What is Micro-Needling?
Micro-Needling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a popular, non-surgical skin treatment that can balance skin tone and help reduce pore size, wrinkles and scars. The treatment can be used safely on all skin types, and requires little to no recovery time. The procedure takes about an hour. Within days, you should be able to see overall improved skin appearance as a result of the treatment. Micro-Needling also readies the skin for the deep absorption of the product applied during the procedure, which helps boost and accelerate noticeable effects. The superficial micro-channels created allow topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively into the skin, including:
- Hyaluronic acid serums
- Skin lightening products
- Growth Factors & Antioxidants
How does it work?
Micro-Needling, as the name implies, uses ultra-fine needles to create micro channels, or tiny holes, in the skin. The process stimulates the skin’s natural ability to heal itself by producing collagen and elastin. The repair process begins almost immediately, and final results can provide thicker skin and softened wrinkles and scars.
The Micro-Needling tool contains sterile, disposable micro-needles that are gently glided across the area being treated, creating micro-channels of controlled “injury.” This injury stimulates the production of the skin’s own repairing collagen and increases absorption of the skin care products applied as part of the procedure.
Common areas treated with Micro-Needling
The technology is versatile and can be used to improve skin appearance on many parts of the body, including the face, neck, décolletage, hands and arms. It can be used to help skin look better by reducing and even eliminating acne scars, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles.
Micro-Needling is a minimally invasive procedure that is used for skin improvement, and it works on a similar principle to laser skin treatments. The needling device delivers tiny pricks that can stimulate the natural healing process, creating smoother skin by helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and scars. It’s a quick, simple and pain-free treatment that provides results by stimulating the skin’s own natural production of collagen and elastin, the important building blocks of healthy, radiant and youthful skin.
What does the procedure feel like?
The Micro-Needling device’s high-speed motor causes needle penetration to occur really quickly, feeling more like a sandpaper sensation than needle sticks. Depending on the areas being treated and the depth of needle penetration, patients may experience stronger sensation. Micro-Needling is most often performed after a numbing cream has been applied to reduce or eliminate any possible discomfort or pain.
What to expect after treatement
Micro-Needling causes no tissue destruction. The micro-channels created in the skin close quickly, and the healing response begins almost immediately. Depending on the depth of the skin defect, you may see only redness after the procedure, or you may experience some pinpoint bleeding, which stops almost immediately.
What will my skin look and feel like right after?
A Micro-Needling procedure can cause redness (similar to a mild sunburn), light swelling, a stinging sensation and a bit of tenderness. These effects can last a day to several days, depending on treatment depth, and the redness is usually easily camouflaged with make-up. Most patients can return to work and normal activities immediately following the treatment.
WHAT IS DERMAPLANING?
Dermaplaning uses a 10 gauge scalpel to gently scrape off and exfoliate the outer layer of dulling dead skin cells and remove fine villous facial hair commonly known as “peach fuzz”. It can be used as an alternative to chemical peels or microdermabrasion or along with these procedures for an enhanced result. Performed by a licensed and experienced aesthetician, this procedure produces an immediately more radiant appearance. Following this treatment, makeup application is smoother and other skin products penetrate deeper making them more effective.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Dermaplaning is a great choice for most skin types and anyone who has fine facial hair (“peach fuzz”), extremely sensitive skin or rosacea (diffuse redness and/ or visible facial veins) that can’t normally tolerate chemical exfoliation. The only skin that probably shouldn’t be treated with dermaplaning is active acne-prone skin. Oil from the sebaceous glands needs to travel up along the vellous hair to be excreted. If the hair is removed the oil builds up and the glands are blocked causing even more breakouts. In addition, anyone with numerous raised lesions or an allergy to nickel should not be treated.
HOW OFTEN CAN I HAVE THIS DONE?
Since Dermaplaning removes about 3 weeks of accumulated dead skin cells, it’s best to wait about 3-4 weeks between treatments.
IS IT PAINFUL?
The procedure is painless and there is no associated downtime. Makeup can be applied immediately afterwards. The use of sunscreen is strongly recommended to prevent hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin).
WILL THE HAIR GROW BACK THICKER?
Peach fuzz is the fine translucent hair that you can see if you look closely at a woman’s face. This type of hair, also called vellous hair, is very different from the coarser hair you see on the head and under the arms. Because vellous hair is so fine, it is not possible that it will grow back thicker. In fact, over time I’ve seen it come back less and less.
PHOTOFACIAL LIGHT THERAPY
WHAT IS LED?
Is a professional grade light emitting diode device for the treatment of periorbital wrinkles and pigmented skin. It helps reduce pore size, improve skin tone and texture and gives a vibrant healthier looking skin after just one treatment. It’s a natural, non-invasive, painless treatment suitable for all skin types and conditions.
HOW DOES LED WORK?
Using two clinically proven wavelengths of light 633nm or red light and 830nm or near infra red light. These wavelengths have been shown repeatedly in clinical studies to be absorbed by cells stimulating ATP .the energy source of the cell and and a cascade of cellular processes that stimulate collagen and elastin production and improve blood flow and tissue oxygenation helping skin cells absorb topical skincare products. In addition red and infrared light helps reduce inflammation, accelerate wound healing and help reduce brown spots and pigmentation.
IS LED SAFE?
Yes, the LED device is tested to an international standard demonstrating its safety. Because LED used doesn’t expose your eyes to the light it’s less uncomfortable and less claustrophobic than traditional salon LED systems and you won’t need to wear eye protection.
IS LED DIFFRRENT FROM LASER?
Yes, it is non-ablative, meaning it does not cut, burn or break the skin surface. Lasers work by using heat and this heat causes trauma within the skin that creates a wound that then repairs. This means that after a laser session, your skin will be very red, often painful and you will peel. The recovery time is anything from 3-10 days with a laser treatment.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Because LED creates no heat it’s suitable for all skin types, and is clinically proven to treat fine lines, hyperpigmentation, improve skin tone and texture and reduce inflammation.
CAN I COMBINE THIS WITH OTHER TREATMENTS?
Yes, it will enhance and accelerate the results from other treatments. You can combine with existing facials, peels, dermaplaning or microneedling. Even if you’ve had fillers or a laser treatment you can come in to reduce downtime. Because the LED system builds healthy skin from the inside out it compliments other treatments that work in other ways.
CAN THIS BE USED ON OTHER PARTS OF BODY?
Yes, the face panels can be used to treat the neck, décolletage, hands area and other parts of the body such as the abdomen. It can be combined with other body treatments.
IS IT CLAUSTROPHOBIC?
No, unlike other LED systems that surround the face the device used in my treatment is specifically designed to deliver a comfortable photofacial to the skin, it does not cover the eyes or feel heavy on the skin. The LEDs used are the first of their kind to deliver two wavelengths at the correct energy from one diode, making the device lightweight and enabling treatment times to be reduced to just 10 minutes.
DOES IT MATTER THAT MY WHOLE FACE ISN’T COVERED BY LEDS?
No, light therapy works through primary and secondary mechanisms so even if the light does not cover a specific area, cells will still be stimulated in this area because of the biochemical cascade that takes place within and between the cells.
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
After a single photofacial you will see firmer, tighter skin with a reduced pore size and skin will feel softer and smoother due to the instant hydration and enhanced absorption of the ingredients in the Hydrogel Mask. Your complexion will look more vibrant and fresher due to the increased blood flow, tissue oxygenation and increased cellular ATP.
HOW LONG DO THE RESULTS LAST?
Results can last for several months following a course of 4 LED photofacials. However, maintenance sessions are advised to ensure longer-lasting results.