Dr. Michael Paul Thorpe, MD, is a general surgeon who started working in Muncie in 2017. In 2020 he became the pioneering founder of the Indiana Vein Institute. As he worked with patients, it soon became evident to Thorpe that a huge majority of the population longs to feel better about themselves. They want to look better so that they can then gain self-confidence.
Earlier this year Thorpe opened a med spa that provides treatments to help people increase their confidence.
“When you take care of even tiny issues that make someone feel self-conscious, their self-esteem and assurance increase exponentially,” says Thorpe. “Just improving something so small as a scar on a forehead or a dark spot on a cheek can make a huge difference in how someone feels about themselves, because when you take care of those things, people walk a little taller and feel a little stronger.”
The decision to open ReVitalize Med Spa was built on the notion of helping people love the skin they are in.
“People want to look on the outside how they feel on the inside,” says Thorpe. “What we do here can help them express outwardly how they feel inwardly.”
While we can’t stop aging, we can age gracefully. The sad truth is that our bodies start to fall apart after 25. Collagen breaks down faster than we make it, and as we lose collagen and elastin, this allows fat to droop and settle. The fat pads themselves shrink in volume over time, and this combination of the shrinking of the volume, as well as the collagen and elastin, allows the face and body to sag. While this all might sound depressing, keep in mind that there’s good news.
Years ago, the only way to try and reverse the hands of time was through plastic surgery. However, thanks to today’s amazing technologies, people can achieve plastic surgery results without having to endure scars and recovery time.
“You can enjoy a new face, new skin and reduced fat without having to undergo the knife,” says Thorpe. “As we age, we start to lose fat pads in the places we want them and start to gain them in places we don’t. My job is to replenish the volume in the fat pads where they have gotten smaller and to decrease the fat in the places where they’ve grown, so we can restore and revitalize a youthful face.”
The team at ReVitalize Med Spa celebrated the grand opening in August, and they combine a relaxing spa environment with medical-grade procedures and therapies. As word has spread around the community, clients have grown steadily. While some people didn’t know that they existed, others didn’t know what, exactly, a med spa contained. When they learn more, they are eager to check it out.
They offer a lot of spa services including microneedling, laser hair removal, Botox, waxing, and fillers. They also offer services that you cannot get anywhere else in Muncie. For instance, they have a top-end laser that rejuvenates and resurfaces the skin in a way that encourages the body to re-establish tighter skin.
“It yields phenomenal results,” says Thorpe.
They also offer Scarlet SRF, which tones, tightens and improves skin texture. Thorpe had a client who previously had eyelid surgery, and she said that the Scarlet treatment did more for her eyes than the surgery did.
In addition, they have AGNES RF, which is a treatment that destroys fat pads and helps to redefine and chisel contours of the face and body. This enables toning and tightening of the skin of under-eye bags. They can also chisel the bump underneath the chin that never seems to go away.
In addition to offering standard facials, they do HALO treatments, a combination laser that helps even out pigment and skin tone.
“I can give a patient the HALO glow and it takes five to 10 years off,” says Thorpe. “It tones and tightens the skin, giving a smoother, more radiant look with one procedure.”
Some people come in to ReVitalize Med Spa knowing exactly what they want. Others come in knowing the results that they want, but they just don’t know how to get there. That’s where Thorpe comes in. He sits down with them, and together they come up with a game plan.
“They share with us where they want to be, and we facilitate the pathway,” says Thorpe. “Our job is to identify each person’s individual journey and then provide the tools to get them there.”
Every time Thorpe witnesses a spark reignite within a client, he’s reminded of why he chose this career. For example, one of his patients has suffered from Bell’s palsy since she was 20 years old. As a result, her face is weakened on one side, which makes it uneven. Thorpe did a filler treatment and brought symmetry to her face.
“We were able to take the thing that she worried about every single day of her life and resolve it,” says Thorpe. “Now every time I see her, she’s beaming with confidence.”
He has another client who was a victim of assault when she was younger. Her injury makes her face small and uneven on one side. Once again, Thorpe used filler to create symmetry in her face. These kinds of treatments are life-changing in more ways than one.
Oftentimes these treatments end up being less expensive than plastic surgery, or the expense is distributed over time. The best part is that the look is natural.
“We don’t create a false face, a tightness in the face or something that’s abnormal to the face,” says Thorpe. “We’re just tightening up your own natural skin around you. Our goals and objectives are to highlight the natural beauty that’s inside of you.”
ReVitalize Med Spa is located at 1714 West Royale Drive in Muncie. For more information, call 765-372-8187 or visit revitalize-med-spa.com.