On 5-11, I went in for my 3rd procedure. This time, the “company’s” numbing crème was applied. This session was very pleasant. The new numbing crème really worked better on me than the other. When I left the office, my face was minimally red and I had no problem going about my other chores without being “noticed.” The cool application after the needling continued to help my skin feel not only cool but somehow, very “refreshed.” I looked forward to my next visit.
On 5-25, I returned for my 4th visit. My discolorations and wrinkles and “moles” were less noticeable but not as much as I think both of us would have wanted. I had been using the Skin Medica Daily Sunscreen along with AM and PM application of the HA5 Rejuv Hydrator crème. This time, the application was a bit more aggressive. I did experience more discomfort on this application. On my way out of the office, we agreed it would be a good idea to start using the Lytera Pigment Correction crème to further try and lighten my skin. When I looked at my face in the car mirror, I was surprised to see how red and slightly “beaten up” it appeared. While I was shopping, I did notice a few glances my way. Although my face took 2 days to “calm” down rather than just one, noticeable progress did seem to have been made in lightening and brightening. I diligently applied all three creams. I must confess, however, that I was not looking forward to the next appointment.
On 6-15 we went over the progress and complaints of the last session. Lisa, being very professional and concerned, deftly handled the situation and proceeded to use her expertise to both treat my skin to achieve its goal and to also make sure I was comfortable. A soothing/cooling and crème-filled mask was applied to my face at the end of the session and I also “took” it home with me to use later. Again, my face had a bit of a red “enhancement” but I felt good when I got in the car and after I got home. I did use the mask later that evening. It did help. My husband commented again on how nice my skin looked.
On 6-29, we weren’t sure whether we would proceed to the sixth treatment. It was decided to keep with the initial 6 week trial instead of stopping. This final treatment really worked out nice. It was minimally uncomfortable. Afterwards, my skin felt and appeared rejuvenated. Again, I took home the cooling mask. A week later after attending a retirement party for some of my friends, a co-worker sent me an e-mail stating how “glowing and healthy” I looked. Hey, hearing it from your husband is very nice but hearing it from a co-worker who you haven’t seen in a few years and is 20 years younger……well, now that’s what made it all worthwhile.
In retrospect, I don’t like the duration of time it took to achieve the 6 treatments. My skin is less wrinkled/crepy. My spots are considerably lightened and my face is “firmer”. It’s amazing how individualized the skin is. Each treatment’s healing resulted in a “new” skin so that each subsequent application had to address how to treat this newest skin tissue. I like the results even if they are not 100%. But 100% should not be the goal anyway.
I will continue using the products faithfully as well as further protecting my progress with a hat! No one can say how long the results will last or when new natural discolorations etc. will appear. But, I certainly got a lot out of the experience. The personnel at the Women’s Health office are just the best and that is very important when you are putting your “face” literally in their hands. Lisa Karras and her staff (Galo, Zach, Raquel and Paige) were all very attentive and knowledgeable. Lisa herself, is an inspiration as well as adept at doing any procedure. Trust is of the utmost. Caring is there too.
Ms. Marlene V (7-13-17)
PS. I did take a Tylenol before each procedure. I think it helped.