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.
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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.
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
Our Industry-Leading SkinPen Microneedling Treatment
SkinPen is not like other standard skin treatments that are available; instead, it provides patients with results that are both dramatic and natural. In order to reduce the appearance of fine lines, moderate-to-severe wrinkles, deep folds, and scars all over the body, this cutting-edge, medical-grade, FDA-approved equipment is utilized during microneedling sessions known as the SkinPen device.
The regulated induction of your skin’s natural healing process is possible thanks to this very accurate and safe device. The hundreds of precise “micro-injuries” that are produced in your dermis serve to enhance the look of your skin and provide you with a radiant and flawless look. This instantly starts the creation of fresh, healthy collagen while providing you with anti-aging properties.
Benefits Of SkinPen
- Treats sun spots
- Treats brown spots
- Reverses aging effects
- Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
- Reduces body scars and acne scarring
- Treats pores, and so much more
How Does The SkinPen Work?
The SkinPen works by gently piercing the dermis, forming “micro-channels” that encourage the creation of new collagen without forming scar tissue. This process is divided into three phases:
Phase #1: Inflammation
Your immune system responds to the skin piercing by cleaning the wounds, clearing away debris, boosting blood flow, and starting the process of repairing damaged tissue.
Phase #2: New Growth
New granulation cells, which are a component of the extracellular matrix, rebuild the wound. A fresh network of blood vessels also forms which removes skin imperfections.
Phase #3: Remodeling
New blood vessels and skin tissues cover the wounds that were created.
Your Treatment Process And Results From SkinPen Microneedling
Prior to the service, a topical numbing lotion is often administered to the treatment region for about 15 minutes. Depending on the size, number, and extent of the treated areas, as well as the degree of skin damage, the actual treatment usually takes 20 to 30 minutes. There is typically little recovery time for the patient, however there may be some initial redness and swelling that will go away a few hours after the treatment.
From there, your results will become more apparent within 24-48 hours and continue improving over the course of a few weeks.
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.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Typically a series of 3-6 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.