Microneedling in Ottawa
Microneedling in Ottawa
Microneedling in Ottawa helps to improve skin texture and can treat many skin conditions such as scars, certain fine lines, stretch marks, acne scars, and enlarged pores. Microneedling can be effective regardless of your skin type or age. It can also be used as part of an overall anti-aging program to help maintain and improve your skin’s health and overall appearance.
Microneedling is a minimally-invasive skin rejuvenating procedure (also known as collagen induction therapy or CIT). After thoroughly cleansing, numbing, and preparing the skin, tiny needles rapidly penetrate the outer layers of the skin. Don’t worry, it’s very comfortable! Microneedling is used to treat and improve conditions such as acne scarring, certain fine lines, skin texture, enlarged pores, scars, and stretch marks.
Microneedling (or collagen induction therapy) works by creating precise areas of controlled damage at the surface-level of the skin. The body then recognizes the damage and activates the skin’s natural repair process. This causes the development and renewal of new skin cells, as well as collagen and elastin, resulting in reduction in scars, pore size, stretch marks, and improved skin texture.
At Concept Medical, we use the eDermaStamp by Dermaroller. This particular machine is considered the gold standard in microneedling and is licensed by Health Canada. The eDermaStamp is the standard of excellence in microneedling, and was the first device to receive Health Canada approval. The device functions at a speed of 150 micropunctures per needle, per second. This is over 9 million total micropunctures in a typical treatment! The electrical cord supports constant energy as opposed to the uncertainty with battery operated devices. The needles are surgical grade and an optimal needle count allow the skin cells to be displaced and the growth factors TGF Beta 3 to be released without ablation. A foot switch allows for easy stop and start and an anti-flow back valve protects against any risk of cross contamination.
Microneedling involves a hand-held device consisting of tiny surgical-grade needles designed to puncture the skin. This treatment is quite comfortable for the patient, with mild to very little discomfort. It is normal for the patient’s skin to be slightly red or sensitive post treatment but typically calms within the next 24 hours. Most patients look and feel like they have a mild to moderate sunburn during this time. The skin may also feel flaky for 1-3 days after treatment. A detailed explanation of what to expect is done during your consultation. The skin will continue to repair itself over the two weeks following treatment, with overall results of improved texture typically after a series of treatments. Patients can wash their face with a mild cleanser that evening, but we do suggest avoiding exercise for 12 hours and makeup for 24 hours after treatment. In addition, we strongly suggest using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least a 50 SPF for two weeks following the treatment.
This treatment may help to treat or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation, age spots, acne scaring, and pore size. Results are typically noticed a few days after treatment, with full results reached within two weeks. Most patients require 3-6 treatments administered once a month, depending on the area treated and the results you are trying to achieve. By causing trauma to the outer skin cells, this action causes the skin’s fibroblasts to create collagen and heal.
At Concept Medical, our micro-needling treatments are performed by our fully trained Medical Aesthetician, using a certified, medical grade device. It is very safe and effective. Of course, as with all procedures, results can vary and risks are possible. A thorough consultation is preformed prior to treatment. The eDermaStamp pen is extremely fast, with 150 strokes per second. This ensures that it can safely and properly glide over the skin’s surface without scratching or tearing the skin.
Typically, at Concept Medical, our microneedling sessions are approximately 60 – 75 minutes in length from start to finish.
At Concept Medical, most patients require 3-6 treatments to reach optimal results. We typically suggest spacing these treatments approximately 4-6 weeks apart. Of course, this recommendation can vary depending on client needs and goals. Microneedling is also a great option in conjunction with our medical grade Skinceuticals facials as a treatment plan.