Microneedling at Kentrum Clinic
As we grow older, the production of collagen and elastin reduces, which is what causes wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, enlarged pores, and dry skin. Maintaining sufficient collagen and elastin production is important for keeping smoother, plumper, and tighter skin over time. Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a treatment that was designed for improving the appearance of acne and surgical scars. This treatment involves a device with tiny needles creating controlled micro wounds in the skin. This stimulates the growth of the fibroblast cells, which triggers the production of the collagen and elastin. The results consist of getting rid of wrinkles and fine lines to achieve rejuvenated, youthful-looking skin.
Dermapen® and Micropen®
You will find various brands of microneedling pens out there on the market, but two of the most talked about are the Micropen and the Dermapen. Both Micropen and Dermapen microneedling pens are designed for skin revitalization, reducing wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks, acne scars, surgery scars, and more. Here at Kentrum Clinic, you may find both brands of microneedling therapy available for patients.
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This treatment is highly effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling does wonders to help tighten skin and improve texture. The procedure also helps reduce the depth of acne scars, especially when received in a series of 10 treatments. Revitalize dull skin by improving circulation and renewing radiance. This is done by breaking up and removing stubborn hyperpigmentation issues such as melasma. Also, this treatment is very helpful in breaking up and lessening the appearance of stretch marks.
Microneedling yields amazing results when treating those with mild to moderate skin laxity and/or acne scarring. Those with dark spots and sun damage respond very well to microneedling. Every skin type can benefit from the microneedling treatment. However, those who have a history of Keloid issues should refrain. Microneedling is perfect for those who want great results, but do not wish to experience the downtime which is frequently associated with deeper laser resurfacing treatments.
Though most people can be treated very successfully with microneedling, there are those who have pre-existing conditions which keep them from being candidates for this service. Individuals with the following conditions cannot receive the microneedling procedure: hemophilia skin diseases, eczema allergies, autoimmune diseases, and those with a history of cold sores or a history of any cancer related to keloid.
The microneedling pen will move quickly across the skin and will feel somewhat prickly, but will have minimal discomfort due to the numbing cream.
Numbing time is about 30 minutes and the microneedling process itself usually takes about 15-30 minutes, depending on skin thickness and target issues. So, the average total treatment time for microneedling is about one hour.
Downtime after microneedling is minimal, but you can expect to have several days of pink skin and some sensitivity. There will most likely be pinpoint bleeding during the treatment, which will stop almost immediately. The skin tends to take on a “bronzed” appearance for several days post treatment. Then this bronzed outer layer of skin will begin to flake off, revealing a fresh and glowing new you underneath. It is recommended that you stay away from the sun and avoid strenuous exercise for 2 weeks following treatment. Additionally, it is recommended that hot showers, baths, hot-tubs, and saunas are avoided for about two weeks after microneedling as well.
The best results are achieved by completing a series of treatments with microneedling. Although results vary from person to person, most will experience a decided improvement in tone and texture of the skin. Fine lines and wrinkles soften dramatically and scarring becomes significantly less noticeable. Microneedling has gained a strong reputation for rejuvenating sluggish, dull skin. Skin becomes noticeably tighter and smoother after even just one treatment.
The number of microneedling treatments required for amazing results depends on what condition the skin is in when treatments have begun. Most find that a series of 6 or possibly 10 are needed to see truly dramatic changes in the complexion. Most who are hoping to tighten and tone their skin will be on track with 6 treatments. Those who are seeking to diminish the depth of acne scarring generally require a minimum of 8 to 10 sessions.
It is recommended that treatments are spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. It is important that there is complete healing before having another session. As the microneedling procedure begins to stimulate collagen and elastin production, it becomes very important to maintain the momentum with regular treatments. Sticking with a set schedule of appointments yields the fastest and most dramatic results.