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Collagen Induction Therapy

Posted on November 4, 2016 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (5)

Collagen Induction Therapy ­ Micro needling or Derma Rolling

Collagen Induction Therapy — A Safe, Cost–Effective Treatment for Stretch Marks, Acne Scars, and Wrinkles

What do wrinkles, stretch marks, and acne scarring have in common? These are all conditions which have been frustrating physicians and patients in their inability to be effectively treated. Now, at last, a new non–invasive and effective treatment is available.

Not a laser or a deep chemical peel, this exciting option is called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). CIT is a simple procedure that requires minimal down time (no more than four to seven days) and significant, measurable, and sustainable results.

Why and How the Procedure Works

The principle behind Collagen Induction Therapy is simple: to stimulate the body's own production of collagen and elastin, thereby reducing wrinkles and improving skin texture. Collagen Induction Therapy is performed with a MTS roller (using 540 very fine titanium needles) or a tattoo machine with micro-needles. The very fine needles are used to create many microscopic channels deep into the dermis of the skin, which stimulate your body to produce new collagen and elastin. The channels that are created increase penetration of vitamins A and C creams about 1000 times. Vitamins A and C stimulate skin renewal, thereby making the skin appear fresher and younger. I can recommend a few products I love. Studies have also shown CIT is more consistent in increasing the thickness of the skin, thereby erasing wrinkles, stretch marks and smoothing acne scars. CIT eliminates all common negative side affects you may encounter with other treatments. While collagen induction therapy is suitable for almost all patients, it is not recommended for those with active infections such as active acne, chronic skin disorders, poor healing, keloids, or blood clotting problems.


 

How long is the procedure and how many treatments are needed?

Treatment sessions range from 10 minutes to one hour, depending on the area being treated. This will depend on the degree of the problem and the patient's expectations (number of treatments usually range from three to six). Sessions are often spaced three to six weeks apart.

Collagen Induction Therapy can typically cause the following results in your skin:

• Soften fine lines and wrinkles

• Contribute towards skin thickening

• Reduce the appearance of acne scars and other depressed scars on the body

• Help improve stretch marks

• Aid in the healing of burns

• Reduce large pores

 

Mechanism of Action in Acne Scar Treatment 

Collagen Induction Therapy is a new and effective alternative treatment for scars and stretch marks. Fine microneedles perforate the scar tissue. After sufficient perforation, very fine petechial (blood spots, but no bleeding) will be visible on the skin. Only a few days after the treatment NEW fibroblasts and capillaries will migrate through the punctured scar tissue. This results in new tissue formation to "fill" the former scar. New capillaries result in a significant better blood supply that in return results in an improved regimentation. Collagen Induction Therapy will in general result in a significant improvement of the treated area.

 

Advantages of Collagen Induction Therapy:

• The process stimulates physiological responses

• The treatment is not painful

• A very short healing period — you may be back in public in 3-5 days

• The treatment is cost effective

• It can be used on thin skin

• There is no permanent damage to the skin

• It can safely be repeated for better results

• It can be used on laser–resurfaced skin

• It can be used on all areas of the face

Results

Results can take three to nine months to fully appear as the body takes time to generate new collagen. The patient, however, sees continual improvement. The procedure takes from ten minutes to over an hour, depending on the area to be treated. Results last as long as 5–10 years or more. For improved results topical vitamins A and C products may be used for at least six months post procedure to ensure the production of healthy collagen and elastin. This procedure has been successfully used to treat wrinkles, the appearance of stretch marks, abdominal laxity, facial and acne scarring, burns and rejuvenation of sun damaged skin on the chest as well as other areas. Pictured below is my Gold Collagen Face Mask that is a wonderful way to end your needling session and get maximum results with the boosted Vitamins in the mask! 

 


 

 BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS COMING SOON!!

 

 

10 Quick Tips about Hair Loss

Posted on October 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (1)
Help I'm losing my hair. What should I do?


Hair loss is a very sensitive subject. I deal with many people with hair loss issues at my shop and at the salon. Some people have thinning issues due to medical problems such as alopecia, thyroid disease, lupus, diabetes, iron deficiency, eating disorders, anemia, and trichotillomania. Others have thin hair or loss issues due to poor genetics or simply they were born that way. Here are a few things to try if you have feel doomed with hair loss issues. I've connected some direct links to a few sites with some great information on some of my points.
  1. Go see your doctor. If you can determine what is causing the loss issue it will be easier to address. 
  2. Scalp massage- This can increase blood circulation to the hair follicles, increase relaxation and boost the strength of the hair root. 
  3. Biotin- Biotin or vitamin B7 contributes to the strength in hair and nails. Read more about this here.
  4. Oils- I personally do a hot oil treatment at least once a month and prescribe it to my hair clients often. My own mixture consists of olive or avacodo oil mixed with a dab of conditioner to help it spread a little less messy. I warm oil in the microwave before mixing in my conditioner. Always test temperature to avoid burns. Next I apply to scalp and comb down the strands with a wide tooth comb. I than bag or towel my hair to keep in heat from the scalp allowing for maximum results. Leave on for 30 minutes to 1 hour and shampoo off followed with conditioner. Be careful your tub or shower can get a little slippery. 
  5. Never brush wet hair, this can cause breakage, use a wide tooth comb or a wet brush. 
  6. No tight pony tails or tight braiding. This will also cause hair breakage. Instead if you must put up your hair try doing so with looser styles. Loose braids or side buns. Both are very trendy if done correctly. 
  7. Rosemary oil is said to help with hair growth also. You may use a carrier oil such as jojoba or grapeseed oil to dilute the oil. Massage directly on the alopecia spots. This can be done even daily if desired. 
  8. Kelp- Kelp helps regulate thyroid gland, healthy skin and hair. Find more great information here. I have hashimoto's thyroiditis and I definitely feel a difference myself when I take a kelp supplement.
  9. Avoid wigs and hats if possible. Wigs and hats can cause your scalp to sweat and sweat can cause your hair follicles to clog, damaging and possibly killing them all together. 
  10. Diet/ Vitamins, eat a diet high in protein and iron. Here are 10 Food for Healthy Hair. 
If you are frustrated during the process of trying to get healthier thicker fuller hair. Here are a few thing to ask your hair stylist about. First of all cutting off your hair and adding layers will HELP, also coloring it the right way by adding dimension will make it look fuller and thicker. Come and see the Hair coaches at Etica Salon if you are near Maple Grove MN or ask your stylist how she can make your hair look the best it can. And know that physical appearance doesn't define who you are "No amount of physical beauty will ever be as valuable as a beautiful heart." unknown.

What's the process for getting Permanent Makeup?

Posted on September 14, 2016 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

What is the process for getting Permanent makeup?


First things first. It’s a little scary, it’s a tattoo on your face, right?



Yes it is, so research and find the best artist for you. Check reviews and photos of their work carefully. Having a detailed consultation is the way any good artist will start. Being on the same page with your artist will make the experience way more comfortable for you. This is how I begin. At the consultation appointment I will sit down with you and assess your face and area of your specific procedure. I then will ask you to explain how you would like to see your enhancement. After a clear picture is painted we will start actually “painting” or drawing the design on the face. This could take as short or as long of time as it needs to make you feel comfortable with the process and going forward. After the consultation you can book an appointment with your artist or continue your research and meeting artists until you find one you are comfortable with.


2nd Part of the process.

This could be the same day or a different day depending on appointment type. You will fill out some medical forms, show proof or ID (18 years or older.) and have and before picture taken for records or otherwise as determined with artist. Now the real fun starts. (If this is a “same day procedure appointment” as consultation your artist started with disinfection and you will skip the next step) First your artist will cleanse your skin, dry and draw on a design for your enhancement (in some cases such as eyeliner or lash enhancement this may have been discussed and skipped). Once this is perfected to your standards and the color choice is made. It’s SHOW TIME!


You will then get comfy on the table/bed. Looking around to make sure everything is clean and sanitized packages are being used in your procedure. ASK questions to make sure proper sanitizing procedures are in place to protect you. The procedure will likely begin with your artist washing their hands and setting up their machine. A quick pass over the area will be done and a numbing cream/gel will most likely be applied. Did it hurt? YOWZERS!! More than likely with the first pass you will feel some discomfort (as previously discussed this is a TATTOO!) There will likely be 1 to 3 passes over the areas. Each pass getting a little more comfortable as the numbing is starting to kick in. Once your technician is comfortable finishing their artwork you will be shown the mirror for any type of perfecting techniques that will be discussed. After the perfection process you will get to see the result of your enhancement. At this point I give my guests icepacks to hold over the area to reduce swelling and let’s face it they feel amazing.


Next and final steps to finish up the 1st section of the process is to go over the aftercare instructions carefully with your artist and ask any questions that you may have for them about your healing. Your artist will then take an after photo for their records. (And anything else that was previously discussed with a photo release form.) Well that's it (for now) easy peasy, right? I try to check in with my clients in around 1 week to see how things are healing. When approaching the 4 weeks post procedure time comes I will be in contact to schedule a touchup appointment if needed. This appointment is done ideally 30 -60 days after initial procedure. You can expect the touchup appointment to be a breeze now that your a pro!!