And Other Things to Consider Before a Microneedling Treatment
Microneedling is a great treatment for a wide array of issues. While it may sound scary, it is a minimally invasive treatment that dermatologists love! This treatment has gained recent popularity thanks to mesmerizing videos on social media, but it actually dates back to 1995.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a treatment that uses a very fine, short needle into the skin. The needles only go surface deep and many say it feels like pin pricks. These micro-injuries stimulate your body to create more collagen and elastin as well as stimulate dormant hair follicles during the healing process.
What Can Microneedling Treat?
Microneedling can treat a variety of issues related to skin appearance and texture as well as hair loss. These conditions include:
- Mild to moderate acne scarring
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Loose skin
- Large pores
- Stretch marks
- Superficial pigmentation
- Sun damaged skin
- Surgical scars
- Hair loss
What To Consider Before a Microneedling Treatment
If you are thinking of getting a microneedling treatment, there are a few things you should consider beforehand.
Autoimmune Disorders: Because microneedling creates micro-injuries, you should consult your doctor before a treatment if you have an autoimmune disorder.
Accutane: Do not get microneedling if you have used Accutane within the past 6 months.
Botox and Fillers like Juvederm: It is recommended that you wait at least 2 weeks after getting Botox and 4 weeks after a filler like Juvederm. While there isn’t a health risk of getting microneedling after Botox or fillers, it can have an effect on the Botox or filler work. The two types of treatments work well together because microneedling can improve the surface of your skin while Botox and fillers like Juvederm help with the signs of aging.
Blood Disorders: If you are on anticoagulation therapy (e.g. Warfarin), platelet abnormalities or blood clotting issues, you should avoid microneedling treatments.
Cardiac Abnormalities: It is best to avoid microneedling if you have any cardiac abnormalities, but consult with your doctor.
Facial Cancer: Avoid microneedling if you currently have or have had any types of facial cancer.
Dermatological Diseases: If you have any dermatological diseases affecting the face (such as Porphyria) you should also avoid microneedling treatments.
Diabetes and Other Chronic Conditions: Consult with a doctor before getting a microneedling treatment.
Pregnancy or Nursing: While microneedling is relatively safe, it is not recommended for those who are pregnant or nursing. This is because microneedling treatment allows for the controlled induction of growth factor serums or hyaluronic acid into the skin self-repair process.
Improve Your Skin Today
At the US Wellness Collective, we understand that each person requires treatments as unique as their skin! That is why we offer a comprehensive approach to skin care and rejuvenation with a variety of treatment options. Our medical Aesthetic and Skincare treatments include:
- Botox (forehead, around the eyes, between the eyes)
- PRP Hair Restoration
- Microneedling with PRP
- Nanoneedling Facial
Call (720) 445-5228 to book your appointment today!
What to Expect During Treatment and the Benefits of Microneedling
Microneedling may sound odd or scary, but this minimally invasive treatment is actually a favorite of many dermatologists, and for good reason too! Microneedling dates back to 1995, but has recently gained popularity thanks to people sharing videos on social media. It’s more than just mesmerizing to watch these videos online; the procedure can actually treat many different conditions and give you a more youthful appearance!
What is Microneedling and What are the Benefits?
Microneedling is simply the insertion of very fine, short needles into the skin. This process may sound scary, but these needles only range in diameter from 0.5 to 2.5 millimeters and feel like pin pricks that only go surface-level deep. These pin pricks stimulate your body to create more collagen and elastin as well as stimulate dormant hair follicles.
Microneedling is often used in conjunction with serums to supercharge the treatment. It can also be used with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). This is when your blood is drawn and processed to separate the platelets and white blood cells from the red. This can then be spread over the treatment area to supercharge your microneedling procedure. PRP also helps stimulate hair follicles and collagen production in your body.
What is Microneedling Used to Treat?
Because microneedling stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, it can be used to treat a variety of skin texture issues. A recent study has also shown that microneedling in conjunction with other hair loss treatments (such as minoxidil lotion) can help improve results when dealing with hair loss issues. The following are several skin and hair issues that microneedling can be used to treat:
- Dark spots (hyperpigmentation)
- Large pores
- Stretch marks
- Sun damage
- Hair loss (alopecia)
Microneedling is recommended by dermatologists for most patients. However, there are a few people who may not be good candidates for microneedling including those with keloid scars, scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases, fungal infections, severe eczema, psoriasis, are immunosuppressed, are pregnant or nursing, and other chronic conditions.
How Much Does Microneedling Cost and When do I See Results?
Microneedling is less expensive than laser treatments and can even work better for those with darker skin tones because it doesn’t involve heat the way that laser treatments do. The procedure offers fairly immediate results. On a short-term basis it plumps up the skin and makes it look more radiant. It is recommended that you receive one microneedling treatment every month for at least four months to get longer lasting results (about six months).
What are the Side Effects of Microneedling?
This is a relatively non-invasive procedure and has little down time. This is because your body is healing itself from the needle pricks. You’ll notice some minor pain after the procedure and your skin may be red for a few days. Deeper microneedling treatments can cause some bleeding and bruising. You may also notice that your skin might feel tight and flake a bit as it heals. And because the treatment creates lots of tiny pin pricks in your skin, it is a good idea to stay away from places that could have lots of germs, such as swimming pools, lakes, rivers and oceans. Some things to avoid for several days after the treatment also include mineral sunscreens or makeup, vitamin C serum or retinoids, glycolic acid as well as soaps, shaving creams or lotions that can cause irritation.
Look More Youthful Today!
At the US Wellness Collective, we know how important looking good is for feeling good! We offer microneedling treatments to promote skin rejuvenation and the body’s healing process. With treatment and over time, damaged skin is gradually replaced with new, healthier skin! Call us today to book your microneedling treatment.
Plus What Lipotropic Injections are and What They are Used to Treat
Summer is here and that has many thinking about losing weight and getting healthier. Weight loss is a journey for many, but there are things you can do to enhance your weight loss efforts through diet and exercise. One of those is Lipotropic injections, or Lipo-B. It is an ideal tool for those already working on losing weight but find that exercise and diet aren’t enough to break past a plateau in your efforts.
What are Lipotropic Injections and What are the Benefits?
These injections are full of supplements and components that are used to help reduce excessive fats from specific areas of the body. It has been shown to aid in the removal of fats from the liver and boost your metabolism. In essence, it helps the body burn fat itself at an enhanced pace, giving you better weight loss results. There are several different varieties of lipotropic injections, but many contain a combination of B vitamins, such as B6 and B12, in addition to other compounds, hence the name, Lipo-B.
How Often Should I Get Lipotropic Injections?
For weight loss, it is recommended that you receive lipotropic injections weekly or up to two times a week. It is important that you work with your practitioner to decide what is right for your treatment course.
Some doctors also recommend lipotropic injections for those dealing with an overall deficiency in the B12 micronutrient. Our bodies do not produce this nutrient naturally, but it is needed to keep important functions in our bodies working properly. It is important to work with a doctor to decide how often you should receive these injections.
Are there any Side Effects?
It is key that you work with a reputable practitioner when receiving these shots. Risks are low, but some ingredients in some of the varieties can lead to side effects such as anxiety, constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, fatigue, increased heart rate and insomnia. If these side effects persist, it is important that you call your doctor.
A Holistic Approach
When it comes to losing weight, there are many different aspects of your treatment plan when it comes to reaching your long-term goals. At the US Wellness Collective, we believe in taking a holistic approach to your health and wellness. Combined with the education of a Master’s degree in nursing, we are able to offer customized weight loss and nutrition/health programs designed with YOU in mind! Our weight loss services include:
- Homeopathic weight loss
- Nutrition/health management services
- Weight loss IV
- Lipo B IM Injections
- Cryoskin Fat
Contact us today to book a consultation to learn more about our customized options to see which is best for you and your long-term goals.
Taking on Societal Preconceptions around Massage Therapy and Gender
Preconceptions around gender abound in society. They are often formed around societal biases of what is considered traditionally feminine and traditionally masculine, including professions. For example, being an elementary teacher is traditionally considered a woman’s job and a construction manager that of a man. But it goes beyond what society thinks is a good job for the different genders; it’s also about society’s preconceptions about who they are more comfortable interacting with in these settings. All of this is certainly true for massage therapy as well.
There is a lot of stigma surrounding the male licensed massage therapist (LMT). When booking a massage, a lot of people get flustered over the question as to whether they want a male or female massage therapist, and when pushed, the majority of people specifically request a female LMT. We understand–we really do! Getting a massage puts you in a pretty vulnerable state. However, this trepidation often stems from societal preconceptions of massage therapy and who society thinks it’s okay to be a massage therapist. In this article, we are going to dig into the stigmas surrounding male LMTs and then break down the barriers so you feel more comfortable getting a massage from someone of any gender.
Issue #1: Vulnerability
When you get a massage, you are invariably in some state of disrobe, and that can put you in a vulnerable state. Not to mention that massage techniques are performed on bare skin. This can leave many clients feeling uncomfortable, and often believe the preconception that a woman LMT will be less threatening. This vulnerability can also bring up body image issues and many female clients may harbor fears that a male therapist might judge her physical appearance.
Issue #2: The Psychology of Sex
Massage is generally extremely relaxing, but it can also border on sensual for some. Clients are often afraid of becoming aroused during a session. It’s important to understand that this is normal and has nothing to do with sex, but rather the physiology of what is happening to the body during a massage. Massage techniques move blood around the body very quickly and this can lead to sensations of arousal. A good massage therapist understands this and relies on their training to ignore it to help keep the patient at ease.
We also can’t delve into the psychology of sex and massage therapy without addressing homophobia as well. Some male clients don’t like to be touched by another man, let alone while semi-naked. It stems from being in a vulnerable state and thoughts of perceived homosexuality.
Issue #3: Nurturing vs Strength
Across the board, clients often seek out female LMTs for their “caring” touch. They also often see male LMTs as rougher and stronger. However, this is based on the preconceptions that women are nurturing, a role often associated with mothers, and that men are macho and rough. But if you’ve seen women athletes or a stay-at-home dad, you know these are just biases formed by society that have no true meaning.
Breaking Down the Barriers
Now, let’s break down these three stigmas around male LMTs.
First, it’s important to remember that licensed massage therapists of any gender are professionals. Many chose this career to help people heal their bodies. Because of the semi-naked state clients are in, it makes everyone feel vulnerable while getting a massage. But a professional isn’t there to take advantage of you or judge you. They are there to help you heal. To help put you at ease, remember that spas have interviewed all their LMTs. And if you feel uncomfortable about a technique, speak up and set your boundaries. A professional LMT will respect your wishes and won’t judge you for it. If something inappropriate does happen, don’t be afraid to report it. Spas and wellness centers want you to feel comfortable, and that means being unafraid to go to higher ups with concerns.
When it comes to both issues regarding the psychology of sex and massage therapy, keep in mind that massage has little to do with sexual attraction. Rather, massage therapy is about healing your body using relaxation and medical techniques. LMTs of any gender are professionals, and are not there to “feel you up.”
Finally, when it comes to who society thinks is nurturing and who is strong, understand that in massage, a woman LMT can perform a deep tissue massage as well as any male LMT. The same is true that male LMTs can be just as nurturing as the women in their profession.
So set your preconceptions aside; they are often based on biases of gender norms, something that society has been working to break down for many years now. Know that male LMTs are professionals who can help you meet your massage therapy goals just as comfortably and as well as their female counterparts. So next time you call to book an appointment and the receptionist asks for your LMT gender preference, simply ask for the best person that will help you meet your massage therapy goals.
Plus Self-Care Ideas to Help You Care for Your Mental Health
Life can get hectic and many of us have so many responsibilities. It can be easy to put your personal needs aside and focus on taking care of others or getting all of your tasks done. However, this can lead to burnout, stress, anxiety and even health issues. This is why self-care plays such a pivotal role in your physical and mental health.
The Benefits of Self-Care
Self-care isn’t just about pampering yourself. It’s about taking a holistic approach to your health and well-being. Self-care helps you destress, relax, rest and live in the moment. It can revitalize you and help you better manage future stress. Here are the benefits you can enjoy when you practice self-care:
Boost Your Physical Health: Self-care often triggers what is known as the “relaxation response.” It’s the counterpart to the fight-or-flight response. By routinely practicing relaxing self-care, you can help your body respond to stress better. How does this help your physical health? Chronic stress can have physical effects on your body, including increased heart rate and blood pressure, weight gain, stomach ulcers and more. By caring for your mental health, you are in turn caring for your physical health!
Improve Your Mental Health: Neglecting your own needs can lead to general feelings of unhappiness. If left unchecked over longer periods of time, it can lead to low self-esteem, feelings of resentment, anxiety, chronic stress and other negative feelings and emotions. By caring for your mental health, you are showing yourself and others that you value yourself. This can help contribute to long-term feelings of overall well-being and increased self-esteem.
Stress Relief and Management: Taking breaks is good! Balancing your leisure time and your responsibilities helps in a couple of ways. First, you are giving your body and mind a break which can relieve current stresses. Practicing self-care generates soothing feelings that help put you more at ease. Second, you are also learning to manage your time better, helping you better manage future stress, especially if you are taking the step of scheduling your “me time” (something you should do to make your self-care a routine).
Our Top 5 Favorite Self-Care Techniques
Now that you understand the amazing benefits of self-care, let’s take a look at our top 5 favorite ways to get in a little “me time.”
1 | Get a Massage: Massage is a relaxation technique for your mind and your body. It helps ease muscle tension, improve your circulation and improve mental clarity.
2 | Get a Facial: Feeling good can also stem from positive feelings about your physical appearance. Taking time to pamper your skin can zap acne (which can be inflamed by stress) and leave you feeling relaxed.
3 | Nourish Your Body and Mind: What goes into your body matters and that is why it is key that you properly nourish your body and mind. Eating nutrient dense foods and cutting back on sugars and bad fats is essential. You can also give your diet a boost with IV Infusion Therapy. It’s effective at delivering the nutrients your body and mind crave because they are directly administered into the bloodstream, making the nutrients available for immediate use by your body.
4 | Schedule Social Time: Self-care doesn’t have to be done alone. Maintaining your social connections is an essential part of self-care. So carve out time for your family and friends by going out to eat, seeing a movie or staying in for a game night!
5 | Talk to Someone: Caring for ourselves also means knowing when you need to seek help. It’s okay to not always feel okay. Remember to reach out and talk with someone you trust when depression gets you down.
We’re Here to Help!
The US Wellness Collective believes in a holistic approach to your health and well-being. We offer a range of services guaranteed to pamper you and help you look and feel better! Contact us today to learn about our wide variety of customizable services that will have you feeling more relaxed, happier and healthier!
9 Tips for Healthy, Dewey Skin in a Dry Climate
Dry climates can be tough on the complexion and lead to some serious dryness year round, but especially in the warmer months. Not only that, but dry climates can exaggerate the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines as well as rough skin texture. Fortunately, there are ways to protect your skin and combat that dryness.
Rule #1, when you are lacking water within your body, the likelihood of your aging signs are much higher. When you are not drinking enough H2O your body is pulling that extra moisture from your skin; think of your skin as a plant, not enough water means wilting leaves and flowers. To know your body’s optimal hydration is a simple calculation; divide your weight in half and intake that number in ounces daily (ex. 150lbs/2 = 75oz/day). Another option to help with signs of aging skin is using a humidifier to put a little moisture back into the air. Your skin will thank you, looking more supple and full.
Use a Gentle Cleanser
Be sure to use a gentle cleanser to remove the grime and dead skin cells from your face. Try a low pH cleanser to keep your skin balanced and hydrated. Cleansers with a high pH can actually dry out your skin even more.
Get a Boost with a Serum
Boost the moisture in your skin with an antioxidant or hyaluronic acid serum. Be sure to apply it to your face while your skin is still damp for the ultimate lock in of moisture.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
Get a great moisturizer that will replenish your skin’s moisture. However, avoid humectant-only moisturizers. These moisturizers pull moisture from the air to feed to your skin, but when there is little to no moisture in the air, these creams won’t do you much good. Instead, choose an oil-based moisturizer or one with essential fatty acids. Don’t forget to use a good cream or lotion on the rest of your body as well! Book an office visit with us so our experts can provide you with options best suited to your skin’s needs.
Many dry climates are sunny year round and some are even high altitude, leaving you vulnerable to sunburns all year long. Be sure to use a sunscreen or a moisturizer with sunscreen to protect your skin. Invest in a good high-SPF sunscreen (30+). If you are outside enjoying the sun, be sure to reapply throughout the day. Don’t forget to apply to the tops of your ears, the back of your neck and other other places that are often missed in sunscreen application.
The lack of humidity can leave skin looking dull and lead to the buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Exfoliating your skin one to two times per week can reveal fresh, glowing skin underneath and help keep your pores from becoming clogged. Choose a light exfoliator that won’t irritate your skin and be sure to not over-exfoliate.
Mask It Up
Soak up some more moisture by using a face mask once a week. Choose a mask that delivers extra moisture and follow the directions on the back. When you take off the mask, pat in the extra serum to get the full benefit, then lock it in with your daily or nightly serums and moisturizer.
Don’t Forget Lip Balm!
Did you know the first sign of dehydration is chapped lips?! Seriously, avoid chapped and dry lips by drinking plenty of water and applying lip balm throughout the day, until no longer needed. In fact, if you use lip balm too often your lips no longer produce it’s natural layer of oil causing you to have to use it more often than needed.
Get a Facial!
Get a facial once a month. Skin cell turnover happens once about every 28 days and getting a facial regularly can help remove dead skin cells, replenish moisture, reduce pore sizes and even help with fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin will be healthy and glowing all year long!
Here at the US Wellness Collective, we know that no two people are alike so we offer fully customized facials to fit your skincare needs and goals. Our licensed estheticians will have you looking and feeling your best with our 30 or 60 minute facials. Book your appointment today!