What Is Medical Microneedling?
Medical micro-needling is also called skin needling or collagen induction therapy. It is a minimally-invasive non-surgical and nonablative procedure for facial rejuvenation that involves the use of a micro-needling device to create controlled skin injury. As each fine needle punctures the skin, it creates a channel or micro-wound. The controlled injury triggers the body to fill these micro-wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. In addition, new blood vessels are formed. The production of new collagen and blood vessels following the treatment lead to a reduction of scars and skin rejuvenation, with improved skin texture, firmness and hydration.
Why Is Medical Microneedling Is Right For You?
As we age we develop fine lines, wrinkles and changes to our skin tone and texture. Micro-needling triggers the body's natural repair mechanism by stimulating collagen and elastin at the site of treatment. This collagen and elastin smoothes wrinkles and fine lines from the inside out, restoring youthful skin naturally.
In a medically supervised setting, the procedure is generally considered safe, well tolerated and deemed suitable for thin and sensitive skin.
Conditions Medical Microneedling Treats:
- Reducing scars (including hypertrophic scars) caused by acne, surgery or thermal burns
- Fading stretch marks
- Reducing fine lines and deep wrinkles
- Dyspigmentation e.g in melasma
- Tightening sagging skin.
What To Expect With Medical Microneedling:
- The procedure is generally well tolerated. It takes a few minutes up to an hour to complete, depending on the area to be treated and the severity of the problem.
- The medical professional applies a numbing cream (topical) on the treatment area.
- The skin is punctured in a specific pattern using a skin needling device. The device is moved over the skin multiple times for best results.
- As each fine needle punctures the skin, it creates a channel or micro-wound stimulating skin cell regeneration.
- The patient can resume regular activities within a few days, depending on the depth of penetration of the needles.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Is it a medical or cosmetic procedure?
Canada Health is the federal regulator of therapeutic products, including medical devices. Medical micro-needling equipment is required to be registered as Class 2 Medical device. Micro-needling can be performed using consumer devices but these treatments are superficial and will not go deep into your skin. In order to stimulate the collagen and elastin production, you have to go beyond the epidermis into the dermis.
Who should perform the treatment?
If the skin has a medical condition and treatment is undertaken with a medical device, then this should be overseen by a medical doctor experienced in performing the procedures. Rule of thumb, service providers working without direct medical supervision should limit their treatment depths to the epidermis. Any treatments depths into the dermis should have medical supervision.
How many treatments will I need?
Some patients only require a single treatment once a year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart. For patients with more significant skin-care concerns, such as acne scars, 5 or more sessions might initially be needed initially. Maintenance is usually 1-3 times a year.
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