Microneedling is a non-surgical skin care treatment that effectively diminishes scars, wrinkles and stretch marks, helping to restore confidence. Also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy, microneedling uses tiny needles to make a number of small micro wounds in the skin. Each wound is miniscule, varying from 0.5mm to 1.5mm deep when treating wrinkles, and up to 3mm when treating scars.
Nerve sensors signal to cells that an injury has taken place, and within minutes these wounds boost collagen production and elastin. Since collagen is key to youthful and healthy skin, the result is smoother and softer skin that is more even in tone. The results are also very natural, as it uses the body’s innate healing process.
An added benefit to microneedling treatment, is that the tiny microchannels created by the treatment allow the creams and serums you use to absorb more efficiently. The majority of the skin care products you use actually sit on top of the skin rather than penetrating the skin. Thus, the treatment not only smoothes your skin, but also preps it for future improvement.
Microneedling can be safely performed on various parts of the body, including the face, stomach, legs, arms, and chest. This non-invasive treatment requires no downtime and leads to minimal pain. Most patients describe it as a tolerable discomfort. Treatment areas may be red immediately following the procedure, but will diminish within 24 hours. While it is an effective procedure, it takes time to see dramatic results. Patients should expect that approximately four to six treatments spaced out every two to four weeks will be required.
Acne and Acne Scar
Acne scars are much more common than most people believe. Many people suffer from hormone-related acne during puberty and teen years, which, thankfully, clears up as they enter adulthood. Even if the acne they experienced was mild, small textural irregularities in the complexion and a variety of scars may remain. If acne lesions are not treated promptly and properly, they can leave acne scarring on your complexion, even if you don’t squeeze or pick them.
The development of bacteria in acne usually triggers our natural defense mechanism. Antibodies in our white blood cells will travel to the site of infection, enter the clogged follicles and eliminate the bacteria. However, in the process of killing off the acne bacteria, the antibodies may also cause inflammation and destruction of the surrounding dermis. This process causes the raised, red and white-centered appearance of a pimple. When the supporting dermis is damaged, a visible depression or crater appears. This is how most acne scars develop. Individuals with a scarring history or with weakened immune systems tend to get more pronounced acne scars. Certainly, picking at the area, squeezing pimples and other added trauma can worsen the scar. Skin texture changes related to acne scars will often last a lifetime, unless professionally treated.
While scarring is always upsetting, scarring of the face is particularly troubling and can have a significant impact on one’s self-esteem. Microneedling is proven to be an effective way of treating acne scars. Professional grade microneedling can treat deep acne scars, using a device as long as 3mm to reach beneath the surface of the skin. The results are similar to those produced by fractional laser treatments. Call one of our three convenient clinics to find out which acne treatment is best for you.
Scars are marks left on the skin as a natural part of the healing process after the deeper layer of the skin, the dermis, is damaged. These areas of fibrous tissue (fibrosis) are made up of collagen, which is the same protein this tissue is replacing; however, its composition is different, as it forms in the same direction – rather than the basketweave direction of normal tissue – resulting in visibly different skin. Whether it is from surgery, an injury, a burn, or even the chicken pox, most of us have experienced scarring. Depending on its severity and visibility, scars can greatly impact one’s self-esteem.
Microneedling can be used to reduce the appearance of scarring. This minimally invasive treatment is one of the most effective ways of treating scars, by stimulating the formation of new collagen. When the micro-needles enter the skin, nerve sensors react. Your body naturally heals itself by producing new tissue, which helps smooth skin and reduce the appearance of scars.
Wrinkles & Stretch Marks
The wrinkles and fine lines, which develop around the eyes or lips, are commonly recognized as telltale signs of aging. The natural aging process causes the skin’s connective fibers to break down. When we are young, the skin naturally has abundant collagen, moisture, and fat to plump out features and keep skin smooth and strong. The skin gradually becomes thinner and rougher as we age. Without the supportive connective tissue that it once had, it loses strength and flexibility. It then begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely due to gravity and loss of underlying structure. Due to repeated movement of the underlying muscles and the effects of gravity, wrinkles will form in the upper layers of the skin. As you get older, the skin will inevitably become less elastic and more fragile. Decreased production of natural oils dries the skin and we are less able to retain skin’s moisture. This can cause the skin to develop fine lines, creases, and wrinkles. Luckily, microneedling, a non-invasive procedure, can successfully treat wrinkles and reverse the signs of aging, while preventing future wrinkles at the same time, The tiny micro wounds, created by microneedling, stimulate the healing process; thereby increasing the production of collagen and elastin, which are key to creating thick, plump and smooth skin.
If you’ve gained or lost weight due to pregnancy or other factors, stretch marks may appear as a result – most commonly on breasts, stomach, thighs, buttocks and arms. Stretch marks are streaks or strips of skin that are a different shade than the surrounding skin. These stubborn lines can be very difficult to get rid of, and are sometimes impossible to prevent as a result of genetics. However, microneedling’s ability to stimulate the healing process can help reduce their appearance. As the micro needles are inserted, your nerve sensors will react, signaling that an injury has taken place. In response, your skin will naturally heal itself, producing new tissue. The collagen and elastin that is produced as a result leads to smoother skin, and the gradual fading of stretch marks.
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