Micro needling is a new unique 'Type I' FDA-approved supplemental medical tool that is ideal for non-surgical and non-ablative treatment of various skin conditions such as aging (wrinkles, stretching), scarring (acne, surgical), and hyperpigmentation. Clinical studies have shown that micro needling to be more effective than ablative treatments like laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, and chemical peel and just as effective as non-ablative treatments like IPL, CO2 laser, and Fraxel in stimulating collagen and elastin production to thicken the skin thereby erasing wrinkles and smoothing scars.
Micro needling uses 200 -300 very fine needles to injure the skin sufficiently enough to stimulate collagen/elastin production. Resulting micro-channels also aid in infusing therapeutic serums for greater penetration and increasing overall efficacy. Clinical studies from Europe, U.S. and South Korea have proven that serum absorption is increased by as much as 1,000 times when applied with a micro needle roller. Clinical studies have also shown that treatment with microneedling is more consistent in increasing the thickness of the skin than IPL and other resurfacing treatments.
There are THREE major advantages for using microneedling:
Micro needling leaves the entire epidermal barrier fully intact; micro-channels created by 200 precision surgical steel needles seal within hours after application: long enough for new collagen-structures to form within the lower layers of the skin and short enough to allow the patient to resume normal schedules quickly. Microneedling Rollers eliminate all common negative side effects and risks associated with chemical peeling, dermabrasion, and laser resurfacing. The skin is thicker and ready sooner for additional treatment.
Ablative treatments like dermabrasion, chemical peels and laser re-surfacing remove the protective epidermis to forcing the body to produce a new tissue layer. However, once the epidermis is removed the lower levels of skin are completely exposed and vulnerable to environmental stressors. Certain risks must be accepted with these procedures: pain, long-term discomfort, long prevailing inflammation and redness, long healing period, extreme light-sensitivity for a month or more, possible irreversible pigment changes and even additional scarring.
Ablative treatments have their limits. Due to different skin structures on neck for instance, laser re-surfacing may not be possible. Moreover, because these treatments leave the skin thinner, in some cases these procedures may actually age the skin. Micro needling is far more 'skin friendly' by doing far less damage and thereby encouraging faster, longer-lasting positive effects. Since the skin can recuperate faster after a micro needle treatment– often hours after treatment – the patient may see noticeable positive results sooner.
Treatments are $250.00 and can be repeated every 1-3 months depending on the type of treatment.