What is micro-needling?
Micro-needling also referred to as collagen induction therapy, is a form of skin renewal therapy that involves the controlled creation of tiny wounds in the epidermis and upper dermis of the skin to increase collagen and elastin production. Micro-needling treatments tap into the body’s natural healing mechanism to correct or improve certain skin conditions. The procedure is chemical-free and non-surgical and is more cost-effective than other skin therapy options.
Like acupuncture, micro-needling has its origins in Asia and Europe, and various forms have existed for centuries.
How does micro-needling work?
Devices like derma-rollers or skin pens fitted with microscopic needles are used to puncture the superficial layers of the skin at varying depths. The punctures cause tiny abrasions or wounds, which stimulate the production of elastin and collagen – two important building blocks – to heal the wounds. Collagen and elastin are also proteins in the body that gives the skin a youthful, firm, elastic nature.
There are two types of micro-needling – cosmetic or home and medical. Cosmetic micro needling uses needles with a length of 0.3 mm or shorter. The procedure can be done at home or by a skincare professional. Medical micro needling uses longer needles, a length greater than 0.3 mm, allowing deeper penetration of the skin for more dramatic and longer-lasting results. The procedure must be performed by a doctor or a medical professional.
Typically, micro-needling is used to treat the face, neck, and chest. However, the treatment can be used on other parts of the body.
Conditions that can be treated
Micro-needling can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Surgical and acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Skin flaccidity
- Enlarged pores
- Lost elasticity
- Uneven skin textures and tones
7 benefits of micro-needling
- Promotes younger-looking skin
It is a fact that the older you get, the less collagen and elastin you produce naturally, eventually resulting in tell-tale signs like wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin. Micro-needling increases natural collagen and elastin production at the treatment sites, plumping and firming areas to create smoother, youthful-looking skin.
- Reduces the appearance of stretch marks
Stretch marks can be a nuisance and can be difficult to remove. Increased collagen and elastin from micro-needling encourage skin rejuvenation resulting in skin’s improved appearance and reduction in stretch marks.
- Improves the appearance of acne scars
Regardless of your age, acne scarring can be a challenge. Micro-needling can be used to reduce scarring created as a result of acne outbreaks by breaking down hardened scar tissue and promoting skin renewal for softer, smoother looking skin.
- Skincare products work better after micro-needling
Micro-needling treatments help to increase the skin’s absorption of topical serums. The holes created during the procedure act as conduits for vitamins, enzymes and other active ingredients in products that would normally settle on the surface to penetrate the skin more readily.
- Makes pores appear smaller
Contrary to the belief that microneedling makes pores larger as a result of punctures, treatments promote an increase in collagen and elastin in and around the pores, filling the area and causing pores to appear smaller.
- Improves skin discolouration
Ageing and overexposure to the sun cause skin discolouration. Microneedling reverses discolouration through cell regeneration to even out skin tone.
- Minimal downtime
Micro-needling has a shorter downtime when compared to other treatments like chemical peels and laser resurfacing. Recovery after treatment takes about 24-72 hours, while recovery from laser resurfacing and chemical peels take about 3-10 days.
Side effects of micro-needling
Side effects vary by skin type and length and density of the needles used. During the procedure, clients will experience pinpoint bleeding. Immediately following the procedure, there may be some irritation and slight redness in the affected area. Individuals may also experience tightness, peeling, itchiness and sensitivity in the treated area.
Are you looking for a skin specialist in Vancouver?
If you are interested in flawless, youthful-looking skin using micro-needling therapy, contact us at SKN Holistic Rejuvenation Clinic. Allow our skin specialists who are trained and experienced in micro-needling and other skincare therapy to work with you. We have a proven track record for providing results and an experience that leaves our clients satisfied.