MICRO-NEEDLING (USING INNOPen)
What is Micro-Needling?
Micro-needling (aka collagen induction therapy) is a concept using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of the skin based on the skin's natural ability to repair itself when it suffers physical damage such as cuts, burns or other injuries resulting in cell turnover and increased collagen and elastin production reversing the signs of aging.
Using ONLY Health Canada Approved INNOPen, procedure is recommended for the following and should ONLY be performed by a certified and trained health care provider such as a registered nurse or a physician:
- diminish fine lines and wrinkles
- restore youth by effectively tightening, lifting and thickening the skin
- sun damaged skin
- hyper/hypo pigmentation
- improve the appearance of scars caused by surgeries, acne, burns etc)
- alopecia (hairloss)
- reduce pore size
- minimize stretch marks
- skin rejuvenation such as cellulite
- rejuvenate skin with improvement in skin tone and texture
Vogue is calling micro needling the next big thing in anti-aging!
How Does the Procedure Work?
Micro Needling is done using the INNOPen. The procedure is performed by a trained medical professional under the supervision of a health care provider who is licensed to practice medicine in the Province of Ontario.
The treatment usually takes between 30-60 minutes, depending on the area of concern. After the produce, the skin will be red with mild swelling. These symptoms usually resolve completely within a few hours after treatment.
What Can I Expect from Treatment for Cosmetic Purposes?
You can expect more youthful look in terms of skin tightening effect and glow on your skin while wrinkles and under eye circles will be taken care of to a great extent.
What Medical Conditions Are Treated with the INNOPen?
INNOPen micro-needling can treat a number of conditions for the hip, knee, arm, shoulder, lower leg and feet. It is best to consult with your physician for a complete listing. However, below is an abbreviated list of conditions that can be treated with PRP.
Acute muscle tears and strains
Chronic Tendinopathies (tennis elbow, Achilles tendon, patellar tendon and rotator cuff)
Ligament injuries (ie: medial or lateral collateral ligament—MCL/LCL)
Hair Loss (for both Women and Men)
Is Micro-Needling Using the INNOPen Painful?
Clients usually tolerate the procedure well - the client is given a numbing cream approx. 20 minutes before treatment to make the procedure relatively painless. However, there can be soreness and redness after the procedure due to the induced inflammatory response. You can expect swelling and soreness during the first 48 hours post procedure and can take pain medication to help alleviate the discomfort.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
Micro-Needling using the INNOPen can be repeated every 2-4 weeks and usually 3 - 6 sessions are sufficient, though some clients may require maintenance therapy once a year or more frequently depending upon the care and condition of their skin. After approximately 2 weeks, you will start noticing the improvement in texture and complexion of your skin; wrinkles start disappearing, scars and pores are tightened and dark under eye circles are brightened.
How Quickly Does Micro-Needling Work using the INNOPen?
Most clients see some improvement within 2 weeks.
What is Botox Cosmetic?
Botox is the only approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines in adults. Botox contains tiny amounts of a highly purified botulinum toxin protein refined from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. Botox is injected into these muscles to temporarily reduce muscle activity. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows.
Will Botox Make Me Look Like I Have Had Work Done?
Botox s a technique-sensitive treatment and you should not lose the ability to show expression when you are treated by someone who is licensed, trained, and a medical expert in facial anatomy. It is important to talk to your specialist about the results you want from treatment.
Does Botox Treatment Hurt?
Some clients have reported that it feels like a pinch. If you are worried, you specialist can use ice to numb the treatment area or may apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment.
When Will I See Results?
You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines, with results lasting up to 4 months.
What Is The Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers?
Dermal Fillers and Botox Cosmetics are both injectable treatments that are used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles but they are used in very different ways. Injectable fillers fill in wrinkles from below the skin's surface reducing their appearance. Botox Cosmetic uses a purified form of the botulinum toxin to temporarily relax the muscles that cause "dynamic" wrinkles (facial expression). When used together, both can create beautiful outcomes.
Who Is A Good Candidate for Fillers?
These products work well and are safe for nearly anyone who is interested in erasing wrinkles around the face or adding volume to the lips, cheeks, or under-eye hollows. Most of the fillers we use are made from ingredients that are found naturally in the body.
Are All Fillers The Same?
No. Although dermal fillers are all gels that are injected under the surface of the skin to add volume, many of them use different active ingredients and come in different formulations that make them more appropriate for different areas of the face. Speak to your specialist about what option is right for you.