The Amazing Benefits of Microneedling

What is microneedling and how does it affect your skin? This article outlines all the amazing benefits of getting this procedure done.

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Are you starting to notice crow's feet on the sides of your eyes? Or maybe a little more sagginess in your cheeks than usual?

The aging process can be rough on your appearance, but it doesn't have to be.

If you're tired of slathering your body in anti-aging creams and chugging detox teas all day, rest assured you won't have to anymore. Microneedling is the treatment for you. So, say goodbye to fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin!

Interested? Keep reading to learn all the extensive benefits this treatment has to offer and how you can get started.

What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling is the process of using tiny needles to create channels into the skin's surface to regenerate cells and boost collagen production. It sounds crazy, but it's actually beneficial for your skin.

As you age, your skin slowly decreases the amount of collagen and elastin it produces. These two components of your skin are responsible for the plump, youthful skin that everyone wants.

At around age 30, we start to develop finer lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and hyperpigmentation because we're missing the collagen and elastin.

This is where microneedling comes into play.

How It Works

This treatment stimulates your body's healing process by creating lots of tiny channels. To heal itself, your skin replaces damaged cells with new ones and produces collagen and elastin.

The needles are usually between 1 mm and 2 mm long and are attached to a device/pen that inserts the needles into the skin you're targeting.

It sounds painful, but at most it can be a little uncomfortable. Doctors will usually apply a numbing cream to the patient's face to prevent any discomfort.

Here are some examples of the benefits you can experience:

1. Banishes Wrinkles & Fine Lines

The number one reason people use this treatment is that they want to prevent fine lines or address wrinkles that have already developed.

As you age, your skin begins to sag and get wrinkled because the collagen and elastin production decreases. This occurs not only on your face but on your whole body.

Through microneedling, the needles create hundreds of little channels considered to be wounds. To heal these "wounds", the skin generates new skin cells and produces more collagen and elastin.

The Results of Increased Collagen & Elastin

Increasing collagen will plump up the skin, filling in the fine lines with new skin. The increase in elastin results in tighter, firmer skin with less sag.

Microneedling is a multi-session treatment that will show improvements in fine lines and wrinkles after the first session. Most patients return monthly or every few weeks for further sessions to maintain their skin. Some do this in combination with other treatments that address wrinkles.

2. Improves Hyperpigmentation

Due to your age, health, and lifestyle, your skin is vulnerable to damage that can result in dark spots and uneven coloring, which is also called hyperpigmentation. The scientific cause of hyperpigmentation is an overproduction of melanin in those areas.

Several factors can increase melanin production, also known as melasma.

These factors include certain medications, chemotherapy drugs, hormone changes during pregnancy, endocrine diseases, and excess sun exposure. The results are dark spots or uneven coloring on the skin.

How It Improves Hyperpigmentation

Microneedling improves Hyperpigmentationn by forcing a turnover of skin cells. The healing process spurred by needling causes old, hyperpigmented cells to fall off and new cells to replace them.

For those on certain medications or suffering from a disease that causes hyperpigmentation, microneedling is an great option to consider for improving or managing hyperpigmentation.

It's also a way for patients with hyperpigmentation from sun exposure to start fresh and begin taking better care of their skin.

3. Treats Acne Scarring

Acne can leave a slew of pockmarks, discoloration, and scarring that are incredibly hard to remove with at-home creams. If you suffered from acne in your youth and are still paying for it as you age, you don't have to anymore.

The process works by wounding the skin. That way, it regenerates new cells in the healing process. These new cells are free from acne scarring.

In one study, 100% of the participants cited a visible improvement in their acne scarring after a series of treatments. With continued treatments, the scarring is completely replaced by healthy new cells.

Treating Severe Scarring

Depending on how severe the scarring is, you may require mild treatments every few weeks, or deeper treatments with longer needles every 4-6 weeks. Pockmarks, the severe indentations from acne, are the hardest to treat and require deeper treatment.

Microneedling is also beneficial for scarring (not caused by acne) that requires stitching. These scars are usually in need of a deeper treatment, but it all depends on how damaged the skin is.

4. Reduces Pore Size

Microneedling can "shrink pores" and reduce the number of blackheads on your skin, as a result.

Through the healing of the tiny wounds from the needles, collagen is reproduced and sent to all the wounded areas. Since collagen plumps the skin up and gives it a youthful bounce, the walls of your pores swell and plump up. It creates the illusion of smaller pores when in reality they're just pumped full of new collagen.

When your pores have less space to trap oil, there will be fewer blackheads and oil buildups. The overall appearance of your skin looks cleaner with less noticeable pores.

5. Better Product Absorption

The regeneration of new cells for your pores and the decreasing of their size will allow you to absorb your skin care products more effectively.

The various serums, masks, and creams we use in hopes of improving the quality of our skin are useless if they aren't absorbed properly. Pores that are clogged and damaged are less able to absorb the product.

Microneedling creates new "channels" for the product to go through into deeper levels of your skin. The creation of new cells and blackhead-free pores allow your skin to absorb the serum or cream much more effectively.

Not Just for Your Face

Perhaps one of the greatest things about this treatment is that it can be done on the whole body. If you experience dry legs, microneedling will help moisturizers absorb into the skin.

If you suffer from acne scarring on your back or chest, you can use this treatment to reduce them. It's also useful for removing sun spots from areas of the skin that get frequent exposure to rays.

Post-Treatment

After your first session of microneedling, you should expect your skin to look mildly red. 50% of the redness diminishes within the first 6 hours after treatment. The rest diminishes within 24-48 hours.

It may also feel "raw" and slightly sore. This is normal and will go away after a couple days.

Patients will notice an immediate improvement in their skin once the redness subdues. It will be clearer, smoother, and more glowing.

How to Care for Your Skin After Treatment

You should not apply any makeup for 24 hours after the treatment as your skin adjusts to the new cells.

To clean your skin those first couple days, lightly rinse it with tepid water and pat dry with a soft towel. You do not want to irritate your skin with chemicals or abrasive rubbing.

If you had microneedling done on a body part besides your face, treat it with the same gentleness and don't shave the area for a couple days.

Once the redness and tenderness have cleared, you can wear makeup. You'll notice that face makeup applies evenly and more consistently across the skin. You'll also notice that your moisturizers are able to penetrate deeper into your skin.

At-Home Treatments

Various companies have created at-home tools that try to replicate the treatment you receive from your doctor or aesthetician. We don't recommend those products. Here are some reasons why:

Medical grade microneedling, a deeper and more effective treatment, can only be performed in a medical setting.

There's less chance of damage with a medical professional performing the treatment.

Everything is completely sterile with low to no risk of infection at a medical spa.

Professionals can assess your skin and recommend further treatment.

In the end, it's always safer and more effective to receive treatments from a highly-trained professional.

Ready to Get Started?

Throughout our lives, our skin takes more of a hit than other organs in our body. Between acne, sun damage, and aging, it may seem impossible to reverse the damage inflicted upon our skin.

But with microneedling, it is possible to reverse skin damage and look like our best selves!

If you're interested in booking a microneedling session with one of our highly qualified medical professionals, message us or give us a call at (561)366-7772.

Stephanie Hamilton
Everything You Need to Know About IV Vitamin Therapy

If you're looking for natural ways to benefit your health, you should consider going to a medical spa for IV Vitamin Therapy. Here is everything you should know about the popular spa therapy.

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We know we should eat more fruits and vegetables. Also, we need to exercise more, and for some of us, drink less alcohol. So often, though, our busy lifestyles prevent us from taking these steps.

That is why over 40 percent of American adults don't get enough Vitamins A, C, D, and E, as well as calcium and magnesium. Poor nutrition increases stress levels and fatigue. It also puts you at risk for obesity and diseases like cancer.

One way to combat nutritional deficiencies is IV vitamin therapy. Celebrities like Adele and Jane Fonda swear by this treatment. It gives them the energy to get through grueling concert schedules and promotes general wellness too.

Are you interested in reaping similar benefits? If so, consider going to a medical spa for an infusion. In the article below, let's examine IV vitamin therapy and see why it's good for you.

What Is IV Vitamin Therapy?

Intravenous therapy is a common procedure in many hospitals. Antibiotics, electrolytes, and various forms of nutrition are all administered via IV. This has been true for decades.

Hospitals like IVs because they deliver medicine or nutrients into the patient's bloodstream. This is the fastest way to administer medicine throughout the patient's body.

IV vitamin therapy works the same way. Vitamins, minerals, and amino acids are added to a saline solution that goes right into your bloodstream. This method of administration bypasses the gastrointestinal system.

Supplements delivered the traditional way, that is, as pills or tablets, are subject to the whims of this system. Everything from its general state to the time of day can affect absorption rates.

What's more, individual minerals have their own standard absorption rates. When you take 500 mg of calcium citrate, for example, your body absorbs about 22%, or only 120 mg. That's not much.

An IV infusion, on the other hand, provides your body with a 100% absorption rate. It also allows you to take much larger doses than you could with a tablet or pill. All the risks associated with oral administration disappear with a vitamin drip.

Most importantly, though, it allows the practitioner to customize the types and amounts of nutrients to meet your health needs. This gives you the chance to achieve your optimal health and wellness.

Does vitamin therapy help with any specific illness or conditions, though? What are its benefits?

We'll explore these questions in the next section. Let's go!

Is a Vitamin IV Therapy Really Good for You?

Vitamins and minerals are, of course, good for you. The question here is whether the way they are administered in an IV drip is good for you. The answer appears to be yes.

Correcting Nutritional Imbalances

At the most basic level, a vitamin drip provides hydration and corrects any micronutrient deficiencies. There are a number of reasons why you might be dehydrated or low in vitamins/minerals.

Perhaps you had too much to drink the night before and need a boost of hydration and nutrition to bring you back up to speed.

Or maybe the frenetic pace and high-stress levels you experience are taking their toll on your health. Finally, you may try to eat right and exercise. But your digestive system prevents you from absorbing everything your body needs for optimal health.

A vitamin infusion can help in any of these situations (yes, you can even get one to relieve a hangover!). Once these problems are fixed, you will notice some immediate benefits.

First, vitamin iv therapy boosts the fighting power of your immune system. One of the best ways to keep it strong and healthy is proper nutrition and a healthful overall lifestyle.

Vitamin iv therapy strengthens the immune system much more effectively than a pill or tablet (remember the part about bypassing your digestive system?). With your immune system strengthened, you are better protected against illness. In fact, many people report having fewer colds and other illnesses because of their vitamin IV therapy.

But you will also just feel better. One of the most common effects of a vitamin infusion is added energy. People report feeling highly energized and lighter, and they have increased stamina.

These reasons are why many busy celebrities find the treatment so helpful. They need to look and feel good, and a vitamin infusion helps them do both!

But what about specific diseases? Can a vitamin IV therapy help alleviate symptoms or prevent a specific disease? In the next section, we'll find out.

What Else Can Vitamin IV Therapy Do?

As mentioned above, an IV infusion helps relieve hangover symptoms. It is easy to see why. The saline and vitamin content reverses the negative effects of too much alcohol from the night before.

Infusions also produce better sleep patterns and seem to help with skin tone and appearance.

In terms of disease, a vitamin IV can help with acute problems and illnesses. Those are diseases or conditions happening right now, with symptoms that need to be relieved immediately.

Some of these include:

Migraines

Headaches in general

The common cold

The Flu

Seasonal allergies

Morning sickness

Overall fatigue

There is evidence it helps with some chronic diseases as well. These are the ones you live with on a daily basis. They have ongoing symptoms and include:

Rheumatoid arthritis

Crohn's disease

IBS/IBD

Ulcerative colitis

Lupus

Cancer

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Asthma

Depression

Drug addiction

Fibromyalgia

Adrenal insufficiency or adrenal fatigue

While vitamin infusions are not going to cure a chronic disease, they can affect and lessen the severity of its symptoms. Studies done on cancer patients show positive results from high dose IV vitamin C. Patients who received this treatment had a higher quality of life and reduced side effects from treatment.

Again, the reason vitamin IV's are so effective is an IV delivers a much higher nutrition level. The vitamins and minerals go right to your cells because they are not filtered out by the digestive system.

Are There Any Risks Associated with a Vitamin Drip?

A vitamin IV is a relatively safe procedure, and there are usually few, if any, side effects. This section will go over some of the ones you might want to look out for.

Choose Your Medical Spa Wisely

A vitamin infusion is a safe procedure when done by a medical professional. Do your research and carefully choose the facility or spa for your procedure.

One adverse event that may occur is IV fluid can end up entering the surrounding tissue instead of your vein. This is called infiltration which in general is not serious. The IV would be stopped immediately.

The second possible adverse event is called air embolism. This is potentially much more serious. An air embolism is when air bubbles enter your vein. It is usually a minor problem but with enough bubbles or a very large bubble, it can be more serious.

Any certified and experienced practitioner will know how to avoid these kinds of problems. After all, nurses place IVs in people all day long.

Furthermore, an experienced practitioner will ask for your medical history. They will also want to know about any medications you are taking and allergies.

Congestive Heart Failure and Vitamin IV

This is an important point. Do not undergo vitamin IV therapy if you have congestive heart failure. Your body's inability to remove fluids could lead to fluid overload. This dangerous possibility makes you a poor candidate for the procedure.

Some Final Notes on Risk

For everyone else, though, the risks associated with vitamin IV therapy are small. There are always going to be side effects of any medication or medical procedure.

In this case, there is a risk of infection. But this is true any time your skin is punctured.

Other possible adverse effects are minor but include things like:

Allergic reaction

Bruising at the IV insertion point

Redness

Bleeding

For many people, the health benefits greatly outweigh these small side effects. In the next section, let's look at a couple vitamin infusions to see what your options are!

What Are My Choices?

One of the wonderful things about vitamin IVs is that they can be customized to fit your health needs. Consequently, there are many different kinds of vitamin infusions.

Here are two that are quite popular.

The Myers Cocktail

The first is called the Myers Cocktail, or IV Myers Cocktail. It has been around since the 1970s and was created by Dr. John Myers.

Some of its ingredients include:

6 B Vitamins

Vitamin C

Magnesium

Phosphate

Calcium

Generally, the Myers cocktail is used to cure hangovers, provide extra energy, and boost your immune system. There is also a great deal of anecdotal evidence that it helps ease the pain associated with fibromyalgia.

Vitamin C-Glutathione

This infusion contains both Vitamin C and Glutathione. Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant that is commonly used to strengthen the immune system. We saw earlier how it eases symptoms of cancer treatment.

Glutathione is also an antioxidant and is important in detoxifying your body. Vitamin C and Glutathione are excellent at working together to repair skin from sun damage. They also generally improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in your skin, so you look younger.

An experienced practitioner can tell you which vitamin iv drip is right for you.

Wrapping Up: IV Vitamin Therapy

There you have it! Everything you need to know about IV vitamin therapy. This popular treatment is used by celebrities to fuel their busy schedules and retain their youthful appearance.

Vitamin infusions can provide the same benefits to you while also helping with symptoms of various chronic diseases. A vitamin IV bypasses your digestive system and is able to work its magic directly on your cells.

We offer vitamin IV's in a safe and comfortable environment. Our experienced practitioners work with you to decide on the best treatment options.

Feel free to contact us   today with any questions about vitamin IVs. We would love to hear from you!

Stephanie Hamilton
10 Life-Changing Benefits of Dermal Fillers

 

Everything from age to the environment can cause wrinkles. What if you had the chance to turn back the clock? Learn more about the benefits of dermal fillers!

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Every time you look in the mirror, it seems that a new line has popped up. You clutch your face and wonder how long you have before your face looks like a sandy desert landscape covered with wrinkles. Fortunately, you can prevent this with the help of dermal fillers.

These fillers have become increasingly popular because they can quickly decrease common signs of aging. Whether you're battling wrinkles and fine lines, sunken areas or even thin lips, fillers can be used to treat them.

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Everything from age to the environment can cause wrinkles. But dermal fillers can help you to turn back the clock finally. Here are 10 life-changing benefits of these fillers.

Let's dig in!

With Age Comes ... Wrinkles

As you get older, your skin's elasticity decreases, leading to sagging skin. You also develop smile and laugh lines around your nose and mouth.

Another unavoidable result of aging is furrows -- or frown lines located on your forehead. Then, there's the glabella -- the lines located between your eyebrows.

Not a lot to look forward to admittedly.

The result of all of this? Your skin will lose its young appearance.

But why exactly does all of this happen?

Because not as many natural dermal moisturizers and volumizers, including hyaluronic acid, are produced, thus leaving you with wrinkles and lines where youthful-looking skin once was.

Dermal Fillers: What Are They?

Fortunately, today, you can reduce the signs and symptoms of aging by restoring the hyaluronic acid you're losing. That's exactly why the majority of dermal fillers available today feature hyaluronic acid.

This acid binds powerfully to water. Then, when it is injected, it hydrates, softens and volumizes your skin for a young, healthy look.

Another popular type of filler is a biostimulatory filler, which is also known to be effective. What's so great about today's hyaluronic acid and biostimulatory fillers is that they offer predictable and consistent results.

In addition, most fillers feature lidocaine, or lidocaine can be added to them. The benefit of lidocaine is that it significantly reduces the discomfort patients may feel when undergoing filler injections.

1. Immediate Results and No Downtime

One of the biggest benefits of using dermal fillers? They provide immediate results. Once you undergo a filler injection, you will notice your appearance transform soon thereafter.

On top of this, you don't have to worry about recovery time like you would following plastic surgery. In fact, you can complete the filler treatment in just 10 minutes depending on the number of areas needing treatment. Then, you're free to continue your daily errands or even go back to work.

In fact, a filler treatment is sometimes described as a "lunchtime facelift." Talk about a life-changing lunch break.

The side effects you may experience as a result of your filler treatment are minimal. Just a little swelling or redness near your injection site is normal. Even then, this swelling and redness should disappear within several hours or one day. In the meantime, you can simply cover it up with makeup.

You may more commonly experience bruising, but you can typically avoid this by following your practitioner's instructions prior to your filler treatment appointment.

2. Long-Lasting Effects

Yet another benefit of fillers is the lasting results you'll enjoy after getting them.

In the majority of cases, you'll stay looking more youthful and beautiful for about one year. However, you might want to go in for a quick touch-up appointment in four to six months following your initial treatment.

It's in your best interest to maintain your filler results. You can do this simply by scheduling your next treatment before your filler has had the chance to metabolize completely.

3. Beneficial for the Skin

Most fillers feature a natural skin component that help the skin -- a major plus for patients interested in getting filler injections.

Hyaluronic acid present in fillers are naturally occurring substances in the skin. Thus, when they are injected, they'll feel natural beneath your skin.

It's just another reason to love the skin you're in after you get a filler treatment.

4. Subtle Results

If you choose to receive dermal fillers, you'll also love how subtle and natural looking the results are. That's exactly what you want if you're like most patients.

After all, who honestly wants to look like a totally different individual after the treatment than he or she was before it? You simply want to be the best version of yourself.

With dermal fillers, the majority of people won't even know what you had done. All they'll notice is that you look amazing.

5. Self-Confidence Builder

This is a no-brainer when it comes to the life-changing advantages of dermal fillers.

People who receive fillers generally improve their self-confidence following their treatment. They simply love how their fillers look and feel. At the hands of an experienced aesthetic practitioner, you can achieve amazing natural looking results and love how you look like never before.

6. Plumpness

As you grow older, your skin will lose collagen and fat. In other words, you'll lose your youthful plumpness.

Replacing the young, healthy look you've become accustomed to will be a hollowed-out look and more blatantly obvious wrinkles -- clear signs of advancing age. Fortunately, fillers help to counteract these problems by making your skin plumper.

In the end, you'll end up with fuller-looking cheeks as well as fewer facial wrinkles -- You can't beat that.

7. Botox Complements Them

Another perk of using fillers? Botox complements fillers perfectly!

As you get fillers, you might notice that a few of the wrinkles on your face are particularly deep -- especially those on your forehead and glabella. Or maybe you notice vertical lip lines near your mouth.

In these situations, you may want to receive a Botox or Dysport treament. This product will temporarily reduce the muscle activity responsible for your deep wrinkles and frown lines. It's perfect for tackling those lines and wrinkles that dermal fillers won't eliminate.

With the powerful combination of fillers and Botox or Dysport, you may be able to delay or even avoid surgery, such as a facelift, down the road.

8. Good for Your Lips

Of course, fillers aren't just good for filling in wrinkles and cheeks. Fillers can work wonders for your lips.

Tired of thin lips? Fillers can make your lips look plumper and sexier. At the same time, it'll soften the appearance of annoying wrinkles around the mouth.

With dermal fillers, you can finally stop feeling self-conscious when it comes to your lips. In fact, your lips just might become your favorite feature.

Just be sure to get lip fillers with an experienced aesthetic practitioner to ensure yourself an experience that is safe and that yields natural looking results.

9. Say Goodbye to Scars

A major advantage of springing for fillers is that they can improve the appearance of scars.

This is a big deal if you've spent years applying makeup to hide unsightly scars as a result of acne, for example. Your practitioner can help you to determine if dermal fillers are an option for treating certain scars.

10. Boost Your Collagen

Last but not least, biostimulatory fillers, like Radiesse and Sculptra will stimulate the body's natural collagen.

A major reason that your skin ages as you get older is that collagen production declines. This is accelerated if someone has a lot of sun damage.

Collagen is one of your skin's essential building blocks. When collagen ends up breaking down, the signs of aging is more apperant. This includes having coarse skin texture and wrinkles.

Dermal fillers, however, can help your body stimulate more of its own collagen, just as a younger individual's skin does. This translates to the younger, healthier-looking skin you're after -- in a natural way.

The Right Choice

Not sure whether dermal fillers are the right choice for you? Start with a comprehensive consultation with an experienced aesthetic practitioner.

During the consultation, your aesthetic goals and skin care needs will be discussed and evaluated, and a customized plan for achieving amazing natural looking results will be created.

A wide variety of dermal fillers are available, so an experienced practitioner will help you to make the right selection for your individual needs.

How We Can Help

We offer extensive expertise and aesthetic treatments in the area of facial and body rejuvenation.

Our goal is to restore the necessary balance of volume and contours to create a natural youthful appearance. We can also help you to reclaim the even-toned and smooth skin you once had years -- even decades -- ago.

With our help, you can easily slow down the signs of aging. No, you can't stop yourself from growing older, but you can achieve natural looking results with dermal fillers so you feel beautiful and confident.

Get in touch with us to find out more about how we can give you the rejuvenated appearance you desire.

Stephanie Hamilton