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A Mom who Microneedles [my microneedling adventure]

Why Microneedling?

As a teen, young adult and even sometimes as a women in my early thirties I have had breakouts.  However, when I was younger I had painful cystic acne that left me with scarring on my face. These scars have really bothered me as I have gotten older.  My makeup tends to “set” in them and make them look worse then they are and I hate how it makes my skin appear in photographs.

skin before

Here is the scarring in the sun from an Instagram story I did: I started to use vitamin c oil to try to help with the scaring about a month ago but it didn’t help much:

micro needling skin before

It wasn’t until about 6 months ago that I even really found out about microneedling when my dermatologist mentioned it to me and said that I would be a good candidate.  I went and researched it, watched videos and talked to my husband about the procedure.

What is microneedling?

You might be asking what microneedling is exactly? Here is the specific type that Kalos performed on me.

The specific type of microneedling I did is called SkinPen. It encourages your skin to heal itself by making a series of microscopic openings in the skin. While harmless, your skin interprets these tiny punctures as injuries and activates the natural process of collagen production. The result is a renewed layer of skin that is smoother, healthier, and unblemished.

Results after SkinPen treatment depend on your age, skin condition, lifestyle, and other factors. Patients often experience noticeable results about 1 or 2 weeks after their procedures. Improvements continue over the following weeks and as you continue your treatment series. In general, we recommend a 3-treatment series initially, with elective follow-up SkinPen treatments every 3 or 4 months to help maintain your results. SkinPen results will typically appear more quickly when treating fine lines and discoloration, and a greater number of treatments are required for optimal results with scar treatment.

Why Kalos?

While I was thinking about the procedure I connected with Kalos Medical Spa at Kirby Plastic Surgery Center and when they wanted to partner together I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to try it out!

I want to first say how amazing the team at Kalos was when working with me.  I am currently breastfeeding so we had to make adjustments to my treatment plan to ensure nothing would cross into the breastmilk.  What does that mean?! For the microneedling process I was not able to use the topical numbing agent. It honestly was not as painful as I had anticipated. BUT if you can get the numbing agent they are typically able to use a higher strength for the microneedling.  Also, they increase the “strength” with each treatment process because your skin cannot just automatically take on the highest setting.

I absolutely loved my experience at Kalos.  They are extremely friendly, knowledgeable and professional.  Their facility is top notch and the staff made me feel so comfortable throughout the whole process.

These are my results after one session:

Before:

microneedling  skin before

Immediately after:

microneedling skin right after

A day after:

microneedling skin after

Now with make up on:

microneedling new skin

I can’t wait to show you all the progress in my skin over my treatment plan! What treatments are you interested in hearing more about?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

*Please know that while I am in partnership with Kalos Medical Spa at Kirby Plastic Surgery all opinions are my own and any medical information has been reviewed for accuracy.

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#100daysofhappiness: Days 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, & 90

It is that time again to update the good ole #100days of happiness!  After this adventure ends I will pick back up on more unique posts!

Over the weekend my oldest friend came to town for a visit! I have known Kate for over 21 years… sheeeeeeesh!  You should follow her blog Prairie Yuppie! She owns a ridiculously cute boutique in Stillwater, OK and competes in beauty pageants!  While she was here we ventured around Fort Worth, and  went to the Colonial! The quote below is our friendship… we could sit for hours and not say anything and be comfortable…. BUT lord knows we can chats each others heads off too!

True Friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable- David Tyson Gentry

Colonial was so fun! We had access to a few tents and the weather was perfect! We got to spend time with old friends and new friends and it was FABULOUS!

Belli [Facewash]-  No, I am not pregnant but I have been having TERRIBLE breakouts but I don’t want to start medicine or anything ridiculously harsh on my skin.  SO I have been searching for things that will help my face.  I LOVE the philosophy clear line but wanted to try something new.  I found rave reviews for this from NON pregnant people so I thought I would give it a whirl! And I LOVE it.  Doesn’t smell and really gives you the fresh and clean feel! It really has reduced my break outs… right now I only have one pimple…. a month ago i had so many I couldn’t even count them all!

Cherry Coke Zero is a serious problem I have.  I love it and it really does help curb my coke cravings especially in the summer when I crave it even more! Cue Rascal Flatts singing Mayberry.  I don’t drink it everyday but I like having it around when I am have a sweet craving!  SO YUMMY!

Kate and I decided to treat Mark to homemade breakfast after he put up with us hung out with us all weekend.  Omelets and bacon… can’t.beat.that.

Also, I have gotten to take advantage of working from home and some amazing weather by laying out with my laptop in hand!  I LOVE it! Stay tuned for a blog post about the highs and lows of working from home!  Should be funny…. at least for me.

Hope y’all had a fabulous weekend!

swngingforthefences

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#100daysofhappiness: day 18

As I mentioned in THIS POST, I have terrible skin.  It can go months looking great then BAM outta nowhere acne like a 14 year old.  I have spent mucho dinero on products trying to find a mix that works! I finally tried Philosophy Clear and it is AMAZING!

skin

 

This trail kit is perfect! PRO TIP.. Cut the cleansing pads in half and they last twice as long! I typically supplement these with Aveno products.

What are your favorite skin products?