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Improve skin texture, shrink pores, reduce oil and sebum production – all without downtime.

Do you want radiant skin with smaller pores and a smoother surface? Fine tune your overall skin appearance fast, with AquaGold® Fine Touch micro-infusion treatments. This patented, gold-plated, hair-fine needle system painlessly delivers custom solutions into the skin. Tiny amounts of customized serum are delivered directly into the skin (not placed topically on it, or below the skin). The effect is different than having Botox placed in the muscle or filler injected to replenish volume under the skin. Micro-infusions work at the superficial dermal level of the skin itself to make your complexion glow and provide a “filter-like” airbrushed effect. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian-West get this treatment right before big events, like the Met Gala, to perfect their camera-ready look. There are also long-term benefits - like stimulation of your own natural collagen production with continued treatments.

  • Shrink Pores with Micro-Botox
  • Smooth Skin with Dermal Micro-Hyaluronic Acid Gel (Juvederm)
  • Improve Superficial Acne Scarring with Micro-Hyaluronic Acid Gel
  • Brighten Skin with Micro-Pigment Reducers

How It Works

The AquaGold® Fine Touch micro-infusion treatment, sometimes called a “Botox facial,” involves using a tiny micro-channeling device to stamp a special elixir of strategically blended, skin-enhancing ingredients into the superficial layer of the skin. The infusion blend is customized to meet your skin’s needs, and may include vitamins, anti-oxidants, growth factors, pigment reducers, Botox, and/or hyaluronic acid gel. The AquaGold® Fine Touch device painlessly, safely and effectively delivers treatments with 24K gold-plated, surgical-grade microchannels, each thinner than a human hair. The ingredients are gently stamped into the skin at a precise 600-micron depth, completely covering the surface of the treated area – usually the face, neck, chest and/or hands. Not only is the custom serum delivered to the skin, but the process of creating the tiny punctures with the micro-channels kickstarts the body’s wound-healing response, resulting in increased collagen levels and boosted cellular turnover. When Botox is infused into the dermis (not the muscle) it acts on the arrector pili muscles in the skin to help control pore size. This is the only recognized treatment to have an actual physical effect on pore size (note: infusing Botox into the skin does not affect muscle movement and will not replace the need for regular Botox injections to minimize expression lines).

Unlike other micro channeling devices or rollers, the AquaGold® Fine Touch is uniquely designed so it will not create micro tears in the skin or cause bleeding. It is completely painless, and there is no downtime following the procedure. For ultimate safety, the device is used only once on your skin and then is discarded. Post treatment, we recommend that you avoid direct sun exposure, wearing makeup and washing your face for the remainder of that day (sunscreen is okay).

Treatment Options

The AquaGold® Fine Touch can be used on the face, neck, chest and hands. Special attention is often used around the mouth and in the delicate under-eye area. It is also an excellent way to address signs of aging on the décolletage, where wrinkles and discolorations can be harder to treat.

Possible Infusion Ingredients:

Hyaluronic Acid Gel (like Juvederm) is a soft substance that absorbs water and brings full hydration to the treated area, giving it improved firmness, elasticity and smoothness.

Botox applied to the dermis (not the muscle) helps control pore size and refine skin surface.

Growth Factors stimulate the skin for improved healing and maintenance of collagen levels.

Pigment Reducers inhibit melanin response. Combined with sunscreen, discolorations are reduced.

What's the Difference?

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Microdermabrasion is one of the top 5 non-surgical procedures performed by medical providers. Using a mechanical device, the provider exfoliates the skin surface with an ablative material, like sodium bicarbonate crystals, to scrub off dead and dull surface skin cells. The device simultaneously uses suction to stimulate circulation in the skin. The result is smoother, brighter looking skin. There is little discomfort, treatments take about an hour, and there is no down-time afterwards. It is suitable for most skin types, but not all.

Microneedling, however, is different than a superficial Microdermabrasion treatment and provides much more benefit, because it reaches below the skin surface. The procedure creates many microscopic punctures in the skin's outer layers. This is sometimes called "collagen induction therapy," because the process stimulates the body's production of collagen and elastin during the wound healing response. It is used to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and even stretch marks on the body. There are at-home devices called "dermal rollers," which have small surgical steel needles which are rolled over the skin. This is very superficial in nature, so it is not very effective; and it can be difficult to keep the device sanitary, so it is also potentially problematic.

The SkinPen Microneedling device used at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center has revolutionized microneedling, offering improved results compared to dermarollers and microdermabrasion. SkinPen is more sanitary because it uses disposable needle cartridges. Numbing cream is used to ensure comfort during the treatment session, and there is little down-time. Nothing should be put on the face (including products and makeup) for 48 hours post-treatment, until the micro-channels in the skin close. You may experience light peeling (like dry skin) a few days after your session, but nothing that should take you out of your normal routine.

SkinPen Microneedling is safe and effective for all skin types. If you desire a smoother, healthier, brighter complexion, you should consider Microneedling as one of your best treatment options!

Schedule a FREE Cosmetic Consultation with one of our Estheticians to find out which treatments would be best for you, and develop a customized treatment plan that fits with your lifestyle and budget. We are here to help! To learn more:

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February 05, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Acne   Skin Care   treatments   anti-aging   microneedling   PRP  

What is microneedling?

acneMicroneedling is a professional esthetic treatment to reduce the signs of aging (like fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, texture irregularities) and acne scarring. Like the name implies, we use a device called the SkinPen to prick the skin with tiny surgical steel needles to a very specific, therapeutic depth in the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing process, and the renewed production of capillaries, collagen and elastin produce smoother, healthier, plumper-looking skin.

How is it different than the at-home dermarollers?

A dermaroller is a round tube with needles sticking out of it on a handle, which the user rolls back and forth across the skin repeatedly. It is designed for in-home use or superficial day spa treatments. Unfortunately, the needles eventually dull with continued use, and it is difficult to ensure that the needles are sterile each time they are used. Also, there is only one, superficial depth to which the skin is penetrated with one of these devices. The SkinPen is a medical device and SkinPen Microneedling is performed by a Licensed Esthetician with a fresh, sterile needle cartridge for each treatment. It is far more maneuverable, can be used anywhere on the body. It will not drag or tear at the skin, and needle length is adjustable, so procedures are custom tailored to each patient’s need - penetrating to a deeper more therapeutic depth.

What is the PRP add-on to microneedling?

Kim Kardashian made headlines when she posted pictures of herself receiving a “Vampire Facial®”, which is a microneedling service including Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) extracted from her own blood draw, which is applied topically to the freshly treated skin. At Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center, you can choose to add PRP therapy to your microneedling service, for delivery of your own human growth factors deep to the skin and maximum skin rejuvenation.

How much down-time after treatment?

Aside from some mild post-procedure pinkness for 2 to 4 days, there is no downtime associated with microneedling when a SkinPen device is used (some see their skin return to normal within 24 hours). Makeup should not be worn for 48 hours after treatment, until the tiny channels in the skin have had time to close. You will experience light peeling several days post-treatment, but nothing that is not totally manageable within your normal routine.

Does it hurt?

No. Before beginning the treatment, our Master Esthetician will cleanse your skin then apply a numbing agent to relieve any potential discomfort.

How long does it take?

Each session is approximately 1 hour long, depending on your skin condition and the size of the area being treated. Multiple sessions are most often recommended for best-case-scenario results, with the services being spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. We offer discounted treatment packages to encourage our patients to commit to the number of treatments they need to achieve their desired results.

If you would like to know more about microneedling, or think it might be just what your skin needs, take advantage of our introductory pricing and experience the skin rejuvenation trend that has swept the nation!

Call 540-341-1900 today to schedule a service or a FREE Consultation appointment to learn more.