The needles in a microneedling treatment are the secret behind the resulting benefits. It’s an old procedure reborn as the next big thing and can improve the appearance of wrinkles and scars and trigger collagen and elastin production in the skin. Using a device similar to the age-old dermal roller, tiny needles gyrate and penetrate the surface of the skin at different depths, creating micro injuries. This is the same science of enticing the skin’s defense mechanism to repair the injured skin, resulting in a much improved skin quality from texture, to pores, wrinkles and scars.
How does Microneedling work?
Often called skin needling or collagen induction therapy (CIT), microneedling at Georgetown Allure is performed by our credentialed practitioners using the Dermapen® microneedling pen. This handheld device uses the acupuncture technique, but the goal here is improving skin texture and appearance instead of reducing pain like in traditional acupuncture. The cluster of needles at the tip of the pen puncture the skin, creating wounds that trigger the skin’s defense system to repair, thereby producing collagen and elastin, resulting in rejuvenated glowing skin.
What are the benefits of Microneedling?
Microneedling as a skin treatment is most effective in reducing facial wrinkles and lines as well as acne and traumatic scars. Tremendous improvement in the skin’s appearance and texture, a reduction in pore size and an overall healthier, glowing complexion is seen with each treatment. Other applications where improvement is seen is in the treatment of hair loss, where different cocktails of hair growth enhancing solutions are applied to the punctured skin during the treatment allowing for better penetration of the product and producing greater hair growth. Microneedling has also been used on stretch marks where the results vary depending on the color and depth of the stretch mark, the skin type and the severity of the stretch scars.
How does Microneedling compare to IPL?
A microneeedling treatment is just as effective as a skin rejuvenating laser treatment at a fraction of the cost of alternative treatments such as IPL, Fraxel and other ablative lasers. The results obtained are similar if not better, with less discomfort and a reduced down time. Application of customized anti-aging serums and products customized to treat scars, hair loss and stretch marks have made microneedling one of the best non-invasive treatments of today.