Micro needling is becoming a great choice for many patients seeking rejuvenation given its safety and minimal downtime.
Micro needling uses a small device known as a derma pen which glides across the skin and makes very tiny holes into the dermis layer. The needle sites then signal the body to begin the healing and regenerating process, known as collagen induction therapy (CID). The deep dermal layers thicken, new collagen and fibroblasts are produced, and new blood vessels form. The result is new, bright and healthy skin.
Micro needling can help with:
- fine lines and wrinkles
- lipstick lines
- rough or uneven texture
- scarring including acne scars
- large pores
- loose skin
The technique was discovered by dermatologists who noted that the skin on tattoos was very smooth and taught. After experimenting with tattoo guns without ink, the derma pen was born.
A Micro needling procedure takes about 20-30 minutes to perform. Patients may have redness that lasts for up to 24 hours, but can return to their normal activities right away. Numbing cream is applied prior to the procedure, and patients describe only minor discomfort, which resolves immediately. During the treatment, topical medications such as hyaluronic acid, growth factors or platelet rich plasma are applied. These medications travel into the tiny channels made by the needles and encourage the collagen induction process.