Other common terms for Micro-Needling include needling or dry needling, intradermabrasion, skin abrasion, and collagen induction therapy. Whatever term you choose to use, it is an effective, long lasting treatment for reducing wrinkles, fine lines, and improving the appearance of pitted scars such as those from acne.
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What is Micro-Needling?

Skin Needling creates healthier, younger looking skin and regarded by many to be as effective as laser resurfacing.  Skin is stimulated with commercial tattooing equipment which causes an increase in natural production of collagen and elastin to plump, fill and firm while leaving the dermis intact - unlike invasive surface treatments such as chemical peels and dermabrasion.  Compared to surface treatments such as peels, needling is an effective and affordable alternative that can take years off your appearance.  And, our service is quick, safe, and painless with no down time.  

You may benefit from Needling if you have:

  • Wrinkles & Fine Lines – Look 10 years younger without a face lift! Diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, crow’s feet, aged neck skin, and sagging skin. Needling offers great, long lasting results!
  • Scars from Acne, Burns, Injury, & Surgery - Soften the appearance and reduce the depth of pitted and depressed scars for a smoother texture. Shallow scars such as those from acne, surgery, injury, and chicken pox will become smoother, flatter, and less noticeable. Needling may also help restore color to the scarred area.
  • Stretch Marks & White Scars - Activate the production of melanin to restore a more even, natural skin tone to white or light colored scars.
  • Enlarged Pores - Effectively reduce the size of enlarged pores.
  • Sun Damaged Skin - Improve overall skin texture and enjoy additional firming and smoothing. You can expect the skin in the treatment area to be thicker, healthier, and younger looking.

Needling offers many benefits when compared to more expensive and invasive procedures such as laser resurfacing and chemical peels, including:

  • Results are similar to laser treatments, without the risk or high cost;
  • Risk of scarring and permanent damage (change in color or loss of color) is less likely than with more invasive treatments;
  • Healing is rapid and there is no down time.
    • ALL NATURAL - no substances are injected into the skin (like fillers);
      • Affordabe, safe, does not require general anesthesia, and results are long lasting. 

      Although results vary, multiple sessions should be anticipated to achieve desired results. Skin improvement is cumulative with each treatment, and can continue for up to one year after treatment.

      Needling may not be for everyone and we do not recommend it for anyone with darkly pigmented skin as it could cause discoloration or hyper-pigmentation. Some other contraindications include individuals who have or have had a history of diabetes, herpes simplex virus, cold sore breakouts, STDs, or keloidal scarring.  

      History of Skin Needling
      Skin Needling has been performed for many years, using a variety of instruments, to soften depressed scars and deep facial lines.

      The Early Stage
      The evolution of skin needling (aka skin abrasion, collagen induction therapy, needling) for its common use today began in the early 20th century. In 1905, a German dermatologist, Dr. Kromayer, first reported controlled resurfacing abrasion of the skin. His technique involved the use of rotating wheels and rasps for treating acne scars, keratoses, and areas of hyper-pigmentation.

      Despite this early report of successful use of skin abrasion, the treatment did not gain widespread popularity until the early 1950’s when doctors Kurtin, McEvitt, and others published numerous articles on skin abrasion. Dr. Kurtin presented the first series of patients who underwent skin abrasion to Mount Sinai Hospital in 1953 using high-speed rotary abraders, intra-operative freezing, and a variety of other abrasives.

      Moderate skin abrasion technique was developed in Italy in early 1980's by Swiss/French dermatologist, Dr. Philippe Simonin. His ground breaking technique, which utilized electroridopuncture and acupuncture needling, was used successfully throughout many European countries prior to its introduction (and popularity) in the United States. In his initial study, 600 patients were examined and divided into 2 patient groups - one with skin aging and the other with old scars. He performed 10 treatments on all patients. In the patient group with skin aging, 40% showed significant improvement, 22% moderate improvement and 13% some improvement - as measured by comparative skin imprints. In the patient group with old scars, 60% improved with 5-6 treatments.

      Advanced Needling
      Another pioneer of skin needling is Dr. Andre Camirand, a Canadian Plastic Surgeon who made a chance observation of improvement in the texture and depression of the scars of some of his facelift patients who had undergone tattooing for scar camouflage. He experimented with tattooing facelift scars without pigment, and noted immense improvement in texture, appearance, and color. He published an article on his results in JACPS in 1992.

      Following to Dr. Camirand's development, Dr. Des Fernandes introduced a needling device, a small needle stamp, to induce collagen and used as a regular treatment in his surgical practice. He delivered his first paper on skin needling of the upper lips to the ISAPS congress in Taipei 1996. 



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