Did you know that micro needling is also known as collagen induction therapy…and who doesn’t need more collagen production?
Microneedling is one of our favourite treatments because it is an effective, safe, minimally invasive, non-ablative skin treatment1,2,3,4. This treatment is for anyone with concerns regarding fine lines and wrinkles, scarring and acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, pore size, photo damage, or anyone looking to improve skin tone and texture.
Microneedling repeatedly shows significant improvements in skin laxity, fine lines, scaring, and texture, with a high rate of patient satisfaction 2,3.
The treatment works by creating controlled damage in the superficial layers of the skin to initiate the body’s natural healing cascade. The deeper parts of the skin are treated without removing the top layer of skin. In particular, it is a safe technique for darker skin types, where the risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is very high with other techniques that damage the epidermis1,4. Because the treatment works with the bodies own healing capabilities, it makes an excellent treatment for anyone who desires natural, subtle, gradual changes, including men.
The treatment is preformed after a topical anesthetic is applied, making the procedure very comfortable. The day of the procedure it is normal to have some redness and feel slightly sunburnt. After 12-48 hours, the skin returns to normal. Microneedling has cumulative benefit with the best results seen after 4-6 treatments spaced 2-3 weeks apart.
Microneedling can be used on its own, or augmented with platelet rich plasma (PRP) for an even more intensive treatment, seehttps://www.integratedhealthclinic.com/platelet-rich-plasma/.
To learn more about microneedling and to decide if this treatment is right for you, come for a consult with one of our medical aesthetics providers, Dr. Alanna Rinas, ND or Dr. Karen McGee, ND.
- Yadav, S., & Singh, A. (2016). Microneedling: Advances and widening horizons. Indian Dermatology Online Journal, 7(4), 244. doi:10.4103/2229-5178.185468
- Glynis Ablon, MD, FAAD. (2018) Safety and Effectiveness of an Automated Microneedling Device in Improving the Signs of Aging Skin. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 11(8), 29-34. PMID: 30214664
- Moetaz El-Domyati, MD, et al. (2015). Microneedling Therapy for Atrophic Acne Scars. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 8(7), 36–42. PMID: 26203319
- Iriarte, C., et al. (2017). Review of applications of microneedling in dermatology. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, (10), 289–298. PMID: 28848356
Naturopathic Doctor at the Integrated Health Clinic