InnerGlow Skin Care FAQ’s

Micro-Current Therapy

Is this treatment safe?
Absolutely. Micro-current is a safe and non-invasive treatment that works in synergy with your body’s natural energy system.

How many sessions are recommended?
To achieve optimal effect we suggest a course of 12 consecutive treatments. Smokers may require double the number of sessions. Treatments can be done 1 to 3 times per week, with a non treatment day between sessions.

How many treatments does it take to see a difference?

A difference can be seen during the first treatment. One half of your face is treated first, then the practitioner gives you a mirror and points out the changes that have already taken place. The most significant changes occur around the 6th treatment. Photos are taken at the first, sixth, and final treatment.

Are there any needles or injections or discomfort involved?
Absolutely not. If you feel anything at all it will be mild tingling in your facial muscles.

What can patients expect the result to be?

Many patients have reported a sensation of firmness and lift on their face after their treatments. Lines, wrinkles, sagging, bags and dark circles can be wonderfully improved and even eliminated in this facelift process.

Will the results be immediately noticeable like Botox injections?
Some changes are immediately evident. How much immediate change depends on the patient’s skin condition, general health and wrinkle depth. What can be expected from our facial rejuvenation program is a gradual transition to a more natural, healthier and toned facial appearance.

Is this procedure used only for cosmetic purposes?
No. It is used for treatment of Temperomandibular Syndrome (TMJ) and Bell’s Palsy. Patients with TMJ syndrome experience a reduction (relief) of headaches, facial/ear pain, ringing in the ears, pain with chewing etc. Bell’s Palsy patients experience enhanced recovery of the paralyzed side of their face.

Is there scientific evidence of the benefits of Micro current?
Yes. Many researchers have proven that Micro-current stimulation increases ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) resulting in improved cell metabolism, injury repair, and soft tissue cell regeneration (Cheng et al. 1982). Specific research on micro current and skin by Dr. Chi (2003, U of Washington’ s Pathology Department) showed: 10% increase in collagen thickness in connective tissue, 35% increase in the number of blood vessels, 45% increase in number of elastin fibers in the dermis, 35% increase in blood circulation in the tissues (improving the health, condition and colour of the skin).

What is unique about your program?
It is a completely painless, relaxing holistic multi-procedural approach that produces gradual long term changes. The tone and texture of the skin is improved, giving a more youthful glow. This does not occur with plastic surgery. The advantage of our rejuvenation program lies in its holistic approach that addresses the actual causes of skin aging due to aging factors as opposed to procedures like plastic surgery which masks without correcting the underlying imbalances. (The Natural Facelift technique can also be used as an adjunct to surgical facelift to facilitate healing and improve skin tone and texture).

I have already had cosmetic surgery and/or botox injections, can I still use this technique?
Yes, most definitely, this technique would be of great benefit to you, as it would improve your skin texture, and underlying muscles would be toned giving you a more natural and youthful appearance.

Are follow treatments recommended after my initial course of treatments?
In order to protect your investment, follow up treatments are recommended. The frequency depends on each individual but usually one session every one to four months is sufficient.

Is it okay to do micro-current therapy soon after using Juvederm?
With an injectable collagen filler such as Juvederm, the goal is to keep the filler in place and intact as long as possible. Our technique MAY cause the filler to dissipate more quickly. Our instructor consulted with Dr Tanya Pentelichuk on this question and her reply was “It will likely make the filler dissipate at a faster rate, however, the client may not notice because the facial rejuvenation will be kicking in.” We have had other practitioners comment that the client is quite happy with the microcurrent protocol together with the filler and they felt that the area that received the filler looked better and smoother after the microcurrent protocol was applied.

So, we could do one of two things:
1) Provide our protocol but just avoid the immediate areas where the filler has been injected (i.e. nasalabial folds). Having said this, the area where the filler has been injected is also the area where our protocol has the most benefit, by causing the body to naturally fill in these areas. So if we want to prevent needing future filler injections we would want this area to be treated.
OR
2) Do not perform our protocol until you are near to needing the repeat collagen filler treatment (injections last 3 -6 -12 months depending on type of filler and your individual physiology).

The ideal scenario would be for you to avoid the need for repeat injectable fillers by building your own collagen. With regular treatments the full microcurrent protocol (local treatment, nutrition, topical skin care products, acupuncture etc) facilitates this.

MicroPen Treatment

What is micro-needling?

Micro-needling is the process of using very fine needles to create tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin. These micro traumas stimulate the body to release growth factors and cytokines, which trigger the skins natural healing process. During this process the body produces more collagen and elastin which are fibrous proteins that contribute to the skin’s structural integrity. The result is thicker and more youthful-appearing skin with a reduction in the appearance on fine lines and acne scars, along with an improvement in the skin’s overall texture, tone and colour.

What are the benefits?

Some of the benefits include a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improved skin tone and texture, softer, younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging. Additionally, micro-needling can help improve the appearance of hyper-pigmentation as well as uneven skin tone, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks.

What areas of the body can I treat?

Micro-needling can be used on all parts of the body, including the face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.

How is the procedure done?

A sterile tip containing 12 micro-needles is attached to the Eclipse MicroPen® Elite. We select the appropriate depth based on your unique needs. In a single motion, the pen will be gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding until the entire treatment area has been covered.

What does it feel like?

The feeling associated with the treatment is similar to a vibration. A topical anaesthetic is applied to the skin beforehand to ensure maximal patient comfort.

How long does the procedure take? 

Our treatment will take a total of 60 minutes to ensure your comfort and the most effective application of after-care products.

What is the downtime?

Immediately after the treatment, you may experience redness, irritation and flushing of the skin. This will diminish greatly after a few hours and within the next 24 hours the skin should be healed. After 3 days most visible erythema will be resolved. An after-care protocol will be provided to you prior to your treatment.

When will I see the results?

Some patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin, however individual results vary depending on the skin health. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several weeks. Results can continue to improve up to a few months after the treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

Some people only require a single treatment once a year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most people to receive a series of 3 treatments spaced about 4 weeks apart followed by a fourth treatment 6-16 weeks later.  For people with concerns about deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars, it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals

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Markham Village Naturopathic Clinic
258 Main St N.
Markham ON L3P 1Y7
(905) 201-6497
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