Skin needling, also called microneedling therapy, collagen induction therapy (CIT), and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are used to 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. Through the process of neovascularization and neocollagenesis, there is improvement in skin texture and firmness, as well as reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.
What conditions can be treated or improved with Medical Micro-Needling?
- Mild to moderate acne scarring; any new or old scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Loose, lax skin
- Skin texture and pore size
- Stretch marks
How does Medical MicroNeedling work?
The device slides along the skin, penetrating the upper layers of the skin to a depth of up to 2.5mm to create numerous tiny needle wounds. The procedure prompts the body to respond through the creation of new collagen and elastin fibers. In response to the stimulus, the skin plumps and thickens, reducing the appearance of scars, and fine lines and wrinkles.
What does the procedure involve?
The skin is cleaned and numbing cream is applied to lessen discomfort. For better results, we use a collagen-stimulating product like Hyaluronic Acid, TNS Recovery Complex (Human growth factors), Vitamin-C serum or skin lightener for pigmentation during the procedure. A small handheld medical pen device with a sterile, disposable tip with 12 tiny needles is then used to pierce the skin. Our needling pen’s multi-speed and adjustable needle depth allow needles to pierce the skin’s layer at 90 degrees and increase the absorption of products. After the treatment, soothing Hyaluronic acid and human growth factors are used to hydrate, heal and protect the skin.
What will I look like after the treatment?
Most people will experience redness and swelling in a similar way as a moderate sunburn for 24-48 hours and there may be minimal pin-point bleeding and/or bruising. Within a week or two, you will notice that your skin is smoother and more radiant looking but the full effects won’t be seen until a few months later.
What is the down time after Medical MicroNeedling treatment?
The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from redness to pinkish that may last for 24 to 48 hours in most people although a few individuals may stay pink for 72 hours. In order to reduce visible redness, we recommend TNS Recovery Complex after the procedure, and to protect the skin with a medical grade sunblock.
What are the benefits of Medical MicroNeedling?
- Dramatically increases the effectiveness and penetration of active ingredients in topical preparation
- Stimulates circulation and collagen production
- Medical grade titanium needles makes it non-allergenic to human tissue
- Cost effective compared to other resurfacing procedures
- Can be performed on all skin types, including darker ethnic skin
- It can be used on all areas of the scalp, face, body including fragile skin like around eyes, mouth and neck
What effects does the Medical MicroNeedling have on the skin?
- Improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of wrinkles
- Stimulates tissue regeneration
- Disfiguring scars, especially acne scars can be improved as new collagen fibers elevate the depressed scar tissue with the periphery skin
- Pore size reduction
- Improves the appearance of stretch marks
What are the risks of Medical MicroNeedling?
Side effects or risks are minimal with this type of treatment and typically include minor flaking or dryness of the skin, with scab formation in rare cases. Mild acne flare up that is of very short duration can happen, but it is not common. Milia (small white spots) may also form on the skin which can be removed by the practitioner. Hyperpigmentation (darkening of certain areas of the skin) can occur very rarely and usually resolves after a month. If you have a history of cold sores, this could possibly flare up after treatment so taking Valtrex or Acyclovir can decrease the risk of cold sore flare ups.
When it comes to improving your skin, choosing a procedure that’s safe, effective, and minimally invasive gets you the results you want without any downtime. Chinyere Orafu, MD, FACOG and the team at the Ohio Laser & Wellness Centers in Dover and Canton, Ohio, offers innovative radiofrequency microneedling to reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks, as well as tighten the skin of the neck and jaw. It can even be used for excessive sweating. If you’re looking to address your skin issues, contact the office today.
Radiofrequency microneedling for treating hyperhidrosis
The result of chronic, excessive sweating, hyperhidrosis impacts as much as 2-3% of the population. Neurologic, endocrine, infectious, or other unknown conditions may cause it.
At Ohio Laser & Wellness Centers, Dr. Orafu and the team can treat hyperhidrosis with radiofrequency microneedling.
Radiofrequency microneedling is a long-term, and sometimes permanent, treatment for hyperhidrosis. By using radiofrequency waves to destroy the integrity of sweat glands, the team at Ohio Laser and Wellness Centers can safely and effectively reduce the amount of sweat your body produces without causing adverse side effects.
Radiofrequency microneedling for cellulite and stretch marks
Dr. Orafu and the team use radiofrequency microneedling to reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. Radiofrequency microneedling eliminates scar tissues -- including those that make up stretch marks -- by stimulating the body’s natural healing processes.
Aside from breaking up scar tissues, it also increases your body’s production of collagen and elastin. As a result of both, you’ll grow new and healthy skin with reduced discoloration and indentation that stretch marks can leave behind.
Radiofrequency can also reduce the amount of fat cells in a targeted area. Dr. Orafu and the team can use radiofrequency energy to compromise the integrity of these cells, causing the body to remove them naturally. That leaves a smoother surface appearance with a reduction in cellulite.
Radiofrequency microneedling for loose neck and jaw
If you have loose skin around the neck and jaw area, Dr. Orafu and the team at Ohio Laser and Wellness Centers may be able to help. Using radiofrequency microneedling, they can:
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Tighten the skin of the neck and jaw
- Make your skin appear younger and firmer
By combining radiofrequency and microneedling, you get the best of both treatments.
Through this procedure, they stimulate the body’s natural healing process, strengthening and renewing your skin. The treatment also increases your body’s production of collagen and elastin, which makes your skin firmer and fuller. It also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The radiofrequency microneedling procedure
Preparation for the procedure takes about 20 minutes, and the procedure itself, including aftercare, takes between 20-30 minutes.
When you visit Ohio Laser and Wellness Centers for a radiofrequency microneedling treatment, avoid wearing any makeup or lotion. After being shown to a private room, the team prepares the treatment area.
She may apply numbing cream to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the process. After your skin absorbs the numbing cream, she then moves the radiofrequency device over your skin.
The device’s microneedles pierce the skin, allowing the radiofrequency energy to penetrate deep into the dermis. This combination stimulates your skin’s natural-healing response and boosts collagen production, making your skin tighten and increasing its elasticity.
To give you the best results possible, Dr. Orafu and the team may suggest multiple treatment sessions to reach your goals.
Please call our office at 330-343-8200 to schedule your free consultation and learn more about this procedure.
* Individual Results May Vary
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