Micro-needling: Small Needles, Big Results

Micro-needling has been used in Dermatology and plastic surgery Since the 1970s. It’s based on…

Introduction: What is Micro-needling?

Micro-needling has been used in dermatology and plastic surgery since the 1970s. It’s based on the same principles as fractional laser treatments – high efficacy with low downtime. The controlled injury triggers the production of new collagen, thickening the epidermis (top layer) and dermis (second layer) of skin. The skin becomes thicker, younger looking and more vibrant. Micro-needling also increases blood flow to damaged tissue which promotes healing while reducing inflammation at the same time. It can be used on all skin types including darker pigmented skin.

The injury the needler causes triggers the production of new collagen, let’s take a closer look at collagen.

Collagen is a protein that is the main structural component of the skin. Collagen gives your skin its strength, elasticity and helps it to stay smooth and plump.

The production of new collagen is stimulated by fibroblasts, which are cells that make up most connective tissue in our bodies including blood vessels and tendons as well as making collagen.

Collagen is a key component of the skin’s extracellular matrix and is essential to the structure and appearance of your skin. The extracellular matrix is what gives your skin its strength, elasticity and helps it to stay smooth and plump.

The skin becomes thicker, younger looking and more vibrant.

The skin becomes thicker, younger looking and more vibrant. As you have already read micro-needling stimulates collagen production which results in a tighter, lifted appearance. It is also great for the correction of acne scars, stretch marks and fine lines/wrinkles. The result is a smoother texture that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving your overall skin tone.

The key to this is to use very small needles that penetrate about 1/16th of an inch into the dermis layer of your skin resulting in mild damage to stimulate new collagen production by fibroblasts within the deeper layers of your skin – just below your epidermis (top layer).

4 Benefits of Micro-Needling

Micro-needling is an effective treatment option for improving your appearance.

  • Acne scars. Micro-needling can help improve the appearance of acne scars on the face and body. The procedure stimulates collagen production, which helps to fill in these marks. It also stimulates the skin to produce more fibroblasts that make new collagen, so it helps with overall skin regeneration.
  • Anti-aging and anti-wrinkle treatments. Micro-needling is a valuable treatment option for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as increasing elasticity in aging skin. As you age, your cells reproduce less often than they did when you were younger; micro needling speeds up this process by encouraging cellular turnover in order to create new cells that will hopefully look fresher and healthier than before.*
  • Stretch marks: Stretch marks are caused by rapid stretching or tearing of dermal tissue (the layer just below your skin’s surface). Causes of this may be rapid growth, weight gain or pregnancy. Micro needling can be used effectively here too because it encourages collagen production.
  • Collagen Production: This is one of my favorite benefits because it improves so many different aspects of our complex physiology at once! Collagen production decreases with age, resulting in sagging skin. The lower density of collagen results in weaker bonds between its molecules which results in loss of elasticity. So while we may not always notice changes right away after starting any kind of maintenance program such as micro needling , over time the bonds strengthen and you can expect to see improvements like increased firmness & elasticity.

Micro-needling is based on the same principles as fractional laser treatments – high efficacy with low downtime.

Micro-needling is based on the same principles as fractional laser treatments, it’s a fractional treatment without the laser. Simply put, the micro-needler is a series of tiny needle penetrations in skin to create thousands of tiny micro injuries that stimulate collagen production and elastin fibers resulting in natural wrinkle reduction.

Final thoughts to set your mind at ease.

Micro-needling is a trusted & proven treatment that will no doubt help you to achieve your rejuvenation goals. The word needling can be frightening to some but rest at ease, prior to your treatment you practitioner at Active Energy Laser will use a topical anesthetic on the area to be treated ensuring a comfortable & relaxing experience. If you feel that micro-needling is right for you please call today to book a consultation & treatment!

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