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28.02.2023

What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?

In the last few decades, many minimally invasive treatments have been created. As people live longer, they want to enjoy their golden years without having to worry about wrinkles, discolored skin, and permanent scarring. One of the most successful new methods is microneedling, also called collagen induction therapy. At ProMD Health in Annapolis, MD, we offer this gentle treatment to patients who would like to restore the smooth and even texture of their skin.

What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?

There are many reasons why so many patients get collagen induction therapy. The treatment is quick and easy, and it doesn’t come with a long recovery process. This makes it compatible with a busy lifestyle. Our patients appreciate how this method doesn’t involve chemicals or dangerous incisions, but it still provides them with long-lasting results. Because it can be combined with other methods, it’s ideal for those who want a complete transformation.

Collagen induction therapy can address a wide range of symptoms. It is often used on patients’ faces, but the SkinPen can also be used on other body parts like the stomach, the arms, the legs, and the hips. With CIT, we help patients get rid of the first signs of aging, skin conditions like rosacea, blemishes, and uneven pigmentation.

Addresses the First Signs of Aging 

When we grow older, our bodies no longer produce as much collagen and elastin as before. The cells don’t get broken down and replaced as quickly, so our skin starts to sag and wrinkle. Although this process is completely normal, it is distressing for many people. Collagen induction therapy is a great solution because it rejuvenates the tissues for up to a year at a time.

During the session, we use tiny needles to prick the skin and encourage the natural healing process. Because the body perceives a micro-injury in the treatment area, it produces growth factors that stimulate the production of new cells. The old tissue is broken down and replaced, so the skin is effectively rejuvenated.

Addresses Common Skin Issues

Several conditions affect the texture and color of the skin. A common one is rosacea. The symptoms are flushed areas in the face, sometimes coupled with small spots and tiny broken blood vessels. There’s no known cure for rosacea, and the condition often gets worse over time. Collagen induction therapy is a great way of reducing or eliminating the symptoms for up to a year at a time.

Patients most likely need several sessions to see the best results. After their final appointment, they’ll notice that they’re less prone to redness, even if they eat a lot of spicy food, expose their bodies to very hot or cold temperatures, and drink alcohol. Enlarged pores can also be addressed with collagen induction therapy. This issue is often related to hormones, genetics, and lifestyle factors.

Addresses Scars and Permanent Blemishes 

People with small blemishes and scars on their faces are perceived as less attractive, more insecure, and less healthy than those with clear skin. Studies have shown that blemished skin is the first thing most people notice about those with scars. Unfortunately, a large percentage of the population has permanent scars from minor accidents, acne, and chickenpox.

Collagen induction therapy helps to even out the skin and reduce the appearance of blemishes. It is a great treatment for anyone who is no longer suffering from the condition that caused their scars. After the initial set of sessions, patients often don’t have to return to the clinic because their results are permanent. However, they need to stick to a good skincare routine that protects their faces from further damage.

Addresses Uneven Pigmentation 

Some people suffer from uneven pigmentation at an early age, but this is a condition that often occurs with age. The most common reason why people develop darker spots on their faces is that they exposed their skin to too much sunlight in the past. UV rays are extremely damaging, and they can cause permanent problems.

Microneedling addresses many kinds of pigmentation problems. Aside from age and sun spots, it can also reduce stretch marks caused by pregnancy or rapid weight gain. The results of CIT for uneven pigmentation are permanent, but only if the patient avoids damaging their skin. If the tissues are again exposed to a lot of UV radiation, the sunspots are likely to come back.

Safe for Almost Every Patient 

One of the best things about collagen induction therapy is that it isn’t exclusive. It’s appropriate for almost every person, no matter their skin color, age, and medical background. Even people who have medical conditions can get treatment because this method doesn’t involve the use of dangerous substances or general anesthesia.

At the clinic, we always examine our patients’ health histories before allowing them to take part. Some people can’t have CIT because they suffer from a serious medical issue like heart disease or an acute skin condition like a fungal infection, eczema, or psoriasis. These people can come back to the clinic once they are feeling better. However, they might need alternative treatments in the meantime.

Easy and Quick Treatment Process

Your microneedling session won’t take more than 45 minutes, so it’s easy to find time for it, even if you’re very busy. We always start by numbing our patients’ skin with a cream to make sure they’re comfortable during the appointment. Then, we carefully draw the SkinPen over their faces until the treatment is complete.

After your appointment, you can go straight home. There’s no need for you to be observed because you’re not anesthetized during treatment. You can lead your usual lifestyle, as long as you don’t heat your skin too much in the first 24 hours after the session. Avoid taking blood-thinning medication, drinking alcohol, and consuming nicotine for at least 48 hours.

No Risk of Skin Discoloration and Complications 

Like CIT, laser therapy is extremely effective at addressing common skin issues related to aging and removing unwanted body hair. At the clinic, we offer several types of laser treatments. Although they are appropriate for most patients, they are more effective in people with lighter skin. This isn’t the case for collagen induction therapy, which is appropriate for anyone. Because the skin isn’t heated up, there’s no chance of discoloration.

It’s also worth noting that we don’t inject a foreign substance into your tissues during CIT. This means that your body won’t reject the treatment or react badly. This makes CIT the ideal solution for people who have allergies and are worried about how their bodies will respond to cosmetic treatments.

Long-Lasting Results 

Most patients need several collagen induction therapy sessions before they see the desired results. The appointments are spaced approximately one month apart to give the body time to recover and create new, healthy cells. Once the initial course of treatment is over, patients can expect their results to last for at least a year. Those who are getting CIT for scar removal might see permanent results.

You can make sure you experience the full benefits of CIT by living a healthy lifestyle in between sessions. Don’t expose your body to excessive amounts of sunlight, and always wear strong sunscreen when going outside. Use our recommended skincare products, which are designed to support the results from CIT. Always drink enough water, so your tissues stay supple and moisturized.

Can Be Combined with Other Methods 

Collagen induction therapy is easily customizable. After we’ve created channels in your skin with the microscopic SkinPen needles, we usually apply a serum that addresses your specific cosmetic concern. We might choose a substance that hydrates your tissues, encourages your pores to close, or speeds up the recovery process.

Sometimes, collagen induction therapy on its own isn’t able to resolve a patient’s skin problems. In this case, we combine our minimally invasive methods. There’s no reason why people can’t have injectables, laser treatment, or PRP injections at the same time as CIT. Getting several treatments at once is cheaper and more efficient, so it’s a great option for people who want a dramatic change.

Restore the Smooth and Even Texture of Your Skin Now 

Microneedling is a great treatment for anyone who wants to rejuvenate their tissues without undergoing surgery or injecting a chemical under their skin. This method can address the first signs of aging, common skin conditions, permanent scars, and uneven pigmentation. It’s gentle and minimally invasive, so it’s appropriate for a wide range of people. Call us at ProMD Health in Annapolis, MD to schedule a meeting and find out whether you’re the ideal candidate.

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Katarina Markulin

Master Aesthetician

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Katarina has been practicing medical aesthetics for 15 years. After completing her education in Master Aesthetics from the prestigious Catherine Hinds Institute in Boston, she has gained extensive experience treating all different skin types. Katarina specializes in chemical peels and finds it very fulfilling to connect with her patients, establish trust, and give personal attention to detail and clientele needs. Katarina attends workshops and conferences with top vendors on a regular basis to widen her knowledge and improve her skills as she strives to offer the best possible level of service to her clients.

Tori Thursby

CRNP

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Tori graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and began working at University of Maryland in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. She then went on to be a travel intensive care nurse until joining the ProMD Health team in October 2021. Tori is currently attending Chamberlain University to earn her Master’s degree as a Nurse Practitioner. Her desire is to make each patient feel comfortable and to take time to listen to each individual’s concerns. Tori sees both men and women for hormone related issues and is passionate about helping others feel their best and will use her clinical expertise to assist with our Hormone Optimization Therapy.

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Laken Tychostup

Director of Clinical Operations

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Laken Tychostup has been an integral part of our team since 2017, bringing over 10 years of experience in the field of aesthetic medicine. In her role as the Director of Clinical Operations, Laken collaborates closely with Dr. Gavrila to ensure the smooth functioning of our clinical operations while prioritizing the delivery of excellent patient care by our staff.
Laken's expertise extends beyond daily operations; she also plays a key role in supporting our franchise development team. Her involvement spans from assisting new franchises with space planning to facilitating operational strategies, training programs, and successful openings.
With a commitment to efficiency and quality care, Laken's approach is grounded in practical experience and a dedication to fostering a positive and effective working environment within our organization.

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Mario Nelson

Chief Growth Officer

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Mario is the Chief Growth Officer of ProMD Health and is primarily responsible for driving the growth of the ProMD Development Group by launching new franchise locations and identifying opportunities to strategically grow ProMD’s footprint nationwide. Mario graduated from Johns Hopkins receiving a master’s degree in Health Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health Studies, and a minor in Entrepreneurship and Management. Mario has an extensive history in startups, business development and healthcare. Prior to joining ProMD, Nelson worked at several firms and most recently was a senior manager at New York-based Cold Start Ventures, where he helped build and launch early-stage healthcare companies. In 2020, Nelson was CEO and Co-Founder of New York-based Micro Audio, Inc. He built the company and grew its platform to 10,000 users in the first 90 days of operation. From 2014 to 2018 Nelson worked at global consultancy Deloitte as a senior consultant where he spearheaded a $1 billion financial turnaround of a leading healthcare system. He also developed a five-year strategic plan for military hospitals in the Washington, D.C. area, and he executed a complete digital overhaul of a hospital system in the Midwest, resulting in 20 percent cost reductions. In his spare time, Mario is an avid Basketball player and fan and is passionate about education and volunteers as a tutor in New York City after school programs.

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Safa Aljuboori

Chief of Staff

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Safa Aljuboori is our Quality Assurance Manager. She joined the ProMD health team in 2018 after five years of business analytics and management experience. Safa holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics. As ProMD Quality Assurance Manager, Safa is responsible for developing and overseeing an effective quality management system to continuously identify opportunities for improving the patient’s quality of life.

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Abby Ramos

Chief Marketing Officer

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Abby is our Marketing Director. She joined the team in 2017 after graduating from UMUC with a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration and Marketing. She currently works remotely in Colorado Springs. Abby’s primary focus is to increase brand awareness and track and analyze marketing efforts to help drive business results. By managing and creating content for various marketing channels, she strives to use her skills and experience to keep ProMD Health’s patients well educated and informed about the latest and greatest ways to Look and Feel their best.

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Carla Cook

Vice President of Operations

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Carla, the Vice President of Operations at ProMD Health, is a pivotal figure in ensuring the company's seamless functioning. With her extensive experience dating back to 2006 and a background as a Certified Patient Consultant, Carla brings a wealth of expertise to her role.
Her commitment to ProMD Health's core values, especially in delivering top-notch patient care, shines through in her daily endeavors. Carla's responsibilities span managing all of the corporate offices, overseeing staff, and optimizing operations to guarantee the highest standards of patient experience.
What sets Carla apart is her fusion of administrative prowess with clinical understanding. Her background equips her to not only manage operations efficiently but also to comprehend and cater to patients' clinical needs. This unique blend enables Carla to recommend tailored treatments, procedures, and care plans, ensuring patients receive optimal care and support.
Carla's dedication to excellence makes her an indispensable asset to ProMD Health. Her role as Vice President of Operations ensures the organization's smooth functioning, benefiting both staff and patients alike. Through her leadership, ProMD Health continues to uphold its commitment to delivering exceptional healthcare services.

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Scott Melamed

President

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Scott has led the ProMD team to win many awards including the Torch Award for Business Ethics from the Better Business Bureau. Scott brings a wealth of experience from scientific research and a management consulting background. Scott has worked in academia studying pancreatic and urologic cancers at Weill Cornell, Columbia NY Presbyterian Hospital, Sloan Kettering, and Johns Hopkins. Scott attended the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, where he earned his graduate degree and focused his coursework on Novel Drug Development and Large Firm Leadership. Scott is a published author in academic journals. In his free time, Scott sits on the Allergan Aesthetics Advisory Board and the Baltimore Child Abuse Center Advisory Board. Scott is a consultant and Faculty for Galderma's GAIN Business Unit. Scott is also an active volunteer with Johns Hopkins Alumni recruiting, the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter, The House of Ruth, VOLO City, Pi Kappa Alpha, the Better Business Bureau, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, & several other organizations including ProMD Helps, which is the philanthropic foundation inside of ProMD Health, of which he is the Executive Director.

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George Gavrila, M.D

Founder & Medical Director

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Dr. George Gavrila is a native of the Greater Baltimore area and has spent time studying medicine, primary care, functional, aesthetic, and integrative medicine. Dr. Gavrila completed his residency at the University of Maryland and served as a Fellow at the Center of Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He’s currently a member of several prestigious medical organizations such as AMMG (Age Management Medicine Group), A4M (American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine), and AAAM (American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine).
Dr. Gavrila has treated a wide range of patients, including celebrities, models, athletes, and international royalty, and is renowned throughout the country as a trainer of other physicians.