Micro-needling

 

Micro-needling with a derma roller

Micro-needling with a derma roller

“A Healthy Alternative to Laser Resurfacing!”

Many clinicians believe that laser resurfacing is the most effective treatment for rejuvenation of facial skin.  The laser is used to destroy the epidermis, resulting in normal post traumatic inflammatory reaction.  Why destroy the epidermis to make the skin smoother.  The need to remove wrinkles is not a good reason to destroy this highly complex, specialised organ.  While it is only 0.2 mm thick, it is our only protection from the environment.

When we try to rejuvenate facial skin, we need to define exactly what we want.  We need a perfect epidermis so that moisture of the skin can be as good as possible.  We need the horny layer, our main defense against UV rays and the environment, to be as intact and compact as in a young skin.  A thick spiny layer of the epidermis will add protection from UV rays and the basal keratinocyte layer must be as fresh and active as it can be with minimal deposition of excessive melanin.  A thick layer of collagen and functional elastin in the dermis and a good blood supply are essential.

A microscopic inspection of any photo-damaged person reveals that each of these main points has been compromised by sun damage.  Destruction of the epidermis is not the best way to correct this damage.  Topical applications of vitamin A and the antioxidant vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene on the other hand are effective and safe.  The normalizing effects of vitamin A will largely restore the epidermis to a much more youthful appearance.  However, the real problems of wrinkled, sagging skin lie in the dermis, where collagen has been damaged and has become thinner.  Topical vitamin A will not produce dramatic changes in the elasticity of the dermis.

As an alternative to laser, we need a technique that preserves the epidermis, yet stimulates collagen deposition.  This is where Micro-Needling, also known as Skin Needling comes to play a part of.

Micro-Needling/Skin Needling is a unique process that plumps up the skin’s natural collagen in depressed areas.  This procedure has been proven effective in diminishing the unwanted facial wrinkle, removing scars caused by acne, softening crow’s feet and lessening wrinkles in the peri-orbital and naso-labial regions.  As a result of this effective cosmetic treatment, the skin’s elasticity and any type of skin indentations or skin scars will noticeably improve.

This simple process assists in restoring the integrity of the skin while it stimulates the collagen in the epidermal and dermal layer of skin.  This, in turn, plumps up the areas of concern.  When performed by a trained technician, however, Micro Needling/Skin Needling is more effective since the machine’s needle can directly target each individual wrinkle crevice, acne scar and skin indentation that needs attention.  Micro-Needling/Skin Needling is accomplished by inserting a sterile needle grouping into the epidermal layer of tissue to create a bloodline/wound which signals the brain to send collagen to the injured site for repair.  This signal creates an abundance of collagen, thus plumping up the injured area and creating a softer, subtler appearance of wrinkles, acne scars and other depressed areas.  Micro-Needling/Skin Needling has become a wonderful and safe way to effectively stimulate the body’s natural collagen production and is beginning to gain popularity over synthetic collagen treatments.  The skin appears to have pink to red ‘cat scratches’ for a few days after each needling application, depending on the severity of the treated area.  Mineral makeup may be used on the face the second day after application.

The daily use of products such as collagen, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Ceramide-C and/or 25% Hyaluronic Facial Enhancer will expedite the results of each needling session.  A waterproof sunblock of 30+ SPF is required on a daily basis.

Micro-Needling/Skin Needling can be used for:

Scars from Acne and Injuries - The pitted scars left from acne, chicken pox, and other injuries can be plumped with Micro-Needling/Skin Needling to give the skin a more even, smoother texture.  Scars from surgeries, including tummy tucks, can also benefit from needling.  The skin color can be evened out so the differences in tone are more subtle.  Works for face and body.

Stretch Marks and White Scars - Micro-Needling/Skin Needling can also activate the production of melanin to restore a more even, natural skin tone to white or light scars.  This is good for scars that are lighter from injuries, surgeries, and stretch marks.  Works on most skin types.  UV exposure during healing can improve results.

Wrinkles on Face and Neck - Fine, medium, or heavy wrinkles all respond well to Micro-Needling/Skin Needling.  Natural collagen is produced to fill lines for more smooth skin.  The results are very similar to those from lasers, but is more gentle to the skin.  Needling may not completely erase lines, but clients report being told their skin looks years younger.

Scar Relaxation - Scar tissue that is tight or impairs movement can be softened and relaxed to increase flexibility and movement in scars.  This use of Micro-Needling/Skin Needling is primarily for burn survivors.