The Five Benefits of Microneedling
Microneedling is a procedure whereby thousands of tiny holes are punctured in the skin. It is ‘controlled skin injury.’ These holes or ‘micro-wounds’ trigger the body to fill in these holes by producing new collagen and elastin in the dermis along with new capillaries. The new blood flow and collagen production results in improvement of scars and rejuvenation of the skin. The texture, firmness and hydration of the skin are improved. Microneedling is also referred to as collagen induction therapy (CIT) which is a very accurate description of what is happening. The depth of the needle penetration dictates the level of injury to the skin and the potential results to be achieved.
Plastic surgeon Des Fernandez, MD introduced a microneedling roller back in 1996. 20 years later, improvements in his original concept will make this a huge cosmetic procedure in 2016. Simply put, the newer microneedling devices work better. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Sheila Nazarian agrees stating the roller devices are, “sending needles in and out of your skin at an angle, actually nicking the skin as they come out, so it’s causing more damage that you want.”
The newer battery powered or electrical devices are able to penetrate more deeply (and vertically) into the dermis giving you a huge boost in collagen and elastin formation. MicroPen , SkinPen , Collagen P.I.N , and Rejuvapen are some of the well known devices used in medi-spas and dermatology/cosmetic surgery practices. They have between 9 and 12 needles, smooth or beveled tips and the ability to change the needle depth from 0.25-3.0 mm.
Microneedling can treat many skin conditions and has become a hot topic on sites such as RealSelf. The list of benefits of microneedling keeps growing making this an even more widespread procedure.
- It is an effective means to treat fine lines, wrinkles, loose skin, acne or other scarring, stretch marks, hair loss, melasma or hyperpigmentation.
- It is less expensive than laser skin resurfacing procedures like Fraxel and arguably equally as effective. In an office questionnaire I found that people opted for microneedling over laser procedures due to, “excellent results for less money.”
- There is far less downtime with microneedling vs. laser skin resurfacing.
- Unlike chemical peels, microneedling can be used on any skin type.
Microneedling is typically combined with the use of a wide array of skin care ingredients to increase the effectiveness and absorption of these products. For instance: Vitamin C (collagen), hydroquinones (pigment), Vitamin A (skin
rejuvenation and acne) and peptides (collagen).
PRP Therapy via MicroNeedling
Topical PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy utilize microneedling to advance the healing of lasers and resurfacing treatments. PRP treatments are also used to boost the freshness of the skin and improve skin texture and tone.
What areas can be treated?
Micro needling can safely be used on nearly all parts of the body with the most frequent treatments being on the
How Dermarolling helps with hair growth
Hair growth relies on genes that promote the development of new hair cells. This takes place within the hair follicles, the small openings that cover the scalp as well as the rest of the body. A number of chemicals are needed to trigger the production of hair cells, and one of the most important of these is the human growth factor.
Scientists suggest that the derma roller works by triggering the production of human growth factor. When the needles are rolled along the skin, they cause minor surface wounds to the tissue. The body then must work to produce new skin in the area of the wound and releases the human growth hormone and other chemicals to assist with this process. Supporters of the derma roller believe that when these chemicals are released they also stimulate the growth of hair in the affected area, which can help begin regrowth in areas of thinning.
Rolling Methods vs. Therapy
Rolling methods create unnecessary trauma, are user dependent, risk cross-infection, involve high consumable costs, are too large for small areas and display an undesirable perceived value.
Dermapen’s automated vertical stamping method uses a universal, sterilized and disposable tip providing low consumable costs. The small tip helps treat hard to reach areas, delivers unrivaled collagen induction with 7 speed variability and reduces epidermal damage to limit down-time