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What is micro needling?
Micro-needling is also called collagen induction therapy. It is a procedure that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles with the aim of stimulating the production of collagen (the skin’s building blocks). The procedure is performed using a specialized device which can be a manual rolling device- commonly called a derma roller, or an automated stamping device- commonly called a micro pen/derma pen/skin pen.
The automated stamping version of the micro-needle is preferred by the physician as it offers precise control of the needle depth and more precise punctures which heal faster, rather than the slit type of punctures made by the manual rolling device.
How it does it work?
Micro-needling devices work by creating slight injuries that are not visible and typically heal within a day. This injury stimulates healing within the skin which also stimulates the growth of collagen, the scaffolding under the skin. This collagen stimulation improves the appearance of scars, wrinkles and can generally rejuvenate skin leaving it smoother and younger looking.
In what situations do we use micro needling?
- Acne scarring
- Fine wrinkles
- Stretch marks
- Uneven skin
- General skin rejuvenation and skin resurfacing
Typically, several treatments are required depending on the depth of acne scars, wrinkles or stretch marks being treated. Downtime is minimal, but deeper needle treatments might require up to a weekend to completely heal as the face would be red and puffy after treatment.
Sometimes adjuvants are added to the treated skin. Platelet rich plasma, treatment serums like vitamin C, alpha arbutin, hyaluronic acid concentrates, peptides etc all work together in specific situations to give more superior results.
Does it have side effects?
This procedure creates an injury and there may be light bleeding, creating a risk of infection and scarring. For this reason, this procedure should be performed by only trained and qualified PROFESSIONALS.
Micro-needling has been used to tremendously improve post- acne scarring in this patient.