Collagen Induction Therapy

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I am excited to share a treatment we are now offering at TAW Center called Micro-needing! I know the name sounds a little scary but it’s really not bad at all. This is a revolutionary treatment used to treat acne scars, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and more. In this article, you will get the 411 on this innovative skin treatment.

So what is Micro-needling aka “Collagen Induction Therapy”?

Before getting into what it is, it is important to review the skin’s anatomy. Don’t worry—I’ll keep it simple.

The skin, which is the largest organ in the body, has two important layers: the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the top layer of the skin and the dermis is the lower layer of the skin where collagen and elastin are located. Micro-needling works by stimulating the dermis to rebuild collagen, while preserving and improving the look of the epidermis.
Micro-needling is a non-surgical procedure where fine needles (like the ones used by acupuncturists) are inserted in the skin creating micro-openings in the top layer of the skin. These micro-injuries trigger a natural healing response, allowing the skin to create new collagen and elastin. This treatment will require the application of serums containing anti-oxidants, vitamins, growth factors or hyaluronic acid. The lower layers of the skin will absorb these nutrients, inducing the regrowth of collagen (the structural component of the skin).

Just imagine a sponge you soak in water with a variety of nutrients, the sponge will plump and get heavier. This is exactly what will happen to the skin after few treatments.

One of the many benefits of micro-needling is that it works from the inside out, leaving the epidermis intact, unlike ablative lasers that evaporate the top layers of the skin, losing the natural look.

So, who would be a good candidate for the micro-needling?

Micro-needling can be applied with patient of any skin color and type. It is an excellent treatment for clients who are looking for the following:

• Improve skin tone and texture
• Improve wrinkles and fine lines
• Decrease appearance of scars, acne scars and stretch marks
• Improve skin discoloration or hyperpigmentation

Clinical studies have shown that micro-needling is an excellent treatment for hair loss and cellulite reduction as well.

Collagen Induction Therapy can target problem areas such as delicate skin around the eyes, vertical lip lines, dark spots, and melasma. The downtime for this treatment is little to none, making it very advantageous for you!

Most micro-needling sessions are done in a series of four or six treatments, two to four weeks apart. Micro-needling will continue to rebuild collagen for up to 6 months after the treatment.

At this point you’re probably asking yourself… “What should I expect during the treatment?”

If my client has a low pain threshold, I will recommend the numbing cream to be applied at least one hour prior to start the procedure, to make it more comfortable. I start the treatment by cleansing and degreasing the skin. A serum(s) is applied according to the skin condition we are treating. A specialized pen containing the micro-needles will be used to create tiny openings in the skin. Remember, your skin is a sponge and will start soaking the nutrients in during the treatment. The treatment is completed with the appropriate LED light treatment to help heal the skin, and will finish with application of sunblock and moisturizer.

What to expect after micro-needling:

Most of my clients have reported mild redness to the skin for up to 48 hours. It is possible to have pin-point bleeding during the treatment. The overall results are well worth having the treatment.

It is very important to remember that micro-needling treatment varies from person to person. The home skin care and protection you provide to your skin will help extend the results, however, maintenance treatment is recommended every four to six months.

Just one of many…

Here is just one example of my experience providing this treatment: I have a client who has dealt with melasma (dark spots) on her forehead for many years and very few things seem to improve it. She’s had Photo-Facials done along with chemical peels and microdermabrasion but none seem to really help. We have only done 2 treatments so far and already there is significant improvement in the tone of her skin!

Performing micro-needling on my clients has been very rewarding. I have been doing aesthetics for about 8 years now and in that time I have never seen any treatment with such little to no downtime give such significant results. As a medical aesthetician, trust me when I say I get excited when something is truly working for my clients.

It really is impressive.

Now, for all you needle-phobics out there, there is an alternative treatment that does not require needles yet gives similar results. The treatment is called Needle-Free Collagen Induction Therapy or Virtual Mesotherapy. It uses Electroporation which is the application of a painless micro-current that opens the pores of the cells and allows the nutrients and anti-oxidants to be absorbed. The process is similar to the Micro-needling; however it requires a minimum of ten treatments and they are provided every one to two weeks.

Both treatments, Micro-needling and Needle-Free Collagen Induction Therapy are provided at The Aesthetic & Wellness Center. Call today to obtain more information or to set up your skin analysis.

The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The Aesthetic & Wellness Center is not responsible or liable for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or products that you obtain through this site. After reading articles, watching videos or reading other content from this website, you are encouraged to review the information carefully with your professional healthcare provider or skin care specialist.

Five Simple Tips to Healthier Skin

Five Simple Tips to Healthier Skin

Hey guys! My name is Iris, the Medical Aesthetician at The Aesthetic & Wellness Center.

Now, I can’t speak for you, but years before I became an aesthetician, I had this little magnifying mirror that I would use when I tweezed my brows. However, every time used it I would take a closer look at my face and all of a sudden become an OCD maniac about my skin — I remember seeing fine lines around my eyes and smile lines, black heads on my nose and freckles all over (Okay, maybe I was a little too dramatic as a 16-year-old) but in my world it was terrible!

So…what did I do?

I took my mom’s harshest scrub, snuck it in the bathroom so she wouldn’t see me and I scrubbed like there’s no tomorrow. My results–dry, tight, itchy red skin…Let’s face it–we’ve all done it. It didn’t work then and it doesn’t work now.

Simple is Better!

I’m here to tell you, there’s a better way. We don’t need to over exfoliate the skin to improve the look of it. Instead, we need to cleanse in a balanced manner.

TIP: If your skin feels tight and “squeaky clean” after cleansing, your over doing it.

Avoid harsh scrubs, astringent-based products, and anti-acne ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, triclosan and alcohol toners for long term use. These should only ever be used short term to treat acne flare-ups; long-term use can do more harm than good. The same goes for any “bleaching” or “lightening” creams.

We need the natural oils in the skin in order for our skin’s barrier to work properly.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

It’s important to maintain a well-balanced diet to prevent nutrient deficiencies that can affect your skin. Fruits and vegetables provide you with vitamin C, a powerful anti-oxidant.

Add fatty fish, such as salmon or tuna, to your diet because they provide beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vitamin D and selenium.

Eat nuts for a skin-healthy snack rich in zinc, selenium and healthy unsaturated fat, including omega-6 oils.

Read product labels.

Before you get overwhelmed and curse yourself with “bad skin” consider the products you’re using and the make-up you’re applying to your skin.

Many products and ingredients we use daily could actually be the causing congestion and acne cosmetica (little bumps on the skin).

A lot of those products are loaded with heavy silicones and oils that clog the pore or talc that can dry the skin in some people, making fine lines and wrinkles more visible.

By switching to a natural mineral makeup and using the appropriate skin care for your skin type, the congestion will improve.

Hydrate yourself.

It’s impossible to have glowing, gorgeous skin when it’s not nicely hydrated. Seek an appointment with a skin care professional to make sure your skin routine is suitable for your skin type.

If you are prone to acne, talk to a Skin Care Specialist, such as myself, before selecting a moisturizer or any other product for acne-prone skin. Some moisturizers are comedogenic (pore-clogging) and can cause or make acne worse.

For dry skin, moisturizers and emollients work best when they’re applied to skin that is wet or damp. After washing or bathing, pat the skin dry and then apply the moisturizer right away.

Don’t forget eye cream! The skin around our eyes is extra delicate and thin, it needs special care–a hydrating eye cream makes all the difference.

For those of you on the dry side, using a therapeutic night cream really helps balance the skin.

Of course, it’s important to keep your body hydrated with water also, to have happy, healthy skin.

Protect your skin.

#1 ANTI- AGING PRODUCT: SUNSCREEN

It turns out sun block does more than protect you from skin cancer and painful sunburns — it offers a boost to simple vanity. Studies show that routine sun block use protects against photoaging: (the wrinkling, spotting and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation).

UVA rays – age skin
UVB rays – burn skin

Both damage the skin, therefore it is important to use a broad spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis of at least an SPF of 30.

Reapply every 90 minutes if you’re planning on being out for hours at a time.

These are just a few tips to help you in your pursuit to a better looking you. If you need more information or your skin is in need of a professional evaluation, give us a call at 941-749-0741 and I would be more than happy to help.

Best wishes,
Iris XOXO

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