On April 1st, April fool’s day, I woke up to what I believed was a pimple, which was a little weird but nothing a little concealer couldn’t quickly hide. A few hours later I had a few more “zits” and within 24 hours I had a face and neck full of giant, massively itchy red welts. Ah hives! Good times, or so I thought.
I popped a Benadryl and went to bed believing the itchy, red welts would be gone by morning. They were not. It was much worse. Now the bumps were everywhere. I went in to see a doctor who told me I had varicella virus aka chicken pox. “Huh?!” I said. “You must have not had it when you were a kid.” He replied.
He told me to quarantine myself until the bumps burst and scabbed over in about 2 weeks. I was coated with pumps that looked like ready to erupt volcanoes. They were gross, oozing, itchy bugers that finally scabbed over.
Once the scabs fell off, I was left with deep, pitted scars & dark marks all over my face.. I was devastated. As a model & actress that is constantly in front of a camera, this, I thought would for sure change that. I thought I’d never work again.
I had just booked a leading role in a feature film and this made me consider possibly walking away from it. I waited a few weeks and realized that my skin was not going to improve on its own.
Call it destiny but I met someone who over a cup of coffee told me about Spark Health and their PRP Micro-needle treatments. I did a little research, called Spark and made my appointment asap.
My incredibly wonderful experience at Spark began as soon as I walked through the doors. The friendly staff immediately put me at ease. Within minutes I was with one of Spark’s doctors who explained the best plan to treat my skin, eradicate scars and eliminate post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation was through a series of PRP Micro-Needle treatments, proper skin care, hydrating IV’s and vitamin shots. The most important of these being the PRP micro-needle treatments.
The doctor explained that PRP micro-needling therapy is a skin rejuvenation treatment with about a one week recovery time and is designed to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production. The treatment actually involves two procedures, micro-needling and the application of PRP (platelet rich plasma) onto the skin and when appropriate, injected directly into deep scars. A small hand-held needle device (Dermapen) which contains tiny micro-needles is passed over the skin creating micro-wounds.
During the body’s natural wound-healing process, collagen and elastin are automatically produced. Platelet Rich Plasma is produced from an individual’s own blood. A few small vials of blood would be drawn from my arm, put into a centrifuge and spun to separate the plasma from the blood. PRP contains highly concentrated amounts of natural growth factors that promote the regeneration process of skin and is applied directly onto the skin between passes of the micro-needle device to stimulate the natural healing process and creation of collagen through a series of thousands of tiny pinpricks.
This process would help erase the scars and dark spots on my skin that chicken pox left behind. The information I received at Spark gave me hope that my skin could and would heal.
After cleansing my skin, a topical anesthetic was applied. While the numbing cream did it’s thing, my blood was drawn. 20 minutes later my face was completely numb and the doctor walked in with a few vials of gold serum, my plasma. During the approximately 1 hour procedure, the doctor moved the dermapen on my face focusing on larger scars and then infused the PRP into my skin.
I didn’t feel any pain or discomfort. My face did look like I had a run-in with an industrial sandblaster when it was over and done.
I was given post-treatment care instructions and sent home to let the treatment do it’s magic.
As the numbness wore off I felt my skin tighten. I followed the super simple post-treatment instructions. Within a week, my skin was at least 50% improved! Scars were diminished, dark marks were lighter and the overall texture of my skin was so much better. My skin was glowing. I had hope!
About every four weeks I returned to Spark for another treatment. After my fifth treatment, my skin looked like I had never had chicken pox. There were no noticeable scars, no dark marks and my skin looked and felt rejuvenated.
I had a total of 12 PRP micro-needle treatments. My skin has never looked better. It actually looks better than before chicken pox. I love the results and plan to continue to have these treatments at Spark a few times per year to maintain my skin’s health.
Spark Health healed my skin and gave me the confidence to get back to work. I’m busy on set as a lead in a feature film and just landed the cover of Harper’s Bazar Asia’s Holiday Issue!
The most massive and heartfelt thank you to the doctors and staff at Spark Health for not only giving me my skin back but making it better than ever.