Microneedling results in the production of new collagen and elastin, improvement in skin tone and texture, firmness as well as reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.
Cosmetic Acupuncture - Microneedle and Nanoneedle
Cosmetic Acupuncture has traditionally been used to help with pain and stress relief, but more people are now discovering its wrinkle reducing benefits as well. Many prefer it to more drastic treatments, such as Botox.
Cosmetic acupuncture is a non-surgical, 45 minute procedure, that uses specialized acupuncture needles (thinner than a human hair) to stimulate collagen growth and move blood within the face. Treatments are relatively painless and described as deeply relaxing.
Over time, Comfort Acupuncture & Wellness has modified its Cosmetic Acupuncture system to incorporate traditional Acupuncture to Microneedling with a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) approach. In addition to Microneedling or Nanoneedling, we incorporate body acupuncture to help with balancing out your system, improving whole body circulation and reducing inflammation. We also use highly concentrated, lab-grade TCM herbal serums to help with healing. By incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern technology, we are able to deliver holistic, effective and long-lasting results.
What is Nanoneedling?
Both the Nano and microneedling treatments use a pen like device that oscillates a tip up and down to stimulate a skin reaction. They both induce cell turnover, serum infusion and provoke the healing process that results in skin transformation.
Nano needling on the other hand works a little different. It does use the same type of oscillating motion to treat the skin but the cartridge encompasses 81 silicone tips. These microscopic hair-like cones separate the cells within the epidermis to allow active products to be pushed into the skin. Nano needling only affects the epidermis, treating within the upper .15 mm of the skin. The benefits of this serum infusion treatment include pigmentation reduction, increased cell turnover, skin rejuvenation and an immediate glow with no downtime. This treatment can be done weekly to exfoliate the skin.
How does Microneedling work?
Microneedling Therapy also called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), and Percutaneous (through the skin) Collagen Induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of the MD Needle Pen. The mechanical action of the pen allows the needles to puncture the skin and create a controlled injury at a specific depth. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the bodies natural healing process to fill these micro wounds by producing new collagen and elastin in the papillary dermis. In addition, new capillaries are formed for improved blood supply.
With Microneedling, the top layer of the skin is parted without being damaged, leaving the skin intact. It does not “burn” your skin like peels or more invasive lasers. The needle penetration depth can be adjusted from 0.25mm to 2.50mm into the skin depending on the area of the body and the skin condition being treated. Using skin needling consistently will trigger the bodies repair process until the desired level of skin rejuvenation is achieved. Microneedling results in the production of new collagen and elastin, improvement in skin tone and texture, firmness as well as reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.
Microneedling Combination Procedures
Microneedling can be used in combination with Hyaluronic Acid and other serums to hydrate and heal the skin. The micro-channels created by the needles allow for deeper penetrations of topical serums for more effective results. This procedure can increase the skins ability to utilize the nutrients by up to 3,000 %.
Microneedling Clinical Studies
In the present study, clinical evaluation of patients showed statistically significant overall improvement of post acne atrophic scars, skin texture and patient satisfaction in response to skin microneedling treatment compared to baseline.(1) Skin microneedling therapy showed a favorable effect on enhancing collagen formation, increase of epidermal thickening and newly synthesized tropoelastin, the precursor to elastin. The statistically significant increase occurred three months after starting treatment.(1)
Additional Clinical Studies
Fabbrocini G, Fardella N, Monfrecola A, Proietti I, Innocenzi D (2009) Acne scarring treatment using skin needling. Clin Exp Dermatol 34: 874-879.
Fabbrocini G, Annunziata MC, D’Arco V, De Vita V, Lodi G, Mauriello MC, Pastore F, Monfrecola G (2010) Acne scars: Pathogenesis, classification, and treatment. Dermatol Res Pract 2010: 893080.
Fife D (2011) Practical evaluation and management of atrophic acne scars. Tips for the general dermatologist. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol 4: 550-57.
Goodman G (2003) Post acne scarring: a review. J Cosmet Laser Ther 5: 77-95.
Goodman GJ, Baron JA (2006) Post acne scarring: a qualitative global scarring grading system. Dermatol Surg 32: 1458-1466.
Jacob CI, Dover JS, Kaminer MS (2001) Acne scarring: a classification system and review of treatment options. J Am Acad Dermatol 45: 109-117.
Leheta TM, Abdel Hay RM, Hegazy RA, El Garem YF (2012) Do combined alternating sessions of 1540 nm nonablative fractional laser and percutaneous collagen induction with trichloroacetic acid 20% show better results than each individual modality in the treatment of atrophic acne scars? A randomized controlled trial. J Dermatolog Treat epub ahead of print.
Leheta TM, Abdel Hay RM, El Garem YF (2012) Deep peeling using phenol versus percutaneous collagen induction combined with trichloroacetic acid20 in atrophic post-acne scars: a randomized controlled trial. J Dermatology Treat epub ahead of print.
Leheta T, El Tawdy A, Abdel Hay R, Farid S (2011) Percutaneous collagen induction versus full-concentration trichloroacetic acid in thetreatmentofatrophicacnescars. DermatolSurg37:207-216.
Levy LL, Zeichner JA (2012) Management of acne scarring, Part II: A comparative review of non-laser based, minimally invasive approaches. Am J Clin Dermatol 13:331-340.
Shah SK, Alexis AF (2010) Acne in skin of color: practical approaches to treatment. J Dermatolog Treat 21:206-2