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SkinScience Clinic: Calgary’s Microneedling Experts

Hey Calgary, did you know that we here at SkinScience Clinic have 50+ years of combined experience of skin therapy? That’s right. Now that you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor (and who could blame you?), did you know that eight of those years has been dedicated to microneedling? Even though microneedling is seen as a hot “new” treatment in skin therapy this year– and, as such, as only just hit mainstream consumers– we here at SkinScience have been performing them safely and effectively as part of our advanced skin therapy service for eight years. 

What does that mean? Well, those eight years entail thousands of microneedling treatments safely performed, thousands of clients who have had their skin transformed through our microneedling expertise, and thousands of innovative healing growth factors post-treatment utilized to maximize clients’ outcomes. 

While we could talk until we’re blue in the face about what we do to ensure that your treatment is as effective as humanly possible—which believe me, we can— what we’re here to chat about today is what those years of experience have taught us about microneedling… and, in turn, what we can teach you.

To Start: What Exactly IS Microneedling?

Whether you’ve been a part of the SkinScience family for seven days or seven years, you’ll know this about us: our two founding principles include science and education, and we wield both to help us see our clients achieve their dream skin. That means that, before recommending any product, supplement, or treatment, we dedicate ourselves to educate you on what they are and how they work to benefit you.

Microneedling (also known as “collagen induction therapy”) is a professional cosmetic treatment that optimizes multiple thin, sterile needles that puncture the surface layer of your skin in order to cause minor trauma. This trauma triggers the “dermis”—the deeper layer of skin— to rebuild collagen and elastin, which, in turn, plumps the skin and targets a variety of skin concerns (including, but not limited to, laxity, scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, and rosacea).

Post-treatment, skin feels tightened, acne scars appear faded, discolouration has diminished, and the look of pores has shrunk. Alongside its many benefits, microneedling is also touted for its zero downtime, painlessness, and safety for all skin types.

“I Hear People Talking About Fractora Is That the Same as Microneedling?”

The short answer? Yes and no.

The long answer? Fractora is a radiofrequency microneedling device that combines the puncturing of microneedling with radiofrequency to enhance both methods. Opting to specifically utilize Fractora is perfect for candidates interested in microneedling that suffer from deep acne scars, enlarged pores, stretch marks, lines around the mouth, and/or fine-to-medium wrinkles on the neck.

“So Now That I Have a Better Understanding of What Microneedling Is, What Should I Expect During My Treatment?”

Don’t worry, Calgary: while we can hear the anxiety in this question, we promise that it really is as low-impact as it sounds. At a reputable clinic such as SkinScience, your microneedling experience will follow the lines of:

·        A total prep and treatment time of 60 – 70 min for a single area and 75 – 90 min for two areas

·        If your skincare specialist is using a DermaPen or Fractora, a numbing cream will be applied for improved comfort during the treatment

·        Aftercare that includes treatment-enhancing topicals

·       Education for your first 24 hours after your treatment, which includes avoiding sweating, taking hot showers, and the reminder to keep your skin hydrated, as well as avoid harsh products (including exfoliators and alcohol-based toners)

·        The potential for rough skin texture and redness within the first 48 hours

·        Mild discomfort that ebbs within seven days

How Safe is Microneedling?

The most common areas to treat with microneedling are the face, neck, chest, and abdomen, and, as such, many people hear of the treatment’s benefits and clamour to try it themselves. Can you guess why we can’t recommend that you follow suit?

While microneedling is safe for all skin types, scheduling an appointment with a skincare specialist is vital: only a professional will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for microneedling, as skin conditions such as rosacea and acne can experience flare-ups after microneedling treatments. Microneedling also differs from dermarolling, which is a tool that can be used at home by those who have the know-how—microneedling’s penetrative needles are longer than a dermaroller’s, meaning that microneedling’s superior length is what encourages the skin to rebuild collagen. However, dermarolling at home without proper education can also risk infection. 

Lastly, while microneedling isn’t painful, attempting to do it yourself (or have an untrained aesthetician perform microneedling on your skin) can injure your skin long-term: by not having a professional gauge how deeply they should be penetrating each area of your skin, you can find yourself not only gritting your teeth against discomfort, but also skin that is damaged without the reparative benefits of microneedling done properly.

When done right, however? You’ll be treated to an instantaneous glow, an improvement in overall skin texture, see a reduction in common skin complaints such as age spots, wrinkles, and discolouration, and even a boost in collagen of of up to 400%.

Looking to Book Your Next Microneedling Treatment?

Get in touch today to experience first-hand why we’re Calgary’s leaders on microneedling—and be sure to comment below which microneedling fact surprised you the most!

Changing the Face of Skin Care ~ Help with Rosacea

 

Have you (or a loved one) been diagnosed with rosacea? 

 

If so, we might be able to help you manage it.

Take a look at the picture above – this is a before and after picture from a SkinScience patient who came to us a few months ago, complaining of redness and blushing in the central face, with a diagnosis of rosacea from her family doctor. A simple skin care + treatment plan has done wonders for her, and she was able to regain her confidence and stop wondering about who would be next to comment on her rosy cheeks. (when you have rosacea, it gets old after a while, trust us)

While there is no known cure to rosacea, there are steps we can take to help keep it under control as much as possible. Remember that everybody’s skin is different, even when it comes to rosacea.

Specific skin care and treatments might be recommended, including:

 

Using anti-inflammatory skin care ingredients that will help with the diffuse redness associated with rosacea. 

Making sure you use the appropriate sunscreen for your skin type, while carefully choosing sunscreen ingredients. 

Using hypollergenic products (usually fragrance-free) to diminish the chances of creating inflammation in the skin, and worsening the skin condition. 

Under going a series of IPL photofacials, to reduce the diffuse redness and eliminate the broken capillaries associated with that condition. 

Reducing the presence of the rosacea-causing micro-organism Demodex sp. with specific ingredients (or prescriptions if you already are using them)

Restoring the delicate skin barrier with the proper skin care products, and being consistent with anti-inflammatory treatments based on Red Light technology and other redness-reducing procedures. 

 

As mentioned, every person is different when it comes to managing rosacea ~ it’s like a puzzle that needs to be figured out by skin experts. Education is key at SkinScience, so if you are interested in addressing your skin condition once and for all, with solutions that will respect your lifestyle and budget, we are here for you.

Are you ready to improve your confidence and quality of life?

One simple call to book your consultation ~ 403-287-1477.

We are changing the face of skin care.

 

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Got Sun Damage? Don’t get mad – get EVEN!

 

October first rolls in here in Calgary and Fall is pretty much wiped out by winter in a few short moments. As much as we miss the summer warmth, and fresh crispness that is fall, winter means we get to get in to the GOOD treatments so YAY!

Now that summer has faded, you are left remembering how much fun you had every time you look in the mirror. Sun spots, blotchiness and uneven skin are a drag and as much fun as you had getting them, they are no fun now.  However; our new mantra this fall is:

 

Got sun damage? Don’t get mad – Get EVEN!

 

The best way to ‘get EVEN’ toned skin? Intense Pulsed Light. IPL is not a new technology, but it is the BEST for creating luminous, even skin tone. It has decades of research behind it and has proven over and over again to create smoother more even toned skin – safely.  

Studies have proven that IPL will:

Reduce brown spots – you can expect an overall reduction in any brown pigmented spot. Some spots like true blue sun spots (Solar Lentigines) can easily be removed. Other brown spots like mild age related spots (mild Seborrheic Keratosis) can be notably lightened with IPL, but not fully removed. To know what you can expect, book a consult.

Reduce Redness – You can have redness in your skin for many different reasons.  Sun damage doesn’t just create brown spots, it also creates red patches or red blotchiness. Other times redness is present because of medical conditions like rosacea, or a medication.  Sun damage related redness can usually be eliminated for good.  Redness for other reasons can usually be managed.

Increase Luminosity – Multiple studies have proven that IPL can increase the “Luminous” effect of individuals skin.  Photo graphic evidence as well as control group testing have shown that post IPL clients have an increase in “luminosity”

Stimulate Collagen – this is one of the lesser appreciated effects of IPL, it stimulates superficial collagen.  This is the collagen then helps skin be smoother and less wrinkled.  One study used a series of punch biopsies before and after IPL to prove this and other control group type tests have supported this conclusion.

Make you happier – ok, ok, this one we CAN’T prove.  What we CAN tell you is that over and over and over again we hear clients tell us that it  great it feels to receive compliments on how great their skin looks, or how much easier their mornings are when they spend less time feeling frustrated by skin tone, or how wonderful it feels when HR at their new job comes to confirm their date of birth because surely they must have written the year mistakenly….. all these are true stories that to us confirm an increase in overall satisfaction with ones appearance.

 

If your sun damage has got you flustered, remember:

Don’t get mad! Get EVEN – and IPL can do that!

Call today to book your IPL consultation, we can’t wait to coach you through the process!

(403) 287-1477