by Dr. Carla Garcia, D.O.M.
For the last two years, people in the media like The Wall Street Journal and New York Magazine have reported on Micro-needling. Real Self Today says Micro-needling will be the hottest aesthetic trend of 2016, as predicted by the majority of 500 board-certified doctors polled by the site. ABC News featured Micro-needling in this 3 minute video:
The downside about a procedure like Micro-needling becoming very popular is that people with little or no medical training begin offering the procedure. Beware of “Spas” that offer Micro-needling at very low prices. Most of the time they are not under medical supervision and there is not a trained medical professional on staff. Without medical supervision micro-needling cannot exceed a depth of 0.50 mm. To get the most benefit from Micro-needling; the skin penetration depth should be between 1.0mm and 2.0mm. When calling to schedule a Micro-needling treatment; ask if there is licensed medical professional on staff…an M.D., D.O.M, C.N.P. These professionals have an “N.P.I.” number that you can request or can look up online. There are mild risks to any procedure and you want to make sure you are working with the safest, most credible source for treatment and somebody who has been trained in “sterile” technique. There are several devices created for home use or used in other clinics that actually cut and tear the skin, causing increased pain, bleeding and poor healing time; and do not penetrate to the ideal depth for elastin and collagen production.
Micro-needling works much the same way lasers do but without the side effects and the high cost. We use a disposable 36-pin needle tip for maximum results. A pen-like device is used to create micro channels that absorb the pharmaceutical grade serum used during the treatment. The redness fades away in 3 to 48 hours. Most patients describe the sensation during the treatment as a prickly feeling much like sandpaper being rubbed across the skin.
If you are looking to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, tighten loose skin, reduce stretch marks or brown spot appearance or drastically reduce mild to moderate acne scarring, give us a call today at (505) 271-6608 to schedule an appointment or get your questions answered. www.ThermographyNM.com.