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.

Delay the Effects of Facial Aging Part II

Delay the Effects of Facial Aging Part II

In part I, we presented a variety of non-surgical cosmetic treatments that can help reduce the effect of the aging process on our face. We discussed how certain aesthetic medical treatments can improve the appearance of skin tone, texture, sun damage, red spots, broken capillaries and rosacea.

Remember: although the aging process will continue, however, we can delay some of the external factors that can accelerate the manifestation of lines, wrinkles and folds.

In this second article, we will discuss other factors that contribute to the aging of the face such as:

• Muscle contractions of facials muscles causing deepening of lines and wrinkles, being more visible with the face at rest.

• Loss of the volume due to breakdown of the collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastic fibers. Gravity will push down the supportive tissue and cause deeper wrinkles and folds and general loss of volume in the face.

I will be presenting how injectables such as Botox (BTA) and fillers can smooth out lines and wrinkles and fill in wrinkles, creases and folds while adding volume to the face.

Lines & Wrinkles due to Muscle Contractions

Studies have shown that receiving injectable fillers and products such as BTA (Botox, Dysport or Xeomin) can help delay the visible aging process and prevent lines and wrinkles from getting deeper.

BTA relaxes the contraction of the muscles that cause the lines and wrinkles. BTA was approved by the FDA for aesthetic purposes in 2002. However, BTA has been around for more than 20 years and it has been used for the treatment of muscle spasms, strabismus and constant blinking of the eyelids. More recently, BTA has been approved for treatment of migraine headaches, sweaty underarms and neurogenic bladder.

Treatments with BTA have been proven safe and simple to administer. A medical history is required to evaluate any contraindication to the treatment.

BTA treatments can last 3 to 4 months. Receiving ongoing injections will allow the muscle to remain relaxed, losing their tone and avoiding the progression to permanent wrinkles and creases that will become more visible even with the face at rest. After receiving a series of treatments with BTA, some of my clients have noticed that the treated muscles remained relaxed beyond the 3 to 4 months, requiring less frequency of treatments. Remember, results will vary per person.

Botox Treatment Before and After

BTA improves the appearance of: frown lines, crow’s feet, vertical lip lines, forehead lines, nose lines, wrinkles in the corners of the lips, vertical lip lines, gummy smile, dimpled chin, wrinkles around the neck and neck bands.

Prices will vary according to the geographical area and the qualifications of the injector. Most medical aesthetic clinics charge BTA by the unit, approximately $10-15 per unit.

Volume Restoration

As we age, we lose fat pads and bone, and due to the effect of gravity, the fat will move from one area of the face to another (e.g. cheek pads will become jowls).

Injectable fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse & Belotero are among the most known injectable fillers used for aesthetic purposes. It helps restore volume loss that occurs with aging due to the breakdown of collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin. They last from 6 to 12 months on average.

If a client has had a significant amount of volume loss due to aging or rapid weight loss, a larger volume of injectable filler will be initially required to achieve a good aesthetic outcome. During the aesthetic consultation, it is very important to determine the approximate number of syringes that will be necessary to achieve a good volume restoration and cosmetic outcome, without overcorrection.

On occasion, I get clients, who due to budget limitations, can only afford one syringe and would like me to distribute it in multiple areas. In doing so, the results are minimal and the client are sometimes unable to see a significant difference.

I recommend that my clients, if they are ready to begin treatments with injectable fillers, receive the amount necessary that will improve the area of concern. Additional syringes can be injected during other office visits until the desired volume has been restored.

After a few months, the skin will gradually disintegrate the filler. These products can last up to a year after injected. Some patients will require less volume of injectable filler when they return for treatment touch-ups. Studies have shown that receiving filler injections can stimulate rebuilding of collagen, therefore, improving the tone and firmness of the skin and soft tissues.

Injectable fillers can improve the appearance of smile lines, marionette lines, deep forehead lines, deep frown creases, droopy eyebrows, hollow temples, sunken eyes, hollow cheeks, vertical lip lines, thin lips, sagging corner of the lip, undefined chin, undefined jaw line, and add volume to the hands.

Another advantage of receiving treatments with non-permanent injectable fillers is that the injection can be modified as the face continues to age.

There are other injectable fillers such as Artefill and Sculptra (semi-permanent fillers), which can last up to 3 years. With Sculptra, the results are not seen immediately, taking about 3 to 6 months to see results. A series of treatments are required during a period of three to six months.

Juvederm and Voluma, the newest HA (hyaluronic acis) filler, is approved by the FDA for cheek augmentation. However, similar results can be obtained with Restylane, Perlane and Radiesse.

Treatment with injectable fillers have been proven to be safe, and clients can see immediate results, restoring the youthful appearance of their faces.

Restylane before and after

It is not necessary to receive all these aesthetic treatments at once. At The Aesthetic & Wellness Center, we listen to your concerns and give you recommendations for the best non-surgical procedure for you. Also, we have now clarified any misinformation and misconception you may have about these treatments.

As we presented in part I, it is important nourish your body from the inside out, providing the right vitamins, minerals and supplements, helping restore your skin, as well as your hair and nails, which are actually extensions of your skin.

Start taking care of your skin today. The best complement we can receive from our families and friends is that we look great and don’t show our “real” age.

Delay the Effects of Facial Aging Part I

Delay the Effects of Facial Aging Part I

Delay the Effects of Facial Aging Part I

Give Yourself a Rejuvenated Face

Do you have new lines or wrinkles appearing overnight?

Have you been thinking of correcting your skin tone, blemishes and texture?

Is your face has been losing volume and your skin folds are becoming more prominent?

If your answer to any of these questions is “yes”, you will benefit from a variety of non-invasive and non-surgical medical cosmetic treatments. These treatments help restore and refresh the natural look and appearance of your face and skin.

It is well known that the aging process is inevitable; however, researchers have found that 30 percent of the aging process is genetic and 70 percent is affected by our lifestyle and behavior choices.

It is time you take matters into your own hands!

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It varies from one area of the body to another, and it also differs among individuals.

Natural aging of the face is caused by extrinsic (external) and intrinsic (internal) factors.

The most common external factor that causes significant damage to our skin is overexposure to ultraviolet light (sun rays). Smoking is another significant contributor to facial aging. Therefore, the number one anti-aging product is the application of a good-quality sun block, appropriate for your skin type. Also, if you are a smoker, discuss with your physician treatment alternatives to help you quit smoking.

Another crucial anti-aging treatment is the daily care you give to your skin. Cleansing, exfoliating, hydrating, treating and nourishing the skin are essential steps to maintain and optimize the condition of your skin by increasing the rate of cellular turnover. As we age, medical skin care products are recommended to achieve better results for your skin. These types of skin products contain a higher concentration of active ingredients which are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Commercial and store brand skin products have a lower concentration of these active ingredients, and you end up paying mostly for their name brand and advertisement.

As we age, these are the facial changes that occur:

– Loss of elasticity and tone due to collagen and hyaluronic acid breakdown causing lines and wrinkles. Collagen is the major structural protein for the entire body.

– Decrease in the cell turnover rate of the skin, causing the surface of the skin to become dry and rough.

– The upper layers of the skin can get very thin making it look translucent and revealing broken capillaries and increased redness.

– Uneven tone mainly caused by sun damage and hormonal changes during pregnancy, menopause and oral contraceptives.

– Frequent contraction of the facials muscles causes pronunciation of lines, wrinkles and creases that become more visible with the face at rest.

– Loss of volume from the “fat pads” and bone. Gravity causes stretching and laxity of the supportive tissue, making areas of the face drop, creating deep skin folds such as smile lines and marionette lines.

If you have been considering starting a medical skin rejuvenation process, I recommend you not to wait until the skin has lost a significant amount of elasticity, then requiring plastic surgery. However, a face lift will not provide relaxation of the dynamic wrinkles that occur with muscle contractions or restore volume loss that occurs with aging. These types of changes will require non-surgical medical cosmetic treatments. I admit there are some situations where surgical interventions are required, as with droopy eyelids, double chin or saggy skin on the lower face and neck area.

If you are on a budget and you would like to start improving the condition of your skin and delaying the aging process, there are some less expensive alternatives you can receive without breaking your pocket and with no downtime…

Restoring skin tone and texture, and diminishing lines and wrinkles:

I recommend my clients to start with a series of chemical peels or microdermabrasion or the combination of both. Chemical peels have been used for decades to revitalize and resurface the skin, by removing layers of dull and dry skin. There are several types of chemical peels and each type will have a different concentration of the acid in it.

Microdermabrasion (MDA) uses fine aluminum oxide crystals or a diamond tip to manually exfoliate layers of dead skin cells, revealing healthier skin.

The combination of microdermabrasion and chemical peel (Micro-Peel) will enhance the results, revealing healthier and smoother skin with an even tone.

On average, visible improvement of the skin occurs after the fourth or fifth treatment. According to the client response to the treatment, we can change the type and concentration of the chemical peels to obtain better results. Studies have shown that these cosmetic procedures help stimulate the rebuilding of collagen and skin cell growth, returning firmness and a healthy glow to the skin.

Clients with advanced aging of the skin can benefit from other types of aesthetic treatments such as ablative lasers, radiofrequency or deeper chemical peels. Usually, there is a downtime with these types of procedures, from 7 to 14 days.

Maintenance treatments are required and the frequency will depend on the rate of cellular turnover and sun damage. Prices for chemical peels can vary from $75 to $500 per treatment.

Repairing sun damage and improving skin tone:

If you are a good candidate, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is an excellent treatment to remove unwanted skin discolorations and sun spots without harming the skin.

– IPL technology utilizes a broad spectrum light source to target and destroys unwanted blood vessels, uneven discolorations due to sun damage or skin redness. Also, IPL can be used for hair removal. IPL can stimulate the formation of new collagen, toning the skin, and decrease lines and wrinkles. A series of treatments are recommended to obtain maximum results. Prices for IPL can vary from $250 to $ 500 per treatment.

ipl

– Chemical peels are another safe alternative for clients who have darker skin tone and who are not good candidates for IPL treatments.

Maintenance treatments are required, and the frequency will depend on your home skin regimen and sun exposure.

Removal of red spots, broken capillaries and rosacea:

As I previously described, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is an excellent modality of treatment, helping even out-skin tone by coagulating and destroying facial veins and broken capillaries, while leaving the surrounding skin unchanged and unharmed.

Vascular Lasers are another excellent alternative for larger facial and leg spider veins.
Maintenance treatments are required and the frequency will depend on sun exposure and Rosacea flare-ups. Prices for IPL can vary from $250 to $500 per treatment.

rosacea

Studies have shown that by starting these treatments before the visible signs of aging on the face, it can delay the aging process from 5 to 10 years or even more in some patients. Remember, the end result will depend of your home skin care regimen, sun protection and application of a sun block with the right SPF for your skin type.

Also, it is important to provide your body with balanced nutrition, rich in essential nutrients, and supplemented with whole food daily multivitamins, calcium, vitamin D3 and omega-3 fish oil. These supplements will help restore your skin, as well as your hair and nails, which are an extension of your skin.

It is not necessary to receive all these aesthetic treatments at one visit. At The Aesthetic & Wellness Center, we listen to your concerns and give you the best treatment options.

Next month will continue our discussion in Part II.

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