Cosmetic and Weight Loss

 

Microneedling

Before and after photos after using mend

Microneedling is also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or Medical Needling.  Just like acupuncture, it is a safe, natural, effective, and a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure to help reverse the hands of time!

The obvious benefits include having softer, firmer skin; reduction in deeper wrinkles; possible elimination of finer wrinkles; and brightening of dark spots or hyperpigmentation.  We can even treat scars (surgical or acne) and stretch marks.  As part of your session, you will also have a few body acupuncture points done to further enhance your results and treat your whole body.

During your microneedling treatment, micro-punctures in the skin are created which trigger your body’s natural healing abilities by causing various proteins, potassium, fibroblasts, and other growth factors to converge on the site of the “micro injury.”  This process results in rapid collagen production – the youthful, stretching components of the skin.

Studies have shown that having four microneedling sessions, spaced one month apart, increase collagen and elastin production by up to 400%.  As collagen production increases, it causes your skin to plump and thicken.  The results are a reduction in the appearance of scars, fine lines, and other skin improvements.

Your face will become like a sponge, absorbing and using significantly more of your anti-aging skin care products for several days after your treatments, magnifying your results.  Microneedling goes well beyond exfoliation, without the concern of heat or chemical damage, and the extensive downtime that goes along with those types of procedures.

What should I expect during the treatment?  Does it hurt?

While your appointment will be 60 minutes long, we will start with about 25 minutes of prescription numbing cream application.  This will allow us to discuss your aftercare and future face care regimen and any questions you have.  You will also get a few body acupuncture points to treat your whole body and minimize downtime.  

After which, I will cleanse and examine your skin before performing the procedure using a top-of-the-line medical device under sterile conditions.  The microneedling procedure, itself, will take about 20-30 minutes.  You will leave with hydrating serums on your skin, so you will not just look rosy, but also a bit shiny.  You can always dab some off 30 minutes later if you prefer, or, for best results, just let your skin soak it up for hours!

What to expect after the treatment?  What is the downtime?

A)      The Day of Treatment – Your skin may appear pink to red depending on the length of treatment and depth of the needles used.  It is important to avoid the sun.  You will mist your face with a hydrating serum every few hours.  Let your skin soak it all up!    
 
B)      The Next Day – Skin may appear to have anywhere from a flushed “glow” to that of a moderate sunburn. Some minor swelling may be noticeable, and your skin may feel drier or tighter than normal.  Keep misting your face with a hydrating serum every few hours.  
 
C)      Day 3 and Beyond – Your skin will have mostly returned to its normal color or appear slightly pink. Swelling will have subsided. Your skin will continue to improve in the weeks following the treatment.  You may go back to your regular skin care regimen or the new regimen I create for you to help you with your long-term goals.  It is vital to me that I make sure you are preventing and treating your skin with clean and safe products.

What do I use on my face afterwards?

Aftercare products are included with your first treatment.  These are products that have been tested and proven effective with the MDPen microneedling procedure.

Get the most out of your microneedling treatments by letting me help you discover the best options for your skin and goals.  The use of MDPen botanical and medical-grade products will help:

  •          Increase blood circulation
  •          Encourage cell regeneration
  •          Provide essential nutrients to the dermis or epidermis

Why should I get microneedling done by Dr. West instead of a Nurse or Esthetician? 

If you know me at all, you know that I am thorough, clean, and always sure to be trained and experienced enough to use any new technique in my clinic with my precious patients!

Who is better to microneedle you than a master of needles – an Acupuncturist!  Plus, I will be using some acupuncture body-points to enhance results, minimize downtime, and treat your whole body at the same time.

Patients leave not only looking younger, but feeling younger and healthier.  I think that it is fair to say that this is the only cosmetic procedure that actually improves the health of the patient, and that is why I am so passionate about incorporating this technique into my clinic.

How is this different from other cosmetic procedures?

Unlike other cosmetic procedures, there is no risk of heat or chemical damage with microneedling.  No injections of toxins.  Shorter downtime.  Safer.  Also, we will be stimulating your whole body’s healing with the body acupuncture included.  

How many treatments are needed?

To stop the clock or turn back the clock, you will need a series of 6 monthly treatments.  Scar and hair treatments are also 6 monthly treatments.  A single session may be performed 3-6 months later, or what I recommend for the area we are treating.

Who should not have microneedling done?

1)      Immunocompromised (Cancer, low white blood cells, anemia, Immunosuppressive meds)
2)      Someone currently or recently taking steroids for infection
3)      Viral or bacterial infections
4)      Pregnancy
5)      Eczema or Psoriasis over affected treatment area
6)      Pustule or Nodule Rosacea.  If mild non-pustule type or simple flushing type, you are fine.
7)      Patients that keloid every time they scar
8)      Pustule acne.  If minimal, flat, or previous breakout residual, you are fine.  
9)      Strong blood thinners (Coumadin/Warfarin) 
10)    Insulin-Dependent Diabetics
11)    Allergies to lidocaine
12)    Scars at least 6 months old
Looking forward to watching your skin get healthier before our eyes!
1)      Immunocompromised (Cancer, low white blood cells, anemia, Immunosuppressive meds)
2)      Someone currently or recently taking steroids for infection
3)      Viral or bacterial infections
4)      Pregnancy
5)      Eczema or Psoriasis over affected treatment area
6)      Pustule or Nodule Rosacea.  If mild non-pustule type or simple flushing type, you are fine.
7)      Patients that keloid every time they scar
8)      Pustule acne.  If minimal, flat, or previous breakout residual, you are fine.  
9)      Strong blood thinners (Coumadin/Warfarin) 
10)    Insulin-Dependent Diabetics
11)    Allergies to lidocaine
12)    Scars at least 6 months old

Looking forward to watching your skin get healthier before our eyes!

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