2016 was an extremely stressful year. One that my spouse and I couldn’t wait to be over. Yet,
January 2017 just repeated the months of 2016. To make matters worse, I layered on another Birthday! February was covered in SNIRT (snow covered in black dirt) and March was just grey, dull and in need of new life. By April, I really needed an emotional AND physical “Lift” Big time! What to do? Where to go? Who to see?
LISA Karras!! Galo!! Zach and Raquel of the Huntington Women’s Health Center was the answer.
Lisa Karras, RN etc. professionally prepared me for the administration of a new procedure of micro-needling. My face was numbed and then she proceeded to move the instrument over my entire face. It was not as stinging as a laser. But, not knowing what to expect, I was a bit tense. After a few minutes of getting used to it, the comfort level was very tolerable. Except….on the areas of the jawline and neck where the numbing crème had not been applied. So, application to that area was stopped.
My complexion stems from an Eastern European and Scandinavian decent. My skin is “thin”, somewhat dry and light toned. It also can be considered “older”, with accumulations of various areas of redness, discoloration, spots and small scars. Most notably, several years ago, I underwent a Spa steam “facial” which left a dime sized red “scar” on the tip of my nose. I have tried laser, buckthorn serum, lighteners, etc. to no affect. I have had “biopsies” from the dermatologist that resulted in tiny minor “nicks”. I also have several very small moles and growths. Geez, in detailing my skin’s condition, it would seem that my face is a total mess but in reality, it isn’t all that bad. It always could use some help, though.
During the procedure, Lisa expressed her surprise at how my face soaked up so much of the gel that is used with the instrument. It just emphasizes how one skin’s composition is different from person to person. IE: Darker, oilier vs. Lighter, dryer. Age, gender, sun exposure, etc. affect each of us differently.
After the first application, my face was wiped off and a slight red glow of irritation and some swelling occurred. As a precaution, I admit that I did take a Tylenol before going to the office. This may have helped me as I am somewhat skittish when it comes to “medical” procedures.
After the treatment, I was told and given written instructions on how to treat my skin and also gave me a sample tube of “HA5” serum to apply after washing (gently) in the am and pm. It was also important to apply sunscreen and a good moisturizer. They could supply me with these products if I wanted them but I have a great supply at home and true to their integrity they didn’t “push” their products on me. Note: my Husband and I own a cosmetic consulting business. We are very aware of cosmetic products and their ingredients, laws and results of same both in the US and internationally.
I left the office and had no qualms about finishing my shopping and other chores. My face had a slight “windburn” look but felt cool and refreshed. The next day, my face “felt” slightly “swollen” but the color was normal. It did feel a bit dry and “tight” but once the crèmes were applied this went away. Four days later, my discolorations AND the spot on my nose appeared lighter. Only a very few small areas resulted in very, very slight peeling. I was eager to return.
Two weeks later, I went back for a 2nd treatment. I did take a Tylenol before going. The numbing crème was applied to my face, jaw and neck. There was less anticipated tension and other than a more intense stinging on the jaw and other boney areas, I can say I somewhat enjoyed it! Knowing how much product my skin soaked up last time, Ms. Karras was prepared. This time, however, she wanted to concentrate more on a hydrating treatment. Also, work was done on my jawline and neck. I think this was to see if some “lift” could be obtained. (I must say this is the one area I keep forgetting to apply the crèmes after washing). I left the office and felt at ease going about my shopping.
My spots continue to fade and I have absolutely no peeling. I’m not sure if the wrinkles in my cheeks (especially the left one on which I sleep) have been that diminished but otherwise, I am happy with what has been accomplished and look forward to completing the full treatment. So far, I would recommend micro-needling. I have never experienced a “strong” laser or cosmetic peel so I am unable to comment on the type of result that may occur in comparison.
At this time, I wanted something that was convenient, less “down” time, effective and affordable. It’s not a “quick fix” but it sure helped take away the Winter blahs and made me feel refreshed and hopeful that a bright positive look would be obtained and it was!
The staff at Huntington Women’s Health are positive, caring and professional but without the pretense one sometimes can encounter. They are concerned and knowledgeable. That’s why when I need a genuine “lift” in more ways than one, I return to them and recommend their services.
Marlene A. Vichroski