Microneedling is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. We use state of the art physician grade technology called Skin Pen II. The fine needles of the device are used to minimally puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin.
Microneedling is the use of needles to create micro-channels (tiny holes) in the skin. Medical microneedling treatments performed under the direction of medical professionals that can be performed 6 weeks apart. Needling in general stimulates the skin's natural ability to heal itself. Recently the use of cosmetic needling has become increasingly popular. Cosmetic needling devices are made up of fine needles with a depth of just .1mm- .2mm. Medical Grade Microneedling devices go to a depth greather than 3 mm and are being used by physicians and nurses to allow products to penetrate more effectively with greater benefits and more remarkable results. Medical Microneedling creates pathways for products to enter the skin and stimulate cellular turnover can greatly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Medical MicroNeedling works to eliminate the signs of aging skin around the eyes.
Medical Micro-needling (any needle length greater than 0.3 mm)
Medical micro-needling is done in a doctor's office and goes deeper than cosmetic needling. It is done at a depth of greater than 0.3 mm and can only be done by a medical nurse, a Nurse Practitioner, a PA or a physician.
Treatment at a doctor's office with a medical-grade device costs $300 to $1,000 depending on surface treatment area size, products and packages. During the procedure, there may be pinpoint bleeding. Afterward, the skin looks red and slightly puffy.
Unlike laser resurfacing, an older procedure where healing can take a week or more, medical micro-needling offers a quick recovery. Down time is usually about one day. Learn more in our blog post, Why is a micro-needling pen better than other methods of skin restoration?
Multiple treatments are necessary. The number of needling sessions depends on the skin condition being treated. Three or four treatments are recommended for mild to moderate acne scarring, whereas deeper scars and stretch marks will require six treatments. 4 to 6 weeks between treatments is recommended with maintenance treatments at intervals of 6 to 12 months.
“Microneedling is a safe, chemical-free method that triggers new collagen production,” says Beverly Hills, Nurse and Aesthetic Trainer, Sylvia Silvestri, RN. “Because it can be performed on all skin colors and types, it is sometimes the preferred treatment over laser as there is no risk of burning the patient.”
According to Elle.com “In 1997, South African plastic surgeon, Des Fernandes, MD, began to explore the idea of increasing collagen production by inducing bleeding in the skin via hundreds of tiny pricks. Using devices with needles 1-3 mm long, physicians could pierce the dermis (the middle layer of skin that generates collagen and elastin) while leaving the epidermal (top) layer relatively intact.” Thus micro-needling, also known as collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) or percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), was born.
The top layer of the skin is called the epidermis. It varies in thickness depending on the area of the body. For example, the soles of the feet have the thickest epidermis, but on the eyelids it's very thin. The dermis is the middle layer of skin just below the epidermis. Because medical micro-needling targets the dermis, different needle lengths are used depending on the epidermal thickness. Varied lengths get the best penetration (down to the dermis) - and the best results.
Micro-needling uses very short, very thin needles to make channels in the skin. It starts new collagen and elastin growth which can continue as long as a year after treatment! Collagen is a protein that gives skin its structure. It works with elastin like a netting to hold skin cells together. We have lots of collagen while we are young. It gives us our smooth, youthful appearance. As we age, collagen starts to break down, skin thins, and we develop fine lines and wrinkles. Elastin is another skin protein. It helps skin return to its original position after it is stretched or contracted. As we age, elastin is made more slowly than when we are young. The loss of these proteins, and the resulting structural changes, are the reason mature skin takes longer to go back to its original position after being stretched or pulled.
Along with collagen and elastin in the dermis, hyaluronic acid (the glue that holds elastin and collagen in place) changes as we age. As early as in our forties, this acid starts to decrease, also causing decreased elasticity in our skin. Micro-needling allows reintroduction of hyaluronic acid through microscopic channels so that it can penetrate the skin making it more plump and firm. These changes, induced by micro-needling, result in your skin’s thickness being increased by as much as 40%.
- Medical Micro-Needling – 3 Ways It Works to Improve Skin, Amy Takken, RN
Did you know how well micro-needling works for people with an active lifestyle? Micro-needling works well on wrinkles, dark spots, redness, and scars. It can even reduce some stretch marks. Unfortunately, tank tops and other clothing can reveal skin imperfections. So when you look for a type of skin rejuvenation that will blend well with your busy life, consider micro-needling.
1. The treatment can take as little as 30 minutes or as long as 1 1/2 hours depending on the size of the area you want treated. Our practice offers micro-needling treatment times on weekends and evenings to accommodate the busiest schedules.
2. Micro-needling may require several sessions to get the result you want - but you are in charge. You decide when you are happy with the result and treatments stop. Medcial Microrneedling Treatments are usually done about 2 month apart for 3 tp 6 treatments.
3. Downtime is about 1 day. There is redness for about 24 hours. Most people feel comfortable going out in public after that first day. Laser procedures and chemical peels are more invasive and require more downtime.
4. Micro-needling is safe and effective for people of every skin color. Because micro-needling doesn't produce the heat that lasers do, there is little risk of developing dark spots after treatment.
5. Because no tissue is removed, there is little risk of infection. It's another reason the recovery time is so short - and another advantage of micro-needling for an active lifestyle.
How Does ProCell Therapy Work?
The ProCell MicroNeedling Pen creates invisible micro-perforations in the skin to stimulate cells known as keratinocytes to increase production of new collagen and elastin. Human stem cells penetrate the channels created by the micro needling to enhance the production of healthy new skin.
Skin texture and firmness
Fine lines and wrinkles
Crepey skin around eyes
Reduction in scars
Microneedling can be done on areas of skin that may not be suitable for peeling or laser resurfacing, such as around the eyes and mouth, hands, and chest. The procedure is well tolerated by patients with minimal downtime, and can be easily personalized by going deeper on some areas where skin damage requires a more aggressive approach.
The total procedure including numbing usually takes about an hour. Makeup shouldn’t be applied for 24-48 hours post procedure.
Usually, multiple treatments will be necessary for the best results. The number of needling sessions depends on the individual’s skin condition. Three or four treatments may be recommended for mild to moderate acne scarring, whereas deeper scars and stretch marks may require upward of five treatments. An interval of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments is typically recommended. Maintenance treatments at intervals of 6 to 12 months. When utilized for generalized skin resurfacing, products such as topical growth factors like TNS Essential Serum and anti-aging serums are better absorbed in the skin as an adjunct to treatment.
ProCell Multi-Tool MD - Microdermabrasion/ MicroChannel Stamper
About ProCell Multi-Tool - Thi is ProCell's highest MD-level tool. The main function of the tool is to pretreat skin prior to dermatological applications and procedures. The tool uses a cutting-edge perpendicular design with high-quality Swiss motors to produce a steady micro-stamping motion.
Our ProCell DermaPaddle microdermabrasion paddles employ a unique abrasive surface that ensures gentle but effective removal of dead skin via rejuvinating exfoliation. Using the same stamping motion used by our microchanneling tips, the paddles easily glide across the skin's surface while buffing the surface and revealing healthy, vibrant skin.
The sterile and disposable microchannel tips create small channels in the epidermis which have been proven to increase serum absorbtion by up to 300%. When used with our stem-cell based MicroChannel Delivery Serum and aftercare serums, the skin is stimulated to regenerate stronger and healthier than before.