The Ultimate Guide to Microneedling 2021

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What is Microneedling?

Microneedling, also know as Collagen Induction Therapy is a medical aesthetic procedure that uses very small needles to repeatedly penetrate layers of the skin in order to create a wound healing cascade.

This results in microscopic holes or microchannels in the dermis.

This treatment improves the appearance of acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, skin tone and texture.

History of Microneedling:

In the 1950’s mesotherapy was discovered by Dr. Michel Pistor. He used a meso device with one needle.

He came up with the concept that pricking the skin would promote collagen formation.

Then in 1995, subcision came around which was a new method of treating depressed scars and wrinkles.

Following subcision, came needle dermabrasion in 1997.

This treatment involved using a tattoo pistol to treat scars.

Patients saw improvement in scar texture, appearance and color, however this treatment was very time and labor intensive due to use of only one needle.

In 1998, Dr. Des Fernandes from South Africa developed a small needling stamping device and presented his study on needling at a conference in San Francisco.

Dr. Des Fernandes microneedling stamp

By the year 2000, the first medical Microneedling device called the Dermaroller was invented by Horst Liebl.

This device consisted of many fine needles on a drum shaped roller.

By the mid-2000’s, Microneedling grew popular in medical offices, medspas, and with patients.

In 2018, the SkinPen Microneedling device was FDA cleared to improve the appearance of acne scars of adults 22 years of age and older.

It was designed for use by licensed healthcare practitioners or individuals directed by practitioners.

The science behind the Microneedling treatment

The skin goes through three phases of wound healing.

First the skin is injured which causes inflammation and releases growth factors.

Then the tissue goes into the proliferation phase where the fibroblasts release growth factors, glycoproteins, and collagen causing the epidermal cells to migrate to the wound.

Then tissue and capillaries form, and fibroblasts continue to proliferate.

In this phase, the dermal thickness increases.

In the last phase of microneedling wound healing, the tissue is remodeled which causes a skin tightening effect by promoting fresh new collagen.

Complete tissue remodeling can take place from 3 weeks to 1 year.

Most remodeling completes after 6 months.

A study by Fernandes, D. Oral showed 400% more collagen was produced after 6 months following a Microneedling treatment.

Microneedling for Wrinkles & Acne Scars

As we age, our skin thins and our epidermal layer of skin thickness decreases.

One study showed that the thickness of collagen in a 2 year old dermis is about 1.37 um vs. the thickness of collagen in a 90 year old has an average of .52 um.

Age-related dermal collagen changes during development, maturation and ageing – a morphometric and comparative study. V. Morcas Garcec, et. Al pg. 101.

The collagen loss surrounding the scar creates a cave like and shadowing appearance

When combining the effects of aging skin with uneven acne scars, the result is a more prominent appearance of acne scars.

With Microneedling, the wound healing process creates collagen and increases the thickness of the dermis to create a more a youthful appearance as well as helps to repair acne scars.

To reduce the appearance of acne scars in adults and improve the appearance of surrounding skin, you must treat both effectively.

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Acne scar Microneedling treatment with SkinPen

Frequently Asked Microneedling Treatment Questions:

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What is the best and safest medical grade Microneedling device?

The SkinPen is the only FDA cleared and legally marketed automated, non-surgical Microneedling device on the market. It is proven safe and effective to treat and improve the appearance of acne scars in adults aged 22 and older.

What are some side effects of Microneedling?

Dryness, rough skin, tightness, redness, itching, peeling, discomfort, tenderness and burning are some of the side effects that some patients have seen last from 1 to 6 days post Microneedling.

How will my skin look after Microneedling?

Your skin may have an appearance of a mild sunburn to moderate sunburn.

What are the contraindications for Microneedling or reason why someone should not receive a Microneedling treatment?

Patients who have the following should not receive Microneedling:
– Have active skin cancer in the treatment area
– Have open wounds, sore, or irritated skin in the treatment area
– Have an allergy to stainless steel or anesthetic
– Have a hemorrhagic bleeding disorder or a hemostatic bleeding dysfunction.
– Are pregnant or nursing
– Are currently taking drugs with ingredients of isotretinoin such as Accutane.

What areas can not be Microneedled?

Microneedling should not be done around the orbital rim such as the eye lids.

How should I prepare for a Microneedling treatment?

Avoid excessive sun exposure. No sunburn.
Discontinue to use topical retinoids 24 hours prior to Microneedling.
Avoid treatment if you have active breakouts or open lesions.
Allow 24 hours after auto immune therapy.
Wait at least 6 months before oral isotretinoin use.

What to avoid after Microneedling?

You should avoid sweaty exercise and sun exposure 72 hours post your Microneedling treatment.
In addition, you should avoid other facial treatments for a month after Microneedling.

Which products should I use post Microneedling?

You should use Vitamin C as it is a great antioxidant and helps with rebuilding collagen. Vitamin A is also recommended to use after Microneedling as it promotes cell turnover, decreases collagen degradation, and helps to thicken the dermal layer. Also, copper with peptides as it plays a role in the production of collagen and elastin that the body is not able to produce by itself.
Other products that would benefit are Magnesium, as it is a great atioxidant, Zinc because it helps to reduce inflammation and promotes collagen production, and Ginger Extact because it prevents further damage to the skin caused by UV exposure.

Why are good skin care products so important to use after Microneedling?

They can help reduce inflammation, provide moisture, aid in wound healing, improve and maintain aesthetic procedure outcomes, and reduce the risk of potential complications.

Which products or ingredients should I avoid using after Microneedling?

Ingredients known to increase inflammation should be avoided as well as those that hinder the skin’s ability to repair and remodel.
These include:
– Formaldehyde releasing preservatives
– Silicone/Methicone/Dimethicone
– Dyes
– Fragrances
– Petroleum
– Glycol
– Sulphates
– Mineral Oil
– Parabens
– Citrus derived preservatives
It is best to follow the post treatment instructions and products recommended to you by your medical aesthetic provider.

What is the difference between a Dermaroller and a Microneedling pen?

A Dermaroller is an over the counter needling device and Microneedling pen is a medical aesthetic device only allowed to be used in medical aesthetic practices.

What is better Dermarolling or Microneedling?

Mechanical microneedling with an FDA cleared Microneedling device such as the SkinPen produces more microchannels with one pass than created by a Dermaroller with many passes.

How long does it take for the micro-channels created during Microneedling to close after treatment?

One study showed that microchannels created during Microneedling close after 24 hours.

How deep into the skin does Microneedling penetrate?

The SkinPen microneedling device is able to go up to 2.5 mm which is the highest depth of penetration that is proven safe for patients.

If you are looking for Microneedling near me and live in the Bucks County, PA area, call (267) 323-4543 or contact Healthy Solutions Medspa today for a free consultation.

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3 Medspa Treatments That Can Clear up Bacne & Back Acne Scars

“Bacne” and back acne scarring are among the many new sought after treatments in the skin care field.

Whether you experience active acne or acne scarring on the back, or both, there are solutions out there that have worked wonders with clearing up the skin and improve hyperpigmentation.

The most effective treatments today include the VI Peel, Hydrafacial and Microneedling.

VI Peel For Bacne

The VI Peel is a gentle but powerful medical grade chemical peel that can be be customized with boosters to treat many different skin care concerns from hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, texture, wrinkles, acne, and bacne.

This aesthetic procedure can be performed on the face, neck, chest and back.

It’s extremely effective in treating “bacne” and back acne scars.

The VI peel works by creating micro-damage to the skin’s top layer, causing peeling which in turns stimulates new tissue growth, shedding off old unhealthy skin and bringing out new healthy skin.

Because of the thicker skin on the back, peeling starts around day 7 and can last 4-7 days.

Due to the longer peeling duration, back peels should be done every 6-8 weeks and a series of 2-6 treatments are recommended for optimal results.

Microneedling For Back Acne

Microneedling is a great treatment option for back acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, minimizing pore size and fine lines and wrinkles.

It involves pricking the skin with tiny sterilized needles to stimulate an immune response from the body to produce new collagen and elastin to heal the injured areas leaving the skin rejuvenated and corrected of inconsistencies.

Healing time takes about 5-7 days with minimal down time and a series of 3 is recommended for optimal results.

Minor side effects should be expected after this treatment, such as redness, bruising or inflammation, but usually clear up in a few days

Hydrafacial For The Back

The Clarifying Hydrafacial is another treatment option for “Bacne” and can be done in conjunction with either the VI Peel or Microneedling.

This treatment uses a combination of glycolic acid, salicylic acid and Blue LED light therapy to target bacteria, decongest the skin and control oil production.

First, the back is deeply cleansed, softening the sebum to aid in extractions and remove any impurities.

With a vortex tip, the skin is exfoliated with a gentle glycolic and salicylic acid peel.

Afterwards comes extractions, followed by hydrating the skin with hyaluronic acid, detoxifying antioxidants, and firming peptides for deep moisturization and hydration.

The HydraFacial treatment for the back leaves skin looking healthy and hydrated.

Monthly treatments are recommended for optimal results.

Acne and acne scarring on the face and the body can be extremely frustrating and leave you feeling self-conscious.

With the help of a physician and medical aesthetician, they can customize a treatment plan to get your back acne under control and help you start feeling your best.

To find out if you are a viable candidate for any of these treatments, it’s best to start with a consultation.

If you are searching for the best acne, bacne, or acne scarring treatments near me and you live in or around the Bucks County, PA area, request your free consultation at Healthy Solutions Medspa online, or give us a call at 267-388-4692.

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Dermaplaning Your Face: What You Should Know

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Dermaplaning the face has taken flight in popularity, and with reason.

This quick and painless procedure exfoliates the face, instantly leaving the skin smooth and soft for a glowy finish and flawless makeup application.

If your face is looking dull, it could be from the top layer of the skin’s exposure to UV rays, environmental toxins and other irritants that clog the pores and create dead skin cell buildup.

Dermaplaning removes this top layer of skin to reveal smooth and glowing skin.

What is Dermaplaning?

The dermaplaning procedure is an exfoliation method using a scalpel to essentially remove dead skin cells, peach fuzz and unwanted hair from the face.

This technique is safely performed with a special scalpel that is specifically designed for dermaplaning.

After the skin is prepped, the technician will gently scrape the skin to remove dead skin cells and any impurities, without any abrasion or downtime.

Dermaplaning is a great way to prepare for an important social event, photo shoot, or television appearance because makeup goes on smoother without having that extra vellus hair.

It can be done on it’s own, or added to other facial treatments such as before a chemical peel or a Hydrafacial.

If you aren’t convinced yet, here are the answers to some questions you may have about the dermaplaning procedure:

Freqently Asked Dermaplaning Questions:

Which area can I get dermaplaning done?

Dermaplaning is performed on the face, under the chin and sides of the neck. It is not recommended for the eyelids, chest or anywhere other than the face.

How often should I get the treatment?

You can expect for the results of dermaplaning to last anywhere between two weeks to a month. Results will depend on each client’s individual hair growth cycle.

Will dermaplaning cause more hair to grow?

As some patients may worry that facial hair will grow back thicker, darker or faster, this is not true.
The soft, fine hairs that grow on the face (AKA vellus hairs) do not grow back the same as the type of hair on our head, underarms, legs and pubic areas (AKA Terminal hairs).
Any type of hair removal process will not alter the type or growth process of the vellus hairs on our face. 

Will dermaplaning remove my tan?

Dermaplaning does not remove a natural tan, but will remove a spray tan.
With any method of exfoliation, direct sun or tanning should be avoided after treatment. The procedure will not be performed on burned skin.

Which is better dermaplaning or microdermabrasion?

While microdermabrasion created similar results to dermaplaning, the procedure uses a rougher surface to smooth out the skin. Microdermabrasion creates abrasion, pressure and suction during the treatment and may leave your skin with slight redness and/or irritation. Unlike dermaplaning, the process does not remove the vellus hairs from the face, and you may need several appointments to get your desired results. With dermaplaning, the results are immediate and do not leave you with redness or irritation. Both procedures leave your face with a smooth canvas, but dermaplaning could be less harsh for your skin when compared to microdermabrasion.

Which is better dermaplaning or waxing?

Waxing is a popular, tried and true method of hair removal, but can be painful and unpredictable at times. It can sometimes cause over-exfoliation, irritation, and redness if not done correctly. Unlike dermaplaning, waxing will remove the hair first, and then exfoliate second. Also, waxing is best for dark/coarse hair removal for a longer period of time, while dermaplaning can be done on all skin types. Dermaplaning offers an instant glow, smoother skin, allows for better makeup application and better product penetration.

How much does dermaplaning cost?

Dermaplaning costs on average $100 on its own for one treatment, or can be added to another facial treatment for around $50.

If you are looking for a painless exfoliation method to get super smooth, radiant skin, dermaplaning is a great, safe and quick way to achieve your desired results.

Where can I get a dermaplaning treatment?

For more information about dermaplaning and other procedures we offer at Healthy Solutions Medspa, visit our website here.

If you are searching for dermaplaning near me and you live in the Bucks County, PA area, request your free consultation at Healthy Solutions Medspa online. Or contact our office at (267) 388-4692.

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Top Questions Asked of an Aesthetician in a Medical Spa

We recently asked our Aesthetician Erica what common questions she gets asked the most about skincare at our Medical Spa in Bucks County.

But before we get into those questions… 

What is an Aesthetician?

An Aesthetician is someone that works in a medical setting and is overseen by a Medical Doctor, that can help improve your skin. They can help you select medical grade skincare products, chemical peels, and laser treatments that would benefit you the most.

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Why is everyone confused about skincare?

Reading beauty magazines and scrolling down your Instagram feed, we are all inundated with so many treatments and products for our skin that it can be overwhelming.

Like many of us, you probably have more than a few cleansers that you have tried over the years, masks that you have applied at home, and over the counter eye creams and moisturizers that you dabbled with.

Have they worked? Maybe? Did they cause you to break out or dry your skin? Were they the right products for your skin?

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Those that are looking to see quicker results in the improvement of their skin turn to an Aesthetician at a Medical Spa.

What are the common questions asked of an Aesthetician at a Medical Spa?

In what order should I apply my skin care products?

You should always start by removing makeup, cleanse, tone, serum/treatment, eye cream, moisturizer, sunscreen.
It is important to apply products in the correct order to get the best results. 
Which order you should put on skincare products

Can I use drugstore products on my skin?

Drugstore products are not recommended by skin care professionals because they contain tons of fillers, irritants, and low quality ingredients.
They only add minuscule amounts of the “good” ingredients so they can claim to be effective on the packaging.
Medical grade products contain more beneficial ingredients and are highly concentrated so you need less of it.
Whereas, drugstore products are so watered down they won’t last you nearly as long. 

Where can I purchase medical grade products? 

You should always purchase medical grade products from a medical spa or doctor’s office to make sure you’re getting legitimate products.
There are a lot of fake products sold online that are cheaper because they are most likely expired or have different ingredients than the original.
Also, you risk having a reaction or break out due to not knowing the actual ingredients that are in it.
You should always consult with an Aesthetician or Doctor first to choose what medical grade products will be most beneficial for your skin type and concerns. 
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Why is sunscreen so important? 

Wearing sunscreen every day can protect you from exposure to UV radiation that can burn the skin and cause skin cancer.
Always make sure your sunscreen has an SPF of at least 30 and reapply every 2 hours.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds so it’s important to wear it even on cloudy days. 
Another benefit of wearing sunscreen is that it slows down premature aging of the skin.
It also helps maintain an even skin tone by preventing discoloration and dark spots due to sun damage. 

At what age should I start using a retinoid? 

Everyone over the age of 30 should be using a retinoid like Tretinoin cream.
It will speed up cell turnover which slows down as we age and causes fine lines and wrinkles to appear.
Tretinoin cream is also great for treating acne, so it is recommended for patients with acneic skin as well as mature or “aging” skin.tretinoin obagi retinoid bucks county, pa

Will Dermaplaning cause my hair to grow back darker and more course?

Dermaplaning is a safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair.
Many patients are concerned that the hair will grow back darker and courser after dermaplaning.
However this is not the case.
Vellus hair, also known as peach fuzz, will grow back at the same rate and texture due to its superficial nature and lack of complexity within the follicle.Dermaplaning-in-Bucks County

What can I do to improve dark spots?

There are many different options to treat hyperpigmentation so it’s always best to consult with your Aesthetician to create a customized treatment plan.
A few great options are Clear + Brilliant laser, VI Peel, Vitamin C serum, and Hydroquinone cream.
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What can I do for blotchy, red skin?

A Photofacial or IPL, also known as Intense Pulsed Light treats skin pigmentation. A Photofacial can treat those pesky broken capillaries that many people get around their nose. 

Is laser hair removal painful? 

Everyone tolerates pain differently, but for most people laser hair removal is tolerable and hurts less than waxing.
It also depends on the area of the body being lasered, because some areas are more sensitive to pain than others.
It’s often compared to the feeling of a rubber band snapping.
A numbing cream may be applied upon request or you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever before the treatment. painless laser hair removal Doylestown, PA

If I am a darker complexion does that mean I can’t get laser hair removal?

Although there are certain lasers that can only be done on lighter skin types, there are also some that are safe on all skin tones.
The laser we use at Healthy Solutions Medspa can be done on all skin types and even has a melanin reader that helps choose what setting to use for ultimate results in a safe manner.
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Is it bad to pop pimples on my own? 

If you squeeze an inflamed pimple that’s not ready to be extracted, you can actually damage your skin further and can make the breakout worse by spreading bacteria.
To avoid long-lasting marks and scars, you should always see an Aesthetician at a medical spa.
There’s a proper way to extract blackheads, and a Hydrafacial treatment is one of the most gentle and effective options.skincare Doylestown, PA

How far ahead should I schedule a Hydrafacial before an event? 

You can schedule a Hydrafacial as late as the day-of the event if you’ve had it before.
If it’s your first time, it’s best to schedule two or three days before so that your skin has time to relax just in case you have any reactions. hydrafacial in bucks county pa

How long is the peeling process of a VI Chemical Peel?

The skin usually starts to peel anywhere from 2-3 days following a VI Peel and it can last up to a week.
If you have an event, it is best to schedule a few weeks ahead of time.
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How does an Aesthetician determine what procedures are best for my skin? 

An experienced Aesthetician in a medical spa will ask you a few questions to determine what type of treatment is best.
It’s best to be honest when discussing your skin type and what products you use at home.
Also let your Aesthetician know of any allergies you have and medications you take.
This will help your Aesthetician give you the best customized treatment plan for your skin. 

How to find the right Aesthetician?

When scheduling a skincare appointment, make sure to select a reputable and established Medical Spa. Read their Facebook and Google reviews to see what their clients have said about the facility and the results.

If you are looking for the best medspa in Bucks County, schedule an appointment at Healthy Solutions Medspa.

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Which Products & Treatments Are Right For Aging Skin?

Skin changes as you age.

You might start noticing changes such as wrinkles, age spots, dryness and loss of fat making it become thinner which in turn makes your skin look less plump and smooth.

Not only is age a factor, but also lifestyle with sunlight being the first major cause of skin aging followed by smoking then alcohol.

Your best line of defense is a good skin care routine.

A routine that should be part of your morning and night.

A good daily routine for both young and old can be the start of healthier skin.

Best Skincare Products For Aging Skin:

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Two important products found in our line of Obagi products is  the Vitamin C serum and Retin A.

Vitamin C promotes collagen growth, fights wrinkles and even cleans up sun damage as it lightens and brightens the face.

Retin A can help treat existing wrinkles and fights acne.

We offer a full line of Obagi products to help transform your skin.

Along with products, skin treatments are just as important as it is never just one thing.

Medspa Skincare Treatments For Aging Skin:

We offer a full menu of treatment options to treat and maintain aging skin.

CHEMICAL PEELS

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Used to treat wrinkles, age spots, discoloration, acnaeic skin and superficial scarring.
Helpful in getting dead skin out of the way making your skin the ideal canvas for absorbing your products.

LASER TREATMENTS

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Help stimulate the skins production of collagen which plumps the skin up.
Helps with discoloration and can be used on face , neck, hands, arms and décolletage .

We recommend Intense Pulsed light laser treatments, also called photofacials to reduce age spots, sun spots and vascular lesions from the face.

And, the Clear + Brilliant laser is a great preventive anti-aging laser treatment that rebuilds collagen, reduces fine lines and wrinkles and helps reduce pigmentation.

BOTOX and FILLERS

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Botox helps soften lines on the top upper half of face.
Dermal Fillers can add height to the cheekbone, improve jaw line, diminish acne scars, restore fullness, re-sculpt lips and fill in folds.

MICRONEEDLING

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A great treatment to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles, and to renew the skins surface for a refreshed youthful glow.

All of these Medspa treatments and products can be used in combination to create a custom treatment plan.

It’s best to schedule a consultation at a reputable Medspa near you to see which products and treatments would work best for you.

If you are looking for a Medical Spa in Bucks County, PA near Doylestown, Newtown, Warrington and Warminster, schedule your free consultation at our five star rated Medspa in Ivyland, PA.

Our Medical Spa offers many laser facial treatments as well as the #1 non-surgical fat reduction treatment called Coolsculpting.

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How Does the Clear + Brilliant Laser Facial Compare to Microneedling & Photofacial?

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A common concern in patients is wanting to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and scars while improving skin tone and texture.

Having younger-looking, radiant skin is now more easily attainable and less painful than ever with today’s technologies.

Some of the most popular skin and facial procedures that don’t require surgery include treatments like Clear + Brilliant, Microneedling and IPL Photofacials.

While all three of these procedures are similar, they also have their differences. So how do you know which treatment you should get?

First, you should narrow down your top skin concerns from the broad goal of just attaining “better skin”.

Whether that’s reducing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing pore size, smoothing texture or improving pigmentation or scars, some treatments work better at a specific goal than others.

Here’s what you need to know about how the Clear + Brilliant, Microneedling and Photofacial compare:

Clear + Brilliant

Clear and Brilliant Laser

The Clear & Brilliant treatment is relatively new, yet it’s one of the most popular laser treatments for improving early signs of aging such as fine lines, skin tone, texture, pigment and sun damage while also minimizing pores.

It works by a laser gently rolling across the skin to create microscopic wounds, stimulating collagen production.

The Clear and Brilliant laser treatment has no downtime and works on all skin types.

The Clear + Brilliant can be done on the face, neck, chest or hands. A series of treatments is recommended, and ongoing treatments are needed to maintain results.

Microneedling

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Similar to Clear + Brilliant, Microneedling  works also by stimulating collagen production in the skin, except by using microscopic needles.

It improves the skin’s overall appearance, reduces fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation and acne scars.

Microneedling can be done on any part of the body such as face, neck, chest, arms, legs, abdomen and back.

IPL Photofacials

A Photofacial or IPL (intense pulsed light) targets pigment, redness and vessels in the skin without harming any surrounding tissue.

Photofacials are best for treating sun spots, age spots, rosacea, spider veins, capillaries and other similar conditions on the skin.

IPL treatments can be done on the face, chest, back or hands. This treatment works best on lighter skin tones.

So how do the three stack up against each other?

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Clear + Brilliant vs. Microneedling vs. Photofacial

How the Clear + Brilliant and Microneedling treatments are similar:

1. They both stimulate collagen production with controlled micro injuries
2. They’re both minimally invasive
3. They both reduce the size of pores
4. They both improve early signs of aging
5. They can both correct acne, pigmentation, fine lines, sun damage, skin tone and texture
6. Can do either treatment as often as 3 to 4 weeks
7. Both treatments can be combined as part of a long term skin care correcting treatment plan, spacing them out by at least 4 weeks
8. Both treatments can be performed on the face, neck and chest as well as hands and arms.

How Clear + Brilliant and Microneedling treatments are different:

1. Clear + Brilliant removes top layer of skin
2. Clear + Brilliant has less visible downtime than Microneedling
3. Clear + Brilliant is better for treating signs of sun damage, such as brown spots and freckles
4. Skin is red to pink for 2-3 days following Microneedling treatment
5. Skin is red immediately after treatment but looks back to normal the day after Clear + Brilliant with less visible social downtime
6. Skin feels raw for a few days after Microneedling
7. Skin feels like sandpaper for 3-7 days following Clear + Brilliant treatment

Clear + Brilliant vs. IPL (Photofacial)

How the Clear + Brilliant and the Photofacial are similar:

1. They’re both minimally invasive
2. They both stimulate collagen production
3. They both improve early signs of aging, sun damage, skin tone and texture
4. They both reduce fine lines and minimize pores
5. You need a series of treatments to fully remove brown spots for both procedures
6. Both treatments can be done on the face, chest, hands, and arms
7. Can combine both treatments as part of a skin care correcting treatment plan
8. Skin looks back to normal the day after treatment

How the Clear + Brilliant and the Photofacial are different:

1. Clear + Brilliant is for all skin types
2. IPL is not recommended for darker skin tones
3. IPL improves veins and capillaries on the face
4. IPL does not smooth acne scarring
5. IPL does not remove the top layer of skin

All three treatments for the face can be combined to create a skin care treatment plan for best results.

So if you wanted to correct pigmentation, reduce acne scars and reduce vascular lesions, a series of all three spaced three to four weeks apart maybe your best option to give you clearer, younger and healthier looking skin.

It’s best to schedule a consultation at a reputable Medspa to see which treatment or treatment plan is right for you.

If you live in Bucks County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County or the surrounding area, contact us to schedule a consultation.

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New Year Beauty Resolution: Clear + Beautiful Skin

The new year has officially started, and that means new resolutions!

One of the most common goals we’ve already seen for 2020 is clear, youthful and radiant skin.

There have been countless different beauty and skincare trends in the last decade, and we should definitely be leaving some of them there.

From charcoal and red-light masks to CBD and elaborate 15-step routines, we’ve learned that not everything will work on everyone’s skin (or anybody’s for that matter), and a lot of it can be a waste of money and energy.

New Year Resolution Clear & Beautiful Skin

That being said, it’s time to leave all of that in 2019.

It’s a new year, and we’re basically living in the future: technology changes everything in our lives, no less our skincare.

So, isn’t it about time we have a solution for our beauty goals that doesn’t require an endless period of trial-and-error with skincare products, needles or surgery?

2020 has entered the chat, and she says yes!

One of the most innovative procedures to come our way is called Clear + Brilliant.

Essentially, the treatment improves the signs and effects that time and environment can have on your skin, while also preventing visible signs of aging.

Let’s face it: our skin changes over time. Fine lines, enlarged pores and uneven tone and texture can be inevitable, especially as we age.

Even if you take good care of your skin with a consistent, preventative routine with top-notch products, unfortunately nobody can look like they’re in their 20s forever.

Luckily, we’ve discovered and proven new ways to fix what we don’t like and also prevent them from coming.

Clear + Brilliant could be the answer to your New Year’s resolution, but you probably have some questions:

What is Clear + Brilliant and what does it do?

The Clear + Brilliant treatment is a gentle laser procedure that helps to better overall complexion by improving skin tone, texture, uneven pigmentation and the appearance of fine lines and pores, while also treating and preventing signs of aging.

Using fractional laser technology, the treatment works by targeting the upper layers of the skin and replacing damaged cells with healthy tissue.

This essentially triggers the skin’s natural healing process, leaving you with younger looking, radiant skin.

The procedure does not require any surgery or injections, and is 100% non-invasive.

Clear and Brilliant Laser

What should I expect?

A typical Clear + Brilliant treatment begins with a consultation with a licensed professional to establish that the treatment is right for you and your skin concerns.

Before the treatment, your licensed professional may apply a numbing cream to your face to eliminate any possibility of discomfort.

The procedure then consists of guiding a laser hand piece across the skin and target areas, and takes about 20-30 minutes from start to finish.

You will see both immediate and progressive results over the course of a week or two.

Is Clear + Brilliant painful?

The treatment is non-invasive, quick and gentle. Patients have reported that the procedure is minimally painful, with a slightly hot and/or prickly feeling that is easily alleviated by applying ice to the skin.

At most, minor swelling or redness may occur for a few hours following the treatment.

How much does Clear + Brilliant laser treatment cost?

The average cost of a single Clear + Brilliant treatment is around $450, but can vary depending on location, provider and prior state of your skin.

Is Clear + Brilliant worth it?

A high majority of patients say that Clear + Brilliant is worth it due to the results, minimal pain, quickness and downtime of the procedure as compared to other laser treatments.

Patients report that after just one treatment they noticed softer, younger looking skin, improved tone and a radiant glow, and no need to take time off from work.

Clear + Brilliant Before and After:

clear and brilliant before and after

How often should I get the Clear + Brilliant treatment?

Results can most likely be seen after just one session, however 4-6 treatments are recommended in order to notice visible improvements and achieve the look that you want. It is also recommended to separate each treatment by a month for best results, depending on your skin condition and care regimen.

Can I exercise after my Clear + Brilliant treatment?

A light walk is OK following treatment; however, it would be best to avoid strenuous exercise as is it recommended to avoid perspiring and sweating for at least 24 hours after the procedure. Additionally, you should avoid any sun exposure due to heightened sensitivity.

What is the downtime for Clear + Brilliant?

There is little to no downtime for the Clear + Brilliant laser treatment.

Patients are able to get the procedure while on lunch break on a work day and return back looking and feeling normal.

At most, some slight redness or heat may occur on the face immediately after the procedure, but can be alleviated with ice or a cold pack.

The aftercare is simple, and your doctor may advise using gentle and minimal products on your face while avoiding sunlight.

 

Achieve your New Year’s resolution of finally having the radiant complexion you’ve always dreamed of without surgery, needles or wasting money on trendy products that don’t show results.

If you are searching for Clear + Brilliant treatment near me and you live in the Bucks County, PA area, request your free consultation at Healthy Solutions Medspa online or by contacting our office at (267) 388-4692.

To learn more about some of our other facial treatments we offer at Healthy Solutions Medspa, see our before and after photos and our video patient testimonials, click here.

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Reverse Sun Damaged Skin with These 4 Med Spa Treatments

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You’ve had your fun in the sun, and now your skin is paying for it.

Those fabulous afternoons lounging poolside with a mojito in hand, and long weekends at the beach are par for the course when it comes to enjoying summer. Unfortunately, it can wreak havoc on your skin.

Regardless of the amount of sunscreen you apply to your skin or how often you sport that Riviera-style beach hat, the sun makes its way through to your precious skin – leaving sunspots, blotches, and wrinkles! But there’s no need to wallow in a world of regret. Your time spent sinning in the sun can be fixed!

Here are 4 Med Spa treatments to help you reverse sun damage:

Microneedling:

Hold up! Did someone say needle? We did. But they are incy wincy, tiny little needles. We’re talking microscopic – as Taylor Swift says, “You need to calm down!”

Microneedling is a method used to rejuvenate the skin by generating collagen and skin tissue. The minimally invasive procedure involves using multiple tiny, sterile needles to brush over the skin to create controlled “micro-injuries.” The skin’s natural healing process prompts the derma, a deeper layer of skin, to rebuild. The increased collagen can reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and even out your skin tone – leaving you with smoother, younger-looking skin. Another bonus: it also lessens the appearance of hyperpigmentation, acne scars, stretch marks, and sun damage.

Patients may experience a few days of redness following treatment, but ultimately settle into silky-soft skin that glows!

VI Peel: It’s time to turn over a new leaf! VI Peel is a medical-grade chemical peel that offers dramatic results with no preparation and minimal downtime. The gentle, pain-free treatment helps to soften fine lines and wrinkles, reverse sun damage, reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and scarring while improving the overall quality, tone and texture of your skin.

The VI Peel at Healthy Solutions MedSpa includes a specifically formulated post peel kit which is essential for your treatment’s success, ensuring optimal and lasting results. VI Peel’s blend of powerful ingredients is suitable for all skin types, including darker skin tones. It is a quick treatment designed to achieve more effective results.

Patients can expect to peel for 2-3 days before revealing a new layer of skin that appears flawless and youthful.

Photofacial:

Also called an IPL (intense pulse light). It’s not a Rave but seeing how amazing your skin looks over the next week may prompt you to break out in a celebratory dance. Before you do, keep in mind this is not an immediate treatment, and depending on how much sun damage you have, multiple treatments may be needed.

Some patients opt for a Photofacial instead of a chemical peel because there is less visible downtime and no peeling! After a Photofacial, your face will appear pink or red. If you have dark spots, they will appear darker- this can last for a few weeks but will lessen with each day. The Photofacial is also great to spot treat sun damage as the device can target specific sunspots more aggressively during treatment.

The Photofacial, also called an IPL (intense pulse light) is a 30-minute procedure in which intense pulses of light are used to penetrate deep into the skin…unce unce unce baby! This revolutionary facial treatment uses a broad-spectrum light source called flashlight technology. The intense pulsed light warms up the skin and uses heat to activate the body’s natural healing process.

You can use IPL on other parts of the body, not just on your face. Patients often get treatment to correct sun damage on areas such as chest, back, or hands. This type of light therapy is also used to treat age spots, broken blood vessels on your face, and rosacea.

Hydrafacial:
When it comes to gorgeous skin, some of us…want it now! The Hydrafacial offers instantaneous results with absolutely no downtime. Hydrafacial is a hydradermabrasion treatment that cleanses the skin, exfoliates dead cells, extracts dirt and bacteria, hydrates, and protects the skin with antioxidants in one simple 30-minute treatment. As if it wasn’t already perfect, a Hydrafacial is an excellent microdermabrasion treatment for oily skin, acne, sun damage, and to treat wrinkles and fine lines.

Plus, by adding specific Boosters to the hydrafacial, you can effectively target problem areas. BRITENOL BOOST Britenol™ is specially formulated to correct dark spots and sun-damaged areas. Britenol™ is clinically proven to leave skin glowing with a more even complexion. Key ingredients: Alpha-Arbutin is derived from bearberry extract to brighten the appearance of dark spots. Vitamin C exhibits antioxidant properties and gives skin added brightness.

Whatever your skin needs are you can’t go wrong with any of the mentioned treatments. Call (267) 388-4692 today to schedule a consultation with our Aesthetician or to schedule an appointment.

As September comes to an end, our memories of summer begin to fade, hopefully, so will the sun damage to our skin. Here’s to heading into Autumn with gorgeous, glowing skin – and endless pumpkin spice lattes!

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Microdermabrasion vs. Hydrafacial

microdermabrasion vs. hydrafacial

Sand and sea, together they rouse a feeling of Zen. But, if I had to pick one to exfoliate my face, I’d have to go with water.

When it comes to exfoliation, water can deliver the same grade of results that grit can and in most cases, with a better outcome and fewer side effects – which brings me to the question, what exactly is the difference between Microdermabrasion vs. HydraFacial – lets dive in!

What is Microdermabrasion?

To start, Microdermabrasion is an earlier technology.

It’s a minimally invasive procedure designed to exfoliate the skin by using an abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin and remove the top layer while a vacuum sucks the removed skin cells and debris away.

It is a painless procedure that targets dead skin cells, blemishes, and fine lines.

The treatment takes up to 60-minutes and should be performed by highly trained medical personnel.

Common side effects of microdermabrasion include mild tenderness, swelling, and redness.

These generally go away within several hours after treatment.

Yikes! You may need to push back your dinner reservation. In some cases, patients experienced broken capillaries, acne and flakiness due to over exfoliation.

Overall Microdermabrasion treatment is a bit of a thing of the past, but it does continue to offer benefits as your skin will appear brighter, smoother and more radiant (once the redness and swelling wear off of course).

What is a HydraFacial?

The HydraFacial is a very popular medical spa hydradermabrasion treatment.

It includes four-steps that cleanses, extracts, exfoliates and hydrates. Like Microdermabrasion, HydraFacial targets dead skin cells, fine lines, and wrinkles.

But, unlike Microdermabrasion, HydraFacial is safe for all skin types and leaves your skin feeling supple and plump – not dried out.

The HydraFacial MD machine is a super exfoliator that uses a smooth vortex-fusion tool to infuse a serum that quenches the skin with vital nutrients like antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid as it exfoliates; by hydrating the skin simultaneously it tempers the exfoliation process and prevents the skin from drying out, leaving you with fully hydrated skin that appears younger, clearer and more luminous – with absolutely no side effects!

That’s because HydraFacial removes the dead skin with nutrient based water-like substances rather than just grit, so your skin won’t get irritated.

So what’s better? Hydrafacial or Microdermabrasion?

Hydrafacial

HydraFacial for the win!

If you’re looking for the latest and greatest, HydraFacial is the way to go.

The cost of HydraFacial is comparable to Microdermabrasion, both run anywhere from $150 to $300 per treatment, but HydraFacial can be done in half the time and offers more bang for your buck.

Bottom line, HydraFacial is a quicker, more gentle way to rejuvenate your skin while providing beneficial minerals that help your skin remain a healthy glow and youthful appearance.

 

It is the Winner of New Beauty Magazine 2018 as the “Go to facial for a healthy glow.” It offers amazing results that can be achieved in minutes.

 

There are also optional upgrades to a “Signature” HydraFacial that can be customized to meet your skin goals and concerns which may include growth factor with the CTGF Booster that is designed to restore skin health and helps lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

To target fine lines and wrinkles, the Dermabuilder Booster can improve skin tone and texture.

And for dark spots and sun damage, the Britenol Booster is clinically proven to leave skin glowing with a more even complexion with key ingredients including alpha-arbutin and Vitamin C that brings out a brighter complexion.

 

Another option that you may choose with your HydraFacial is Lymphatic drainage.

It stimulates the Lymphatic system and helps puffiness to go down on the face and under the eyes.

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Lymphatic drainage with Hydrafacial

With this add on, toxins are moved out of the lymph nodes and circulation is increased giving your face that much needed glow!

And lastly, you may opt for Red & Blue LED Light Therapy.

Red LED light therapy treat wrinkles, rosacea, sun damage and helps patient achieve a healthy glow. In addition, Red LEDs help reduce the appearance of scars, broken capillaries and promotes healing.

Blue LED light therapy is used to treat acne and blemishes caused from clogged pores.

 

If you are looking for a medspa that offers the HydraFacial, call (267) 388-4692 to set up your free consultation!

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Your Ultimate Beauty Guide To Pre-Wedding Day Prep

Congratulations! You are engaged, and it’s so exciting. You want to make sure every detail is perfect, but most of all you want to look picture perfect on the big day. Here is your ultimate pre-wedding day prep guide filled with the trendiest beauty treatments to help you and your bridal party look your best before you tie the knot.

12 Months Out

Laser Hair Removal: Say goodbye to unwanted hair on your legs, underarms, lip, chin, or bikini line! You will love not having to shave before your Big Day or on your honeymoon. Keep in mind that you need at least six treatments for the best results, so you’ll want to start early.

4 to 6 Months Out

Microblading: Have you tweezed your eyebrows too thin or constantly filling in your brows? Get perfect looking brows with this trending treatment. During this semi-permanent makeup tattoo treatment, hairline strokes are drawn onto your brows to give you a natural look. Numbing cream is applied prior to treatment so the treatment itself is not painful.

Skin Tightening: If you want to have a more youthful appearance, then consider six weekly treatments of Venus Freeze RF skin tightening. A great choice for pre-wedding day prep for both you and your Mom to look amazing in your wedding photos.

Cellulite Reduction: Are you planning a honeymoon somewhere warm but feel a little self-conscious in a bikini? Feel your best and confident with eight weekly treatments of Venus Freeze cellulite reduction. Perk: Treatments feel like a hot stone massage.

3 to 4 Months Out

Coolsculpting: If you are eating right and exercising but just can’t get rid of stubborn fat on your arms, abdomen, love handles, double chin, or thighs, then consider this #1 non-invasive fat reduction treatment. There is no downtime, no needles, no surgery, and no anesthesia. Just looking good and feeling great.

How does Coolsculpting work? The Coolsculpting device draws the unwanted bulge up between two cooling panels and freezes it during a 35-minute treatment. Then, your body crystalizes the fat, and fatty cells leave your body naturally. You will start to see results within 30 days, with complete results in 90 days.

Coolsculpting can be done on most of the body, so it is perfect for anyone in getting ready for the big day. Whether you are the bride, looking to get sculpted arms or a flatter tummy, the groom wanting to get rid of the “spare tire” around the waist, or the mother of the bride wanting to reduce back fat, bra fat, or the double chin, this is the treatment for you as part of your pre-wedding day prep.

2 Months Out

Botox and Fillers: Add a little volume to your lips or cheeks with fillers, or smooth out the wrinkles around your eyes and forehead with Botox injections near Doylestown, PA. These treatments are so quick! Stop by on your lunch break, and head back to work with a fresh and lovely look.

1 Month Out

Facial Treatments: Don’t forget to pamper your Mom, Maid of Honor or the rest of your bridal party squad as a thank-you for everything they did for you this year! Buy them a gift card to use at a Medspa. All the stresses of wedding planning will soon be forgotten when they receive a facial or a Hydrafacial before your big day.

1 Week Out

Treat yourself to one of the most popular treatments out there called the Hydrafacial. It’s like a power wash for your face! It will deep clean, brighten, smooth, and refresh your skin. This quick treatment is non-irritating, safe for all skin types, and requires no downtime. It is a microdermabrasion, peel, and facial all-in-one. After a Hydrafacial, you will walk down the aisle with a beautiful healthy glow!

Are You Excited to Look Your Best on Your Wedding Day?

At Healthy Solutions by Dr. Luciano med spa in Bucks County, PA, we love to help couples (and their wedding parties!) look and feel amazing on their Big Day. If you are interested in any of the treatments described in this pre-wedding day prep guide, then give us a call at (267) 388-4692 or contact us online.

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