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Micro-Needling: The Treatment That Keeps on Giving!

By: Dr. Danahey, MD, PhD
Topics: General
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Aging and Skin Irregularities

Wrinkles appear due to thinning of the epidermal layers, aging, sun damage, smoking, poor hydration, and various other factors. While we cannot stop the aging process, there is something that can be done to support the layers of the skin and rebuild the collagen that has been lost over time. Skin irregularities are often the result of scarring from acne, burns or injury.

Collagen is a protein made up of amino-acids, found exclusively in animals. It is a part of the connective tissue that, in the skin, helps in firmness, suppleness and constant renewal of skin cells. Collagen is vital for skin elasticity. With age, collagen production slows and the cell’s structures weaken. The skin gets thinner and is easier to damage, skin sags and wrinkles.

Micro Needling (aka: Collagen Induction Therapy) Stimulating New Skin Cells

Micro Needling promotes a process of new skin cell growth through the science of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). The most effective way to stimulate or “induce” new skin cells is by micro needling. Micro Needling creates small channels into the deep layers of the skin which break up the old collagen strands, and stimulate the creation of new ones. This new stimulation can be done quickly and easily while keeping the epidermis intact and downtime to a minimum.  Micro Needling is ideal for treating facial scars resulting from acne, burns or injury.

The Healing Process

A benefit of Micro Needling is that the stimulation of collagen growth continues to build over time, from about a couple months to a year or longer. Micro Needling creates pin point punctures, which trigger a three-staged healing process.

  1. Inflammation – This begins immediately after the treatment, the skin will be reddish and inflamed.
  2. Inflammatory response – Healthy tissue growth is stimulated.
  3. Tissue formation – The actual remodeling of healthy skin continues for up to 1 year.

Results Over Time

Over a two to 12 month period (or longer) the skin repairs itself naturally, and gradually the appearance of the skin improves dramatically, resulting in a more even texture and more youthful appearance.

Another benefit of Micro Needling is the ability of skin to better absorb products immediately after the treatment when skin remains open for a short time before closing. This is the ideal time to apply high quality skin care products such as serums or Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid.

Micro Needling Consultation

Our office will provide you with a thorough consultation to determine the best prescribed treatment for your condition. For best results, it is recommended that you have 3-6 separate treatments spaced approximately four weeks apart. The session can be done in about 30 minutes and downtime is minimal. Most people report having a “rosy” look or looking mildly wind burned for a few days. 

Is Micro Needling right for you?

Absolutely! This is one of the most advanced anti-aging treatments available today, as well as an effective treatment for facial scarring. 

Schedule your appointment today by calling our office at 630-545-7840.