MICRO-NEEDLING

Micro-needling, or collagen induction therapy,  has been around for a number of years, but has recently had a new wave of enthusiasm.  I just read an article in the New York Times™ about an at home device called GloPro® which is, apparently, doing very well on the market.

glopro

We have been performing micro-needling in office for a number of years and I thought I would touch on the difference between an at-home device versus a medical grade micro-needling treatment.

An at home device has one setting and is not made to penetrate deeply.  It treats the very surface of the skin.  Most people will have slight erythema (redness) which indicates the body is responding to the stimulation.  I believe over time results can be noticed.  However, not to the same extent as with a more aggressive in office treatment.

Eclipse Micropen Elite

We utilize The Eclipse Aesthetics Micropen® device.  This device is automated with a treatment tip consisting of 12 needles.  The provider can choose how deep to penetrate the tissue depending on the area of the face and  the treatment goals.  We tend to be more aggressive on the fattier parts of the face, such as the cheeks.  We adjust the depth of penetration of the needles for each patient, the treatment area,  the patients goals and the amount of social downtime the patient can afford.  We find that even an aggressive treatment, with pinpoint bleeding, can look presentable the next day.

another micrpen

In addition to being able to adjust and personalize the treatment with depth of penetration, we can also personalize which product to apply to help the treatment tip glide easily over the face.  We utilize both a hyaluronic acid and MicroGlide GF™, a growth factor product.

The other option ,which has received a lot of buzz the last few years, is utilizing the patients own isolated platelet rich plasma (PRP).  This is done by drawing the patients blood, utilizing a centrifuge to separated the plasma and then re-injecting the plasma with the micropen device.   Most people  refer to this type of treatment as a The Vampire Facelift®.

The delivery of an injury to the tissue is what creates the stimulation of the fibroblasts to make new collagen and elastin.  Utilizing growth factors or PRP  further stimulates the induction of collagen and elastin.

Who is an ideal candidate for this treatment?  Virtually anyone wanting to improve the appearance of their skin.  This treatment, when accompanied by a solid skin care routine at home, can make noticeable improvement in the texture, tone and color of the skin.

I think micro needling is here to stay and is an effective modality with little or no downtime.

 

HOW TO COMMIT TO A SKIN CARE REGIME

routine products

We all have the best intentions whether it be related to our diet, exercise program or other goals.  This is about committing to a solid skin care regime.  Just like all other ‘habits’ it can take practice for a new skin care program to become the new normal.   I believe the research shows that it takes 21 days for a new practice to become a habit.  So, how can we make that easier and help insure we will commit?

The easier we can make it for ourselves, the more likely we are to experience success.

First off, decide what your day time skin care should look like for you and what you are trying to target.  Ideally, everyone includes an antioxidant and a sunscreen with zinc every morning.  A night time routine should include a retinol/retinoid and plenty of moisture.  Once you have established which skin care items are going to suite your skin care needs make sure the products are accessible.  It can be easy to want to skip any part of the routine when we are in a rush to get out in the morning or we are exhausted at night.

Have all your must use products easily accessible.  I keep a tray with my current products on the bathroom counter next to my sink.  I am always able to commit in the morning, it is at night, sometimes, when I am exhausted, that I might be less committed.  But once I brush my teeth my products are right there so I rarely skip.

I am a true believer in topical skin care.  I came in to medical aesthetics with pretty sun damaged skin and can honestly say that I turned my skin around.  I once thought tanner was better.  I even used tanning beds back in the day.  Being a pale red head, this was just a bad idea on so many levels.    I believe that what we use topically is a big piece of the “pie” and is worth the money and time.

I tell patients to, at the very least,  commit to an antioxidant, sunscreen and retinol/retinoid.  I am a huge fan of products with multiple peptides these days as well.

Maybe this well help you get on board with a topical skin care routine.

Happy Monday!