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Roll Away the Years with Medical Skin Needling
Written by Amanda Beisel   

photo of woman's face with individual photos of different features overlaying at anglesWhat if there was a skin rejuvenation treatment that was proven to slow down the signs of aging, firm the skin, improve skin texture, build volume in the skin and improve your skin’s health? What if this treatment was safe for all skin types, had minimal to no downtime, and was affordable?

This treatment is called Medical Skin Needling, and it has been performed by acupuncturists, medical estheticians, and physicians in Europe, Australia and Asia for over a decade. When comparing medical skin needling to other available treatments, it is most similar to Fraxel, but it is less invasive, and has less downtime, making it a safe and effective alternative.

The principle behind medical skin needling is to stimulate the body’s own production of collagen, thereby reducing wrinkles and improving skin texture. A topical anesthetic is applied to the skin prior to the treatment to increase client comfort. A sterile medical roller with fine, medical-grade stainless steel needles (1mm-2mm in length) is used to create many microscopic channels deep into the dermis of the skin, which stimulates the production of natural, scarless collagen.

Recent research has uncovered concerns regarding the use of excess heat from ablative laser treatments. These treatments may stimulate scar tissue instead of promoting the growth of the collagen that is natural to the skin. Heat employed in some treatments can inactivate essential growth factors necessary for wound repair.

What makes medical skin needling such a safe and effective treatment is that it does not use any heat, nor does it remove the top layer of skin (the epidermis). The top layer of our skin plays a significant role in defending the underlying cells and systems. This includes protection from ultra violet rays and oxidative stressors.

The Visible Benefits:

Medical skin needling has been proven to effectively:

  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Build volume
  • Improve skin texture
  • Reduce hyper-pigmentation
  • Reduce pore size
  • Reduce crows’ feet
  • Reduce forehead lines
  • Improve rosacea
  • Address premature aging
  • Fill in depressed acne scars
  • Increase epidermal density and strength (thinning skin)
  • Restore UV damaged skin

Scar Collagen vs. Scarless Collagen

The main objective of most skin rejuvenation treatments is to preserve and stimulate our precious collagen. One of the main benefits associated with medical skin needling is that it stimulates what is called scarless, natural collagen. Medical skin needling remodels the skin by creating thousands of microscopic channels through the skin. Then, these thousands of micro-channels cause the release of growth factors that promote scarless healing and the deposition of normal woven collagen rather than scar collagen (which results from ablative heat based modalities).

After a few months, this new collagen will start to shorten. This leads to the slow tightening of the skin. Over time, this healing process will lead to the formation of a thick layer of collagen, healthy elastin and improved blood flow.

Fill in Acne Scars

Aside from the many anti-aging benefits, medical skin needling is a leading solution in the treatment of depressed acne scars. An effective scar treatment must be able to break down the scar tissue allowing the formation of healthy new collagen. A series of medical skin needling sessions will gradually fill in the depressed acne scars, lessening their appearance. It is a superior acne scar solution for all skin types, and, as mentioned above, has very minimal downtime.

Boost the Results with Advanced Topical Solutions

Human growth factors, cytokines, and advanced homeopathic solutions work in conjunction with medical skin needling to amplify the results. A medical skin needling treatment creates thousands of micro-channels in the skin, creating a pathway to deliver these extremely potent and nutrient rich solutions deep into the skin. The addition of an advanced topical solution can be requested at your session for accelerated results.

The Results

After you have completed your first session of medical skin needling, it can take 4-8 weeks before visible signs of skin regeneration are noticed and these results will continue over the following months. You will notice benefits from a single session, but a series of 2-5 sessions at 6-8 week intervals is recommended for optimal results. The number of treatments will be based on skin needs and concerns. Medical skin needling is not a quick fix, but a long-term solution providing healthy, youthful skin for many years to come.

Amanda Beisel -

Amanda Beisel is the owner of the award-winning SKN Holistic Rejuvenation Clinic in Yaletown. She is a registered acupuncturist specializing in Cosmetic acupuncture and medical skin needling. Amanda is also the founder of Skin Addix, a natural cosmeceutical line focused on skin restoration. To learn more about SKN Clinic and Skin Addix visit SKNClinic.ca and SkinAddix.com

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