Microneedling (collagen induction therapy)
Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin. This minimally invasive treatment—whether it's done by a trained esthetician, dermatologist, or plastic surgeon is virtually painless and incredibly effective.
The micro-injuries you create stimulate the body's natural wound healing processes, resulting in cell turnover and increased collagen and elastin production, therefore reversing as well as preventing signs of aging. It works the same way lasers do, only you're injuring the skin mechanically instead of using heat or light.
Believe it or not, microneedling has become hugely popular among skincare fanatics—Vogue is calling it the next big thing in anti-aging.
"HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?"
With its ability to trigger the generation of new skin cells, just a few sessions of microneedling will noticeably reduce pour size, scaring, pigmentation, fine lines, crow's feet, and deep wrinkles on the forehead. Best results are seen between 3 and 6 treatments.
"HOW EFFECTIVE IS MICRONEEDLING ON ACNE SCARING?"
In a 2009 study on the effects of microneedling, nearly 100 percent of acne-scarred participants reported a marked improvement in the visibility of their acne scars. With at-home microneedling, a .5-mm handheld roller can be long enough to improve the appearance of acne scars. However, for severe acne scars, you may need even longer needles for maximum results. Which is why you'll want to book with one of our trained esthetician who perform microneedle treatments. Our professional grade microneedling devices goes as deep as 3 mm, which is much more effective and will treat deep acne scars that occur beneath the surface of the skin.
"LASER OR MICRONEEDLING?"
In case you're wondering how microneedling compares to fractional laser treatments when it comes to resolving acne scars, a head-to-head comparison published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery in 2016, found both treatments to be comparable and effective, but gave credit to microneedling for being better tolerated, with fewer side effects and less downtime.
"WILL IT HELP MY PIGMENTATION?"
Once again, collagen is arguably the most vital way to improve the look of skin, and this goes far beyond reducing wrinkles. By stimulating collagen growth with microneedling, you can also reverse sun damage and discoloration, including the hyperpigmentation that comes with melasma. A 2015 study showed microneedling to be a promising treatment for the blotchy, brownish facial pigmentation that comes with this chronic condition. To improve extra pigmentation from sun-damaged skin, your needles should range between 1.0 mm an 2 mm in length.
Check out some before and after pictures here!
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