Microneedling with SkinPen
Beautiful skin starts with SkinPen, a minimally invasive skin treatment for anti-aging and acne scaring with little downtime and no chemicals or heat.
Microneedling is used to reduce the appearance of fine lines, facial and neck wrinkles, minimize scars and pore size, increase the production of collagen, and reduce pigmented areas from sun damage. This gentle resurfacing treatment takes approximately 60 minutes, or up to 90 min if PRP is included.
After the procedure you can expect redness similar to sunburn up to 3 days and light to moderate pealing.
Results are seen 3-4 weeks after a single treatment, and are best when completed as a series of 2-5 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
Microneedling involves creating controlled micro-injuries to the dermis to stimulate the body’s natural wound healing process. SkinPen is an automated microneedling device with adjustable depth settings. This adjustability allows for differences in skin thickness and skin types. It is the only microneedling device which needling mechanism not spring loaded, creating deliberate punctures in and out of the skin at a 90 degree angle. This vertical technology allows for extra precision and depth accuracy, meaning better and faster results.
SkinPen is sterile, with surgical steel needles offering the safest needling possible. It is both Health Canada and FDA approved. With a cordless device and single use safety lock-out sterile needle tip, the Skin Pen offers the highest level of sanitization available for microneedling. It also comes with your personal take home recovery kit. SkinPen is safe and effective, offering the highest microneedling standard on the market.
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Have you noticed more hairs in the shower, a receding hairline, or widening part line? You are not alone! Millions of men and women experience hair loss. The first step is determining the cause for hair loss, then starting treatment to slow, stop or reverse the hair loss. In most cases, the sooner treatment is started, the better the outcome.
The most common form of hair loss I see at Vitalia in both men and women is androgenic alopecia. This condition is inherited from your mom or dad’s sides of the family. Hair loss can be dependent on numerous factors, but leading factors are genetics (which increases your hair’s sensitivty to androgens) and androgen levels in the body.
In women, androgenic alopecia, also known as Female Pattern Hair Loss, can present as widening of the part line, thinning of the ponytail diameter, and or more visible scalp. While hair can become quite thin, women rarely experience baldness like we can see in Male Pattern Hair Loss. It is common that I work with clients experiencing PCOS, as one typical presentation of this syndrome is elevated androgens such as Testosterone and DHEAS. In addition to hair loss, clients with PCOS may experience cystic acne, hirsutism, weight gain, insulin resistance, mood changes and or irregular/ infrequent periods. Treatments at Vitalia may include, hormone balance, spironolactone, Minoxidal, PRP injections ( Platelet Rich Plasma using Health Canada Approved Puraplas system), and nutraceutical supplementation.
In men, androgenic alopecia, also known as Male Pattern Hair Loss, typically presents as hair loss at temples, front hairline and or crown. This can progress to balded areas along the top half of scalp. Early intervention for hair preservation is key. Treatments at Vitalia may include, Minoxidil, Finasteride (oral or topical), natural hormone support(such as Saw Palmetto) , PRP injections, and neutraceutical supplementation.
Hair shedding is another common concern I see in the office. There can be many causes for hair shedding including: nutritional status, iron deficiency, stress, medications, gut health, dieting and hormonal changes (such a peri-menopause, thyroid disorder, changes to birth control, birth) Once the aggravating factor is identified and resolved, typically we see natural re-growth of lost hair.
Telogen effluvium is an increase in hair loss above the norm, which is typically below 100 hairs/ day. Telogen Effluvium is typically temporary. Clients may notice hair coming out in clumps in the shower, or waking with more hairs on the pillow. Stressful events on the body can trigger Telogen Effluvium such has labour, surgery, mental stress and fever/illness. Hair loss may not start until a few months after the stressor, and will last for several months.
Another form of hair loss is Alopecia Areata. This form of hair loss is much less common and is an autoimmune cause of hair loss. It may present from patchy areas of hair loss that come and go, to complete loss of hair on the body. At Vitalia we are happy to work alongside your dermatologist when experiencing Alopecia Areata. We address general factors to hair loss in addition to naturopathic approaches to autoimmune conditions such as stress management and gastrointestinal health.
As we age, our hair naturally becomes thinner. For this hair can be supported with diet and lifestyle intervention. If interested in PRP, you can book for PRP consultation or PRP consultation with treatment. Alternatively, you can book for an initial consultation for a review of your health, hair loss and treatment recommendations.