Micro-needling is a type of skin rejuvenation and restoration treatment that has been around since 1995. It has seen more recent proliferation thanks to innovations that allow the technique to be used for a wider variety of skin ailments, such as wrinkles, acne scars, and overall texture and tone improvements. As an anti-aging solution, micro-needling has quickly become a stable in the skin esthetician’s arsenal, right alongside treatments like PRP therapy, microdermabrasion, Spectra Peel, and more.
What Is Micro-Needling?
Micro-needling is also known as collagen induction therapy (CIT), and its primary use is to spur collagen production and the skin’s natural restoration mechanisms to remove imperfections. It is also used to enhance the delivery of topical agents, like nutrient gels or moisturizing creams, so that they can get absorbed more easily by the lower layers of the skin.
How Does Micro-Needling Work?
Micro-needling treatments use a meso-gun, which has only one needle is injected into the skin. As the needle penetrates the skin, it creates a series of micro-traumas that encourage the body’s repair mechanisms to begin treating the area. Among the responses this provokes is the creation of collagen and elastin, the substances that are so integral to maintaining the shape and fullness of the skin. Since the micro-needling produces micro-injuries, more collagen and elastin is produced than is needed to repair the injection sites. The leftovers—and there will be a lot of leftovers—are then used to plump up and restore nearby wrinkles, acne scars, and any other blemishes.
The second way micro-needling works is that it creates micro-channels in the skin. This allows any topical nutrient solutions or moisturizers to penetrate past the upper layers of the skin and further down into the dermis. Since the surface layer of your skin contains dead skin cells that can obstruct the effectiveness of topical agents, these channels offer direct access to where they can do the most good.
How Many Treatments Are Needed to Get Results?
Technically, only one micro-needling treatment is needed to produce results; however, three to five are usually recommended in order to improve the strength and duration of improvements. The thing to keep in mind is that micro-needling makes use of your body’s repair mechanisms, and your body likes to take its time. Assuming that treatments are properly spaced out (four to eight weeks apart, ideally), collagen production will end up persisting for up to six months following the final session.
Are There Side Effects?
The most typical side effect is minor bruising and swelling. The injection site is going to be red and extra sensitive for up to a week or so following treatment. This is largely unavoidable—the skin doesn’t like getting stabbed with a needle even if the end result is an improvement—but only a mild discomfort. It is also important that you not mix skin rejuvenation treatments, so microdermabrasion and micropeels need to be avoided until your full micro-needling series finishes.
At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, we pride ourselves on using the latest clinical methods to give clients the beauty they deserve. We support our clients being able to make the right, informed decisions about how to pursue micro-needling treatments, and we strive to provide the best practitioners in Toronto. Feel free to contact us by phone at 416.546.4664 or by e-mail at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca to ask any questions. Our skincare specialists can also offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.