its finer molecules give it a silkiness that works well for natural lip enhancement.

Juvéderm Ultra Plus is Best For:

• Significant Lip Enhancement – The ability to fill more effectively makes Juvederm Ultra Plus the best option for those that want dramatic results.

• Deeper wrinkles – Juvederm Ultra Plus was designed to go deeper into the skin to fill out more severe wrinkles.

• Naso-labial folds – Again, Juvederm Ultra Plus outperforms when it comes to correcting naso-labial folds because it’s thicker and goes deeper into the dermis.

• Areas with greater volume loss – Because of its thicker consistency and cross-linking Juvederm Ultra Plus works better for those that have significant volume loss. This makes it the better option for filling out areas like the cheeks.

• Facial Shaping – Unlike Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus is injected into the fat layers, which is ideal for facial shaping.

Juvéderm Voluma Is Best Suited For:

• Maximum Lift and Volume – While Juvéderm Ultra offer excellent results when applied to fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, nose, and eyes, Voluma is often better suited to larger scale facial volumizing.

• Facial Recontouring - Because of its thicker consistency and cross-linking Voluma works better for those that have significant volume loss in the cheeks, temples or even earlobes. This is the better option for filling out areas like the cheeks. It’s the first and only FDA-approved filler to instantly add volume to the cheek area.

• Long Lasting Results – Of all the Juvéderm products, Voluma is the longest lasting, restoring facial volume for about two years.

What Does the XC mean?

The letters 'XC' on any Juvederm filler simply means a local anesthetic, Lidocaine (0.3%), has been added to enhance patient comfort. It’s essentially the same product with an extra ingredient, although XC syringes contain 25% more product. Don’t be afraid to ask to see the box; any reputable injector will be happy to show you the product.

Keep in mind: One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to Juvederm treatments in Tampa. A skilled and experienced injector will choose a filler as an artist chooses a brush, to achieve customized results for your face. Patients are typically very happy with Juvederm’s smooth, natural, rejuvenating results. And rest assured, in the rare event that one is dissatisfied, Juvederm is easily reversible.

Have questions about Juvederm? Contact Lecada Medical Artistry at 813.874.2332 for a complimentary consultation. The expertise of Lecada’s staff will ensure your satisfaction with the procedure and the experience.

(This article originally appeared in Panache Vue Magazine.)

Spotlight – Eliminating Dark Spots and Hyperpigmentation

If you had to guess which signs of aging bother most women, chances are you’d pick wrinkles. And you would be correct. But there’s another aging giveaway which bothers women just as much: dark spots.

These small dark patches — known technically as hyperpigmentation — are caused by over-production of melanin, the brown pigment within the skin, brought about by long-term exposure to ultraviolet light. The result, of course, is that a full-blown beauty industry has sprung up around them. A myriad of products now exist that are expressly designed to reverse the damage, remove, and prevent dark spots. So, where does one begin?

According to Dana Martinez, owner of South Tampa’s Lecada Medical Artistry, hyperpigmentation can be a challenging condition. The good news is there are potent treatments available to remedy the situation.

In-office chemical peels are the quickest and most effective course of action. Martinez favors ViPeel’s quarterly system of peels which result in a quick, non-aggressive shedding of the surface layers of the skin. “It’s a great alternative to laser that works well on all complexions, especially dark or olive skin tones,” she says. “The exfoliation helps lift away accumulated dead cells which hold excess melanin.”

If peeling isn’t your thing, all skin types can try Fraxel Laser to specifically target pigmentation and sun damage, help- ing break up stubborn spots by creating microscopic wounds at the dermal layer. Typically, skin will have a pinkish tone for 3-5 days, then turn darker for 7-10 days. Flaking may occur as new skin replaces dead tissue. A series of 3-5 treatments, spaced a month apart is generally recommended for an amazing result.

More recently, Martinez and her team have seen incredible results with Collagen Induction Therapy. C.I.T., or micro- needling, works to initiate an all-natural repair process within the skin’s deepest layers, and is the only skin rejuvenation treatment to target and regulate 3 key skin cells (keratinocyte, melanocyte and fibroblast) without compromising the integrity of the epidermis. Your skin starts improving from the very first treatment and the results continue in the deep layers of the skin for over a year after your treatment.

Last, but not least, the much-maligned hydroquinone, one of the oldest treatments for skin lightening (remember Michael Jackson’s “bleached” look?), is actually okay in small amounts. Hydroquinone is available in 2% formulations over-the-counter or 4% by prescription and is extremely effective at blocking the pathway for melanin. New to the market is a prescription-only melasma cream by Trinity Medical Pharmacy that combines Hydroquinone and Tretinoin with a groundbreaking technology that delivers faster, more visible results. Since the cream is compounded at the time of order, it has no preservatives and is paraben-free; as a prescription, it’s covered by many in- surances.

Although, treatment is an essential part of reducing and correcting the visual appearance of hyperpigmentation, the impor- tance of sunscreen cannot be overstated. Exposure to sunlight automatically stimulates the formation of new melanin. Wear a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen, one with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, every day — yes, even on cloudy days! With a regimen that works and adequate sun protection you can prevent your discoloration from ever returning.

Originally published:

Spotlight - Dark Spot Removal in Panache Vue Magazine

Why Radiesse Is Right For You

With age comes experience, wisdom, self-awareness. But with every turn of the calendar, age also brings some other not-so-wonderful reminders — visual reminders — of the years gone by. You know what we’re talking about. Lines. Wrinkles. Sagging. Most of us don’t mind getting older, but looking older? Definitely not!

Making lines and droopy skin disappear used to require scalpels, stitches and surgery suites, but thankfully people can turn to less invasive procedures like Botox, Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero. But one of the most highly recommended is Radiesse, and for good reason. FDA-approved for cosmetic use, Radiesse is well known for immediate satisfaction and long-term results. Indeed, it provides more longevity than any of the other leading dermal fillers on the market today, making it one of the most cost effective as well.

That’s all well and good, but what makes Radiesse truly different? Good question! First and foremost, Radiesse can smooth out deep wrinkles and lines around the nose, mouth and jawline, known as nasolabial folds and marionette lines. It can also add youthful contours to the cheeks and jaw line. But what really sets Radiesse apart is that it stimulates the growth of new collagen, the protein in your skin that gives it a smooth texture and elasticity. It’s no wonder that Radiesse is often used as part of a “liquid” face-lift or injectable facelift procedure. But it’s important to note that while Radiesse is most often used to treat the most common signs of aging, its uses extend much, much further.

Non-Surgical Nose Job. Did you know that Radiesse has been used to fill divots and defects, soften a pinched tip, and even shape or improve a low or shallow bridge? So before you opt for that expensive rhinoplasty, consider Radiesse. While the results are temporary, recovery from dermal filler injections is shorter and easier than nasal surgery. Plus, if you are uncertain about how you might look, this is one easy way to take a test drive.

Improving Jawline and Jowls. In terms of volume, the lower third of the face is prone to age-related sagging and an unsightly accumulation of fat. A filler like Radiesse can help contour the jawline, adding lift and fullness to help create a more chiseled, youthful look without surgery scars.

Hand Rejuvenation. As we age, our hands lose firmness and plumpness, becoming more bony and fragile looking with unsightly vein and joint protrusion, and a thin, crepe-like texture. Combating this takes more than hand cream, though that simple step does make a difference. Radiesse injections provide immediate and durable results, adding volume to the back of the hands giving them a supple, more youthful appearance instantly.

Earlobe Rejuvenation. It’s not exactly the first body part we think of when we’re battling signs of aging, but the earlobes can be just as symptomatic as the face or neck. Years of sun exposure and gravity-exacerbating earrings can leave lobes looking droopy, thin and even wrinkly. Radiesse can plump saggy lobes, adding support and giving them a visual lift. If the earring hole is slightly stretched, this will make the hole appear smaller.

With so many benefits, it may be easy to assume that Radiesse is good for everything, but that’s not true. Radiesse can never be placed in the lips because the compound is too firm and will never look soft or natural. Of course, Radiesse should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, or if you desire only short-term results.

Remarkably, with Radiesse, you manage to welcome back your own collagen to smooth out the signs of aging. Using your body’s ability to grow collagen and regenerate tissue, Radiesse will produce a fresh, rested, healthy looking result that may last a year or more. ~By Valerie Kelley

Why Radiesse Is Right for You  > This article was written by Lecada Tampa for Panache Vue magazine, July/August 2014





Pinpoint Wrinkles with Collagen Induction Therapy

We go through quite a lot to get our skin to regenerate and rejuvenate collagen, from topical products to lasers to surgery and every cream imaginable. But new advancements in an age-old procedure make collagen stimulation easier than ever to achieve.

“Collagen Induction Therapy, or micro-needling, is a very old technology that goes back to ancient times,” says Dana Martinez, owner of Lecada Medical Artistry in South Tampa. “What brings it into the 21st century is the fineness of the needles and ability to control the depth of penetration.”

Think of it like acupuncture, but for wrinkles and scars.

Although that may sound a little aggressive, it is actually much more gentle than you may think.  This is because, unlike treatments like chemical peels and laser resurfacing, Collagen Induction Therapy does not harm the epidermis, the very top layer of skin.

As the small, handheld wand travels gently over the skin, it creates microscopic, pinpoint punctures into the dermis – the majority of which are simply pushing your pores open temporarily. This is perceived by the body as damage, which stimulates the release of growth factors that trigger the production of collagen and elastin. The human body reacts to any injury by initiating the healing process, but usually it will only heal as far as it must to keep you healthy – which is different to healing to a cosmetic level. By persistently triggering the healing process, you encourage your body to continue healing until the job is finished.

The treatment is not painful. Typically, it is the length of the needle used which determines whether or not a numbing agent is used prior to treatment. The length of the needles also determines the results gained.  Essentially, the rule of thumb is longer the needle the better the results — although it’s not quite that simple as the depth of the skin in the area to be treated, its current condition, the area, the client’s lifestyle must all be taken into consideration.

"The therapist has complete control, choosing to lightly prick the top of the skin to help treat fine lines and wrinkles, allowing topical products to seep in better, or to go deeper to treat stubborn scars and stretch marks. As the skin heals, these small punctures form new collagen for healthier-looking, smoother skin,” says Martinez.

Vitamin serums, oils and preparations are applied immediately after C.I.T., as the micro-channels the needles have made into the skin allow for greater penetration and absorption of the products. This will significantly aid the success of the treatment. In fact, clinical studies have shown that the skin's ability to soak up nutrients increases by a whopping 3000% for an hour after treatment.

Micro-needling is safe for all skin types and ethnicities. In addition to the many corrective benefits provided, C.I.T. is a natural and effective anti-aging treatment. When used in conjunction with injectables, such as Botox, it will improve the look of the skin while increasing the time necessary between injections. It works at the root of what is causing the skin to age, making it a long-term, health-promoting skin treatment. While results vary, the new collagen produced by C.I.T. should last for years.

Further, C.I.T. treatments will help accelerate the results of your existing skincare program. Benefits of the treatment are maximized when combined with chemical peels or microdermabrasion. So, if you have not had success reducing the look of deep acne scars or wrinkles, C.I.T. may be a good choice for you. Patients report visible signs of skin repair and rejuvenation, within weeks with continued improvement over 3-9 months.

Benefits of Collagen Induction Therapy, a.k.a. Medical Skin Needling:

  • Stimulates the production of collagen, tightening the skin
  • Reduces the appearance of crow’s feet and lip lines
  • Reduces the appearance of forehead lines and frown lines
  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage
  • Treats acne scars and chicken pock scars
  • Reduces the appearance of scarring and stretch marks
  • Reduces the appearance of enlarged pores
  • Helps with rosacea by strengthening the skin
  • Assists in the absorption of cosmetic products
  • Helps increase the absorption of hair growth products
  • Helps increase the absorption of cellulite and stretch mark creams
  • Improves skin tone and texture
  • Restores UV damaged skin
  • Results in a healthy, vibrant glow

Lecada Medical Artistry is pleased to offer Collagen Induction Therapy treatments in Tampa, Florida and through the Bay Area. Contact us for a complimentary consultation to determine a customized treatment plan recommendation. When your skin is healthy, it will look its best and so will you.  ~ By Valerie Kelley

[Originally published in Panache Vue magazine, June 2014]


Sizzling Summer Skin Care

Ahhh... summer. Sun, sandals, swimsuits and bare skin. But with double the fun of beach hair and short-shorts comes the double the danger — wrinkles, freckles, skin thinning, sunburn, sunspots (also known as age spots), uneven pigmentation, melasma are the aftermath of sun exposure. Ninety percent of wrinkles are caused by the sun and while intentional overexposure (tanning, sunbathing) is incredibly harmful, two-thirds of all sun damage is, surprisingly, incidental (walking the dog, driving).

Thus said, sunscreen is not limited to the poolside or beach – it should be applied, religiously, on a daily basis. Opt for moisturizers and body lotions with SPF and if possible, always choose a higher SPF for your face. Don’t forget your hands especially when driving. Hands are an instant giveaway to your true age, so invest in a hand treatment that offers SPF protection.

Meanwhile, grab your favorite wide-brimmed, floppy hat and follow these easy tips to your skin healthy and cancer free this summer... and hopefully many summers to come!

  •  Moisturize with SPF. Applying moisturizer with SPF is essential regardless of the season. With the onset of warmer weather, however, consider switching your current moisturizer for another with higher SPF and lighter formulation to prevent sun spots, freckles, and early signs of aging. Revision Skincare’s Intellishade, an anti-aging tinted moisturizer with SPF 45, is a favorite of Modern Family’s Julie Bowen, and the winner of NewBeauty magazine’s Beauty Choice Award.
  •  Don’t forget your feet. With summer comes open-toed shoes and sandals, so be sure to exfoliate, moisturize, and protect exposed feet as well. Take into account that sunscreen will rub off faster than it would from the rest of your body from rubbing against the straps of your shoes and abrasive sand. Thus, it is recommended to reapply more frequently to prevent burnt feet.
  •  Boost your block with antioxidants. Skincare products containing antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and green tea can help reverse sun damage. Try switching your regular iced tea for iced green tea, and layer on antioxidant rich serums such as Revision Skincare’s Vitamin C and Vitamin K.
  •  Keep hydrated. Drink water throughout the day. If you’re on the go, try bringing a bottle and a container of fresh fruit to prevent dehydration and heat stroke.
  • Exfoliate. “A light fruit-fusion peel or microdermabrasion once a month helps rejuvenate skin, leaving it soft and brighter,” says Dana Martinez, owner of Lecada Medical Artistry. “It clears up dulling, dead skin cells, which not only helps even out any discoloration, but also draws excess oil out of the pores and leaves skin less shiny.” If you aren’t a sun Goddess, and can commit to staying covered up, a chemical peel might not be a bad idea either. “It helps remove existing skin damage, clears out the pores, slows oil production, and it tightens the look of pores.”
  •  Treat sunburns. “It’s all about getting the inflammation down as soon as possible to curb damage in the skin and to calm redness,” Martinez cautions. “Soak a facecloth in a bowl of skim milk and ice and apply it to the area for five to ten minutes. Taking an aspirin or ibuprofen will also help with redness and swelling.”
  • Treat sun spots immediately. Dark splotches on the forehead, cheeks and upper lip (also known as melasma) make their peak appearance in summer, and it’s often triggered by heat as much as sun exposure. A facecloth soaked in ice water, then wrung out and held to the neck, cools the blood that’s flowing to the face and reduces redness. Keeping a vitamin spritzer or atomizer in the ice chest is a great idea. And when dark spots do appear, consider Fraxel Laser Treatments or ask your physician for a prescription strength melasma cream, like the custom-compounded one by Trinity Medical Pharmacy
  •  Go easy on the eyes. The summer elements can be particularly harsh on the fragile skin around the eyes. Sunglasses are chic, but they’re also instrumental in protecting our eyes. Wear them diligently alongside a fast-absorbing, peptide-rich eye cream like Revision Skincare’s D-E-J eye cream.

So, no excuses, get with the program. Some effort on your part will result in healthy, radiant skin long after the summer glow fades.

The aestheticians at Lecada Medical Artistry can create a specially tailored skincare regimen for you to ensure your skin’s optimal health in any season. Lecada is located at 3710 West Azeele Street in Tampa. Call 813-874-2332 to schedule your appointment.

[Originally published in Panache Vue magazine, May 2014]

Lecada-Sizzling Summer Skincare


Beautiful Results with Belotero

Bags. Dark shadows. Puffiness. Lines. Over the years we’ve applied almost anything--steeped tea bags, cucumbers, and hemorrhoid ointment, all in a desperate attempt to correct our under-eye area. And while Sculptra (off-label) did the trick admirably for some, it wasn’t the FDA-approved miracle we expected. Well, the waiting is over. Belotero, deemed to be the first, true line filler and under-eye (a.k.a. tear trough filler) miracle, approved by the FDA is here!

Much like Juvederm and Restylane, Belotero is a hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler for the superficial lines and moderate to severe wrinkles on the face. That said, what makes it stand out from the crowd? Belotero’s chemical structure is actually different from other hyaluronic-based fillers. It is the world’s first monophasic HA dermal filler based on patented cross-linking technology. Simply put, during manufacturing, Belotero is passed through sieves that ensure a uniform particle size, making it extremely smooth, lightweight, and pliable. This allows it to adapt within even very thin skin areas, for soft and even correction.

“Belotero’s biochemical difference offers greater versatility than that of it’s competitors,” explains Dana Martinez, owner of Lecada Medical Artistry in South Tampa. “Some other hyaluronic fillers can cause a bluish tint if injected too superficially, particularly through the thin under eye area. That is not the case with Belotero. And, since it can be used to fill nasolabial folds, and the fine wrinkles around the mouth, it fills an important niche in advanced injectable treatments,” Martinez says.


According to Merz, the makers of Belotero, not only are results immediate, they are proven to last. In a clinical study, many patients report results lasting 6 months or more. For a soft, subtle outcome with staying power, Belotero is the natural choice.

A word of caution: Belotero is not a volumizer, but rather, a top layer to be placed over deeper fillers. It will evenly integrate with your own dermal tissue and rehydrate for a radiant appearance. The results are noticeable but the product is not. You may not be able to do much about sleepless nights or the never-ending stress, but with Belotero, it sure looks like you did!

[Originally published in Panache Vue magazine, April 2014]

Belotero Tampa at Lecada Medical Artistry