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Quick Pick-Me-Ups for the Face

Could someone guess your age just by looking at your face? Your years don't need to make a public announcement across your forehead, around your eyes, or at the corners of your smile. At Lecada, we offer many medical non-surgical solutions for faces marked with time or stress. Reclaim your youth and keep the number of birthdays you've celebrated a treasured secret.

Botox Treatments

There are a number of myths surrounding Botox treatments. In reality, Botox is a quick, safe, and effective way to shed years and bring back a more youthful appearance. Botox simply relaxes facial muscles, rather than freezing them, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles for four to six months.

Fillers

Along with wrinkles, passing years can bring about hollowed areas in the face, especially around the eyes or cheekbones. Fillers can plump up an aging face, reshaping your structure into an attractive, youthful appearance. Some fillers, such as Artefille, can fill in wrinkles while releasing collagen and preventing future wrinkles from appearing. Results are immediate, and no recovery time is necessary.

Vi Peels

This chemical facial peel offers a double benefit. It removes dead skin cells and works to produce extra collagen to keep the face looking young. Vi Peels can improve a variety of skin problems at any age, ranging from acne, enlarged pores, and freckles to wrinkles, age spots and dullness. This procedure is mostly painless, although some clients report a mild stinging. Recovery time is not necessary, but you might notice some slight skin discoloration for a couple days following the procedure.

To determine which pick-me-up would work best for you, call us at (813) 874-2332 to schedule a free consultation. We'll go over all of your options and find the right fit for your face.

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Say Good-Bye to Cellulite

You don't need to be embarrassed when showing off your thighs at the gym, pool, or beach. Despite the common myth, cellulite doesn't have to last forever. Although cellulite isn't always preventable, it is often removable. There are several approaches to ridding yourself of the unattractive dimpled and uneven skin texture that tends to appear with age or weight gain.

Weight Loss

Strategic weight loss plans often reduce the appearance of cellulite on the skin. Medical weight loss supervised by a healthcare professional can ensure that you achieve the look you want. Our medical weight loss plans will include a thorough education on proper nutrition, along with a diet and exercise plan tailored to your body type, physical condition, and medical history.

Collagen Induction Therapy

Encouraging the production of collagen can tighten up your skin and bring back the elasticity that holds off cellulite. This procedure smooths out the texture of the skin and creates a firmer, more youthful appearance. After numbing the target area, micro-needles are used to create new channels in the skin and promote extra collagen. Although collagen induction therapy does reduce cellulite, it is not a weight loss method.

Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy also works to remove cellulite through injections, and it is a good method for patients who are also looking to slim down their trouble spots. Mesotherapy injections are made out of a combination of natural ingredients, vitamins, and FDA-approved medications. This method works best when coupled with a consistent fitness routine and a healthy diet.

Exilis Skin Tightening

Exilis is an effective and painless method of removing extra pounds using ultrasonic waves and heat, while also smoothing and tightening the skin to erase cellulite. This method offers quick, long-term results when coupled with a healthy lifestyle. The process only lasts about 20 minutes, and you can typically enjoy full results after four treatments.

Learn more about your options at Lecada Medical Spa. To determine your best method for reducing cellulite, schedule a free consultation with us by calling (813) 874-2332.

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Reducing Wrinkles: Your Best Anti-aging Options

You've probably been told that wrinkles are an inevitable part of life. Everybody gets them. No one can escape them. They show wisdom, right? They tell a story. All of that may be true, but there is nothing wrong with delaying wrinkles as long as possible, and reducing their appearance when they do finally arrive. A younger-looking face is possible, but how?

Nutrition

When trying to preserve an attractive appearance, there are few lifestyle choices more important than your diet. Choosing the right foods, and avoiding the wrong ones, will keep you young and healthy far longer than the average American consuming a typical diet could expect. Fresh whole foods that are filled with antioxidants will have a noticeable affect on your skin, and delay wrinkles from making their mark across your face. Effective anti-aging foods include:

  • Blueberries
  • Avocados
  • Carrots
  • Eggs
  • Poultry
  • Apples
  • Berries
  • Plums
  • Eggplants
  • Beans
  • Onions

Botox

Botox is one of the most common approaches to wrinkle reduction. It is a simple and noninvasive alternative to facelift surgery. Although Botox is administered through a needle, the procedure is relatively painless and extremely safe when done by a trained professional. Not only will Botox fill in existing wrinkles, follow-up appointments every 4 to 6 months will also prevent new lines from appearing. Some anti-aging benefits of Botox include:

  • Erasing vertical lines near the eyebrows
  • Erasing lines across the forehead
  • Smoothing crow's feet around the eyes
  • Removing wrinkles around the mouth
  • Lifting your eyebrows
  • Lifting the corners of your lips

Liquid Facelift

A liquid facelift combines the anti-aging powers of Botox and facial fillers to recreate a youthful appearance. This procedure is noninvasive, requires no anesthesia, and is typically completed in under an hour. The fillers help to plump up hollow areas of the face, lift eyebrows, and make cheekbones more prominent. Recovery time usually lasts only a couple days.

Do you wonder which anti-aging approach will work best for you? Schedule a free consultation with us by calling (813) 874-2332 and we'll go over all of your options together.

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Winter Skin Treatments

The short, cold days of winter may make you feel tired and unmotivated, and sometimes it's a challenge to keep that from showing across your face, too. By January, your face can become dry, flaky, and sometimes irritable or sensitive to products. Dreary winter months are the perfect opportunity to try out a new skin treatment that will leave you looking hydrated, rejuvenated, and youthful.

Restorative Peels

Don't let dead or damaged facial skin gather this winter. Schedule a Vi Peel to remove the build up of unattractive skin cells, leaving you with fresh, new skin that never betrays your age. Not only will a Vi Peel remove damaged skin cells, it will boost collagen production and encourage elasticity, keeping your skin hydrated and healthy longer.

Facial Fillers

Quicker and cheaper than yesterday's facelift, you can schedule a facial filler during your lunch break and return the youth to a face that is beginning to age and wrinkle. Fillers will plump up hollow areas that develop near the eyes, and improve the elasticity of the skin, creating a younger appearance. Fillers are typically recommended for patients in their 40s or 50s.

Exilis Skin Tightening

Not thrilled with your plump cheeks, double chin, or hidden cheek bones? An Exilis skin treatment will dissolve fat and leave your skin smooth and tight. The procedure is painless and safe, typically lasting about 20 minutes. For best results you will want to schedule four appointments, each spaced two weeks apart. Start now and you will have the face you dream of by summer.

If you are considering a winter skin treatment, please call us for a free consultation at 813-874-2332. No matter the season of the year, or your season in life, we can help you bring back your bright, youthful days of summer.

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Medical Weight Loss: How It Works

Happy New Year! As we all focus on our resolutions for 2012, perhaps one of yours is weight loss. Have you ever considered medical weight loss? Medical weight loss is a system in which, under a physician's supervision, you will be able to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. At Lecada, your doctor-directed plan uses a personalized multi-leveled approach to educate you about nutrition, eating habits and fitness. Your plan may include Exilis skin tightening, HCG injections or guide you toward your most effective weight loss method.

Nutrition Education
 
Nutrition can seem like a complicated subject. The more you research, the more conflicting and confusing advice you will find. With professional guidance, dieting does not need to be unhealthy or impossible. A physician-directed approach to weight loss will not only help you shed stubborn pounds, it will help you maintain your healthy diet once the weight is gone.
 
Exilis Skin Tightening
 
This approach works best for those with only a few trouble spots, rather than an overall problem with obesity. Using ultrasonic waves with controlled heating, fat cells break down and the skin tightens, making your trouble spot slimmer, without leaving extra skin behind. Exilis skin tightening usually requires four sessions a couple weeks apart, although you will usually start seeing results after your first appointment.  Coupled with a healthy lifestyle, the results are permanent.
 
HCG Injections
 
Human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG, is a natural hormone that pregnant women produce in the hypothalamus to control metabolism. When used as an agent for weight loss, it can be effective in controlling metabolism in both men and women.  HCG injections cause the hypothalamus to start breaking down abnormally high body fat before anything else, causing fat build-ups to be depleted quickly. Learning to stick with a nutritious diet is essential to long-term success with HCG injections.
 
Would you like to learn more about the many benefits of medical weight loss at Lecada Medical Spa? Schedule a free consultation to go over your options by calling (813) 874-2332. We look forward to helping you meet your weight loss resolutions this year!
 
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Treating Hyperhidrosis with Botox: How it Works

Hyperhidrosis is an embarrassing and uncomfortable problem to deal with if left untreated. Excessive sweat often causes a need to change clothing several times in one day. Patients with this condition sometimes become reluctant to attend events or social engagements that last more than a few hours, in fear that they may start sweating and have no reasonable explanation for changing clothes. Don't let hyperhidrosis rule your life. Botox treatments can save you from sensitive social situations, ruined clothing, and sweaty insecurities.

What to Expect During a Botox Treatment

Once a topical anesthetic is applied to the area you plan to treat, Botox will be injected into the site near your sweat glands using a micro needle. The Botox creates a blockage in the nervous system that decreases chemicals that encourage sweat production. Studies show that Botox can decrease sweating by up to 50 percent.

This is a quick treatment that requires no recovery time. According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, Botox is a safe and effective treatment for excessive sweating. Most patients report a painless experience, along with noticeable improvement within two to four days after the procedure.

Is Botox For You?

Antiperspirants are often the first recommendation from doctors treating hyperhidrosis, but in many cases even prescription deodorants don't provide effective results. Botox treatments might be the right choice for you if:

  • You are still changing clothes throughout the day because of sweat marks.
  • You have to throw out clothes prematurely because of stains.
  • You find yourself sweating even in mild temperatures.
  • You often experience sweaty palms regardless of your emotions or level of anxiety.

How Long Will Botox Treatments Last?

Satisfactory results typically last six to twelve months, so Botox injections will become an annual or semi-annual expense to keep up.

Lecada Medical Spa wants to help you take control of your excessive sweating. If you are interested in Botox treatments for hyperhidrosis, schedule a free consultation with us by calling (813) 874-2332.

How much?

Book your BOTOX appointment before December 31 and pay only $9 per unit! It's our gift to you...

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The Importance of Exfoliation and Moisturizing

To keep your skin in top condition, it is important to have a routine where you cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize. While everyone knows about cleansing, you may or may not know about exfoliating.  

Millions of skin cells on the surface of your body die daily. If these cells are allowed to accumulate, your skin ends up looking dull, dry and patchy. To reverse this process, we remove the dead skin cells with exfoliation, as it helps your skin to stay youthful, healthy and radiant. Exfoliation becomes more critical the older we get because our cell turnover process slows down. 

Exfoliating products fall into two categories:  physical and chemical. Physical exfoliants are like sandpaper for the skin, as they have gritty ingredients to remove the dead skin cells. Popular ingredients are sugar, salt, and ground walnut shells. As the name implies, chemical exfoliants use specialized chemicals or gentle acid peels to remove the dead skin cells. You can also get a professional exfoliation treatment, such as microdermabrasion.  Typically you should use an exfoliant twice a week, depending upon your skin’s sensitivity.

After you exfoliate, you should always apply a moisturizer. Your skin is your largest organ, and it’s your first line of defense against illness, bacteria and other irritants. If your skin is too dry, it will be less flexible and it can tear or crack. Moisturizing your skin helps it to stay healthy, supple and smooth.

A good moisturizer will help your skin renew itself, protect it from the elements and soften it without clogging your pores. A good moisturizer will also go a long way to prevent distress and inflammation in skin, which can cause wrinkles. You should always apply your moisturizer immediately after bathing, when the skin is still a bit damp, as that helps to lock the moisture into the skin.

At Lecada Medical Artistry in Tampa our staff members are always happy to assist you with choosing the best skincare products to exfoliate or moisturize. To schedule a free consultation, a professional facial or specialized peel, call us today at 813-874-2332.

Looking and Feeling Your Best During the Holidays

The Holidays can be a very busy time in your already hectic life. Between family, festivities, and feasts, it is easy to get overwhelmed. However, there are a few things you can do to feel your best, look your best and beat stress during the holidays!

 

First, make sure you’re taking good care of your body.  When you focus on your health, you are bound to look as good as you feel. Prioritize getting enough sleep. Sleep helps you fight off illnesses, allows your body to operate at its best and keeps your energy level up. In addition to sleep, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. Not only does water keep your body hydrated and you skin looking refreshed, it helps to flush out toxins and other impurities. You also need to incorporate plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. A healthy diet fights bloat and that heavy, listless feeling that comes with high fat diets. If your meals include fruits and vegetables such as blueberries and broccoli, these fight free radicals and are packed with antioxidants. Also, plan to take healthy snacks with you while you shop or head out to a holiday party so that you won’t feel obligated to make unhealthy food choices due to limited options. However, if you’re consuming a relatively healthy diet during your day, you deserve to indulge in a slice of pie at special events!

 

Next, streamline your daily beauty routine for the holidays. Choose your favorite feature to play up, and let that be the focus of your look. If you prefer classic red lips, pair it with a cat eye and mascara and you’re ready to go. If you want your eyes to be the focus, choose holiday silver or gold eye shadow and a nude lip and you’ll shine.

 

Finally, make sure to plan some ‘me’ time. Carve out a few hours for yourself to do whatever you like best. Schedule a massage, have a facial, get a mani-pedi or even take a bubble bath and just relax. Prioritizing your health and mental well being during the holidays will make this special time of year far less stressful.

 

At Lecada Medical Artistry in Tampa, we offer facials, massage therapy and Vitamin B12 -- all of which can help you feel your best during the holidays. Give us a call today at 813-874-2332.

Liquid Facelift Discounts for Decemeber Only!

Looking to turn back Father Time for those holiday photos or simply get a head start on a new you for the New Year? A Lecada liquid facelift may be your answer!

Using a combination of different injectables, aging cheeks, under-eye hollows, nasolabial folds and thin lips can be addressed. Sculptra, used off-label, can restore fullness to the cheeks and midface; Restylane can create smoothness between the eye and the cheek; Botox can minimize crow's feet and create the look of a lifted brow; and Radiesse and hyaluronic acid fillers can fill in deep nasolabial folds. But don't just take our word for it. The results -- as you can see from the actual Lecada Medical Artistry before and after photos shown right -- are phenomenal and virtually instantaneous.

A Liquid Facelift can typically be done in an hour, requires no sedation or downtime, and with Lecada's special pricing, the holidays never looked merrier!

DECEMBER ONLY!

  • Botox and Xeomin $9 per unit (regularly $12)
  • Juvederm $499 per syringe (regularly $600)
  • Radiesse $599 per syringe (regularly $900)
  • Artefill $799 per syringe (regularly $1,200)
  • Sculptra $799 per vial (regularly $1,200)

**cannot be combined with any other discount, coupon or promotion**

Would you like to schedule a free consultation today? Please call us at 813-874-2332 or visit us online.

 

Top Myths About Botox Debunked

Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available today. Because of its popularity and the fact that it is a non-invasive procedure, Botox is a top choices for treating and reducing wrinkles. However, many don't know the facts behind this specialized cosmetic treatment and a number of myths about it's effects have sprung up in recent years. Today we will demystify and debunk these myths for you!

Myth: Anyone can administer Botox.
This is simply not true! Only a skilled physician should administer a Botox injection. A specialist can determine the best placement for the shot so that the wrinkle lines are diminished, instead of causing the muscle to be paralyzed.

Myth: Botox is a toxin or poison.
While Botox is a neurotoxic protein that can cause botulism in large doses, the amount of Botox injected into the skin for treatment by a skilled physician is not a high enough dosage to be toxic to an individual. Botulism is not a risk from Botox treatments. It’s even used to treat certain health conditions such as hyperhidrosis, also known as excessive sweating.

Myth: Botox is painful.
Botox is a non-invasive alternative to surgery. Because Botox is administered by a needle, some people think it is extremely painful. However, an experienced medical practitioner uses a small needle that is expertly placed and the injection will cause minimal discomfort. If pain is still a concern, a patient can ask for an anesthetic cream to numb the skin beforehand, eliminating that concern.

Myth: Botox is permanent.
Botox is not a permanent treatment. Once an initial treatment is done, it is easier to maintain the results with successive treatments. By repeating treatment every 4 to 6 months as directed by the doctor, wrinkle formation is prevented.

Myth: Botox is addictive.
Botox is not physically addictive. There are no chemicals added to Botox to cause any kind of addiction behavior.

Myth: Botox will make your face less expressive.
When Botox is administered by skilled professionals, patients still maintain their natural facial expressions. The result simply gives patients a more refreshed, younger appearance. In fact, many patients are more expressive as their inner confidence is bolstered by these few subtle changes.

At Lecada Medical Spa in Tampa, our qualified staff members are ready to help you separate Botox myths from fact. Would you like to learn more about Botox and its potential effects on your appearance? Schedule a free consultation today by calling 813-874-2332.

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