Microneedling is the latest rage in skincare and for good reason. It rejuvenates your skin by creating tiny pricks (or microchannels) to help product penetrate more effectively and increase collagen production.
By Jodi Daniels, Paramedical Aesthetican Vivesse Med Spa
Judi is doing it and now Cynthia is too!
Microneedling skin is one of the most effectual methods to rejuvenate skin tissue. Microneedling has the ability to regenerate tissue and restore the collagen lattice in the dermal layer. Very few treatments can induce elastin production; however, microneedling has the ability to synthesize elastin, as well as, increase collagen. When the skin is wounded, normal growth factors are released from platelets, this in turn causes collagen induction. When needling is performed properly, there is a controlled state of inflammation which stimulates these growth factors to rapidly heal and build more collagen. When the skin is immediately fed with growth factors or topical vitamins, e.g., vitamin A and Vitamin C, skin begins to thicken and rejuvenate rapidly. When the skin is healing from open wounds, a type of collagen known as collagen III is produced, which can lead to scarring. However, when one needles, the type of collagen that is synthesized is collagen I, which causes regeneration rather than scar formation.
Vivesse Med Spa offers two forms of microneedling that complement each other for skin rejuvenation. The first is medical needling, which is done with an instrument that protrudes up to 2.5mm. The benefit of this treatment is a dramatic increase in collagen induction; it is also quite effective against pigmentation issues as well. This treatment done in a series is an effectual method for reducing wrinkles and skin laxity. Three to four treatments are recommended with a follow-up of twice a year for maintenance.
The second form of needling that Vivesse offers is cosmetic needling, which increases the efficacy of medical needling when done at home. This treatment can be incorporated with or without the medical needling procedure. The main purpose of cosmetic needling is for product penetration. When you use topical agents such as growth factors, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, peptides, etc., you are only getting 7% of that product into your skin. When you needle, you are getting 100 times that amount. Cosmetic needling creates micro-channels in the skin with a depth of 0.1 – .02mm. This allows products to bypass the top layer of the skin, thereby penetrating to the lower levels of the skin. The more holes that are created is much more important than the depth created by the needling device. When the top layer is breached, it is much easier for the molecules of the product to get into the dermis to cause cellular change. Collagen induction can only be achieved if the ingredients that are penetrated allow this. Vitamins A, C, and peptides have this ability to synthesize collagen.
Cosmetic microneedling is not injurious to the skin, nor is it painful. It can be done each night, but it is recommended to gradually work up to this amount. Vivesse Med Spa offers a facial know as the Collagen Induction Treatment that includes the needling device and a peptide serum for the client to go home with.
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