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Microneedling Specialist

Indigo Dermatology

Sumeet Thareja, MD

Aesthetic Specialist & Board Certified Dermatologist located in Melbourne, FL & Tampa, FL

The STRATAPEN™ MicroSystem is a revolutionary treatment protocol that provides skin care professionals the ability to offer exceptional results with a fractional treatment (beautify the skin) that has little to no down time for the patient. Unlike other popular automatic microneedling systems, STRATAPEN™ is the ONLY microtherapy system that can be autoclave sterilized! The STRATAPEN™ seven step safety system prevents cross-contamination between patients and incorporates the patent-pending Biolock cartridge.

Microneedling Q & A

What is “microneedling”?

Collagen induction therapy has been well researched and well documented as a safe and effective treatment in acne scarring, anti-aging, reducing the appearance of surgical scars and stretch marks, skin resurfacing, and in the treatment of burns and other skin damage. Fractional laser treatments and the STRATAPEN™ MicroSystem both use collagen induction therapy as the primary mechanism of action by creating numerous small microchannels through the skin, which stimulates the body to produce new collagen and remodel the treatment area. Instead of using laser energy to burn these microchannels through the skin, the STRATAPEN™ uses disposable Biolock needle cartridges propelled by the STRATAPEN™ to create microchannels. This mechanical creation of microchannels avoids the use of heat, thermal energy, or chemicals and virtually eliminates post treatment sensitivity and down-time while achieving spectacular results. Additionally, these microchannels allow large topical molecules that normally cannot penetrate the skin, to pass through the microchannels and help beautify the skin. The STRATAPEN™ MicroSystem utilizes topicals specifically designed for microneedling. STRATAPEN™ topicals provide the treatment area the necessary nutrients to rapidly improve the appearance of the skin.

I have seen social media specials such as Groupon® advertising similar services at lower prices. Why should I come to Indigo Dermatology?

While we understand clients wanting to save money, the old adage of “you get what you pay for” definitely holds true with medspa services. Rather than trying out a new restaurant for a discounted meal, esthetic services requires experienced professionals in order to ensure safety as well as deliver results. Our practitioners are career skincare professionals with years of experience and advanced degrees. Research shows that clients actually save money and get results when treatments are performed by experienced professionals who know what they are doing. In order for most medspas to continue to operate with social media advertising specials, most are forced to hire entry-level, low paid staff and then schedule several patients per hour. At Indigo Dermatology, we believe that the results our clients obtain by virtue of our advanced protocols, cutting-edge technology, and expert practitioners far surpass the results achieved at discount spas. We are confident that while we are not the least expensive, we offer our clients exceptional results while saving them money.

Can the STRATAPEN™ MicroSystem be combined with other treatments such as chemical peels?

As the STRATAPEN™ MicroSystem does not remove or burn the epidermis, recovery is much faster than other treatment modalities. STRATAPEN™ treatments can be combined with other treatments such as microblading and photofacial/IPL, or alternated with chemical peels and other treatments.

How many STRATAPEN™ sessions will I need to see results?

Microneedling, like other modalities, is used to treat various conditions and beautify the skin. Each client’s skin, conditions, severity, relative health, lifestyle, and budget are different. For example, the protocol for scars is different than the protocol for age management. Generally speaking, our clients report seeing results after the second session with many treatment plans consisting of 5-8 treatments and 2 maintenance treatments per year after that. Again, results may vary from person to person.

One of the benefits that sets Indigo Dermatology apart is that we don’t use a cookie cutter or “package” approach to skincare. Instead, a comprehensive assessment of each client is performed by an experienced skincare practitioner. We don’t rush clients in and out. We take the time to discuss each client’s goals, issues, expectations, lifestyles, upcoming events, and other factors so a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed. This ensures that each client knows exactly what is being done, why it is being done, what results should be expected, what the client can do to get even better results, and how to maintain the results among other things. This expert assessment combined with our sophisticated technology provide exceptional results for our clients.

For clients getting prepared for a special event, we have the experience and technologies to make sure you look the way you want to on your special days, without surprises. Additionally, many of our clients have experienced faster healing and better results with cosmetic surgeries by allowing us to help prepare them and their skin for these procedures. We have established a referral relationship with several of the top plastic surgeons in the Tampa area.