So, I have been hiding a little secret from everyone. A few weeks back I visited a plastic surgeon’s office and came out feeling like a whole new person. I know there is a lot of controversy around visiting a plastic surgeons office, especially when you are under 30 and no one else may see what you see in the mirror. However, I left St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery feeling radiant, happy, and so much more confident. I can’t wait to tell you why!
So, here it is… no I did not go under the knife! I tried one of the most popular, non-invasive acne scarring and fine line diminishing solutions on the market called Microneedling, from St. Louis Cosmetic Surgerys’ Medical Spa. I was so excited when I was contacted by the marketing director of STCS (St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery) about giving a review of one of their Med Spa services. My choices were between Botox or Microneedling, and knowing what both of them were ahead of time, it was an easy choice for me to choose Microneedling.
I chose microneedling mainly because I have heard so much about it before since I have been an active user of Rodan & Fields Amp Roller. I had already been noticing results from the daily usage of the amp roller, so I knew that a microneedling procedure done at a plastic surgeons office would just accelerate results. Additionally, I am 26 years old and just couldn’t bring myself to start botox. I have no judgement on anyone doing this before their 30’s, in fact they say the earlier you start the better the results! However, I just would rather try other solutions first for fine lines and go towards botox as the issues become more severe. Microneedling was an easy decision for me because this past year I have had a terrible case of adult acne. I still have occasional hormonal breakouts, but the scarring and damage it has done to my face has left me self-conscious and not feeling my best without makeup and cover-up.
Microneedling is a non-invasive procedure provided by the aestheticians at STLCS that can help with any acne scarring, fine lines or wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, pore size, etc. It’s perfect for uneven skin tone or texture, because the treatment itself causes new collagen to grow, leaving you with a youthful glow and healing any scarring, wrinkles or uneven skin tone/texture. (Insert praying hands emoji!) I was so excited to not only get help with my acne scarring, but also the fine lines that have shown up on my forehead the past months. At STLCS, they have the MD Pen for microneedling. Think of microneedling like aerating your lawn… tiny needles probe your skin and create tiny injuries that are filled with collagen.
It is a little terrifying to have pictures of my face sans make-up on the internet, but I am taking one for the team here and letting you all know exactly what I looked like before and after! You’re welcome. So, before the procedure at St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery’s Medical Spa, I was concerned about acne scarring mainly on my cheeks and jaw-line. The fine lines on my forehead were also a concern, but not as much of an issue as the scarring. Additionally, I have a tendency to get Milia on my cheekbones and it is nearly impossible to get rid of, unless you visit an aesthetician to get them medically extracted. Fun note if you don’t know what Milia is, they are these pesky teeny tiny hard white dots (not whiteheads) that are dead skin cells that build up in the pore lining because they are unable to shed properly. Fun right? So, here are my before images.
The entire appointment was about an hour and half total. This included a beautiful tour of their medical spa and a very relaxing deep cleansing routine on my face before the procedure. If you do get a chance to visit St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery’s Medical Spa, Mary Ann is your gal! She made me feel completely relaxed and is so incredibly knowledgable about all things skincare and beauty. My favorite tip she gave, outside of the procedure, was to change your pillow case every night! I know this sounds extreme. Right now, I change mine about every two days, but I use to only change my pillow case whenever I washed my sheets, which was once a week! It’s incredible the amount of oil and dirt that from your face and hair that gets trapped on your pillow case. Then, its transferred to your face the next night! I was sold and went out to buy a few extra pillow cases after the appointment.
The microneedling procedure itself, last about thirty minutes. First, Mary Ann applied a numbing cream to my face to make the procedure comfortable. The needles in the MD Pen can range from 0.5 mm to 3 mm, depending on how quickly you want results. I was headed to the Florida Keys three days after my procedure, so Mary Ann put the pen on a lower setting, just in case the sun would be an irritant. I experienced only minor discomfort during the procedure on areas of my face that have little fat under the skin and are the most “bony”. For example, the forehead, temples and nose were uncomfortable but not ever painful. The other areas of the face like the cheeks and jawline were completely painless.
image courtesy of St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery (not me)
Right after my procedure I was a little pink from my skin getting prodded with needles. It was as expected and just lasted the evening. Here is my after photos, an hour after the procedure. My skin felt very tight the next couple days and I was provided a serum to apply multiple times a day as well as a mineral SPF that is now one of my favorite products for summer. If you are unsure of the difference between mineral sunscreen and regular (chemical) sunscreen, so was I! Thanks to Mary Ann, she filled me in that mineral sunscreen contains either active mineral ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide and protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Mineral sunscreen works by sitting on top of the skin and deflecting the sun’s rays vs. regular sunscreen that allows the sun to penetrates the skin and then the sunscreen absorbs the sun’s rays. Also, some of the chemical or regular sunscreen can cause free radical formation, which leads to more sun damage in the long run. So stock up on the mineral sunscreen, ladies!
Finally, here are my after photos, taken 6 weeks after the procedure. I noticed some of my acne scarring on my cheeks and around my mouth were diminished and also my face was completely break-out free for 6 weeks!! That’s unheard for me! Also, I noticed my milia was nearly gone! Amen. I was probably the most happy about the no breakouts and the “no more milia” results. St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery recommends 2-4 sessions of microneedling to attain the most desireable results, depending on how severe your skin issues may be. Each session runs about $300 and I completed only one session. I would be happy to go back again based on my results.
The only makeup I have on in the image above is mascara, promise! So, would you give Micro needling a try? Leave a comment below on what you think. 🙂
Thank you to St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.