Collagen and elastin are easily the most magical duo in skincare. Why? These proteins are what make up something called "connective tissue" in our skin. Collagen is what holds our skin together, giving it that firmness we all love. It is the most abundant protein in our skin, making up about 80% of it. Meanwhile, elastin gives our skin that stretch and bounce define that defines youth. As we age, our body begins to produce less of these proteins causing our skin to lose volume and eventually sag. Although this natural process is inescapable, there are a few different ways to combat them.
Microneedling aka Collagen Induction Therapy is a skin rejuvenating treatment that involves the creation of controlled micro-injuries in the target area in order to break down old scar tissue and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Microneedling also creates superficial micro-channels through out the treated area through which active ingredients can be penetrated deeper into the dermis to help improve the appearance of the skin.
This action of microneedling allows it to resolve various skin conditions such as acne scars, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, uneven skin texture, stretch marks and even encourage hair growth.
How does Microneedling work?
Microneedling involves the use of an electric skin-needling device that contains 12 fine needles. This device slides along the skin and penetrates dermal and epidermal layers of the skin, up to a depth of 2.5mm to create tiny micro-injuries. These micro-injuries signals the body to respond by breaking down scarred/pigmented tissue, trigger new cell generation and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in even toned, tighter, smoother, bouncy skin.
How long do Microneedling take to show results?
Microneedling results are experienced almost immediately. Most patients report an instant firmness and “glow” to their skin. However, results continue to improve up to 6 months after treatment as collagen remodeling continues.
What areas can be treated with Microneedling?
Microneedling can be used on all parts of the body. Common areas include: face, neck, chest, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.
Does Microneedling hurt?
Microneedling is a well-tolerated, almost pain free treatment, thanks to the topical anesthetic that is applied on the treatment area 10 - 15 mins prior to treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Although, many patients see results right away, a series of 3-4 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart are recommended for optimal results. Patients with advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars are recommended 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals for best results.
How should I prepare for my Microneedling treatment?
We recommend our clients to temporarily discontinue any retinol, retinoids, vit A creams 3-5 days prior to the treatment. Additionally avoid any blood thinning medications or supplements such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), Gingko Biloba, or Ginseng prior to treatment. This will help minimize any bruising after the procedure. Protection of the skin again UV radiation immediately after treatment is very important to avoid any post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.
Does Microneedling involve any downtime?
Microneedling involves none to minimum downtime. Most patients experience a bright redness to the skin, immediately after the treatment. However, the total downtime depends on the setting used and the number of overlapping passes performed. A higher depth and increased number of passes results in a greater downtime.
Although, many patients heal completely within the first 24 hours, fairer skin types may experience redness for longer period (2 - 4 days). Use of a hydrating agent such as hyaluronic acid after treatment can help reduce inflammation significantly. Makeup application can be resumed 24 hours post treatment.
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