Esthetics is the process of applying an array of treatments to the skin to enhance and maintain health and appearance. There are many different treatments and products used by estheticians, and in this blog, we are going to turn our focus to just one of these treatments—microneedling.
As the premier destination for skin care treatment in Naperville and Bonita Springs, Trouvaille Med Spa offers a number of esthetic care treatments—acne facials, chemical peels, and microblading to name a few. Read more about our esthetic services here. And read on to learn more about microneedling.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a type of treatment that makes use of a derma stamp pen to puncture scar tissue and stimulate collagen production. It is a non-ablative treatment, meaning it treats deeper parts of the skin without removing the top layer. It can be an effective treatment for a variety of skin conditions such as acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles, and it can also be used to improve skin color and texture. It is often compared to fractional laser treatment because of its ability to yield similar results.
How Does It Work?
Utilizing a derma pen equipped with fine needles, your skin care professional will puncture your skin, creating thousands of micro wounds. These wounds will cause your body to rejuvenate the affected area through the production of collagen and elastin fibers. This idea of skin treatment is similar to that of other non-surgical, skin-tightening techniques, whereby tools are used to create a controlled injury under the skin, inducing the body to respond through the formation of new tissue layers, collagen fibers, and capillaries that can improve the blood flow of the treated area.
Microneedling is also known to make the face more susceptible to the absorption of topical creams because of the open channels made by the fine needles.
What Does It Treat?
As an effect of this controlled injury, the skin rejuvenates and thickens, helping to eliminate a number of blemishes and skin issues. Microneedling has been an effective treatment for the following issues:
- Scars (caused by acne, chicken pox, and surgery)
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Stretch marks
- Large pores
- Aging and sun damaged skin
- Crow’s feet
- Laugh Lines
How Long Does It Take?
After receiving microneedling treatment, it can take anywhere from six to eight weeks before the skin begins to demonstrate the effects. While some patients report seeing noticeable changes after a single treatment, most skin care professionals recommend receiving a series of treatments, with four to six weeks in between each appointment.
There are four major phases that take place during the microneedling process.
- First Phase—(1-3 days) The inflammatory response, where the initial injury is inflicted, initiating a chemotaxis response.
- Second Phase—(3-5 days) The proliferation and multiplication of fibroblasts, monocytes, and keratinocytes, which causes cells to remove debris and bacteria.
- Third Phase—(5-20 days) The fibrotic response, where collagen begins to release
- Fourth Phase—(28 days to 2 years) The maturation stage, where collagen begins to mature and stiffen and new tissue begins to show 80%-100% tensile strength.
At Trouvaille Med Spa, we are well versed in the science and technology of skin care. With microneedling, for example, we use the industry-leading Eclipse Micro Pen. Unlike traditional microneedling rollers, the Eclipse is able to apply shorter, more precise needling, resulting in more comfortable and effective sessions.
Microneedling is just one of the many services we offer. From injectables, like Juvederm to Restylane, to laser treatments, like hair removal and Halo laser therapy, we leverage our technology, experience, and expertise to help you achieve a younger, healthier, and more vibrant look. Contact Trouvaille Med Spa today to schedule your appointment.