For those looking to improve the look of scars, boost collagen, or encourage hair growth, microneedling might offer a minimally invasive solution. Microneedling, originally known as collagen induction therapy or percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is now a well-documented treatment option in atrophic acne scars and for skin rejuvenation. The therapeutic indications for this treatment option have increased over the last few years to include transdermal drug delivery, treatment of periorbital melanosis, actinic keratosis and varicella scars. Previously used on its own, it is now increasingly combined with other modalities such as photodynamic therapy to obtain ideal results.
Microneedling, as the term indicates, means the use of needles or ‘microneedles’ to achieve a therapeutic effect. Microneedling as a treatment option in post-acne scars has been described by many clinical studies to date.
How does Micro-Needling work?
As the device slides along the skin, it penetrates the upper layers of the skin (epidermis and superficial dermis) to a depth of up to 2.5mm to create tiny needle wounds. The body recognizes these wounds and responds by delivering cells that help produce new collagen and elastin fibers. We then see more youthful skin with a reduction in wrinkles and scars.
What are the benefits of Micro-Needling?
Micro-needling results in a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, creating younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging. Micro-Needling also has a positive effect on hyper-pigmentation and on hypo-pigmentation, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks and generally creates a fresher appearance or glow to the skin.
What areas of the body can I treat?
Micro-Needling can be used on all parts of the body: face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.
Micro-needling can be used to treat a variety of different skin conditions, including:
- Fine and deep wrinkles
- Scars caused by acne, previous surgeries and burns
- Stretch marks
- Sagging skin
- Pigmentation from Melasma
The Caudle Center uses the SkinPen by Bellus Medical. SkinPen by Bellus Medical is the first microneedling device cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, clinically proven to safely and effectively treat facial acne scars for ages 22 and up.
With as few as three non-invasive and affordable treatments spaced 30 days apart, you can improve your appearance for six months after your last treatment – and step out with confidence. It causes controlled micro-injuries that stimulate your body’s natural wound healing process, while minimizing cellular damage. The result is effective remodeling of scar tissue, while keeping the overall structure of the skin intact.
There are three phases to the wound-repair process:
- Phase I: Inflammation. Piercing the skin triggers your immune system to disinfect the wounds, remove debris, increase blood flow and begin to create new tissue.
- Phase II: Proliferation. The wound is rebuilt with new granulation cells, which are part of the extracellular matrix. Additionally, a new network of blood vessels develops.
- Phase III: Remodeling. The wound is replaced with new dermal tissues and blood vessels.
Best of all, SkinPen works. Ninety percent of subjects in the clinical trial would recommend the procedure to family and friends.