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The eyes have it thanks to RevitaLash

 

The number one goal of any Med Spa is to find the best modality to accomplish a clients goal. So what is the number one asset that most women try to enhance?

No, not those. Think a little higher up.

There you go, Her eyes!

For me it was Audrey Hepburn! Those eyes and brows were captivating. If a woman’s eyes are the windows to her soul then the eyelashes and brows are the frames. Eye contact is the most communicative non-verbal cue we have. So much that it sometimes conveys more about our thoughts and feelings than our words. Ever stare lovingly into your sweetheart’s eyes? Or noticed a baby ogling you on the city bus? The shape of your eyes tells a biological story as well. Large eyes in a female suggest that she has low androgen (male hormones and high estrogen, which implies youth and fertility. Luckily, it’s also an effect that can easily be enhanced with clever makeup tricks.

Enter Dr. Brienkenhoff and RevitaLash.

 

RevitaLash was founded in 2006 by Dr. Brienkenhoff. Here is how he describes the reason he created RevitaLash. “In 2006 this company began with just one product, a unique eyelash conditioner created for one special lady. RevitaLash Cosmetics would not have come into being without my loving wife, Gayle, and my desire to help her feel beautiful during her courageous fight against breast cancer. From our original product, inspired by love, we have developed an entire collection that revitalizes the natural beauty and inner spirit of all women.”

10 years later RevitaLash Cosmetics is now available in over 50 countries.

The lash products use Curl Effect® which helps naturally lift and curl the eyelashes. And the Revitalash product will not change or effect your eye color. A proprietary blend of scientifically-advanced technology and natural botanicals join in concert to protect against breakage and brittleness. This improves flexibility, moisture, and shine for more dramatic-looking eyelashes. Daily use provides immediate conditioning benefits, leading to healthier-looking, more luxurious lashes.

RevitaLash is a huge supporter of cancer research and continues to try and improve the lives of those affected by this devastating disease.

Thank you Dr. Brienkenhoff for your inspiration!

Microneedling

Thanks for coming back to our Bella Blog page. One of the questions that was asked at our recent open house event was the topic of Microneedling. Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that can help stimulate rejuvenation of the skin. Most of our clients who have heard of or have previously undergone a microneedling procedure have had to travel outside of Polk County to have this performed. Bella Viságe was the first Medical Spa to offer the procedure in Polk County and we are very proud to be able to offer this amazing treatment right here in Downtown Lakeland. This procedure is administered by one of our Board Certified Nurse Practitioners, which is another reason that we are a premier destination for microneedling.

Since this discussion will involve a lot of big words I have asked Jeanna Parker ARNP to explain the process, which really is pretty simple.

 

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What is it and how does it work?

Microneedling, also called Collagen Induction Therapy/CIT, is an aesthetic medical procedure that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles in order to induce endogenous (your own) production of new collagen. Among the earliest proponents was Michael Pistor, a French doctor who is credited with having developed mesotherapy in 1952. This procedure has been shown to increase the remolding of the skin by creating thousands of microscopic channels through the skin, which then increases the formation of new tissue by activating the body’s wound healing cascade, also known as tissue remodeling. This treatment is a non-ablative treatment, unlike lasers or chemical peels, in that the deeper parts of the skin are treated without removing the top layer. This treatment is designed to treat various skin conditions such as fine lines and wrinkles, light scarring from acne and photo damage, and to improve skin color and other skin texture changes.

What is the principal behind Microneedling?

The CosmoPen is the device we use at Bella Viságe and is just one form of collagen induction therapy. The goal of microneedling therapy is to create a controlled, non-thermal injury underneath the skin’s surface. This results in the formation of new tissue layers of collagen and elastin fibers, as well as new capillaries for an improved blood supply to the treated area. The skin plumps and thickens in response to this stimulus, ultimately reducing the appearance of large pores, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and other skin texture changes.

There are skin rejuvenation procedures that produce great results, such as chemical peeling and laser therapy, however not all people are candidates for these procedures. Microneedling is safe for all skin types, making it the perfect treatment to rejuvenate and heal the skin.

 

Professional skin needling is considered a safe skin treatment when performed by a medical aesthetician, nurse, or physician. This should not be confused with the myriad of home care microneedling devices designed for patient use.

It is clear that the category of medical microneedling is poised to explode in the near term, and we can expect to see more clinical data to confirm claims that doctors are seeing in their practices. There has been a sea change from what once was marked skepticism to almost widespread acceptance of this category of skin treatments.

 

What is the difference between CosmoPen Microneedling and dermarollers?

 

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Home devices, called dermarollers, are popular and are sold to consumers for home microneedling. There are risks involved with these and here are comparisons:

Dermaroller Flaws:

  • Cross-infection risks
  • Excessive and undesired trauma
  • Too large for small areas
  • Lacks accuracy and consistency for speed and depth

CosmoPen Microneedling Advantages:

  • Administered by a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner
  • Up/down movements prevent excessive trauma
  • Single-use disposable needle cartridge
  • No risk of cross-contamination
  • Small size of needle head reaches all surface areas, large and small
  • Very accurate and consistent speed/depth

 

How is this procedure performed?

Before microneedling is performed the skin is cleaned and prescription-grade numbing ointment is applied to the treatment surface for 20 minutes. This allows for a more effective treatment without pain for the client.   For optimal results we use a collagen-stimulating product like Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin-C serum or skin lightener for pigmentation during the procedure. The CosmoPen Microneedle is then used to create tiny channels in the skin. The CosmoPen’s multi-speed and adjustable needle depth allows the needles to pierce the skin’s surface at a ninety-degree angle, which increases the absorption of products. After the treatment, a soothing 24-carat gold infused collagen mask is applied for 10 minutes. This luxurious mask helps to hydrate, heal and soothe the skin. The 24-carat gold collagen mask provides numerous benefits that include: hydrating the skin, expelling toxins, increasing lymphatic drainage and circulation. You can see why this is a perfect way to complete this procedure. Our gold masks are also available for purchase for you to enjoy at home, they also make wonderful unique gifts and stocking stuffers at Christmas.

The number of needling sessions depends on the individual’s skin condition. Three to four treatments may be recommended for mild to moderate acne scarring, whereas deeper scarring or deeply aged/sun damaged skin may require upward of five treatments. An interval of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments is typically recommended.

What is the down time after Medical Micro-Needling treatment?

The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from redness to pink that may last for 12 to 48 hours. You may have the appearance of a mild sunburn. Sunscreen is extremely important after your treatment since your skin will be sensitive and sun damages and dries out your skin. We can recommend several fantastic products that we carry by Image Skincare. You can wear makeup after your treatment within several hours, however waiting until the next day would give your skin time to rest and absorb the collagen. The use of mineral makeup is recommended after this, or any, procedure. Our business neighbor, Liquid Hair Studio, carries an amazing line of mineral products by Sormme, which we use and highly recommend. Please fill free to call us or leave a message on our website regarding questions on this or any of our other services we offer.