Collagen Induction Therapy
If you’re interested in a non-surgical or more natural approach to youthful looking skin, Microneedling is the procedure you are looking for. Microneedling is a new aesthetic treatment that helps the skin revitalize and renew itself through its own healing processes. At Sculpt MD under our certified doctors, we offer Microneedling with SkinPen® for our clients.
Microneedling is a gentler anti-aging and skin resurfacing procedure that stimulates the skin’s ability to heal itself, which can reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, sun spots, scars, stretch marks, and can even be used for hair restoration. Not only does it work with the body’s natural renewal process, but it also helps facilitate the impact of topical creams, gels, and serums by allowing them to penetrate the skin.
How is Microneedling Performed?
Using a hand-held, small device with the tiny needles, the device contains micro-needles that can easily glide across the skin. The needles pierce the skin, this piercing causes injury and induces healing, which causes the body to generate new collagen and elastin to help heal the body. The treatment can take about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size and number of areas you are looking to treat.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is also known as Collagen Induction Therapy. It is a minimally invasive procedure that helps with skin rejuvenation for those suffering from acne scars, fine lines or wrinkles, stretch marks, and hair loss. It helps to improve the overall appearance of the skin.
During this procedure, a small tool uses tiny micro-needles to create controlled micro-injuries across the treated skin. These micro-injuries trigger a specific response from the body. The body reacts, producing growth and signaling messages to create more collagen and elastin. This thickens the skin and improves the texture.
Not only are these micro-wounds helping to produce new, healthy collagen and elastin, but after cleaning out debris it allows for topical products and serums to penetrate the skin at a deeper, more effective level. The skin’s ability to absorb those products increases by a factor of 3000%, allowing us to deliver additional growth factors such as PRP even deeper into the skin to promote accelerated collagen production and stem cell stimulation.
Which Areas Can Be Treated?
Because Microneedling is used to treat stretch marks, acne scarring, hair restoration, and fine lines and wrinkles, it is not just exclusive to your face. It can be done anywhere on the skin that needs to be thickened like the places stretch marks appear on the legs, chest or butt.
Natural Healing Process of Skin
Phase 1: Inflammation
When the skin is pierced, it triggers a response from your immune system to disinfect the wounds, remove debris, increase blood flow, and start to create new tissue.
Phase 2: Proliferation
The wound rebuilds itself with new cells and temporary collagen and elastin. A new network of blood vessels also develops.
Phase 3: Remodeling
. By this time, the wound has been replaced with new tissue and blood vessels. The collagen that was used during Phase 2 is replaced with stronger collagen which allows the skin to contract and create a tightening effect on the skin.
SkinPen® at Sculpt MD
At Sculpt MD, we use the state-of-the-art SkinPen® by Bellus Medical, which is a medical-grade microneedling tool only available through medical professionals. Unlike traditional microneedling derma-rollers which cannot go very deep into the skin and thus cannot stimulate collagen production, SkinPen® has longer needles which can reach the dermis of your skin and won’t bend, break, or rust, which means you won’t get an infection or scarring from its use. Microneedling at Sculpt MD with SkinPen® can help improve your skin’s appearance.
The adjustable length and disposable needles allow for adjustability for differences in skin thickness and types, allowing it to adjust to different types of patients. Its lightweight and ergonomic design allows doctors at Sculpt MD to treat the hard-to-reach places that traditional derma-rollers cannot. It can reach many of the difficult and delicate areas of the nose and mouth.
During your microneedling treatment, the SkinPen® is gently moved across the area while the tiny needles puncture the skin to create micro-channels. The length of treatment will depend on the issue being addressed, as well as the size of the area being treated. Typically, one microneedling treatment can take about 30 minutes to perform. You can receive anywhere from 3 to 6 treatments over the span of 4 to 6 months, resulting in firmer, lifted, and naturally rejuvenated skin in the areas you’ve treated.
After your treatment, you will instantly notice a redness to the skin. This is normal since the skin has just endured micro-wounds and is working to heal them. The healing time will depend upon the area treated and severity of the skin damage. Patients can typically be red for 2 to 4 days, while some will heal in 24 hours.
It is advised not to wear makeup within the first 24 hours, but after that, as long as you are using your unique skin care regimen that Sculpt MD will provide, you can use makeup after the time period is over.
Sculpt MD will help develop a treatment and skin care regimen customized to your skin’s unique needs to further the health and enhancement of your skin. Not only can it help minimize pore size, but it will also improve the appearance of preexisting scars and reduce the appearance of sun spots and melasma.
Other Treatments to Consider
If Microneedling interest you, you should see these other treatments that could also help enhance the same skin care dilemmas that you are looking to improve:
• Microneedling with PRP
• Hair Restoration
• EXILIS ULTRA
- Microneedling is also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy
- Microneedling is cleared by the FDA
- Produces tiny channels that help stimulate the body’s natural defenses and thicken the skin
- SkinPen® can be used in delicate places other rollers can’t reach
- Safe and effective on all skin types and tones
- Great solution for those looking for an alternative between chemical peels and laser resurfacing
Microneedling with SkinPen®
- Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on all skin types
- Safe solution to skin problems with little to no downtime
- Amazing results from a minimally-invasive procedure
- Procedure for ongoing maintenance for healthy skin
Microneedling Used For
- Non-surgical hair restoration
- Acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Fine lines
- Sun damage
Microneedling is safe for all skin types and colors. Since the epidermis is not damaged during the treatment, the chances of change in pigmentation or post inflammatory problems is minimal. Microneedling can be used on sensitive skin that cannot be treated easily with procedures that involve more chemicals or surgery.
You should consult your physician if Microneedling is right for you if you have recently gone through radiation skin treatment in the last year or suffered any skin infections in the area of concern. The best way to find out if you’re a candidate is to come to Sculpt MD for a consultation.
The cost of Microneeling will depend on your area of concern, as well as the severity of the area we would be treating. At Sculpt MD, we schedule a consultation to go over your needs as a patient and to tailor a treatment plan specifically to you.
There are no negative side effects associated with Microneedling. You may experience a slight redness to the skin, but that is the appropriate response from your body attempting to heal the micro-wounds and should fade within at least 24 hours.
The amount of treatments you will need depends on the problems you are trying to fix with your skin. In general, Microneedling can be repeated every 4 to 6 weeks, and collagen induction requires at least 3 treatments while scar reduction can require 3 to 6 treatments. The number of treatments will depend on your individual situation as well as the location of the treatment.
The results of Microneedling are amazing and helpful. Because Microneedling not only induces the production of healthy growth factors in your own body but also allows for deeper effectiveness of topical serums, you see an overall change of appearance in your skin. Your skin will appear brighter with few wrinkles, improve in texture, shrunken pores, smoothed lines, reduce the appearance of scarring and stretch marks, and create an overall tighter appearance. Keeping up with regular, scheduled treatments periodically will help make your results last longer.
You may feel a slight prickling on the skin, but many patients report that the treatment is a lot less painful than they expected it to be.