Micro-Needling is the insertion of very fine short needles into the skin delivered via a pen-like device for the purposes of cell rejuvenation and cosmetic improvement. The premise is simple, by creating micro-traumas via needling the area, the skin will respond with collagen and elastic production leading to skin cell growth and visual improvement of the area. Great for anti-aging, acne, stretch marks, and hair loss.
Detail of Micro-Needling Tip
Micro-Needling, also known as collagen-induction therapy, has been making headlines in the facial cosmetic world over the past few years as a more natural way to assist with signs of aging, and other cosmetic issues, such as acne, scarring, stretch marks, and hair loss.
Micro-Needling is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure which involves penetrating the skin with tiny sterilized needles which are delivered via an FDA approved medical device that resembles a pen. Both micro-needling and nano-needling create micro-channels in the skin, which serve the purpose of allowing serum absorption while creating micro-traumas to the skin. These micro-traumas activate the skins healing response, thus leading to the production of new collagen and elastin to the area, making skin tighter and smoother, and activating new cell growth. Depending on the depth of needle penetration, skin rejuvenation levels range from simple visual enhancement to the clinical treatment of scars, deep wrinkles, acne, and other issues. Depending on your issue and comfort level, microneedling or nanoneedling is selected at the time of visit to address your needs.
Both micro-needling and nano-needling allow for penetration of product absorption such as hyaluronic acid (HA); HA is the base for all topical formulas for the micro or nano-needling treatment. Hyaluronic acid is a substance found naturally in our skin that holds water and helps keep skin hydrated and plump. The HA molecule holds a thousand times its weight in water; not only does it retain all that moisture in our skin, it also prevents that moisture from evaporating into the air, allowing for product to enter into the skin.
Which needling is right for you? It depends on your issues, and some people like to alternate sessions between micro and nano. Generally micro-needling is selected for deep wrinkles and lines, scarring from acne or trauma, large pores, uneven skin tone, hair loss, and stretch marks; needling depth is deeper reaching the dermis level. Nano-needling is gentle due to the use of silicone tips, not needles, but is just as effective to address concerns such as fine line and wrinkles, acne, uneven skin tone, sagging skin, and more.
If you like facials you may want to try a nano-needling session, no need to address any particular issue, people enjoy the nano-needling sensation and receive the associated benefits of the treatment: hydration, tighter, smoother skin, and new cell growth. Nano-needling is safe enough to receive 2 to 3 times per week, while micro-needling sessions need a recovery period of one month.
The addition of micro or nano-needling to your acupuncture protocol will lead to quicker cosmetic results while accelerating the natural healing process. Check out our combo packages of micro/nano-needling and cosmetic acupuncture; consistency is key to results.
Micro-needling itself should be scheduled monthly, giving your skin time to recover. For optimal results, between micro-needling sessions, schedule weekly facial cosmetic acupuncture sessions. Regular sessions for a minimum of 12 weeks is initially recommended.
Since 2013, I have been a Certified Dermapen Provider in micro-needling. Under our scope of practice, acupuncturists are legally allowed to perform micro-needling. You can feel safe in my hands as I keep up to date and well informed on current acupuncture practices.