Anna Sottile, MD
4 series, real people, our own staffers?
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We are excited to have you join us as we start a 4 part series on AMIM Micro-Rejuvenation (AM)--for the first time our very own staffers have become the patients, and relay their personal journeys. Based on in house treatments, our AMIM team is going to do all the beauty research so we can field your curiosity...Does it hurt? How red does your face get? Come find out as our diversified team recently experienced AMIM Micro-Rejuvenation and describes the effects of this necessary treatment one week at a time!
AMIM Micro-Rejuvenation is a treatment where the brush consists of micro thin retractable needles that are strong enough to penetrate the skin surface, but due to their oscillation the impact affects the skin layer! Since AMIM Micro-Rejuvenation produces the least amount of trauma with the highest amount of stimulation, it is absolutely safe for everyone regardless of age, skin type, and skin tone.
Week one are you ready?
Initially for this first week, the process of AM was uniform with the entire AMIM team, but dependent on the skin, it is essentially tailored to the individual person. The descriptions of their views may vary due to their experience, but all three staffers had the exact same general process and steps outlined below. Depending on the skin of the individual, the pen was fitted with a different bayonet number (needles size). Before pictures were taken only with clean faces, meaning individuals were sure all product/make-up was removed from the face before the beginning of the actual treatment.
Steps of Prep:
Rose Water Cleaning
Steps of Process
Oscillation 0, work up to 1
Stroking of the pen, following the natural curves of the face
Goal to achieve overall pink uniformity
Follow up with products: Vitamin C Cream and sealed with Liquid Silk
AMIM Staff Bios:
Title: Office Manager
Skin Type: Sensitive
Skin Color: Medium
Believer: Hesitant until proven, then loyal
“After the treatment, I couldn’t believe how much my skin was speaking to me. It was letting me know that there is more sun damage than I knew before, and it was very thirsty. Once I put on the Vitamin C treatment, it was as if before everything I was putting on my face was caking on top of each other. Now my skin was absorbing the product, and for the first time in forever I could feel good.”
Title: Marketing & Social Media Manager
Skin Type: Sensitive & Acne Prone
Skin Special: Dermatitis
Skin Color: Light
Believer: Skeptical until proven with results
“In the past, I have seen estheticians or been to med-spas where I have received ‘similar’ treatments to ‘microneedling’ i.e. hydra-facial. So, going into this I thought I had an idea of what to expect. The AMIM Micro-Rejuvenation approach to microneedling and Dr. Anna’s finesse proved me otherwise. This treatment and the results is like none other I have received before.
The thing that sets this treatment apart, based on my personal skin journey so far, is the feeling of an instant ‘reset’ to the skin. Afterwards my skin feels awake, refreshed and reprogrammed. It feels like the healing process is activated whether it be my dermatitis or breakouts (though Dr. Anna doesn’t go directly over active breakouts, they still look SO much better afterwards.)
I have acne-prone/sensitive, and because of Covid-19, I have been suffering dermatitis around my nose and breakouts around my chin and nose from working out in a mask and make-up. Walking around Miami all day in a hot mask has NOT agreed with my skin!!
I have been in the process of navigating a ‘new-normal’ for my new home in Miami from Texas, my lifestyle (workout/gym lover) and now, mask-wearer. Micro-Rejuvenation is the BEST thing for my skin journey as I am reprogramming and adjusting my skin to be the healthiest, strongest and clearest!”
Title: Content Director
Skin Type: Normal/Combination
Skin Special: Asian
Skin Color: Tan
Believer: Skeptical, bordering on Non-Believer
“I was misinformed thinking the needles might hurt, according to Dr. Anna, the most painful part of the AMIM Micro-Rejuvenation is the name! How it actually felt, my best description would be the lightest strokes a professional makeup artist has ever brushed on my face. The process felt more relaxed than even a facial, but to clarify a facial is only topical--the effect is temporary because the treatment is performed solely on the top epidermis layer, so the dermis skin layer which is what needs stimulation is not affected by a facial. Being an avid researcher I enjoyed learning about all the AM benefits, the procedure is preventative to maintain healthy skin, but is also just needed twice a year!
On this aesthetic adventure my shocking discovery is that Asian skin is the most sensitive, so due to the sensitivity my needles had to start at the minimum, the lowest number being a zero, and POSSIBLY working up to a one on the 2nd week of treatment. Possibly because EVERY patient is different! It was more difficult to see the overall pink conformity result with a tan skin tone as well, and too early of a stage to tell how many treatments were needed to achieve the desired results.”
Cliffhanger: So what is to come up on the second treatment? Part of the fun is not knowing, stay tuned to this AMIM channel as we remain in the hot seats and share what we uncover on week two…
To be continued.
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