Christy Nielsen spent 33 years working in dermatology as a registered nurse. She learned to love performing cosmetic procedures at Mid-Iowa Dermatology, and Dr. Scott Green encouraged her to eventually get away from it all on her own.
She recently opened InSPArational Treatments by Christy, located at 1728 Central Ave., Suite 3.
“This year I decided, I’m 55 and if I don’t do it now, I don’t know when I will,” said Nielsen. “So I took the leap of faith and I did it and I love it.”
Before opening her business, Nielsen took a course in Minneapolis to train and become certified in injectable cosmetic procedures.
Nielsen specializes in Botox, Juvederm fillers, VI chemical peels, SkinMedica chemical peels, SkinPen microneedling and offers a range of luxury skin care products to help customers protect their “investment” after a performance.
“I’m really excited for the SkinPen that does microneedling,” she says. “This is the first FDA-approved microneedling system.”
The tool itself is made in the United States and has been tested and found to be safe, she said.
“It will help with the texture of the skin”, Nielsen explained. “What it does is it goes down to the collagen layer and it breaks down your collagen and then when the collagen rebuilds it plumps up the skin and helps fight acne scars , discoloration and wrinkles.”
As a breast cancer survivor, Nielsen loves helping other women look and feel their best and wants to provide affordable options. She is also supervised by a medical supervisor, Andrea Oswald, a nurse practitioner.
One of the biggest misconceptions about medical cosmetics, Nielsen said, is that they will make the client’s face look really stiff.
“Hollywood stars haven’t helped the beauty industry because they’re doing way too much,” she says. “My philosophy has always been conservative because we can always add more. I don’t want somebody going out and going home saying, ‘I wish I hadn’t done that.’
Nielsen had intended to open on April 1, but word spread and she received so many requests for appointments that she decided to start early and saw her first client on March 14. An open house is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 23, where she will do a live demo of the SkinPen and have testers for guests to try out the products.
Hours are by appointment only and can be made by calling Nielsen at 515-408-0409.