What is Micro-Needling?
Micro-Needling or collagen induction therapy is a cosmetic procedure that uses a device called SkinPen®. This device contains tiny, sterilized needles that prick the surface of the skin, which generates growth factors in the skin, accelerates the production of collagen, which is one of the main building blocks of our skin that is responsible for elasticity and plumpness, as well as stimulates the blood flow around the target area.
Benefits of the treatment:
Micro-Needling is a great treatment for scarring and hyperpigmentation because the process of creating micro-injuries on the surface of the skin activates the healing processes.
The procedure can also be used to achieve skin rejuvenation and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which are the result of natural aging and continuous long-term sun exposure. The process of creating multiple superficial micro-channels in the skin allows for more efficient absorption of topical gels, creams, and serums into deeper layers of the dermis. SkinPen® technology stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which restores the skin’s plumpness and elasticity.
Micro-Needling is also beneficial for those experiencing melasma, a skin condition that manifests itself in the form of dark uneven patches of the skin, usually concentrated around the eye and cheek area, which is commonly caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy or sun damage. Micro-Needling can deliver active depigmenting ingredients, like Vitamin C, into deeper layers of the skin where the pigment lies, resulting in a more even skin tone.
Unlike laser treatments, SkinPen® mechanically breaks up pigment and stimulates collagen formation without heat induction. Eliminating heat makes for a safer, more comfortable treatment with a very low complication rate and minimal downtime. Patients can expect the redness and irritation from the SkinPen® to last for only 24 hours or less. It is highly recommended to apply mineral sunscreen daily and stay away from wearing skin makeup for at least two weeks after the procedure to avoid unwanted inflammation.
The treatment is performed over carefully cleansed skin, often with an addition of topical numbing creams to reduce any discomfort caused by the micro-insertions and a hyaluronic acid gel to facilitate smooth application.
A series of 3 to 6 treatments, performed bi-weekly or monthly, can result in visible long-term reduction of acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and appearance of fine lines.