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Micro-needling (also called collagen induction therapy) has become one of the hottest cosmetic procedures available. It is a minimally invasive therapy method that effectively rejuvenates the skin to create a younger appearance, reduce acne scarring, and regrow hair. Micro-needling is a great alternative to microdermabrasion.
What is Micro-Needling?
The cosmetic procedure involves the use of small needles. A needling device called a micropen is used to penetrate the skin. The needles make tiny holes in the skin’s top layer that are virtually painless. The skin then rushes to repair the damage and in the process builds new collagen and elastin which helps give a more youthful appearance. It can also be used to spur hair growth and reduce the appearance of scars.
The Micro-needle Device
The MircoPen is a micro-needling tool that creates a small injury to the skin causing the natural process of cell renewal. This treatment helps to produce new collagen and elastin. This treatment helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, improve acne scarring, and pigmentation issues.The extremely fine, short needles penetrate the skin but are virtually painless.
After the procedure, your face will appear plumper, pink, and glowing for several weeks. The effects are due to the swelling and the inflammation caused by the needle pricks. However, the key benefit is to spur the skin to create collagen which naturally plumps skin, smooths out wrinkles, and provides a younger appearance.
The Benefits of Micro-needling
Here are things you should know about micro-needling before undergoing to cosmetic procedure.
- Hair Growth: Micro-needling is often used in conjunction with a minoxidil lotion to encourage hair growth. When used alone, it has not been found to be very effective but when used in combination with the lotion many people experience hair growth.
- Topicals: Many physicians use topicals such as PRP (platelet rich plasma) or another vitamin-rich serum in conjunction with micro-needling. It is believed that the numerous fine holes created by the needles help push the topical medication deeper into the skin’s surface to render even greater and more youthful results.
- Facial Scarring: The damage from the fine needles spur the body’s natural healing process. This helps to reduce the appearance of fine scars as the body’s system again rushes to fix the skin’s surface. Overall, it can render a smoother, clearer, and younger looking appearance with far less scarring.
- How Often: Micro-needling should not be done more than once per month or it can lead to broken capillaries.
Dr. Vargas and her team of medical professionals at Vargas Skin & Face Center offer numerous cosmetic procedures. Please call to schedule a consultation today.