Do you want healthier, rejuvenated, natural looking results with no surgery, no painful peels, or little down time? If you answered YES then Medical Microneedling may be for you!
Medical Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that stimulates growth of collagen and elastin, leaving you with younger, naturally beautiful looking skin. Microneedling is derived from ancient acupuncture and mesotherapy. This treatment has many skin benefits, including treating acne scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores, and uneven skin texture.
How does medical microneedling work?
Microneedling is also known as Collagen Induction Therapy because as the microneedles penetrate through the epidermis, it stimulates a healing reaction. The body recognizes that there's been trauma at the local site and recruits collagen, fibrin, elastin and nutrients to heal the area. This process reduces the appearance of wrinkles and enhances skin elasticity while improving the appearance of age spots, black heads, and hyperpigmentation, as well as exfoliating the skin for a softer, smoother texture.
Benefits of medical microneedling:
Improves moisture retention
Reduces the appearance of fine lines and deeper wrinkles
Improves acne and traumatic scars
Improves skin tone and texture
Reduces the appearance of pores
Softens stretch marks
Lightens hyperpigmentation and sun spots
Fresher and younger looking skin
Minimal downtime so you can get back to your normal activities sooner
Minimally invasive, described as a sandpapery sensation and light vibration (numbing gel applied beforehand)
Amazing results with each treatment - multiple sessions for best results before maintenance treatments
Who is not a good candidate for medical microneedling?
Suspicious lesions: these must be diagnosed by a medical/nurse practitioner prior to beginning treatment
Discontinue Retinoid products 24 hours prior to beginning treatment
Discontinue Accutane for at least 6 months prior to beginning treatment
You must wait 2 weeks after Tox or Fillers to receive treatment
Patients who are prone to viral breakouts: consider prophylactic treatments prior to microneedling
Active eczema, psoriasis and other chronic skin conditions
We don't treat over active acne, other inflammatory conditions or over open wounds
History of actinic or solar keratosis
History of herpes simplex (cold sores), herpes labalis or other local infections such as warts
Presence of raised moles in area to be treated
Sunburns - We do not treat patients with current sunburns - Wait until your sunburn has healed
Microneedling Absolute Contraindications:
Scleroderma, collagen or vascular diseases and cardiac abnormalities
Blood clotting conditions, patients on anticoagulant therapy
Active bacterial or fungal infections
Immunosupression, patients on chemotherapy or radiotherapy
Pregnant or Breastfeeding - because of unknown side effects of anesthesia cream use
We use Health Canada approved Dermapen (DP) 4, the breakthrough microneedling device of the decade. DP4 glides over the skin creating millions of fine channels up to 104% faster than other microneedling devices. These channels carry up to 80% more topical nutrients deeper into the skin. In turn, it stimulates our body's natural repair process, resulting in increased production of collagen and elastin to resurface, re-texturize and renew the skin. It can be used on all parts of the body: face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back, to help improve fine lines, age spots and skin sagging, acne scarring, stretch marks, uneven skin tone and discoloration.
For BEST results we recommend 3-4 sessions scheduled 4 weeks apart.
Please remove all makeup prior to the microneedling procedure.
In the 48 hours prior to the procedure please avoid self tanners, sun exposure and products containing Vitamin A, Retinol, Hydroquinone, exfoliating acids or Benzyl Peroxide.
No prolonged sun exposure 24 hours before treatment as microneedling will not be administered on sunburned skin.
Please wait 2 weeks after laser treatments, Botox or Dermal Filler treatments to have microneedling.
If you have active breakouts, open lesions, skin infections, rosacea or eczema in the area being treated we will not be able to perform the procedure.
Please wait 6 months after discontinuing Accutane to have a microneedling procedure.
Microneedling is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing.
What to Expect at Your Appointment:
Most microneedling appointments take about 45-60 minutes including numbing time, depending on the size and number of treatment areas.
Topical anesthetic is applied to ensure your comfort, for about 10-20 minutes.
Skin is cleansed.
Skin is coated with a thin layer of topical hyaluronic acid gel or PRP.
The device is set to penetrate at a precise depth depending on your particular skin needs and areas treated.
The clinician gently and quickly passes the tip of the applicator to skin across four different directions over each area of your face.
A personalized mix of proprietary serums or PRP is applied after each treatment area is completed.
A cooling, peptide infused mask is applied and POLY red or blue LED treatment is completed for 10 minutes.
Most patients report no significant discomfort – just a mild vibration-like sensation. DP4 is the first known microneedling device not requiring topical numbing and this is because of how quickly the needling occurs. A topical numbing cream can be applied to decrease any discomfort for more sensitive skin types and when addressing scar revision. Immediate pinpoint bleeding may occur with deeper treatment, typically over pitted acne scars.
Use a gentle cleanser for the initial 24 hours after microneedling to rinse the treated area. Always make sure your hands are clean when touching the area treated.
No make-up for the first 12-24 hours post-treatment. You can apply light make-up the next day.
Avoid sunlight for 24 hours post-treatment. i.e. no tanning on a beach or in a tanning bed. This includes simple day to day tasks such as gardening.
After the initial 24 hours, apply a broad spectrum mineral sunblock (EltaMD or Alastin are our favourites) and continue this daily (even on cloudy days) to protect your skin investment.
Do not use any Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acid or Retinol (Vitamin A) for 3 days post treatment.
No exercising or strenuous activity for the first 24-48 hours post-treatment. Sweating and gym environments are harmful, rife with bacteria, and may cause adverse reactions.
No pool swimming, sauna, hot tubs, or steam showers for 24-48 hours post-treatment. This also includes simple day to day activities such as cooking over a hot stove for a long period of time, sitting next to a fireplace, as the heat may be sensitizing.
Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naproxen, or Advil. These agents will interfere with the natural inflammatory process that is critical and responsible for your skin rejuvenation.
Do not drink excessive alcohol since it will dehydrate the skin. Drink at least 8 cups of water a day.
SKIN CARE PRODUCTS
Cleansers: you can use your own gentle cleanser to cleanse your skin as usual.
Scrubs: Do not scrub your skin for 3 days post-treatment. You can gently scrub on the 4th day to help naturally remove any dead skin due to the treatment.
Serums: There are a variety of serums to choose, depending on your skin type and skincare goals. Many include vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. Peptides, antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, and growth factors work very well.
Potential side effects
Redness, irritation, pin-point bleeding, heat sensation, itchiness, and swelling with most side effects subsiding within 12-24 hours. On rare occasions, rashes and reactions leading to infections may occur. Hyper-pigmentation is also another rare possibility but usually subsides after a few weeks.
What to expect after your appointment
You may experience minor signs of redness or irritation, like a mild sunburn. Do not touch your face for a minimum of 4 hours after microneedling. While healing time varies by patient, most patients can expect 2-4 days of redness. Final results are typically achieved within four to six weeks.
Improvement becomes noticeable over the course of several weeks as collagen builds, continuing for up to six months.
You may experience swelling, inflammation, itching, burning and possible breakouts.
You may have some dryness and flaking due to an increased turnover of skin cells. Allow old skin to flake off naturally and keep the skin moisturized.
Typically the first 1-2 days after treatment there is mild redness and swelling. After 2 days exfoliation and dryness may start and continues for a week. After 1 week improvement in the texture and tone of the skin is significant. 3 weeks later improvement in pigmentation begins. Finally, improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, scars can be seen after 6 weeks.
How often do I need to come?
For most patients, we recommend a series of 3 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart for optimal results. For patients with more significant skin care concerns such as acne scars, is it recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6 week intervals.
Then, just one touch up session every 6-12 months maintains refined skin tone and texture.
Most obvious results are seen after the third treatment.
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Please be aware that results and treatment experiences may vary from client to client, taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.
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We have a 24 hour cancellation policy for all services. If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please give us a call at (204) 822-8077.
There is a $50 fee for all missed appointments with less than 24 hours notice.
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