Microneedling is performed with a pen-like instrument that has 12 to 36 tiny micro-needles on its tip. The entire face is first numbed with a topical ointment to ensure a painless treatment. After applying a thin layer of serum to the skin, the pen is gently moved across the skin’s surface, where it creates thousands of micro-channels in the skin. This process triggers the body’s natural production of growth factors, fresh collagen, and elastin for smoother and thicker skin. The microneedling process will also help topical skin care products penetrate 3000% more. The number of passes I make depends on the patient’s individual skin health and skin regimen.
I use the state-of-the-art AcuMicro Pen, which offers an adjustable needle depth. This is helpful in treating the varying thickness of the skin tissue in the face, neck, and décolletage. It works just as well on areas with thinner skin, like the forehead and crow’s feet, as on areas with thicker skin, like the cheek and upper lip. Microneedling with the AcuMicro is highly preferred to other treatments because it works without causing as much damage to the epidermis as dermal rolling or laser treatment.
Although my microneedling patients usually start to see results one to two weeks after the first treatment, a series of three to six treatments, spaced four weeks apart, is recommended. you will get a personalized treatment schedule based on your individual needs and goals. If you have deep wrinkles, substantial skin damage, or scarring, you may need more than six treatments to see your desired results. Ultimately, new collagen and elastin formation in the skin often results in visible improvement for up to one year.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine has many benefits:
All-natural, safe, proven
Far less side effects than pharmaceutical alternatives
Can improve effectiveness of other medicine
Formulas are customized for each patient to meet your individual needs.
Chinese herbal medicine has been used for health for thousands of years in China. Functions of herbals formulas are to improve the immune system, balance the functioning of the internal organs, ease tension and stress, increase the energy level, purify the body by encouraging the removal of cellular waste, balance water metabolism, regulate the internal temperature and humidity, and improve blood circulation and blood hemoglobin (thus oxygen) content.
There is increasingly available research that indicate that pharmacological action and the traditional herbal formula uses are similar in their actions. Herb formulations, however, are more balanced than the isolated active ingredients in pharmaceutical drugs and are less likely to cause adverse reactions or side-effects. This is due in part to the combination of multiple herbs in a formula creating a synergistic effect and balancing itself, thereby resulting in an increase in effectiveness and enhancement of safety. Additionally, herbs are prescribed to treat patterns while honoring the whole body, not specific symptoms.
During your initial consultation, a thorough intake and medical history will determine your individual pattern and diagnosis. You may or may not need herbal medicine. In the case that you do, a customized herbal formula will be prepared for you in capsules/tablet, powder or vacuum-packed liquid form, making herbs convenient for your lifestyle.
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