Micro-needling, also called Collagen Induction Therapy, is a minimally-invasive technique to heal various skin ailments, such as wrinkles, scars, and large pores on the skin. The micro-needling method uses fine needles that puncture hundreds of tiny and invisible puncture wounds on the top layer of the skin. These small perforations are called micro-injuries or micro-channels and stimulate elastin production and collagen growth, the body’s natural wound-healing processes.
If you are struggling with outward signs of aging like acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles, you know how frustrating it can be to lose a youthful, fresh appearance. These conditions can make you appear older than you are, and facial scars cannot be completely disguised with cosmetics. Micro-Needling is a treatment that engages the body’s natural healing process to boost collagen and elastin production and revitalize facial skin.
What happens to our
skin as we age?
As we age our ability to regenerate new skin cells and collagen diminishes. Years of trauma to our skin leaves a lasting mark, contributing to aging factors such as scarring, pigmentation, fine lines, and overall pore size and texture. There are a wide range of effective methods to treat and rejuvenate your skin from laser-based treatments, chemical peels and finally micro-needling.
Micro-needling is a method of introducing a controlled wound into the skin triggering a release of natural growth factors, new collagen & elastin. This process causes much less damage to the epidermis than dermal rolling and other ablative treatments, which helps to protect the new skin cell growth providing for quicker healing and a much higher success rate for overall and longer-lasting results.
What are the benefits of micro-needling?
Micro-needling offers the following benefits:
- The micro-injuries caused by the treatment improve the production of collagen and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and pores by plumping the skin from underneath.
- Micro-channels allow your skin to absorb skincare products better.
- Micro-needling can be combined with other rejuvenation techniques.
- Apart from tackling skin problems like wrinkles, fine lines, scars, pigmentation, and loose skin, micro-needling can also be used to treat alopecia or balding and to deposit medication, such as
- Vitamin C or topical tretinoin, deeper into the skin.
Micro-needling is relatively painless. The downtime associated is minimal, making it ideal for those looking to get back to their day-to-day activities sooner.
What is Automated Micro-Needling and the Collagen PIN?
Automated Micro-Needling (also known as Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy or PCIT) is a new innovation in aesthetic medicine for the treatment of fine lines, acne scars and improvement of the skin’s overall appearance. During this procedure, tiny needles are used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin.
A topical serum is also applied to the skin (in most cases your practitioner will use a hyaluronic acid) this soothing product is chosen to help the Collagen P.I.N. Safety Micro-Needle Cartridge glide smoothly across the skin’s surface while delivering the mechanical injury necessary to bring about the necessary change, and simultaneously delivering Hyaluronic Acid (HA) – the building blocks for healthy new skin – deep into the skin. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker dermis with the appearance of softer wrinkles. Automated Micro-Needling also creates superficial micro-channels that allow topical serums and creams to be absorbed more effectively into the skin.
Are you an ideal
candidate for micro-needling?
At Chesapeake Laser and Skin Care Center, your healthcare provider will determine whether you are an ideal candidate by analyzing your medical records and any present conditions and conducting a physical examination. In general, you are the perfect candidate if you satisfy the requirements mentioned below:
- You are 22 years of age or over
- You do not have any known skin disease
- The area to be treated is free from infections, rashes, cysts, injuries, or such problems.
- You haven’t had any facial skin rejuvenation treatments, cosmetic or surgical procedures done recently
- You do not have a bleeding problem or take blood thinners
- You are not pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to be pregnant
- You have realistic expectations
What Can Micro-needling Accomplish?
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Improve scars
- Uneven skin tone
- Loss of firm, supple texture
- Sun damage
- Rough skin
- Enlarged pores
Micro-Needling with PRP
Micro-Needling with PRP utilizes the healing benefits of two different cutting-edge procedures. First, Micro-Needling is performed to create tiny channels on the surface of the skin and initiate collagen and elastin production.
During the same visit, a small sample of your blood will be drawn and placed in a centrifuge to separate it and create platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. The PRP contains a concentration of the growth factors that occur in your blood, and the solution is applied to the treatment areas to accelerate the healing process and produce even better results. The growth factors work together with the collagen and elastin production to give you smoother, brighter skin.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What can I expect during a Collagen PIN treatment?
When you arrive your skin will be cleansed and a topic anesthetic will be applied 30 minutes prior to your treatment. Your anesthetic will then be removed and your skin will be cleansed again to make sure there is nothing on your skin prior to treatment. A sterile needle-tip containing 36 tiny micro-needles is attached to the Collagen P.I.N. Your skincare professional will apply a thin layer of topical Hyaluronic serum to your skin and select the appropriate treatment depth based on your unique needs. Next, in a single motion, the Collagen P.I.N. will be gently glided across the skin in one direction until the entire treatment area has been covered. This results in thousands of microscopic channels throughout the entire treatment area. The repair process, Collagen Induction Therapy, begins almost immediately. Fibroblasts – the cells that synthesize new collagen – are active for up to as much as one year after just one Collagen P.I.N. treatment. Depending on your specific needs additional serums may be added. Your practitioner will select the appropriate needle depth and number of passes required to properly treat your concerns based upon your individual skin health and skin regimen.
How is Collagen PIN different?
Micro-Needling rollers are the previous generation of needling devices. One of the many drawbacks is that dermal rollers have a fixed needle or penetration depth (i.e. 0.5mm) which is not very conducive when treating an area like the face which requires different depths due to the thickness of skin tissue, which varies in depth tremendously depending on the area being treated. Therefore, having a fixed needle depth or penetration level is a huge drawback when trying to customize a treatment for consistency. Collagen P.I.N. ™ has an adjustable needle depth that allows your skincare provider to vary the depth of penetration throughout the entire treatment. This will allow the medical provider to properly address the specific needs of thinner skin on your lower eyelids, crow’s feet, and forehead. Additionally, where the tissue is thicker in other areas like the upper lip, cheeks (due to fat pads), neck, and décolletage, the necessary adjustments can easily be treated with 1 needle tip instead of 5 or 6 needle rollers.
Will the Collagen PIN treatment hurt?
Prior to your treatment with the Collagen P.I.N., the medical provider will apply a topical numbing agent. Most people say they feel almost nothing after having been pretreated with a topical numbing agent. Others have rated the pain as a 2 on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest level of pain.
How will I look after my Collagen PIN treatment?
Collagen P.I.N. is considered a no-downtime treatment. Immediately after your treatment, your skin will look slightly pink to moderately red. Depending on your skin’s sensitivity your redness can last for another 24 hours. Your medical provider will recommend skincare products for your post-care recovery based on your individual skin, which will greatly minimize these symptoms and enhance your overall results.
What results can expect from Collagen PIN?
The results of treatment are both immediate and progressive. Many individuals will begin to see the effectiveness of the treatment after their first visit, however, a series of 3-6 treatments may be recommended depending on the severity of their skin condition. The Collagen PIN Micro-Needling treatment is a safe and effective method to activate cellular regeneration while addressing an array of skin conditions including:
- Fine Lines
- Scar Revision (Acne, Body)
- Stretch Marks
- Fine lines
- Tone and Texture
How many treatments will I need?
Typically a series of 3-6 Collagen P.I.N. treatments is recommended, depending upon your area of correction or concern. Your skincare professional will ultimately determine a treatment schedule based on your individual goals and desires. Treatments are usually spaced in 4-week intervals. Patients with deep wrinkles, advanced sun damage, stretch marks, or any type of scars, usually require 6 or more treatments to achieve the desired results.
To find out more about micro-needling and if the treatment is ideal for you, call Chesapeake Laser and Skin Care Center and book an appointment with us.