What is Skin Needling, also known as Dry Needling, or Multitrepannic Collagen Actuation (MCA)?
 

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Skin Needling (MCA) preserves the epidermis and stimulates new collagen deposits. Results are similar to Laser, Chemical Peels, and other Dermabrasion treatments but with less damage to the epidermis. Ongoing treatments are possible, unlike other commonly used methods of resurfacing the skin due to the destruction of whole layers of epidermis. A latest alternative to laser resurfacing, this technique preserves the integrity of the skin as it stimulates collagen deposition in the dermis and thickens it, creating a smooth complexion. It also improves dilated blood vessels and can greatly improve acne scarring, other forms of scars, brown spots, stretch marks, bags under eyes and much more.

After application of a topical anesthetic, once the skin is numbed, a needling instrument abrades the wrinkled or scar area. These multiple shallow puncture wounds made through the skin stimulate the dermal layer to produce collagen. This is the object of all skin resurfacing and rejuvenation treatments. Skin Needling creates minimal dermal damage without the removal of the healthy epidermis. Because the epidermis is left intact, the healing period is rapid. The skin does not experience sun sensitivity (but a 30 SPF daily application is always recommended), skin color loss, hyper-pigmentation or thinning of the skin.
 
The skin may be red and swollen for a few days with a slight scab covering the treated area. This often happens with any skin penetration procedure. However, a light cover of make-up will conceal any marks so a normal routine may be continued. Outer healing occurs within 4-5 days. Although some immediate improvement is noted, inner healing (dermis) continues to smooth and tighten the skin for the next 6-9 months as collagen is laid down in a smoother, more regular manner.
 
Collagen and elastin will continuously build and the skin will gradually tighten up. The process should be done 6 times, every  month during the 6-month-treatment period. The treatment should not be repeated until the epidermis has completely healed. A complete cycle of healing usually occurs within one month. Contraindications include: diabetes, those with the herpes simplex virus or cold sore breakouts, and those that experience keloidal scarring.

Because Skin Needling does not destroy the epidermis, and in fact improves skin texture and thickens the dermis, this treatment can be repeated many times. This is the only technique to do this in comparison to prolonged recovery time from laser and chemical peels, a few days healing period is a desirable alternative. Skin Needling for scars, acne, and wrinkles has been popular in other countries and its use to improve the appearance of scar tissue is well known and utilized by plastic surgeons in the United States, Europe, Canada, and South Africa.

While all clients achieve significant results from this treatment, results vary between clients, with some achieving 90%+ improvement while others achieve about 50% improvement.  Those who use good skincare serums in conjunction with treatment tend to get better results.  My recommendations for optimal results are 6 treatments, each done every month.  

The American Academy of Micropigmentation believes professionals trained in Permanent Cosmetics, also known as micropigmentation, meets the standards required to perform this cosmetic procedure of skin needling. The mission of the Academy is to protect the public, the profession and the permanent cosmetic professional. As such, this involves the use of the same sterile instruments and needles used in tattooing and permanent makeup. There are no reported adverse events associated with this procedure.

Wrinkles and scars are not classified as a disease; therefore the cosmetic treatment of them would not constitute a medical treatment. Skin needling is essentially no more invasive or damaging than the use of electrolysis and/ or microdermabrasion. These similar methods have been employed at spas and beauty salons for decades.

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