Micro-needling and Skin Needling for Skin Rejuvenation and Resurfacing
Micro-needling is also referred to as skin needling, collagen induction therapy, percutaneous collagen induction, and collagen rejuvenation therapy and is often associated with devices such as the dermaroller or dermapen which run the gamut of efficacy from home-use to professional use.
Micro-needling treatments can rejuvenate the skin similar to laser resurfacing without the same downtime or high cost, especially if you just have superficial wrinkles that are fine and shallow. Deeper lines and indentations will respond much better to the individualized needles of skin needling that can specifically target those deeply depressed areas in order to activate the skin’s regenerative response of collagen synthesis.
Both Micro-needling and Skin Needling are nonsurgical treatments that work to plump up depressed areas in the skin. Micro-needling works by creating a series of controlled micro-injuries via sterile, single-use, surgical grade disposable needle tips that stimulates the skin’s own natural collagen production. These micro-injuries signals the brain to send collagen to the site of injury for skin tissue repair, helping the skin heal within hours after the procedure. This results in strengthening, smoothing and rejuvenating the skin within a few days to over the next few weeks time and effectively improves fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, enlarged pores, rough skin texture, sun damage, skin laxity, stretch marks, and even crow’s feet and deep lines in the peri-oral and naso-labial regions.
Micro-needling devices come in many forms, including manual dermarollers, fixed-needle rollers, and electric-powered “dermapens” or “micropens” (where needles are distributed on a vibrating tip). Our device is a micro-needling pen device with the added healing benefits of LED light therapy, which delivers enhanced results when compared to micro-needling alone. LED lights are produced by different wavelengths with each light having a unique effect on the skin as follows:
Red light (650-730nm): Penetrates deep into the skin to promote cell regeneration, stimulate collagen production, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for total anti-aging benefits.
Green light (430-450nm): Soothes the skin, reduces redness, regulates melanin production, and speeds up healing.
Blue light (525-550nm): Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, reduces skin inflammation, and destroys the living environment of the bacteria that causes acne.
Yellow light (565-570nm): Improves rough skin, reduces redness and uneven pigmentation, promotes lymphatic drainage, and enhances skin immunity.
Purple light (340-440nm): Combines the benefits of both red and blue light for a dual effect and is particularly beneficial for healing acne and acne scars.
Clear blue light (340-440nm): Wavelengths closer to 400nm are more anti-bacterial (even effective against MRSA) than blue light at higher wavelengths even though it does not penetrate as deeply.
Skin Needling’s ability to focus on each particularly noticeable line or scar is a great adjunct to existing professional skin care treatments including micro-needling. Like many professional in-office micro-needling treatments, Skin Needling is performed using sterile, single-use needles and enables the user to adjust the operating speed and penetration depth (typically ranging from 0.5 mm-3.0 mm). The adjustable depth for Micro-needling is 0.1 – 2.0mm. Alternating both treatments at 4-6 week intervals offers enhanced results with less downtime, especially in conjunction with a proper home care regimen.
Micro-needling and Skin Needling are both safe and effective ways to stimulate the skin’s own natural collagen production and offers vast benefits over temporary synthetic collagen injections. Most importantly, the results from these treatments requiring little to no downtime are gradual but permanent.
Treatments are packaged in a series of 4, 5, or 6 sessions and are tailored to your needs and budget. Please keep in mind that the more severely damaged the condition of your skin, the more sessions are needed which then provide benefits for longer periods of time. While these treatments are safe and effective for all skin types, it is contraindicated for skin that is sunburned, has open lesions, or has a propensity to keloid. When you schedule a consultation we will be able to discuss your areas of concern, answer any questions, and develop a treatment plan.