as a treatment options for improving looks
Also called Needle abrasion or Intradermabrasion
and Tanya in Houston,
Texas are both in their early
40s. And like most couples in
this age group, they are starting to
early signs of aging despite their
healthy lifestyle. Tanya asks,
"Is there a new treatment that
can help us
reduce the acne scars and
stretch marks that we have had for a
while but are more visible now?"
A new treatment is emerging
called needling or derma needle. It promises to be as effective as some
laser treatments without causing almost any side effects.
It uses the same machine that is used to make
permanent makeup without any ink. The makeup artist or tattoo expert uses the machine on the target areas as if he or she would be doing a tattoo.
What are the advantages of needling as compared to lasers or dermabrasion treatments?
There is almost no down time, no need for anesthesia, and low risk of infection. And last but not the least, at this time, it is much cheaper. However, it is too soon to tell the long-term effects and effectiveness of this treatment since no scientific studies have been done.
How does needling work?
Needling is done with the use of a commercial tattoo machine. The machine punctures the skin creating perforations. This stimulates production of
collagen and skin renewal. When the new skin is visible, and this may take a few weeks and even months, the new skin is smoother. Collagen is the substance that gives skin its vitality, healthy glow and helps its continuing renewal process. The result is smoother, firmer, younger looking skin.
Because it does not burn the skin as lasers and dermabrasion do, the risk of scarring or
hyperpigmentation is lower. It is also not as invasive, so the skin needs less time to recover.
There are no detailed statistics, but some makeup artists who have been doing this procedure have seen that the skin can improve 40% to 60% in just one treatment. The procedure can be repeated after six month. Just as
laser treatments for skin, the skin continues to improve for up to a year after the treatment.
||Recovery time for needling
Right after the treatment the skin will be red, swollen, and very irritated. After a couple of days though, the symptoms will subside and makeup can cover the remaining irritation. The irritation and swelling will go away in a week or two.
Who cannot have needling?
Some people with dark skin may not be good candidates for needling because of the risk of
hyper-pigmentation. People with
diabetes and other conditions need to consult with their doctors.
There is a risk of infection, but it can be greatly reduced by the practitioner using the mandatory hygiene recommendations for tattoo parlors.
Hyper-pigmentation is always a risk in this type of treatments.
Because it is not a standard procedure yet, it may be difficult to find a qualified practitioner. In theory, anybody with experience in tattooing or permanent makeup can do it, but most of them have never heard of needling yet.
Right now its cost is similar to tattooing or permanent makeup. It can vary by
geographic area, but a salon in Virginia is advertising from $100 to $150 per hour. This is of course much lower than laser
resurfacing treatments or peels.
It sounds like a great treatment, it is affordable, safe and non-invasive, but is still a new treatment without firm evidence of its safety and effectiveness.
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