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Microneedling

Like any other system or area of the body, the physical makeup of healthy skin relies on a delicate chemical balance. This balance becomes harder to maintain over time as skin cells and tissues start to break down and vital substances become depleted with age. As the dermal structure loses its ability to care for itself as efficiently as it did in your youth, regular skincare practices become even more critical in the process of maintaining a vibrant complexion. MDPen microneedling offers a minimally-invasive method to stimulate the skin’s natural restorative processes and rejuvenate the appearance. At Advanced Skin Medspa, we offer microneedling treatments for both skin rejuvenation and hair restoration, allowing our patients to take their aesthetic goals to the next level.

RENEW YOUR SKIN WITH MDPEN MICRONEEDLING

MDPen microneedling is a pen-like device that rejuvenates the outer dermis by stimulating collagen production and cell regeneration deep within the dermal structure. The tool creates micro-channels in the skin, which work to encourage the body’s natural healing response. The depth of the channels can be adjusted based on the amount of correction your dermis requires.

The body responds by producing collagen and elastin, two essential proteins that support the dermal structure and contribute to the smooth, supple appearance of youthful skin. At the same time, new skin cells are generated, further enhancing the restorative effects. The treatment also eliminates skin imperfections leaving you with a clear and radiant complexion. Additional benefits of MDPen include:

  • Smooths out fine lines
  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles
  • Increases elasticity and suppleness
  • Lifts and firms the skin

MICRONEEDLING FOR HAIR LOSS

Hair loss for both men and women (also known as pattern baldness) is a hereditary condition that causes hair thinning and reduced hair growth rates. As hormone levels change with age, blood circulation to the scalp and hair follicles declines. Men find testosterone levels tend to decrease over time, while women may experience drops in estrogen. Both issues may lead to thinning and the need for treatment to restore natural function in the follicles so that hair growth can resume. MDPen microneedling for hair loss can accomplish this task for many adults, restoring hair, appearance and self-confidence.

The micro-channels created by microneedling stimulate blood flow, which sends much-needed nutrients to the follicles on the scalp. In addition, growth factors can be infused into the scalp using platelet-rich plasma or PRP, furthering the regeneration effects. With a minimum of three treatment sessions, you can expect to see new hair growth beginning in the thinning areas along the scalp, increased growth of existing hair and a fuller head of hair overall.

ADDING RADIOFREQUENCY TO THE MICRONEEDLING PROCESS

WHAT IS RADIOFREQUENCY TECHNOLOGY?

Nearly all procedures used to revitalize the skin are designed to stimulate collagen production. Microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) energy does this and more. The RF waves are essentially electrical energy that adds controlled heating into the micro-channels created by the microneedling pen. For this procedure, we use the revolutionary Cutera SecretRF laser device.

The SecretRF delivers heat that penetrates deep into the skin tissue, constricting tissue for immediate skin tightening. It also stimulates collagen production efficiently, leading to natural, long-lasting benefits. Because RF energy waves move at low frequencies, the procedure is less intense than other energies used for this purpose, such as lasers. This makes microneedling with RF more suitable for patients with different skin types and tones, allowing them to achieve their desired results without worry over unwanted side effects.

BENEFITS OF COMBINING RF WITH MICRONEEDLING

RF microneedling using the SecretRF device produces even more significant gains than using microneedling alone. RF energy boosts the stimulating effects of microneedling, further enhancing skin regeneration and collagen production rates. Delivering electrical heat through the micro-needles penetrates the dermis at a deeper level to produce a more dramatic effect.

Since adding RF to a microneedling treatment has a more significant impact on the skin’s natural healing processes, it can be used to treat more skin conditions than microneedling alone. For example, SecretRF treatments also reduce acne scarring and damage caused by sun exposure. Other benefits of RF microneedling include:

  • Tightens the skin surface
  • Creates enhanced smoothness and suppleness
  • Restores a natural vibrancy to the skin
  • Smooths out fine lines and wrinkles
  • Establishes an evener skin tone

Microneedling aka “Collagen Induction Therapy”

Treatments with a micro needle pen do not burn the skin (like laser), dissolve it (like chemical peels), or abrade and scrape it (like dermabrasion). Microneedling with the MD needle pen gently stimulates the skin with very fine needles that encourage natural collagen production.

What microneedling Can Treat:

  • Acne Scars
  • Fine Lines & Moderate wrinkles
  • Skin Laxity
  • Pore Size
  • Texture, Tone, Color
  • Stretch Marks
  • Traumatic Scars
  • Photo Aging & Sun Damage
  • Hyperpigmentation & Hypopigmentation
  • Hair Loss
  • Drug Delivery

HOW DOES MICRONEEDLING WORK?

Microneedling therapy also called collagen induction therapy (CIT), and percutaneous (through the skin) collagen induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of the MD needle pen.

The mechanical action of the pen allows the needles to puncture the skin and create a controlled injury at a specific depth. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body’s natural healing process to fill these micro wounds by producing new collagen and elastin in the papillary dermis. In addition, new capillaries are formed for improved blood supply.

With microneedling, the top layer of the skin is parted without being damaged, leaving the skin intact. It does not “burn” your skin like peels or more invasive lasers. The needle penetration depth can be adjusted from 0.25mm to 2.50mm into the skin depending on the area of the body and the skin condition being treated. Using skin needling consistently will trigger the bodies repair process until the desired level of skin rejuvenation is achieved.

Microneedling results in the production of new collagen and elastin, improvement in skin tone and texture, firmness as well as reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.

MICRONEEDLING CLINICAL STUDIES

In the present study, clinical evaluation of patients showed statistically significant overall improvement of post acne atrophic scars, skin texture and patient satisfaction in response to skin microneedling treatment compared to baseline. Skin microneedling therapy showed a favorable effect on enhancing collagen formation, increase of epidermal thickening and newly synthesized tropoelastin, the precursor to elastin. The statistically significant increase occurred three months after starting treatment.

MICRONEEDLING VS. NANONEEDLING

Microneedling is becoming one of the most popular and effective treatments used today for skin rejuvenation. With its popularity and the ever-changing search for different skin procedures arose the development of nanoneedling. This of course brings some confusion so my goal is to explain the differences so there is a clear understanding.

Similarities Between Nano and Microneedling

Both the nano and microneedling treatments use a pen like device that oscillates a tip up and down to stimulate a skin reaction. They both induce cell turnover, serum infusion and provoke the healing process that results in skin transformation.

THE MICRONEEDLING DIFFERENCE

To understand the difference let’s start with microneedling. This procedure uses an actual needle cartridge with 12 fine pins that can be adjusted to different depths. This allows the practitioner to use superficial settings (0.5 mm) for delicate areas around the eyes and deeper depths (2.0-2.5 mm) for acne scars and wrinkles. The micro-injuries caused by the procedure stimulate the body’s natural healing process, increasing collagen and elastin production to promote skin rejuvenation. This procedure can also be effective for pigmentation, stretch marks and even hair loss. These treatments are done monthly usually in a series of 3-6 treatments.

NANO NEEDLING

Nanoneedling on the other hand works a little different. It does use the same type of oscillating motion to treat the skin, but the cartridge encompasses 81 silicone tips. These microscopic hair-like cones separate the cells within the epidermis to allow active products to be pushed into the skin. Nano needling only affects the epidermis, treating within the upper .25 mm of the skin. The benefits of this serum infusion treatment include pigmentation reduction, increased cell turnover, skin rejuvenation and an immediate glow with no downtime. This treatment can be done weekly to exfoliate the skin.

MICROSCOPIC VIEW OF THE TIP

Both procedures have the ability to transform if used for the right skin condition with an educated practitioner. Let the the versatility of the MD Needle Pen give you the choice of nano or microneedling all with the same medical grade device.

CALL ADVANCED SKIN MEDSPA TODAY TO GET STARTED

If you have further questions about microneedling procedures or wish to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors, please feel free to call us at Advanced Skin Medspa at 845-253-4625.