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Our Journey to Wellness: Buck tries Rejuvapen

So…I’m not in my 20’s anymore, and the last few decades have done a serious number on my face — including acne scars, sun damage, wind burn, and all the expressions that come with having two teenage kids. When we were in our 20’s, our collagen saved the day. But once we are in our 30’s, that amazing protein that keeps our skin looking youthful starts to thin out and fade, leaving us with thinner and more tired looking skin around our eyes, along with a slew of fine lines and wrinkles. Well, let’s face it…”fine lines” could be an understatement.

There are the more obvious topical treatments, like collagen boosting eye creams and moisturizers. But to be honest, I need more help than that. Over the last few years, the surface of my skin has started to resemble the texture of a football — the opposite of a touchdown for my 42 year-old-face.

When I was at Bare Med Spa trying out their HydraFacial and discussing my skin issues, Tracy told me about one of their more intense, collagen building treatments called Rejuvapen. I just recently had my first treatment and I can tell a big difference even after the first one! My skin looks a lot smoother, more even in tone, and my pores appear smaller. All thanks to this treatment that uses tiny micro-needles to penetrate the surface of my skin, prompting new collagen production. The procedure itself felt warm with a little pressure. I looked wind-burned for a couple of days, and had some minor peeling on the third and fourth day — but nothing too dramatic. It didn’t stop me from working or being out in public. However, I would plan to hang out at home for the first day unless you want to answer a lot of questions about your bright pink face. A small price to pay for the benefits you’ll see unfolding in the days to follow!

ULAH Co-Owner, Buck Wimberly – after the first Rejuvapen treatment

Here’s a peek into my conversation with Tracy, who performed my procedure:

What did you notice about my skin that prompted you to recommend the Rejuvapen treatment?

“I noticed you have large pores and an overall coarse texture to your skin.”

What will this Rejuvapen treatment do for my skin?

“The Rejuvapen treatment uses micro-needles to create small vertical entry points into the epidermis and top of the dermis to tell your body to respond and heal itself from the inside out. Your skin reacts to this procedure by creating new collagen, making your skin smoother while improving the appearance of your pore size.”

Does the treatment vary some per person depending on their individual skin issues?

“At Bare Med Spa, we customize the treatment for each person depending on what we are treating. For instance, with you — we really wanted to focus on pore size, frown lines, and scarring — so I treated your skin at a deeper needle depth. In addition to changing needle depth, we can also customize the treatment by adding serums and infusing them into the skin to help improve hyper pigmentation and even out skin tone.”

Are there limitations for certain skin types?

Rejuvapen is for all skin types.”

How often do you think I need to do this treatment with my skin issues and my skin type?

“You’ll notice a difference after the first treatment. However, your skin may need a minimum of 3 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart. For deeper scars or deeper lines, you can always go back and focus on those areas.”

If this sounds like something you could use or you have questions about my experience, feel free stop by ULAH or shoot me a message. You can also contact Bare Med Spa at 816-844-9334. Let them know you read my story and want to learn more.

Thanks for reading and following us on “Our Journey to Wellness”,

Buck Wimberly

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Our Journey to Wellness: HydraFacial M.D.

We don’t want to make too many gender-based assumptions, but we’ve noticed that most guys don’t seem very open about discussing skin care. We get it. It’s partly due to societal influences. For decades past, the skin care industry has been so heavily focused on women — even blanketing the category as “beauty”.  Most of us guys grew up without being taught to care about anything other than sunscreen (if that). Today, we have permission and even expectations to keep up with our skin, but many of us don’t know where to start.

As part of our blog series —”Our Journey to Wellness”— Joey and I thought we’d tackle a few aspects of skin care.  As great as it is to look handsome, our goal is not solely tied to vanity.  It’s about feeling confident and staying conscious of the health of our skin, which contributes to greater self esteem and overall greater well being.

ULAH visits Bare Med Spa

It’s no surprise that men have unique skin care needs. Our skin tends to be more oily and tougher than our female counterparts. So, to help get things started on our mission to a clearer complexion and healthier skin, we’ve started by visiting our friends at Bare Med Spa for a procedure they call “HydraFacial M.D.” Our esthetician was Tracy Gundelfinger. She’s super knowledgable about skin care needs, and customized each of our treatments. I’m fairer skinned with more sun damage and larger pores, and Joey’s ethnic skin has its own unique qualities. I asked Tracy some questions about my skin – here’s what she said:

1. What did you notice about my skin that prompted you to recommend a HydraFacial M.D.?

“After pre-cleaning and assessing your skin, I could tell that you had clogged pores and were in need of a deep pore cleanse and a good exfoliation. HydraFacial is the best treatment for that.”

2. What will this HydraFacial M.D. treatment do for my skin?

“HydraFacial will give you a deep pore cleanse, extraction, exfoliation and infuse your skin with hydration. Keeping your pores as clean as possible will minimize them.”

3. Does the treatment vary some per person depending on their individual skin issues?

“Hydra facial is good for all skin types and skin concerns. Although some of the steps in the treatment will be the same for each client there are also ways to customize for different skin concerns. We’re able to do peels, brightening serums, and dermal plumping serums as well as choose between blue light and red light therapy at the end of each treatment to cater to various skin types.”  

4.  How often do you think I need to do this treatment with my skin issues and skin type?

“For your skin, once a month is ideal for good maintenance.”

Joey and Buck enjoy clearer complexions after their HydraFacials from Bare Med Spa.

The biggest difference we saw after the HydraFacial was clearer complexion with a boost of self confidence. If you’d like to learn more, visit Bare Med Spa at one of their three locations or call and make an appointment. And if you have any questions about this or any of our other topics, you can always ask us in person when you visit ULAH.

-Buck Wimberly