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MICRONEEDLING AND SCAR REVISION

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a cosmetic procedure that involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural wound healing processes, resulting in increased production of collagen and elastin, the key building blocks of smooth, youthful skin.

How Microneedling Works
1. **Preparation**: The skin is cleansed and often numbed with a topical anesthetic to minimize discomfort.
2. **Needling**: A device with fine needles (ranging from 0.5 to 2.5 millimeters) is rolled or stamped over the skin. This can be a derma roller, a derma pen, or an automated microneedling device.
3. **Healing**: The controlled injuries trigger the skin's natural healing process, producing new collagen and elastin.

 

Benefits of Microneedling
1. **Improves Skin Texture and Tone**: Microneedling can help reduce roughness, uneven skin tone, and large pores, resulting in smoother and more radiant skin.
2. **Reduces Fine Lines and Wrinkles**: The collagen boost from microneedling can help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, giving the skin a firmer and more youthful look.
3. **Diminishes Scars**: It is particularly effective for reducing the appearance of acne scars and surgical scars. The new collagen formation helps to fill and smooth out these imperfections.
4. **Reduces Hyperpigmentation and Sun Damage**: Microneedling can help break down excess pigmentation and promote more even skin tone.
5. **Enhances Absorption of Skincare Products**: The microchannels created by the needles allow topical treatments to penetrate deeper into the skin, making them more effective.
6. **Minimizes Stretch Marks**: Regular treatments can reduce the appearance of stretch marks by stimulating collagen and elastin production.
7. **Non-Invasive with Minimal Downtime**: Unlike more invasive procedures like laser therapy, microneedling has relatively little downtime. Most people experience redness and slight swelling, similar to a mild sunburn, which typically subsides within a few days.

 

Potential Side Effects and Considerations
- **Redness and Swelling**: Temporary and usually resolves within a few days.
- **Bruising**: Minor bruising may occur, particularly in areas with thin skin.
- **Infection**: Risk is minimal but possible if the procedure is not done under sterile conditions.
- **Sensitivity**: The treated area might be more sensitive to sun exposure and skincare products initially.

Aftercare Tips
- **Avoid Sun Exposure**: Protect the skin from direct sunlight to prevent hyperpigmentation.
- **Use Gentle Skincare Products**: Avoid harsh chemicals and exfoliants that might irritate the skin.
- **Keep the Skin Hydrated**: Use a gentle moisturizer to help the skin heal.

Microneedling is suitable for most skin types and can be tailored to address specific skin concerns. However, it is essential to consult with a dermatologist or a certified skincare professional to determine if microneedling is appropriate for your skin and to ensure it is performed safely.

Microneedling helps with scar revision through a process called collagen induction therapy. Here’s a detailed explanation of how it works:

Mechanism of Action
1. **Creation of Micro-Injuries**: During the microneedling procedure, fine needles create controlled micro-injuries in the skin's surface. These tiny punctures penetrate the epidermis and reach the dermis, where scars typically reside.
2. **Stimulation of Healing Response**: The body responds to these micro-injuries by initiating a natural wound healing process. This involves:
   - **Inflammation**: The initial phase where the body's immune system cleans up the debris and releases growth factors.
   - **Proliferation**: New tissue forms, including the production of collagen and elastin fibers.
   - **Remodeling**: The newly formed tissue is reorganized and strengthened, leading to a more refined skin structure.

 

Specific Benefits for Scars
1. **Collagen and Elastin Production**: The increased production of collagen and elastin helps to fill in and smooth out the scar tissue, making it less noticeable. Over time, this new collagen can improve the skin's texture and elasticity.
2. **Breakdown of Scar Tissue**: The microneedling process helps to break down old, rigid collagen in the scar tissue, which can lead to the reduction of raised or thickened scars.
3. **Enhanced Absorption of Topicals**: Microneedling can also enhance the effectiveness of topical treatments. The microchannels created in the skin allow for deeper penetration of scar-reducing serums, such as those containing hyaluronic acid, peptides, or growth factors, which can further aid in the healing and remodeling process.
4. **Reduction of Hyperpigmentation**: For scars that are darker than the surrounding skin (hyperpigmented), microneedling can help promote a more even skin tone by encouraging the turnover of skin cells and the production of new, healthy skin.
5. **Improvement in Skin Texture**: Regular microneedling sessions can significantly improve the overall texture of the skin, making it smoother and more even. This is particularly beneficial for acne scars, which often leave the skin pitted or uneven.

Types of Scars Microneedling Can Improve
- **Acne Scars**: Particularly effective for atrophic (depressed) scars like ice pick, boxcar, and rolling scars.
- **Surgical Scars**: Can help in softening and reducing the appearance of surgical scars.
- **Stretch Marks**: Often considered a form of scarring, microneedling can help in reducing their appearance.
- **Burn Scars**: Can also see improvement, though results may vary based on severity.

Clinical Evidence
Numerous studies support the efficacy of microneedling in scar treatment. Research has shown significant improvement in scar appearance and patient satisfaction after a series of microneedling treatments.

 

Treatment Protocol
- **Multiple Sessions**: Typically, multiple sessions (3-6) spaced about 4-6 weeks apart are recommended for optimal results.
- **Combination Therapies**: Microneedling can be combined with other treatments like platelet-rich plasma (PRP), topical retinoids, or laser therapy for enhanced results.

 

Safety and Aftercare
- **Minimally Invasive**: Microneedling is less invasive than laser treatments and has a shorter recovery time.
- **Aftercare**: Post-treatment care includes avoiding sun exposure, using gentle skincare products, and keeping the skin hydrated to support the healing process.

Consulting with a dermatologist or skincare professional is essential to determine the appropriate treatment plan based on the type and severity of the scars. Microneedling offers a promising solution for those seeking to improve the appearance of scars and achieve smoother, more even skin.

PRICING

Face, Neck & Decollete--$300

Dermaplaning & Microneedling--$400

Microneedling Facial Package of 3--$750

Dermaplaning & Microneedling Package of 3--$1050

Scar Revision -depends on area and will require a consultation prior to procedure. We will provide a quote at the consultation.

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