Microneedling dates back to over 120 years ago with use in Europe initially. The concept was developed for the treatment called Mesotherapy. This non-surgical cosmetic treatment was designed to inject pharmaceutical products, vitamins and plant extracts into subcutaneous fat. Initially the application was done with a single needle injector.
Microneedling was originally called PCI (Percutaneous Collagen Induction or the short version – Collagen Induction Therapy).
Its recognized as a science based treatment option for acne scars/burns scars/photodamage/fine lines/stretch marks and general skin rejuvenation.
The process is safe on ALL skin types and compliments the positive effects of other procedures like microdermabrasion, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and natural injectable volume fillers.
How it works
Tiny needles at a controlled depth create micro injuries in the skin and stimulate the natural healing cascade, primarily on new collagen and elastin (the building blocks of skin). Growth factors promote regeneration and scarless healing.
Advantages – Microneedling vs Lasers
For one, the procedure is less expensive. Secondly, there is no heat produced. Lacking heat means that complications like hyperpigmentation can be avoided. All skin types can be treated. The number of treatments depends on the skin color (type), the area to be treated and the reason for the treatment. For example, facial aging takes less treatments than acne scars. The number of treatments required can be best assessed at a consultation.
Many different types of devices have been created for retail and commercial purposes. There are various types of needle rollers and motorized pens. Effective sterilization or using a disposable tip are critical. Laser and Skin Care Medspa uses the Health Canada approved motorized pen – InnoPen with a disposable tip.
Topical freezing is applied to the area for comfort and in the case of the microneedling procedure offered at the Laser and Skin Care Medspa, a hydrating mask is applied post treatment.
These are few and specific.
- Any active cold sores or genital herpes should wait until anti-viral treatment has been used to suppress the viral activity.
- Any local skin infection in the area or fresh, inflammatory acne.
- A pre disposition to abnormal scarring.
Post Treatment Expectations
- There is generally a mild redness and minimal swelling for 1-2 days and the skin may feel dry.
- Small pin pricks can be evident for 1-2 days.
- Skin can feel dry and rough and may require a good hydrator.
- A true water base foundation or powder such as Jane Iredale or Glo Minerals can be applied immediately for coverage.
- Skin cleansers need to be gentle. The esthetician or Doctor will review options.
- Sun protection is best for 24-36 hours or avoiding strong sunlight.
- Any anti-aging products including retinols should be avoided for 5 days.