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How does Micro-Needling Work?
The treatment involves Micro-Needles through a pen over the area make tiny punctures in the top of the skin. These small ‘skin wounds’ trigger the body’s natural response to create new collagen and elastin fibers, as well as new capillaries which fill the channels created by the needles. The result is a plumping and thickening of the skin, evening out of imperfections and discoloration and improved blood supply.
how is micro-needling performed?
First, the skin is cleansed and a numbing cream is applied to minimize any discomfort during the procedure. Next, a Peptide fell is applied for a small pen with a sterile, disposable tip containing Micro-Needles to gently move over your skin to create tiny, evenly-spaced punctures. We are able to adjust both the depth and the angle of the needles.
Finally, once the treatment is over, we will apply complex repair cream or Vitamin-C complex to protect it during the healing process along with sunblock to protect the skin from sun damage.
what can I expect after the procedure?
After the procedure your skin will show signs of redness or erythema and will appear similar to moderate sunburn. There may be some slight swelling. The redness and swelling will begin to subside 24 to 48 hours after the treatment. By day 3 the erythema and swelling subsides and the skin takes on a pink color there is barely any evidence that the procedure has taken place. During the first 3 days you will also experience some skin tightness dryness and mild sensitivity to touch on the areas that have been treated. This diminishes greatly following the treatment and over the next 2- 3 days. After the treatment we always recommend a sunblock.
micro-needling post treatment advice
Immediately after the treatment, the artist applies the PhiFace After Treatment Mask and provides the client with Phi Soothing Cream and Ultimate Skin Cocktail with detailed instructions for use.
It is possible that the treated area will be red and that the client will feel tingling and tightening of the skin for about 3 days after the treatment.
After the treatment, do not:
- wash your face for 12 hours
- expose the skin to direct sun light for 24 hours
- apply make up for 24 hours
- use foundations and powders for 48 hours
- use sauna, swimming pools and tanning beds for 3 days
- expose yourself to physical exertion for 2 days
- use Botox or fillers for next 3 weeks
does micro-needling cause hyper pigmentation?
No, in normal skin, the Micro-Needling procedure does not cause Hyper-Pigmentation as long as the skin is protected against UV rays after the treatment for 7 to 10 days with a suitable sunblock. Over exposure to UV after Micro-Needling may cause Hyper-Pigmentation but the risk is small.
what are the benefits of micro-needling?
This safe treatment brings many benefits including:
- Deeper absorption of the active ingredients in creams and topical serums
- Improves blood supply and circulation
- Increases the production of collagen through stimulation of Fiberblasts
- Safe for all types of skin
- Non-allergenic since nothing is injected and medical grade titanium needles are used
- Less expensive than other resurfacing treatments
- Safe for use on the scalp and body and also the fragile skin around the eyes, neck and mouth
- Less painful with better results then traditional lasers: CO2 Fraxel, Photofcial & lasers
what effects does micro-needling have on the skin?
The effects of Medical Micro-Needling on the skin are significant:
Improve skin texture and wrinkle appearance
- Regeneration of tissue
- Improve scars, particularly acne scars (as the depressed areas are elevated with new tissue layers)
- Enhance periphery skin
- Shrink pore size
- Improve stretch marks
how many treatments do i need and how often can micro-needling be repeated?
The number of treatments you choose depends on the results you want. It is completely safe to repeat collagen induction every 4-6 weeks. Keep in mind that we are stimulating your own collagen production, and that can take a few months to see full benefits from the fiberblast protein production.
For maximum results, we recommend beginning with 4-6 treatments, spaced every 4-6 weeks. If you have scars that you would like to reduce, we suggest 6-8 treatments. Maintenance based treatments every 12 weeks post help reduce the signs of aging and continually stimulate the collagen production as we age keeping your skin youthful.
Generally, the number of treatments will depend on your unique response to the procedure, how much damage you have to begin with and how dramatic you would like the results to be. Results are usually visible after the first treatment.
how should i care for my skin after micro-needling?
It is important to give your skin the right environment for healing 2-3 days after treatment. Avoid AHA’s (glycolic Acid) retinol, acidic or “active” ingredients. In addition, do not expose your skin to the sun. If you must be in the sun, use only a zinc-based sunblock.
You may experience dry skin after treatment, but this should dissipate within a few days.
We highly recommends the Rejuvapen post treatment kit to achieve maximum result.
How do I know micro-needling is for me?
Medical Micro-Needling is safe for all types of skin and all skin colors. It is ideal for anyone who wishes to regain a youthful appearance and rejuvenate their skin. This treatment is especially suitable for those areas which are hard to treat with other resurfacing procedures, such as the fragile skin around the eyes, neck, mouth and on the backs of the hands.
There are, however, a few people who are not suitable for Micro-Needling. This includes those who:
- Have used Accutane (Isotretinoin) within the last six months
- Have open skin cuts, abrasions or wounds
- Have undergone radiation treatment to the skin within the last year
- Have any kind of active skin infection in the treatment area
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have a history of poor wound healing, Keloid or Hypertrophic scars
- Have Rosacea, Active acne, Eczema and Psoriasis
- Are under the age of 18
what is phi-ion treatment?
Phi-Ion treatment is based on creation of a series of minute dots adjacent to the tension lines on the skin. This process triggers an instant contraction and tightening of skin fibers to create a lifting, remodeling and rejuvenating effect. Phi-Ion pen uses the plasma state of matter. The principle involves the ionization of gases from the atmospheric air to create micro electrical discharge causing sublimation of the excessive/sagging superficial skin layer. This method can be used to treat specific areas of concern without damaging the surrounding tissue or applying unwanted heat energy to them.
Phi-Ion pen is a practical portable device that uses a precise focused beam of plasma energy to sublimate the superficial layer of the skin (epidermis), without causing any damage to the underlying or adjacent tissues.
what is the recovery time after the PHI-Ion treatment?
As opposed to surgery, most people can return to work the same day, as there is very little downtime, although you will have swelling and slight bruising. Following treatment, there will be some heat in the skin, like the feeling of a slight sunburn with redness, along with little crusts where the tip has perforated the skin. These scabs will heal and fall off within 5-7 days, leaving fresh pink skin underneath. There may also be swelling depending on the area of treatment, but this usually lasts only a couple of days.
how should I care for for my skin after the PHI-Ion Treatment?
You are likely to feel a burning sensation after treatment, but that will usually disappear in the space of a few hours. A soothing cream is applied and provided as aftercare for you to take home and continue to use. It is important to keep the skin protected with a high factor sunscreen (SPF 30+) whilst it is healing. Do not pick or scratch at the carbon crusts as this could lead to scarring or even infection, so keep the area clean and dry. The skin will be particularly sensitive whilst it is healing, so avoid scrubs or alcohol based cleansers.
how many PHI-ion treatments will i need?
One treatment is usually enough to achieve desired results. After 1 month, on check-up appointment, the artist determines if an additional treatment is necessary. The results are expected to last for at least 9 months. To achieve desired results, it usually takes up to 3 treatments, with 2 weeks gap between each of them. The results last from 4 to 6 months.
what are the benefits of phi-ion treatments?
Phi-Ion treatment provides baggy eyelid correction, and can be used for wrinkles tensioning-crow feet, marionette lines, it can also be used for acne scars improvement. It is also able to remove skin blemishes. PHI-Ion a revolutionary method that is capable of achieving results comparable to the results of cosmetic surgery.
PHI-Ion post TREATMENT advice
Clusters of yellowish spots up to 0.2 mm in diameter will appear in the treated area and remain visible up to 5 days. Eye lids may get swollen and the client may feel tingling. There is no after treatment cream that needs to be applied and the client can use foundation to cover the treated area. All side effects should disappear within 7 to 10 days.
After the treatment, do not:
- use aggressive hygiene products (fragrances, soaps, etc.)
- expose to direct sunlight for 2 days by no means and wear dark sunglasses
- use sauna, swimming pools and tanning beds for 5 days
- Expose yourself to physical exertion for 5 days