Microneedling is a minimally invasive skin care treatment used to treat skin laxity, fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, broken capillaries and acne scarring. Because the sun breaks down collagen, and our skin naturally makes less collagen as we age. Any intervention that encourages increased collagen synthesis can make skin look and act younger.
How does it work ?
Microneedling is procedure that uses a pen-like medical device with disposable needle cartridges to create a series of very tiny punctures in the skin. This microtrauma triggers the skin to produce new healing agents such as elastin and collagen to repair the skin. In doing so, the new skin becomes smoother and tighter. It is also very effective in treating raised acne scars and raised scars from other causes.
What are the advantages and what are the limitations ?
The main advantage of microneedling is that it is far less aggressive in terms of skin trauma compared to laser treatments or chemical peels. For this reason, the recovery time from microneedling is much shorter than lasers or chemical peels. Typically, microneedling can make the skin red for a few days up to a week after treatment. The healing time can be shortened further and the skin tightening affects can be enhanced even more when microneedling is used in combination with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
PRP involves a drawing up a person’s own blood and processing it extract serum that is high in growth factors and platelets. This PRP serum is then applied to the skin immediately after microneedling to help with skin’s natural healing response.
The main limitation of microneedling is that it is not as strong as lasers so it may not be able to tighten skin that is very loose or eliminate wrinkles or lines that are very deep. Proper patient selection is key. Also, for this reason, we often book at least 3 sessions of microneedling one month apart to achieve the results we are looking for.
What are the risks ?
As with any treatment, you should be aware of the risks of microneedling and PRP. These risks include temporary redness, bruising,and pigmentation problems. There is also a very small risk of infection and scarring. These risks can be minimized further if your treatment is performed by a qualified health professional in the proper medical setting. All our treatments are performed by a very skilled and certified cosmetic nurse using Health Canada approved devices with a sterile technique. Our treatment facility is also approved the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario which regulates all out-patient medical clinics in Ontario.