Physical changes that occur as we age can be difficult to accept.
That ‘s why the anti-aging market is worth over $200 billion, according to a report by the market research firm Transparency Market Research.
There are numerous anti-ageing options available to keep us looking younger, from light therapy and peels, to more invasive treatments such as laser and facelifts. Micro needling is one of the latest trends in this quest to stay youthful and it is much more than a passing fad!
Micro needling in some form has been practiced for more than 20 years. But as the devices have advanced and become more refined and more powerful, micro needling has become a greater part of the skin care practices of most aesthetic professionals.
Skin needling is a procedure that uses fine needles to puncture the skin and create a controlled skin injury in order to rejuvenate skin. It is used to treat and improve conditions like acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, loose skin, skin texture, pore size, brown spots, stretch marks, and pigment issues.
It’s also called skin needling, collagen induction therapy (CIT), and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI).
Just about anyone can have the procedure performed as long as they do not have any active infections, lesions, or any known wound healing problems. This makes it a very attractive option for many, especially the darker skin types who could not use IPL.
During the procedure, a Derma pen is used to glide over the skin, inserting tiny stainless steel needles into the skin and creating millions of fine fractional channels. By making tiny columns of trauma in the epidermis and dermis, the body is forced to make new collagen and elastin to fill them in and heal them. This new collagen makes skin look and feel slicker, tighter, and more youthful. We know that any exposure to the sun breaks down collagen, and our skin naturally makes less collagen as we age, so any intervention that encourages increased collagen synthesis can make skin look and act younger.
How much does it cost and what are the risks?
Micro needling is incredibly cost-effective. As a minimally invasive procedure, it is a fraction of the cost of getting multiple laser treatments, and just as effective, especially when combined with other modalities such as Omnilux or peels.
It also tends to be a comfortable procedure with low risk and short recovery.
The risks involved with receiving micro needling are much lower than many other skin treatments, such as chemical peels or light/laser therapies. It also has very little down-time. Any redness is usually resolved in 24-48 hours but the next day after the treatment you can wear make up if you need to cover up. This is in vast contrast to the 10-14 days of hiding away with laser.
However, like any procedure, micro needling can cause possible complications, including bleeding, bruising, infection and scarring. That’s why it is important to seek a professional therapist who adheres to sterile and aseptic technique and who uses the latest technology in micro needling.
There are do-it-yourself rollers available that allow you to micro needle at home. However, these have many limitations and subsequent results. Rollers can drag and tear the skin, be quite painful and there is no control or variation in needle length. Professional devices use once- only needle cartridges, are able to get deeper into the skin’s surface and also can adjust needle length for targeted outcomes. They work faster (oscillate) and with more precision and are used in conjunction with products that ensure optimal skincare and results.
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