I had microneedling (face only) done by Dr. Trudy. My experience at Essence Wellness Clinic was great! The space is lovely, warm and inviting. The front desk staff are friendly and helpful. The microneedling wasn't as painful as I expected. Dr. Trudy was very gentle and explained the entire procedure and it's benefits. I would definitely recommend Essence Wellness and I will be going back for further treatments. Thanks ladies!
Kendra Flock is awesome! Very professional, very informative. She explained everything she was doing as she was doing it, even giving information on what each treatment does. I was pretty afraid of getting microneedling done, and I regret ever being afraid of treatment after seeing Dr Flock. 10/10 will go back again. HIGHLY recommend the vitamin IV.
Microneedling & Mesofill
I came across Essence Wellness Clinic a few months ago when researching anti-aging treatments. I'm so happy I went the naturopathic route as opposed to fillers and less natural skin treatments. Two months later, my skin looks vibrant, is less prone to breakouts, and those fine lines and dark circles I was worried about have vastly improved (if not disappeared). I also appreciate that the clinic has weekend/evening hours to accommodate those with busy schedules.
What are other good add-on treatments for Microneedling?
MESOFILL - We recommend MesoFill as a good adjunct treatment to Microneedling. MesoFill contains 2% pure Hyaluronic Acid and can naturally fill fine lines and wrinkles by inducing collagen production. We recommend starting with 1mL (extra $65) of MesoFill to start for smaller areas such as furrows and forehead lines but additional solution can be added for $20/mL to fill around lips, nasolabials and cheeks. Please note, this treatment is only offered by our Naturopathic Doctors and not Acupuncturists as it involves injections.
MESOPIGMENTATION - For those who would like to treat pigmented skin, our MesoPigmentation solution can help brighten and lighten up the skin. Small injections will be made right underneath the age spot, dark acne scar or pigmented spot. We can even treat dark under eye circles with this solution. The solution contains Vitamin C, Glutathione, Glycolic Acid, Alpha Arbutin, Kojic Acid and Azelaic Acid. This solution is infused via Microneedling during your Microneedling treatment by either Naturopaths or Acupuncturists. Small injections underneath or around the pigmented area can also be done but only by our Naturopaths. +$65/1mL or +$85/2mL.
MESOACNE - Our MesoAcne solution can help reduce inflammed comedomes and pimples as well as prevent future acne from forming. This solution is infused via Microneedling during your Microneedling treatment by either Naturopaths or Acupuncturists. Small injections underneath or around the acne can also be done but only by our Naturopaths. $65/1mL or +$85/2mL.
FACIAL ACUPUNCTURE or FACIAL CUPPING - We recommend patients booking in for Facial Acupuncture or Facial Cupping 2 weeks after your Microneedling treatment. The skin can benefit with additional treatments that help achieve similar effects. These treatments are both offered by our Naturopathic Doctors and Acupuncturists.
We will first clean your skin and then numb the skin with a high quality topical anaesthetic. After 20 minutes, medical grade hyaluronic acid gel is applied to the skin with a sterile applicator.
Injectable pharmaceutical grade Vitamin C is then applied on top of the hyaluronic acid as we perform microneedling.
We then microneedle using an eDermaStamp pen at different depths ranging from 0.1mm to 1.5mm. Major acne scars can be treated by stamping of the skin with the pen at 1.0-1.5mm.
What is a Microneedling treatment like?
The skin is first cleansed with a cleanser. Then, a numbing anesthetic cream will be applied and left on for 20 minutes. Bioactive agents such as Hyaluronic Acid and injectable grade Vitamin C are then applied and microneedling begins. The microneedling pen helps create channels to deliver these anti-aging infusions into the dermal layers below the skin surface. Microneedling treatments are typically 60-minute treatments. You may experience minor signs of redness or irritation, like a mild sunburn. The progressive healing process may take 12 to 48 hours. Final results are typically achieved within four to six weeks.
How often do you need to come?
The healing process happens at home after the treatment is given. Depending on the desired results and skin conditions, patients are recommended to come back every 4 weeks for 2 to 3 more treatments. Most obvious results are seen after the third treatment. Patients can maintain their rejuvenated skin by coming in every 2-4 months for a Microneedling treatment.
Possible side effects include:
Redness, irritation, pin-point bleeding, heat sensation, itchiness, and swelling with most side effects subsiding within 12-24 hours. On rare occasions, rashes and reactions leading to infections may occur. Hyper-pigmentation is also another rare possibility but usually subside after a few weeks.
How can I book for Microneedling?
Book Online by selecting “Initial Natural Esthetics Visit”. This is a 15 minute ($40) initial consultation whereby our practitioners will examine your skin, take your vitals and explain the treatments to you. They will then perform the treatment following the initial visit. Cost of treatment is an extra charge on top of the $40 initial natural esthetics visit fee.
How do you bill for Microneedling?
Because this treatment is provided by our Naturopathic Doctors and Acupuncturists, your visit will be listed as a Naturopathic Visit or Acupuncture Visit. Please note that the supplies for this treatment will be billed separately. If you have any further questions, please call one of our front desk staff and they will be happy to help.
How does Microneedling work?
Microneedling is also known as Collagen Induction Therapy because as the microneedles penetrate through the epidermis, it stimulates a healing reaction. The body recognizes that there's been trauma at the local site and recruits collagen, fibrin, elastin and nutrients to heal the area. The induced collagen forms a new confluent layer, hence giving the skin a smoother and more youthful look. The diagram below shows the difference between Laser treatments and Microneedling treatments.
Quality Skin Treatment
We do Microneedling the right way at Essence Wellness Clinic. Our Naturopathic Doctors and Acupuncturists will assess your skin, determine the depth that the needles need to be at and perform the treatment with sterile one-time-use only supplies and equipment. We highly prize ourselves with a clean clinic environment. We use medical grade pure hyaluronic acid and injectable grade Vitamin C.
Initial Natural Esthetics Visit
(mandatory for all patients new to natural esthetics) $40
Face Only $275
($210 visit, $65 supplies)
Face + MesoFill (1mL) $340
($265 visit, $75 supplies)
Face + MesoFill (2mL) $360
($285 visit, $75 supplies)
Please see Body Chart below
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Minimal down time
Safe, Natural and Effective
Affordable and long-lasting results
Minimal side effects
No surgery required
Reduce fine lines & wrinkles
Diminish dark under eye circles
Improve skin tone & tightness
Reduce dark spots & age spots
Increase natural collagen
Post-Microneedling Care Packs - $20 (plus GST)
Take the treatment home with you. We also offer these small post-microneedling care packs for purchase at $20/pack. They include two 2mL vials of Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C and last about 4-7 days depending on how much you use.
These are the same Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C solutions that were used during your microneedling session. It will help hydrate the face and heal the skin faster.
Ask our Practitioners or Front Desk staff for one of these packs and use them for your post-microneedling skin care.
We can treat a variety of medical skin conditions including acne scarring, chronic acne, hyperpgmentation, melasma, loss of tonicity and more!
CHART OF DIFFERENT BODY PARTS & PRICING
MICRONEEDLING FOR DIFFERENT BODY PARTS.
Please scroll down for more information.
Microneedling Cautions and Contraindications (Please read before you book)
- Suspicious lesions: these must be diagnosed by a practitioner prior to beginning treatment
- Discontinue Retinoid products 24 hours prior to beginning treatment
- Discontinue Accutane for at least 6 months prior to beginning treatment
- Must wait 2 weeks after Botox or Fillers to receive treatment
- Patients who are prone to viral breakouts: consider prophylactic treatments prior to Microneedling
- Keloid scars
- Active Eczema, Psoriasis and other chronic skin conditions
- We do not treat over active Acne, Rosacea, other inflammatory conditions or over open wounds
- History of Actinic or Solar Keratosis
- History of Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores), Herpes Labialis or other local infections such as Warts
- Presence of raised Moles in area to be treated
- Sunburns: we do not treat patients with current sunburns. Wait until sunburn has healed
MICRONEEDLING ABSOLUTE CONTRAINDICATIONS
- Scleroderma, Collagen or Vascular diseases and Cardiac abnormalities
- Blood clotting conditions, patients on Anticoagulant Therapy
- Active Bacterial or Fungal infections
- Immunosuppression, patients on Chemotherapy or Radiotherapy
- PREGNANT or NURSING patients: Not recommend for women who are Pregnant or Nursing because of unknown side effects of anesthetic cream used. Nursing patients however, can opt for no anesthetic cream and receive a more superficial Microneedling treatment. Please talk to one of our practitioners for more detail.
Post-Microneedling Care Instructions
- No make-up for the first 12 hours post-treatment. You can apply make-up the next day.
- Do not use any Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acid or Retinol (Vitamin A) for 3 days post treatment.
- Avoid sunlight for 24 hours post-treatment. i.e. no tanning on a beach or in a tanning bed.
- No exercising or strenuous activity for the first 24 hours post-treatment. Sweating and gym environments are harmful, rife with bacteria, and may cause adverse reactions.
- No pool swimming, sauna, hot tubs, or steam showers for 24-48 hours post-treatment.
- Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, Motrin or Advil. These agents will interfere with the natural inflammatory process that is critical and responsible for your skin rejuvenation.
- Do not drink excessive alcohol since it will dehydrate the skin. Drink at least 8 cups of water a day.
SKIN CARE PRODUCTS:
- Cleansers: you can use your own gentle cleanser to cleanse your skin as usual.
- Scrubs: Do not scrub your skin for 3 days post-treatment. You can scrub on the 4th day to help scrub off any dead skin due to the treatment.
- Serums: We recommend our 20% Vitamin C Serum to be used at night and our Hyaluronic Acid Gel to be used in the mornings.
- A minimum of 30 SPF sunscreen should be applied every day. You can apply moisturizer after you apply on sunscreen.
Microneedling for the Body
We also offer Medical Microneedling for the Body to help treat a variety of skin conditions including scarring, hyperpigmentation, C-section scars, chronic acne, loss of tonicity and more.
Microneedling for the body is identical to Microneedling for the face. It is a safe and effective treatment to help treat stretch marks, scars, cellulite, loose skin, pigmentation and more. The treatment uses a pen-like device with 6 small needles. These needles puncture through the skin to create channels whereby Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C are absorbed. These nutrients, along with the physical stimulation of the needles, help increase collagen production, breakdown scar and cellulite tissue and enhance skin quality.
BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT:
Shower before your treatment.
Wear loose comfortable clothing to your appointment.
Read all cautions and contraindications for Microneedling on our intake form and make sure you do not have any of them. Please contact our clinic if you are unsure if you can receive Microneedling treatments.
AFTER YOUR TREATMENT:
Do not wash off nutrients used during Microneedling such as Hyaluronic Acid or Vitamin C and keep any plastic dressing or gloves on for at least 2 hours after treatment.
You may shower the next day with lukewarm water as hot temperature may irritate the skin. Do not use a scrub or loofah over the treated body part. Use a mild body soap to cleanse the area with a soft cloth.
You may moisturize your skin with body lotion or Hyaluronic Acid ($75/jar available for purchase at our clinic) and apply sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 to body parts that are exposed to the sun (i.e. hands, neck, chest).
No exercising or strenuous activity for the first 24 hours post-treatment. Sweating and gym environments are harmful, rife with bacteria, and may cause adverse reactions.
No pool swimming, saunas, hot tubs, or steam showers for 24-48 hours post-treatment.
No laser hair removal or any other esthetic treatments for at least 1 week or until the treated area has healed.
Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, Motrin or Advil. These agents will interfere with the natural inflammatory process that is critical and responsible for your skin rejuvenation.
Do not drink excessive alcohol since it will dehydrate the skin. Drink at least 8 cups of water a day.
Pre and Post-Care Instructions for Body Microneedling
What if I only want my C-section scar or a small area treated?
Yes, we can treat only C-section scars or small areas. Please refer to the chart below. C-section and small scars can also be treated with Mesotherapy injections of Procaine, B12 and Saline.
Linear scar 1”-8” (eg. C-section scar, Appendectomy scar, etc)
Up to 4” by 4” area
What if I want more than one body part treated such as neck and chest?
You receive 10% off each additional body part. However, the discount is applied to the lesser of the two body parts. Please call our clinic for a quote if you would like to have more than one body part treated as we will need to add extra time for the treatment.
Medical Microneedling is a natural treatment that helps treat a wide variety of skin conditions. We use a Health Canada approved eDermaStamp pen with 6 microneedles that penetrate the skin with a series of vertical “stamps”. The body recognizes that there’s been local trauma to the skin and during the healing process more collagen, elastin, growth factors, and fibrin are released into the area. The results: less dark spots, lines and wrinkles and acne scars, toner and firmer skin, less dark circles, improved complexion and a natural healthy glow to the face.