Micro-Needling (also known as collagen induction therapy or skin needling) is a minimally invasive treatment to rejuvenate the skin. A device with fine needles creates tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin, which triggers the body to create new collagen and elastin. Results can include improved texture and firmness, as well as a reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks. Micro-Needling effectively assists in the following:
- Tightening and lifting of skin
- Minimization of acne scarring
- Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
- Decrease of photo-aging, dull skin, and poor texture
- Reduction of stretch marks and body scars
- Hair Growth/Restoration on scalp and eyebrows (with professional serum that stimulates hair follicle activity)
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- No Retin-A products or applications for 12 hours prior to treatment.
- No anticoagulant medication - Anticoagulant medications (such as Coumadin) may contribute to prolonged bleeding. Under no circumstances should medication for a serious health condition be discontinued in favor of aesthetic issues.
- Injectable neuromodulators & fillers - You must wait 48 hours post injection of neuromodulators (such as Botox or Disport) to avoid potential misdistribution of injected toxin. You must wait 2 weeks post fillers to avoid potential unwanted inflammatory response.
- No Auto-immune therapies or products for 12 hours prior to treatment.
- No prolonged sun exposure or sun burns to the treatment area 24 hours prior to treatment.
- Skin should be clean and make-up free.
- If an active or extreme breakout occurs before treatment, evaluation will be made on a case by case basis.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What should I expect? - Prior to treatment a topical numbing cream will be applied. Once the treatment begins, the technician will glide the microneedling pen across the skin using hyaluronic acid. Treatment sensations can vary but is most often described as light sand paper moving across the skin. There is a possibility of some pinpoint bleeding during the treatment. The treatment generally takes anywhere from 30-45 minutes, depending on the treatment area. After your treatment you will leave on the serums applied by the technician for no less than 3 hours. Clients generally avoid activities post-treament. Your skin may be sensitive and red, similar to a moderate sunburn, for 12-24 hours. It is important to stay well hydrated after treatments and carefully follow a skin regimen recommended by your technician.
2. How many treatments are needed? - This will depend on the degree of the problem and the clients expectations (number of treatments usually range from 3 to 6). Sessions are often spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.
3. What changes can be realistically expected with Collagen Induction Therapy? - Collagen Induction Therapy will usually make the skin smoother, fresher and improve fine lines around the eyes, mouth and cheeks. Collagen Induction Therapy will usually cause significant improvement in stretch marks and acne scars. Skin texture and brown marks will also improve in most cases. Collagen remodeling in normal skin takes at least 90 days, so the effects of this treatment may not be fully appreciated for at least three months after the treatment. But the effects last for years in most people. The new collagen produced by CIT lasts for a long time, unless the skin is further damaged by sun exposure, smoking, or other external factors. As the skin ages, some of the new collagen will also age. The duration of results vary from person to person but should last for years.
MICRO-NEEDLING FOR STRETCH MARKS
Micro-needling can significantly improve the appearance of stretch marks. Micro-needle therapy, or collagen induction therapy, improves the color and texture of stretch marks, and makes the scars blend with the surrounding skin. Micro-needling also reduces the width and indentation of stretch marks, and encourages the growth of tiny inlets of normal skin. So, while no method currently exists to repair stretch marks, a micro-needle therapy system lightens their appearance, to the point of making them almost invisible.
MICRO-NEEDLING FOR HAIR LOSS
In the micro-needling process, a micro-needling pen – which looks like a pen with tiny needles in the end – the mechanical action of the pen allows the needles to puncture the scalp to cause minor surface wounds. The body then starts working to produce new skin, releasing chemicals and HGF (Hepatocyte Growth Factor) in the process, which in turn stimulates hair regrowth thus covering up thin/bald areas.
To achieve optimal results a series of 3-treatments (one treatment every 3 weeks) are recommended to start, and long-lasting results can be maintained with follow-up treatments every 6 months. In most cases keeping up with follow-up treatments and proper homecare will only benefit the hair growth process. The scalp may be tender for up to 24 hours after treatment, this should quickly subside.