Look Younger at Any Age

At 69, Grace Moog is just as concerned about her looks now as she was in her younger years.

“I may be closing in on seventy, but I sure don’t have to look like I am,” Grace says. “You only have one face. I just want to take care of my skin. If you don’t care for it and you let it go, the face of age creeps up on you.”

Grace Moog had PRP microneedling done at Medic Infusion in Port Charlotte.ç

There is absolutely no pain involved whatsoever, and I saw improvement the same day. The results are amazing!

In recent years, Grace has chosen to take advantage of facial aesthetic services now offered at Medic Infusion in Port Charlotte, where she consults with Tetyana Metyk, MD.

“Dr. Metyk is my internal medicine doctor,” Grace explains. “I’ve been a patient of hers for several years. I just love her bedside manner, and she is always learning and offering new services.”

When Dr. Metyk recently began offering facial rejuvenation products, Grace was quick to schedule several of the services.

“My friend and I had been talking about fillers and other ideas for a long time,” Grace shares. “I just decided that it’s never too late, and I wanted to do it.”

“Just recently, Grace tried microneedling with the use of platelet-rich plasma, or PRP,”
Dr. Metyk relays.

Tighten Up

“Microneedling is a safe, office-based procedure used to treat a wide range of skin issues, including acne scarring, sun damage and discoloration and photoaging, as well as fine lines around the mouth and eyes,” Dr. Metyk continues. “Microneedling is also widely known as collagen induction therapy.”

Before the microneedling takes place, Dr. Metyk notes, the patient’s own blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to create concentrated platelet-rich plasma.Grace Moog had PRP microneedling done at Medic Infusion in Port Charlotte.ç

“The PRP is then injected into tiny pockets in the skin to stimulate the regrowth of cells,” Dr. Metyk explains. “We often use the stem cell therapy with its growth factors to stimulate the patient’s own growth factors in order to improve the appearance of the skin. It gives a firmer, more youthful look in the end.

“Platelet-rich plasma contains many growth factors that also stimulate the formation of collagen. With PRP therapy, new collagen is created just below the surface of the skin.”

The microneedling process itself involves a pen-type device containing nine tiny needles that createmicro-channels in the skin of the face.

“The nine needles form several hundred micro-channels per minute,”
Dr. Metyk informs. “The needles are so small, the patient doesn’t feel it. We also give them topical anesthetic to apply beforehand.

“These micro-channels are like very small wounds,” describes Dr. Metyk. “As the body starts to repair itself, the production of collagen and elastin, which are the basic building blocks of new skin, increases. Microneedling revitalizes the collagen and makes it thicker, thereby tightening the skin and improving its color and texture.”

Patients typically start seeing results within a few days of treatment.

“That’s a positive reinforcement for patients,” Dr. Metyk says. “Also, there’s no discomfort or scarring afterward.”

Dr. Metyk recommends patients receive microneedling PRP procedures every four months to maintain maximum results.

“Done every four months provides a tremendous reversal of the facial aging process,” she emphasizes.

Dr. Metyk says patients can go back to work or resume any activities immediately after the treatment is completed.

“There is no downtime whatsoever,” she says. “Patients can return to work that same day. The only side effect may be a bit of swelling, but it is minimal and should subside within twenty-four hours.”

Grace says she could see results right away, even though doctors advise it can take two to three days to notice improvement.

“I went home afterward and looked in the mirror and could not believe the huge difference I saw,” she raves. “I have never been more impressed with a procedure from start to finish. There is absolutely no pain involved whatsoever, and I saw improvement the same day. The results are amazing!”

So Many Options

In addition to microneedling, Dr. Metyk offers a complete line of noninvasive products and services to help rewind the aging process.

“We frequently use dermal fillers and BOTOX Cosmetic to help reverse the changes associated with aging,” she reports. “We offer several treatment options that can last from four months to two years.”

BOTOX Cosmetic is a treatment that can temporarily smooth moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and on the forehead, as well as crow’s feet. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves treatments that can last up to four months.

“This is an effective preventive measure against the signs of aging,” points out
Dr. Metyk. “It can be used as an early intervention to keep wrinkles from getting deeper over time, like rewinding or pausing the aging process.”

BOTOX Cosmetic treatments help decrease excess movement of targeted facial muscles. This results in a relaxation and softening of the facial lines. It keeps the face looking more youthful and refreshed.

“As our skin ages, the dermis gradually loses its major elements: collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid,” informs Dr. Metyk. “This loss challenges the full, firm look of youthful skin. Dermal fillers are excellent solutions for reducing or eliminating wrinkles and scar depressions, and for replacing volume loss in the soft tissue of the face.”

Beauty Lies Within

Grace says she is impressed with Dr. Metyk’s skill and knowledge about the various aesthetic products available.

Grace Moog had PRP microneedling done at Medic Infusion in Port Charlotte.ç

Tetyana Metyk, MD

“Dr. Metyk is well-educated and takes her time explaining everything and helping you decide what product would be a good fit,” Grace assures. “She is gentle and caring. She’s just wonderful.”

Dr. Metyk is also pleased with the results Grace has achieved with the microneedling procedure.

“Grace’s skin quality has improved dramatically,” Dr. Metyk shares. “The improvement in just the color of her skin is amazing – she’s gone from a grayer skin tone to a much more youthful skin tone and color. Her facial lines and wrinkles have diminished considerably. Grace is very happy, and that is what is important to us.”

Dr. Metyk wants people to understand that you are never too old to make an improvement to your appearance.

“Our typical patients for facial rejuvenation services are women in their sixties and older,” Dr. Metyk relates. “But, we have seen patients as young as thirty come in as well. And it is not exclusively for women, either. Many men also want to maintain a youthful appearance and come in for many of the services we provide.”

Grace says age wasn’t going to get in her way.

“Beauty lies within, and I have never felt younger or looked better,” Grace shares. “My husband, Fred, and I have been married forty-eight years, and he loves how I look. He encourages me to do it. I just love it. I enjoy making myself beautiful!”

FHCN article by Judy Wade. Photo by Fred Bellet. Stock photo from istockphoto.com. mkb
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