Are You Ready for a Little Needling?

microneedlingNeedling. That’s the stuff of Thanksgiving dinners, where family members come together and give each other some serious needling over the turkey and gravy.

Well, this holiday season wer’re into needling at Diamond Medical Spa & Vein, too. Microneedling. At Diamond, we offer microneedling with the Eclipse MicroPen to reduce wrinkles, improve skin texture, resolve pigmentation issues, and soften scars.

What is microneedling?
You’ve probably not noticed it, but whenever your body receives a relatively serious cut, say one that requires stitches, it goes into repair mode. In additional to healing the skin, the body creates skin support structure through increased collagen production.

Microneedling triggers this same wound response. This concept is the basis of many skin rejuvenation procedures. Everything from fractional lasers to radiofrequency waves, when the energy is delivered into the dermis the body perceives it as an injury and responds by creating new cells, including collagen. Since collagen is the basic protein responsible for the support structure of the skin, it is of particular interest.

Microneedling at Diamond Medical Spa is another effective rejuvenation option. Also known as collagen induction therapy, the idea is to prick the skin to stimulate that healing response in the body.

Here’s some more background on microneedling.
It’s all about the “pen”

Microneedling involves the use of the Eclipse Micropen that contains 12 very fine needles. The microneedling pen is moved over the treatment area, which has been numbed topically beforehand. The needles puncture the skin to create controlled skin injuries. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. Through this process, skin texture and firmness improve.

We treat numerous skin conditions with microneedling — fine lines, melasma, hyperpigmentation, surgical scarring, stretch marks, and large pores. We usually recommend from three to six microneedling sessions for the best results.

How does it work?
Once microneedling produces tiny wounds in the skin, the body reacts to this by activating its healing mechanisms. This process induces the production of new collagen in the skin, known as neocollagenesis. Not only does this procedure stimulate collagen production, it also builds up the growth of endothelial cells, which are the thin layers of cells lining the blood vessels and capillaries. This means there will be better blood supply to the skin, which creates a healthy glow. Also, following treatment, we apply topical gels, creams, and serums (depending on the needs of your skin) and they are absorbed more effectively due to the microchannels in your skin.

Non-invasive and safe
Because the epidermis remains intact, microneedling is safe and can be used in areas where laser treatments and deep peels can’t be done. Plus, the topical numbing keeps the patient comfortable. The tiny pricking channels close within one hour, so post-procedure infections are extremely rare. The procedure can be repeated every four to six weeks as needed. For one to two days after treatment, patients will experience some redness and mild swelling akin to a mild sunburn.

Interested in boosting your body’s collagen production? Give it a little needling this holiday season at Diamond Medical Spa & Vein. Call us at 563-275-4701 to make an appointment.

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