One Visit – Face- Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) is a minimally invasive treatment to rejuvenate the skin. Results can include improved texture and firmness, as well as a reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.
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Collagen Induction - PRP Microneedling-- Vampire Facial + FREE B12 OR Teeth Whitening!
The ‘proper’ name for a vampire facial is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy. It’s essentially a regenerative therapy, which uses nothing but the patient’s own blood. Your PRP is then Microneedled (also known as collagen induction therapy) into your face. Results can include improved texture and firmness, as well as a reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.
Microneedling- Face w/AQ Growth Factor + FREE Teeth Whitening!
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What is automated Micro-needling?
Automated Micro-Needling (also known as Epidermal Collagen Induction Therapy or ECIT) is a new innovation in aesthetic medicine for the treatment of the appearance of fine lines, acne scars and the improvement of the skin’s texture, tone, and color.
During this procedure, the pen is used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to aid in the production of collagen and elastin. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker epidermis with a softer appearance of wrinkles. The pen also creates micro channels ls which allow topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively, enhancing the effects in deeper layers of the skin.
What are the benefits of micro-needling?
Reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, improved skin tone and texture and softer, younger looking skin with fewer signs of aging. The pen can improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks.
What areas of the body can I treat?
The pen can be used on all parts of the body: face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.
How is the procedure done?
A sterile cartridge containing 12 tiny micro-points is attached to the pen. Your skin-care professional will apply sterile saline to your skin and select the appropriate pen position based on your unique needs. Next, in a single motion, the pen will be gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding in one direction until the entire treatment area has been covered.
What does it feel like?
The feeling associated with the pen is similar to sandpaper being moved across the skin. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating tip makes the treatment more comfortable.
What is the downtime?
Immediately after the treatment, you will notice a bright redness to the skin. The total healing time depends on the pen position used and the number of overlapping passes your skin-care professional performs. On average, patients experience redness for 2-4 days.
When will I see the results?
When will I see the results? Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several weeks. Results can continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment.
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 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart. For patients with more significant skin-care concerns, such as acne scars, it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals.
Principle of Microneedling
Microneedling relies on the principle of neocollagenesis and neovascularisation that occurs as a result of the release of growth factors following needle piercing of the stratum corneum. These growth factors are believed to be responsible for the beneficial effects of the procedure in the treatment of scars and photo-ageing. Two hypotheses have been proposed to explain the mechanism of action of microneedling:
Formation of microchannels with the resultant healing response: previously, it was proposed that following microneedling, thousands of microchannels or tiny wounds are produced through the epidermis into the papillary dermis of treated skin. These microchannels create a confluent zone of superficial bleeding that acts as a powerful stimulus for the release of various growth factors such as platelet derived growth factor (PGF), transforming growth factor alpha and beta (TGF-α and TGF-β), and fibroblast growth factor (FGF), which initiate the normal process of wound healing by stimulating the migration and proliferation of fibroblasts that promote collagen deposition
Production of a demarcation current: it has been hypothesized by Liebl that when the microneedles penetrate the skin, a demarcation current is produced by cells rather than wounds8. It is the demarcation current that triggers a cascade of growth factors that stimulate the healing phase.
This hypothesis, based on the generation of bioelectricity, was proven by Jaffe. In resting state, the interior of epidermal cells has a negative electric potential of -70 mV whereas interstitium and epidermal surfaces have a positive potential. The epidermal injury causes the release of potassium and proteins into the interior of epidermal cells, further decreasing the electric potential to -120 mV or less.
This leads to an increase in the potential difference between the interior of the cell and the exterior environment. It is claimed that this potential difference triggers the migration of fibroblasts to the site of injury where they proliferate and lay down collagen.