This month in preparation for our acne event, I wanted to highlight a therapy we have added to our Inner-glow program. Micro-needling, or Epidermal Collagen Therapy (ECIT) is minimally invasive, extremely effective, and is quickly becoming the next big thing aesthetic medicine, and for good reason.
Micro-needling is just that, the process of using a very fine needle to create tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin. These wounds or micro traumas to the skin stimulate the natural repairing action of the body, whereby cell turnover is increased and collagen and elastin production is stimulated. This synergistic activity helps to create a thicker epidermis which results is a softer appearance of wrinkles and can prevent the signs of aging. Many skin treatments involve some type of injury to the skin, whether it be an AHA peel or even a laser. What is amazing about Micro-needling is that it is a relatively short procedure, with little downtime, and is tolerated quite well.
It is important to note that the benefits of micro-needling can extend beyond anti-aging. Due to the fact that collagen is the essential ingredient for skin health, increasing it has a host of benefits. In fact, micro-needling has been shown to reduce the appearance of acne, scars, fine lines, sun spots and pores. It also helps to make your products work more effectively. As some of you know, with our inner glow program we typically incorporate the micro-needling at the end of your treatment. Since only about 4-8% of topically applied products are absorbed, we do this to ensure you are getting maximum benefit.
As always, when considering any treatment it is important to seek the advice of a professional. With Micro-needling, the depth in which the needle is inserted depends on the condition being treated. With some techniques, the needle can be inserted up to 3mm, although for most the average is about 1-1.5mm.
If you have any questions about this procedure, acne or any other skin concerns, please join us next week for our exciting event. We will be focusing on acne and its treatments, but as always are happy to answer any of your questions!