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Celebrating 20 Years of Dermatological Experience

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Suzanne Bruce and Associates first opened our doors in 1997 which means we’re celebrating 20 years of dermatological experience, expertise and service to our patients. Keep a look out all year long for unique events, specials and giveaways celebrating this milestone for our practice.

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS – 20% OFF BOTOX® Cosmetic

In 2002 we introduced BOTOX® Cosmetic at Suzanne Bruce and Associates when it was first FDA-approved for the frown lines. Since then our expert injectors have safely and effectively administered thousands of treatments, and BOTOX® Cosmetic has proven to be a tried and true anti-aging solution.

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As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, we are offering 20% OFF* Botox Cosmetic on appointments this week only, Monday, February 20, 2017 thru February 24, 2017. Refresh your look today! Hurry, space is limited!

Call 713.850.0240 to schedule! 

*Minimum of 20 units required. Some restrictions may apply. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Select providers participating. Treatment must be received between Monday, February 20, 2017 and February 24, 2017.

Too Much, Not Enough, or “Just Right”: Planning Your Injectable Visit

Dermatologists in Houston: The "Just Right" Injectable Treatment | Dr. Suzanne Bruce

When it comes to injectable treatments, many patients of our dermatologists in Houston express concerns about not getting enough to last — or getting too much. Under-treating an area simply results in unsatisfactory results, and many patients may feel as if they haven’t “gotten their money’s worth.” On the other hand, over treatment can create an overfilled, unnatural appearance that can take a while to wear off.

If you’re planning your first (or just your next) filler treatment, these tips might help you get the ideal result you’re envisioning.

Bring in a photo. Not just any photo, though. Choose a past photo of yourself — say, one that’s 10 or 15 years old. As injectors, it’s a big help to see the shape of your younger face, including where it used to accumulate volume and softness. This helps us administer products strategically, creating results that keep you looking like you — only younger.

Do your research. It’s vitally important to choose a highly qualified injector with a solid, established reputation. At Suzanne Bruce & Associates, each of our physicians is board-certified and boasts an excellent track record when it comes to injectable fillers. Our Nurse Practicioner and Physician Assistant have over 10 years experience each! We’ve been in the business of aesthetics for more than 20 years and are one of the top BOTOX® Cosmetic and filler facilities in the county. Our providers regularly undergo continuing education with world renowned injectors to keep their skills fresh. Experience counts!

 Come in with an open mind. Dermal fillers can address many different areas of the face and neck. Here, it’s important to trust in the guidance of your injector. While you may be thinking of solving a problem you’re seeing by adding volume to the cheeks, for example, your injector may decide that filling in hollowness under the eyes will be a better way to achieve your desired effect.

Overall, keep in mind that dermal fillers are very versatile, and a trained eye can see the most effective path to the best possible result. That’s exactly what we offer. If you’re ready for a consultation, please begin by contacting us online. You may also give us a call at (713) 850-0240.

SBA Community Outreach 2017

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Make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram between February 1 and February 25 we will be posting facts about domestic violence to help spread awareness and education in the Houston and Katy area.

Empowerment Week at SBA starts February 20th

We have dedicated a whole week to educating and empowering our staff about domestic violence.

  • Monday, February 20, 2017 “Take a Step Forward”
    • Our staff will be rallying together and kick off our Empowerment week with a bold sock day!
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017 “Be Bold”
    • Our staff will be creating/decorating empowering shirts
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 “Give Back”
    • Our staff will be writing encouraging words for women at the center
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017 “Become Educated”
    • Out staff will enjoy a lunch by an empowering speaker who encourages women to find their voice
  • Friday, February 24, 2017 “Spread Awareness”
    • Our staff will be wearing purple in support of domestic violence awareness
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017  “Get Involved”
    • Our staff will be participating in the 29th Annual Race Against Domestic Violence

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Restore Your Skin’s Healthy State with HydraFacialMD

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Your skin is most beautiful when it’s healthy. Our skin-expert aestheticians are introducing HydraFacial MD® at our Galleria area office. HydraFacial is a non-invasive, multistep treatment offering the benefits of a hydradermabrasion, a chemical peel, painless extractions (no pinching!) and a special delivery of antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and peptides.Great for all skin types, the HydraFacial MD® is not only highly effective at improving overall skin health, but also excellent for remedying:hydrafacial machine

  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Elasticity & Firmness
  • Skin Tone Evenness & Vibrancy
  • Skin Texture
  • Brown Spots
  • Oily/Congested Skin
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Advanced Signs of Aging

The HydraFacial MD® utilizes the unique Vortex-Fusion® serum delivery system.The multi-step treatment cleanses, evenly exfoliates and extracts to remove impurities and dead skin cells while at the same time replenishing vital nutrients including Antioxidants, Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid. Thanks to the devices’ superior delivery system, these performing ingredients are able to more effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles for results you can see and feel instantly.

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Join our express program. Your initial treatment is $175, and if you come in every 4 weeks thereafter, your subsequent treatments are just $150!

Call 713.850.0240 to schedule!

*HydraFacial is only available at our Galleria location. Some restrictions may apply. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Consultation may be required. Express150: $175 for the initial treatment, if you return within 4 weeks for your next treatment you’ll receive the same treatment at $150. Once you go past 4 weeks your pricing resets back to $175.

Defying Facial Aging, One Area at a Time

Dermatologist in Houston Describes How to Slow Facial Aging | Dr. Suzanne BruceAs a dermatologist, my Houston patients come to me with a host of questions every day. But by far the questions I hear the most are related to the aging process: how to slow it down, stop it, or even reverse it. Aging is simply a natural part of being human, and some of its effects are unavoidable. But there are some steps we can all take to minimize some of the most common signs of facial aging. Here are a few of my favorites.

For flat cheeks or an undefined jaw line

Cheeks don’t have to be “chubby” to look youthful. A natural-looking cheek contour can take years off your face. When administered by an expert hand, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC can offer subtle fullness and a modest lift that can endure for up to 2 years. Our board-certified physicians are highly trained injectors with the expertise to sculpt dramatic (but natural-looking) results, guided first and foremost by your specific aesthetic goals.

For frown lines and crow’s feet

BOTOX® Cosmetic is indispensable for these wrinkles, which emerge gradually after years of repeated facial movements, such as squinting. BOTOX works by temporarily blocking the nerve signals to the muscles that make these wrinkles. This smooths them out without sacrificing your ability to move your face. Expect your results to last between 3 and 4 months.

For loss of volume

As we age, skin, fat, and other facial tissues tend to hollow out, creating a gaunt look as they sag. “Loss of volume” means different things to different people, and it can occur anywhere on the face or neck. JUVÉDERM® is a favorite for treating all-around loss of volume. It’s a versatile hyaluronic acid-based filler that can last for more than a year.

For small lips

In recent years, several dermal filler manufacturers have answered the demand for a product that specifically targets the lips. Both Restylane® Silk and JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® are smooth gel hyaluronic acid-based fillers in special formulations meant for the lips. Both offer subtle additions of volume in a single treatment session.

Small lips are often a by-product of aging, but many people have naturally thin or uneven lips even when they’re young, making these fillers popular with patients of all ages.

For Double Chins

Some of the biggest breakthoughs in 2015-2016 in cosmetic dermatology were related to minimizing the dreaded double chin. As we age we can accumulate fat in the chin area that until recently only could be removed through liposuction. Now we have two new methods that have complete revolutionized patients ability to get a truly chiseled jaw line. For smaller fat deposits we really like to use a product called Kybella®. Kybella is injected in the chin area and helps dissolve the fat in the targeted area with great results. For larger fat deposits we are loving the CoolMini by CoolSculpting®. Now we can use the highly effective freezing technology under the chin to help reduce the fat by 20% in just one treatment. You can also super charge your results and combine both treatments for even better results.

4 Myths About Injectable Fillers

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Few aesthetic treatments are more popular these days than injectable fillers. But even as their popularity increases, misconceptions about fillers persist. For anyone looking for a cosmetic dermatologist in Houston, it’s important to separate fact from fiction regarding injectable fillers such as JUVÉDERM® and RESTYLANE®.

Before we tackle them, it’s helpful to understand what fillers are and how they work. A filler is an injectable gel-like substance that is designed to minimize certain lines and wrinkles by adding volume. Most fillers these days are made with hyaluronic acid, a substance that’s naturally found in the body which helps absorb water. BOTOX® Cosmetic, on the other hand, is not a filler. It’s a neuromodulator. It works by limiting the movement of tiny facial muscles which cause wrinkles to develop.

Now, on to those myths:

Myth 1: Anyone can perform cosmetic injections. The stories you may hear about disappointing results can often be traced back to an inexperienced or untrained injector. Choosing the right injector is crucial. Even though cosmetic injections seem like relatively simple procedures, they require precision and the ability to assess a patient’s individual needs based on facial anatomy. Injecting too much or too little of a filler can lead to unintended results, as can placing the injection in the wrong location.

Myth 2: Getting fillers is very painful. Years ago, filler injections could be fairly uncomfortable, depending on the patient’s pain tolerance. Now, however, virtually all fillers are formulated with an anesthetic called lidocaine, which takes away the sting of an injection. And topical numbing creams can be applied before the injections for anyone who wants an extra level of protection.

Myth 3: Your face will look fake after getting fillers. This is related to the first myth that anyone can perform filler injections. If your injector is inexperienced or ill-equipped to perform the treatments, then you may not be happy with the results. It may be that you don’t notice any difference — or you may look lumpy. Similarly, lip enhancement fillers require a delicate touch to avoid getting the dreaded “duck lips” that do appear unnatural. The goal of fillers is to create results that give your face a refreshed, but natural appearance, and that’s exactly what you’ll get in the care of an experienced injector.

Myth 4: The results are permanent. Fillers are lasting longer and longer. Certain products are approved by the FDA to last up to 2 years. But most fillers last between 6 months to a year, and they don’t produce permanent results. It’s also important to note that the results of hyaluronic acid-based fillers (which make up the vast majority of options) can be reversed. If a patient is unhappy with the outcome, a provider can inject hyaluronidase, an agent that dissolves the hyaluronic acid used in the filler.

Let’s close with a closer look at the results. In these before-and-after photos, you see a 55-year-old woman treated with JUVÉDERM to soften the “smile lines” or nasolabial folds:

 

3 Skincare Ingredients That Really Work

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3 Skincare Ingredients That Really Work! By Pauline Scott, MD

It can often times be confusing which ingredients to look for in skincare products as a myriad of products tout the latest and greatest ingredients for perfect skin. These claims are not always backed by sound scientific research. In addition, even if the product has a scientifically proven ingredient, it may not have been manufactured correctly or have enough of the active ingredient to deliver maximal results. As a board-certified dermatologist, there are several skincare ingredients I recommend to my patients based on their skin concerns. Below are three ingredients that I commonly recommend to patients.

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Also known as ascorbic acid, this antioxidant helps protect the skin against UVA and UVB rays that contribute to skin aging. It also can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. My recommendation: SkinCeuticals® CE Ferulic

Retinol

This Vitamin A derivative has been shown to promote collagen production and diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots resulting in a more even skin tone. My recommendation: SkinMedica® Retinol Complex

Zinc Oxide

This inert mineral is considered a physical sunscreen blocker because it sits on top of the skin and blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Wearing this sunscreen daily can protect against the damaging UV rays that cause both skin aging and skin cancer.My recommendation: EltaMD® UV Clear

Instantly Lift Cheeks with Sillouhette InstaLift™!

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Instantly Lift Cheeks with Sillouhette InstaLift™!
By Tracy Katz, MD

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Silhouette InstaLift is the newest and most exciting treatment that is sweeping the nation’s top cosmetic dermatologist’s offices this December. This procedure is designed to lift the deeper layers of facial skin in a short, non-invasive treatment that ultimately helps stimulate your own collagen for longer lasting results. It does this with the use of dissolving sutures and tiny cones made of Poly Lactic Acid (PLLA). Each suture has bidirectional cones (one set of cones point on way and another points the opposite way) that once inserted allow the dermatologist to reposition the deeper tissue onto the cones, thus providing re-contouring and lift. The PLLA then helps stimulate fibroblast activity, which basically means new collagen growth that then continues over the next 18 months. Instalift is a low to no downtime procedure that can instantly give you results!

Here is how the procedure takes place. First, we mark vectors on your face around your nasolabial fold and jowl. This basically means we are creating a map which shows us visually the areas that we are targeting to lift. Then, the areas where the needle will go in and out of are prepped and numbed with a small shot of lidocaine. This helps make the procedure more comfortable and pain-free. The InstaLift sutures are then inserted under the skin in the direction of vectors that will lift the tissue into the desired position. The excess suture material is then trimmed off the edge so nothing sticks out of the skin. As collages starts to build the sutures are then naturally absorbed, leaving a new structure of collagen that will continue to lift the skin.

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While we do see an instant change, over the next 2-4 months the outcome will only get better with the building collagen. Recently I treated Dr. Suzanne Bruce, and she is loving her results! Silhouette InstaLift can be an amazing procedure on its own, but we can really give you jaw dropping results when combined with fillers, toxins or resurfacing. Come in for a free consult to see if you may be a good candidate.

A Blogger’s Eye View of Dermal Fillers

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Our team recently had the pleasure of treating a patient named Meg (pictured above), a mom of 2 adorable daughters, a part-time junior high school theater teacher, and a popular blogger who documented her experience at our practice on YouTube. Meg, the blogger behind “Meg O on the Go,” wanted to find a dermatologist in Houston to help her navigate anti-aging treatments that would be appropriate for her such as filler and BOTOX® Cosmetic injections.

We were excited to partner with her on the project and help her followers get a glimpse into the world of real world of cosmetic dermatology. One of the myths we like to dispel is how cosmetic fillers and Botox can lead to an overdone and unnatural look. As a 33-year-old, Meg told Dr. Katz that even though she feels good about her overall appearance, she was concerned that the lines around her mouth were making her look 5 years older. Dr. Katz worked with Meg closely on what her expectations were and since she “vlogged” the whole experience, you can experience it right along with her!

Meg is a good example of the patients who come to Suzanne Bruce and Associates for nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. In her blog,

she wrote about breaking down the barriers to simply understand injectables: “I am hoping to get rid of some of the stigma behind these kinds of treatments, and I am also hoping to help you make an educated decision if it was something you are considering.” As you can see in the before-and-after photos at the end of her video, the combination of fillers and BOTOX injections provided the subtle improvements that she wanted. The results appear natural, with some of the lines softened and the smoothing of the nasolabial folds.

The cosmetic treatments offered at our practice include a wide range of procedures. We hope to have Meg back later on, when and if she decides to try something else!

As one of the leading dermatology practices in the nation, we remain at the forefront when it comes to providing breakthrough treatments. The most recent example is the introduction of JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA®, which we recently discussed in another blog post.

Interested in learning more about our treatments? Like us on Facebook, and you’ll be among the first to know about exclusive specials and upcoming events hosted at our practice. We also encourage patients to sign up for our newsletter for the latest in skincare news around here.

We hope you enjoy Meg’s story and feel inspired to stop by our practice for a skin care consultation.

Reducing Melenoma Risk by up to 18%

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April CutOutReducing Melenoma Risk by up to 18%! By April Harrison, MPAS, PA-C
A reduced chance of developing melanoma? That’s what one recent study said could happen if women use sunscreen at least SPF 15. In a recent article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology*, over 143,000 Norwegian women were followed for 11 years. Those who wore sunscreen with SPF 15 were 18% less likely to develop melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

The American Academy of Dermatology, and we at Suzanne Bruce and Associates, recommend using a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays. We recommend an SPF 30+ sunscreen be applied to all exposed areas – face, neck, chest, scalp, top of ears, arms and hands. It is also important to reapply after two hours or after swimming or sweating. Physical methods of sun protection such as broad-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and sun protective clothing, are also beneficial. Although this study followed women, the same conclusions could be drawn for men.

The bottom line? Wear your SPF 30+ sunscreen every day!

*http://www.reuters.com/

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