Microneedling is a recent innovation in aesthetic medicine. During this procedure, tiny needles create micro-injuries in the skin triggering a release of natural growth factors, new collagen and elastin. The cellular regeneration helps tighten and lift skin, while minimizing common skin problems such as acne scars, fine lines, photo-aging, dull skin, poor texture, stretch marks and body scars. This process causes much less damage to the epidermis than laser treatments, which helps to protect the new skin cell growth providing for quicker healing, thus less downtime for patients. It also has higher rates of success, and longer-lasting results. Micro-channels created by microneedling allow topical serums and creams to be absorbed more effectively into the skin.
Microneedling can be performed on all skin types. It can resolve a variety of concerns, most all areas of the body can be treated unless your medical provider determines otherwise.
WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING?
Commonly referred to as collagen induction therapy, microneedling creates small micro-injuries in the skin. This controlled wounding, when performed by a trained skincare professional, delivers multiple benefits including the enhancement of collagen production, a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, an improvement in skin firmness, a reduction in the appearance of scars, diminishment of hyperpigmentation and has been successfully used in hair restoration.
An added benefit of microneedling is its ability to allow other skin improving ingredients to be more effective. The use of select Induction Therapies skincare ingredients post-microneedling can optimize results of the treatment.
THE HISTORY OF MICRONEEDLING
Skin resurfacing can be traced back to ancient Egyptian times. It is said that the Egyptians used acids, sandpaper and other materials made from minerals and plants to slough off layers of the skin. Some of the first forms of controlled resurfacing abrasion of the skin appeared in the early 1900s when a German dermatologist used rotating wheels and rasps to treat acne scars, keratosis and hyperpigmentation.
Skin abrasion procedures didn’t start to become more popular until the middle of the century when numerous research articles on efficacy and technique began to appear. This validation helped to make skin resurfacing a more mainstream practice in the medical world.
In 1995, an early form of microneedling, called subcision, was introduced. It used a tri-beveled hypodermic needle to reach the tissue under depressed scars, wrinkles or contours, in effect creating controlled trauma to the skin, which then initiated healing of the area. From this innovation came more techniques, which eventually developed into the sophisticated process of microneedling which is being used today.
MICRONEEDLING IN THE TREATMENT ROOM
Microneedling is becoming more popular as individuals seek out more cost-effective skin-resurfacing alternatives that don’t require much downtime. But, as with any resurfacing procedure, proper training and precautions must be taken before introducing the treatment to clients. The goal in microneedling is controlled wounding. It is important to bring the skin to the point of minimal pinpoint bleeding. Since this is a fairly aggressive treatment, it is best to be performed on its own, as opposed to pairing it with any other therapies in a single session. Microneedling treatments may be contained to specific regions of the skin or performed on the entire face. Microneedling treatments are also ideal as a complement to body contouring to address stretch marks and skin laxity.
The skin’s repair process begins immediately upon treatment. Fibroblasts – the cells that synthesize new collagen – are active for up to as much as one year after just one Collagen P.I.N. treatment. New collagen and elastin production results in younger, healthier, plumper, and firmer skin, effectively reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scars for an overall better tone and texture.