With millions of Americans beginning to spend more of their time outdoors, we are all excited to get outside and enjoy the warm weather and all the fun it has to offer. However, many of us may be so excited to feel the sun on our skin again, we may be turning a blind eye to proper sun safety.

Here to explain why we should be keeping a quality SPF in our routine is Donaldson Plastic Surgery Lead Medical Aesthetician, Tatjana Dzamov. Tatjana’s extensive knowledge and background gained over a 25 year long career as a licensed aesthetician have made her one of the Columbus area’s most sought after aesthetic providers. Tatjana offers many different treatments guaranteed to keep your skin healthy and regulated during the changing seasons.

What’s at risk if we don’t wear an SPF?

Tatjana: Our skin is the largest organ that we have, and yet, the most neglected. The skin layer is a very thin membrane that separates us from our environment, and the damaging effects of UV exposure, all year long. Our skin is exposed to UV rays daily and the long term effects are usually seen later in life. Sun damage is the most common skincare problem among men and women, with 80% of the photo damage happening before the age of 18. 

A Closer Look at the sun’s harmful rays

Tatjana: There are two types of UV rays: UVA and UVB.

The UVA rays are the rays that penetrate the deepest layers of our skin and this can lead to premature skin damage, aging, as well as skin cancer. UVA rays can penetrate through clouds, so wearing sun protection year long is very important. UVB rays, on the other hand, cause sunburn to the superficial layers of the skin and play a key role in the development of skin cancer. 

With all this said, exposure to either kind of UV ray causes damage to the DNA of our skin cells, no matter if we burn or if we tan. It’s highly recommended that every person gets a yearly body skin check with your dermatologist and that you wear a Physical Sun Protection of at least SPF 30.

The benefits of a physical sunblock

Tatjana: A lot of people are unaware that there are two types of sunscreen: chemical and physical.

At Donaldson Plastic Surgery, we recommend a physical sunblock. Physical SPF sits on top of the skin and reflects the sun’s rays. The minerals titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are the main active ingredients in physical blocks. Chemical sunscreen, on the other hand, absorbs into the skin and allows harmful UV rays to enter the skin’s cells. The chemical sunscreen converts the rays into heat, and releases them from the body.

Our medspa carries three SPFs from the medical grade skin care lines that we often recommend. The Sheer Physical Sunblock from my line, Tatjana by Donaldson Plastic Surgery, is a great choice for all of our patients. The Intellishade TruPhysical SPF 45 from Revision Skin Care is a great tinted SPF that protects against free radicals, and the RAD Broad Spectrum SPF 30 from the Environ Skin Care line contains antioxidants to keep your skin healthy and balanced.

Regardless of which sunscreen you choose, it is important to make it part of your daily skin care routine. Regular application of sunscreen can reduce your chances of skin cancer while also prolonging the development of wrinkles and sun spots.

READY TO GET YOUR SUMMER GLOW? WE’RE OPEN TO HELP!

The Donaldson medspa will be opening again on June 1st, (abiding by all of our reopening safety protocols), and doing what we do best – helping smart, fun and beautiful people shine! For more information, call Donaldson Plastic Surgery at (614) 442-7610 and ask to schedule a Skincare Consultation with Lead Medical Aesthetician Tatjana.

Be sure to keep up with the Donaldson blog on our website at Donaldson Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Solutions to find out more ways to nourish and pamper your skin!

We know that the pandemic caused by COVID-19 is taking its toll, especially when it comes to maintaining our regular routines. As priorities shift, skin care can feel like one more thing on the to-do list. This is why the aesthetic professionals at Donaldson Plastic Surgery have decided to remove this stressor with a series of 6 specially designed, medical-grade skin care kits from Environ. It is our hope that these kits make self-care a little bit easier for our patients during the 2020 COVID-19 crisis.

Below, you will find the list of pre-made kits available for purchase. Of the 6, each one is designed to address a unique skin care concern, and each has a complimentary DermaConcepts Ultrasonic Skin Scruber included!

Kits only available during the month of April!

To order your kit with your complimentary scrubber, email Lead Medical Aesthetician Tatjana Dzamov at tatjana@donaldsonplasticsurgery.com.


Basic Supply Kits

Both kits provide the essential products from the Youth EssentiA and Skin EssentiA lines. If you are concerned with maintaining youthful skin or have used medical grade skin care products before, we recommend the Basic Youth EssentiA kit. If you are new to medical grade skin care, we recommend starting with the Basic Skin EssentiA kit.

With the purchase of either Basic kit, you will receive a complimentary DermaConcepts Ultrasonic Skin Scruber and 10% off of any C-Quence Moisturizing Serum (from the Youth EssentiA line) or 10% off of any AVST Moisturizer (from the Skin EssentiA line)!

The Basic Youth EssentiA Kit


This kit includes the Hydra-Intense Cleansing Lotion and the Vita-Peptide Toner. Complimentary with this kit (while supplies last) is the DermaConcepts Ultrasonic Skin Scruber!

$199

The Basic Skin EssentiA Kit


This kit includes the Mild Cleansing Lotion and the Botanical Infused Moisturizing Toner. Complimentary with this kit (while supplies last) is the DermaConcepts Ultrasonic Skin Scruber!

$170


“Roll Away The Years” Kits

Both kits include a collagen-induction therapy (CIT) roller and a complimentary DermaConcepts Ultrasonic Skin Scruber, Environ bag and headband! Watch the Roll Away The Years How-To Video to learn how to properly use your roller.

Advanced Kit


This kit includes the Gold Roll-CIT, Hydra-Intense Cleansing Lotion, Vita-Peptide Toner, and ANY level of the C-Quence Serum. Complimentary with this kit (while supplies last) is an Environ bag, headband, and the DermaConcepts Ultrasonic Skin Scruber!

$497

Starter Essential Kit


This kit includes the Cosmetic Roll-CIT, Mild Cleansing Lotion, the Botanical Infused Moisturizing Toner, and ANY level of the AVST Moisturizer. Complimentary with this kit (while supplies last) is an Environ bag, headband, and the DermaConcepts Ultrasonic Skin Scruber!

$232


Specialized Kits

Both kits include products that are combined for their anti-aging and moisturizing properties. Complimentary with either Specialized kit is the DermaConcepts Ultrasonic Skin Scrubber!

The “Anti-Aging Facial” Kit


This kit includes the Dual Action Pre-Cleansing Oil, the Hydrating Clay Masque, the Mild Cleansing Lotion, and the Tri-Bio-Botanical Revival Masque. Complimentary with this kit (while supplies last) is the DermaConcepts Ultrasonic Skin Scrubber!

$268

The Booster Kit


This kit includes the HA Intensive Hydrating Serum, Tri-Bio-Botanical Revival Masque, and the Vita Antioxidant Hydrating Oil Capsules. Complimentary with this kit (while supplies last) is the DermaConcepts Ultrasonic Skin Scrubber!

$271


Dr. Michelle Sieffert

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Dr. Sieffert’s Top 5 Cosmetic Treatment Recommendations After Isolation

If, like many of us at Donaldson Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Solutions, you’ve taken this time of social distancing for self-improvement, then you’re probably also thinking, “Once I’m allowed back to some sense of normalcy, what can I do (that I couldn’t do at home) to continue what I started?” 

I’m here to highlight just a few of the services we offer that I recommend when “coming out of quarantine” to help you on your journey to become the best, most confident version of you!


1) Wrinkle Relaxers & Botox

Neurotoxin injections (such as Botox, Xeomin, Dysport, Jeuveau, etc.) are used to treat wrinkles caused by muscle activity—most commonly in the forehead and around the eyes.  They can also be used for prevention if you are only just starting to see wrinkles surface!  The injections are relatively painless, only take a few moments to complete, and only need to be repeated roughly every 3-4 months (so you may be starting to see those fine lines and wrinkles return while on quarantine). My single rule for neurotoxin injections is simple: no exercise for 24 hours afterwards. 

We offer complimentary make-up touch-ups after any injectable procedure, so you can get back to your life without anyone being the wiser!

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2) Facial Fillers

Filler is a substance made of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a naturally occurring substance in your skin. It is used to plump areas of the face and body that have experienced volume loss, or to shape areas of the face like the nose, chin, and jawline.  Different fillers (Ultra and Ultra Plus, Voluma, Vollure, Volbella, Restylane, Radiesse, etc.) are designed with different measures of thickness and longevity; they can last anywhere from 1-2 years depending on the product used and the location injected.  Some of my favorite locations for filler are the lips, cheeks, jawline, temples, and nasolabial folds. The treatment generally lasts 30 minutes (most of that time is spent discussing your needs and desires), and you can expect mild, but not unbearable, discomfort. 

I suggest planning filler injections at least a week ahead of any major event, as swelling and bruising is a possibility with any filler injection.  As mentioned above, we offer complimentary make-up touch ups after your injectable visit, so you can leave our office looking and feeling like you!

Filler Injections Process Being Performed

3) Spa Facials & Chemical Peels

Perhaps you’ve been experimenting with making your own facials at home to keep your skin healthy and glowing, but need a little something extra to brighten or moisturize as you’re getting back to work.   In my opinion, nobody performs a more relaxing and effective facial than our Lead Medical Aesthetician, Tatjana

Tatjana offers 45 minute to 1 hour-long facials and peels, targeted to your specific skin type and individual skin concerns.  Come in to see Tatjana to discuss any medspa skin service you might be interested in, including brightening your skin, controlling acne, hydrating dry skin, improving fine lines, and calming irritated and inflamed skin. 

4) CoolSculpting for Rapid Bodyfat Removal

Everyone has that “one area” that, no matter how hard you exercise and diet, never seems to go away; this is where CoolSculpting is of benefit! The advanced CoolSculpting technology freezes localized areas of fat, causing damage and, ultimately, death, of the fat cell itself.  Over the ensuing 2 to 3 months, the body removes the damaged fat cells from the area, causing a reduction of up to 25% of the fat present in the treatment area. 

Coolsculpting in Columbus Ohio

Each CoolSculpting treatment, or “cycle”, lasts 1 hour.  You can expect mild discomfort and tingling as the treatment begins and ends (as the skin cools and re-warms), and an area of numbness that returns to normal between 2 days and 3 weeks afterwards.  As with any minimally invasive body contouring technology, multiple treatments in the same area are required to get a great result. 

5) CoolTone for Body Contouring

CoolTone is the newest non-invasive body contouring tool at our practice, and one that I am personally pretty excited about!  It uses electromagnetic stimulation to give your abdominal, gluteal, or thigh muscles (other treatment areas coming soon) a intense 30-minute workout, with the result being visible toning and strengthening.  This is a perfect solution for anyone who wants firmer abs, tighter glutes, or more defined thighs! 

CoolTone treatments begin with a series of four 30-minute “workouts” performed over a 2 week period, with subsequent maintenance treatments performed on a quarterly to monthly basis.  I recommend that any necessary fat reduction be done prior to muscle toning, which is why I encourage pairing CoolSculpting with CoolTone for best results.

Cooltone Services in Columbus

In my many years as a fitness competitor, I always had trouble with my abdominal region, and I can honestly say after my first series of four treatments I have never seen my midsection look better.  I am a strong believer in CoolTone’s technology!


Ready To Become the Best Version Of You? We’re Open to Help!

That wraps up my top 5 suggestions for coming out of quarantine!  Wrinkle relaxers, fillers, facials & peels, CoolSculpting, and CoolTone are among our most popular services, and are here to help you continue your efforts to help you feel your best every day! 

Call 614-442-7610 or submit a request on our website to schedule a consultation with one of our aesthetic professionals to find out if any of these treatments are right for you.

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We can’t wait to help you become your very best version of you!

Speak One-On-One With Our Cosmetic Surgery Team Today 

The world may have slowed down, but even in these difficult and unconventional times, you still have your own ambitions and vision for yourself. Donaldson Plastic Surgery has long been an advocate for personal growth and comfort, which is why we have expanded our service offerings to include secure, one-on-one virtual consultations.

Stay at Home orders have been issued, but that doesn’t mean your personal journey has to come to a halt. In fact, you can use this down time to consult with a world-class plastic surgeon, ask any questions you may have and further understand all of your options before finalizing an official date for your procedure. 


What Is A Virtual Consultation & What Does It Look Like?

A Donaldson Plastic Surgery virtual consultation is a completely remote method of connecting patients with our providers to discuss surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. The virtual consultation format contains all of the components of an in-person consultation, including a discussion of your wants, needs and goals, along with a thorough explanation of your treatment options, the viewing before and after photos and a comprehensive walk-through of information related to scheduling and financing

Virtual consultations are a completely discreet and secure way to discuss any concerns you may have with a trusted and highly-trained plastic surgeon. You will have a fully-clothed, one-on-one conversation with your surgeon, where you will collaborate to design a plan that is just right for you and your vision. 

Schedule Your Virtual Consultation

How Our Virtual Consultation Process Works 

The Highlights: 

  1. Contact Us 
  2. We send along a GoToMeeting invitation 
  3. You complete your virtual paperwork 
  4. We call you at the time of your virtual visit 
  5. Our Patient Experience Director will follow up with financial & scheduling options 

The Details: 

Everything begins when you submit a request to schedule your virtual consultation – you can also reach us directly by phone at 614-442-7610. Our team will, then, reach out within one business day to answer any questions you might have and to schedule your virtual consultation. You will receive a welcome email that includes an invite for your virtual consultation using GoToMeeting, a secure, HIPAA-compliant video conferencing platform. You will then receive a separate email prompting you to fill out and submit virtual paperwork prior to your consultation, as well as any pictures you wish to include.

On the day of your consultation, you will receive a video conference call inviting you to connect with your provider – and the virtual consult will begin! Make sure you are in a secluded space where you can discuss information freely with your provider.  Like an in-person visit, we encourage you to bring any and all questions for your provider to discuss during the virtual consultation.

After your video chat, you will receive a call from our Patient Experience Director Carrie, who will provide an exact quote for the procedure(s) you discuss, as well as financing options and payment plans. She will also talk to you about the process of scheduling your surgery and answer any other questions you might have. Depending on your consultation, we may set up a time for you to come into the office for a second consultation prior to your procedure to complete your surgical plan.

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From The Professionals: What Are The Benefits of a Virtual Consultation? 

Dr. Donaldson

Our patients include mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, all with loved ones they care about protecting and keeping safe from COVID-19. It’s our duty as healthcare providers to adapt to a new way of conducting operations and provide the best possible patient care with the tools available to us.

Our virtual consultations allow us to connect with patients in a sophisticated way, and provide a treatment plan as if the consultation was in-person. Above all else, we want our patients to know they have a safe place to turn when it comes to discussing their aesthetic options.

Dr. Sieffert

Performing virtual consultations allows us to be more accessible resources to our community. Especially in times of turmoil, it is important for patients to make educated and sound decisions about their bodies. Even in the midst of COVID-19, the needs of our patients do not dissipate.

We are offering virtual consultations because we want to be able to help educate our patients about their bodies and the changes they are going through, and to remind them that they are not alone. It is our privilege to walk this path together with you.

Tatjana

During the COVID-19 stay home order, I am offering complimentary virtual skin care consultations and analyses for any patient at home wanting to maintain or improve their skin.

At-home skin care is incredibly important during this stressful time, so it is my mission that patients know how to take the best care of themselves. I can show you which products to use, how to use them, and give in-depth explanations of the science of your skin issues to tackle them at the root. My patients are important to me, which is why I would like to offer my expertise to those at home.


Continue Your Journey To Boundless Self-Confidence

Ready to discuss your personal goals with Columbus, Ohio’s top plastic surgeons and leading medical aesthetician? We’re here to make your vision a virtual reality – and it all starts when you send us the first message.

Let’s Talk Today

Lead Medical Aesthetician, Tatjana introduces her new line of skin care on Good Day Marketplace. This skin care line is meant to complement the products that are already offered at Donaldson Plastic Surgery, along with some specific key products to add to your current skin care routine.

Some women wear the same makeup shades they used throughout their teens and 20s, while others are more adventurous and prefer to try out new looks. Among both groups, certain techniques can be combined with the right skin care system to help create a vibrant, youthful glow, while the wrong techniques can add years to a woman’s appearance. Here are the five most common makeup mistakes for women in their 40s and beyond.

1. Using Too Much Foundation

Wearing heavy, thick makeup can emphasize the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and large pores rather than covering these perceived imperfections. To avoid this effect, women should choose a foundation one shade lighter than their skin tone. Add coverage only where needed for color correction and blend well. Those who use powder should apply it strategically rather than all over. Sheer formulas tend to work better for older women rather than long-wearing or matte varieties.

2. Wearing Black Eyeliner

A soft, brown eyeliner is the best choice for older women who want to emphasize their eyes. Avoid lining the lower lashes, since this will emphasize sagging skin in that area. A thin line close to the top lash line is usually the most flattering option. Go for a creamy pencil formula and smudge the line just slightly.

3. Choosing the Wrong Color BlushImage of Blush Palette

While blush adds appealing brightness to the face, a powder formula applied to the apples of the cheeks can highlight sagging skin. Instead, choose a cream blush blended well in thin layers from your cheekbones toward your temples. This creates a healthy flush of color that mimics the look of naturally rosy cheeks. When it comes to color, those with fair skin should go for pinks and peaches, while coral and berry hues are most flattering for darker skin.

4. Applying Dark Shadow All Over Your Lids

A smoky eye can definitely be sexy for an evening look, but don’t apply the dark color all over the lid. Instead, dab the dark shade at the outer corners to widen eyes and avoid drawing attention to wrinkled lids and crow’s feet.

5. Over-doing Lip Liner

At best, lip liner provides subtle definition to the lips and keeps lipstick in place. Choosing the right shade is critical, though, since liner that’s too dark looks instantly dated. Opt for lip liner one shade darker than the lip color of choice.

 

Women who want to freshen their makeup routine or want advice on creating a gorgeous new look can visit Michelle at Donaldson Plastic Surgery. As our lead makeup artist, she’s committed to helping clients feel beautiful and confident. Aesthetic services at our Columbus office include complimentary color match consultations, makeup lessons, and expert application for special occasions.

Dos and Don'ts for Keeping Skin Hydrated During Winter

Ohio in winter is hard on the skin, especially along the lakeshore with the constant wind and relentless lake-effect snowstorms. Indoor heat, particularly from radiators, exacerbates the drying effect winter weather has on the hands, feet, and face. Moisturizing consistently in winter is essential to mounting a cold-weather defense for skincare, but moisturizing correctly is key to making that defense work. Follow these dos and don’ts for winter skincare to keep skin glowing even when temperatures are frigid.

Do Drink Plenty of Water

The first rule of hydration works from the inside out and controls the skin’s principal source of water year-round. Since skin is 64 percent H20, it mostly hydrates from within. With adequate, regular water intake (at least two liters/day), the body can keep the dermis plump and stimulate its collagen production. Collagen is essential for regenerating skin and enhancing its elasticity.

Drinking plenty of water is important for keeping your skin hydrated during winter.

Don’t Take Extra Hot Showers

Often the go-to for cold mornings, long, scalding hot showers will actually strip away the natural oils from the skin and could leave sensitive areas like the hands and face irritated and dry. Instead, opt for a warm shower and try not to spend too much time under the hot water.

Do Moisturize Strategically Overnight

The secret to winter skincare is to therapeutically moisturize overnight. The treatment consists of coating hands and feet in a deep moisturizer, like olive oil or Vaseline, then covering them with cotton socks and gloves for the night. The extremities enjoy a warm soak of healthy emollients and vitamins while the body rests. Overnight moisturizing also helps counter the effects of dry night air, radiators, and space heaters. A cold-mist humidifier may provide additional relief from nighttime dryness.

Your winter skincare regimen should include a daily moisturizer.

Don’t Use Harsh Chemicals

To avoid making dry matters worse, aestheticians recommend daily facial cleansing using gentler, less abrasive skincare products. They also advise against exfoliating more than once or twice weekly and suggest choosing a scrub with small, soft beads. Never use facial cleansing cloths—not even to remove makeup. They often contain harsh, dehydrating chemicals, and they strip away vital natural moisture that protects the face from the elements.

Do Find the Right Moisturizer

For those who can’t tolerate heavy creams well, serums are an excellent winter skincare solution. They contain little or no lubricants or thickeners, so the skin quickly and deeply absorbs nourishment from them. Serums can also be used underneath other lotions as a first layer of defense or alone for a lighter yet deeply penetrating skin moisturizer.

For help finding the right skincare system for you, schedule a consultation with our staff at Donaldson Plastic Surgery. During the visit, you can book one of our restorative facials or proprietary peels to repair and defend your skin during winter weather.

Tatjana discusses microblading treatment for brows on Good Day Marketplace.

We all know how winter’s frigid temperatures and icy winds can take a serious toll on our skin. We feel dry, itchy and chapped, and all we want is to feel the sun on our faces. That said, the start of spring brings its own skin challenges that catch many of us by surprise.

As humidity increases – hello, spring! – our skin can get out of balance quickly. We need to switch up our skin care routine to keep our skin in a harmonious state.

So, how exactly do we prep our skin for sunnier days? Tatjana Dzamov, our Lead Medical Aesthetician and resident skin care expert, is here to shine a light on seasonal skincare and the importance of transitioning your routine to keep up with mother nature’s whimsy.

Why does our skin change with each season?

Tatjana: As your body’s first protective layer, your skin is incredibly reactive to the season’s conditions. During winter months, the weather is colder and the air is much drier. Our skin produces less oil in the winter, so we rely on our skin care products to provide that much needed moisture and protection.

When spring rolls around, the warm weather and humidity cause our skin to produce much more oil; if untreated, this overproduction of oil can quickly lead to breakouts and clogged pores. We want to minimize the amount of oil on our face as much as possible, while still ensuring our skin stays properly nourished.

How should we transition our skin care for spring and summer?

Tatjana: In my expertise, it is best to transition your skin care as soon as you feel the weather turning. Here’s how I recommend switching up your routine this spring:

1. Swap out your winter products for ones designed for warm weather

Using the right products for the time of year is key. Let’s look at my top 3 products for spring and summer.

We should start by swapping our heavy winter moisturizers for something lighter. Serums are particularly suited for this time of year because they’re made up of smaller molecules that penetrate deeper into the skin, allowing active ingredients to be delivered without clogging pores. I recommend the Environ C-Quence Serum – it has vitamins A, C and E, peptides to stimulate collagen production, and antioxidants to neutralize harmful toxins.

Because makeup is optional in the summer, we want to have a nice and even complexion. To correct discoloration and improve skin appearance, I recommend using the Tatjana Brightening Pads from my own line. Kojic acid, arbutin, and bearberry all gently correct and prevent dark pigment from forming, as well as melasma and sun spots.

Spring means we should also prioritize sun protection to keep our skin healthy. While moisturizers with an included SPF are okay for winter, we should begin using a mineral sunblock – separate from your moisturizer – before we leave the house. For face and body, I recommend using the Environ SPF 30 sun protection. In addition to UV protection, it is also enriched with antioxidants offering added protection and anti aging properties.

2. Start receiving regular facials

I also recommend all of my patients start getting regular deep cleansing facials with me in order to keep up with excess oil production. Facials should be done every 4 – 6 weeks during the warmer months to keep your skin fresh, clear, and balanced.

Each season, I offer a special facial that addresses the skin’s most pressing needs for the time of year.

Your Skin Care Expert

Tatjana: If the seasons are changing and you notice your skin is taking a turn for the worse, please make an appointment to see me. You should only entrust your seasonal skin care concerns with a licenced medical aesthetician like myself. However, my expertise sets me apart: I have more than 20 years of experience in the skin care industry and an extensive knowledge of skin ailments and their cures. In just one short in-office appointment, I will conduct a thorough skin assessment to determine the root cause of your skin’s troubles and recommend specific products and treatments to resolve them. I will take extra care in writing you a special “prescrip-skin” tailored to your skin’s unique needs.

Schedule Your Appointment

While the changing weather may be out of your control, your skin’s health is not. Pay attention to the state of your skin and switch up your routine as the seasons change. If you’re noticing persistent concerns, visit our office. Tatjana offers many different treatments guaranteed to keep your skin healthy and regulated during the changing seasons.

Make your appointment with Tatjana today by calling (614) 442-7610.

Be sure to keep up with our blog on our website at Donaldson Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Solutions to find out more ways to nourish and pamper your skin!

Have you heard of microneedling?

It is certainly being celebrated, and for good reason – it has rapidly become a favorite among skincare patients and clinicians alike. So, why is microneedling becoming so popular?

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a safe and clinically proven technique for improving collagen production, using ultrafine needles to stimulate your skin’s natural healing process and to improve the appearance of pores, fine lines, acne, scars, discoloration and wrinkles. Quick and non-invasive, microneedling is a long-lasting method to achieve notably smoother, brighter, and more luminous skin after just one treatment.

How does microneedling work?

Essentially, it changes the skin on a cellular level by releasing blood platelets along with growth factors. After every microneedling treatment, your skin begins growing new collagen which, in turn, plumps the skin. Fine lines and wrinkles are prevented or corrected, hyperpigmentation is improved and corrected, and scars are softened or diminished.

How many treatments do I need?

In order to achieve the best results, patients start with six treatments spaced two weeks apart, along with the use of recommended medical grade products at home. After this initial series is complete, most patients will then continue their microneedling appointments every four to six weeks to maintain their results. The more you receive, the better your skin will be!

Is there downtime?

Downtime is usually very minimal, averaging one to three days of redness depending on the sensitivity of your skin. Typically, skin is the most red immediately after treatment – the process essentially creates controlled wounds, so your body’s natural inflammatory response is activated immediately after treatment.

Your face will look like you got a sunburn, but it will resolve itself much faster than a sunburn would. Redness will subside dramatically in the 24 hours following treatment. You may want to avoid making plans for the following day until your skin returns to its normal color. Makeup and sunblock should also be avoided for 24 hours. There will be some mild flaking of the skin two to three days after the treatment. It will feel dry and tight, but will naturally exfoliate off.

How can I get the most out of microneedling?

Of course, this treatment works best with proper aftercare. Using the right products can optimize your treatment, so I will also spend some time doing a skin assessment. Together, we will develop an easy-to-follow skincare regimen using medical grade ingredients to complement the microneedling treatment.

Microneedling is like planting a new layer of grass. You need to water and nourish your new foundation in order to see the best results, and maintenance is key to your happy new skin.

Aquagold Treatment in Columbus, Ohio

Aquagold Fine Touch Treatment

Aquagold Fine Touch is similar to cosmetic microneedling, however it goes a step further. This treatment infuses the skin with customized skin cocktails through 20 small needles plated with 24-karat gold, allowing for greater absorption of the active ingredients through the tiny microchannels.

Tatjana Dzamov, our Lead Medical Aesthetician and Aquagold specialist, recently demonstrated this cutting-edge treatment and explained its benefits on Good Day Marketplace.

How does Aquagold Fine Touch treatment work?

First, we will figure out the right combination of serums for your skin. Once filled, the needled applicator is then pressed into the skin in an overlapping pattern, ensuring the solution is delivered evenly into the chosen area.

Does Aquagold hurt?

You may be surprised to hear there is virtually no pain connected with this procedure; your skin will numbed beforehand to ensure maximum comfort, with special attention given to particularly sensitive areas. The needles on the Aquagold applicator are ultra fine, smaller than even a hair follicle, meaning they will create very miniscule and precise punctures while inflicting the least possible amount of damage.

Why go for Aquagold?

Unlike traditional microneedling, Aquagold allows us the added benefit of microdosing combinations of result-driven products like BOTOX®, Restylane®, Volbella, vitamins like B12, peptides like Cytocare 516, and anti-inflammatories like CBD oil into the skin. These products create a specialized elixir that will help to reduce pore size, even out skin tone, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, improve redness and inflammation, and improve acne scars. The end result is glowing and vibrant skin for the next two to three months. For best results, I recommend four treatments spaced four to six weeks apart.

Aquagold and microneedling are not meant to replace each other, but rather to enhance the other’s benefits. Aquagold is a great way to give your microneedling regimen a boost when done in between your microneedling appointments. They pair very well together; microneedling can be done to maintain the benefits from your Aquagold treatment or vice versa.

Are you ready to schedule your microneedling or Aquagold appointment with Tatjana? Give us a call at (614) 442-7610 and get ready for healthy and beautiful skin.


*Earned by Dr. Donaldson

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