Micro-Needling To Treat Skin Blemishes
Who is a candidate for Micro-Needling?
Do you suffer from under eye circles, acne scarring, wrinkles or other signs of aging? Have you tried over the counter creams or other cosmetic treatments, but the results are barely visible? Any one with any of these conditions can consider micro-needling. Micro-needling induces collagen production and gives individuals a youthful glow.
Micro-needling is useful for improving the following types of skin conditions:
- Wrinkles – get rid of wrinkles all over the facial area, including frown lines, or fine lines around the mouth.
- Acne Scars – recessed scarring is common after several bouts of acne. Micro-needling plumps up the skin to make it appear less indented and more even.
- Stretch Marks – are common after pregnancy as well as after weight fluctuation. Microneedling can help.
If you aren’t aware, collagen makes up a good portion of our skin’s connective tissues. It is considered the building block of tighter, toned and more youthful looking skin, and, as we age, this production slows.
The mechanisms of micro-needling can reboot the processes of collagen production seen in our younger years.
How does Micro-Needling work?
The process works by treating the area with miniscule, sterile needles that perforate the skin. One type instrument used, Rejuvapen, uses disposable micro-needles to cause micro-perforations which induce the skin’s natural healing response. These micro-perforations can reach various levels below the skin’s surface to stimulate collagen and elastin production as the skin repairs and heals. The depth at which these small needles work can be varied depending on the area being treated and the type of blemish being addressed. In the process, the skin plumps up and tightens as a result of your own, natural, renewed collagen production. Pores become smaller and fine lines and wrinkles less visible.
Prior to treating, specialists will be especially careful to prevent infections by cleaning the surface area thoroughly.
Is there pain with Micro-Needling?
To reduce any discomfort, the area will be numbed with a safe topical cream, which lingers for some time after treatment. Following micro-needling, there is usually no to minimal discomfort, but oral pain medicines may be taken temporarily if needed.
What is the recovery after Micro-Needling?
Depending on the depth of treatment, there can be pinpoint bleeding and redness, as from a sunburn. These sequelae resolve over a day or two with patients resuming normal activity the same or next day. Patients are, furthermore, advised to stay out of the sun to eliminate the risk of sunburn as the skin renews.
What are the benefits Micro-Needling?
- Immediate Results – the results from Micro-needling can be seen right away, and these improve with time.
- Safe – Only sterile and disposable needles are used each time clients come in for skin rejuvenation through micro-needling.
- Skin pigmentation not a factor – Any type of skin can be treated.
- Many different body areas can be treated.
Can other factors be added to increase skin rejuvenation?
Now that you know how this process works, as well as the benefits, are there any additional adjuvant methods that can be applied to increase efficacy of micro-needling?
Along with micro-needling, some treatment centers apply platelet rich plasma (PRP), created from your blood cells, to the skin to increase new collagen formation and skin rejuvenation. PRP application is one adjuvant method of maximizing the rejuvenating effect of micro-needling. Micro-needling allows better absorption of growth factors, further improving skin renewal. Ask your provider for more details.
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