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Whether using a dermarolling or microneedling technique, it is a procedure that uses sterile, needles for optimal patient safety and comfort. Every instrument can have 12 to 30+ small needles that are used to penetrate vertically into the skin. This creates a controlled micro-skin channel, while stimulating the skin’s natural ability to heal itself and increasing the production of new collagen — which is the formation of strong, insoluble fibers that serve as connective tissue between cells. These micro-skin channels carry up to 80% more topical nutrients, allowing penetration deep into the dermis fibroblasts, feeding the cells found in the dermis and basal layers. This increases the absorption of active ingredients into the skin, stimulating repair at a cellular level and accelerating the regeneration of the skin’s epidermal cells.
This treatment is similar to laser treatments, but without the severe side effects or the long recovery time. Adding to that benefit, studies have shown that treatments are more effective for greater Fitzpatrick types (darker skin IV-VI), due to the reduced risk of hyperpigmentation compared to traditional microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Dependent on the practitioner, the needle can penetrate various depths that can address issues such as (scars, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation, melasma, wrinkles, loss of collagen, texture, tattoo removal, and more).
I have been doing this treatment to focus on loss of collagen under my eyes, pigmentation, and tightening my skin overall. I love the results! Like with any treatment, once you leave the office, it is up to you to maintain and enhance your results with the right care. Most medical practices will use a serum (growth factor, vitamin c, platelet rich blood plasma) while doing the procedure. Focusing on post care, here are a few ingredients that will enhance your microneedling results!
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) when used during a microneedling treatment has the added benefit of better absorption into the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that binds to and absorbs water, it gives a fullness and plumpness to the skin. As water is absorbed by the acid, volume is created, acting in the same manner as how a sponge soaks up water and becomes full to even out every little crevice. The creation of the controlled micro wounds, increases the skins ability to utilize the nutrients by up to 3,000 percent! It reduces degenerative effects to structure and volume from the face, that causes wrinkles and folds to become more obvious. Just like collagen loss, when hyaluronic acid levels drop, the skin has less support. Using a couple of drops of pure Hyaluronic Acid serums under your regular moisturizer, between microneedling treatments, does wonders! Topical HA is so lightweight and will absorb quickly in your skin without leaving any greasy residue. Moisturizers containing HA are of course a plus for any skin type to fight the aging process. HA can also treat burns, wounds and skin ulcers if applied topically.
Vitamin C plays a crucial role in remodeling and stimulating an increase in collagen production by the fibroblasts and to enhance extracellular matrix contraction. This results in more youthful and firmer skin. It also has been found to reduce fine lines and wrinkle, decrease roughness of the skin, and provide a strong antioxidant dose to prevent oxidative damage. Vitamin C has been proven to be efficacious in dealing with post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation secondary to acne. There are two forms:
Water-soluble vitamin C (i.e. sodium ascorbyl phosphate)
Oil-soluble vitamin C (i.e. ascorbyl linoleate)
Because it stimulates skin remodeling, oil-soluble vitamin C is an essential component of post-microneedling skin care. ONCE the skin has healed. Apply oil-soluble vitamin C to cleansed skin prior to other skincare products, including other water-soluble forms of vitamin C.
Stems Cells "Growth Factors"
Viable stem cells, in conjunction with microneedling, can assist greatly with skin rejuvenation. Stem cells contain growth factors that can help heal wounds, repair damaged tissues, regenerate aged skin, and growth of skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes. There are various types of stem cells, including human stem cells and plant stem cells. However it is studied that only patented plant cell activators are scientifically proven to stimulate dermal cells. Growth factors cells are large proteins therefore, they have to be used when the micro channels are open (up to 20-plus hours after the micro-needling procedure). Microneedling allows growth factors to penetrate into the dermal tissues instead of sitting on top of the skin’s surface. Studies suggest that, statistically, there is significant improvement in hydration, melanin reduction, skin texture, dermal thickness and collagen, compared to microneedling alone. Microneedling using plant stem cells can be used to treat all areas of the body, in particular, the areas of the face that are difficult to treat; such as the periorbital and perioral regions that are often over treated with fillers.
Vitamin A and Hydroquinone
Not needed by all, these ingredients can be prescribed pre and post treatment, depending on the severity of pigmentation and scarring. They have the ability to accelerate cell turnover, skin rejuvenation, texture, wrinkles, scaring, acne and lift pigmentation.
Choose nutrient dense products with minimal irritating ingredients
Some ingredients can interfere with the tissue remodeling process. Avoid ingredients such as fragrances or dyes that cause inflammation or don’t allow the skin to reach homeostasis. If ingredients stimulate the inflammation (hence a medical professional guided plan when using vitamin A or hydroquinone), the product may reduce the beneficial effects of the procedure. Look for products that contain pure, stable, viability (meaning there is data to show that growth factor proteins are quality tested per batch).
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