Collagen Induction Therapy / Micro-Needling

Collagen Induction Therapy

 

Micro Needling is a safe, natural and holistic alternative for resurfacing of the skin using micro-gauge needles to produce optimal results. There may be some bleeding during the treatment, this is normal and usually minimal, and will resolve shortly after treatment.  There may be some mild discomfort during the procedure. Topical anesthetic cream will be used to make the procedure tolerable.

 

Treatment

  • Helps to build collagen
  • Smooths fine lines and may help fill in pitting or areas lacking structure
  • Smooths acne scars
  • Stimulates growth factors
  • Post care includes no aggressive products for 48 hours after treatment and SPF of at least 30 shall be worn when outdoors.

 

Pre-Treatment Instructions

  • Avoid of Accutane for the past 6 months
  • Avoid retinoids, topical antibiotics, exfoliating scrubs, hydroquinone, sunburn, and benzoyl peroxide 3 days prior to procedure
  • Avoidance of IPL/Laser procedures for the past 7 days prior
  • No waxing, depilatory creams or electrolysis 5-7 days prior to the peel.
  • No shaving the day of the procedure
  • No significant changes in the skin recently reported including breakdown of skin or excess dryness or sunburn
  • Skin is clean without lotion, oil, makeup, deodorant, powder, perfume or sunscreen
  • Antiviral agent for 2 days prior to and day of treatment if history of cold sores
  • Patient should have no active cold sores, herpes simplex, or warts in the area to be treated, open sores, sunburned, or excessively sensitive skin within the application area, pregnancy, dermatitis or inflammatory rosacea within the peel application area. People with allergies to salicylates should avoid this procedure.

 

Day of Treatment Instructions

  • No lotions, creams, make up or deodorant in area to be treated
  • Arrive with clean washed skin
  • Inform provider of any changes in medical history and of all medications you are taking

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Micro-Needling

 

Q. What is Micro-Needling?

A. Micro-Needling is a skin rejuvenation treatment that naturally helps trigger collagen and elastin synthesis within the skin. Tiny perforations are created in the skin while still keeping your epidermis intact. This controlled wounding process produces growth factors to help the body rebuild skin density and integrity. Similar to the way you “aerate” a lawn to feed it nutrients, micro needling helps to enhance penetration of corrective serums to give you smooth, even texture, fade pigmentation spots, and healthy, glowing skin. The results are similar to laser resurfacing, without the expense, pain, heat, or extended recovery time. Safe for nearly all skin types, micro needling helps activate skin renewal to help the skin appear fresher, firmer and younger.

 

Q. What is the difference between Micro-Needling and Derma-Rolling?

A. Micro needling is performed with a pen-like instrument that has a detachable needle cartridge with varying numbers of needles that penetrate the skin vertically.  Permanent make-up guns or tattoo guns are also commonly used for micro needling, with a similar cartridge piece containing any number of needles. The cartridge needle depth can be easily adjusted on the hand-piece, depending on the condition being treated and skin thickness.

 

Derma-rolling is performed with a roller instrument that contains multiple rows of tiny needles that “puncture” the epidermis when rolled across the skin surface. The needles on a derma roller are one uniform length, so if a different depth of needle penetration is needed to obtain the proper end-result, a new roller must be used.  The needles perforate the skin as it is "rolled" over the surface as opposed to a clean vertical perforation.

Both types of needling treatments allow the needles to penetrate the skin surface from 0.2mm up to 3.0mm. Derma rollers and micro needle cartridges are generally one-time use items (unless you are using a home derma roller), and are safely disposed of after each client visit.

 

 

Q. What types of skin conditions are improved with micro-needling treatments?

A. Micro needling is best suited to treat:

  • fine lines and wrinkles
  • uneven or rough skin texture
  • mild acne breakouts
  • acne scarring or other types of (healed) scarring
  • unwanted pigmentation spots and sun damage
  • stretch marks

 

 

Q. Which skin types or conditions should not be treated with micro-needling?

A. The following conditions should avoid micro needling:

  • excessive redness
  • broken capillaries
  • history of skin cancer
  • pustular or nodular rosacea
  • active inflamed acne
  • history of severe histamine reactions or allergies.

 

Q. Can I Micro-Needle if I have Botox or Filler?

A. Yes. Try to schedule your micro-needling appointment just before your Botox or filler appointment and you’ll see some great results after you’ve healed. If you already had an injection recently, you need to wait at least 2 weeks after having Botox or 28 days for filler injection.

 

Q. Does Micro-Needling Hurt?

A. A numbing cream is used before the treatment, so discomfort, if any, is minimal. The most sensitive areas tend to be the forehead and upper lip.

 

Q. What kind of recovery time is needed after a micro-needling treatment?

A. Usually only a day or two is all it takes before your skin returns to “normal” or you can start wearing makeup, depending on the depth of the treatment. The deeper the needles penetrate into the skin can mean a longer recovery time and you may see some light peeling, but you are able to wear sunscreen and makeup the day after treatment.

 

Q. How do I take care of my skin after micro-needling?

A. On the day of the treatment, a repairing cream is applied to help relieve inflammation and begin the repair process. You may cleans your face before bedtime with a mild face wash. On day two, you may use your normal cleansing routine, but if you are feeling any sensitivity, you will probably skip any active serums or treatment products until you are no longer sensitive. Sunscreen is always a must, beginning the day after treatment.

 

Q. How many treatments does it take to see results?

A. Results are uniquely different for everyone. It really depends on what you are treating, and how you are taking care of your skin at home. You will notice smoother skin texture after your first treatment, with even better improvement after the second. Best visible results are seen with a series of at least 4 to 10 treatments, spaced 4 weeks apart.

 

Q. How soon will I see results?

A. After you have completed your series, it does take time to really see the difference the micro needling has made in your skin. Final results won’t be noticeable from three to twelve months after you have completed your service series, because boosting collagen and elastin within the dermis does not happen overnight. As well, the series may need to be repeated in order to see the visible results you want to see.

 

 

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