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Micro-Needling
The natural rejuvenation healing process

By: Beverly Harvey, Esthetician Mes Amies Medical Spa

By: Beverly Harvey,
Esthetician Mes Amies Medical Spa

Skin needling is an age-old technique that is getting a twist.

Also known as micro-needling, this noninvasive procedure is a cutting edge technology, administered by a licensed Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, that dramatically improves skin appearance by using the body’s natural ability to heal.

The skin rejuvenation treatment utilizes a device with ultra-fine, medical-quality needles that gently create multiple skin punctures over a targeted area of tissue.  Then, the micro-injuries induce a wound healing response and encourage the skin to produce collagen and elastin.

New collagen and elastin have several benefits for the dermis.  Not only does this collagen production improve skin quality and texture; it makes the skin feel firmer and smoother while repairing tone, fine wrinkles, stretch marks and even surgical/acne scars.

What is the best micro-needling device out there now?

The Dermapen® Micro Needling is an automated micro-needling device with a disposable tip cartridge.  It uses 11 micro-needles that vertically stamp the skin at a high speed.  The stamping action of the vertical tip creates micro-injuries to the skin.  Each of the thousands of tiny puncture wounds induces the release of growth factors that begin the process of wound healing.  In doing so, these micro-injuries encourage and harness the body’s innate ability to regrow and repair the skin through a normal and physiological process.  These factors stimulate new collagen and elastin growth in the surrounding skin.  New collagen production can continue for up to 12 months, resulting in an improvement in skin firmness and texture, and a softening and lifting of scars and wrinkles.

What does the Dermapen® treat?

Dermapen® is suitable for fine lines, dull skin, sun damaged and aging skin, enlarged pores, acne scars, chicken pox scars and surgical scars (more than six months old), as well as for tightening and smoothing of skin on the face, hands, neck and chest.  Skin needling can be performed on all skin types and colors and on all parts of the body.

How is Dermapen® Micro Needling different from other techniques?

The most common technique uses a roller with needles spread across the cylindrical treatment applicator.  This type of device is rolled across the treatment area.  The nature of the rolling movement creates unnecessary epidermal damage as the needles pull the tissue as they leave the skin.  Dermapen®’s unique applicator is completely vertical, minimizing unnecessary injury to the treatment area.  The carefully controlled, disposable needle applicator only moves in an up-and-down motion, meaning less recovery time and a more comfortable experience for patients.

The Dermapen® Micro Needling is an automated micro-needling device with a disposable tip cartridge.

The Dermapen® Micro Needling is an automated micro-needling device with a disposable tip cartridge.

What does the treatment feel like?

Depending on the depth of treatment, numbing creams can be used to increase patient comfort.  The applicator can be adjusted to a length of .5mm to 2.5mm based on a patient’s skin condition.  Those undergoing treatments with a shorter needle will only feel a tickling sensation, while those undergoing treatment with the full 2.5mm applicator are offered numbing creams as an option for treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

Generally, a minimum of three to four treatments is required to achieve improvements in skin firmness and texture.  Improvement of scars may take five or more treatments.

How long until I see results, and what can I expect after my treatment?

Each patient’s healing time varies, though most start to see results in one day to a week after treatment.  Immediately after treatment, patients may notice a red appearance in the treatment area and in rare cases minor pin-point bleeding depending on the depth of the needle penetration.  Even a light treatment can enhance the appearance of skin texture and brighten a person’s complexion.

What types of products are recommended to maintain results?

Immediately after the treatment, patients are recommended to use a calming skin care regimen.  Eminence Organics Citrus and Kale C+E serum with soothing and hydrating botanicals is the perfect choice to achieve brighter and younger looking skin.  After the series of treatments are complete, a prescription of ZO Medical skin care will be customized for each patient.

Who is NOT a good candidate for micro-needling?

The procedure is not good for those who have been on Accutane acne treatment in the last six months, have active acne, open wounds, infections, psoriasis or dermatitis in the area to be treated, have uncontrolled diabetes, are pregnant or breast feeding, or who are prone to keloid scars or other abnormal wound healing.  Smokers should also be aware that smoking compromises the body’s ability to grow new collagen.  As with any treatments that puncture the skin, infection, pigment changes and scarring are remote risks.

What is the cost?

The procedures are $299 per treatment or $1,500 for a series of six treatments.

- Beverly Harvey is a licensed Esthetician with Mes Amies Medical Spa.  Since 2001, Harvey has trained across the country in innovative skincare therapies and continues to research quality and exciting services and products.  For more information on micro-needling or for a complimentary consultation, call Mes Amies Medical Spa at (239) 791-7867 or visit www.mesamiesmedspa.com.

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