Microneedling is a highly effective procedure that works to rejuvenate your skin by stimulating it to make new, collagen-rich tissue.  The procedure itself involves creating tiny pin-holes in the skin using a professional microneedling pen that delivers tiny needles to a precise depth.  This controlled, mechanical process stimulates the body’s natural wound healing process.  The result is increased production of Growth Factors, collagen and elastin resulting in smoother texture, more even pigmentation and reduced pore size.

Nuts and Bolts

Microneedling can be performed in the office in less than an hour.  A topical numbing cream is first applied to make the procedure relatively pain-free.  The face is then thoroughly cleansed and disinfected.  The microneedling pen is then applied to the skin with depth adjustments made for the varying skin depths.  Peptides are applied to the face in the form of a soothing serum and then immediately after, in a soothing, cool mask which will be removed before you go home.  You will go home with a packet containing a peptide cleanser, peptide serum and peptide lotion which you will use for 48 hours or longer if you wish.

What to Expect After

After microneedling, you can expect some redness, some bruising and mild swelling.  In addition to being asked to use your peptide after care products, you will need to avoid using make-up, abrasive cleansers, pools saunas, direct sun exposure and any Retin-A products.  Improvement in your skin’s texture and pigmentation will begin almost immediately but the maximum improvement may be a full month to be fully realized. I know that sounds like a long time to wait, but you may be AMAZED at the result.  (See real client picture below, 2 months after ONE microneedling procedure)

Ideal Candidates

An ideal candidate is anyone looking to modify the appearance or texture of the surface of her skin.  Microneedling improves skin laxity, reduces lines, acne scars, hyperpigmentation scars and striae.

The only clear contraindication to the procedure is  a patient with blood or bone disorders such as anemia, blood or bone cancers, those with clotting problems or on blood thinners.  Clients should avoid any medications that reduce the body’s ability to clot such as aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for a few days before and after.

One Treatment or a Series?

Although a series of 3-4 sessions at least one month apart is generally recommended for the very best results (with epidermis thickening up to 400% at 6 months),  we have seen remarkable result after a single session in patients with skin surface and pigment irregularities.  Deeper acne scars will probably require multiple sessions, but you can see your personal results and decide as you go.  In general, clients have been so pleased with the results from the first microneedling, they have often chosen to add a second.

Conclusion

If you want smoother, healthier looking skin and are ready to take the next step, microneedling may be the right choice for you.

Let’s cut to the chase. Would you rather run your fingers over a smooth silk pillow or across a burlap sack?

Exfoliate!

Exfoliation involves the removal of dead skin cells from the skin’s outer layers and is performed to promote healthy skin and to prevent breakouts. New skin cells are formed in the deeper layers, pushing the dead cells to the surface. If these dead cells are not removed, they can build up causing a dull appearance and rough texture. (Remember the burlap?) Adding exfoliation to your routine will not only brighten your face but will also improve tone and texture allowing products and makeup to go on “as smooth as silk”.

What are the different types of exfoliators?

It can be fun to find an exfoliation process that you enjoy and that works for you and your skin type. Some can be done at home and some require specialized equipment like the HydraFacial©️.

Physical exfoliation often involves the use of a granular scrub that abrades or buffs the skin’s surface removing dead cells. Common granules include salt, sugar, magnesium crystals, grains, jojoba beads and even ground nuts. For daily use, the ZO®️ Exfoliating Cleanser with jojoba beads is gentle and effective. A more aggressive product that is great for a weekly buff is the ZO®️ Exfoliating Polish with its abrasive magnesium crystals.

Chemical exfoliators usually involve gentle acids and enzymes that dissolve the protein bonds that exist between dead skin cells allowing for cell removal.

Mechanical exfoliation employs a product or tool that rubs, scrubs or vacuums. This includes brushes, loofahs, abrasive tips and others.

Can I use more than one of the different exfoliating techniques?

Combining various options can be fun and can lead to healthy, vibrant looking skin as long as you are careful not to over-exfoliate. Treat yourself to a monthly facial with the patented HydraFacial©️ machine! It provides a gentle chemical exfoliation (with glycolic acid and salicylic acid) and physical exfoliation with its specifically designed HydraFacial tip and fluid enhanced suction. Your skin will glow!  In between facials, enjoy your home skincare regime.

If you are not already exfoliating, try adding it to your skin care regime and say good-bye to rough uneven skin and hello to smooth silky skin you will love!

Millions of people involuntarily grind their teeth or clench their jaw.  Studies have shown that frequent teeth grinding (known as bruxism) affects up to 15% of adults.  Bruxism can lead to aching muscles, headaches, ear pain, jaw problems, disrupted sleep, hypersensitive teeth, tooth wear, and damage to fillings and crowns.  Additionally, excessive use can lead to hypertrophy, or enlargement of the jaw muscle which can change the shape of the face creating a more squared-off jawline.

Fortunately, Botox can be an effective treatment for many cases of bruxism.  Botox is injected into the chewing muscle, the masseter, causing partial paralysis of the muscle and relieving the adverse effects of bruxism without interfering with normal chewing.  A recent 22 patient study performed at the Texas Medical Center in Houston confirmed the value of Botox in relieving the symptoms associated with teeth grinding.  In addition to avoiding any future damage to your teeth, this treatment effectively reduces the size of the chewing muscle and softens the angle of the jaw.

A highly publicized example of this involves Bethany Frankel from ‘The Real Housewives of New York’. In 2016, fans and the media alike noticed a striking change in the size and shape of her jaw.  Bethany explained that the change was entirely due to the Botox treatment she had been receiving for teeth grinding and that she had not had plastic surgery as the tabloids reported.  In a matter of just a few months, I have seen very noticeable softening of the jaw angle in clients I have treated for tooth grinding.  I have even seen it in a member of my family who, not only lost her need for a night guard, but now found she could wake up in the morning without her jaw aching!

Botox is an excellent treatment choice for many people with bruxism, particularly those who find the use of nighttime mouth guards inconvenient and uncomfortable.  If you or someone you know suffers from teeth grinding or teeth clenching, call to schedule a free consultation with me today.  This summer, give yourself or a loved one the gift of ”No more teeth grinding!”

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