The goal of needling and ablative techniques is to rejuvenate ageing skin and to diminish conditions such as acne scars, enlarged pores, pigmentation, refine the skin’s texture, plump up the skin and reduce fine lines by thickening the skin and replacing collagen.
Ablative techniques remove much of the epidermis thereby setting a second degree burn to the dermis which forces the skin to produce a new skin layer. While the dermis will thicken nicely plumping up the skin, the epidermis will actually be much thinner than the original layer. The damaged epidermal layer increases the likelihood of photo damage and requires a long healing period.
It is important to keep the epidermal layer in good health because it provides our skin’s barrier and prevents transepidermal water loss and sun damage. The epidermal layer varies in thickness depending on the body area, it is 0.05mm around the eyes and up to 1.5mm on the palms of the hands- it is no coincidence that the eye area ages quicker than the palm, the epidermis plays a vital part in ageing prevention. This thin epidermal layer in the eye area makes the underlying dermis prone to water loss and collagen degradation due to UV radiation, leading to fine lines and loss of elasticity (aka ageing).
Needling induces new collagen production by causing micro injuries to the dermis layer to stimulate growth factors without removing the epidermis – and for good reason… you need the epidermis to protect your skin. There is little hardly any reaction on the skin’s surface and no or little down time after treatment.
In summary needling:
- Does not thin the epidermis
- Does not increase the possibility of UV photo damage
- Has less down time than ablative techniques
- Produces new collagen in the dermis without negatively affecting the epidermis
- Achieves the same if not better results for skin rejuvenation
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