I used needles and a vial of blood to tighten loose abdominal skin postpartum


DSC_0070Women give up enough when they give birth. They lose sleep, time, and for many women, a sense of self. I have no advice on how to catch up on sleep and better manage their scant free time. I failed miserably on both fronts. But after Year 2, I managed to get my life back. My body, on the other hand, was taking longer to play catch up. I desperately wanted to get my old pre-pregnancy body back, but I know enough about anti-aging and skin to know that most creams targeted are expensive placebos. Rather than waste more time and money on old wives tales and hollow tips from mommy blogs, I volunteered my wrinkly belly in the name of science to see if the increasingly popular Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), also known as microneedling, with a vial of platelets drawn from my body’s blood could jump start my skin to produce more collagen and elastin.

The experience:

My good friend Tacita Robertson is a naturopath that specializes in anti-aging, and needed to try out a new microneedling device, so I volunteered myself as test model. My stomach gave her a large work area and would enable her to use several depths of needles, up to 1.5 mm. I used numbing cream to prepare my skin, and she used Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) drawn from my own blood as a topical to compound collagen and elastin growth.

Because I’m ticklish and the vibration of the microneedling device, the experience tickled more than it hurt. I spent the session gripping the bed to avoid squirming around as the needles approached my rib cage and hip bones. I had significantly more erythema than previous microneedling treatments on my face, and surprisingly, the redness lasted for nearly a week and would have precluded wearing a bikini or a midriff in the mean time.

The result:

In the month following the treatment, I feel like I did notice that my navel started to appear more open and vertical rather than horizontal. Even as I lost weight, my stomach seemed to improve in appearance rather than become more saggy and wrinkly. I am still not happy with the crepey-ness of my skin, but I’ve started using manual exfoliation, glycolic lotion, and retinol lotion to try to improve skin texture. When I can remember, I use red LED, but so infrequently that it’s hard to imagine I get much assistance from the device.

Photo on 6-13-16 at 9.09 AM