WHAT IS MICRO-NEEDLING?
The EDermastamp® micro-needling causes minimally invasive precision micro-injuries of the epidermis and dermis, without causing open wounds or ablative damage. The puncturing channels close after a short time and these micro-injuries trigger the body’s wound healing cascade, which induces an increased collagen production in the treated skin. EDermastamp® triggers the construction of new tissue by stimulating healthy cell regeneration in precision-targeted areas that show the signs of aging. It effectively reduces wrinkles, tightens and thickens the skin, and – perhaps most impressively – fills and smooths scars.
HOW DOES MICRO-NEEDLING WORK?
The micro-needling device slides along the skin and penetrates upper layers of the skin to a depth of up to 2mm to create tiny needle wounds. This signals the body to respond by producing collagen and elastin fibers. As a result, the skin becomes fuller, thus reducing the appearance of scars, lines, and wrinkles.
WHAT CONDITIONS DOES MICRO-NEEDLING TREAT?
Some of the conditions that Micro-needling is known to improve include: mild to moderate acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, skin tone and texture, pore size, stretch marks and pigmentation irregularities.
WHAT WILL I LOOK LIKE AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Most people will notice redness and mild swelling similar to slight sunburn for 24-48 hours and there may be slight pinpoint bleeding and/or bruising. Skin will be noticeably smoother and more radiant within a week or two. Full results will take a few months to appear.
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE INVOLVE?
It begins with cleaning and numbing the skin. A collagen-stimulating product, Hyaluronic acid serum. A small pen with 6 tiny needles is used to create tiny wounds in the skin. The speed and adjust-ability of the needles allows for more effective piercing and absorption of skin products. Vitamin-C serum or Hyaluronic acid are used after the procedure to hydrate, heal and protect the skin.
WHAT IS THE DOWN TIME AFTER MICRO-NEEDLING TREATMENT?
Inflammation of the skin is very temporary and reduces greatly within a few hours. It may remain slightly pink for up to 48 hours after treatment. Using hyaluronic acid after the procedure can help reduce inflammation, and sunscreen can be used to protect the skin. Makeup use should be limited to mineral makeup.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MICRO-NEEDLING?
- Restored structural integrity
- improved texture and tone
- Thicker skin layers
- Reduced pore size
- Improved immunization
- Improved elasticity
- Even pigments
- Emproved appearance of scares
- Improved stretch marks
- Reduces risk of non-melanoma skin cancer
CAN MICRO-NEEDLING BE PERFORMED ON ANY SKIN COLOR?
Micro-needling is safe to use on all skin types and colors without risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.
IS MICRO-NEEDLING PAINFUL?
Prior to the treatment, numbing cream can be applied to minimize pain that is felt during the procedure.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED AND HOW OFTEN CAN MICRO-NEEDLING PROCEDURES BE REPEATED?
Each patients skin condition determines the number of treatments that are needed.
Micro-needling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks as needed. Collagen induction requires at least 3 treatments, while scar reduction requires between 3 and 6.
4 to 6 weeks should pass between one treatment and the next, and the number of treatments needed depends on individual cases. Micro-needling can be used on all parts of the body (neck, décolleté, arms, legs, etc). Usually results begin to appear after the first treatment.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF THE MICRO-NEEDLING?
Infection, Pigment Changes, Scarring, Pain, Persistent Redness, Itching and or Swelling, Allergic Reaction, Granulomas.
WHAT SHOULD I AVOID ON MY SKIN AFTER THE TREATMENT?
AHA/BHA, retinol, acidic or active ingredients should not be used for 5-7 days after treatment to allow for maximum healing. Sun exposure is not recommended and sunscreen is encouraged.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR MICRO-NEEDLING?
Micro-needling is safe on all skin types and colors because the epidermis is not damaged during treatment. Micro-needling can be used on sensitive and fragile areas (eyes, neck, back of hands) that cannot be treated easily with other procedures. Micro-needling is not suitable for patients who have open wounds, cuts or abrasions, have had radiation skin treatment within the last year, are suffering from any skin infection, condition, or herpes simplex in the area of concern, are pregnant or breast feeding, have any history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing.
- Active Acne
- Active infection ( bacterial, viral or fungal )
- Blood thinner medications
- Cardiac disease/abnormalities
- Chemotherapy or radiation
- Collagen vascular disease
- Eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis
- Hemophilia/ bleeding disorders
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Keloid/ hypertropic scaring
- Lactating / pregnancy
- Avoided raised lesions (moles,warts etc
- Recent chemical peel
- Accutane (must wait 6-12 months)
- Recent use of problematic topical product
- Active Rosacea
- Skin Cancer
- Telangiectasia/ erythema
- Vascular lesions
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Filler – Avoid for at least 2 weeks